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-->'''Donatello:''' Booyakasha!\\
'''Michelangelo:''' Sounds ''weird'' when he says it.\\
'''Raphael:''' It sounds weird when ''you'' say it!

[[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles The Turtles]] are back... [[CashCowFranchise Again!]] [[ChannelHop This time on Nickelodeon!]] And the official 32nd member of the Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}!

It's the turtles' fifteenth birthday and they're itching to venture up to the surface and showcase their ninja skills. Master Splinter reluctantly agrees. At first, they love the surface with its weird lights and even stranger food (like pizza). However, things go awry when they witness a girl and her father being abducted by men in a van. They try to intervene, but don't fare well during the fight, with the van getting away, only to discover that the kidnappers are really robots with living brain creatures in their chest and were carrying the ooze that made them into mutants!

Eager to learn more of this strange connection, they regroup and begin to practice fighting as a team with Master Splinter appointing Leonardo as TheLeader. After storming the enemy fortress, they learn that these creatures are called "The Kraang" and have sinister plans in store. They manage to rescue the girl, April, but the Kraang still have her father. They vow not to rest until they rescue him.

Unfortunately, the Turtles' attack has not gone unnoticed by the media, which alerts The Shredder to come to New York to take on Hamato Yoshi's students himself.

It was renewed for a third season on February 26, 2013, before even finishing its first season.

Two video game adaptations were released in 2013 for the show, the abysmally reviewed Videogame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows (with the Turtles' radically redesigned from their television likenesses), followed shortly by kiddie-friendly Videogame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2013 (this one with the cartoon's aesthetics), which was slightly better received. A game for mobile devices has also been released.

Has a [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 Recap page]].
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!!Tropes unique to this incarnation include:
* AbnormalAmmo: The Shellraiser's weapons fire compressed balls of garbage and manhole covers.
* AbusiveParents: Shredder is implied to be one; Karai is genuinely terrified when she makes him mad with a comment, and he explicitly threatens her with bodily harm if she doesn't follow his orders to kill Leonardo the next time she sees him.
* ActionGirl: April is slowly turning into one of these.
* AdaptationDistillation: Of the original comic and both previous cartoon shows.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: While Karai is never by any means unattractive, this incarnation of her is noticeably prettier, due in part to [[MakeUpIsEvil her make-up]].
* AdaptationalBadass: Traag is 20 ft rock monster who can spit lava and can reassemble himself after an explosion with no visible damage
* {{Adorkable}}: Donatello gets this from the get-go, but Leonardo is also shown to be one. Seriously, when are we ever going to see a version of Leonardo who's into Sci-Fi television shows and tries to emulate them? Heck, even Raphael is shown reading a vintage comic book when he's [[HypocriticalHumour mocking Leonardo's pastime]]. And let's not even get started on Mikey's general quirkiness. Really, all of the turtles in this version have elements of this.
** Leo really warrants special mention. His face shape, [[InnocentBlueEyes big blue eyes]], and his propensity for fanboying makes for some borderline {{moe}} screenshots.
** Baxter Stockman, [[MadScientist of all people]], comes off as this due to being more of a StrawLoser in this incarnation.
** In a [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze Frame Bonus]] in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E10PanicInTheSewers Panic in the Sewers]]," April flashes her high school student ID. Check out those glasses, and the braces.
* AesopAmnesia: The Turtles have a nasty tendency to forget the Aesop of "The Gauntlet"; that they should be less arrogant and a little more aware of their limits. Splinter or the situation usually slaps them in the face at these times.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Mikey gets this from Leo and Raph.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]", Mikey attempts to stop Metalhead by doing a good old-fashioned GroinAttack. Cue Mikey briefly hopping around on one foot, before getting punched by Metalhead. Earlier in the episode, Metalhead stomps on Leo's toes; cue Leo screaming in pain before getting punted across the room.
* AirplaneArms: The Turtles run like this a lot.
* AllCGICartoon: Though there are flashbacks done in a slick graphic 2D style reminiscent of sequences from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. It's also notable that the show often combines 3D animated models with 2D animated effects to give things a fresh, unique look. It's especially notable in the Turtle's eyes which often shift to a traditionally animated appearance to invoke a ton of anime conventions.
* AllThereInTheScript:
** Production materials call the Spy-Roach in "Cockroach Terminator" Chong.
** In "Enemy of My Enemy", The Shredder meets up with a Russian arms dealer whom The Shredder considers an ally. The credits reveal that his name is "Steranko".
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub uses [=GReeeeN=]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDMjwGbhcPw "Shinobi"]] as the opening theme and Ulful's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poA0libWssY "Booyakasha!"]] as the ending theme.
* AlwaysNight: Leo even explains in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]" that the turtles don't go topside during the day.
** "I, Monster" and "Enemy of My Enemy" show the Turtles out during a cloudy day, with Mikey even lampshading the fact that they haven't gone out in the morning.
* {{Animesque}}: Has every bit of this equal to ''Teen Titans'' when it started out. Naturally considering its directed by [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Ciro]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo Nieli]]
* {{Animorphism}}[=/=]LegoGenetics: The way the ooze works has been reverted to its 87 counter part as well. Unlike the 03 series where it strictly turned animals into anthropomorphs, here it splices genes of between two species that were last directly exposed to each other. Excluding other mutants.
** The Turtles last touched Hamato Yoshi, and Hamato had a split second contact with a rat. Snake landed near some plants. Vic sees a couple of spiders before he mutates into Spider Bytez, [[spoiler: Bradford gets bitten by a dog that looks like his mutant form Dogpound, and Xever buys a fish that looks like his new form Fishface.]]
*** [[spoiler: Pulveriser/Mutagen Man]] is the only exception. His form resembles nothing, though why this happened is up to speculation. The most frequent suggestion is that, since he hadn't touched anything organic besides mutants, the mutagen had nothing to work with and just made him a blob.
* AnyoneCanDie: Or in this case, anyone can get mutated, especially in Season 2, including [[spoiler: Raphael's pet turtle Spike and April O'Neil's father]].
** There is one exception: [[spoiler: April is half-Kraang, and thus immune.]].
** Oh, and why this is serious? Most mutants lose their minds completely.
* ArchEnemy: The Kraang primarily, though The Shredder does consider himself to be the entire Hamato Clan's personal nemesis.
** The Shredder more due to the personal issue's he has with splinter and his sons
** Traag seems to be this to Leatherhead
* ArrowCatch: Splinter does this in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]".
* ArtEvolution: The show still looked pretty good early on in the show, but late season one episodes are far more stylistic, introduce varied and interesting locales, improved cinematography, and the fight scenes become a fair bit more fluid, which all continue in Season 2.
* ArtShift:
** Flashbacks to the origin of Master Splinter are done in a monochrome, green-tint, with 2D animation resembling a comic book panel.
** Leo's favorite show, ''Space Heroes'', is done in the style of old Creator/{{Filmation}} cartoons, particularly ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''.
** Every episode ends with the final frame shifting to [[MythologyGag a black and white comic panel.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Many wasps do in fact die when their stinger breaks off, but the type showcased in "Parasitica" (a parasitic wasp) is a type of wasp that ''doesn't'' die when their stinger breaks off.
** Then again it's a mutant wasp with mind control venom, so really all bets are off.
*** The turtles themselves apply to this as well, in a sense.
* AuthorAppeal: Ciro Nieli [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2013/04/03/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-animated-series/2048617/ mentions]] that a lot of the writing staff apparently have a [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Mutagen Man]] toy on their desk and want to utilize Mutagen Man in some shape or form [[AscendedExtra as an important character]]. [[spoiler:Needless to say, after "Pulverizer Returns" and "Mutagen Man Unleashed", they got their wish.]]
* BadBadActing: How Leo tricks Snake in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E2RiseOfTheTurtlesPart2 Rise of the Turtles, Part 2]]. He loudly discusses a fake plan with Raph knowing that Snake will overhear and tell the Kraang.
-->'''Leo''': (acting) Oh, great! We let him get away!\\
'''Raph''': Whoa, whoa. You're the leader, so that means ''you'' let him get away.\\
'''Leo''': (whispering) You're not helping!\\
'''Raph''': I'm not ''trying'' to help.
** April does this in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]," Donnie tells her it's ridiculous. And yet it works.
* BadBoss: The Shredder is not above threatening to mutilate his CoDragons and even [[AbusiveParents his own daughter]]. Still, compared to the Shredder from the 2003 cartoon, he's a BenevolentBoss, since he hasn't actually killed off any of his flunkies even though they're failed him quite a few times already.
* BadassAdorable: Essentially ''all'' of the Turtles due to the art style, but especially Michelangelo.
** April can also be this.
* BadassInDistress: Mikey in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]."
* BaitAndSwitch: The opening of "Panic in the Sewers" initially looks like it's Leonardo's nightmare. [[spoiler: It's Splinter's.]]
* BallsOfSteel: Metalhead doesn't respond at all to getting kicked in the groin by Mikey. Justified, since he's a robot and thus not anatomically correct.
* BambooTechnology: Donnie makes smoke bombs out of egg shells.
* BattleOfTheStillFrames
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler: Pulverizer wanted to be a mutant so badly, and he got it in the form of Mutagen Man.]]
* [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil Being Tortured Makes You Crazy]]: Leatherhead.
* BerserkButton: The Kraang for Leatherhead, very literally so; the mere mention of their name causes him to go for an UnstoppableRage:
-->'''Leatherhead''': [[SayMyName KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!]]
* {{BFG}}: "Kraang, the present is being a positive time to be the testing of the energy cannon."
* BigBrotherInstinct: The turtles to each other, although Leo does this most often, being the leader. Raph has his moments as well, especially towards Mikey.
* BigBad: The Shredder.
** BigBadEnsemble: Currently Shredder has to share the spotlight with The Kraang, who are much more TheHeavy at this point in the series.
** The Kraang receive much more focus in the first season and are much more dangerous than the Shredder, Foot Clan or any other villain. Not to mention that they are directly or indirectly responsible for almost everything that happens in the series, making them primary antagonists of the first season, perhaps the entire series, while the Shredder is secondary BigBad.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Turtles face quite a few of them, like the cockroach in "Cockroach Terminator" and the wasp in "Parasitica".
* TheBigGuy: Raphael wins the first sparring match featuring the turtles, enjoys his work a little too much, and is considered the team's heavy hitter. Hilariously, he's also close to being TheNapoleon, since only Mikey is as short as him, and his stocky build makes him look shorter.
* BikerBabe: Karai
* BilingualBonus:
** In [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E22PulverizerReturns "The Pulverizer Returns"]], the Foot motorcycle [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sashimono sashimono]] reveal The Shredder's family name is written as 小禄[[note]](小禄団 is ''Oroku-dan'', meaning "Oroku Group"... as in '''Oroku''' Saki)[[/note]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:While The Kraang were defeated in "Enemy of My Enemy", this victory is negated by the fact that the Turtles now have a Karai who likely isn't going to be willing to even be playful toward them anymore, fully hating them for betraying her. The Shredder also has one of the Kraang after their UFO crashed into the water, thereby having even more access to the technology.]]
** The end of Season 1 has the Turtles [[spoiler:defeat the Kraang, but Splinter learns that his daughter, Miwa, was raised as Karai by The Shredder, and was misinformed about the whole ordeal. The Kraang are also down, but not out, as the Technodrome reactivates in the ocean, to begin their plans anew.]]
* BladeOnAStick: Donnie's bo staff possesses a retractable naginata blade.
* BodyHorror: Snake's mutation into Snakeweed. His design includes a pumping heart outside of his chest, and visible meat and bones in his legs.
** Also Xever's transformation into Fishface leaves him unable to breathe and desperately begging Shredder for help.
** Baxter Stockman's AI-enhanced power suit, specifically when Mikey has thrown a chain around Baxter and the torso on Stockman's suit starts spinning, sending Mikey flying. Either his body is curled up in the torso of the suit, or Baxter should have twisted his body several times causing irreparable internal, external, and skeletal damage.
** [[spoiler:Pulverizer's transformation into Mutagen Man. His organs are very visible inside of the goo and his eyes and lips are connected through stalks.]]
** Then there's the Spy-Roach. The exposure to mutagen caused the spy equipment Donnie attached to him (including a camera) to [[{{Cyborg}} fuse with it]], and its saw and SuperVision clearly have visible veins. And then it molts, with its new form looking like a giant maggot with arms, legs, and [[WingedHumanoid robotic wings]].
* BoisterousBruiser: As always [[BloodKnight Raphael]], sometimes can cross into BloodKnight / TheSociopath territory in episodes such as "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E8NeverSayXever Never Say Xever]]".
* BondBreaker: [[spoiler: The Turtles were indirectly responsible for April's dad being mutated and she angrily leaves the group after Mikey tells her.]]
* BunnyEarsPicturePrank: Michelangelo does this to Raphael in the opening.
* ButtMonkey:
** Donatello gets generally little respect from his brothers (mostly Raphael), has a particular penchant for embarrassing himself, and twice now, his Bo Staff has broken.
*** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E12ItCameFromTheDepths It Came from the Depths]]" takes this to truly ridiculous levels, wherein Don gets thrown around like a ragdoll, shoved into the water multiple times, shocked by high-voltage technology, and then volunteered to face [[spoiler: Leatherhead]] (the one who threw him around in the first place). This is ''all'' PlayedForLaughs, despite the fact that he is clearly ''terrified'' by the last part.
** Baxter Stockman, who was insulted by his coworkers, [[NoodleIncident accidentally broke their photo-copier, which resulted in him getting fired]], and equally gets little respect from the Turtles.
** Mikey would also count; he's easily kicked around by his brothers, especially Raphael. And Metalhead seems to be magnetically attracted to HIS head!
--> "And what do we know about Bad Guys? They love chasing Mikey!"
** [[RecurringExtra The old Asian man]] has so far been tricked by April twice and then mugged by the Purple Dragons.
* CanonForeigner:
** Dogpound, Fishface, Snakeweed, Spider Bytez.
** Hamato Yoshi and Tang Shen's child, Miwa, [[spoiler: who is revealed in the first season finale to be Karai]].
** Also Mrs. Campbell, Justin, the Pulverizer, and Dr. Tyler Rockwell. It seems this show is following the franchise' tradition of having loads of new characters.
* CassandraTruth: Happens with Mikey when he tells his brothers about robots with brains in their chests. When they see it with their own eyes, Mikey is quick to go on an "I told you so" rant.
** Which also acts as a ShoutOut to the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first cartoon]] as none of the turtles believed Mikey's rant about seeing a giant brain even back then.
** [[spoiler: Both Leonardo and Splinter reveal the truth of Karai's parentage (Splinter is her true father), which she refuses to believe. It's not until the end of The Manhattan Project that she begins to wonder if they are telling the truth, when she eavesdrops on the Turtles and Splinter discussing her.]]
--->'''Mikey''': (whines) ''You're not listening to mee!!''
* CastingGag:
** RobPaulsen returns to the series, but voicing Donatello rather than Raphael.
** While probably unintentional, MaeWhitman voices April here, whereas her mother Pat Musick voiced Mona Lisa in the original '87 cartoon.
* CatchAFallingStar: How Donnie saves April when she falls out of the helicopter.
* CatchPhrase: "Booyakasha!" which seems to be the new 'Cowabunga' and pretty much a Mikey thing.
-->'''Donatello:''' Booyakasha!\\
'''Michelangelo:''' Sounds ''weird'' when he says it.\\
'''Raphael:''' It sounds weird when ''you'' say it!
** Casey Jones's "Goongala" makes a return in this show as well.
* CentipedesDilemma: Mikey freaks out when he ''tries'' to fight without thinking -- being TheDitz, he normally does this anyway -- and winds up "thinking about not thinking".
* CerebusSyndrome: "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]" has officially pushed the series into this direction.
** CerebusRollercoaster: The show still has a lot of humorous episodes in-between the darker ones.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Pretty much inevitable in this franchise. Pretty much everyone can easily scale buildings and leap across entire streets, sometimes while keeping up with speeding vehicles.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Pulverizer [[spoiler:becomes The Mutagen Man, who will apparently play an important part in Season 2's plot]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mikey, [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 as with]] [[{{Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles}} previous]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 versions]].
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Episodes usually end with a comic-esque shot of the final scene in the episode, with who's on the screen at the time getting a corresponding color (the heroes are classified as blue, the villains getting dark purple).
* CombatClairvoyance: The monkey in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]" [[spoiler: and later Dr. Falco]].
* CombatPragmatist: Master Splinter. And his students are well on their way to becoming this as well.
** Specifically invoked when Splinter told Leo that, since you can lose a fair fight, you should avoid fighting fair. Considering that many prior versions of the turtles, particularly Leo, have upheld HonorBeforeReason, it stands out.
* ComedicSociopathy: Raphael. Lampshaded in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E2RiseOfTheTurtlesPart2 Rise of the Turtles, Part 2]]", where, while pursued by Kraangs, he ''ripped off one of their robot armors' arm'' and uses said arm to block the door, much to his teammates' shock. Bonus points for making a pun right before it occurs.
-->'''Raphael''': That oughta ''hold'' 'em. (''off his brothers' looks'') [[DefensiveWhat What?]]
-->'''Leonardo''': You are ''seriously'' twisted.
-->'''Raphael''': [[InsultBackfire Thanks]]!
* TheComicallySerious: Master Splinter (possibly).
* ComicallyMissingThePoint
-->'''Michelangelo:''' Donny, we need help! Raph's been bitten by a giant poisonous robotic fish!
-->'''Donatello:''' That's not possible. If he's bitten it's venom, not poison.
* CommLinks: The Tphones.
* CommonEyeColors:
** Leo, Mikey and April all have InnocentBlueEyes signifying their purity and youth (respectively).
** Raph has GreenEyes to go with his hot-headed impulsiveness.
** Donnie has BrownEyes because of his intelligence and humility (and manages to pull off PuppyDogEyes).
* CompanionCube: Mikey affectionately hugs the ooze canister while sighing "Mom!"
* CompetitiveBalance: In the games but alluded to in show as well.
** Leo: [[JackOfAllStats Balanced]]
** Raph: [[MightyGlacier Power]]
** Mike: [[FragileSpeedster Spe]][[GlassCannon ed]]
** Don: [[StoneWall Defense]]
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Vic in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]." He refuses to let the Turtles save him from the Kraang unless he gets his phone back.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Splinter is a mutated Hamato Yoshi, just like in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the first show]] and [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures the Archie Comics series loosely based on the first show]], and is also the one who bought the baby Turtles, taking Chet's role in every other continuity.
** [[AlienInvaders The Kraang]] share the name of an antagonist from the 1987 series, as well as a few traits of the Utroms from the original comics and 2003 series, who were the inspiration for Krang in the first place.
** Baxter Stockman, while black like in the original comics and 2003 show, appears to take visual cues from the 1987 version of the character in physique, hairstyle, and general attire. [[spoiler:He was also confirmed to become a flyman in Season 2 at a convention.]]
** Captain Ryan, protagonist of the ShowWithinAShow, ''Space Heroes'', is an Expy of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] and [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Bright Noa]].
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The first few Kraang that the Turtles fought proved to be a hard match with superior strength and resourcefulness, however after the Turtles train to fight as a team, they can take down any number of Kraang. Averted with the Purple Dragons, despite having fewer members and more characterization than the Foot ninjas, they're just gangsters and not trained assassins, and they go down even easier than the FacelessMooks, so far only having success against Murakami (and even he fought back), and Stockman.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Kraang run the MegaCorp [=TCRI=] as a front for their activities on Earth.
* CrazyPrepared: Donnie's chart about how to hang with April.
** Baxter's prepared with a lot of Mousers when Leo and Raph crash in on him. This is presumably because he planned a major crime wave.
** The T-Phones made by Don has a self-destruct mechanism in case they get captured by the enemy or are in a situation where they cannot be taken back.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: the Turtles have a bad habit to do this very frequently in this adaptation:
** Snake was splashed with mutagen sent flying out of the van they use as distraction whilst they break into the Kraangs' lair, transforming him into Snakeweed.
---> '''Snakeweed:''' ''You'' did this to me! I'll crush you turtles!
---> '''Donatello:''' Uh, would it help if we said it was an accident? ''(Snakeweed roars at them)'' I... I'll take that as a "no"!
** The Kraangs weren't concerned with the Turtles until they almost destroyed one of their installations while trying to save April from them.
** ''[[BigBad The Shredder]]'' would have probably stayed in Japan had the Turtles not left shuriken with Hamato Yoshi's mark on it behind them, leading Saki to believe his rival was training new ninja in New York.
** Baxter Stockman was a fairly HarmlessVillain before Mikey accidentally allowed him to acquire their T-Pod. They eventually took it from him, but he kept a grudge against them after this because of it.
** Spider Bytez ''invokes'' this trope, though it's arguable in his case: the Turtles were trying to save him, and would have succeeded if he had not kept acting like a combination of {{Jerkass}} and TooDumbToLive. His mutation was pretty much more his fault than theirs.
*** Bradford does the same when he breaks the mutagen bomb and douses himself AND Xever with the goo. The Turtles didn't do anything technically (he and Xever attacked first) and were trying to ''disarm'' the mutagen bomb.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler: Pulveriser purposely exposed himself to mutagen to become a mutant. Unfortunately, his mutation made him feral and insane.]]
* CreatorCameo: The Pizza Delivery Kid is voiced by none other than Executive Producer Ciro Nieli.
* CurbStompBattle: The Turtles' first encounter with the Shredder. They were lucky to escape alive.
** Leatherhead frequently curb-stomps entire squads of Kraang droids, and all four turtles at once, single-handedly. Then he tries to take on [[PapaWolf Splin]][[BadassGrandpa ter]]...
** In "Showdown", we get [[spoiler:[[OneManArmy Splinter]] vs the ''entire Foot Clan''. Special mention goes to him taking on Dog Pound and Fishface ''at once'' and kicking their tails without getting hit once.]]
** In "Karai's Vendetta", we have a DesignatedGirlFight between April and Karai. April has only had a few months of training and has never been in a serious fight, whereas Karai has been in training her whole life and has been in more than her fair share of fights; it's really not that surprising that Karai ends up beating April senseless.
* DamselInDistress: April in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E1RiseOfTheTurtlesPart1 Rise of the Turtles, Part 1]], complete with BoundAndGagged. Has a short moment of this as well in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E10PanicInTheSewers Panic in the Sewers]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Darker than the 1987 series and slowly edging to be on par with the 2003 series.
** The Turtles in this series are more prone to sometimes morally questionable actions, such as [[spoiler:betraying Karai despite a greater threat being on the loose or much of the team agreeing to let Pulverizer spy on the Foot despite the threat]].
** Mutagen Man, in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the first show]], fell apart in a comical fashion, and worked to get his body back, but didn't really devolve into a bad guy in his solo appearance. This show's Mutagen Man [[spoiler:is a teenager who decided to try and follow an example of his heroes and ended up [[PainfulTransformation transforming painfully]] into an amorphous, feral blob who seems to have no recollection of his humanity or his heroes]].
** Season 2 appears to be heading in this direction, as it has [[spoiler:Kirby O' Neil mutating into Wingnut, and April hating the Turtles as a result]], and the fourth episode episode features [[spoiler:Mutagen Man, who actively tells a pinned down Raphael to die, and was planning on using his acid to ''melt off Raphael's face'']].
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler: There's definitely a mutual spark going on between Karai and Leo, one they both acknowledge.]]
** [[spoiler: [[ShipSinking Which is promptly all but snuffed out]] in "Enemy Of My Enemy". For the moment, at least.]]
* DarkActionGirl: New girl Karai, [[spoiler:daughter of the Shredder]]. She's just as good or better than the turtles at combat.
* DeadpanSnarker: Raph as always, but this version takes it UpToEleven though having him snark over Leo or Donnie when he ''[[{{Jerkass}} really]]'' [[{{Jerkass}} should be listening to them.]]
** Splinter has his moments as well.
** Leo is surprisingly good at this, as well:
--->'''Raphael''': "We're giving up? ''Again''?"
--->'''Leo''': "Yes! It's part of my hilarious 'Let's All Live' plan!"
--->and
--->'''Leo''' (after Metalhead makes a ruckus trying to be stealthy): "Should we go back? I think there's a car alarm it ''hasn't'' set off!"
** Donatello does this quite a bit too.
--->'''Splinter''': "Again. Only this time, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo...insult Raphael."
--->'''Donatello''': "Wait. Insult...him?"
--->'''Splinter''': "Yes."
--->'''Donatello''': "And he can't fight back?"
--->'''Splinter''': "No."
--->'''Donatello''': "Haha...I'm feeling good about this plan."
** Karai also has her moments. This exchange from "Enemy of my Enemy" stands out:
--->'''Raphael''': "[[WhatTheHellHero You brought her ''inside''?!]] Dude, she'll see all our gear!"
--->'''Karai:''' (''looks around the Shellraiser for a second''} "Yeah, 'cause if Shredder finds out you have an ice cream lamp, it is ''over''.
* DeathByIrony: Metalhead, in his debut episode. Not only is he taken down by his own creator, he's taken down with a bo staff, the very weapon that Donnie's dissatisfaction with led to Metalhead's creation in the first place.
* DemonHead: This is one Japanese visual gag that shows up now and then.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Kraang sound almost like robotic versions of [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Mojo Jojo]].
-->"This place is a place that you are not allowed to be in this place."
* DesignatedGirlFight: [[TheChick April's]] first battle with the Foot is against [[TheDarkChick Karai.]] It's more of a CurbStomp than a CatFight however. Earlier her first encounter with the Krang was against Mrs. Campbell.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Perhaps even further than before, as the Turtles have their own unique body types that make them recognizable via silhouette or at least [[ColorCodedCharacters without the masks]].
** Leonardo is now average height compared to the rest of his brothers, as well as having a balanced physique.
** Donatello is now [[GeekPhysiques taller and slimmer than the rest of his brothers, and he has a gap-toothed overbite.]]
** Raphael is now shorter (but not to extent of Mikey) and excessively musculed, and a part of his plastron is chipped off to resemble a lightning bolt.
** Michelangelo is now the shortest of the turtles, and he also has YouthfulFreckles.
* DopeSlap: A favorite of Raph's. All of the turtles actually dish this out to each other frequently, though Mikey is the most constant recipient.
* DownerEnding:
** The ''Gauntlet'' has [[spoiler: Shredder giving a terrifying NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on the turles.]]
** The ''Mutation Situation'' ends with [[spoiler: Kirby mutating into a bat and when April finds out that the turtles were indirectly responsible for this, she leaves the turtles in spite and vows to never see them again and there are mutagen canisters all over New York]].
* DressedToKill: The Kraang in their human robots.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Donnie makes Leo the designated driver of the Shellraiser because, as he puts it, Leo is the least likely of the group to crash into something for fun. Raph and Mikey both [[LampshadeHanging acknowledge]] that this is true.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: For Mikey in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]". Nobody wants to be paired with him when the turtles split up.
** Even worse in Parasitica, in which despite Mikey saving their butts and showing he's far more competent than he looks, the other brothers only gripe about doing chores and Leo goes after him for using his comic book as toilet paper. Though he was pushing it by constantly rubbing it in.
* TheDulcineaEffect: The Turtles are quick to try and save April... and her dad, too.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before Leatherhead's appearance in the series, he appears in "Dark Horizons", a flash game on the Nickelodeon website... [[AdaptationalVillainy As a villain and the final boss]].
* EditorialSynaesthesia: The Turtles have "pain lines" appear from parts of their body that have been hit in battle. Used to give the show a "comic book" feel.
** [[CirclingBirdies Circling Stars And Spirals]]
** WrittenSoundEffect
* TheEmpath: The mutant monkey in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]". [[spoiler: Also, April and [[KungFuClairvoyance Splinter]]]].
* EnemyMine: The Turtles are forced to team up with Dogpound and Fishface when Baxter Stockman traps them all into his Maze of Doom. Baxter even complains about the Turtles and Shredder's henchmen teaming up to take him out. After getting out, they were all prepared to settle unfinished business, but were simply too exhausted to fight each other.
** Karai subverts this when she and the Turtles face the Kraang in the Worldwide Genome Project building, creating Justin and then ditching the Turtles to face the Kraang and the super-mutant. This ends up biting her in the ass when she later wants to sincerely work with the Turtles to stop the Kraang's scout ship and none of them trust her. It also bites the Turtles in their collective asses when Leo decides to let Raph and the others attempt to take down Shredder during their team up with Karai, which not only blows up in their faces, but leads Karai to develop full-blown hatred of them.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** The Turtles' main traits are shown in their sparring session in the first scene of the series (Mikey's free spirit, Leonardo's focus, Raphael's JerkAss behavior, and Donatello's awkwardness), and then Splinter shows that he's not above [[{{Troll}} joking with his own sons]].
** Bradford and Xever's first scene showcases Bradford's ego and BadBoss tendencies, Xever's sociopathic behavior, and their overall relationship.
** Traag's first appearance show he is TheJuggernaut of this series
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Good or neutral mutants are fairly humanoid, while amoral characters exposed to the ooze become monstrosities. Best demonstrated by Xever: both he and Bradford mutated, but the pragmatic Bradford remained fairly humanoid as Dogpound, while the sociopathic Xever became a fish with arms as Fishface.
* EvolvingCredits: The opening of Season 2 has added most of the Turtles' RoguesGallery from Season 1 to the "villains" part of the opening, featuring [[PromotionToOpeningTitles Ms. Cambell, Kraang Prime, Snakeweed, Spider Bytez, Newtralizer, The Rat King,]] Xever, Bradford, Karai, and Shredder.
** A lesser example has Metalhead and Pulverizer (in his mutagen form) in Donnie's portion of the intro, and Casey Jones leaning on the building as the turtles run up to the rooftop at the end.
* ExpressiveMask
* {{Expy}}: Chris Bradford is clearly meant to be an evil version of ChuckNorris.
** He also brings to mind Robert Wall, better known as O'Hara from ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
** [[spoiler:Tiger Claw]] for [[StarWars Boba Fett]]. A hired gun brought in by a helmet-wearing villain who uses a variety of high tech devices including a jet pack [[spoiler:who ends up having someone cause said jetpack to malfunction, sending them hurtling into the maw of a massive subterranean beast.]]
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: [[spoiler: April]], as it turns out.
* EyesOfGold: Splinter's eyes are orange.
* TheFace: Leonardo.
* {{Facepalm}}: Don. Unfortunately he was wearing spiked knuckles at the time. Ouch.
** This is a pretty common reaction to just about anything Mikey says or does that is particularly silly or dumb.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: The Kraang and Snake use powerful laser weapons on the Turtles.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: [[spoiler:The Shredder's shockingly dark NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on the Turtles, including Raphael being thrown into an electric sign and Michelangelo being crushed and stuck under pieces of said sign.]]
** [[spoiler: Slash in "Slash And Destory", who severely wounds Donnie offscreen, smashes Mikey around, and has an absolutly brutal fight against Raph. Even when Leo joins the fray, he's quickly and painfully smacked off to one side.]]
* {{Fanboy}}: Leo actually takes this role in the series from his favorite TV show ''Space Heroes'', which he uses as a template in regards to becoming a true leader.
** Pulveriser is a huge one of the turtles, what with the turtle costume and all.
* FatBastard: Vic (the guy who insults Raph and gets the turtles on video) before his mutation into Spider Bytez.
* FightingFingerprint: Michelangelo befriends a famous martial artist and learns one of his secret katas. When Splinter sees the move he immediately deduces that whoever taught Michelangelo must have been trained by the Foot Clan because it comes from his arch-rival Shredder's fighting style.
* FiveBadBand: The Shredder seems to have formed one by 'The Alien Agenda'.
** BigBad: The Shredder
** TheDragon: Chris Bradford/Dogpound - Of the GeniusBruiser variant as Shredder's top disciple and most trusted enforcer even after mutating.
** TheBrute: Xever/Fishface - LightningBruiser variety. He's the sociopath and more obsessed with fighting than with the honor of the Foot Clan
** TheEvilGenius: Baxter Stockman - His brains are the only reason the Shredder hasn't mutilated him.
** TheDarkChick: Karai - The Shredder's [[TokenGirl daughter]] and most cunning agent. Espionage, reconnaissance, and flirts with TheHero through her feminine wiles. Also fits the loose cannon description, actively seeking out [[WeirdnessMagnet the uncanny]] and causing chaos otherwise she gets bored.
* {{Flanderization}}: This incarnation of Mikey is much more hyperactive, immature, and LOUDER than all previous incarnations. He also comes up with the dumbest nicknames.
** Raphael gets some too, as he's never been so mean as to bully Mikey like Channing Tatum to Jonah Hill in ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet''. Though recent episodes have given signs of him softening a little. He also constantly threatens and slaps Donatello whenever the latter starts on one of his science rambles. He even hits Leo, though at least Leo fights back.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the Nick.com prequel motion comics:
*** Raphael's chapter has him find graffiti reading "Jones was here" and "Casey Jones is everywhere!", complete with a Kilroy-esque image of the hockey-masked vigilante himself.
*** Michelangelo's chapter features him discovering the remains of one of Baxter Stockman's Mousers, but assumes it to be one of Donatello's inventions.
*** At the end, Splinter says he would like a Pizza, with Mikey asking what it was, and Splinter simply replying that it was a gem of the upper world.
** Subtly done in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E2RiseOfTheTurtlesPart2 Rise of the Turtles, Part 2]]" as Splinter recounts to Leonardo his history with the Shredder, and how [[spoiler:his life was taken away by the Foot Clan. Splinter makes the clear distinction that they killed his wife & but "took [his] baby daughter Miwa from [him]," hinting to the viewer that Splinter's daughter is still alive]].
** A FreezeFrameBonus one occurs in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]". When the Turtles are trying to get the video back from Vic, on the wall next to him is a poster of a man with a monster as his shadow, foreshadowing Vic's mutation into the monstrous Spider Bytez.
** Yet another example happens in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]", where Leonardo watches an episode of ''Space Heroes'' where Captain Ryan has to MercyKill one of his crew after a brain-like alien takes over his body. This foreshadowed Metalhead being taken over by one of the Kraang and Donatello defeating Metalhead by damaging it.
** Happens yet again in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]", where we see Shredder's top minions Chris Bradford and Xever get bitten by a dog and touch a fish respectively, foreshadowing [[spoiler:their mutations into Dogpound and Fishface]]. The show seems to have grown fond of this trope by now.
** Yet another one, this time from "Mousers Attack!". [[spoiler:The phone that the turtles have been busting their shells over has call display, which activates near the end of the episode. Clearly visible on the screen is the name Irma and the face of a bespectacled girl.]]
** In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E15TheAlienAgenda The Alien Agenda]]", after April sends her saliva to TCRI, Mrs. Campbell, a Kraang-Droid, goes after April. [[spoiler: "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E17TCRI TCRI]]" reveals that the Kraang run TCRI, and are in fact not after Kirby O' Neil, but ''April''.]]
** Occasionally, a comic book is shown with a monster on the cover. "Pulverizer Returns" has Michelangelo show this comic once again, showing the monster much more clearly: [[spoiler:The monster on the cover is a reference to Mutagen Man, what with its BrainInAJar head and body. The Pulverizer becomes Mutagen Man by the end of the episode.]]
** In "New Girl In Town", Leonardo watches ''Space Heroes'', and the episode deals with [[DatingCatwoman the protagonist dating one of the villains]], and when she tries to betray him, the captain doesn't hesitate to betray her right back. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Leonardo and his brothers have no qualms betraying Karai in "Enemy of My Enemy".]]
*** Basically any time you see the turtles watching cartoons, it's probably foreshadowing.
** [[http://donatallo.tumblr.com/post/56008947449 Donnie's chart]] is one big forshadowing of season one's episodes and maybe some of the second.
** The ending of ''Mutation Situation'' shows a squirrel drinking mutagen.
** In "Follow The Leader", [[spoiler:paying attention to the final fight in the episode shows a billboard featuring "Stockman Industries"]].
** In "Mikey Gets Shellacne", Dogpound puts a collar loaded with mutagen around Baxter's neck, saying he'll release the mutagen if Baxter acts out of line, and then people will see what ''he'' turns into, suggesting that he'd probably be some sort of annoying bug.
