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Switched
Puppet
Episode Number 007
Broadcast Number 007
Season 01
Original Airdate September 6, 2003
Production Code 385-907
Guest Characters Puppet King
Written By Rick Copp
Directed By Ciro Nieli
Previous Episode Nevermore
Next Episode Deep Six


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Switched is the 7th episode of season one. Starfire and Raven don't really "get" each other. Star doesn't understand Raven's repression, and Raven can't deal with Starfire's emotional outbursts. But they are going to need each other's backs when The Puppet King imprisons Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy inside wooden puppets and takes control of the boys' bodies.

Plot

Puppet King turns Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy into puppets and it's up to Starfire and Raven to save them. However, when the Puppet King switches their bodies they are going to need each other's help if they can rescue the boys and get their bodies back.

Synopsis

The Puppet King sends the Titans a cardboard box of 5 puppets resembling the Titans, which they take a liking
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to. During that night the Puppet King emerges from his hiding place in the box and activates his controller, which has the ability to transfer the soul of a person into a puppet. This causes Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy to have their souls trapped in their puppets. However when the Puppet King tries this on Raven and Starfire, Raven uses her powers to stop the process, although their souls get switched and placed in each other's bodies by accident. They escape Titans Tower, with the Puppet King-controlled Titans in pursuit.

Raven and Starfire have problems using each other's powers, as Raven cannot fly or fire starbolts in Starfire's body and Starfire cannot levitate or use telekinesis in Raven's body. After they narrowly missed capture by a mind-controlled Beast Boy, they share with each other stories about their life and learn about each other as a person, in the hopes of understanding their respective powers.

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Beast Boy's soul is transfering into a puppet.

After Raven and Starfire fully understand each other they rush to an abandoned theater, where they witness the Puppet King about to burn the puppets with the souls of the boys still inside. Raven and Starfire prevent this from happening as they steal back the puppets. The Puppet King sets the mind-controlled Titans at the girls, attacking them ruthlessly. When they are overwhelmed and the puppets reclaimed by the Puppet King, who is about to burn them, there seems to be no hope left until Starfire uses Raven's telekinesis ability to counter the brainwashed Titans. This distracts the King long enough for Raven to fire a starbolt, which knocks the controller out of the Puppet King's hand, landing in the fire which was originally intended to burn the puppets. With the controller destroyed the King loses the magic force keeping him alive and returns back to a puppet and the Titans who were mind-controlled had their souls returned to their bodies. The Teen Titans thank each other before returning to the Tower. The next day, while Raven is meditating, Starfire asks if she can join her, and Raven asks Starfire if she wants to go to the mall together. Together they peacefully relax after a day's work.
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Robin, Cyborg, and Beastboy's bodies are controlled by the Puppet King.

Characters

Credits

  • Written by:
    • Rick Copp
  • Directed by:
    • Ciro Nieli

Notes

Title

  • The title represents the fact that Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy's souls were switched into dolls, while Raven and Starfire's souls were switched into each other's bodies.
  • It's also mention this episode shows that Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire each have different colored souls than their actual colors in the theme song while Beast Boy and Robin have matching colors, Beast Boy: Green, and Robin: Red. Cyborg's color is White, whereas the theme song, his actual color is Blue. Raven's color is Blue, whereas the theme song, her actual color is Blue-Violet. And Starfire's color is Yellow, whereas the theme song, her actual color is Yellow-Orange.

Trivia

  • It appears that Starfire kept her puppet, since it appeared in The Quest, while the puppets of the other Titans make an appearance on the wall in the evidence room in Fear Itself, along with the Puppet King's controller.
  • Even though no actual changes were made to the appearances of Starfire and Raven, the two look different when their bodies are switched. Raven suddenly appears weak and helpless, and Starfire seems older and more mature. Starfire also looks more like Blackfire.
  • Snapshot - 2

    Starfire and Raven a frame before they realize they have switched bodies.

    Starfire (with Raven's soul/conscience) was shown to have a navel when she says "And what?" This could possibly be an animation error.
  • The roars of Beast Boy's Utahraptor form are similar to the T-Rex from Jurassic Park.
  • Beast Boy's Utahraptor form has no head feathers (also seen in The Sum of His Parts). The later episodes show his Utahraptor form has head feathers.
  • Right after Beast Boy says "You go, girls!", Starfire's eyebrows are out of place for a second.
  • Even though Robin says the person who made the puppets got every detail right, his puppet has a lowercase "r" on its costume instead of an uppercase one like his real cosume.
  • When Raven screams, her hair goes into the shape of a raven.

