One of the most iconic catchphrases in the entire DC Universe is living on even in the Teen Titans’ most desolate timeline.
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The DC Universe is facing one of its darkest ages yet throughout the various titles comprising Future State, one in which many of Earth’s greatest heroes are already long gone. The Teen Titans themselves have come face to face with the most horrific evils in this new future, and from the looks of things, they might be the only ones left who can save it. Even when fighting for the fate of the world, the Titans know that the small victories matter just as much as any other. Though there isn’t time to properly celebrate those little wins on the battlefield, there’s always time for a triumphant one-liner, and one Titan’s catchphrase has become just that for another surprising member of the team.
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Not many of the Titans team remains after the Four Horsemen of Apokalips were unleashed upon the world, each of them claiming a member of the team as their unwitting host. The most recognizable of all of them is Famine within the body of Wally West. His particular reign of terror has already claimed the lives of several other Speedsters, including Kid Flash. While the surviving Titans might not have a home anymore or complete faith in one another, there is no time left to try and mend any bridges. They’ve got one shot left to take down the Horsemen, and the time to take it is now. On the battlefield, Crush, the daughter of Lobo, takes her rage out on the oversized Pestilence. Pestilence has taken up residence in the body of her friend and teammate Roundhouse. Knowing there isn’t anything left of him, Crush doesn’t have to worry about holding back at all. While Cy-Beast attends to Famine, Crush lands a haymaker that leaves Pestilence quite literally spewing his guts. In this moment, she lets out a triumphant “Booyah.”
First introduced in 2003’s Teen Titans television series from Cartoon Network, “Booyah” was the catchphrase of none other than Cyborg himself, and the typically joyful or boisterous exclamation quickly became synonymous with the character. The catchphrase followed Cyborg from the first Teen Titans series to the Teen Titans Go! spinoff, and was even uttered by Ray Fisher when he portrayed the character in 2017’s live-action Justice League. While that particular utterance became something of a controversy, no one was disappointed when the character finally picked up the catchphrase in the comics relatively recently. The most famous comic book “Booyah” so far probably belongs to 2019’s Justice League Odyssey #4 by Joshua Williamson and Phillipe Briones, wherein Cyborg cries out his catchphrase to a crowd of cheering gladiatorial spectators.
Seeing it come from anyone other than Cyborg might be a little strange, but it is more than reasonable for one of his teammates to have picked it up for themselves over the years. Then again, it could be indicative of a deeper relationship between Crush and Cyborg, or even his currently merged form of Cy-Beast that he shares with Beast Boy. The two might not have the most in common, but they’ve both been outsiders in ways the rest of the team haven’t. The idea that Crush found in Cyborg the mentor or role model she needed is not just a heartwarming thought, but a very real possibility. Whatever the case may be, it’s good to see the beloved catchphrase living on — even if it is in the worst future that the DC Universe has seen so far.
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