How Old Are All the Members of the Teen Titans?

How Old Are All the Members of the Teen Titans?

The Teen Titans are among the most popular superhero groups ever. Although the team has changed several times since their debut in 1964, the Teen Titans have remained a constant in the history of DC Comics. As stated, the group has undergone a lot of changes over the years, with the current, and best-known roster having practically nothing to do with the original one, save for a character or two. Of course, due to them gathering teenage heroes, mostly outcasts in one way or the other, the Teen Titans don’t really have a fixed team roster. This made our task a bit difficult, but we managed to find a solution that fits the purpose of this article.

Now, what we decided to do today is to bring you the ages of the Teen Titans members. Of course, their ages change over the years, but we have managed to find some comic book data that confirms the ages of some members of the best-known roster of the Teen Titans. This means that we have managed to gather the official data on a total of ten characters who have, at one point or the other, been members of the Teen Titans. Let us see their ages!

Nightwing

Nightwing is the superhero alter ego of Richard “Dick” Grayson, a fictional superhero from the DC Comics fictional universe. The character of Dick Grayson was created Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson and was introduced in Detective Comics #38 (1940) as the first Robin. The character of Nightwing debuted in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984).

The story of Dick Grayson is intrinsically tied to Batman’s story, as he was the first sidekick of the Caped Crusader and the first Robin ever. He was introduced in a Deux ex machina manner, with the later comic books explaining how young Dick Grayson was the member of a famous circus troupe – the Flying Graysons. He was orphaned as a child when mobster Tony Zucco sabotaged his family’s act, killing all of them except Richard.

Bruce Wayne, who was present during the show, took Dick Grayson under his care and soon trained him to become his sidekick, the first Robin. Dick Grayson remains the Robin with the longest tenure as Batman’s sidekick and the two of them have has numerous adventures together.

Still, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, Dick Grayson grew tired of being Batman’s sidekick and decided to become a superhero on his own account. He took the name Nightwing, as an hommage to his early adventure in the Kryptonian city of Kandor, where he met a local superhero of the same name. Wanting to separate himself from Batman as much as possible, he moved to the neighbourging city of Blüdhaven and became its protector, although he regularly visits Gotham and helps his former mentor. On a couple of occasions, he even took the mantle of Batman in Bruce Wayne’s absence.

He was also a member of the Teen Titans, Young Justice and the Justice League, as well as Batman’s family.

The famous Tales of the New Teen Titans #4, responsible for revealing the Titans’ backstories, sees Dick accepting an alcoholic drink (even though he doesn’t usually drink). As the comic was set during the 1980s, this means that he had to be at least 18 years old by that point in the narrative. In The New Teen Titans #1, even before establishing the new Teen Titans, Robin mentions that he had “dropped out of college”. In The New Teen Titans #37, set just before “The Judas Contract” main arc, in a personal conversation/argument with Bruce Wayne, Dick stresses out that he is 19 years old, and “no longer a kid”.

Starfire

Starfire or Koriand’r (also known as Kory), comes from the planet Tamaran. She is the second of three children and a princess of the planet. One day, the evil planet known as Citadel, managed to invade Tamaran, taking little Kory, planet known as Citadel, managed to invade Tamaran, taking little Kory as a ransom for the planet’s freedom, as a ransom for the planet’s freedom.

The real culprit behind these events is Komand’r, her elder sister, born with a mysterious disease that inhibited her natural ability to fly, making her an outcast within the society of the planet. For this reason she will betray her people and sell them out to the Citadel. During Kory’s escape, her sister will try to stop her, only to be kidnapped with her by the scientist race known as Psion.

These will modify the body of the princesses thus giving it their power to emit star rays. Kory will take the name of Starfire, while Komand’r that of Blackfire, and the two will become bitter enemies.

Starfire will then flee to Earth, where she will meet the Teen Titans, joining the group and starting a job as a model. Starfire will become a pivotal member of the group, battling numerous threats such as Deathstroke, the demon Trigon, Brother Blood, Darkseid and half-sister Blackfire. She will also begin a relationship with Dick Grayson, also known as Nightwing, and with whom she will have a daughter in a parallel universe, Nightstar.

Some time later a large-scale alien invasion will take place on Earth, but despite this, Dick and Kory decide to get married, only to be stopped by teammate Raven, maddened by her empathic powers and by the demonic legacy of her father Trigon. Raven will incinerate the priest before she can pronounce the two husband and wife.

