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Thanks to the popular Daredevil Netflix series, fans know all about the eerie accident that blinded Matt Murdock and gave him his radiation-spawned super senses. While walking home from school one day, the sighted Murdock witnessed an old man about to be hit by a truck. Young Matt immediately leapt forward, shoving the old man to safety – but was then hit in the eyes by radioactive waste from one of the truck’s cannisters. Blinded, Matt later discovered the sludge had heightened his remaining four sentences, allowing him to become the sightless, ninja-trained vigilante Daredevil.
What is not so commonly known is what became of the radioactive cannister after it struck Matt’s eyes. Although most Marvel fans believe it simply rolled away into obscurity, fans of early independent comic books from the 1980s know the sludge performed one final act – namely mutate four baby turtles into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
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Yes, as incredible as it might seem, the first issue of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals that the same ooze that gave the Marvel Universe Daredevil also helped spawn mutant ninja heroes Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michaelangelo!
In truth, Daredevil’s influence over the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began when the mutant turtles were little more than sketches in their creators’ hands. Back in the early 1980s, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman were huge fans of Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil. This, along with their love of Miller’s samurai comic book Ronin and the weird and wacky artwork of Jack Kirby, inspired them to blend many of their interests into an offbeat independent comic book.
According to Laird, many of the characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are parodies/homages of classic Daredevil characters. The Turtles’ wise mentor, the giant mutated rat Splinter, was inspired by Matt Murdock’s own blind ninja sensei Stick. Likewise, just as Daredevil regularly fights Marvel’s ninja clan the Hand, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were given their own ninja adversaries with “The Foot.” The Turtles’ main link to Daredevil, however, was anything but subtle.
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984), the Turtles’ ninja master Splinter recalls how he first met his mutant sons. According to the giant rat, after immigrating to New York with his master Hamato Yoshi, Splinter found himself alone on the streets. One day, while rummaging through some garbage for food, Splinter saw an old blind man cross the street and walk into the pathway of a truck. Splinter then witnessed young Matt Murdock (referred to in the indie comic book as “a young man”) push the old man to safety but get struck by one of the canisters on the truck.
Unnoticed by everyone except Splinter, the canister bounced on the ground and hit a glass jar carried by a young boy. The jar shattered, freeing four baby turtles and covering them with the “glowing ooze.” Splinter himself was exposed to the ooze when he decided to save the four turtles by placing them in a coffee can (indicating he must have been pretty large even before his transformation). The turtles and the rat continued to mutate in the sewers over the next few days, becoming intelligent humanoid creatures.
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Apparently, being mutated by the same radioactive ooze gave both Daredevil and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a proclivity for ninjitsu – for while Matt Murdock trained with his master Stick high above the streets of New York, the mutated turtles underwent their own training in the sewer tunnels, eventually emerging years later to combat street crime and evil ninjas.
Moreover, when their independent comic book began to be published in color instead of the original black-and-white, the Turtles also showcased another Daredevil homage. While modern depictions of the TMNT show them with different colored masks (blue for Leonardo, orange for Michaelangelo, red for Raphael, and purple for Donatello), their early appearances had them all fight in red masks – identical to Daredevil’s color of choice!
Despite their (unofficial) shared origin, similar ninja skills, and identical New York battlegrounds, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have never actually met or teamed up with Daredevil. This seems strange since, following their massive popularity, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had crossovers with superheroes and famous comic book characters in virtually every property.
The TMNT met, fought, and teamed up with the Power Rangers in the TV series Power Rangers in Space and a BOOM! Studios’ Power Rangers/TMNT comic book crossover. They also crossed over into Archie Comics and hung out in Riverdale with Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. Most recently, the Turtles fought and teamed up with Batman against the Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul in both a comic book miniseries and an animated movie, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Considering that the Dark Knight met the Man Without Fear in the Marvel/DC crossover Daredevil and Batman, a crossover between the TMNT and their sightless superhero inspiration seems overdue.
That said, Marvel may have offered a subtle reference to the connection between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Daredevil in the Netflix series The Defenders. In the fifth episode of the series, the Defenders – including Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones – are led by Daredevil’s mentor Stick into the sewers to escape the Hand. Writer Mike Cecchini of Den of Geek! points out that the scene references many Turtle tropes, including an old martial arts master with a wood-based name leading four martial arts heroes into the sewers. The heroes also have a similar color palate to the TMNT (Daredevil is red, Jessica Jones is purple, Iron Fist is green, and Luke Cage is yellow). While the comparison isn’t exact, it’s certainly similar enough to raise a few eyebrows.
