Films based on the [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles franchise]] created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Four have been made so far (of which the fourth, ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', has its own page), and a fifth, a ContinuityReboot, is in the works for August 2014.
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[[folder: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) ]]


->''"Dudes and dudettes, major league butt-kicking is back in town!"''
--> --'''Michelangelo'''

The Shredder is building an army. With his Foot Clan, a group of misguided teenagers trained in the art of ninjitsu, he is responsible for a crime wave the likes of which New York City has never seen. The worst thing is that they're ninjas. How do you catch someone so quick? So silent?

Enter four reptilian hominids: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, given a humanoid shape through a dip in a broken canister full of mutagen. Trained by a similarly mutated rat named Splinter in the art of ninjitsu as well, along with moral support in investigative reporter April O'Neil and extra muscle in street vigilante Casey Jones, these Ninja Turtles must save the Big Apple from the clutches of the Foot.

Financially the most successful of the movies made thus far, the first was mostly an adaptation of [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Eastman and Laird's original comic]], although it did take some elements from the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 popular '80s cartoon]], such as the turtles' love of pizza and their differently colored headbands, and April's job as an investigative reporter. The costumes provided for the eponymous heroes, as well as puppetry for Splinter and the turtles as young mutants, were provided by JimHenson.
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[[folder: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze (1991) ]]


->''"Ten flips now...and remember... go ninja go ninja go!"''
--> --'''Splinter'''

The Foot Clan is back, and back at the helm is Shredder, thought dead by practically everyone. Scarred from his dive into a trash compactor, he is out for revenge. Their numbers may be diminished, but they have something to even the odds. Taking a sample of the waste that birthed the Ninja Turtles from the TGRI laboratory, the Foot has two deadly enforcers in the form of Tokka and Rahzar, a mutated snapping turtle and wolf.

Can the Turtles finally stop the Foot once and for all, or will Tokka and Rahzar's strength be too much?

While it was still a money maker, it garnered some criticism from fans of the first film for [[LighterAndSofter toning down the violence and adult themes]], and although Jim Henson's Creature Shop still worked on the movie, the costumes and animatronics were considered a little inferior, supposedly toning down the gritty detail to avoid scaring children (they still looked just fine, though). Generally considered more like the goofy cartoon than like the edgy comic, the best example of this being Shredder, [[VillainDecay who went from being a badass to still a bit of a badass but a little more bumbling]]. Despite these criticisms, it is still considered a {{guilty pleasure}}.

This movie was also notable for the one-time character Keno--played by Ernie Reyes, Jr.--a martial artist/pizza delivery boy who provided some assistance for the turtles after they saved his hide from a group of muggers. He disappeared from the rest of the movies. Tokka and Rahzar were original characters made for the movie as well, but this would not be the last we would see of them. The mutant duo would appear later in an episode of the original cartoon, the video games ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime'' and ''The Manhattan Project'', as well as the IntercontinuityCrossover movie ''TurtlesForever''.

Infamous for the appearance of rapper Music/VanillaIce, who (in the context of the movie; it was presumably written ahead of time) came up with a rap almost instantaneously when the fight between the turtles and Tokka and Rahzar wound up at his gig at a club.

Also the only Ninja Turtles movie made thus far to not feature Casey Jones. At all.
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[[folder: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) ]]


-> [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII See here]]
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[[folder: TMNT (2007) ]]


-> [[WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}} See here]]
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[[folder: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) ]]


-> [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 See here]]