The Titans will manage to stop their friend, but the marriage will go awry anyway. After Tamaran is destroyed by a Sun Eater, and the death of the founding Titan member Donna Troy at the hands of the cyborg Hank Henshaw, Starfire and the other Titan members will become the mentors of a new generation of heroes. Starfire will then leave the group to join Nightwing’s new group, known as the Outsiders.

During Infinite Crisis, Starfire will find herself exiled to space with Adam Strange and Animal Man, and together with them she will fight evil gods and legions of Zombies, also clashing with the bounty hunter Lobo. Back on Earth, Starfire will use her powers to eradicate the cult of the zombie lady, Lady Stygia, and give rise to a new incarnation of the Titans, this time made up of only the adult members of the group.

After the events of the Blackest Night, Starfire will become a member of the Justice League, only to leave the group after a short time and join the inter-space police known as R.E.B.E.L.S.

As Tales of the New Teen Titans #4 reveals, during Kory’s retelling of her own story, she mentions that during her training with the powerful Warlords of Okaara she “grew from young child into young woman”, but the way her physique was portrayed in the story puts her at no more than 16 years of age and no less than 14, although this is a rough estimate, as her race might age differently. She then continues to recount how she was enslaved and tortured by her sister for 6 years, which puts her around the 20-year mark, probably between 20 and 22 years, by the time she escaped her captivity and landed on Earth, meeting the Teen Titans.

Cyborg

Victor Stone is the son of a couple of scientists. His parents used him as a guinea pig, for various experiments. Blaming them for this, he began to befriend a young thug, Ron Evers which caused him to break the law.

Young Victor was also interested in activities disapproved by his parents, such as athletics. Nonetheless, he ends up setting limits for himself, refusing to follow Ron into terrorist activity. Things get complicated when he visits his parents, who then work for S.T.A.R. Labs.

During an experiment on a dimensional portal, a dangerous gelatinous creature crosses the passage and kills Victor’s mother. It then turns its attention to Victor and severely cripples him. His father finally manages to send the monster back into the portal.

To save his son’s life, Mr. Stone implanted multiple prototype prostheses of his own design on him, making him a true cyborg. Horrified by the result, Victor wants to die. Therapeutic care, however, enabled him to recover more or less from the shock.

However, he is clearly unable to resume normal life: everyone, even his girlfriend, Marcy Reynolds rejects him. He sinks into depression. Ron then tries to take the opportunity to manipulate him and use him for a terrorist attack against the United Nations. But Victor does not give in and, equipping his prostheses with high-tech weapons, intervenes to prevent him from launching an attack on the UN headquarters.

He later joins the Teen Titans team, who teach him how to turn his rage into heroism. It also allows him to make new friends. Thus, during this period, he binds in particular with Changeling. After the destruction of the team, he has a new Tower of the Titans built in San Francisco and forms a new team of Titans, of which he is one of the current leaders.

Cyborg’s age requires a bit of maths to understand. Namely, in Tales of the New Teen Titans #1, while Victor Stone is recounting his past, he states that “I was 17 now”, then “almost a year” has passed, “while I went on to college”, when “one day” the incident that transformed him into Cyborg happened. This means that he became Cyborg at around 18 years. He continues to explain how it took him a total of 6 “long, lonely” months to regain consciousness (1 month), and to learn to be able to use his body again (5 months). Ultimately, this means that he couldn’t have been younger than 18 when he met the Teen Titans and that, in fact, he was much closer to 19 years of age when he met them.

Beast Boy

As a child, Garfield suffered from a rare disease called Sakutia and was treated with blood plasma extracted from a green monkey. This serum had an unexpected effect and gave Garfield his green appearance and the ability to transform into any animal he wanted.

Before becoming a Titan or a member of the Doom Patrol, Garfield was in the care of Nicholas Galtry, the attorney of his parents’ real estate. However, while the young Logan was in Africa, Galtry embezzled funds from Gar’s legacy. Galtry later tried to get Garfield eliminated in order to keep all of his fortune.

Known as Beast Boy, he was adopted by Elasti-Girl and Mento from the Doom Patrol. He later joined the members of the West Coast Titans, and was a member of the New Teen Titans reunited by Raven. At this time he took the name Changeling. He befriended Cyborg.

