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"Teen Titans Save Christmas" is the sixth episode in the fourth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundred-sixty-third overall episode of the series.

Synopsis

When Santa decides to quit, the Titans pitch in to save Christmas.

Plot

Oh yeah... It's the anticipating Christmas Eve once again, and in spite of the poor octopus gets burned by the Christmas light decorations, things aren't going to go awry and everyone will be super gleeful about Christmas' arrival, right? Nope, this doesn't apply the five Titans after all, as the Titans, who can no longer feel happy and despondently exit their own rooms and head into the living room, clearly know that after they step in and prevent the notorious Santa Claus from conquering every holiday like fools, the "jolly" old man has ultimately decided to quit delivering them their share of Christmas gifts they used to yearn for under the tree and/or into their stockings, until they enter the living room...

They've received presents under their tree, which is an utter surprise for them--one day early!--since they've lost hope from getting a single gift already! Elated, they snatch their respective gift boxes quickly one by one... only to realize that the "surprise gifts" turn out to be piles of coal. Though their disappointment don't last long because they manage to overcome it by comforting themselves that it's better than not receiving any and... they're going on a train trip somehow around the world on distributing the excessive amount of coals! With Cyborg as the mine train, the five get into a mania: BB throwing away pieces of coal, Rae shoving loads of these fuels off the train and Star crazily screaming the name of the fossil fuel while a myriad of them showering her, not to forget that Robin emphasizes the importance of coal being the power energizing of the world. But as they claim that this is the best Christmas ever...

Santa Claus, the "jolly" old man who deeply despises our five titular protagonists, just has to appear on their couch drinking bottles of milk and spoil their fun on being coal-miners by referring coal is a garbage gift for terrible children... definitely because he's still mad with the Titans, though BB doesn't care and proclaims the love for his own lump of coal. Then Raven and Starfire wonder how Santa has broken in (since they no longer have a chimney), and of course Santa claims that he has his crowbar as his "Christmas magic"... by cracking the tower's window! Anyway, Santa finally concedes that if he's not monopolizing any holidays, then he doesn't need any one of them anymore, which means... he's quitting his job!

Well, since the Titans have gotten used to not having presents anymore, they initially aren't surprised...until Santa, while pretending that he's dancing ballet, reveals that none of the children on Earth will receive the presents they deserve! Cyborg and Starfire are furious that he is being a monster who abandons his duty to deliver presents to the other children, but Santa, who's being irresponsible, still claims that presents have become history and doesn't forget to refer the five as "garbage kids" when he breaks the window/wall and leaves with his reindeer Rudolph.

Luckily, when Beast Boy is afraid that Christmas is gone, Robin already has a plan: perceiving that the children's sadness will reach peak levels without any toys by breakfast, he declares that all five of them are the Christmas miracle by telling them that they're gonna fill in Santa's place as he hears BB and Star's worries. Rae and Cy quickly concurs with him as they each think that Christmas shouldn't focus entirely on material goods and is crazy enough to work! Then Cyborg accepts his position of the sleigh-building engineer, BB agrees to be the reindeer, and the girls venture to become Christmas elves who'll make toys for all the good girls and boys and work around the clock till their hands bleed... except for Robin who forces everyone to acknowledge him as the substitute Santa, in spite of everyone pointing out that Sticky Joe (who Robin considers as a filthy Bohemian) is a better option because of his long beard and plump belly.

Teen Titans Save Christmas

Slowly yet surely, Robin's growing a beard and packing on the weight to become the jolly fat man.

Anyway, since all of the children are depending on the Titans for their well-deserved presents, the team begins preparing: Robin fattens himself with a superfluous amount of milk and cookies and adds some hair-growing cream onto his chin, Cyborg builds the sleigh, BB trains himself with loads of gym exercises (as a reindeer), and the girls mass manufacturing of toys at a nonstop pace. Eventually, when Christmas arrives, Cyborg has built the sleigh which has two turbo engines powered by a nuclear fusion reactor, Beast Boy looks like he's ready to pull the sleigh, the worn-out girls who have sacrificed their rests and hands in return with a bag of toys, and... Robin who has become a literal Santa!

