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Headscratchers: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
  • I get that Splinter wants the Turtles to become strong and independent, but why does he NEVER go above ground? He is better than the turtles at ninjitsu, and it seems obvious that he would accompany them when either their home is being threatened as in "Panic in the Sewers" or when they go up top for the first time in their lives, as in the pilot.
    • I think that Splinter believes his kids can handle themselves, or, at the very least, will be able to escape from a fight if things get too dangerous. They've been training since they were little, and unlike previous incarnations, this Splinter seems less concerned with "honor" and more concerned with making sure his kids know how to guarantee their own survival and safety above all else. Personally, I believe Splinter's more concerned with being there for the boys. Think about it; they've managed to get out of every single dangerous situation they've been in so far; they can clearly handle themselves when it comes to combat. But how would they handle not having a parent, should Splinter decide to leave the lair only for something terrible to happen to him? My guess is, it'd end in disaster. Don't get me wrong; I'm fully expecting there to be an episode where Splinter leaves the lair just trashes somebody for hurting his kids. But until the turtles are up against an enemy they can't feasibly escape from, I don't think Splinter will see the need to leave the lair just yet.
    • Personally, I think Splinter is a bit ashamed of his rat form. The only time he leaves the lair he puts his hood up to hide his face.
    • This has actually became an ongoing plot point. He has now gone to the surface several times, but it was almost always pulling teeth (other than when Leo called him in The Manhattan Project) to get him to leave the lair, as well as him refusing to give a good answer why. Possibly shame of his rat form, or something not yet explained.
  • So, episode 3 had everybody busting their humps trying to get a video of the Turtles fighting the Kraang that is on a cell phone. A CELL PHONE. This isn't the 80s anymore, it's not like it was a video tape or even a flash drive, it was a CELL PHONE VIDEO. Why didn't the guy just upload the video online someplace even if he DID want to make money off of it and avoid being mutated into a hideous monster? Answer: because then there'd be no episode.
    • To be fair, the man is not the brightest human in New York. Insulting a life-sized reptile with sharp and dangerous weapons and Martial Art skills? If these were another type of turtles, the man would be dead right about now.
    • Because the moment he puts it online, he loses any money he'd receive from the footage as it's now in the public domain, and there would be nothing stopping people from ripping the video from the web - Look at the people uploading other people's work to YouTube, for example - and that footage would be worth a hell of a lot to news reporters. Not uploading it is just about the smartest thing he did.
      • He specifically mentions this being the reason actually. Although why he couldn't save it to another media isn't explained, other than possibly he wasn't smart enough to think about it.
  • Why did Mikey keep saying that the robots had brain-things in their chests? The brains were in their stomachs, not their chests. Is Mikey confused about the difference between a chest and stomach, or was this just a mistake in the script?
    • It's in their torso, which encompasses both the stomach and the chest, but you're probably just over-thinking it.
      • It is Mikey we're talking about. Not exactly a master of anatomy.
    • Also, Mikey was more than a little freaked out, and not likely to bother with anatomy.
  • What happened to Metalhead after Donnie broke him? They didn't just leave him there in the warehouse for the Kraang or anyone else to find, did they?
    • The Pulverizer shows they took him back to the lair.
  • Also from Metalhead, when the Kraang took control of the robot, how come the Turtles kept attacking the invulnerable robot and not the squishy completely-exposed brain monster sitting atop the robot's head?
    • Same reason they don't just go all stab-happy on the chewy center of the humanoid Kraang 'bots, or on the various monsters they fight. Censors won't allow it.
      • Several times the robots have been bisected by bladed weapons straight through the housing section (it happens in the opening credits, even) and the Kraang emerge completely unharmed. Maybe their alien physiology makes blades go right through them, like trying to cut soup?
      • Several shots show them actually juuuuust avoid cutting through the actual Kraang brain by a hair.
  • In "The Gauntlet" how did nobody notice Pete? He's a giant Pigeon Man in broad daylight! He crashed into a bank window with people inside for Pete's sake!
    • Unusually Uninteresting Sight, maybe? New York is a City of Weirdos, after all.
    • I'm a bit more confused when April stepped out of the bank. Pete was still there and the two of them just stood there then Pete flew away. Why didn't he just give April her father's message. Also, since Pete is perfectly capable of talking, why didn't he just tell April he only wanted to give her the message and had no intention of hurting her?
  • How did Bradford and Xever mutate into a dog and fish when the last animal like beings they came into contact with were the turtles?
    • They are both shown touching a dog and a fish earlier. The dog bit Bradford, so some of its DNA could have gotten into his bloodstream. As for Xever, he probably bought that fish so he could eat it and would have been touching it a lot. Also, we know now that the Kraang have been trying to modify their mutagen, so its also possible that the ooze Bradford and Xever got covered with would work somewhat differently than it has before.
