For me, it's always been a toss-up between Donatello and Raphael. Raph is obvious a choice pick because he is the tough guy of the bunch, hence capable of kicking more ass.
However, brains are much more useful than brawn and Donatello has always been the brains of the operation. Not only can Donatello kick ass on occasion (without the use of a guilded weapon), but he also has tech on his side.
Growing up, I saw Donatello as the turtle I wanted to be the most, aside from Michelangelo, but everyone wants to be Michelangelo at least once.
Easily Raphael for me for a few reasons:
1. The 'Tude - Raph wasn't afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve. When he was angry, you knew it. When he was happy, you knew it. Raph's attitude was he didn't give a shit. He said what he felt and didn't care if you liked it or not. I can identify with that enormously.
2. Fiercely Loyal - No matter what Raph would have your back. I know this pretty much rings true for each turtle but it comes across more strongly with him.
3. Unique Weapon - Raph's Sais were unique because they are truly an up close and personal weapon while the others' offered more range. Even Mikey's nunchaku offered him some decent amount of range. So in a fight it would be in your face fighting which is admirable since anyone can wave a sharply pointed object at someone else and feel superior, but to take it in so close requires more skill (and balls) IMHO.
3. Motivated - He definitely wasn't the strategist out of the group and wasn't one to sit around on his laurels. If you ever needed someone to lead the way Raph would definitely be my choice. Not content to sit around and talk about it he wants to get straight to the action. And while a certain amount of planning is beneficial you need someone to take charge and implement that plan in to action.
"Everybody. I repeat, EVERYBODY knows Raphael is the best. Bad-ass of em' all!"Remember how Raphael whined, moaned, bitched, and groaned through the entirety of the first film? Yeah, that's why I don't like Raphael. Sais are cool. Red is alright. Constant complaining is, however, not cool.
"BoG said:I agree with this. Had he switched masks with Raph than he would be the ultimate turtle."Donatello or Michelangelo for me. I voted for Donatello in the end, though, because purple > orange."I would actually contend that the only thing wrong with Donny is the purple. Sad to say"
And another vote for Donatello. He is a genius, has to be said + a bo staff can be used in different ways.
Leonardo was to much of the little good guy, plus wielding 2 katanas is kinda weird, since ONE Katana is better than two (since it can block two blades at once and you have a better grip on one)
Raphael was nothin' but an aggressive jerk :P
PLUS the weapon of his choice was kinda bullshit.....
his knives are meant to defend oneself, break the enemy's blade, THEN attack (he is just going all out)
And last Michelangelo..... The Nunchakus are one of the hardest weapons to wield and correctly use EVER. It requires a stern determination, a cool mind and strict discipline to do so. He has none of them. So it's a save bet to say he is the worst turtle (not hating on him, I just looking on that objectively)
I also always wondered why Splinter gave HIM the Nunchakus.....