Of course, Robin's friends are concerned about his weight gain (which is now jiggling like a bowl full of jelly) and his poor heart that is suffering from a possible heart disease. But he still insists starting their mission after he orders Raven to help transport them and the toys in the sleigh and off they go! Unfortunately, their errand for the first house is definitely a bad beginning... since he refuses to listen to his friends' suggestion on using Christmas magic (crowbars!) in order to enter the house, he has difficulty getting through the chimney thanks to his "recently expanded girth" even with the help of some punching from the ol' Christmas shablamo; not only has he gotten a broken leg, but he also has to endure a lot of pain from the punches. What's worse, the family and the dog actually deems him as an intruder and go ahead to thrash him!

Luckily, as Beastie encourages Rae to use her Christmas magic, she reacts resourcefully by teleporting herself and using her crowbar to smash one of the house's windows so as to rescue Robin, yet this only draws attention from the police and they have to flee quickly. Reindeer Beast Boy uplifts Robin as a compliment despite Robin kinda fails, but Raven is certainly not going to be happy of the total number of houses they have to visit when Star tells her that it's approximately seven billion...and later, the sudden arrival of Santa Claus! Santa is palpably exasperated that Robin is saying his catchphrase "ho-ho-ho" and the fact that the Titans are taking his job, though he's a bit worried about the health condition of Robin, who promises to go to see a doctor... after Christmas. Anyway, he persists that Christmas is over in spite of Raven's valid argument of him being the irresponsible one who abandons his holiday duty; he argues his way out of his mistake by pointing out that if the world missed Christmas, they'd be desperate to have him back...only after they allow him to conquer other holidays! His evil plan won't succeed if those "garbage children" give out presents, though...

After Santa violently rams the Titans' sleigh, the chase is on! Cyborg's twin turbo engines, while super speedy, are no match for Santa's colossal rocket engine. Well within range, Kris Kringle orders Rudolph to start shooting lethal lasers with his red nose. The continuous stream of fire knocks out one of their engines, and so Robin, realizing they can't outrun him, orders the elves to battle stations. Starfire and Raven give a loyal salute, strap into dual laser cannons, and then return fire with a vengeance. The deadly lasers keep coming from both sides until the two sleighs eventually blow each other out of the sky. At least the snow buffer the force of our falling “heroes” from the sky and Santa's sleigh explodes midair.

Characters

Main Characters

Minor Characters

Cameos

  • Bane (cameo on bean cans)

Trivia

  • This is the fourth Christmas episode of the series. The previous episodes were "Second Christmas", "The True Meaning of Christmas" and "Halloween v Christmas".
  • The reason why Robin encourages the others to distribute baked beans for every kid is presumably owing to beans themselves can be considered as an energy source for humans thanks to their protein, carbon-hydrates and digestive fiber. Though he seems to have neglected the process of how canned baked beans are produced...
    • In truth, baked beans are deemed as unhealthy food in the present day, because they actually contain high-calorie, low-nutrient ingredients such as sugar or molasses and sometimes fatty meats, such as bacon, salted pork or even hot dogs.

Continuity

  • Santa Claus makes his second appearance in the fourth season. His earlier fourth season appearance was in "Halloween v Christmas".
  • Santa's pet name for the Titans, "garbage children" is said again for the second time in the series. The first time Santa called them that was in "Halloween v Christmas". He also likes to switch it up and say "garbage kids."
  • The Titans (excluding Robin) wear the elf uniforms for the second time in the series. The first time they wore them was in "The True Meaning of Christmas".
  • Raven is seen unhooded for the 52nd time in the series.
  • Santa has to use "Christmas magic" (a crowbar) to enter Titans Tower. The reason for this, as Starfire points out, is that Titans Tower doesn't have a chimney. Their chimney exploded in a previous episode, "Birds".
  • Cyborg's train form from "Caged Tiger" reappears in this episode.
  • The reasons that Santa hates the Titans can be traced back to the events of "The True Meaning of Christmas" and "Halloween v Christmas".

References

  • Sticky Joe's favorite brand of canned beans appears to be Baked Banes. The label has a picture of Bane from The Dark Knight squeezing a bean and saying, "I will bake you!"
  • Robin stuffing himself with milk and cookies to speed up his weight gaining progress is based on the well-known Christmas myth of Santa’s favourite treats being milk and cookies.

