Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (hereinafter referred to as TMNT), characters that can be safely described as one of the most popular turtles in pop culture.

The basic four turtles appear in basically every version of TMNT, in a fairly consistent fashion, namely:
Leonardo, Leo – leader, fights with two katanas, wears a blue mask,
Raphael, Raph – “hothead”, always eager to fight, fights with two sai and wears a red mask,
Michaelangelo, Mikey – entertaining, sometimes downright reckless turtle, uses a nunchaku in combat and wears an orange mask,
Donatello, Donnie, Don – the brain of the group, responsible for all the electromechanical things and wonders they have, uses Bo’s stick in combat, and wears a purple mask.

It is also worth mentioning here, that the colored masks were introduced in the first animated series, in the original Mirage comic, which was black and white, for obvious reasons all were black, and on the colored covers, all turtles wore red masks.

Another quite frequent turtle, but less consistent in portrayal is Slash.

Of the turtles that appeared only in one source, it is certainly worth to mention:
Venus, a character from the live action series who was the fifth member of the TMNT team, wore a blue mask.
Tokka, the Snapping Turtle that Shredder mutated in the second theatrical movie (this turtle also had a cameo in the first animated series).
Jennika, wearing a yellow mask, which appears in the TMNT version presented in the comic series from the IDW publishing house.

Apart from that, there are various characters that can be described as “collective heroes”, such as a planet full of turtles from another dimension or various “evil incarnations” of the core TMNT crew.

It also happened, that normal people such as April (in TMNT Adventures Special #11 from Archie) or Hun (in Turtles forever) turned into turtles temporarily.

Turtles made their debut in comics (surprising creators with their popularity!), so for the beginning we invite you to the text about TMNT comics.

Another thing worth taking a look at are the movies, the main positions are:
1990 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1991 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
1993 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
2007 – TMNT
2014 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
2016 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
2019 – Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A movie-crossover, with Batman and TMNT.
2022 – Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
2023 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Next, some smaller ninja turtle films and documentaries 100% dedicated to them:
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Making of ‚Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’: Behind the Shells
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of Their Shells Tour
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Making of the Coming Out of Their Shells Tour
Operation Blue Line
Turtle Tunes and We Wish You a Turtle Christmas
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
Casey Jones – fanfilm, unofficial but definitely worth attention.
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past – A movie in the style of the one of toy lines.

