For reasons unknown to mankind, I want to talk about Raphael, the ninja turtle. For those of you who just came from the other dimension, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles is one of the coolest things that happened in the 90's. It is equivalent to Mankind's Lunar Landing or the discovery of the metal adamantium. It became one of the many inspirations of great artists of the decade and it spawned new generation of creativity in the world. It's up to you if you believe me on this one. :-)
Raphael as you know by now, is the least favorite of probably everyone. Yeah, seriously, tell me someone who's favorite turtle is Raph and I'll show you 1000 who is not. He is the most under developed and who's character you can least relate with.
Leonardo is the leader and uses the Katana blades.
Donatello is the brains or the genius/ inventor and uses the bo.
Michaelagelo is the nunchaks wielding, pizza loving, cool turtle.
Raphael is what? None that you can easily describe. I bet, most of us doesn't even know the name of his weapon, which is a sai.
Now, above are just my descriptions, below are the official descriptions of its creator as expressed on its very touching and very inspiring opening theme lyrics:
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3x)
Heroes in a half-shell
They're the world's most fearsome fighting team (We're really hip!)
They're heroes in a half-shell and they're green (Hey - get a grip!)
When the evil Shredder attacks
These Turtle boys don't cut him no slack!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2x)
Splinter taught them to be ninja teens (He's a radical rat!)
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That's a fact, Jack!)
Raphael is cool but crude (Gimme a break!)Michaelangelo is a party dude (Party!)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(3x)
Heroes in a half shell
Turtle power! "
Raphael was never cool, it was Michael Angelo. Even the creators got mixed up and must have confused the color orange from red. Having the color red mask is the only good thing about him. Since this color represents the courage, fire, aggression, among others, they wanted to make Raph, the crude one, the bad guy, the sort of enforcer. But they failed, no doubt.
Thus he excelled on only one thing. The only thing that he was great at. That is, becoming the least popular of the turtles.
Poor Raphael. If ever you meet him, show some love for the guy. ;-)
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