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Phoenix VS Raven is the 177th episode of Death Battle, featuring Jean Grey from Marvel Comics and Raven from DC Comics in a battle between bird-themed psychic superheroines. Jean was voiced by Corey Pettit and Raven was reprised by Kira Buckland.

Interlude

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Wiz & Boomstick
by Brandon Yates
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Wiz: Jean Grey, the Marvellous Phoenix of the X-Men.

Boomstick: Raven, the Azarathean demon witch of the Teen Titans.

Wiz: If absolute power corrupts absolutely, in our quest to contain the beast within, we may well be consumed by-

Boomstick: Bird battle time! BA-CAWW!!!

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick.

Boomstick: He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick.

Wiz: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.

Jean Grey

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Sown In Tears
by James Seymour Brett
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Wiz: In Greek mythology, the majestic phoenix bursts into flames upon its death, then rises from its own ashes. It's a symbol of nature. Rebirth. The dawning and setting of the Sun. The beginning and end of life.

Boomstick: A cycle poor Jean Grey was thrown into way too young when her best friend was struck by a car right in front of her.

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Siege Mentality
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Wiz: Just like a phoenix, the trauma of Annie's death was the start of something new: her mutant power of telepathy. In Annie's fleeting moments, Jean bonded with her mind, and they experienced her death together.

Boomstick: By the way, Jean was 10.

Wiz: Enter Professor Charles Xavier, who hoped to help Jean through her trauma.

Boomstick: And was also a telepath. He taught Jean how to control her X-Gene, and she used her powers to find other troubled mutant kids around the country.

Wiz: Thus, the first iteration of these marvelous mutant superheroes was born: the X-Men.

Boomstick: Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel, and of course, Marvel Girl!... We can... we can workshop that name.

Wiz: Jean's potential as a telepath was incredible. So far beyond Xavier's, in fact, that he installed psionic blocks in her mind to limit her full power. At least, until she was mature enough to wield it safely.

Boomstick: She can read and control thoughts, communicate telepathically, rewrite and erase memories, manipulate each one of your senses, and project her mind into the astral plane!

Wiz: Jean is also an expert telekinetic, capable of forming energy barriers, deconstructing giant machines, and even halting the blood flow to your brain.

Boomstick: Startin' to feel like the guy with big hands who can climb good is a little out of place.

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Cold Ground
by Tim Garland
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Boomstick: But, Jean's life would change forever... again, on one fateful mission.

Wiz: Trapped piloting a ship through a solar storm, the Marvel Girl came into contact with an incredible energy. It merged with her, greatly enhancing her power.

Boomstick: But, there was a catch. This thing wasn't just a power boost. It was a giant space bird!

Wiz: More like a cosmic being which is the embodiment of the Big Bang, destined to consume all of existence at the end of time. This is the Phoenix Force.

Boomstick: Well, mergin' with the fire chicken didn't turn out so great, 'cause all it wanted to do was blow shit up. Hey, why don't I get a Phoenix Force? That sounds awesome!

Wiz: The Phoenix Force desires destruction. Its fire will one day consume all of existence, that's its purpose. Unfortunately, this need for annihilation would prove too much for Jean, manipulating and corrupting her, until a thoughtless moment where she obliterated an entire civilized planet. Billions of lives simply erased. This was the dawn of the Dark Phoenix.

Boomstick: Yeah, when Jean figured out what happened, she was not okay. No matter how hard she tried to kill the Phoenix's influence, it would always rise back up. 'Ca- 'cause it's a phoenix.

Wiz: And so, rather than allow this absolute power to consume her, Jean heroically sacrificed herself, ending the threat.

Boomstick: Gah! What a beautifully tragic story about the corrupting influence of power on the human spirit.

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A Broken Empire
by Harry Lightfoot
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Wiz: Eh, not really. Turns out that wasn't actually Jean. The Phoenix was just kind of pretending to be her? She came back later. Oh, and she merged with the Phoenix again.

Boomstick: Well, that's stupid. But hey, absolute power may corrupt absolutely, but it also absolutely owns!

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Tensile Point
by Noah Sorota
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Wiz: As the Phoenix, Jean can channel vast amounts of cosmic energy, absorb power from others, manipulate matter down to the subatomic level, and even scorch your soul with psionic flames.

