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Ninja Turtles


Karai (Older Adoptive Sister) Leonardo (Older Brother), Donatello (Younger Brother), Michelangelo (Younger Brother), Master Splinter (Sensei/Adoptive Father), Tang Shen (Deceased Adoptive Mother),Spike and Ice Cream Kitty (Pet)


Shredder, The Kraang, Villains, and Newtralizer



Voiced by

Sean Astin

First Appearance

Rise Of The Turtles

Raphael or Raph is one of the four main protagonists in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a member of the TMNT. He is the younger adoptive brother of Karai, younger brother of Leonardo, older brother of Donatello and Michelangelo, and the second son of Master Splinter. He is "The Muscle" of the team.

Official Description

"I'm Raph. If there's a brawl, count me in. Leo loves to plan, but me? I'd rather fight first and ask questions later. If any shellbrains try to mess with me and my brothers, they won't know what hit 'em! Oh yeah, they will... ME! you bad guys heard me! if you guys ever mess with my brothers, you'll get it! I know that Leo and I have been fighting a lot but... we're brothers and brothers do fight. but we protect each other and that's what counts the most in my life."

- Raph


Raphael is the most violent of the four brothers. A straight-up brawler, he has very little patience for things like stealth, hiding in shadows, or keeping his voice down. While he's fiercely loyal to his brothers, he's also often the one giving them a hard time. Raphael is also the one most likely to strike out on his own when he feels slighted or underappreciated. His closest confidante was his pet turtle named Spike. Raphael's temper can get the better of him, causing him to get into situations over his head.


Raphael and his brothers were once ordinary turtles; when they were infants, they were adopted from a pet store by Hamoto Yoshi. When their soon to be father walked passed a strange man, a Kraangdroid, he felt something odd about him and followed. Unfortunately, Yoshi gave away his position when he accidentally stepped on a rat's tail. The Kraang found him and attempted to kill him, but Yoshi fought back hard. In the end, the Kraang dropped the canister of Mutagen they were holding, causing the turtles and Yoshi to mutate. Yoshi came in contact with a rat last, thus mutated into a humanoid brown rat by the name of "Splinter", while Raph and his brothers, after coming in contact with Splinter when he was human, mutated into humanoid turtles. Splinter knew they would never be accepted in society, so he took them to the sewers, made a home down there, and made the four turtles his children. Knowing the world would be dangerous and there would be a time where they want to explore the outside world, Splinter trained the boys in the art of Ninjitsu. Raph and his brothers were named after great Renaissance artists from a book Splinter fished out of the storm drain.


Raph is a dark green mutant ninja turtle, and is the second-oldest. Like Leo, Raph doesn't have any changes to his physical appearance beyond the style of animation. He is much more like his other incarnations. There are several scratches and ships on his shell; a lightening bolt shaped crack/missing-chunk on the right corner of his plastron (He probably got it when he was a baby turtle as it was there during his mutation); and his red mask is very worn with long, tattered tails - all of which indicating his reckless side. He is "ruggedly handsome" as turtles go. Raph is the third tallest, and seems shorter than his siblings. His eyes are bright green, but like all of the turtles when they're fighting, the pupils and irises vanish, leaving his eyes white, similar to those in the majority of the 2003 incarnation.


The theme states that "Raphael has the most attitude on the team", like most incarnations of him. Raphael has an extremely short temper and is very hot-headed. He is brawny and aggressive, Raph loves fighting and does not care particularly if he is injured (hence his rather beat-up shell and mask) and does not like it when Donnie or Leo come up with very complicated, extravagant plans. If it were up to him, they would simply, in his own words, "bust some heads" and ask questions later. Raphael is extremely sarcastic and likes to make fun of his brothers, often coming up with very smart-mouthed remarks. Although Michelangelo is considered the funniest of the team, Raphael is.

Despite all this, Raph does have a soft side, (though it is rarely, if ever, displayed). Though he would never admit it, he is very kindhearted and loves his brothers and Sensei dearly. he would do anything to protect them, but he would never admit it in order to stay "hardcore". He tends to have a soft side for his pet turtle Spike, whom he adores. On rare occasions he even has a soft side towards Mikey, as seen in "New Friend, Old Enemy" and "New Girl in Town." And also in "The Wrath of Tiger Claw." he even hugs Mikey, considering he is the youngest, and therefore his baby brother.

