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Brother Blood
enemy of the Teen Titans

Brother Blood is the leader of the Church of Blood. Brother Blood is a frequently recurring enemy of the Teen Titans. Various different characters have been known as "Brother Blood," as different individuals who hold that title are routinely murdered by their son or heir, who then takes their place.

The "Church of Blood" is a fictional denomination in the DC Universe. It is essentially a form of Satanism. Members of the Church of Blood worship the demon Trigon, who is a powerful extra-dimensional demon. Trigon has told people that he himself is the basis for various religious beliefs in the devil, meaning he is "Satan." But others have claimed that position as well.

See also:
http://www.titanstower.com/source/whoswho/broblood.html


Discussion

[NOTE: The following forum discussion excerpts about the religious affiliations of the Teen Titans comes from late 2004 and the first half of 2005. The material thus completely pre-dates the creation of Adherents.com's "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" section. Much of the following discussion may appear inane, and the opinions proffered are often without textual basis. Much of this is guesswork. The people posting in this forum discussion appear to base their discussion on the Teen Titans animated TV series at least as much as comics. For all its flaws, we have re-produced this forum discussion here in its entirety because it has value. If nothing else, readers of this material can get a glimpse of general impressions formed by viewers of the Teen Titans animated series and readers of the associated comic books.]

From: "TT Religions" forum discussion, started 1 November 2004 on "Titans Go" website (http://forums.titansgo.net/viewtopic.php?t=668; viewed 1 June 2007):

Azarath Princess
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:25 pm

What religions do you think the Titans are?

Here's mine:
Robin: shinto or some other Japanese discipline based one
Starfire: whatever Tamaranians believe in
Beast Boy: pagan
Raven: possibly pagan, maybe a darker form

What do you think?


relenz
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:27 pm

Brother Blood is clearly Southern Baptist.

And Slade is almost definitely a member of the Swordbearers.

(15 points to anybody who gets that reference.)


Azarath Princess
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:33 pm

Oh yes, definitely a Southern Baptist. And maybe Terra's Muslim!! Laughing


Sonic Titan
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:09 pm

Oh mein gaut. Are you serious, or was it a joke?


Guile
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 7:07 pm

Raven: Whatever it is that half-demons must worship while wearing a spandex leotard, and having a shard of glass forcibly shoved into your forehead upon birth.


The Muffin Man
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:04 pm

Raven doesn't have the same Gods so I'd say Pagan/Atheist.


catspee
Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:57 pm

Raven: Azarathian... or a Buddha lover.


Azarath Princess
Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2004 11:19 pm

Wiccan! Raven rocks. And I hate those posers...


kindpastor
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:03 pm

...my religion pics (don't worry, they're real)

Raven: WICCA (all that pagan stuff)


DragonShadow
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:44 pm

Raven, despite being somewhat like a stereotypical "witch" as far as her mannerisms, powers, and even being called one, seems to have nothing to do with Wicca at all aside from the fact that she spends a lot of time in meditation (in order to keep her powers under control). She doesn't give a damn about the Earth, she doesn't carry a pentagram, she has nothing to do at all with anything remotely Pagan aside from having cool powers and looking somewhat "witchy". It's like calling her a Goth. The similarities are only skin deep.


[http://forums.titansgo.net/viewtopic.php?t=668&postorder=asc&start=25]

kindpastor
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 10:12 pm

She's [Raven] a different sect, one of the arcane ones that flourished after the introduction of Roman culture.


BBsBro
Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 10:45 pm

Raven = "What is 'god'? I only know of demons and creepy evil things." (jk [just kidding]) Maybe the Azarathian religion.


Brother Blood= "I VANT TO DRINK YOUR BLOOOOD!!"

BBFan
Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 7:06 pm

Rae [Raven] - Demons???


Raven_001
Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:20 pm

Raven believes in the god/goddess of Azarath. I do remember in "Fractured" when Raven was chasing Larry saying "the book of Azar is not a toy."


TTgirl56
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 4:03 pm

Raven: Pagan


Karakeha
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 4:41 pm

Raven: I'd say she's part of the Blood clan. Considering, they worshipped her father, and brought her back from the dead, bald >>;. If she isn't, she's probably Pagan.

-Brother Blood: He's part of the blood clan, but if he wasn't, then he's probably be Jewish.