Errors

  • When the Titans get in the sled, Raven's eyebrows did not appear.
  • Initially, the girls had messy hair, wretched hands and bloodshot eyes after overworking, but later they were returned to their normal state.
  • Robin declared that coal is the power energizing the world. Nevertheless, this is no longer exact since there are more and more countries that are changing their energy generation from fossil fuels (coal included) to renewable energy sources.

Running Gags

  • The other Titans making fun of Robin for being Santa Claus.
  • Santa saying Christmas is over forever.
  • The Titans getting excited over unusual Christmas gifts such as coal and cans of beans.
  • Santa and the Titans using "Christmas magic" for the purposes of breaking and entering.
  • Robin's rapid weight gain causing concern for his health and well being.

Transcript

The transcript for "Teen Titans Save Christmas" can be found here.

Gallery

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The image gallery for Teen Titans Save Christmas may be viewed here.

v - e - d Episode Guide

Season 1: April 23, 2013 - June 5, 2014
Legendary SandwichPie BrosDriver's EdDog HandDouble TroubleThe DateDude RelaxLaundry DayGhostboyLa Larva de AmorHey Pizza!GorillaGirl's Night OutYou're Fired!Super RobinTower PowerParasiteStarliarMeatball PartyStaff MeetingTerra-izedArtful DodgersBurger vs. BurritoMatchedColors of RavenThe Left LegBooksLazy SundayStarfire the TerriblePower MovesStaring at the FutureNo PowerSidekickCaged TigerSecond ChristmasNose MouthLegsBreakfast CheeseWafflesBe MineOppositesBirdsBrain FoodIn and OutLittle BuddiesMissingUncle JokesMás y MenosDreamsGrandma VoiceReal MagicPuppets, Whaaaaat?

Season 2: June 12, 2014 - July 30, 2015
Mr ButtMan PersonPiratesMoney GrandmaI See YouBrianNatureSalty CodgersKnowledgeSlumber PartyLove MonstersBaby HandsCaramel ApplesSandwich ThiefFriendshipVegetablesThe MaskSerious BusinessHalloweenBoys vs GirlsBody AdventureRoad TripThanksgivingThe Best RobinMouth HoleHot GarbageRobin BackwardsCrazy DaySmile BonesReal Boy AdventuresHose WaterLet's Get SeriousTamaranian VacationRocks and WaterMultiple Trick PonyTruth, Justice and What?Two Bumble Bees and a WaspOil DrumsVideo Game ReferencesCool SchoolKicking a Ball and Pretending to Be HurtHead FruitYearbook MadnessBeast ManOperation Tin ManNeanCampfire StoriesAnd the Award for Sound Design Goes to RobThe HIVE FiveThe Return of SladeMore of the SameSome of Their Parts

Season 3: July 31, 2015 - October 13, 2016
Cat's FancyLeg DayDignity of TeethCroissantSpice GameI'm the SauceHey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your MemoryAccept the Next Proposition You HearThe Fourth Wall40%, 40%, 20%Grube's FairytalesA FarceScary Figure DanceAnimals, It's Just a Word!BBBDAY!Black FridayTwo ParterThe True Meaning of ChristmasSquash & StretchGarage SaleSecret GardenThe Cruel Giggling GhoulHow 'Bout Some EffortPyramid SchemeBeast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's BadThe Teen Titans Go Easter Holiday ClassicBatman v Teen Titans: Dark InjusticeBottle EpisodeFinally a LessonArms Race with LegsObinrayWally TRad Dudes with Bad TudesOperation Dude RescueHistory LessonThe Art of NinjutsuThink About Your FutureTTG v PPGCoconut Cream PiePure ProteinOpen Door PolicyCrazy Desire IslandThe Titans ShowBooty ScootyWho's Laughing NowOregon TrailSnuggle TimeOh Yeah!Riding the DragonThe OverbiteThe Cape

Season 4: October 20, 2016 - June 25, 2018
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Season 5: June 25, 2018 - TBA
The Scoop!Chicken in the CradleKaboomsTower RenovationMy Name is JoseThe Power of ShrimpsMonster SquadReal OranginsQuantum FunThe FightThe GrooverJustice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Second Greatest Team EditionHow's this for a Special? Spaaaace

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