James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Cartoon Characters That He Liked As A Child – Part 18: Raphael

James Proclaims (6)

Gosh we’re making progress with this A-Z business now aren’t we? We’re already up to the letter ‘R’. I think that calls for a little celebratory ‘Cowabunga’!

I’m sorry, I don’t know what came over me. I assure you that will never happen again on these pages.

Let’s just try and forget about it and move on to today’s animated hero of choice


‘R’ is for Raphael.


Raphael, as I’m sure we all know, was an Italian Renaissance Painter. As was Michelangelo, who also did a bit of sculpting. Sculpting was a thing that Donatello was also known for, and as for Leonardo, well he was something of a Renaissance polymath, who notably painted the Mona Lisa amongst other things. He was also a pretty good footballer in the 1990s. Although that might have been a different Leonardo. We should probably use full names when talking about these people to avoid confusion.

Certainly my sister got a bit confused when my family visited the Vatican back in 1990. When told that Michelangelo painted the Sistine chapel, she exclaimed her surprise, noting that she thought Michelangelo was a turtle.

Because of course, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello were all turtles too. Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles to be precise.

Sorry? What’s that?

Did I mean to write Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

I mean obviously I’ve heard of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were also quite popular back in the day, and, to an extent, have retained a certain level of popularity over the years. Enough popularity for Michael Bay, not satisfied with ruining Transformers for everyone, to also ruin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with some more of his awful movies.

But the franchise I loved when I was a child was definitely called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.

The main characters of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles were anthropomorphic turtles who were really good at martial arts and were all named after renaissance artists.

If that sounds similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then so be it, but it must have been a different cartoon because why else would it have had a different name? It can’t have been because British censoring laws in the 1980s meant that the word Ninja couldn’t be used because it might corrupt minors? That would be absolute madness!

  8 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Cartoon Characters That He Liked As A Child – Part 18: Raphael

  1. April 20, 2018 at 9:21 am

    The British government was right: I heard the word “ninja” when I was eleven and then I immediately took heroin…

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2018 at 11:49 am

      To be fair, I do think it’s the use of the word ‘hero’ that lead me to become the benevolent philanthropist that I am today. Oh wait…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. April 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    The “turtles” are thriving still. My 6 year old granddaughter is a big fan. We live in the US but I dont think she would care if they were heroes instead of ninjas. Thanks for your theme its been fun to read. My kids share in your taste of characters.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Your kids have great taste. Glad to hear the Turtles are still thriving 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Melanie Crouse
    April 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    A-ha! A character I’ve heard of! I’m so impressed with myself. Nice post! Melanie’s Stories

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 22, 2018 at 11:50 am

      You should be impressed with yourself. Well done!


  4. April 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I never really got into the Turtles. Ninja Turtles for me though!

    Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 26, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Oh definitely Ninja Turtles. I’m genuinely annoyed that I spent a significant portion of my childhood believing that they were called ‘Hero’ Turtles

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: