Leo’s upbeat attitude helps him act like a hero even during the darkest hours. Every group has a leader. For the brothers, that Turtle is Leonardo— at least in his own mind. He takes every opportunity to show off his skills because he wants to live up to Splinter’s trust in him to take care of his brothers.
Leo accepts the responsibility of leadership because he cares deeply about his brothers. This explains why he is so driven to become the most skilled—if not the strongest—of the Turtles. He refuses to let anybody down, but more often than not, this pressure over burdens him. Yet somehow, Leo always manages to work things out in the end.
He knows that he can seem like a do-gooder, but he practices what he preaches and hopes that his example will inspire the others to follow suit.
If you called Donnie “the Brain” of the bunch, he’d likely light up and show off his latest collection of half-finished inventions. He’s unembarrassed by his passions, eager to impress, and more than a little bit of an egghead. Sure, his brothers mock him for the sometimes-unintended effects of his latest inventions, but Donnie always heads back to the workbench to whip up another contraption that’s sure to pummel Shredder and the Kraang into submission.
Donnie prefers to think through a problem. Why fight with a stick when you can blast a Kraangdroid with a three-speed, double- barreled rocket launcher that also functions as a pizza microwave capable of producing tasty, in-battle snacks?
Raph overcompensates for everything with a brutish, indifferent demeanor. He’ll eat the last slice of pizza, whether it is his or not. He’ll rise to every challenge with a sneer and a quip. He relentlessly mocks his brothers, especially when he beats them in training. He is not the smartest, funniest, or most charming of the four brothers, but he is the ultimate warrior, ready to barrel through a horde of Foot ninjas on a moment’s notice.
For all his bravado, Raph wants to be accepted, he just doesn’t know how. So he puts on a show, acts tough and lets his anger burn through him, fueling his fighting spirit. Unless he gets in over his head and has to be rescued, which only leads Raph to overcompensate even more for his failure.
Who else would make a cake out of worms and algae? Or an omelet out of a ninja smoke bomb? Or defeat an enemy by throwing hot cheese in their face?
Mikey is the Turtle’s exuberant little brother, in both height and maturity. “Life’s no fun without a good laugh,” according to him, and he never lets his brothers forget it, even during the heat of battle. His surfer, party-boy attitude is partially an act. In reality, Mikey desperately seeks the attention of his brothers, and often feels overshadowed despite his mammoth skills with the Nunchuks. He is still searching for his true identity and, like many teenagers, leans toward humor to make people like him.
Splinter is, first and foremost, a father to the four Turtles: caring, compassionate, protective, and happy to see them succeed. He is also their sensei. He trains them to protect themselves by strengthening them both mentally and physically. Knowing he cannot watch over them forever, he uses his stern methods to teach the Turtles how to rely on themselves and each other.
Splinter is devoted to teaching them the skills they need to survive
in the world: wisdom, inner calm, patience, and martial arts. He is entirely focused on teaching the brothers to adapt and thrive
in order to ensure that he does not lose more family.
April easily befriends the Turtles. Where others may fear, or hate them, April is curious, and quickly finds a lot of common ground with the brothers. Even as they help her search for her father, who has been captured by the Kraang, they help keep the mood light. She is confident that the abilities and uniqueness that her father fostered in her will also serve to rescue him. It’s not just April who recognizes this: the Kraang are interested in April’s special abilities also, and though she doesn’t know it, when they kidnapped her father, April was actually the intended target!
High school student by day, crime fighter by night. A skilled fighter, and an occasional hothead, Casey is the perfect “friend” for the Turtles. He connects with them on a level that few others can, slinging insults, sharing pieces of pop culture, and truly accepting them as equals.
Casey is closest to Raphael. The two share more than a temper, including a strong sense of justice and an eagerness to impress others with their skills.
When Donnie finds an abandoned subway car in the depths of the train tunnels, he decides to make it his pet project. Over time, he steadily adds piece after piece of machinery to the train, eventually morphing it into a tank-like van that
can run across city roads, rails, or through sewers.
Fast-talking master thief Anton Zeck runs afoul of Shredder and ends up mutated into a warthog called Bebop. During the mutation, Zeck’s high-tech suit fuses with his body, giving him the ability to turn invisible. Bebop is loyal to Shredder because he fears the Foot Clan.
When a Russian arms dealer named Ivan Steranko crosses Shredder, the head
of the Foot Clan has him mutated into a rhino called Rocksteady. Rocksteady is loyal to Shredder out of fear – and because no one else would employ him.
Tiger Claw was mutated by the Kraang
when he was just a child. Half man, half tiger, he was brought to NYC from Japan as Shredder’s new secret weapon to take down Splinter and the Turtles. It is believed that he is the most feared assassin in all of Asia – and no one’s prepared to prove otherwise.
He is missing his tail, and although he licks skim milk like a little kitty, he fights like nothing the Turtles have ever seen before.
Fishface was once a street urchin named Xever who was recruited by the Foot Clan for his incredible criminal abilities. Skilled in the martial art of capoeira, he quickly became one of Shredder’s most loyal and dangerous henchmen.