Raph often lets his impulsiveness get in the way of rational thinking. In fact, Raphael thinks the least out of all his brothers (aside from Mikey). His temper, in a way, gives him a boost in his skills which helps him out in battle.The problem though, he often gets into situations without thinking. His temper and rash decisions often causes problems, not only for the team, but for himself. He was not able to cope as the leader as he cannot stand to risk his brothers, prefering to risk himself.


Tough, quick-to-act and hot-tempered, Raphael's a power keg ready to explode on unsuspecting enemies everywhere! The biggest of his mutant brothers, Raph has a "why sneak around when you can bash some heads instead?" attitude. Master of the twin sais, these three-pronged blades are the perfect reflection of their owner: sharp and to the point!

Powers, Abilities, Weaponry and Skills

Ninjutsu: Like his brothers, he has a great sense of balance and agility. He can all jump further and higher than a human, as well as move quicker and more easily on narrow surfaces. He is the strongest fighter of the group (this is certainly true when training) Raphael has beaten his brothers including Donatello before in fights, both with and without weapons.

Enhanced Strength: He is the strongest turtle, lifting people over his head. He is also the most violent, and so he can deal harder blows - though this is not a question of strength, more of morals, his brothers would most likely not hit someone as hard as Raphael would. He was able to tackle Slash away from his brother Mikey.

Enhanced Speed: He and his brothers are very fast. They can easily run faster than most humans, however, April seems to manage it somewhat (this may be due to the turtles running slower for her benefit). Raphael is the fastest of his brothers, and this is probably due to his temper.

Stealth: Like his brothers, he is stealthy, can hide in the shadows, sneak around without being detected, and use hand to hand combat like a real ninja.

Sai: He normally uses sai as sharpened fist-held stabbing knives ("sharpened" is specified because sai are usually used for defense rather than offense). However, he does have a large collection of other weapons.

Shell: He has the normal ability of a turtle to go into his shell.

Healing Factor: As shown that he took damage from his enemy's and plenty of wounds like his brothers could heal much faster than an average person.

Stamina and Endurance: He is able to take many attacks from his enemy's takes because of his training and hard-earned blocking and fighting skills.

Interactions with other characters

See: Raphael (Relationships)


