- That's the dance I'll be doing on the Titans' graves!
- --Terra in "Operation Dude Rescue: Part Two"
Terra (Tara Markov) is a villain, enemy, and occasional frenemy to the Teen Titans. She possesses the ability to telekinetically manipulate the earth.
She made her debut in the episode "Terra-ized" where she serves as the true main antagonist after she tried to steal the Titan's secrets. She lived on the Trash Hole for a while, courtesy of Raven. Between the events of "Be Mine" and "Rocks and Water", she dated Beast Boy for a short period. She actually became friends with Raven and Starfire in "Operation Dude Rescue". Terra finally leaves the Trash Hole and is now part of the Girls Night Out crew, along with Ravager, Jinx and Bumblebee, as seen in "Girls Night In".
- 1 Physical Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Bio
- 4 Powers and Abilities
- 5 Episode Appearances
- 6 Appearances in other Media
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Quotes
- 10 Voice in other languages
- 11 Gallery
Terra is a tall, pale, teenage girl, with waist-length blonde hair. She wears a black short-sleeved shirt over her long-sleeved shirt, that ends just above her navel. She also wears short yellow compression shorts, a thick brown belt with a circular buckle, and a pouch on both sides of her hip. She also wears gloves and boots of the same color. She has big, sky-blue eyes. Her mouth design is slightly similar to Robin's.
When she first debuted in "Terra-ized", Terra was shown to be quite manipulative and conniving, able to infiltrate into the secret room of Titans Tower by using Beast Boy's feelings for her. In later episodes such as "Rocks and Water" and "Girls Night In", she displays an impatient and temperamental side by crushing Beast Boy with rocks, mainly provoked by Beast Boy's pestering. She is also shown to be vindictive, only dating Aqualad just to enact revenge on the Titans, or double-crossed her girl teammates in "Operation Dude Rescue".
However, as the series progresses, Terra seems to have mellowed out a bit although she still retains her hot temper, and when she isn't participating in villainy, she shows that she can be friendly and loves having night-outs and parties with the rest of the Girls Night Out crew.
Terra makes her debut in the episode "Terra-ized". She poses as Beast Boy's girlfriend to gain access to all of Titan's secret files. It implied that she is stealing them for a greater villain, as she calls someone on her phone to give him an update on her mission. Though all the other Titans are blinded by her disguise, Raven discovers her secret. Having her cover blown, Terra captures the Titans (minus Beast Boy). After she ties up the Titans, she attempts to leave the Tower but is stopped by Beast Boy, who thinks she is leaving him. Terra uses her powers to create a gigantic boulder and nearly kills Beast Boy, if not for Raven escaping and stopping her. A fight ensues between Raven and Terra, which ends with Raven opening a portal to another dimension, and Terra gets sucked inside.
In "Be Mine," she escapes from the Trash Hole "dimension" with Beast Boy's help and attempts to exact revenge on the Titans using a pair of gauntlets that amplify her powers. Raven reveals Terra's treachery to Beast Boy, causing him to become depressed. Later, during a valentine's dance, she tries to kill the Titans, leaving Beast Boy for last. However, he serenades her, with a special song for her, Fade Away, which deeply touches her. An enraged (and heartbroken) Raven then throws Terra back into the dimension she escaped from earlier, with Beast Boy jumping in after her.
In "Rocks and Water," Terra returns again, having escaped the trash hole along with Beast Boy. However, Beast Boy still misses her and pesters her with endless calls, leading Terra to arrive at Titans Tower and attack him and the other Titans. It is revealed that she and Beast Boy dated for a while, but Terra broke up with him since he was annoying her with his singing. She is now dating Aqualad. A jealous Beast Boy and Raven (who still had a crush on Aqualad) decide to pretend they are dating to make Terra and Aqualad jealous. They go on a double date, where Terra and Aqualad are confused by Beast Boy and Raven's excessive pretend flirting. However, their plan does not work as Terra and Aqualad remain together. They then work harder to drive a wedge between Terra and Aqualad by ruining all of their moments together. Terra and Aqualad get more and more annoyed with each other until they split up and end their relationship. However, they eventually spot Beast Boy and Raven, figuring out they're responsible for the sabotage. Terra and Aqualad attack them, but once again Terra gets dropped into the trash hole, this time along with Aqualad.
