Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman that have a loose connection to the Usagi Yojimbo universe. They appeared as guest characters in the story "Shades of Green" (UY Vol. 8). In addition, Miyamoto Usagi and other characters from the Usagi Yojimbo universe have made guest appearances in TMNT animated shows.

Stan Sakai has stated that Leonardo is his favorite of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. <ref>Usagi Yojimbo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles question on the DojoBoard Forum</ref>


TMNT Characters that have appeared in UY

As there are many incarnations of the TMNT, it is important to note that the TMNT characters that appear in the UY comics are the versions from the Mirage Studios comics. (E.g., all of the Turtles wear red headbands.)

The Turtles


The turtle who acts as the leader. He carries two katana (swords).


Donatello is the "brains" of the group who's favorite weapon is a bō (staff).


Michelangelo is the laid back "Party Dude" of the TMNT. His weapons of choice are the Nunchaku


Raphael is quick tempered and hot-headed. His weapons are a pair of Sai.

Usagi in TMNT comics

Donatello #1 (1986)

This TMNT comic features a pinup by Stan Sakai depicting Usagi and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Turtle Soup: "Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew"

This story features Leonardo falling into Usagi's world.

Shell Shock': "The Treaty"

Another story featuring a meeting between Usagi and Leonardo.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47: "Hare Today, Hare Tomorrow"

This back-up story, which the Turtles do not make an appearence in, features a meeting of the feudal period Miyamoto Usagi with his distant descendent, the space-age Miyamoto Usagi.

TMNT in Usagi Yojimbo comics

Usagi appearances on 1987 TMNT series


Miyamoto Usagi appeared in the following episodes


Action Figures


  • The second series of TMNT trading cards included cards based on episodes in which Usagi appeared.
  • Animation cels from the TMNT series were sold in stores, including some from episodes featuring Usagi.

Usagi crossovers in 2003 TMNT series


Usagi, Gen and several other Usagi Yojimbo characters have appeared in this series. In addition to their apperances in the series, Usagi and Gen breifly appear in the opening title sequence of the series in some seasons.

Season 2 (2003/2004)

Season 3 (2004/2005)

Season 4 (2005/2006)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward

  • A script for a two-part episode featuring Space Usagi was written, but the series was canceled before it could be produced<ref>Re: Usagi and the "NEW" New TMNT show...</ref>. Peter Laird stated in his blog that "it might be possible to see it published in some interesting fashion... perhaps in an 'Unseen Tales of the TMNT' -type comic which could adapt stories which were written for the TV series but which for whatever reason never made it to air. Hmm... I wonder if Stan Sakai himself would be interested in drawing it?"<ref>pablog, June 21, 2008</ref>

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewer


Action Figures

Video Games

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
    • Usagi appears as an opponent in this game.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
    • Usagi appears in the "Battle Nexus" video clip in "Movie Viewer" mode.
    • Although the "Nightmare" chapter of the game is based on the story arc in the third season where Ultimate Drako sends the Turtles to different dimensions, Leonardo is not sent to Usagi's world as he was in the TV series.



Story Notes on 2003 TMNT series episodes featuring Usagi from Peter Laird's TMNT Blog



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