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The Baxter family

    Raven Lydia Baxter
The main character
  • All Women Love Shoes: Raven has a thing for clothes, especially shoes.
  • Always Second Best: There was this episode centered around her always coming in second for the “Best Dressed” competition at her school.
  • Amicable Exes: In Raven's Home, Devon and Raven get along well despite being divorced.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Raven becomes frightening when people cross her brother.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Oh snap!", "Ya nasty!", "How ya'll doin'?", and a few others.
    • "You gon' geeeeet iiiiit!" in Raven's Home.
  • Butt-Monkey: She suffers a lot of embarrassing moments and Amusing Injuries.
  • Childhood Friends: Raven has been friends with Chelsea since pre-school.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very fond of this trope.
  • Eye Recall: Raven's visions are shown by a dramatic zoom in, and out of her eye.
  • The Fashionista: Raven loves fashion and wants to become a Fashion Designer. In Raven's Home it's shown that she is a fashion designer...for dogs.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: In Raven's Home, she lives with Chelsea and they raise their kids together.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Deconstructed—sometime between That's So Raven and Raven's Home, Raven and Devon got married and had children, but the marriage didn't work out and they got divorced.
  • Honorary Aunt: Chelsea's son calls her "Auntie Rae."
  • I'm Okay!: One of her catchphrases.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Rae".
  • Large Ham: With her bizarre, outlandish mannerisms and Sassy Black Woman attitude. Even more so when she's in disguise.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: She wears a lot of these, and she manages to fool everybody with them at least half of the time.
  • Parental Favoritism: In the sequel, Raven mistakenly thinks she's been pulling this towards Booker. Downplayed in she does genuinely give him more attention, but not to the point of neglecting Nia (she loves both of her kids equally), even if she has to be more independent than him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With her best male friend, Eddie, despite the occasional moments of Ship Tease.
  • Power Incontinence: She can't control when she has visions, nor what she will see when she does. She often lacks context, which means Hilarity Ensues.
  • Psychic Powers: Downplayed. Raven's only real psychic ability is precognition (and this only gives her brief glimpses of the future). Though in one episode, she temporarily gained the power to read minds after catching a "psychic cold".
  • Sassy Black Woman: She has a sassy attitude.
  • Secondary Character Title: In Raven's Home, the true protagonist is her psychic son Booker, who is trying to learn more about his psychic abilities. Plus, he's the one who ends up getting more and more Character Development.
  • Seers: Raven's psychic powers amount to glimpsing a piece of the future.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Raven gets involved in a lot of slapstick, usually on the receiving end.
  • Squee!: She tends to do this when she gets excited.
  • Telepathy: In one episode, she temporarily gained this power after catching a psychic cold. Not helped by the fact that her paternal grandmother (who doesn't know she's psychic) is showing up for a visit.
  • Womanchild: Even more so in the sequel, to the point of pranking her kids.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Raven is absolutely terrified of clowns.

    Cory Baxter
Played by Kyle Massey
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He's always getting on Raven's nerves, though matured in later seasons.
  • Money Fetish: So much that at one point, he was even willing to sell everything inside the house for it!
  • Precocious Crush: He likes Chelsea, who is several years his senior, in early episodes. He grew out of this in subsequent seasons but at least he shows he went out of his way to get to know her.
  • Spin-Off: Cory later received his own spinoff with his father as they live with the President of the US (in-universe). Also was the first Disney Channel spin-off.
  • Young Entrepreneur: He's constantly trying to figure out ways to make money.

    Tanya Baxter
Played by T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh
  • Advertised Extra: In season 3, she's credited as a main character in the opening, but doesn't appear in 18 episodes.
  • Catchphrase: "Momma like!"
  • The Ghost: She's referenced in Raven's Home but doesn't appear, but at least we know she's still around.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to differences, her actress quit the show partway through season 3. Her character was subsequently sent on a trip to England to study law and written out of the show.

    Victor Baxter
Played by Rondell Sheridan


Friends & Other Main Characters

    Chelsea Ophelia Grayson (nee Daniels)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Has her moments. After push comes to shove, Chelsea manages to frighten an imposing tall lady to leave her and Raven alone.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While Chelsea at times continues to have off the wall moments she is also shown to be a master of organization, interior design and, as of Vending the Rules, it was revealed that the vast wealth she lost was one she amassed due to one of her own inventions.
  • Childhood Friends: She's known Raven since pre-school.
  • The Ditz: She starts out as somewhat clueless but gets flanderized as the seasons go by. In Raven's Home this element is dialed back down.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Due to being a Granola Girl, she's protective of plants and animals.
  • Granola Girl: She's into animal rights, is a vegetarian, and is spiritual.
  • Honorary Aunt: Raven's kids call her "Aunt Chelsea."
  • In-Series Nickname: "Chels".
  • Lethal Chef: Chelsea is a terrible cook. In one Raven's Home episode, she made coffee for a man and he mistook it for her trying to poison him.
  • Nature Lover: She enjoys nature and loves camping. She even does gardening in Raven's Home.
  • Older and Wiser: In the sequel, she's shown to have more common sense and and acts as Raven's voice of reason.
  • Riches to Rags: Downplayed. She made a lot of money off an infomercial invention of hers, but her ex took it all and forced her back into middle class.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Yeah, she's definitely this. It's one of her main components of her idiocy.
  • Secret Keeper: She and Eddie are the only non-family members to know that Raven is psychic. As of Season 2 of Raven's Home, she knows that Booker has the same gift too.
  • Straw Loser: The reason why she Took a Level in Dumbass is to make the main character Raven look better.
  • Token White: She's the main white character in a cast of black characters. In the sequel, she shares this role with her son and Tess.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Chelsea's slight ditziness in Season 1 later becomes extreme idiocy by the end of Season 2. In early episodes, she was even smarter (or at least more sensible) than Raven by being the voice of reason. By the third season, the way Anneliese van der Pol delivered her lines as Chelsea was slower and even sounded dumber.

