Recap / Teen Titans S 1 E 6 Nevermore

"Let's just say I have issues with my father."
Raven

Raven accidentally lets loose on a villain, sparking the concern of her teammates. Beast Boy, still wary of his teammate, makes an insensitive joke that sets her off, and in his attempt to apologize, breaks into her room, along with Cyborg. The two of them happen upon a magic mirror that leads them into a mysterious place, where they find several out-of-character versions of Raven. After discovering that they're in Raven's head, Raven helps force them out by defeating the manifestation of her darkness, in the form of her father.

Tropes:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Pink Raven laughs at Beast Boy's joke about air fresheners, then makes a comment implying this is also how she views most of his remarks, even if she doesn't laugh out loud at them.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Raven beats Trigon by combining all the aspects of her personality.
  • Apologises a Lot: Gray Raven. As she and the other two navigate the maze she apparently spends the time apologising for every little slight and insult she made against them. Both grow tired of this eventually.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Raven fights Trigon (or rather, her personal rage in the form of her father) within her mental world.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Green Raven is much more....gung-ho then standard Raven. You expect her to join Cyborg in a "BOO-YA!"
  • Butt-Monkey: This episode sets the trend of Dr. Light being put up against the Teen Titans, only to have his ass handed to him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Trigon does not appear in the series proper again until season four, where he is the Big Bad.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Raven's alter egos wear cloaks of different colors that match up with the emotion they represent.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Zig-Zagged; Dr. Light was introduced to be subjected to these frequently, but actually holds his own against the Titans. Then Raven comes up to bat.
  • Dark Is Evil: This episode toes the line between these this and Dark Is Not Evil. On the one hand, Raven must be careful to keep her dark side in balance, and on the other, she learns not to hide it from the others and from herself.
  • Doting Parent: Robin and Starfire play the Parental Substitute variety when Raven shut herself in the room. Starfire plays the role of the worried mother who wants to see how Raven's doing, while Robin plays the father who prefers to give Raven her own space. Played for Laughs mostly.
    Starfire: Please let us simply—
    Robin: RAVEN ASKED US NOT TO DISTURB HER!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Trigon figment in Raven's mind has very different vocal characterization and design than the real one later on; he's played by Keith Szarabajka, whose voice is much less deep, and his eyes are yellow instead of red, along with lacking the horns iconic to the character.
  • Genki Girl: Pink Raven is giggly and happy. She even laughs at Beast Boy's jokes.
  • Going in Circles: With Conversation Cut twist. A dissolve suddenly takes Cyborg and Beast Boy back to the place they landed after falling through Raven's Magic Mirror.
    Cyborg: Hey, I know where we are! We're in that place where I didn't know where we were before.
  • Gravity Screw: Pink Raven, standing upside down, asks "What's up?" The scene then flips, making Cyborg and Beast Boy fall.
  • Hot-Blooded: Green Raven is the opposite of Raven's dry apathy by being more passionate.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Beastboy and Cyborg accidentally get sucked into Raven's mental realm and spend the episode looking for the exit.
  • Kuudere: This episode explores the sides of Raven's personality; she actually has a lot of emotion, different kinds of emotion, and cares more about her friends then she lets on.
  • Literal Split Personality: Plays with this, with Raven having seven alters that represent her emotions.
  • Mind Rape: Raven subjects Dr. Light to something terrifying in the pocket dimension inside her cloak. He emerges battered, shell shocked and develops a phobia of her afterward.
  • Shrinking Violet: Gray Raven is shy, passive and lacks the dry snark of Raven.
  • Slasher Smile: Raven displays one while Mind Raping Dr. Light because it shows her inner demon.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Yellow Raven is her intellectual side.
  • Sugar Bowl: Between all the nightmarish landscapes that Beast Boy and Cyborg run into is one of these. It comes complete with floating strawberries. Beast Boy quips, "This must be where air fresheners comes from."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The four-eyed Red Raven does not appear again in the TV show, even when Season Four provides many opportunites. She does, however, appear in the tie-in comic.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Raven warns Dr. Light not to make her angry.
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