    • The turtles are mutants, not animals. Maybe the mutagen doesn't react to something that already mutated. Alternatively, since the turtles are somewhat human, maybe they are too similar to actual humans to count as the last "animal" they touched.
  • Where did Dogpound get the tape to gag April with in "Panic in the Sewer".
    • And how did April get the tape off all by herself?
      • Maybe the tape (and the rope) were already in the van. As for how she got it off by herself...Um, ninja magic?
  • Bradford is a world famous martial artist, does the world know he turned into a dogman or at least disappeared? Like I'm pretty sure our world would notice if Chuck Norris disappeared.
    • It's pretty likely, but the writers probably wouldn't bring it up unless it was an important detail or led somewhere. The show focuses on the turtles and the villains they fight, not really anyone else.
    • Also he could simply be pulling a whole "No public appearances" stint. We don't no how much press he really got to begin with, and with him having known internet out reach, the only thing stopping him from just being an online identity would be how over sized his fingers are for a keyboard
    • Not to mention, he was already an active Foot ninja. He might have taken 'extended sabbaticals' already, so him not making public appearances might not be out of character.
  • Do the people in New York know about mutants, or what? Not all of them try to hide like the turtles but people are still shocked to see them.
    • They certainly know about mutants as of "It Came From the Depths". That TV show had footage of Leatherhead attacking a guy in the sewers, and the people on that show were calling him a mutant.
    • Being shocked and scared by mutants and other nasties (one episode had April show the turtles a website that had footage of a Kraang) is a pretty natural response, prior knowledge or not.
  • The Turtles are now under copyright of Viacom and Paramount just like Star Trek, so why bother making an expy of Star Trek. Why don't the show instead just put Star Trek in the show itself. Warner Brothers cartoons have Looney Tunes, DC Comics, and Hanna-Barbara make crossovers all the time now.
    • A parody is funnier, plus, they have more freedom to do what they want with it. Assuming there are no other copyright issues, if they went with Star Trek itself they'd be limited to following those characters and stories and canon. So far, every clip of Space Heroes has been made to fit the lesson, moral, or theme of the Turtles episode it's in.
  • How was Falco able to beat Leo, Mikey and Raph? I can see how being psychic would allow him to predict their attacks and evade better but how did a scientist with (presumably) no martial arts training suddenly get the strength, speed and skills to fight back?
    • Maybe he got some of Rockwell's simian... strength.
    • Or he got it from the Turtles' brains.
    • The theory the show seems to put forth is that if I can see your moves ahead of time I don't need to be stronger or more skilled. One can argue he might have been too slow but it seems but the Turtles (as a whole) fight a bit flashy and he was using really simple moves. The combination of overconfident flashy Turtles and ultra simple but effective moves was enough.
  • Since nobody likes the names Mikey gives the mutated villains they run into, why do they go along with it and address them by the names he gave them? Why not make up names of their own or address them by their real names?
    • Probably because they either can't or simply don't care to think of better names.
    • Because it's what's on their toy packaging. They'd lose their royalties!
  • Wait, April sleeps with the headband and pony-tail still on?
    • This is uncommon?
    • Seconded. Lots of people bind their hair in some fashion when going to bed, for neatness or comfort or both.
    • Meta-wise, it's part of her CGI model. They would have to recreate her head model entirely to remove them (which would also involve changing her hair movements, etc), and that's expensive and not worth it cost-wise for the occasional scene of her sleeping etc. We didn't see the Turtles sans masks until Hack and Slash, and that was only done because it was an important plot point.
  • In "ITHNIBS" The turtles are upset about being grounded for a week, this is after spending 15 years in the sewers, what is one more week going to do?
    • They're teenagers. Who finally got privileges to visit the outside world after a lifetime of rigid training in ninjitsu. Wouldn't you be upset if that joy was yanked away from you?
    • Personaly, I'm a bit more confused as to why Splinter punished them in the first place. What exactly is wrong with skateboarding in the lair anyway?
      • It's basically the same as skateboarding in the house on the surface, very dangerous to others. And more unnecessary as they have mile of interesting obstacles in the tunnels to skate on.
    • Okay, I agree that skating in the lair is the same as skating in a house and the turtles could've picked another place to skate, but as long as we're talking about danger, why was skateboarding in the lair dangerous? Because Mikey crashed into his brothers (and the ramp fell), but why did Mikey crash into his brothers? Because they stood up when they were supposed to be on the ground for Mikey to jump over. Why did the other stand up? Because Splinter yelled at them. Really, it seems like he was punishing them for something that was his fault especially since he never explained what they did wrong. Also, another thing that came to mind, skateboarding is dangerous but swinging ninja weapons at each other isn't? Especially since this time all 4 turtles have some sort of blade. There's no need to worry about Leo, but given Raph's anger, Don's bad luck, and Mikey's lack of brains, it's a miracle that no one's been severly injured during their training/sparring sessions.
