History WesternAnimation / TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987

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* LongRunners: With nine years, ten seasons, and almost two hundred episodes to its name, this was the ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' of Saturday morning cartoons. It was ''the'' longest running cartoon until ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' came along.
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* HelloNurse: Dr. Jane Goodfellow
** April acts as this whenever the Turtles or Splinter are sick or injured.
* HeroesWantRedheads: The turtles prove this every time they save April.
** [[HeroesWantRedheads Villains Want Redheads]]: Both Shredder and the Rat King have flirted with April (and Irma, who is a BrainyBrunette) on numerous occasions.
* [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes with Bad Publicity]]: Burne Thompson would invariably paint the turtles as a menace, regardless of the evidence.
** It was even a plot point of the Red Sky era.

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* HelloNurse: Dr. Jane Goodfellow
** April acts as this whenever the Turtles or Splinter are sick or injured.
* HeroesWantRedheads: The turtles prove this every time they save April.
** [[HeroesWantRedheads Villains Want Redheads]]: Both Shredder and the Rat King have flirted with April (and Irma, who is a BrainyBrunette) on numerous occasions.
* [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes with Bad Publicity]]: Burne Thompson would invariably paint the turtles as a menace, regardless of the evidence.
**
evidence. It was even a plot point of the Red Sky era.



* HospitalHottie:
** Dr. Jane Goodfellow
** April acts as this whenever the Turtles or Splinter are sick or injured.



* IconicOutfit: April's yellow jumpsuit.

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* IconicOutfit: IconicOutfit:
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April's yellow jumpsuit.



* InsufferableGenius: Krang.

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* InsufferableGenius: InsufferableGenius:
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Krang.



* KidAppealCharacter: Zack is this so bad it's not even funny.
** Also Michaelangelo.

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* KidAppealCharacter: KidAppealCharacter:
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Zack is this so bad it's not even funny.
** Also Michaelangelo.Michaelangelo (indeed was the most loved by young viewers).



* KnightOfCerebus: Lord Dregg is said to be more serious than the Shredder and his incompetent goons.

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* KnightOfCerebus: KnightOfCerebus:
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Lord Dregg is said to be more serious than the Shredder and his incompetent goons.



* LeeroyJenkins: Shredder.
** Also Michaelangelo.

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* LeeroyJenkins: Shredder.
** Also
Shredder and Michaelangelo.



* LikesOlderWomen: Michaelangelo has been shown to have a little bit of a crush on April, despite only being a teenager and she's nearly thirty, though this is completely justified considering [[HotScoop her appearance.]]

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* LikesOlderWomen: LikesOlderWomen:
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Michaelangelo has been shown to have a little bit of a crush on April, despite only being a teenager and she's nearly thirty, though this is completely justified considering [[HotScoop her appearance.]]



* {{Lolicon}}: A mild example. In ''Poor Little Rich Turtle'' Michaelangelo (who's at least 15-16) has a very large crush on Buffy, who's 11 or 12 at most.
** Not quite. At the beginning of the episode, April explicitly states that Buffy Shellhammer is 15. Doesn't explain why [[OlderThanTheyLook she looks, sounds, and acts like a child]], though.
*** This is actually explained with a combination of HugeGuyTinyGirl, ACupAngst, and [[RichBitch Buffy's initial immaturity.]]



* MadScientist: Baxter Stockman.

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* MadScientist: MadScientist:
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Baxter Stockman.



* MarriedToTheJob: April O'Neil

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* MarriedToTheJob: MarriedToTheJob:
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April O'Neil



** What did their theme song sound like?
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiKASXvHOhQ This]].

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** What did their theme song sound like?
***
like? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiKASXvHOhQ This]].



* MysteriousPast: We know ''absolutely nothing'' about the Rat King's backstory.

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* MysteriousPast: MysteriousPast:
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We know ''absolutely nothing'' about the Rat King's backstory.



* TheNapoleon: Krang.
** Splinter also.

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* TheNapoleon: Krang.
** Splinter also.
Krang and Splinter.



* NerdsAreSexy: Irma Langenstein.