In "Yearbook Madness," she was shown on a yearbook along with Aqualad as "Biggest Flirts".
Terra appears again in "I'm the Sauce." It is unknown how she came out of the trash hole. She was one of the many villains who participated in a game of Heads Up-Seven Up led by Robin as he tried to cheer up the clouds and make the rain stop. She refused to participate at first but agreed when Robin bribed them with chocolate milk. Her finger was tapped by Cyborg, but Terra assumed it was Raven and raised a boulder to crush her. Raven smugly shook her head, and the boulder fell on Terra and exploded. After the game was over and the clouds cheered, Terra celebrated with the other villains and Titans by drinking their chocolate milk.
In "The Fourth Wall," she is seen (in her original design) in flashbacks alongside her master and mentor Slade.
In the two-part episode, "Operation Dude Rescue," she very grudgingly teamed up with Raven, Starfire, Ravager, and Jinx to go rescue Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy, who were held captive by the Brain. She secretly said that was going to enact her vengeance on the Titans but casually tried to hide her true agenda from the others. When the girls were stopped by a reinforced door, she used her earth-controlling abilities to hurl rocks at it, which did not affect, until she turned into "Terrarizer" and destroyed it. The girls are caught by the Brain, and Terra reveals she was part of his plan. However, Raven convinces her to help them out, and they combine their powers to get out. When they find the boys, Terra and the rest of the girls decide to ditch them and their time-traveled counterparts and go out to have their Girl's Night Out.
In "The Titans Show", she was seen among dozens of villains who were secretly watching the Titans make fools of themselves on national television. Once discovered, she used her geokinesis to make rocky platforms to give Ravager a hand in defeating Raven. However, Raven used her powers and defeated both of them.
She made a cameo, wearing Starfire's clothes in "Lication".
She also appeared in "TV Knight 2" during Beast Boy's song which intentionally made Raven jealous. Raven uses her powers and throws a car at them. Terra manages to escape, but Beast Boy is crushed.
Terra is invited to a slumber party in the two-part special "Girls Night In". She joins Raven, Starfire, Bumblebee, Rose, and Jinx. For once, she seems to be friends with them, not showing any signs of future double-crossings like last time. Beast Boy tries to flirt with her once again, but Terra crushes him with a rock. The girls dance and have fun until the crime alert interrupts them. Terra suggests going out and fight. She successfully uses her powers against Blackfire, knocking her down. The girls seem to be victorious, but the alien threat is not over yet. Terra fights along with her friends again, but they fail to stop Blackfire. She tries to make Starfire feel better. Terra uses her power to save her after she fights with her sister. After a long fight, Terra and the others finally defeat the evil alien threat, and they all celebrate their win.
She has a cameo as a collectible toy in "Collect Them All".
Terra makes a small appearance in the movie, as the Titans sing We Are Titans. She is sitting on a piano while Beast Boy plays and sings for her. A jealous Raven who comes out of nowhere pushes her out of the way. In the next scene, the original Beast Boy remembers the original Terra (a stone statue), based on the events of the original Teen Titans.
Terra is present in various issues of the Teen Titans Go! comic book series. Her first appearance is in issue #5 Party, Party!, where she is invited by Starfire (along with other villains) to a party in Titans Tower. Beast Boy is happy to see her. However, Terra only came to steal information about the Titans. She dances with Beast Boy and then leaves, without anyone noticing she stole their info. She is seen again in issue #13 Starstruck. Robin becomes a "Teen Idol" and Terra follows him through the city with other fans. Beast Boy tries to get her attention but fails. She has a small cameo in issue #16 The Rocky Road to Love when Beast Boy remembers her while he is sad about spending Valentine´s Day alone.
In issue #28 Wishful Thinking, Beast Boy uses Starfire´s Fairy Godmother to grant his wishes, which includes some girls being in love with him. Terra is present, along with Bumblebee, Jinx, and Carrie Kelly.