There were also five tv-series, four animated and one live action (next mutation):
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (from 1987)
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesa (from 2003)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (from 2012)
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Besides, TMNT is a wildly popular topic and you can find various references in various movies, comics, books etc. In film, we have such examples described in TD:
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – In this document Seth Green tells an anecdote about people disguised as TMNT.
Killer Tomatoes Eat France! – One of the tomatoes refers to ninja turtles (when artists, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo are mentioned).
Ted 2 – Part of the movie takes place at a convention, where you can see five characters dressed as TMNT.
View from the Top – After the movie itself, during the scenes during the credits, one of the characters refers to TMNT and their sayings “i love being a turtle”.
Love for Sale – Ninja turtles mentioned in the rap track.
House Party 2 One of the characters alludes to TMNT themed T-shirts.
West of Memphis – This document shows a photo of one of the victims the video tells about, which is holding a gadget related to TMNT.
Bad Night – There is a reference to TMNT in the dialogue.
The Wizard – One of the TMNT games appears in the video.
Double, Double Toil and Trouble – No direct reference to turtles as such, but one of the halloween costumes we see is Shredder from the 1987 series.
Loaded Weapon 1 – A piece of a 1990 movie is used in the movie.
Four Lions – One of the characters wears the ninja turtle costume, Raphael’s.
Batman Returns – One short scene shows TMNT toys in a toy store.
Guardians of the Galaxy – The main character calls one of the other characters “ninja turtle”.
House Party 3 – The heroes at one point watch the 1990 TMNT movie, on VHS cassette.
The Heat – One of the characters is compared to a ninja turtle.
Backstreet Boys: Show ‚Em What You’re Made Of – One of the characters in the documentary tells how he worked “as a ninja turtle”, a photo in costume is shown.
Justin Bieber Never Say Never – In one scene, the main character, Justin, when goofing around, is compared to a ninja turtle.
Not Just Fun And Games – A program full of TMNT and references to them, tries to show what evil is hidden in them.
The Games Children Play – Ninja Turtles are shown in the film, the host talks about the dangers, what he thinks, that they bring for Christians.
Heroes Manufactured – Lots of convention and convention scenes, you can see someone with a ninja turtle head and lots of different drawings.
100 Greatest Toys – Apart from the entire segment in which TMNT toys were considered os one of the title top 100 toys, one ninja turtle is even part of the program logo, which is displayed repeatedly.
Making Fun: The Story of Funko -Lots of Funko TMNT and other TMNT toys/figures is shown, there is also a short interview with Kevin Eastman.
Glass – You can see a TMNT comic on a shelf in a comic book store.
Crumb – One of the Nintendo’s TMNT games is mentioned.
Brotherhood – Ninja turtle element appears.
Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie – There is a reference to the TMNT’s origin.
Summerhood – There are several turtle elements, a toy and a drawing are visible.
The Standof – They are mentioned in the dialogue.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Mentioned in the dialogue.
Donald Glover: Weirdo – WTMNT are mentioned.
Zombie Hunter – Mentioned in the dialogue.
Bernard and the Genie – The “real” ninja turtle Leonardo is shown!
Bunni – One of the main characters is dressed up (T-shirt with the appropriate print and mask) as a ninja turtle.
A Big Lego Christmas – In the background you can see the Nickoleodon store, with a banner with ninja turtles.
In Search of the Last Action Heroes – TMNT are mentioned and their poster is shown.
Guns Akimbo – Ninja turtle figures can be seen in the main character’s apartment.
Son of the Mask – Ninja turtle figures can be seen in the main character’s workplace/studio.
Men in White – Mikey shows up.
A Lego Brickumentary – TMNT elements can be seen in the background.
COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages – In one of the scenes behind the protagonist there are TMNT figures.
Mid90s – TMNT linens and posters appear.
Player One – TMNT appears among the characters.
Fear of Clowns – A TMNT toy appears.
Kath & Kimderella – They are mentioned in the dialogue.
Strictly Business – Reference to TMNT in dialogue.
Wide Awake – TMNT are mentioned in the dialogue.
Staten Island Summer – TMNT is mentioned in the dialogue.
Samsara – You can see TMNT graffiti.
The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down – TMNT are mentioned in the dialogue.
Darkness Falls – TMNT toys are visible.
Bring It On: In It to Win It – Mention in the dialogue.
Babysitting 2 – The (real) turtles wandering around the facility are dressed up in TMNT style by the heroes.
Barely Lethal – One of the kids’ heroes has a TMNT-style sweatshirt.
Peter’s Friends – Peoples wearing TMNT costumes are visible.
Fatal Instinct – Reference to TMNT in dialogue.
Overboard – Mentioned in dialogue.
Muppety – Kermit is asked if he is one of the TMNTs.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies – There is a reference to the TMNT origin.
Jingle All the Way – Someone dressed as Leonardo is seen during the parade.
Wreck-It Ralph – A vending machine with a TMNT painting is visible.
Guyver – Mentioned in the dialogue.
Vanilla Ice Archive – A document about Vanilla Ice, so of course there are some TMNT elements.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – First animated series is mentioned and some fragments are shown.
The Lego Movie – Mikey appears, in the Lego version.
The Big Sick – The poster of the first animated tv-series appears.
Elves – Ninja turtle-styled baby pajamas appear.
A Brony Tale – Possible reference to one of the TMNT movies.
The Secret World of Lego – One of the TMNT LEGO sets is visible.
Geek, and You Shall Find – Lots of material about TMNT.
Lena and Snowball – There is a mention in the dialogue.
F9 – There is a mention in the dialogue.
Australiens – A pillowcase with a TMNT pattern appears.
Rewind This! – There is a mention in the dialogue.
Console Wars – There is a movie fragment, game fragments, TMNT on clothing or magazine covers.
Not for resale – There is CD/DVD with TMNT game, also small fragment of a box with TMNT graphics is visible.
Mr. Stink – There is a TMNT-themed school supplies set.
A Simple Favor – TMNT toys appears.
The Bits of Yesterday – TMNT Toys and clothes appears.
Baskin – TMNT figure is visible.
Halloween in a box – TMNT figures and costumes are showed.
Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – One of the TMNT toys creators is mentioned.
Comic Book Junkies – One character is wearing a TMNT T-shirt, another is dressed as April O’Neil
Movie Hoarders From VHS to DVD and Beyond! – There are TMNT toys, figurines, some edition of one of the movies, etc.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy – Poster is showed
Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s the Fantastic Four – The newspaper article mentions the TMNT.
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau – Poster is showed
Chupa – The character wears a TMNT T-shirt for some time.
The Living End – There is a TMNT-themed bottle.
Harlem Aria – There is a mention in the dialogue.
The Rock-afire Explosion – One of the TMNT games is shown and TMNT figurines are visible.
A Tale of Two Coreys – TMNT are mentioned in dialogue.

