Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for more than three decades now. For over thirty years, they have been spreading happiness and awesomeness to both kids and adults. The TMNT brand is without a doubt one of the most recognizable brands in the television and film industry today. Almost everyone knows who the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four humanoid turtle ninjas are easily distinguishable through the colour of their attire and through their weapons, but with just their personalities alone, avid fans would be able to know which is which: the intellectual Donatello, free-spirited Michelangelo, the aggressive Raphael and the leader and responsible Leonardo.

As long existing brand, it is safe to assume that people who have grown up watching TMNT may know a lot about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and are familiar with most of the information and stories thrown at them.

But there are some things that not even all devoted fans know. Here are some of them.

  1. TMNT started with a doodle. The idea for the comic was born during a brainstorming session by friends Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman back in 1983. Eastman was drawing a doodle of a turtle brandishing nunchucks and that is when the idea hit them.
  2. TMNT shares an origin story with Daredevil. Comic book fans know that Matt Murdock had saved a blind man from a speeding car when he was struck by a radioactive canister. This had caused Murdock blindness but it had enhanced all his other senses tremendously. The very same canister rolls into a sewer that the turtles have inhabited and as they bathe in the radioactive substance, they were transformed into the TMNT.
  3. The source comic was very dark. While the TMNT everyone knows today is kid-friendly, the original comic was actually very dark, filled with graphic violence and even alcoholic consumption, ritualistic suicide and lots of foul language.
  4. There was a female ninja turtle before. For most of the TMNT history, they have mainly featured the same line up of protagonists but when Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation aired on Fox Kids, they introduced a female ninja turtle. But halfway through series, the female ninja turtle vanished from the story without any explanation.

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