Terra appears again in issue #61 The Deadliest Art. She invites the Titans to a rock concert but ends up attacking them with an army of Rock Giant monsters. They manage to fight using Origami and Beast Boy plays a part in defeating her.
Powers and Abilities
Terra possesses the elemental power of Earth, giving her the ability to reshape, control and manipulate the
earth and earthly substances. When using her abilities, her gloves glow with a yellow aura, and sometimes her eyes. She could even create miniature or massive volcanoes if her abilities are pushed to their limits.
Metahuman Physiology: Terra is a Metahuman, also referred to as a Homo Superior, an evolved super-powered human, an Enhanced Human, or just a Superhuman, whichever is more efficient. In terms of her physiology, she can possess her powers without her humanity being or almost gone through genetic instability, although, it remains unknown if she's either a genetic or non-genetic class metahuman. Potentially, she's much more powerful than a regular-to-peak human in terms of physiology standards.
- Geokinesis/Terrakinesis: True to her name, Terra is easily able to bend the earth to her will, anything from controlling small pebbles to large boulders. At one point, she could create massive fissures and services that are deep enough to reach the Earth's core itself; due to her abilities being greatly strengthened with the Power Amplifier. She has a strong sense of this ability, she can geo-kinetically control and manipulate earthly materials around her with her mind alone; but it is limited to only rocks, concrete, dirt, soil, stones, concrete, and boulders.
- Geokinetic Flight: She can geo-kinetically use a large boulder to carry herself through the air in need be.
- Geokinetic Platforms: Terra is capable of levitating multiple rocks that she puts in a straight line to use as stepping stones to carry others through the air. She did so for Ravager in "The Titans Show."
- Earth Empowerment: She grows much stronger with her deep connection with the earth itself.
- Terra-izer: She can make a giant suit of armor made out of rocks for extra strength, easily breaking through doors of reinforced steel or concrete.
- Enhanced Strength: She can use enhanced power or strength to beat up someone with her earth gauntlets.
- Mastery of Deception: She was able to easily deceive and manipulate Beast Boy into giving her full access to Titans' Tower. As well as the other Titans in an attempt to hack into the Titan database.
- Superhuman Survivalist: Terra was able to survive for six whole months (half a year) in another dimension, which turns out to be just a dump filled with garbage.
- I'm the Sauce (cameo)
- Accept the Next Proposition You Hear (cameo)
- The Fourth Wall (flashback, cameo)
- Bottle Episode (flashback, cameo)
- Operation Dude Rescue, Part One
- Operation Dude Rescue, Part Two
- The Titans Show (cameo)
Appearances in other Media
- Party, Party! (debut)
- The Rocky Road to Love (cameo)
- Wishful Thinking
- The Deadliest Art
- Disappearing Act
- Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans (cameo)
- Main article: Terra/Relationships
- While unconfirmed weaknesses, as a Metahuman, it can be obvious that she lacks any immunities or resistances, meaning she still has the same limitations as normal Humans do. If her genetic powers also somehow become unstable, this alone would cause her to suffer yet undergo unwanted mutations, and that will may put her humanity at risk. As for her powers, she's unable to create earthen materials, and as such, she must remain in an area where she can manipulate earthly materials directly. Also, distance, precision, mass, etc, depends on her knowledge, strength, and skills, and her signature power's natural limitations. She also may have to stay in contact with earth as well. Despite being able to manipulate earthen materials, she would have a hard time using artificial earthen substances like glass, and she also might be unable to control extraterrestrial earthen materials and those of Geokinetic Immunity to her benefit.
- Terra's voice actor, Ashley Johnson, voiced Terra in the original Teen Titans series.
- Ashley Johnson also voiced Gwen Tennyson in Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse. Coincidentally, Greg Cipes, who voiced Beast Boy, also voiced Kevin Levin on all three Ben 10 shows. Similar to how Terra is Beast Boy's love interest, Gwen is Kevin's love interest in the aforementioned shows.
- Johnson also voiced Tulip Olsen from Infinity Train, as well as Ellie from the video game, The Last of Us.
- Her name comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth or land, nodding towards her power of moving the Earth. Terra is also the name of the goddess of the Earth in ancient Roman mythology.
