Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Name: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Abbreviation(s): TMNT, Ninja Turtles
Creator: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Mirage Studios
Date(s): 1984-present
Medium: cartoon, comics, films, video games
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: wikipedia
Turtles in Time! by barebalu (2013)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a media franchise about a team of four mutated turtles who were trained by a ninja rat and fight crime in New York City. The series was created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman as a dark and gritty spoof of popular comic books during the 1980's such as X-Men and it's spin-off New Mutants (which originally focused on teenage mutants) and Daredevil (which featured ninjas). After retaining the rights for so long, Laird sold it in 2009 to Viacom, becoming a major addition to the Nickelodeon channel.


The series first appeared as a self-published comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984).

The Main Characters for this fandom are:

  • Leonardo (Leo) - Blue Mask; the leader and often bears the burden of responsibility for his brothers
  • Michelangelo (Mikey) - Orange Mask; team's easy-going and free-spirited prankster
  • Donatello (Don, Donnie or Donny (2k3)) - Purple Mask; scientist/inventor/engineer/tech genius of the group
  • Raphael (Raph) - Red mask; team's bad boy - has a bit of an attitude but loves his family and friends
  • Splinter - a mutated rat who adopted four turtles and raised them as his own, teaching them the art of ninja.
  • April O'Neil - the first human to befriend the turtles
  • Shredder - the main antagonist for the series
  • Casey Jones - a vigilante who wears a hockey mask to protect his identity who teams up with turtles; in a relationship with April in most incarnations


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The main fandom pairings are between the turtle brothers (Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo), as well as ships between April and the turtles (although canonically it's only ever usually amounted to crushes on the brothers' part until the 2K12 series). April/Casey is a popular het canon pairing.

Comic Fandom

The original comic series is darker and more violent than the later incarnations.

1980s Cartoon and First Live-Action Film Trilogy Fandom

The TMNT fandom between the trilogy and the 1980s animated series introduced a lot of fans to the series. This period is sometimes referred to as "Turtlemania", because during this period the Turtles became an international phenomenon

1980s-1990s Animated Series Fandom

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Fandom

The series introduced a new character, "Venus de Milo", a female turtle, who is contentious among fans and creators. Nonetheless, some fans took to doing fanworks dedicated to her.

2003-2009 Animated Series Fandom

A popular series due to it being closer to the comics and darker than the original animated series. It's mainly known as 2K3 universe.

2007 Animated Film Fandom

TMNT 2k7 is the fandom term for the universe. It focuses on Leo and Raph's relationship, and as such is popular among fans of turtlecest.

2012 Animated Series Fandom

TMNT 2k12 is the fandom term for the universe.

A series that has become very popular. A fandom favorite is the canon relationship between April and Donatello, although Raphael/April is shipped as well (since originally Raphael was supposed to have a crush on April).

2014 & 2016 Live-Action Films

TMNT 2k14/2k16 is the fandom term for the universe. It's often criticized for its design of the turtles and starring Megan Fox as April, although others enjoyed her as April or liked the film regardless.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fandom

ROTTMNT, Rise, TMNT 2K18, and or Rise of the TMNT are other names for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This series was unfortunately cut short, it's 2nd season getting half of it's expected episodes. Mainly because of fans outcries against the changes done to the characters designs and personalities. And was only able to get a movie in August 5th of 2022. Giving it a revival of TMNT fan interest. Unfortunately there hasn't been any talk of a season 3 recently, though that may change.

- 2022 Dec 15



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