* OlderThanTheyLook: Zack the TagalongKid claims he's "almost fourteen". He looks ''eight''.
** He acts like a little kid in his later appearances, so it's possible he might just be lying.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: OlderThanTheyLook:
**
Zack the TagalongKid claims he's "almost fourteen". He looks ''eight''.
**
''eight''. He acts like a little kid in his later appearances, so it's possible he might just be lying.



* PutOnABus: The Technodrome villains and the Channel 6 crew (except April), once the retool occurred.
** Though Shredder and Krang would [[TheBusCameBack return]] for a three episode special in the tenth and last season.

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* PutOnABus: PutOnABus:
**
The Technodrome villains and the Channel 6 crew (except April), once the retool occurred.
** *** Though Shredder and Krang would [[TheBusCameBack return]] for a three episode special in the tenth and last season.



* RaceLift: Baxter Stockman, from African American to Caucasian (and vaguely European), because the writers didn't think that having the only black person in the cast be a villain would sit too well with audiences.
** Another reason in Baxter's case is that the writers feared that Shredder constantly abusing his black assistant would be seen as racist.

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* RaceLift: RaceLift:
**
Baxter Stockman, from African American to Caucasian (and vaguely European), because the writers didn't think that having the only black person in the cast be a villain would sit too well with audiences.
** *** Another reason in Baxter's case is that the writers feared that Shredder constantly abusing his black assistant would be seen as racist.



* RealMenWearPink: Vernon. And surprisingly (or [[LaughablyEvil not so surprisingly]]), Shredder in one episode.
** Splinter's kimono looks like pink, or is it some light purple?
*** DependingOnTheArtist
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Dark Turtle.
** Also Baxter Stockman.
** Also Lord Dregg, who naturally has red glowing eyes.
** Also the Rat King in the Red Sky episodes. Earlier, he was morally ambiguous, helping both the Turtles and their friends, as well as Shredder and his associates. Once his eyes began to glow red, he was totally evil.

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* RealMenWearPink: RealMenWearPink:
**
Vernon. And surprisingly (or [[LaughablyEvil not so surprisingly]]), Shredder in one episode.
** Splinter's kimono looks like pink, or is it some light purple?
***
purple? DependingOnTheArtist
* RedEyesTakeWarning: RedEyesTakeWarning:
**
The Dark Turtle.
** Also Baxter Stockman.
** Also Lord Dregg, who naturally has red glowing eyes.
** Also the The Rat King in the Red Sky episodes. Earlier, he was morally ambiguous, helping both the Turtles and their friends, as well as Shredder and his associates. Once his eyes began to glow red, he was totally evil.



* SexySecretary: Irma Langenstein.
* SheCleansUpNicely: April, in the episode "April's Fool".
** Of course, April is ''always'' hot no matter what. It was just nice to see her in something other than a yellow jumpsuit for a change.

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* SexySecretary: Irma Langenstein.
* SheCleansUpNicely:
SheCleansUpNicely:
**
April, in the episode "April's Fool".
**
Fool". Of course, April is ''always'' hot no matter what. It was just nice to see her in something other than a yellow jumpsuit for a change.



* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Constantly used on April.
** Also on Irma every so often.

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* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Constantly used on April.
** Also on Irma every so often.
April and Irma.



* SurroundedByIdiots: Krang actually says a variation of this in "The Dimension X Story". "Morons! I'm surrounded by morons!"

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* SurroundedByIdiots: SurroundedByIdiots:
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Krang actually says a variation of this in "The Dimension X Story". "Morons! I'm surrounded by morons!"



* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Shredder, most definitely.
** This is actually lampshaded multiple times throughout the series.

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* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Shredder, most definitely.
**
definitely. This is actually lampshaded multiple times throughout the series.



* TeenGenius: Donatello.
** Also Zack, the "fifth turtle".

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* TeenGenius: TeenGenius:
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Donatello.
** Also Zack, the "fifth turtle".



** Also Buffy Shellhammer, who was able to use Shredder's own technology against him and trick him into making the wrong formula to free the Technodrome. [[spoiler: Instead of rocket fuel, it turned out to be firework fuel.]]
** Also Vernon's nephew Foster Fenwick, who creates a solar magnet that is actually powerful enough to draw the Earth towards the sun. Subverted as he's stated to be 11.

