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"Sometimes, when I feel the darkness come out... it feels good."
—Rachel Roth to Dick Grayson[src]


Rachel Roth (born c. 2005),[2] also known as the Raven, is a teenage girl possessing supernatural powers of apocalyptic proportions inherited from her demonic father, Trigon. Reeling from her adoptive mother's murder, Rachel was pursued by mysterious operatives hell-bent on reuniting her with her demonic father. She learns that Trigon’s intention is to come to Earth and destroy the world - and that she’s supposed to create the portal for his return. Rachel hopes to contain the darkness inside of her and learn how to relate to other people.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Rachel was born in Michigan to Angela Azarath and a powerful inter-dimensional demon named Trigon, who sought to destroy Earth and other dimensions but at some point was banished to his native realm, leading Angela to swear to do anything in order to bring him back to her.[3] However, knowing his offspring to be Trigon's only doorway and anchor to our dimension, a well-intentioned woman named Melissa Roth, subtracts her from Angela's hands and runs away swearing to raise the child as her own and never tell her about her heritage nor her biological parents.[1][4]

For some time, Melissa and Rachel stayed at Saint Paul's Convent, hoping to get protection and escape from Rachel's father and the acolytes of his cult.[2]

Becoming a runaway and meeting DickEdit

After becoming a Preteen, Rachel began having a nightmare in which she saw John and Mary Grayson, trapeze artists, falling to their deaths. She suddenly woke one night from the nightmare and was reassured by her mother that she'd be fine. The following morning, she argued with her mother over breakfast, accidentally knocking her to the ground. Having frightened herself, she left to catch the bus to school. On the bus, a boy attempted to make fun of her, but another stood up for her. Rachel arrived home that afternoon, ready to apologize to her mother, only to find her mother held at gunpoint. The man forced her to admit that she wasn't her mother, before shooting her in the head. Rachel screamed in anguish, running away. She arrived at a bus depot, getting a ticket for Detroit. Once arriving in Detroit, she went to a homeless shelter, where she got food. A woman attempted to kidnap her, under the guise of helping her, but she escaped by throwing a brick at a police car. While at the station, she was interviewed by Detective Dick Grayson, who she recognized from her nightmare. Refusing to help her, another police came in, claiming to be there to take her to join other kids. She obliged, but not before being drugged, losing consciousness. When she woke up, Rachel found herself tied to a chair. Her captor claimed to be there to get rid of her, due to her being highly important. She suddenly heard Dick's voice, causing her captor to go wait by the door, ready to ambush Grayson. Right as Dick went to enter the room, Rachel's dark side manifested itself, pushing the man against the door and torturing him, finally entering him and causing him to vomit up blood. Dick promptly found Rachel, taking her to a safe location.[4]

They stopped at a diner, before checking in for the night at a motel, where Rachel watched Game of Thrones. When Dick left to get some food, Rachel went snooping, opening one of his cases and finding a computer. She used it to Google herself, as well as the nature of Dick's parents' death. Before she could get far, some pages printed out, one which manifested a face, freaking her out and causing her to continually draw crosses on paper, surrounding herself in the tub with them. When Dick returned, he consoled Rachel. As they continued on their way, Dick promised Rachel that her feeling of abandonment would eventually fade. They soon arrived at the home of Dawn Granger and Hank Hall, the former of whom Rachel introduced herself to. They headed up to the roof, where Rachel checked out Dawn's pet doves while Dawn and Dick talked. That night, Rachel questioned Dick's motives in hurting Dawn, having felt it when she'd touched Dawn's hand, but Dick refused to answer. The next day, the two girls went out together, both returning with smiles on their faces, much to the shock of Dick. Shortly following, Dick and Hank got into a physical altercation, leading to Rachel screaming and sending a telekinetic shockwave, which knocked both men about and smashed the window. That night, Rachel suggested Dick lookout for Dawn, as she'd gone on a vigilante excursion, despite his wishes otherwise. When he was gone, however, Rachel found an envelope of money and a letter, addressed to Hank and Dawn, explaining Dick's intention to leave Rachel with them. She headed to the roof, where she was found by Dick. Before they could talk much, they were interrupted by a family. The family proceeded to start to fight them, causing Rachel to go hide. She was ultimately found, however.[5]

