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Abilities: Super-strength

The Wildebeest Society experimented with genetically-created host bodies to house the tainted souls of Azarath. The Baby Wildebeest was their only successful experiment before the organization was destroyed by the New Titans. Taking care of the infant creature, the Titans soon realized that it could transform into a grown-up Wildebeest, and let him join the team.

  • Baby Talk: Often spoke in this, due to being a toddler. By the time of his cameos in Devin Grayson's Titans, he spoke a little more coherently and like a slightly older child.
  • Collateral Angst: Died alongside his adopted mother Pantha to serve as character development for his father figure Red Star. The character development never happened beyond a single issue of Teen Titans.
  • C-List Fodder: Notable for being a gratuitous death of a child character, even if he was in his hulked-out adult mode at the time. He basically was violently gored through by Superboy Prime's heat vision, after attempting to attack him for beheading his "mama".
  • Depending on the Artist: As to how monsterish he might have looked, vs. slightly more humanoid appearances.
  • Designer Babies: One of the Wildebeest Society's many unusual test subjects.
  • Hulk Out: Baby Wildebeest did in fact spend most of his time as a toddler, but when in battle would assume the much larger and bulkier form of the adult Wildebeest.
  • Redeeming Replacement to the Wildebeest Society.

    Beast Boy / Changeling
AKA: Garfield Logan
Abilities: Animal shapeshifting

Beast Boy, also known as Changeling and Menagerie, is a DC Comics superhero created by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown, first appearing in the November 1965 issue of The Doom Patrol. As a child, Garfield Logan survived an infectious green monkey bite through the Super Science of his parents, who were in Africa studying the field of reverse evolution. Their treatment saved his life, but had two distinct effects—first, Garfield would spend the rest of his days as green as the monkey that bit him, and second, he had developed the ability to turn into any animal at will.

See his personal page for more info.

    Cyborg / Cyberion
AKA: Victor Stone
Abilities: Super-strength, invulnerability, technopathy, advanced weaponry, engineering skills

After being injured in a scientific accident that resulted in the death of his mother, high school athlete Victor Stone was outfitted with advanced Artificial Limbs by his father, Silas. Initially horrified by his new appearance, with his body parts having been replaced with a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while constantly providing life support, Victor struggled with his humanity as a machine.

Victor would find a home and family with the newly-reformed Teen Titans, and remained with the team for a number of years as a charter member. As an adult, Cyborg eventually "graduated" from the team and briefly joined the Justice League of America alongside his former teammates Starfire and Donna Troy. As of the New 52 Continuity Reboot, Cyborg is now a founding member of the Justice League. After 35 years of being a character, Cyborg finally got his very first ongoing comic book, titled Cyborg, in July 2015.

Outside of comics, Cyborg has appeared in a number of adapted works, most notably as one of last season's new characters on Superfriends and one of the main characters at the popular Teen Titans (2003) animated series. Ray Fisher plays him in the DC Extended Universe, he appears as a footage cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is featured in Justice League and even more prominently in Zack Snyder's Justice League. A Cyborg-centric movie was in development at one point, but nothing has really come from it.

