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Quote1 You may have created me, but you were never my father. Fathers are kind, fathers protect you, fathers raise you. I was protected by the monks of Azarath, I was raised by my friends. They are my family, this is my home and you are not welcome here. Quote2
Raven becoming White Raven.[src]

The End - Part 3 is the third part of The End saga. It is also the 52nd episode of the Teen Titans series and the final episode of Season 4.

Synopsis

Robin has found Raven, but discovers that she has been changed into a younger version of herself and doesn't seem to remember the Titans or have her powers. Robin convinces her to return with him and soon reunites with the Titans, who will soon face their final battle with Trigon, which will not only determine their fates, but the fate of the universe.

Plot

The world has ended now that Raven has surrendered to her destiny as a portal that brings her evil father Trigon to Earth to conquer it. The remaining Titans are searching for a way to bring her back so they may find a way to defeat Trigon and save the universe.

The battles that Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy are fighting against their evil clones are proving to be some of the most arduous they have ever endured. They know they must continue so that Trigon's attention stays on them and not on Robin, who is busy searching for Raven. Nega Starfire escapes from the battle long enough to whisper in Trigon's ear the Titans' plan. Trigon simply replies that he has always known of their plan and that it is of no consequence. The powermad demon explains that the depth of his power is incomprehensible and though some remnant of Raven exists, the Raven they knew is gone forever.

Meanwhile, Robin tries to comfort the childlike Raven he has found, saying he is there to take her back. Raven seems to have no memory of him and tries to flee from him deeper into the cavern. Robin keeps up with her and manages to gain her trust by saying he can bring her back.

Elsewhere underground, Slade continues the search for his human body. He comes to a large metal door with a Mark of Scath that is guarded by a hulking stonelike guard with a metal mask and a big ax. The guard tells him that what he seeks may not be recovered, but Slade says he has nothing else to lose. The two of them start in to fight.

As the tide of the battle above ground starts to turn against the Teen Titans, they decide to switch combatants in hopes of regaining the advantage. The idea proves effective as they dominate each of the clones separately. The clones evaporate into wisps of red energy that return to each of the Titans, confirming their defeat. Trigon himself approaches them and sends a herd of fire demons on them. The Titans escape the onslaught.

As Robin carries Raven back the way they came he tells her a story. Robin says Raven was good, brave, and a wonderful friend. Even though she fought for the good guys, she was always held back by the bad side lurking within her. Robin is interrupted by a horde of fire demons. He successfully escapes them while keeping the helpless Raven out of harm's way. Raven then addresses Robin by name and asks him why he is doing this. Robin confirms that she does indeed remember him and his friends. She recognizes the story Robin told her as if it were a nightmare and continues to believe that Trigon is unstoppable and nothing can be done. Her powers are gone now that Trigon no longer needs her and everything has been left hopelessly ruined. Robin says it may be the end of the world but everyone is still together and fighting. Raven cries out, "Look at me, Robin. There's nothing I can do. There isn't any hope!" He responds, "Then I guess I'll just have to have enough hope for the both of us." He puts Raven on his back and carries her to the surface.

Slade continues fighting the guard, but is at a significant disadvantage. The guard is impervious to most everything, including lava. The guard says that pure evil cannot be dominated by mortals. Slade says, "Actually, I'm not such a nice guy myself." He pushes a detonator and a bomb he secretly planted on the door explodes, engulfing the guard and breaking open the door. Arrows of white light shoot out of the opening. One of them hits Slade and his form thickens. He welcomes the return of his flesh and blood, picks up the fallen guard's ax and heads for the exit.

The Titans fly through the air with Trigon's minions in pursuit. They shoot most of them down, but then Robin appears to finish them off. The Titans are overjoyed to see him, but are stunned when they see Raven's immature form.

Trigon commands his army to expand throughout the universe and enslave everything until all bow before him.

Robin explains Raven's condition to the others and says the time has come for a final attack, "Him or us. All or nothing." Robin comforts Raven by saying she is no longer a slave to any prophecy and she will know what to do when the time comes. Trigon then finds them and the Titans assail him full on. Slade appears wielding the guard's ax and joins the strike as well. Raven watches in amazement as Trigon takes damage. Slade is eventually knocked out and the Titans are enveloped in a massive heat ray. Raven runs to her immobile teammates, begging them to get up. Trigon bids her farewell and unleashes another heat ray. Raven instinctively shields herself with her powers. Trigon disparages her powers, states that she is "her creator, her master" and that she exists only to serve him, and says that his daughter has no chance of defeating her omnipotent father.

