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|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Mutated Turtle Ninjas|
|Unknown to the U.S. Government|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|New York Sewer System|
|Base of Operations|
|New York Sewer System|
Ninja Weapons: Bo Staff, Katana,Nunchaku,Sai & Throwing Stars.
Foot Ninja Clan
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, 2 & 3|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May, 1984)|
|Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird|
Splinter, once the pet rat of Hamato Yoshi - a shadow warrior of the Foot Clan, would mimic his masters movements while he trained.
His benefactor had a bitter rivalry with a fellow clan member, Oruku Nagi. Fiercely competing in all things, they both fell in love with a beautiful girl named Tang Shen, but she loved only Hamato.
Oruku became jealous and in a fit of rage went to Tang demanding she love only him. Refused, he beat her. When Hamato came upon them he slew Oruku. Shamed in the eyes of the Foot Clan, he had two choices: take his own life or flee the Clan. He fled with Tang to New York City, starting his own dojo.
Oruku's brother Saki swore vengeance. Pushed by anger he rose within the ranks of the Foot. Rewarded for his hard work and diligence, he was sent to lead the clan in New York City.
Taking the identity of the Shredder, Saki built the New York clan into a criminal powerhouse, never forgetting his goal of vengeance.
Tracking down his brother's killer, he murdered Tang and lay in wait for Yoshi to return home. Shredder bettered his older combatant, and Yoshi was slain. During the fight Splinter was freed from his cage. Anguished over his Master's death, Splinter fled to the alleys living on garbage scraps.
By chance a strange metal canister broke free from a cargo truck striking a young man in the head, bouncing off the pavement smashing an aquarium filled with turtles he was carrying. The canister and turtles fell into an open manhole dropping into the sewer. The container broke open bathing the turtles in a glowing ooze.
Splinter discovered the turtles and cleaned the goo from them as best he could. The rat and turtles began mutating... becoming more human-like with each passing day! Splinter passed the knowledge he had of ninjitsu to the turtles and named each after famous Renaissance artist, whose names he found in an old book forsaken to the sewer. Eventually the four turtles would use their skills to gain vengeance upon Shredder as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.