Raphael or Raph is one of the main protagonists in the 2012-2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series. He is the adoptive son of Master Splinter (Hamato Yoshi) and the younger adoptive brother of Karai (Hamato Miwa), as well as the younger birth brother of Leonardo, older birth brother of Donatello and Michelangelo, and pet owner of Slash.
Like all his other appearances in the past, Raphael's weapon of choice is his Sai. He wears a red mask and fights with two sai. Known for his rage, he commonly takes it out on Mikey, and on occasions, to Leo and Donnie, due to their occasional feud (Raph's sibling rivalry, jealousy and power hunger that Leo is the team leader while Donnie is the team' scientist, mechanist and inventor). Raphael sports a chip in the bottom of his shell as a result of Splinter's earlier encounters with the Kraang that were after him. He is voiced by Sean Astin in this series
In this 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 grumpy, impetuous, impulsive, furious, tough, cocky, sarcastic, sardonic, brutal, heedless, brawny, aggressive, hot-headed and eager for a fight, which gives the impression that he cares more about showing off his skills than waging war for a cause.
If there is a brawl, Raph would gladly join in without question. He would rather fight first and ask questions later. Raph uses intimidation and violence as a means to solve problems, even with his family and friends, and does so very ruthlessly and brutally. During the first portion of the first episode, "Rise of the Turtles", it was shown that he has exceptional agility, able to dodge all of Donatello's bo staff strikes, before snatching the staff and breaking it. It is also implied that he has won several times before, as he says to Donatello "drop the staff, and no one gets hurt" to which Donatello replies, "I did last time, but you still hurt me." After defeating Donatello, Raphael then won the training tournament by throwing Leo with one of his sai. However, when Splinter congratulated them, Raph arrogantly bragged about his victory, which caused Splinter to hit a pressure point on his neck and forced him to compliment his brothers. He is once again an impulsive hothead throughout the show, having a short fuse. In this sense, it is obvious that he does not care about getting hurt too much in a fight. In "New Girl In Town", he states that he has no problem risking his own life, but he cannot stand to, and therefore will not, risk the lives of his brothers.
Additionally, Raph is also very relentless, brash, haughty, willful, daring, obstinate, strong-willed, arrogantly argumentative, ignorant, stubbornly and often recklessly (yet sometimes angrily) determined to seek out danger as well as being a dangerously unpredictable and volatile loose cannon, since he loses his temper quite easily and loves to brawl, beat up, taunt, sneer and rant more than anything. Because of this, he does not care particularly if he is injured (thus 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. Because of his fiery, brutal anger, Raphael has super strong strength and willpower. Even without his weapons and armor, the "fire still burns in his heart" (as described by some characters), meaning that he will stop at nothing to destroy his enemies, even if it means doing it the hard way.
Raphael has an extremely sardonic and sarcastic sense of dark humor, meaning that he isn't afraid to make light of very dark situations (joke about dejected and morose people who are miserable). He likes to mock and taunt his family, friends, and his enemies, often coming up with very smart-mouthed insults and ignorant remarks. Although Michelangelo is considered the funniest of the team, Raphael is the most sardonic and sarcastic. He is also the most relentless of the turtles, his relentless ferocity makes him a deadly fighter.
Despite all this, Raph does have a soft side, (though it is rarely, if ever, displayed). Though he has trouble admitting it, he is a righteous savior who loves his brothers and Sensei dearly. He would do anything to protect them, but he would never admit it in order to stay "hardcore" and to protect his pride. 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 cockiness and hot-headed 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, preferring to risk himself. He is fiercely loyal to those he cares about, and will not give up on them.
Always acting before he thinks things through, Raphael is the rebel of the team. He is catty, sarcastic, tough, and at times, mean; but he is known to have a soft side when caring for his pet turtle. It is also shown that he loves his brothers very much, and shows his nurturing side at times, mostly to his younger brother Michelangelo. However, he often feels that his family doesn't understand or accept him so he doesn't usually open up to them.
As seen in "New Girl in Town", Leonardo and Raphael begin to argue. When this happens, Leonardo decides that Raphael should lead the team, if he can do better, to which Raphael agrees. During this, they battled Snakeweed, and Michelangelo ended up injured. Raphael said he 'froze up seeing Michelangelo like that'. He told Splinter he needs Leonardo. He also said, "I don't mind risking my own life, but risking my brothers'..." This shows us how much he cares about his brothers.
