Teen Titans

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TEAM

Teen Titans

An ever-growing team comprised of young and upcoming superheroes, the Teen Titans are part crime fighting force, part social network. Titans, together!

Introduction

Aliases: Titans, New Teen Titans, Team Titans

First Appearance: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #54, 1964

 

 

“Titans together!” Founded in 1964 and officially named in 1965, the Teen Titans is one of the largest and longest-lived DC Super Hero teams in the multiverse. Originally made up of the sidekicks of members of the Justice League, the Teen Titans have long since grown to extend invitations to autonomous young adult heroes throughout the DC universe, and split into multiple incarnations to extend their reach across the globe.

 

Though they work full-time as a fully functional, all-purpose team of heroes, the Teen Titans are also a close-knit group of friends, with a far-reaching social network. Over the years, they've changed the way the world understands and accepts teenaged heroes, and how the Super Heroes of the DC universe relate to one another.

 

Origin

teentitans-origin-BAB_54_01-v1.jpg Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash met one another and worked together for the first time in 1964, in the pages of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #54, when they were invited to the town of Hatton Corners by the local teenagers. They wound up saving the town from the villainous Mister Twister. 

 

The three later reunited and officially took on the name “Teen Titans” in 1964’s THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #60. Adding Wonder Girl to their roster, they confronted the Separated Man in their first formal mission together.   

 

The following year, the Teen Titans were given a spotlight story in SHOWCASE #59, a trial for an official book of their own. Here, they caught a gang of robbers impersonating a rock band named the Flips.  

 

TEEN TITANS #1 hit shelves in 1966 with "the fab foursome" of Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl as headliners. Over the years, new additions like Speedy and Aquagirl were added to the lineup. Eventually, the Titans roster grew to include dozens of young heroes, spanning generations. 

 

 

Powers and Abilities

Though they were first seen as a sort of junior varsity for the Justice League, the Teen Titans almost immediately stepped out of their mentors’ shadows to become a powerful and self-sufficient team. While many Titans had access to their mentors’ arsenals, technology, and powers, their true strength came in the form of an inclusive community of young, up-and-coming Super Heroes. 

 

With a perpetually evolving lineup, the Teen Titans would headquarter themselves in a base known as Titans Tower. Originally located in the East River of New York City, it was an analogue to the Justice League’s Hall of Justice, and became not only a command center, but a home, school, and database for any Titan in need. 

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Essential Storylines and History

The Silver and Bronze Ages

Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash teamed up for the first time in 1964's THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #54, in which they confronted the evil Mister Twister. They adopted the name “Teen Titans” in that same year's THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #60, which saw them fight alongside Wonder Girl for the first time. The team earned their first self-titled comic with 1966's TEEN TITANS #1. Throughout the Silver and Bronze Ages they admitted many other young heroes into their ranks, including Speedy, Aquagirl, Lilith, Bumblebee, Mal, and Duella Dent (a.k.a. The Joker's Daughter).

  

 

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The Coming of Trigon (THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1-6 1980)

teentitans-essential2-comingoftrigon-NTT_01_C1-v1.jpg The origin story of the “New Teen Titans” came years after the original Teen Titans has formed. When the half-demonic empath Raven needed help to prevent her father, the demon lord Trigon, from conquering the mortal plane, she manipulated Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy (then known as Changeling), and Kid Flash into re-forming the Teen Titans to aid her. 

 

During this arc, the team also came face to face with Deathstroke the Terminator (a.k.a. Slade Wilson) for the first time. He would go on to become one of their greatest enemies. 

 

 

 

"The Judas Contract" (TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #42-44, Annual #3, 1984)

Fostering a grudge after the death of his son, Grant, which he believed to be the Titans' fault, Slade Wilson launched a scheme to infiltrate and dismantle the team from the inside. He hired Terra, a young metahuman with the ability to physically manipulate earth, to become a mole within their ranks, earning the trust and friendship of the team – especially Changeling, who developed a bit of a crush on her. 

