Arella, Raven's mother, was chosen to become the bride of the demonic Trigon. Abandoned by the demon, Arella was bent on suicide (while carrying Raven) when she was taken in by the pacifistic disciples of Temple Azarath, a group who had centuries earlier forsaken life on Earth to pursue their own nonviolent lifestyle.
In their inter-dimensional world, Raven, Arella's daughter by Trigon, was born. Fearing that the child would bring evil among them, Juris, a magistrate of Azarath, attempted to cast the infant Raven into Limbo, only to be destroyed himself. Azar, the spiritual leader of the temple, then took the young Raven under her personal tutelage, instructing her in the truth of her parentage, and in pacifism, meditation, and the submergence of her emotions to resist Trigon's influence, while perfecting her powers of teleportation, astral projection, and empathic healing.
Later, after Azar's death (in which she entered another plane of existence), when Raven was plagued by prophetic dreams of Trigon and, defying her teachers, she confronted her demon father in Limbo at his bidding. Trigon spared her and Arella after satisfying himself that, upon his return when she reached adulthood, he could seduce Raven into becoming his ally. When Raven turned sixteen, she sensed Trigon's power returning and fled to Earth.
Raven arrived at Jump City, where she met several super-powered youths fighting a rampaging alien girl (Starfire). Raven managed to discern the girl's true reason for her demolition work and convinced the others into a more peaceful approach, which won them the alien's friendship. Despite Raven's obvious insecurity, the others invited her to join them in defeating the truly hostile aliens the Gordanians, who had attempted to enslave the girl and her presence proved ultimately essential to the motley crew's triumph over the Gordanians. Afterward, the group decided to stay together and formed the original Teen Titans.
Though Raven, still feeling alienated from her new friends, remained distant to them, the other Titans soon came to learn more about her origins. First, Beast Boy and Cyborg inadvertently ended up stranded inside Raven's own mind, where they met the personifications of her separated emotional aspects and also encountered and fought the manifestation of Trigon's heritage inside her. Soon afterward, a backfired plot by the Puppet King left Raven and Starfire stuck in each other's body, creating a new sense of empathy between the girls. Finally, when Robin was haunted by a drug-induced hallucination of his enemy Slade, Raven linked with his mind and saw glimpses of Robin's past, including his initiation by Batman and the death of his parents.
Raven helped the Titans for years, working alongside the other four to protect Jump City from villainous menaces. She was consistently invaluable to their success. Eventually, however, Raven's past caught up with her: On her birthday, Slade (who had been presumed dead) reappeared, wielding new powers and marked with a symbol which Raven could not fail to recognize. Slade deliberately led the Titans to the place where Raven's true destiny was to be fulfilled to serve as a living portal for Trigon to conquer Earth. Seeing no other choice, Raven finally told her teammates the truth about her past — but instead of being rejected, the other Titans remained with her and took the greatest pains to prevent this from happening.Slade and an army of Trigon's fire demons attacked Titans Tower to fetch Raven. The Titans decided to fight him, but Raven, unwilling to see her dearest friends hurt on her behalf, knocked them out of the fight and secretly imbued them with some of her powers to protect them from the apocalypse to come. When the portal was opened with her powers, Raven was apparently consumed, but in fact, her human half remained alive in Trigon's domain, regressed to childhood and left powerless.
Left in a world turned into a living horror, the Titans still refused to give up without a fight. With some help from Slade, (who had been betrayed by Trigon) Robin made his way to Trigon's underworld, found Raven and took her back to the surface, even though she was spiritually shattered by her role in the shaping of events. Finally, the Titans and Slade faced Trigon in a final onslaught. But even as they were struck down, Raven realized that all was not hopeless, and this realization sparked a new hope within her soul, allowing her to regain full maturity along with her powers. Under a righteous wrath, she used the sum of her powers to destroy Trigon, reverting Earth back to the way it was and finally ridding herself from the last vestiges of her dreaded heritage.
Raven's appearance is seen as dark and mysterious throughout the series. Her superhero outfit is mostly made up of her favorite color, Dark Blue. She usually wears a dark blue cloak with a hood, with matching dark blue ruffled ankle-boots with blackish-gray soles, with a leotard-like long-sleeved shirt that is bluish-black with cuffs at her wrists of the same dark blue of her cloak. On her cloak, she has a circular black/red jewel set in a gold plate that attaches the whole thing together; it covers her T-communicator and it's fixed to beep/glow when there is trouble as seen in some episodes. The jewel also sometimes has a raven head shape in the jewel. Around her waist, she has a red and gold belt with the same jewels around it, while her legs are exposed. The belt ties at the back like a cord. Her hair and eyes are violet, and as seen in the episode "Birthmark," Raven cuts off the extra hair that she had grown. In "Switched," Raven despises Starfire's long hair, which may conclude why she likes to keep it short. She has a red gem that is outlined in black inlaid on her forehead that she has always had, and in the episode "Sisters", Blackfire says to Raven, "I like that gemstone on your Ajna chakra." She has very pale, almost gray, skin which makes her appearance somewhat demonic.
Raven, being half-demon, has used her demonic appearances on several occasions, though often the use of her demon form causes her to lose control. Raven's demonic form has proven effective in getting results, such as bringing about Doctor Light's swift surrender (twice), and scaring Gizmo in "Crash" to get him to repair a virus-contaminated Cyborg.
When Raven temporarily wears Robin's uniform in "The Quest", she fits it just fine as she and Robin are the same height and she is the closest to Robin's build. When Mother Mae-Eye infiltrates the Tower and puts the Titans under her control, she turns Raven's dark blue cloak into a yellow Shirley Temple dress with matching bows in her hair, but her boots remain dark blue in color. Mother Mae-Eye then says "Just because you're evil on the inside doesn't mean you can't look pretty on the outside." This outfit puts her at a disadvantage fighting Jinx, contributing to the team's defeat by the H.I.V.E. When Raven is in her 'demonic' state, a second pair of eyes appear where her eyebrows are.
