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Raphael: You are so smug, you know that? You think the world revolves around you, don't you? We couldn't survive without the mighty and powerful Leonardo... ...to guide us through our problems. Well, I got a news flash for you: We got along just fine without you.
Leonardo: Oh, and this qualifies as "just fine"? Dressing up like it's Halloween every night? Risking the safety of our family? I mean, come on, what were you thinking?
Raphael: Don't push it. You can't leave and come back...expecting us to fall in line like your little soldiers.
Leonardo: Hey, I was training. Training to be a better leader, for you. Why do you hate me for that?
Raphael: And whoever said I wanted to be led? I'm better off calling my own shots now. Get used to it.
Leonardo: You aren't ready. You're impatient and hot-tempered. And more importantly, I'm better than you.
Raphael: Oh, you know something, big brother? I'd have to disagree with you on that one.
Leonardo: Don't do this, Raph.
Raphael: I'm done taking orders.
~ Raphael to Leonardo before they clash in TMNT
We live together, we train together, we fight together, we stand for good, together. We are Ninjas. We strike hard, defend, protect and fade into the night. And there ain't no bad guy or monster gonna ever change that. That's what's important. And that's why we'll always be...brothers. Oh, I love bein' a turtle
~ Raphael.

Raphael is one of the four main protagonists of the 1990's Live-Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series and the main protagonist in the fourth film TMNT. He is the short tempered and hot head of his brothers who wears a red bandana and wields twin sais.

He was successively voiced by Josh Pais, Laurie Faso and Tim Kelleher in the three live actions movies. In TMNT, Raphael was voiced by Nolan North who also voiced Nathan Drake in Uncharted, Desmond Miles in Assassin's Creed, Smokescreen in Transformers Prime, Bishop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Superboy in Young Justice.


My master Yoshi's first rule was... Possess the right thinking. Only then can one receive... the gifts of strength, knowledge, and peace. I have tried to channel your anger, Raphael... but more remains. Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward, it is an unconquerable enemy. You are unique among your brothers... for you choose to face this enemy alone. But as you face it, do not forget them. And do not forget me.
~ Splinter to Raphael about his anger.

Raphael is very hot-tempered and is particularly the most lone wolf of his family, easily very susceptible and quite stubborn. Although he can seem quite distant from others, Raphael loves his family deeply, Splinter being one of the few people who understand him and when he disappeared Raph was left confused and angry for a long time. One of Raph's most positive traits is his tendency to make jokes or sarcasm.

By the events of TMNT, Raph has become more distant from his family, especially towards Leo, whose leadership he no longer supports. When he finally confronts his brother about it, there is no slack on why he's frustrated with Leo's supposed importance to the team, that he doesn't need him and that he doesn't want a leader. After hurting Leo, Raph is horrified by his act and flees crying. The relationship between them is however repaired when Raph later saves Leo.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Raphael appears one of the four main protagonists of the film. In this film he is seen arguing with Leonardo throughout the film and he even uses mild profanity at times. He then gets badly hurt by the Foot. In the final battle with Shredder, he and his brothers get beaten until Splinter shows up and finishes the Shredder.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Oozes

Raphael in this film appears as one of the four main protagonists. He also once again argues with Leonardo, though not as much in the first film. In the final battle with Super Shredder, he and his brothers finally kill the Shredder once and for all

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3

Raphael once again is one of the main protagonists in the third film. Along with his brothers, he finds himself stuck in medieval Japan looking for April. Like Michelangeo, Raphael is reluctant to return home, having mostly bonded with a little boy named Yoshi.


Raphael and his brothers and Splinter in the CGI movie.

Raphael is the protagonist of TMNT. This time his brothers serve as deuteragonists and tritagonists, due to most of the film focusing on the rivalry between him and Leo. Raph is the main protagonist and Leo is the deuteragonist, due to Raph learning and understanding new lessons.

In Leonardo's absence in Central America, Raphael spends the night as the Nightcrawler and takes on the criminal but hides him from the others. Upon Leo's return, Raph becomes more bitter towards him upon seeing Splinter describe him as the most important of the Turtles. As monsters and stone creatures aided by the Foort Clan appear, Raphael is continually at odds with Leonardo and ends up going his way.