So, while Daredevil still hasn’t enjoyed an official team-up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nods like this to their shared origin indicate that there’s at least some interest in a crossover – something fans of both properties will undoubtedly enjoy.
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Warning: SPOILERS for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
If any fans have been missing out on the comic book crossover Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it is officially time to jump on board. Because Tommy Oliver has finally given up the role of the most powerful Green Ranger… to Shredder. Yes, really.
The five-issue limited series event is the result of an alliance between IDW, BOOM! and Nickelodeon, specifically intended to give fans of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a crossover for the ages. One which has seen both teams of martial artists compare fighting styles — first as enemies, and now as allies. The story so far has centered on Tommy Oliver joining the Foot Clan without informing his friends, but the true bombshells have now been dropped. Not only why Tommy attempted to infiltrate and manipulate Shredder, but how the dark villain hatched his own plan to strip Tommy of his power.
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The creative team of Ryan Parrott (Power Rangers: Necessary Evil) and Simone di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) has delivered on expectations from the first issue, giving fans of both teams more than they could’ve hoped for. But as the heroes have put aside their weapons to uncover the real dangers taking shape, the villains have met, as well. And proving he’s as dangerous for his mind as his muscles and martial arts, Shredder has unlocked the secret of Tommy’s Power Coin. With Rita Repulsa knocking on his door, Shredder’s timing (and appearance) couldn’t be better.
The miniseries began innocently enough, following the Turtles as they responded to what seemed like an ordinary attack by the Foot Clan. The only thing different was the masked, long-haired, incredibly dangerous ninja leading them on their mission to steal a cutting-edge power cell. That ninja would eventually be ambushed by the Turtles, forcing him to reveal himself as Tommy Oliver, and activate his Power Coin to morph into his Green Ranger form. The other Rangers weren’t far behind, but Tommy refused to fill anyone in on his mission. Thankfully, the readers soon learn the truth: Tommy has gone undercover among the Foot, seeking to save a boy named Tyler, who has been indoctrinated. The bad news? Tyler is so indoctrinated, he knocks Tommy unconscious to prove his own loyalty to Master Shredder.
Waking up in a cage — and failing to realize that Shredder is hoping he will demonstrate how to activate his Power Coin — Tommy transforms, before being blasted back into unconsciousness. Taking the Power Coin, presumably adding the Power Cell now in his possession, and facing a new, arrogant enemy in Rita Repulsa, Shredder does the only thing that makes sense. Tommy Oliver may need to find a new calling when (or if) Shredder sets him free. Because as of today, there is a new Green Ranger in town:
How will the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers take on the combined forces of Shredder, the Foot Clan, and Rita Repulsa? Will her hunger for power mean Rita sets his armies upon Shredder, as opposed to the heroes? Which option has a better chance to preventing the end of the world? These questions and more will be answered when Issue #3 arrives. But for now fans won’t want to waste another minute before catching up, in which case the credits and plot synopsis for the next issue can be found below:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 is available now at your local comic book shop. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 will arrive in stores on February 5th, 2020.
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One of the most iconic and beloved cartoons ever, the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captivated and captured the imaginations of kids growing up in the ’80s and ’90s. This bodacious franchise has exploded so much in popularity that it’s become a major brand, spawning a variety of toys, games, films, and more modern animated series featuring our favorite pizza-loving mutants turtles.
Yet, it’s tough to beat the classic cartoon show, which was largely responsible for this franchise blowing up into the ether of Dimension X in terms of popularity. It took an obscure dark comic book concept, made it more colorfully appealing, and fleshed it out to perfection.
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While there are a ton of awesome moments in TMNT, we’ll attempt to distill this long-running show down to its overall most entertaining and memorable episodes.
Much of the charm of TMNT is the vast array of amusing and memorable villains. Such is the case with this episode during what’s arguably the peak of the show’s run; Season 3.
This fun little romp hinges on the strength of one of the show’s more entertaining villains, the Rat King. April O’Neil gets captured by the overgrown mutant rat as he’s angered by the way his fellow rodents are treated. It’s rat vs rat as Splinter joins up with the Turtles to fight him and save April. The episode contains a nice blend of goofy Turtles-brand comedy and fun action – and it’s neat to see Splinter and the Turtles team-up, which doesn’t occur all too often in the show.
