Dec 21, 2022
We take on the Titanous daughter of Trigon, RAVEN! How good is
Anthony's Tara Strong impression? How do you handle an empath? All
this and more in our season finale - listen now!
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- Unwittingly this is season finale
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- Background (5:09)
created by Marv Wolfman & George Perez in DC Comics Presents #26
is the daughter of the demon Trigon and a human woman, Angela Roth
- Raven was raised in Azarath to control her emotions by monks so
she could control her demonic powers, which include astral
projection, teleportation, and emotional manipulation
she learned Trigon was planning to invade Earth, she first
approached the Justice League for assistance, but when they
refused, she reformed the Titans as the New Teen Titans to battle
Trigon, who they imprisoned in an alternate dimension
Trigon inevitably escaped, he corrupted Raven and took her over -
the Titans killed her, allowing the souls of Azarath to possess her
body and kill Trigon, after which she was resurrected, free of his
Dark Raven after she was possessed by her evil conscience, and
implanted her good soul in Starfire (although she said she
implanted a seed of Trigon) - the evil Raven then attempted to
destroy Starfire, but was defeated by the Titans, and her good soul
was placed in a new body
later enrolled in a high school under the name Rachel Roth, and
dated Beast Boy for a while
broke up with Beast Boy and left the team, although the two were
- Discovered three half-brothers, children Trigon
had with other mothers, who tried to use her to access their
father’s realm - Raven used her powers to make her brothers so
greedy they stole Trigon’s power
- New 52
- her origin is practically similar, but initially she was
operating as a double agent for Trigon under his
a battle with the Crime Syndicate, Raven was sent several thousand
years into the past, where she used her powers to teleport herself
and the Titans forward to the future, before returning to the
present - all the chronal manipulation severed Trigon’s connection
- She and
several other heroes were kidnapped by Damian Wayne, who was
putting a team together to battle Ra’s al Ghul
- She and
the other Titans create a school to train new students
- Her heart is not her own (9:15)
- Emotional repression
- Seemingly cannot escape her father’s
manipulation & control
power leaves her vulnerable to emotions of those around
for Scotch N Sports, Popcorn Psychology, and Meredith
- Treatment (37:50)
- In-universe -
- Out of
Raven, I’m Dr. Issues. -Hello.
- *longest pause that almost makes listener think
there’s something wrong with the episode* Umm, what can I do for
you? -Well, we can talk about…stuff. I guess.
- Ooooooookay, such as… -I don’t know.
- *another awkward pause, but not as long as the
first* Feel free to talk about whatever you want. I’m not used to
digging this hard to start a conversation when the person booked
the first session themselves. -I got a recommendation.
flattered *pause* Is there something holding you back? -*sigh* I
was trying to avoid using this *Azarath Metrion Zinthos* Aaaah,
that’s better. You should be easier to talk to
did you do? -I had to find a way to let a part of myself out. But I
needed a willing vessel. You work just fine.
- I’m a
good listener, not an empty vessel. -I didn’t say “empty,” just
willing. You’re an empath. I can tell.
what is it that I’m supposed to carry? -Oh I don’t know…the weight
of soul crushing guilt that you can never do anything to make your
problems go away, or stop those that created you from ruining your
life, or trying to find someone that takes you seriously for more
than a fling, or…grrr…even when I throw it away I can still feel it
eating at me.
- I can
tell *sound of actual biting* ow! What the hell? What bit me? -I’m
not using metaphors.
put your emotions into me? They physically…I don’t know how to
describe this. -I wouldn’t try to put words to it. They hate that.
It’s too close to an amateur trying to learn a new spell on the
why do this at all? -Respite, mostly. I have a tough burden. 99.9%
of the time, I keep myself reigned in. But that 0.1%...oh, when
that gets out, lets loose…let’s just say NOBODY has ever liked the
I’m certainly not liking them myself! What do you do to mature
them? -*pause* There’s no maturation process. You have to
that’s what you’ve been doing your whole life. -Yes. Well, when I’m
in control, that’s what I do.
happens specifically when you’re not in control? -I can’t answer
or won’t -Can’t because my memories become warped and it’s usually
due to someone else taking control. One time it’s a part of myself.
Another time, it’s someone else. All I know is, when it gets to
that point, pain and suffering follows. Then I have to do damage
control and all I want to do is be left alone. Does that make
- I have
to say yes…mainly because as I THINK you make sense, I now FEEL
like you make seeeenOHGOD *thump sound as Doc drops on the floor*
spoke too soon. Something you said…or I said…you don’t like.
-*legitimately worried* That’s not good. When you reach a certain
threshold, the part of myself I gave to you should automatically
come back to me. *magical sound effect, alduron en lenthranall*
it’s stuck. How is that possible?
- Remember how you said willing vessel? Well…I
think the best I can explain it is, I take my work home with me
sometimes. -You can’t hold onto other people’s emotions! That’s
Well it’s not so literal 99.9% of the time! -*sigh* Ugh, FINE!
*alduron en lenthranall, alduron en lenthranall* *now in a true
panic* WHY ARE YOU STILL HOLDING ON?
- *grunting* I need to ask a few more questions
-Are you joking right now?
- Surprisingly no. Tell me, what was so wrong with
my answer before? -I didn’t believe you.
- So you
don’t trust me? -I just met you.
- And yet
you made me carry a burden that has weighed on you since you were
born? There’s a huge contradiction. -I was…I was trying something
different. Dark arts, meditation, isolation, fighting…that only
gets me so far. I can’t lean on teammates without some serious
backlash. Even the ones I love…loved…still love? Anyway, the point
is, I know the definition of insanity, and I’m tired of doing the
same thing over and over again. But I didn’t expect THIS. You care
too much, even though I’m a stranger…and it scares me.
you. *sound of air rushing by* whoa! That was exhilarating! What
did you do now? -Nothing…wait…it’s back…to me…it came back?
WILLINGLY came back? But not the same. I’M not the same. Or part of
me…I don’t really understand myself. Is this you? No, you’re
a relief. -I’ll need to explore this with other parts of myself.
This is probably temporary…whatever it is…but You must be worth it
if I didn’t even have to tell you about that time my father got
- Hewhatnow? -*rapid* Nothing gotta go and don’t
worry about nightmares they go away quickly
just a -*interrupting, with magic sound effect* here’s a token to
ward off any demons, take one and call me in the
- But I’m
the -*interrupting again* And for your own safety please talk to
someone so you don’t burn yourself out. *door slams*
- Did she
really say something about her dad…*shudder*
- Recommended reading: New Teen Titans
episodes: January is Lantern month