Back to Saint PaulEdit

Rachel was taken by the Nuclear family cross country, find themselves at a gas station. Rachel pretended to need the bathroom, in the meanwhile trying to escape through the window. Before Nuclear Dad could enter, Rachel was saved by Kory Anders, who hoped Rachel had answers as to her identity but to no avail. Kory gave her a photograph of herself as a baby, surrounded by her mother and nuns, with it being marked "St. Paul's, 2005". They headed to a diner, where Kory dealt with an unruly patron, subsequently getting food for Rachel for free. They continued on to Covington, Ohio, where they found Saint Paul's Convent. The head nun answered them at the door, recognizing both women. They sat down for tea before she took them to look around Rachel's old room. Shortly following, Kory took Rachel to Scooters Roller Skating Rink on an errand, {where Rachel befriended Gar Logan on a pinball machine. However, they were interrupted by the arrival of Dick Grayson, who wished to leave with Rachel. The three decided to go, but before Dick could get them in his car, Rachel's darker side got the best of her, resulting in telekinetically shattering all the windows of the nearby cars. They quickly headed back to the convent, where Rachel had some quiet time in the chapel. Dick gave her some advice, before leaving her to be on her own for a bit. The head nun soon joined Rachel, giving her a warm drink secretly laced with a sedative. When Rachel woke, she was being wheeled to a room. Once inside the room, the nun explained that sacrifices had to be made, locking Rachel in. Locked in solitary confinement, Rachel began to freak out, smashing a mirror and finally allowing her demonic self to take over, causing a massive explosion in the convent. Because of this, she ran hastily away from the building, having realized what she'd done.[2]

As she ran away, Rachel ran into a tiger, revealing itself to be Gar, who offered to help her. They headed to his home, running into some hunters on the way. Scaring them off, Rachel unknowingly healed and completely revived a deer they'd shot. Arriving at the house, Rachel was forced to hide in a closet as one of Gar's housemates entered the room. They were soon caught out, though, and Cliff took them upstairs. Rachel wandered off, finding herself in the kitchen, where she met Larry. Larry and Gar agreed to let Rachel stay for dinner, so she did. Rita joined, but mid-way through her face began to sag. Rachel empathically felt her hand, assuring her that she wasn't afraid. They were suddenly interrupted by the Chief. They all headed downstairs, where the mansion's occupants assisted the doctor with his newest patient, Shyleen Lao. When her body didn't react well with a drug, Rachel held her hand, reassuring this girl that she would be fine. They all headed back upstairs, where Dr. Caulder explained their situation and how he had helped and saved everyone living in the house. Hoping to help Rachel, she allowed herself to be strapped to a medical table. She quickly decided that she didn't want to go through with the procedure, but the doctor did anyway, tranquilizing Gar so that he couldn't interfere. Before he could proceed, however, Rachel's inner darkness was unleashed, grabbing Dr. Caulder and throwing him across the room, breaking his back on a pillar. She began to open a portal but was stopped halfway through by Dick, who'd come to rescue her. He promised that he'd never leave again, and they embraced. Following this, their group left the mansion, joined by Gar.[6]

Part of a team and reuniting with her motherEdit

Trading Dick's Porsche in for a minivan, they made their way to Do-Si-Do Motel, where they hoped to lay low. Deciding they needed to know how to work best with each other, they found a warehouse and demonstrated their abilities to one another. However, Dick refused to show them anything. Later, Rachel and Gar bonded, the latter describing to the former how it felt to transform into a tiger. Later in the night, Rachel was frightened by her demonic reflection, causing Dick to help her take down the mirror. Shortly after, the group was ambushed by the Nuclear family. Rachel was helped by Gar to safety, but the group was surrounded in the parking lot. They were saved at the last minute by Dick in his Robin suit, much to the surprise of Rachel. They pooled their resources and overpowered the "family", tying them up.[7]