Quotes

  • Puppet King: Enough! We will catch the other two after the ceremony is complete.
    Puppet Robin: Ceremony?
    Puppet Cyborg: What ceremony?
    Puppet King: Just a little spell. That will destroy you three, and make your bodies mine forever!

  • Raven: (As Starfire touching her hair) How can you stand having this much hair?
    Starfire: (As Raven) Quickly, Raven! Our friends are in danger! We must follow and--
    Raven: (As Starfire) And what? Save them with my unusable powers while your unbridled emotions blow us to bits?! Nice flying by the way.

  • Raven: (As Starfire) Okay, how do you fly this thing?
    Starfire: (As Raven) You must feel flight.
    Raven: (As Starfire) What?
    Starfire: (As Raven) When you feel the unbridled joy of flight, you will fly.
    Raven: (As Starfire) Unbridled joy? Not really my thing.
    Starfire: (As Raven) LOOK! (Points with finger and sends some of her dark powers to Raven (as Starfire), making her fall face-first, Beast Boy, as a tiger, comes charging at them)

  • Raven: (As Starfire) What do I have to feel to use starbolts?
    Starfire: (As Raven) Righteous fury!
    Raven: (As Starfire) Your alien strength?
    Starfire: (As Raven) Boundless confidence!
    Raven: (As Starfire, agitated) Nevermind.

  • Starfire: (As Raven after coming out of the sewers) Oh, Raven this is awful! Terribly, horribly, awful!
    Raven: (As Starfire) Tell me about it.
    Starfire: (As Raven) Very well. Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy have been trapped inside tiny wooden bodies (Two parking meters bends) while the nasty creature called the Puppet King has taken control of their real bodies (Papers come flying out of the newspaper) which he is using to hunt us done and you and I are in the wrong (A mailbox melts) bodies and..... (Gasps)
    Raven: (As Starfire grabs her shoulder to make her stop) Starfire! You have to calm down. My powers are driven by emotion. The more you feel, the more energy you unleash.
    Starfire: (As Raven) But what if they find us? What if our friends are doomed? What if I'm stuck looking like this forever?! (twirls head)
    Raven: (As Starfire) We'll fix it. I don't know how, but we will rescue the boys and we will get our bodies back. [pauses] What's wrong with the way I look?
    Starfire: (as Raven) Nothing.. (stoplight explodes) I will try to calm down. Peace. Quiet. Tranquil...(car explodes)
    Raven: (As Starfire) We are so doomed.

  • Beast Boy: (as a Utahraptor and attacking Raven) ROAR!
    Raven: Beast Boy, it's me! Don't make me hurt you!

  • Puppet King: (as Puppet Robin) Titans, go! Hey, aren't you guys coming?
    Puppet King: (as Puppet Raven) What's the point?! We can't possibly defeat the Puppet King.
    Puppet King: (as Puppet Starfire) He's too cleaver and powerful. Not to mention good looking.
    Puppet King: (as Puppet Cyborg) Yeah, we should probably just surrender now.
    Puppet King: (as Puppet Beast Boy) Dude, I think we already have.
    Puppet King: Bravo, bravo. But enough rehearsal! Time to start the show.

  • Beast Boy: (after his puppet kicks Robin's puppet) Dude, my puppet is totally kicking your puppet's butt.
    Robin: Not for long. (his puppet pushes Beast Boy's puppet and it accidentally hits Cyborg's puppet)
    Cyborg: You wanna piece of me little man? (the boys' puppets begin to battle)

  • Raven: (being restrained along with Starfire by Zombie Cyborg) Let me go!
    Starfire: Friends, why do you attack us?
    Puppet King: Oh, they're not your friends anymore! They're my puppets!
    (pulls out the puppets with the souls of Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy trapped in them) These are your friends.
    Puppet Robin: Starfire!
    Puppet Cyborg: Raven!
    Puppet Beast Boy: Help!
    Raven: Release them!
    Puppet King: Sorry, but you're not in charge here. You don't command me, (pulls out his controller) I command you. (Zombies Beast Boy and Robin hold out the puppets of Raven and Starfire, the girls begin glowing Blue and Yellow) And with the Puppet King pulling the strings, the Teen Titans will command the entire city.
    Raven: (in a weak voice as her soul along with Starfire's gets sucked out of their bodies) Azarath Metrion Zinthos (the last of the dark powers are unleashed  knocking Zombies Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, and the Puppet King to the ground and dropping the controller.)
    Puppet King: My control! (the controller activates and the blue and yellow beams burst out causing the girls' souls to be released from the puppets and into each other's bodies. Raven and Starfire glow as Yellow and Blue. The girls escape as the Blue and Yellow lights switch off) After them. (Zombies Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy gets up and chases after the girls. The girls then hide in the sewers as the controlled Titans continue searching for them.)
    Starfire: (As Raven): The boys! Raven, what are we going to.... (Raven in Starfire's body turns on the light and the girls looked at each realizing that they had switched bodies by accident)
    Raven: (As Starfire) Starfire?
    Starfire: (As Raven) Raven? 'gasps' You are me! 'gasps' And I am you!
    (Dark powers comes out of her head and destroys the lightbulb)

