The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four anthropomorphic turtles who are trained by Splinter, their rat sensei. These fearless heroes live in the sewers of New York City and spend their days fighting crime and eating pizza while attempting to remain hidden from people.
The Teenage Ninja Turtles were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and they first appeared in comics in 1984. Following the immense success of the comics, the teenage turtles became popular and appeared in many movies, cartoons, video games, and other merchandise.
The teenage turtles are named after four famous artists of the Renaissance Period. Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are the names of our beloved ninja turtles who are named after popular Italian artists. Each one of the turtles wears a mask with a different color and uses a different weapon. Their colored masks represent their personalities and make it easier to distinguish them from each other. Let’s find out more about the names, colors and the personalities of these four popular superheroes!
Mask Color: Purple
Donatello is the ninja turtle who wears the purple mask and he is the science and technology geek. Don is named after the well-known Italian sculptor Donatello who was one of the most influential artists of the 15th century.
Donatello is very charming but shy, and he is the smartest ninja turtle in the group. He is the scientist and inventor, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t fight bad guys. His weapon of choice is a Bo staff, which is basically a long stick.
Mask Color: Blue
Leonardo is the oldest ninja turtle and he wears the blue mask. He is named after famous painter Leonardo da Vinci. Leo is fearless, disciplined, and strong, and he is the leader of the group. He is very calm and doesn’t like to show his weaker side. His weapons of choice are two Katana swords (curved swords, weapons used by samurais). Leonardo is smart, brave, and strategic and he is very obedient to his Sensei Master Splinter.
Mask Color: Orange
Michelangelo is the youngest and the funniest among the four teenage turtles. He is adored by his brothers and wears the orange mask. Mikey is named after famous Italian sculptor and painter Michelangelo, one of the artists who influenced the development of Western Art. He is bubbly, positive, and the comic relief when things get rough. His weapon is Nunchaku, a traditional martial arts weapon which consists of two sticks that are connected at the one end by a rope.
Mask Color: Red
Raphael is the most aggressive and stubborn ninja turtle in the group who wears the red mask. He is named after the 16th-century Italian painter Raphael Sanzio. Raph is a hot-headed rebel who is often angry and has a very hard time keeping his calm. Due to his emotional nature, he often argues with his brother Leonardo. His signature weapon is a pair of Sai, a traditional weapon which is mainly used in Okinawan martial arts. When it comes to fighting, this bad boy doesn’t hesitate and the only loyalty he has is to his master Splinter and his brothers.