Raphael is a member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with his brothers Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Often butting heads with Leonardo over his leadership decisions, Raphael is often depicted as the most rebellious of the four brothers. In combat, Raphael is known predominantly because of his distinguishing red bandanna and dual Sai, which he wields with ferocious skill. Outside of combat, Raphael is often sulking about the headquarters, working out, making sarcastic remarks and generally preferring to be alone.
Although often considered to be a loner with a poor attitude, Raphael has always been there when his brothers needed him. Although he questions Leonardo’s leadership at times, it is clear that he also respects him. In particular, Raphael has a very close relationship with Michelangelo, whom he views as a little brother that he needs to protect. At home, Raphael often loosens up a bit around Michelangelo, joking with him and giving him the emotional support he needs. His affection for Michelangelo runs so deep that in combat, the thought of Michelangelo getting hurt is enough to bring Raphael into an uncontrollable rage.
In the classic TMNT arcade games, Raphael was generally an unpopular character due to the extremely short range of his Sai. To address this, game developers have, in more recent games, have made him the most powerful of the four brothers, to reflect his “tough guy'” attitude.
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES)||Raphael gives his thanks to Splinter and April by giving them a pile of gifts. Raphael then tells them he is happy to have friends as good as they are.|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (NES)||Raphael accuses Shredder of being up to one of his lousy tricks. Shredder says you have not seen the last of him, he then gets up and runs off screen. Splinter comes floating into the screen, drops down in front of Raphael and says “You have performed well my sons. Now let us celebrate our victory.”|