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Michelangelo Splinterson is one of the main protagonists of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 cartoon series. He is the youngest brother of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and the youngest adoptive son of Splinter.

He was voiced by Wayne Grayson, who is famous for voicing Joey Wheeler in Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Appearance

Michelangelo looks like the rest of his brothers, except he wears an orange mask and favors nunchucks as his weapons.

Personality

Michelangelo is care-free, artistic, and noted for his pacifism, acting as the wiseguy of the group. He likes to mock others, enemies and family alike with rude but funny remarks to either irritate someone or outsmart his opponent. He is also very cocky, often rubbing his victories to his brothers' faces. He is a fan of pop-culture, quoting lines from movies or shows all the time, and loves superheroes.

Despite his comedic antics, Michelangelo shows empathy for others, and proves himself to be more intelligent than he let on, suggesting that his witty personality is something he put up to ease his family's tension. This even surprises his brothers.

History

Past

Like his brothers, Michelangelo was once an ordinary pet turtle bought by a young boy, until an accident caused the boy to drop them all into the sewer. The mutagen from the truck in the accident dropped into the sewer as well, covered them and the passing-by Splinter who adopted them afterwards. The mutagen mutated them all into being anthropomorphic. Splinter would ever since train them ninjutsu to protect them from the outside world.

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Michelangelo and his brothers would then fight criminals and thwart their plans in the night. During this time, they also befriend April O'Neil and Casey Jones. However, their effort attracts the attention of Oroku Saki, the leader of the Foot Clan and the mastermind behind those crimes. He invites Leonardo to join him, but Splinter then tells the Turtles about Saki's true identity, the Shredder, thus Leonardo refuses and the Turtles become the Shredder's archenemies, especially after the reveal of his true identity as the Utrom criminal Ch'rell, who caused the Utrom spaceship to crash on Earth a millennium ago, thus set up a chain of events that led to the turtles and Splinter's mutation.

Through much of the fourth season, Michelangelo and his brothers, save for Leonardo, are fully healed and recovered from their battle with the Shredder. When Leonardo is away to train with the Ancient One, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Splinter are seemingly killed by Karai, now the new Shredder. Thankfully, they survive and find a new lair. Leonardo then returns and battle Karai, before telling her that he gives her one last chance to leave his family alone.

In the fifth season, Donatello and his brothers become the Ninja Tribunal's acolytes, training themselves to fight against the Tengu Shredder, of whom the Utrom Shredder stole identity from. In the Fast Forward season, he and his brothers alongside Splinter are accidentally transported to a hundred years in the future, befriending Cody Jones, Casey and April's descendant, and Serling, while battling evil forces like Cody's uncle Darius Dun, Sk'Okanabo and Viral. They return to the present in the Back to the Sewer season and fight against a cybernetic copy of the Utrom Shredder, dubbed the Cyber Shredder. They then attend Casey and April's wedding. The Turtles also return in Turtles Forever, teaming up with their 1987 and later also Mirage counterparts to take down the Utrom Shredder, who was revived by the 1987 Shredder and Krang, once and for all.

Trivia

  • In early profiles of the 2003 animated series, Michelangelo is regarded as being both the most athletic Turtle but unfocused on training mentally. Those seem to be early drafts, however, as he is shown to be an effective fighter when needed in the show itself.

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Comics
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo) | Splinter | Hamato Yoshi | Utroms

Television
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

Movies
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

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