Are you going out of your mind waiting for your next fix of Titans? Are you looking for something spooky to get you in the Halloween mood? We've got a way to solve both problems. There are plenty of horror-themed Teen Titans stories you can read. The team has fought many evil opponents over the years, but five of them stand out as especially creepy...
The Gargoyle was an eerie adversary for the first group of Teen Titans. He had the inhuman look of a real-life Gargoyle plus the power to spread negativity and cast illusions. In Teen Titans #14 (written by Bob Haney and penciled by Nick Cardy, read it here), this frightful foe managed to send Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash to his limbo dimension with barely any effort. He nearly broke Robin’s spirit as well, until the Boy Wonder used his will power to fight the illusions. In the years since, each time he’s returned, the Titans have barely managed to overcome the emotional turmoil he puts their minds through. It was later revealed the Gargoyle was a transformed version of Mr. Twister, the first villain the Teen Titans ever fought. But while Mr. Twister looked goofy and appeared mostly harmless, the Gargoyle was able to give even Dick Grayson nightmares. Very terrifying indeed…
Trigon, father of the Titan Raven, was a demon who ruled another dimension. His red skin, horns, and giant stature give him the appearance of the Devil. He's destroyed countless worlds and left many dead in his wake. His daughter Raven feared that Earth would suffer the same fate, so she gathered the New Teen Titans together in order to stop him (in The New Teen Titans #6, written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by George Perez, read it here).
Trigon is one of the few DC villains who has actually succeeded in his goals. During the "Terror of Trigon" storyline (written by Wolfman and penciled by Perez, read it here), Raven’s demonic father took over the world and even brought the Justice League to their knees. Earth was covered in stone, and all the heroes’ souls (including Batman and Superman's) belonged to Trigon. The Titans barely defeated Trigon and saved the planet with their sanity intact. If you read “Terror of Trigon” on Halloween, consider doing it with the lights on.
When we first met Match (in Superboy #35, written by Ron Marz and penciled by Ramon Bernado) he was a clone of Superboy, created by an organization known as the Agenda. Match didn’t look so terrifying at the time, but that soon changed. Time decayed the poor clone, and by the time he joined Deathstroke’s Titans East he looked and behaved more like a zombie. When we saw him in Teen Titans #43 (written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Tony Salvador Daniel), his skin was decayed, he had the mannerisms of a zombie, the stature of Frankenstein and all of Superboy’s powers. At the time of this attack, Superboy was thought to be deceased, which gave Match’s appearance a heavy emotional weight. Robin and Wonder Girl, still grieving for their friend, were forced to battle someone who looked like the walking corpse of their departed teammate. His slurred speech and sick obsession with Wonder Girl made Match a foe guaranteed to make your skin crawl.
Goth is one of the scary examples of evil hiding in plain sight. He passes his hellish appearance off by pretending to be an eccentric performer who never removes his makeup. He uses his position as a celebrity to lure his fans into his dark dimension which resembles Hell. In Titans #3 and #4 (written by Devin Grayson and penciled by Drew Johnson and Justiano, read them here), he managed to trap the Titans and his young fans in that bleak realm. Luckily, the Titans managed to save themselves and the kids from the dark eternity that would have awaited them.
For over 700 years, the title of Brother Blood has been passed from father to son…through the act of killing the predecessor. Whoever holds the title of Brother Blood leads the Church of Blood, a cult of loyal followers who indulge in a series of horrifying rituals. Blood and his followers would brainwash people, take literal blood baths, and perform sacrifices. The Teen Titans first met the 8th Brother Blood (Sebastian Blood VIII) in New Teen Titans #21 (written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by George Perez). He was able to brainwash Dick Grayson on multiple occasions. In a heart-stopping moment, Brother Blood once used his powers to tear Raven’s soul self apart (in Tales of the New Teen Titans #41, written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by George Perez, read it here). If the 8th Brother Blood makes you nervous, than the 9th one will probably terrify you. Sebastian Blood IX would bite his victims and drink their blood. He also had the ability to raise the dead, an ability he put to good use when he had zombified versions of fallen Titans attack the current team. Pretty scary stuff!