      • Personally I think they were grounded because they tried to get out of being punished.
    • What confused me most about the episode was why they were so tired after sneaking out. Don't they go out every night, and are just fine afterwards? Did the fight with Stockman really last so much longer than the fights they get into all the time?
      • There's that longer fight theory of yours and if I'm not mistaken, this was the first time they lost against anybody (I'm not counting their fight against the Kraang in the first episode since as Splinter pointed out, up until that point, the turtles were taught to fight as individuals, rather than a team) which had to severely deplete them of energy.
      • IIRC, they're tired after the first fight with Stockman, which is the one where they beat him. Though I think Leo does make a comment about it being 2 AM when they get home, so maybe they did just stay out longer than they normally do.
    • You're right, they were. I guess that answers that, although I noticed something else. When Stockman powers up his armor, Mikey tries throwing pizza at him, but it doesn't work because there's a windshield covering up the window Stockman's looking through. At the end, Mikey shoves a beehive into Stockman's face. What happened to the windshield?
      • I thought the beehive broke it.
  • So the scene with April and Ms. Cambell in school brings up a question: where is everybody, namely the teachers, other school employees (like a janitor), and the other students? Before anybody points out that it probably occurred before or after school, there should still be some people around. On a minor note, how come the trophy case only broke when Ms. Cambell hit it? It should've broke when she tossed April onto the glass.
    • Campbell was there to abduct April. She probably arranged for witnesses to be elsewhere. In the case of the trophy case (...) Ms. Campbell probably didn't throw April hard enough to break the case on purpose. Campbell wanted April alive, and would try to use minimal force to subdue her before going all out.
  • In TCRI, why was Mikey so hesitant to wake up Leatherhead? He's his best friend. Why be so afraid?
    • Because they lost the power cell he trusted them with.
    • Seriously? You saw what happened when they woke him up.
  • A very minor one, but why did Splinter ask the turtles if their infiltration into TCRI was successful? The disappointed looks on their faces should've been enough to tell him that something was wrong.
    • He wanted to be sure. The Turtles could have stopped the portal but had casualties. Splinter's likely no stranger to a mission going as planned but someone is lost along the way.
  • In episode 4, Bradford leaves Mikey as bait. Initially I thought the plan was to get the other turtles to try and save him, and then capture the entire bunch. But instead Bradford lets them escape and follows them to their lair, which makes no sense at all.He's seen face to face with Michelangelo multiple times, what stopped him from following him back then, without uncovering his evilness and with a quarter of a chance of being noticed?
    • They're not just after the turtles- Shredder wants to kill Splinter as well. Bradford was probably hoping to take them all out at once and impress his master.
  • Considering that two seconds ago the turtles had finally defeated Bradford and Xever in a clean fight by using combination attacks instead of attacking one after the other. Why against Shredder did they resort to the one after the other tactics that hadn't been enough to put down Bradford or Xever separately let alone together? Shredder is clearly enough better than them that it would rapidly have turned into a "stop hitting yourself" situation but they didn't even TRY what had just been proven to be there most effective technique against superior fighters.
  • Why haven't they pointed out that the Turtles are named after Renaissance artists yet?
    • Because "hur hur, art" was tired 30 years ago?
    • (original poster) A callous response is not an answer. It just bothers me because all the previous continuities mentioned the Turtles' names being Renaissance artist namesakes and it hasn't been mentioned at all while this show will soon be airing the season finale. Some kids today might be familiar with the works of Michelangelo Buonorotti and Leonardo da Vinci, but I doubt many of them know of Raphael and Donatello's work.
    • (Not op) Also it would be nice to have an in universe explanation as to why a man raised in Japanese culture would name his children after renaissance artist, instead of something closer to his own cultural heritage.
      • Maybe Hamato Yoshi was simply very interested in Renaissance art, and/or maybe he chose not to give them Japanese names because he wanted to distance himself from his human life?
      • Mostly confirmed. 2014's The Good, The Bad and Casey Jones reveals that Master Splinter named them after his favorite artists and reveals a tattered Renaissance Art book.
  • Here's a question about Shredder's daughter. In the press release she's named Oroku Miwa. Karai labels herself as Shredder's daughter. Is Karai a codename? Does she have a sister named Miwa? It feelsl ike there might be something the writers intended or am I just jumping to conclusions.
    • Press releases aren't always the most accurate sources of information. But given that Splinter's daughter is named Miwa, there's definitely potential for later dramatic reveals.
    • The season one finale reveals that Karai is actually's Splinter's daughter Miwa, kidnapped and raised by Shredder after the fight/fire that killed Tang Shen.
  • In Enemy of my Enemy, Raph states that for once they'll know where Shredder will be ahead of time and suggests they launch a sneak attack. Why exactly do they need to know where Shredder will be? They know where his hideout is since 'April managed to sneak both inside and out. Even if they can't defeat Shredder in a fight yet, they should be able to launch a sneak attack anytime.