Boomstick: Flames that take the shape of the Phoenix itself, grow to the size of a universe, and burn hotter than a supernova. The Phoenix can basically do anything. Stop time, open portals, see the future, raise the dead, and create pocket realities just for fun!

Wiz: She can fly at massively faster than light speeds and wage mental battles across infinite distances in seconds.

Boomstick: El Pollo Loco even boosted Jean's natural mutant abilities to the max. She's physically strong enough to fight the Thing, and she's a stronger telepath than Moondragon was with the Mind Gem. Y'know, the Infinity Gauntlet bling that controls all minds in the universe?

Wiz: And should Jean fall, the Phoenix can always resurrect her. So long as her soul remains intact, it will reform her body no matter how many times it's destroyed.

Boomstick: Which is good, since she's died literally 15 times. As of this recording at least. She probably died again in 2024...

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Scottish (Radio Edit)
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The screen suddenly grays out and pauses as Grand Theft Auto's "WASTED" sound effect is heard and Scottish bagpipes music begins playing, with the following text appearing on-screen:

As of July 26th, 2023, some time after this recording took place...
Jean Grey has died a 16th time.
Comics are f*kin crazy.

The music stops and the screen suddenly cuts to Boomstick.

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Witness
by Philip Guyler
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Boomstick: But hey, when Jean's not around, the Phoenix has jumped into other people. Rachel Grey, Hope Summers, Firehair... i-it's got a thing for redheads.

Wiz: Oh. Do you think it was a bad idea to have Jocelyn study it?

Wiz presses a button on his robot arm to switch the TV screen to Jocelyn's room, which is burning and the latter looking at the screen demonically with fiery eyes, clearly corrupted by the Phoenix Force.

Jocelyn: I... demand... A RAISE!!!

Wiz switches the screen back to the analysis pages.

Boomstick: Nah, she's fine.

We cut back to the analysis.

Wiz: Well, even with plenty of hosts to choose from, the Phoenix would often end up back with Jean.

Boomstick: Like a clingy, codependent ex. While Jean might be stuck in a kind of love ouroboros with Scott, Logan, Emma, basically everyone, her true bestie is the Phoenix.

Wiz: Because according to the Phoenix Force, she is its perfect vessel. The Phoenix is powerful enough to stalemate Galactus and defeat the being Necrom, who was going to collapse the multiverse with a singularity. With Old Man Logan as its host, the Phoenix saved the entire omniverse from destruction.

Boomstick: Yeah. Basically, the embodiment of the previous multiverse got mad and tried to flood reality with his evil juices, so Old Man Phoenix held back a tsunami that would have erased all of Marvel Comics.

Wiz: Let's move on. Even after multiple possessions, Jean was never quite free from the influence of the Dark Phoenix, and the threat of its ultimate destruction.

Boomstick: But Jean's, like, the nicest and most patient person ever, so she eventually sort of got through to the Phoenix Force.

Wiz: And with their combined power emotionally stabilized, Jean reached her ultimate state of being: the White Phoenix of the Crown.

Boomstick: Sounds like a Dark Souls boss and just as bullshit. White Phoenix is a perfect merging of Jean and the Phoenix Force, allowing her to control time and space and hold freaking universes in her hand.

Wiz: And giving her dominion over the White Hot Room, the highest plane of existence and the center of the Phoenix's power. Beyond the far shore of reality, it is a dimension the Phoenix has complete control over and even gets stronger while in it.

Boomstick: But, Phoenix could never get out of that "Let's kill everyone!" mindset, so Jean finally confronted it and dumped his ass! Yeah, she dumped a cosmic god of destruction! You go, girl, time to take back the good ol' days of— wait, they're calling her "Marvel Girl" again?! Roll it back!

Wiz: But like a phoenix, the two will inevitably rise again and reunite, refresh and renewed, with a passion that can melt stars and set our souls aflame.

Raven

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Boomstick: Once upon a midnight dreary, the demon lord Trigon had a plan to escape his extradimensional prison.

Wiz: By manipulating a poor young Gothamite named Angela Roth, he would spawn a half-demon child that would summon him to Earth.

Boomstick: See, this is one of the many reasons ya don't live in Gotham. Thankfully, Angela was rescued and taken to a dimension called Azarath, filled with a bunch of smelly space hippies.