“Cowabunga” is not necessarily uniquely TMNT, but in the following two cases we consider that it is a reference to TMNT:
Batman & Robin – Robin shouts Cowabunga!
About a boy – The title boy screams Cowabunga.

When it comes to TV-series, we have such positions in TD with references to TMNT:
Bones – TMNT are mentioned in one episode.
Married with Children – There are references to TMNT, including a stylized coffin.
The Simpsons – There are some references.
Power Rangers in Space – There’s a crossover episode.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers – Reference to TMNT appears.
Orange Is the New Black – One of the characters has a TMNT tattoo.
The Walking Dead – A character appears, that could be considered as a reference to TMNT.
Animaniacs – Reference to TMNT appears.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Characters referencing TMNT appears.
How I Met Your Mother – Reference to TMNT appears.
The Big Bang Theory – Reference to TMNT appears.
Young Sheldon – Reference to TMNT appears.
Parks and Recreation – Reference to TMNT appears.
Rick and Morty -Reference to TMNT appears.
Gravity Falls – Reference to TMNT appears.
Robot Chicken – Huge amount of TMNT references.
Hawaii Five-0 – Reference to TMNT appears.
The Toys That Made Us – One episode is entirely dedicated to TMNT.
Ms. Marvel – Reference to TMNT appears.
Malcolm in the Middle – Reference to TMNT appears.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – Reference to TMNT appears.
Anime: Drawing a Revolution – Reference to TMNT appears.
Mare of Easttown – Reference to TMNT appears inthe form of TMNT themed bandaid.
Misfits – Mentioned in dialogues.
FUBAR – There is a mention in the dialogue.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel – Reference in dialogue.

In some comic strip strips we have described, there are references to TMNT:
Things in Squares
Savage Chickens
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Queen of the Universe
Jump Start
Andrzej Rysuje
Cyanide & Happiness
Stone Soup
Mother Goose and Grimm
The Argyle Sweater
The Grizzwells
Off the Mark
Sherman’s Lagoon
Close to Home

In addition to strips, references are also made in the comics from the Rocko’s Modern Life series, and in the comics in the Dreadstar, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination, The Terrifics and Alf series.

For other things, we have one reference in the books, in Turtles all the way down watching TMNT is mentioned. Also one fragment in Fuga. Powieść polifoniczna could be considered a reference to TMNT.

And in our trivia section we mention Ninjemys oweni, a species of turtle.

We also have two cross-sectional texts in the database, one about RPG, Board, Card games and another about Video games.

In the above cross-sectional text, we focus on games under the TMNT brand, and below we have a list of eight other games in which TMNT appeared, or you can find some Easter Eggs referring to them!

TMNT appears:
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5
Injustice 2

Easter Egg only:
Shadow Warrior
Streets of Rage 4
Among Us
World of Warcraft

The section with short films is also worth mentioning:
Short films – Documentary – There is a reference to TMNT in one of the shorts.
Short films – Other animations – There is a reference to TMNT in one of the shorts.
Short films – Live action – There is a reference to TMNT in one of the shorts.

In a separate note we listed 112 songs with some references to TMNT.

In note about music videos we have four examples of music videos with some TMNT references.

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