    • It's Shredder's hideout, where all of the goons and troops stay. It would be like trying to fight a queen bee in the middle of the hive.
  • Does Snakeweed's reappearance in "New Girl In Town" feel jarring to anyone? The turtles never act surprised to see him standing, and the last time they saw him they seemed pretty sure he was dead.
    • Note that the episode began with the turtles chasing Snakeweed, so the whole "OMG! How can you be alive? We already destroyed you!" thing probably occured sometime before the episode began.
  • How is the Shellraiser still able to operate without the Kraang power cell?
    • Donnie likely refitted it to operate on a different source of power. What, though, is the question. Do they siphon gasoline from somewhere? A special electric generator Donnie built?
  • What were the writers' intentions with Pulverizer/Timothy? Are we supposed to sympathize that he was TooDumbToLive and got himself mutated into a blob?
    • It was an effective way to show that the stakes are for real — being a loveable doofus won't protect you from negative, permanent consequences in this world. It's the same as when a show kills off a character for effect, but softened up for the Saturday morning cartoon crowd.
  • In "TCRI", Dimension X is shown to have an atmosphere vastly different to Earth's, and that the Kraang wish to change Earth's atmosphere to match it so they can live there. Presumabley, the Kraang droids have some form of life support. Yet, several times, the Kraang have been ejected from their suits, and shown having no visible aversion to Earth's atmosphere.
    • It probably takes them a little while to succumb to the effects of our atmosphere. We never see them for more than a few seconds after they scuttle off, and that's probably not long enough for them to drop dead.
    • The Krang Droids don't appear to have any life support. My guess is that they can breathe in Earth's atmosphere just because their environment is toxic to us doesn't necessarily mean that the opposite is true. The fact that they want to change the environment could just be about wanting to be more comfortable or there could be a limit to how long they can survive our atmosphere or there could just be other things we haven't seen yet that live in Dimension X.
  • My confusion is on the whole switching of weapons thing. Assuming that it took then time to master their current weapons, why would you send them out using weapons they are not used to. I get the whole idea of using basic tools as a weapon, but even then it feels like the worse timing for this lesson when the something like this should have been taught the stakes were not so high.
    • I asked the same question and as someone with (albeit limited) martial arts experience I know that all three arts I took (hey I moved and both young me and my parents figured they were mostly interchangible. Which at low levels they are but that's not the point) there is a progression of weapons. Usually starting with the staff. The turtles might not have been experts with the other weapons and were likely naturally drawn to the weapon they could use best they should at worst be competent with every weapon save perhaps the double katana. I'm willing to buy that Leo is the only one who learned what most seem to agree is a flashy but not particularly effective style. The thing is they were all dangerously inept with the other weapons. I guess part of the issue is it's really difficult to show someone who is nerfed but far from harmless but as they later demonstrated to various degrees good enough is good enough. Trust me a broom is NOT a bo staff. A bow is ideally equally weighted at both ends. A broom is closer to a hammer or an axe (the weight ratio is still wrong and would through you off but you'd be better off than working on the principles of a weapon with equal weighting) really the entire plot focuses on the crazy idea that not only were all the turtles not initially trained the same way and then allowed to follow their own "path". It also asks you to believe they couldn't makeshift the way they did later earlier or in the case of Donny and Leo just figure it out. Chalk it up to to people who don't know.
      • I agree. 15 years of martial arts training, I would assume they would at least be competent with many different weapons, but especially the ones favored by their brothers. I mean, it never occured to them in battle they may lose their own weapon and have to pick up another, especially one another Turtle had? Starting to train on other weapons after all that time seemed way late. Story and visual-wise, it's easier to get the point across that they're uncomfortable using new weapons easier showing them being incredibly incompetent (not to mention Rule of Funny) vice merely mediocre.
    • I was confused why they didn't simply pick up the Foot Clan weapons in the last battle.
    • The main problem was that the turtles were using their new weapons like their original ones. Donnie presses the sai hilts together to emulate his staff, Leo and Mikey both have problems with how big the new weapons are compared to their old ones and as for Raph, nunchucks are just hard to use (or just seem hard, which is good enough for a cartoon).
  • People keep saying that Pulverizer turned into a pile of slime because he didn't touch anything nor did anything touch him. But that's not true, the turtles have touched him a few times and in the first episode, a rat touched Splinter's shoe, not his skin, but he was mutated into Splinter anyway. So what gives? Albeit I know there's still the "mutant animals probably don't count" theory in Xever and Bradford's entries, but I thought it was still worth pointint out.
    • I still say there was something wrong with that batch of mutagen that made work differently.
    • Maybe Splinter wasn't wearing socks and the rat touched his ankle.