  • The Aesthetics of Technology: Vic is repeatedly saddled with thick, bulky robotics that tend to emphasize his monstrous self-image, even though a character who's nature is associated by default with cutting-edge technology would nowadays quite reasonably be expected to be slim, streamlined and emulating a natural appearance. Granted that he's outfitted with fictional superhuman bionics which are going to look like whatever the artists say such a thing needs to look like, but it's also true that the DCU has other bionic characters who look more human, so In-Universe, there's really no reason for him to constantly look so inhuman. There have been several instances where he gained a more streamlined or normal-looking appearance, only for Status Quo Is God to force him back to something closer to his classic look. In later versions where his cybernetics are connected with Black Box alien technology, this becomes less of an issue because no one really knows what he is.
  • Ascended Extra: Thanks to his appearance on Smallville, and the writing of Geoff Johns, Cyborg went from being a brief member of the JLA to one of the team's founders in the New 52. And, thanks to this, his appearances outside the comics have become more and more frequent. In Flashpoint he was depicted as Earth's greatest superhero without Superman around (of course, Aquaman and Wonder Woman had done a Face–Heel Turn).
  • Arm Cannon: Cyborg's trademark weapon is a sonic cannon built into his right arm.
  • Artifact Title: He was still called Cyborg in Devin Grayon's Titans run, even though technically, he wasn't a cyborg at all, just a human mind inside of a shapeshifting alien robot.
  • The Big Guy: Especially in the Teen Titans cartoon.
  • Black and Nerdy: Cyborg is often the Titans' go-to tech guy.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His metallic components often shine in a bluish hue, although they are silvery-white.
  • Body Horror: Initially he was a straightforward cyborg, hand crafted by his father and would replace parts as they are damaged or worn out the same way someone would fix a car. Later versions have him blended with alien nano-tech that is constantly evolving, threatening to absorb or even discard the remaining organic components.
  • Breakout Character: He started as part of the ensemble of the Teen Titans, but as time went on he steadily was pushed further and further into the spotlight until he became one of the founding members of the Justice League in the New 52 and DC Extended Universe.
  • Catchphrase: Due to Teen Titans (2003), and many subsequent works continuing to cast Khary Payton as him, he's starting to pick up a habit of saying "Booyah!". Even when he's not played by Payton.
  • Chrome Champion: During the period where his soul was inside the Omegadrome, Cyborg looked like a human with shiny gold skin and red eyes.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Cyborg has feared this from time to time, especially in his early years with his prosthetics.
    • This actually was his fate during the period from "Titans Hunt" through his "Cyberion" phase, until JLA/Titans actually DID return his soul to him literally. Why, yes, that period WAS during the 90s, how did you guess..?
  • Cyborg: Well, duh.
  • Death by Origin Story: The accident that injured him also killed his mother.
  • Era-Specific Personality: Teen Titans (2003) is what propelled him to be a more renowned character in the DC universe, but it catches some fans off guard in the original comics and other adaptations that he isn't a Boisterous Bruiser Fun Personified as he was in the show. At his best he could be disarmingly friendly and casual but much of the time he is more pensive, concerned with Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
  • Evil Counterpart: The end of Trinity War introduces Grid; a supercomputer virus in control of a robot body. Grid took over Cyborg's cybernetic body and tore it from Cyborg's human remains to make its body.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a Cyborg... named Cyborg.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: This even evolves to the ability to take himself apart and put himself back together by the time of volume 3.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has an IQ of 170.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Beast Boy. Later gets this with Shazam in the New 52.
  • Instant Armor: For a time, Victor possessed the ability to instantly transform from a normal human appearance to his trademark Cyborg look. He lost this power shortly before to the 2003 Teen Titans relaunch. At the end of the first story arc from his New 52 solo series, he gets this ability again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he was first introduced, Cyborg was the typical Angry Black Man. He was a complete jerk, always shouting, always angry, always mad at everyone, with or without reason... and, as time goes by, his true personality begins to shine through. He was Not Evil, Just Misunderstood after all, it was a slow subversion.
  • Make Some Noise: His signature weapon in his sonic cannon (That he approperly calls "Boom Box"), which fires a beam of concussive sound waves.
  • Meaningful Name: "Victor Stone" is a Shout-Out to Victor Frankenstein (in German, "Frankenstein" means "Stone of the Franks").
  • The Nicknamer: Has a nickname for just about everyone (such as "Goldie" for Starfire and "Witch" for Raven).
  • Primary-Color Champion: Several of his components have a "red light" diode on them, being his left eye, something akin to a "third eye" at his forehead's middle and an at times beltbuckle / at times Chest Insignia the most notorious. Also as mentioned above, his metallic parts shine in a bluish hue.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In Teen Titans: Earth One, he and Tara Markov (a.k.a Terra) are portrayed as a high-school couple, despite never having been shown to have any interest in each other in other continuities.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: It was often lampshaded in the Titans run how Cyborg merged with the alien knowledge-cataloging organism known as Technis to become Cyberion during the JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative arc which ended in him becoming Planet Cyberion, assimilating and collect everything in his way until he became as large as the Earth's Moon, consumed the Earth's moon which nearly destroyed the Earth by causing massive natural disasters and planet-wide technological shutdowns, and had to be stopped by a joint effort consisting of the Justice League, Young Justice, JLA Reserves, Titans and Teen Titans.
  • The Smart Guy: Though often in the role of The Big Guy while working with the Titans, he's also generally the most technologically savvy of the team- meanwhile, his strength and durability pale in comparison to several Flying Brick members of the Justice League, so his role as tech-savvy engineer has increased a good deal as well.
  • Super-Strength: His cybernetic parts grant him some degree of enhanced-strength,but it's usually downplayed in favor of his other abilities. In the new 52 however, he has been shown to be strong enough to draw blood from Shazam/Captain Marvel, who has Superman-level of durability.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He served as one for the John Stewart Green Lantern to some extent. In the Justice League cartoons John Stewart was used as the main Green Lantern to diversify what would have been a very white League, and the success and popularity of the cartoons obscured Hal Jordan who Geoff Johns had been reviving, and who he wanted to restore as the Green Lantern, and to still maintain diversity, Cyborg was brought in to the League, while having him serve alongside the Hal Jordan Green Lantern.
  • Status Quo Is God: Poor Vic has managed to regain his human form (or at least a less-monstrous appearance) several times, but events always conspire to turn him right back into a bulky, armored freak.
  • Token Minority: Cyborg was both this in the New Teen Titans and the first few arcs of the New 52 Justice League.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: At the end of the first story arc from his New 52 solo series, he gets the ability to freely shift from his armored form to his "normal" looking human form.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: In both the original and New 52 continuities, the major impetus behind giving Victor robotic body parts was to save his life. And he hated his dad because of this.
    • He was further rebuilt by Russian scientists when he wound up comatose from an accident in New Titans, but this attempt went horribly wrong. He became a silent automaton and Living Prop for the majority of the run until the Technis restored his mind—at the cost of him being turned into an emotionless techno-organic alien being, and then evolving into a robotic planetoid before the Titans restored him to a more humanoid form.
  • The Worf Effect: Since he's quite hard to kill (as he can just be rebuilt), Cyborg is usually the first one to be taken out in order to demonstrate how powerful a new foe is.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Cyborg has used a "million decibels" of white noise as a weapon multiple times. This is more than 900 times the decibels the entire universe produces (1,100 decibels, and keep in mind decibels run on a logarithmic scale, which means it would be even higher) and is estimated to be very high in power. So you'd think it would be extremely dangerous, right? Well, not exactly. The most it does half the time is blow up walls or make certain characters' ears hurt.

AKA: Joseph Wilson
Abilities: Possession

Slade and Adeline's youngest son, Joseph Wilson is able to control people's bodies through eye contact. He was a longtime member of the Teen Titans, although he occasionally found himself fighting against them.

See Deathstroke characters page for more info.

AKA: Kole Weathers

Abilities: Flight, can "spin" crystals

Professor Abel Weathers, paranoid of an impending nuclear holocaust, was attempting to find a way for humanity to survive the fallout through forced evolution. One of the test subjects in his experiments was his 16-year-old daughter, Kole, whom he grafted with crystal and Promethium (a fictionalized version of the real-world element Promethium). Instead of evolving to survive a nuclear fallout as her father intended, Kole found herself with the ability to create and control pure silicon crystal at will.

  • Back from the Dead: Played with and then subverted in Team Titans, due to the different writers' conflicting ideas. Marv Wolfman reintroduced her as a mysterious helper to the team and implied that she had lingered on in the form of a spirit, while Phil Jimenez was told by the editors to explain her away as a false doppelganger. Her limp body is shown hanging behind Monarch, with the implication that she was one of his "puppets".
  • Flight: Kole has the ability to fly, but it is unclear whether this also comes from the experiments which gave her her powers, or granted to her during her tenure as Thia's slave.
  • The Power of Glass: Kole has the ability to create and control pure silicon crystal at will.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Created to die in Crisis on Infinite Earths where she attempts to save the Earth-2 Robin and Earth-2 Huntress from the Anti-Monitor's shadow demons. She failed, and all three were apparently killed, their bodies never found.
  • Ship Tease: With Jericho. She even asked Jericho if they could have sex.

AKA: Rosabelle Mendez
Abilities: Super-strength, agility, and senses; claws

Pantha is a cat-like superhero and a member of the Teen Titans. Originally a normal woman named Rosabelle Mendez, the Wildebeest Society mutated her into a were-beast. With no knowledge of her origins, she used the name X-24 given to her as a test subject. Much of her career was spent looking for information about her past. When she left the Titans, she formed a family with Red Star as her partner and Baby Wildebeest as her adopted child. During Infinite Crisis, she was murdered by Superboy-Prime.

  • C-List Fodder: Had her head punched off by Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis.
  • Cat Girl: She was a catgirl created by genetic alteration. She doesn't know if she was a human woman or a female panther prior to the alteration. She was a human woman as explained when her past was finally revealed. Though it was an alternate timeline so that may not be the case in the real timeline.
  • Collateral Angst: She wasn't just C-List Fodder, but she and her adopted son Baby Wildebeest were killed off to serve as development for her boyfriend Red Star. Development which consisted of a single issue of Teen Titans and two issues of Red Robin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always with a quip or general snark on hand.
  • Depending on the Artist: Just how cat-like she looked when unmasked. Sometimes she'd appear with a snout-like nose and a slight point to her earlobes, and sometimes she'd have actual cat ears sprouting from her head or even whiskers. Other times, she'd have a relatively average human face, with the only "cat" feature being her slit-shaped pupils. Her eye color itself varied between being red or yellow.
  • Expy: She was the Titans' Wolverine.

AKA: Danny Chase
Abilities: Telekinesis, photographic memory

Danny Chase was once the youngest and (in the opinion of many fans) most annoying of all the members of the New Teen Titans. When Jason Todd died he was expelled by Nightwing of the Titans. He later returned as the Phantasm.

  • Bedsheet Ghost: The original Phantasm was Danny using telekinesis to manipulate a tattered brown cloth, mask, and gloves. Slade even calls him "The Sheet" once.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The main reason of his unpopularity; he was snide, egotistical, bratty and arrogant.
  • Character Shilling: For a group as rife with personal conflict as the Titans, Danny got quite a bit of unquestioned approval in the early stages, especially from Nightwing. For one example, when Danny goes missing — during super-powered combat, in the middle of a top secret Escort Mission — Nightwing brushes off Cyborg belatedly noticing his disappearance with a confident statement that Danny can take care of himself. (This same episode saw Danny and his grandfather single-handedly rescue the Titans after they were swiftly captured by a villain using tech invented by Danny's grandfather).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eventually gave up his life to save the disembodied souls of Azarath. This caused him, Arella and the souls to merge into a new Phantasm.
  • Incoming Ham: "No more. Phantasm says no more!"
  • Insufferable Genius: Danny Chase was exceptionally bright for a boy his age (his lack of interest in schoolwork notwithstanding), and had no reservation when it came to showing off in front of the other Titans. Though the Titans respected Danny's intelligence, his arrogance and condescending behavior also caused them great frustration.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Danny was dreamed up to put the Teen back in Teen Titans.
  • The Millstone: After being dismissed from the Titans, Danny winds up on the streets, but still keeps abreast of details enough to learn of the activities of the Royal Flush Gang, which he plans to capture by himself to humiliate the team. After accidentally infiltrating the gang — yes, accidentally — the Titans arrive in the middle of a heist, causing Danny to hesitate and then ultimately decide to sabotage the team so his original plan is still available to him. This backfires appropriately once the RFG recognize him from older Titans photos.
  • Mind over Matter: Through an act of will, he can manipulate material of varying mass and volume from a remote distance.
  • People Puppets: When he appears during Titans Hunt Danny amuses himself and a mall crowd by putting on a little Punch and Judy show with some criminals he's apprehended mid-robbery.
  • Riches to Rags: According to Nightwing, the Titans were semi-babysitting Danny for his parents the whole time, and when Danny, who apparently either didn't want to go home or had no home to go to, was expelled from the Titans, he wound up on the streets.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Was created to serve as one to Beast Boy.
  • Teen Superspy: His parents were international spies; as such, he was trained in espionage, infiltration, and intelligence acquisition in addition to his powers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Danny Chase in Titans Hunt shows substantially more confidence and assertiveness with his powers; back in the 80s he was constantly fighting with insecurity. He even gets ahold of the two Wildebeest Society members who try to capture them the instant they show up... only to let them go so he can play with them some more.

Raven as of DC Rebirth Click here to see Pre-New 52 Raven 

AKA: Raven, Rachel Roth (later alias)
Abilities: Empathy, healing, flight, telepathy, sorcery, amongst others

Raven is a superhero created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez.

Raven was born when a human woman named Angela (or Arella) became involved with a cult and was raped by Trigon. To protect the world from her and her father, Raven was raised in the distant land of Azarath, where the Goddess Azar taught her to control her emotions to suppress her demonic powers. After Azar's death, Raven tried and failed to mobilize the pacifistic people of Azarath against Trigon. Still swearing to stop him, Raven traveled to Earth for help. She first went to the Justice League, but due to Zatanna sensing the evil power within her, she was rejected. Still desperate, Raven instead sent telepathic messages to previous Teen Titans members Dick Grayson/Robin, Wally West/Kid Flash, and Donna Troy/Wonder Girl, and new heroes Koriand'r/Starfire, Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Garfield Logan/Beast Boy, uniting them as the new Teen Titans. While at first distant, Raven eventually began to accept them as her new adoptive family and began opening up to them.

Trigon is a recurring foe of the Titans, as he cannot be killed. Raven keeps Trigon's influence within her, and eternally struggles not to let him free by accident. Partially because of this, Raven is extremely prone to the Heel–Face Revolving Door and fluctuations between life, death, and undeath, even for a comic book character.

In the New 52, Raven first appears as a confused normal girl the Phantom Stranger hands over to Trigon. She reappears later as "The Black Bird of Terror", and eventually prayed for both the Gods of light and dark to grant her and her friends strength that Justice Will Prevail.

Between the New 52 and Teen Titans (Rebirth), Raven had a self-titled miniseries (see below for tropes from that series). A direct sequel to that series, Raven, Daughter of Darkness, received a 12-issue run in 2018.

In Infinite Frontier Raven and her teammates Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Donna Troy/Wonder Girl, Koriand'r/Starfire, Victor Stone/Cyborg and Garfield Logan/Beast Boy are now teachers for the young students at the new Teen Titans Academy, created in honor of Roy Harper/Arsenal.

Raven is prominently featured in the Teen Titans (2003) cartoon, which made her a fan-favorite. She is also a prominent character in Teen Titans Go! and its movie. She is one of the playable Titans in Injustice: Gods Among Us (along with Nightwing and Cyborg) and appears in the prequel comic of the same name. She made her live-action debut in the DC Universe series Titans, played by Teagan Croft.

  • Alliterative Name: Her mother's surname is Roth, which would make her full name Raven Roth. Her fake civilian name Rachel Roth is also an alliterative alias.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her aunt and uncle become this to her, though she doesn't seem to mind too much.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Type 2, Animal Alias, with a raven theme present in her name, her costume, and the appearance of her powers.
  • Anti Anti Christ: She was sent to Earth to end it, but ends up being a hero who tries to save it.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Her father conceived her to destroy the world.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence:
    • At the end of the "Terror of Trigon" arc, a purified Raven rises from the ashes of the battlefield and departs for places unknown, leaving her teammates wondering if she had died. She's later found, but falls into the hands of Brother Blood first.
    • At the end of New Titans, Raven's pure soul was somehow extracted from Starfire offpanel (following the defeat of her corrupted Trigon-self) and existed in a ghostly golden "spirit advisor" form. She made a few more cameos in team events, but then vanished and the Titans assumed this had happened to her. However, it turned out that she was resurrected in a new mortal body by the new Brother Blood.
  • Astral Projection:
    • Through the use of her soul-self, Raven can project her consciousness into the mind, for therapeutic purposes (to aid in her own meditation, or to help calm an agitated ally), or for offensive attacks, rendering her enemies unconscious.
    • Raven can manifest a bird made of black energy referred to as her "soul-self". It can travel long distances, become intangible, communicate telepathically and act as a shield.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She is the daughter of the demonic Trigon and was intended to serve in destroying the world with her dark powers. Instead, she opposes him and fights for good with the other Titans.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her outfit is mostly blue, and while she has had stints as a heel, they are due to her losing control of herself due to her demonic bloodline. She's good at heart.
  • Cain and Abel: Whenever Raven is given a sibling she's the Abel to their Cain.
    • In the second Titans volume the villains of the opening arc were six previously unknown half brothers by Trigon who stole their dad's powers and tried to get Raven to join them. Their powers were based on the Seven Deadly Sins with Raven's evil side manifesting as Pride.
    • In the non-canon New Teen Titans: Games graphic novel, one of the Gamesmaster's playing pieces is revealed to be an unnamed half sister who was abandoned and cast to Earth when she was a baby. The child grew up inside Arkham Asylum and her abilities made the insanity of the other inmates even worse. Raven manages to purge her sister's madness just before she dies thanks to the self destruct device implanted in all of the playing pieces, but before she dies Raven is able to give her a name so her soul can rest in peace: Azara.
  • Casting a Shadow: She can control pure shadows and darkness.
  • Chekhov's Gift: Her rings, gifted by Azar at her death, turned out to be much more powerful than readers thought. They destroyed Trigon during The Terror of Trigon.
  • Child by Rape: She is this with the specifics depending on the version.
    • In the very first origin (written before Marv Wolfman and George Perez got their act together), Trigon took Arella, her mother, as his bride while using a human guise and didn't reveal himself until much later, making her a child of rape by fraud since Arella never would have agreed had she known what he really was.
    • The second origin, which is generally considered to be the canon (by this point, Wolfman and Perez had long settled down in their thing), Trigon brutally raped Arella.
    • In a later take on her origin (written by Geoff Johns), it used the fraud explanation, but still counts as this trope.
  • Clever Crows: Raven is a Dark Is Not Evil hero (when not being possessed or mind-controlled by her Eldritch Abomination father) whose magical powers often use a corvid motif.
  • Color Motif:
    • Blue: Raven wears a blue dress and cloak in her first appearances. They symbolize her kindness, empathetic nature and powers and melancholy.
    • Black: Her soul-self, and, in the animated adaptations, the color of her psychokinetic powers. In the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, Raven even wears a black cloak instead of a purple one. Black also fits her name, animal motif and half-demon nature.
    • White: Her white dress and cloak symbolize her new freedom and purity after being purified from her father's presence in her soul.
    • Purple: In the animated adaptations, Raven wears a purple cloak, and has purple hair and eyes. Like blue and black, it's her signature color.
    • Red: Her skin and eyes turn red when she unleashes her demon part or gets possessed by her father Trigon.
  • Cult Defector: When she was a young woman, Raven's mother Angela Roth became involved in a cult that purportedly attempted to summon the devil, and was offered up as a potential "bride" for Satan. What appeared before them however was a being of angelic beauty. This being seduced Roth and it was only later that she discovered that she had mated with a powerful demon known as Trigon. Trigon left Angela with child, as well as destroying the cult, but the poor woman could no longer live with the horror of what had happened to her. Angela attempted to take her own life by overdosing on sleeping pills and it was then that she was approached by beings of the other-dimensional world known as Azarath. The people of Azarath were a pacifistic society who had left Earth for their new home centuries ago. The Azarathians recognized that Angela was pregnant with the child of Trigon and offered her a fresh start by inviting her to return with them to Azarath.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Raven has darkness based powers, and a Dark and Troubled Past, but is at heart a hero.
  • Demonic Possession: Occasionally, thanks to Trigon. And when that happens, terrible things tend to follow.
  • Depending on the Artist: The second version of "Dark Raven" was very dependent on the artist drawing her, with colorists either making her skin an outright red or a deep tan, giving her a gray skunk-stripe in her hair or leaving it entirely black, and one artist even giving her antlers like her father.
  • Depending on the Writer: Raven's heritage is generally described as "evil" but the particulars tend to waver depending on whether Trigon is considered an evil Elder God from Another Dimension or a straight-up lord of Hell. Pre-Flashpoint, writers who placed Trigon as a demon from Hell also hooked him into a few demonic family trees, which inadvertently turned Raven into Etrigan's aunt.
  • Divine Parentage: She is the daughter of the demon Trigon and a human woman, something that causes her considerable angst.
  • Emotionless Girl: At first. This was due to that fact that she had to keep her emotions under control lest her demonic father, Trigon, use those emotions to take control of her and invade her dimension. Due to the popularity of the cartoon, she eventually evolves into a more Deadpan Snarker.
  • The Empath: Raven has the psionic power to absorb and control feelings, sensations and emotions, enabling her to feel and enter into the subconscious minds of others. She can also heal minor injuries, at the cost of having to feel their agony; as well as instill and influence emotions in others, such as getting Wally West to believe he loved her. By volume 3, she'd developed the power to drain others of emotion as a way to help calm crowds.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After her evil persona was resurrected in a new body as "Dark Raven" in New Titans, she took to wearing a black Stripperiffic bikini and leather straps all over her arms and legs, along with thigh-high boots and a gray version of her cloak. She also displays a brief one-panel switch in Teen Titans volume 3, when her cloak and dress turn pitch-black when Brother Blood controls her to attack the Titans and send them to her soul-self's pocket dimension.
  • Evil Counterpart: Had this briefly with a fellow offspring of Trigon in New Teen Titans: Games. She managed to soothe the dying woman and name her "Azara", in order to give her meaning to her brief life.
  • Fanservice Pack: In a contrast to her original slimmer "dancer's build" and gaunt look in the '80s series, more modern depictions of Raven have her with a somewhat more voluptuous body and a much larger bust size.
  • Faux Action Girl: In Wolfman and Pérez's run, Raven is stated to have awesome powers that defy comprehension, yet she avoids fighting the Titans' enemies due to being both a pacifist and an empath. Once she starts succumbing to Trigon's corruption, her involvement in the team's missions further diminishes, as she begins to lose control of her soul self and is left extremely debilitated after using her healing powers. Raven herself acknowledges how worthless she is compared to the others in the first issue of volume 2.
    Raven: Koriand'r, as friend and partner I have not only been useless, I have been more menace than aide.
  • Flight: With her new body came new powers and new and stronger abilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speeds being one of them.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: This was Raven's main power when she used the white cloak during the Wolfman era. Purified from Trigon's evil side, and no longer forced to deny emotions, she enjoyed giving happiness to everybody. Both to enemies, to make them become good guys, and to mere bystanders.
  • Gonk: Although she started out with a smoother and more average face, George Perez gradually modified his take on Raven to give her a very narrow face with protruding cheekbones and a very high forehead. This was then explained away in-story as her demonic heritage showing. However, after Perez left, Eduardo Barretto drew Raven more like her initial appearance. While later artists would bring back her narrow face, the volume 3 artists drew her to be more human-like and more beautiful, eventually averting this completely.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Quiet, oftentimes emotionless, and sometimes snarky, she wears dark clothing and painted black nails even out of her superhero costume and can wield magic.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • Trigon's evil influence basically manifests as a completely separate persona within her in "The Terror of Trigon", leaving her to astral-project herself out of fear.
    • After Raven died at the end of "Titans Hunt", her evil self manifested as her own persona and managed to implant herself into a metahuman to be the second incarnation of "Dark Raven". Luckily, the evil self unknowingly implanted the soul of the good/purified Raven into Starfire. Needless to say, both "halves" of her were still equally considered Raven (the pure soul and the Trigon avatar).
