|Voiced By||Jack Merluzzi (T5), D.C. Douglas (T6-TTT2, SFxT), Kenichiro Matsuda (SFxT)|
|Likes||Success and Lars Alexanderson as an ally|
|Dislikes||Kazuya Mishima, Sergei Dragunov, G Corporation, and failure|
Raven's ninjutsu fighting style is highlighted with his teleportation moves and extremely quick maneuvers. He is highly similar to Kunimitsu, a female character who has not made a canonical appearance since Tekken 2. They do not have similar moves, but their techniques are similar (previously described).
To date, despite not being of Japanese origin, Raven is actually the most traditional (and some would say even lightly accurate) ninja in the Tekken series. His fighting style, a combination of grappling, take-downs, and heavy strikes has light inspirations from supposedly real hand to hand combat ideologies practiced by the Ninja. By no means perfectly accurate, it is however more accurate than the typical multi-hitting speed demon style often used by ninjas in video games, as real Ninja often opted for quick take downs and grapples to incapacitate. Many of Raven's other qualities are much more traditionally Ninja (as depicted in fiction at least) like than that of Yoshimitsu, such as his tendency to leave a scene by jumping into the air, his hand symbols, and his poses. Raven's second player outfit is very traditional Ninja attire complete with a flowing scarf, light armor, hood, and a cowl.
On a humorous note, when Yoshimitsu fights Raven in Story Mode, Raven cannot believe that Yoshimitsu is a ninja, as his fighting style and colorful, as well as deceptively clumsy, style is supremely unlike that of a ninja (it can be argued too that Yoshimitsu is quite far away from the archetypes of a ninja despite being one by profession). Raven, in a rare showing of personal agenda, eagerly takes on Yoshimitsu to show him true Ninja fighting. If Yoshimitsu loses, Raven will attempt to teach Yoshimitsu how to perform the kuji-in (a long time Ninja trait in fiction) with humorous results as Yoshimitsu has difficulty doing it. This is a lighthearted moment for the rather stoic Raven.
Raven bears some similarities to Wesley Snipes. He takes characteristics from some of the characters he has played in films (Simon Phoenix's hair, Blade's style and similar clothing, etc.). However, when asked if the similarities were intentional, Namco stated that it was purely coincidental. Raven has enjoyed a warm reception for his unique fighting style, and for the fact that he's a rarely seen ethnicity (an Afro-Canadian) when it comes to ninjutsu. He is considered a low tier character, as Raven has to take unneeded risks to do decent damage to an opponent.
Whatever costume Raven wears (with the exception of his extra costume () / ()), he always has two kunai strapped to his waist. Curiously, he never uses them in any of his moves despite his rather cinematic use of them during Tekken 5's intro movie making short work of a Jack-4 unit. Another rather interesting thing to note is that the name "Raven", obviously lifted from the bird itself, is a reference to the Japanese demon Tengu. Sometimes, Ravens in general are called Tengu, as well. What makes this interesting is that in Japanese mythology, as well as history, Ninja were sometimes called Tengu due to their dark outfits and covert ways. Some Japanese myths incorporating anthropomorphic animals, such as Tanuki and Kitsune, often depicted Tengu (anthropomorphic Ravens along similar lines to Tanuki) as ninjas. This is, in fact, one of the most ancient archetypes of the Ninja.
Raven is a stoic man, with a quick intellect and unbreakable sense of professionalism. He takes pride in his job and status as a Ninja. Although the nature of his company is ambiguous, his actions imply it works towards the greater good. He finds it difficult to believe in the more supernatural elements of his missions, but when faced with them, he takes it into his stride and doesn't lose face. His seriousness is a constant trait of this character, only broken if Yoshimitsu loses to him in his story stage. Baffled by Yoshimitsu's bizarre attire and clumsy ways, he attempts to teach Yoshimitsu the kuji-in, and grows uncharacteristically frustrated when the other fighter fails to so. His rivalry with Sergei Dragunov seems to go deeper than mere professional interaction. If one faces Sergei Dragunov in Scenario Campaign (in a rare show of speech) the other agent threatens to carve more scars into his face. This could imply that Dragunov was the one to scar him. Interestingly, one of the only times Dragunov speaks openly is to his rival, Raven. An obvious history exists between them.