Personality and TraitsRaven is one of the most mysterious characters throughout the series. She is quiet, seemingly emotionless, intelligent, studious, and sarcastic. She can always come up with a smart remark, specifically in reply to most of the Teen Titans' antics and attempts at humor. Her appearance and attitude appear to be that of a typical modern goth female. However, as much as she may seem slightly distant and anti-social, producer Sam Register describes her as a "...dark character, but a character everyone can relate to. She's a recluse and sort of to herself. We thought that would be a good dynamic with the rest of the team. She does have a dark background in the comic." Robin also said that she is "the most hopeful person he has ever known." Raven is often portrayed as the most mature member of the group, often giving her own advice to the the others about various subjects, and generally staying cool and calm, even in desperate situations. She is, however, also the most emotionally-restrained of the Titans, appearing secretive and distant; she initially does not allow any of her fellow Titans into her room and spends most of her time by herself, usually meditating or reading one of her numerous books. Even though she is serious and cautious about her emotions, just like she was trying to tell Doctor Light saying, "Don't come any closer." The reason for her emotional restraint is due to the adverse effects her emotions have on her powers. If her emotions become out of control, her powers can become erratic and spontaneous, becoming active without her will. In the course of the series, however, she gradually, if only slightly, seems to warm up to her teammates. As shown through her quick suspicion of Terra, it is difficult for Raven to build trust for anyone, and even more difficult to truly forgive if that trust was to be broken. Eventually, she was able to forgive Terra.
In several instances throughout the show, contrary to her usual behavior, she does show more emotion such as making "heart eyes" along with Starfire at the appearance of Aqualad in Deep Six (though this is mostly used for comedic effect). She also does ease up to have some fun on a few occasions, such as forcing Cyborg to go through 'initiation' again with Beast Boy and Robin in the episode "Deception". Furthermore, Raven is known to sometimes be shocked at trivial things. One occasion in which this occurs is in "Overdrive", when Cyborg defeats Raven in a game of chess after installing the Maximum 7 in his brain. At this occasion, her entire face and outfit turn white (also probably for comedic effect). In "Revved Up", she is also shocked at the sudden drop-in of Red X on the bus she is driving but quickly regains her monotone and determined stature when she realizes who it is. Another instance is when Raven, while playing a game of cards, comically gasps at the impressive sets of cards the rest of the Titans have at their disposal during "Winner Take All". She can lose her temper easily, and most of the time with Beast Boy.
Raven is often shown to make sarcastic remarks about almost everything and can be seen as rather rude at times, but there is a slight chance this personality wasn't always who she was. When the Titans first met, Raven appeared to be more innocent and insecure. She declined Beast Boy's offer to get pizza, probably because she's afraid that he wouldn't like her, and because of him, feels as if she does not fit in with the others. Both Cyborg and Robin were not hesitant to accept her as a friend, even when she wasn't so sure herself. She was the first one to verbally recognize the others as friends, and even openly admits to Beast Boy being funny, which no sooner than a moment later, seems to regret making that statement. Her pessimistic and sarcastic attitude is then likely derived from having to put up with Beast Boy's constant corny jokes and immaturity.
Despite her seemingly unfriendly attitude, Raven does indeed care greatly about the people she is attached to, as prominently displayed when she is put in charge of three children. Initially having little or no patience with Melvin, Timmy Tantrum, and Teether, Raven grows to love (or at least, enjoy) them, risking her own life to protect them from the Brotherhood of Evil, even calling them her kids. She also comes to regard the rest of the Titans as her closest friends and family. When the day she is destined to end the world finally came, she wanted nothing more than to ensure her friends' last day on Earth was perfect. This shows that despite everything that has ever happened, she truly cares about her friends and their interests. Finally, there are many instances where Raven is portrayed as the most understanding friend among the Titans. While seemingly uninterested towards Cyborg's T-Car, Raven is ultimately the only one who approaches and comforts him, even going as far as to assist in rebuilding the destroyed car. Overall, Raven is not cold-hearted, merely introverted, caring deeply about those close to her. While Raven seems to not care one bit about their hobbies and personalities, she does show her friends that she does care about them and values their friendship when it matters most.Raven is often portrayed as the most pessimistic and insensitive member of the Titans, and she generally regards everything in a "black and white" manner. For example, when Beast Boy desperately asks Raven for words of comfort after their crushing defeat against the members of the H.I.V.E Academy, Raven tersely states that the Titans have to accept the situation, no matter how grave it is. She also reacts to Cyborg's leaving of the Titans with little to no resentment, stating that people come and go by. When Raven surrenders herself in to her demonic father Trigon in order to fulfill the prophecy that she thought she had no way to prevent, however, Raven also appeared to still have retained hope to a certain degree that the lord of evil could be stopped, as she forcibly injected each of her friends with a portion of her own power to shield them and give them one last chance to save the world. It is then ironic that it was what had motivated her to surrender nearly all hope that ultimately destroyed Trigon.
After banishing away Trigon from her soul and the Earth, Raven's personality seems to change for the better, as she grows to be less pessimistic and less anti-social. However, she still despises Beast Boy's corny jokes and enjoys reading in solitude, implying that her personality was not significantly affected by her semi-demonic origin.
Cloaked White Raven
- White Raven is a special form that Raven has assumed under unique circumstances, four times throughout the series for multiple reasons. White Raven is Raven's most primal, significant and powerful version of herself, mostly shown as a symbol of her highest hidden power and her inner purity to fight, and thus free herself of the consuming evil influenced by her interdimensional-demon father.
