TMNT: King, Warrior, Magician Lover

18 March 2010

Revelation!  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the mythopoetic king, warrior, magician, lover! 

Consider this summary from (today’s version of) Wikipedia:

Leonardo — The courageous leader and devoted student of martial arts, Leonardo wears a blue mask and wields two katana. He is the eldest of the four and the most skilled fighter of the turtles. “Leo” was named after the Italian polymath, scientist, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, Leonardo Da Vinci.

Raphael — The team’s bad boy, Raphael wears a red mask and wields a pair of sai. He has an aggressive nature and seldom hesitates to throw the first punch. He is an intense fighter. His personality can be alternately fierce and sarcastic, and often times delivers deadpan humor. Still, he is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. He is named after the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, Raphael Sanzio.

Donatello — The brilliant scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, Donatello wears a purple mask and wields the bō staff. “Don” is perhaps the least violent Turtle, preferring to use his intellect to solve conflicts. He is named after the sculptor Donatello.

Michelangelo — Easy-going free-spirited, Michelangelo wears an orange mask and wields nunchaku. “Mikey” provides much of the comic relief. While he loves to relax, party, and eat pizza; this Turtle also has an adventurous and creative side. He is the youngest of the four. He is named after Michelangelo Buonarroti.

I mean, c’mon.  Leader, fighter, genius, comedian?  Four colors?  These are the masculine archetypes to a tee.  I should receive an honorary doctorate for this insight alone.



  1. Watch some 1950’s WW2 movies, and the rank and file soldiers are usually divisible into stereotypes like this, too.

    On a wierder note, My Little Pony is based on the Myers-Briggs 4-axis/16-types model. (KWML is 2-axis/4-types.)

    • Fascinating! Jung was clearly onto something. We are creatures thoroughgoingly psychological and mythological.

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