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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 3 E 4 The Croaking

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After trashing the farmhouse yet again, Mikey is castigated by the others (sans April) and told to clean up his mess, with Raphael calling him a big screw-up. Finally fed up with his brothers' treatment, Mikey decides to run away. Out in the woods, he stumbles across a mutant frog who, after a brief fight, introduces himself as Napoleon Bonafrog. The two hit is off rather well, and Napoleon decides to show Mikey where he and his tribe live. After being introduced to the tribe's leaders, a series of misunderstandings lead the frogs to believe that the other turtles are being held hostage by humans, and so they launch a rescue mission. A few fights later, and April and Casey rescue the tribes leader from a fire, leading to him calling a truce and the frogs leaving the woods for Louisiana.

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  • Actor Allusion: Played for all its worth with Napoleon, voiced by Jon Heder, the frog has the same manner of speech, catchphrases, personality and, of course, first name as Napoleon Dynamite, and a strong physical resemblance to boot.
  • Adaptational Badass: While the 80's Punk Frogs only had 4 members, this version has enough mutant frogs to make up an army.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: In the 80s series, The Shredder named the Punk Frogs after historical figures he looked up to. There's not really any given reason the Frogs are named after infamous historical figures in this incarnation.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Napoleon aside, the frogs were planning on waging war against the human race.
  • Adipose Rex: Attila, while not explicitly a king has a design evocative of this, complete with a crown made of twigs.
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  • Berserk Button: According to the news article, the Punk Frogs get really pissed if you mistake them for toads.
  • Bindle Stick: This classic trope appears when Mikey runs away from home with one.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The core four Punk Frogs, like the Turtles of this series, have their own distinct appearances now, bearing somewhat closer resemblance to the figures they're based upon, sans Napoleon, who is still distinct, but bears resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite.
  • Dramatic Irony: The news article quotes some people who argue that humans have nothing to fear from the frogs, because they only eat flies. Others argue that they're a danger because there's no such thing as human sized flies. Baxter Stockman might disagree with that.
  • Expy: This version of Napoleon Bonafrog is an amphibian version of Napoleon Dynamite. Same actor, same personality.
    • The other frog leaders are named for Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Rasputin, with the personalities to match.
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    • Although Attila is given Marlon Brando's voice.
  • Fantastic Racism: Beyond the frogs-vs-humans thing, Rasputin doesn't trust turtles.
  • Food Slap: When Raph gets ready to chew out Ice Cream Kitty for participating in Mikey's shenanigans, she cuts him off by flinging some of her own body on him.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The news article on the frogs has several fully written paragraphs that aren't read out loud.
    • In that same shot, there are three sketches of the Punk Frogs. One looks like the Bay-Turtle version of Mikey.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: While there's no actual smoke seen coming from it, Attilla is constantly puffing on a hookah, an early indicator that he's a villain.
  • Green Aesop: Played With. Attila the Frog uses mankind's urbanization, and destruction of their swamps, as justification to declare war on humanity.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The frogs as a whole, after seeing April and Casey save their leaders.
  • Mythology Gag: One of the pictures on the article Donnie pulls up looks like Mikey from the 2014 movie.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Well, they are frogs.
  • Put Their Heads Together: A unique long range version, two frogs trap Raph's arms with their tongues, and he yanks them to slam their heads together.
  • Squick: The other turtles' reaction upon seeing Mikey eat flies.
  • The Titling: Used for the episode's title.
  • Villain of the Week: The fourth one this season.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Leo, Donnie, Raph, and Casey call out Mikey after he trashes the house again. Later, April calls them out for what they did, especially Raph.
  • Your Mom: When Rasputin tells Napoleon that Mikey is a traitor, Napoleon shoots back "Your mom is a traitor!"
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