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Is Raphael ‘Cool, but Rude’ or ‘Cool, but Crude’?

An interesting discussion seems to have started up on the TMNT subreddit. This argument isn’t actually new, but it does seem to pop up from time to time. Every now and then, a fan will make a point of correcting other fans when it comes to the lyrics for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. Most of these lines have been well worn into our memory banks, but there is one particular lyric which appears to be a subject of contention between shellheads. While some maintain that Raphael is “cool, but rude,” others are convinced that he is “cool, but crude.”

This appears to be another case of the Mandela Effect. The noted social oddity is named after a group of people who were convinced that Nelson Mandela died in prison despite the fact that he did not. Other notable examples of this effect include the instance where fans of the Berenstain Bears were convinced that the actual spelling of these beloved children’s books was “Berenstein Bears.” In much the same fashion, it would appear that there are a lot of TMNT fans who believe that the original lyric from the theme song described Raphael as crude instead of rude.

As a point of fact, one reddit user revealed that the subtitles on the DVD sets reveal the line to be “cool, but rude.” Of course, this isn’t going to be enough evidence for everyone, so it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that one fan even went so far as to ask Rob Paulsen about it on Twitter. Surely Paulsen, who originally voiced the character, would know whether or not Raph was rude or crude? Well, it would appear that Paulsen has decided to stay out of this debate, as his response was simply “Sure.”

To be honest, if we really want to know the answer, perhaps we should ask Chuck Lorre? After all, he wrote the theme song and even performed the spoken parts! Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a confirmed presence on Twitter, so it’s not exactly easy to contact him and ask about this somewhat interesting example of the Mandela Effect. Personally, I’m of the opinion that Raphael is and has always been “cool, but rude.” Something tells me that at least a few readers here will tell me about how wrong I am.

What do you think? Is Raph rude or crude? Whatever the case, he’s definitely cool! Share your thoughts either in the comments below or on Facebook/Twitter.

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Justin W

Justin W

My name is Justin Wren and I love to write about the TMNT! I've been a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan since the late 80's. Back then, I would watch the original animated series and play with the Playmates toys all the time. I have been following the boys ever since I was a kid, and I'm very happy to see them back in the limelight after all these years. Needless to say, I'm proud to be a member of the team on this awesome TMNT Fan Site!

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  • NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN

    I’m pretty sure it’s crude. But I don’t really know.

  • Elisa

    haha I think it’s rude! Crude might be a bit much for the FW TMNT…

  • Liz Runswick

    It has always been “rude” to me and I sang the song often as an 8 year old kid. I have no idea where people ever got the idea it was “crude,” but I know it is a debate amongst fans. However with all the uploaded ’80s content to YouTube, they all say “rude,” so the myth should be completely debunked really.

  • tvmoviestuff

    Rude

  • Jaros Bodytko

    I listened to it again and it is really hard to hear, but I do think that the word is ‘rude’. The problem is that the background music has so much going on that there is a sound at the beginning of ‘rude’ that mind be confused with a k-sound, hence ‘crude’. But I really think that it’s because of the music interfering that people can’t hear it right. Anyway, I say ‘rude’.

  • Just checked. It’s ‘rude’. There’s not even a hint of a hard c anywhere near the word. Seems like another case of misheard lyrics to me.