Like any show running spanning ten seasons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had some weird episodes. The adventures of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Master Splinter, and ace reporter April O'Neil were were among the most popular of the Saturday morning cartoons in the '80s and '90s. From their battles with Krang and Shredder to their subterranean feuds with the Rat King, Leatherface, and many a weird mutant, the Turtles' action-packed escapades never got tired... Or did they?
While it's easy to put on nostalgia blinders and remember TMNT as the Citizen Kane of action cartoons, it's occasionally important to settle back into reality and realize that some episodes of that classic cartoon show were weird as hell. Don't believe it? Grab a bowl of sugary cereal and revisit some of the craziest and weirdest episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to ever grace your TV screen.
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The New Mutation
As season 9 rolls on, things get weirder and weirder, including the turtles undergoing yet another mutation that not only gives them more powers, but turns them into ugly hulking brutes.Buy at AmazonIs this strange?
- 655 VOTES
Dressed in an elaborate yellow ball gown, April does a story on New York's big Mardi Gras parade (an annual celebration that never actually happens in the Big Apple). When the turtles inquire about her unusual outfit, April explains she's a 17th century noblewoman right out of the Three Musketeers, nonchalantly pulling out a copy of the book.
A little while later, after a conk on the head, Leonardo believes himself to be D'Artagnan, leaving the other turtles to do the only logical thing - pretend to be Porthos, Athos, and Aramis.Buy at AmazonIs this strange?
- 757 VOTES
Menace, Maestro Please
Just one episode after his debut, Irma's geeky boy toy Howie Hardy is back (thankfully, for the last time). Howie's just purchased an old opera house, the Floxy Theatre, but can't shake the mysterious Phantom of the Floxy who haunts the property. Naturally, Shredder poses as the Phantom in order to get his hands on the Floxy's mystical, glowing pipe organ.
But the truth is revealed when the Phantom is unmasked as Howie's friend Eric… who, as it turns out is actually an alien named Irk who traveled to Earth via a spaceship (now disguised as a pipe organ). Yeah, that all adds up.Buy at AmazonIs this strange?
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Donatello is delighted to discover that he's finally getting his degree from Sopho University, and is invited to receive it in person. The only downside? The letter is addressed to "Miss Donna Tello" - the school believes he's a woman! Naturally, Irma is sent to receive the degree in his stead. In the meantime, Donnie discovers the head of the university, Professor Philo Sopho, is cooking up an evil plot to make the Earth spin so fast, everyone and everything will fly off, leaving the planet as bald as Sopho's head.Buy at AmazonIs this strange?