Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 1 E 12 The Unconvincing Turtle Titan

Following their victory against the Shredder, Michelangelo yearns to use his fighting abilities to help others in the city, leading him to create his alter ego: Turtle Titan. While attempting to team-up with his superhero inspiration, Silver Sentry, Mikey must battle his hero's arch-nemesis, Dr. Malignus.

First appearance of Silver Sentry

This episode provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: The first episode to focus on one turtle, in this case, Michelangelo.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Anyone under Dr. Malignus' insect-like devices.
  • Breather Episode: Between the Turtles' very first battle against the Shredder and a three-part episode revolving around the origin of the Turtles' lair.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The flipping technique Splinter makes the turtles go through (and Mikey ignores for the sake of creating his superhero gimmick) comes in handy during the climax.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Michelangelo.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Mikey laments that he and his brothers never get the credit for their actions.
  • Expy: Silver Sentry is an African American Superman.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Silver Sentry comes to respect Mikey as a hero.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Turtle Titan and Silver Sentry, though the latter is being mind-controlled.
  • Pet the Dog: Silver Sentry thanking the Turtle Titan on live TV for all his help.
  • Superhero Episode: The first of many throughout the series.
  • Take That!: Mikey's grappling hook difficulties were probably a joke on how '87 Mikey lost the nunchucks in favor of the hook after they were deemed to 'violent'. Possibly a Take That, Us.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: The title of this episode: "The Unconvincing Turtle Titan".
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Deconstructed. In trying to act like a superhero, Mikey treats his adventure as that kind of story and endures a lot of hassles because of it. It's only when he embraces his ninja training that he wins the day.
  • You Watch Too Much X: When Mikey suggests the Turtles should become superheroes, Leo replies:
    Leo: Reading way too many comic books, Mikey.