Wiz: And there, she would have her doomed daughter, Raven.

Boomstick: The Azarathians were terrified of Raven. If she ever lost control of herself, even for a moment, she could release Trigon into the world and kickstart the apocalypse.

Wiz: So, they trained her to control her mind, forbidding her from feeling any emotions whatsoever, and thus suppress Trigon's influence. Which is smart, since even without Trigon, she's strong enough to accidentally destroy the universe.

Boomstick: I don't know, Wiz. Being told if I get too mad or too happy, I'd let loose the actual devil might just make me a tad bit stressed out of my goddamn mind. I call it the "Prequel Trilogy School of Psychotherapy", and much like a Jedi, Raven learned some sick magical powers.

Wiz: Raven is an empath and can sense the emotions of others, even from across the universe. She can shape those emotions so precisely, it acts as a form of mind control.

Boomstick: She can sense your presence, absorb and redirect your pain, steal your energy for herself, communicate telepathically, erase memories, or just turn your brain off and put you to sleep.

Wiz: Her telepathy is so strong, she could resist a mental attack from the H.I.V.E. Queen, whose psionic abilities could overpower even Superman's mental defenses.

Boomstick: God, I could use that some nights.

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Shadow Of The Moon 2
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Boomstick: And he can resist mind control from dudes who can destroy the multiverse! Seems like she's got this emotions shit locked down. What's the problem?

Wiz: Her very soul. While her body is ostensibly human, her soul is the locust for Trigon's corruption, and she can separate it from her own body in the form of her silhouette.

Boomstick: It's a bird, it's a plane, no that's... just a bird.

Wiz: This Soul-Self is non-corporeal and can be controlled from an interstellar distance away. She can use it to fly, teleport across dimensions, possess people, smash ponies like a battering ram, and even absorb things into a pocket dimension of infinite darkness.

Boomstick: Or the nightmares.

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Dark Synthesis
by Jody Jenkins
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Wiz: It can also regenerate from complete disintegration.

Boomstick: Sorta like a soul healing factor. Y'know, they probably should've thought twice about makin' the person who could accidentally end the world such a badass!

We cut to Wiz, holding a black concoction in a flask that slowly changes to purple.

Wiz: Given Raven's fear of her dreaded destiny, it's fitting that her Soul-Self should take the form of her namesake: a raven. Across multiple mythologies and cultures, the raven symbolizes prophecy, death, and ill omen.

Boomstick walks in from the left, carrying Mecha-Goose Howard in his arm.

Boomstick: Hey, if uh, ravens mean bad news, what about gooses?

As he holds the robot out, Wiz uncorks the flask, and the liquid inside moves itself onto Mecha-Goose Howard, corrupting it and turning its eyes purple, to the hosts' shock as Boomstick continues to hold it.

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #1: AAAAAAGH!! You wanna fight me, motherf**kers?!

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #2: Bring me!

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #1: I'll nibble you!!

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #2: It! Well, he's it.

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #1: I'll nibble your eyes out!

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #2: Gon' nibble you!

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #1: See ya', suckas~!!

As Wiz drops his flask to shatter on the ground, Mecha-Goose Howard jumps out of Boomstick's hands and runs off to the right.

Mecha-Goose Howard Head #2: (off-screen) Okay, bye.

Boomstick: Oh, right. They symbolize assholes.

We cut back to the analysis.

Wiz: Upon turning 18, Raven feared Trigon's growing presence and went to Earth to form a super team capable of combatting him.

Boomstick: Screw you Satan, it's the Teen Titans! These kids may seem like the Justice League: Junior Edition, but with Raven as their White and Black Mage combo, they were out kickin' butt and savin' the world!

Wiz: You can add Warrior too. On one of their adventures, Raven's physical body was enhanced to match Donna Troy, an Amazonian strong enough to withstand a blast from the universe buster Monarch.

Boomstick: Well, that's just bad game design.

Wiz: Raven's vast arsenal of magic includes lightning, force fields, illusions, telekinesis, shape-shifting, matter manipulation, stopping and traveling through time, and most dangerously, her control over souls.

Boomstick: She can rip your soul out of your body and absorb it to get stronger. Even controlling a universe full of souls all at once is no big deal.

Wiz: And should someone attempt to possess her, she can tether their soul to hers, absorbing them.