    • The time between the touching might also be a factor, as well as lingering DNA. Considering Timothy was wearing a full-body outfit and likely never touched another non-human creature recently, the mutagen had nothing to work with.
    • ... maybe Timothy had jello for lunch?
  • How is it neither Shredder nor his minions have figured out that the trick to using the mutagen is touching an animal first? Don't Bradford and Xever remember touching a dog and a fish?
    • It could be that the Shredder is too stubborn to listen to Bradford and Xever, the same way he was too stubborn to listen to Karai about the Kraang at first.
  • I found this on TurtlePedia. Is that canon!?
    • No. The TMNT Wiki does not take itself seriously 100% of the time and has allowed fan art. The file name of the picture indicates that it originated from Tumblr, and Tumblr does have a weird fad of taking pictures and adding bizarre text to them.
  • So, parasitic wasp. (The one Donnie looked up) Is that a real thing? That there's actually a species of wasp that can brainwash other bugs with a sting?
    • This is an odd case of reality being weirder than fiction. There's a real wasp that lays its eggs inside other insects while also transmitting a virus that weakens the host's immune system and alters its cells to make it more egg-friendly. Pretty similar to the episode, except for the "inside the host" part, which a) would be less child-friendly and b) fatal to poor Leonardo when the eggs hatched, as happened in the episode. Also, there do exist parasites that alter the behavior of their hosts in ways that promote the parasite being spread.
      • No, I still find that more believable than mind-control.
      • Don't think of it as "mind control", think of it as "manipulating biological triggers to influence the subject's behavior". Which, again, happens in nature more often than is pleasant to think about.
  • I get how Donnie hooked up a camera and saw to the roach, but how was he controlling the roach's actual movements?
  • What was the point in hiding a naginata blade in Donnie's bo staff? Unlike Mikey, he has yet to make good use of it since the staff usually gets broken anyway.
    • Just because he hasn't used it yet doesn't mean he never will.
    • He's started putting it to better use in season 2.
  • In the Season Finale, why would the turtles have Metalhead shoot up all the Kraang in the lobby, if they were just going to sneak through the roof?
    • Distraction probably. Make a loud entrance at the bottom while sneaking in through the top
  • In the Season 1 finale, Splinter's flashback shows that he was partially stuck under debris and trapped by fire while Shredder escaped, so how is it that Shredder's the one who got his face burned?
    • The building was completely engulfed by that point, so it's probable that Shredder was burned prior to Splinter getting trapped. Besides, we only know that Splinter's face was unburnt. The rest of him might have been a mess.
  • Leo is the primary driver for the Shellraiser, Raph mans the weapons and is primary driver for the Shell Bike, and Mikey is the navigator, so what job does that leave for Donnie?
    • Science Officer, obviously.
      • More specifically, he does everything the other turtles don't. Whether that's tracking something on a scanner or fixing anything broken.
  • How can Slash fight so well and be so agile? He was just mutated earlier in the day and never received any formal training. I mean, it's possible Raph showed him some stuff but if that's the case then he's downright scary for a novice. I can understand him having an advantage because he's bigger and stronger but if that's all it takes shouldn't Dogpound have wiped the floor with The Turtles every time?
    • I was re-watching this episode the other day and he mentions that he watched Raph and learned from him.
      • Mythology Gag, anyone?
      • Slash snuck up on the turtles instead of engaging them in direct combat, at least for 2 of them and unlike Dogpound, Slash has more knowledge about Raph's fighting style. His impressive speed (by turtle standards) could be the closest he has to a mutant super power.
      • See, the difference here is that in the original version, Splinter didn't just watch Yoshi train, he mimicked him. There's a difference.
      • This. Watching kung-fu movies does not make you competent in martial arts. You need to develop muscle memory by constantly practicing the movements. Spike was shown just a mostly lethargic regular turtle (or tortoise? I could swear he was supposed to be a tortoise but they kept calling him a turtle after his mutation). You could chalk it up to the mutagen giving him some Matrix-style I Know Kung-Fu muscle memory I suppose.
    • How did Slash mutate into a humanoid turtle when he never touched a human?
      • While mutagen has shown to be at least a little random the best guess here is that humanoid turtles qualify more as humanoid and less as turtle for the purpose of what mutation you will get.
      • It isn't too unlikely to assume that April or even Timothy (who I could totally see Spike biting) touched him at some point.
  • In one episode, Don is barely able to fight the Krang because his only weapon is a "stick". I see two problems with this: 1, he's never had a problem in any other episodes (except the first, but those were special circumstances) and 2, the staff is also a naginata, so it has a blade! So,what ?
    • I assumed after breaking his bo several times and the whole Metalhead thing blowing up in his face, he decided to reinforce his bo with something to make it sturdier, or decided to use a different, sturdier wood.
