Home run! Raphael wins 1-nothing! – Raphael
Every group needs a bad boy, and in the turtle’s this is Raphael.
True Story: Growing up I loved the Ninja Turtles, but none as much as Raphael. Around 6 or 7 years old I was so in love with him I would write love letters to him and flush them down the toilet. (Thinking they would go down into the sewer – pity we lived in a small town and had a septic tank). I would also sit beside a storm drain by my house and stick slices of pizza down the slots while I talked away thinking he could hear me. Having a crush on a turtle is completely normal right?
Anyway, back to our lesson. Out of all the mainstream movie/cartoon turtle’s Raphael seems to have the most issues, but with himself and with his brothers. His witty remarks and touch of sarcasm … okay complete sarcasm is his way of handling those issues. Still he does have his strengths, so let’s deal with those first.
Determined – This is one boy – err – turtle who doesn’t back down. No matter what he is faced and no matter how sure he is that he will lose he puts both fists in and gives it his all.
Loyal – Raphael is fiercely protective and loyal to those he loves. It’s because of this loyalty that Raphael can’t sit still when someone is in trouble, sacrifices himself and runs off without a plan in order to save them.
Damn! – Raphael
Impulsive – Of all the turtle’s he is most likely to run off without a plan. He would rather be actively doing something than passively thinking about it.
Angry – Although the source of his anger isn’t really addressed it seems to lie in the fact that he is ultimately alone in his world. He tries to work through these issues but even he can’t seem to control the demon that lies within him. He especially struggles with his older brother, Leonardo.
Emotional control. No matter what situation Raphael is in he chooses to follow his heart instead of listening to his head, or brothers. Though this isn’t always a bad thing it can cause a lot of problems and pain for those around you.
It’s important to recognize and accept your emotions for what they are, but is also equally important to not let them define who you are all the time.
I do hope there’s more o’ them. – Raphael
No worries, there will be some more next week!