** In "Rise Of The Turtles, part 2", Michelangelo suggests that mutating a mutant will turn them into a super-mutant. Cue "Mikey Gets Shellacne"...
*** In the same conversation, Donatello counters with, "Or a pile of goo on the sidewalk." Cue "The Pulverizer Returns".
* FreudianSlip: Donnie slips up when talking to April at the end of "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E8NeverSayXever Never Say Xever]]", saying that "sometimes things that don't seem like should go together actually make a great couple! - I mean food."
** He pulls a similar slip in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]".
* FreezeFrameBonus: [[spoiler:In "Slash & Destroy", when Raph and Slash are jumping across rooftops and Raph comment on them being a crime fighting duo, they pass by a billboard with a Mouser picture that reads "Stockman Industries: Making Today's Break Tommorow's Realities". It makes one wonder just what Stockman has been up to offscreen to have a business billboard up, and why he couldn't get someone to make sure the spelling was correct, as one can see by how the word "tomorrow" is spelled.]]
* FriendVersusLover: Irma doesn't like April spending so much time alone with Casey.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At the end of "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]", whilst Donatello is showing off his, erm, rocket-staff, in the background you can see Raphael get annoyed at Leonardo, and ''grab him in a headlock'' with Michelangelo trying to pull him off.
* FurryConfusion: Raph has a pet turtle.
* GaussianGirl: April's first appearance.
* GeekPhysiques: Donatello, "The Brains", is taller and skinnier than his brothers. He also has a gap-toothed overbite. [[FanGirl Fangirls]] [[{{Adorkable}} approve]].
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: A running gag on the show ''Space Heroes'' is Captain Ryan slapping his crew mate whenever he starts to panic. He even does it to himself while under the effects of an "anxiety ray". Leo actually tries it in the pilot on Mikey, with humorous results:
-->'''Mikey''': "Did you just slap me?"\\
'''Leo''': "I was calming you down."\\
'''Mikey''': "WHY WOULD THAT CALM ME DOWN?!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Karai's Vendetta", an amorous sea monster makes...''advances''...on the T-Sub. Mikey even lampshades this:
---> "Hey! We're not that kind of sub!"
** The turtles' facial expressions also make this a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** In "Booyakashowdown", for a second it seems that Metalhead flips off [[spoiler: the Kraang when he attacks the lobby of their building]]. It ends up being his ArmCannon, but the angle of the shot and the timing make it clear that it was likely intentional.
** In "Invasion of the Squirrelanoids", after eating an old, moldy pizza Raphael and Michelangelo act very much like a pair of stoners.
** Donnie telling Mikey what the sewer water was made of in "New Girl In Town".
** In "Karai's Vendetta" while the turtles are watching tv, Donnie says something along the lines of; "Guess what April and I have been up to?" after being alone in his lab for some time. Raph's line afterwards just confirms they were ignoring the radar: "Who says you don't know how to show a girl a good time?"
** "Gentlemen...I introduce to you...the '''P-SHAKE!!!'''" Cue Donnie snickering.
** In "Mikey Gets Shellacne", Fishface mentions wanting to "love like a man" again.
** Donnie's unappreciated YourMom burn on a Kraang, "The one that is called your mother wears the boots that are made for combat!" Translated into more proper syntax this is very close to "your mom wears army boots" which is slang for calling her a whore.
** "The Good, the Bad, and the Casey Jones" has a sign reading "Users are losers" appear in the background near the end of the episode. A rather blatant anti-drug message.
** "The Manhattan Project" has April think Casey is groping her backside by having one of the [[spoiler:baby Wormquakes]] rubbing up against it affectionately.
** In "Baxter's Gambit", Leonardo exclaims "BALLS (beat) of doom!" For a moment it seems as if the exclamation ends after the first word.
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: Lampshaded in the theme song - ''The good guys win and the bad guys lose.''
** Subverted at the end of "The Gauntlet".
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Quite a bit of Shredder's face has been utterly ''roasted'', and his right eye is whited out.
* GoshHornet: How the Turtles manage to beat the powered-up Baxter Stockman.
* GottaCatchEmAll: In the first episode of season 2, a fight between the turtles and the Kraang causes dozens of mutagen canisters to fall throughout the city. The turtles have to track down every one to make sure they don't cause any more harm.
* GratuitousJapanese: Whenever ninjutsu is discussed and during training sessions with Splinter ''hajime'', ''yame'', ''ninniku seishin'', etc.
* GreenRocks: The Kraangs' mutagen.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: The turtles quite often get hurled at each other during fights.
* GroinAttack: Mikey attempts one on Metalhead, with [[AgonyOfTheFeet predictable results]].
** In the season one finale, Splinter tricks Fishface into giving Dogpound one.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Played with. April feigns sickness and tries to knock out the Kraang guard who comes in, but since he's in a robot body she doesn't even make a dent.
* HairTriggerTemper: The plot of the second episode is about Raphael overcoming his.
* TheHeavy: Karai in early season 2.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Comes up in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]." Mikey tries to return a cat to its owner because he wants to make friends with humans, despite his brothers' warnings that humans would freak out if they saw him. Not only does said human freak out at the sight of a giant talking turtle with ninja weapons, he thinks he's trying to ''hurt'' his cat. And then the cat, who'd been cute and friendly moments ago, attacks Mikey.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Donatello toward April.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Captain Ryan of ''Space Heroes''. He'll sacrifice his crew members for the slightest of reasons, and his "humane" idea of getting rid of a bunch of alien creatures aboard his ship is to vent them all out of the airlock. Leonardo sees him as a role model.
* HeroicBystander:
** In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E8NeverSayXever Never Say Xever]]", April saves Mikey by throwing a [[ImprovisedWeapon pot's lid]] at the Purple Dragon sneaking up behind him. She also gets Mr. Murakami, the blind chef, safely out of the store during the fight.
** Again, in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E21KaraisVendetta Karai's Vendetta]]", when Karai reveals herself, Murakami steps in, "accidentally" throws a bowl of soup in her face, and stalls her long enough for April to escape, all while pretending to be a blind klutz.
* HeroicSacrifice: In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]" April's dad grabs a gun and covers the Turtle's escape so they can protect his daughter, throwing away his own chance at freedom.
** Leatherhead pulls one in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E17TCRI TCRI]] by dragging Traang back into Dimension X to save the turtles.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Played with. The turtles stand out like sore thumbs, and thus rarely go above ground in the daytime. They also try to employ ninja stealth in every mission. However, they end up being found out quite often, leading to them resorting to open battle.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Shades of this from the Turtles, most of it coming from Splinter training them to be warriors at the same time. Splinter's lessons seem to have a tendency to be painful and Raph once comments he pummeled them for merely being sleepy. The implication was that Splinter knew they had disobeyed their grounding, but that they thought it was for being tired is indicative.
* HonorBeforeReason: Inverted. In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]" Splinter calls Leo out for fighting fair because it gives the enemy a chance to win.
** Although ideally, Splinter would rather have his sons fight with both honor AND reason.
* HostileTerraforming: The Kraang's endgame is to turn the Earth into something that they can inhabit. Among other things, their air is toxic to Earth natives, and their water is highly acidic.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere:
-->'''Michelangelo:''' "I can see a pizza place from up here!"
* IdiotBall: Never once while fighting Snakeweed do the Turtles consider destroying his heart, which is the only reason why Snakeweed is never KilledOffForReal. Though this could be partially due to ExecutiveMeddling, because, you know, you can't have Leo ''jabbing the creature in the heart'' with his katana in a kid's show.
*** To be fair, there's no reason they should know this. They're never around to see that the heart is the first thing to start moving again.
** There's a similar moment in Metalhead. The Turtles are fighting a [[spoiler: Kraang-controlled Metalhead,]] attacking it vigorously while exclaiming that it must have a weak point - and never attacking the squishy, defenseless Kraang sitting on its head.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The Pulverizer. He wants to be a ninja like the Turtles, and douses himself with the mutagen to gain powers. Unfortunately for him, he instead became a blob monster.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Let's just say the Kraang aren't the best shots in New York (as in literally ''cannot'' hit a man-sized target in the ''same room'') and leave it at that.
* ImStandingRightHere: Whilst the Turtles are trying to get some information out of Snake, Raphael says some barbed things regarding Michelangelo's appearance.
-->'''Raphael:''' [...] Now, you could turn out handsome like me, or you might end up disgusting and deformed – like Mikey here.
-->'''Michelangelo:''' Hey!
-->*''A minute or so later''*
-->'''Leonardo:''' Oh, that worked pretty good.
-->'''Raphael:''' Of course it did, would you wanna look like Mikey?
-->'''Michelangelo:''' [[ImStandingRightHere I'm right here.]]
* ImplacableMan: Traag proves himself to be this trope in both of his appearances.
* ImprovisedWeapon: April does this a couple times. In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]" she uses a convenient pipe to take out a Kraang droid, and in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E8NeverSayXever Never Say Xever]]" she knocks out one of the Purple Dragons by throwing a pot's lid at him like a Frisbee (and saving Mikey in the process).
** The turtles also do this in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E22PulverizerReturns Pulverizer Returns]]", first with each other's weapons (and they fail miserably) and when in the Foot Warehouse, Don uses a [[BroomstickQuarterstaff push broom]], Raph uses a piece of wood, Leo uses a pipe, and Mikey uses a chain.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Baxter Stockman. To the point where Mikey wondered if they should buy him an ice cream rather than beat him up.
* ImplacableMan: The Shredder is described as such. If he wants something or wants someone dead, he ''will not stop'' until he gets that something or kills that someone.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Mikey toward April in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]." Look at her face while this exchange occurs:
-->'''April''': Mikey, you already have a human friend; me!
-->'''Mikey''': April, you don't count. We saved your life! You ''have'' to like us!
** And let's not forget "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S2E1TheMutationSituation The Mutation Situation]]." Seriously, the way he tells April that [[spoiler: it was the Turtles themselves who spilled the mutagen that mutated her dad makes you want to punch him in the face at the very least.]]
* InsistentTerminology: As Donnie keeps reminding everyone in ''Panic In The Sewers'', they're not go-karts, they're ''Patrol Buggies''.
* InterspeciesRomance: Donatello has a crush on April in this version. So far, however, the feeling doesn't seem mutual. As of the episode "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]", she appears to be warming up to him. Case in point, "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]". After they fail to [[spoiler: save her father]] she immediately [[CryIntoChest runs to Donnie for comfort]]. For the most part, though, the relationship is [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs.]]
** Also, Leo and [[spoiler:Karai]], though their [[DatingCatwoman rather complicated relationship]] is more of the mutual kind.
* ItsAllMyFault:
** [[spoiler:Splinter's Greatest Failure (below) leads to the loss of his family as a human.]]
** Mikey says this at the end of "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]" after [[spoiler: he realizes his new friend actually works for the Shredder and that he's accidentally revealed the existence of himself and his family to their worst enemy]].
** Donnie gets this at the end of "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]".
* ItsBeenDone: When the team and Splinter are discussing how to defeat [[MadScientist Baxter]] [[PoweredArmor Stockman]].
-->'''Mikey:''' Excuse me, sensei, but [[FailedASpotCheck ninjas never had to go up against guys in armor]].
-->'''Splinter:''' *glances at a wall which [[ShownTheirWork depicts a ninja fighting an armored samurai]]*
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Raph threatens Snake with mutant ooze for information.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In "The Alien Agenda", Raph tells Leo that the only reason Karai didn't attack them is because she's studying their moves.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Raph as per usual
** HiddenHeartOfGold: Especially towards Mikey in this series. [[BigBrotherBully He constantly argues with and mistreats him,]] yet, when he realizes Mikey is in danger at the end of "New Friend, Old Enemy", he is the first to act alarmed by the idea. At the end of the episode, as Mikey is having a ItsAllMyFault moment, [[BigBrotherInstinct Raph actually bothers comforting him]]... [[{{Tsundere}} while warning him he will beat him up if he ever tell the others.]]
*** In the episode "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E14NewGirlInTown New Girl In Town]]", he panics when Mikey gets hurt in battle and shows obvious relief when he finally comes to.
