History Headscratchers / TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles

5th Mar '17 11:27:45 AM nombretomado
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*** Which raises the question of how ''old'' Splinter is. A giant mutated talking rat is a fictional creature, and could live for decades (or, indeed, forever). But a real rat lives two years on average, maybe five or six years at most. Within that time span Splinter has to become Yoshi's pet, watch him enough to learn martial arts ''purely through observation'', escape after Yoshi's death, and somehow reach New York to be mutated. And that's not even taking into account that rats are only partly bipedal (like bears, they can stand but not walk) so Splinter has to ''adapt'' all of Yoshi's teachings to his own stance before he can even practice them. He's not just a genius rat, he's [[MarvelComics Taskmaster]].

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*** Which raises the question of how ''old'' Splinter is. A giant mutated talking rat is a fictional creature, and could live for decades (or, indeed, forever). But a real rat lives two years on average, maybe five or six years at most. Within that time span Splinter has to become Yoshi's pet, watch him enough to learn martial arts ''purely through observation'', escape after Yoshi's death, and somehow reach New York to be mutated. And that's not even taking into account that rats are only partly bipedal (like bears, they can stand but not walk) so Splinter has to ''adapt'' all of Yoshi's teachings to his own stance before he can even practice them. He's not just a genius rat, he's [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Taskmaster]].
12th Jul '16 7:36:34 PM SirSapphire
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** There's some FridgeHorror to this: If Splinter's aging was slowed when he mutated, so were the Turtles. Turtles already live a long time, are they going to end up vastly outliving all their friends and family?
13th May '16 1:24:16 PM MrDeath
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** Because they are male. That's not something that's ever been in question.
13th May '16 1:00:06 PM Schmilblick
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* Why should we assume the turtles in the movies are male ? Even if there was one unique female turtle, it was the only one and so cannot be a generic rule about female turtle anthropomorphism ?
28th Dec '15 8:03:59 AM SuperMagneto
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* In the Mirage comics, how does Splinter know about Saki, Nagi's funeral, and the Foot? I know he was present when his master and wife were murdered, but how does he know Saki left Japan at age 18? He was able to tell the turtles EVERYTHING. He went into full details.

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* In the Mirage comics, how does Splinter know about young Saki, Nagi's funeral, and the Foot? I know he Splinter was present when his master and wife were murdered, but how does he know Saki left Japan at age 18? He was able to tell the turtles EVERYTHING. He even went into full details.
28th Dec '15 8:02:16 AM SuperMagneto
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* In the Mirage comics, how does Splinter know about Saki, Nagi's funeral, and the Foot? I know he was present when his master and wife were murdered, but how does he know Saki left Japan at age 18? He was able to tell the turtles EVERYTHING. He went into full details.
19th Apr '15 7:40:00 PM LEDbullet
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* The plot of TMNT2 is essentially kicked off by Splinter learning what TGRI was from a news report, after many years of him and the turtles all no doubt obsessing over the details of their own origins. How is it exactly that Splinter could go 15 years and never hear of the company? He may not have shared the details of the ooze canister with the turtles until after the report, but he had to have been looking into it already.
15th Mar '15 12:48:37 PM MoPete
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*** If the cab scene in the first movie is any indication, where the cab driver shows very little reaction to "sort of a big turtle in a trenchcoat" vaulting over the hood of his cab, it seems that the people of TMNT!New York City are used to seeing weird crap on a daily basis, and have become desensitized to it. Having seen the Turtle Van driving around town enough times, they would just think "Oh, there go those turtles that are always saving the day" and go on with their lives.
30th Sep '14 7:14:34 AM Patachou
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* So how old is Shredder, and by extension Splinter, supposed to be? They're typically portrayed as rough equals in age (at least in the incarnations where Splinter is Hamato Yoshi) but Splinter always seems like he's in his sixties at least while Shredder is normally portrayed as fairly younger - in his fighting prime and able to take on all four turtles once. So what do you guys think are the ages they are supposed to be?

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* So how old is are Shredder, and by extension Splinter, supposed to be? They're typically portrayed as rough equals in age (at least in the incarnations where Splinter is Hamato Yoshi) but Splinter always seems like he's in his sixties at least while Shredder is normally portrayed as fairly younger - in his fighting prime and able to take on all four turtles once. So what do you guys think are the ages they are supposed to be?



** Michelangelo. The Turtles are named after Italian Renaissance Artists, and Mikey was named after Michelangelo Buonarroti. Michaelangelo is however a common spelling error.

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** Michelangelo. The Turtles are named after Italian Renaissance Artists, and Mikey was named after Michelangelo Buonarroti.Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti. Michaelangelo is however a common spelling error.
29th Aug '14 3:30:37 AM littlebeeper
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* Ok, I know that is almost an established fact that Leo is the oldest and Mickey is the yougest, but what about Raph and Don? Has it ever been in canon any hint about who is the second and who is the third? I can only find fan's assumptions.

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* Ok, I know that is almost an established fact that Leo is the oldest and Mickey is the yougest, youngest, but what about Raph and Don? Has it ever been in canon any hint about who is the second and who is the third? I can only find fan's assumptions.
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