Raphael the Raven

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“Raphael Raven here - Caww!”
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Raphael the Raven (also called for short Raphael Raven) (Japanese version: Big Kyuchan (ビッグキューちゃん Biggu Kyū-chan)) is a giant Raven and the second boss in the ice world of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

On the Yoshi's Island menu map, Raphael is shown to own a castle floating on a cloud. Beginning as a regular Raven, Raphael, like most of the other bosses, was enlarged to a bigger size by the evil Magikoopa, Kamek. Directly afterward, Raphael pounds Yoshi and Baby Mario to the moon. Raphael then flies up to the moon and battles Yoshi. To harm Raphael, Yoshi must pound a wooden stake in the ground when Raphael is on the other side of the moon. Whenever Raphael is hit, he gets madder and eventually shoots pulses of electricity around the moon which Yoshi must avoid. After hitting Raphael for the final time, he flies off into space, where he turns into a constellation.

After the boss battle, Yoshi floats down to Yoshi's Island again to find that it has been taken over by Kamek and Baby Bowser's castle is revealed in the middle.

Raphael plays a special role in Paper Mario. He lives in Lavalava Island with his little fellow Ravens, free from Kamek's control. He helps Mario by making an arch with his strength. Also during the credits and the parade, Raphael is part of the Yoshi's Island parade float with the grown-up Yoshis and the Lava Piranha.