Rachel, Kory, and Gar headed to meet with Dick, who'd captured Dr. Adamson. They met him at a safe house, where they also met Jason Todd.[8] As Adamson refused to speak to anyone but Rachel, she persuaded Dick to let her talk to him and he expressed his belief that she was on the planet to heal. He smashed a nearby water level, slicing his own throat, forcing Rachel to heal him, proving his point. Later, the doctor revealed to Rachel her birth mother was alive and held in an asylum, Rachel left to find her alongside Gar causing Dick and Kory to follow them. After reaching the asylum, they were captured and Rachel was taken to Adamson himself, who in the meanwhile was extracted and taken to his office in the asylum. He showed her video feeds of her imprisoned friends, requesting that all she had to do was summon her father. Refusing to do so, Rachel's demonic side took over and she reopened his throat wound, killing him. Then the girl found her mother and, after convincing her of really being her daughter, the two proceed in freeing Gar, Dick, and Kory before escaping the asylum and blowing it up.[9]

Going to the family house and meeting her fatherEdit

When they arrived at Angela Azarath's house, Rachel noticed that Kory wasn't feeling well and offered to help her by using her healing powers. By doing so, Kory started to regain her memories and tried to kill Rachel. Dick and Donna Troy arrived just in time for the latter to use her lasso mastery to subdue and defeat Kory. After apologizing to Rachel, Kory left the house, and Dick and Donna followed her.[1]

Gar started to feel sick and, after falling on the floor, Rachel realized that he was dying. Following her mother's orders, she tried to heal Gar, but her powers weren't strong enough. Her mother suggested the only way to cure Gar would be through her father. Rachel then summoned Trigon to Earth, and after hugging him and pleading, he healed Gar.[3] Soon after, Dick entered the house, having learned about Trigon's true intentions with Earth. However, Trigon puts Dick into a dream world, where he ultimately chose to embrace his inner darkness. In the real world, Rachel tried to bring Dick back, but her attempts were futile.[10]

When Angela sided with Trigon, Rachel found out that she cared more about bringing Trigon into their world than she did about her daughter. Rachel tried to fight Trigon, but he easily deflected her attack. Gar and Rachel decided to escape and Trigon made Dick chase after them, before they got back to where they started, only to find the recently-possessed Titans before them. Rachel watches in horror as the group beat Gar to death, and she lets out a distorted scream. Trigon promptly walked towards her, ripping her heart out and transforming it into a gem that he placed in her forehead. Rachel transformed into her demon form and accepted understanding of her father's plans, watching as her father walked out of the house. Gar, having not died and instead transformed into a snake, was successfully able to bring Rachel back to her senses by reminding her of the good times they had.
Rachel faces down Trigon

Rachel faces down her father in his true form.

Rachel, knowing how Gar was able to get through to her, decided to try and get through to Dick, going into his mindset the moment he killed Batman. When Dick refuses to listen to reason, putting her in a chokehold, she took both of them to the trapeze act from his childhood. She explained that she would cross the trapeze, but if she fell, she would die in real life. When she inevitably fell, Dick caught her at the last moment, snapping him out of Trigon's control. Rachel promised to fill Dick in later, before going outside to face her father. Having come to terms with herself and her powers, she unleashed them, causing a massive shockwave that caused Trigon to disintegrate, subsequently snapping the Titans out of Trigon's control. Following this, Rachel headed with Dick, Gar and Jason to San Francisco, where they set themselves up in the old Titans base of operations.[11]