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** Also Buffy Shellhammer, who was able to use Shredder's own technology against him and trick him into making the wrong formula to free the Technodrome. [[spoiler: Instead of rocket fuel, it turned out to be firework fuel.]]
** Also Vernon's nephew Foster Fenwick, who creates a solar magnet that is actually powerful enough to draw the Earth towards the sun. Subverted as he's stated to be 11.



* TokenMinority: Carter and [[AmbiguouslyJewish possibly Irma]].

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* TokenMinority: TokenMinority:
**
Carter and [[AmbiguouslyJewish possibly Irma]].



* TookALevelInBadass: Irma, on several occasions.
** Also [[spoiler:Donatello]] when he becomes the Dark Turtle.
** Also Shredder, when he's the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive chairman]] of Octopus Inc. He actually gets things right, with frightening (for the Turtles) results. [[spoiler: Until a sprinkling of water changes things]]. This was before the Red Sky seasons.

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
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Irma, on several occasions.
** Also [[spoiler:Donatello]] when he becomes the Dark Turtle.
** Also Shredder, when he's the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive chairman]] of Octopus Inc. He actually gets things right, with frightening (for the Turtles) results. [[spoiler: Until a sprinkling of water changes things]]. This was before the Red Sky seasons.



* TotallyRadical: The turtles, ''especially'' Mikey. The Neutrinos take it UpToEleven.
** Justified with the turtles, since, in the first episode, Michelangelo tells April that they learnt all about humans from watching TV.

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* TotallyRadical: TotallyRadical:
**
The turtles, ''especially'' Mikey. The Neutrinos take it UpToEleven.
**
Justified with the turtles, since, in the first episode, Michelangelo tells April that they learnt all about humans from watching TV.TV.
** The Neutrinos take it UpToEleven.



* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The Neutrinos, Zack, Dask, and Kala.
** Also April's co-workers Burne, Vernon, and Irma.

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* TwoGuysAndAGirl: TwoGuysAndAGirl:
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The Neutrinos, Zack, Dask, and Kala.
** Also April's co-workers Burne, Vernon, and Irma.



* VagueAge: Irma looks and acts like a young teenager but is apparently old enough to own an apartment and have a steady job.

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* VagueAge: VagueAge:
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Irma looks and acts like a young teenager but is apparently old enough to own an apartment and have a steady job.



* WhamLine: "I never bluff!" [[spoiler: The line Shredder says before he destroys the Channel 6 news building in the first episode of season eight.]]

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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"I never bluff!" [[spoiler: The line Shredder says before he destroys the Channel 6 news building in the first episode of season eight.]]



* WouldHitAGirl: Raphael has absolutely no reserves about tackling Mona Lisa to ground when he thinks she's trying to take over the ship their sailing on.
** Also Shredder has no problem physically threatening April and Irma in multiple episodes.

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* WouldHitAGirl: WouldHitAGirl:
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Raphael has absolutely no reserves about tackling Mona Lisa to ground when he thinks she's trying to take over the ship their sailing on.
** Also Shredder has no problem physically threatening April and Irma in multiple episodes.



** Irma can show signs of being one.
22nd Aug '16 7:06:53 AM rafi
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* ADayInTheLimelight: There were a few of these in the series. ''Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer The Universe'' is one of the best examples which is also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: There were a few of these in the series.
**
''Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer The Universe'' is one of the best examples which is also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.



* TheAce: Leonardo is a strange mix of this and TheGenericGuy.

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* TheAce: TheAce:
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Leonardo is a strange mix of this and TheGenericGuy.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter[=/=]AlwaysSecondBest: Shredder to Splinter.
** Also Vernon to April.
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: the episode with the giant squid.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter[=/=]AlwaysSecondBest: AlwaysSomeoneBetter[=/=]AlwaysSecondBest:
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Shredder to Splinter.
** Also Vernon to April.
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: the AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp:
** The
episode with the giant squid.