Boomstick: Like in a possible future timeline where she did just that to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She got strong enough to destroy all of creation. She was called the Unkindness, which is actually the term for a group of ravens. Neat.

Wiz: All of these powers made her an incredible asset for the Titans. No longer alone in Azarath awaiting inevitable doom, Raven found a new home with new friends.

Boomstick: And a potential green-skinned love interest that DC is too cowardly to commit to! Come on, guys! We all ship it!

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Lie Low
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Wiz: Alongside Raven, the Titans have defeated the Church of Blood, the alien conqueror Mongul, and the Brotherhood of Evil. However, the more Raven used her powers, the more Trigon's influence grew, unleashing a frightening transformation: Dark Raven.

Boomstick: Yeah, you can throw empathy out the window. As Dark Raven, she's a force of pure destruction, a perfect vanguard for her pop's hellish army.

Wiz: Like in the New 52 era, where she led Trigon's forces conquering worlds for, quote, "an eternity".

Boomstick: Even destroying her body won't do much. She'll just keep fightin' as a messed up demon ghost!

Wiz: But the Titans were not fair weather friends. With their love and support, Raven overcame her dark side and purified her soul to battle her all-powerful father.

Boomstick: We've been talkin' around him for a while, but Trigon is one of the biggest, baddest, mothereffers in DC Comics; literally, evil personified! He's wiped out the Justice League with no effort, including our old pal, Pre-Crisis Superman.

Wiz: The same Superman who flew so fast he broke the bonds of infinity. Trigon's destroyed entire universes, matched the Fifth Dimensional imp Mister Mxyzptlk, and even killed Doctor Fate in an alternate dimension. The same Doctor Fate who flew across reality at the velocity of God.

Boomstick: Yeah, he's pretty strong. But so is Raven! You see, Raven was raised as a pacifist, afraid that if she let loose, her father's powers would kill everyone she loved.

Wiz: But in truth, Raven's powers never belonged to her father in the first place. It was hers, and Trigon had no idea how strong his daughter really was.

Boomstick: With the Rings of Azar, Raven bonded with Azarath to overpower Trigon and destroy his soul. Even though her body got nuked in the process, she just kept superheroing without it. That's right, as a ghoooost~!

Wiz: But even without her father's direct influence, Raven's incredible power continued to prove impressive, like the time she fought the Spectre, an unbound angel of wrath whose conflicts often threaten all of reality.

Boomstick: Long have the legends of old proclaimed the awesome might of the goth GF! But I never knew they were true until this day, Wizard!

Wiz: ...Okay. Hortons of doom are nothing new for this shadow-clad sorceress. With her teammates at her side, there's no future this Titan can't overcome.

Prelude

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. We've run the data through all possibilities.

Boomstick: IT'S TIME FOR A BIRD BATTLEEE!!! CA-CAW!!

Death Battle

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Forevermore
by Therewolf Media
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In her home dimension of Azarath, Raven is calmly meditating, before her tranquil state is interrupted by a premonition of fire engulfing her surroundings, warning her of an incoming threat. The flames are extinguished as she opens her eyes just in time to see Jean Grey, arriving via the Phoenix.

Raven: Come to burn my home to ashes?

Phoenix: The demon inside you is too strong to be left alive. I'm sorry, this is for the good of the universe.

An unfazed Raven quickly transforms into her Soul-Self to crash into Jean, who creates her own Phoenix. The two birds exchange high-speed blows until the Phoenix binds the Soul-Self, giving Jean the opportunity to emerge and land a powerful punch, knocking Raven to the ground and causing her Soul-Self to dissipate. Jean quickly flies toward Raven, who prepares her next attack.

Raven: Azarath Metrion Zinthos!

Raven uses her telekinesis to send two pillars flying towards Jean, only for them to be quickly incinerated. Jean flies faster towards Raven, but she uses another trick.

Raven: Darkness take you!

Before Jean could land a hit on Raven, she is suddenly teleported into the X-Mansion, causing her to look back where Raven was in confusion before crashing headfirst into a door. Recovering, Jean sees the hallways surrounding her are being engulfed by darkness, accompanied by Raven's ethereal taunt.

Raven: What's the matter? Afraid of the dark?

Raven's eyes glow red in the shadows. Jean attempts to escape, but is swallowed by the shadows herself...