As far as Raphael's flaws go, the biggest, and most obvious would be his temper. Not only is his temper formidable, but it is also very quick to ignite. He starts to deal with his anger issues in "Turtle Temper", after being told by Master Splinter that anger can be very destructive (via a story that explained why the Shredder killed Tang Shen). Throughout the rest of the series, he is slightly less impulsive; however he is still the most aggressive of his brothers, and always becomes extremely angry when one or more of his brothers are hurt. Raphael is less vicious to his brothers after this, but still hits them when they are being annoying. Raphael is also very quick to judge people, like Karai.
Skills, Powers and Abilities
- Anger: As seen multiple times through the series, Raphael's greatest weakness has been his anger. However, when properly focused, his temper can be used as his greatest strength, increasing his fighting abilities.
- Okinawan Kobudō (Sai) : Raphael was trained by Splinter in the use of sais. Although Raph can use his sais for their intentional purpose of trapping his enemies weapons within their prongs, he also uses them in the same manner a daggers, stabbing and piercing his opponents. He can also twirl sais in a similar manner to Donnie's bo-staff twirling abilities. When holding them in a reverse grip between his fingers, Raph can use the pommel of his sais to increase the effect of his punches.
- Shurikenjutsu: Raphael can throw shiruken with remarkable accuracy.
- Tegaki Profiency: In "Vision Quest", Raphael forged his own custom-made Tegaki, which resembled a pair of Tekkō-kagi but with only two blades. He wielded them as though they were gauntlets.
- Strength: Raphael is the strongest of the turtles, even stronger than Leonardo. Because of this, he is the first to face off against large and more powerful opponents such as Slash, Triceriton soldiers, and even Super Shredder. He can also carry his three younger brothers (especially Leo) at will.
- Speed: Raphael is able to move at great speed, able to free run on rooftops without losing momentum. He also possesses great reaction speed, allowing him to dodge projectiles such as lasers the Kraang's blasters, and enemy attacks. He can also spin his sais at incredible speed.
- Stealth: Being taught by Splinter, Leonardo, as well as his brothers, are able to be one with darkness and hide and move within the shadows without being noticed.
- Pressure Point Intuition: As shown in "Slash and Destroy", Raphael is able to use the famous Pressure Point technique which he uses to defeat Slash.
- Retractable limbs into shell: Though rarely (if ever) depicted, he has the normal ability of a turtle to retract his limbs into the saftey of his shell.
- Artistry: "Return to New York" showed that Raphael has some skill as a painter, from when he painted a "Venus de Milo" artwork on the side of the Party Wagon. One of the walls of his bedroom is also covered with splotches of different colors of paint, but without any clear illustration.
During most of the series, Raphael wields a pair of dual twin Sai as his signature weapon (as per tradition), with which, like his brothers and their chosen weapons, he is highly skilled. In fact, 2012 Raphael is the first to use it as intended, as a grappling/disarming weapon, rather then as a stabbing dagger.
In "The Pulverizer Returns!", Master Splinter says that the boys are relying too heavily on their own weapons and makes them swap. After this process, Raphael is left with Michelangelo's nunchucks. His Sai are given to Donatello. Despite their best efforts, none of them are particularly successful (mostly Donatello, who manages to prick himself with the Sai) however, Raphael only hits himself twice with the nunchucks, meaning he is at least somewhat competent with them (most likely because they are of a similar design, ie: two, small handheld weapons).
However, during a more difficult fight, the turtles are still uncooperative with their new weapons and swap back. When Splinter finds out, he confiscates all weapons, stating that anything can be useful. When he and his brothers are trying to save Timothy, Raphael uses two planks of wood, holding and fighting with them in a style similar to his Sai. In "The Gauntlet", he used a Yumi bow and like his other brothers wielded Shuriken (throwing stars). In "Showdown, Part 1", Raphael armed himself with Kama scythes, Shuriken, Kunai, Tonfa and Brass Knuckles.
During Season 2, when the Turtles try to relax by playing a live action fantasy role-playing gane, he begrudgingly complies to join in on the fun. He primarily used an axe as his fighting weapon, along with his "Drawf Barbarian" costune (which he found to be "stupid"). He once again retains this costume during Season 3's "Tale of the Yokai".
During his time in outer space throughout the first half of Season 4, Raphael used laser sais and a laser blaster created by Fugitoid as his main weapons. He reverts back to his regular sais for the remainder of Season 4, and throughout the fifth and final season.
