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Recap / Teen Titans S 3 E 6 Spellbound

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"Aww Raven, come on! Why can't you just have fun like normal people?"
Beast Boy

Raven is isolating herself from the other Titans, feeling that no one understands her and that they only regard her as being "creepy". Then one day one of the ancient books she is reading suddenly speaks to her, calling itself Malchior. He appears to understand her and encourages her to not feel down about being different, making her happier and more cheerful. She decides to break the curse which binds him to the book. Unfortunately, Malchior is not as honest as he professes to be.

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  • Bait-and-Switch: Prior to The Reveal, it at first seemed to hint that the story was wrong with the wizard being evil while the dragon was good. Turns out that Malchior merely changed the text names, and that he was the dragon all along.
  • Big Bad Friend: Malchior.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: When Raven accuses Malchior of teaching her "dark magic", Malchior insists the spells he taught her were Not Evil, Just Misunderstood. Turns out, he was lying.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: This episode feels subtly like a cat-fishing scenario. An older person (Malchior the Dragon) pretending to be someone else (a noble wizard) tries to get a younger target (Raven) to give him something he wants (his freedom from the spellbook).
  • Evil Mentor: Malchior
  • Genre Blindness: Raven doesn't notice the nominal symbolism of Rorek and Malchior.
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  • Good Costume Switch: Raven's white outfit switches back to blue after sealing Malchior.
  • Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter: The spell that Raven uses to free Malchior and the curse that sends him back into the book are both in iambic heptameter.
  • Gratuitous Latin:
    • The spell that releases Malchior from the book. The last line loosely translates as "The King is made flesh".
    • The spell Raven uses the second time the Titans face Cardiac translates as "on the deadly battlefield of death".
  • Heartbroken Badass: Raven, after realizing that Malchior was just using her to get his freedom.
  • The Hero: Raven
  • If You Can Read This: The text of the Malchior's Tome of Eldritch Lore is briefly visible in a few scenes. It appears to be written in Elder Futhark.
  • Just in Time: Raven sealing Malchior, who was about to crush her with his fist.
  • The Lancer: Beast Boy
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  • Leaking Can of Evil: Malchior's Tome of Eldritch Lore doesn't prevent him from communicating with Raven.
  • Light Is Not Good: The power Malchior bestows upon Raven through his teachings turns her normally blue cloak white. She realizes something is wrong when she can't control this power in a fight.
  • Mailer Daemon: Malchior.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Malchior's name is derived from the Latin root for "malice".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Played for Laughs. After Beast Boy's You Are Not Alone speech to Raven, she comes out of her room and gives him a hug, something so out of character for her, that he's completely shocked and speechless.
  • Power Incontinence: Raven is unable to control her new magic during a fight, and almost harms a child.
  • Red Herring: The episode initially sets up Kardiak to be the main villain.
  • Running Gag: While listening to Malchior's story, Raven is interrupted several times by the other Titans, which results in the story pausing as if it were a tape.
  • Stopped Reading Too Soon: Because Raven didn't get past the part in the story where the wizard used the ancient book against the dragon, she doesn't learn who really got trapped in it until it was too late.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The book Malchior is trapped in.
  • You Are Not Alone:
Beast Boy: "Okay. Fine. You're way creepy. But that doesn't mean you have to stay locked in your room. You think you're alone, Raven. But you're not."
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