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Gifted with amazing earth-moving abilities, Terra made rocks fly, mountains crumble, and the ground tremble beneath her feet. At first, it seemed like this hip, funny, young hero might make a great addition to the team. Upon meeting Terra, the Titans quickly welcomed her into their ranks.

But Terra had a secret. Unable to control her awesome powers, she felt betrayed when it appeared Beast Boy shared her secret with the team. Angry and alone, Terra sought out Slade, who helped her control her abilities.

Terra returned to the Titans and joined the team – but was secretly working with Slade to destroy the Titans from within. Despite her mission, Terra began to doubt her loyalties; Just as romance with Beast Boy blossomed, Terra was exposed as a traitor. She worked with Slade to destroy the Titans and take over the city.

Despite her victory, Terra still felt lost and alone. And by the time she decided to leave Slade, it was too late; Events were set in motion leaving the city in danger from an erupting volcano. Never losing faith in Terra, Beast Boy did finally see her realize the error of her ways – before she ultimately sacrificed herself to save the city. Now merged with the earth she once controlled, The Titans searched for a way to restore her.

Upon returning from a globe-trotting adventure, Beast Boy was shocked to discover a school girl who looked exactly like Terra! Finding Terra’s tomb empty, Beast Boy was convinced that Terra had indeed returned – and he pleaded with her to return to the team. But the school girl insisted that “things change” and she was not the girl he knew. Respecting the girl’s wishes, Beast Boy was able to let go of the past and look toward his own future.

  • In the comics, Terra was created to be an evil version of Kitty Pryde – a character that had just been introduced in the X-Men.
  • The Terra comic book storyline – called THE JUDAS CONTRACT – was one of the first Titans comic book stories that the animated series staff was determined to recreate.

Producer David Slack on Terra: “I think the important thing with Terra was to drag you back and forth with her. To make you like her, then you hate her, then you like her again, then we make you hate her again. Because Terra is “the bad friend.” The kid you know that… well, something isn’t right there. Something’s going on. That felt more useful to us with our audience. I think people do get lost. […] We definitely struggled to figure out who she was and why she was doing what she was doing. I was looking at the last pass of the final script just balling my eyes out. I mean, she’s just lost. Something inside her hurts so bad that right and wrong don’t matter anymore.”

Terra first appeared in NEW TEEN TITANS #26 and 28 [1983]. Much like the animated version, she’s a troubled and confused girl. Terra betrayed the team in the classic JUDAS CONTRACT story in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #42-44 and Annual #3 [1984]; Initially joining the team in NEW TEEN TITANS #30, Terra was actually a spy for Slade from the very beginning. She and Slade used the Titans secrets and weaknesses against them to bring them down one by one.

Terra
Titan Rising
Betrayal
Aftershocks [parts 1 & 2]
Things Change

Ashley Johnson (the voice of Terra) 
Ashley Johnson rocks the Titans’ world as the troubled Terra. Ashley is best known as the youngest Seaver daughter, Christine Ellen ‘Chrissy’ Seaver, in the hit ABC series “Growing Pains” in the 1990-1992 seasons. She also plays Gretchen Grundler in ABC’s animated “Recess” TV Series [1997].

The animated Terra and her comic book counterpart



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