- Go forth and conquer. One by one, worlds shall fall, until every being in this entire dimension bows down to worship Trigon the Terrible!
Trigon is Raven's demonic father. Trigon is an inter-dimensional demon who sought to take over the universe. He is the main antagonist of Season 4 and is widely considered the most powerful and impure villain of the entire show. He also serves as Raven's arch-nemesis.
Character Biography and Personality
- 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!
- — The prophecy of Trigon's dominion over all
All that is truly known of Trigon is that he is the manifestation of pure evil. Bent on world domination, he will do anything and use anyone (even including his own child) in order to achieve his ends. Deceptive and cunning, Trigon is capable of subtly manipulating even the sharpest of minds, such as Slade, into doing his bidding and fooling them into believing his sincerity.
He disguised himself as a human male and married Arella, Raven's mother. However, after he consummated with her, he abandoned her rather than make her his queen.
Much like his minion, Slade, the only person for whom Trigon looks out is himself. He cares nothing for Raven, Arella or Slade, and uses all three of them in order to achieve world domination and destroy the entire Earth.
His evil nature and lack of concern for anyone else caused him to be hated by his daughter, Raven. She channeled her hatred in to sending him back to his domain at the end of "The End - Part 3." It is unclear whether or not he still exerts any sort of influence on her.
Trigon made his first unofficial appearance in Season 1, in the episode "Nevermore" (voiced by Keith Szarabajka) as the main villain. Trigon later appears as the main antagonist in the Season 4 story arc (now voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, and very different looking from his first appearance). In the fourth season, Trigon resurrects the Titans' foe Slade as an undead being from his molten burial to inform Raven of his coming and how she is his portal to the "world of mortals". In the three-part finale, "The End", Trigon finally emerges when Raven finally succumbs to his mental torment and believes she can no longer conceal her evil and fight her fate, thus willingly fulfilling the prophecy. Trigon turns everyone into stone, except for the Titans, who are protected by one last gift of Raven's. Trigon also regresses Raven to the age of a 9-year-old in order to carry out his evil plans. The Teen Titans, along with Slade, launch an all-out assault on Trigon, but in the end, after all the opposing forces have fallen, it is Raven who uses her powers to restore her age and kill Trigon, while renouncing him as her father. This is by far her most impressive feat in the entire series. Trigon's death also revoked all of the damage he caused to Earth. In the series, he is also known as "Scath", and is confirmed to be feared all around the universe by Starfire, who says that her planet of Tamaran knows of him and fears him.
Raven's mental image of Trigon also made an appearance in Teen Titans Go! #5, where her stress, aggravation and frustration caused it to manifest, after being exacerbated by the playful mockery of her zit by the other Titans; this occurred some point after The End, for Cyborg was well aware of the fact that he was called Trigon and he was her father. Raven manages to dispel this form of Trigon through intense joint meditation with her friends. Trigon is also mentioned in Teen Titans Go! #44.
Powers and Abilities
In the animated continuity, Trigon wielded vast magical and energy manipulation abilities to an uncertain though incredibly high extent. Trigon was also highly cunning and gifted with words, to the point of forcing Raven to give in to him after endlessly mentally tormenting her by preventing her from meditating and insisting that she is corrupt within and cannot hide her corruption forever. His physical manifestation was a form of enormous strength and durability, making him extremely difficult to harm or weaken without great skill and willpower. Trigon had enough power to destroy entire dimensions, as he did with the realm of Azarath and nearly so with "Earth-T", the reality of the Teen Titans. Trigon can also produce and control flaming demon creatures, capable of high-speed flight and the ability to generate and control fire at will to serve as his personal army. Trigon also possesses extremely powerful magical sensory abilities through his four eyes that enable him to be aware of nearly everything that occurs; a power which is near that of virtual omniscience.
Trigon was able to reshape the surface of the planet and turn all its inhabitants—human, animal, plant and superhuman—into stone statues. He was able to unleash bursts of energy, raise energy shields potent enough to withstand a direct blast of his own dark energy with no damage, seal the four Titans in a sphere of red energy which paralyzed them and negated the use of their powers, and could create a "dark side" model of any creature to serve him as his minion. He could also create portals to any place in the universe in one simple gesture. He could bring the dead back to life as a servant under his control by placing a symbol called the Mark of Scath on the corpse's which, not only brought the person back to life, but gave them powers. Trigon was also capable of removing such powers at will from any one of his minions.
- Nevermore (mental manifestation)
- Birthmark (voice; vision)
- The Prophecy (voice; vision)
- The End - Part 1
- The End - Part 2
- The End - Part 3
- Hide and Seek (flashback)
Teen Titans Go!
Video Game Appearances
- Trigon appears in a total of seven episodes in the series; one of which is merely a manifestion of him in Raven's mind, two in which he only appears in visions and his voice is heard only, and one in a flashback only.
- Trigon also appears in a total of two issues in the Teen Titans Go! comic series. One of which is a manifestion of Raven's rage, and the other being a very brief cameo that is non-canonical. He is mentioned in two other issues: Pieces of Me and When There's Trouble....
- Of all of Trigon's appearances, only three episodes (The End - Part 1, The End - Part 2, and The End - Part 3) actually feature Trigon in his true form.
- It is unclear how Earth managed to survive the terror of Trigon in the possible future portrayed in 'How Long is Forever?' as Raven was shown intact and the stain of Trigon was not seen on the planet. It is speculated due to Raven having gone completely insane, that it was impossible for Trigon to access Raven's mind.
- Trigon appears as a villain in a three-parter (other than the episode "Nevermore", which technically is Raven's rage, and therefore not counting). "Tri" means three, which means Trigon could possibly been in a 3-parter on purpose. It was the only three-parter in the series.
- In the comics, Trigon was sometimes stated as the DC Universe equivalent of Satan himself, indicated by his hooves and horns, also indicating vast and truly terrible power. However eventually Trigon was destroyed.
- It is rather ironic how Trigon used Slade, Raven and Arella to achieve his domination over Earth, but at the same time, because he cared nothing for them, Raven and Slade in particular, he caused his own downfall. Raven also denounces Trigon as her father.
- It is often funny to note that Trigon was in power for less than a day before being defeated by Raven.
- In the episode Nevermore, Trigon had a different voice and he does not have horns, but he was really just a representation of Raven's feeling of Rage, so this wasn't his official appearance.
- Trigon is a playable unlocked character in the video game, although he is not impacting in the series.
- In the recent movie, Justice Leauge vs. Teen Titans, Trigon is voiced by Jon Bernthal.
- In the comics, Trigon actually does care for Raven, and sacrifices 100 billion souls in her name.