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!! These films provide examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Averted; the Turtles are clearly using storm drains to travel (with Splinter explicitly stating that he found the book he used to name them in one) and their home is located in an abandoned control station (in the sequel they move into what appears to be an old pneumatic transit station). The sewer pipes are separated from the canals, and while real storm drains aren't ''quite'' that large, the New York system is large enough for a man to stand in.
* AnAesop: The first movie has one about fatherhood and family, with the good example (Splinter and the Turtles), the abusive/dysfunctional example (Shredder and the Foot) and the one stuck in the middle (Charles and Danny Pennington). Both Splinter and Shredder identify themselves as fathers, and, of course, Charles is Danny's father.
* ArtShift: Splinter's flashbacks are shot differently from the rest of the film with a grainier, almost FilmNoir look to them.
* BadassFamily: The Turtles and Splinter, of course.
* BadassInDistress: Splinter spends most of the first film held prisoner by The Shredder. [[spoiler:Then he beats Shredder with a flick of his wrist.]]
* BadassNormal: The Shredder, Casey Jones and by the time of the 2007 film, April O'Neil and Karai. The Turtles and Splinter ''kinda'' count, if you consider that, outside of being mutants, they have no other special or enhanced properties.
* BashBrothers: All four of the Turtles, it's even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the battle of April's apartment that they're not used to fighting with a man down.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: A shot is shown of statues and paintings of Winters in the Fourth film from Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and other time periods.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Casey and April. So much so that Donatello lampshades it at one point.
-->'''Donatello:''' Gosh. It's kinda like ''{{Moonlighting}}'', isn't it?
* BerserkButton: Raphael in the first film;
-->'''Casey Jones''': So long, freak, I've got work to do!
-->'''Raphael''': Freak!? ''FREAK!?''
** Leonardo during Shredder's KickTheDog moment at the end of the first film.
* BigDamnHeroes: Raph does this for April and Casey does it for the turtles later.
* BigDamnKiss: April and Casey at the end.
* BigNo:
** In the first film when it appears The Shredder is going to kill Leo.
** Earlier, Raph lets one out when the Turtles find their home ransacked and Splinter missing, though it's more an inchoate scream of rage than anything.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The British DVD release for the first film did not do a good job with the subtitles, as it was clear they did not know the Japanese terms. The two most glaring mistakes were calling a 'sai' a 'scythe' (when Raphael exclaims to Splinter that he lost one), and spelling 'katana' as 'cattana' (when Splinter tells his back-story to Danny).
* BloodlessCarnage: With the exception of the first movie all the fight scenes are bloodless, we see blood on the dead bodies of Master Yoshi and his lover Tang Shen, and Shredder bleeds from some of the wounds inflicted by Splinter in the flashback and Leonardo in the final fight.
* BroadStrokes: The events of the first three movies, as applied to the fourth. It was basically confirmed by WordOfGod that, they ''did happen'', just not in exactly the same way.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Back in the previous two movies before the third one, many scenes were shot in both New York ''and'' North Carolina, though both films take place in much of New York, anyway.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Kenshin towards his father.
-->'''Lord Norinaga:''' Kenshin, I have forbid you for leaving the palace. You have disgraced me.\\
'''Kenshin:''' It is ''you'' who have disgraced me, father. You and your unjust war.\\
''[Everyone is quiet. Norinaga was about to come down hard on him until Walker arrives.]''
* TheCameo: In the first movie, the Turtles' actors appear unmasked (David Forman - Leonardo costume - is a gang member in the warehouse when Casey Jones defeats Tatsu, Josh Pais - Raphael - is a passenger in a taxicab, Leif Tilden - Donatello - plays the Foot Messenger that meets April in the subway station, and Michelan Sisti - Michelangelo - plays the pizza delivery man)
** But then, Leif Tilden doesn't really appear unmasked...
*** Well, there's the scene where Donnie laughs and you can see his face. Although that's a blooper rather than a cameo, it DOES mean his face appears onscreen.
* CanonForeigner: Lots: Tokka and Rahzar, Max Winters, Tatsu, Charles and Danny Pennington, Keno, everyone introduced in the third film...
