Raphael Splinterson is one of the main protagonists of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. He is the younger brother of Leonardo, and the older brother of Donatello and Michelangelo, and the second oldest adoptive son of Splinter.
Raph has the same appearance as his brothers, except he has a much more vivid skin color, wears a red mask and wields a pair of sais.
This version of Raphael has a personality which is more akin to his original incarnation - he is angrier and more sardonic, but not quite as violent unless extremely angry - as proven in one incident where he almost smashed Michelangelo's head in with a pipe after Mikey beat him in a sparring match. The theme song for season 1-3 did not have a part that actually described each turtle individually, but from season 4 onwards it was changed, and stated that "count on Raphael to throw the first punch".
He argues with Michelangelo and sometimes Leonardo, although he is depicted as being very close with both at times. He is the first of the turtles to cry (or at least, shed tears) when Leonardo is gravely injured and might not survive. Raphael is generally very protective of his brothers, getting angriest when an enemy harms them or captures them. His relationship with Donatello is very simple, they get along fine, but when Donatello has a long-winded explanation or shows his invention, Raph would either compliment it, or get sarcastic, otherwise Raphael and Donatello. His best friend is generally regarded as Casey Jones - and is the best man as Casey and April's wedding in the final episode of this series.
Like his brothers, Raphael was once an ordinary pet turtle bought by a young boy, until an accident caused the boy to drop them all into the sewer. The mutagen from the truck in the accident dropped into the sewer as well, covered them and the passing-by Splinter who adopted them afterwards. The mutagen mutated them all into being anthropomorphic. Splinter would ever since train them ninjutsu to protect them from the outside world.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Raphael and his brothers would then fight criminals and thwart their plans in the night. During this time, they also befriend April O'Neil and Casey Jones. However, their effort attracts the attention of Oroku Saki, the leader of the Foot Clan and the mastermind behind those crimes. He invites Leonardo to join him, but Splinter then tells the Turtles about Saki's true identity, the Shredder, thus Leonardo refuses and the Turtles become the Shredder's archenemies, especially after the reveal of his true identity as the Utrom criminal Ch'rell, who caused the Utrom spaceship to crash on Earth a millennium ago, thus set up a chain of events that led to the turtles and Splinter's mutation.
Through much of the fourth season, Raphael and his brothers, save for Leonardo, are fully healed and recovered from their battle with the Shredder. When Leonardo is away to train with the Ancient One, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Splinter are seemingly killed by Karai, now the new Shredder. Thankfully, they survive and find a new lair. Leonardo then returns and battle Karai, before telling her that he gives her one last chance to leave his family alone.
In the fifth season, Raphael and his brothers become the Ninja Tribunal's acolytes, and he is the second one to focus his energy through his Amulet of the Acolytes, after Donatello. He and his brothers train themselves to fight against the Tengu Shredder, of whom the Utrom Shredder stole identity from. In the Fast Forward season, he and his brothers alongside Splinter are accidentally transported to a hundred years in the future, befriending Cody Jones, Casey and April's descendant, and Serling, while battling evil forces like Cody's uncle Darius Dun, Sk'Okanabo and Viral. They return to the present in the Back to the Sewer season and fight against a cybernetic copy of the Utrom Shredder, dubbed the Cyber Shredder. They then attend Casey and April's wedding. The Turtles also return in Turtles Forever, teaming up with their 1987 and later also Mirage counterparts to take down the Utrom Shredder, who was revived by the 1987 Shredder and Krang, once and for all.
- His strength is 7.5.
- He speaks with a Brooklyn accent.