  • The show is really inconsistent with whether or not Metalhead is self-aware. It both his debut episode and the Squirrelnoid episode, he's just remote-controlled. But in Booyaka-showdown, he operates both attacking TCRI and during the Dance Party Ending, both of which Donnie was was to busy to be operating the control (and, when we see him, he wasn't) Then in the Mutagen Man episode he actually talks to Donnie in an R2-D2 way. Now I'm hearing about an upcoming episode where Donnie upgrades him to be self-aware, suggesting he wasn't before. What?
    • None of that suggests that Metalhead is self-aware. Attacking TCRI could be a program similar to the one running the robot foot soldiers as could dancing. Why Donny would make a dancing robot remains unknown but that wouldn't really be that far out of character for this Donny. It's been a while since I've seen Mutagen man but R2-D2 doesn't speak at least not in a language that humans can understand so it may have been Donny talking to his 'cat' so to speak.
    • Presumably Don gave Metalhead a limited AI so that it wouldn't be helpless if the control signal was lost again while still leaving himself the ability to take direct control. The minor actions Metalhead has performed autonomously could be simple programs like 'fight', 'dance', 'aid in lab work', and 'respond to comments'.
  • Did they just forget about all the mutagen canisters scattered throughout the city?
    • That plotline has only been dropped for about 2 episodes. I'm sure they'll be back on-track soon enough.
    • One of the preview clips for the episode "Mazes and Mutants" actually has Splinter remind the Turtles that they still need to recover all of the lost mutagen canisters.
    • There doesn't have to be an adventure connected with every single mutagen canister. A lot of them could have been gathered offscreen without any fuss.
  • Why is the show kind of inconsistent with how serious the events are sometimes? For example, the end of The Kraang Conspiracy, April discovers she's a human/kraang mutant hybrid and she's disoriented by the news, and the next episode, April acts as though it never happened.
    • It comes from trying to balance comedic and serious episodes while maintaining an overarching narrative. If several days have passed between episodes then we can assume April has worked through the shock of The Reveal and is now trying to get back to an ordinary life and not thinking about it much.
    • The following Episode was the "Fungus Humongus" and April got dosed before the opening theme played. Apparently she's more afraid of her father returning to eat her than she is about being half alien but that's all we know so far.
  • Why was the Ice Cream Kitty docile and affectionate unlike the other season 2 mutants (Kirby, the Squirrelanoids, and Slash)?
    • Kirby was still somewhat Affectionate, albeit in a bat-like way, Slash is a Flanderized version of Ralph, who he idolized, and the Squirelanoids are the Squirelanoids.
      • Squirrels are always evil, the Squirrelanoids just have a form that makes it harder to conceal.

  • Why is Razar so much less dangerous than Dogpound or Bradford? Bradford the turtles defeated precisely once and it was a two on one scenario and that was after several fights. Dogpound seemed to be a handful for any single turtle but not the same threat as Bradford and Razar. . .why upgrade him to a more dangerous form if he's going to be at best the same threat and seemingly much less of a threat?
    • He's only been in a few episodes so far, and was kicking Mikey around pretty well in his debut. Splinter is consistenly shown to be waaaay out of everyone's league but Shredder. But all the villians seem to have fighting prowess as the plot demands anyway, so it'll probably remain inconsistent.
    • Story-wise, he didn't upgrade on purpose, so it wasn't like he was trying to get a better form. If you're asking from a meta standpoint, becuase it's another toy they can sell, of course.
  • Will we ever get a background on how Casey learned to fight? I was assuming he was just a tough street fighter in general (and probably got in a lot of hockey fights), but he has some MOVES. Seems like he received some sort of formal martial arts training.
  • As I mentioned above, wasn't Spike/Slash supposed to be a tortoise? I could swear one of the early episodes specifically called him this (and although it can be hard to tell with the art style, he looks more like one than a turtle to boot), but he's consistently called a turle in Hack and Slash. Mikey/Raph I could get misidentifying, but that's the kind of thing scientific inaccuracy Donny constantly points out.
  • So how did Tigerclaw get mutated? It seems he's he's been a tiger for quite a while, long enough to get in a fight and lose his tail. Did Shredder mutate him and he got in the fight that cost him his tail all during Shredder's trip to Japan? Or was he an earlier Kraang experiment?
    • It's hard to make out, but early in the episode, Fishface mentions that Tiger Claw was mutated by the Kraang when he was a child.
  • How has nobody mentioned Mikey's kusarigama? I get the naginata in Donnie's Bo staff, and a couple times you can see Mikey press some kind of trigger mechanism and the blade pops out, but it doesn't explain where that insanely long chain is coming from, or the weight on the end of it. Does he hide inside his shell or something?
    • I assume his chuks are hollowed out and they roll up into them. The math on that much chain being able to fit into them along with the blade probably doesn't add up, but sometimes you should Really Just Relax when it comes to cartoon physics.
