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How do the Ninja Turtles get the money to pay for their pizza?

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 ...
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What are "heroes in a half shell"?

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 ...
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What is this Xenomorph-like monster from TMNT?

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 ...
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Why isn't Splinter half turtle?

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 ...
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Who is this fifth turtle?

Jennika Jennika, also known as Jenny or Jenn for short, was the ninja chūnin of Splinter's Foot Clan, a dear friend to the Turtles and for a time was a love interest to Casey Jones. Originally human, ...
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What are "heroes in a half shell"?

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 ...
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Was the Technodrome actually based on the Death Star?

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 ...
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What species are the turtles?

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 ...
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Which episode of TMNT has a comic book writer with a crystal pen?

This was (originally) a comic, the sole issue of the Donatello: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle micro-series, titled Kirby and the Warp Crystal Kirby turns to see the turtle, and remarks that he doesn't ...
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What are "heroes in a half shell"?

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 ...
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How does this change to April O'Neil in the Archie comics happen?

This all happens in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Special issue 11 otherwise known as Winter 1994 Archie Special as in the Wikipedia article. April learns that Splinter is somewhat depressed ...
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How strong are the ninja Turtles?

Generally speaking, they're “narratively strong” across the different properties, with as much strength or weakness as plausibly fits whatever story arc they're part of at the moment. If you're ...
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What is the origin of the magic crystal?

Is there anymore information provided on the crystal's origin in the 2003 series, other animated series or comics? When the first issue of TMNT really took off and Eastman & Laird were not only ...
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Do the Ninja Turtles live in sewage?

"About 60% of New York City has a combined sewer system" - meaning most of New York's sewage and stormwater runoff goes down the same pipes (though that number is decreasing over time as ...
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What are the kung fu or wuxia films featured in the training montage in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem?

You've posted a total of twelve images, including the gifs. For the sake of simplicity, let's call them all images and assume they're numbered 1-12 in the order that you posted them. Image 1 is from ...
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Do the four brothers in TMNT train in other weapons?

Do the four brothers in TMNT train in other weapons? Well, Thaddeus Howze's answer already established that, yes, they did. There are other examples from the early comics as well. Eastman and Laird'...
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Can the turtles go inside their shells?

In the older Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, all 4 of the turtles withdrew their entire bodies into their shells, but only for comedic reasons (such as being afraid of a roach), rather than ...
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How strong are the ninja Turtles?

This has been displayed inconsistently throughout the various series, and would be somewhat difficult to judge based on their "more than human" physiology. Complicating matters is the fact that all ...
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How did the turtles acquire their weapons?

I saw from the Nick series episode Lone Rat and Cubs that the Turtles got their weapons because of their actions with them: Leonardo was holding onto Splinter's katana as he was pushing them in a ...
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How do the Ninja Turtles get the money to pay for their pizza?

The answer is actually fairly complex. It's clear that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must have some source of income. While many of their belongings are made, (more on that in a moment,) things ...
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Can the turtles go inside their shells?

Raphael does this in the 2012 series when Mikey shows him a cockroach. But that time, he actually hides his whole body in its shell.
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How strong are the ninja Turtles?

It honestly depends on what version you're using, for example, in the 2003 cartoon, Leonardo on his own held open a T-Rex's jaw, meanwhile in the mirage comics he has above athletic human levels of ...
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How tall is Krang's robot body?

It depends on what the Size Transformation Actuator is set to. In season 6 episode 2, Krangenstein Lives, after repairing the Molecular Amplification Unit broken in season 1 episode 5: The body's ...
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How tall is Krang's robot body?

Approximately >7' tall. Shredder is 6' The average human body is 7.5 heads tall, making Shredder's head 9.6" tall. Assuming that Shredder and Kraang are standing the same distance away from the ...
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What is the fate of the time-duplicate turtles from the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon?

This was never explained in the series. One can only guess they had a space adventure and possibly settled down with the neutrinos. It's likely that writers didn't have a good explanation to close the ...
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Source of April O'Neil's psychic powers

She's not wholly human. Her mother was 'experimented on' while she was pregnant which evidently included injecting her with Kraang genetic material. Donnie: Based on all the info I've culled from the ...
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Was Raphael originally intended to be the leader of the Turtles?

Leonardo being the leader has consistent across all the franchise; his characterization, in fact, has generally been the most stable all the adaptations in terms of being the more serious and ...
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Why does April O'Neil have so few human friends?

I don't recall April having a specific lack of friends. In the 1987 cartoon she has a best friend; Irma the receptionist (and latterly, a reporter) at her news channel. ...
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