YMMV: Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation

  • Anvilicious: A couple of episodes offhandedly talked about the dangers of drugs and protecting endangered animals(especially turtles).
  • Author's Saving Throw: Later on in the series in the episode "Enemy of my Enemy" Shredder makes a comeback and later on in the episode its implied he will become a major villain again with the golden shuriken. This episode was most likely made as an apology for how Shredder suffered Villain Decay early in the series. (Granted he doesn't actually come back but still.)
  • Base Breaker: Venus. She is an Ensemble Darkhorse to some fans, but The Scrappy to others.
  • Creator's Pet: Venus. Unless that creator's name is Peter Laird.
  • Ear Worm: As brief as it is, the theme song is pretty catchy.
  • Ham and Cheese: Scott McNeil as Bonesteel.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Unchain My Heart, Part 2," Raphael remarks that vampires are a human problem, saying vampires don't bite turtles. Several years later, a storyline in Mirage's fourth volume (written by Laird himself, ironically enough) saw Raph bitten by vampire-like creatures and adversely affected.
    • The crossover with Power Rangers as the show was aired on FOX Kids when it started. 15 years later, both series would once again end up on the same network. This time on Nickelodeon.
  • Ho Yay: Leo and Raph still bicker and fight like they used to. Only now they aren't related because someone thought it would be a good idea for possible romance with Venus... Ooops.
  • Memetic Mutation: Warning people not to mention this to Peter Laird seems to be a minor meme.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The goofy sound effects can get more than a little grating after a while.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Venus for April, since the latter never appeared.
    • The Dragonlord to Shredder.
  • Special Effects Failure: The animatronics are better then the attempt in the third movie, but Jim Henson's costumes they ain't. Very noticeable during the Power Rangers in Space crossover
  • So Bad, It's Good: As terrible as this incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is, it still has its share of fans.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Venus, in a way. The idea of a female turtle is an interesting concept and, if done right, she could've been a decent character on her own and possibly a Canon Immigrant. Instead, she was written a Canon Sue as mentioned above as well as reaching Black Hole Sue-levels to the point where one episode (Ironically-titled "Who Needs Her") outright stated that the Turtles needed her more than she needed them. Not to mention that the reason why the four turtles were Not Blood Siblings in this series was for the sake of a possible romance with her. Basically Positive Discrimination gone horribly wrong.
    • Another aspect is her focus on the more mystical aspects of ninjutsu could have balanced her with the other four (as each turtle has their own fighting style and weapon) if done well, but instead make her a Canon Sue due to being overpowered.
  • Villain Decay: Dragon Lord and Rank. Dragon Lord mostly because in the Five-Episode Pilot he almost kills Splinter and it takes all the turtles the take him down. Later on he’s defeated by itching powder…