"Starfire the Terrible" is the twenty-ninth episode of the first season of Teen Titans Go!, and the twenty-ninth overall episode of the series.
When Robin needs an archenemy, Starfire generously offers to fill in the role, and she exceeds Robin's expectations.
The episode takes off with Cinderblock attacking the Jump City Rail Yard. It's Motorcycle Monday, so Robin ordered the Titans to hold back unless they have a motorcycle, but they can't really afford one. Robin takes advantage and goes solo, using his motorcycle to easily defeat Cinderblock.
Back at Titans Tower, Robin drives around the living room with his motorcycle, bragging that he is the greatest hero ever. The other Titans tell him that in order to be the greatest hero ever, he must have an arch-nemesis. Robin becomes very upset and cries, wondering why nobody wants to kill him. Starfire, who hates seeing Robin in pain, offers to become his arch-nemesis. The other Titans only laugh at her, telling her she is too nice to even become a villain. She attempts to show that she can be evil by drinking milk straight from the carton, but she just can't; it is too evil for her nature. Starfire retreats to her room, to find the four things every villain needs: a costume, a henchman (Silkie in robotic legs), an evil lair, and a diabolical scheme. After several tries to get an evil laugh, the first two being cheerful giggles, she somehow gets it right, but it's more like a gargle.
After calming down, Robin tries to entertain himself by throwing bird-a-rangs at the ceiling in his room. Suddenly, Starfire the Terrible bursts into his room, declaring that she is ready to begin their rivalry. Robin tells her that he could never hate her, so she decides to destroy the one thing that matters to Robin the most: his year's supply of hair gel, preventing him from ever having spiky hair again. Robin has second thoughts, but Starfire the Terrible shoots Starbolts at his hair gel unmercifully. This puts Robin in shock, shortly after, his hair falls downwards unkempt. After suffering a "terrible loss", Robin decides he has no choice but to become her enemy. One last jar of hair gel roles up, but Robin's hopes were to high... Starfire blows it up.
Robin retreats to the living room, where Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven are playing a game. He tells them to prepare for the worst, as his arch-enemy is on her way. The Titans laugh, thinking there's no way Starfire could be a great villain. Suddenly, Starfire breaks in with a warning that nobody can protect them from what she is about to unleash upon the world. The other Titans are still convinced that she could never be a villain, and proceed to mock her with what they think she will do next, like drink from the milk carton, set the time on the microwave off, or leave the sink running. Instead, Starfire says she has rigged the moon to explode, which Cyborg dismisses.
Cut to the moon covered in dynamite seconds before it explodes, shocking the other Titans Starfire laughs/gargles before she really does down the milk carton, telling them that she only did it because Robin loved the moon so much. She leaves, doing her evil laugh/gargle. The outraged Titans decide that she is a much greater threat than they had ever imagined and prepare for battle. Robin gloats, saying he's finally got that arch nemesis he'd been moping about.
A short time later, the Titans infiltrate Starfire's evil lair (a giant cardboard building in their backyard) in an attempt to put a halt to her villainous ways. Prepared for their arrival, the diabolical Tamaranean activates an impressive security system consisting of laser guns made of cardboard tubes, a giant robot army, and trap doors leading to a pool of piranhas, all of which are activated by a cardboard control panel with crayon pictures of buttons on it she manually makes the noises for.
The Titans engage in battle with the robot army, and put up a decent fight, until Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven are shoved into a piranha tank by one of the robots, and the top seals above them. Robin destroys the robot who just trapped his friends. He is the only one left, and he's ready to confront Starfire the Terrible at last. Plot twist: she unleashes her "henchman" to fight him! Robin is easily "defeated" by Silkie's vomit, and falls to the floor.
Starfire declares that she has finally done it, hoping to please Robin and is going to destroy him to finish the deed. However, Robin confesses that he only wanted an arch-nemesis so he could fit in, and apologizes. Then, Robin asks Starfire for one last request. Starfire eagerly decides to grant him one last request. Robin looks his enemy into the eyes, and simply asks, "What day is it?". Surprised and confused, Starfire tells him it is Monday.
Robin grins, knowing that means, and summons his R-Cycle. It bursts through the wall, and motorcycle punches Starfire in the face. Filled with excitement, Robin leaps onto his bike, and exclaims "MOTORCYCLE MONDAY!". Robin continues to cheer about his so-called "victory" over his arch-nemesis... he really is the greatest hero ever. On the screen flashes the word 'end' (in fancy cursive letters made of smoke), and then it ends to a black screen.