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Like several other characters, Raven has his own 'special' move. It is called "Summon Mirage" and allows him to split in half, but also takes 5% of his energy. . Like Yoshimitsu, he has the ability to teleport.
- Prologue (In-Game Text)
- Codenamed 'Raven', he is known as one of the most skilled and ruthless agents from a certain government intelligence agency to which he belongs. Other than the x-shaped scar on his face, little is known about him. While on a mission to investigate connections between Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation, he witnesses Heihachi Mishima being assaulted by a deployment of Jacks and the explosion that ensues when the Jacks self-destruct. Afterwards, news reaches Raven that The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 5 will be held. Raven decides to enter in order to gather intel about the tournament and the motives of those behind it.
- Interludes (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Stage 8, Heihachi Mishima: Raven is shocked at Heihachi being at the tournament. Heihachi explains his survival. Raven calls his superiors who give him orders to defeat Heihachi which he does. Raven has Heihachi by the throat and he is ordered to eliminate a new target who is Jinpachi and release Heihachi.
- Final Stage, Jinpachi Mishima: Raven confronts Jinpachi and is ordered to kill him. After winning, Raven is told that he is Heihachi's father and the founder of Mishima Zaibatsu along with facts about the explosion setting him free. Jinpachi congratulates Raven on doing well.
- Ending, "Title" (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Raven defeats Jinpachi Mishima, and Jinpachi dissolves into dust while Raven watches. After Jinpachi dissolves into dust, Raven presses a device in his ear and says, "Mission complete. Returning to HQ." Then, Raven starts running, jumping up the elevated parts of the area while doing this. Finally, Raven performs a forward flip and goes out of sight. After a few seconds, Raven is shown on an aeroplan, crouching to keep his balance. After crouching for a little while, Raven stands up and crosses his arms while the aeroplane flies away.
- Raven will get orders from his commanding officer during his Story mode. This happens before Raven fights his Stage 8 sub-boss, Heihachi Mishima, and the final boss for all characters, Jinpachi Mishima.
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- Prologue In-Game Text
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- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
- The Russian military have Azazel captured and Dragunov signals them to haul it in. Suddenly, a plane appears and Raven is on it. He performs the Kuji-in and then jumps down, throwing shuriken at the soldiers. He then lands on Azazel and extracts a magenta-colored orb from it. Dragunov attempts to shoot him in the head but Raven leaves behind an illusion and escapes on the plane with the soldiers shooting at it.
- Scenario Campaign (Unofficial Synopsis)
- Raven protects Lars during the Scenario Campaign mode and watches his back (as seen when he saves him from NANCY-MI847J). After Jin Kazama forces Alisa to turn on Lars, Raven becomes Lars' new partner and assists him throughout the final two sections of the game. After defeating Azazel and Jin, Raven and Lars part ways, as he gives Lars the emblem that Tougou wanted him to have. He leaves by saying that the next time they meet, they might be enemies. After the credits, a cutscene shows Raven and men from the organization he works for driving out to the remains of Azazel's Temple. They find Jin lying face down, half-buried in sand. Raven's final line is, "Why can't I be wrong just once?"
- Raven's opponents in Tekken 6's "Arena" mode are Jack-6, Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima, and Jin Kazama.
- Raven is one of the two characters that does not fight Azazel in Tekken 6's "Arena" mode. The other is Marshall Law.
- In Tekken 6, Raven's voice actor has been replaced by D.C. Douglas, who is also best known for voicing Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 5.
- In 'Tekken 6's "Scenario Campaign" mode, if he encounters Sergei Dragunov at "Container Terminal 7", it is revealed that Raven's facial scars are a result of a previous confrontation.
Spin-Offs and Related Games
Raven will be featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a non-canonical Tekken game containing no plot.