  • Starfire: (As Raven) At least I am able to fly! On my planet even a newborn can unleash the joy of flight, but you are too busy being grumpy and rude to feel anything at all!!!!
    Raven: (As Starfire) Maybe you haven't noticed, but my emotions are dangerous. I can't afford to feel anything. You may have my body, but you know nothing about me.
    Starfire: (As Raven) Perhaps, you are right. And if you and I are to overcome this ordeal, we must know everything about each other. So, begin sharing.
    Raven: (As Starfire) Alright, I was born in a place called Azarath.....

  • Raven: Azarath Metrion Zinthos. Azarath Metrion Zinthos.
    Starfire: Raven? Forgive my interruption, but.. 

         Raven: I haven't seen Robin, Cyborg, or Beast Boy.

         Starfire: Truthfully, I am wishing to join you in meditation.

Raven: Really? Alright. (Starfire flies in front of Raven and poses her meditation position) Find your center, focus your energies, and...
Both: Azarath Metrion Zinthos. Azarath Metrion Zinthos.
Raven: Starfire?
Starfire: Yes?
Raven: After this, would you like to go to the mall?
Starfire: Mmm-hmm. (nods her head)
Both: Azarath Metrion Zinthos. Azarath Metrion Zinthos.

  • Puppet King: (hearing the intrusion of Starfire and Raven) Search and destroy. I do not want an audience. (the controlled Robin and Cyborg leave to search for intruders) Well, Titans, time for your grand finale. (pours a blue chemical from the vial and into the fire)
    Raven: (As Starfire sees the boys about to be burned) 'gasps' No!
    Puppet King: (grabs the boys) It's going to be a real show stopper.
    Puppets Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy: Stop! Please! Hey!
    Puppet Robin: No!
    Puppet Cyborg: Stop!
    Puppet Beast Boy: Help!
    Puppet King: Don't worry. I'll take good care of your bodies. After all, they'll be mine forever. (drops the boys in the fire, but was saved at the last minute by Starfire using Raven's dark powers to catch them and bring them up safely)
    Starfire: (As Raven hugs the boys after saving them) My friends! You are unharmed!
    Puppet Robin: Starfire?
    Raven: (As Starfire) It a long story.
    Puppet King: (summons the mind-controlled Titans) Go my puppets! Capture them!
    Raven: (As Starfire grabs Starfire in Raven's body's arm and runs as the comtrolled Titans begin to chase after them) Move!
    Puppet Beast Boy: Dude, get your butt out of my face!
    Puppet Robin: Can't move! Deal with it!
    Starfire: (As Raven) AAAHHH!!! Raven, help!
    Raven: (As Starfire) Starfire! (tackles Zombie Robin and holds him by the cape)
    Starfire: (As Raven) Not me, them! (points down to the puppet king who is about to drop the boys into the fire)
    Puppet King: The Puppet King is in command!
    Raven: (As Starfire) NO!!!!!! (fires a starbolt at the Puppet King causing his controller to fall in the fire)
    Puppet King: 'gasps' My control! (the fire encircles in the air and the Puppet King's eyes glow) NO!!!!!!!
  • Starfire: (After returning herself and the other Titans back to normal) I am me and you are you!
  • Cyborg: And we're us!
    Robin: Thanks to you, two.
    Beast Boy: You go girls!
    Starfire: Raven, we have done it! (hugs Raven much to her discomfort)
    Raven: You're hugging me.
    Puppet King: NO! The magic! Without it, I'm just a.....(reverts into a lifeless puppet)

  • Starfire: (As Raven) Very, very good! What was your joyful thought?
    Raven:(As Starfire) You don't wanna know.
    Starfire(As Raven) Oh, but i do! Please tell me! What did you imagine?
    Raven:(As Starfire, sighs) You not talking.
    Starfire:(As Raven, awkward smile) Oh...I'm glad I could help...

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