 

Betraying their trust forced cracks in the very bedrock of the team. It was only with the help of Slade's son, Joey Wilson, and his estranged wife, Adeline, that the Titans were able to prevent Slade from destroying them completely. Joey later adopted the code name Jericho and joined the Titans permanently. 

 

 

"Who Is Donna Troy?" (NEW TITANS #50-54, 1988)

teentitans-essential4-whoisdonnatroy-NTT_38_C1-v1.jpg A deep dive into the complicated history of one of the original Teen Titans, “Who Is Donna Troy?” was an operatic look at the origin and continuity of Wonder Girl. Sparked by a visit from a time-displaced Phoebe – a harbinger of the "Titans of Myth" -- Donna was forced to reconcile the fact that everything she believed about herself (that she was an orphan girl rescued from disaster by Wonder Woman) was a lie. Instead, she had been saved by cosmic beings and raised as part of their society. The story arc resulted in Donna changing her super hero code name to Troia. 

 

 

JLA/TITANS: THE TECHNIS IMPERATIVE (1998)

Following the disbandment of the Titans, the technological half of Cyborg's body and brain were infected by an evil entity known as Technis. Losing control of both his body and mind, he transformed into a giant, inorganic planet, and sent probes to kidnap all former Titans, bringing them into specially constructed artificial dream states. 

 

The Justice League viewed the Technis planet as a threat, but the Titans, once freed from their cells, argued that Victor Stone was still alive inside the technological monstrosity, and that the kidnapping of his former teammates was a cry for help. The resulting fight for Cyborg's soul pitted the extended roster of the Justice League against every Super Hero who’d ever called themself a Titan. 

 

After Cyborg was eventually saved, the Titans decided to reform, establishing a new roster under the leadership of the original team: comprised of Nightwing, Donna Troy, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Wally West, and Arsenal. 

 

 

TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY (2003)

teentitans-essential6-graduationday-TYGA-Cv1.R1-v1.jpg When a time-traveling incarnation of Brainiac, Brainiac 8, arrived in the present, badly damaged, it frantically searched out cybernetic components to repair itself. This led it to attack both Young Justice and the Titans, in an effort to get to Cyborg. They managed to fight it off, but the battle left each team in disarray. 

 

Brainiac 8's hunt for cybernetic parts led it to reactivate a defunct Superman Android, which attacked and killed both Lilith Clay and Donna Troy before the remaining Titans and members of Young Justice were able to bring it – and Brainiac 8 itself – down for good. The critical losses forced Nightwing to take a hard look at each team. Heartbroken and in mourning, he disbanded both of them. 

 

 

"A Kid's Game" (TEEN TITANS #1-7, 2003-2004)

Following the disbanding of both Young Justice and the Titans, Starfire, Cyborg and Beast Boy decided to take matters into their own hands by reaching out to the former core members of Young Justice and offering them a position on a newly formed Teen Titans team. 

 

Tim Drake, Cassie Sandsmark, Connor Kent, and Bart Allen made up the initial roster of the new team, though it rapidly expanded to include an all-new generation of young heroes looking for a place to call their own.

 

 

TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE (2008)

teentitans-essential8-yearone-TTY1Cv1-1-v1.jpg 2008’s Year One served as a modern retelling of the earliest Teen Titans adventures, and featured a young Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Roy Harper, and Wally West forming the team officially for the first time. After a cosmic monster named Antithesis psychically manipulated their respective mentors, the Titans were forced to act, beating their elders in a fight that wound up proving their viability as an independent DC Super Hero team.

 

 

The New 52 (2011)

Following the events of 2011’s FLASHPOINT, the history of the Teen Titans was dramatically altered. In this new continuity, Wally West had been removed from the timestream and Dick Grayson had never founded the team. At least, that's what the world believed to be true.

