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Raphael
Biographical information
Home

New York City

Nickname(s)

Raph

Date of birth

1999

Age: 15 (2014) 17 (2016)

Abilities

Ninjutsu Expertise
Bulletproof Shell

Weapon(s) of choice

Twin Sai

Occupation

Ninja, Vigilante

Affiliation

Ninja Turtles

Physical description
Gender

Male

Bandana color

Red

Eye color

Green

Out of universe information
Era(s)

2014 film, 2016 film

First appearance

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 film)

Played by

Alan Ritchson

Teachers and Students
Teacher(s)

Splinter

  [Source]

"Time to take out the trash."
— Raph about the Foot Soldiers.

Raphael is one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the 2014 movie and its 2016 sequel.

Crush Soda's Description

With his red bandana, and twin sai in his belt, Raphael is the biggest of the brothers...and his ego is probably even bigger. Not one to hold back his temper, Raph is aggressive and struggles with following orders. His deep-seated fear of being alone is masked by his fierce independence and tough-guy exterior.

Nickelodeon's Description

  • Named after the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, Raphael
  • Choose his weapon due to his quick and "pointed personality"
  • The "anti-hero", "fight first and ask questions later"
  • Dark green and second oldest turtle
  • Physically strongest turtle
  • Aggressive nature, big attitude
  • Most fearsome and fearless of the group
  • Several scratches and chips on his shell, red mask is long with a tattered tail
  • Usually the one who throws the first punch
  • Steadfast and strong-minded and acts like a typical rebel who questions authority

Appearance

Raphael's bandana resembles a do-rag, He has a scar across his lips' right side. Raph wears many more bandages on his arms and legs than his brothers. Raph's shell has Japanese characters painted in red and pieces of duct tape where his shell has been cracked; there's one painted sign on his right side where it's written "Mikey was here".

History

Like his brothers, Raphael started out as a small turtle hatchling being used for scientific research in the laboratory of Eric Sacks. He was regularly injected with mutagen that gave him increased strength and healing.

After April O'Neil freed the Turtles and Splinter, they began to rapidly grow in size and intelligence, both of which were comparable or greater than that of humans. For the next fifteen years Raphael spent most of his life in the sewers with his brothers and adoptive father, where he was taught the art of ninjutsu. His preferred weapon was a pair of sais, which he was proficient at using in any way he chose (he was able to carve a rough statue with them in a matter of seconds).

Fiercely independent and aggressive, he was the most eager to engage the Foot Clan against Splinter's orders, and was the first Turtle that  April O'Neil sees after stopping the Foot Clan, although she did not get a good look at him and thought he was a man. When she tracked them down and took their picture, Raphael was highly threatening towards her, believing that she would share information about them for the sake of a story. He remained suspicious of her even after Splinter summoned her to their lair and revealed the part she had played in their lives, being the only brother who did not bow to her.

When the Foot invaded their lair, Raphael attacked several with a large revolving fan, but was buried under a pile of rubble and presumed dead. In actuality he was only knocked unconscious, and upon awakening he found Splinter mortally wounded. The mutant rat told him to save his brothers, who had been abducted by the Foot, and Raphael reluctantly did as he was told.

Teaming up with April and Vern Fenwick, Raphael infiltrated Eric Sacks laboratory facility, where his brothers were being drained of blood. Before he could free them, Shredder appeared and attacked him, beating the Turtle unconscious and cracking his shell while April freed the other Turtles. Raphael recovered quickly and accompanied them on their journey back to New York, where he followed Leonardo's lead in the battle against Shredder. At the end of the battle, believing that they were all about to die, Raphael blurted out his true feelings about his brothers, though he pretended not to be crying when they safely made it to the ground.

Having reclaimed some of the mutagen, he and the other Turtles headed back home and were able to heal Splinter. Upon seeing April again, Raphael acknowledged that she had not sold out his family for the sake of a job, as he had thought she would.

Two years later, Raphael had begun to chafe under the restrictions placed on them by their nature as giant turtles, feeling that they deserved some recognition for the things they had done for others. This led to more friction with Leonardo, who maintained that they needed to stay in the shadows, and that they would never be accepted by the outside world for who they were.

When the brothers set out to stop Shredder from escaping from a prison convoy, Raphael leapt out of the garbage truck and disposed of three Foot Soldiers on motorcycles.

Further friction was produced when Leonardo learned of the properties of the purple ooze, which had the potential to turn the Turtles human, but opted not to tell Michelangelo or Raphael of this. After Michelangelo told Raphael of this, Raphael was angered by the fact that Leonardo would deprive them of an important choice, and held back information that they had a right to know. When Leonardo left him behind on the next mission, Raphael decided to get his hands on more purple ooze so that he and Michelangelo could make their own decision.

To do this, he lied to Casey Jones and April about the purpose of the ooze, and formulated a plan to infiltrate police headquarters. Unfortunately the plan was wrecked by the theft of the ooze by the Foot Clan. Though Raphael was able to recover the substance, the Turtles' existence was revealed to the police, and April and Casey were arrested.

Before anything could be done about this, the Turtles had to leave for Brazil to prevent Bebop and Rocksteady from reclaiming an alien device. Raphael struggled the most with this mission, due to his fear of jumping from one plane to another in mid-flight, and the subsequent panic he suffered after falling from the crashing plane into a river.

Upon returning to New York, Raphael and his brothers were presented with the choice of whether to appear human for the rest of their lives. After some deliberation, Raphael smashed the beaker of purple ooze, finally accepting his Turtle nature for good. Instead the Turtles offered an alliance to Chief Rebecca Vincent, in order to stop Krang from assembling the Technodrome over New York and taking over the world. The Turtles successfully fought Krang and drove him back into his home dimension.

Along with his brothers, Raphael was given a key to the city in front of the NYPD. When Vincent said that they could live normal lives, he responded, "Normal, what fun is that?"

Trivia

  • Raph likes to chew on toothpicks.
  • Raph possesses knitting and woodcarving skills.
  • Splinter and the Turtles were laboratory experiments, much like in the IDW comics origin story.
  • The scene where Raphael is walking disguised on the streets with April was cut off the final version, but it was a reference to the way the Turtles used to disguise themselves in the Mirage comics, 1987 series, Archie Comics, 1990 film, and 2003 TV series.
  • Raphael's face is based on Clint Eastwood.
  • In the first film the Turtles are 15 years old, as the video footage April watches is dated 1999, and Eric Sacks mentions that he's spent the last 15 years trying to replicate the results from the lab, thus making them 15 years old in the first film. Since "Out of the Shadows" takes place two years later, that would make the turtles 17 in the second film.
  • He watched Batman once, and then invented a Batman voice.
  • Mikey considers him to be "The hype man", in their hip hop Christmas album.
  • He is the only one of the four turtles to not wear shoes.
  • In the 2016 film, Raph is shown to have mild acrophobia, as shown when they are jumping out of the plane. However, it doesn't seem to be a substantial fear, since he is able to jump between high buildings in New York with no visible problem.
  • His favorite type of soda is Strawberry Crush.
  • He has a tattoo on his right shoulder.

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