Phoenix: You don't control my mind!

Suddenly, a small flame is lit in the darkness and is revealed to be Jean now sporting the wings of the Phoenix, setting the place ablaze. Back in Azarath, both are grappling each other and crash through a building, before Jean fireballs them downward onto a rooftop.

Raven's Soul-Self knocks Jean away before forming a cocoon around its owner. It dissipates to reveal Raven has entered her Dark state, laughing sinisterly before charging at Jean and pulling out her Ebon-Sword.

As Jean tries to defend herself, Raven stops time and slashes her at the waist, causing a screaming Jean to be bisected. However, her cry of pain quickly transitions to maniacal laughter as her body pulls itself back together, growing more powerful than ever. The Dark Phoenix has taken control.

Dark Phoenix: It's too late for you now!

Raven tries to swing her blade at Jean again, but she casually catches and breaks it with her bare hand before grabbing Raven by the neck, laughing even more as flames surround them.

The scene is transitioned to two moons, where Dark Raven finds herself alone. She then notices the Dark Phoenix's avatar swooping in above her. Undeterred, she forms her Soul-Self and tries to charge head on, only to be effortlessly knocked away and crashing into one moon and landing on the other.

As she recovers, she sees Jean duplicating herself before blasting away with more psionic flames at her, forcing her to form a shield to defend herself. As Raven is surrounded, she reaches out to an object behind her before swooping her arm at Jean.

She is revealed to have telekinetically hurled a moon towards the multiple copies of the Phoenix, which crashes into all of them. The last and real Phoenix only smirks as she gets hit by the moon into another celestial body. Raven turns away, only to find the Phoenix having sped towards her location and grabbing her by the back of the head.

Dark Phoenix: Let me cleanse you of your demons! Sear and scorch it all away!

Jean then blasts fire through Raven's head as flames envelop the screen once more. Dark Raven suddenly finds herself back at where she was meditating, only to be greeted by a massive point-blank psionic flame blast to the face from the Phoenix.

Dark Phoenix: BURN!!!

Raven's body is left charred into coal. However, a golden crack appears on it. Raven's golden soul then reaches out to Jean's forehead.

Raven: No. I'll take this pain from you.

She then starts absorbing a pained Jean's power. This ends up backfiring for Raven however, as it allows Jean to erupt a fiery pillar of light and completely merge with the Phoenix Force, becoming the White Phoenix of the Crown.

White Phoenix: Enough! I'm taking everything that twisted you to somewhere white, hot, pure!

As flames begin to envelop the area, Raven quickly and telekinetically pulls two objects from her own corpse towards her as the screen fades to white. In the White Hot Room, Jean notices her foe's soul has taken on the appearance of the White Raven, equipped with the Rings of Azar.

White Phoenix: Scott! Charles! Everyone! Give me strength!

She then shoots out a powerful blast of fire at Raven, who calmly composes herself and her power.

Raven: I am not the daughter of a demon. I am a daughter of Azarath! Azarath Metrion Zinthos!!!

A pillar of powerful blinding light emerges from Raven's soul, which expands and begins destroying a screaming Jean. The Phoenix Force emerges to try and protect her, but its fiery existence is blown away into nothing but a small flame as the light in the White Hot Room dies down. Raven approaches the flame, and after an inhale, blows it out, turning everything pitch black.

Back in Azarath, Raven's golden soul returns and falls to the ground, panting heavily.

Raven: I'm home...

Relieved from her battle, she watches on as a shooting star flies through the Azarathian sky as the screen cuts to black.

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Results

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Forevermore
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Boomstick: Y'know, I think they coulda just talked this one out.

Wiz: This was a nail-biter, and perhaps that's surprising, since Raven's reputation hardly matches that of the almighty Phoenix.

Boomstick: Probably 'cause Raven's always holding back. When she doesn't, you don't have to dig too deep to see that these two are evenly matched in power.

Wiz: The Phoenix Force was strong enough to hold back the destruction of all creation, but Raven had multiple showings of battling similarly powerful characters like Trigon and the Spectre. And both could compete with speeds exceeding infinity.

Boomstick: Sure, Jean got a power boost in the White Hot Room, but that didn't make her invincible. The Phoenix has been overpowered there before, like by this big green cat! So, throw stats out the window, this fight came down to their abilities.