  • As revealed is Vision Quest, his Spirit Element is Fire; he must control his anger and use it in battle.
  • There are several physical factors that set Raphael apart from his brothers, besides the standard bandana colors:
    • Raph has a lightning bolt shaped crack in his left upper plastron.
      • Raphael may have been born with this, as it could clearly be seen in a flashback to their mutation. At the very least, the accident that caused the crack occured before his mutation.
    • Raphael's bandana is the longest. It is also very tattered and worn, which shows his disregard for his own well-being (preffering instead to focus on that of his family and friends)
    • He has the second darkest skin tone.
    • Raph's the third tallest/second shortest of the turtles.
    • Raph is the only turtle in this series to have green eyes (Leonardo and Michelangelo have blue eyes, and Donatello has brown/red eyes).
    • If you see closely to his knee pads under it he has knee straps.
  • Raphael is voiced by Sean Astin
  • He is the only turtle among his brothers dosen't have an o sound at the end of his name.
  • In this show, Raphael has an infamous sibling rivalry with Leo (like most of his incarnations)
    • Out of the 3 TMNT television shows, the 2012 rivalry is the most intense. his brothers have the ability to pull their heads into their shells.
  • Raphael is the second turtle to hide completely in his shell.
  • Like his 2003 cartoon incarnation, Raph has a disliking of insects and he is terrified of Donnie's pet Spy-Roach, meaning he's most likely suffering from katsaridaphobia (fear of cockroaches).
  • It seems as if he also has ophidiophobia based on the episode "Dream Beavers".
  • He can hold his breath underwater for about 15 minutes.
  • He is the second oldest out of his brothers.
  • He is considered to be the rebel of the team.
  • He likes reading comic books, and loves to collect them.
  • This incarnation of Raph has a pet turtle named Spike.
  • Of the 18 skills of ninjutsu, Raphael has mastered 9. Those being: TaijustuShurikenjutsu, kobudo, Kayajustu, Shinobi-iri, Boyaku, Sui-ren, Archery, and Intonjutsu.
  • Raphael's name is Hebrew, meaning "God has Healed".
    • He is named after Raphael Santi.
    • His name in Kanji is ラファエル (Rafaeru).
  • A running gag is that he often likes to attack or hit his brothers whenever he is annoyed or angry with them (especially Michelangelo) or simply to dull boredom.
  • Raph was the first turtle to use the Stealth Bike before his brothers, and he used it again in "Pulverizer Returns"
    • He clearly considers the bike to be his, rather than his family's, as he complains when Leo uses it, stating "Hey, the Stealth Bike is my thing!"
  • He is the only one who learns about his enemy past in "Baxter's Gambit".
  • He seems to protect his family out of tough love especially to Mikey.
  • Raphael and Michelangelo are the only turtles who had no romantic interests so far in the show (it is comfirmed in Season 3 Mikey will have a crush on Renet; but until then it remains unknown).
  • He is the third turtle to say "Booyakasha!"
  • He's the second turtle to have his room shown.
  • He and Mikey had a pet who got mutated by eating mutagen on purpose.
    • He's the first turtle to have a mutated pet (Slash/Spike), second being Mikey.
  • He has a soft spot for Mikey and Spike, however, rarely shows it as far as the former is concerned.
  • He is the second Turtle to have his name mentioned by The Kraang
  • He is the only Turtle who never got his face grabbed.
  • He is the first Turtle to be transformed into a completely different mutant (plant).
    • When The Creep drained his mutagen while a mutant dirt pile, he transformed into a plant. His plant look almost looked much like a funeral for Raphael.
  • Near the end of Within the Woods, Raph's not wearing his mask, but April puts it back on before the screen could show him being mask-less.
  • He is seen alot of times with a crunched up lip, up against his mask, mostly the times when he is sitting in the The Sewer Lair.
  • He is the third Turtle, other than Mikey, to give a villain a name. (Mom-Thing)
  • Raphael is the second turtle that has not had a crush yet on anybody, though he did stated that Karai was "hot" in an "evil way".
  • Raph is the second turtle to call Master Splinter 'Father'.
  • According to April, Raphael can be a total jerk, because he never appreciate Mikey. And sometimes, he is always hard on him.


