Real Name: Splinter
Identity/Class: Rat mutate.
Occupation: Ninja adventurer
Affiliations: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Casey Jones; April;
Enemies: Shredder; The Foot
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: The Sewers, New York
First Appearance: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Mirage Studios, 1984)
Powers/Abilities: Splinter is an excellent martial artist and ninja, considering he is both elderly and a rodent.
History: Splinter was a rat who belonged to a Japanese ninja, Hamato Yoshi. He learned ninjitsu by mimicing the training movements of his owner. Later, after Yoshi was killed and he escaped, he was mutated by the alien ooze which also transformed four tiny turtles into anthropomorphic crimefighters. He rescued the tiny creatures, and raised them to become the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Comments: Created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
Nationality of creators: U.S.A.
Country of original publication/appearance: U.S.A.
Appearances and variations in other countries: None known
Original Media: Comics
Other Media: Live Action Cinematic Movies
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (retitled as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the U.K.) from 1997 to 1995
Mutant Turtles: Chôjin densetsu hen (Mutant Turtles: Superman Legend), a Japanese OVA (straight to video anime) in 1996
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2003 to date
Live Action Television
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation from 1997 to 1998
Played by: Kevin Clash provided the voice to the animatronic Splinter in the first two Turtle movies, with James Murray doing the honours for the third movie. Peter Renaday was the voice of Splinter for the original cartoon, Hideyuki Umezu was the voice in the Japanese anime, and Darren Dunstan in the latest cartoon. In the live action TV series, Fiona Scott animated the puppet and Stephen Wendell supplied the voice.
General In the comics, Splinter was a rat mutated partially by the ooze which affected the turtles he later raised. In the first Turtles cartoon, he was altered to be a human transformed into a rat.
Contributors to this page: Thanks to Elise Spoelstra for reminding me of his base of operations, and to Ed Arthur for supplying the name of Splinter's old master.
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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