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Awesome: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

1x01 & 1x02; Rise of the Turtles, Part 1, Part 2

  • "It's go time!"
  • Donatello rescuing April from a helicopter in the second half.

1x03; Turtle Temper

  • Raphael heeding Splinter's lesson about losing his temper, and laying the smack-down on Spider Bytez. Admit it: you wanted the turtles to kick his ass the entire episode.
  • A seriously understated one where, at one point, Donnie and Mikey cooperate flawlessly to get rid of some Kraang-droids. It might not seem like anything special out of context, but the first episode goes out of its way to point out that, in this universe, the turtles haven't been trained to fight as a team. Prior to this, they'd all been getting in the others' way all over the place.

1x04; New Friend, Old Enemy

  • The sewer showdown. Seriously, all the Turtles (yes, even Mikey) have become a lot more competent with fighting as a unit.
  • Mikey beating Bradford with the very kata he taught him. It's always said that Mike has the most potential of all the turtles, but that scene really showed it. Sweep the leg!

1x05; I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman

1x06; Metalhead

  • April successfully infiltrates a Kraang hideout and finds out their plans to dump mutagen in the city's water supply. She almost gets caught by a Kraang droid, but she takes it out by bashing its head with a metal pipe, and knocking it out the window! Looks like she's well on her way to graduating from Distressed Damsel to Action Girl.
  • Donnie gets one too, by defeating Metalhead and the Kraang controlling it with an insult, fancy maneuvering, and a broken 'stick'.
    • The best part is that he does it still using his trademark genius, proving that not all science is lasers and robots; sometimes, it's just levers and simple physics.

1x07; Monkey Brains

  • Donnie mopping the floor with Falco, after finding a way around his mind reading powers.
  • Also, even if he got beaten up badly a few minutes later, this was still a good line:
    April: Careful, Donnie! That's a dangerous mutant!
    Donnie: That makes two of us!

1x08; Never Say Xever

  • The epic rooftop smackdown.

1x09; The Gauntlet

  • Kirby O'Neil holding off the Kraang with one of their own guns so the Turtles and April could escape. He takes out quite a few before he's recaptured.
  • The Turtles taking down the Kraang with arrows with lit dynamite sticks attached to them.
  • The Turtles minus Donatello taking on and soundly defeating Bradford and Xever.
    • That's not to say that Donnie doesn't get a moment of his own— once he's deactivated the mutagen bomb he makes a wide loop, smacking Bradford around before teaming up with Raph against Xever.
      • Raph gets the most props here, as up until this point, the Turtles had to pair up to fight with Bradford and Xever, but in a situation where they were down one, he performs nearly as well on his own as Leo and Mikey do together.
  • The Shredder's fight with the Turtles. Notable moments include Donnie's bo staff breaking on his armor, throwing Raph into a nearby electric sign and cutting the chain on Mikey's weapon when he tries to capture him.

1x10; Panic in the Sewers

  • Mikey taking out a tanker truck full of dangerous acid with a water balloon.

1x11; Mousers Attack!

1x12; ''It Came From the Depths'

  • Mikey calming down Leatherhead every time his Unstoppable Rage is triggered.
  • Splinter going Papa Wolf and holding his own against Leatherhead after the latter accidentally goes into Unstoppable Rage mode and threatens the Turtles.
  • Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize Leatherhead set up all those traps to protect the power cell.
  • Leatherhead steps outside with the rampaging Kraang (who are unusually vicious this time), and thrashes them left and right.

1x13; I, Monster

  • "My place is with my sons!" Cue instant, two fingered ownage of The Rat King.
  • It's only a small thing, but April managing to successfully dodge Splinter's attacks.
  • Another minor one, but Mikey easily anticipated Raph's insult and told him how predictable he was.
  • The fact that Leo was actually able to land a punch on Splinter during the training session. It was also this in-universe.