The first instance occurs within the multidimensional realm of Raven's own mind, an ethereal place where Raven's separate emotional forms are capable of independently existing.Ravens emotions unbalanced and her rage unleashed from within during the Titans' brief but powerful clash with Doctor Light. The second when she was being tutored by Malchior, unknowingly being taught dark magic. The third instance occurred whilst and after she defeated her father and freed herself from his control. The fourth time actually occurred in the Titans Go! comics wherein Beast Boy (whilst babysitting Melvin, Timmy and Teether) breaks her mirror and causes the several aspects of her personality to manifest in the real world; for a time Red Raven (who represents her father's influence and her own anger) is separate from the rest of Raven, and to symbolize her cheerfulness she dons a white cloak and leotard instead [issue #44 - Red Raven].
Powers and Abilities
- My powers are driven by emotion. The more you feel, the more energy you unleash.
- — Raven to Starfire in "Switched"[src]
Raven is undeniably the most powerful Titan in the series. As the daughter of a supremely powerful and dangerous inter-dimensional demon, Raven has a host of unique abilities that are tied to her feelings and emotions, and as such, she has trained herself to calm all strong feelings to contain them. Her power is extremely difficult to keep in check, but she has achieved control through daily meditation, mantra and utilizing chakra. She also uses a special mirror, described as "a personal meditation tool used as a portal into the multidimensional world of [her] mind". Total suppression of her emotions, though, can result in her powers subconsciously manifesting - as such, she constantly struggles to express herself while still maintaining control. Raven often uses the incantation Azarath Metrion Zinthos as a focal point for her exceptionally strong telekinetic powers. Though Raven has been shown to be rendered powerless when unable to complete this incantation, she has also been shown at certain times being able to access her powers through sheer willpower. Raven's power fluctuates throughout the series; she has been shown gaining incredibly in strength, like when she was tutored by Malchior or when she was empowered by her positive emotions during the battle against Trigon, as well as being stripped of her power completely, as when she was regressed to the form of a child following the opening of Trigon's portal. She has also portrayed hidden abilities like stopping time.
When Raven's anger gets the best of her, she can transform into her half-demon self, usually with four glowing red eyes (a trait inherited from her demon father, Trigon) and sprouting black tentacles from under her cloak. She has little control over her actions in this state, shown when she was attacking a terrified Doctor Light even after he was begging for mercy.
She has also temporarily swapped bodies with Starfire in one episode and swapped powers with Robin in the comics based on the TV series.
- Darkness/Shadows Control: Raven has the power to create and control the element of pure darkness and shadows and bend it to her will; usually using it in conjunction with her telekinesis.
- Soul-Self/Astral Projection: The basis of almost all of Raven's powers are derived from her soul-self. She is able to project her own spirit from her body into a ghostly form, using it to interact with the physical world, affect others mentally, 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. She is capable of changing its shape and mass at will, and can alter her own appearance with her soul-self, like increasing her size or making her face hideous. She is able to project her soul-self into the minds of others to communicate, facilitate calm or to force people into submission with a devastating mental attack. Though normally composed of energy that is colored black, Raven's soul-self can change color depending on her emotional state, manifesting as red or white.
- Advanced Telekinesis: Raven can merge a small part of her soul-self into objects in order to take control of them, with the object essentially becoming an extension of her soul-self; this may be the reason why she prefers to take control of inanimate objects rather than people. The limit to how much matter she is able to control is unknown, though it ranges well into hundreds of tons, allowing her to hurl city buses, mounds of rubble or even uprooting whole slabs of pavement. Whenever she takes control of something, it is covered in the same dark energy that composes her soul-self.
- Telekinetic Constructs: With her soul-self able to be molded into any shape, Raven often creates simple domes or walls that act as barriers against attack. She can project solid bolts to be used as projectiles, or a steady stream of solid force. She has been shown making razor-sharp blades to cut through obstacles, claws that can restrain foes, and floating platforms to ride on.
- Telekinetic Force-Fields: She can erect unusually strong shields of sheer telekinetic and dark energy around herself and others for protection.
- Telekinetic Teleportation: In conjunction with her telekinesis, Raven's soul-self is able to envelop her (along with a max of four other people) and travel to other dimensions, primarily Azarath. She can use this technique to travel vast distances on Earth or to teleport by momentarily displacing herself and then re-appearing in another location. She can pass through walls and obstacles by simply teleporting past them, giving the illusion of intangibility. At times, Raven has been shown creating portals with her dark energy in order to travel, rather than utilizing her soul-self.
- Empathy: The psionic ability to sense the emotions of others, allowing her to gain insight into their 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. 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. She can receive precognitive flashes of the future when exposed to extreme emotion. By using her empathy to guide her, she can track others with her soul-self. At one point, she had used this ability to empathically enter Robin's subconscious mind; therefore giving the two an unusually strong psychic link afterward.
- Levitation: Raven can levitate off the ground and hover, without visible projection of her dark energy as is shown when she utilizes telekinesis. Her power is also sufficient to enable her to counter the gravitational pull of other planets.
- Superhuman Condition: Though not the most physically talented of the quintet, Raven is nonetheless a fairly skilled and proficient hand-to-hand combatant, having received at least some degree of physical training. She has been shown briefly overcoming the peak-human Speedy, engaging Jinx in hand-to-hand combat and also quickly delivering flying kicks to Monsieur Mallah in an attempt to protect Melvin, Timmy Tantrum, and Teether.
- Multilingualism: Raven is a skilled polyglot, capable of fluently speaking English, German, Latin, Romanian, Ancient Sumerian, and Sanskrit. She can even speak the language of her own people, Azaranian.
- Magic: Though only occasionally used, Raven has displayed a wide arcane knowledge, possessing a vast library of mystic tomes, spell books and ancient scrolls. She has been shown making potions, using mystical objects like charms and talismans, and has performed elaborate magical rituals.
- Spell-casting: The high-level spells she casts are usually spoken out loud; though she does have some practice in casting nonverbal spells to give herself more of an advantage over her opponents.