* KnightOfCerebus: The Shredder. He flat out [[CurbstompBattle Curbstomp Battles]] the Turtles when they first face him. If it weren't for being momentarily distracted by [[spoiler: his top henchmen Chris Bradford and Xever being mutated into Dogpound and Fishface]], he would have killed them.
** The Rat King, whose attacks on the Turtles are much more personal than many other villains in the show, and attempts to veer Splinter to his side by pointing out that he's lost almost everything.
* KidAppealCharacter: Mikey, as always.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In the Nick.com Tales from the Turtles' Lair interactive prequel comics, the Japanese folk tune "Sakura" is used for Splinter's theme.
* LetsGetDangerous: The end of '[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]', after Donnie spends a great deal of the episode catching flack about his fighting/stealth skills and his bo staff. You can tell the ''instant'' he gets serious.
-->'''Don:''' Just come ''get me!''
* LighterAndSofter: At least compared to their [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 previous 2003 cartoon.]] Compared to the 80s version, it's still DarkerAndEdgier.
* LightningBruiser: The Shredder. Also Leatherhead.
* LightIsNotGood: The Kraang's base is usually very well-lit, with the walls lined with silver.
* LicensedGame: Two of 'em, ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows'' and ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2013''. Besides the ArtShift of the Turtles in OOS, both have been cited with TheProblemWithLicensedGames (althought 2013 is generally considered perfectly acceptable for small children).
* LostAesop:
** So what was the message of "Metalhead"? Splinter points that there's nothing wrong with developing new weapons when fighting for your life, but when Donatello sends in Metalhead, it saves the other turtles and only ends up having to fight it because he got careless with it. So, technology is okay, but, what?
** The real Aesop of the episode, which Splinter went on to clarify, is that it is ''you'' who must prevail in battle, not your weapon. That is, you can upgrade your weapons as much as you want, but in the end it doesn't matter what kind of weapon you use so long as you use it properly and win.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Donnie falls in love with April and calls her "the most beautiful girl I've ever seen!" Raph is quick to point out that she's the ''only'' girl that Don's ever seen.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Part of the reason Shredder became enemies with Splinter is because of his uncontrollable jealousy that Tang Shen chose Splinter over him.
* MangaEffects: Scattered all over the place from BlankWhiteEyes to CrossPoppingVeins.
* MeaningfulName: Averted/Lampshaded. Mikey is surprised that Snake didn't mutate into a snake.
* MediumBlending: The show combines 3D and 2D animation (sometimes even "bleeding" from one to the other like in the establishing shot of the first episode or the ArtShift seen at the end of ''every'' episode). Notable because the only other example that comes close to the same level of integration is the Disney theatrical short ''WesternAnimation/{{Paperman}}''.
** Much of the camera angles, special effects (particularly the Kraang UFO's laser in "Enemy of My Enemy"), shading, character design, and 2D animated sequences lend themselves to the comic books that TMNT was born of.
* MetronomicManMashing: In "Metalhead", the [[TitleDrop titular robot]] subjects Raphael to this.
* MidSeasonTwist: In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]", April begins her training with Splinter and the Turtles acquire and actually manage to keep a live canister of Ooze.
* MobileFishbowl: Fishface has both water mounted on his gills, as well as artificial legs.
* MobileSuitHuman: The Kraang pilot these.
* MoodWhiplash: "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]" goes from finding a silly manbird to [[spoiler:an attempt to save April's father and stopping a Mutagen bomb and a short victory scene to the Shredder coming in and beating up every turtle in a [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence surprisingly brutal]] manner.]]
** [[spoiler:"Enemy of My Enemy" has the Turtles escape from Karai, and Leonardo has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone about him betraying her and the unlikely chance she'll bother to work with them, then Mikey compares it to Leprechauns, to which Leo gets angry at. Then it cuts right back to The Shredder and Karai, having gotten one of the Kraang to interrogate.]]
** [[spoiler: The Pulveriser Returns starts out humorous with the Pulveriser attempting to be a ninja. It takes a drastic turn when he mutates.]]
* MookHorrorShow: Leatherhead in "It Came From The Depths" is shown to easily overpower the Kraang in his opening scene. Actually lampshaded later on when the Turtles first see Leatherhead, overpowering them again.
--> '''Donatello:''' Never thought I'd feel sorry for the Kraang.
* MultipleEndings: The prequel motion comics on Nick.com have two alternate endings in the final chapter, determined by whether the reader types in the correct answer to the question that suddenly appears (the answer is [[spoiler: turtles 4 sale]]). If the reader types in an incorrect answer, the Tengu defeats the Turtles. When the reader types in the correct answer, however, the comic ends with the Turtles succeeding in defeating the Tengu [[spoiler: and finding out that the Tengu was really Splinter, who disguised himself to teach his sons the value of teamwork]].
* [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg My Friends... And Zoidberg]]: Done in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]":
-->'''Donatello:''' Gentlemen... and Raphael.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:For Splinter, it was allowing his anger to get the best of him after Oroku Saki insulted him in front of his love Tang Shen. The resulting attack on Saki intensified their rivalry, leading to Tang Shen's death and Miwa's kidnapping.]] This is the reason why dealing with Raph's temper is [[SeriousBusiness serious business]] for him.
* MythologyGag: Quite a few are sprinkled throughout the show.
** In one episode, Mikey mentions the idea of getting his face tattooed over his face. A quick shot demonstrates this by placing a 2D image of Mikey from the 80s cartoon layered over his current design.
*** In addition it was likely a reference to the 2007 movie, where Mikey wore a cartoon turtle head for his job.
** While on patrol, the Turtles chase villains who are driving a van. When the heroes plan to overtake them, Michelangelo is more excited about the possibility that afterwards "We've got ourselves a van!" Which is likely a reference to the Turtles' van from the 80s show.
** The entirety of the first fight with [[spoiler:Shredder]] closely mirrors it's occurrence in the original Mirage comics, taking many poses and framing directly from the comic panels.
** The last shot of [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medvkz47RS1r6u65zo5_1280.jpg the turtles posing during the intro]] pays homage to [[http://images.wikia.com/tmnt/images/b/be/01cover.jpg the cover of the very first Mirage TMNT comic]].
** The T-phone's ringtone is the 80's show's theme song.
** The opening theme is essentially a combination of the original theme of the 1987 series[[note]]The first verse is about how cool the turtles are, the second verse goes through each of the four and Splinter individually, and the chorus is exactly the same.[[/note]] and the first film's ''Turtle Power'' by Partners in Kryme.
*** The ThemeTuneRollCall lists the Turtles in the exact same order as those of the 1987 cartoon and the Fast Forward and Back to the Sewer seasons of the 2003 cartoon: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
*** The opening theme uses the phrase "Secret of the Ooze", a reference to the title of the second live action movie.
*** In addition when the Turtles doing weapon demonstrations is a visual gag to 2003's second opening version.
** The debut trailer for the Kraang mirrors TheReveal [[note]]the Ch'rell reveal, at any rate, because [[WhamEpisode there are a lot of them in that arc.]][[/note]] from [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2k3]]'s "Secret Origins" arc scarily well, face hugging alien and all.
** Hamato Yoshi mutates into Splinter like the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 animated series]] and the [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures Archie Comics series loosely based on the 1987 animated series]].
** The Foot Clan Ninjas wear suits that resemble those used in the live action movie.
** The tails of Mikey's mask are short like they were in the 80's cartoon while the rest of the Turtles have long ones. This even came up in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' where Mikey was a fan of the short tails (and the monogrammed belt buckles).
** The Nick.com motion comics play the game over tune from the old Konami beat-em-up games at the end of each comic!
** Like in the 87 series episode "Thing About Rats", the Turtles don't believe Mikey's story of an alien brain.
** Shredder, much like the '87 series, is once again being played by a physically intimidating ScaryBlackMan.
** April and her father are introduced when walking in front of the Second Time Around Antique Store, which April inherited from her father in the continuities of the live-action films & 2003 animated series.
** Channel 6 is where the turtles get their news.
** The first episode's zoom-in on New York and then its sewers is more or less taken from the 2003 show.
** April's father's name is Kirby O'Neil. The name "Kirby" had been used in the comics and 2003 series as an Expy for JackKirby. Also in the Mirage Comics April's father used the Kirby Crystal to create April from an ink drawing.
** Spider Bytez keeps mistaking the Turtles for Kung-Fu Frogs in reference to the Punk Frogs from the 80's cartoon.
** Chris Bradford's Foot Clan uniform looks very similar to Shredder's costume from the Mirage Comics sans the trident blades on the helmet, right down to the red coloring.
** One many people may not spot - in the 2003 series, Michelangelo says the following: "And what's with all those ninjas? Ninjas in New York City? Besides us? It's just not right." Come the 2012 series, we get this line from Donatello in the fourth episode: "Ninjas? In New York? Other than us?" The two lines are very similar.
** Metalhead being controlled by a Kraang is a reference to its connection usually with Krang in the older TV series.
** Murakami the noodle chef was named for one of the producers of the '87 cartoon, Murakami-Wolf-Swenson.
*** Actually, Ciro Nieli named him after a friend of his, possibly WesternAnimation/TeenTitans collaborator Glen Murakami. It's more likely that the Wolf Hotel in "The Gauntlet" was named after Murakami-Wolf-Swenson.
** Dogpound resembles Rahzar, [[spoiler: and later becomes him]].
** In "Panic in the Sewers", Donatello suggests living in the sewers in Florida, which is the home of Leatherhead and the Punk Frogs in the 80's cartoon.
** In "Mousers Attack!", [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Irma]] calls April just before her phone breaks.
** The Kraang being responsible for creating Leatherhead is a reference to his origin in the Mirage Comics and the 2003 cartoon, in which he was created by the Utroms, who were partially the inspiration for the Kraang.
** The Rat King tries to take control of Splinter, much like he did in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 a previous incarnation]].
** The Pulverizer seems to be based on Zach from the 1987 animated series. Both characters are fans of the Turtles who also dress like them and try to help them, which tends to turn out badly.
** His belt buckle has a "P", referencing how the 80s Turtles had monogrammed belt buckles.
** The Shredder forms a partnership with Krang from the original 1987 animated series.
** Karai at one point orders something the original Shredder would always want: Turtle Soup.
** The head of Kraang Prime's armor resembles the head of 1987 Krang's robot body.
** In the Booyakashowdown 2 parter, the turtles crash the Shellraiser into TCRI...except they're not even in the Shellraiser and instead occupy the enemies using Metalhead and once they're on the roof, Raph uses a piegon to block one of the security cameras so the Kraang don't see them. These are references to the 2003 version's ''Return to New York'' and ''The Search for Splinter''.
*** Using a pigeon to block the T.C.R.I. building's security cameras was also a technique used in the original Mirage comics.
** [[spoiler: This isn't the first time the Technodrome has been stranded at the bottom of the ocean.]]
** Kraang Prime has some parallels to Krang from the original 1987 cartoon. Their robot bodies both have similar-looking heads and Kraang Prime at one point refers to the Turtles as "miserable mutants", an insult the original Krang used against the Turtles a few times.
** A very obscure reference - the villain Spider Bytez is named after an unreleased action figure based on a one-off mook from the 2003 series' "Back to the Sewer" incarnation - same spelling and all.
** Mikey quotes the Ninja Rap from the second movie.
** In "Follow The Leader", the trenchcoat disguises favored by the '87 Turtles are referred to.
** While Mikey is disguised as a giant fly (Buzz Buzz) in "The Mutation Situation" he flies past a Billboard advertising Stockman Technologies. Baxter Stockman in the 80s cartoon ended up mutated into a giant fly.
** April's WeaponOfChoice is a metal fan, not unlike [[NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Venus de Milo]] had.
** The Turtles, April and Casey get a look at their 1987 cartoon counterparts through a dimensional door in The Manhattan Project. Additionally, the worm they were fighting throughout the episode ends up in that universe in the epilogue.
--> Raphael: Why do we look like dorks?
--> Donatello (while looking at April's 87 counterpart): Love that yellow jumpsuit!
* NeverMyFault:
** After being transformed into Spider Bytez, Vic swiftly blames the Turtles for it... ''Except'' if he hadn't started screaming about his phone when the Turtles were pulling him to safety and blowing their cover, and then put himself in harm's way by trying to retrieve the phone ''in the midst of the Turtles fighting the Kraang'', he never would've come into contact with the Mutagen.
** Mikey shows this trait a couple of times too, like when he blamed Splinter for letting them go topside in the first place (though, admittedly, everyone was blaming everyone else for something at that point) or when he said that losing the '[=TPod=]' was Don's fault for trusting him with it at all.
* NeverSayDie: Mostly. Especially blatant in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]" where the stakes are very high for the first time, with the atmosphere of the turtles potentially getting killed and soft words like "perish" are used instead.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Mikey in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]":
---> '''Kraang!Metalhead''': "The ones that which are called turtles will now be called turtles that are... DESTROYED!"
---> '''Michaelangelo:''' "Phew, I was really afraid at the beginning of the sentence, but then I sort of just lost interest towards the-"
** Averted in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E10PanicInTheSewers Panic In The Sewers]]", where Splinter trains the Turtles excessively. The rest of the series seems to be much more relaxed about using the word afterward.
---> '''Splinter''': Rest? The Shredder will not rest... '''''Until all of you are dead!'''''
** Averted again in the first season finale when Kraang Prime threatens to kill the turtles.
--->'''Kraang Prime''': You will all die here!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E2RiseOfTheTurtlesPart2 Rise of the Turtles, Part 2]]" - Snake wouldn't have become Snakeweed if the Turtles had emptied the Mutagen (Which they ''knew'' was there) from the back of the van before crashing it into a large gate at high speed, causing the Mutagen to fly out of the back and cover Snake.
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]" - Mikey constantly provoking Raph whilst staking out a warehouse for the Kraang results in the destruction of a satellite TV dish, which sets into effect a chain of events that, thanks in part to his own stubbornness & stupidity, leads to Vic being transformed into Spider Bytez.
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E20EnemyOfMyEnemy Enemy Of My Enemy]]" - Karai genuinely wants to work with the Turtles to stop the Kraang, though her previous actions have left the Turtles wary of her intentions. They eventually do agree, [[spoiler: but decide to set a trap for Shredder when they realize he'll be out in the open. When Karai notices them about to zap her father, she pushes him out of the way, fires a rocket at the Turtles, then attacks Leonardo in a rage, declaring that if it's a feud they want, it's a feud they'll get, severing any possible good will between them. Leo even acknowledges that he blew it big time]].
** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S2E1TheMutationSituation The Mutation Situation]]" - In stopping the Kraang shipment, the Turtles ended up losing mutagen canisters all over New York, [[spoiler: one of which actually transformed April's father into a giant bat. Furthermore, when Mikey (in a [[InnocentlyInsensitive particularly idiotic manner]]) tells April that the Turtles themselves were the ones who spilled the mutagen, April is [[{{Understatement}} anything but pleased]] and promptly declares their friendship over.]]
* TheNicknamer: Mikey seems to have taken charge of naming their enemies & equipment; he's just not very good at it and keeps giving them names which are incredibly blunt with their obviousness. In fact, when Donnie named the T-Phone, Mikey got upset that ''he'' didn't get to name it, ''despite admitting that he would have called it the T-Phone too''. Although Mikey has his moments as the others admit that 'The Shellraiser' is a good name.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** April's dad bears a suspicious resemblance to Creator/JossWhedon.
** Chris Bradford, the famous martial artist Mikey meets in "New Friend, Old Enemy", looks a LOT like ChuckNorris.
* NoFlowInCGI: The Shredder's cape, to date, is never around in a fight scene.
* NominalHero:
** A ShowWithinAShow example with Captain Ryan; he is a complete sociopath, but is treated both in his story and by Leonardo as an awesome hero. Raph is, ironically, more lucid about it.
** [[spoiler: Spike/Slash, who thinks he's doing Raph a favor by eliminating Raph's brothers.]]
* NoodleIncident: Baxter seems to lend himself to these. He mentions in his first appearance, he got fired because of a photocopier accident, and in "Baxter's Gambit", mentions that he got expelled for bringing a makeshift volcano ''full of real magma'' to the Science Fair.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:The Turtles have a tendency to fight the Shredder on a roof [[MythologyGag as per the first issue of the comic]] during first meetings in adaptations, but usually win the fight either through teamwork or an outside party coming in to help them. Neither happens in their first fight in this series, with the Turtles being forced to escape.]]
* NotInTheFace: Leatherhead has quite the tendency to grab Donnie by the face and shake him around whenever he [[BerserkButton loses it]]. And it's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded every time]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Snakeweed. He appears to be killed when the Turtles trick the Kraang into electrocuting him, but his visible heart starts beating again when the Turtles leave]].
* OutOfContextEavesdropping: Averted. [[spoiler: After being told by Splinter and the Leonardo that she is Splinter's daughter, not Shredder's, she thinks they are lying to her. However, at the end of The Manhattan Project, she eavesdrops on Splinter and the Turtles discussing this, leading her to question what is true and what is not.]]
* OutOfFocus: Besides her introduction in the premiere, April doesn't start playing an active role in the show until episode 6.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The mutated Parasite Wasp essentially does this. [[spoiler: It stings Leo, who bites Raph, infecting him with the virus. They go after Donny and Mikey, with Donny even getting the surprise bite during a fight.]]
* PainfulTransformation: As shown with several victims, the mutagen's transformation process is not a very pleasant experience. [[spoiler: The Pulverizer even explicitly says it burns.]]
* PapaWolf: Kirby proves to be a BadassNormal when he holds off the Kraang in order to allow April and the Turtles to escape.
** It's also a really, ''really'' bad idea to threaten the Turtles when Splinter's around. Leatherhead found this out the hard way.
* LeParkour: Shows up in the Turtles' RoofHopping.
* PlanetOfSteves: The Kraangs all seem to go by just "Kraang."
* PokeThePoodle: [[MythologyGag Somewhat fittingly]], Donnie doesn't seem to understand what constitutes an effective insult.
-->'''Don:''' And... oh! You don't keep your back straight during omote kote gyaku! [{{Beat}}] And you're ugly!
* PopTheTires: Leonardo does this to Snake's van in the first episode by [[ImprobableAimingSkills throwing a shuriken on a curve in midair from the rooftops to hit a speeding vehicle directly in its front tire]].
* PoweredArmor: Used by Baxter Stockman.
* PuppyDogEyes: The turtles do this when pleading to be let out of the sewers. And it's ''adorable''. Mikey does this himself when trying to convince his brothers to bring Leatherhead back with them to the lair.
* ARareSentence: Splinter tells Michelangelo that he made a wise decision, and then admits he never expected to say that.
* RearrangeTheSong: The theme tune is a remix of the 1987 one.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Splinter is tough but fair, not to mention amazingly practical.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When [[spoiler:Dr. Falco]] injects himself with the psychic-mind serum, his eyes turn bloodshot.
** Several of the mutated villains follow this trope.
** Averted with Splinter, who, as a rat, is supposed to have red eyes.
*** [[spoiler: [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Played]] [[MindControlEyes straight]] with [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Splinter]] in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E13IMonster "I, Monster"]].]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Raph and Leo clash in classic fashion.
* RedRightHand: The Shredder's severely burned face and blind right eye.
* RedShirt: Hysterically demonstrated in the Star Trek-expy show ''Space Heroes''
* RecurringExtra: The panicked cat owner who first appears in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]" appears again in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E5IThinkHisNameIsBaxterStockman I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman]]" as the TCRI employee who recognizes Stockman on the news. He also makes a non-speaking cameo at the beginning of "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]".
** April has now scammed the same older Asian fishmonger twice with different, equally implausible stories about being a public official; she claims to be an undercover cop in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E8NeverSayXever Never Say Xever]]," and a fire inspector in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E10PanicInTheSewers Panic in the Sewers]]." The latter also serves as a CallBack to the former, as the gentleman asked to see April's police badge ("Are you crazy? I can't carry a badge, that would blow my cover!"), so the next go around, she briefly flashes her "credentials" to avoid any questions (said credentials being her hilariously {{Adorkable}} high school student ID).
** The Pizza Boy. Also a blonde haired woman who the turtles saved (along with the pizza boy) in the episode New Girl In Town pops up now and again in a few later episodes.
** The turtles have run into a hobo several times sleeping, holding a sign that the world is ending, and bringing the squirreloids to the lair in his stomach.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Subtle and (in-universe) unintentional. Hamato Yoshi lost his wife and daughter, moved to NYC, and bought four baby turtles for company. His encounter with the Kraang gives him four new young sons to take care of.
** Played pretty much completely straight in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]" when [[spoiler: Splinter asks April to train as a ninja because of her gift of empathy.]] Especially notable because afterwards [[spoiler: it's obvious he's thinking of his lost daughter, Miwa]].
** And then in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E19BaxtersGambit Baxter's Gambit]] when [[spoiler: Splinter gives April the weapon he intended for Miwa to have]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The Kraang were not actually after April's father, they were after ''her''.]]
* [[RightHandCat Right Hand Dog]]: Shredder has a pet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akita_(dog) Akita]] named Hachiko. He doesn't like failure. [[spoiler: He was also indirectly responsible for turning Bradford into Dogpound.]]
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Splinter, of course, though especially noteworthy here. Whilst he's almost always portrayed as one of the shortest characters, this incarnation of Splinter is actually quite tall, even taller than all four turtles.
** The mutant rats that The Rat King releases onto the city in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S2E12OfRatsAndMen Of Rats And Men]] also count.
* RoguesGallery: The Turtle's enemies typically fall into 3 categories. Aliens [[AlienAmongUs like the Kraang]], Mutants of various types like The Rat King, or the foot ninjas lead by [[ArchEnemy The Shredder]]. Robots are sometimes used by these 3 groups, but aren't sentient. The only exception is of course [[MadScientist Baxter Stockman]] who's not any of these per se, though he does work for the ninjas for a while.
* RoleReprisal: Subverted. While Rob Paulsen returns to the new series, he winds up as the voice of Donatello this time around.
** This Trope's subversion repeats itself again with Nolan North, who also did a voice of Raphael for the TMNT film in 2007. He now voices the Kraang.
* RunningGag: Almost every time Leo is watching ''Space Heroes,'' the ensign will start panicking and then promptly be [[BrightSlap bitchslapped]] by the captain.
** Often when Mikey names something, he'll start to explain the name only for Leo or Raph to interrupt with "We get it!"
*** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E2RiseOfTheTurtlesPart2 Rise of the Turtles, Part 2]]"
---->'''Mikey:''' Snakeweed is really powerful!\\
'''Raph:''' "Snakeweed"?\\
'''Mikey:''' Yeah. His name was Snake, and now he's a weed, so--\\
'''Raph:''' We get it!\\
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*** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]"
--->'''Mikey:''' We're no match for Spider Bytez!\\
'''Leo:''' "Spider Bytez"?\\
'''Mikey:''' Well, he's a spider, and he bites, so I thought--\\
'''Leo:''' We get it!\\
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*** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]"
--->'''Mikey:''' Ooh! Let's call him Metalhead! Why, you ask? Because it's got a head and it's made of--\\
'''Leo:''' We get it.\\
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*** "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E10PanicInTheSewers Panic In The Sewers]]"
--->'''Mikey''': Dogpound was just too much for us.\\
'''Leo''': Dogpound?\\
'''Mikey''': Yeah, cuz he's a dog, and he pounded--\\
'''Leo''': We get it.
** During "It Came From The Depths", there's a running gag of Donnie getting grabbed by the face (mostly by Leatherhead, but on one occasion by a disembodied Kraang arm).
* SadisticChoice: Donatello is presented with one of these scenarios in "The Pulverizer". He has to choose between saving Pulverizer's life or stealing back the Kraang's power cell.
** Leo had to choose between summoning Splinter or letting Mickey get put in a furnice in the Wormquake.
* SenseFreak: Mikey get into this when he gets his first taste of pizza.
** Also, [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E8NeverSayXever Pizza Gyoza]].
* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Parasitica'', the turtles take a centrifuge from the Kraang. In ''Mikey Gets Shellacne'', Donnie states he needs a centrifuge to cure Mikey's retro mutagen shell acne.
** Or not. In the later episode, Donatello specifically says he needs a ''molecular'' centrifuge. Presumably some kind of {{Technobabble}} device. It might explain why they needed that particular centrifuge. The device used appears to be an ordinary centrifuge, though.