While down in the sewers, Raphael beat Donatello and then he fought Leonardo, (who beat Michelangelo in a fight before) and then won the training tournament by throwing Leonardo with his Sai. However, when Splinter congratulated them, Raphael bragged about his win, which caused Splinter to hit a pressure point on his neck and forced him to compliment his brothers. The Turtles are later seen eating a dish Michelangelo prepared called "Algae and Worms." After the meal, Splinter relays the story of how they were transformed (which is fairly different from the other origin stories told in the other series).
Fifteen years before the "Rise of the Turtles, Part 1", the benevolent Hamato Yoshi purchased the four turtles. Yoshi came into contact with a rat and had to fight against a couple of Kraang. The aliens dropped their mutagen, causing the mutation of Yoshi and the Turtles. Yoshi raised the Turtles as his own children and continues to train them in ninjutsu. Splinter agrees after some begging to let the Turtles go to the surface. It is here that Raphael scares a Pizza delivery guy who speeds away on his motorcycle. The four of them, curious, open the box, and, after Michelangelo tries it, eat (and very much enjoy) the pizza.
Raphael's character design was updated, giving him green eyes as well as a small, lightning shaped chip cut out of his plastron across his left shoulder. His shell shows distinct battle damage, and the tails of his mask are tattered and worn. On the new ninjaturtles.com, Raphael says that he usually uses his Sai as a pair of pizza forks.
- Donatello - Raphael's second-youngest brother. He fights with Donnie the least, in physical terms, but in verbal terms, he makes fun of Donnie's intelligence and his huge crush on April a great deal. As far as Raph's treatment of his brothers goes, his behavior to Donnie is the closest he comes to full on bullying. However, like all his brothers, Raph cares for Donnie deeply and is incredibly protective of him. In "A Foot Too Big", he tried to console Donnie about his feelings for April, telling Donnie to give up because he was a mutant and she was human and that he should get used to it sooner so the pain would be less.
- Casey Jones - Raphael initially fought Casey the first time they met, and then became close friends and rivals, having a lot in common. They are both shown patrolling together frequently. Since season 3, they have become more like family, and Splinter and Mikey specifically consider April and Casey part of their family.
- Leonardo - Raphael's only older brother. His relationship with Leonardo was generally tense, Leonardo's more patient approach contrasting with Raphael's aggression, but he developed a greater appreciation for Leonardo's skills when Raphael's own attempt to serve as the leader showed him that he couldn't cope with the pressure of taking responsibility for his brothers' safety, preferring to risk himself rather than them. He and Leo tend to fight about who would be a better leader of the Turtles, but Leo always comes first, making Raph jealous. They seem to fight the most out of all their brothers, but they still care about each other. The two are shown to trust each other more in the family as they are often discussing things privately away from the others such as Leo's relationship with Karai. Raph often expresses annoyance at Leo's constant attempts at 'hero speak', especially in season 1 when Leo is most influenced by Space Heroes. However, Raphael does gain some sort of respect for Leo after being the leader himself for a while, and finding it very difficult. After the Kraang Invasion of New York, Leo was severely injured to the point he was in a temporary coma. Raph was the one who watched over Leo day and night until he got better. While Leo was still healing from his wounds, Raph appeared to have become the de facto leader as he was the one to lead the training sessions with his brothers and the one giving orders when Leo could not.
