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Más y Menos are fictional superhero twins, around the age of 12, from the Teen Titans animated television series, affiliated with the Titans East team. They are among the few heroes on the series not to have originated in the comic book. Taken out of context, their names translate from Spanish to "More and Less", but in their particular context (i.e. the symbols on their chests and their rallying cry), their names mean "Plus and Minus" as both "más" and "menos" can be used as mathematics terms. Más y Menos are both voiced by Freddy Rodriguez.
|Más y Menos|
|First appearance||Teen Titans animated television series: Season 3, Episode 12: "Titans East, Part 1" |
DC Universe: Teen Titans #38 (September 2006) (photo only)
|Created by||Sam Register, Glen Murakami, David Slack, Alex Soto|
|Team affiliations||Teen Titans|
|Abilities||Super-speed only when they are physically touching, achieved if they are both holding a proper conduit (rope, wire, etc.)|
Fictional character biographyEdit
Teen Titans (TV series 2003-2006 and tie-in comics)Edit
They are a pair of Spanish-speaking twins from Guatemala who can move at super speed, but only when they are in contact with each other. In "Titans East", Aqualad states that their other power is to talk only in Spanish. Their battle cry is "¡Más o Menos, sí podemos!" which translates as, "Plus or Minus, yes we can!". It seems that they are partially based on the Maya Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque depicted in the Popol Vuh chronicles; since their incorporation into the mainstream DC Universe, their origins and history have not been dealt with.
The twins make their first appearance in "Titans East" as Titans East members, a Teen Titans team set up in Steel City for the purpose of hunting down Brother Blood. Cyborg arrives to help the team build their tower, but Brother Blood attacks with his Cyborg-drones and defeats the Titans. Unbeknownst to Cyborg, Blood places all the members of the Titans East team under mind control and later forces them to attack Cyborg. The original Titans arrive following Cyborg's S.O.S., and Cyborg battles Blood while Titans West battles Titans East. With Brother Blood's defeat, Titans East is freed. Más y Menos also develop a crush on Starfire when they meet her, and both twins fight for her affection (the only time where they do not cooperate).
In the episode "For Real", Control Freak uses the "Spanish to English" option on his remote control to make Más and Menos "talk in English", which they do throughout the episode. This effect is not permanent, as they speak Spanish when they reappear in "Calling All Titans" in which they battle Johnny Rancid and Cinderblock and are separated when Menos is captured but Más escapes. He seeks Beast Boy for help and demonstrates he can sense where Menos is located and can realize Menos is in pain. However, when Menos is frozen, Más can no longer sense his brother. In the fight in the Brotherhood of Evil's lair during the episode "Titans Together", Más unfreezes Menos and they thaw the remaining captured Titans and freeze the villains.
In Teen Titans Go! (a comic book based on the animated series), the twins raced Kid Flash, a young superhero also gifted with super speed. The race became a re-enactment of the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare. Kid Flash was probably faster, but he wasted time out of over-confidence.
Mainstream DC comicsEdit
At the DC Nation panel, both characters were confirmed to appear in the mainstream DC Comics.
In Final Crisis #1, they team up with Sparx and Empress to battle the Mirror Master and Doctor Light. After a short battle in which the villains win, the two are laid out, impaled with shards of glass. The Director's Cut states that they survived, albeit in bad condition; they can be seen limping in the foreground to the Hall of Justice in a later panel.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Más y Menos have metahuman powers that allow them to move at superspeed whenever they are touching each other. A comment by Kid Flash in Teen Titans Go! #34, however, indicates that their powers are based in the Speed Force in this continuity. Their maximum velocity is stated to be seven times the speed of sound.
Más has shown the ability to sense where his brother is when he is conscious. He is also able to vibrate Menos at an extreme rate to cause heat.
The twins seem to understand English, even though they do not speak it. This is shown when in the TV series Control Freak asks them how they can travel so fast, and they answer the question in Spanish.
In other mediaEdit
- Más y Menos appear in Teen Titans Go! who made a cameo in episode "Starliar" and made an official debut in "Más y Menos" and then appear in several episodes. Both are voiced by Freddy Rodriguez. Unlike their appearance in the original Teen Titans, English subtitles are provided whenever they speak.
- Más y Menos make a brief appearance in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
- Final Crisis #1 (2008)