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Betrothed is the 29th episode of the Teen Titans series and the 3rd episode of Season Three.



To the shock of her friends and teammates (especially Robin's), Starfire has been called back to her home planet Tamaran to be the bride in an arranged wedding. She invites them to come along and attend her wedding, and she is excited to see her home planet again; even the fact that she had never met her groom before does little to dampen her enthusiasm. But right above Tamaran the Titans are attacked by a squad of unknown space fighters, which they manage to destroy.

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Robin takes it like a man!

Arriving at the royal palace, the Titans are introduced to Galfore, Starfire's former guardian, who explains that their attackers belonged to the Drenthax, who have recently conquered the planet, and welcomes Starfire back as the princess she is (she had neglected to mention this piece of trivia to the others). After receiving a taste (figuratively and literally) of Tamaranean customs, they meet the Grand Ruler of Tamaran - their old enemy Blackfire, who has since escaped from prison and taken over the throne. She arranged the wedding as part of a truce between Tamaran and Drenthax IV, with the groom being the ruler of the Drenthax, Glgrdsklechhh, a thoroughly disgusting blob-like creature.

Upset that Starfire gets married off (especially to such a prospective husband) and suspecting that Blackfire may be up to no good, Robin orders the Titans to check out things more closely while he goes off to try and persuade Starfire to flee the wedding, but as reluctant as she is herself, Starfire refuses for the welfare of her people. However, as Robin suspected, the whole affair turns out to be a hoax: Cyborg and Beast Boy find out that the Drenthax fleet is not piloted by alien crews but by robots, and Raven finds out the true reason behind the matter: In exchange for her sister's hand (and with Starfire's forced marriage to him as a personal revenge bonus), Glgrdsklechhh has agreed to give Blackfire the Jewel of Charta, an artifact which would increase her energy powers and make her virtually invincible. The Titans are discovered and imprisoned, but upon sharing their intelligence, they decide not to quietly stand aside and break out to warn their friend.

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Starfire saying goodbye.

In the meantime, Galfore has come to notice that Starfire's heart is not on the wedding at all, despite her assurances that she is aware of its importance. Standing before the altar, just as she is asked by Blackfire whether she will take Glgrdsklechhh as her husband, Starfire witnesses Robin fighting the palace guards and refuses; right afterwards, the Titans burst in and reveal Blackfire's treachery. Enraged, Starfire finally casts off her demureness and challenges her sister for the crown. Even though the Jewel of Charta gives Blackfire an advantage, she cannot stand up against her sister's wrath; Starfire crushes the Jewel and then blasts Blackfire into submission.

As the new ruler of Tamaran, Starfire calls off the wedding and banishes Blackfire from Tamaran. But as the crowd cheers her as the new Grand Ruler, she publicly admits that she is unfit to assume the throne either, as her heart is now set on Earth and her friends, and she passes the crown on to Galfore, instating him as the new Grand Ruler. As they take their goodbyes, Starfire expresses to Galfore that she might find her husband on Earth, to which he smiles lovingly ... and knowingly.


  • It is revealed that Starfire is ticklish, very ticklish.
  • This is the only time in the series Starfire's true name - Koriand'r - from the DC comics is used.
  • The episode contains an error: After Starfire destroys the jewel of Charta, she attacks her sister. If you watch very close to Blackfire, you see she still wear the Jewel en her eyes still red. You can see this mistake here:, on 1:30, Starfire is holding the remains of the jewel and on 1:36 we see Blackfire still wearing it.


  • Robin: You're getting married?!!
    Starfire: Indeed! And I cannot wait to see Tamaran. I have been having a bit of the sick home feeling lately and am eager to introduce my home planet to you, my friends! First you must ingest some fresh-squeezed glorg, or perhaps sput-flinks! And wait until you see the portkins. They are as big as a flarnop!
    Beast Boy: Um am I the only one afraid of the big portkins?
    Robin: You're getting married?!!
    Raven: Uh, yeah, anyone we know?
    Starfire: Oh, I have never met him. My betrothed has been chosen for me by the Grand Ruler of Tamaran.
    [Starfire looks up to see Robin on her pod's canopy]
    Robin: You're getting married?! AND TO SOMEONE YOU'VE NEVER MET?! [notices just now that he´s outside the ship and quickly "swims" back into his seat]
    Starfire: Of course Robin, it is the way of my people.
    Robin: But Starfire- [gets interrupted when the T-ship is attacked]
  • Starfire: Friends, I wish you to meet my k'norfka, Galfore. He raised me from the time I was very small.
    Beast Boy: [laughing] You mean this dude's your nanny?
    Galfore: [towering menacingly above him] YOU FIND THAT AMUSING, LITTLE ONE?!
  • Cyborg: Um, unless they tickle people to death here, I think you can chill.
  • Starfire: I have missed you, Galfore.
    Galfore: And I have missed you ... Princess Starfire.
    The other Titans: PRINCESS?!?!?!!
    Starfire: [sheepishly] Oh, yes, I am...second in line for the throne. Perhaps I forgot to mention?
  • Beast Boy: I don't know what's a bed, what's a chair and what's alive! How am I supposed to take my beauty nap?
  • Starfire: Let us now return to Earth, please. I'm feeling the sick for my home ... my real home.
    Beast Boy: Then let's hurry! I couldn't figure out how to use the bathrooms here!
    Cyborg: We are NOT having any accidents in the T-ship! You get me?


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