- Healing: Though she is rarely seen using this talent, this is one of her most controllable and easiest skill to use. The first time it is acknowledged is in the episode "Final Exam", when Beast Boy gets a leg injury, and Raven doesn't hesitate to heal it. This is probably the first time she used her healing powers in front of her team or at least Beast Boy, since he remarks: "Who knew we had a doctor in the house?" And then he thanks her. Her healing powers have an apparent tendency to function by themselves when Raven is hurt, placing her in a coma-like state and speeding up her recovery, as seen in the episode "The Beast Within", when Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Starfire are worried about her. Robin sees her posture and guessing that she is "healing herself," which was correct.
Raven's main weakness is letting go of her emotions, especially rage. Terra learned it from Beast Boy and took advantage of it in Aftershock - Part 1 to using it to finish her off. Even though her rage seems powerful, it could potentially corrupt her, leaving her very vulnerable to attacks with more power than her own.
It also seems she can keep perfect control of her powers while exhibiting her emotions, as seen in Spellbound. Raven is radiant with happiness and love, yet she is still able to control her powers with ease. If Raven suppresses her fear, she is unable to connect with her powers until she admits she is truly afraid.
Her ultimate weakness is her anger. Other emotions aren't as Earth trembling as Raven's temper. Her anger is in the form of Trigon inside her mirror in Nevermore, then after defeated (to a point) the anger turns to another one of her, with her father's four red eyes and a red cloak. Anger is what changes her from her regular self to her demonic side practically every time.
Another weakness is her dependence on her incantation, Azarath Metrion Zinthos. If a gag is placed over her mouth or if she's interrupted, she cannot complete her incantation and she cannot connect with her powers until the gag is removed, however, she has occasionally overcome this weakness through sheer will.
Spells and Incantations
- Azarath Metrion Zinthos: Main incantation and mantra commonly utilized by Raven to help focus, control and enhance her tremendous yet dangerous mystical powers, usually followed by projection of visible dark energy and any of a vast number of feats; if Raven is prevented from uttering this incantation, at times she apparently is unable to activate her powers; also used by Raven and others in meditation.
- Necronom Hezberek Mortix!: A form of wild, uncontrollable but incredibly powerful dark magic taught to Raven by Malchior disguised as Rorek.
- Hezberek Et Morine...Gost Wenthen Verbis Nex...Ind Obrium, Bis Pendrule...Paran Sic Cortis Rex!: An extremely potent spell taught by Malchior to Raven to revoke the binding enchantment that sealed him within Rorek's enchanted book; performed within a ring of open tomes and volumes while simultaneously gesturing over the spellbook that contains this spell, causing the books to shine with blinding white light which will enfold the one in mystical captivity and release him within seconds.
- Aldruon Enlenthranel Vosolen Lirus-nor!: A curse more ancient than Malchior himself used by Rorek to entrap him into his enchanted book by projecting a stream of white energy that overpowers Malchior's fiery breath and locked his entire being, body and soul, into the book, a lock neither Rorek's own magic over a millennia nor Raven's own powers before her training could unravel or bypass; Raven uses the same ten centuries later through her dark energy to again seal Malchior into the book.
- Azarath Metrion Zinthos...Carazon Rakashas Enderez...Vaserix Endrien Azararth...Azarath, AZARATH!: An incantation utilized by Raven while sitting in a circle of magical sand from two flasks in her possession and a ring of lit candles around the circle, with bluish-white light pouring from the ring of sand and forming into a cylindrical barrier that reaches all the way to the ceiling of Raven's room, opening a swirling vortex-portal, which will bring Raven into a dimensional tunnel leading directly to Azarath, with this tunnel still susceptible to Trigon's attacks, though a magical seal will bar out all threats; Raven claimed even Trigon could not prevent her from "leaving", at least thus).
- The gem was born of evil's fire, the gem shall be his portal, he comes to claim, he comes to sire, the end of all things mortal: An incantation used by Raven to summon Trigon in the episode, The End - Part 1.
- Ciro...Enyawd...Vasarix...Zinthos...Metrion...Azarath!: A spell from a passage in one of Raven's spellbooks in Teen Titans Go! #24, which she believed would reverse the effects of the damaged mystic gem of the Master of Games, which had showed great chaos amongst the Titans by switching their powers and costumes with one another; however, instead it caused even more chaos by further changing all the Titans, including her, inciting such ire that Raven was forced to flee at speed in order to escape their rage-fueled clutches.
- Azarath Metrion Zinthos...Kalazon Racashos Endarath...Vasirix Zendrien Azarath...Azarath!: A spell used by Raven in the Teen Titans Go! #44 issue, spoken while opening a mystic door in her bedroom in Titans Tower, leads at first into a white void, then into the dimension Azarath exists within.
Mystical Artifacts and Magic Books
- Raven's mirror: Raven has a sinister-looking hand mirror, which is a portal into her own subconscious mind. It was seen only once in "Nevermore".
- The Book of Azar: an ancient book from Azarath having some connection to the peacefully pacifist monk Azar, which came into Raven's possession and was carelessly used by Larry to fly around the living room of Titans Tower, to Raven's displeasure and her angry claims it was not a "toy."
- Magical Lore: Raven possesses an affinity for mysticism and occultism, and has numerous magical items of an occult nature and an extensive library dedicated to sorcery.
- Spellbooks: She can also read runes, which is the written language of magic, and cast increasingly powerful spells inside certain spell books she has in her room. One of her large spell books even contained an extraordinarily strong "sorcerer" trapped within one of its pages; whom she was determined to work with and release into the real world.
- "If it wasn't for that beast, I might not be here right now. Having that thing inside doesn't make you an animal. Knowing when to let it out is what makes you a man."
"Maybe you should call me Beast Man now?"
"We're having a moment; don't ruin it."
Raven and Beast Boy have a very complicated relationship, despite that the two are polar opposites in terms of their personalities. Raven is collected, down to earth and cold, while Beast Boy is cheerful, laid-back and energetic. Raven likes to read, while Beast Boy really doesn't and prefers playing video games.