* CanonImmigrant: Several characters, such as Tokka and Rahzar, made their way into other ''TMNT'' continuities. However, Charles Pennington, April's boss from the first movie, stands out as the only film character to make it to the Mirage comics.
* CatchphraseSpoutingDuo: Donatello and Michelangelo in the first movie.
* ChekhovsGun: In the fourth film, at one point, Casey accidentally breaks a vase in Max Winters' home, causing an alarm to go off and several metal security doors to close and keep people from leaving. [[spoiler: Later, seeing the Foot Clan coming to fight the turtles in Max's home again when they are hopelessly outnumbered, Casey breaks another vase deliberately, causing the doors to shut once more and keep the Foot Clan out temporarily.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** Tatsu, who is completely absent from the fourth movie.
** Chief Sterns.
** For whatever reason Casey is absent in the second film. Dialogue and deleted materials from the third suggest that he moved away from New York for awhile and only recently returned.
* CombatPragmatist: Casey Jones.
* TheComicallySerious: Splinter, who finally learns how to crack wise at the end of the first movie. Fittingly, he becomes so delighted at this that he quips: "I made a funny! Ha ha ha ha!"
** Splinter does this again at the end of the second movie, after scolding the turtles over revealing themselves, ending his 10 flips now command with a "Go Ninja, Go Ninja, go." As soon as they started to flip, Splinter went "I MADE ANOTHER FUNNY! HAHAHAHAHA!"
*** Invoked once more by Splinter to cheer up Michelangelo in the third movie. No sign of Splinter saying "I made another funny."
* CompositeCharacter: Oroku Saki and Oroku Nagi. (In the film, Saki, instead of Nagi, is the one who's Hamato Yoshi's rival and in love with Tang Shen.)
** Could also be said about the turtles themselves. Aside from Raph, the turtles weren't very well-developed in the comics. While true to the comic, the movie applies some of the characterization from the cartoon (such as Mikey's immaturity and love of pizza) to make the turtles more unique. It worked out so well that [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the following adaptation did the same thing.]]
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Averted, early on Raph is completely overwhelmed by a horde of Foot ninjas that beat him almost to death and later the other three are forced to retreat after being outnumbered as well. Played straight later where the Turtles defeat an entire army of ninjas but then have trouble against The Shredder alone.
* CostumeCopycat: Raphael assumes the mantle of Nightwatcher in the fourth film.
* CreatorCameo: Michael Pressman, the director of the second movie, has a brief scene as April's boss at the news station.
* [[CrowdHockey Crowd Football]]: In the second film, the Turtles try their best to keep a canister of mutagen from falling into Foot hands.
* CurbStompBattle: Shredder completely dominates the turtles at the end of the first movie... [[spoiler: Then Splinter shows up and takes out Shredder with a flick of the wrist.]]
** Shredder vs. Leonardo wasn't necessarily a complete curb-stomp, though. While the Shredder was able to fight off Don, Raph, and Mikey with ease, Leo was able to hold his own against the Shredder and was able to actually WOUND the Shredder in a few places before he was finally fought off.
* DaChief: Chief Sterns
* DanceBattler: All of the Turtles in addition to using real martial arts incorporate moves inspired by modern breakdancing.
* DarkActionGirl: Karai.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The first movie when compared to the '80s cartoon. Justified as it was inspired more by the original Volume I comics by Mirage. The second and third movies [[LighterAndSofter Invert This]], with the fourth film striking a satisfying balance between the two.
* DeadpanSnarker: Splinter without a doubt. Also Donatello.
** April actually has a little game she plays where she asks a cameraman to time her and see how long she can snark at Chief Sterns until he becomes so angry he throws her out of his office. The record is one minute and seven seconds.
* {{Dedication}}: ''Ninja Turtles II'' was dedicated to Jim Henson
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Shredder]] and [[spoiler:Walker]] in the first and third movies respectively, which WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd -- in his special review of the third -- noted was a trope featured in other movies "TOO MANY FUCKING TIMES!"
