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NOTE: This article covers Hamato Yoshi from the Mirage Comics TMNT continuity. For the other iterations see Hamato Yoshi.

Hamato Yoshi is the posthumous overarching protagonist of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series by Mirage Comics. He was the former owner and martial artist teacher of Splinter, and a member of the Foot Clan, until he was killed by the Shredder to avenge his older brother, Oroku Nagi. He is indirectly responsible for the events of the entire series, as the reason Splinter trains the Turtles in the first place is to avenge his death.


Hamato Yoshi was a member of the Foot Clan, who owned a rat that watches and mimics his ninjutsu training all day. He was in love with Tang Shen, who also loved him back. However, Yoshi's comrade Oroku Nagi was jealous of Yoshi and thus demanded Tang Shen to love him instead. When Tang Shen refused, Nagi beated her, until Yoshi returned and killed him to protect her. The pair then moved to New York.

Unfortunately, Nagi's younger brother, Saki, wished to avenge him. Training over the years and climbing through the ranks of the Foot, he eventually became its New York branch's leader, earning the moniker of "the Shredder". Saki then followed Yoshi and Tang Shen, before slaying them both. Meanwhile, the rat escaped, found and adopted the Turtles, and the five were mutated into anthropomorphic forms by the Utroms' mutagen, with the Turtles' first word being "Splinter", thus named the rat. Splinter then trained the Turtles martial arts that he learned from Yoshi, so they will grow up into assassins to avenge his master.

Years later, the Turtles finally have a fight with the Shredder and successfully kill him, avenging Yoshi at last.

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Mirage Comics: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo) | Splinter | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms
IDW Comics: Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Jennika | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms | Angel |

1987 TV series: Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Irma Langenstein | Casey Jones | Fugitoid | Buffy Shellhammer | Mona Lisa | Karai | Renet Tiley
2003 TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo) | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms (Mortu) | Karai | Leatherhead | Agent Bishop | Fugitoid | Traximus | Zog | Miyamoto Usagi | Nanobot (TMNT) | Renet Tilley (TMNT 2003) | Justice Force | The Ancient One | The Ninja Tribunal | Cody Jones | Serling | Starlee Hambrath
2012 TV series: Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Karai | Ice Cream Kitty | Dr. Cluckingsworth | Fugitoid | Bishop | Slash | Leatherhead | Dr. Tyler Rockwell | Pigeon Pete | Mona Lisa | Sal Commander | Utroms | Metalhead | Shinigami | Miyamoto Usagi | Mondo Gecko | Muckman | Jack Kurtzman | Alopex | Renet Tilley | Zeno the Triceraton
Rise of the TMNT: Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Todd Capybara | Frankenfoot | Piebald | Karai

TMNT 1, 2, 3 & TMNT (2007): Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo) | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Danny Pennington | Keno | Jordan Perry | Mitsu | Max Winters
TMNT (2010 films): Leonardo | Splinter | Raphael | Michelangelo | Donatello | April O'Neil | Casey Jones