* ShesNotMyGirlfriend:
** In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]" Mikey teases Donatello for his not-so-subtle crush on April. Donnie responds with this remark.
** Donnie says this again in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]", only this time it was Raph who did the teasing.
* ShipTease: Donnie and April.
** Leo and [[spoiler: Karai]].
* ShooOutTheClowns: After Pigeon Pete plays his part in "The Gauntlet", he [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse almost abruptly disappears from the plot]], as the episode [[spoiler:shows the Turtles fail to save Kirby, fight Xever and Bradford, and then get beat up by the Shredder]].
* ShoutOut: If you listen carefully, both Baxter in "His Name Was Baxter Stockman" and Chris Bradford in "Mousers Attack!" yell "Oh yeah!" when they burst through walls, like a certain anthropomorphized punch bowl is known to do...
** In episode 4, when Mikey does his "Secret Kata", one of his moves is the henshin pose of ''Series/KamenRiderV3''.
*** Also, the Foot-Bots do kiais that sound like the [[Series/KamenRider Shocker]] Combatmen.
** Part of Chris Bradford's Death Dragon Kata involved [[Film/TheKarateKid sweeping the leg]], and yes, it's [[CallingYourAttacks actually called out.]]
** Xever apparently buys his boots from the same store [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Robin does]].
*** Dogpound does the same thing in episode 11.
** Not only does Metalhead have a RocketPunch, his HyperspaceArsenal includes a pair of pointy red wings that just scream ''Anime/MazingerZ''.
** Creator/JeffreyCombs plays Dr. Falco, a MadScientist who injects himself with a green goo. He's [[ActorAllusion been in this]] [[Film/ReAnimator situation]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime before]].
** The "Creatures" Magazine that the Turtles read in their downtime is modeled after the now defunct "Famous Monsters of Filmland" Magazine.
** Donnie's smoke bombs produce [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} a purple cloud of smoke and a loud "BAMF!"]]
** In "Panic in the Sewers", [[spoiler:Dogpound]] tells [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} the driver to]] "GetOut" [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} of the tanker]].
*** Also from "Panic in the Sewers", [[spoiler:The Shredder scratches his claws against a wall as he's walking toward Leonardo in Splinter's nightmare, a method [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] is fond of.]]
*** The newly mutated [[spoiler:Bradford/Rahzar]] does the exact same thing, except this time, it's not a nightmare.
** At the end of "New Girl in Town", when Raph points out that Karai is with the Foot Clan, Leo just smiles and says [[Film/SomeLikeItHot "Nobody's perfect."]]
** The sword Karai wants Leo to steal with her used to belong to MiyamotoMusashi.
** You can briefly hear Pac Man sound effects from the Kraang's computer in "The Alien Agenda".
** There are two scenes that call back to [[WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce GO!]], a show that was created by Ciro Nieli.
** Shredder has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachiko loyal Akita named Hachiko]].
** Previews for season 2 show a Kraang with [[Manga/AstroBoy "butt cannons"]].
** The Technodrome capture pods resemble a familiar tool from [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} another franchise]].
** In the online Nickelodeon TMNT game ''Trick or Treat Tussle'', Mikey's Halloween costume is Spongebob.
** The end of "The Mutation Situation" features a squirrel turning to the camera to a ScareChord after [[spoiler:drinking Mutagen]], a reference to the "Dramatic Chipmunk" meme.
*** Also the radar tracking device that Don makes in the episode was once an old {{Gameboy}}.
** In " Invasion of the Squirrelanoids", Splinter tells everyone to "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo split up and search]] every room" to find the mutant squirrels.
--->'''Raph:''' Split up to search in the dark for multiplying mutants. [[LampshadeHanging Could we pick a more cliche way to die?]]"
** The entire episode itself is ''very'' clearly a shout out the {{Franchise/Alien}} movies. The squirrels reproduce inside their hosts, they soon grow into huge, black, skeletal monsters, and have a mouth within their mouth. Also in Michelangelo's comic, only one person manages to survive to the end.
--->'''Michelangelo:''' [[Film/{{Aliens}} Game over man! Game over!]]
** In ''Mutagen Man Unleashed'', a show that Mikey watches, "Super Robo Mecha Force Five Team Five Go", both references ''[[Anime/{{Voltron}} Voltron]]'', and ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', a show that Ciro Nieli previously worked on.
** In ''Target: April O'Neil'', Casey mentions playing hockey against a team from [[Creator/{{Troma}} "Troma Town."]]
** By the time they start mentioning "Kraang units of weight", the Kraang RunningGag sounds more and more like the running gag in ''Film/TheDictator.''
** It may be coincidence, but the Pulverizer's moves when playing with Donnie's staff have more than a passing resemblance to the Star Wars Kid.
** In "The Good The Bad And Casey Jones", Casey's doodle of himself standing victoriously over a beaten Raph is in the style of the original Eastman/Laird comics. Also, Casey's goalie stick has "East-Man" spraypainted on it.
** In "Metalhead Rewired" Metalhead is plugged into a Krang Computer, he then makes a sound [[StarWars just like R2-D2]] when the computer explodes.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Space Heroes'', a ''Franchise/StarTrek''-like cartoon that Leonardo watches. Season 2 introduces ''Super Robo Mecha Force Five Team Five Go'', which is Voltron and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go combined into one.
* SmokeOut: Used to hilarious effect by Michelangelo.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Thus far we have 1 hero girl on the show (April), 1 regular evil female (Karai) and one female sounding alien (kraang prime). Other than that, it's mostly men going at each other.
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** Hamato Yoshi becomes Splinter [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 once]] [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures again]].
** In "The Good, The Bad, and the Casey Jones", Casey writes, in his diary, that he's afraid that the monsters and robot ninja roaming the city will hurt his father or his little sister. The former [[PostHumousCharacter was murdered in the 2003 show]], which in itself [[RetCanon ended up being made text in the comics the show was based on]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: It appears to be heading toward being one to ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a show Ciero Nieli previously worked on.
* SpoilerOpening: "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]" introduces [[spoiler:Chris Bradford & Xever]] as Shredder's lieutenants, however they are conspicuously absent from the title sequence, which features a shot of [[spoiler:Shredder standing in front of Dogpound & Fishface]]. No prizes for guessing what happens to Shredder's lieutenants.
* SpoofAesop: "The first rule of being a ninja is, 'Do no harm.' Unless you mean to do harm. Then do lots of harm".
* StaircaseTumble:
** A particularly funny one in "I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman." Leo insists to his brothers that, as ninja, they "move swiftly and silently"... and then proceeds to crash through a skylight, run into a beehive, and then loudly tumble down a fire escape to the streets below.
** Later, in "Karai's Vendetta," April, after being on the receiving end of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Karai, takes advantage of Karai's brief hesitation to toss her down the subway stairs and make her getaway.
* StalkerWithACrush: Donnie can slip into this. First shown in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]", as he has a candid photo of April as his laptop wallpaper which he is eager to hide.
** He slips into this again in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]" by using the titular robot's camera eyes to ogle April. Too bad he forgot to mute the speakers.
** In "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]" he makes a flow chart with every conceivable excuse or reason to hang out with April for any possibility. ''Every'' possibility.
* StealthHiBye: The turtles are masters of this by default, but taken UpToEleven when Donny invents egg smoke bombs.
** So good that even after getting Curb Stomped by the Shredder, they were able to escape from him when he was distracted for a few seconds, even without a smoke bomb.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Brought up when Snakeweed (originally just Snake) appears, and Mikey mentions how you'd think he would have ScaledUp, instead of becoming a PlantPerson.
-->'''Leonardo:''' It's Snake! He mutated into a... giant weed!
-->'''Michelangelo:''' That's weird. You'd think he'd get mutated into a snake.
-->'''Raphael:''' Yeah, you would. If you were an idiot!
-->'''Michelangelo:''' But his name is Snake!
-->'''Raphael:''' So?
-->'''Michelangelo:''' You just don't understand ''science.''
* StormingTheCastle: Done in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E2RiseOfTheTurtlesPart2 Rise of the Turtles, Part 2]]" in order to rescue April.
** Then in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E17TCRI TCRI]]" [[spoiler: the turtles and Leatherhead attack the TCRI building -- the Kraang's headquarters -- to try and destroy the portal to Dimension X.]] Notably, they fail.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: "[[http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/digital-short-tmnt-music-hey-april.html Hey April~ Hey April~]]"
* SupremeChef: Chef Murakami. Even being blind doesn't prevent him from cooking up "Pizza Gyoza" for the 4 turtles.
* [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish Surprisingly Good Japanese]]: [[JustifiedTrope Being Japanese]], most of the main cast pronounce the language quite well; April's pronunciation is accented since she's new to it as the only non-Japanese main character. But Karai is pleasantly surprised when she hears her making the attempt anyway.
** One awkward example is the word "kunoichi". Even Splinter leaves out the last syllable and pronounces it as [[NoPronunciationGuide "koo-no-EECH"]]. Justified, considering that it's very common for Japanese speakers to drop the 'i' in the syllables of a word if said syllables end with 'i'[[note]]This doesn't apply for the first syllable. You would still sound out the 'i' normally. These phonetic rules apply not only for 'i', but for 'u', as well[[/note]]. Most likely, April pronounces it as "koo-no-EECH" like Splinter, because she's simply mimicking the way ''he'' says it.
* SurpriseIncest: In a roundabout and extremely technical sort of way. Leonardo's brief crush on Karai became this when it was revealed that Karai is actually [[spoiler: Hamato Miwa, Splinter's daughter.]]
* TheTeam[=/=]ColorCodedCharacters
** TheLeader: Leonardo - Blue
** TheLancer and TheBigGuy: Raphael - Red
** TheSmartGuy: Donatello - Purple
** PluckyComicRelief: Michelangelo - Orange
** TheChick and the making them close to a FiveManBand (subtly lampshaded by wearing a #5 shirt): April - Yellow
** TheMentor: Splinter - Magenta, like his 87 show counterpart only desaturated. Possibly Brown because of his fur also.
** TeamPet: Raph's non-mutated turtle Spike
** SignatureTeamTransport: This series' 'Turtle Van' is called the Shellraiser, which has a CoolBike hidden underneath it that comes equipped with armor plates that fold over the bike and rider in the shape of a turtle shell.
*** They also have interlocking and detachable go karts called Patrol Buggys.
* TemptingFate: Everyone. ''Constantly''. Despite numerous {{Lampshade Hanging}}s the lesson never seems to stick.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Bradford and Xever, Shredder's CoDragons, hate each other's guts, but are still perfectly capable of working together.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** Mikey hums the show's theme as he carefully puts away the T-pod in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E5IThinkHisNameIsBaxterStockman I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman]]."
** When Donnie unveils the T-Phone in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E7MonkeyBrains Monkey Brains]]," it's accompanied by the theme tune performed in the form of a ringtone.
* ThemeTuneRap: The body of the theme is this, coupled with the 1987 chorus.
* [[ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet There Are No Good Guys on the Internet]]: The plot of "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]" revolves around Michelangelo going onto a social networking site to try & prove that the Turtles can befriend humans, only for the person he meets to secretly be one of the Shredder's lieutenants.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Shredder's two top henchmen, Xever and [[spoiler:Chris Bradford]]. Doubles as SaltAndPepper.
* TightsUnderShorts: April
* ToiletHumor: Generally rare, but instances include but are not limited to a random hobo farting as the Turtles first see the outside world, Spider Bytez' general sound effect when using webbing, and a dirty old toilet seat cover being used for the T-Sub's periscope.
* TooDumbToLive:
** In "Turtle Temper," while the Turtles are trying to save Vic from the Kraang and are in the midst of pulling him to safety, he starts screaming about his phone and thus blows the Turtles' cover. Then, while the Turtles and the Kraang are fighting one another, Vic deliberately puts himself in the crossfire to retrieve his phone.
** In [[spoiler:"Pulverizer Returns"]], the Pulverizer is perfectly willing to expose himself to mutagen despite being warned how dangerous it is. Particularly egregious since Donatello repeatedly tried to save him from being turned into a Mutant yet he ''still'' willingly subjected himself to it.
* TookALevelInBadass: In an odd example, Mikey's nunchaku for this iteration. Not to say they weren't cool before, but now they can convert into a kusarigama.