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: To one of the greatest degrees ever. Not only were the Turtles' conflicting personalities pushed further than they've ever gone but in the first movie each Turtle has a unique and distinctive look and body type that would make them recognizable even without their differently-colored masks. Leonardo is slim and athletic, Raphael is muscular with some tough-guy scars, Donny is a little chubby, and Mikey is short. The fourth movie mainly keeps these intact (although Donny's slimmed down a bit) and gives Mikey InnocentBlueEyes to help show off his youth and innocence further.
* DoubleTake: From "The Secret of the Ooze": Not just a double take, but a ''triple'' take when Keno first sees the Turtles in the background.
* TheDragon: Tatsu, in the first two movies.
** Appropriately enough, Tatsu is one of the Japanese words for "dragon."
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped the Docks on Him]]: [[spoiler:Super-Shredder]] in the second movie, who re-emerged from the waters after drinking the entire canister of ooze in his possession in a desperate attempt to kill the turtles once and for all. His strength increased but his intelligence diminished severely--focused only on his targets, he causes the docks to collapse on him by recklessly hitting their foundations while the turtles just barely escape the destruction.
* DumbMuscle: Tokka and Rahzar. When he was kidnapped and forced by Shredder to mutate the two animals, TGRI Professor Jordan Perry altered the mutagen a little so that their intelligence would not increase. As such, when Shredder demands they call him "master," they misinterpret the word as "mama" and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hug the bejesus out of him]].
* TheFagin: Shredder from the first movie essentially ran the Foot Clan this way. The Foot Clan was made up of teenage orphans and runaways who instigated a massive New York crime wave.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: The first movie is pretty loaded with this, as it's more of an adaptation of the comic rather than the cartoon. In particular are the scenes where Raphael is mercilessly beaten to near-death, the entire fight in April's apartment (where a Foot ninja accidentally hits a power main with his axe and ''[[NightmareFuel starts jerking around and smoking]]''), Tatsu's beating of Shinsho to near-death (or actual death if you go by the original script), Tatsu's beating of Casey Jones, and the Shredder being crushed inside the compactor of a garbage truck. It shocked so many people that in the second movie the Turtles [[LighterAndSofter barely even touch their weapons, let alone use them against people]]. The third movie, for all its problems, attempted to fix this.
* FloorboardFailure: The first movie has this occur in the middle of a fight between the Turtles and the Foot clan on the second floor of April's apartment. Given that the floor had been hacked at with ninja axes and the number of people in the room at the time this was inevitable. Donatello even tries to warn the Foot.
--> '''Donatello:''' Uh, guys, I'm not so sure if this is, structurally speaking... such a good time for your buddies to drop in.
--> ''Foot soldiers drop in through the skylight. Seconds later epic floorboard failure occurs.''
* FeudEpisode: Leo and Raph got into a(nother) fight in the first film, due to Raph's impatience of finding Splinter and Leo aggravated by his attitude. It's not a big deal for Don and Mikey as this sort of thing always happens.
-->'''April:''' Hasn't Raph been gone a long time?\\
'''Don:''' Nah, he does it all the time. He likes it. He'll probably be back any minute now.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There is at least one example in each film.
** From the first movie: (also a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}).
---> '''Donatello:''' You're a claustrophobic.
---> '''Casey Jones:''' Do you want a fist in the mouth?! I've never even looked at another guy before!
* GoshDangItToHeck: Averted in the first movie, which is a PragmaticAdaptation of the cartoon and comic book (where swearing was much more common).
* HeHadAName: Invoked by Shredder just to taunt the Turtles:
-->'''Shredder:''' It ''had'' a name...
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Charles Pennington makes comments to this effect regarding his son, Danny.
-->'''Charles:''' See? That's what he does when he wants to ignore me. Sticks his head in those things.
* HiddenDepths: Casey Jones is initially presented as a crude, violent, vigilante. April describes him as "a 9-year-old trapped in a man's body."
* HighlyVisibleNinja: At the end of the second movie, which involved the Turtles fighting (and dancing) in a nightclub, ''in full view of an entire crowd of people'', Splinter asks them if they were seen by anybody upon their return home.
