"Robin Backwards" is the twenty-seventh episode of the second season of Teen Titans Go!, and the seventy-ninth overall episode of the series.
It all starts at the Titans Tower, where each Titan are having their own businesses in their rooms except for Robin who announces them that they will have an "ice cream Sunday bar". The Titans gathered up in the living room as they found ice cream and thought it was real, instead it was just card-board only for them to gather up in a regular Titan meeting, much to Titans' disappointment. Robin shows them a book with "The Rules of Robin" that the Titans must follow while they were booing at him and suddenly the crime alert rings as they were off to their mission.
Somewhere in Jump City, in the middle of the street, the Titans were patrolling around in their modified T-Car while Robin was telling them his rules to follow as the Titans barely listened. They found Nibor rescuing people from nothing by throwing them out of the building. The Titans were wondering about his appearance looking a lot like Robin while Starfire sees him more slightly handsome but Robin tells them another rule that he's the handsome one as he introduces Nibor, from Bizzaro World being able to speak Bizzaro language which it is the opposite of what he really means. The reason why Nibor got struggled in the normal world, is because the Bizzaro Titans kicked him out of their team for being a great leader (by meaning a bad leader in the opposite) so he decided to save Jump City. Robin decides to bring him into their Tower until he figures out what to do with him. Just as they did, Nibor greets them with the opposite speech, as Beast Boy thought he doesn't like it literally, but Raven reminds him that it's the opposite language by meaning he likes it.
Starfire suggests to do a backward talk game so they can understand more of his speech where the competitors are her, Beast Boy and Cyborg battling to guess what Nibor is really saying. They played a little bit as the game ends and Robin wants to tell the Titans more of his book of rules mainly about training. Nibor accepts it as goes to sleep on the couch (as that would be the opposite of training). The Titans immediately joins him in their "training" while Starfire admires his leadership. Making Robin nervous, he tells them that it's the opposite of training as they should follow the rules while Nibor promises to follow them in the exact opposite way. For instance, when Robin tried to clean up the living room, Nibor messed it up. Eating vegetables to stay healthy, Nibor brings up a huge stack of food out of the refrigerator for the Titans as they started to dig in, and when it's bed time they started to party all night long making Robin unable to sleep properly and Nibor just slept during the day.
In the next day, Nibor announces the Titans to report in the living room that they will have three hours of cardio (aerobic exercise). Robin hearing it, he immediately accepts it in joy as he ran into the living room for he's ready for it. However the Titans were sitting on the couch only as Robin believed that it's the opposite of cardio. They wanted Nibor to be their leader as they started to love his opposite rules making Robin to state that he made the book of rules in order to keep the Titans in shape and if they follow his leadership, the team will go backwards literally.
Cyborg only understood that Nibor is the backward name of Robin, making him to leave the normal world into the Bizarro World by accessing it from the main elevator. The elevator started to run crazy until it reached its bizarro destination. The Titans Tower was turned upside down, the sky was red and every living thing was going bizzare. The elevator doors opened as Robin managed to get out since the ceiling was now the floor and the couch was stuck upside down, he picks up Nibor's communicator and called the Bizzaro Titans. They told him that Nibor never wanted them to train. (always relax.) As he wanted them to eat only junk food and sleep so they needed structure. (They don't need structure.) Robin asks them if they want him as the new leader, they accepted it as they followed Robin's book of rules. They've done it well as Robin was congratulating them but for the Bizarro Titans for it is an opposite world, it means that they've goofed up.
Back in the normal world, the Titans were relaxing (training) at the swimming pool while Nibor was swimming in the sand instead of water. However the Bizarro Titans and Robin arrived to bring Nibor back into their bizzaro home. The Titans were shocked to see their own backward personalities, but the Bizarro Titans had enough of Robin's leadership as Nevar pushed Robin back to his own team while the normal Titans don't give up on Nibor that easily without a fight. Both teams used Robin as a ping pong ball until Nibor calls off the fight. Nibor never knew that his bizzaro friends really care about him while Erifrats appreciates him back and they started to kiss each other, much to the normal Titans' disgust. Just when they gone back into their Bizzaro world with their T-Plane dragging on the ground, the Titans got Robin back in their team while they were watching the T-Plane leaving in the end.
- This episode aired one year after "Breakfast Cheese".
- This is the second time a Titan's real name is revealed: Robin's real name is Dick Grayson, confirming him to be the first Robin. The first time was in the previous episode, "Hot Garbage".
- This episode introduces the Bizarro Universe in the series.
- This is the first time that the seagull and the crab appear in the same episode.
- The first rule in The Rules of Robin (follow the rules) states that those who do not follow said rule will have to clean Silkie's litter box, as well as Beast Boy's litter box.
- The Bizarro version of Beast Boy's name is revealed to be not "Yob Tsaeb" (which is "Beast Boy" backwards), but "Boy Beast".
- When the other Titans and Nibor are having a party at Robin's room, the exact same background music from The Looney Tunes Show episode "That's My Baby" can be heard.
- Cyborg's modified T-Car from "Road Trip" appears for the second time.
- This is the fifth episode where Beast Boy doesn't make any animal transformations. ("The Left Leg", "Waffles", "Knowledge", "Thanksgiving")
- The Ice Cream Guy is seen again since "Dreams".
- Beast Boy is seen playing with dinosaur toys at the episode's title, possibly referencing "Dinosaur Office", a show that the episode's writer worked on.
- Some of the various body parts that Boy Beast transforms into include Charlie Brown from Peanuts, Astro Boy, Bobby from Bobby's World, and Sherman from Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Boy Beast also turns into Tom from Eddsworld.
- One of the rules Robin presents on screen is dubbed "Rule 52", referencing the New 52 version of the DC Universe.
- This episode is similar to the Pokemon episode, "The Cave of Mirrors!"
- Beast Boy is once again seen eating meat, despite being a vegetarian.
- Strangely, Nibor is able to understand "normal talk", such as when Starfire says that he "loves pizza", which Nibor understands and nods, agreeing that he "hates it". While the other Bizzaro's were unable to understand Robin's compliments later in the episode, taking them as insults, rather than what he truly meant.
- The Bizarro Titans' names shouldn't be the Titans' names backwards. It should be the Titans' names with "zarro" added to the end of it.
- Bizarro people are villains in the comics, but in the series, they're heroes.
- Robin understands from the beginning that the Bizarro Titans speak "backwards", but when he's with the Bizzaro Titans he seems to completely forget this rule.
- Beast Boy misunderstanding Nibor's opposite speak for him being mean.
- Beast Boy saying random stuff backwards.
- All the Titans (except for Robin) following Nibor's rules.
- Robin complementing the Bizarro Titans, and them taking his words as insults.
- The Titans and the Bizarro Titans (except for Nibor) both trying to get rid of Robin.
The transcript for "Robin Backwards" can be found here.
|The image gallery for Robin Backwards may be viewed here.|