Leonardo, nicknamed Leo, is a fictional superhero and one of the four main characters in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and related media.
He is often depicted wearing a blue bandanna. His signature weapons are two Ninjatos, commonly confused as Katanas. Leonardo is the eldest brother and the leader of the group. He is the most skilled, the most serious, the most spiritual, the most disciplined and the most in-line with Splinter’s teachings and thoughts. Like all of the brothers, he is named after a Italian Renaissance artist, in this case Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered the most diversely skilled individual of the Renaissance period, and as such Leonardo is also considered the most diversely skilled ninja turtle. In the Miragecomics, all the turtles wore red masks, but for the creators to tell them apart, he was written and redrawn to have an ocean-blue mask.
Raphael, nicknamed Raph, is a fictional superhero and one of the four main characters of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all related media; generally depicted as the second oldest/mid-middle-child of the turtle brothers, but has once been portrayed as the eldest.
He is usually depicted wearing a red eye mask; in this regard he is the only turtle to retain the color in all media, whereas the others each received a different color. Raphael wields twin sai, the points of which are usually sharpened, as his primary weapon. Raphael is most famous for his temperamental personality, being short-tempered, aggressive, sullen, maddened, and rebellious. He is portrayed in most interaction as speaking with a Brooklyn accent. It may be a coincidence, but the fact that he has a bad and fiery attitude and temper and the fact that his mask is still red may be linked, since the color red is typically associated with anger.
The origin of Raphael’s anger is not always fully explored, but in some incarnations appears to stem partly from the realization that they are the only creatures of their kind and ultimately alone. He also has a somewhat rival relationship with his only older brother Leonardo because he is seen as the group’s leader. Raphael also gives his younger and youngest brother Michelangelo a hard time because of Michelangelo’s fiery optimism. He is the second eldest of the turtles, and second-in-command. Like all of the brothers, he is named after a Renaissance artist; in this case, he is named after the 16th-century Italian painter Raphael. In 2011, Raphael placed 23rd on IGN‘s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes, a list that did not feature any of his brothers. He is the only Teenage Turtle brother whose name does not end in the letter “O”.
Donatello, nicknamed Don or Donnie, is a fictional superhero and one of the four main characters of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all related media. He is co-creator Peter Laird‘s favorite Turtle. In the Mirage comics, all four of the Turtles wear red masks. In the animated cartoons, he dons a purple mask. The creators gave all four turtles different mask colors, in order to tell them apart.
He is usually depicted wearing a purple eye mask. His primary signature weapon are his 2 effective bō staffs. In all media, he is the smartest of the four turtles. He is listed as 4 feet (1.2 m) in height on the original action figure release. Donnie often speaks in technobabble with a natural aptitude for science and technology. His ninja skills are the lowest of the four turtles; as he relies on gadgets over combat skills. He is the middle of the turtles, and third-in-command. Like all of the brothers, he is named after a Renaissance artist; in this case, he is named after Italian sculptor Donatello.
He is usually depicted wearing an orange eye mask. His signature weapons are dual nunchaku, though he has also been portrayed using other weapons, such as a grappling hook, manriki-gusari, tonfa, and a three-section staff (in some action figures).
Michaelangelo is the most naturally skilled of the four brothers, but prefers to have a good time rather than train. The youngest of the group, he is shown to be rather immature; he is known for his wise-cracks, love of skateboarding, witty optimism, and, like his brothers, love of pizza.
Michelangelo was given a much bigger role in the 1987 cartoon series, directed at a younger audience, than in the more serious Miragegi comic books which were aimed at an older audience. He often coins most of their catchphrases, such as “Cowabunga!”. Like all of the brothers, he is named after an Italian Renaissance artist; in this case, he is named after Michelangelo Buonarroti. His name was originally spelled Michaelangelo by the original creators, possibly misspelling his name sake‘s name wrong due to the name “Michael” and how the name “Michael” is spelled. In the Mirage comics, all The Turtles wear red masks, but to tell them apart, he was given an orange mask instead.