He later reused the name Beast Boy, and was entitled to his own mini-series. Following the failure of his attempt to recreate a “Titans West” team, he returned to the main team. Despite being a comedic character, Beast Boy uses his humor to hide his inner grief.

Beast Boy has seen a lot of hard knocks in his life – his real parents died, his foster mother was killed, and his foster father went mad. Garfield fell in love with Terra, a young girl with geokinetic powers. However, the latter was a spy in the pay of Deathstroke and was killed after betraying the Titans.

Despite all this, Garfield is a character who has kept morale intact.

As far as it is known, Garfield Logan, a.k.a. Beast Boy is only 16 years old in the main continuity of the Teen Titans series. Namely, in Tales of the New Teen Titans #4, which is an early story about the new group, Cyborg, Beast Boy’s best friend, states that Garfield is only 16 years old while they’re having a celebratory drink.

Raven

Raven is a character with a bizarre past. She is the daughter of the human Arella and the demon Trigon. She grew up in another dimension called Azarath, populated by pacifist creatures. She was initially raised by the mystical Azar, but after his death, Arella took Raven under her wing. At the age of 17, Raven discovered her origins, and that her father would soon come to her dimension.

She approached the Justice League for help, but they refused because Zatanna discovered Raven’s demonic lineage. In a desperate attempt, she brought the Teen Titans back together. Her team included Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy. The team defeated Trigon and locked him in an interdimensional prison. Despite this, Raven could not completely escape her father’s influence, and had to fight regularly to keep her powers under control. Raven was absent from the team for a long time around the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline.

She returned when Brother Blood caught her to take control of Nightwing. Raven was saved by the Titans. From this moment on, she began to wear a white cape as a sign of her freedom from her father’s influence. Raven discovered that she could not only feel but manipulate the emotions of others. Raven’s life remained virtually unchanged until she was kidnapped by the Wildebeest Society during the “Titans Hunt” storyline.

The Wildebeest wanted to use the Titans to free Trigon. Raven came under the influence of her father again, and temporarily became his henchman. Raven just managed to transfer her consciousness to Starfire. After the Titans defeated the evil Raven, the consciousness of the good Raven became a being of golden energy, without physical form.

Raven is the only character on this list whose age changed from the original one when the series was rebooted. When the reboot was launched, Raven became a much more important character with more substance, while the original Raven was a plot device more than anything. Tales of the New Teen Titans #2 revealed that the original Raven arrived on Earth just after turning 18, which is when she looked for and united the Teen Titans to help her fight Trigon. In the reboot, Raven was depicted as being 16 years old when Trigon tried to use her to come to Earth.

Donna Troy

Donna Troy is a comic book superheroine appearing in stories published by DC Comics. She is the original Wonder Girl and later adopted the new alias, Troia. Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, she first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #60 (1965). Donna was commonly featured in stories of the Teen Titans, a team she joined on their second adventure and has since been described as a founding member of it.

After the comic book revamp that resulted from Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent, DC was looking for a way to get parents to accept the Wonder Woman character. One of the approaches chosen was the series Impossible Tales, in which Diana Prince finds herself facing younger versions of herself, thus creating a Wonder Family.

A teenage version of Wonder Woman was named Wonder Girl. Subsequently, from Wonder Woman #123 (1961), the name “Impossible Tale” disappeared. Wonder Girl then becomes a full-fledged character and no longer a copy of Diana.

Wonder Girl’s first appearance as Wonder Woman’s little sister was in The Brave and the Bold #60 (1965), where she appears as a member of the Junior Justice League, called the Teen Titans. This group consists of Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West) and Aqualad (each apprentice to Batman, The Flash and Aquaman respectively). After their appearance in Showcase #59 (December 1965), the Titans became the main characters in their own series, Teen Titans, the first issue of which was released in February 1966.

Writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gil Kane came up with the origins for the character in Teen Titans #22, as well as a new costume. This story establishes that Wonder Girl was saved from a fire by Wonder Woman when she was still very young. With her parents dead, Wonder Woman took her to Themyscira, where Queen Hippolyta raised her as her daughter.

Wonder Girl received her powers from the Amazons thanks to the Island’s Purple Ray. In 1969, Wonder Girl donned a tight red costume; she was then called “Wonder Girl” or “Wonder Chick” by her classmates and adopted the secret identity of Donna Troy. Donna continued with the Titans until the end of the series at #43 in February 1973. She was still part of the team when it reformed in November 1976. But Teen Titans was canceled again in February 1978. During this last issue, Donna and the other members of the team go their separate ways.