The New TitansEdit

Over the next three months, they went about training in the Titans Tower. Dick and Rachel grabbed a coffee while discussing the future of the team. That night, Rachel attempted to read The Art of War, but fell momentarily asleep, seemingly dreaming that she was manifesting purple-black energy all around her. When she suddenly awoke, she found scratch marks up her side. She was joined by Gar, who gave her some food, and the two talked about how Rachel had started to feel different. They were interrupted when a light came through the window. The team gathered in the living room, watching helicopters fly past the building. They turned on the news, finding a girl to be being pursued by the police. Dick, impressed by her skills, brought her unconsciously back to the tower to recuperate. She attempted to escape but was met by the rest of the team. While Dick talked to the girl, the rest of them discussed her in the training room. Following this, Rachel joined Dick by the computers, recommending that they let her stay if her opinion was worth anything.[12]

Her powers becoming unstableEdit

During a blind training session between her, Gar and Jason, Rachel gets smakced on the neck by Jason's training staff. After the sparring match is supposedly over, Rachel removes her blindfold in a fit of rage as she manifests purple-black energy around herself and her gem lights up. Gar and Jason both look in confusion as Rachel's powers begin growing. When Rachel gets up, her body is completely shrouded in the negative energy and her eyes glow red. Looking at Jason, she grabs him by the throat and levitates herself and him into the air, both of them now being surrounded by the purple-black energy. Jason calls out Rachel's name, but she looks at the training swords and aims them at Jason, trying to kill him. Gar is able to snap Rachel out of it and the purple-black energy disappears as she drops Jason and she lands on the ground. Dick arrives to see if everything's okay and nobody says a thing. Jason then says she needs to get checked out by a priest, putting her in a state of shock.

Rachel talks with RoseEdit

Later on at night, Rachel makes herself some tea in the kitchen as Rose walks in and they introduce themselves to each other. Rachel compliments Rose by saying her name is pretty, while Rose thinks it too pretty and suggests Patch since it has a nice ring to it. When Rose sits on a chair and doesn't get the whole living situation, she asks Rachel if this is like some euro hostel, to which Rachel tells her it's not like that and they're all just friends. Rachel tells Rose that she saw what happened, with Rose not knowing what she's talking about, Rachel tells her that Dick has access to the city's surveillance cameras, meaning she saw everything the night she was running away from the cops. When Rachel talks to her about the guy with the sword, Rose tells her that's her dad, and Rachel tells her that she's sorry, and Rose said he doesn't get a dad of the year mug. When Rose spots the gem on Rachel's forehead, she says it's a bold choice, to which Rachel replies that it wasn't her choice, her dad put it there for him. When Rose asks about her father's whereabouts, Rachel said she got rid of him, when Rose asks if she got rid of him by killing him, Rachel says she kind of did kill him. When Rachel asks her if that's what she wants to do to her father, Rose says she did, but she thought everything would be different if he went away, and Rachel says it doesn't always work. Rose calls themselves members of the Bad Dads Club, and Rachel calls the two of the platinum members, Rose says the benefits kind of suck, but Rachel replies saying the members are pretty cool.

Rachel calls Kory for HelpEdit

Rachel calls Kory when Kory walks away to accept her call. Kory says that she's up late, but Rachel tells her it's because she couldn't sleep. Rachel asks Kory if she caught her at a bad time, and Kory replies saying she has a minute or two. Rachel tells Kory she was worried that she went back home because Rachel tells her everybody's came back home, but nobody's staying. They all moved on and Rachel wondered if she moved on too. Kory tells her she has to go home and she's sorry, Rachel tells her that she gets it, Rachel comments saying she knows Kory has her own people back there and she's just someone Kory met, but Rachel tells her that she felt like Kory was her people, and she hoped that if Kory went home, she could go home with her too, to which Kory replies that she doesn't belong where she comes from and Kory asks what's going on and Rachel tells her something's happening to her.