  • "It LITERALLY hurts to listen to you sometimes!" (The Alien Agenda)
  • "Still standing, huh? I'll fix that!" (Rise of the Turtles Part 1)
  • "We're not Kung-Fu Frogs, We're Ninja Turtles!" (Turtle Temper)
  • "Stick it in your shell!"
  • Takes a deep breathe* "Like a river over stone." (Turtle Temper)
  • (to Snakeweed) "You could turn out handsome like me, or you could turn out disgusting and deformed, like Mikey here."(Rise of the Turtles Part 2)
  • "Are you an idiot?! Wait, lemme rephrase that. You're an IDIOT!!" (New Friend, Old Enemy)
  • "Sometimes it's good to be a turtle...and sometimes it's good to be a short turtle." (It Came from the Depths)
  • "I never thought I'd taste anything better than worms and algae but this is AMAZING!" (Rise of the Turtles Part 1)
  • "You're not yourself bro, Let me help you!" (Parasitica)
  • "All right! An all you can BEAT buffet!"
  • "Leo, do you know what's in wasp's a hint, WASPS!" (Parasitica)
  • (When asked if he would like to see Donnie's latest invention) "This is how bored I am. Yes Donnie! I do." (I Think his Name is Baxter Stockman)
  • "I know how they (Kraang-droids) work. You hit' em until the brainy toy surprise pops out!"(Metalhead)
  • "Yes! I never liked Mr. Nice-turtle." (Never Say Xever)
  • (After Leo bites him) "DID YOU JUST BITE ME!? YOU BIT ME!" (Parasitica)
  • (To Mikey when he said sorry for dropping Chris) "Don't apologize." * (Mikey: "Oh...uh, Sorry I didn't drop you harder!") *"There you go." (Never Say Xever)
  • "I don't know sensei, it was a disaster, and it's all my fault. I dunno what happened, i just .. froze up. I mean i have no problem risking my own life, but risking my brothers..." (New Girl in Town)
  • (While Possessed) "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?" (Parasitica)
  • (While Possessed) "What about Michelangelo...?" (Parasitica)
  • "Boy, I sure hope this argument goes on for another four minutes and fifteen seconds!!" (The Gauntlet)
  • (Leo tries to instruct by using hand signals) Raph: "I. don't. know. what. that. means!" (Rise of the Turtles Part 1)
  • "I just have to destroy Lame-o-nardo here."
  • "Frogs are not lizards and we're not frogs!" (Turtle Temper)
  • To Mikey* "SAY IT!!!!"(Turtle Temper)
  • "What, are you fighting a guy in slow motion?" (Mousers Attack)
  • "Sensei, Mikey made us bring a monster home with us!" (It Came from the Depths)
  • "Sensei, he was the angriest, nastiest guy you ever met. You should've heard the insults this guy was throwin' at us, they were so.......... INSULTING!" (Turtle Temper)
  • "You mean you set 'im free?!?" (It Came from the Depths)
  • " I'm fine. I love you." *Mikey: "HE'S NOT FINE!!!" (The Pulverizer)
  • "TCRI? They're behind the Kraang plot?" (TCRI)
  • "AAAAAHHHH ROACH, ROACH!!!!!!" (Cockroach Terminator)
  • "It makes things go boom." (Baxter's Gambit)
  • "Sounds weird when you say it."(Metalhead)
  • WHAT?! Where? Where the heck is he? He's underneath the van! HE'S UNDERNEATH THE VAN!!!!!" (Cockroach Terminator)
  • "HE HAS A SAW?!?!? The cockroach has a SAW!" (Cockroach Terminator)
  • (Leo: Hey Spy-Roach! Raph's out here! Come and get him!) '"Really?! You're using me as bait?!"(Coachroach Terminator)
  • "Hey! Nobody hits Mikey except ME!" (I, Monster)
  • (Under the influence Fishface's venom) "Donnie? Why are there fingers on my feet? (The Pulverizer)
  • (About Fishface) "Important safety tip: Avoid the legs!" (The Pulverizer)
  • "This is either gonna be really cool or really painful.... Okay, it was both." (Cockroach Terminator)
  • "She's Shredder's daughter, his blood. She was never gonna be on our side." (Enemy of my Enemy)
  • "Lets go whack some piñatas."
  • " Where were we? Oh yeah I was turnin' you Fishface into fish sticks." (Baxter's Gambit)
  • "Aw, sewer-bunnies!"
  • "Okay Spike, you'll like this show. It's called DOES MIKEY BEND THAT WAY!'" (Panic in the Sewers)
  • (To Spike) "Chew on your leaf if you understand me." (Turtle Temper)
  • (To Mikey) "If you tell anyone, I'll beat the green off you! But, you're a really awesome guy." (New Friend, Old Enemy)
  • (After he finds out Mikey is okay) "MIKEY! Don't scare me like that buddy, I thought we lost you!" (New Girl in Town)
  • LEATHERHEAD! *comes in with Leo and Donnie* GET AWAY FROM MIKEY OR WE'LL TURN YOU INTO THE WORLD'S UGLIEST SUITCASE! (It Came from the Depths)