The two often fight and get on each other's nerves: Raven's cold demeanor and "creepiness" annoy Beast Boy and she is often irritated by his bad jokes and immaturity. Although, in the beginning, they have a rough relationship, they become closer and continue to develop their friendship throughout the series.
Beast Boy often gets irritated by Raven's sarcastic remarks to him, but throughout the series, never gives up on trying to make her smile or laugh. He even openly admits his quest to never stop making jokes until Raven smiles in "Aftershock - Part 1".
When they first met, Raven was not rude to him or made any sarcastic remarks. Throughout most of the series, it is shown that she usually held the more dominant position over him, however, in "Go!", she seems somewhat uneasy around him or even afraid that he wouldn't like her. This was later confirmed in "Nevermore", as Raven herself even admitted she thought Beast Boy didn't like her, but he was not hesitant to show her that he likes being her friend, no matter what.
Raven does indeed care about Beast Boy, in spite of the fact that she constantly mocks him and he constantly riles her, as she is often seen coming to the defense of her friend when he is injured. Beast Boy, on the other hand, also goes to help Raven whenever he can, especially when she is in danger, however, he can occasionally get carried away, shown in "Masks".
Their real friendship begins when Beast Boy and Cyborg are trapped inside Raven's mind in Nevermore. There, they meet Raven's Emoticlones, who wear variously colored cloaks to represent different aspects of her personality. Beast Boy finds out that the happy side of Raven actually finds him funny, while the sad Raven regrets and apologizes for being so mean to him. The two of them discover that they are indeed friends and Beast Boy and Cyborg help Raven defeat Trigon inside her mind.
Even though he is irritated by her sarcasm and cold personality, Beast Boy can't bear the thought of hurting Raven, physically or mentally. There are several instances where Beast Boy was trying to include Raven or be nice to her, but because she declines, he loses his temper and occasionally hurts her feelings, such as in "Spellbound". But it is shown that despite this, he never wants to hurt her, and is only trying to get her to open up more instead of being locked in her room all the time.
Whenever Raven is in danger, Beast Boy seems to be pushed to higher levels and does whatever he can to help her. This is evident in "The Beast Within" and "The End - Part 1", wherein both instances, he transformed into his werebeast form to defend Raven.
When the dragon Malchior deceives Raven and breaks her heart, Beast Boy is ultimately the only one who goes to comfort her, and she gives him a tight and sincere hug. However, their tender moment was ruined by Cyborg. Sometime after, Raven's life was endangered by Adonis, who was turned into a werebeast. Beast Boy undergoes the same transformation and despite having no awareness he had an instinct to save her, while the other Titans thought Beast Boy was the one who attacked her. Beast Boy truly regrets acting like a jerk to her, but Raven tells him that he wasn't himself, and didn't take it personally. She expresses her gratitude to him for saving her life and reassures him that his werebeast form isn't something to be feared, but of value to the team, and to her.
In the episode "The End - Part 1", Beast Boy found a 1-cent coin and gave it to Raven, saying it was "For luck." Beast Boy is devastated when Raven surrenders to her destiny, but Raven holds on to the coin until she chanted the spell to open the portal. The coin falling off her hand is perhaps a hint at the close friendship between the two. In "The End - Part 2", when the Titans regroup atop a tower, Beast Boy somehow knew Raven was the one who had saved them when Starfire was unsure of how they were the only ones who survived. When Raven defeats Trigon, Beast Boy is shocked at her hugs and smiles, but she reassures him that she still prefers blue and that he's still not funny, to which Beast Boy reacts by happily leaping towards her to give her a tight hug.
Despite being sarcastic and rude to him frequently, Raven does ease up to Beast Boy several times, such as playing Stank Ball with him and Cyborg at the end of "Spellbound", accepting his offer for breakfast at night following their ordeal inside her mind, and, along with Robin, forces Cyborg to go through initiation again in "Deception". Although she is constantly annoyed by his immaturity, it is often hinted that she does indeed enjoy his presence. Although they constantly annoy each other, the two are really close, even though Raven claims otherwise, and do care for one another.
In "Homecoming - Part 1", Raven seemed surprised at Beast Boy's serious behavior and likely saw that most of his personality stems from his past with the Doom Patrol.
- But no one knows their destiny! There are things you can't possibly know! There are some things I didn't know, like how I would make such wonderful friends. All I wanted was to make your last day perfect, instead, you spent it worrying about me. That's what friends do.
- — Raven and Robin in "The End - Part 1"
Raven and Robin have an extremely tight bond and she claims that he knows her better than anyone. The two have a very healthy relationship and actively respect each other's interests and privacy. As partners, they really care about the other's safety and well being; as evident in "Birthmark".
They have a deep and finely interwoven friendship due to similar personalities and instincts, and the two seemed to get along well from the very beginning. Robin also tells Raven that she was the most hopeful person he knew. It is obvious Robin cares a lot about Raven. Robin is the only one serious enough to truly understand her even after having been through the psychological labyrinth that is her mind. Robin helps her out whenever he can and always puts her well-being and consideration before his without a moment's hesitation. When they first met, Raven told Robin, Beast Boy, and Cyborg "If you knew what I really am, you wouldn't want me around." Robin responded by saying "I know enough," implying that he didn't care what Raven was or if she was different and knew that she wasn't evil or bad. When her destiny to end the world was revealed to the team, Robin, along with the others, remained firm in their friendship.
In an attempt to help rid Robin of his self-imposed curse of obsessing over Slade and the danger to his team, Raven entered Robin's mind, seeing parts of his life ranging from his traumatic memory of the death of his family to his oath before Batman, establishing thereafter a powerful psychic bond between her and him. They are two of the closest people on the team and as such Raven is often comfortable telling him things that the others don't know. Raven is seen by Robin as a very close friend/companion as they can understand each other and are on extremely good terms. Even when the other Titans are unsure of Raven's attitude, disposition, and intentions towards others, Robin often dismisses their apprehensions and respects Raven for who she is, and always sees her as a friend, never an enemy.