- Michelangelo - Raphael's youngest brother. With Michelangelo he insults him but he cares. This is shown when in "New Friend, Old Enemy" he comforts Mikey when he is feeling down, by telling him that he is an awesome guy. Mikey teases and messes with Raph the most of the four brothers, much to Raph's ire, and Raph gets easily angered by this. He often retaliates physically by yelling, berating, intimidating and beating up Mikey. Raphael is seen to guiding his baby brother to somewhat the dark side when it comes to villains like in Never Say Xever where he told Mikey not to apologize for dropping Bradford, and Mikey obeyed. He seems to have little respect for Mikey (and Donnie) as a fighter. This is seen in "Mouser Attack!" when Raphael (and Leonardo) kept labeling Donnie and Mikey 'the B-Team' or when he declined Leo's idea to contact Mikey and Donnie for help when the mousers attacked them. It wasn't until the near end and dubbed him and Mikey the A Minus-team (which they were fine with, as it was as good as they were going to get from Raph), as he playfully gave Mikey a nuggie. Despite all that, he cares a lot about Mikey and gets furious, like the other two, everytime Mikey gets hurt by an enemy (as seen in "I think his name is Baxter Stockman"). He was also the first to show major concern when he realized Mikey was in danger in New Friend Old Enemy. He was extremely concerned when Mikey got hurt during the battle with Snakeweed, even giving him a hug. In Coackroach Terminator when Mikey was kidnapped by Spy-Roach (when playing bait), Raph decided to put his fears aside to go save Mikey. Raph, along with Donnie and Leo, even threatened Leatherhead to stay away from him in It Came From The Depths. Raph seems to be very close with Mikey, and is as protective of him as much as he is with the others as seen in Invasion of the Squirrelanoids when he rescues Mikey from drowning with the Squirrelanoids. In The Invasion, Raph and Mikey really show off their love and feelings for each other. When the other was sad or scared he would give him a hug or tell him something comforting. Furthermore, when other people start beating up Mikey, Raph stands up for his little brother. Raph seems to be the most protective of Mikey. Though he doesn't show it very often, Raph deeply cares about him. Raph seems closest to Mikey out of all his brothers, sometimes joking with him (usually at Donnie or Leo's expense). For example, in "Panic in the Sewers", Donnie starts rattling on about frost, and Mikey asks Raph if "He [Donnie] maybe has an off switch somewhere]" Raph slaps Donnie on the back of the head, causing Donnie to yell "OW!" and shut up. Raph then turns back to Mikey and says "Found it!" and the two share a laugh.
- April O'Neil - Raphael's first human friend. He and April don't interact that much. He got a little defensive when the Purple Dragons tried to mug her, but he also laughed at her when they thought Pigeon Pete attacked her. He was also impressed that she escaped from Karai. He and April are good friends. Since season 3, they have become more like family, and Splinter and Mikey specifically consider April and Casey part of their family.
- Spike / Slash - Raph's relationship with Slash is complicated, to say the least, as a pet love that turned into a conflicted ambiguous love between two fully-grown sentient mutant turtles. Slash was originally Raph's pet turtle Spike, and one of the only individuals Raph showed love and affection to, Raph usually speaking to him as if to another person rather than to a pet; indeed, Spike's first scene in "Rise of the Turtles, Part 2" showed Raph sharing solemn tender words of love to another unseen male character, only for the scene to reveal the recipient to be his non-verbal pet turtle Spike. In the same scene, Raph was deeply embarrassed that Michelangelo witnessed this exchange, implying that Raph prefers not to show tenderness to Spike when others are watching. This kind of tenderness occasionally carried over to Raph and Slash as mutants, as shown in a scene in "Clash of the Mutanimals" when Raph worriedly rushed to see if Slash was okay. When Spike became the mutant Slash in "Slash and Destroy", he demonstrated that he really had been listening to Raph all those years, finally requiting the love Raph had shown him. The two planned to become their own ninja team, but Slash proved unstable, possessive, and ax-crazy when he tried to kill Raph's brothers to have Raph all to himself. Raph rejected what Slash had become, and Slash escaped feeling betrayed by the only person he'd ever loved. Raph was so aggrieved by Slash's loss that Splinter had to teach him how to cope with the loss of loved ones. Slash and Raph did not interact much when they met again in "Metalhead Rewired", but Slash protected Raph from harm, demonstrating he still cared about him. Raph and Slash finally fully reconciled in "Newtralized!", when Slash's stabilizing conscience steadily alienated him from his then-ally, the Newtralizer, and Slash eventually turned against the Newtralizer to defend Raph, his brothers and Casey Jones. Raph invited Slash to come back home, but Slash declined, choosing to remain alone for the time. In "The Invasion, Part 2", when the turtles were permanently evacuating the Turtle Lair, Raph revealed his most cherished personal possession to be his photograph of Spike, expressing how much he still worried about Slash. After an exile in North Hampton, Raph and Slash met again in "Battle for New York, Part 1", immediately re-establishing their ties. Raph trusted Slash even while his brothers (particularly Leonardo) still doubted him. From this point on, their relationship is more casual, with Raph and Slash appearing as loyal friends but sharing far less affection, except for one scene in Clash of the Mutanimals. Slash is one of the few close friends or family who consistently addresses Raph by his three-syllable name, "Raphael," except for two utterances of "Raph" in "Slash and Destroy".