 

A cosmic anomaly caused memories to reawaken in various former Titans, like Nightwing, Arsenal, Lilith Clay, Aqualad and Gnarrk; forcing them to confront the fact that they had all been teammates once before. But that someone – or something – had tampered with their memories. They were able to track down the source of the anomaly, the demonic Mister Twister, who’d first brought the original Teen Titans together. Because of Mister Twister's otherworldly abilities, the Titans had been psychically wiped of all memories of the event. But as their memories resurfaced, so did Twister's powers. 

 

With their knowledge of their own history restored, the Titans officially reformed, and confronted Twister yet again. This time defeating him, hopefully, once and for all.

 

 

 

"The Lazarus Contract" (2017)

teentitans-essential10-thelazaruscontract-TT_123_color-v1.jpg Following the officially post-Rebirth reformation of both the Teen Titans and the adult Titans, ghosts from both teams’ past were in no short supply. Slade Wilson, still harboring grief over the loss of his eldest son, Grant, hatched a plan that involved siphoning the Speed Force out of Kid Flash and The Flash, to enable him to travel through time to the night Grant had been killed and save his life, while deleting the Titans from the present. 

 

The Teen Titans and Titans were then forced to save Slade's life before his plan could consume him, despite considering that a world without Deathstroke might be a better place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Affiliations

TEEN TITANS, 1964-1973, 1974-1978

The original incarnation of the team, built on the foundation of the "fab foursome": Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Aqualad. This lineup was later expanded to include guest characters like Speedy, Herald, Lilith, Gnarrk and Aquagirl over the duration of its nine-year run. 

 

The second incarnation of the team began after a brief hiatus, picking up where the original run left off rather than with an all new number one. Beginning in 1974 with TEEN TITANS #44, this second iteration included many of the original members, but allowed them to grow up slightly over time – placing characters like Robin, Speedy and Kid Flash all in their late teens and early twenties (as opposed to their adolescence as they had been in the team’s first iteration). New characters like Bat-Girl (Bette Kane) and Bumblebee were added to the roster, and the "Titans West" branch of the team – a group of Titans operating out of California – was officially formed. 

 

 

THE NEW TEEN TITANS 1980-1984; TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS, 1984-1988

1980 saw the revival of the Teen Titans at the behest of Raven, who was able to manipulate original members Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash into reforming the team to help her confront her father, the demon lord Trigon. This version of the group saw the recruitment of new characters like Cyborg and Starfire, as well as the official acceptance of Beast Boy (then Changeling) into their ranks. This volume also introduced iconic villains like Deathstroke the Terminator.

 

At issue #41, this volume was renamed TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS

 

 

THE NEW TEEN TITANS, 1988; NEW TITANS, 1988-1996

Following the re-naming of TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS, a new ongoing NEW TEEN TITANS started at issue #1 in August of 1984. This new book largely picked up where volume 1 had left off, while TALES would sometimes focus on re-printing older stories. 

 

NEW TEEN TITANS expanded the team's roster, and saw the entrances and exits of Super Heroes such as Nightwing, Kid Flash, Damage, and Danny Chase. 

 

The "Teen" was dropped from the title at issue #50 and the book became known as NEW TITANS for the remainder of its 130-issue run. 

 

 

TEAM TITANS, 1992-1994

A splinter group that branched off from the New Titans, the Team Titans were the result of time displacement and cosmic interference. Featuring a lineup made of less familiar (and time-displaced) versions of characters like Terra, Mirage, Redwing, and Killowat, the Team Titans worked as a sort of covert operations unit; struggling to make sense of the alternate past – our present – they had become trapped in. 

 

 

TEEN TITANS, 1996-1998

An all-new iteration of the team was briefly introduced in the late ‘90s, led by a teenaged version of Ray Palmer, The Atom. This lineup included heroes like Argent, Captain Marvel Jr., and Risk; with Roy Harper serving as mentor to the short-lived group for a total of 24 issues.

 

 

TITANS, 1999-2003

Spiraling out of the events of JLA/TITANS: THE TECHNIS IMPERATIVE, a new team of Titans was born. Reforming the majority of the original NEW TEEN TITANS lineup, with Nightwing, Wally West, Starfire, Donna Troy, Aqualad, and Beast Boy. Over time, other former Titans like Roy Harper, Cyborg, Argent, and Damage joined. 

