Fanfic Recs / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Authors and Websites

Stealthy Stories Forum II
  • Recommended by: sanzano
  • Comments: This is a forum dedicated solely to TMNT Fanfiction. Each year it hosts the annual fanfiction competition, where people nominates the best fanfiction they have read over the year in the many categories it provides and vote for their favorite. It's been running for more than a decade but recent changes and the fact that the forum has moved from server and the lack of a backup have made the list of past winners before 2013 to be lost. There is an attempt to recover them here. It still worths checking out, some of the winners held that position for something.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Within This Nightmare by Usami
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Bishop's virus has been dealt with and their brother is back to normal or so it seems. As he starts to fall sick again, Donatello finds out about a startling revelation and things may not be the same as they ever were.
  • Comments: One of my favorite what-ifs centered around my favorite turtle, hope the author updates it soon.

Just Close Your Eyes by Trillian4210
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: When Donatello is overworked to the point of exhaustion, his brothers learn not to take him for granted the hard way when he gets injured fixing the security system and nearly gets discovered.
  • Comments: I really felt for Donnie in this story, he just wanted to get some rest and the ending amused the shell out of me, at least one of Don's brothers learnt an important lesson out of this.

Atropos by AngelDormais
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: While dumpster-diving, one of Leonardo's finds reminds Donatello of the future he'd rather forget.
  • Comments: It's a great but subtle tie-in to Don's little adventure in the future.

Corrosion by Sewer Slider
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: SAINW-verse! Basically the episode up to the reunion between the brothers from Mikey's P.o.V.
  • Comments: I love this story and the point of view it explores.

Priorities by MidnightHeir
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: SAINW-verse! The future turtles meet to discuss their own battle strategy while the youngest member of their family is asleep.
  • Comments: This has to be one of my favourite fanfics centered around that alternate future, an amazing piece.

Better to Have Loved by VGiselleH
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: What if Tang Shen wasn't murdered, what if she and Yoshi fled to New York and had a son and what if a fateful encounter triggered by their pet rat leads to the turtles gaining a different set of parents.
  • Comments: This has to be one of my favorite A Us, and it's nice to see the turtles get a mother figure for a change.

Follow the Leader by Stormy1x2
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Attacked by two of their own following Dark Leo's failed attempt at an inside job, two of the clones find themselves in the hands of those who they saw as their enemies and get a start at a new life.

What You Never Had by Stormy1x2
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Continuation of Follow the Leader, having moved into their own apartment the clone brothers find themselves getting to grips with their new life and their growing family bond.
  • Comments: The Dark Turtles were the best thing to come out of Fast Forward and I love the character development the author gives Dark Leo and Dark Mikey.

Hacked by Sciencegal
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: After a battle with Bishop and his men, Donatello is starting to hear voices in his head and they're kind of telling him to kill his family.
  • Comments: One of my favorite stories centered around my favorite turtle.

Left Behind by Sewer Slider
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Told from Raph's P.O.V. After all four turtles are captured, Leonardo has to choose which three go free and who remains with their captor...
  • Comments: A short piece but it drives the loyalty between the brothers home well in the end.

Desperate Measures by SuperKat
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: A slight retelling of the Adventures in Turtle-sitting/Good Genes plot, covers a few missing scenes.
  • Comments: Another favorite fanfic as I loved those episodes.

His Obedient Servant by nightwalker3
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: SAINW-verse, she had also obeyed the Shredder but Karai's choice weighed heavily on her soul.
  • Comments: A great character piece on Karai's thoughts during her adopted father's conquest then reign of Earth.

The Haunting of April O'Neil by nightwalker3
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: SAINW-verse, sequel to His Obedient Servant. The Shredder may be dead but April is haunted by a spectre from the final battle who leads her to a secret hidden for over thirty years and reveals the reason behind this war.
  • Comments: This is incredible, and I love the way it reveals the final fates of two major players leading to the best family reunion that could be given under those conditions.

He's Like by Creatureofthedark
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Each turtle expresses how they view a particular brother, and Splinter reviews the bond between his sons.
  • Comments: An interesting but touching take on how the family views each other. Love the elemental references

Distracting Rooms by Delia-Ra-Nar

Empty Rooms by Delia-Ra-Nar

Heavy Rooms by Delia-Ra-Nar

Waiting Rooms by Delia-Ra-Nar
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: A bedroom can reflect its owner, and the turtles aren't any different. Series of one-shots where each of the brothers intrudes in the other's bedroom and gets some insight into his brother.
  • Comments: I love this series and the way each turtle ends up in the bedroom for some reason or the other leading to some amazing character insights.