After being doused with mutagen however, Xever mutated into a poisonous fish creature with razor sharp teeth, that Mikey nicknamed “Fishface.” At first Fishface is helpless on land – on account of having no legs – but Baxter Stockman uses Kraang technology to build him mechanical legs. From that point forward, Fishface was once again as deadly on land, as in the water.
While battling in Baxter’s lab, Mikey and Dogpound suddenly found themselves plummeting toward a vat of mutagen. Mikey managed to escape the dousing, but Dogpound did not. He tumbled into the vat and we witnessed, for the first time, a double mutation. Out of the vat emerged a hulking werewolf-like creature with giant back spikes, and longer fangs and claws than before. As Rahzar, Dogpound becomes faster, stronger, and more powerful than ever imagined.
Oroku Saki took over the Clan in the late 20th century, shifting the Foot’s focus from assassination to organized crime. They swept across the Eastern Coast of Japan in a wave of thievery that left the authorities dumbfounded. The Foot followed their leader, who by that point was known as the Shredder, to America in his quest for revenge against Splinter.
The Foot Clan eventually evolves into an organization comprised of humans, mutants, and robots once Shredder allies with the Kraang. A few clan members fight against this transition. Most follow their leader’s every word blindly, even as he changes them into ninja monsters.
Footbots look identical to Foot Soldiers
but have robotic interiors and are much stronger and faster. Created by the Kraang for Shredder, they come programmed with 900 different combat styles. Equipped with artificial intelligence, they are able to improve their skill through combat. Shredder and Karai have trained their army of Footbots to follow their orders to a T, which has come in handy when facing the Turtles.
Baxter Stockman designs these robots (the Mobile Offensive Underground Search Excavation and Retrieval Sentries) to infiltrate the sewers. Stockman quickly realizes that their small size makes them ideal for finding hidden passageways in and out of banks, power stations, and other secure areas where valuables are stored.
Controlled by pheromone spray, they’ll target and attack anything that Stockman tags. With hopes to increase his wealth and power, he often terrorizes New York with the mousers, but the Ninja Turtles usually make short work of them.
In the beginning of the 21st century, Japan’s criminal underworld came under the control of one man. Hidden behind an imposing armor of metal and blades, with a helmet hiding a deeply scarred face, Shredder led the Foot Clan on an escalating underworld and white-collar crime wave that made him one of the most powerful and rich individuals in Asia. But for Shredder, this was not enough. He is driven more by his demons than his ambitions.
During his rise to power within the Foot Clan, he clashed with his former ‘brother’ and rival, Hamato Yoshi (Splinter), over a woman, Tang Shen. Tang Shen ultimately chose Yoshi, driving Saki into a murderous rage. In a fit of jealously, he inadvertently started a fire that killed Tang Shen. Worse, Hamato Yoshi’s infant daughter was also lost in the fire… or so they believed.
When a spilled canister of mutagen comes in contact with Raph’s pet turtle, Spike, he mutates into a hulking, craggy turtle with a spiky shell and sharp beak named Slash. Raph discovers that Slash’s warrior personality includes a cold heart when Slash attempts to take out Mikey, Leo and Donnie permanently.
After an ill-fated partnership with the Newtralizer, Slash begins to realize that he may be fighting on the wrong side. He decides that Raphael and the Turtles could be his friends and he becomes an ally.
Leatherhead is as close to a “cousin” as anything the Turtles have met so far. He is a kindred spirit who, as a young pet alligator, was flushed down the toilet by concerned parents. The Kraang captured him and experimented on him. He escaped their clutches and in the process, stole the power cell that allows for transit through the portal connecting Earth and Dimension X.
Like Raph, Leatherhead has a bad temper, but in this strength, also lies his weakness. His uncontrollable rage can have devastating results, endangering anyone around him, even those he cares about.
He is a driven but largely incapable engineer, but after failing Shredder one too many times, Baxter Stockman is intentionally sprayed with mutagen to teach him a lesson. A nearby fly enters the transformation causing Baxter to become the half-man, half-fly abomination: Stockman-Fly! He continues to work for Shredder after his mutation, and with his newfound flight, strength, and regurgitation abilities, Stockman-Fly is finally the formidable foe he always aspired to be.
A number of alien races exist in the Turtles’ universe. The most prominent of these, from the Turtles’ perspective, are the Kraang. These brain-like, tentacled creatures used their incredible intellect to bridge the gulf between their realm and Earth. They were attracted by Earth’s wealth of resources, but cautious because it was unsuitable to their physiologies. With their home world in danger of becoming uninhabitable, the Kraang initiated a long-term plan to terraform Earth and transform the planet into a suitable environment for them to occupy.
The Kraang created a mutagen, (aka “Ooze”) which they hope to use to mutate Earth. However, when Hamato Yoshi and his pet turtles came into contact and were transformed, the Ninja Turtles and Splinter were born, and vowed to stop at nothing to prevent Kraang from taking over the world.
The Turtle Blimp was invented by Donnie to help the Turtles patrol the streets from the sky.
It’s safely stored at the top of a water tower, for quick use whenever the Turtles need it.
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