Ask and ye shall receive.
Oh boy. This is a really difficult one for be because, like the character of April, I am so deep in my own headcanon where these two are concerned that it’s kind of overwritten and coloured my interpretation of what actually happens with them. But here we go.
In brief, I see their relationship as one of two brothers that love each other deeply despite the fact that they don’t always understand each other and are envious of each others’ strengths. Where this started in my head was in 2K3. Donnie counts on Raph to have his back, because he knows Raph is the fighter. In SAINW, when Donnie shows up, Mikey’s all “pssh, you’re back, thanks for abandoning us” and Leo is just “…bwuh?” But Raph’s reaction is “Donnie OMG!!! *glomp*”
The rest is particularly blathery and long winded (due in part to the fever and in part to the fact that there was nothing else to do with my internet down but rewatch the episodes and analyze the Donnie/Raph interactions in detail), so most of it’s under the cut. So with that in mind, here’s what I’m getting from 2012.
So I’m sure you recognize this as one of the epic moments from “The Prince of Egypt” where we see the super majestic whale as they cross through the Red Sea. However I noticed just one little issue: whale tales don’t move from side to side, they move up and down. And then it hit me, that’s not a whale. That’s not a whale. It’s a motherfucking SHARK. A BIG ASS MEGALODONIAN SHARK. WAITING IN THE WATER TO EAT THE PHARAOH’S SOLDIERS. Goddamn, Dreamworks.