"Little Buddies" is the forty-fifth episode of Season 1 of Teen Titans Go! and the forty-fifth episode overall. It first aired on 19 March 2014 on Cartoon Network.
Tired of being the only one of the Titans without a little buddy sidekick, Cyborg adopts Brother Blood's henchman, PainBot, and sneaks him into the tower. Now Cyborg just has to keep PainBot from harming the other Titans.
The Teen Titans confront Brother Blood in the streets of Jump City at night. They easily manage to bombard him with attacks until the villain presses a button on his remote which summons Painbot. Robin volunteers to combat the robot as the others cower in fear watching their leader get pummeled. They weakly decide to help, but are all captured and tortured by Painbot. Starfire successfully shoots Painbot with her eye blasts, crippling him. Robin orders Beast Boy to distract Painbot by using his face as bait and throws a birdarang at Brother Blood, killing him and destroying the remote. Beast Boy asks if his face is fine, but lifts his head to reveal it is disfigured. Painbot slowly comes up to the Titans scaring them except for Robin who reveals that the robot is harmless without the remote. Cyborg approaches the robot who weakly claims all it knows is pain. Saddened as a result, Cyborg sneaks Painbot into his room for repairs despite the others telling him no.
In his room, Cyborg screws in Painbot's control panel and replaces its bulb before deciding to adopt the robot as his little buddy. Outside, he throws a baseball which Painbot catches and throws back, but breaks half of Cyborg's face off. He sneaks Painbot past Raven in the living room and drags it away as the robot attempts to maim her. Exiting the kitchen, Painbot spots Beast Boy playing video games and fires lasers which misses, but is dragged away by Cyborg. While walking down the hallway, Cyborg hides Painbot behind his back as the robot activates its weaponry. Robin walks by, but becomes frightened after seeing the violent gadgets. Cyborg and Painbot grow closer as they play video games. Later, on the couch, Robin asks the Titans if they had seen Beast Boy to which Starfire replies that his screams and metal pounding were emitting from the kitchen. Cyborg realizes Painbot must be attacking Beast Boy and attempts to stop the Titans from investigating. Robin orders the Titans to follow the blood and meat chunks into the kitchen and spot Beast Boy crying in pain as Painbot had put pepperoni in his pizza despite his being a vegetarian.
Robin orders Cyborg to explain about Painbot's being in Titans Tower. Cyborg informs that he was gonna inform them over a pizza dinner and informs that he hates not having a little buddy like Silkie to Starfire, but Robin replies no one has a little buddy until Birdarang reveals itself. Beast Boy says that their little buddies aren't dangerous, but Cyborg reminds them that Beast Boy adopted a wolf named Dave, who proceeds to eat meat out of the refrigerator. He also tells them that Painbot isn't evil like Foul Demon and pleads for a chance to show them Painbot's good side. The Titans coo over the robot until it grabs Robin and beats him in the living room prompting Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven to tell Cyborg to get rid of Painbot. At a bus stop, Cyborg sadly watches as Painbot boards a bus and the two sing about their pain. The robotic Titan resolves to get the robot back and returns to the tower.
The two reunited buddies eat Bat-O's as the Titans confront Cyborg for bringing Painbot back. Cyborg replies he doesn't care and will only do so if the others get rid of their little buddies. Starfire retorts that she will not give up Silkie as Dave drags Robin into the living room to maul him. As such, Cyborg decides to have a Little Buddy Showdown, where the victor remains the only little buddy residing in the tower. At a rink, Painbot faces against Dave and frightens the wolf with its weaponry. Its next opponent, Foul Demon, punches the robot, but the robot squashes the demon underneath a powerful punching glove. Robin tells Birdarang and Beat Box to execute their practiced maneuver, but the two begin to dance and are destroyed by Painbot. Multiple rounds pass with the Universe Tree being burned and Super Robin killed by a laser. Cyborg deems Painbot the winner, but Starfire reminds him of Silkie. The robotic Titan laughs at Silkie claiming he has no chance, but the larva roars and swallows Painbot in one gulp. The other Titans cower in fear as Cyborg resolves to get rid of Silkie for being dangerous.
For a full transcript of "Little Buddies (episode)", click here.
The book Raven was reading while the Foul Demon fought was Ancient Legends, which was used to detail the legends of the legendary sandwich and the universe tree in "Legendary Sandwich" and "Staff Meeting", respectively.
The icons Cyborg used to represent the Titans when explaining them to Pain Bot were the same ones used when hunting the Emoticlones in "Colors of Raven" and during the Waffles song in "Waffles".
Cyborg called Raven "Miss 'I Get By With a Little Help From My Demons' ", which is much like the Beatles song "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends".
Robin seemingly kills Brother Blood despite his oath to never kill.
When Cyborg is singing, he doesn't malfunction when in the rain.
The Image Gallery for Little Buddies (episode) may be viewed here.