Not to be confused with that crazy crossover episode of the Nickelodeon TMNT 2012 finale, this conclusion to the “Big Trilogy” closes out the already memorable Season 3 with a bang – in more ways than one.
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It’s the culmination of an epic showdown between the Turtles and the band of main villains – Shredder, Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady. The Turtles scramble to stop the massive Technodrome, which is rolling through New York and destroying all in its wake. Michael Bay-style explosions, chases, and plenty of action-laced fights comprise this thrilling finale, which keeps fans engaged from start to finish.
Ah yes, the world is in danger from Dimension X once again, and it’s on the Turtles to save the day! In one of the trippier and simultaneously most epic episodes of the show’s long run, Dregg threatens to send the entire planet into the Dimension X solar system. This episode brings the usual action and thrills of TMNT, with an added sense of urgency thanks to the ominous presence of a space warp that threatens to engulf Earth in mere hours.
Between Dregg, the Batmen, and Mung, “The Day The Earth Disappeared” features a myriad of cool foes for the Turtles to face-off against, with a pretty awesome premise and backdrop to boot.
Rather than leaning on epic premises and thrilling fights, “The Old Switcheroo” is one of those classic episodes that reminds fans just how appealing this show can be with its lighter side, ie – amusing gags, wacky concepts, and funny moments from our favorite Turtles.
Basically, the fact that this episode contains a rapid-fire pizza maker and Shredder and Splinter swapping bodies tells you all you need to know about the silliness of this one. We also get some classic moments from Bebop and Rocksteady here, who are in prime form.
This makes for a uniquely fun episode to watch; not just because of the atmosphere of the yacht party, and the array of amusing costumes its inhabitants are dressed in, but because it’s the first to play with the idea of a sort of female counterpart to the Ninja Turtles. No, we’re not talking about April, but a similar mutant reptile/amphibian cheekily named Mona Lisa.
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Mona’s fiery nature and drive add a neat dynamic to the 4 Turtles, particular with Raphael, who she develops something of a bond with. Together, they fight to get back at the owner of the yacht, Captain Filch, who had kidnapped and caused her to turn into the human-salamander hybrid she’s become.
As this classic dates all the way back to early Season 1, airing in December of ’87, the animation and overall production might seem a tad archaic to our eyes and ears nowadays. Still, the enjoyable plot and fun banter throughout this charming episode proves timeless.
It also tosses in some cool gadgetry, including Shredder’s Ray Generator and the Molecular Amplification device. This toying with crazy sci-fi premises and tech is part of what makes the show so appealing and unique, and it’s pulled off excellently here.
“Shredder & Splintered” also features a couple of iconic firsts, like Shredder’s first utterance of the classic line “tonight I dine on turtle soup!” and the introduction of the Turtle Blimp, crafted by the tech-whiz Donatello.
There are a number of amusing elements in this Season 3 adventure, “Bye, Bye, Fly;” from an ancient space temple to the always entertaining appearance of Baxter Stockman, who hilariously turns Shredder into a fly with his mutagen ray gun.
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Much of the episode plays out as an elaborate chase scene, as the Turtles, including a gerbilized Michelangelo, hunt down Baxter while geared up in protective space suits and overcome him. After this, they ditch the ship, which leads into a clever payoff of the mutant fly man falling into the clutches of a gigantic spider web. It’s very “classic Turtles,” and it’s still fun to watch.
This Season 7 episode runs full-throttle with the wacky sci-fi formula that often makes for the most entertaining plots in TMNT, featuring an ET-esque alien that has crash-landed on Earth, named Quarx.
The viewer is left wondering as to this strange alien’s origins and its motives, while another alien attempts to defeat Quarx before informing the Turtles that the latter is in fact, the most dangerous thing in the universe. We tend to wonder about this ourselves after we see Quarx tossing the Ninja Turtles’ weapons around – with his mind.
Things quickly escalate to a fever pitch, as much of the episode plays out as a thrilling skirmish between rival alien factions and bounty hunters looking to stop Quarx. It’s an exhilarating ride from beginning to end and contains one of the most interesting payoffs in the show’s history, which involves a surprise appearance by Splinter.
What begins as a seemingly harmless pizza bake-off quickly mutates into a showdown between the Ninja Turtles and one of the classic baddies featured on TMNT, the “Pizza Monsters,” which emerge as a result of Dimension X eggs being planted by Krang. Fans of the equally awesome video game, Turtles In Time, will recognize these large, fanged yellow monsters as one of the more annoying flying enemies that populate the sewer level.
This is significant in that it’s one of the few instances where the Turtles actually team up with Shredder, along with Baxter, to take out a common threat – at least initially. There’s plenty of thrilling action to keep things interesting in this crazy episode.
It’s usually a safe bet you’ll be watching a pretty solid episode when it comes to the 2nd and 3rd seasons of classic TMNT in particular. “Cowabunga Shredhead” further proves this notion, as it features one of the most entertaining “dudes” in the show, Michelangelo, at his very best. After pigging out on their stash of pizza, Splinter attempts to teach the Turtle self-discipline, hypnotizing him so that he “craves pizza no more.”
This also features a hilarious bit with Shredder attempting to clone Mike, only to have his device backfire, causing him to think he is the Nunchaku-wielding ninja. This really has it all – from the engaging story to awesome action to chuckle-worthy gags.
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Batman and the Ninja Turtles are used to facing off against horrifying monsters, but in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #6 the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half Shell join forces to become one. And we mean that literally, as in their physical bodies… fuse together into one.
In their latest crossover comic book series Batman and the TMNT face off against the brain-shaped Turtles villain Krang, who has merged with the universe-devouring Anti-Monitor in order to remake the Multiverse like a rogue god. Fans will already know that Krang, a pink tentacle monster with razor-sharp teeth is typically seen as the grossest character in a standard TMNT story. But when Krang’s deadly alliance with DC’s “Crisis level” baddie the Anti-Monitor gives him the power to reshape reality, Batman and the Turtles become much closer than they ever intended to be. Holy mutation, Batman!
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The combination of the five characters is something out of David Cronenberg’s The Fly. While Batsy and the Turtles are no strangers to body horror in their respective titles–facing off against Gotham City monsters like Man-Bat and a menagerie of ugly goons from Dimension X–the Bat-Turtle brings the body horror element to a whole new and unholy level.
Sporting five heads, several flailing arm-like appendages with clawed hands, and screaming mouths where there should be no screaming mouths, Bat-Turtle is a heaping mess of twisted, agonized flesh. He seems unable to communicate through any means other than gargled, choked pain. In short, this is not the sexy type of fusion seen in the the Dragon Ball universe. The only thing not vomit-inducing about this creature is the nifty Bat-shell emblem on its chest. Maybe try to focus on just that:
Thankfully, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III offers more than just nightmare fuel for its readers. The main arc of the story involves the worlds of Batman and the Ninja Turtles colliding and creating amalgam versions of the characters not unlike that previously seen decades ago when Marvel and DC joined forces. Splinter becomes Batman’s butler and the Turtles become Batman’s sidekicks, taking on the traits of the Robins. But the real winner of the fusion lottery is the Laughing Man, an amalgam of TMNT villain the Shredder and Batman villain the Joker. Also noteworthy, the original Eastman and Laird TMNT from the Mirage Universe show up to kick shell in the final battle.
Fans of the animated film Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may want to consider reading the comics. The DC/IDW published series began in 2015 and has only gained popularity over the years. The comics maintain the off-the-wall weirdness of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but with the heart-and-soul of a Batman title. Fan favorite heroes and villains also make frequent cameos throughout the comic book trilogy series including most of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery as well as April O’Neil and Casey Jones. The dialogue between characters, especially the ‘odd couple’ pairings, is what makes the series a must-read for die-hard fans of the two widely popular, yet widely different franchises.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #6 is available now from your local comic book shop, or direct from DC Comics.
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There was a time when seeing Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles join forces would have seemed strange. But those days are long gone, thanks to the Batman/TMNT series of team ups which have now culminated in the third (but almost certainly NOT final) crossover adventure. And we’ve got an exclusive preview of the final issue of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #6.
Even taking into account the strange heights, the pitch-perfect hybrids, and the unbelievable Batman/Ninja Turtles ideas that have already been delivered, the third outing has pushed the bar. Joker leading his own Foot Clan. Krang merging with his own form of the Anti-Monitor. And now, Batman and the Turtles waging a war to have their own universes divided back where they should be… without eliminating them from existence in the process. We would like to say it’s an unprecedented level of risk and fan wish fulfillment, but those have already been established as trademarks of this series.