** Donnie's staff has a naginata blade hidden in one end.
** April in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead Metalhead]]". She's still no ninja, but she's learned how to take down a single Kraang droid by herself. [[spoiler: Takes another level when Splinter offers her ninja lessons.]]
* TookALevelInDumbass: Mikey compared to his previous incarnation. He was never the brightest crayon in the pack before, but his increased immaturity in this series tends to invoke this trope to the point that the other characters frequently lampshade his stupidity; it earns him lots of disrespect from his brothers.However that it should be noted he smarter than he looks since he was the first to realize Leatherhead wasn't a monster.
* TookALevelInJerkass: This version of Raphael compared to the 2003 version. In the 2003 version, Raphael was rarely a jerk towards Donatello and usually respected his nerdy brother's brain. In the 2012 version, Raph tends to smack Don for his blathering and tends to be unimpressed with Don's inventions, and in ''The Gauntlet'', when April tells the turtles she was attacked by a giant pigeon man, what is Raph's reaction? He ''laughs'' when no one else thought it was funny, [[TooDumbToLive not even Mikey]], who even tells Raph that he's being insensitive.
** Eventually you begin to notice ''how'' much of Raph's insults are unsolicited and automatic. More often than not, he puts them down when they're doing nothing more than minding their own business, indulging in their hobbies, or just making casual statements. While 1987 and 2003 Raphael were, to be sure, rather rude at times, they were either funny or responding to another brother's teasing. The 2012 version is just consistently disparaging to his siblings.
* TragicMonster: Poor, poor Leatherhead.
** And as of now [[spoiler: Pulverizer/Mutagen Man]].
** In Season 2's first episode, [[spoiler: April's dad becomes a bat monster]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pizza of course. Though this is not surprising as it's the first thing they've eaten that wasn't [[{{Squick}} algae and worms]]. Unlike the older series, the Turtles don't subsist completely on pizza; in "The Gauntlet" Michelangelo was going to make omelettes, and "Cockroach Terminator" shows them enjoying Ramen.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The preview commercial for "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E4NewFriendOldEnemy New Friend, Old Enemy]]" makes no attempt to hide that [[spoiler:Chris Bradford works for Shredder]]. They actually say it outright.
* {{Troll}}: Mikey, ''big'' time. Also, Splinter has ''far'' too much fun winding his sons up.
* ATruceWhileWeGawk: There's an instance of this in "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E3TurtleTemper Turtle Temper]]" between the turtles and the Kraang when Spider Bytez makes his debut.
* UltimateUniverse: Reuses many ideas related to the 1987 show, but tends to use aspects of many other continuities (such as the use of {{Composite Character}}s and a somewhat dark tone), and adds its own spins on occasion (case in point, the revamped origins of [[spoiler: the Rat King and Mutagen Man]].).
* UnexpectedCharacter: The Flaming Carrot is set to appear in season two.
* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: The Patrol Buggy.
* UngratefulBastard: Vic is a complete jerk to the Turtles even when they're trying to save him from the Kraang, and it doesn't end well for him. Donnie even explicitly asks the others ''why'' they're bothering to try and save his ungrateful life.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While the turtles are generally pretty good about being stealthy when on the streets, there is a lot of stuff going on in New York City that really ''should'' raise more notice. Probably most blatant when the Shellraiser, a subway car converted into a monster truck that's as wide as a two lane street, is driving around in plain view of several pedestrians, and no one so much as takes a second glance.
* VariableLengthChain: Where does all that extra chain come from when Mikey’s nunchucks convert into a kusarigama?
* VerbalTic: The Kraang punctuate their sentences with "place" in front of most verbs and some nouns.
* VillainTeamUp:
** [[spoiler:Dogpound]] and Baxter in "Mousers Attack!". [[spoiler: Ends with Stockman being forcibly drafted into the Foot.]]
** In the [[spoiler: first season finale]], Shredder and the Kraang form an alliance, with Shredder helping them capture April and then handing her over to the Kraang after using her to bait Splinter.
* WalkingArmory: Metalhead.
** FireBreathingWeapon
** FrickinLaserBeams
** MacrossMissileMassacre
** RocketPunch
* WeaponOfChoice: While Leonardo and Raphael have their familiar swords and sai respectively, promo posters show Donatello with a naginata instead of a bo, and Michelangelo with kusarigama instead of nunchucks though the commercials show them with their traditional weapons. Their action figures come with both of their respective weapons, with the classic weapons "loose" and the new weapons attached to the weapons rack with shuriken and other secondary weapons.
** Their "new" weapons have been shown to be their "classic" weapons with retractable blades.
* WeaponTwirling: Happens quite a bit, just watch the first 2 minutes of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdOAb1DAR6U first episode.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Hamato Yoshi[=/=]Splinter & Oroku Saki[=/=]the Shredder.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the fact Pigeon Pete sets up the plot of "The Gauntlet", he completely disappears from the narrative after the protagonists [[spoiler:learn that Kirby says that something bad is about to happen and he subsequently tells them where to find Kirby]]. His disappearance likely has to do with [[CerebusSyndrome the series' more dramatic side]], but it is somewhat jarring. Like the mutated Doctor Rockwell, they presumably just released him into the city.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: After Snake mutated into Snakeweed the turtles had no qualms with potentionally lethally electrocuting him (to be fair though, they were never very concerned with his safety to begin with, given who he works for).
** In his second appearance, he is frozen and undergoes LiterallyShatteredLives. Once again, he survives.
* WhatTheHellHero: In "The Mutation Situation", [[spoiler: saying that April doesn't take the fact that the Turtles unintentionally caused her father to be mutated well is a bit of an understatement. She winds up angrily telling them she doesn't want to see any of them again after that.]]
* WhamEpisode: Episode 9, "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet The Gauntlet]]": It starts out innocently enough with the Turtles investigating a [[ItMakesSenseInContext mutant pigeon]]... [[spoiler: then the turtles plan to break out Mr. O'Neil from the compound he's being held only for them to make TheSadisticChoice and save themselves rather than free him. THEN they have to defuse a bomb that's going to cover the entire city in ooze while fighting Xever and Bradford (both of whom get mutated by the chemical in said bomb). If that wasn't bad enough they then get their first battle with the Shredder which ultimately ends with them all nearly getting killed and Splinter ending the episode by stating that the Shredder won't go away and his sons have officially gone to war]].
** Episode 17, "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E17TCRI TCRI]]": [[spoiler: The episode ends with the Kraang's portal re-activated, Leatherhead getting trapped on the other side fending off General Traag, and the revelation that the Kraang have actually been after April, not her father.]]
** And now we have episode 22, "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E22PulverizerReturns Pulverizer Returns]]". [[spoiler: It's almost doubly so because you don't expect an episode with one of the wacky characters to get this... bleak. Pulverizer, after joining the Foot clan begins to spy for the Turtles, and they learn that Shredder steals Mutagen to create a monster army... and the Pulverizer, or Timothy, attempt to get mutated so he can be a cool mutant. He succeeds... and becomes a blob monster with all his organs visible inside the gunk. The episode ends with Timothy trapped this way in a canister, and Donatello desperately promising to find a way to turn him back. And on top of this, The Shredder and the Kraang seem to be forming an alliance...]].
** "The Mutation Situation" has [[spoiler:Kirby mutate into a bat creature, April leaving the Turtles and Mutagen falling across much of New York, most likely to create new monsters and rogues for the Turtles to fight]].
** The Kraang Conspiracy. Meeting with a journalist studying the Kraang, the turtles learn that they've been on earth for thousands of years trying to terraform earth. However, the real whammy comes at the end when we learn [[spoiler: April's telepathic powers are derived from that fact that she's actually a half kraang half human mutant!]]
** The Manhattan Project is a two part episode where Shredder returns from Japan with a new second in command: Tigerclaw. A deadly assassin strong enough to fight Splinter on roughly even terms. With Karai's help, they capture Splinter and almost kill him. However, the turtles manage to save him partly due to the Kraang worms (which is where mutagen comes from) causing earthquakes in the city, and Leonardo finally tells Karai [[spoiler: she's actually Splinter's daughter]].
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "[[BatmanGambit This did not prevent the planned escape of the Human known as Kirby O'Neil.]]"]] And suddenly the whole episode has changed.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Another annoying habit of Mikey.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: In "It Came From the Depths".
-->'''Splinter:''' Where is Michelangelo?\\
'''Donatello:''' You don't think he went after Leatherhead, do you?\\
'''Leonardo:''' (''amused'') Noooo, only an idiot would... (''{{beat}}'') [[OhCrap Oh, Boy...]]
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Mikey, who even admits it:
-->'''Mikey:''' You ''know'' I can't be trusted with nice things!
* WingdingEyes
** BlankWhiteEyes: The Turtles gets these when they're shocked or surprised. Not to be confused with the Blank White Eyes of the previous Turtles cartoon.
** It appears as if their eyes also shift to this in the [[LetsGetDangerous more serious fights]], making them resemble their [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 counterparts]].
* WithCatLikeTread: Metalhead.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Happens with Donnie and Splinter in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead "Metalhead"]].
* TheWorfEffect: It's established in the first episode that Raphael is the turtles' strongest fighter, and he's usually the first to leap into a battle, so he naturally falls victim to this trope.
* WreckedWeapon: Poor Donnie. Poor [[SimpleStaff Bo staff]].
** [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E1RiseOfTheTurtlesPart1 Rise of the Turtles, Part 1]]: During training, Raph snaps it in two. Then uses the two halves [[KickTheDog to beat Donnie]].[[FunnyMoments Like a drum]].
** [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E5IThinkHisNameIsBaxterStockman "I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman"]]: Donnie [[LetsGetDangerous snaps out]] the [[BladeOnAStick naginata blade]]. Stockman-Pod [[AntiClimax immediately crushes]] it with a robo-claw. It's [[UnexplainedRecovery perfectly intact]] in it's sheath during the ChaseScene though.
** [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead "Metalhead"]]: The entire episode is dedicated to trying to resolve this very issue. {{Lampshaded}} several times, specifically by Mikey ("Dude, your weapon just exploded!") and Raph ("Oh look, another stick for Donnie to break.") The Kraang blast it apart... twice. And who knows if it survived it's "improvement" at the end of the episode. Of course, being broken doesn't stop Donnie from using it to [[spoiler:''impale'' an otherwise unstoppable robot...with a little help from a steel beam]].
** [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E9TheGauntlet "The Gauntlet"]]: Is cut in half [[spoiler:when used against Shredder's armor]].
** [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E10PanicInTheSewers "Panic in the Sewers"]]: The turtles aren't the only ones [[spoiler: that Shredder [[NeverSayDie annihilates]] in Splinter's nightmare]].
** Surprisingly averted for Donnie in [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E17TCRI "TCRI"]]: It is Leo's sword that breaks on impact with the living rock giant Traag. Donnie just gets impact reverb all the way to his face.
* YankTheDogsChain: April definitely suffered this having her dad mutate into a bat approximately one month after being reunited with him.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: With April being [[EverythingTryingToKillYou targeted by both the Shredder and the Kraang]], Splinter and the Turtles decide that she has to stay in the sewers with them for her own safety, at least until the crisis is resolved.
* YouthfulFreckles: Michelangelo and April have these.
* YoungerAndHipper
** Instead of April being in her 20's, now she's about the same age as the turtles themselves, around 15-16.
** Splinter himself is younger than he was in most incarnations. Probably because he was a man around thirty-something rather than an adult rat at the time of his transformation and thus ages more like a human.
** Like April, Karai and [[spoiler: Casey Jones]] have been aged down into their teens.
** The turtles themselves act more like adolescents than any of their previous incarnations.
* YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe: Raph's word-for-word reaction in "Cockroach Terminator" when the Spy-roach comes back for more... AGAIN.
* YourMom: In [[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012S1E6Metalhead "Metalhead"]].
-->'''Donatello:''' Hey, Kraang! The one who is called your mother wears the boots that are made for combat!\\
'''Metalhead!Kraang:''' The comment that is made by you shows ignorance of Kraang. The ones known by you as mother--\\
'''Donatello:''' Just come get me!
* ZergRush: The preferred tactic of the Kraang and the Mousers.

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