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The half-demon daughter of Trigon.
  • Happily Adopted: In the New 52. Raven is taken in by her human aunt and uncle at the beginning of her 2016 miniseries, and by the time it ends, she's shown to enjoy being part of their family.
  • The Heartless: The second version of "Evil Raven", who dogged the New Titans books throughout the nineties and played Big Bad for the final arc of Wolfman's original run, consisted of the evil portion of Raven's soul. (The good portion of Raven's soul, it is revealed, was hidden in Starfire's body for protection).
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Raven's demonic blood seems to turn her evil at least once a year, or give her paranoia of doing so. In the New 52 she is actually still a Heel. The only difference is that Rachel has been brainwashed into being Trigon's sleeper agent in the Teen Titans, and was recently released from the mind control that was inflicted upon her, turning her to Face.
  • Heroic Bastard: Born from Trigon raping Arella. However, this isn't consistent and some accounts state that Trigon seduced Arella before revealing his demonic nature, or even married her.
  • Idiot Ball: When Raven first came to Earth, she asked for help to the Justice League. They did not help her: Zatanna sensed a great evil in her. So, she created a new group, reuniting the disbanded Teen Titans. And, as she explained to them, the evil that Zatanna felt was that Raven is Trigon's daughter; even when she completely refuses him and tries as much as possible to prevent his arrival. Sounds fine... but didn't she tell that to the League? After all, she never denied or concealed on purpose her relation with Trigon, if it came as a reveal it was because she usually says very little.
  • In the Hood: She loves the Hood; it somehow conceals her face just as well as a mask but without that pesky glue. It even stays on when she flies (the animated version provides a possible explanation for this by giving her telekinesis, a power she lacks in the comics.)
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's dark, aloof, and has many supernatural and sorcerous powers.
  • Leotard of Power: Wore a unitard after the One Year Later timeskip that paid homage to her animated self's outfit (but covered her legs). It was later discarded in favor of her wearing a dress again.
  • Meaningful Appearance:
    • After she defeated Trigon and wound up under Brother Blood's thrall, she began wearing white. After being freed by the Titans, she continued to wear white to symbolize her newfound purity and freedom. It didn't last.
    • At the beginning of volume 3, the resurrected Raven is dressed in a white dress and cloak by the new Brother Blood. After Beast Boy helps her get back in control of her mind and powers, she rejects Blood and her uniform magically becomes blue.
  • The Medic: Healing is her primary power and she is a pacifist who hates violence.
  • Mind Control: Subjects Beast Boy to this in her first appearance in the New 52.
  • Mind over Matter: Raven has the ability to psionically move objects with mind, seen for example when she uses this ability to levitate children out of a burning hospital in Dakota and move herself through the flames.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The modern depictions of Raven have very voluptuous bodies, long shapely legs, and the tendency to wear attractive costumes (especially the dresses and unitard).
  • Multiple-Choice Past: While the Broad Strokes of her backstory are unchanged — Arella Roth fell in with a cult and was ultimately raped by Trigon — the details have changed several times.
    • Marv Wolfman's early versions had Arella as an adopted or foster child who didn't know her actual parents or her birth name, and it stated that she attempted to get legal help and support after her rape until she fell into despair and was taken to Azarath.
    • In Geoff Johns' take, Arella had the birth name of "Angela Roth" and lived in Gotham City, until she decided to run away from home to escape her violent Catholic father, who would strike her for her rebellious anti-religious outfits and music, inadvertently falling in with the Church of Blood. Johns rather accelerates through the rest of the backstory, indicating that the Trigon's rape of Arella, the ensuing pregnancy, at least one suicide attempt, and finally the arrival and hospitality of Azarath all happened in one night.
    • And according to Rebirth, Angela ran away from home due to a hatred of her family's Catholicism, and began worshipping Azar before Trigon raped her.
    • The Daughter of Darkness miniseries, written by Wolfman again, reconciles these different takes by having Arella make Broad Strokes alluding to Johns' take but also indicating that this is a blatantly Self-Serving Memory and that in reality Arella was constantly causing her own problems.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In her original portrayal, she was an empath and could teleport, along with inducing feelings in others. After her revival, Geoff Johns and other writers gave her the ability to fly (to tie in with her animated version), to completely deprive others of emotions, and gradually more previously-unseen magical powers for whatever type of story they wanted to tell.
  • Prefers Proper Names: Raven refers to her friends by their names. She's one of the few who call Dick "Richard". This is due to her aloof personality and upbringing.
  • Primary-Color Champion: While mostly blue, she has red jewels on her belt and one on her cloak.
  • Progressively Prettier: Inverted, as Raven gets progressively uglier during Wolfman and Pérez's run. By volume 2, she has a pronounced forehead, bony cheeks and arched eyebrows, which are explained to be mutations associated to Trigon's corrupting influence.
  • Psychic Powers: She has powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers fueled by her emotions.
  • Race Lift: She is Caucasian in the main continuity, but is portrayed as a Native American in Teen Titans: Earth One.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Most depictions of Raven have her with fair skin and as a 'ravenette'.
  • Real Name as an Alias: She uses her rarely mentioned last name of Roth as part of her civilian identity Rachel Roth.
  • Resurrected Romance: After coming back from the dead during Geoff Johns' run, she began a long and troubled romance with Beast Boy (which roughly coincided with both of their cartoon selves becoming a Fan-Preferred Couple); they spent roughly a decade passing through Will They or Won't They?, and made it official when Flashpoint hit.
  • Ret-Canon:
    • Following the One Year Later Time Skip from Infinite Crisis, she donned a similar costume to the one from the cartoon (modified to include a bird symbol and leggings).
    • Downplayed with her on-and-off romance with Beast Boy, which actually began during Geoff Johns run during Teen Titans Vol. 3. However, the contemporary animated adaptation Teen Titans (2003) managed to generate a massive fanbase for the pairing, and as the comics began adapting elements and characterization from the show, the Beast Boy and Raven relationship came closer to resembling their dynamic from the show.
  • The Soulless: The first version of "Evil Raven", who served as Trigon's Herald and agent during The Terror of Trigon, was a People Puppet made from Raven's Empty Shell while in Trigon's Demonic Possession.
  • Spirit Advisor: At the tail-end of New Titans in the mid 90s, the Gainax Ending reduced Raven to the "good part of her soul", which appeared as Raven in human form, but pure gold. She remained this way through a few re-appearances under Devin Grayson's pen through Titans volume 1note , but disappeared for several years. She was later fully reborn in the flesh (in a younger body, no less) in Teen Titans volume 3 by the Cult of Blood during Geoff Johns' run.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Zig-zagged over the years. Now in the Rebirth continuity, she's 5'10" and quite easy on the eyes.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Whenever evil wins over Raven in some way, there is a serious chance that a (yes, a) Dark Raven will appear, who is much likelier to exhibit violent powers than Raven.
    • The first Dark Raven, who served as The Herald for Trigon when he first came to Earth, was Raven's body filled up with Trigon's power.
    • The second Dark Raven, the severed evil part of Raven's soul mixed up with the souls of some evil Azarathians, was a Depraved Bisexual who would infest her victims and lieutenants with Trigon Seeds.
  • Technical Pacifist: Being raised in the pacifistic land of Azarath, Raven does not like fighting, as it would also get her closer to reviving Trigon. However, if push comes to shove, she will fight on.
  • Teleportation: Using her soul-self, she can teleport herself and others over vast distances.
  • True Blue Femininity: The color Raven has worn the most in the comics. The blue dress and cloak show her kindness, elegance and melancholy.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Her dad is Trigon, a hideously ugly demon with four eyes. Raven herself is considered beautiful in-universe.
  • Unstable Powered Woman: She is infamous in-universe for the number of times she has manifested a Superpowered Evil Side and betrayed the Teen Titans, often at the bidding of her father, Trigon. There have even been instances in the comics where people have regarded her as akin to a ticking time bomb, who is always at risk of being corrupted, controlled or seduced into betraying her friends.
  • Vague Age: She never quite ages out of the appropriate age of whatever current group of Teen Titans she is serving with even when her former peers have gone on to become adults.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: While not a complete Emotionless Girl, when purged of Trigon's influence for the first time, she had difficulty comprehending her suppressed emotions. Specifically the different branches of them. Because of this her powers were greatly influenced by her extreme emotional states. She assumed Nightwing's platonic love was no different than romantic love and this caused her powers to make him believe he was romatically in love with her without either of them knowing the true cause. Starfire caught on to this and helped her see through her mistake.
  • Will They or Won't They?:
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Raven spent years knowing that Trigon would eventually assimilate her, and that she would eventually become a demon like him. It finally happened in The Terror of Trigon. Her soul was cleansed from Trigon's evil at the end of the story.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: She tries to warn the whole of Azarath and the Justice League about Trigon's return, but fails because of Azarath's pacifistic nature and Zatanna detecting the evil inside her and refusing to help.