-->'''Leonardo''': [[BlatantLies Of course not, Master Splinter]].\\
'''Donatello''': We practiced ninja.\\
'''Michelangelo''': The art of invisibility.\\
* Splinter holds up a newspaper with a picture of them on the front cover*\\
'''Splinter''': [[DeadpanSnarker Practice]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker harder]]''.
* HuddleShot: "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments So exactly at what point did we lose control here?]]"
* IfICantHaveYou: Oroku Saki, losing a love triangle, murders both Splinter's master and his girlfriend
* IKnowYourTrueName: "Yes, Oroku Saki, I know who you are."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: At one point Casey weaponizes a ''garbage truck.''
* InterspeciesRomance: Pretty much ''all'' of the turtles display some level of attraction to April in the beginning.
* {{Irony}}: In the first movie, Mikey orders a pizza from Domino's. In the original VHS release (from Family Home Entertainment), the movie was preceded by an ad from Pizza Hut.
** In the second film, April picks up all the stuff left around the apartment by the turtles, and mutters, "The ''rat'' is the cleanest one."
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: In the second film:
--> '''Donatello''': The perimeter's quiet.\\
'''Leonardo''': Yeah, a little ''too'' quiet.\\
'''Michelangelo''': Come on. (Don takes out two henchmen)\\
'''Donatello''': Well, that was easy.\\
'''Leonardo''': Yeah, a little ''too'' easy. (Raph is tied to a post)\\
'''Donatello''': Look, it's Raph!\\
'''Michelangelo''': Yeah, a little ''too'' Raph. (Mikey gets smacked for being a wiseass)
* [[HesBack It's Time To Go Back]]
* KickTheDog: Shredder at the end of the first film, after thoroughly beating the Turtles, mocks them by saying that he killed Splinter. It works.
-->'''Raphael''': *sternly* ''Where's Splinter''?
-->'''Shredder''': Ah, the rat. So it has a name... [[HeHadAName It]] ''{{h|eHadAName}}ad'' [[HeHadAName a name.]]
-->*Leonardo angrily pushes past the rest of them*
-->'''Leonardo''': ''[[ThatLiarLies You lie!]]''
-->'''Shredder''': *smiling behind his mask* Do I?
-->*Leonardo charges at Shredder in absolute rage*
** He tries it again, after taking down Leonardo, he orders the other Turtles to throw away their weapons, or else he would kill him. After they have done so...
--->'''Shredder''': Fools... The three of you might have been able to overpower me with the loss of but one. Now your fate...WILL BE HIS! *readies [[CoupDeGrace killing strike]] on Leonardo*
* LeastCommonPizzaTopping: The first film has Michelangelo ordering a pizza near the beginning of the movie as Splinter talks about the "art of invisibility". As Splinter is finishing up his speech, Mikey is just about to finish the order, and he says, "Oh, but no anchovies, and I mean no anchovies. You put anchovies on this thing and you're in big trouble, okay?" right before Splinter throws a book at his head.
* LighterAndSofter: The first sequel, mostly because of the MoralGuardians. The second sequel takes it UpToEleven. The third sequel subverts this, by having Raph & Leo fight each other [[spoiler:which ends when Raph nearly kills Leo]].
* LoveAtFirstPunch: April and Casey; as Donatello so eloquently put it "Gosh. It's kinda like ''{{Moonlighting}}'', isn't it?"
* MacGuffinMelee: The second film has a battle in the TGRI labs between the Turtles and the Foot over a can of Mutagen.
* MagicPants: Shredder's outfit (cape and all) grows with him when he becomes Super Shredder.
** Which crosses over into BodyHorror when you realize that thanks to the ooze ''his costume is now a part of him.''
* ManChild: April describes Casey as "A 9-year-old trapped in a man's body."
* MeaningfulName: Tatsu meaning TheDragon in Japanese.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Nicely subverted by]] the first film.
* MoodWhiplash: The first movie seems like almost as funny and lighthearted as the cartoon series (it's a little bit darker, but we have to AvoidTheDreadedGRating here!), [[spoiler:until the Turtles return home to find it completely destroyed and Splinter missing]]. Watching it as a little kid, the effect is like someone punching you in the stomach.
** [[spoiler: Made slightly worse because the centerpiece of the wreckage is a pile of maroon laundry in the center of the room that, in the darkness, looks oddly gorey if you don't realize what it is]]
** The apartment fight scene starts out pretty comedic and triumphant, giving us the impression that this could be an easy win. However when they are overrun with foot soldiers the music and the mood changes. Even the music itself is pretty much saying OhCrap.
* MrFanservice:
** Elias Koteas as Casey Jones.
** Henry Hayashi as Kenshin.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Danny looks at April's apartment on fire in tears, knowing it's because he told Shredder he saw one of the Turtles there.
** More of a "My God, What Have I NEARLY Done?" example, but Raphael during the fourth film when [[spoiler:he realizes that, in his rage, he was dangerously close to killing his own brother after a fiery battle; the realization causes him to run away in fear. Of course a straighter example happens soon after when Leonardo, beaten and weakened, is easily captured by the Stone Generals and Raphael is unable to stop them from taking him. He blames himself entirely for this]].
* MythologyGag:
** While the first movie is mostly based on the original Mirage Studios comics, it had a few elements from the 80s cartoon: different-colored bandanas, their love for pizza, April being a news reporter, and Michelangelo's {{Catchphrase}} "Cowabunga".
** "Check out East Warehouse on Lairdman Island." (reference to Eastman and Laird, of course).
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Subverted in the second movie. The exact line was quoted after [[spoiler:Super Shredder]] was crushed by a collapsing pier, [[spoiler:but it turns out he really couldn't survive that after all.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: Straight-laced Master Splinter, at the end of the first three films, will show that he's not above making the occasional joke like the turtles.
-->'''First film''': I have always liked...'Cowabunga'.
-->'''Second film''': Ten flips now! And remember... Go, ninja, go, ninja, go!
-->'''Third film, while [[LampshadeWearing wearing lampshade]]''': Yo, dude! Like Elvis in ''Blue Hawaii''!
-->'''Fourth film, [[CasualDangerDialog while kicking monster ass]]:''' [[BadassFamily We should do this more often!]] [[BadassGrandpa I STILL got it!!]]
* [[OffhandBackhand Offhand Back Kick]]:
** Leo does this after faking out another Foot ninja during the fight in April's apartment.
*** Later, Mike does a straightforward offhand backhand after ducking in his shell.
--> "God, I love being a turtle!!"
** Raph does it after calling Donatello a showoff after Don's skateboarding ass-kicking-montage.
* OhCrap: Raph, when the Shredder appears in front of him, after insulting Tatsu.
-->'''Raph:''' You know pal, if I had a face like yours, I try to make it up for with some sort of a personality. Ha ha ha! ''[Shredder stands between him and Tatsu]'' Shredder!
* OncePerEpisode: The first three movies concluded with Splinter "making a funny."
** Also: a sequence where Raphael is separated from the rest of the group.
* OneWingedAngel: Super Shredder in ''Secret of the Ooze''.
* ParentalBonus: In the second movie, after falling into the Foot's trap at the junkyard:
-->'''Donatello:''' These nets are very effective and very well-constructed.\\
'''Michaelangelo:''' Yeah, remind me to drop a line to Ralph Nader!
* PhysicalFitnessPunishment: Michelangelo is made to do back-flips as a punishment in ''Secret of the Ooze''. When Splinter notices that Mike has started just jumping up and down to make it ''sound'' like he was doing back-flips, he makes him do ''more''.
* PinballProtagonist: The Turtles don't have much impact on the plot, other than Raphael saving April in the subway and the group fight against the Foot near the end.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The first movie, which satisfactorily combined two very different version of the turtles into a successful whole.
* PrecisionFStrike: Well, D-Strike anyway. Raphael curses twice in the film, a short "damn" in the opening in frustration at losing a sai (thus giving away a vital clue to their existence) and again as a SkywardScream after being bested by Casey Jones.
** And who could forget "NINJA KICK THE DAMN RABBIT!"
** And during Mike & Don's rock paper scissors match at the climax: "One, two, three! Damn."
** It's easy to miss, but Raph actually says "bitchin'" near the end of the film.
* ProductPlacement
* TheProfessor: Jordan Perry, in the second movie.
* [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put Down Your Weapons and Step Away]]: Played painfully straight in the first movie, and then [[spoiler:Shredder tells them how stupid it was]].
* RaceLift: In the upcoming reboot, both Splinter and Shredder are played by white actors, though this is slightly more justified in Splinter's case, since he is being created through Motion Capture.
* RevengeBeforeReason: After transforming into Super Shredder at the end of the second film, Shredder becomes completely determined to kill the Turtles, by collapsing the entire pier, and not even caring that his actions could kill him as well.
-->'''Leonardo''': Shredder! You've gotta listen to reason! You're gonna destroy us all!
-->'''Super Shredder''': Then so be it!
** Shredder spends the entire second movie like this, several characters even call him on it.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Master Splinter.
* RooftopConfrontation: Raphael heads to the roof after a spat with Leonardo and gets jumped by a butt-load of Foot ninjas. He holds his own for a while, but after a while, they kick his ass and throw him through ceiling and proceed to fight the rest of the Turtles.
** The final confrontation with Shredder also takes place on a roof.
** In the fourth movie, Leo and Raph go at it on a rooftop. Let's face it, they like roofs.
* RunningGag: The Turtles say things like "awesome" and "wicked," while Don says something lame like "Bossa Nova" or "A Capella."
* SarcasmMode: April thinks Casey was acting like this when he tells her she got fired.
-->'''Casey:''' [[ThatCameOutWrong Hey, you just saved yourself an 8-mile round tripper]]: you're fired.\\
'''April:''' I... I just saved myself?\\
'''Don:''' [[OhCrap Uh-oh.]]\\
'''April:''' What did you do? Did you take classes in insensitivity?\\
'''Casey:''' I was just trying to break it to you easy.\\
'''April:''' Well, you failed miserably!\\
'''Casey:''' You wouldn't even be standing there if it weren't for me!
* ScarsAreForever: In the first movie, Raphael has a scar on his cheek from some unexplained injury, while Shredder has scars on his cheek from a pre-mutation Splinter.
** If you look closely in the first two movies all of the turtles have little nicks and dings all over their shells, probably from a life time of ninja training.
* ScreamingWarrior: Raphael in the first movie, when they find their home trashed and Splinter gone.
** A better example would be his rescue of April from the Foot in the subway when he gets his missing sai back.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In the fourth film, Splinter forbids the Turtles from fighting until they can act as a team. He becomes frustrated as Leo and Raph argue. But after learning that Leo has been captured, he decided they've been hiding for too long and its time to take action.
* SecretKeeper: Besides April and Casey, there's also Danny and Keno. The people at the dance club don't count.
** Well, they ''do'' immediately tell the press...
*** But they assumed they were people in costumes (one guy thinks so, yet he and his date are vaguely aware of a rat). And the owners of the club assumed they were hired extras.
* SeenItAll: The cabbie in the first movie, especially compared to his fare.
--> *Raphael somersaults over the hood of the cab*
--> '''Passenger''': What the hell was that?!
--> '''Cabbie''': Looked like sort of a big turtle, in a trench coat. You're goin' to [=LaGuardia=], right?
* ShootTheTelevision: Shredder is introduced in the first movie watching a wall of TV screens. When April appears on the news and indicates that [[HeKnowsTooMuch she knows too much]] about the Foot Clan, Shredder throws a knife at her face on the TV screen.
--> "Find her. SILENCE her!"
* ShoutOut:
** Present in most of the movies, such as Mikey's quoting of famous movie lines at April's apartment in the first, and the revelation of Splinter's favorite show (or one of them) being ''GilmoreGirls'' in the fourth. However, the third features shout outs considered by most to be absolutely cringe-worthy, such as...
** In the monster roundup scene in TMNT, there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment of a monster that looks just like [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Wildmutt]].
** As Donatello bonks a {{mook|s}} with a tree branch: "It's [[Music/MCHammer hammer time]]!"
** The second movie at April's apartment: [[Film/TheKarateKid "Wax on, wax off!"]]
* ShutUpHannibal: Delivered by Splinter and Casey to the Foot members still identifying Shredder as a father figure, essentially telling them that the Shredder cares nothing for them; he merely uses them for his own selfish desires.
* ShutUpKirk: Shredder attempts this in the first movie, when Splinter is lecturing him while holding him over a ledge.
-->'''Splinter''': Death comes for us all, [[spoiler: Oroku Saki,]] but something much worse comes for you, for when you die, it will be...\\
'''Shredder''': ''[tries to stab Splinter, who instead releases his grip on Shredder's weapon, making him fall into the garbage truck]''\\
'''Splinter''': ''[finishes]'' ...without honor.
* SkywardScream: "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!"