Don't Ever Do That Again by Dierdre
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: When Raphael goes missing during a fight with the Purple Dragons, Casey assumes he's dead and dreads telling Splinter the bad news but things aren't as bad as they seem.
  • Comments: Gotta love Raph & Casey bonding stories.

Black Danube by Nekotsuki
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Returning from 2105 with the knowledge of what Agent Bishop's future holds, the Turtles find themselves holding back during their encounters with him. But one has to ask how long will playing it safe for the sake of the future last.
  • Comments: A nice piece, it's fun to see Bishop's "what is going on" reaction and Raph brings up a good point.

As A Family by Venka le fay
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: After returning home from Cody's time and the loss that happened as a result, Donatello is determined to save his father no matter the cost to his health.
  • Comments: A great one-shot missing scene centered around Donnie's guilt.

Mist and Shadows by Shelly LeBlanc
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: SAINW-verse! Following the final battle with the Shredder those who fell in combat find themselves reunited with lost family and friends.
  • Comments: An emotional piece that finally reunites the brothers even if it is in the afterlife.

Personality Problems by OneCutePug
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: The brothers make a week-long bet to 'switch' personalities. Needlessly to say chaos follows.
  • Comments: This is a hilarious fanfic and I love who won in the end.

Favors of Fate by Jaganashi
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: Donatello is curious about a possible overlooked detail of their origin and asks his father for details.
  • Comments: A cute Turtle-tot piece that raises a good question.

Smacked by Rebell
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: While out on a food-run, Raphael smacks his younger brother around the head one too many times...
  • Comments: An enjoyable piece dealing with the more serious side of one of the 2k3's show's 'habits', and the ending is cute.

Heroes And Friends by Mikell
  • Recommended by: Ironic Mouse
  • Synopsis: When the boys are transported to the Real World, our world, they find themselves separated, alone and confused. A chance meeting will bring them together again, to face a danger none of them could have guessed at, from an unexpected source. Can four teenage heroes help heal the hearts of a teenage boy and his mother? Can two families, one from each dimension, be saved? What does it take to be a real hero?
  • Comments: Something of note in this story. A lot of people have played the "characters find out about their fandom" for laughs, but Mikell is the first author I've seen to play it for drama. After all, how would you feel if you found people had written Slash Fics about you and your brothers?

Why Not Just Use the Front Door by Zany Orange Dude
  • Recommended by: nitrate
  • Synopsis: Taking place in the universe of the 1987 cartoon series, Shredder attempts to defeat the turtles yet again. With his minions Bebop and Rocksteady he goes to kidnap April O'Neil to use her as bait, however, things don't go according to plan and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: One of the few '87 fics you'll find on, this is also one of the funniest. It's also packed with Original Flavour.

Turtle Turncoat by Tony Day
  • Recommended by: Zarius
  • Synopsis: A brutal falling out between brothers drives Raphael to the side of the Turtles' arch nemesis Shredder, who unleashes the full might of the Technodrome and a dangerous new breed of Foot on the known world.
  • Comments: A superbly illustrated webcomic which blends the classic characters from the 1987 cartoon series with the dark and graphic tone of the Mirage comics.

Underdark by Nekotsuki
  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Synopsis: He's hanging upside down in the middle of the great underdark, weighed down by a half hysterical turtle in the middle of a bunch of pipes and water and rock that are conspiring to kill us both off, and Leo still manages to sound like he Has A Plan.
  • Comments: Mikey and Leo try to make their way back to familiar territory in the absolute darkness. The author really "gets" these characters, and her Mikey voice is top-notch, resulting in quite a bit of Mood Whiplash. The descriptions (or rather lack of) of their trek through the sewers are so suspenseful and the characterisation so good that, although it's a rather long story, it doesn't feel like it.

TMNT SAINW Broken Hope is a finished fan-comic made by Dragona15
  • Recommended by: Chloe Lee 12
  • Triggers/Warnings: Character death. Definitely not something younger readers or the easily upset should read.
  • Synopsis: This comic takes place after the '03 episode "Same As It Never Was"(SAINW). Featuring SAIWN!Raph who falls into the year 2003 where he meets younger versions of his brothers…and himself. How will the old warrior act upon the sudden change of worlds.
  • Comments: A very well drawn (mostly) black and white comic. It is bound to tug at your heartstrings at every turn. There are some noticeable MNT:Gaiden influences but it still manages to remain the author's own style in regards to art form. All the characters are written believably.

