It's TV time at Titans Tower, and the Titans are all geared up: popcorn (courtesy of Cyborg's mouth), new batteries for the remote, and a comfy couch. They're about to watch Toilet Cop—a movie about a cop turned cyborg toilet—but like usual, Robin interrupts the fun. This time though, he's got something good... tickets to the opera! Having never experienced such high-class entertainment, the Titans enthuse over the erudite performance. They arrive at the opera house, but as soon as the singing starts, the team dozes off...
Starfire starts to dream about being dressed in a cat suit, alone in the alleys and near starvation. She expresses her sorrow through operatic meowing, and Robin (also in a cat suit) joins the pity party. A garbage truck drops a box of gourmet treats, and the two cats start grappling over them. The fight escalates when they both start using extremely dangerous weapons systems. Unfortunately, a huge explosion reduces the kitty treats to dust, so neither of them get nourishment.
Meanwhile, Raven is dreaming about a relaxing tea party with Butterbean and Sparkleface in the Pretty Pretty Pegasus world. Suddenly, Gumdrop Goblin invades their get-together, nearly stomping the three of them out. They escape into the clouds, but the monster quickly pursues them. It's a big mistake, though—Raven and the two pegasi evolve into mighty warriors, then proceed to attack him. After a brutal battle, the three friends end up using Gumdrop Goblin's head as a teapot.
Somehow, Beast Boy and Cyborg are sharing the same dream; they're seated at a fancy dining table, eating some broccoli and a hamburger with dainty etiquette. A huge serving dish starts descending to the table, and once it touches down, the two Titans lose it: they break into a funky dance complete with Cyborg rubbing hamburgers on himself and the two admiring a hot broccoli body...
Robin's dream takes him back to his sidekick days with Batman. When the Caped Crusader leaves the Batcave for some rest, Robin starts fooling around with his mentor's super high-tech belt. It's filled with gadgets galore, but the Boy Wonder quickly loses control of it and ends up wrecking the lair. Batman's clearly furious, but luckily for Robin, Alfred is stuck with the cleanup.
The opera is interrupted when Robin starts laughing in his sleep, so the Titans are kicked out of the hall and back into the Tower. It's okay, though: they may not be high-brow enough for the opera, but they can still watch Toilet Cop!
- Silver Age Robin
- Opera Singer
- Gumdrop Goblin
- Christopher the Rain Cloud
- Creepy Guy (debut)
- On certain TV guides, the episode title is written as "What's Opera, Titans?".
- This is the last episode to follow the five-Titan team lineup until "Cartoon Feud", which began with "Legendary Sandwich", before Super Summer Hero Camp. Since starting from "Forest Pirates", Bumblebee becomes the sixth member of the team until "The Viewers Decide".
- Raven is seen unhooded for the 94th time.
- A skunk known by Starfire as "Forest Kitty" is used as a weapon during Starfire's cat opera. He had previously been seen during Starfire's depiction of Johnny Appleseed in "Tall Titan Tales".
- Silver Age Robin, originally seen in "The Best Robin," appears once more in this episode. Again, he's depicted as a younger Robin, not as an entirely different character.
- The cat suit that Robin wore in Season 3's "Cat's Fancy" is seen again in Starfire's dream. Both Starfire and Robin wear one.
- Raven's binoculars are hints to her poor eyesight which was brought up in "The Cruel Giggling Ghoul".
- Raven love towards Pretty Pretty Pegasus is manifested in this episode during her dream sequence.
- The Gumdrop Goblin from Friendship reappears in this episode. However, he is shorter than in the Season 2 episode.
- Beast Boy does his dance from "BBSFBDAY!" and Teen Titans Go! to the Movies in he and Cyborg's dream.
- This episode's title is a nod to the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon, "What's Opera, Doc?"
- Toilet Cop is a spoof of RoboCop, a movie about a police officer who's transformed into a powerful cyborg.
- During Raven's dream, the song "Ride of the Valkyries" by Wilhelm Richard Wagner plays.
- Starfire's dream opera is the "The Duetto buffo di due gatti" ("humorous duet for two cats"), more commonly known as Cat Duet.
- The "Flower Duet" plays during the beginning of Cyborg and Beast Boy's dream.
- Towards the end of Raven's dream, she transforms into a Valkyrie, a female figure in Nordic culture who escorts the dead to Valhalla.
- Her outfit as the goddess is similar to She-Ra, the titular character from the TV series She-Ra: Princess of Power and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
- The way she shot magic from her lollipop wand is quite similar to how Star Butterfly, the protagonist from Star vs. The Forces of Evil, wields the wand's magic to cast spells (which is ironic since Star Butterfly herself ultimately decides to destroy magic in the series finale).
- Robin's way of getting the tickets is a parody of Phantom of The Opera, with Robin depicting himself as Christine Daaé and the creepy guy at the basement as "The Phantom".
- During Robin's dream, the music is likely based on the Tom and Jerry episode, "The Hollywood Bowl".
- Him carrying buckets in his dream is a reference to Disney's Fantasia''s "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" opening, when Mickey Mouse was carrying buckets.
- The Titans talking in their sleep after their dream is shown.
- The Titans watching Toilet Cop and laughing.
The transcript for "What's Opera Titans" can be found here.
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