With the upcoming Justice League vs Teen Titans movie, I felt it appropriate to bring to light the origins of the main villain, Trigon. In this article, we will review his character arc as well as his relations to the DC Universe. So, first things first...
Who is Trigon?
Trigon is a demon who is sadistic, cruel and powerful. Born as the result of a female member of a mystic sect and the god they worshiped, Trigon was filled with the cast-off evil energies from the inhabitans of Azarath. Now, if you hear Azarath and ask "Is that the place Raven always mumbles about?", you'd be right!
Who is Trigon's family?
Raven is actually one of Trigon's daughters. Going back to his origin - at birth Trigon killed everyone around him (including his mother). At the age of six, he destroyed an entire planet and by thirty, he held dominion over millions of worlds in his dimension.
As a result of his relationship to Raven, Trigon is more often than not a villain to the Teen Titans. In fact, he was a villain for an entire Season finale of the Teen Titans TV series.
Trigon also made some fun appearances in the Teen Titans Go! TV series...
What about Raven? How does she fit in?
How Trigon fathered Raven is actually really interesting. Raven's mother joined a cult in the attempt to summon the devil, but they instead summoned Trigon. When Trigon saw Raven's mother, he married and impregnated her.
Once they realized Trigon was the father, the priests of Azarath, led by Azar, took her mother to Azarath, which is where Raven was born.
Being raised without her father, she learned magic, spell casting and self-control over her emotions. Raven learned about her father at 18 and realized he wanted to conquer the Earth.
Raven's Arrival to Earth - What will Trigon do?
As a result, she went to Earth and enlisted the aid of the Justice League. Due to Zatanna sensing Raven's demonic parentage, her request for assistance was denied. Raven then turned to the Teen Titans, who did help her.
The Titans were eventually able to defeat Trigon and seal him in an inter-dimensional prison. However, Trigon eventually escaped and returned to Earth, taking control of Raven and destroying Azarath. The Titans tried to defeat Trigon but they were taken over by Trigon (much like the Justice League in the upcoming movie.)
The Titans killed Raven, which allowed the souls of Azarath to possess her and use her as a channel to kill Trigon. Something important to note, is that the Teen Titans planned to be taken over by Trigon as the Titans believed they would never be able to kill Raven.
Fortunately, they were right! With the assistance of the souls of Azarath, Raven blasted Trigon out of existence with a beam of purifying light. Although Trigon is gone, his followers (led by Brother Blood) have unsuccessfully tried to re-incarnate Trigon on multiple occasions.
In conclusion, Trigon is a demon who fathered one of the most powerful Teen Titans, nearly took over the Earth twice and has had many successes in other dimensions. As DC Comics focuses on our universe, many of Trigon's adventures haven't been told - but he will be a major part of Justice League vs Teen Titans!