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Sym-Bionic Titan

Action, adventure, and positive messages for tweens.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Some good take-away messages about fitting in and staying true to yourself.

Positive messages

The show has some positive messages for tweens about facing challenges, putting others' needs before your own, and finding common ground with a diverse set of peers. A strong female lead heads up the well-meaning trio.

Positive role models

Ilana has a strong set of values, and she, Lance, and Octus are willing to put themselves in harm's way to protect the innocent humans around them. She's a problem-solver who takes on tough challenges for the sake of others.

Violence & scariness

Multiple violent exchanges in each episode, including guns and heavy artillery (tanks, bombs, etc.). Some of the alien invaders use blasts of fire to level whole sections of a city. But despite it all, actual injuries to humans usually aren't shown.

Sexy stuff

Some flirting between teens, and girls swooning over cute guys. Occasional brief scenes of teens kissing.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's plenty of cartoon violence in this animated series, including gun use, bombs, and use of fire to destry entire city blocks. While the main characters can join forces and transform into a robot-like being that's mostly immune to enemy onslaughts, since the battles often take place in an urban setting, human casualties are presumed (but they're not shown). Violence aside, the show does have some notable positives, mostly associated with Ilana, the role model-worthy main female character. Her desire to assimilate among her human counterparts -- and to protect and unify them -- offers some strong messages about respecting others and considering their needs ahead of your own.

What's the story?

When the peaceful existence of the planet Galaluna comes under attack from the power-hungry General Modula (voiced by Don Leslie), the king sends his daughter, Princess Ilana (Tara Strong), away for her safety. Accompanied by her protector, Lance (Kevin Thoms), and an adaptable android named Octus (Brian Posehn), Ilana lands on Earth and attempts to blend into her surroundings. Once Modula locates her landing site, he sends his minions to Earth after her, but she, Lance, and Octus don their Galalunan battle gear -- in which they can join forces as the power Titan -- to protect themselves and their new human neighbors.

Is it any good?


SYM-BIONIC TITAN chronicles a battle of large-scale proportions, so it's no surprise that violence in many forms (guns, tanks, bombs, etc.) is commonplace. Human destruction is implied in scenes where city buildings are leveled or burned, but no injuries or death are shown on a personal level. The show centers on outsiders trying to navigate the uncertainties of teen life, so things like dating, social castes (jocks, geeks, popularity queens), and fashion are exaggerated for humor.

On a positive note, there's a gentle side to the show that sets it apart from many action-adventure cartoons for kids. While Lance is brash and balks at assimilating into high school, Ilana welcomes the challenge and tries to unify what she sees as a divided population. Her strong character and protective instinct for her new human peers make her a likable heroine and give the show a surprising softness that offsets the violence. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about leadership. What does it take to be a good leader? What attributes are important? Do you enjoy being a leader?

  • Tweens: How does this series compare to others like it that you've seen? Were the characters any more or less believable than others? What are some of your favorite action-adventure shows?

  • Did the amount or intensity of violence in this show surprise you? Did any of it strike you as realistic? What effect do you think TV violence has on kids?

TV details

Premiere date:September 17, 2010
Cast:Brian Posehn, Kevin Thoms, Tara Strong
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:NR

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Parent Written byCaptainAwesomeoh13 May 27, 2011

Best Cartoon CN Had!

I'm a person that grew up in the 80's and 90's- which is what I concider to be the golden age of cartoons. Now that I'm all grown up and have a daughter of my own, I'm absolutely disgusted with the down right, mind rotting garbage that is being aired these days. I remember the days when cartoons were built around solid story lines and backed by even strong marketing. Those were the good old days. Everything now a days is mostly built around a shallow story with cash cow style marketing. Titan was one of the rare gems that stood out from today's style of cartoons. Is the show violent? Yes. Can it be edgy? Absolutely. Just because it has these elements in it doesn't make it a bad show; quite the contrary, these elements made it an amazing show! Each character is deep with emotional diversity and are almost believable. This adds to the true depth and nature of the show. I see that people have complained about Lance being "too mean" or "not a strong enough of a role model." Lance's character is who he is because of what happened to him in his childhood. The events that transpired with him doesn't amount to the happy kind of guy that you want to be friends with. But if you pay close enough attention to the show, you can see Lance develope as a character and actually starts to lighten up towards the end of the season. I'm not even going to get started on how well they did with Newton- character development at it's finest! Somebody also mentioned that Ilana is "naggy" and that all of the situations are resolved with violence and no diplomacy. Again, if you watch the show, if a situation involved a giant monster, yeah... it's giant fighting robot time! When it comes down to the situations involving the characters themselves, there is open dialog and plenty gets resolved using words. Most action cartoon characters are generic at best and fail against those from Titan. As for the "death" scenes and violence, I see no difference between what is shown on Titan and The Clone Wars series. My favorite show growing up was a cartoon called Exo Squad. In this show, plenty of people died yet nobody complained. My favorite character was even shown being crushed to death by one of the villains. It was a very ballsy scene to show in a cartoon, but it added to its depth and it worked. As for Titan's questionable scenes involving some of the female characters, I see no issue. Everything that was done was done with some manner of taste. Total Drama Island showed CENSORED TEENAGE NUDITY just for the giggles and its 4th season is right around the corner! TDI even had choice language in the show! Titan went out on a limb to steer away from the mainstream and go back to a time when cartoons told a story. I HIGHLY recommend it for its beautiful art style and story. Everything else is second to none.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byskeletonslife441 August 21, 2013

I don't think it should be for 8-year-olds.

I think it's morely for 14-year-olds. It has a large amount of violence, some sex and sex references, a teenage guy drinks an entire bottle of beer, and tons of consumerism, if you like robots or not, "Mommy! Mommy! I wanna robot like that that I can fly in!!!" Overall, really good show. Rated TV-PG-V. It was canceled on 4-9-11, but i'm sure it's on YouTube somewhere.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bypugfarts December 5, 2010

horribly written. senseless.

The series is absolutely full of mixed messages. The male protagonist that the apparent target audience (boys 7-13) will undoubtedly look to as a role model is entirely irresponsible, irrationally violent, and antisocial, among other negative traits. Background characters (soldiers etc) are constantly dying as a result of him losing his cool. The female voice of reason does nothing but nag, to little effect as all situations are eventually resolved with violence. This isn't to say situations cant be resolved with violence. I'm a big fan of violence, but there has to be some rationale behind it. Frankly, the show is badly written. The situation is this. The main characters are alien refugees running from a bad guy who can send huge destructive monsters after them once a week. The 'heroes' take refuge on earth, unwittingly bringing all this death and destruction with them. You would think they would at least attempt to lead the bad guy away from densely populated areas, but instead they opt to remain where they are, causing mass genocide. The series finale summed it up best though, when they are captured by an earth defense agency that simply asks "why are you here? what do you want?" and the 'heroes' response is to shoot a lot of soldiers and run away without saying anything. seriously. what the hell? It's like having someone invade your home, break your furniture, and every time you try to figure out what he wants he attacks you. I'm a fan of the guy who made this show, which makes it all this a very disappointing situation.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex