Rafael Waithe is a former main character who appeared on the first episode of Legacies. He is a young werewolf and the foster brother of Landon Kirby. He triggered his curse when he unintentionally killed his girlfriend Cassie, in a car accident.
Rafael was born to Walt and Lucia, the latter of whom was a werewolf who triggered her curse while serving her country in Afghanistan. For unknown reasons Lucia left Walt after discovering she was pregnant with their child. Sometime after he was born, Rafael was given up for adoption. His adoptive parents raised him until their deaths and he was orphaned yet again at the age of ten. Throughout his adolescence, he bounce around from one foster home to the next, six in seven years, before finally being fostered by Hector and Maria Gonzales and gaining a brother, Landon Kirby.
Six weeks before his arrival to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted, he accidentally killed his girlfriend, Cassie. The two were driving and — during a heated argument over his assumption that she was flirting with another guy — Rafael lost control of the car, killing Cassie instantly, and triggering his werewolf side. He still blames himself for her death as he was driving at the time.
Throughout Legacies Series
In I'll Never Give Up Hope, Rafael is still stuck in wolf form, unable to turn back. Landon frequently visits him, feeding and talking to him about what is going on at the school. Landon promises to keep looking for a way to turn him back into his human form. Shortly after, Landon returns but is unable to find Rafael, which worries him. He enlists the help of Josie to cast a locator spell and track down Rafael, who is eventually revealed to have ran off and left Landon, which upsets him.
In You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know, Rafael is turned back into human form with the help of Hope and Landon. The two kill the shunka, and are both left intrigued by Hope, questioning who she is, but neither of them know completely.
In Since When Do You Speak Japanese?, Rafael accompanies Landon to Mystic Falls High School to confront Alaric, who has been avoiding Landon's calls. Whilst there, Rafael is possessed by the oni when he bumps into someone in the hall. This causes him to act aggressive towards Landon, but it separated from him when Hope arrives. The two lock him in the trunk of Alaric's car, however he escapes shortly after. He fights with Kurutta, and is able to escape by knocking him to the ground. He is found in the changing rooms shortly after by Sheriff Machado, who alerts Alaric to his situation.
In That's Nothing I Had to Remember, Rafael worries about his relationship with Hope when he notices that she and Lizzie are becoming friends. He fears that Lizzie will say something bad about him. Landon tells him not to worry about the whole situation, but this doesn't calm him.
When the two of them are paired up into groups to hunt the croatoan, Rafael tries to get closer with Hope, telling her that he isn't scared of technicalities, however she does not retaliate with any form of affection. Later on, when Rafael and everyone else get their memories of Hope back, Rafael realizes that he can never be with Hope on account of her history with Landon; he later tells her this at the Commonwealth Day celebrations, which upsets her.
In It Will All Be Painfully Clear Soon Enough, Rafael is charged with guarding the sphinx, and answers a particular riddle whilst reading lore. In return, the sphinx allows him to ask one question, and Rafael asks if Landon will ever truly be safe at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted. The sphinx reveals that he will not. This revelation prompts Rafael to confront Landon about his position at the school, and the two decide that leaving the school is the best way forward.
In This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent, having left the school previously, Landon hands Rafael a birthday envelope. When he opens the envelope, it is revealed to be a map of Rafael's lineage, revealing that his parents are still alive somewhere. The two track them down, and Rafael finds out a little about his history, along with things about his mother. He is keen to spend time with his father, Walt, and decides to sleep overnight and catch the first bus back to the school the following morning.
In You Can't Save Them All, he had been tied up with a burlap sack over his head in an abandoned trailer. He is found by MG and is taken back to the school, where he says that the last thing he remembers is being at the bus station. He later shares an alcoholic drink with Alaric, MG and Kaleb.
In There's A Place Where The Lost Things Go, Rafael is part of Emma's simulation; he plays the part of a photographer who follows Lizzie around. Later, he develops the photographs he has taken and is shocked to see the Necromancer in each of the photos. When the simulation is over, Rafael talks with Hope who is afraid that something will always come between her and Landon.
In Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself, Rafael experiences vivid visions of blood, and running from an assailant in the woods. He brings concerns of the visions to Landon, and the two find a large pool of blood in a field on the Salvatore Estate. Rafael believes that he may have killed someone, but is unable to recall it.
Landon and Rafael take the concerns to an astral projection of Vardemus, however they do not reveal what Rafael believes to have done. Instead, he suggests that they drop the blood onto a magical silver plate that will reveal who the blood belongs to. Landon is called away, but Rafael goes through with the task and is shocked to find his face appear on the plate.
Later down by the river, Rafael explains that he remembers everything clearly now — he did die. Rafael explains to Landon that he was ambushed by Chad and the Necromancer following his return to Mystic Falls. The Necromancer resurrected him and has been controlling him ever since. Shortly after, Rafael — under the Necromancer's control — stabs Landon with the golden arrow.
In Facing Darkness is Kinda My Thing, Rafael asks Alaric for help when he realizes what he has done. Alaric tells Rafael that everything is fine, and Landon will resurrect himself shortly, but Rafael remarks that this time is different, and shows Alaric the golden arrow. He explains to Alaric the situation and that he is under the Necromancer's control, and asks numerous times for Alaric to kill him and end the Necromancer's control over him. Alaric refuses, however and tells Rafael that they will put a sleeping spell on him until they can fix him. Rafael becomes angry — under the Necromancer's influence — and begins to attack Alaric.Rafael brings Alaric to a meeting with the Necromancer in which the Necromancer offers Rafael, Chad, Alyssa, and Landon's freedom if the two work together. Rafael pleads with Alaric to take the deal despite his initial reluctance. Later that day, it is revealed that Alaric took the deal, and Rafael's heartbeat is back; for an unknown reason Landon has not returned to life, however.
In We're Not Worthy, Rafael struggles with the idea that Landon doesn't want to return from death with the help of the Necromancer. After talking with Landon, it becomes clear that Landon doesn't want the Necromancer to gain full access to the dark magic promised to him by Alaric and the others; for this reason, he will not return, therefore not completing the deal made.
Rafael tells Landon that being the hero never works out for the students, and almost always ends in tragedy. Landon is reluctant to accept the narrative, however, and remarks that there are several advantages to him being a ghost, including the ability to cheat on exam papers. With Landon not grasping the importance of his return, Rafael shows him Hope's body whilst she slumbers, revealing that Alaric believes she will not return until he does. This is enough to convince Landon to return from death.
Meanwhile, Rafael arrives at the Salvatore field day to help the students battle the Green Knight. Rafael pulls Excalibur — believing it to be an ordinary weapon — from the stone and strikes the knight with it, killing him immediately. Nimue, the Lady of the Lake congratulates Rafael and welcomes him as the next true wielder of Excalibur. She tells him that if he is a worthy wielder, she should never have to return to reclaim the sword again, and disappears moments later.
Rafael later talks with Landon, who has returned from death, and shows him Excalibur, remarking that he is now the wielder. Landon laughs at Rafael, but is surprised simultaneously.In Goodbyes Sure Do Suck,
In We All Knew This Day Was Coming, Rafael receives a visit from Hope in the 2028 prison world. They embrace in a hug and eventually catch up on current events. Rafael is making the best out of the situation he's in and believes its only a prison if you feel trapped. He admits it's something that he learned from Landon in foster care. Hope explains that if she kills Malivore, everything inside him could die too. Rafael understands no matter her choice. He reassures her that Landon, too, is willing to sacrifice everything just to spare other people's pain; something he learned from her. Losing Landon won't be easy, but is sure that out of them he'll have the easiest time finding peace.Hope has to leave. Lizzie and Josie will be pulling her out of the prison world soon. He and Hope stand and she asks him a final question. She wants advice for facing her last day. He explains that he was only as good as the family he had around him. He knows her and suggests that she doesn't go through this alone.
Rafael is a dangerously charismatic and newly-triggered werewolf. With a combination of a pure and loyal heart mixed with a lifetime of abuse and anger, Rafael wants to be a good person but lives in a constant struggle with the emotional demons that have plagued him through a difficult childhood.
"Rafael is charismatic, loyal to a fault and values the truth above all else, no matter how hard the truth can be. His upbringing from unstable family followed by foster care has left him with some anger issues that he can't seem to shake. He was hoping the fact that him being supernatural would be the easy solution for his problems, but it's not. He believes that learning how to harness this inner monster at the school could solve all his problems and allow him to live life like the man he wants to be."
He is a young man with a tall stature and an athletic build. He wears dark or light-colored clothing while not wearing the standard boarding school attire. He has dark brown eyes and short, slightly curled black hair.
In his wolf form, Rafael possesses black fur and has the typical glowing yellow eyes that comes with lycanthropy.
Powers and Abilities
Rafael possesses all the standard powers and abilities of a non-Evolved werewolf. He has shown to be a capable fighter despite the newness of his triggering, as he was able to challenge and defeat Jed for the title of alpha, hold his own against Hope in a sparring match, and overpower Kurutta while under the possession of an oni.
In We're Not Worthy, he demonstrated a similar ability of mediumship as he was able to see and communicate with Landon's spirit. The Necromancer assumed it was perhaps due to him being recently attached to him in death.
Rafael has the typical weaknesses of a non-Evolved werewolf.
It is unknown how long Rafael has been foster brothers with Landon, but they have grown close in friendship to that of actual brothers. Landon stood by Rafael's side when he first turned into a werewolf. Despite Landon going against his new school by taking a supernatural knife, Rafael still trusted, ran away with, and ran from the Salvatore Boarding School with Landon. They were on the run together and "lived off the land" as they described it jokingly. However, they returned to the school when their idea to scam money using Rafael's werewolf abilities attracted unwanted attention and Jeremy Gilbert ended up saving them. They are both currently living at the school and helping their new classmates with supernatural problems surrounding the supernatural knife Landon took when he first arrived at the boarding school. Rafael, however, is currently trapped within his werewolf form, and with Hope erased from the collective consciousness, and cannot return to his human form.
Hope is Rafael's close friend. Rafael first met Hope after she rescued him and Landon from a church, where he turns into a werewolf for the first time. They later bond when he goes with her to find Landon. Once they reach Landon's location, Rafael requests Hope to give him some time to talk to Landon, to which she agrees. While Hope is fighting the dragon, Landon and Rafael escape. Hope would later teach Rafael how to dance. Rafael comes to realize that he is romantically attracted towards Hope when he dreams about kissing her. When Hope kisses Landon, he looks away out of jealousy. In his nightmare orchestrated by the Dream Demon, Hope appears again, and the Dream Demon reveals that Rafael wants to be with Hope, and says that that makes him the biggest monster as he knows about Landon's feelings for Hope. At the end of the episode, Rafael tries to repress his feelings for Hope for Landon's sake and tells her that they couldn't be friends anymore. Despite his desire to stay away from Hope, Rafael helps her in the class when she needs an assistant. Hope hugs Rafael, thanking him for being the true friend she can count on. Rafael looks somewhat confused, but still hugs her back. Influenced by the slugs, he publicly acknowledges his feelings for Hope. Rafael is noticeably jealous of Hope every time he sees her with Landon, but he keeps his promise to himself and continues to try to suppress his feelings for her, which seems to progress with time. Landon notices it and makes Rafael confess. Rafael is not happy with what he had to tell, he swears to Landon that even if he has feelings for Hope, he will never act on their behalf because of respect for Landon. Hope shows great anxiety when she finds Rafael all alone and without his memories about his trip. Together they try to restore it, to understand what happened to Landon and MG. When they find out that MG accidentally killed Landon, they are both heartbroken. Being angry, Rafael is eager to take revenge on MG, but Hope stops him. He hugs her tightly, restraining his fervor. In an unsuccessful attempt to suppress his feelings for Hope, Raf even tries to avoid her for a while, but, having learned that she is going on a mission to save the missing Landon, he confronts her. Hope won't him to go with them because he is still very weak because of the potion they used on him. She asks why he did not tell her about his state of health before. Rafael confusedly replies that she knows why. He explains that he does not know how to act around her and that he does not want to have feelings for her, but because of problems with his mind, everything is only aggravated. Then Hope gives him a ring that will help him turn into a wolf at any time, but in order to become a human again, he will need to find her. They smile at each other when Rafael says that he is really glad that he knows her. Rafael uses the ring when Triad attacks the school, but remains unable to return to human form given that Hope sacrificed herself by jumping into Malivore.