Wiz: Both were immeasurably powerful telepaths, both could control matter and time, and both could absorb each other's energy. However, Raven's ability to survive and fight as just her soul meant that most of Jean's offensive arsenal could not end the fight.

Boomstick: The Phoenix Force could have attempted to possess Raven's soul, but Raven has tethered her essence to other similarly powerful beings and absorbed them in the past.

Wiz: And while the Phoenix's fire has been shown to burn souls, Raven's has regenerated from complete disintegration.

Boomstick: On the flip side, Jean actually had very little defense against Raven's soul manipulation. The Phoenix could regenerate Jean's body, but not her spirit.

Wiz: When Rachel Grey's soul was shattered, the Phoenix was actually incapable of healing it on its own. And while the Phoenix Force itself will be reborn in the White Hot Room, this can take months, years, even centuries.

Boomstick: So it could be one hell of a war of attrition, but ultimately, only Raven had the ability to finish this battle.

Wiz: Jean Grey was one of the strongest beings we've ever seen, but Raven's own awesome might, brilliant magic, and unique soul-destroying powers snuffed out her fire for good.

Boomstick: Will the Phoenix rise again, returning from that far, far shore? Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore".

We cut to the "Winner" card.

Wiz: The winner is Raven.

Comparison

Phoenix

+ More showings of high-end power
+ Phoenix Force has more experience
- Lacks spiritual defenses
- Couldn't destroy the Soul-Self

Raven

+ Counters most of Jean's abilities
+ More options to end the fight
+ Soul-Self would always regenerate
- Theoretically less stamina & experience

Original Track

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Forevermore
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Forevermore Track Cover

Composition

The track for this fight is "Forevermore" by Therewolf Media. It is an orchestral rock track that heavily incorporates the theme songs of both the '90s X-Men animated series and the Teen Titans cartoon.

Title

The title references the arc words of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven": "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'," (which is also referenced in Boomstick's ending pun for this episode), with "Never" replaced with "Forever" to reference the constant cycle of death and rebirth associated with the mythological phoenix and Phoenix herself, as well as the X-Men Forever comic series.

Cover Art

The cover art done by John Mitchell depicts the Phoenix Force and Raven's Soul-Self encircling each other in a yin-yang formation. It may be a reference to/be inspired by this page from Avengers vs. X-Men #12, where the Phoenix Force and Scarlet Witch's Chaos Magic form a yin-yang in the last panel.

Trivia

Production

  • The connections between Phoenix and Raven are that they are both extremely powerful, magical, bird-themed superheroines born with psychic abilities who gained their powers from ancient, cosmic, godly beings who have a history of corrupting them and turning them evil (the Phoenix Force and Trigon, respectively), though they would ultimately learn to control their abilities and remain on the side of good. Both are founding members of a superhero team originally comprised solely of teenagers (the original X-Men and the New Teen Titans, respectively), and have historically had their powers kept in check by their mentors (Professor X and Azar, respectively). Both had close romantic relationships with other costumed superheroes on their teams who are the connective thread for their humanity (Cyclops and Wolverine for Phoenix, and Beast Boy for Raven), and had a child of their own born through unorthodox means (Cable, who was born from Madelyne Pryor, who is a clone of Jean, and Wyld, who was artificially created as a byproduct of Raven's powers, respectively). Both also have powerful dark and white forms (Dark Phoenix and White Phoenix of The Crown for Jean, and Dark Raven and White Raven for Raven).
    • Phoenix and Raven had previously fought each other in the crossover comic The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, where Raven worked together with the X-Men and Teen Titans to stop Dark Phoenix, who was resurrected and controlled by Darkseid.
    • Both appeared as cosmetic skins in Fortnite.
  • Ironically, despite her winning this episode, Ben Singer has previously stated that the reason Raven fought Twilight Sparkle in Season 5 instead of Phoenix or Scarlet Witch was because either of the two would easily beat Raven.[1]
    • This would be elaborated on in the 341st episode of DEATH BATTLE Cast, where Ben revealed that their limited exposure to Raven's full abilities in the comics at the time led to them using Twilight rather than Phoenix; it wouldn't be until the crew saw how much more to both Jean and Raven there was that led to this episode's creation.[2] It's possible that Wiz's line in the post-analysis about Raven's reputation not matching Phoenix's despite sharing similar power could be a reference to their initial viewpoint on the match.
  • One of Death Battle's 2D animators, Susie Combs, drew art as a teaser for the episode.[3]
  • This episode was publicly revealed two days before the 20th anniversary of the Teen Titans animated series, which prominently features Raven as one of its main characters.
  • This episode makes a cameo appearance in Rick Sanchez VS The Doctor, as a shot of Dark Raven from the fight can be seen playing on one of the "Death Battle Arcade Battle" arcade cabinets in the Blips and Chitz that Rick Sanchez and the Doctor wound up in partway through their fight.
  • At the beginning of the season, a teaser trailer was released which included a Gravity Falls-inspired zodiac wheel with 16 symbols on it, each representing and hinting toward an episode in the season. After the release of the Season Finale, the Death Battle YouTube channel began revealing the answers to the zodiac wheel by posting the answers in pinned comments under the symbols' respective episodes. This episode was revealed to be represented by the yin-yang symbol.[4] This is because yin and yang represent light and darkness, and both combatants are heroes who struggle with their own inner demons made manifest (Dark Phoenix and Dark Raven, respectively). This is even referenced in the cover art for the episode's track, "Forevermore", as it depicts the Phoenix Force and Raven's Soul-Self encircling each other in a yin-yang formation. It may also reference this page from Avengers vs. X-Men #12, where the Phoenix Force and Scarlet Witch's Chaos Magic form a yin-yang in the last panel.