- It's revealed that Starfire does have feelings for Robin, as she is seen standing behind him with a flower, sad, while he's kissing the moon.
- It's revealed in this episode that the thing Robin values most in life is spiked hair.
- However, this could've been for comic relief.
- In the original series episode, "Revved Up", Starfire masqueraded as a villain known as the Dr. Amazing Mumgon the Terrible. This name was a mash up of several villain names from the series, specifically Dr. Light, the Amazing Mumbo (or "Mumbo Jumbo"), and Trigon the Terrible.
- In both series, she was accompanied by a henchman (Raven as Henchie from the original series and Silkie in this episode).
- In the short time it took her to become a villain, Starfire created her attire and her secret lair out of cardboard behind Titans Tower, make a villain theme that plays on a boom-box, destroyed one year's supply of Robin's hair gel, her boom-box, and the moon, drank directly from the milk carton, built lasers, an army of death bots, and a pool of piranhas, to the disbelief of Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy, and grant her main foe one last request (an old school villain gimmick), which coincidentally became her downfall.
- As a villain, Starfire's starbolts and glowing eyes turn purplish-pink (at least temporarily), similar to her evil sister Blackfire in the original series and her original comic version's starbolts.
- This is the first time Starfire's starbolts have the appearance of fire.
- This is Starfire's first appearance in a ponytail instead of her hair being out.
- It's revealed that Robin's hair gel is green.
- It's unknown whether or not Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven were killed by the piranhas.
- In the original series episode, "Mother Mae-Eye", Robin is revealed to wear hair gel, though in a few earlier episodes, Robin's hair stays spiked up, even after going into water, such as in "Wavelength."
- As a villain, Starfire carries a boombox with her theme, which she promptly destroys.
- The R-Cycle from the original series finally makes an appearance.
- Robin is shown with a Starfire poster and a calendar of Starfire's schedule in his room.
- As the Titans journey to the lair of Starfire the Terrible, written on the tree Cyborg hides behind in the forest is "Quinn + Mr. J", with a heart drawn around it. This is a reference to The Joker and Harley Quinn.
- Starfire's method of making clothing once again involves steps used in cooking. ("Laundry Day")
- Music from "Driver's Ed" and "Meatball Party" returns during two of Starfire's head transitions. Also, the Jeopardy- like music from "Terra-ized" returns when Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven list lame "evil-doings" they thought Starfire would do before blowing up the moon.
- The Starfire villain head visual is very similar to the Robin crying head visual in "Staff Meeting".
- Several of the shots of Robin fighting Cinderblock with the motorcycle are recreations of scenes from the classic anime movie Akira.
- In the animated retroback in Robin with the moon, the background music is called The Moon Represents my Heart by Teresa Teng.
- Starfire's villain attire is based on the appearance of the professional wrestling tag team, Road Warriors.
- When Robin is trying to restyle his hair with the leftover hair gel, his first hair style resembles Bart Simpson's hair, the next resembles Son Goku's from Dragon Ball Z, and the last resembles Sonic the Hedgehog.
- When Starfire destroys Robin's one year supply of hair gel, his hairstyle is vaguely based on his debut appearance in Detective Comics #38.
- Starfire's evil robots seem to resemble creations of the DC villain Brother Eye.
- When the Titans try to guess what evil deed Starfire will do, the theme from the game show Jeopardy plays.
- A tree with "Harley + Mr. J" can be easily seen in the Titan's backyard, a reference to the Joker and his girlfriend Harley Quinn .
- The Jump City Railyard is a Wayne Enterprises subsidiary.
- When Robin's spiked hair goes down, it's a reference to the original Teen Titans episode "Date With Destiny", when Starfire yelled at Robin in a conversation about him taking Kitten to junior prom.
- In the scene when Starfire is talking after blowing up the moon, the background is in a style similar to the background that is seen in the videogames called Ace Attorney, when the the protagonist or antagonist becomes serious.
- The Titans say that Robin does not have a arch-enemy. However, Slade was Robin's arch enemy in the original series. Although, Slade has not appeared in this series so far.
- One of Robin's hair gel containers (that didn't get blown up by Starfire's starbolt) rolling up to Starfire and Robin, who looks relieved until Starfire destroys it and levitates away smiling.
- Silkie vomiting, demonstrating his power as Starfire's henchman.
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