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Information-silkReal NameUnknown
Information-silkCurrent AliasRaven
Information-silkAliasesLady Legasus [1], Ravine
Information-silkRelativesTrigon (father, deceased), Arella (mother)
Information-silkAffiliationTeen Titans; formerly H.I.V.E. Five
Information-silkBase Of OperationsTitans Tower, Jump City
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkRaceHuman/Demon Hybrid
Information-silkMarital StatusDating
Information-silkOccupationAdventurer
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderFemale
Information-silkEyesPurple
Information-silkHairBlack
Origin
Information-silkUniverseEarth-Teen Titans
Information-silkPlace of BirthAzarath
Information-silkCreatorsRob Hoegee, Michael Chang
First Appearance
"Divide and Conquer"
(July, 2003)


Quote1 You think you're alone Raven, but you're not. Quote2
-- Beast Boy src

HistoryEdit

Raven was born the daughter of the inter-dimensional demonic lord Trigon and the human Arella in the realm of Azarath. During most of her life there she had been raised by monks and was taught how to use her powers and abilities and control her emotions, but at some unknown point in her life it was revealed to her that she would be used as a key element in her father's eventual take over of the universe, after this revelation she fled Azarath and went to Earth hoping to escape her fate.

She soon arrived in a large city in California known as Jump City, but at the time of her arrival the city was in a current state of turmoil due to an invasion initiated by the Gordanian race who were seeking the escaped princess Starfire of Tamaran who they were planning to give to the Citadel as a prize. While wandering the streets Raven eventually came across the escaped princess who was currently in a battle with three renegade heroes (Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy), seeing the situation she attempted to stop the fighting and explained to them that fighting would get them nowhere, after having tried to resolve the fight peacefully the princess escaped and warned them not to follow her. After a few discussions the four decided to introduce themselves and work together to find the princess and save the city from the Gordanians. After searching the city they find the princess and convince her to join their team and with her help they invade the Gordanian mother ship and defeat the menaces once and for all. After the victory, Robin convinces Raven and the others to join together and become a superhero team that would one day be known as the Teen Titans.

Raven tried her best to keep the prophecy a secret from the rest of the Titans and acts as a hero in hopes that the good she does at least makes up for the evil she would unleash. Eventually, Raven did become the portal and gem to the city's demise. Robin finds Raven, a shadow of her former self, and with the encouragement of Robin and the other Titans, gains the confidence she needs, which restores Raven, allowing her to defeat Trigon, and reverse the damage Trigon caused.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

  • Demonic Azarathian Hybrid: When embracing her dark heritage, Raven's appearance takes on a more demonic visage which includes an extra set of glowing red eyes. Also, her dark purple hair, purple eyes, gray skin, and chakra stone tend to give her away.
    • Magic: Raven has a wide range of various powers and abilities which appear to be rooted in the magical, mystical and supernatural. Though not required, Raven often speaks the phrase "Azarath Metrion Zinthos" to focus her abilities. Raven was once taught dark magic by Malchior but she refuses to use it due to its instability and intense power.[1]
      • Telekinesis: Raven demonstrates this power and ability most often, levitating boxes, buses, and other inanimate objects into the battle, all fully enshrouded in the same dark mystical energy that composes her soul-self. She has, on several occasions, demonstrated that she can use her telekinesis on living things, though she prefers to take control of inanimate things because, to use telekinesis, she has to put a little piece of her soul/spirit into her targets.
        • Flight: Apparently, Raven cannot fly traditionally. Instead, she uses her telekinesis to simply lift and hover her body so that she may float off the ground.
      • Empathy: Raven has also displayed the ability to sense others' emotions, which allows her to gain insight into her thoughts and intentions and even experience their own feelings. This also enables her to sense the mental state of others, as she has stated that she would know if someone's mind had been tampered with. [citation needed]
      • Intangibility: Using her dark powers and abilities, she melts into walls and floors, sometimes in the form of a giant black raven (which is the form her soul-self usually takes on).
      • Teleportation: She can teleport herself and others over short or long distances, but it seems to take a lot out of her. She almost always teleports with the use of her soul-self.
      • Precognition: Raven seems to be able to detect some vivid visions of the future. Raven once had a brief vision of Terra's future as she brushed by her. She can also receive flashes of the future when exposed to extreme emotion.[2]
      • Wish Granting: Trigon, when meeting the Titans, tells them that both he and his daughter have the ability to grant one wish per person. Raven never uses this power though and finds it unnecessary. [3]
      • Duplication: Raven is able to identically clone anything from pizza to people with the wag of her fingers. [4]
    • Soul-Self: Although all her power is magical in nature she is able to use it with ease due to her Soul-Self. She is able to project her soul from her body into corporeal form (also known as astral projection), allowing her to use it to interact with the physical world, to affect others mentally, to teleport, and to traverse through time-space. Her soul-self takes the form of a double of her own body or more commonly, a large black raven.
      • Darkness Manipulation: Her soul-self also lets her manipulate, generate and become living shadow and darkness. through said darkness she can effect and assume control of her physical appearance or the material of the earthly environment around her by merging herself within her shadow around it[5], erect constructs used for combat such as raven talons or tendrils with which to drag people into her personal void within the soul-self either transporting them from place to place[6] or simply trapping them in a nightmare world of her own design[7].
      • Dimensional Travel: On a couple of occasions not only has Raven show she can utilize her soul self as a means of instantaneous or areal transport but has also used it to cross the borders between different dimensions, entering into alternate worlds at will[8].
      • Healing: Raven has the power and ability to heal minor wounds and injuries, not only healing others[9] [10] but herself as well.[11] Raven can absorb the pain of others into her own body in order to induce rapid healing for them and can heal herself by going into a trance of emotional calm.
      • Fear Projection: Raven, when stressed, can drag an enemy into her cape and show them their darkest fears.[12] Also, when Raven suppresses much fear, her own fears become real.[13]

Abilities

  • Multilingualism: Raven is fluent in several languages including English, German, Latin, Romanian, Ancient Sumerian, and Sanskrit.[14]
  • Occultism: Raven is well-versed in the occult and is familiar with the magical and mystical rites from both her home dimension Azarath as well as Earth.
  • Mechanical Aptitude: Raven has enough knowledge of auto-mechanics to be able to assist Cyborg in building the T-Car. [15]. She can also use her powers to fix small machines, like an air conditioner, instantaneously. [16]
  • Deception: Raven, using the alias "Ravine", was able to trick the H.I.V.E. Five into letting her temporarily join the team. [17]

Weaknesses

  • Power Instability: Because of her demonic upbringing, Raven has severe emotional issues. Though she usually maintains a subdued demeanor, her full range of emotions have been personified within the environment of her soul-self. Each aspect was represented as wearing a different colored robe: green (brave), gray (timid), pink (happy), red (rage), orange (rude), yellow (wisdom), purple (love), brown (sloth), and white which represents having either full control or full suppression of all her emotions.

NotesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Titans head writer David Slack intentionally wrote Raven and Beast Boy as a "married couple", hence the relationship was one of deep loyalty and affection, but also laced with conflicting personality clashes. This "tough love" relationship between Beast Boy and Raven is continued in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, also written by Slack.
  • Raven hates the color green. [18]

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