The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a tight knit family. With Splinter as their sensei/father, the turtles only have a few friends, most notably April O’Neil and Casey Jones. Although they may argue, the turtles are all brothers to each other and care about each others well being.
Leonardo — Wearing Blue accents, Leonardo is considered the leader of the turtles. He is named after Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo is courageous, clear-thinking, and a devoted student of martial arts. As a strict supporter of the Bushido, he has a very strong sense of honor and justice. He wields a pair of katanas.
Raphael — Donning the red accents, Raphael is considered the “bad boy.” Named after Raffaello Sanzio, he has has an aggressive nature and doesn’t hesitate to throw the first punch. Raphael is an intense fighter. His personality can be alternate between fierce and sarcastic. Raphael is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. He is good friends with Casey Jones, after meeting one night on patrol of the city and challenging him to a fight. The two have frequently patrolled the city together since. Raphael’s weapon of choice is a pair of sai.
Michelangelo — Wearing orange accents, Michelangelo is considered a free spirit and easy going. Michelangelo Buonarroti, is his namesake and he is considered to be the joker in the group. While he loves to put his feet up, this Turtle also has an adventurous and creative side. He is considered the fastest of the turtles and welds a pair of nunchakus. He, like the rest of the turtles, has a huge love for pizza.
Donatello— Sporting purple accents, Donatello is the genius in the group, he is a brilliant scientist, and using his engineering skills to come up with various inventions. He was named after Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi the well known sculptor, he is the most passive Turtle, and while his choice of weapon is a bō (six foot staff) he does prefer to use his intelligence to avoid any conflict.
Splinter – Splinter originally was Hamato Yoshi, a ninja master. He became mutated when he got in contact with the mutated turtles. He is the turtle’s sensei and often their “shidoshi” (teacher of the warrior ways of enlightenment). Splinter is fond of the arts, especially martial arts. He also likes living in the underground, since his rat-like abilities make him quite a burrower. Splinter uses his shrewd thinking and two weapons, his sword cane and bow and to put a stop to the evil Foot Clan. Splinter continues to train the turtles to battle for honesty, integrity and of course, pizza.
April O’Neil – In the 1980s classic cartoon April is a TV news journalist with her camcorder strapped around her arm in case there is any breaking news. She often gets into trouble trying to find the next breaking news feature. The Turtles always end up saving their damsel in distress. Still, April is a valuable member of the Turtle Team. April, being human,can get into places that the Turtles can not. Just in case the situation gets tough, April has a gun secretly locked in her camcorder. Other versions have her as a skilled computer programmer and worked as an assistant for Baxter Stockman before going on to help the Turtles.
Casey Jones – Casey Jones was a sports fan turned crime-fighter. He decided to take the law into his own hands after being influenced by his favourite cop show. He uses an array of sportsgear to fight crime. He’s teamed up with the Turtles to fight against Shredder and his Foot Clan. His main catchphrase is his battle cry “Goongala!”