Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
The Turtles order their pizza for delivery to "122 ⅛ᵗʰ". This works to their advantage since the famous Domino's 30-minute-guarantee (and relative difficulty in finding the sewer address) means that it ends up being free. They do still tip the guy though.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
It would appear that the Turtles do odd-jobs to earn money, especially those that allow them to move around without attracting (unwanted) attention.
In the animated 2007 feature TMNT we see Donatello working as an IT Support Tech
Donatello: I'm just Donnie, your friendly IT tech support...here to help you 24 hours a day, sir. [Pause] Yeah, I'm sorry. Ma'...
They certainly can in the films;
In the original 1990 Ninja Turtles film, Michaelangelo shows this ability, before quipping about how much he loves being a turtle.
Leonardo also does this in the 1993 sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time
And in the latest 2014 Ninja Turtles reboot, Michaelangelo and Raphael withdraw all of their ...
This is a reference to (or pun on) the idiom "on the half shell", which is a way of serving shellfish (but not turtles). For example:
on the half shell
of raw shellfish, served in the bottom shell, chilled and with condiments
on the half shell
served raw, with seasonings, on a half shell
said of oysters, etc.
—Collins English ...
To add a little bit on this. The original TMNT as of the comic book had masks. But they were all red as seen in this cover:
Thus they were only distinguishable by the weapons they carried.
The tvTropes page on the franchise gives us even more information. It seems that the comic was originally in black/white, so the color of the "masks" was not relevant ...
It's a Pizza Monster, and it does appear elsewhere. They appear in a 1987 episode of the TV series, The Case of the Killer Pizzas:
The plot of this episode hints ever so slightly at Alien: Pizza Monster eggs look like meatballs and they were put on pizza to try to trick the turtles. If the turtles had eaten the "meatball pizza" (instead of it being put in ...
To elaborate on part of my comment to Liath's post, the real-world answer is probably just that it was part of the intentional ridiculousness of the "ninja turtle" concept--as described on this page and this one, the idea started as a joke drawing during a sketch-sharing session between creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, you can see that Eastman's first ...
It's a question of timing, but the answer is in the video.
The turtles were with Yoshi. Yoshi leaves.
Yoshi was with rats.
The turtles touched the mutagen.
Yoshi stepped in the mutagen (note the bare feet).
Yoshi picked up the turtles.
He came into contact with the mutagen after the rats but before the turtles.
(For clarity's sake, Splinter is Hamato ...
If you never heard of this comic and someone were to ask you to draw a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" then in all probability you would draw some type of walking turtle wearing a mask and carrying a sword or some other appropriate weapon. You might also draw it in some kind of ninja outfit.
Point is, in the eyes of the general person, there are certain ...
Their shell doesn't go all the way around their body though, at least not in this show. Look:
This is from this same theme song. They have some yellow shell-type surface in the front, but it isn't connected to what is clearly a half-shell on their back.
in the original movies there is a scene where at least one of them pulls their head into his shell
and I believe the final scene of turtles 2 they float back to the surface of the water completely pulled into their shells although I could be wrong
All of the turtles were trained by Master Splinter who learned his martial arts from his owner before he was mutated. He taught the Turtles all the martial arts they knew and each Turtle is quite capable no matter what weapons they used. They are all capable open-hand fighters and able to use any weapon they have at hand when necessary.
When the original ...
Per this article on ComicVine, the Turtles are described by TMNT comic artist Mateus Santolouco as "semi-Superhuman" with enhanced reflexes, speed and durability.
Their strength however, is described as being marginally below that of Bruce Wayne. Obviously that would still put them in the very highest percentile for strength against a "normal" human.
They are apperently Red-Eared sliders
Within the second volume of the Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, the popular comic book heroes were revealed as specimens of
the red-eared slider.
Similarly, they are portrayed as Red-Eared Sliders in the movies:
The "Word of God" answer from David Wise is: Yes. He was at least a bit inspired by the Death Star in the creation of the Technodrome.
After a bit of detective work I discovered that David Wise, a science fiction writer was attributed as the creator of the Technodrome. I found him on Twitter and his response follows:
"I conceived of it as a "Death Star ...
I think they all do it at least once, but I could be wrong.
In Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Vol. III; #1, Donatello retracts his head into his shell during a long fall:
2012 Nickelodeon Cartoon:
Raphael does this at least once, when one of Leatherhead's booby traps flies at his head.
Michelangelo also retracts completely into ...
Although Raphael does have duct tape on his shell throughout the movie, the crack that Donatello is referring to was received in the fight with Shredder just moments before.
While April and Vern attempted to free the other turtles, Raphael tried to fight Shredder on his own and was less than successful. He ended up face-down on the concrete with Cyber-...
It seems not
Although the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles refer to residing in 'the sewers', it seems that this is not referring to the bodily waste sewerage system. As pointed out on the page for sewers on the TMNTPedia, the 'sewers' actually resemble more of the New York storm drain - also called a 'storm sewer' (possibly hence the term 'sewer').
As you ...
The best explanation I can offer is that regular turtles can withdraw their bodies into their shells to virtually eliminate all exposure
Since the TMNT are more humanoid, they can't do this. So they have a shell that essentially protects half their body. A "half shell", if you will
Disclaimer: These are personal musings and none of it is official.
As you said, there are two origin stories for Splinter:
Splinter was Hamato Yoshi's pet rat and learned Ninjutsu from him. He witnessed the death of his human master by the hands of Oroku Saki/Shredder in an incident that also sprung him free. This is the origin story used by the original ...
Originally, in the Mirage comics (1984-2009) the turtles were printed in black and white, and later in 1993 the were treated to colour they only featured red masks.
Later in the Archie Comics (1988-1995) they were given coloured masks, and form then on it stuck.
So, just to play Devil's advocate here, (fictional) ninja do not wear eye masks. Doing a google image search for ninja shows tens and tens of images looking like:
Their entire body is hidden in black and only the area where the ninja turtles have their masks is visible.
So, how would the ninja turtles have looked like real ninjas? I drew up a quick sketch:
In the Mirage Comics the Turtles were teens in the 80s. The series has had time skips and jumps (as most comics do) but the Turtles have aged based on that.
The Turtles count their age in years like humans do, and they seem to mature similarly to humans (though some might argue that different humans mature at different times). This may be psychological, ...
This isn't the only time a writer was told similar instructions. Image Comics' was told the "no girl turtles".
Part of it has to deal with the association with the fail live action, part of it is Laird's hatred for the character. (wikia page)
In a recent blog post about the Micheal Bay movie he wrote this:
Over the years, I have made no secret of my ...
There was only one way that mutants were created, all of the other strange creatures were born that way. Splinter was actually the only "mutant" that was different, by virtue of his extra-ordinary intelligence. Splinter wasn't as mutated as the others, however. He was a genetically extra-ordinary rat before the ooze, when he learned speech and when he ...