* AmbiguouslyJewish: Irma Langinstein.
** Vernon Fenwick.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Irma Langinstein.
**
Langinstein and Vernon Fenwick.



* AndIMustScream[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath: Synapse in the Red Sky episode ''H.A.V.O.C. In The Streets''. Donatello defeats the electric mutant created by Titanus by [[spoiler: sending him through a ham radio, leaving him permanently trapped on the radio airwaves forever.]]

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* AndIMustScream[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath: AndIMustScream[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath:
**
Synapse in the Red Sky episode ''H.A.V.O.C. In The Streets''. Donatello defeats the electric mutant created by Titanus by [[spoiler: sending him through a ham radio, leaving him permanently trapped on the radio airwaves forever.]]



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In ''New York's Shiniest'', Rex-1 saves April from being arrested by security guards. And these are the charges he recites:

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
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In ''New York's Shiniest'', Rex-1 saves April from being arrested by security guards. And these are the charges he recites:



* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Mona Lisa explains to Raphael that she was a college student that was going for her '''physics''' major, but in the flashback she is clearly using a '''chemistry''' set.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Chemistry was probably one of her electives]].

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Mona Lisa explains to Raphael that she was a college student that was going for her '''physics''' major, but in the flashback she is clearly using a '''chemistry''' set.
**
set. [[FridgeBrilliance Chemistry was probably one of her electives]].



* AsYouKnow: Spoofed in the episode ''Super Rocksteady and Mighty Bebop'':

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* AsYouKnow: AsYouKnow:
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Spoofed in the episode ''Super Rocksteady and Mighty Bebop'':



* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: ''Attack of the 50-Foot Irma''.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: AttackOfThe50FootWhatever:
**
''Attack of the 50-Foot Irma''.Irma'' where Irma is accidentally enlarged by an enlarging ray powered by Exaporon, by Krang (who meant to fire the beam at Shredder). Upon being giant, Irma's clumsiness gets the better of her. Eventually, the Turtles manage to shrink her back to her normal size..



* BadassPacifist: M.A.C.C., the robot from the future.

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* BadassPacifist: BadassPacifist:
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M.A.C.C., the robot from the future.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kala's pet Grybyx is usually a sweet and docile creature, until you feed it the wrong kind of food.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: BewareTheNiceOnes:
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Kala's pet Grybyx is usually a sweet and docile creature, until you feed it the wrong kind of food.



** There's also [[spoiler: Donatello]] when he becomes the Dark Turtle.

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** There's also [[spoiler: Donatello]] when he becomes the Dark Turtle.



* BlackBestFriend: Technically Bebop is this to Rocksteady, despite their mutations.

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* BlackBestFriend: BlackBestFriend:
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Technically Bebop is this to Rocksteady, despite their mutations.



* BodySwap: ''The Old Switcheroo'', with Splinter and Shredder.

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* BodySwap: BodySwap:
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''The Old Switcheroo'', with Splinter and Shredder.



* BrainyBrunette: April O' Neil, Irma, and Mona Lisa.
** Though April O' Neil is more of a redhead.

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* BrainyBrunette: April O' Neil, BrainyBrunette:
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Irma, and brown-haired HollywoodNerd type.
**
Mona Lisa.
** April. Though April O' Neil she is more of a redhead.



* BrattyHalfPint: Buffy Shellhammer and Foster Fenwick, at first.

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* BrattyHalfPint: BrattyHalfPint:
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Buffy Shellhammer and Foster Fenwick, at first.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Full stop.
* BreakoutCharacter: Mikey became a ''hit'' with kids.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Full stop.
* BreakoutCharacter: Mikey became a ''hit'' with kids.
%%* BreakingTheFourthWall



* CharacterDevelopment: This is done extremely well with LonelyRichKid Buffy Shellhammer, who goes from a BitchInSheepsClothing to a DefrostingIceQueen and then to a JerkassWoobie all in the course of one half-an-hour episode.

