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Red X

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A mysterious super-thief known as Red X arrived in town trying to steal a high-tech computer ship. And Red X somehow knew just how to disarm each of the Teen Titans. Red X was actually Robin is disguise; He assumed the identity of Red X in an attempt to learn more about his arch-foe, Slade. But the plan backfired, and Robin almost lost the trust of his friends.

Later, Red X mysteriously resurfaced. Someone had stolen the super-suit from Robin’s safekeeping. Red X sought Xenothium – the rare dangerous chemical that powers the suit. After Robin and Red X were both double-crossed by the evil Professor Chang, they teamed up to bring him down and rescue the Titans. Robin was able to steal the belt that powered the suit before Red X made his escape.

When Robin’s most prized possession was stolen by the hip hot-rodder Ding Dong Daddy, he had beat him in a cross-country road race to get it back. Red X joined the race in an attempt to secure Robin’s prize and auction it off to the highest bidder. But when Robin saved Red X’s life, the mysterious super-thief sabotaged Robin’s competitors, enabled the teen wonder to win the race.

Neither good nor evil, Red X’s motivations and identity remain a mystery.

  • Beast Boy’s blackboard of theories to Red X’s identity contains a reference to “Jason Todd”, who is the second comic book Robin. Jason was brave, but also very impulsive and reckless. After searching for the identity of his mother, Jason was killed by the Joker. That tragedy looms over Batman and all future Robins. The inclusion of Jason further clouds the issue “Who is Robin?” in the TEEN TITANS series. FRACTURED and HOW LONG IS FOREVER? supported the “Dick Grayson” theory. Now, it appears the creative team is just having fun with us.
  • Bandai produced an exclusive “Robin as Red X” figure at San Diego ComiCon in 2004.

Producer David Slack on Red X: “So what I realized was this: Red X still represents Robin, and it’s a side of him that he’s not proud of. So it became a meditation on the nature of good and evil and the line between them. And since it was a Robin episode, it became a more film noir story. We wanted to bring that sensibility to it. So now we’ve got Red X out there. He’s the variable. You never know what side he’s on – because he’s just on his own side.”

Red X did not originate in the comic books; He was created for the animated series.

Revved Up

Scott Menville – the voice of Robin – as Red X.

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