Prompt 81: Heroes: What it means to the Titans, to be a hero.

Disclaimer: I don't own Teen Titans.


For Starfire, heroism is the joy of knowing that she's fighting the good fight. Starfire comes from a culture that leaves her well-adjusted to a life of warfare and constant violence; all that really fazes her anymore is truly senseless violence, for on Tamaran, while the taking of life is hardly considered a crime at all, murder without reason is dishonorable and cowardly.

Starfire's idea of a hero is one who is without fear and always stands upon the moral high ground. The hero will always do what is just and honorable; punishment will be meted out to those who behave in a dishonorable fashion, and the punishment will fit the crime, exactly.

A hero never rescinds on their word given, and Starfire will protect her adopted home to her last breath.


Beast Boy thinks of heroes as those guys who go flying through the air with capes and spandex. He grew up following Superman's exploits, sucking it all up like candy. Meeting Robin and seeing someone with really cool implants like Cyborg was a dream come true.

Mento tells him that it's not all that simple, and that fighting crime is really hard work and that Beast Boy should act his age, grow up and realize that it's not all fun and games. Beast Boy says "Yes, sir", but secretly disregards his words. Sometimes, Mento seems to consider it his job to wreck Beast Boy's dreams and fantasies, but Beast Boy knows that there are dreams that he can never get at.

Beast Boy thinks of himself as a hero when he breaks up robberies and heists and takes the opportunity to kick villains up and down the pavement. Apart from that, he just thinks of himself as a regular guy.


Heroes are the guys who come up with new advances in medicine and technology, those people who put their mind to a task and find a way to make it work. Cyborg, being something of an amateur scientist himself, appreciates that, just like he appreciates all the work that went in to the creation of his prosthetics.

Those people, the Justice League and the Doom Patrol… Cyborg sees crime fighters but not heroes.

The real heroes are the doctors and the fire fighters and police officers, and all of those people who work to benefit man or whose work puts them in harm's way. It's not the people with super powers who bear the weight of the world; it's the ones without any powers at all.

And Cyborg knows that the closest he can come to being a hero is by looking out for those people.


Raven has never had much use for heroes, mainly because the so-called 'heroes' never had any use for her. If it were not for the defiant streak that Raven likes to think she didn't get from either side of the family, her very nature would define her as a being of evil.

Raven supposes that heroism is looking Fate in the eye and pausing to spit in its face. Heroism is proving that not all traits are carried down in the blood, and that the apple can fall far from the tree. No one has to carry the weight of deeds done by their forbearer's on their shoulders.

Being a hero is seeing a path laid down before, and turning away from that path, because you know it isn't right.


Robin knows that true heroes operate in the dark.

It's been a long times since Robin worked with Batman, but he can remember how the old man rolled, and it's one of the few things he and his mentor still agree on. The Titans don't seek out the limelight; none of them particularly want it, and none of them need it.

The true heroes do their deeds where no one will ever see them, and will never be stopped by the fact that no one knows what they do for them.