When Kory asks if it's before with her father, Rachel tells her this time it's different. She says when she fought her father, she became something, something different, and that different thing wants her to be it all the time. So she spends all day and all night trying to hold it down, trying to hold it in, trying to keep it in, and she says she's tired because of it. When Kory asks her what would happen if she just let it out, Rachel tells her she doesn't know, but when Rachel can't think of what to say, Kory asks if she would be like when she killed her dad, and Rachel agrees. Rachel says she doesn't know if she wants to be that all the time, she wants to be normal, Kory asks if she talked to Dick, and she said no because she caused enough trouble, Kory tells her it's okay and to sit tight. Rachel not quite understanding what Kory said, Kory tells Rachel that she's on her way, and Rachel tells Kory that she knew she could count on her, then they end the phone call.

PersonalityEdit

"Some of us don't get to decide who we are. We're born bad."
—Rachel Roth to Koriand'r[src]

To be added

Powers and abilitiesEdit

PowersEdit

"You're a monster inside. A bringer of death. That's all you are. All you've ever been. Just... like... me."
Trigon to Rachel Roth[src]
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Rachel's power manifesting

  • Human-demon hybrid physiology: As the daughter of a human and an inter-dimensional demon, Raven possesses magical abilities.[13] She is said to have inherited Trigon's power[1] and although he is said to be far stronger she is believed to be the most effective means to destroy him.[3] After getting her heart back, but in the form of a red gem, Rachel's powers were increased and her control over them. This allowed her to defeat a being as powerful as Trigon with relative ease.[13]
    • Soul-self/Astral projection: Rachel can manifest an astral projection through her subconscious, "Soul-Self" — a ghostly extension of her soul that exists in a state of pure energy which she can physically project from her body. Her Soul-Self appears as a demonic version of herself with pale skin and dark lines that cracks from her completely black eyes and is an independent entity that provides an awareness to any impending danger, and can physically interact with those around her to protect Rachel.
      • Umbrakinesis: Through her darker side, Rachel has the power to produce pure negative energy which resembles a black, viscous liquid or mist from her mouth and manipulate the element for a multitude of purposes.[6] After some training with the others, she was able to control it for a short time to attack the Nuclear Family.
      • Portal creation/Teleportation: Through her darker side, when under emotional distress, Rachel was shown to create a portal,[6] to Trigon's dimension.[3]
      • Superhuman strength: Rachel has shown to easily overpower Rose Wilson with her strength by stopping her attacks and throwing her to a table breaking many of Rose's bones.
    • Biokinesis: Through her astral form, Rachel was able to kill a man by liquifying every organ in his body. She has also shown to reverse her healing powers on individuals that she had previously healed.[9] By using her healing power, she also seemed to be able to awaken Koriand'r's memories.[1] Whether this is an enhanced form of her telekinetic abilities or if it is innately biokinetic is yet to be confirmed.
      • Resurrection/Healing: Rachel possesses the ability to rapidly heal others from any physical injury, such as when she was able to resurrect a dead deer and heal its wounds without even trying to,[6] as well as when she healed Dr. Adamson from his wounds, although this caused great pain and fatigue for her.[9]
    • Telepathic Empathy: Rachel can manipulate and sense the emotions of others, allowing her to gain insight into their thoughts and intentions, such as when her foster mother was secretly afraid of her, despite claiming to not be.[4] Rachel is also able to enter peoples' minds through physical contact, allowing her to view their memories.[4] Rachel has also demonstrated the ability to send an emotional state of calm through individuals who are in extreme pain, fear and anger.[6]
    • Telekinesis: Rachel has demonstrated the ability to telekinetically move objects or other individuals without physically touching them. Her telekinetic powers have been able to throw people across rooms and lock doors into place, keeping strong individuals such as Dick Grayson from entering.[4] As well as being able to shatter all the windows of the cars in a parking lot when angered.[5]
      • Telekinetic blasts: Rachel can exert enough telekinetic force to form a powerful blast of concussive force, capable of destroying a part a convent with relative ease.[6] While fighting her father, Rachel was able to generate a telekinetic wave strong enough to send her friends flying away.[13]
      • Disintegration: Rachel can tear down the molecules of a being telekinetically, destroying them, as demonstrated when she killed her father Trigon.[13]
      • Levitation: When she lost control of her powers during training, Rachel was able to levitate both herself and Jason Todd several feet in the air.[14]

