This week, your humble MS-QOTD and the Widget finally got to see the animated Teen Titans story wherein Terra betrays the team to The Terminator Deathstroke the big hairy guy from Sons of Anarchy Slade, leading to frustration and disbelief on her part that a hero wouldn’t make the right decision in the crunch.  While I tried to explain that Terra was (in the cartoons) mostly just misguided, and was successfully able to dodge the question of what she was like in the comics (I’m not up to explaining murderous, sexually-active lunatic sixteen-year-olds to her just yet) by instead getting into a discussion of whether Robin or Cyborg is the best superhero.  Of course, the discussion of who is the best Teen Titan isn’t one you can easily answer, what with the dozens and dozens of (admittedly mostly dead) former members floating about, which led to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will never stop arguing that Kid Flash’s original costume is the perfect super-suit, but would probably still pick Wolfman/Perez-era Starfire, asking: Which Teen Titan (of any era or medium) is truly the greatest of them all?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. May 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    Nightwing. That guy picked up the cowl of Batman and succeeded. I dont remember any other of them taking the mantle and elevating their status from sidekick to the man himself.

    • May 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm — Reply

      There was the matter of one Wally “Kid Flash” West, founding member of the Teen Titans AND the New Teen Titans, who something something Barry Allen shoulda’ stayed dead. :)

      • May 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm — Reply

        I totally forgot Wally was silver age Kid Flash. In my defense, im not THAT old and they didnt publish anything other than Batman and Superman until mid 90´s here. :P

        • May 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm — Reply

          Fair enough. :) Given that he’s been pretty much invisible for nearly ten years, forgetting Wally isn’t unexpected…

  2. May 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    I’m partial to the CN animated (original, not “Teen Titans Go”) version of Raven.

  3. Kirby
    May 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    I’m going to go with Wally West, he’s the character that has just had the biggest impact on me from the Titans.

  4. Daniel Langsdale
    May 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm — Reply

    Dick Grayson. Of all the kid sidekicks, he was the sidekickiest. Everyone else just wanted to be him.


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