- Hamato Miwa / Karai - Raphael's adoptive sister, by virtue of her being Splinter's biological daughter. Raphael intensely hated and distrusted Karai from the moment he saw her. He did try to warn Leo at least not to fall for her, but also acknowledged how Leo thought Karai looked hot "in an evil kind of way". Raph also seems jealous due to his personality being very similar to that of Karai: they're both rebellious, cocky, arrogantly argumentative with lots of attitude (being arrogant and condescending), sardonic, sarcastic, daring, hard-as-nails and dangerously unpredictable/volatile. In fact, Raph was by far the most hostile, antagonistic and distrustful of Karai throughout the first two seasons, despite the fact that Karai is his adoptive sister as well as being highly cynical of Leo's enamorment with her, and brawling with Karai, both physically and verbally. But since Karai mutated, Raph has been more sympathetic to her like the rest of his siblings. In Serpent Hunt, he saved her from peril. What makes Raphael's hatred towards Karai (and Leo's attachment to her) ironic is the fact that he falls for Lieutenant Y'Gythgba, who is not only an initial antagonistic villainess with an initial complex love-hate relationship with him (similar to that of both Leonardo and Karai), but also a non-human anthropomorphic newt. Because of this, Karai, Leonardo, Donnie and Mikey are annoyed and dismayed of Raph's love for Mona Lisa.
- Hamato Yoshi / Splinter - Raphael's adoptive father. He tends to show a lot of rebellious, arrogantly argumentative stubbornness towards Splinter's advice, but Raphael still listens to his sensei and trains well under him. He is almost certainly the most rebellious of Splinter's sons, and Splinter's guidance is usually to show restraint or mercy in combat, as well as force and power. Despite this, he loves Splinter as much as his brothers and will rush to his help if Splinter is in danger.
- Leatherhead - Raphael never directly interacted with Leatherhead, but he did disagree with Michelangelo about befriending him.
- Timothy / The Pulverizer / Mutagen Man - Raphael finds him plain annoying and didn't really care about his safety, but he did try to help save him in "The Pulverizer Returns!".
- Y’Gythgba (Mona Lisa) - Raphael first met her after crash landing on an icy moon in "The Moons of Thalos 3". When she demonstrated how tough and skilled she is, Raph falls in love with her, whom he later renamed her "Mona Lisa". She bonds with Raph after saving her and G'Throkka (a.k.a. Sal Commando) from a few ice dragons. Then they shared their feelings for each other as she kissed him. As of "The War for Dimension X", Mona and Raphael are an official couple. Despite his romantic feelings for her, after her brief betrayal in "The Evil of Dregg". Raphael is shown later in "The Insecta Trifecta" to have deep-suited issues involving her. But at the same time it shows that he really misses her.
- Oroku Saki / The Shredder - Due to Shredder being Splinter's arch nemesis, Raphael hates the Shredder as well.
- The Kraang - Raphael dislikes the Kraang, and will do anything he can to stop their invasion plots. The Kraang also hate the Turtles due to them being the only force powerful enough to stop them. This rivalry is far more personal to the Turtles than their rivalry with the Foot Clan.
- Victor / Spider Bytez - Raphael and Spider Bytez really hated each other from the moment they first met. Raphael despises him because he insulted him, while Spider Bytez, as Vic, took pleasure in tormenting and insulting Raphael. When he caught the Turtles on tape, Raphael wanted to really break his face. Vic hates them, because he and his brothers broke his phone and satellite dish. Vic also blames Raphael and his brothers for turning him into a mutant spider, and attempted to kill Raphael's brothers, but Raphael managed to control his temper and defeat him. For some reason, Spider Bytez calls them "kung-fu frogs". Spider Bytez is one of the three villains that Raphael hates the most; The others are Chong and Fishface.
- Baxter Stockman - Raphael dislikes him, and takes pleasure in throwing him in the trash.
- Xever Montes / Fishface - One of Raphael's archenemies. He fights him every chance he gets, and the two seem evenly matched, as they were the most powerful fighters in their groups (besides their masters). However, unlike Spider Bytez and Chong, Raphael and Fishface share a mutual respect for each other, and share many similarities. In "Baxter's Gambit", they work together really well, and seem to be alike due to their aggression and willingness to fight until the end. Fishface even tells Raphael about his past. Raphael and Fishface also saved each other once during this episode and later Raphael was able to detect an attack on Leonardo from Fishface before it caused any damage. Despite them being alike in many ways, Raphael and Fishface are fierce enemies.
- Chris Bradford / Dogpound / Rahzar - One of Raphael's enemies. He dislikes him, but their rivalry is far less aggressive than that of Raphael and Fishface.