1x14; New Girl In Town

  • Leo VS Karai part 2. Katana battles of unimaginable interest.
  • April's Armor-Piercing Slap. Funny and cutting to the heart of the thought.
  • Leo and Raph manage to beat Snakeweed as a team, and with ice.
    • Raph shouting "Booyakasha!" as he delivers the final blow. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when you remember that it's Mikey's Catch Phrase, and how worried Raph was when Snakeweed knocked him unconscious earlier in the episode.
  • A brief one, but when Raph is overwhelmed by the pressure of being the leader when Mikey is knocked out, Donnie takes control of the situation and manages to contain Snakeweed, by himself, with nothing more than fancy manuevering and his staff.

1x15; The Alien Agenda

  • Leo takes down an entire squad of Kraang droids by himself before the other turtles could touch them. Although he was clearly just showing off for Karai, it still shows awesomeness.
  • How Leo defeated 'Justin'. You have to watch it to get this one.

1x16; The Pulverizer

  • Sid tries to attack Mikey from behind only for Mikey to wrap his nunchucks around his wrist and toss him into a wall. The best part was that while Mikey was aware of what he was doing, he wasn't even looking.
    • Then Stockman and Tsoi come up behind him. Mikey gives them a Death Glare and next we see them, Tsoi has been beaten unconscious and Baxter is backing away in fear.
  • Donatello had a pretty good showing in this episode. He managed to make an awesome vehicle that impressed even Raph, he cooked up anti-venom in minutes while in a bumpy ride, and he took charge of the situation more than once.
  • Like Dogpound, Fishface's first proper outing against the turtles is an impressive piece of work. His new legs make him even more versatile in fighting, and when Raphael pins the legs to the wall, Fishface takes a bite out of him.

1x17: TCRI

  • April infiltrates TCRI, and hits a squad of Kraang droids surrounding her with a yo-yo. It's not enough to subdue them, but at least she managed to escape.
  • The turtles successfully fight the Kraang while holding their breath to avoid inhaling the toxic atmosphere.
  • Leatherhead's Big Damn Heroes moment where he single-handedly knocks down Traag when it took three Turtles to do the same thing. Followed almost immediately by his Heroic Sacrifice, which doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • The Curb-Stomp Battle in the elevator.

1x18: Cockroach Terminator

  • Raph's Stealth Bike, plus everything he does with it.
  • Raph using the Spy Roach as a living ramp, followed by nuking him and the Kraang's plans with the Kraang's Earth-burrowing laser beam.

1x19: Baxter's Gambit.

  • Raph saves Leo from the metal ball of doom Fishface throws at him. It's also ironic since during Splinter's training session, Leo was the only one who knew "when his enemy would strike" and avoided Splinter's attack, but would've been killed or at least severely injured had Raph not intervened.
  • Leo commanding his brothers along with Dogpound and Fishface in taking down Stockman's giant robot.
  • Baxter was able to make the Maze of Doom and another Humongous Mecha without a T-Pod's aid. Compared to the poorly-functioning armor he was wearing in his first appearance, it's pretty damn impressive.

1x20: Enemy Of My Enemy

  • Karai riding her motorcycle on the rooftops, jumps off, lands on top of the Kraang's ship and tries disabling it with her swords.
  • Leo successfully shoots down the Kraang's ship with a "borrowed" missile launcher.
  • The turtles do much better against the Shredder this time. And one turtle short, no less.
  • While everything else that gets hit by the Kraang ship's beam immediately explodes, the Shellraiser stands up to a prolonged shot and can still operate after (though dialogue indicates it was heavily damaged).
  • Right before they launch an electric grenade at Shredder.
    Mikey: Booyakasha, Shred-head.

1x21 Karai's Vendetta

  • Mikey riding the sea monster, rodeo-style.
  • April taking on Karai. She was definitely outmatched, but she wouldn't stay down.
    • Capped off by flipping her down a set of subway steps.
    April: Pretty good for a nobody.
  • After seeing 1987'Shredder be 1987'Kraang's little stooge, it was pretty awesome to finally see a Shredder that can not only stand up to, but also intimidate, a Kraang.

1x22 Pulverizer Returns!

