I knew even when you were a small boy that you would one day grow up to be the leader of this team, and when I pass on to be like a father as well.
Master Splinter to Leonardo in the Dojo in the episode “Requiem.”
Where do I even begin with this statement from Master Splinter…this is such a heavy piece of dialogue you guys it’s really emotional for me to even type this out.
In this scene, Splinter side-steps Leo’s concern for his well being to instead focus on his role in the family. He admits that he only said he chose him to become the leader because he asked to temper his ego at the time and admits that he always knew he would grow up to be the leader of the family.
But then he throws in at the end that he knows that Leo will become like FATHER to his brothers when he passes away. Leo has always been portrayed as a protective older brother of his siblings and he’s matured a lot since the first season, but to actually hear Splinter call him a Father to his brothers makes me tear up a bit.
At this moment he’s giving his position as the Father, the protector, and the patriarch of the Hamato family to his eldest son. He’s telling his son that he’s now responsible to help raise his brothers in his stead as their surrogate Father as well as their leader.
With this statement, Leo has been given the title as the head of the Hamato clan.
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