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Real Name
First Appearance
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May, 1984)
Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
Team Affliations
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Shredder, Nightwatcher
Base of Operations
New York City
Half-Human/Half-Turtle Creature
Skills and Abilities
Highly skilled in ninjutsu, Olympic-level agility, speed, and strength, Mastery of kobudo, Master of stealth, Chi Gong, Master of twin offensive/defensive sai
Tools and Weapons
Twin offensive/defensive sai

Raphael is one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and is known as the hot-tempered member of the group.


When a pet turtle was accidentally dropped down a sewer along with a radioactive mutagen, it and the other pet turtles he was with were mutated into humanoids. He was raised with the other turtles by a mutant rat who gave him the name Raphael and trained them in the martial arts to become ninjas. Later, he and his brother decided to use their skills to protect New York City.


Early Years[]

When four turtles where accidentally dropped into the sewer (due to a traffic accident) along with some mysterious mutagen, they were transformed into hominid creatures.  They were found by a rat, who was also mutated during the same event, who took them in and raised them like a father.  The rat, named Splinter, once belonged to a master ninja and remembering his master's skills, he trained to four turtles as ninjas to give them discipline and a means to defend themselves. He also gave them all names based on Renaissance era artists: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.