1x23 Parasitica

  • Michelangelo manages to not only remember the instructions Donatello gave to him despite his usual problems with Donatello's technobabble, he, through sheer force of will (and a bit of self-harm), fights the mind control to complete the cure for his Brainwashed and Crazy brothers.

1x24; ''Operation Break Out

  • Remember back in the pilot when Raphael beat Donatello without his sai by using Donnie's own staff against him? Well, in The Teaser, with April watching, it's Donnie who gets the upper hand by using his Bo more creatively.
    • If he hadn't been so focused on impressing April, he probably would have won.
  • Mikey saving the day by running a car into Newtralizer.
  • Newtralizer himself is simply insane with how badass he is. His Establishing Character Moment involves decimating a squad of Kraang droids and eating a Kraang.
  • Donnie shows his true competence going solo, by using his intelligence in battle to make up for his lacking skill, compared to his brothers. One example involves attracting a Kraang droid to his ringing T-phone, where the last thing it sees before it's unconscious is a picture of Don waving at them.

1x25&26 Booyaka Showdown

As fitting for a Season Finale, this episode has to be the most awesome one in the entire series so far.
  • At the start, Kraang Prime begins the invasion of Earth, giving the whole episode a very grandiose feel going in.
  • The Turtles prepare for their attack.
  • Metalhead goes back into the field, and decimates the Kraang. (again)
  • The Turtles on gliders.
  • The Batman Gambit on the part of Shredder and the Kraang to get both of them what they wanted: April O'Neil and getting Splinter out in the open.
  • Right before she's dragged away by the Foot, Karai decides to take time to taunt April. April responds by kneeing Karai in the gut hard enough to stun her for a moment.
  • The Turtles storm TCRI, showing off their ninja stealth right before they attack the portal.
    • Apparently, Donatello created a special laser strong enough to blast Traag apart. A definite step up from their last encounter with him.
    • Traag continuing to fight even as his body gets destroyed deserves a mention, I mean the first thing he does after Leo blows off his leg is to spew lava from his mouth.
    • And the fact once he becomes a torso with a head he just reassembles himself.
    • Leo goes for the power cell, obliterating the room.
  • This series's version of the Technodrome is rather like how it was in Turtles Forever, complete with a large array of weapons and abduction pods to steal away humans.
  • Leonardo goes for the Heroic Sacrifice against Kraang Prime (and survives).
  • Splinter Storming the Castle.
    • The regular ninjas were all torn to shreds.
    • Dogpound and Fishface fought well, but were ultimately defeated like nothing else. However, no fight was quite as awesome as...
    • MASTER SPLINTER VS MASTER SHREDDER. Easily, easily the most awesome part of the two-parter as the 2 ninja masters fought like no other in a duel to the death.
    • Splinter's epic Reason You Suck Speech to The Shredder
      Splinter: You never had anything but your hatred and if you defeat me, you will have nothing.
      • Near the end, emotionally pushed to the edge, Hamato Yoshi embraces his inner rat, turning the fight upside down, ending with him kicking the Shredder away, breaking his mask.
      • And let's not forget when he catches Shredder's blades with his teeth. And then snaps them off.

2x01; The Mutation Situation

  • Leo rides Bat Wing, a.k.a. Kirby, like a cowboy holding on to a bull, even though the "bull" is actually a humanoid bat mutant.
  • The epic defeat of Biotroid

2x02; Invasion Of The Squirrelanoids

  • Mikey being the one to save the day once again.
  • Splinter trapping one of the Squirrelanoids in a crate.

2x03; Follow The Leader

  • In a "King of the Mountain" challenge that Leonardo decided to do to break up the boredom of collecting Mutagen, his brothers all demonstrate their distinctive traits in getting to the "mountain" that Leonardo was guarding.
  • Doubles as a CMOF but Raph has the ability to summon flocks of pigeons. Considering he's pretty good with other animals, he might be able to control them too.
    • Also, his role as substitute leader this time is better than the last time he was in charge in New Girl in Town.
  • For the first time Leonardo manages to defeat Karai.

2x04: Mutagen Man Unleashed

  • Casey Jones and April O' Neil do remarkably well against Mutagen Man, particularly since the former has had none of the training April's had.
  • Donnie pulls the freeze trick on Mutagen Man, freezing him solid through his own greed for power.

2x05: Mikey Gets Shellacne

  • Mikey holds his own pretty well against Dogpound. Even more impressive since he was hindered by his zits.
  • After Dogpound mutates into Rhazar,he easily takes down the turtles.
  • Mikey coming up with the idea to defeat Fishface, Stockman and Rhazar.

2x06: Target April O'Neil

  • Karai makes an attempt on April's life with her naginata. Donnie not only blocks it, but disarms and owns her in five seconds! Karai! Shredder's "daughter" and lieuteant who usually gives Leo conniptions.
  • Just as Karai is about to finish April, Donatello blocks her at the last moment shouting "You're not gonna touch her!" so heroic~ *starry eyes*
  • Mikey using his shadow puppet skills to distract the Kraang so that the other turtles can ambush them.
    • Also Mikey destroying the Kraang's robot with its own weapon.
  • Casey is able to defeat a small army of foot bots with only a hockey stick and pucks!
  • Just to show how far she has gone since the beginning, April gets several:
    • She holds her own against the Foot Bots and destroys several of them.
    • She runs away from Casey so the majority of the robots would follow her and not attack him.
    • She uses knives thrown in the wall as a ladder.
    • She helps Leo in taking down Karai.
      • Special mention to when Karai is mocking her,stating that she has way more experience and she is surely going to win...and then the tessen April tossed comes back like a boomerang and hits her in the face.
    April:"You talk too much!" (does a taunt by fanning herself)

2x07: Slash And Destroy

  • On the antagonist's side: The entire episode is about how awesome and dangerous Spike is after Slash decides to try and get rid of Raphael's brothers and shows that despite having no actual battle experience and only learning ninjitsu by watching others practice, he really is just as strong as he thinks he is. Not to mention tricks like mimicking Leo's voice (and shadow), which isn't clear if it is a part of his mutation or not, that make him much more intimidating.
  • On the protagonists' side: The way Raphael finally beat him to protect and avenge his brothers and the way Donnie and Mikey helped by trying to impede his movement after he beat them up so badly before also count.

2x08: The Good the Bad and Casey Jones

  • It's interesting to think back on the pilot when Leo beat Raph in a single stroke battle. Replayed here, it appears that Leo's been leveling up, as he's the one who takes triumph in the turtle free for all. (At first.)
  • The fight between Raph and Casey. It's very fluid and fast paced. Props for Casey as well for holding his own against Raph despite having no training.
  • The battle against the Foot Bots. Especially since it gives April and Splinter some much needed fighting scenes.
    • Even better: after more than a full season, we finally have all 7 of the franchise's main protagonists fighting side-by-side. And it. Is. AWESOME!
  • Raph and Casey teaming up to stop the Foot Bot from giving away the location of the lair.

2x09 The Kraang Conspiracy

  • April using her psychic powers to single-handedly bring all of the Kraang to their knees.
  • April breaking free of the April clones and destroying them alongside the turtles.
  • April did technically save Raphael when HE was trying to save HER and got trapped.

2x10 Fungus Humongus

  • Leonardo overcoming the spores with Heroic Willpower, then destroying the mushrooms with quick thinking and sunlight.

2x11 Metalhead Rewired

2x12 Of Rats and Men

  • Casey overcoming his fear of rats and punching out a gigantic mutant rat, saving Irma and April in the process.
    • And before that, he activates a flamethrower built in his bike to scare off one of the mutant rats.
  • April's mutated cat saving Mikey twice.
  • The end of the episode gives one to Splinter. Using the same tactic he used to beat Leo early in the episode, he utterly owns the Rat King after using his weakness of sight against him.

