Raphael the Raven

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Raphael the Raven
RavenBig.jpg
Full Name Raphael the Raven
Species Raven
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

“Raphael Raven here - Caww!”
Raphael the Raven, Tetris Attack

Raphael the Raven (also known by the shorter name Raphael Raven) is the leader of the Ravens and first appears as the boss of the fifth world in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Initially, he is an ordinary Raven but is magically enlarged by Kamek to fight the Yoshis. Even after he is defeated, he remains huge.

History[edit]

Yoshi series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Blue Yoshi fighting Raphael.

When Blue Yoshi first meets Raphael, he is an ordinary Raven. However, Kamek appears and magically enhances him, increasing his size and strength. Then, Raphael slams into Blue Yoshi, sending it and Baby Mario flying to a small moon. Additionally, the force of the attack makes the Yoshi lose all its eggs. Raphael then launches himself to the moon and prepares for battle.

Raphael fights by chasing and ramming into Blue Yoshi around the moon to send Baby Mario flying. He also attacks by jumping into the air and slamming the ground, creating shockwaves that circle the moon. The moon's interior is quartered by two stakes extending its diameter, the ends of which jut out from two points on the surface. Yoshi must Ground Pound one of these while Raphael is on the opposite end to damage him. With each hit, Raphael becomes redder, angrier and faster. After three successful hits, Blue Yoshi defeats Raphael and Raphael becomes a constellation in the sky.

Tetris Attack[edit]

Raphael the Raven returns in the game Tetris Attack, allied with the Shy Guys. In this game, Raphael is not considered an enemy. He is also a playable character, replacing the moon fairy Seren from the original Japanese version. He is in the eighth level and is the last character to be saved from Bowser's and Kamek's brainwashing.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Although Raphael the Raven did not appear as a boss in Yoshi's Island DS, he still makes a cameo. In the intro, one part shows a group of bosses from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, including Raphael and the others.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Although Raphael the Raven did not appear as a boss in Yoshi's New Island, in World 2, the Kamek mini-boss battle is similar to the Raphael the Raven boss battle. Giant Ravens also resemble Raphael the Raven.

Paper Mario[edit]

Raphael and five Ravens in Paper Mario.
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Raphael the Raven reappears in Paper Mario. In this game, Raphael is the leader of a tribe of reformed Ravens that live in peace with the Yoshis of Lavalava Island. He lives in nest in a tree high above the island and has become a legend to the Yoshis (as no one except the Village Leader can remember actually seeing him). He has the ability to communicate with both Mario and his Ravens. Raphael helps Mario by ordering his Ravens to build a device to take Mario and his allies to Mt. Lavalava, site of the fifth Star Spirit and the Lava Piranha. He also gives Mario the Ultra Stone, an item that allows Mario's party members to become even more powerful.

Tattle[edit]

  • "He's Raphael the Raven, the guardian of this jungle. Look at the size of this guy! He's enormous! I bet there's nothing he can't do. Doesn't he seem trustworthy?"

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Raphael the Raven makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy. The information states that he is the biggest Raven, although it is Kamek who enlarged him. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he appears as a Sticker.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Raphael Raven Trophy216.PNG Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
10/95
The basically laid-back Ravens come in several sizes. The smaller ones travel in flocks or traipse around small platforms all day long. The biggest of their breed is called Raphael the Raven, and his enormous size renders most direct attacks useless. Instead of fighting, Raphael and the Ravens helped Mario out in Paper Mario.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sticker Information[edit]

Image Game Effect
RaphaelRavenAlt.jpg Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Launch Resistance +6

List of Appearances by Date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Boss 1995 SNES
Tetris Attack Playable Character 1996 SNES
Paper Mario NPC 2000 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee Trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Yoshi's Island DS Cameo in the intro 2006 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sticker 2008 Wii

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグキューちゃん
Biggu Kyū Chan
Mister Big Q
French Mainate Géant Giant Mynah Bird
Italian Gracchio Bombo Caw Bomb (referring to his black and round appearance)
Chinese 大Q
Dà Q
Big Q, transliterated from Japanese name

Trivia[edit]

  • The moon where Raphael is fought in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island can be seen in the Yoshi's Island stage from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Digga-Leg from Super Mario Galaxy 2 has a similar battle style to Raphael in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Coincidentally, both are fought in space.
  • The Raphael Raven boss battle is the only instance in which Baby Mario does not cry when he falls off Yoshi's back, but he can still be taken away by the Toadies.
  • In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Raphael's sprite has a star on his belly. However, since the star is always the same palette as his skin, it is never seen in-game.
  • In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Raphael and Naval Piranha are the only world bosses to use the extended variation of the boss theme.