Raven has the psionic ability of empathy, enabling her to feel the feelings of others. She can use her empathy to steal emotions from others, rendering them emotionally “numb”. She is also able to force outside emotions into other people, consciously or otherwise. She has used this ability many times, first notably on Wally West, in order to save his life. Later, after being freed from her father’s powers and starting her second life, she had a short-lived romance with Nightwing and unintentionally used her power to make him believe that he did love her, but it ended when Starfire, who became her close friend, convinced her that she wasn’t really in love with Dick Grayson as she thought. Additionally, Raven seems to be able to absorb another person’s knowledge with a touch, such as the language spoken by that person. Raven can manifest her “Soul-Self” through a form of astral projection. It normally takes the form of either her human shape or a giant raven. 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 (yet otherwise unharmed) or being destructive in other variations. It also serves as a way to travel into other dimensions. In many instances, her soul-self has also functioned as a “shield,” although it seems to absorb attackers and projectiles rather than repel them. Using her soul-self, she can convert her physical body into her ‘soul-self’ and carry/teleport (or rather, use portals to move between dimensions) herself and others over vast distances. Raven has been depicted as an adept hand-to-hand combatant and expertly combines her fighting skills with her teleportation ability. Why Raven rarely uses her fighting skills or where she truly acquired them have yet to be explained.


Raven, also known as Rachel Roth, is a superhero with dark magic powers. Her strong personal motivations and desire to see good conflict with her heritage, as her father is a powerful demon named Trigon who wants to enslave the planet. Her mother is a human woman named Arella who was living in the mystical realm of Azarath. At all times, Raven must keep her emotions in check lest she risk unleashing the terrible might within. Despite this, she has still managed to find a second family in her friends who love and accept her regardless of her troubled past. She is a regular member of the Teen Titans, and has also been a member of the Sentinels of Magic.


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