    Red Star 
AKA: Leonid Kovar

Abilities: Super-strength, speed, and stamina; pyrokinesis

Leonid Kovar was exposed to a space ship which gave him his powers, and would later join the Teen Titan and take the name "Red Star".

    Robin II / Red Hood 
AKA: Jason Todd
Abilities: Martial arts master, detective skills, acrobatics

Originally Jason Todd was the second Robin, after Dick Grayson grew too old. During "A Death in the Family" he was murdered by the Joker. Many years later, he was resurrected and become the anti-hero Red Hood. Before his death, he took part in Titans activity for a brief time.

See his personal page for more info.

AKA: Koriand'r / Kory Anders
Abilities: Flight, super-strength, invulnerability, energy projection

Starfire is an alien super-hero with powers of flight and energy projection. Born a princess on the planet Tamaran, she escaped execution at the hands of her older sister Blackfire and traveled to Earth. Meeting the Teen Titans, she became a charter member and stayed with the team for most of her career. Her culture's different standards of intimacy cause her to be extremely open and sexually liberated by human standards.

See her personal page for more info.

AKA: Tara Markov
Abilities: Manipulates earth and stone

Terra is a super-hero with the power of geo-kinesis. Born the illegitimate daughter to King Viktor of Markovia, her half-brother is Geo-Force. Unable to stay at home, she became a mercenary and began working with Deathstroke. He used her to infiltrate the Teen Titans, where she developed a relationship with Beast Boy, and ultimately died betraying them.