Their friendship was especially prominent in Season 4. In "The End - Part 1", Robin vowed to defend Raven at all costs, and even after Raven surrendered to her destiny, Robin still refused to give up hope that she might change her mind. In "The End - Part 2", having believed Raven to have been destroyed, he chose to continue fighting in honor of his friend. After learning Raven could still be saved, he willingly traveled into a literal hell created by Trigon with Slade to bring her back. Even when Raven lost hope and believed all was lost, Robin was the one who gave her the courage to defeat Trigon.
Throughout the series, there have been instances, if only a few, where their relationship was strained. The closest example would be in the episode "How Long is Forever?", where they were initially arguing, and when Starfire arrives in the future to find the Titans disbanded, but despite everything, the two are extremely close. Robin also doesn't seem to mind Raven's sarcastic remarks, even if they were directed at him, continuing to prove that he respects Raven's personality.
- When I use my powers, I have to put a little of my soul into whatever I'm moving. I become a part of it and it becomes a part of me. That's kind of what happened here. It wasn't just a car. It was... your baby.
Raven and Cyborg have a rather healthy relationship. Despite Cyborg being extremely similar to Beast Boy in terms of personality, Cyborg is more mature and respects Raven's preference for peace and quiet, but still tries to include her whenever possible. Because of this, Raven respects Cyborg's enthusiasm and is more patient with him, unlike Beast Boy.
On Christmas, in the Teen Titans Go! comics, Cyborg bought Raven an antique bookcase he knew she wanted, causing Raven to become uncharacteristically elated and showing an appreciation for her tastes and hobbies.
Whenever Raven feels out of place and lonely, Cyborg takes on the big brother role, like he does for Starfire. He almost always successfully comforts Raven whenever she is upset. Cyborg and Raven may not have many episodes dedicated to just the two of them, but they are still shown to be close friends. He often looks out for Raven's safety and well being, as evident in "Fear Itself", not willing to let her attempt to rescue Starfire when there was no possible way to, stating they won't rescue anyone if, whatever it was, gets them too. Cyborg being the last Titan to disappear may hint that Raven sees him as a last line of defense in the absence of the others.
Cyborg, while being cheerful like Starfire and Beast Boy, tends to be more considerate of Raven and understands her preferences more than the others. He likes to have fun but is never hesitant to put Beast Boy in his place when he thinks the younger Titan is being inconsiderate of her feelings. Raven, in turn, seems to accept Cyborg as he is without question and accepts his enthusiasm for his hobbies, even if she does not share it.
Raven is sometimes inconsiderate of Cyborg's feelings, but she never intends to hurt him (or any of her friends for that matter) emotionally. When Cyborg's T-Car was stolen, she dismissed his dismay over the stolen vehicle by stating "it's just a car", which in turn made Cyborg exceptionally angry. While this happens off-screen, Raven does see the fault in her response and goes to comfort him when he gave up all hope of getting it back. She helps him get his car back from Gizmo, and though he was forced to destroy it, she goes as far as to help him rebuild the car, further proving their close friendship.
Cyborg often sees Raven, like Starfire, as a younger sister to him, and as such isn't very positive about any harm coming her way. During their first battle with Control Freak, a giant trash can appears to scare Raven, but Cyborg tackles it away, telling her not to worry as he's got it. This is not to say he's overprotective of her, or treats her as a 'damsel in distress', as he knows Raven is more than capable of taking care of herself.
The two appear to enjoy playing chess together, and as seen in "Overdrive", Raven usually seems to beat him. Though after installing the Max-7 in his brain, she loses to him and is rather shocked.
Cyborg makes Raven smile more than anyone else in the series. Her biggest smiles, at least, two episodes centering around Cyborg's troubles. Cyborg often looks out for Raven. They appear to get along well and have a good friendship.
Starfire and Raven initially had no relationship besides being teammates. They are polar opposites in terms of personality, almost like Raven's relationship with Beast Boy, but she respects Starfire's cheerful personality. Being the only girls on the team gave them a special bond from the beginning. Starfire wanted to be friends with Raven, but Raven dismissed all of Starfire's requests to hang out or do stereotypical "teenage girl stuff" in a rather rude manner. Their relationship is dealt with when the two girls have to switch bodies, and then, in order to get their bodies back, have to learn everything about each other's powers and origins. This ordeal helps them become closer and have a better understanding of one another. Starfire called Raven out on her rudeness during that episode. It was the only real time Starfire ever got angry with Raven, though for only a moment. Following the events of "Switched", Raven begins to open up more to Starfire, and they are often seen with each other. It should also be noted she seemed to open up to Starfire much quicker than she did for her other teammates.
Though they are very different in personality, both girls share many of the same traits. They are the only two on the team who have the natural ability to levitate (Beast Boy doesn't count as he needs to turn into an animal with wings to gain flight). It can also be said that the girls possess the greatest raw power compared to the boys, as Starfire is an alien with strength that exceeds even Cyborg, and her starbolts are extremely deadly, while Raven is a half-demon whose powers are difficult to control but at the same time being very powerful, and as seen in "The End - Part 3", is more than capable of destroying powerful villains like Trigon.
Another similarity between the two is that both their powers are fueled by emotion, but the difference lies in that Raven's emotions have to be controlled while Starfire is able to express herself freely. They have both also developed a crush on Aqualad.
As teammates, Starfire and Raven form a powerful duo, as they often combine their powers against their foes, particularly in the final battle in "Titans Together".
In "How Long is Forever?", after Starfire returns from the twenty-year future, Raven is the first one to openly suggest to continue their celebration, which makes Starfire extremely happy.