Undr
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 8:50 pm

Raven: this one is odd. alot think Atheist, but she knows of the supernatural and she knows of demons. and she hates the demons. so I'd think she would be clouded from the truth reguardless of what it is. somehow I doubt that Trigon wants her to know what can banish him. Christian belief is that you cant be possesed if your a believer. so I doubt that she is a Christian. though I cant see her being involved in anything dark either. and magic dosnt = Christian. so I'll say Agnostic. she does seem very confused abou this sorta issue.


savetheyak
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 5:12 pm

Raven= Probably nothing. Definitely not an Earth religion.


RavenStar
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 8:23 pm

Raven's very much more eastern religion. I'd say she'd be more inclined towards Buddhism than BB [Beast Boy]...


Poison in the Blood
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:15 pm

Raven- New Age
oh yeah, Trigon - SATANIC (he lubs himself!) maniacal laughter


Sutoraikaa the Wolf
Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 2:15 pm

Raven: Wants to pass as a witch, but in reality she's a Catholic, but since she went to a Catholic school she doesn't want to be one. Very Happy

Brother Blood: Satanic cult, most definitely.


maddierulezyou
Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 9:34 am

Raven-I dont know. She may be religious because if she know there's a devil, then there must be a God or Heaven right?


Nightwing11
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:32 pm

Raven: A mix of Buddhism and (ugh) Wicca


Ayria
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 4:50 pm

Nightwing11 wrote: Raven: A mix of Buddhism and (ugh) Wicca

What's wrong with Wicca? Suits me just fine.

Raven: We've had the most hints as to what religion she may be. Right now, no religion, but definitely interested in Wicca. In "Prophecy" I'm told she creates a circle, also using four white candles with it, which would definitely be Wicca. She uses white candles for meditation in "Episode *insert random numbers here*" which is another sign. And she believes in the things that go along with the religion. And meditation is also a part of Wicca in order to help you control your energies. However, the chakra are of yoga philosophy.


CyDude12
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 9:18 pm

Raven: Azrathian or Wiccan


Pirate Squirrel
Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:31 am

Raven: Well, I don't know if she has so much a religion than a 'way of life'. Perhaps this is just the culture of Azarath?


maddierulezyou
Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:20 pm

That seems to be true for Raven. They seem to live their religion more then practice it on Azarath


Neko
Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:24 pm

Raven- Wicca or some old Pagan religion with some eastern religion in the mix.


DemonicCrow
Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:02 pm

Here's my views:
Raven:Occult


Roar the Mighty
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:08 am

Anyway this is what I'm thinking...
- Raven: I see her as... an atheist. Or a Budhist because of all the meditation she does.
- Brother Blood: He's probably part of a cult. Check out the robes, man!


Wymsical
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:26 pm

It can be easy in some ways to know which religions Robin, Cyborg and Beastboy may believe in, but as for Starfire and Raven, they are alot harder. I guess the prehaps follow the Gods of their own homeworlds.


[http://forums.titansgo.net/viewtopic.php?t=668&postorder=asc&start=75]

FocusedShadow
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:29 pm

Raven: Occult, or whatever is on Azarath. They seem very spiritual and worship Azar, if I remember.


[Stellar]
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:05 am

These are just mere inferences, please don't be offended. xD

Raven: Also atheist. I doubt after everything she's been through or the way she was raised would give her any options to begin with. If she does practice some form of spiritual guidance or code, it would probably be what she was taught in Azarath.

Brother Blood: Well, his ancestor Brother Sebastian was a Christian who obtained the 'prayer shawl of Christ' which slows down the aging process and whatnot. After generations of leading a radical cult, the Christian faith was probably forgotten the day Brother Sebastian started the whole thing. Thus, the present Brother Blood is probably an atheist.

From: "Possible writers' cliche/prejudice: No well-adjusted athiests/agnostics in the DCU?" forum discussion, started 26 May 2005 on "Comic Bloc" website (http://www.comicbloc.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-5064.html; viewed 20 July 2007):

Gentlegamer
May 31st, 2005, 11:09 AM

Tell me, do you consider Kobra and the Church of Blood to be positive portrayals of religion in the DCU?


crawfordcrow
May 31st, 2005, 11:40 AM

But, neither of these exist in the real world. If it were "Brother Blood: Scientologist" or what not, then it would be a different story. ;)


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