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Michelangelo from TMNT 2012: An Underrated Hero


DISCLAIMER: This is just my opinion about the character, Michelangelo, from the 2012 series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The following characters listed are NOT mine. They belong to Nickelodeon. Please be kind, and enjoy reading

In the 2012 series, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, Michelangelo often is overshadowed by his brothers. However, when we delve deeper into his character, it becomes evident that Mikey is an incredibly underrated team member. From his natural talents and intelligence to his crucial role in maintaining the brothers’ unity, Michelangelo deserves recognition for his unique contributions.

“I like that guy, I like pizza too” said student Sam Torres.

Contrary to popular belief Mikey’s natural talent may surpass that of his fellow brothers, in fact repeatedly emphasized in the IDW comics. Master Splinter himself acknowledges that Mikey is stronger than Donatello, and more zen than both Leonardo and Raphael. Seen in S1 E7 “Monkey Brains” where Mikey’s fighting methods are used as a positive comparison to Donnie’s overwhelming thought process by Master Splinter.

Mikey’s impressive resilience and resourcefulness are evident when he finds his way through Dimension X alone, surviving and thriving in its hostile environment. His endeavors in S2 E23 “Mikey’s a Genius!” demonstrate his genius and determination, saving his brothers from Dimension X creatures and showcasing the works of a backward dimension. This highlights Mikey’s ability to adapt and think outside the box, often underestimated by his peers.

In the episode “It Came from the Depths,” Mikey’s role as the emotional glue of the family becomes apparent. This installment showcases his compassionate and open-minded nature, allowing him to understand Leatherhead’s perspective. By fostering a sense of unity and empathy within the team, Michelangelo proves that his contributions extend beyond his physical abilities. One aspect that often goes unnoticed is Mikey’s exceptional memory. In “Battle of New York: Part One” from S3 E12, he effortlessly re-created Donatello’s retro-mutagen formula just by watching it once. This demonstrates his theorized photogenic memory and intellectual prowess.

Unfortunately, the show often portrays Mikey as a childish, annoying, and loud younger brother. While creating comedic moments, this portrayal diminishes his true potential and contributions to the team. Mikey’s antics, often dismissed as mere comic relief, serve a purpose. As the Turtles face formidable adversaries like Shredder, Foot Clan, and the Kraang, Mikey’s humor acts as a pressure value, preventing the brothers from turning on each other due to stress. Leo and Raph’s frequent clashes serve as a reminder that Mikey’s emotional maturity has played a pivotal role in helping the team overcome challenges and maintaining team unity.

Intriguingly, Master Splinter entrusted Mikey with one of the most challenging weapons in martial arts- the nunchucks. This decision suggests that Mikey possesses untapped potential. If he were to focus more during training and cultivate discipline, he could surprise everyone with his growth.

“I’m always aspired to be like Mikey around others, he had his own sense style, great music taste, and was just so cool!” said Teddy Chapel.

In the episode “ Vision Quest,” S3 E8, Mikey’s strength and adaptability are fully displayed. Fighting against Rahzar in a misty forest environment, This scene not only highlights his physical abilities but also showcases his mental fortitude.

Michelangelo is often dismissed as a mere comic relief or the “baby” of the group. He is one of the most underrated characters in the TMNT 2012 series. His natural talents, intelligence, resilience, and ability to maintain unity within the team make him an invaluable member. By recognizing and appreciating Michelangelo’s unique contributions, we gain a deeper understanding of his character and the vital role he played in the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“When I was six; watching this show made me the man I am today, hilariously funny, smart, determined, but unacknowledged by society. thank you Mikey” said Ryan Galvan.

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Harley Anderson
Harley Anderson, Staff Writer
Harley Anderson, junior, was born on November 11. Harley can be someone you could get along with, as she is friendly and social with others. She is open minded and can be someone you can depend on. Harley is also a hard-worker, as many things that she does in her daily routines in school show that. Harley is from Fountain Valley, Orange County, a city in California. Harley did not necessarily choose to go to SRA, but going here has had its benefits -- SRA may have helped her focus more, as you need this to thrive in this school. After getting through high school, Harley plans on going to community college, and complete the process to become an art teacher. If she could go to any concert rn she would want to see Deftones. Though this type of music is what she prefers, she is open-minded and would listen to any band.   
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