Written by Shiggins
Note: This list does not include the comics or video games.
|This has the potential to be a masterpiece or a disaster. Either way, it's going to be epic.|
8. Darkest Timeline
There was once a time when companies weren't our friends, and they just cared about money. Hard to believe, but it's true. If something was popular, the corporate bad guys would sit upon their armchairs and demand it be opened up until every last penny was made. And one could say that no other property out there was as exploited and torn apart as the Ninja Turtles, resulting in a gruesome time.
|Why? Why did nobody stop this? Couldn't they see their own creations and weep?!|
7. Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Lasting only one season in 1997, The Next Mutation was a peculiar duck that honestly deserves a special mention. You see, this was the final tv show that the Turtles got before their cartoon return in 2003 (which we'll get to later) and some could argue was one of the ballsiest. Serving as a soft-sequel to the 90s movie series, Next Mutation brought in new friends, enemies and just plain awful writing.
|Notice her Yin-Yang symbols. As if she's saying she balances them out or something. *bitter laughter*|
6. The 'Bay' Turtles
And now we come to my introduction to the Turtles, with Michael Bay himself as the producer. Let's be honest, while he didn't direct the pictures, his influence is clearly all over them. The redesigns of the turtles quickly grew distaste from fans for their large bodies and questionable faces, while the casting of Megan Fox as April O'Neil told many of us that we were in for another Bay-flick. Lots of action, noise, bad dialogue, product placement and plenty of sexy images of Megan Fox.
|I feel like they forgot the title when designing these guys. In no way are these "teenagers". They look 50 years old!|
In 2007, director Kevin Munroe attempted to bring about a new wave of animated movies with his release of TMNT. While it was a modest box office success, the film was critically panned and never got a sequel. Still though, it's hard to forget the strangeness of this particular entry. In this film, the turtles are separated after defeating the Shredder, but Leonardo returns to New York just in time to face off against a new villain who has hired The Foot clan to capture up some evil monsters.
|Miss you every day, Mako.|
4. 90s Movies
And now we come to the entries that will get on your nerves if you grew up with the franchise. With amazing effects by Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, and a very 90s story, these films were perfect for the time they came from. That is a double-edged sword however and they have dated rather poorly. On the plus side though, this is exactly what kids wanted back then.
|And just like that, I'm going to order a pizza. Damn you, ninjas!|
3. 2003 Series
A controversial choice perhaps, but one I stand by. Running from 2003 to 2009, this 2D adaptation was a major step for the franchise's animated history. Taking away a large portion of the humour that the last animated adaptation was known for, this one focused on character development and dark magic with some bizarre yet endearing plot choices.
|WHERE DID THEIR PUPILS GO?!|
2. 80s Series
And so we finally come to the one you all know. The one that introduced countless children to the series, and has gone down in history as one of the most untouchable cartoons of all time. Debuting in 1987 and lasting until 1996, this massive adaptation is still considered the most popular and profitable of them all, despite being so different from the comics. It's thanks to this, and the toys that companies wished to sell, that the Turtles have as many characters as they do.
|It's impossible not to smile. Look at their cute faces!|
1. 2012 Series
Kevin Michael Richardson's Shredder is enough for me to place this adaptation as number one. A complex, dark and disturbing incarnation of the main antagonist that still haunts me to this day, voiced to perfection by one of my favourite actors. Of course, there is plenty more to praise and I'm going to do so! Running from 2012 to 2017 (due to problematic scheduling), this cartoon took influences from everywhere but turned them into their own unique brand. For example, they take the baby-like Rahzar from the live-action movie and turn him into a sinister zombie dog-man who despises Michelangelo! And they actually make it work!
|I'm sorry. Avengers who?|
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|He brought pizza?! Shredder is the best villain ever!|
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