- This series differs from the original as Terra began as a villain, while in the original, she was a true Teen Titan, until a couple of episodes after her debut. Although, this may be because she is already an evil apprentice and we did not see it.
- Terra was seen talking to someone on her phone, which is presumably Slade, her master in both the comics and the original series.
- Unlike Terra in the original series, this version seems to have full control of her powers, which is more accurate to the comics. Terra from the original series took a long time to control her powers, and still never fully mastered them.
- The original cartoon personality for Terra takes inspiration from Rose Wilson in the original comics rather than her own original comic book counterpart. While in the original New Teen Titans comics, Terra was a villain who willingly worked as a double agent for Slade and betrayed and hated the Teen Titans. In the older cartoon, she is just like Rose in the way she was more heroic (or morally grey) and was manipulated by him rather than willingly joining him from the start.
- There is another heroic version of Terra known as Terra II in the Team Titans series who is a doppelganger/clone of the original Terra. Unlike the first Terra, this one did not hate the Titans, being good and had feelings for Beast Boy. Even if Beast Boy did not return the feelings for this Terra (because he was heartbroken by Terra I and believed this Terra and her were the same) she was still nice to him.
- Terra is the third character to be banished to another dimension, the first being Ed (though he eventually escaped) and the second being Trigon.
- Terra's outfit is a combination of her designs from "Terra" and "Titan Rising"; episodes from the original series. The black top lacks the Titans "T" on her shirt. However, the "T" is present in her 2D design on the mobile game "Teeny Titans", which is most likely a mistake.
- In the original series, Terra and Beast Boy were sort of entwined in a romantic relationship. In Teen Titans Go!, Terra at first didn't show any feelings for Beast Boy although he has romantic feelings for her. It is has been confirmed in "Rocks and Water" that, after the song Beast Boy sung for her in "Be Mine", Terra finally felt affection towards him but was revealed later she no longer has that feeling.
- When Raven sucked her into another dimension in "Terra-ized", it was uncertain what dimension she was in. In "Be Mine", it was revealed that the dimension Raven sucked her into was merely a trash shoot.
- She is the twelfth villain from the original series to return.
- As part of a running gag, Terra ends up getting banished into the trash hole in a majority of the episodes she appears in.
- Terra is arguably one of the most offensively parodied characters in the show out of all characters from the original series.
- For unintentionally threatening Beast Boy and Raven's highly-acclaimed romance, Terra is one of the most hated characters in the series by fans, with Aqualad being another one for the same reason.
- This version of Terra is more based on her original comic book counterpart of the Judas Contract story of The New Teen Titans and Tales of the Teen Titans comics that were published in the 1980s.
- Terra appears in LEGO Dimensions. Similar to her intentions in "Terra-ized", she tries to steal the Titans' secret files.
- Terra appears in Young Justice: Outsiders, but instead of being voiced by her known voice actress, Ashley Johnson, she is voiced by Tara Strong (Raven's voice actress) in the Young Justice universe.
- Kind of similar to White Raven being Raven's most powerful form, in the DC Dark Multiverse, there is a version of Terra called Gaia which is Terra at her highest power, controlling all forms of earth (even Kryptonite which allowed her to kill Superman) in every way possible. She even managed to take over the world becoming Earth's new "god/goddess" or ruler.
- Gaia or Gaea is actually the Greek counterpart to the Roman Earth goddess Terra. There is another DC character known as Gaea but with the other way of spelling.
- Beast Boy (and Aqualad whenever/if Titans East is counted as a Titans team) isn't the only Titan she had a romantic interaction within a DC universe. In the Earth-1 version of Teen Titans she is dating Cyborg. However, in both of the cartoon series, the two don't interact with each other much and usually have other love interests (or none) anyways.
The quotes for Terra can be found here.
Voice in other languages
- Kata Gáspár (Hungarian)
- Joy Saltarelli (Italian)
- Iulia Tohotan (Romanian)
- Beata Jankowska-Tzimas (Polish)
- Lina Mendes / Carina Eiras (Brazil)
- Laura Préjean (French)
|The image gallery for Terra may be viewed here.|