While working as the Nightcrawler, he almost catches one of the thirteen monsters but soon finds himself face to face with Leo who does not approve of the vigilante's activities. The two end up fighting, with Leo angering Raph by using his silkbending and ends up delivering a heavy blow that sends Raph's helmet flying. Now unmasked, Raph exhales all the bitterness he feels towards Leo and how he can no longer bear to be commanded by him. Leo when to him exposes the faults of his brother, namely his impatience and his anger while affirming that he is better than him. Raph disagrees and draws his sais, leading to an even more intense fight between the two brothers. Their weapons end up blocking each other but Raph ends up breaking Leo's katanas and then tackles him to the ground, almost impaling his head. Horrified that he nearly killed his own brother, Raph flees just to watch helplessly as Leo is kidnapped by the Stone Generals.

Back home, he keeps venting his frustration until he admits to Splinter that he finally figured out why Leo is the boss and not him. His adoptive father nevertheless reassures him that it is not because he is not his favorite that he loves him less than all the others. Raph then tells the others about Leo's capture and they go to save him. After defeating the Stone Generals, Raph abandons his Nightcrawler identity and is more bonded with his brothers than ever.


  • Raphael's alternate alias, Nightcrawler, was briefly mentioned in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the 2012 serie.
  • Raphael makes brief cameo appearances in All Tomorrow's Yesterdays and Turtles Forever.
  • Along with pizza, Raph's other favorite food is cereal.


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Mirage Comics: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo) | Splinter | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms
IDW Comics: Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Jennika | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms | Angel |

1987 TV series: Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Irma Langenstein | Casey Jones | Fugitoid | Buffy Shellhammer | Mona Lisa | Karai | Renet Tiley
2003 TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo) | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms (Mortu) | Karai | Leatherhead | Agent Bishop | Fugitoid | Traximus | Zog | Miyamoto Usagi | Nanobot (TMNT) | Renet Tilley (TMNT 2003) | Justice Force | The Ancient One | The Ninja Tribunal | Cody Jones | Serling | Starlee Hambrath
2012 TV series: Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Karai | Ice Cream Kitty | Dr. Cluckingsworth | Fugitoid | Bishop | Slash | Leatherhead | Dr. Tyler Rockwell | Pigeon Pete | Mona Lisa | Sal Commander | Utroms | Metalhead | Shinigami | Miyamoto Usagi | Mondo Gecko | Muckman | Jack Kurtzman | Alopex | Renet Tilley | Zeno the Triceraton
Rise of the TMNT: Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Todd Capybara | Frankenfoot | Piebald | Karai

TMNT 1, 2, 3 & TMNT (2007): Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo) | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Danny Pennington | Keno | Jordan Perry | Mitsu | Max Winters
TMNT (2010 films): Leonardo | Splinter | Raphael | Michelangelo | Donatello | April O'Neil | Casey Jones

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Jennifer Corvino | Dr. John McGregor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, & Raphael) | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Danny Pennington | Keno | Jordan Perry | Mitsu | The Mask | Stanley Ipkiss | Tina Carlyle | Lloyd Christmas | Harry Dunne | Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Sonya Blade | Jax Briggs | Kitana | Nightwolf | Austin Powers | Vanessa Kensington | Blade | James Carter | Inspector Lee | Felicity Shagwell | Little Nicky | Satan | Foxxy Cleopatra | Buddy Hobbs | Papa Elf | Ed Warren | Lorraine Warren | Judy Warren | The Losers Club (Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon, Richie Tozier, & Stan Uris) | Davis Okoye | Dr. Kate Caldwell | George | Sister Irene | Mary Ellen | Daniela Rios | Bob Palmeri | Cole Young | Scorpion | Liu Kang | Raiden | Jax Briggs | Sonya Blade | Kung Lao | Johnny Cage

See Also
Austin Powers Heroes | DC Extended Universe Heroes | Friday the 13th Heroes | Middle-Earth Heroes | Mortal Kombat Heroes | Spawn Heroes | The Conjuring Heroes | TMNT Heroes | Warner Bros. Heroes