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* CharacterDevelopment: CharacterDevelopment:
**
This is done extremely well with LonelyRichKid Buffy Shellhammer, who goes from a BitchInSheepsClothing to a DefrostingIceQueen and then to a JerkassWoobie all in the course of one half-an-hour episode.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Happened quite frequently. Nearly every episode would introduce a new ally of the turtles or a villain who swears revenge after being defeated, only to never be seen again. Many of the characters from the LighterAndSofter earlier seasons (The Punk Frogs, The Neutrinos, and Mondo Gecko, etc.) were nowhere to be seen in the DarkerAndEdgier Red Sky seasons.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
**
Happened quite frequently. Nearly every episode would introduce a new ally of the turtles or a villain who swears revenge after being defeated, only to never be seen again. Many of the characters from the LighterAndSofter earlier seasons (The Punk Frogs, The Neutrinos, and Mondo Gecko, etc.) were nowhere to be seen in the DarkerAndEdgier Red Sky seasons.seasons.
** After Shredder and Krang are defeated at the end of ''Turtle Trek'', they simply stop appearing in the show. Even in the show's final episode, when the Turtles explore the Technodrome's ruins, Shredder and Krang are nowhere to be found.



* CompositeCharacter: In the original comics, Hamato Yoshi was murdered and his pet rat became mutated into Splinter. In this version, Yoshi himself is mutated into a rat-man. A rather poignant episode {{lampshaded}} the fact that Splinter was pretty lonely because of this, since he couldn't interact with other humans anymore.
** He was mostly a quiet man after all.

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* CompositeCharacter: In the original comics, Hamato Yoshi was murdered and his pet rat became mutated into Splinter. In this version, Yoshi himself is mutated into a rat-man. A rather poignant episode {{lampshaded}} the fact that Splinter was pretty lonely because of this, since he couldn't interact with other humans anymore.
**
anymore. He was mostly a quiet man after all.



* CoolCar: The Turtle Van.

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* CoolCar: CoolCar:
**
The Turtle Van.



* CoolOldLady: April's Aunt Agatha.

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* CoolOldLady: CoolOldLady:
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April's Aunt Agatha.



* CuteBruiser: April and Irma had their moments of this.

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* CuteBruiser: CuteBruiser:
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April and Irma had their moments of this.



* [[DamselOutOfDistress Damsels out of Distress]]: April and Irma, DependingOnTheWriter, could fall into this.

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* [[DamselOutOfDistress Damsels out of Distress]]: DamselOutOfDistress:
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April and Irma, DependingOnTheWriter, could fall into this.



* DeadpanSnarker: Raphael, to the point where he should be the picture for the trope.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
**
Raphael, to the point where he should be the picture for the trope.



* DefrostingIceQueen: Buffy Shellhammer, who ends up being a cross between LonelyRichKid and JerkassWoobie.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: DefrostingIceQueen:
**
Buffy Shellhammer, who ends up being a cross between LonelyRichKid and JerkassWoobie.



* DemotedToExtra: After Carter showed up, April was relegated to sitting in her apartment and researching stuff on the internet for all of Season 9 and the first few episodes of Season 10. Fortunately, she started taking a more active role in the final few episodes once Carter was [[PutOnABus written out]].

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* DemotedToExtra: DemotedToExtra:
**
After Carter showed up, April was relegated to sitting in her apartment and researching stuff on the internet for all of Season 9 and the first few episodes of Season 10. Fortunately, she started taking a more active role in the final few episodes once Carter was [[PutOnABus written out]].out]].
** The Shredder in the ninth and tenth seasons.



* TheDogBitesBack: The episode ''Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer The Universe'' features this.

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* TheDogBitesBack: TheDogBitesBack:
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The episode ''Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer The Universe'' features this.



* TheDragon: Rocksteady and Bebop were Co-Dragons to The Shredder. Baxter Stockman was Shredder's Dragon for the first half of the second season.

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* TheDragon: TheDragon:
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Rocksteady and Bebop were Co-Dragons to The Shredder. Baxter Stockman was Shredder's Dragon for the first half of the second season.



* DumbMuscle: Bebop and Rocksteady are both very strong, but not very bright. As Donatello put it, the mutation didn't up their IQs any.