  • At the end of "Metalhead Rewired", how could Metalhead's head have landed with the Turtles, when he exploded AFTER the portal closed?
  • Why does Stockman refer to Bradford using Mikey's nickname (Dogpound) but addresses Xever by his human name?
    • It may be an intentional slight. Dogpound is meaner to him than Xever is. I can't recall 100%, but I think Xever only ever threatens him if he has something to gain, whereas Bradford is a jerk just because he's a jerk. Plus, Xever is more Ax-Crazy than Bradford is.
  • Does Malachi the Sparrow Wizard have the ability to read minds? The episode suggests that he created the illusion and he hinted at the dragon prior to Leatherheads appearance. However there is no way he's ever seen Leatherhead so he had to pull that from the turtles themselves.
  • Are the turtles not at all concerned that Malachi knows where the lair is?
    • Well, it's made pretty clear that Malachi is not a bad mutant. In fact, he has a good heart, leaving the turtles hints on how to get through the game and stuff like that. Besides, he never really meant to hurt them in the first place. He was just a lonely kid wanting to play a game. So all in all there is not really any reason why they should be concerned about him knowing where their hideout is. He surely wouldn't go around telling everyone he encounters. Sure, there's no guarantee if the Kraang would capture and torture him for the information but I'd guess the turtles and creators didn't thought about it that much.
  • Why didn't they recruit Malachi? He's a mutant who presumably has no home to return to. It's a security risk because he knows the location of the lair, is incredibly powerful (the amount of time it would take Razar, Karai and Fishface to realize they are fighting fake ninja turtles is at least twice as long as it would take real, presumably invisible, ninja turtles to beat them into submission and his mutant power also means he's effectively a walking training simulator. Sure they need to get him off fantasy setting DND and instead get him hooked on that Voltron Expy they watch complete with monster of the week but he's entirely too valuable to the turtles and too dangerous to have wandering about unchecked (the Foot know they live in the sewers, even if they aren't actively searching constantly presumably they'd violently question any mutant they found wandering the sewers.)
    • You'd think that they would take him in just to keep him safe. He seemed like a pretty naive dude, even if he was really powerful, and they should all remember what happened the last time that they let a non-combatant jump into the world of mutants and monsters.
  • Why did it take until season 2 for Donnie to come up with the idea of a retro-mutagen when there were plenty of mutants who should've been turned back in season 1? Dr. Rockwell, an innocent scientist mutated into a psychic monkey, Bradford and Xever became more dangerous as Dogpound and Fishface, Snakeweed and Spider Bytez would've also been less dangerous as humans, and while not necessary he could've used retro mutagen to allow Splinter to relive life as a human again, (if only temporary, like the first cartoon). Granted, he did vow to turn Pulverizer back to normal, but no mention of retro-mutagen was made yet.
    • Ignoring that Bradford and Xever have better track records than Dogpound and Fishface it simply wasn't a priority for the Turtles until the mutant problem started getting out of hand and Timothy and Mr. O'neal were mutated. It's also possible Donnie quickly considered the risk/reward ratio and for all the good retro-mutagen can do for humans mutated it would essentially kill the Turtles. They aren't humans turned into hideous freaks. They are pet store turtles turned very nearly human.
  • How did Baxter know the Turtles had retromutagen with them? Even when he was listening, they never said what it was.
    • Also, Accidental Misnaming aside, how was Raph able to identify the mutant fly as Stockman?
      • Not that it carried through for most of the audience but the implication was that he still spoke like Stockman. Raph recognizes him immediately after he started getting frustrated with the turtles.
      • Stockman was still dressed in his signature outfit. Also, they last saw him tooling around with mutagen. So seeing a mutant dressed like Stockman has an obvious answer, and it isn't that someone stole Stockman's clothes.
  • They claimed the canister only contained enough retromutagen for one mutant, yet only one drop of it was able to turn Kirby back. If just one drop of the retromutagen could do the job, there should have been enough of it in the canister for everybody who was fighting over it.
    • Donatello is intelligent not omniscient. For reasons that are largely contrived for the plot he grossly under estimated how potent the mutagen would be. Either that or for some reason it was abnormally effective for Mr. O'Neal. There currently doesn't seem to be any reason to think that April's human DNA didn't come from Kirby. Perhaps they share some things we don't even know about yet.
      • It was their first time using the retro-mutagen, so Donnie probably didn't know that one drop would've been enough.
  • So right now I'm rewatching the entire series and just got to the episode "Slash and Destroy". It's a minor thing but I noticed something in the beginning that bugs me. Back in "Parasitica", in order to get Leo's attention when he was under the control of the wasp Mikey ruined one of his comic books. The episode ends with Leo getting very angry with his little brother and attacking him. So now in "Slash and Destroy" Mikey once again knows no boundaries and ruins one of Raph's magazines. But this time Leo surprisingly takes Mikey's side telling Raph to calm down and that, just like Splinter told him, material possessions are fleeting and not that important. So... where does that suddenly come from?