  • Adaptational Heroism:
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Whenever she was alone with Slade, Terra would be found wearing heavy make-up, high-heeled slippers, and short-hemmed bathrobes. Combined with her Troubling Unchildlike Behavior, the effect was quite startling.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • While Tara claims it was an all an act, her obviously troubled psyche and her abusive relationship with Slade casts a shadow of doubt over her actions and attitudes. She presents no less than four different fronts—publicly to the Titans, privately to Garfield, privately to Slade, and finally the proud traitor to everyone—but her inner thoughts are perpetually in turmoil and even in the initial stages it becomes clear that her behavior in the team has a lot of her real personality invested in it.
    • Tara's relationship with Garfield—did she ever really fall, even in part, In Love with the Mark? She notably shares a kiss with Garfield just before the Judas Contract itself when she could have safely strung him along in other ways.
    • The matter of the second Tara Markov—including her true identity, origin, and her relationship to the original—were never properly settled.
  • Bastard Bastard: Tara's the illegitimate daughter of a king and not a nice person.
  • Becoming the Mask: Defied. The original Terra, who presented herself as being Troubled, but Cute, suffered increasing stress and anxiety as the Titans began to show her acceptance despite how troubled she was. She eventually started taking more drastic measures to offset any attachment, like braining Gar and knocking him unconscious when deciding to face Deathstroke by herself.
  • Beneath the Mask:
    • Zigzagged when she was with the Titans. While Tara was obviously hiding things from the Titans, her tough-but-troubled act was a lot more real than she probably would've cared to admit.
    • When she was with Slade, Tara would adopt an especially cold-hearted tone and attitude, but she'd show signs of stress underneath the facade.
    • While Terra would publicly rebuff and insult Beast Boy, when she and Garfield were alone, Tara behaved more confidingly and affectionately. How much of an act either front was is an Ambiguous Situation.
  • Cloning Blues: Terra II suffered an ongoing and severe identity crisis regarding whether or not she was the original Terra or not. This was never answered decisively.
  • Commitment Issues: When the Titans throw Tara a Surprise Party, the prospect of real friendship and kindness from the team provokes her to have a small Freak Out and start a fight with everyone, demanding to know their secrets.
  • Cute and Psycho: She seems like a sweet young girl; is actually a vicious and ruthless mercenary with distinct yandere traits — she's not only sleeping with the much older mercenary/assassin who hired her, she ends up killing herself (while trying to kill him) when Jericho possessed the assassin and freed the Teen Titans, making Terra believe that her lover betrayed her.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She can control and manipulate all forms of rock and earthly substances and materials. There is no set limit to how far or how close she needs to be to the earth for this power and ability to work. She has been able to be completely off the ground and still control the earth. She has created tremors, earthquakes, sharpen rocks to a needle point, and has control over these elements for as long as she can physically maintain them.
  • Domino Mask: Though averted with her Post-Crisis counterpart, Atlee.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For as irredeemably horrible a person as she was in the end, she was shown to care about her older brother Brion when he made a visit, being secretly worried that he'd join the Titans or still be around the Titans when the time came for her to betray the team and she didn't want him caught up in all that and possibly killed. She later admits she hated Brion's own goody-goody attitude just as she did the Titans', but the fact remains that unlike with her teammates she didn't want him dead.
  • Evil All Along: Terra infiltrated the Titans on Slade's orders and never reformed. Her goal the entire time was to take down the Titans because she hated how goody-goody they were.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In The Judas Contract, Terra mistakes restraint and humility for weakness. "You, my damned brothers. All of you possessing power while refusing to use it."
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Downplayed. Terra and Deathstroke's relationship is a deliberately more explicit take on the shadier aspects of Batman and Robin; it's even more explicit in Tales from the Dark Multiverse, where Dick Grayson has a spontaneous moment of empathy of her and gives her a speech about no longer being stuck in their shadow, which she adamantly denies being relevant to her... right before she kills Deathstroke and then uses his Super Serum for herself.
    • As phenomenally strong Unstable Powered Women with malevolent father figures in their lives who intended to use them for evil, Terra and Raven are Mirror Characters. Terra, however, reveled in the use of her power, especially for violence, while Raven feared the danger she could present and strove to suppress it through strict self-control.
  • For Want of a Nail: In Tales from the Dark Multiverse, Dick Grayson notices a similarity between himself and Terra and offers her empathy and some advice... advice that ultimately inspires her to rid herself of Deathstroke and go into business for herself.
  • Freak Out:
    • Tara gets upset when the Titans throw her a Surprise Party and starts a fight.
    • Right before the Judas Contract itself, Gar manages to get a little too far under Tara's skin during a training session, and she lashes out so hard she nearly kills him and ruins the charade ahead of schedule.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Besides her affair with Deathstroke, she constantly flirts with Nightwing, even cheering for him to take off all his clothes in one issue.
  • I Am What I Am: According to the narrative — "plainly, Terra Markov is what she is."
  • Informed Flaw: In the opinion of the narrator of the Judas Contract, reinforced by Word of God over the years since, Terra was an inherently, irredeemably evil character. This is despite a host of suspicious and mitigating circumstances both at the time and accumulating in later stories, such as the fact that she was an abused teen, a middle-aged hitman and father figure may have been having sex with her, she may have been crazy for any of those reasons or because she was an Earth elemental, or she may have been drugged.
  • Irony:
    • Tara may have been The Mole and trying to string Gar along, but by the same token he alone was able to get under her skin.
    • Tara is a spy, but knew almost nothing about the two men she was closest to—Garfield and Slade Wilson.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Invoked. Terra, who has deep insecurities, plays a jerk in front of the Titans and plays even more of a jerk in front of Slade. Once she reveals her actions in The Judas Contract, she boasts to the Titans that she was pretending to be nice.
  • Kick the Dog: When she reveals herself as a Mole to the Titans, everyone but Cyborg refuses to believe she was deceiving them all along, but Terra takes sadistic joy in pointing out how she hated them from the start.
    Terra: It made me wanna gag kissin' you, Logan. Y'like knowin' that, Logan?
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: When it happened, the reveal that Terra was a traitor was a complete surprise. Nowadays, with decades of Teen Titans comics having the betrayal of Terra as a recurring past plot element, and an animated series and movie where she did precisely the same thing, it shouldn't be a surprise for anyone — although the fact that she's a completely unrepentant Psycho for Hire and not an emotionally abused girl taken advantage of may surprise newcomers.
  • Leotard of Power: Alongside her Post-Crisis counterpart, Atlee. In the New 52 she wears a black jumpsuit with yellow lines all over it.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Was frequently the team member with the most cynical attitude and cattiest remarks to say. Even when doing villainous work she seldom let up on the snark.