Starfire and Raven are shown to care deeply about each other. In "Nevermore", after Raven wished to be alone, Starfire was worried something might have been troubling her and wanted to go see if she was alright, though she was constantly stopped by Robin who reinforced Raven's request to be alone. Raven can't bear the thought of any harm coming to Starfire, as shown in "Fear Itself", where she was devastated when Starfire disappeared and wanted to go back and save her.
Unlike her relationship with Beast Boy, Raven openly enjoys Starfire's company and whatever time she gets to spend with her outside of combat. Although they have occasional personality clashes, the two have a tight bond, one always looking out for the other.
- I trusted you! We trusted you!! We gave you everything and you treated us like dirt!
- — Raven to Terra in "Aftershock - Part 1"When Terra first showed up, Raven dismissed her as nothing more than a temporary nuisance; since she didn't like any sort of change or the idea of having to develop a relationship with yet another female, she barely reacted to Terra leaving as suddenly as she did.
Raven and Killowat's relationship isn't exactly touched upon in the animated series due to Killowat's minimized screen time. However, in the Teen Titans Go! issue #48 Wrong Place Wrong Time, it is shown that Raven is the one who pulled him into her universe and rescued him.
Eventually, Raven tried sending him home, but failed and sent him to the evil universe of the Teen Tyrants. When he was captured, Raven was at Titans Tower, resting. However, she suddenly woke up because she could sense that Killowat was in danger. She urgently opened the portal to that universe in an attempt to rescue him once more.
Cyborg stated that Killowat's electromagnetic abilities greatly strengthen Raven's own, and the two could sort of communicate with each other telepathically. Killowat was surprised but relieved when he saw Raven, and when he was dragged back to the Teen Titans' universe and Raven opened multiple portals to try and send Killowat to the right universe, Killowat had a hard time saying goodbye.
Episodes focusing on Raven
- Final Exam
- Car Trouble
- Fear Itself
- Titan Rising
- The Beast Within
- Bunny Raven...or ...How to Make A Titanimal Disappear
- The Prophecy
- The End, Part 1
- The End, Part 2
- The End, Part 3
- Hide and Seek
- Trouble In Tokyo
- Forces of Nature
- The Sum of His Parts
- Deep Six
- Mad Mod
- Car Trouble
- Apprentice - Part 1
- Apprentice - Part 2
- How Long Is Forever?
- Every Dog Has His Day
- Only Human
- Fear Itself
- Date With Destiny
- Titan Rising
- Winner Take All
- Aftershock - Part 1
- Aftershock - Part 2
- The Beast Within
- Can I Keep Him?
- Bunny Raven... or ...How to Make A Titananimal Disappear
- Titans East - Part 1
- Titans East - Part 2
- Episode 257-494
- The Quest
- Cyborg the Barbarian
- Employee of the Month
- The Prophecy
- Mother Mae-Eye
- The End - Part 1
- The End - Part 2
- The End - Part 3
- Homecoming - Part 1
- Homecoming - Part 2
- Trust (no lines)
- For Real (no lines)
- Hide and Seek
- Revved Up
- Calling All Titans
- Titans Together
- Things Change
Teen Titans Go!
- Azarath is the dimension in which Raven was born and raised, and where she learned to concentrate her powers from the monks' help. Apparently, it serves as at least one source of her power, as implied when David Slack commented: "Whenever Raven was in trouble, she called on the power of Azarath; so when Raven is in the greatest trouble of her life, it seemed like we should take her to Azarath." The words "Metrion" and "Zinthos" were created by Glen Murakami for the spell, and do not have any meaning. These words also serve as her mantra for her daily meditations, which she performs to keep her emotions in check so they do not clash with her conscious self-control.
- Raven, along with Starfire, had a crush on Aqualad.
- Raven is also attracted to Aqualad in the spin-off parody Teen Titans Go!. The two even dated.
- Raven has affectionately called Melvin, Timmy Tantrum, and Teether her "kids".
- She enjoys waffles, according to a sarcastic remark in "Crash", more than life itself.
- Raven is shown to be the only Titan who cannot cook. This is shown in the episode "The End - Part 1," when Raven attempts but fails at making pancakes. All four other Titans are shown to have made successful meals at some point in the show. Starfire has made numerous Tamaranean dishes, Beast Boy has made tofu eggs, Cyborg has made spaghetti and other dishes, and Robin has made eggs and a ham.
- Raven's and Starfire's eyes both glow when using their powers (white and green, respectively).
- Beast Boy has used Raven's cloak, on some occasions, as a place to hide, such as in "Date With Destiny".
- Raven is by far the most powerful character in the series, even exceeding that of her father Trigon. Her powers may be extremely difficult to control but still remain unmatched by any other character.
- Raven's sarcasm was sometimes taken too literally, as seen when she stated "I'd really rather just stay here and drown", where Beast Boy simply shrugged and left her.
- Although Beast Boy is usually the comedic relief of the team, it is Raven who had said what was possibly the funniest and most famous line in Teen Titans history: "Evil beware. We have waffles."
- When Raven is in demonic form, her eyes begin to glow red and a second pair of eyes appear where her eyebrows are.
- Raven's demonic form can somewhat be compared to the "Avatar State" from Avatar: The Last Airbender in the sense that it is where she is the most powerful, but also the most vulnerable, as showcased in her fight with Terra in "Aftershock - Part 1".
- In the original series, Raven's hair and eyes are violet, but in the spin-off series, Teen Titans Go! her hair and eyes are black, which could possibly serve as a reference to Dark Raven's design in the Titans Tomorrow comic book storyline.
- Raven appears to hate wearing a dress, revealed in the episode "Mother Mae-Eye" (which is ironic considering her comic book costume was a dress).
- Even though she does not allow anyone in her room, by the end of the series, all four Titans have entered her room at least once and Jinx and Slade's robots have also been in there.