2x13 & 14 The Manhattan Project

  • The 1987 Turtles' cameos in both parts, especially since their cameo in the second part has Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Rob Paulsen, and Barry Gordon reprising their roles.
    • Complete with Mikey shouting "COWABUNGA!"
  • April and Casey riding the space worms and using them against the Kraang.
  • Both of Splinter's fights with Tiger Claw, truly badass in every sense of the word.
    • Leo, Raph, and Mikey taking on all 4 of Shredder's lieutenants. Then Splinter joins them...
  • Even when Tiger Claw is holding Mikey over a furnace, telling Leo he'll drop him if he doesn't summon Splinter, Mikey tells Leo not to do it.

2x16; The Lonely Mutation of Baxter Stockman

  • Baxter is more of a threat now that he is a fly mutant.
  • Even when there was only one canister of Retromutagen left, Master Splinter was still insistent that Donnie save Kirby first. Also doubles as heartwarming.
  • Leo hijacking a flying Footbot by cutting its head off!
  • Once freed, April does a fairly good job fighting Stockman. Arguably, this is the first time she saved Donnie instead of the other way around.

2x17; Newtralized

  • All of Slash and Newtralizer's fights against the Kraang. Seeing them get pummeled so effortlessly is always pretty cool.
  • Casey showing up to save the turtles from the Kraang Walker, then hitting a bomb into the exhaust port and blowing it up.
  • Raph saving Slash from getting crushed by the Walker, and then the two of them fighting side-by-side against the Kraang, doubles as a CMOH.
  • Slash turning against Newtralizer by trapping him in the Walker.
  • A minor one for Leo: after Raph explains the situations at the start of the episode, it only takes seconds for Leo to form a good patrol plan, and assigns everyone with their best partner and setting. (Raph and Casey to the alleys, so Casey's lack of ninja training won't slow them down, Mikey and Donnie are a team, so Donnie can keep Mikey on-track, and himself in the sewers where he'll be close enough to home base) He's clearly growing into his role as the leader.

2x18; "Pizza Face

2x19; The Wrath Of Tiger Claw

  • Leo winning the fight for the pizza dumpling by waiting back for his brothers to subdue each other and then taking it at the last second.
  • Casey for being able to evade Tiger Claw for so long.
  • Mikey instantly coming up with a good plan to locate Casey. Raph was stunned.
    • And then knowing exactly where to lead Tiger Claw.
  • Karai attacking Tiger Claw to save Leo
  • Tiger Claw deserves some credit here too. He survived being eaten by a giant worm, fought his way through the '87 turtles, and fought through multiple dimensions to get back. Then over the course of the episode he beats up Casey, then takes on and defeats all four turtles, and immediatly afterwards Karai as well. Dude was kicking everyone's asses.

2x20; The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto

  • It's a brief moment at the beginning, but you can already see Karai filing away at her prison bars to escape before Shredder shows up. Classic thinking, and not waiting to be rescued at all.
  • Donnie and Mikey knocking Tiger Claw out of the sky with a Fastball Special.
  • Shredder tricking the turtles with a clever fake fight and letting them take a fake Karai with a bomb for a head.
  • Anton breaking in and stealing Shredder's helmet and effortlessly taking down his henchmen in the process.

2x21; Plan 10

  • Raph being able to kick Kraang butt using his sais while posing as a Kraang.

2x22; "Vengeance is Mine"

  • Mikey's surprisingingly competent this time. He takes down Xever and Bradford on his own, refrains from making comments about Karai's mutation and even asks if Donnie can make retro mutagen for her.
  • The turtles and their plan to rescue Karai. At first everything seems to go smoothly as they take out everything and everyone at Shredder's headquarters with some exceptions coming up. Tiger Claw let's it be know they're not leaving alive but Donnie is well prepared for him thanks to the species he became. Then a chase breaks out between the turtles and the Foot and Tiger Claw and just when the turtles give them the slip it seems they're about to fail only for Donnie to pull one more trick. And everyone of the turtles had a hand in helping with the plan as they played to their strengths.
  • Leonardo and Karai manage to catch each other off guard in ways that show just how well they know each other. Leo correctly predicted she would go after the Shredder and heads her off when she thought she'd evaded him. Then, Karai uses a small manner of seduction to catch him off guard and knock him out with a handful of blinding powder.
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