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* DumbMuscle: DumbMuscle:
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Bebop and Rocksteady are both very strong, but not very bright. As Donatello put it, the mutation didn't up their IQs any.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The episode "Shredder's Mom" proves that even Shredder himself is not immune to this trope.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas:
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The episode "Shredder's Mom" proves that even Shredder himself is not immune to this trope.



* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Michaelangelo for Kala.

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* EveryoneLovesBlondes: EveryoneLovesBlondes:
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Michaelangelo for Kala.



*** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial SHE'S NOT MY]] [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend GIRLFRIEND!]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Mallory proves this.

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*** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial SHE'S NOT MY]] [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend GIRLFRIEND!]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses:
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Princess Mallory proves this.



* EvilCounterpart: Mondo Gecko to Michaelangelo, [[spoiler: at least until his HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* EvilCounterpart: EvilCounterpart:
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Mondo Gecko to Michaelangelo, [[spoiler: at least until his HeelFaceTurn.]]



* EvilKnockoff: Metal Head, a robotic turtle.

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* EvilKnockoff: EvilKnockoff:
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Metal Head, a robotic turtle.



* EvilTwin: The Doku plant used to poison April is the evil twin to the identical looking Gazai plant used to cure April.

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* EvilTwin: EvilTwin:
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The Doku plant used to poison April is the evil twin to the identical looking Gazai plant used to cure April.



* {{Expy}}: Mr. Ogg, an alien with mannerisms and a laugh similar to Creator/PeeWeeHerman.
** And the host for the ShowWithinAShow '''On Trial''', Clayton Kellerman, is similar to Morton Downey, Jr. and his show

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
**
Mr. Ogg, an alien with mannerisms and a laugh similar to Creator/PeeWeeHerman.
** And the The host for the ShowWithinAShow '''On Trial''', Clayton Kellerman, is similar to Morton Downey, Jr. and his show



* FollowTheLeader: The art style in the "Red Sky" era bore more than a little resemblance to the then hugely popular ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Shredder and Krang are defeated at the end of ''Turtle Trek'', they simply stop appearing in the show. Even in the show's final episode, when the Turtles explore the Technodrome's ruins, Shredder and Krang are nowhere to be found.
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* ComicBookAdaptation: Before it started establishing its own continuity, the Archie Comics series ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' started out as an adaptation of this cartoon, with the three-issue miniseries "Heroes in a Half-Shell" consisting of adaptations of the FiveEpisodePilot and the first four issues of the ongoing series being adaptations of the episodes "Return of the Shredder" and "The Incredible Shrinking Turtles".
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** Destructor X, a [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} terminator-like robot]], is [[TheDeterminator hunting down]] Kerma relentlessly.

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** Destructor X, a [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} terminator-like robot]], is [[TheDeterminator hunting down]] Kerma relentlessly.relentlessly
** David Wise has admitted April's yellow jumpsuit and minicamcorder outfit was based on Fujiko Mine's outfit from the Japanese anime Lupin the Third. Specifically, her outfit in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
16th Aug '16 7:05:54 PM rjd1922
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Happened quite frequently. Nearly every episode would introduce a new ally of the turtles or a villain who swears revenge after being defeated, only to never be seen again. Many of the characters from the LighterAndSofter earlier seasons(The Punk Frogs, The Neutrinos, and Mondo Gecko, etc.) were nowhere to be seen in the DarkerAndEdgier Red Sky seasons.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Happened quite frequently. Nearly every episode would introduce a new ally of the turtles or a villain who swears revenge after being defeated, only to never be seen again. Many of the characters from the LighterAndSofter earlier seasons(The seasons (The Punk Frogs, The Neutrinos, and Mondo Gecko, etc.) were nowhere to be seen in the DarkerAndEdgier Red Sky seasons.
14th Jul '16 5:16:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[RedHeadedHero Red-Headed Heroine]]: April O'Neil.
3rd Jul '16 1:13:27 PM CaptainTedium
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Leatherhead, who was an ally in other continuities (though it was common for him to start off as having a misunderstanding with the Turtles). Also Wingnut and Screwloose, who originated as allies in the Archie Comics series ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'', but here appeared as one-shot villains in the episode ''Zach and the Alien Invaders''.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Leatherhead, who was AdaptationalVillainy:
** Leatherhead is a recurring villain in this version, when he's
an ally in other continuities (though it was common for him to start off as having a misunderstanding with the Turtles). Also Turtles).
**
Wingnut and Screwloose, who originated as allies in the Archie Comics series ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'', but here appeared as one-shot villains in the episode ''Zach and the Alien Invaders''.