- Ending (Unofficial Synopsis)
Raven waits in a bamboo forest, and soon Yoshimitsu, on horse back, arrives. The two begin to duel with each other with their respective weapons. Neither gain the upper hand, and later Yoshimitsu decides to fly up and slash Raven from there, but Raven realizes he was just attacking a clone. The real Yoshimitsu slices branches to attack Raven, but it turns out that it wasn't actually the real Raven. Raven then takes the opportunity to slash Yoshimitsu thrice on the back, defeating him. He then says "I'm finished here"
- Raven will appear in the game's console opening, pairing up with Kunimitsu and fighting the Williams sisters Nina and Anna. []
- There is a glitch where even if he is fighting solo he can have to health bars and tag himself in.[]
- He has a special tag throw with Yoshimitsu where if he's the leader he will throw the opponent up and Yoshimitsu will teleport and slash the opponent in mid-air. 
- His item move has him breathe fire on the opponent.
- He has a special win pose with either Yoshimitsu or Kunimitsu where Raven and his partner will perform Raven's signature hand poses
Story (official site)
- Dispatched by an unknown corporation, the agent known as :Raven tracks his targets from the darkness and erases them. He uses a unknown derivation of classic ninjitsu. Regardless of his mission's difficulty, Raven can always be relied on to carry out his duty. He does not recognize Yoshimitsu as a true ninja such as himself. Due to a request the two travel to Antarctica, but only under the condition that things are done Raven's way.
Story(in game text) As the leader of the "Robin Hood" style ninja group known as the Manji Clan, Yoshimitsu hears a strange ringing sound throughout the night, as if it was calling for something. Yoshimitsu wonders if his demonic sword is resonating with from the people now in the Antarctic who are in pursuit of Pandora. He sets out for the frozen continent in order to appease the appetite of his cursed sword
Yoshimitsu: (I fear for what is about to happen. To do this alone, I cannot)
Yoshimitsu hires the services of Raven to watch over him should he lose control of the demonic sword. However, Raven only on the condition that the mission play out according to his rules.
Raven: Alright Yoshimitsu I'll show you how a real ninja get's things done
Yoshimitsu:(Hah!How absurd! I like it)
Rival Battle As Balrog and Vega are walking Raven tells Yoshimitsu his plan but before he can finish Yoshimitsu attacks Balrog and Vega but Raven kicks him and starts shouting why he didn't follow the plan(to which Yoshimitsu jokingly states that he wants to be honorable)
Ending When the two finally get the box Yoshimitsu had now gone insane(as hinted because his eyes were now red). Yoshimitsu attacks Raven who teleports on top of the box. but failed to realize that it had opened. It then closed with Raven inside and Yoshimitsu is later seen carrying the box with Raven shouting to let him out.
- His official Tag partner is Yoshimitsu.
- Before Alisa's introduction through DLC he was the only tekken character that had a projectile that can travel the entire screen
- Raven's win quote against both Kuro and Toro reveals that he actually has a soft spot for cats.
Raven appears in the Tekken Movie as a secret agent fighter. In the film he gets to the semi finals and helps Jin out for part of the movie.
- In the games Raven's outfit is entirely black but in Tekken (2010 film) his outfit is entirely silver.
- Little is known about Raven's private life, but judging by his customizations, he is probably a connoisseur of the Japanese arts.
- Raven's nickname is "The Dark Talon of Death" as shown in Nina's Tekken 5 interlude
|Pre-fight Quotes||Win Quotes|
|I cannot allow you to interfere.||It's just business.|
|I'll see you in hell!|
|Rin Pyoh Toh Sha Kai Jin Retsu Zai Zen.|
|I won't be needing your assistance.|
|Eliminate potential threats.|
- Trying to stop Sergei Dragunov from completing his mission in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection.
- According to Raven's Tekken 6 profile, Raven fought Heihachi Mishima during The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, but Raven received orders to return to headquarters, so Raven had to withdraw from battle before a victor could be decided.
- In Tekken 6 he was sent again to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu and interrogate its leader, Jin Kazama and possibly wants to save Jin. In the end, Jin Kazama and Azazel dies with Jin's bodies discovered by him, but he saw Jin's arm still have a Devil Tattoo, which is the Devil Gene still inside him.
- Works with Lars Alexandersson in Scenario Campaign Mode after Alisa Bosconovitch being used by Jin Kazama.
- Enemy of Kazuya Mishima ever since he became leader of G Corporation.
- Saved Lars and Alisa from Nancy by distracting and defeating it.