Updated on 16 October, 2021
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a long-running comic book series originally launched by Mirage Studios, involving the main characters of this name, in a 30 year run from 1984 to present. Designed by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, it initially was intended only to be a one-issue, but because of its enduring popularity it has grown into an ongoing series, featuring various different characters. With each new chapter the Turtles have encountered new situations, many of which are set in New York City. This ongoing series is now the most popular comic in history.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began when Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman began creating new stories for the Turtles in hopes of popularizing the characters. The new Turtles were based on the cartoon characters created by Japanese superstar, Michelangelo. The creators wanted to create a live action adventure, where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have to fight the villains to save the city. The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story was entitled "The Monster".
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Monster was not the first attempt at such an animated series, nor even the second. In fact, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic was never intended to be an animated one. It was planned as a four-issue limited series, with the first four issues featuring the adventures of different turtles who had become Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, due to the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Turtles in Eastwood, which featured an animated series, more story material was added to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, resulting in the release of a full-length animated feature. This live action movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Return of the Turtles established the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as an iconic icon in pop culture, paving the way for future films and television shows.
The movie opened in theaters on April O'Neil's birthday (advertised as April 1st) and quickly became a huge hit. Within the first week it went from being the second bestselling movie in America to the third, and eventually to the top spot. With the success of the first film came the addition of two new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as an animated spin-off titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in Waiting. Although the first four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics did very well, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies have done very well for the company. With the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Turtles in Waiting, the next film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is already scheduled to begin filming.
In the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, the evil Dr. Ock made a deal with some mysterious person that gave him the green light to create several genetically altered Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that were half sewer creatures and half ninja warriors. These turtles were given the evil green light to attack the city of New York, which made all of the sewer-creatures attack and kill the civilians in the city. One of these sewer turtles then attacked the head of the American government at the United Nations World Security Council. Several cabinet members were killed in the attack, and the president of the United States was captured along with several other officials. This would become the start of the Master Splinter's rise to power, as he would send these turtles on numerous killing missions to eliminate anyone who posed a threat against the interests of the United States.
In the animated series, the teenage mutant ninja turtles got their start when they were placed in a cryogenics tube. While in the tube, a scientist experimented with releasing them, but this caused them to turn into powerful, mindless killing machines. However, they were saved from this situation by a masked figure who utilized a chemical that allowed them to transform back to their normal states. He then placed these turtles in a school for teenagers where they trained alongside other teenagers while learning how to fight crime.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eventually became known as Teenage Mutant Heroes, and several of these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have gone on to be featured in their own individual series, such as Bebop and Shredder. The TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured several different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and all of them wore different clothing, such as the purple and blue bebop shirt, and orange and black Slash costume. They also wore different green and blue bandanas, and had green and black protective arm bands. Splinter dressed the same way as an Anti-Shugger, and he wore a green vest and a face mask like a Shugger. The most famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is probably Leonardo, as he was the one who took on the identity of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and went on to join the Team in every episode of the series.
One of the most popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of all time is Michelangelo, who later changed his name to Raphael after his death. While not as well known as any of the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he was introduced in the 1980s comic book, which was an spin-off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Raphael is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle who uses a metal blade and battle armor. His helmet is a skull with some protruding spikes, which gives him the ability to move quite quickly. Raphael is also a very skilled fighter, who uses a large sword and great agility to great effect. It is believed that he may be the father of Leonardo, as he and his son were orphaned when the island exploded, leading to the death of their parents.