 

 

TEEN TITANS, 2003-2011

Following the events of TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY, both teams were disbanded and a new iteration of the Teen Titans was formed under the leadership of Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy. Former Young Justice members like Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl became the next generation of the team under the leadership of their new mentors. 

 

During this time, the team also temporarily split into different factions, including the Titans East (mentored by former nemesis Slade Wilson) and the Titans West. 

 

This incarnation of the team remained active, with a rotating roster, until the continuity-resetting events of 2011’s FLASHPOINT. 

 

 

TITANS, 2008-2011

The first-generation Titans eventually reformed after a five-year hiatus. The new incarnation of the team included original members like Nightwing, Wally West, Raven, and Starfire, who briefly came together to face off against familiar threats like the demon lord Trigon – until the events of Flashpoint altered the timeline. 

 

 

TEEN TITANS, 2011-2014

The first Teen Titans team of the New 52 era was formed by Tim Drake and included the new incarnations of Super Heroes like Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, and Superboy, as well as the introduction of all-new characters like Bunker. 

 

 

TEEN TITANS, 2014-2016 

The second volume of the New 52's TEEN TITANS kicked off with an all-new issue #1, but with a similar lineup. Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Raven, and Bunker comprised the core of the team, while Power Girl, Superboy, and Kid Flash became part of a revolving roster.

 

 

TITANS, 2016 – Present

Following the events of DC Universe Rebirth #1 a new lineup of Titans was born, including Nightwing, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Lilith, a recently returned Wally West, and Tempest.

 

 

TEEN TITANS, 2016 – Present

Following DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1, the Teen Titans were reformed by Damian Wayne, with a lineup including Beast Boy, Kid Flash, Raven, Starfire, and Aqualad.

 

 

Teen Titans Rosters

Teen Titans (1964-1973, 1974-1978)

  • • Robin (Dick Grayson)
  • • Wonder Girl (Donna Troy)
  • • Speedy (Roy Harper)
  • • Kid Flash (Wally West)
  • • Aqualad (Garth)
  • • Lilith Clay
  • • Gnarrk
  • • Hawk (Hank Hall)
  • • Dove (Don Hall)
  • • Guardian (Malcolm Duncan)
  • • Aquagirl (Tula)
  • • Duela Dent
  • • Bumblebee (Karen Beecher-Duncan)

 

 

Titans West (1977-1980)

  • • Omen (Lilith Clay)
  • • Hawk (Hank Hall)
  • • Dove (Don Hall)
  • • Gnarrk
  • • Bat-Girl (Bette Kane)
  • • Golden Eagle (Charley Parker)
  • • Changeling (Gar Logan)

 

 

The New Teen Titans, The New Titans (1980-1996)

  • • Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
  • • Starfire (Koriand'r)
  • • Raven (Raven Roth)
  • • Beast Boy (Gar Logan)
  • • Cyborg (Vic Stone)
  • • Terra (Tara Markov)
  • • Jericho (Joey Wilson)
  • • Robin (Jason Todd)
  • • Pantha (Rosabelle Mendez)
  • • Danny Chase
  • • Baby Wildebeest
  • • Arsenal (Roy Harper)
  • • Kid Flash (Bart Allen)
  • • Mirage (Miriam Delgado)
  • • Damage (Grant Emmerson)
  • • Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  • • Ravager (Rose Wilson)
  • • Supergirl (Matrix)

 

 

Team Titans (1991-1996)

  • • Mirage (Miriam Delgado)
  • • Terra ("Terra Markov")
  • • Nightrider
  • • Killowat (Charlie Watkins)
  • • Redwing (Carrie Levine)
  • • Prestor Jon (Jon Levine)
  • • Battalion (Alexander Lyons)
  • • Wonder Boy

 

 

Teen Titans (1996 – 1998)