* AmbiguouslyGay: Vernon Fenwick and Krang.
** Subverted with Vernon in "Donatello's Degree" where he gets hurt and asks April for some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, then smiles and puckers up with his eyes closed when she agrees with him, [[{{Squick}} and grabs a fish from the nearby lake to place on Vernon's mouth.]]



* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Rat King.

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Rat King.King looks human for the most part, but no explanation is given for how he's able to control rats and he takes offense when Scumbug calls him a human in "Night of the Rogues".



* AnimeHair: The Neutrinos take this to ridiculous extremes.

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* AnimeHair: The Neutrinos take this to ridiculous extremes.all have wild and ridiculously colored hair.



* ArtEvolution: For the ''Red Sky'' seasons.
** Seasons 6 and 7 also have surprisingly improved animation.

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* ArtEvolution: For the ''Red Sky'' seasons.
** Seasons 6 and 7 also
The Red Sky seasons have surprisingly improved animation.a slightly different art style from the earlier seasons.



* BackUpTwin: Barney Stockman would probably be this if he appeared more than once.
* BadBoss: Shredder easily counts for this.

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* BackUpTwin: Barney Baxter Stockman's twin brotherBarney Stockman would probably be this if he appeared more than once.
* BadBoss: The Shredder easily counts for this.constantly abuses and insults Bebop and Rocksteady. He also wasn't very nice towards Baxter Stockman when he was his lackey.



* BadassAdorable: The Grybyx.

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* BadassAdorable: The Grybyx.Kala's pet Grybyx is an adorable creature that can turn into a hideous monster when fed the wrong food.



* BaldOfAwesome: The turtles of course.

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* BaldOfAwesome: The turtles of course.Turtles themselves are this by default due to reptiles not having hair.



* BaseOnWheels: The Technodrome.

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* BaseOnWheels: The Technodrome.Technodrome is Shredder and Krang's base of operations and has tank treads, though most of the time it's damaged to the point of being immobile.



* BigBad: [[BigBadDuumvirate Shredder and Krang]] for most of the series, and later Lord Dregg.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Krang and Shredder.
* BigBrotherBully: Shredder to his little brother Kazuo Saki.
** Also Walt to Zach initially.
* {{Bishonen}}: Would you believe the Shredder? Without his mask, he's rather feminine.
** He appears out of costume in one episode wearing a [[RealMenWearPink pink shirt]].
** [[MrFanservice He also has a surprisingly large female fanbase]].
** "Saki" is a feminine name, lit. "blossom".
* BigEater: Michaelangelo.
** The others had their moments as well.

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* BigBad: [[BigBadDuumvirate BigBad:
** For the first eight seasons, the main villains are
Shredder and Krang]] for most of Krang.
** Following Shredder and Krang's banishment to Dimension X at
the series, and later end of "Turtle Trek", Lord Dregg.
Dregg becomes the main antagonist for the show's final two seasons.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Krang and Shredder.
* BigBrotherBully:
Shredder to and Krang are the main villains of the show and almost always work together in their plans.
* BigBrotherBully:
** Shredder belittles and mocks
his little brother Kazuo Saki.
** Also Zach's older brother Walt was a bit mean to Zach initially.
him in his earlier appearances, but later softened up.
* {{Bishonen}}: Would you believe the Shredder? Without his mask, he's The Shredder looks rather feminine.
** He appears out of costume in one episode wearing a [[RealMenWearPink pink shirt]].
** [[MrFanservice He also has a surprisingly large female fanbase]].
** "Saki" is a
feminine name, lit. "blossom".
without his helmet on.
* BigEater: Michaelangelo.
** The
Michaelangelo is the most gluttonous of the four Turtles, but the others had have their moments as well.moments, too.



