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"I mean, look at me. Who wants to be your friend when you're basically the spawn of an intergalactic demon?"
Raven is the half demon-half Azarathian member of the Teen Titans.
Raven was born in another dimension, fathered by Trigon and Earth woman, Arella Roth. Disapproving of her father's conquest for dimensions, she left her home and journeyed to Jump City where she joined the Teen Titans. Usually stoic and brooding with a preference for a solitary lifestyle, Raven is often caught in the antics of her teammates and is commonly seen as the levelheaded and voice of reason within the team.
- Main article: History of Raven
Raven comes across as the equivalent to a goth with a dark and brooding personality. Unlike the other Titans, she doesn't display any extreme emotion when saddened, shocked, or happy preferring to either give a small smile, frown, or bulging eyes. Throughout the series, Raven relaxes by meditating or reading a book and is angered when interrupted by the other Titans' antics. Despite her generally stoic attitude, she is shown to be short-tempered and quick to anger, revealing her inner demon whenever she is frustrated. During this period, her eyes glow red and she attacks and injures whomever was the cause of her anger or in her way.
Due to her monotone voice and stoic personality, the other Titans are often unable to determine how she's really feeling. Her overall seriousness clashes heads with jokester Beast Boy and she often relies on the use of sarcastic witty remarks when making jokes. Her brooding nature is a result of her cloak, and she develops a more confident and outgoing personality when taking it off, even going as far as donning the alias, Lady Legasus, and leaving the Titans to fight crime solo. However, due to being the only one able to handle the cloak's nature, she reluctantly dons it once more.
She generally dislikes things that are considered girly - such as bunnies, sleepovers, and flowers - and expresses them as horrific and terrifying. Ironically, Raven is a huge fan of Pretty Pretty Pegasus. At first, she hid her delight for the show by shutting off her computer and only watching the program when her teammates weren't around, but has since begun watching episodes in front of them. Her love for the show extends to the point where it becomes the only thing able to free her from the unintended consequences of misusing her powers due to it being the only thing that keeps her sane.
However, Raven holds a sadistic side to her. She supported Starfire's rendition of party games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Duck Duck Goose by using live animals, commenting that's her preferred way of playing. When briefly dating Aqualad, she enjoyed watching an underwater band get mauled by sharks and expressed interest in watching piranhas consume their meals. When Beast Boy attempted to fight for her, Raven only agreed so long as it was to the death, supplying both boys with weapons and transporting them and her friends to an arena.
While not as mischievous as Beast Boy and Cyborg, Raven has been shown to enjoy a little mischief as seen when she tricked Robin into doing the laundry for a year by charming dirty laundry to attack them, proposed to get even with Beast Boy in after his pranks were deemed to have gone too far, and used Starfire's naivety, alongside Beast Boy and Cyborg, to continue celebrating Christmas. Alongside Beast Boy and Cyborg, Raven is one of the laziest Titans due to relying mainly on her psychokinesis and levitation to move herself and objects around the Tower. This has resulted in her being unable to walk properly while on foot, and thus resorts to using a Segway to travel..
As a romantic, Raven finds it hard to share her secret feelings for Beast Boy and comes off, in Beast Boy's own words, as "playing hard to get." Despite consistently denying any sign of attraction for him, Raven exhibits extreme jealously whenever he is around Terra, and resorts to banishing her in a trash portal twice due to it.
Raven was imbued with dark magic from birth, allowing her to use a wide range of psychokinesis derived from her soul-self that ranges from moving objects to making shields and barriers in combat.
- Telekinesis: Raven can use her soul-self to pick up objects and transport them elsewhere as constantly seen throughout the series.
- Duplication: Raven is able to magically create doubles of objects such as toothpaste and people.
- Levitation: Raven has the power to navigate by floating in the air.
- Power granting: Raven has the ability to grant powers or wishes to others as revealed by Trigon and shown through Robin.