  • • Atom (Ray Palmer)
  • • Argent (Toni Monetti)
  • • Risk (Cody Driscoll)
  • • Captain Marvel Jr (Freddy Freeman)
  • • Prysm (Audrey Spears)
  • • Hotspot (Isaiah Crockett)

 

 

Titans (1999-2003)

  • • Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
  • • Arsenal (Roy Harper)
  • • Starfire (Koriand'r)
  • • Jesse Quick (Jesse Chambers)
  • • Argent (Toni Monetti)
  • • Flash (Wally West)
  • • Damage (Grant Emerson)
  • • Tempest (Garth)
  • • Cyborg (Vic Stone)
  • • Beast Boy (Gar Logan)
  • • Troia (Donna Troy)

 

 

Teen Titans (2003-2011)

  • • Robin (Tim Drake)
  • • Superboy (Connor Kent)
  • • Impulse (Bart Allen)
  • • Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)
  • • Speedy (Mia Dearden)
  • • Zatara (Zachary Zatara)
  • • Red Devil (Eddie Bloomberg)
  • • Aquagirl (Lorena Marquez)
  • • Hawk (Holly Granger)
  • • Dove (Dawn Granger)
  • • Miss Martian (M'gann M'orzz)
  • • Power Boy
  • • Offspring (Luke O'Brien)
  • • Bombshell (Amy Allen)
  • • Osiris (Amon Tomaz)
  • • Flamebird (Bette Kane)
  • • Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
  • • Marvin Harris
  • • Wendy Harris
  • • Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
  • • Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes)
  • • Statis (Virgin Hawkins)
  • • Kid Eternity (Christopher Freeman)
  • • Talon
  • • Little Barda
  • • Mas y Menos
  • • Enigma
  • • Young Frankenstein

 

 

Titans East (2008-2010)

  • • Anima (Courtney Mason)
  • • Hawk (Holly Granger)
  • • Dove (Dawn Granger)
  • • Little Barda
  • • Power Boy
  • • Lagoon Boy
  • • Cyborg (Vic Stone)

 

 

Titans (2008-2011)

  • • Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
  • • Starfire (Koriand'r)
  • • Cyborg (Vic Stone)
  • • Beast Boy (Gar Lorgan)
  • • Troia (Donna Troy)
  • • Flash (Wally West)
  • • Red Arrow (Roy Harper)
  • • Raven (Raven Roth)
  • • Tempest (Garth)

 

 

New 52 Teen Titans (2011-2016)

  • • Red Robin (Tim Drake)
  • • Beast Boy (Gar Logan)
  • • Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)
  • • Skitter (Celine Patterson)
  • • Bunker (Miguel Barragan)
  • • Superboy (Kon-El)
  • • Solstice (Kieran Singh)
  • • Danny The Street
  • • Raven (Rachel Roth)
  • • Power Girl (Tanya Spears)
  • • Kid Flash (Bar Torr)
  • • Chimera

 

 

Rebirth Teen Titans (2016-Present)

  • • Robin (Damian Wayne)
  • • Starfire (Koriand'r)
  • • Beast Boy (Gar Logan)
  • • Raven (Raven Roth)
  • • Kid Flash (Wally West II)
  • • Aqualad (Jackson Hyde)

 

 

Rebirth Titans (2016-Present)

  • • Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
  • • Arsenal (Roy Harper)
  • • Flash (Wally West)
  • • Troia (Donna Troy)
  • • Omen (Lilith Clay)
  • • Tempest (Garth)
  • • Bumblebee (Karen Beecher-Duncan)

 

Appearances in Other Media

Television

MAIN CHARACTER APPEARANCES 

 

Live Action:

  • • Titans

 

Animation:

  • • The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure
  • • Teen Titans
  • • Teen Titans Go!
  • • Young Justice

 

 

GUEST APPEARANCES/CAMEOS

 

Animation:

  • • Batman: The Brave and the Bold

 

 

Film

MAIN CHARACTER APPEARANCES

 

Animation:

  • • Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  • • Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
  • • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies