Raphael (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Within the Mirage/Image Comics, all four turtles put on purple bandanas over their eyes; in different variations, Raphael is the only one who retains a purple bandana. Raphael wields twin sai as his major weapon. (In the subsequent Mutation sequence, his sai stick together to make a employees-like weapon.) He is generally the most more likely to experience extremes of anger or rage, and is usually depicted as being aggressive, sullen, maddened, and rebellious. He cracked his shell whereas preventing The Shredder 1 on 1, within the 2014 film.[2]

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The origin of Raphael’s anger is just not all the time totally explored, but in some incarnations appears to stem partly from the realization that they are the one creatures of their kind and finally alone. He also has a considerably turbulent relationship with his older brother Leonardo because Leonardo is seen because the group’s chief. He’s the second eldest of the turtles. Like the entire brothers, he is named after a Renaissance artist; in this case, he is named after the 16th-century Italian painter Raphael.[Three] In 2011 Raphael placed 23rd on IGN’s Top one hundred Comedian Ebook Heroes,[four] an inventory that didn’t characteristic any of his brothers.

1 Comic books 1.1 Mirage Comics
1.2 Image Comics
1.Three Archie Comics
1.4 IDW Comics

2.1 1987 animated series
2.2 1997 reside-action series
2.Three 2003 animated sequence
2.Four 2012 animated sequence
2.5 2018 animated series

3.1 Unique trilogy (1990-1993)
3.2 2007 movie
three.3 Reboot (2014)

Comedian books[edit]

Mirage Comics[edit]

In the earliest black-and-white Mirage Comics, Raphael was essentially the most violent turtle and had a tendency for going berserk either in battle or when his temper flared up. He has a somewhat cynical and sarcastic sense of humor. In later issues, it is proven that he is not particularly fond of the supernatural, stating so explicitly in Tales of Raphael: Unhealthy Moon Rising.

Raphael mellowed somewhat as the sequence went on, presumably a key second for his character development was when he allowed Leonardo to go in alone to defeat The Shredder after practically being killed by the Foot Elite. Since then, he has been much less prone to challenge Leonardo’s management, and on the entire is more friendly in direction of his family and allies.

Of his three brothers, Raphael is definitely closest to Michelangelo, having stated this within the fourth subject of the unique TMNT comics. Raphael usually reveals a caring, extra laid-again, facet of himself when around his youngest brother, steadily indulging the youngest turtle emotionally when at dwelling and ferociously defending him from hurt when in battle. Raphael overtly admits that the mere considered his youngest brother being grievously injured causes him to experience violent rage. In his self-titled one-shot miniseries, Raphael meets human vigilante Casey Jones, his foil, who’s extra violent and unstable than he was. Despite their brutal first meeting, the 2 have since formed a close bond.

In the comic e-book series’ Volume four, he is still essentially the most violent turtle, but is more sociable. After having been bitten by a vampire-like creature, he skilled an extra mutation, and became a large, dinosaur-like model of himself. He went right into a state of berserk animal rage due to it, however with some guidance by an inside manifestation of Master Splinter, he regained his unique mentality and later assisted Leonardo and Casey Jones in monitoring down the vampires who attacked him. This can also be somewhat much like an earlier storyline during Volume 1, where Raphael was attacked by a leech-like creature who, when sucking his blood, also drained him of the mutagen in his physique and reverted him to a small turtle. The leech itself mutated and vanished, prompting the remaining turtles to observe it. Finally, after monitoring down the creature, Raphael manages to chew it and pierce its pores and skin, thereby drinking its blood and mutating again.

This incarnation of Raphael appeared in the crossover particular Turtles Perpetually voiced by Sean Schemmel.

Image Comics[edit]

Within the Image series that handled the first two volumes of the Mirage Comics as canonical, Raphael was blasted within the face and disfigured. After that, he wore one in all Casey Jones’ hockey masks for much of the time, and eventually just an eye fixed patch. Later, Raphael wore Shredder’s armor in an try to psychologically dominate various the new York Mob, with whom the Foot Clan was engaged in a shedding gang conflict. He donned a slightly variant model of the armor, and pretended to be the Shredder to get the advantage on his pursuers. He succeeded in defeating them and was then accepted into, and given management of, the brand new York faction of the Foot Clan for a quick time. Within the unbiased revealed series of the Image Comics #24, Raphael had an eyepatch and red bandana for the whole problem and was even angrier than ever. He killed Cheng with whom he had been pals in situation #25, and as quickly as Pimiko was killed by the gauntlet of Lady Shredder, Raph eliminated his bandana and eyepatch to reveal his left eye was now not disfigured but was again to normal. He later said to Leonardo he had a factor for Pimiko, and like Donatello with Baxter’s help on ridding him of cyborg parts, Raphael kept his crush on Pimiko a secret.

Archie Comics[edit]

The Archie comics series was titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures and started as a direct adaptation of the popular cartoon series in the late 1980s. After the second story arc, Raphael changed costumes and started sporting an all darkish ninja outfit which he won throughout an Alien Wrestling Match. He can be the primary member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to have a girlfriend, assembly Ninjara in challenge #28 and breaking up near the top of the journal’s seventy five concern run. Sooner or later, Raphael would lose an eye fixed throughout a battle with the Shredder, Verminator X, and Armaggon (in most of the future timeline incarnations of Raphael, his left eye is lacking). He would time journey after his brother Donatello invents the know-how and ultimately retire on the island Turtleco (which was Manhattan) and develop into a bar owner.

IDW Comics[edit]


1987 animated collection[edit]

Raphael’s character within the 1987 animated sequence deviates probably the most from all other incarnations, though the show’s theme song states that Raphael is “cool, however crude”[5] (he takes a slice of pizza along with his sai and shoves the remainder of it onto the display). Regardless of the theme’s reference to his crudeness, he truly had a more toned down attitude on this incarnation opposed to all different incarnations. His toned-down perspective was mostly attributable to the fact that this series was based totally on humor. Raphael is a sarcastic sensible-guy, and supplies comic relief alongside Michelangelo, whose humor is normally attributed to his ignorance and spaciness, whereas Raphael is extra sarcastic and witty. In consequence, Michelangelo is the subject of Raphael’s jokes greater than any other Turtle. He ceaselessly makes jokes that break the fourth wall.

This incarnation of Raphael is completely completely different from different variations. He has a far less confrontational relationship along with his mates and fellow Turtles essentially the most hanging instance being his lack of a sibling rivalry with Leonardo. Raphael has no need to steal anybody’s thunder or change into a frontrunner; he is perfectly content providing the wittiest of the cartoon’s jokes, being the most humorous turtle of the group. Despite this, Raphael normally served as a contrast to Leonardo’s “gung-ho do-gooder” persona along with his pessimistic sarcastic remarks. Nevertheless, Raphael did challenge Leonardo’s leadership once in the season eight episode “Turtle Trek”.

In the Season four episode “Raphael Meets His Match”, Raphael was paired off with a mysterious mutant female named Mona Lisa, who might need been thought of as a potential girlfriend for Raphael. Regardless of following the Turtles back to New York Metropolis, Mona Lisa was never seen once more.

In the season 5 episode “Raphael Versus the Volcano”, as a consequence of a malfunction in Donatello’s Healthometer, Raphael was satisfied that he soon was going to die and determined to finish his life as a hero named the “Inexperienced Defender”, saving folks from dangers and stopping criminals when he thought he had nothing to lose. When the Healthometer malfunction was found, the opposite Turtles tracked him down to inform him he wasn’t going to die.

Within the 1987 sequence’ unique English-language model, Raphael’s voice actor is Rob Paulsen from season one to season 9 with Thom Pinto because the 1989 alternate, Hal Rayle as the 1993 alternate, and Michael Gough in the final season. In Turtles Perpetually, the 1987 version of Raphael is voiced by Sebastian Arcelus. Raphael also made a few appearances within the 2012 collection in the episode, The Manhattan Undertaking. He and the other turtles along with Casey and April are seen by way of a portal by their 2012 counterparts walking on a highway and he made a talking cameo together with the opposite turtles at the end of the episode when a space worm from the 2012 dimension began terrorizing the street. All 4 turtles see the worm and spring into motion whereas shouting their famous catchphrase, ‘Cowabunga’. This can be Rob Paulsen’s second position in the 2012 collection, the opposite being Donatello whereas he returned to his position as Raphael for the cameo. This might mark the primary time in over 28 years the 1987 TMNT forged would return to their roles. Paulsen once once more offered the voices of the 1897 Raphael and the 2012 Donatello in the season four episode, “Trans-Dimensional Turtles”.[6]

1997 dwell-motion sequence[edit]

Raphael seems within the stay action sequence, Ninja Turtles: The subsequent Mutation, as well as its crossover episode with Energy Rangers in Space portrayed by Mitchell A. Lee Yuen and voiced by Matt Hill.

2003 animated collection[edit]

Within the 2003 series, Raphael was voiced by Greg Abbey (Eiji Miyashita in the Japanese version), and speaks with a Brooklyn accent. In this incarnation, he has a dark, bright inexperienced skin shade, far more vivid than those of his brothers. This version of Raphael has a character which is more akin to his unique incarnation – he is angrier and extra sardonic, but not quite as violent except extremely angry – as proven in one incident where he virtually smashed Michelangelo’s head in with a pipe after Mikey beat him in a sparring match. The theme track for season 1-3 did not have a component that actually described every turtle individually, but from season four onwards it was changed, and said that “count on Raphael to throw the first punch”.

He usually argues with Leonardo and Michelangelo, though he’s depicted as being very close with both at times. He is the first of the turtles to cry (or not less than, shed tears) when Leonardo is gravely injured and may not survive. Raphael is usually very protecting of his brothers, getting angriest when an enemy harms them or captures them. His relationship with Donatello consists of poking fun at his intellect or annoyance at his long-winded explanations. Raphael considers Donatello as one thing of a dork, but still his brother, and he still cares for Donatello simply as much as he does Leonardo and Michelangelo. His best pal is usually regarded as Casey Jones – and is the perfect man as Casey and April’s wedding ceremony in the final episode of this series. In all incarnations of the turtles aside from the 1987 cartoon, Raphael appears to dwell within the shadow of Leonardo and resents his brother’s social place within the group. Nevertheless, his rivalry together with his brother is closely toned down compared to the comic books and rarely shows a deep hatred in direction of him as the collection progresses. He’s shown to be a talented motorcyclist. It has often been hinted that Raphael has entomophobia, the worry of insects. He has proven on many events an unrivaled hatred of bugs, however not like the 2012 incarnations he shows more violence than fear when near a bug.

Raphael’s relationship with Michelangelo is unique on this collection. Michelangelo has a tendency to severely annoy his brother, from enjoying pranks, to taunting, gloating, and overall rubbing his accomplishments in Raphael’s face. Despite his rivalry, Raphael also expressed his pain and concern of losing his youngest brother and his older brother, when Leonardo was nearly killed by the Foot, to the point where he even started crying. As Leonardo recovered, Raphael was additionally the one who supported Leonardo the most, even helping him to forge Leonardo’s two new katana, and paying the best consideration to the care of his brother. Within the episode “Ultimate Ninja” Raph attempted to guard Leo from the ultimate Ninja when he challenged him and lashed out in anger and fear when Leo was practically damage. Raphael continues to challenge Leonardo’s decisions in this incarnation as effectively, as Raphael and Leonardo typically argue over what to do in certain situations, Raph normally favoring a direct and confrontational strategy. Despite differences, Leo and Raph arguably have the closest relationship of the Turtles emphasised in the series, as their conflicting views and care for one another is a key level in lots of episodes throughout your complete sequence. Raphael will usually put himself in danger, going so far as disobeying Splinter and Leonardo to guard his household and pals, however he will react immediately (and harshly) if they are in danger. He has an especially loyal side and is all the time the primary to react when another of his brothers is in trouble. This occurs on quite a few events, like when he stops a blow from hitting Leonardo using solely his sai, or kicks the Shredder away from Donatello when the former is about to attack.

2012 animated sequence[edit]

Raphael is voiced by Sean Astin within the 2012 series.[7] In this incarnation, he’s described (within the theme track) as having “probably the most angle on the group”. Throughout the first portion of the primary episode, “Rise of the Turtles”, it was proven that he has distinctive agility, able to dodge all of Donatello’s bo workers strikes, before snatching the workers and breaking it. Additionally it is implied that he has gained several occasions before, as he says to Donatello “drop the employees, and nobody will get hurt” to which Donatello replies, “I did last time, however you still harm me.” After defeating Donatello, Raphael then gained the training tournament by throwing Leo with considered one of his sai. However, when Splinter congratulated them, Raph bragged about his victory, which prompted Splinter to hit a pressure point on his neck and forced him to compliment his brothers. He’s once again an impulsive hothead, and in addition has a normal pet turtle named Spike, which later mutates and turns into this present’s model of Slash.

His relationship with Leonardo was typically tense, Leonardo’s extra affected person strategy contrasting with Raphael’s aggression, but he developed a greater appreciation for Leonardo’s skills when Raphael’s personal try to serve as the chief showed him that he could not cope with the strain of taking duty for his brothers’ security, preferring to risk himself rather than them. With Michelangelo he insults him however he cares. That is proven when in “New Buddy, Outdated Enemy” he comforts Mikey when he’s feeling down, by telling him that he is an superior man. Raphael’s relationship with Donatello entails (rarely serious) threats, glares, hitting and insulting, like in “I, Monster”, the place he throws a rat at him to get him to stop speaking. Nonetheless, Donatello cares for Raph, as an example having a hard time insulting him in “Turtle Temper”, and attempting to provide him a hand when he is later in the van with the Kraang. Raphael can be petrified of cockroaches till he managed to defeat the mutant cockroach, Spyroach.

Raphael’s character design was up to date, giving him inexperienced eyes as well as a small, lightning-shaped chip out of his plastron across his left shoulder. His shell exhibits quite a lot of distinct battle injury (considerably greater than those of his brothers), and the tails of his mask are tattered and worn. In this sense, it is apparent that he doesn’t care about getting damage a lot in a combat. In “New Woman In Town”, he states that he has no downside risking his personal life, however he can’t stand to, and therefore won’t, danger the lives of his brothers.

2018 animated sequence[edit]

In the 2018 animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Omar Benson Miller is to voice “Raphael, as the oldest and bodily largest brother, he’s now the chief and his enthusiasm and bravado puts him front and heart for many of their bizarre adventures.”[8]


Authentic trilogy (1990-1993)[edit]

Within the 1990 film adaptation, Raphael is voiced by Josh Pais. He speaks with a distinctive robust-sounding New York accent (that was imitated within the later versions of TMNT), and is the turtle whose character is explored most completely. He has a fast temper, uses profanity and verbally challenges his older brother Leonardo. This film focuses extra so on his feeling of isolation from his brothers and sense of regret and anger when Splinter is ultimately captured from the Shredder. Here, it is established that he shares a closer relationship with information reporter April O’Neil having saved her from the Foot Clan on a number of occasions.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The key of the Ooze, he’s played by Kenn Troum, and voiced by Laurie Faso, and in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III movie he’s performed by Matt Hill, and voiced by Tim Kelleher. In the movies, he remains to be indignant and often goes off by himself within the second movie, however has a smooth spot for the younger folks the crew meets. It is also shown that he has an appreciation for nature because it appears to calm him.

2007 film[edit]

In TMNT, Raphael is voiced by Nolan North.[9] In Leonardo’s absence, he has spent his nights as an armored vigilante identified because the Nightwatcher. His time as the Nightwatcher is likely one of the few throughout which Raphael uses a distinct ninjitsu weapon, the manriki: weighted chains that can be concealed within the hands and used from appreciable distances. In contrast to his sai, the manriki are typically not lethal weapons, though they might crush a skull if used with enough force.[10]

In this film, the animosity between Raphael and Leonardo is essentially the most straight-ahead as a consequence of Raphael’s anger at his brother leaving. He resents Leonardo’s bossing them around and treating them like “[Leo’s] little soldiers” when he (not less than in Raphael’s opinion) abandoned them for at the very least a 12 months. This leads to a physical confrontation between Raphael and Leonardo and resulting in Raphael virtually mortally wounding Leonardo before retreating – immediately realising what he was about to do, and operating in fear from his anger. After Leonardo is kidnapped, Raphael then acknowledges his mistake to Master Splinter and confesses what occurred and why he understood the explanation Leonardo was chosen because the chief. Master Splinter then explains to Raphael that his tendency to place the world’s problems on his own shoulders as a protector of the weak is a superb high quality and that whereas he may not be his favourite pupil, it does not mean he’s his least favorite son. Grasp Splinter then tells Raphael that his energy, his passion, and his loyalty to the folks he cares about are additionally deserves of a fantastic leader, if it can be tempered with compassion. After Raphael, the Turtles, in addition to Casey and April rescue Leonardo, Raphael is shown to be desirous to combat alongside his brother as an alternative of against him.

Raph’s relationship with Donatello can be explored more when Donatello makes it clear that he doesn’t like the Nightwatcher. That is because of the Nightwatcher using techniques like Raph’s and on account of the rationale that Donnie believes that the staff nonetheless exists where as Raph doesn’t. Donnie also doesn’t assist Mikey’s admiration of The Nightwatcher and even though Donnie would not know that Raph is The Nightwatcher, believes that Raph ought to get a normal job to assist the household. Donnie’s dislike of The Nightwatcher alone appears to mildly anger Raph after which there’s the truth that Splinter put Donnie accountable for the turtles whereas Leo was away. This issue annoys Raph a little extra and results in Raphael almost punching Donnie in the face; smirking when his brother flinches.

Reboot (2014)[edit]

Raphael appears in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles portrayed by Alan Ritchson.[Eleven][12][thirteen] In the film, he is aggressive and struggles with following orders. He often loses his temper and has fierce independence, which doesn’t sit properly together with his older brother Leonardo. He is the first turtle that April O’ Neil sees after stopping the Foot Clan, although she does not get an excellent look at him and thinks he’s a man. When April takes their picture, Raph threatens her even after Donatello erases her cellphone’s reminiscence data. Within the battle at the turtle’s lair with the Foot, Raph is crushed below rubble and is presumed lifeless. Due to this, he is the only turtle not captured by the Foot. When he awakes, he finds a dying Splinter who tells him and April to save lots of his brothers. They crew up with Vern Fenwick to help him save them from Sacks Industries, where he fights Shredder to purchase April and Vern time to take action. After rescuing Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo and defeating the Shredder, Raphael and his brothers use the mutagen to save Splinter’s life. He together with Donatello and Leonardo don’t try to get April’s consideration in contrast to Michelangelo who does voice his emotions to April. Although in the end of the film he does present appreciation to her for sacrificing the whole lot for them. In this incarnation, Raphael is not as hot headed and would not clash with Leonardo over management nevertheless they have a quick argument over the Hatamishi which Raphael refuses to go to and claims he’ll depart which Leo debunks. He’s more close to his brothers within the movie than in most adaptations. He does nonetheless get annoyed at Donatello when he does discuss of his calculations in a way the others don’t understand. Also, it should be noted he’s the only turtle in the film to stay true to his other adaptations by not carrying any footwear.

Within the sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Raphael is proven to be extra like his normal self. He becomes enraged when he learns Leonardo has commanded Donnie not to reveal to him or Mikey about the Purple Ooze being able to show them into humans, stating that Leo broke the third code of the ninja (honor) by lying to his brothers. He disobeys direct orders from Leo and has no downside lying to April and Casey as a way to get them to go along on a mission with him. He does still show caring for his brothers as him and Mikey are shown to be very shut, with the 2 of them pulling pranks on Casey Jones and Raph changing into enraged when Krang nearly kills Mikey. Raphael in the film can also be shown to have a concern of nice heights, presumably because of the occasions of Film 1; while the opposite turtles leap out of an airplane with little thought Raphael puts on a parachute and even then should psych himself up to perform the soar.

Video video games[edit]

In the primary few video games, primarily based on the 1987 cartoon, Raphael was an unpopular character because of the quick vary of his weapon. To make up for it in later games, he was the quickest turtle which gave him more of a bonus, however he has the bottom stamina of all the turtles, which suggests that each hit he took would price him extra well being points than the others. In video games based on the 2003 animated series, he’s the weakest Turtle, the identical goes for the video game based mostly on the 2007 film TMNT. He appears in TMNT: Smash Up as a playable character, with Frank Frankson reprising his function. The Nightwatcher additionally makes an appearance as a separate playable character.

Raphael is one in every of the main playable characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows videogame, where he is voiced by Carlos Alazraqui. His particular move is Iron Fists, the place he places on iron gloves which have extremely high power, however little vary. Raphael additionally seems within the 2014 movie-primarily based game, voiced by Roy Samuelson, as nicely as the Wii U unique sport, TMNT: Six Stones, Four Brothers, voiced by Brad Abrell.

Raphael will be featured as one of the playable characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as DLC in Injustice 2.


In 2008, Raphael shared the fifth place with Leonardo on TechCrunch’s checklist of Top 10 Video Game Ninja Characters.[14] As mentioned above, he got here in 23rd on IGN’s checklist of Prime 100 comic book heroes.


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