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  • Haré+Guu in one of the un-animated manga chapters, the protagonist are visiting a city and hear of superheroes. Hare imagines a group of superheroes identical to the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles.
  • Log Horizon: Leonardo is an In-Universe fanboy of the character of the same name, and thus is cosplaying as him. Several other characters also recognise Leonardo's costume as a reference to the show. As bonus points, Leonardo (the cosplayer) is a New Yorker who plays as an Assassin (a.k.a. Ninja), and wields twin swords. That said, as a case of Writing Around Trademarks, his costume resembles a Frog Ninja instead of a turtle, and nobody ever refers to TMNT by name.

Comic Books

  • When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comics were still in print, the Turtles made a cameo in issue #10 of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). During Sonic's trek through the sewers, the Turtles can be seen in the background, commenting that they're in the wrong comic book.
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  • Robin: When Tim goes to visit Ives after realizing that Ives has cancer, there is a knockoff Ninja Turtle figurine displayed prominently amongst the figurines on the shelf above his desk.

Film - Animated

Film - Live-Action

  • Jingle All the Way: There is a scene near the end of the film with a large parade of famous cartoon characters and mascots. Leonardo can be seen marching in the parade in a few shots.
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  • The Muppets: This exchange occurs between Kermit and Rico Rodriguez:
    Rico Rodriguez: Are you one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
    Kermit: Yyyyyes I am!
  • Ready Player One: The 2014 movie incarnations of them appear in the final battle.

Puppet Shows

  • Dinosaurs: Robbie has a poster of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Cavemen in his bedroom.note 

Video Games

  • Borderlands 2 had a sidequest where you're sent to kill a group of Rats (mutated bandits) named Lee, Ralph, Dan, Mick, and Flinter. To enter their lair, you need to bring them a pizza, and when they see you, one of them says "What the hell, you're not June!"
  • In the Dennis the Menace Licensed Game for the SNES, ninja turtles serve as enemies in the Sewer levels.
  • Disco Zoo: The Mythical animal in the city is a "sewer turtle" wearing ninja gear.
  • Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder: When certain enemies, such as the Bad Brothers and even Death Adder himself are killed, the game plays the voice clip of Raphael yelling "DAMN!" as he chases after Casey Jones in the 1990 live-action film.
  • Paper Mario: The Koopa Bros. are clear parodies of the Ninja Turtles, right down to being color-coded, bandana-wearing... well, ninja turtles.
  • In Sonic Adventure, Dr. Eggman's E-100 series of robots have the same color scheme as the turtles' signature headbands; Red (E-102 Gamma and Raphael), Blue (E-103 Delta and Leonardo), Orange (E-104 Epsilon and Michelangelo) and Purple (E-105 Zeta and Donatello).
  • In Streets of Rage 4, graffiti art of a rat with four color-coded turtles (red (behind the box), orange, blue, and purple) appears in the game's sewer stage.
  • In Them's Fightin' Herds, four of the pixel cosmetics are recolored eye masks based on the ones worn by the ninja turtles, which also reference the artists they're named after; "Vinci" (Blue/Leonardo), "Buonarroti" (Orange/Michelangelo), "Betto Bardi" (Purple/Donetello) and "Urbino" (Red/Rapheal). Each one of their descriptions shout out the franchise or particular turtle in some way, as well.

Web Animation

  • Dorkly Bits:
    • In "TMNT Argue over Pizza", Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael all argue over who should eat the pizza to restore their health. Michelangelo (who is at full health) takes the pizza in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the argument.
    • "NES Ninja Turtles Theme Song" is a song set to the tune of the theme song of the 1987 series that rants about how bad the 1989 video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System is.
    • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Elevator Troubles" involves a man named David Crussman interfering with the Turtles' Elevator Action Sequence against the Foot Clan, including holding the door open for the Foot Clan Soldiers, and eating the Turtles' pizza.
    • In "TMNT Child Protective Services", a man named Jerry Clien comes to the sewers to interview Splinter over the custody of the Ninja Turtles.
    • "Teenage Teenage Teenage Turtles" depicts Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo as stereotypical teenagers. Leonardo is caught "making turtle soup" in the restroom, Michelangelo is more interested in his phone than pizza, and Splinter introduces the turtles to Linda, his online date.
    • In "If Videogames Had Impossible Mode", Leonardo travels to Hollywood in the year 2014 A.D., where Michael Bay turns him into his 2014 movie counterpart, much to his horror.
    • In "Why Videogame Minions Switching Places Would Be Pure Chaos", Leonardo and Michelangelo come across a pair of Koopa Troopas, and decide against fighting their own kind.

