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The TMNT Post-Apocalyptic Raphael Story

I didn’t much care for TMNT 2017′s post apocalyptic tale for several reasons. 

One of which is turtle hair. The others include Donnie being basically himself in a robot body (A next-gen Metalhead with an AI based on his “father” that Raph treats as Donnie would have been more, well, post-apocalyptic), and Mikey/Leo’s roles being too obvious (would have been more interesting for Leo to find peace in the goofy, hippy-dippy lifestyle of his brother once his whole world vanished and for Mikey to thrive in the new environment as he does in Dimension-X), the fact that the oasis map is clearly a subway map and no one, not even Mikey, brings this up, and.. well, because it doesn’t really compare very favorably to what probably didn’t inspire it, but ought to have. 

In the original release of Road Hogs, a TMNT: After the Bomb supplement for the Palladium TMNT and Other Strangeness RPG, we get a nine page minicomic, where the titular Road Hogs decide to raid a mutant settlement. As you can see above, it features a wizened Raphael and his young pupils, and here we see what could have been the root of a really good mini-series. Bonuses:

  • While obviously a different mutant breed than Raphael, the Turtle boys (and girl, maybe?) and their sensei all lack hair (not letting that go).
  • Raphael’s age means the apocalypse could have happened at any point along the way, meaning the canon fate of all the characters you know from the show doesn’t have to be dying or being corrupted in a mutagenic apocalypse. The war could have happened when they were older, they could have had many adventures after the big boom before time caught up with them, etc.
  • Raphael becoming a teacher like Splinter is character development, him still being an angry loner is stasis. 

So here, for your approval, is a different take on Raphael beyond the world’s end.

I will never not be sad that we didn’t get to see people in the Hidden sand reacting to Lee.
Like, can you picture this giant mass of green spandex with orange legwarmers and a shiny ass bowl cut hairdo running around this dry desert town where everyone is quiet and wears browns and colors thay blend in with their surroundings??
And then not only is he this giant ball of green but he’s LOUD and excited and is friends with their leader????? Like, run up and lift you off the ground hug you type friends????
I will never not be sad we didn’t get to see Gaara walking through a street surrounded by officials when all of a sudden there’s this super excited shriek of his name and a blur of green and all the people with him are just HORRIFIED because how did they let the crazy green guy past them and why is he spinning their kage around in circles?!!!
All these super stoic sand ninja just staring in wide eyed shock as the dude with the orange freaking legwarmers squeezes the life out of this man who they all used to be so afraid of.
It would have been A+ hilarious material.
And then the best part would be seeing their reaction to Gaara not being phased AT ALL. He’s just like “oh hi Lee, it’s good to see you too”
And they’re just like, “sir we can hear your sand armor cracking”
“Nah it’s cool, Lee’s just excited”

I would have died.

TMNT Flashback . . .

“How did you make it out here on your own without going crazy?”

“Huh? What’s that? Hmmm.”

(Mikey) “Oh, you’re so right, Doctor Deepdish.”

“Bros, we should go before those sneaky hoojibs steal our brain goo.”

(Donnie) “I stand corrected.”

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(seriously, almost all the “Tales” in season 5 are just non-canon “What If?” side-stories)

TMNT 2012 ends tonight!

The finale of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 airs tonight at 9 on Nicktoons.

This show has been such a huge part of my life for the last five years. Being an aspie, I get super obsessed with like one thing for a long time, and TMNT 2012 has been that thing.

Unlike past aspie obsessions though, I’ve actually been able to make friends rather than drive them away through this.

Tori @adrenalinerush247 became my college roommate in Fall 2015 (we’d met during my first semester, Spring 2015, in Acting I) and one night she saw me wearing a TMNT 2012 t-shirt to bed and she was like, “I’ve actually heard good things about that show. Should I watch it?” I was surprised anyone would want to watch what I watch, but I was like, “If you want. I mean I like it.”

Not only did she volunteer to watch it; she watched all three seasons in eleven days! And then to tide her over until season 4 premiered, I offered her my fanfic, which she also loved! Such a good feeling. :3

TMNT was the thing we bonded over as roommates, friends, and near sisters, and it was so amazing getting to live with someone as obsessed with TMNT as I am.

I’ve met a lot of awesome people here on Tumblr, too! 

Shelle and Pie, I love you both so much! We should do a Skype video call soon! Like maybe when you two meet up in Scotland! @mamashelle80 @pie-thinkings

Brit, I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I’m so proud of you and you’re such an inspiration. 

Poetique, Reddy, Millin, Kallie, Kleptotello, Faithy, Myrling, it’s been lovely making your acquaintance and even getting to know some of you.
@poetique823 @redworld96 @millin21 @kalliecolors @kleptotello @faithfulwhispers @myrling-art

Leo, Raph, Donnie, Mikey, and April, as well as everyone else that’s part of your blog system, you all do a great job with your blogs and you’re so patient and brave doing what you do!
@ichiban-turtle @raph-the-muscle @donatellotmnt @mikey-angelo-hamato @blog-ask-april-o-neil

I love this community, and it wouldn’t be possible without Brandon Auman and Ciro Nieli. 

Their version of TMNT has been the cleverest, funniest, feelsiest, most action packed and ship-tastic version ever. Even Kevin Eastman praised it as the finest version of TMNT. And dude, the plot twists in this show! Making Karai Splinter’s daughter??? It’s been four years and I still can’t get over it. Absolutely brilliant. 

Whatever happens tonight, I won’t be going anywhere. I still have a lot of blogging to do. I haven’t even gotten to the monster arc and crossover arc yet! (I mean I’ve seen them, but I haven’t blogged about them much.)

Plus I really wanna try that timeline thing. Let’s see if any sense can be made of this weirdness. I’m sure I’ll notice a lot of fun things going through the show again and I’ll want to share those, too.

I’ll be around for a while and I hope you all will be, too. This will always be a TMNT 2012 blog. If I get obsessed with something else, like the new Ducktales or something, I’ll start a different blog for that.

As for the finale tonight, let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst (because let’s face it, the finales in this show… they hurt). 

The show may be ending…

…but the fangirling won’t stop here!

TMNT Flashback . . .

“Got plenty of water! Gotta stay hydrated.”

*glug, glug, glug, glug*

*spits it out*

“Ugh! What is wrong with that?”


“The water’s actually over there.”

*gagging sound*

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