Before you even start this list, I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the fact that by the end of it you’ll likely be humming along to the classic TMNT theme song from the cartoon series. The series aired in the late 80s, and is responsible for the popularity of the series growing at an incredibly quick rate. It was hard not to know about the Turtles when there was a different product marketing their image every time you went to the store. Though, as you are about to find out, there is far more to the Turtles than just a great cartoon series.
The Ninja Turtles comic was created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1983, but they never could have imagined the different mediums of success that the Turtles would have. If you go back and look at their origin comic, you’ll also find some stark differences between their version and what ended up being in the television show. Spoiler Alert: in the coomic, they don’t even like pizza!
No matter who your favorite Turtle is (everyone has one), there is no doubting the cultural impact of the TMNT. They were a staple in many children's lives, and while some might pretend the latest movies don’t exist, it doesn’t take away from the coolness of the Turtles.
While there is no shortage of facts or cool tidbits about the series, these are 20 of the coolest things out there that have to do with the TMNT. Whether it's learning about how they punched Hitler, the 5th turtle, or about the aforementioned theme song, there is something in this list for you. Sit back, crank up the theme song and be prepared to dial up the nostalgia as you check out 20 things that you may not have known about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
20 They Fought Hitler
When it comes to real-life villains, there aren’t many people out there that rival Adolf Hitler. It may then only be natural to see him as a villain in several mediums, including the Captain America comics. Where you might not expect to see Adolf Hitler is at the receiving end of a punch thrown by Raphael, but that’s exactly what happened. In the story, Hitler’s brain was still functional for decades after World War II ended. Hitler’s brain then acquired a robotic body, and traveled back in time to try and find his past self. When Raphael punched out Future Hitler, it ended up destroying his body.
19 Someone Recreated The TMNT Van
I know that people are often jealous when they see luxury cars coming down the road, but I can’t think of anything that would get me more excited than seeing Jason Ybarra. In 2009, Jason decided to recreate the Transformer Ratchet and filled it with sound effects and lights. He then decided, in 2011, that it was time for a new car, so why not spend $30,000 to create the iconic TMNT van? The hope for Jason was to create a car that looked and functioned similar to the toy sold in the 1980s.
18 How It All Started
Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were both talented artists, but failing to create anything substantial. Apparently, as a joke, Eastman drew a turtle, wearing a mask and standing on its hind legs waving nun-chucks.
17 The First Issue Was Supposed To Be It
16 How They Softened Their Image
The comics are one thing, but a lot of fans fell in love with the TMNT because of the cartoon series and the variety of products and toys that were available. In order for the television censors to allow for the show to air, several changes had to be made to the series. At the time, the Turtles were not afraid to slice up enemies and swear on occasion. They were not exactly cute and cuddly.
15 There Was A Cereal
14 How Much Money The Toys Made
13 There Was Almost A Movie In 1994
There are hours of entertainment out there available for anyone who might be a huge Turtles fan. One thing that does not exist is the film from 1994 TMNT: The Next Mutation. The film was going to feature the Turtles suffering from a Mutagen in their body that caused some significant changes.
Leonardo was going to be able to change his skin into a nearly impenetrable surface. Michelangelo was going to be able to blend into surfaces. Donatello would have psychic powers, but it would make him blind. Perhaps the weirdest switch was that Raphael would morph into ‘Raptor Raph’ and would have long, sharp teeth and claws that were at least one foot long.
12 Their Masks Used To All Be Red
11 There Was A Rock Band
10 Axl Rose Delayed A Show Because Of Them
9 What They’re Called In The UK
8 Chuck Lorre Created The Theme Song
Chuck Lorre has a net worth of over $600 million and is responsible for helping create several prominent television shows, including Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.
7 They Met Russian Batman
Now, to be fair, this is an unlicensed product, but can you blame someone for wanting to create this? The fact that they didn’t get approval from the creators did not stop a Russian company from making a bunch of TMNT comics in the 80s and 90s. The Turtles get up to all kinds of unique situations, but none may be weirder than the fact that they meet and hang out with Batman. As if this wasn’t already a weird scene, you’ll be pleased to know that Batman makes out with April O’Neil. Perhaps she digs his sensitive side, as Batman can also be seen crying in different scenes in the comic.
6 Uncle Phil Was On The Show
5 Many People Killed Turtles
4 The Videogame TMNT 3 Knows If You Cheat
3 There Was A Fifth Turtle
2 There Was a Knock Off Called The Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters
1 Daredevil Connection
One of the things that you know about the TMNT now is that when they were created they did not exactly plan to be around for a while. That may be why they were so willing to openly draw inspiration from other comics around them, and there is no bigger influence than the Daredevil universe.
If you’re not a fan of the comic, Daredevil is blinded as a young boy when he is riding his bike and struck in the face with a type of secret ooze. The same ooze that blinds Daredevil is what transforms the Turtles into the heroes who we all know and love. The series also parodies Daredevil’s nemesis, The Hand, with their version: The Foot. Splinter is also a name that is a parody of Stick, who is Daredevil’s mentor.
Sources: villains.wikia.com, thefiscaltimes.com
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