  • Donnie, did I ever tell you how awesome you are?*Donnie: "No you haven't."*Raph: "Well I'm seriously considerin' it."(The Pulverizer)
  • (Talking about what is wrong with Donnie's face) "Would you like the list alphabetically or in descendin' order of gross-ness?" (It Came from the Depths)
  • "A Cockroach, WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE A COCKROACH!?" (Cockroach Terminator)
  • "Oh, Sorry Leo it was Spike's idea. He said "Space Heroes" is too stupid for him." (Panic in the Sewers)
  • (Goes out to retrieve Mikey) "I'm coming Mikey. No six foot tall cockroach is gonna eat my brother!" (Cockroach Terminator)
  • "Hey! The Stealth cycle's my thing!" (Enemy of my Enemy)
  • "Donnie we're letting you keep him (Mutagen Man), but you gotta keep him in your lab so I don't have to look at 'im." (The Pulverizer Returns)
  • After Splinter states the turtles are beating the Foot easily*
  • "Why does he make that sound like it's a bad thing?" (The Pulverizer Returns)
  • "So what if Shredder's building an army of mutants. They're still no match for my sais! High three!" (The Pulverizer Returns)
  • "Sensei, we don't get it. How does switching weapons help us in a fight." (The Pulverizer Returns)
  • After Splinter finishes a story about a Damio*
  • "I guess that guy lost a lotta wars."
  • "OW! Look compassion is great, but the purple dragons are never gonna leave Murakami alone." (Never Say Xever)
  • "Was that suppose to sound tough...or stupid?" (Never Say Xever)
  • "Why' o I ask these questions!" (The Pulverizer Returns)
  • "I was droppin' the foots like flies with my sais." (The Pulverizer Returns)
  • (After going back to normal due to Mikey) "But...that'" (Parasitica)
  • (After Leo yells at Mikey)
  • "Whoa...are you okay? Unmotivated bursts of anger kinda my thing." (Parasitica)
  • "In your face gravity!" (Showdown Part 1)
  • "Leonardo!" (After Leo goes down with the Technodrome.) (Showdown Part 2)
  • "Leo! You Dork! You scared the heck out of us!" (Showdown Part 2)
  • "All that mutagen? (to Mikey and donnie) You two are the biggest screw ups ever!" (The Mutation Situation)
  • "Well, our friend's gone." (Looks back in the lab to see his brothers chasing the 2 mutant squirrels) "But... We still have plenty of crazy..." (Invasion of the Squirrelnoids)
  • "Ugh, I-it's in my guts! I-I can feel it and their munching on that popcorn I ate! IT'S FREAKIN' ME OUT MAN!!!!!" (Invasion of the Squirrelnoids)
  • "Sweet mother of mutation..."(Invastion of the Squirrelnoids)
  • "Sorry Slash, my brothers come first. No matter what." (Slash and Destroy)
  • (After Donnie tells Raph and Mikey to go on without him)
  • No turtle left behind. That's our rule." (Slash and Destroy)
  • (When Slash is about to finish Donnie and Mikey off) "Slash! You see, that's what real friends do. They stand up for each other. I'd rather be like my brothers than you any day." (Slash and Destroy)
  • (After crashing into Leo's little 'tea party', Leo calls up to him) "LEO! Having," (Looks around the room) "Tea time?!" (Slash and Destroy)
  • "Meditate on THIS!" (Hits a pressure point on Slash) (Slash and Destroy)
  • (Sees Casey fighting the Purple Dragons) "That guy's outta control. Time for a little intervention." (The Good, the Bad and the Casey Jones)
  • (About to kill Casey but stops himself) "What am I DOING? Maybe I DO have anger issues..." (The Good, the Bad and the Casey Jones)
  • "I'm freaking out... I'm freaking out... I'M FREAKING OUT!" (Fungus Humongous)
  • (to Metalhead) C'mom you tin can! (Metalhead Rewired)
  • (Mikey: "Why' o have to wear the cheese?!") "We have to lead them away, and you're awesome at bein' bait!" (Of Rats and Men)
  • "I know you're a little worried. We never put up a fight like this look. I will make it back just hang in there. I love you man.(Spike Chewing on his leaf) (Rise of the Turtles Part 2)
  • "Let's bash some bots!"
  • (Mikey: How do we know that you're the real Raph? What's the secret ninja password?) I will pound you Mikey!!! (Plan 10)
  • (While Leo is talking to Karai.) "Is this a rescue or a romantic comedy?" (Vengeance is Mine)
  • (To Shredder) "YOU MONSTER!"
  • "(To Splinter)Father?"(Return to New York)


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2012 Meet Raphael Trailer00:31

2012 Meet Raphael Trailer

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