Who Would Win – Raven vs. Emma Frost
This is the second of our new versus
feature where we judge two superheroes for their strengths and weaknesses and
pit them against each other in a play-by-play to see who would be the one and
only winner. This week we have
Trigon’s demonic witch daughter Raven
of the Teen Titans versus the White Queen of telepathy herself, Emma Frost.
As the daughter of the
demon Trigon, Raven has many demonic powers. Raven has the ability of
astral projection, dubbed her “Soul-Self.” She can separate her soul from her body and transform into a
huge bird that can attack her enemies physically or mentally by entering their
minds and creating an overpowering fear.
Using her Soul-Self, Raven can quickly move through dimensions. Raven has used her Soul-Self to deflect
attacks aimed at her physical body.
Raven has also been shown using telekinetic abilities and magic.
When she was young, Raven
was trained to keep her emotions in check so she could stop her demonic powers
from coming out and having Trigon posses her body. When Raven was free to use her emotions, she discovered she
was an empath, meaning she has the ability to control people’s emotions, at one
point making Nightwing fall in love with her. She can also take away people’s emotions and can absorb
their pain to heal them. Raven
also has limited precognitive abilities that she has used to predict the future,
the power of flight and impressive hand-to-hand combat skills.
When in her demon form,
Raven has an additional number of demonic abilities. She has some level of
super strength and, on a much darker note, can impregnate others with the Seed
of Trigon which contains the spirits of Trigon’s dead children and causes
people who are human to explode.
Raven’s healing powers
cannot heal fatal wounds and she feels the pain she takes in. Her healing practice has almost killed
her in the past. Raven also has no
control over her precognition and can only tell the future randomly.
All of Raven’s demonic
powers rely on her emotional control and are much more powerful without it
but Raven tries to not lose control because it could result in her losing her
inhibitions and turning evil despite the large increase in power. Raven’s Soul-Self has also failed in
past battles to protect her physically from foes like the Black Adam.
In the crossover between
the X-Men and the Teen Titans, Raven battles both Professor Xavier and Jean
Gray, the Phoenix. She manages to
win against Professor X but loses to Jean Gray.
Emma is considered to possess the same level of telepathy – an “Omega
Class Telepath” – as Charles Xavier. She can control people’s minds and
use hypnosis or read minds to obtain information from people. Emma can
also communicate telepathically with others.
Emma’s second mutation is her diamond
form. This is a physical ability that allows Emma to transform her body
into an impermeable diamond form. When in her diamond form Emma can
survive extreme hot and cold climates and becomes immortal.
While in diamond form, Emma
is vulnerable in a flawed spot and cannot use her telepathic abilities. Out of diamond form, Emma has the
physical prowess and vulnerability of a normal human.
Emma tried to defeat the
Skrull Empire but her mind was separated from her body when trying to take down
the Skrulls’ Mind-Wall.
Battle of the Mind
Enter a Demon’s Mind
The White Queen has powerful
skills and would enter Raven’s mind using her telepathy before Raven could
release her Soul-Self to try and defend her mind from Emma. She is considered the same class as
Professor Xavier, another powerful telepath, but Raven managed to defeat Xavier
in the past and would make an attempt to fend off Emma from controlling her
mind. Emma would have trouble
staying in Raven’s mind, with Raven still having her demonic connection to
Trigon stored in her mind to show Emma truly grim images that would catch Emma
off guard and force her out of Raven’s mind.
Soul-Self in the White Queen
After getting Emma out of
her mind, Raven would use her Soul-Self to enter Emma’s mind. Raven’s Soul-Self may have been
destroyed physically before, but only by two people: Supergirl and Black
Adam. Both characters had super
strength they used to destroy the Soul-Self, but Emma does not have much power
physically even when in her diamond form.
Raven would successfully enter Emma’s mind and would then induce Emma’s worst fears. But Raven’s empathic attacks would also
have no effect since Emma has trained herself against empathic attacks. When Raven’s empathetic attacks fail
her, she could only win against Emma by going completely evil, which she would
not. Even when battling the
Phoenix and losing without dying Raven did not transform, despite the
tremendous pressure put on her, and at this point she would not transform nor
allow herself to for fear of the consequences. Without her demonic form it would be a much easier battle
for Emma, but still a close one.
Good Old-Fashioned Cat Fight
When both characters' mind
battles end in stalemates a physical conflict would begin. Emma could use her diamond form to
resist Raven’s hand-to-hand combat skills. Even if Raven was able to transform into her demon self, her
physical strength would not be extreme enough to hurt Emma’s diamond form, a
form which could withstand even Cyclops’s eye beams and which Raven does not
know the weaknesses of. Raven’s
attempts at using empathy would be useless, with Emma’s diamond form being
impervious to empathy. Raven would
then try using her magic and launch fiery blasts at Emma, but the diamond form
would withstand the extreme heat and pain and Emma would launch the fiery
blasts back at Raven.
Emma Frost, the White Queen
herself, would win in the final physical confrontation unless Raven managed to
teleport away, still fleeing from combat and forfeiting the match. Even with Raven trying to teleport Emma
to a non-inhabitable plane before escaping herself, Emma would be able to
resist her teleportation, and even if she succumbed to it, she would be able to
survive regardless the place while in her diamond form. Checkmate by the White
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