Donatello's Quest for Coffee by Hyaroo
  • Recommended by: Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: A parody of INFOCOM-style text based adventure games: Donatello is on a quest to get some coffee... sounds easy, right? Voted "Best Comedy" in the Stealthy Stories' 2008 TMNT Fanfiction Competition!
  • Summary: You are playing as Donatello. You have in your inventory: ridiculously high IQ, no coffee, and minor caffeine addiction. To help you on your quest, you have: annoying and literal (and absolutely hilarious) parser.
  • Notes: Extremely funny oneshot. No pairings, not that romance is the focus. Donatello simply wants a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, various obstacles (including a ridiculously high IQ malfunctioning due to minor caffeine addiction) stand in his way.

Dark Winter By Amicitia Revenant
  • Recommended by Penguin 123
  • Synopsis January in New York can be brutal. A snowstorm shuts down the city, even as the creeping cold paralyzes the Turtles themselves. Splinter/April, but only as friends.
  • Comments This fanfic ROCKS for two reasons, one it actually considers the fact that the Boys while Anthropomorphic are still reptiles Furry Reminders are one of the rarest tropes you can find in the TMNT fandom and Splinter's loneliness brought on by his sons' hibernation is heartbreaking...The relationship he develops with April over the course of the fic is so heartwarming your teeth will melt

That Time of the Month by Diva Danielle
  • Recommended by Penguin 123
  • Synopsis: Every Father's worst nightmare, how do four Anthropomorphic Male Turtles deal with THAT time of the month
  • Comments: Not much to say other then this oneshot is funny as shell actually trying to think how the Boys would react to a PMS-ing teenage girl, not really a shipping fic because while it's clear Raph has a daughter there is no mention of who or where the Mom is

Father, Mother and four little little babies by littlebabyturtlelove
  • Recommened by Mages 4
  • Synopsis: I'm just a street rat. I've seen a lot of stuff. However, in one day I had seen a man change into a giant Rat, attacked by four robot like guys in suits, and watched four baby turtles become infants. Sure, okay, no problem. Only one thing has come up as an issue. While the rat man was fleeing for the sewers, he forgot one of the turtles! I can't just leave him. WHAT DO I DO!
  • Comments: A very funny fanfic that handles a human becoming a mother figure to the turtles in believable manner. Has three other fan fics in the series. "Father, Mother and four little teens", "Father, Mother and four very muscular teens" and "We'll Never Abandon Him"
  • A page is currently being made.

''Encounters: Leo and the Streetwalker
  • Recommended by Penguin 123
  • Synopsis: You can't live in a city of over 8 million people without interacting with a few of them. Rated for violence, language, and sexual innuendo.
  • Comments: Great fic totally in character, there is no romance between Leo and the streetwalker who is not a twady stereotype but a good character in their own right a must read.

Mutagen Cure by erica phoenix16
  • Recommended by Knowledgeseeker
  • Synopsis: When the turtles find a newborn, they soon discover that they must protect her from an evil conspiracy that will stop at nothing to get the child for themselves.
  • Comments: This story is set in the 2012 Version of the story.
  • A page is currently being made.

Falling by FantasiaWandering
  • Recommended by hopenight
  • Synopsis: Donatello caught her twice that night. So why did she still feel like she was falling? In the aftermath of her abduction and rescue from the Kraang, April O'Neil reflects on how her life has changed forever. But can she face the coming challenges alone? (Meanwhile, Leo learns the nature of a hero, and something strange is coming from the sewers...)
  • Comments: This is the DEFINITIVE 2012 Version fanfic. I think everyone has read this fic at least once. Fantasia's apparently first foray into fanfic has created this sprawling and almost epic piece of writing that has everyone perfectly in character. Her writing feels like missing pieces of episodes or actual episodes for the series, expanding the mythology of the show in beautiful ways. She also fleshes out April a lot more then the show does. Her April is funny, stubborn, smart, and flawed coming across as an actual character versus a plot device. She also has separate stories for both Falling Season 2 and Falling Season 3.