Upon realizing that Raven is a girl, Aqualad grew an attraction and flirted with her though Raven repeatedly asked him to stop. However, she later shows up to go on a date with him, warning him about her dark side and he takes her to watch an underwater band. Raven initially mocks his attempts, but realizes the date was watching the underwater band get consumed by sharks. As they returned to the Tower, Aqualad placed a fish skeleton in Raven's hair and remarked how beautiful she looked with her hood down. Raven expresses her happiness that someone understood her and gives him a kiss on the cheek before leaving. The next day, Raven happily admires the fish skeleton in her hair but quickly covers it up when Starfire comments that she's never seen her happier. When Cyborg asks if she's seen his pirate booty, Raven blushes suggestively but quickly recovers.
As she attempts to go on her second date with Aqualad, Beast Boy intervenes by attempting to prove his intensity. However, Raven chooses to have both of them fight for her to the death and supplies both with weapons and transports them to an arena. Aqualad refuses to fight someone for her, nearly leading to his death until Raven stops Beast Boy. Battered and bruised, Aqualad declares Raven to be too dark for him and collapses on the floor though Raven is shown to be indifferent to his choice and shows no sign of worrying about his safety.
Due to the clashing personalities of Raven and Beast Boy, the latter often manages to irritate and anger her to the point where she disintegrates him and threatens to banish him to another dimension. The first hint of attraction on Beast Boy's side came when he flirtatiously asked Raven what bathing suit she'd be wearing, and responded with hot when she answered. When Beast Boy met Terra, Raven was immediately accused by Cyborg and Starfire that she was jealous of the two despite her saying otherwise. Terra revealed her true colors shortly and prepared to crush Beast Boy with a boulder, but Raven freed herself from her imprisonment and banished her to another dimension, disappointing Beast Boy as he was waiting for Terra to express her true feelings. Cyborg admitted that the Titans were silly for thinking she was jealous causing Raven to scoff, but smirked lovingly, hinting at a possible romantic attraction.
During a chess match, Raven grew frustrated with Beast Boy and threatened to banish him when Cyborg announced the creation of the Love Matcher 5000 to pair superheroes with their perfect match. Beast Boy participated and was matched with Raven, shocking the Titans yet the green-skinned Titan opted to make their relationship work. However, Raven knocked him aside and exited the room. Despite rejecting him constantly, Raven soon recalled all the things Beast Boy did to impress her and offered to give them a try which soon led to a wedding. However, Cyborg intervened by revealing the program suffered a minor glitch and paired Beast Boy with a scratching post instead. Beast Boy readily accepted the change and found himself in love with the object, thus ending their relationship. When Raven was split into five incarnations of her emotions, Passion (Purple) kissed Beast Boy enthusiastically and periodically, much to his delight. Rage (Red) never attacked nor made an attempt to attack him.
After her coat was taken by Robin and ensnared on Cyborg, Raven grew more comfortable, confident, and outgoing while her leggy figure mesmerized Beast Boy. He periodically stared at her admiringly and was upset when she announced she'd be fighting crime solo as Lady Legasus. After she returned to defeat the demonic Cyborg, Raven donned her cloak on once more, depressing Beast Boy. Raven initially scoffed at him, but smirked and exposed one leg, causing Beast Boy to transform into a dog and howl. During Beast Boy and Cyborg's game, Beast Boy said waffles to Raven and she blushed, indicating that she knew what he was saying.
As Valentine's Day approached, Beast Boy attempted to ask Raven to be his valentine, but she fled in disgust, prompting Beast Boy to seek out Terra. When she discovered this, Raven attempted to prove to Beast Boy that Terra was planning to kill the Titans. Beast Boy mocked Raven for giving up a chance to be with him, but Raven showed him that Terra was conspiring to kill them and take revenge on Beast Boy, depressing him. Raven comforted him by reassuring at least one girl liked him with longish eyes, but Beast Boy tearfully wondered why she hasn't told her anything. At the Valentine's Day dance, Raven attempted to reveal to Beast Boy how she feels, but Terra interrupted with an attack yet Beast Boy soothed her with a serenade. Raven watched the exchange in tears and jealously transported Terra back into the dimension she was trapped in, but Beast Boy jumped in after her. Raven sadly realized that she never got a chance to tell him how she felt.
Raven recalled a moment where she entered her room to find rose petals, candles, and Beast Boy, clad only in his underwater and gesturing her to come closer, on her bed. She claimed that she hated it and promptly closed the door. Raven was cited as the toughest person Beast Boy knew when he attempted to recover from a scar, causing her to blush. Beast Boy later purposely disintegrated his arm to get a robotic replacement and transformed into a bear which retained the arm, causing Raven to comment that it was hot. Beast Boy teased her, but she slapped him away with his detached limb. As Beast Boy began to lose more limbs and took on the alias Scar Man, Raven lovingly commented that he was no boy and asked the narrator to repeat his name once more.
