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Irrilia finds the perfect gift for her grandfather with a little help from her dad and uncles.

An Ideal Gift is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) One-Shot Fic by Pheonix500 that can be read on Fanfiction Dot Net here, Archive of Our Own here and DeviantArt here.


Tropes in this fic include:

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the series, the Hamato clan subsisted on worms and algae before they went to the surface and discovered human food. Here, it is revealed that they farmed the algae using a sunlamp Donnie built to cultivate it. When they stopped eating algae, they kept the lamps in storage until Michelangelo took up gardening.
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  • Crazy-Prepared: Mikey forsaw that Irrilia would grow impatient with the tea leaves they had just harvested and switched the bowl with a bowl of leaves that had already been prepared.
    Michelangelo: Because mah ninja skillz is awesome-sauce!
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Mikey has taken to calling Irrilia "Rilly." While Irrilia doesn't seem to mind, her father does.
    Raphael: Don't call her Rilly.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Donatello claims that while the four-year old Irrilia is usually adorable, she can be "crazy-scary" when angered, a trait he insinuates she got from Raphael.
    Raphael: Trust me, my temper's got nothin' on hers.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: The premise of the fanfic is centered around Irrilia, a popular fanmade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) character created by Myrling.
  • Rule of Cute: While Donnie thinks that the mug Irrilia gets Splinter would make a better knick-knack than a usable cup, Raphael points out that she'll expect him to actually use it.
    Donatello: That doesn't seem reasonable...
    Raphael: She's four. She's not supposed to be reasonable. She's supposed to be cute.
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