Raven begins to glow and transforms into her older self with a white robe. She forcibly denies any biological ties with him as she blasts him backwards with devastating bursts of white energy. Raven proclaims that Trigon was never anything of a father to her, rather the monks of Azarath and the Teen Titans whom she calls family. She gains power from this knowledge as the Titans stand with her. She screams out, "Azarath Metrion Zinthos!" and a monumental wave of white energy emanates from her obliterating Trigon for good and washing over everything. The city is returned to the way it was before, the people are unfrozen and the entire world returns to life from Raven's power.

The Titans have no words for their friend. Raven throws her arms gratefully around Robin, thanking him for not giving up on her. Beast Boy is a little freaked out by this new smiling Raven, but she assures him that blue is her preferred garb and he is still not funny, much to his jubilation. Back at the Tower, they kick off a celebration while Robin has a moment with Raven by the window. Although Slade survived, they will be poised to stop him just as they always have been. Raven asks him how he keeps his hopes up even against impossible odds. Robin tells her that she is actually the most hopeful person he has ever known. Even though everyone knew she was doomed to an apocalyptic prophecy, she chose to hope for more and fought alongside the Teen Titans. Raven is free to live her life fully, unencumbered by any inner demons or premonitions.

Whiteraven

White Raven

Trivia

  • This episode was originally going to be the series finale, however due to the unexpected popularity of the show, it was renewed for a fifth season.
  • The scene when Beast Boy is fighting as a T-Rex, with his evil clone, a Spinosaurus, is a reference to a scene in the movie Jurassic Park III.
  • At the very beginning of the episode, the recaps of parts 1 and 2 don't show exactly what had happened.
  • When Starfire says, "I am a rorfian zopgar," Cyborg doesn't understand, although he supposedly learned Tameranian in Overdrive. It is possible when the Max-7 was removed, his knowledge of the language disappeared, however, it is also likely he did understand, but was simply left speechless.
  • When Robin and Raven hug, Raven seems much shorter, although she is usually the same height.
  • Silkie makes a cameo in the Tower while the Titans are celebrating.
  • This is the first and only 3-part season finale.
  • When Starfire says she'll consume the french toast with 'gravy' and the 'butter of peanuts', Beast Boy comedically makes the ":P" face.
  • This is one of the few times (though not surprisingly) Raven suggested they celebrate following a victory.
  • It is unknown what happened to Slade after he was knocked out of the fight. Raven later reveals that he has escaped, though it is uncertain as to how he managed to elude the Titans as he wasn't very far from them. However, it is possible he was never knocked unconscious, but rather escaped the scene during the fight.
  • It was never confirmed, but it is possible that when Raven reverted the Earth to the way it was, she also unfroze Terra from her stone form, as shown in Things Change.
  • This episode is technically Slade's final appearance in the show. He appears in Things Change as a robotic duplicate, however.
  • It is unclear if Raven destroyed Trigon or simply banished him back to his prison. Whatever the case may be, he apparently no longer has any influence upon her.
  • It is worth noting that Trigon's overconfidence ultimately caused his own downfall; he had plenty of opportunities to wipe out the Titans but chose not to, merely stating their plans and existence presents quote "no threat".

Errors

  • When Raven sees her fellow Titans unconscious and defeated, Robin is shown to be much farther away from the others. However, when Raven begins walking towards Trigon, Robin is suddenly laying directly in front of the other Titans.
  • Also, as Raven reverts back to her older self, she was seen directly next to Robin's body. However, as she walks towards her father, Raven was apparently further away from Robin.
  • When Beast Boy begins questioning if Raven is still herself, she was standing right next to Robin. Though, in the following wide-shot, Raven is suddenly further away.
  • When Raven hugs Robin, she seems much shorter than him, even though she is usually the same height as him.

Quotes

  • Guard: Your days have long since ended, mortal. Time to lie down with the rest of the bones.
    Slade: You first!

  • Guard: You cannot hope to defeat pure evil.
    Slade: Actually, I'm not such a nice guy myself. (Triggers detonator in front of door and destroys guard)

  • Slade: For the record, I'm nobody's servant.

