Retro raph


Biographical information

Turtle Lair, Sewers of Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, Earth


The Green Defender

Date of birth



Mastery of Ninjutsu, Can pull objects out of thin air

Weapon(s) of choice

Sai, Trident, Laser gun


Cool but rude



Physical description

Mutant Turtle



Hair color


Bandana color


Eye color


Out of universe information

1987 TV series, Turtles Forever, 2012 TV series

First appearance

Turtle Tracks

Created by

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, David Wise

Voiced by

Rob Paulsen (seasons 1-9, 2012 series)
Michael Gough (season 10)
Hal Rayle (European Vacation arc)
Thom Pinto (season 3 alternate)
Sebastian Arcelus

Teachers and Students

Splinter, 2012 Turtles (Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady)

Raphael is one of the four main characters of the 1987 animated series and is considered to be "cool but (c)rude". He wields a pair of sai and has a red bandana.


Raphael's personality is drastically different from other variations and has a far less confrontational relationship with his friends and brothers, not being a hot head with temper issues. Raphael is a sarcastic turtle with a smart aleck attitude. He frequently makes jokes that break the fourth wall and provides the wittiest of the cartoon's jokes. However, Raphael can become cranky and sometimes even hot tempered when upset about something.

Unlike the later versions, Raphael is not a scene stealing turtle and is happy that Leonardo is the leader of the team. Sometimes when Leonardo shouts a heroic line, Raphael would quickly add in a sarcastic retort. Sometimes if Leonardo's plan failed, he would challenge Leonardo to reconsider and re-evaluate the plan by saying "Now what, fearless leader?" rather than saying this to steal Leonardo's role as leader. However, Raphael did challenge Leonardo's leadership once in season 8's "Turtle Trek", when he suggested that they might need a new leader and nearly provoked Leonardo into a fight.

In the Season 4 episode Raphael Knocks 'em Dead, Raphael was being a comedian for a comedy club while investigating, but he gets kidnapped and the Turtles later rescue him.

In the Season 4 episode Raphael Meets His Match, Raphael was paired off with a mysterious female mutant lizard named Mona Lisa, who in the eyes of some fans, might have been considered as a potential girlfriend for Raphael. Despite following the Turtles back to New York City, Mona Lisa was never seen again.

In the season 5 episode Raphael Versus the Volcano, due to a malfunction in Donatello's Health-o-meter, Raphael was convinced that he soon was going to die. He decided to end his life as a hero named the "Green Defender," saving people from dangers and stopping criminals when he thought he had nothing to lose. When the Health-o-meter malfunction was discovered, the other Turtles found his farewell note, and they tracked him down to tell him he wasn't going to die. 

Raphael was voiced by Rob Paulsen throughout the series and for two episodes in Season 3, he was replaced by Thom Pinto in Episode "The Ninja Sword of Nowhere" and "The Turtle Terminator". In the final season, Raphael was voiced by Michael Gough. In Turtles Forever, Rob Paulsen did not reprise his role as Raphael due to it being too expensive based on the logistics of 4Kids being in NYC and Paulsen residing elsewhere, and was replaced by Sebastian Arcelus. Throughout most of Season Seven, the early episodes and the Vacation Season, Raphael was voiced by Hal Rayle. One of his memorable lines was "A mind like a steel trap" which he says to April O'Neil in the very first episode "Turtle Tracks" and again in Turtles Forever to Hun

He and the other members appear in the 2012 series, first making a brief cameo in Wormquake! and The Wrath of Tiger Claw. Unlike Turtles Forever, he and the other characters are voiced by their original voice actors. However in the Polish version he's voiced by his 2012 self VA, Otar Saralidze. He and the others also appear in Trans-Dimensional Turtles and in Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady.



Raphael (1987 TV series)/Gallery