The Ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Quiz

By: Bambi Turner

The Ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Quiz
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These heroes in a half-shell seem to find plenty of fans in every new generation. Grab a slice of pizza and test your turtle knowledge with our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quiz!
TMNT started as a comic book.
TRUE
Your favorite weapon-wielding turtles actually started in comic form, when Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird sketched out the turtles in November 1983, then self-published a black-and-white comic book starring the foursome.
FALSE

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Who are the turtles named after?
world leaders
writers
artists
The four turtles — Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo — take their names from Renaissance artists.

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Who acts as the turtles' de-facto father?
Splinter
Splinter, a Yoda-like ninja rat, acts as father to the four teenage turtles.
Shredder
Silver

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What is the name of the group that serves as the turtles' nemesis?
The Hand
The Head
The Foot
The Foot, so named because they "step over the good people of this city with no regard," keep the turtles on their toes.

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Who is the leader of The Foot?
Shredder
Shredder is the leader of The Foot, as well as a long-time foe of Splinter.
Slammer
Splinter

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What do the turtles love to nosh on?
burgers
pizza
The turtles are "ridiculously obsessed" with pizza, according to TMNT creator Peter Laird.
candy

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Which turtle uses nunchucks as his weapon of choice?
Leonardo
Michelangelo
Michelangelo prefers nunchucks, Donatello uses a bo staff, Raphael works the sais and Leonardo relies on katana blades to keep enemies at bay.
Donatello

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What city do the turtles call home?
Los Angeles
Baltimore
New York
The turtles and Splinter take up residence in the sewers of New York City — where else would ninja turtles live?

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What is April O' Neil's job?
lawyer
pizza maker
reporter
April is a reporter and also the turtles' primary above-ground contact.

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More than a billion dollars worth of turtle figures were sold from 1988 to 1991.
TRUE
Retail sales for TMNT figures topped a billion dollars in the late '80s, and turtles represented around 60 percent of the entire action figure market during that period.
FALSE

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The original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic book was aimed at an older audience than the cartoon series.
TRUE
Playmates softened up the turtles to fit their 4 to 8 year old age range; the original comic book was aimed at a much older audience.
FALSE

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When did the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon hit the airwaves?
1985
1986
1987
Playmates made a five-part cartoon series to promote its line of turtle toys. The show hit the air in 1987, and 188 episodes aired between 1988 and 1996.

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The TMNT series that ran from 2003 to 2009 was more closely based on the original comic series.
TRUE
While the original turtle cartoon strayed from the comics, creator Peter Laird got more involved in the 2003 to 2009 series and based it more closely on the original comic book.
FALSE

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What network brought the turtles back to the air in 2012?
Disney
Nickelodeon
A new CGI "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was a hit on Nickelodeon when it premiered in 2012.
Cartoon Network

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How many different turtle action figures did Playmates eventually make in total?
200
300
400
Playmates made 400 different TMNT action figures from 1988 to 1997, plus countless playsets and vehicles.

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What TMNT villain is just a disembodied brain?
Shredder
Krang
Supervillain Krang causes trouble for the turtles even though he is nothing more than a disembodied brain.
Kirby

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Casey Jones — Turtle friend or foe?
friend
The hockey-mask wearing Casey Jones is an important ally to the turtles.
foe

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Who owns the "Ninja Pizza" shop?
Splinter
April
Shredder
Turtle enemy Shredder owns the "Ninja Pizza" shop, which sells the turtles favorite dish.

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The turtles embarked on a 40-city "Coming Out of Their Shell" tour in 1990.
TRUE
During the peak of turtle-mania, the TMNT starred as a rock band in their very own stage musical, which debuted at Radio City Music Hall in 1990.
FALSE

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How many copies did Nintendo sell of its NES game "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?"
40,000
4 million
Nintendo sold 4 million copies of the game, which is reported to be one of the hardest NES games ever designed.
40 million

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When was the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" live-action film released?
1990
A live-action film called "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" came out in 1990 and grossed $200 million on a $13.5 million budget.
1999
2012

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How many sequels did the 1990 version of the TMNT movie end up having?
2
"Secret of the Ooze" grossed $78 million in 1991, while "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" made just $42 million in 1993, putting a temporary end to the turtle movie franchise.
3
4

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What was the name of the never-released 5th turtle?
Kirby
Creators Eastman and Laird created a 5th turtle named Kirby for a never-released TMNT movie.
Jack
Cody

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The TMNT creative team was sued for the use of "Cowabunga!"
TRUE
The host of the "Howdy Doody Show" sued the TMNT team for the use of the word "Cowabunga!" The two parties later settled for $50,000.
FALSE

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When did the next live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film come out, after the 1990 hit?
2008
2010
2014
Michael Bay directed the 2014 live-action TMNT flick, which grossed $65 domestically at the box office during opening weekend.

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Michael Bay originally planned to make a movie about alien turtles when he was planning the 2014 flick.
TRUE
Bay planned to make the turtles an alien race when he announced the project in 2012 but backtracked after outrage from fans.
FALSE

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Who played April O'Neil in the 2014 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film?
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Megan Fox
Megan Fox of "Transformers" fame played the turtle-friendly reporter April O' Neil.
Jennifer Lawrence

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Which turtle was voiced by Johnny Knoxville in the 2014 TMNT movie?
Raphael
Donatello
Leonardo
"Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville provided the voice of Leonardo in the film.

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What is the name of the 2016 TMNT movie sequel?
"Secret of the Ooze"
"Out of the Shadows"
Director Dave Green was selected to direct the 2016 turtle sequel "Out of the Shadows."
"Turtle Power"

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What villain, not featured in the 2014 flick, will return for the 2016 sequel?
Krang
Fan-favorite villain Krang will give the turtles trouble in the 2016 film "Out of the Shadows."
Shredder
Splinter

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