The Turtle Who Never Was by Hyaroo
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Michelangelo gets the "It's A Wonderful Life" treatment as two spirits show him what the world would be like if he'd never been born... but something's wrong here. Why does it look like everyone's better off without him?
  • Comments: Don't be fooled by the summary, the story is NOT like It's a Wishful Life. And without giving too much away, I just wanna say the true identity of the spirits will break your heart.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Irrational by Mendeia
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: With Donatello cured and recovering from his secondary mutation, Leatherhead muses on how much the turtle has come to mean to him.
  • Pairing(s): Leatherhead/Donatello
  • Comments: I know the pairing isn't one of the more popular ships out there but this is the best Don/LH story I've personally come across.

Mikey In Love by Mikell
  • Recommended by: Ironic Mouse, Lilpurplebird
  • Synopsis: 20-year-old Michelangelo believes he has found his soul mate. Convinced she's "the one", Mikey buys a ring, but she refuses to meet his family. What dark secret is she hiding? Will Mike's true love be the one to destroy the Hamato clan?
  • Pairing(s): Mikey/OC
  • Comments: There is a Heel–Face Turn in this story that is handled incredibly well. The character who has switched sides has to work to be accepted by the Turtles, and some are less willing than that the others to trust.

Raph and Ann by Mikell
  • Recommended by: Ironic Mouse, Lilpurplebird
  • Synopsis: Sequel to Mikey In Love. Raph helps a blind woman and makes an unlikely friend. Why are the local punks stealing dogs? What sinister secrets does Anitech Labs hide? How will they afford the meds Don needs? Will a love born in darkness survive the light?
  • Pairing(s): Mikey/OC, Raph/OC
  • Comments: Raph's romance is handled very well in this story, and it's incredibly adorable to see the rough-and-tumble Turtle fall for someone just as temperamental as him.

Donatello Lost by Mikell
  • Recommended by: Ironic Mouse, Lilpurplebird
  • Synopsis: Sequel to Raph And Ann. Don sets off alone from the farmhouse. He didn't count on running into trouble. When Beverly finds him in her brother's barn he's too injured and weak to escape on his own. She's afraid of her brother, but there's just something about this turtle.
  • Pairing(s): Mikey/OC, Raph/OC, Don/OC
  • Tags: Mood Whiplash (major Mood Whiplash)
  • Comments: This fic has one of the most well-written, and yet utterly disturbing and depraved villains I've ever read. I can honestly say I've never been happier to see a villain get his comeuppance.

Leonardo's Angel by Mikell
  • Recommended by: Ironic Mouse, Lilpurplebird
  • Synopsis: Sequel to Donatello Lost. Leonardo's always been the protector, the defender, the Leader. When Raph is injured, why does the woman helping his brother have such a strange effect on him? Can he learn to forgive himself, embrace hope, and believe in love?
  • Pairing(s): Mikey/OC, Raph/OC, Don/OC, Leo/OC
  • Comments: This is one of the only Fan Fics I've ever read that manages to include explicit Christianity without feeling forced or preachy. A seriously good read.

Splintered Hearts by Mikell
  • Recommended by: Lilpurplebird
  • Synopsis: A lotus blossom takes root in the dark... and grows up toward the sun. Romance is not only for the young. It can take root and bloom in the most unexpected places... if it is given a chance to grow.
  • Pairing(s): Splinter/OC, Mikey/OC, Raph/OC, Don/OC, Leo/OC
  • Comments: Although not explicitly listed as a sequel to the author's previous works (listed above), it's still a continuation that further expands on the Turtles' relationships with their spouses (as well as tying up some loose plot threads from previous stories), but it involves a December–December Romance between Splinter and Austin's aunt, who arrived to see if Austion would visit her dying mother. There's also an endearing B-plot involving a little orphan boy, Isamu, who took a liking to Donatello.


Maybe Just the End by nightwalker3
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: It's the end of the world as they know it and the Turtles don't feel fine.
  • Comments: A good story, set in the Day after Tomorrow universe.

Street Savoir Faire by Stormy1x2
  • Recommended by: Charmed
  • Synopsis: While out skateboarding with Klunk, Mikey finds an injured dog and its feline companion.
  • Comments: I love this but then that is my favorite Disney movie.

The League of Interdimensional Heroes by The 1597 Faceless Writer

TMNT/Gargoyles by Celgress
  • Recommended by: Long Live Rock
  • Synopsis: What if Krang and Shredder found the Gargoyles instead of David Xantos, that is basically what this series of stories is.
  • Comments: Mainly set in the later seasons of '87 Turtles, it features expanded roles for popular minor characters like Mona Lisa and Casey Jones, and alternate scenarios for established regulars like Demona, Elisa, and Vernon.