While eating shrimp provided unknowingly by Aqualad, the hero found himself attracted to Raven and began hitting on her, much to Beast Boy's protest and Raven's shock. Eventually, the two went on a date, causing Beast Boy to attempt to prove his intensity for Raven yet she remarked she'd only choose through a fight to the death. Beast Boy mauled Aqualad near to death yet Raven intervened at the last second. Beast Boy reminded her that she was supposed to see the piranhas with him, but she clarified the word "death", causing Beast Boy to become intense and faint. Raven, impressed, complimented him and kissed him on the cheek before floating away.
Raven is easily annoyed by Cyborg's loudness as she prefers to be in a calming setting which proves impossible when he's around. As she attempted to brush her teeth, Cyborg interrupted her and plead for her to use her powers to duplicate himself, annoying Raven. Cyborg then tricked her twice into casting the spell, infuriating Raven. When Cyborg was plugged into the Tower's mainframe computer, he interrupted Raven's meditation session and programmed her laptop to play "Bad Girls" by Donna Summers instead of her classical playlist and was annoyed as he moved the screen around her, boasting for her to join him in dancing. Starfire turned Cyborg against Raven by telling him that she hates how she chewed popcorn too loudly, resulting in a fight between them, and Robin which nearly destroyed the living room.
Cyborg enticed her into joining a meatball party due to wanting to spread his love of the food with or without the others' consent. He accidentally released an Octopus Demon inside her mouth which forced her to reveal her annoyance toward him when he acts loud and rude. After Cyborg saves the others, he promises to never force her into doing anything again, but quickly repents the statement and smothers her with meatballs.
Cyborg and Starfire mocked Raven for being jealous over Beast Boy's relation with Terra. When a crystal separated Raven into five multi-colored versions of her emotions, Rage (Red) periodically attacked Cyborg and revealed that she hates how he screams all the time yet Cyborg takes this with a grain of salt. Raven joined Cyborg in backing up Beast Boy to trick Starfire into thinking there was a Second Christmas. Raven was annoyed by Cyborg practicing his boo-yahs while in the midst of playing with her Pretty Pretty Pegasus dolls and used her powers to remove his mouth.
Robin thinks of Raven as a sarcastic older sister, and the two often behave as such. When Raven was upset over her father coming to a visit, Robin was the only one who was able to calm her down long enough to share her problems. Raven was forced to do the laundry in Robin's stead despite her insisting that he take his responsibility, and chose not to let him in the Tower when he was trapped outside naked and chased by fangirls. Raven granted Robin powers in the hopes that it would teach him about the misery they cause yet Robin managed to stop all crime in the Earth, thus resulting in the disbandment of the Titans. When an elderly Robin realized his mistake, Raven gloated her victory, resulting in Robin's death.
When a crystal separated her into multi-colored versions of her emotions, Rage (Red) occasionally attacked him. Robin also displayed a minor attraction to her as he readily attempted to kiss Passion (Purple) until he was stopped by Starfire. Raven was the only one who laughed at Robin's uncle jokes despite claiming that she doesn't laugh.
Raven was annoyed by Robin's use of cheap magic gags to express his love for magic, claiming that he was bound to anger the Magic God yet he and the others ignored her as she thought she was simply being negative again. When the two were brought forth to the Magic God, Raven defended Robin strongly in order for him not to be sent to the mines yet she was sent instead. Robin pleaded to the Magic God to give her one more chance, saving Raven from the mines and resulting in her promising to be more positive yet she grew annoyed when Robin once again performed a cheap magic act.
Raven often dresses Silkie up as Princess Silkiesoft when playing with her Pretty Pretty Pegasus dolls. However, she usually ends up frustrated as Silkie will either eat one of them or consistently vomit causing her to chastise him. When annoyed due to her father's visit, Raven used her telekinesis to throw Silkie out the window due to him crossing her path. However, this was mostly due to annoyance and not because of Silkie yet she was astonished that the maggot had also received a gift from Trigon.
When Silkie went missing, Raven was one of two Titans to desperately search for him though she mainly relied on a demon to search in place of her. Raven originally believed that Silkie did not care for Starfire and was indifferent to his absence when the male Titans took him to Killer Moth. However, once Silkie gained the ability, he told Starfire he loved her and accepted Raven's apology by reassuring her that he loved her too.
Raven and Starfire share a sisterly bond, but their differing personalities often clash with one another. Unlike Raven, Starfire prefers to see the brighter side of things and happily expresses herself and her interests merrily, and her willingness to share often irritate Raven. When Starfire planned the festivities for Cyborg's birthday party, Raven supported her changes to classic party games by using real animals. When Trigon visits the Tower, Starfire redundantly introduces herself as Raven's best female friend.
After the males refused to let her accompany them on a boys' night out, Starfire immediately grabbed a reluctant Raven in order to have a girl's night out. However, Raven preferred to stay indoors and slammed Starfire away until she fell victim to the Tamaramean's puppy dog eyes. The two traveled to the Jump City Juvenile Correction Facility in order to free Jinx for a girl's night out which Raven was immensely against. During their trip to Wacka Doodles, Raven's eagerness to go home was berated by Jinx and Starfire and she only saw the bumper car chase around the city as a means of being thrown in jail. However, after riding a building across the city, Raven found herself enjoying the night and opted to break out of the detention facility to continue it.
Starfire was the first to accuse Raven of being jealous of Terra, but realized how silly it sounded due to Beast Boy having no redeemable qualities. The two sang the Team Titans theme song together due to both being horrible at dodgeball. When Beast Boy pursued Raven's affections, Raven confided in Starfire on her current situation and the two briefly discussed the situation, showing another side to their sisterly bond. When Raven was split into five versions of her emotions, Happiness (Pink) was often seen with Starfire, braiding her hair and laughing together. This hints at a desire for her to be more feminine and have a closer relationship with her female teammate. Raven, alongside the others, believed that Starfire was incapable of being evil due to her overbearingly niceness yet Starfire the Terrible succeeded in trapping her, Beast Boy and Cyborg.
Raven and Starfire relaxed at the Tower together and bonded with Doctor Light while waiting for the male Titans. Despite their sisterly bond, Raven was spurred by the prospect of experiencing a second Christmas and used Starfire's naivety to convince her of such a holiday alongside Beast Boy and Cyborg, though she felt immensely guilty. She was the first to comfort her yet Starfire unleashed a barrage of starbolts on her teammates for tricking her, including Raven. For unknown reasons, Raven replaced Starfire's hair color while under the influence of her powers, scarring the Tamaranean into claiming that Raven's lost her humanity.While initially hesitant to abandon fighting her enemies, Starfire showed Raven how to properly meditate, causing the half-demon to reach enlightenment. After Silkie went missing due to the male Titans wanting to collect a reward from Killer Moth, Raven expressed her opinion on her relationship with the maggot, calling it one-sided and was annoyed by her cries as a result of his absence. Starfire, slowly going crazy without Silkie, began using Raven as a substitute, going as far as lick off the gunk behind her ear. However, Raven was proven otherwise when she led Starfire to Killer Moth's lair and Silkie gained the ability to talk. The three of them then flew back to Jump City where they terrorized the male Titans before flying off into the sunset.
After her date with Aqualad, Starfire noticed the skeletal remains of a fish in Raven's hair and remarked that she'd never seen her so happy.
Raven and Terra are enemies, when it comes to Beast Boy. In Terra-ized, Raven thinked that Terra was acting a little suspious. Then, Cyborg and Starfire thought Raven was jealous of Terra hanging out with Beast Boy. But, she was denying it, so she went off to go spy on them. At the end, Raven and Terra fought, then Raven banished her to the trash dimesion.
Media focusing on Raven
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- Raven hates the smell of celery.
- If observed closely, her cloak changes from blue to purple and vice-versa multiple times in the series.
- If observed closely, her eyes change from lavender to light grey throughout the series.
- Raven only has nine toes.
- Her love for Pretty Pretty Pegasus references her voice actor's role in the series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- Raven's true form consists of red skin, four yellow eyes, white hairs and four horns.