Thursday, June 26, 2003
TEEN TITANS: CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Following are character descriptions provided by Cartoon Network for its upcoming Teen Titans animated series.
Formerly known as a boy wonder, Robin has moved beyond sidekick status to become the gung-ho leader of the Teen Titans. With no superpowers of his own, Robin relies on his daring, intellect and a fully-loaded utility belt to carry him through the challenges he and his team face. Robin is also highly-skilled in the martial arts. He makes quick decisions and barks orders when the going gets tough, but still treats the team like his best friends; he takes the time to explain the intricacies of life on Earth to Starfire. Robin is extremely competitive, whether he's dueling with bad guys or playing video games against Cyborg.
Cyborg is a hulking mass of man, metal and intricate circuitry. A devastating accident forced him to be rebuilt as a human/robot hybrid. But he does not dwell on that at all - he's more concerned with what's in front of him. He has a few tricks up his sleeve - literally - including a powerful sonic cannon, a vice-like mechanical grip and enhanced sight. While he's a powerful presence in showdowns with villains, Cyborg takes a lower profile back at Titans Tower. He loves hanging out with the other Titans, but he clearly spends a lot of time in the gym, too.
By far the most mysterious member of the group, Raven has a dry wit and world-weary demeanor. She always has a droll remark at the ready and is a perfect antidote to Beast Boy's silly antics. When the Teen Titans are on the attack, Raven summons her powerful mental abilities to control inanimate objects - tying up villains with steel beams or hurling cars with ease. While she comes across as a cooler-than-thou outsider, she works well with the rest of the group and would be lost without her fellow Titans.
Starfire is the outsider among a group of outsiders. From a far-away planet, she has come to Earth with little knowledge of Earthly ways and culture. For her, everything is a brand-new experience: from eating cotton candy to going to a party. She is the most sensitive member of the group - even trying to understand the motivations of the aliens and villains the Teen Titans must foil. Starfire can fly and disable her opponents with powerful energy blasts.
What he lacks in stature, he more than makes up for in attitude. Beast Boy is the changeling of the group, able to assume the shape of any animal - from a wolf to a pterodactyl. The green-skinned dynamo also has the corniest sense of humor and is the most eager to please and entertain the group. He's never in a bad mood and is enthusiastic about every new adventure. He'll try anything new and is not afraid to fail. In short, he's like the ultimate little brother - except that he can change into an alligator.
A crafty supervillain, Slade is the mastermind behind much of the crime in this corner of the world. His primary goal seems to be to destroy the Teen Titans, though his motivations for doing so are not clear. From the darkness of his secret compound, Slade dispatches other villains to do his dirty work.
Inside the local prison, a mundane-looking criminal is held in a state of suspended animation. When awoken by one of Slade's minions, he turns into Plasmus, a gelatinous blob with limbs, fangs and pincers. But this is a blob with a brain, capable of outsmarting the Teen Titans and swallowing them whole.
GIZMO, MAMMOTH AND JINX
These three teenage bad seeds are about to graduate from the Hive Academy and are looking to be employed by criminal patron Slade. But first he asks them to pass one final exam: destroy the Teen Titans. Gizmo, covered head to toe in high-tech gadgets, is a pint-sized boy-genius with a bad attitude. Mammoth is not just big for his age, this ultimate bully is big for his species. Jinx is a beautiful but arrogant witch able to cast hexes that bring her enemies the worst kind of bad luck.
THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
Not exactly bad guys, these two are literally forces of nature come to life. Thunder's earth-shattering sonic booms can crumble concrete, bend steel and even knock the Teen Titans around. Lightning is the world's biggest taser. Together they wreak havoc - all in the name of having a little fun. But their idea of fun can destroy a city.
This slick superthief is always ready for a clean getaway. With his teleporting techno-suit, he can zap himself in and out of a bank vault with a load of cash. In fact, he can even teleport anything he touches, which makes capturing Warp a tricky prospect. If Warp was not so obsessed with taking credit for his robberies, he might be the perfect criminal.
With no superpowers of his own, this ordinary guy relies on superior training, intellect and a high tech utility belt to battle his foes. Sound familiar? But unlike Robin, Killer Moth is a bad guy with an army of monstrous genetically mutated moths. The Teen Titans can't wait to squash this self-made criminal.
He's buff, charming and can breathe underwater. Just when Beast Boy is about to show off his ability to change into a menagerie of underwater creatures, Aqualad shows up. This hero of the deep joins the Teen Titans to stop a mysterious amphibious villain named Trident, who has stolen a boatload of toxic waste.
This mysterious super-thief blows into town trying to steal a high-tech computer ship. And Red X somehow knows just how to disarm each of the Teen Titans. If this masked villain can enact his plan to team up with Slade, he may be too powerful to stop.
When Cyborg gets taken offline during a battle inside the local junkyard, this cybernetic hermit takes it upon himself to tweak the big guy's systems. Fixit is "upgrading" Cy so dramatically that the Teen Titan is in danger of losing his human side, and is unable to do anything about it. Though they have little in common, both Cyborg and Fixit must deal with what it means to be part human and part machine.
All brawn and no brain, this strongman can blast through walls with ease. Built of solid concrete and capable of taking on all five Teen Titans at once, Cinderblock is a powerful foot soldier for Slade.
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