- Spy-roach - Due to his fear of cockroaches, Raphael both hates and fears Chong. Chong also hates Raph because Raph tried to kill him when he was a normal cockroach. During the whole episode "Cockroach Terminator", Chong stopped at nothing to kill Raph using Raph's fear of him to his advantage, along with his mutation. Raph spent the whole episode trying to get away from him, but was forced to confront his fear when Chong kidnapped Mikey. Raph managed to save Mikey with the Stealth Bike and faced his fear, fighting the mutant roach, and flattened his face with the Stealth Bike wheel. Chong came back for round two, but Raph beat him in hand to hand combat and destroyed him with the Kraang's drill, though he doesn't know about the eggs Chong had laid with the mutant cockroaches, shortly after Chong was defeated.
- Snake / Snakeweed - He made his debut in the first episode of the series "Rise of the Turtles, Part 1", before he mutates into a mutated weed, he was a henchman for the Kraang. His name was previously Snake, so Michelangelo renamed him Snakeweed after his mutation.
- Victor Falco / The Rat King - Raphael really hates the Rat King, but his rivalry with him isn't as big compared to most of his other enemies.
- The Newtralizer - Another of Raphael's enemies.
- Ivan Steranko / Rocksteady - Raphael's enemy
- Raphael is named for the famous Renaissance master, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.
- Raphael's name is Hebrew, meaning "God has Healed". Raphael is also the only brother to have a Hebrew name, whilst all three of his brothers' names are Italian. He is the only turtle to not have an o sound at the end of his name. These things are because the Turtles were named after the common English names for the four Renaissance artists, and unlike the others, the artist Raphael is not usually called by his Italian name Raffaello.
- In Katakana, Raphael's name is spelled: ラファエル (Rafaeru).
- Given the fact that he was adopted by Hamato Yoshi/Splinter, Raphael's full name would be "Hamato Raphael", or "Raphael Hamato" in Western naming order.
- His mastery of Ninjutsu includes: Taijustu, Qigong, Shurikenjustu, Kobudō, Kayajustu, Shinobi-iri, Boyaku, Sui-ren, Archery, and Intonjustu.
- Raphael is the second oldest of his brothers; Leonardo being the oldest while he's older than Donatello & Michelangelo.
- Raphael has a bolt-shaped chip missing at the upper, left side of his plastron. His shell, and body in general are by far the most scarred of his brothers'.
- His mask has the longest tails, and by far the most tattered.
- Raphael is often called "meat-head" by Donatello.
- It was revealed in "Cockroach Terminator" that Raphael has katsaridaphobia (irrational fear of cockroaches), and is terrified of Donatello's pet SpyRoach (or called "Chong"). The origins of his katsaridaphobia has yet to be explored, but apparently Raphael was able to keep it quiet, as his brothers never knew of his phobia until that episode.
- He eventually conquers his bug fear in "The Insecta Trifecta".
- It is revealed in "Parasitica" that Raphael gets nausea after seeing body parts from bugs.
- Raphael had a pet turtle named Spike, who later turned into Slash.
- Raphael is shown to care a lot about his youngest brother Michelangelo, as he didn't know what to do anymore when Michelangelo got hurt.
- Raphael also cares about his other brothers as he said: "I don't mind risking my own life, but my brothers'..."
- It is seen in "New Girl in Town", when Raphael gets under so much pressure being the leader for a short time, he freezes up with anxiety.
- Though he is the second oldest, Raphael is the third tallest/second shortest of the turtles. However, his stocky build often makes him seem shorter.
- In the first season of the show he has three big rivals Fishface, Spider Bytez and the Spy-roach.
- Raphael is the second Turtle to hide completely in his shell as seen in "The Good, The Bad and Casey Jones".
- Raphael's personality has traits of a Tsundere, in Japan a tsundere is a person that acts hostile and cold towards others but has a much more softer side to them that they reveal over time.
- It is revealed in "Lone Rat and Cubs" that Raph got the scar on his plastron when he was run over by a shopping cart as a child.
- It is revealed in "Wanted: Bebop and Rocksteady" that he hates sour cream.
- He is right-handed.
- He is first seen without his mask in "The Creeping Doom".
- It is a blink-and-miss, a maskless Raph, and then Leo, are seen chasing Donnie, who has their masks, around the Lair.
- Raph is also the fourth turtle seen maskless.