** As noted above, Raph has another, unintelligible one when Splinter is kidnapped.
*** That scream can even be heard on the surface. An old man walks by and hears it, but shakes his head "nah, it couldn't be".
** "SPLINTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!"
* SoapWithinAShow: In the 2007 movie Splinter references his "stories" and says "Cody is going to break up with Donna, I just know it.", but nothing else about it is revealed.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Raphael gets the lion's share of the focus in the first movie, taking over a plot that belonged to Leo in the original comics. ''TMNT'' could accurately be said to star only two turtles--Raphael and Leo--with the other two as supporting characters.
* StarringSpecialEffects: But when JimHenson is on board that's kind of a given.
* TheStarscream: General Aguila in the fourth movie. Granted, all four stone generals betrayed Winters, but Aguila was who convinced his siblings to do it.
* StealthHiBye: The Turtles, Splinter, and the Foot ninjas.
* TakeThat:
** "A Jose Canseco bat?! Tell me - you didn't pay money for this!"
** Just a few minutes earlier, Raph walked out of ''Film/{{Critters}}'' in disgust -- [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Ugh, where do they come up with this stuff?!"]]
*** Also BitingTheHandHumor, Critters was also released by New Line Cinema.
* TakingYouWithMe: Shredder's only possible motivation to trying to throw a dagger at Splinter in the first movie.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: There's really no reason why the Turtles should be able to spout off ''that'' much dialogue during their fights, other than the RuleOfCool and RuleOfFunny.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Especially when its thirteen powerful, bloodthirsty,immortal monsters capable of eradicating a whole army. Did I mention they're from another dimension?
* ThoseTwoGuys: Donatello and Michaelangelo.
* TotallyRadical
* TrueCompanions: The Turtles.
* {{The Unchosen One}}s: In the second movie, the Turtles discover that the creation of the ooze that changed them was purely an accident. Don was not very happy to learn this. He always thought [[IJustWantToBeSpecial they were special]] and believes there's got to be more to it. There isn't.
* ViewersAreGeniuses:
** "Do you like... penicillin on your pizza?"
** A ''lot'' of Donny's failed attempts at slang are this.
* VillainDecay: The Foot, in the first half of the first film they prove to be dangerous as they manage to overwhelm the turtles and deliver a brutal beatdown to Raph putting him in a Coma. By the second half the turtles are swatting them aside with no problem and it gets worse for them in the Second Film where they don't even land a hit.
** Lampshaded in the second film, when Keno tells the Turtles that the Foot are openly recruiting on the streets to bolster their ranks after the bulk of their forces were beaten by the turtles and arrested by police in the first film.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Max Winters, again.
** He wouldn't but his generals would. But then, they'd only had about a week to enjoy it.
* TheWorfEffect: In the fourth movie, [[WriterOnBoard as per the plot demands]], Leo gets this treatment, both at the hands of Winters's monsters and Raphael.
* YouFightLikeACow: The Turtles constantly mock and goad their opponents in battle. Don and Mikey are the two biggest offenders but even Leonardo and Raph get in on this one. They only stop joking at the very end, when the Shredder ''seriously'' pisses them off.
** Of course, with the [[CurbStompBattle way the fight had been going]], the turtles could hardly justify talking smack against the way the Shredder fights in the first place.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Shredder stares at Tatsu, who realized he failed. Tatsu takes his anger out on the Foot ninjas he was commanding, almost (maybe?) killing one.
* YouShallNotPass: Casey holds the line against the entire Foot Clan in the battle of April's apartment, buying enough time for the Turtles to escape.
* YourMom: In the fourth film Mikey makes a crack about Donnie's mother smelling like a monster. Donnie then points out that she'd be Mikey's mother too.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: In the second film, the Turtles do the "Cowabunga!" high-five celebration after the Shredder's apparent demise-- only to have Super Shredder tear the dock out from underneath them.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: It's implied that the Turtles watch a LOT of TV (especially Mikey). It's not like there's too much else for them to do.
** Don skateboards and Raph goes to movies.
** Judging by the mess he leaves in the second movie Leonardo like to read comic books.
* YuppieCouple: 1/2 of it; in the second film, April meets a couple. Later, that guy is working at the club in the climax.

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