Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 3 E 14 The Darkness Within

The Turtles and Angel venture into a spooky house to track down Angel's missing brother.


This episode provides examples of

  • Actually, I Am Him: The caretaker reveals that he is C.F. Volpehart after the Turtles defeat the monster
  • All Just a Dream: Leo realizing this allows him to break free.
  • And I Must Scream: Basically what C.F. Volpehart's life became. He eventually reformed and wanted to kill the monster, but he had spent too long under its grasp, so he was helpless to act. Being immortal, this suffering persisted until the Turtles won.
  • Body Horror: In Mikey's nightmare, Leo has tentacles where one of his arms should be.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Appropriately so.
  • Deal with the Devil: How C.F. Volpehart gained his wealth
  • Eldritch Abomination: The monster: Indeed, if one pays close attention, it looks almost exactly like Cthulhu, some people also guess that the thing is Cthulhu.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Mikey's worst fear is betrayal.
  • Flashback: Showing how the monster came to Earth and how Volpehart became its servant.
  • Foreshadowing: The caretaker saying he's seen stranger things than the Turtles.
  • Ignored Expert: The caretaker constantly warns people to stay away, and they never listen to him.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Indian warrior. Also, Leo in the end.
  • Mythology Gag: Raph being in the Shredder's armor is a nod to a plot-point in Image's third volume series.
  • No Immortal Inertia: What happens to C.F. once the monster is killed
  • Noble Savage: The monster can tempt the greedy, but its meteor crashed near a Native American tribe that could not be swayed and who set about building a weapon to kill it.
  • Oh Crap!: Defied. Much to Donny's surprise, the caretaker isn't the slightest bit surprised to see four giant, talking turtles because he's seen far stranger.
  • Police Are Useless: Angel tried getting help from the police but they refused to look her brother because they needed to use the resources to rebuilt after the Triceraton invasion.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Everyone under the monster's influence and the manifestations it creates.
  • Significant Anagram: C.F. Volpehart/ H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Spanner in the Works: The native warrior was ready to slay the monster, but then C.F. Volpehart arrived.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The monster survived and successfully tempts a businessman into being his servant.
  • Wham Line: "My name is C.F. Volpehart."
  • What You Are in the Dark: During the climax, the others are knocked out, so Leo is forced to face the monster alone. Saying Leo can't win, the monster offers him anything he desires if he becomes his servant. Leo is briefly tempted, but he breaks free and strikes the monster with the spear.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: After the Turtles are captured, they are forced to endure their worst nightmares.
    • Leo both failing to save Splinter's life and being denounced by him as a disappointment.
    • Donny failing to save Angel from falling to her death.
    • Raph being just like the Shredder.
    • Mikey basically being trapped in a monster movie—facing a version of Leo that took the monster's offer and underwent Body Horror.

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