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Western Animation

  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: There is an episode titled "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas". In addition, Big Mouth says "I love being a koopa!"
  • Animaniacs: The short "Hooked On a Ceiling", opens with a narrator talking about Michelangelo, and parodies of the Ninja Turtles appear, leading him to remind the viewers that Michelangelo was not a turtle. In addition, Rob Paulsen voices one of the turtles.
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: In "Attack of the Killer...Pimentoes", the pizza delivery men say "We don't serve to turtles, no sewer deliveries."
  • The Casagrandes: In "Fast Feud", the mock ice cream bars that the vendor that Jim Sparkletooth exposed was selling looked very similar to the Ninja Turtles, complete with varying colored bands like the Turtles' signature colors.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In "Channel Chasers", one of the channels Timmy and Vicky go to is showing the end credits for Adolescent Genetically-Altered Karate Cows.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Deep Throats", the 1987 theme song is heard while Mayor West watches TV.
    • In "Hot Pocket-Dial", Chris comes out of hernia surgery after lifting up manhole covers thinking that the Ninja Turtles live in the sewers, then he mistakes a construction worker for Donatello.
  • Garfield and Friends:
  • King of the Hill:
    • In at least a couple of episodes, Bobby wears Ninja Turtles pajamas.
    • In "Hilloween", an old photo shows Bobby is dressed as Raphael.
  • MAD:
    • "TMNTMZTV" is a crossover between the 1987 series and TMZ, where Shredder and the Foot Soldiers annoyed the famous celebrities, the Ninja Turtles.
    • "I Hate My Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is a crossover between the 1987 series and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, where the Ninja Turtles appear trying to protect their "mother" from a date with Shredder.
    • "Sanjay and Kraang" is a crossover between the 1987 series and Sanjay and Craig, where Sanjay adopts the evil alien brain Kraang instead of the titular snake.
  • Mike, Lu & Og: In "Roller Madness", Lancelot skates through a jungle brush and ends up with a leaf over his eyes and some bamboo in his mouth, making him look like a Ninja Turtle.
  • Muppet Babies (1984):
    • In "It's Only Pretendo", when Baby Piggy dons a ninja outfit to play Donkey Kong, she dubs herself a "Baby Mutant Ninja Piggy".
    • "Sing a Song of Superheroes" featured Baby Kermit, Baby Fozzie, Baby Animal, Baby Bean, and Baby Rowlf as the Ninja Turtles.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "S&M Present" features Joey Fatone getting trained by the Turtles from the first three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
    • A sketch from "Rodiggiti" depicts the turtles as the "Senior Mutant Ninja Turtles" in a retirement home, doing such things as playing bingo, eating prune pizza, and wearing adult diapers.
    • A sketch from "Moesha Poppins" features Venus DeMilo from Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation drowning herself in a toilet after she was kicked out of the Ninja Turtles.
    • A sketch from "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War" features Michelangelo spinning on his turtle shell, but has fallen on his back and can't get up. In a later sketch in that episode, his skeleton is shown.
    • A sketch from "Butchered in Burbank" claims Street Sharks to be completely different from the Ninja Turtles.
    • A sketch from "Secret of the Booze" features Muckman looking after April while the Turtles fight Shredder, only for him to make a bad impression on her by farting, and then denying that he did it, blaming it on Krang. It is later revealed that Krang was hiding from April and Muckman, and he really did fart.
    • A sketch from "Super Guitario Center" has Splinter embarrass the turtles by eating a rotten apple from a nearby trash can. Another sketch from the same episode has Shredder and April O'Neil fall in love with each other a la Romeo and Juliet.
    • A sketch from "Fridge Smell" features Splinter teaching sex education to the Turtles. Donatello later creates a robot of April O'Neil when Splinter denies the turtles the chance to have sex with the real April.
    • A sketch from "Hopefully Salt" has Donatello create a tank that fires pizzas. It's surprisingly effective against Shredder, even going as far as to make a news report.
    • A sketch from "Secret of the Flushed Footlong" features Krang on a blind date with a girl named Courtney.
    • A sketch from "Your Mouth Is Hanging off Your Face" has Michelangelo exposing himself to the pizza delivery guy.
    • A sketch from "Ginger Hill in: Bursting Pipes" has Shredder killing the turtles with plastic straws.
  • Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?: In "The New York Underground", during the Scooby-Dooby Doors scene set in the sewers, the Gator Man Monster is seen running away from Mystery Inc. and Halsey, who are all wearing red ninja headbands. Scooby, Halsey, Velma, and Fred are wielding a nunchaku, a pair of katana, a pair of sai, and a respectively, while Shaggy uses a skateboard and is eating a slice of pizza.
  • The Simpsons:
    • One episode of the series was entitled "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles".
    • In "Now Museum, Not You Don't, Lisa comes across two pages of a book titled Illustrated History of Western Art; on the left is Leonardo da Vinci, and on the right is "Leonardo da Ninji".
  • Teen Titans Go!: The "Turtle Dudes" are parodies of the Ninja Turtles.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the short Slugfest, from the episode "Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool", Plucky's favorite TV show is revealed to be "Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs", featuring four slugs named Picasso, Warhol, Rockwell, and Grandma Moses, and their archenemy, The Iodizer. In the prologue, a Ninja Turtle was in Mr. Popular's audience.
    • In the third season episode "The Return of Batduck", when Plucky is trying to sneak onto the set of the new Batman movie, he and Hamton duck through the sewers, and Plucky assures Hamton there's nothing in the sewers. Naturally, the Ninja Turtles run past them, and Plucky cracks, "Nothing to speak of, anyway". He then asks, "Okay, who saw that coming?", and several audience members raise their hands and yell out, "I did!"
    • In the Direct to Video movie How I Spent My Vacation, Plucky brings along a mint-condition copy of Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs #1, which Hamton promptly throws up on.
    • In the "Samurai Film Critic" segment from "Weekday Afternoon Live", Hamton and Dizzy review a series of movies a la Siskel & Ebert. One of these is Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs III, a film they both agree on. A brief clip from the movie is shown of two of the slugs getting squished.
  • Wish Kid: In the prologue to "Gross Encounters", Macaulay Culkin asks the audience if they're tired of Ninja Turtlesnote , tells them he is, and uses his animated persona Nick McClary's baseball glove to wish for something new.


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Alternative Title(s): Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage


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