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"Orangins" is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundred-seventy-ninth overall episode of the series.

Summary

The Titans each tell their own slightly inaccurate origin stories.

Plot

It all begins when Robin breaks the door and is going to tell his story. Cyborg happily says that he loves stories. Robin tells him that it's an origin story, which Beast Boy mishears as orange. As soon as Robin tells his origin story about him as a circus clown, the other Titans stop him due to their being bored.

Raven tells her inaccurate origin story. She was a teen photographer taking photos of a science lab when she got bitten by a radioactive raven. She turns into Raven-Woman and gains a series of raven-related powers - like winged flight, egg-laying, and nest making. Her tragedy is that her elderly uncle died...decades later of old age. All the Titans except Robin cry. Robin tells Raven that it wasn't real.

Cyborg tells his inaccurate story about him escaping from a terrible explosion that blew up his homeworld and killed his parents. Then he lived on a farm with step-parents who had always wanted a child. He finds he has superpowers and becomes Cyborg-Man. His tragedy is that his step-parents fell on hard times, lost their farm and were now homeless. And yet again all the Titans except Robin cry. Robin tells Cyborg that it was also untrue.

Starfire tells her inaccurate origin story about her younger self walking home from the movies with her cats. As they walk into an alley, a dog scares her and the cats, chasing them away, which causes Starfire to become depressed. Starfire takes the vast fortune left by her cats to build a headquarters in a cave and becomes the superhero Catfire, who fights bad dogs. Her tragedy is that is that her back was broken by Bane-Dog. Robin tells her that it was Batman's origin story - except she was Batman and all the characters were replaced by cats and dogs.

Beast Boy tells his inaccurate story about being a jetpilot known as the "man without fear". One night while marooned on a desert island after jumping from a crashing plane, a dying green alien gave Beast Boy a green power ring. Beast Boy then used its powers to fight a series of bad guys (like the Red Lanterns and Dr. Hector Hammond). This time, the Titans especially Robin, didn't cry. Robin tells Beast Boy that it was more like Green Lantern's story. Beast Boy says that he is a Green Lantern, explaining why he's green and can change form.

Robin then tried to remember and retell Beast Boy's real origin story - about how he was ill as a child and that his scientist parents gave him an experimental serum created from the blood of a rare green monkey. It not only cured him, but granted him shape-shifting powers. Beast Boy points out how silly that is and he and the other Titans laugh at Robin.

Characters

Trivia

  • This is the third episode to feature each Titan telling a different inaccurate story or fable. The first two were "Grube's Fairytales" and "History Lesson".
  • The episode title is a play on the words "orange" and "origins", as mentioned by Beast Boy.
  • Spiderman is mentioned/referenced for the second time in the series. The first being brought up in "Two Parter" (Part 2).
  • Robin briefly explains a little about Beast Boy's real origin where he was indeed bitten by a diseased monkey as a child which granted him his superpower of animal shapeshifting and turned his skin and hair green.
  • Raven's origin story parodied Spider-Man; coincidentally, her voice actress, Tara Strong, voiced Mary Jane in Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man series.
  • "Orangins" was nominated for the 2017 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Short Format Animated Program.
  • The music used when Robin walks in the room is music similar to what is used during the previews for suspenseful, action-packed movies, or suspenseful, action-packed Sci-Fi movies.

Continuity

References

  • During Raven's story, we see her uncle reading a newspaper with the headline, "Octopus Receives Doctorate". This is a reference to Dr. Octopus, who is a villain from the Marvel universe.
  • Each Titan's story is a parody of a well-known superhero's origin story. Starfire's story references Batman; Beast Boy's story references Green Lantern; Raven's story references Spider-Man; and Cyborg's story references Superman.
    • This is the second time that a Marvel superhero has been directly referenced in the show.
    • Another Marvel reference: Beast Boy says that he always thought Batman got hit with gamma radiation and that's how he gets all of his muscles. This is a reference to The Incredible Hulk, another Marvel superhero.
  • Beast Boy mentions the Norwegian fairy tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  • Starfire mentions the fairytale Thumbelina when she refers to "the tale of the tiny fairy princess", although in older versions of the Fairy Tail Thumbelina does not ride a cat.

Errors

  • When the boy falls out the window, his window had smoke. After he landed in the nest, his window is clean.

Running Gags

  • The Titans being shocked while the word tragic appears in huge letters.
  • Beast Boy mispronounces and misunderstands words.
  • Robin being irritated by each of the other Titans' stories.

Gallery

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The image gallery for Orangins 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 - TBA, 2018
Shrimps and Prime RibHalloween v ChristmasBooby Trap HouseFish WaterTV KnightTeen Titans Save ChristmasBBSFBDAY!The StreakThe Inner Beauty of a CactusMovie NightBBRAEPermanent RecordTitan Saving TimeThe Gold StandardMaster DetectiveEaster CreepsHand ZombieEmployee of the Month: ReduxThe AvogodoOranginsJinxedBrain PercentagesBL4Z3Hot Salad WaterChapter One: I Saw You DanceChapter Two: The Story in Your EyesChapter Three: Playing Hard to GetChapter Four: The Night Begins to ShineLicationLabor DayClassic TitansOnes and ZeroesCareer DayTV Knight 2Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol StarThe AcademyCostume ContestThrone of BonesDemon PromThanksgettingThe Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!BBCYFSHIPBDAYBeast GirlFlashback

Confirmed Episodes w/ no TV airdate
Mo' Money Mo' ProblemsBro-PocalypseTV Knight 3

Season 5: June, 2018 - TBA