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Sure, it may not be as wild a team-up as the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers, now that the Turtles have made crossovers with Gotham’s heroes downright commonplace. But there’s still nothing quite like a Tynion/Williams adventure featuring both teams. Especially now that multiple versions of both heroes are joining together in this last battle, as the world begin to return to their rightful places. The big secrets of this conclusion are obviously going to be kept quiet until the release, but for now readers can tide themselves over by taking a look at the fight for themselves in the preview pages embedded below:
Will the Batman Family successfully separate themselves before this Multiverse is un-combined? Will the Ninja Turtles get their own friends to return home with them, or bid farewell? Fans can see how the final chapter of this multiversal mash-up plays out when the full issue arrives in their local comic book shop. For now, be sure to read below for the official credits and plot synopsis:
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #6 will be available in your local comic shop on October 2nd, 2019 or direct from DC Comics.
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Their audiences may not believe it, but two of the most powerful brands of the 1990s are finally joining forces. When Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 arrives in December, seeing Leonardo and Jason unite against Tommy and Shredder is only the beginning.
Thanks to a new partnership between BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Nickelodeon have announced an all-new, five-issue limited series event. The series will be written by Ryan Parrott (Power Rangers: Necessary Evil) with art from Simone di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), bringing the forces of the Power Rangers and the Ninja Turtles together for the first time. But will they meet as enemies… or allies? That’s the question fans never dared to ask, but will finally have answered when the series begins this December.
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Fans of the Power Rangers comics will already be familiar with Parrot’s work, most notably in the successful Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comic book event, as well as currently writing both the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers at BOOM! Studios. And if any fan of either TV series doubts Parrot’s investment in the book, his comments (via official press release) confirm that he is just as excited as the audience:
Honestly, I’m pretty certain keeping this project a secret has taken years off my life. These two iconic franchises were my TV parents, each teaching me valuable life lessons thirty minutes at a time. The Power Rangers and the Ninja Turtles are too insanely awesome not to bring together. I mean, they’re both color-coded teenage martial artists who fight monsters! It just makes too much sense! A huge thank you to Hasbro and Nickelodeon for letting me play with so many of their wonderful toys, as it is truly an honor to be a part of such an exciting crossover. I’m the luckiest kid in the world, and I cannot wait for you all to see what we’ve been putting together.
As if the premise alone isn’t enough to get fans on board, they can feast their eyes on the first plot synopsis (betrayal!) and credits below. In addition to the official cover art by Dan Mora, there are also a range of variants by Goni Montes to collect, featuring each of the Ninja Turtles holding the helmet of the Red Ranger. Good luck choosing a favorite.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 will be available at your local comic book shop on December 4th, 2019, or via the BOOM! Studios webstore.
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are such a phenomenon that they’ve been popular with every generation since their inception. Millennials may recall the heroes in a half-shell the most fondly, but every generation to follow also has a soft spot for Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. The nostalgia doesn’t only run deep for the totally tubular dudes themselves but also for characters like April, Splinter and the many foes they’ve faced in the last few decades.
Many of the turtles’ enemies have brought some serious power to the table, impressing us with their knowledge, know-how and general panache, but there have been just as many duds who left us longing for even a crumb of dastardly viciousness.
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The third of the New Line Cinema Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films was the most painful of all TMNT media to watch, and not only for the wince-worthy dialogue and bubbly costumes that made the first film’s look seem Oscar-worthy. The villain of the film, Walker, absolutely ruined the movie beyond redemption with his weird cowboy look (what British guy looks like a cowboy, especially in feudal Japan?), lack of any special skills or cool weapons and zero powers.
Walker is the literal worst when it comes to villains. He’s more annoying than threatening, and if you needed any proof to back that up just look at his demise, which involved him rescuing a pet canary he left behind.
As familiar as everyone is with Krang, they also know that he’s a pretty helpless, whiny little guy who demands that The Shredder do his dirty work, get him a body (which doesn’t look like a real body at all) and generally cause misery to anyone who has the misfortune to enter his vicinity. The way he whined “Saki” alone could give viewers a headache.
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That said, he’s been behind some of the boldest plots against the turtles over the years and been one of the few threats against them that actually posed any real danger. Krang was most well-known in the cartoons and comic books, but he also made an appearance in the film TMNT: Out of the Shadows.
