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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
These heroes in a half-shell were first introduced to the world in 1984, when Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird put out a black-and-white four issue miniseries that they self-published. The Turtles became a commercial sensation, spawning a ridiculously popular cartoon series, several films, arcade/video games, toys, and lots of other moichandise.
The original Turtles were initially created to parody the ultraviolent gritty comics that were becoming popular in the 1980s, such as Frank Miller's "Ronin". The trademark bandanas worn by the Turtles were all red, and they had no qualms dispatching their foes with brutal, fatal efficiency. The Shredder, whose status was elevated by the cartoon series into recurring supervillain, was handily disposed of in the inital miniseries. His popularity led to a few resurrections throughout the subsequent comic series, but he was never the Ultimate Baddie as depicted in the cartoon.
The cast (images spoilered for your convenience):
- The eldest of the Turtles, his weapons of choice are twin katana blades.
- Hot-tempered and sarcastic, Raph is easily the most independent of the fearsome foursome. He wields two sai.
- Often characterized as more light-hearted than his brothers, Mikey is naturally athletic. He uses nunchaku to smack his foes around.
- The brain of the group, his technical prowess and use of gadgetry has saved his brothers on more than one occasion. He uses the bo staff.
- Once a pet of ninja master, Hamato Yoshi, he is the sensei of the Turtles.
- Oroku Saki, leader of the Foot Clan and oft-archnemesis of the TMNT.
- Friend to the turtles, her origin varies in the various incarnations of the Turtles. She was known in the original cartoon as a news reporter.
- A vigilante that wears a hockey mask and uses a variety of melee weapons (notably a hockey stick). He and Raphael often go bust heads together.
The Foot Clan
- Cannon fodder.
The original 1989 Arcade game is available on Xbox Live Arcade for 400 MS Points, and the awesome "ReShelled" version of Turtles in Time is also availabe for 800 MS Points. Both have co-op and ReShelled has online multiplayer. If anyone ever wants to take on the Foot Clan, look me up.
This thread is dedicated to discussing the awesomivity of the Heroes in a Half-Shell. Rock on, dudes and dudettes.
Turtle power indeed