* CerebusSyndrome: The last three seasons are a mild example.

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* CerebusSyndrome: The last three seasons are were a mild example.lot darker in tone and were nearly devoid of lighthearted humor.



* ClearMyName: This happened in several instances.

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* ClearMyName: This happened in several instances. The first and most notable example would be "Return of the Shredder", where the Turtles were framed for a series of crimes by a gang of costumed crooks called the Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The Red Sky Episodes.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The Red Sky Episodes.Episodes were more serious in tone and had Shredder become a more competent villain.



* DumbMuscle: Bebop and Rocksteady.

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* DumbMuscle: Bebop and Rocksteady.Rocksteady are both very strong, but not very bright. As Donatello put it, the mutation didn't up their IQs any.



** In his 1st few appearances, Krang was undisputed NightmareFuel. His later character design was a lot more cartoony, but still a bit creepy.

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** In his 1st first few appearances, Krang was undisputed NightmareFuel.had a rather freakish design. His later character design was a lot more cartoony, but still a bit creepy.



* EnfantTerrible: Shredder, as shown in the clips of his life from "Shredderville".

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* EnfantTerrible: Shredder, as shown in the clips of his life from "Shredderville". He is seen angrily breaking toys as a baby and picking fights with other kids when he was a child.



* EvilRedhead: Barney Stockman.

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* EvilRedhead: Baxter Stockman's twin brother Barney Stockman.has red hair and is also evil.



* ExpositoryThemeTune

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* ExpositoryThemeTuneExpositoryThemeTune: The theme song mentions the Turtles' personalities and their never-ending mission to thwart the Shredder's schemes.



* FatBastard: Titanus from H.A.V.O.C. is this.

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* FatBastard: Titanus from H.A.V.O.C. is this.Quite a lot of villains on the show were overweight, including Big Louie, Titanus, and Mad Dog [=McMutt=].



* FiveEpisodePilot

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* FiveEpisodePilotFiveEpisodePilot: The first season consisted of a five-episode miniseries where the Turtles first met April and their battles with Shredder and Krang first began.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Baxter Stockman
** Also Alpha-1

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: FromNobodyToNightmare:
**
Baxter Stockman
Stockman started out as a hapless scientist who only wanted to use his Mousers to help with the city's rat problem. He ends up becoming one of the Turtles' most fearsome enemies.
** Also Alpha-1 started off as just another Foot Soldier until an accident greatly increased his intelligence.



* GrandFinale: ''Divide and Conquer'', though it was left open-ended in case more episodes were ordered.

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* GrandFinale: ''Divide and Conquer'', Conquer'' ended with the Turtles finally defeating Lord Dregg for good, though it was left open-ended in case more episodes were ordered.



* HeelFaceTurn: Mondo Gecko.
** Muckman and Joe Eyeball.
** Lotus Blossom.

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* HeelFaceTurn: HeelFaceTurn:
**
Mondo Gecko.
Gecko was originally raised to be a criminal by a crime boss named Mr. X, but was convinced to join the side of good by Michelangelo.
** Muckman and Joe Eyeball.
Eyeball tried to harm the Turtles because they believed them to be responsible for their mutation. They change sides when they learn that the Shredder lied to them.
** Lotus Blossom.Blossom was originally introduced as a hired mercenary that Krang intended to use as a replacement for Shredder, but changed her ways in her second and final appearance.
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* TagalongKid: [[BaseBreaker Zack]], a young kid in a turtle costume and so-called "fifth turtle".

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* TagalongKid: [[BaseBreaker Zack]], Zack, a young kid in a turtle costume and so-called "fifth turtle".
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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: To quote the theme song: Leonardo leads (melancholic); Donatello does machines (phlegmatic); Raphael is cool, but crude (choleric); Michaelangelo is a party dude (sanguine).

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: To quote the theme song: Leonardo leads (melancholic); (phlegmatic); Donatello does machines (phlegmatic); (melancholic); Raphael is cool, but crude (choleric); Michaelangelo is a party dude (sanguine).
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