- Raven's pale skin tone may be explained with her ethnicity being half-demon.
- Raven dislikes chickens, as she considers them a mere annoyance. However, she was once gifted a giant chicken doll from Beast Boy, who won the prize for her. The reason for this is because she is allergic to their feathers.
- Raven is the only character to have her birthday celebrated or mentioned in the series.
- Raven is the only Titan whose mother and father make an appearance on the show (excluding Robin's parent's silhouettes in "Haunted").
- Raven despises when her hair is long, as revealed in "Switched". Whenever it grew long, she would cut it short again.
- Beast Boy and Raven were intentionally written by David Slack, the Titans head writer, as a "married couple", hence the relationship was one of deep loyalty and affection, but also laced with conflicting personality clashes.
- Many fans seem to believe that Raven and Beast Boy have romantic feelings for each other, but there is no substantial evidence in the series aside from some affectionate moments. The spinoff/continuation comic Teen Titans Go! had some clear ship teasing between the two but those moments could've been just simple nods to their relationship in the mainstream comics at the time or maybe actual hints to a future relationship. Ultimately, due to the TTG comics never going past the ship teasing, the status of Raven and Beast Boy having hidden romantic feelings for each other in this Titans continuity remains debatable.
- Most of the time when Raven is upset about something, Beast Boy was ultimately the only one who successfully made her feel better. He was also the first to be hugged by Raven out of comfort.
- Raven has lost her boot just like Starfire. Both of the reasons why they lost one of their boots is because of Beast Boy.
- Despite Raven's sarcasm and her nearly emotionless state, she treats all the other four members as friends and never intends to harm them emotionally.
- Backing this up is that Raven said they "raised" her, referring to their helping her grow emotionally.
- When Raven was transformed into a bunny by Mumbo, her powers are ineffective inside of Mumbo's hat. Only able to do cheap magic tricks like making flowers appear.
- When Raven stopped time, her powers briefly became blue-and-black instead of the usual black-and-white.
- Multiple of Raven's traits and practices to focus seem to be slightly altered and drawn from Hinduism (such as meditation, as well as the chakra gem inlaid on her forehead) (Wikipedia: Hinduism)
- Raven's powers have changed colors from black-and-white to bright-green to blue-and-black and to glowing white.
- In "Birthmark", Slade "burnt" off parts of Raven's with the red symbols appearing under them, on her skin, but in "The Prophecy", the symbols appeared on her clothes.
- Raven is the only Titan who still had a living parent, her father Trigon (up until "The End - Part 3"), in the series. Robin's, Starfire's, Cyborg's, and Beast Boy's parents were deceased at the beginning of the series.
- In "Winner Take All", Raven is seen knitting.
- In the DC Comics books, Raven and Beast Boy have a romantic relationship, though the characters were at a somewhat later point in their lives than they are portrayed in the cartoon.
- Her real name is Raven, but, in the comics, she temporarily creates the alias, Rachel Roth. However, this alias is never used or mentioned in the Teen Titans animated TV series.
- Raven actually does find Beast Boy funny, despite her countless claims against it, as stated in "Nevermore", and "Go!". Although it is likely she finds his behavior funny, rather than his jokes.
- In Teen Titans Go! issue #42, Jericho and Raven are seen coming from the movies with Robin and Starfire, the four of them appeared to be on a double date.
- In the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, it is revealed Raven can read in English, German, Latin, Romanian, Ancient Sumerian, and Sanskrit.
- Raven's height is 5`4 (165cm).
- Raven was turned into a little girl in "The End" by Trigon.
- In "Final Exam," Jinx said "You fight like a boy," to Raven during hand-to-hand combat.
- Raven's the only member of the Teen Titans whose name is in the title of an episode.
- This version of her influences her appearance and attitude in recent comics and other media.
- "Evil beware. We have waffles." — "Cyborg the Barbarian"
- "Not gonna happen. How else am I supposed to keep your toenails off the coffee table?" —"How Long is Forever?"
- "That's my room! Nobody goes into my room!" —"Betrayal"
- "Aliens." —"Can I Keep Him?"
- "Why am I in a dress?" —"Mother Mae-Eye"
- "Any chance we can replace Beast Boy with a robot too?" —"Deception"
- "You may have created me, but you were never my father." —"The End - Part 3"
- "Let's just say I have some issues with my father." —"Nevermore"
- "A magician never reveals her secrets." —"Bunny Raven...or...How to Make a Titanimal Disappear"
- "I respect that you don't eat meat; please respect that I don't eat fake meat." —"The Sum of His Parts"
- "Just because you glued the controller to my hands, doesn't mean I want to play." —"Titans East"
- "Where did you learn history, a cereal box?" —"Revolution"
- "Lesson three: your secret base isn't very secret." —"Titans Together"
- "Wow, Beast Boy's jokes are too immature, even for babies." —"Hide and Seek"
- "If it wasn't for that beast, I might not be here right now. Having that thing inside doesn't make you an animal. Knowing when to let it out is what makes you a man." —"The Beast Within"
- "I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid! I...I am afraid. I'm afraid, but that doesn't mean I can't fight back!" —"Fear Itself"
- "Simple, you just get up and change the channel." —"Final Exam"
- "Enough! We need to control our emotions." —"Final Exam"
- "A giant chicken. I must be the luckiest girl in the world." —"Sisters"
- "My mind is never troubled. People come, people go. It's pointless to be upset about Cyborg." —"Divide and Conquer"
- "Please tell me this isn't another ridiculous prank." —"Forces of Nature"
- "What's the matter? Afraid of the dark?" —"Nevermore"
- "Statistically, I suppose someone has to." —"Sisters"
- "My eyes are closed, Starfire. I haven't seen anyone." —"Switched"
- "I trusted you! We trusted you! We gave you everything, and you treated us like dirt!" - Aftershock Part 1
- "Remember me" — "Birthmark"
Main article: Raven/Gallery