Easter Eggs

Errors

  • In Jean's "Background" slide, her height is stated as 5'6"/186 cm. However, 5'6" would be equivalent to 168 cm.
  • While Jean's base form sprites' eyes are mostly black in the fight, some scenes depict her having green eyes instead, particularly when she first approaches Raven and when Dark Raven sprints at her with the Ebon-Sword.
  • During the preview, from the moment Raven first uses her Soul-Self to begin the fight to Jean fighting off Raven's dark mind control, the animation's frame counter can be seen in the bottom right corner. This was fixed in the episode's official release.

Other

References

DEATH BATTLE Episodes
Season 1 1 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (2010)2 Akuma VS Shang Tsung3 Rogue VS Wonder Woman4 Goomba VS Koopa5 Haggar VS Zangief6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale7 Zitz VS Leonardo8 Yoshi VS Riptor9 Felicia VS Taokaka10 Kratos VS Spawn11 Bomberman VS Dig Dug12 Vegeta VS Shadow13 Mario VS Sonic (2011)14 Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black14.5 DEATH BATTLE! vs The World15 Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter16 Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui17 Starscream VS Rainbow Dash18 Master Chief VS Doomguy19 Eggman VS Wily20 Zelda VS Peach21 Thor VS Raiden22 Link VS Cloud (2012)23 Batman VS Spider-Man24 Pikachu VS Blanka25 Goku VS Superman 1
Season 2 26 He-Man VS Lion-O27 Shao Kahn VS M. Bison28 Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu29 Ivy VS Orchid30 Fox McCloud VS Bucky O'Hare31 Terminator VS RoboCop32 Luigi VS Tails32.5 Vegeta VS Mewtwo?33 Pokémon Battle Royale34 Fulgore VS Sektor35 Godzilla VS Gamera36 Batman VS Captain America37 Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon38 Ryu VS Scorpion39 Deadpool VS Deathstroke40 Kirby VS Majin Buu41 Ragna VS Sol Badguy42 Gaara VS Toph43 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (2015)44 Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro45 Guts VS Nightmare46 Iron Man VS Lex Luthor47 Beast VS Goliath48 Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher49 Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom50 Goku VS Superman 251 Donkey Kong VS Knuckles52 Wolverine VS Raiden53 Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki54 Yang VS Tifa55 Mega Man VS Astro Boy56 Green Arrow VS Hawkeye57 Pokémon VS Digimon
Season 3 58 Dante VS Bayonetta59 Bowser VS Ganon60 Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter61 Flash VS Quicksilver62 Joker VS Sweet Tooth63 Mewtwo VS Shadow64 Meta VS Carolina65 Cammy VS Sonya66 Tracer VS Scout67 Ken VS Terry68 Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers69 Hulk VS Doomsday70 Zoro VS Erza71 Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie
Season 4 72 Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake73 Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight74 Venom VS Bane75 Power Rangers VS Voltron76 Natsu VS Ace77 Sub-Zero VS Glacius78 Android 18 VS Captain Marvel79 Metal Sonic VS Zero80 Lucario VS Renamon81 Balrog VS TJ Combo82 Shredder VS Silver Samurai83 Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog84 Thor VS Wonder Woman85 Naruto VS Ichigo86 Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 209987 Sephiroth VS Vergil
Season 5 88 Black Panther VS Batman89 Raven VS Twilight Sparkle90 Jotaro VS Kenshiro91 Crash VS Spyro92 Sora VS Pit93 Leon Kennedy VS Frank West94 Doctor Strange VS Doctor Fate95 Ryu VS Jin96 Samurai Jack VS Afro Samurai97 Carnage VS Lucy98 Optimus Prime VS Gundam99 Nightwing VS Daredevil100 Mario VS Sonic (2018)101 Ultron VS Sigma102 Roshi VS Jiraiya103 Thanos VS Darkseid
Season 6 104 Aquaman VS Namor105 Mega Man Battle Royale106 Black Widow VS Widowmaker107 Captain Marvel VS Shazam108 Wario VS King Dedede109 Ben 10 VS Green Lantern110 Weiss VS Mitsuru111 Johnny Cage VS Captain Falcon112 Aang VS Edward Elric113 Ghost Rider VS Lobo114 Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla115 Sasuke VS Hiei116 Ganondorf VS Dracula117 Mob VS Tatsumaki118 Deadpool VS Mask119 All Might VS Might Guy
Season 7 120 Miles Morales VS Static121 Black Canary VS Sindel122 Leonardo VS Red Ranger Jason123 Genos VS War Machine124 Gray VS Esdeath125 Goro VS Machamp126 Cable VS Booster Gold127 Obi-Wan Kenobi VS Kakashi128 Danny Phantom VS American Dragon Jake Long129 She-Ra VS Wonder Woman130 Beerus VS Sailor Galaxia131 Zuko VS Shoto Todoroki132 Flash VS Sonic132.5 The Seven Battle Royale133 Winter Soldier VS Red Hood134 Venom VS Crona135 Sabrewulf VS Jon Talbain136 Red VS Blue137 Batgirl VS Spider-Gwen138 Sanji VS Rock Lee139 Hulk VS Broly
Season 8 140 Yoda VS King Mickey141 Shadow VS Ryuko142 Lex Luthor VS Doctor Doom143 Heihachi Mishima VS Geese Howard144 Blake VS Mikasa145 Iron Fist VS Po146 Steven Universe VS Star Butterfly147 Link VS Cloud (2021)148 Batman VS Iron Man149 Goku Black VS Reverse-Flash150 Macho Man VS Kool-Aid Man151 DIO VS Alucard152 Akuma VS Shao Kahn153 Korra VS Storm154 Madara VS Aizen155 Saitama VS Popeye
Season 9 156 Harley Quinn VS Jinx157 Scarlet Witch VS Zatanna158 Tanjiro VS Jonathan Joestar159 Thor VS Vegeta160 Omni-Man VS Homelander161 Magneto VS Tetsuo162 Hercules VS Sun Wukong163 Boba Fett VS Predator163.5 Excalibur VS Raiden164 James Bond VS John Wick165 Black Adam VS Apocalypse166 Trunks VS Silver167 SpongeBob VS Aquaman168 Jason Voorhees VS Michael Myers169 Sauron VS Lich King170 Deku VS Asta171 Gogeta VS Vegito
Season 10 172 Ant-Man VS Atom173 Skyrim VS Dark Souls174 Killua VS Misaka175 Stitch VS Rocket Raccoon176 Darth Vader VS Obito Uchiha177 Phoenix VS Raven178 Guts VS Dimitri179 Martian Manhunter VS Silver Surfer180 Bill Cipher VS Discord181 Cole MacGrath VS Alex Mercer182 Frieza VS Megatron183 Gojo VS Makima184 Scooby-Doo VS Courage the Cowardly Dog185 Rick Sanchez VS The Doctor186 Goku VS Superman (2023)187 Galactus VS Unicron
Season 11 ??? Wile E. Coyote VS Tom Cat*
Unknown ??? Ruby VS Maka*
*Currently unreleased
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