The Raven is a surnatural bird that roams the Haunted Mansion.
In the rideEdit
As a leftover of the time he was supposed to be part-time narrator of the ride along with the Ghost Host, the Raven is omnipresent throughout the tour, although he doesn't do much. His surnatural connections are indicated by his glowing red eyes and the fact that his likeness is carved on the Organist's crypt (in the queue area), indicating he has been alive for way more than a raven is supposed to.
The original idea, as depicted in The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion, was for an old raven's body to have been possessed by the spirit of "an old nag", according to the Ghost Host. This was only a temporary solution until the spirits could all materialize thanks to Madame Leota's incantations combined with the mortal guests' "sympathetic vibrations". The guests were to be threatened by the Raven, who'd very much like to switch his old skinny bird body for a human one… The Raven also seemed to have some insight on the Mansion's backstory, identifying the Hanging Man's body as the Ghost Host's by mockingly answering the Ghost Host's ominous "There's always… ‘my way’!" by a cawed "He chose the cowards' way !".
- Besides the old cliché of ravens in Haunted Houses, the Raven seems to have been inspired by E. A. Poe's famous poem of the same name.
- Some fans have nicknamed him Edgar, while the Ghost Gallery names him Richard.