AbilitiesEdit

  • Hand to hand combat training: Rachel has received combat training from Dick Grayson and Jason Todd.[14] She was able to defend herself from Rose Wilson.[15]
    • Skilled swordswoman: Rachel has some skill in using a wooden sword, as demonstrated during her training with Gar and Jason.[14]

AppearancesEdit

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Promotional imagesEdit

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TriviaEdit

  • Rachel watches Game of Thrones[5] and Full House.[7]
  • Rachel likes Grape Crush soda.[6]
  • Rachel dislikes pineapple, at least on pizza.[5]
  • Rachel likes coffee and drinks it often, despite her mother's objections.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the DC comics, Raven, is a prominent member of the Teen Titans as well as the Sentinels of Magic. Her first appearance in the comics was DC Comics Presents #26 (October, 1980).
  • This version of Raven is loosely based on her fourth incarnation within the DC comics, where Raven's spirit was implanted in a teenage member of the Church of Blood. She takes the name "Rachel Roth" and begins a romance with Beast Boy.
  • Like her original comic incarnation and her animated one, she has an enigmatic, stoic, quiet, troubled, brooding, grim, moody, intelligent, studious, sarcastic, acerbic, and bitingly witty personality though not to their extent.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hatem, Richard, Mukerjee, Marisha (writers) & Frazee, David (director) (November 30, 2018). "Donna Troy". Titans. Season 1. Episode 8. DC Universe.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hatem, Richard, Johns, Geoff, Mukerjee, Marisha, Walker, Greg (writers) & Sullivan, Kevin Rodney (director) (October 26, 2018). "Origins". Titans. Season 1. Episode 3. DC Universe.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Stanton, Gabrielle (writer) & Vrvilo, Maja (director) (December 14, 2018). "Koriand'r". Titans. Season 1. Episode 10. DC Universe.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Goldsman, Akiva, Johns, Geoff, Berlanti, Greg (writers) & Anderson, Brad (director) (October 12, 2018). "Titans". Titans. Season 1. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Goldsman, Akiva (writer) & Anderson, Brad (director) (October 19, 2018). "Hawk and Dove". Titans. Season 1. Episode 2. DC Universe.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Johns, Geoff (writer) & Fawcett, John (director) (November 2, 2018). "Doom Patrol". Titans. Season 1. Episode 4. DC Universe.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hill, Bryan Edward, Stanton, Gabrielle (writers) & Menon, Meera (director) (November 9, 2018). "Together". Titans. Season 1. Episode 5. DC Universe.
  8. Hatem, Richard, Thomas, Jeffrey David (writers) & Banker, Carol (director) (November 16, 2018). "Jason Todd". Titans. Season 1. Episode 6. DC Universe.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Hill, Bryan Edward, Walker, Greg (writers) & Kalymnios, Alex (director) (November 23, 2018). "Asylum". Titans. Season 1. Episode 7. DC Universe.
  10. Hatem, Richard (writer) & Winter, Glen (director) (December 21, 2018). "Dick Grayson". Titans. Season 1. Episode 11. DC Universe.
  11. Goldsman, Akiva, Johns, Geoff, Walker, Greg (writers) & Banker, Carol (director) (September 6, 2019). "Trigon". Titans. Season 2. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  12. Hatem, Richard (writer) & Hope, Nathan (director) (September 13, 2019). "Rose". Titans. Season 2. Episode 2. DC Universe.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Tancharoen, Kevin (writer) & Pabst, Tom (director) (September 20, 2019). "Ghosts". Titans. Season 2. Episode 3. DC Universe.
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