  • Long-Range Fighter: The original Terra was good at long range attacks but had trouble if anyone got close to her (in more ways than one); a sparring match with Beast Boy turns deadly when Gar gets in one too many jabs (also in more ways than one), which prompts her to have a Freak Out and nearly kill him with the backlash.
  • Lovable Rogue: She's lied, cheated, stolen, vandalized, damaged public property, taken advantage of others, and even used lethal force against her enemies but you can't help but like the girl - provided she doesn't want you dead.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: For Beast Boy, who tried the hardest to integrate and reform her with the group. Whether the original Terra was In Love with the Mark or not was an Ambiguous Situation, but the second Terra was very obviously interested in pursuing a relationship with him from the start.
  • The Mole: She joined the Teen Titans, fooling them by staging a battle against Deathstroke. She then operated as a spy for Deathstroke, eventually giving him the information he needed to kidnap the Titans.
  • Noodle Incident: During a Crossover between the Teen Titans and Batman and the Outsiders, Terra briefly thinks of an incident in her past in which she let her brother Brion down, which is never explained or revisited.
  • Not Quite Dead: Her famed death by her own powers was retconned out in the Rebirth comics thanks to Deathstroke's time altering actions from "The Lazarus Contract" creating a timeline where Slade gave her a Cooldown Kiss to snap her out of her breakdown and save her from dying, her death being faked afterwards.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: By the time of The Judas Contract Terra was able to rip skyscraper-sized columns of twisted earth and stone up from the ground and hurl them about freely. In the Tales from the Dark Multiverse adaptation, she takes this further after taking a hearty dose of Deathstroke's Super Serum, which resulted in her upgraded abilities allowing her to cause volcanic eruptions and ultimately to destabilize the whole planet through its core.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Most of her good qualities and actions get subverted in the end with two exceptions - her caring about her brother (see Even Evil Has Loved Ones) and how she got along with Wally West. Wally was a part of the team when Terra "joined" them secretly under the contract to betray them all to Deathstroke and the H.I.V.E, but he retired from it before Terra was ready to make her betrayal, and she never suggested to Slade that they find out where he is now and capture him in order to kill all the Titans that were present when Grant died and Slade took up the contract, so her fondness for him might have been at least somewhat sincere.
    • The Rebirth version of her is just as much of a manipulator and a Jerkass... but somewhat tries to help Rose Wilson come to terms with her own issues, in a roundabout, asshole way, admittedly. Also when Rose goes missing, Terra seemed to be the Defiance member who showed the most open concern and suggesting that they find out where she was.
  • Power Incontinence: As the Judas Contract finale approached, Terra began to waver between exceptionally powerful displays to being exhausted by tunneling efforts. Whether this was because of her emotional instability or potential drugs like Slade's Super Serum (which made him suffer similar wavering effects) was not definitively explained. Terra's uncontrollable power took on more symbolic significance during the Judas Contract itself, when Slade—who has control issues—began to realize he was relying on somebody who couldn't be controlled.
  • Progressively Prettier: Was originally meant to be a "cute" but unconventional-looking type of girl with large front teeth, short cropped hair, and being shorter than the others. Later artists' flashbacks and her zombie form in Blackest Night instead show her to have long hair, no buck teeth, and a shapely body.
  • Rage Breaking Point: At the finale of the Judas Contract, something small hits her in the spy-camera contact lens she was wearing—she believes it to be Garfield—and pushes her over the edge into the final display of her power, which ultimately kills her.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why was the original Tara Markov's grave empty when the second unearthed it?
  • The Rival: To Rose Wilson on Defiance. The two seem to loathe each other, and make no secret about it. Whenever they're together, they're fighting, and it goes into physical conflict if there's nothing more important for them to do.
    • This almost reaches Vitriolic Best Buds in later issues where Rose shows that she actually does trust Terra when they're tackling missions together, is comfortable sitting next to her on a bus and talking (even if the two of them still have nothing nice to say to each other), and even refers to Terra as her "friend" when she demands an enemy let her go (though she was in her Willow guise at that point and said this in Mandarin, making Terra not likely to understand what she'd just said).
  • Self-Disposing Villain: During the climax of the Judas Contract, in her rage to kill both the Titans and Slade (due to a misunderstanding when Jericho took over Slade's body and attacked her), she ends up burying herself under mounds of rubble.
  • Ship Tease: With Beast Boy until she was revealed as The Mole.
  • Sky Surfing: Terra's most common mode of high-speed transport is to perch herself on a levitating boulder.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Zigzagged. While Tara was a major character of the New Teen Titans at one point, she only played that part for a comparatively miniscule portion of franchise history. That said, she was the cornerstone of The Judas Contract, a storyline that cast a shadow over the franchise and its characters for decades.
  • The Sociopath: She believed wholeheartedly that people with their powers should use them to make people fear them. Which is why she happily turned against the Titans as she only saw them as "goody-goodies".
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Rebirth version is this to Slade. She lies in his bed naked, and constantly tells him she wants to sleep with him. She also had a mental breakdown when she found out he never loved her, only calmed when he kissed her. When he himself admits he never loved her to her face years later, Terra's quite different.
  • Teens Are Monsters:
    • Was never a nice person to start with and was never ever truly on the side of good. Her last appearance right before her death took this trope to ridiculous extremes.
    • When Tara and Gar relate to Cyborg their plans to attend a movie, Friday the 13th (Part 13!), Tara gleefully notes that it's the one where everyone dies.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Tara is unconventionally cute, but she does nothing to disguise how troubled she is while trying to infiltrate the Titans, who warm up to her despite her obvious problems.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • The Reveal featured Tara, a minor, drinking and smoking and having a sexual relationship with Slade. In her conversations with him, Tara would adopt an extra-nasty vocabulary that may or may not have been her trying to be tough in front of Slade.
    • During a training session with Slade, he realizes Tara is having a small Power High and is actually trying to kill him.
  • Tyke Bomb: Terra and her brother Brion Markov received their powers from Dr. Jace's experiments, as their father wanted metahuman Living Weapons to protect Markovia.
  • Walking Spoiler: Most of her character is from the reveal that she was a mole.
  • Woman Scorned: The impetus to her mental breakdown. During the final battle of the Judas Contract, Slade was possessed by his son Joey and began to help the Titans; to be apparently betrayed by the man she loved was The Last Straw for Terra and she began to rampage out of control until she ultimately died in her own frenzy.
  • Writer on Board: The Judas Contract as presented by Wolfman and Perez insists after Terra's accidental suicide that she was both pure evil and completely insane. This was in order to dump the full moral responsibility of the betrayal on her, and not on, say, Deathstroke, the Silver Fox assassin and established enemy of the Titans who was employing her, training her, and sleeping with her.

Alternative Title(s): Cyborg, Comic Book Teen Titans New Teen Titans