From their “num nums” to their latching onto The Shredder as their mother, the mutated villains of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze leave a lot to be desired. While their brute strength still makes them decent roadblocks for the turtles during battle, that doesn’t negate the fact that as The Shredder so eloquently put it, “BABIES! THEY’RE BABIES!”
The slapstick comedy that Tokka and Razhar gave in the movie was meant to mirror that of the characters Bebop and Rocksteady in the animated series but it came out as even more annoying, especially since the snapping turtle’s CGI was outperformed back in 1984’s The Neverending Story by Morla the Ancient One, and the same can be said for the grey wolf regarding the lackluster Twilight werewolves.
A highly skilled assassin, Karai is a complicated member of the Foot Clan whose role is only second to The Shredder himself. Cunning and skillful, she is a force to be reckoned with both in the comic books as well as on the screen. From being The Shredder’s daughter to the long-lost child of Master Splinter, the love interest of Leonardo to the mutated serpent, Karai has seen some incredible transformations in her life that have only further made her something to contend with.
Not only is this ruthless warrior strong enough to take on all four brothers at once while fighting, but also important enough to take over for The Shredder in some shows/movies/books.
The 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie suffered from terrible everything, from writing to wardrobe, but its villain was especially awful. Eric Sachs was after the mutagen that transformed the turtles into crime-fighting teens and everything the villain did or said to get it was so cringe-tastic that it’s fun to mute the movie and improve his dialogue by inviting children to invent it.
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This guy is the worst, but he also basically does nothing save for monologue like an over-hyped villain who never truly posed a threat. We get that you made some ooze and you want it back, dude. Go brew some up and go away. That’s the problem with so many villains today: they’re too lazy to use their own bootstraps and want to siphon everybody’s blood out instead.
While Tatsu, The Shredder’s Foot Clan leader in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, was defeated by both the brothers and Casey Jones and ultimately proved he couldn’t take either of them on, he was one of the most threatening villains we’ve seen them face based not on what he did to them, but what he did to his own people.
Tatsu ruled with an iron fist, using fear and intimidation to beat up the wayward children who came to him in search of a new home if they displeased him or lost a fight. At one point he beats up a kid until we’re not sure if he’ll make it or not and we wonder how many of the Foot Clan teens he’s taken out altogether.
It’s bad enough to be a literal fish out of water, but it’s even worse when your sidekick is also your nemesis. The animated villains in the 2012 cartoon series, Dogpound and Fishface, are pretty much ridiculous. They can’t stop nitpicking at one another in order to really accomplish anything and they look too stupid to be fearsome in any way. They’re even so terrible in their original mutated forms that The Shredder has to issue them modifications; as a fish, of course Fishface didn’t have legs to begin with, which makes him just as helpless as Krang.
The villains don’t even have decent names, for Pete’s sake. Dogpound even becomes the better-known Rahzar at some point, proving that even his upgrade was a disappointment.
In the same vein that Tokka and Rahzar were designed for comic relief, Bebop and Rocksteady, mutated punks turned into a hybrid rhino and warthog pair, often gave slapstick performances in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and comic books. The regulars even made it to the film universe, awarding audiences who managed to make it through the previous mutant disappointments. These two delivered, bringing the pain as well as the goofy lines and accented threats to the “toitles.”
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No, they don’t really have a brain between them, but they manage to make enough mess to stand in the turtles’ way–at least for part of an episode–and give us a few laughs in the process.
Soldiers made out of rocks. The idea itself is defeated long before General Traag’s rock soldiers can even get a foot out of Dimension X, which is the point. Every single time they make an attempt the turtles defeat them. If four teenage reptiles can defeat your entire army, you know you’re a waste of a villain.
Most of the time they came off as gruff idiots, and even when they spewed lava they couldn’t ever manage to seem imposing on the turtles or the planet itself. Krang should have counted his losses and sought other help the first time his rock army was defeated, but you know what they say about a box of rocks.
It goes without saying that The Shredder is the best and most fearsome foe that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have ever faced. Not only does Oroku Saki have the best backstory, filled with complications over the years, but he’s also the most highly skilled and motivated villain who actually leads many of the other villains on the list. If all the villains had a showdown, no doubt Shredder would come out on top.
That, of course, accounts for him in his best form. That’s not to say there have been plenty of embarrassing incarnations of Shred-Head over the years where he wasn’t as formidable of an opponent. At the peak of his powers though, it always takes the combined efforts of the brothers to defeat him.
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