Now that The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise has now been around for over three decades now, it is safe to say that devoted fans would probably know a lot about it. However, even the most devoted fans wouldn’t be able to know everything about the object of their fascination.
TMNT is definitely one of the most recognizable brands existing today. All of those who were born in the 90s and the 2000s would definitely be familiar with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. In fact, most of them would even know the names of the TMNT regardless of whether they’re a fan of the show and the comic series or not. Kevin Eastwood and Peter Laird, the creators of TMNT, didn’t expect when that their creation would become an instant hit nor did they even think that it would become a pop culture phenomenon. Now, people of all walks and ages know who Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael are.
But if you think you know everything about TMNT, you might be surprised to know these strange things about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that are unbelievably true.
- The inspiration for TMNT’s archnemesis, Shredder was…. A CHEESE GRATER! As silly as it may sound, but Shredder is actually a product of a little accident that Kevin Eastwood had gotten while he was cleaning out the dishes one night. A cheese grater got stuck to his arm and that is when a thought formed in his head. If you think that’s strange, you should know that both Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman planned to call Master Shredder ‘The Grater.’ Thankfully, they didn’t follow through.
- They were originally meant to be hit men. Yep, you’ve heard that right. The ninja turtles you’ve grown to love were supposed to be hit men as the original comic book was much darker than the original cartoon that many kids grew up watching.
- TMNT started as a Daredevil parody. TMNT wasn’t actually made to be serious and the origin story involves Daredevil. Just after Matt Murdock was exposed to the radioactive canister, this canister rolled into the sewer where 4 turtles along with a rat lived. All of them became exposed and that is how the story started.
You can visit the TMNT website for more information regarding the franchise.