    • That was very intentional I thought. It was showing Leo had matured since then.
  • Why didn't Mikey get zombified when he ate Pizza Face's pizza?
    • Depending whether you believe It Was All Just A Dream or not, you can chalk it up to some kind of Dream Immunity (after all, dreams don't have to be logical or consistent), or if you believe the stinger is real and all shown actually happened, Mikey does make a point to mention his "iron stomach" which apparently makes him immune. Or perhaps it will become a plot point later if Pizzaface returns.
    • All he ate was pizza face and his pizza-breath, not the pizzas intended to be used as a form of mind control........or something like that. Whole story barely made sense anyway.
  • Regarding the newest episode "Pizza Face": Sorry if this is a redundant question but was it actually All Just a Dream or wasn't it? First time I watched the episode I immediately thought everything was real because at the end we see the last slice left of Pizza Face laughing and even outright stating that it was clearly not a dream. However, in quite a few forums I saw people claiming it to be really just a dream and to have never happened. So... why would they think that? Or am I overseeing something? Was this confusion probably done intentionally?
    • It's meant to be ambiguous. The episode is overly silly by it's normal standards, so I would lean towards it being a dream. We never know if Mikey "saw" the opening with April and Irma with the pizza driver (or the other scenes he's not in), so that does leave it open. Possibly the writers meant it as a dream episode so they could get really over the top, but left the ambiguity at the end in case they wanted to revisit Pizzaface in the future.
  • Are the Kraang and Foot still working together? The fact that the Foot didn't know about the earthquakes caused by the Kraathatragons and Donnie's speculation about Shredder hunting the Kraang in Newtralized hints that their partnership is over.
    • I get the feeling that they still have an informal noninterference guarantee going between the two since we haven't seen the foot and the kraang fight yet, but after Chrome Dome turned on them, and Shredder didn't want to work with them after the loss of their mutagen containers, I don't think they're formally working together like they were in the season finale anymore.
  • Why did Tigerclaw retreat after he defeated Karai? You'd think he'd continue his attack on the turtles what with mikey down and his revenge close at hand, so why did he leave?
    • His priority changed when Karai turned on him. He felt it was more important to bring the traitor back to his master than continue a battle he may not win at that point.
  • It's just a visual gag I know (and possibly just a dream sequence anyway), but what the hell was with that pizza Mikey made in Pizzaface? There was a tin can and a dead rat in it. Beyond being disgusting and inedible, isn't that kind of creepy to eat one of your father's cousins?
  • So what exactly about Splinter showing Karai the pictures of her mother and her as a baby make her finally convinced? Had she seen a picture of her mother before? If so, that would make sense but I don't think that was established, unless I'm forgetting something. Otherwise it's just a picture of a random Japanese family as far as she would be concerned, given that despite overhearing the Turtles talk amongst themselves about her parentage, she still thought they were lying? And if she was having doubts about whether or not it was true, why so trigger happy with the tracking device? Why not wait to see what Splinter had to say before activating it?
    • She has another copy of that same picture, but it's ripped in half so it only shows Tang Shen. She was looking at it at the beginning of the episode. She had just never seen a complete version of that picture before.
      • Ah, thanks. I must have missed that.
  • In Cockroach Terminator, After the Roach is liquidified, there is a an egg With a mutant embryo in it. This would imply that, Don, in all his intellegence, either A) failed to notice the cockroach he was using was pregnant, which seems to be a massive oversight, or B) knew that the roach was pregnant and he just didn't care, which seems very much out of line with his characterization. Either way, what the hell, Donny?
  • How did the turtles not know what pizza was? Not eating pizza before is understandable since they've been living in the sewers for 15 years, but they had to have seen a pizza commercial on tv or something. This is especially jarring considering they know what cake is.
  • Do those smoke bomb eggs allow the turtles to teleport? In their first appearance it seemed to be a joke that Mikey was just moving that fast when you couldn't see him but in later episodes we've seen them evade enemies who had them surrounded with no place to go that wouldn't involve leaving the smoke and in Legend of the Kuro Kabuto the turtles were pinned beneath a billboard unable to move. One smoke bomb egg later and they either magically teleported to safety, teleported Fishface and Stockman away or Fishface and Stockman got bored of standing literally on the Turtles chests and wandered off.
    • It's supposed to be cover to move. They've shown Mikey try to use it and running into something early on. It's just become an easy dues ex machina to get them out of tight spots, but it's not supposed to have actual teleportation powers.
  • Maybe I've missed something, but I don't really understand why Karai can seemingly switch between her mutant and her human form. Is that some kind of snake thing or what?
    • Baxter accidentally spills something into the container that he later poured into the mutagen.
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