  • White Raven: (Fighting against Trigon) Fathers are kind. Fathers protect you. Fathers raise you. I was protected by the monks of Azarath. I was raised by my friends. They are my family, this is my home, and you are not welcome here! AZARATH METRION ZINTHOS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raven: Slade got away?
    Robin: If he ever shows his face again, we'll be ready.
    Raven: How do you do it, Robin?
    Robin: Do what?
    Raven: Keep hoping. After everything that happened, everything I did, how did you still manage to hope it could all work out?
    Robin: Because of you. You don't realize it, Raven, but you're actually the most hopeful person I've ever met. From the day you were born, they said you were evil, that you were created to do unspeakable things. But you wished for more. You dared to hope that you could be a hero.
    Raven: I thought it was all over, and now suddenly....
    Robin: You have your whole life ahead of you. You can decide your own destiny.
    Raven: I guess in the end...there really is no end. Just new beginnings. (turns to her friends) So what's the deal? Are we having a party in here, or not? (joins her friends)
    Starfire: Glorious! Let's partake in the eating of earthly breakfast foods!
    Beast Boy: Sure we have enough tofu bacon?
    Cyborg: Very nice. (fades out)

  • Cyborg: All right y'all, Four-Eyes is history, his ghoulies are gone, and we just saved the WHOLE DANG UNIVERSE!! Who wants French toast?
    Starfire: Oh, yes! Me, please! I shall consume them with gravy and the butter of peanuts!
    Beast Boy: And I've got enough tofu bacon for everybody who wants it!
    Cyborg: So, just enough for you?
    Beast Boy: Exactly!
    Starfire: (takes the bacon and places them on her head) Observe: I am a rofien zobgar! (laughs as Beast Boy and Cyborg pause for a minute) On my planet, this is hilarious. (Cyborg and Beast Boy laughs)

  • Robin: [carrying a young Raven] How about a story, to pass the time? This is the story of Raven. She was my very good friend, and she was very brave. Together, we fought evil - we beat monsters and villains, and we kept our city safe, but even though she was doing good, Raven was always afraid that deep down inside, she was bad. See, from the day she was born, people told her that someday, something terrible was going to - [interrupted by chasm opening]

  • Trigon: [to his fire minions] Go forth and conquer. One by one, worlds shall fall until every being in this entire dimension bows down to worship Trigon the Terrible!

  • Robin: You okay? You didn't get hurt? Raven: Robin, why are you doing this? Robin: You do remember don't you? Raven: The story you were telling. I can see it, bits and pieces. You, our friends, my father... like it was a dream, a nightmare. Whatever it was, it's over. Robin: Raven, there may still be a way to- (interrupted by Raven) Raven: No one can stop him, I remember that, you came down here for nothing. Robin: I came down here for you. (reaches towards Raven) (Raven turns around, with tears in her eyes) Raven: Why? I can't help, my powers came from him! And now that he's done with me, I don't have them anymore. (falls to her knees) There was... a prophecy Robin. And it came true. It's all over now. (Robin kneels down) Robin: Yeah, it's the end of the world. But so what? We're still here. Still fighting. Still friends. Raven: Look at me Robin, there's nothing I can do! There isn't any hope! (Raven looks up) Robin: Then I guess I'll just have to have enough hope for the both of us. (smiles, and then picks up Raven, continuing back to the surface)

  • Cyborg: So her powers are gone? She really can't help us? Beast Boy: At least we still have that Ring of Azar thingy so Trigon can't..... (Starfire holds up the shattered Ring of Azar) oh... crud. Robin: This is it. One final attack. Him or us. All or nothing. (Other Titans nod) (Walks over to Raven and puts his hands on her shoulders) This is your story Raven. And I'm not sure what happens next. I know it seems hopeless, but I believe that when the time is right, you will know what to do. (Trigon lifts the rock they are hiding behind) Trigon: What strange vermin cower beneath my rocks? Robin: Now! (Titans spring into action) Trigon: I have endured your existence long enough! (Envelops the Titans in a heat ray, immobilizing them) Your world has ended! Your time is- (Slade leaps from behind and slices off Trigon's left horn with the flame axe from the guard) (Trigon yells in pain) Robin: (Titans fall safely back to the ground, ready for battle) TITANS, GO! (Titans and Slade charge towards Trigon)

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