As explicitly revealed in Titans #5, Donna Troy was 23 years old when the Titans were brought back together in the aftermath of Cyborg’s return to Earth. Thank you DC Comics for making this one so easy and so clear.

Kid Flash

His father, Don, is one of the Tornado Twins and his paternal grandfather is Barry Allen, the second Flash. His paternal grandmother, Iris West Allen, is also the adoptive aunt of the first Kid Flash, Wally West (Bart’s former first cousin).

Additionally, Bart is the first cousin of XS, a Legionnaire and daughter of Dawn Allen. On his mother’s side, he is a descendant of the supervillains Professor Zoom and Cobalt Blue, as well as Owen Mercer’s half-brother, the second Captain Boomerang. In addition to these relatives, he had a supervillain clone known as Inertia.

For most of his superhero career, Bart was the teenage sidekick to the Wally West version of The Flash. After West’s apparent death in the Infinite Crisis crossover event in 2006, Allen grew up and became the Flash. His tenure as Flash was brief and ended with his death in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13.

Allen was subsequently absent for nearly two years after his apparent death, but resurfaced, young again, as Kid Flash, in 2009’s Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. During DC’s The New 52 era, Bart Allen was reintroduced in Teen Titans as the alias of an amnesiac revolutionary from the future named Bar Torr; the character was later written out of the comics, and his tenure was erased from continuity by the subsequent DC Rebirth initiative.

The original Bart Allen was recovered as part of DC Rebirth’s Wonder Comics Young Justice series.

Since Bart Allen is a character from the future and a Speedster at that, his age is practically impossible to properly determine. Due to his hyperfast metabolism, he aged 12 years during his first two. This means that, when he returned to our time, he was either two or -998 years, depending on how you look at it. He physically looked like he was 12, but had college-level education, at the same time acting like a six-year-old child. So, go figure, huh?

Red Arrow

Emiko Queen is a fictional female character and superhero who appeared in stories published byDC comics. She was created by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andre Solentino, debuting in Green Arrow #18 (2013).

She is the half-sister of Oliver Quinn, the original Green Arrow. She is also the second female Red Arrow who became a part of the Green Arrow network led by Oliver Queen, although she has also appeared as the Green Arrow.

Under the guidance of the guardian Simon Lacroix, Emiko became an experienced archer and qualified fighter, with dangerous strength and fierce will.

The exact age of Emiko Queen is not known, but from what we have gathered in the comic books, she is somewhere around 18 years of age when she meets and joins the Teen Titans. There are stories depicting her as being even younger, but the main continuity stories seem to show an 18-year-old Emiko Queen.

Tara Markov

The first Terra, Tara Markov, was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, premiering in New Teen Titans #26 (1982). Tara Markov, Geo-Force’s half-sister, was the illegitimate daughter of the King of Markovia. In Markovia, she was taken in by Dr. Helga Jace, whose experiments gave Terra the power to control earthly matter.

After obtaining these powers, she left Markovia for the United States. A true psychopath by temperament, Terra became a mercenary, doing the dirty work for people like Deathstroke (with whom she shares an affair, when she was barely sixteen and he was a mature man). She joined the Teen Titans, deceiving them into staging a battle against Deathstroke.

She then spied on them for Deathstroke, ultimately giving him the information he needed to capture the Titans. The vanquished Titans were taken to a fortress of Deathstroke’s sponsors, the HIVE (Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination). Nightwing and Deathstroke’s son Jericho attacked the complex to save them, but they were captured.

When they were brought to Deathstroke and the members of the organization, Jericho possessed his father and freed the Titans who then attacked HIVE. Ignoring Jericho’s powers, Terra believed Deathstroke had betrayed her, and, enraged, caused the HIVE base to collapse upon herself. Despite his betrayal, her statue was placed in the Tower of the Titans Memorial.

As indicated by her tombstone, Tara Markov, a.k.a. Terra, was only 16 when she died. Since she has been with the Titans for a year at most, she was probably 15 when she joined them and died a year later. This is confirmed in Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3: “The Judas Contract – Part 4: Finale” (1984), where we can see the inscription on her grave: “Here lies Terra, a Teen Titan — 1968–1984 — May she rest in peace.”

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