Okay, this should be the last time back to the well, but in my defense, it’s by request!  After our discussions of Marvel and DC Comics’ premiere super-teams, a Faithful Spoilerite who shall remain nameless wondered what one hero defines the Titans/Teen Titans/New Titans/New Teen Titans for the readers.  For me, the required Titan will always be Donna Troy, who has many aliases and some truly hideous costumes, but there’s also a case to be made for Victor Stone and Princess Koriand’r of Tamaran, even though neither has been part of recent Titans teams, leading us to today’s adolescent query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really honestly wonders if any ’90s kids are gonna be able to say Danny Chase, asking: Which individual Titan is absolutely necessary for the team to really be an incarnation of the Teen Titans for you?


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  1. I am not an expert on “All Things Titans”, or much of anything for that matter, but to me a (fill in the blank) Titans team is not complete until someone who has at some time gone by the alias of “Robin” makes an appearance. This doesn’t seem like the place to split hairs over who the best Robin to lead the team is (cough, cough, Dick cough, cough) but any story I have read that doesn’t include a Robin or ex-Robin is not as satisfying, and ultimately feels like you could have slapped any name on the team and had the same effect. Again, I could be wrong, and this being the internet, I most certainly am, but you have got to have your Robin on a Titans team.

  2. I only know little about Titans, but from what I’ve seen and read, Dick Grayson, either as Robin or Nightwing feels essential to me.

  3. Dick Grayson, first, last, and only is the essential Titan. The four other Titans of the original team may have been flashier and his teammates in the Wolfman/Perez incarnation may have been ridiculously more powerful but Grayson has always been the rock upon which the teams are built. Grayson showed in Titan stories that he could be just as much an exacting taskmaster as his mentor, Batman, but he never had any problem showing his team that he had compassion for each one of them. He’s the rock the Titans were built on and like Deathstroke said when he sprung his trap on the team members individually in THE JUDAS CONTRACT, he wasn’t surprised that Grayson would be the most difficult to capture despite his lack of powers but because he could read all the angles an opponent would use to come at him with.

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