    Edward "Eddie" Thomas
  • Adapted Out: Despite being a major character in That's So Raven and their mutual best friend, neither Raven or Chelsea reference Eddie in season 1 of Raven's Home.
  • Cool Big Bro: He's like an older brother to Cory.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Raven. He's her male best friend. To a lesser extent, also with Chelsea.
  • Secret Keeper: He and Chelsea are two of the only non-family members to know that Raven is psychic.
  • Ship Tease: Raven and Eddie have their moments and even kiss. However, they ultimately decide that they're just better off as friends—although it is implied that they still.


Other Characters

    Recurring Characters 

Devon Carter

  • Amicable Exes: He and Raven are divorced by Raven's Home, but they're still pretty good friends.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Raven may have told him that she is psychic, but he's the only one out of the immediate family not to know that Booker inherited it.
  • Two First Names: Devon and Carter can both be used as first names.

Alana Rivera

  • Alpha Bitch: She's always bullying Raven.
  • Evil Former Friend: As it turns out, Raven and Alana were actually friends at one point—they stopped being friends sometime in 4th-grade when Alana got mad about being cast as "Tooth Decay" in a School Play about dental hygiene while Raven got the part of the Tooth Fairy.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Was sent to military school and replaced with Bianca.


  • Beta Bitch: She largely just repeats Alana (and later Bianca) and poorly translates their Spanish.
  • Family Theme Naming: She has a younger sister named "Buffy."



  • Alpha Bitch: She took over Alana's role of bullying Raven, even taking Alana's Girl Posse.
  • Flat Character: She only exists as an Alpha Bitch to Raven as nothing else.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Alana—they're both Latina and play same role in the series, but the main difference between them is that while Alana was bad enough to be sent to military school, Bianca's apparently so bad that she got kicked out of military school.

     Cory in the House Characters 

    Raven's Home Characters 

Booker Baxter-Carter
  • Bad Liar: Booker's attempts at lying usually make things worse.
  • Butt-Monkey: A Running Gag is Booker getting his friends stuck in things, or getting himself stuck in an object.
  • The Cassandra: Surprisingly subverted. Even though Booker is a Bad Liar, his friends and sister will usually believe him if he mentions having a vision.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Levi.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The reason he loves his visions is because he believes they make him special.
  • Informed Flaw: In "Dream Moms" he is constantly described as a terrible basketball player by Nia and Tess, despite the fact that in previous episodes he had demonstrated decent skills for this sport.
  • Nice Guy: He might not be the most down to earth guy, but Booker fulfills this role and is probably the nicest of all the children.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Tess.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Booker thinks he is a star athlete, a witty comedian, and a gorgeous hunk. Thirty seconds with him is all anyone needs to know it's all in his head. Interestingly enough when he loses his visions it's discovered he's actually very talented just not in the facets he thinks. Such as being great magician, baker, and musician

Nia Baxter-Carter
  • Agent Scully: Being the science nerd and all, shows disbelief at the idea of people having psychic powers until Booker proves himself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tess
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She has expressed envy over her brother's abilities and questions why he has them and she doesn't. It goes to another level during the Sleevemore arc when she temporarily gains his visions and is reluctant to part with them.

Levi Grayson


Garrett Grayson

Mitch Moseley

  • Alliterative Name: Mitch Moseley
  • Dirty Coward: For the most part, the only thing that will make him cower and fulfill your requests is blackmailing him with the law or threatening to call his dad, the owner, and when he's really vulnerable. Without any of those things, he's all high and mighty.
  • Expy: He is pretty much the male version of Alana, except he's more of a coward.
  • Hate Sink: It's made abundantly clear that Mitch is meant to be hated for his casual sadism, abuse of power, smug overconfidence, bullying, and overall jerkass nature, that you'd want to smack him. He refused to listen to any of the Baxters' complaints about the building, banned Raven's apartment from using the laundry for a week just because of a (coincidentally accurate) remark Tess made about him, and shows no respect for them whatsoever.
  • Kick the Dog: He does a lot of this. First, he bans Raven's unit from using the laundry just because of an accidental remark Tess made, then unfairly increases their punishment just because Chelsea was trying to fulfill that basic need. Then, he hacks the kids' phones and steals their tickets to a season premiere of their favorite show when Booker's vision lures them down to the basement.
  • The Napoleon: He may be a kid who is about the same age (and height) as most of the young cast, but he lords over and abuses the position his dad gives him.
  • Phrase Catcher: "What do you want, Mitch?"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Frequently antagonizes the Baxter-Grayson family several times, and they justifiably despise him for bullying them and generally being unreasonably cruel.
  • 0% Approval Rating: "Head On Wheels" shows all the tenants hate him, but not even public disapproval will stop him from doing what he wants.

Alternative Title(s): Cory In The House, Ravens Home


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