Cassie was Rafael's girlfriend and the love of his life. Rafael has stated multiple times that he still is in love with Cassie even though she is deceased. Rafael and Cassie's relationship ended when he crashed their car and accidentally killed Cassie, which triggered his werewolf curse. In Death Keeps Knocking On My Door, the Necromancer resurrects Cassie and she shares a heartfelt reunion with Rafael. Rafael and Alaric both help Cassie figure out what was going on and Rafael helps Cassie discover the supernatural world while she is still alive. Alaric suggests Rafael to find closure with Cassie being she could disappear into peace again at any moment. Although they get into an argument about her death Cassie later forgives Rafael, which helps him on his journey to find closure with her death, before she finds peace once again.
As soon as Rafael met Josie, she and her twin sister, Lizzie, took an immediate liking to him. Rafael hesitantly let Josie and her sister give him a tour of the Salvatore Boarding School. Josie soon acknowledges that Lizzie can go for a romantic relationship with Rafael, but this still disappoints Josie being she took a liking to Rafael too. Rafael later met up with Josie at a school party (that wasn't allowed by staff) and they bond for a bit, which causes Josie to ponder for a bit after their conversation. Two episodes later, Josie rescues Rafael from a brutal werewolf fight in which he emotional excuses himself away from her afterwards. Soon after, Josie goes to look for Rafael, finds him in the nearly-burnt down house, and he yells at her in tears and in physical pain to leave him alone, but she doesn't. Josie then helps Rafael to calm down, in which he's grateful for afterwards and this bonds them even more. Shortly after this, they discover the unconscious body of a teen girl who was abducted by a life-sized spider-monster and they too become captured. Rafael tells Josie to magically rescue them, but she explains that she can't without a magical source. Impulsively, Josie kisses Rafael to siphon his werewolf magic, which he admits that he was completely fine with it. Their kiss enables Josie to receive the magic she needs to rescue them both. After their fight with the giant spider, Josie helps Rafael establish himself amongst the werewolf clique of the school.
While Josie is helping Lizzie in campaigning for the student council, Rafael feels awkward with Josie in the room when Lizzie asks Rafael to be her date to a party. Rafael glances at Josie, hesitating, before accepting Lizzie's date request. However, Rafael and Josie are later elected into the student council; Rafael is surprised about Josie being elected along with the rest of the voters. Later while voting to keep Landon at the school, Rafael desperately watches Josie when she finds the decision hard to make about whether or not she should vote to keep Landon at their school. Rafael begs Josie to vote 'yes,' but she gives her reasons to the council that Landon has put her family in danger and she voted 'no.' This angers and upsets Rafael and he claims that he is done with her and the rest of the members of the council before storming out of the meeting.
- "I sort of made a point in my life of keeping clear of girls like you."
- —Rafael to Lizzie in This is the Part Where You Run.
Rafael first meets Lizzie along with her twin sister, Josie, when he first arrives at the Salvatore Boarding School. Lizzie enthusiastically gives him a tour of the school, with Josie. Lizzie almost immediately admits she has a crush on Rafael. She attempts to flirt and bond with him at a school sports game, but he immediately turns her down, which shocks and angers Lizzie. Despite Rafael wanting little to nothing to do with Lizzie, she still makes it clear that she wants him and even calls "dibs" on him when Josie asks about Rafael. In Mombie Dearest, Lizzie tells Josie that she slept with Rafael in the episode prior and Rafael and Lizzie are each other's dates to Lizzie's birthday party. However, Rafael is late to the party and admits to Lizzie, while dancing, that sleeping with her was a mistake, which he knows upset her.
- Rafael and Alaric (Teacher/Student/Allies)
- Rafael and Jed (Alpha-Subordinate/Ex-Friends/Classmates/Former Enemies)
- Rafael and Jeremy (Former Allies)
- Rafael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is Healer" or "God has Healed".
- Waithe is an English habitational name from a place named with Old Norse vað 'ford'.
- He is the first werewolf to appear in Legacies.
- In This is the Part Where You Run, Landon reveals that Rafael isn't Catholic.
- It's revealed in This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent that Rafael was born in October.
|Rafael Waithe has a photo gallery.|
- In This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent, Rafael mentions he doesn't know when his birth day is, just that it's in October.
- In This is the Part Where You Run, Rafael mentions that Cassie was going to follow him to UVA after graduation, thereby placing his age around 17 or 18 years old.
- See his full psychological assessment.