Terra created by Marv Wolfman & George Perez
Tara Markov is the illegitimate child of Viktor
Markov, the king of Markovia
She was experimented on and gained the ability
to control earthen matter
Unlike her brother Geo-Force, she believed her
abilities made her a god, and she was meant to rule over people -
this, coupled with the scandal of her parentage, caused her father
to send her out of the country to the US
Used her powers as a mercenary, eventually
gaining the attention of Deathstroke, who took her under his
Used her to infiltrate the Teen Titans, even
going so far as to battle him to earn their trust
After Deathstroke captured them, his son
Jericho possessed him to free the Titans - this caused Terra to
think he turned on her, and she pulled down the entire building in
a fit of rage, seemingly killing herself
Returns as a Black Lantern during Blackest
Night - tries to seduce Beast Boy, and lies to her brother
Geo-Force that she doesn’t want to be reanimated
A doppleganger later appeared - she was an
alien sent to Earth and genetically manipulated to appear as the
reincarnation of Tara, but the process erased her
A new Terra named Atlee shows up in the New 52
as an ally of Supergirl and later Power Girl
theme of manipulation (5:55)
How her sociopathy relates to actual antisocial
Rejected by her father because of the nature of
her parentage (13:44)
In-universe - Use clay as a metaphor during
play therapy treatment session
Out of universe - Volatile & BPD issues
Skit (feat. Erin from Girls Talk Comics)
Doc: Hello Tara, I’m Dr. Issues.
Terra: *cheerily* Hiiii
D: Ooooookay…um, what brings you to
T: *interrupts* What? Just because I greeted
you with a smile and I’m happy makes you suspicious? You need to
get over yourself.
D: *pause* Not at all! I just got thrown off
because usually the people that seek my guidance are exactly the
opposite…or more neutral. I should also inform you that I have
several quirks that lead some people to think I’m reading more into
what they’re saying than I am.
T: But you’re a psychiatrist. Your job is to
read people. That’s my job too, just for different
D: I see. Care to elaborate?
T: This is where you dig into what I really
D: You gave a very clear answer. If that’s all,
T: WAIT WAIT WAIT What is this? ***What the
fuck IS THIS?*** You just give up on someone the second they show a
little resistance? You’re…weird. Are you a loser? Are you
fascinating? I don’t know which.
D: So how will you find out? Hurl more insults?
Honestly, I haven’t had someone so reactive in a bit. I’m chill, so
you do you.
T: ***THIS IS BULLSHIT*** You’re supposed to
comfort me to calm me down, not be all passive aggressive! Are you
sure you’re a psychiatrist? What am I even doing here?
D: It’s clear that you have some trouble
managing anger when you don’t run the show. I’m trying to strike
that balance…but the fulcrum on your conversations makes every
sentence a catapult! Who does the best job navigating this out of
anyone you know?
T: Two of them…and in different
D: How so?
T: The first…if I talk about him, you’re dead,
so I won’t. He was easy because he gave a job. Purpose. I did it
perfectly. And he crushed our trust so I crushed everything around
me. The other…ohhhhhhh…he’s an animal…ANY animal…complete opposite.
So much fun I’d do anything for that boy.
D: To summarize, the first practical, the other
whimsical. That means you have the potential to connect with a full
spectrum of people. Perhaps blending a team
T: *Interrupts* NO
D: *pause* A support group.
D: I have to acknowledge that your reactivity
made benefit from med
T: *interrupts* People putting things in my
body is what made me go crazy! STOP! NO MORE! *rumble sound
D: I’m not going to yell back. I’m not forcing
anything, unless you demonstrate a danger, so please, let’s keep
this civil. Neither of us need to deal with damage to this office.
*sotte voce* And my insurance company is gonna drop me if I file
one more claim like this.
T: I’ve had enough of this. You claim to be
this super calm doctor and have all of my problems figured out, but
you don’t know a thing about me. You have a great life. You never
had to build trust and break it, and have it broken on you, over
and over again! You never got so enraged you basically killed
yourself! You didn’t find the love of your life and have to throw
yourself at them just to get a kiss! Tell me, how would you handle
that? How would you be in my shoes?
D: I’d probably freak out a bit. I’d have
intense emotions, and I don’t know how or when they’d
overwhelm me. For all I know, I’d react similarly to you,
because I’m a living, breathing human and nobody deserves to be put
through pain. But pain exists. Channel it. Do something different.
Otherwise, you’re just going to spread pain to everyone
T: *groans and screams* I AM OUT OF HERE.
You’re lucky your office isn’t a pile of rubble right now. Think
about THAT! ***Fucking obnoxious prick!*** *door slams*
D: *sigh* *whispers* 5-4-3-2-
T: *door opens* AND THE NEXT SESSION I’LL TALK
ABOUT DEATHSTROKE SO HE CAN KILL YOU. *switches to cheery* Thursday
afternoons work the best, byeeee!
Recommended reading: Teen Titans: The Judas
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