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Michealangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT comics)

Michelangelo

(Profile #1 - Early)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (“TMNT”) was an indie comic book launched in 1984. It was an underground parody of popular comics of that time, such as Daredevil. Oddly enough it became a marketing phenomenon a few years later, with a massive media and merchandising presence during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Our TMNT profiles are currently based on the original, Mirage Comics run – specifically issues #1-#21. Everything else is ignored for now. At this point the book is still about 4 uplifted  turtles trained in ninjutsu by an uplift rat. They chiefly fight evil ninjas in the city in a spoof of 1980s Daredevil noir atmosphere.

If you’re not familiar with the material, check our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team profile first.


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Background

  • Real Name: Michaelangelo.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Raphael (Brother), Donatello (Brother), Leonardo (Brother), Splinter (“Father”).
  • Group Affiliation: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Base Of Operations: Sewers of New York.
  • Height: 4’8” Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: None


Powers & Abilities

Known Superhuman Powers

Michelangelo has the species wide adaptions that one would find in reptiles classified as turtles (chelonians).

He:

  • Possesses a durable bony shell that originates from his ribs and protects his chest and back.
  • Can hold his breath underwater for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Can draw his neck down into his shell.
  • Can operate for extended periods in below-freezing conditions with little or no protection from the elements.

Though it has yet to be confirmed, Michelangelo’s mutation has most likely converted him into a warm-blooded organism (unlike normal turtles).


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Abilities

Michelangelo is a formidable hand to hand combatant. Over his short lifetime, he has mastered of both the kobudo  and qigong  martial arts styles. He has displayed a level of skill in both that one can only find in cinematic  martial artists.

In addition, he is a superb athlete and world-class acrobat.

Finally, Michelangelo has mastered the art of ninjutsu. His skills of stealth and deception are so polished that he can virtually hide in plain sight.

Of the four Turtle brothers, Michelangelo is the most physically gifted. If he trained as hard as Leonardo or had the raw intensity that Raphael possesses, he would achieve a level of skill and prowess that surpassed the others.

Weapons

Michelangelo wields a pair of nunchakus in battle. Other than his “chukkas,” Michelangelo keeps a reserve of shuriken on his person at all times.


History

(A general history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be found in the team’s own WORG entry.)


Description

Like all of his brothers, Michelangelo appears to be a large bipedal turtle. His body is hairless, his skin is deep green colour and he has no visible nose or ears. Both his hands and feet are three fingered/toed, and his eyes are jet black.

Unlike a normal turtle, his eyes point directly forward and are distinctly human in appearance (if not unusually large).

Michelangelo has a large and pronounced shell situated in the centre of his back. It is clearly a part of his body, and extends across the entirety of his torso. The portion of the shell that covers his chest, stomach and crotch area is a light brown in colour.

With his shell protecting his modesty as well as his vitals, Michelangelo doesn’t normally wear cloths unless he is attempting to hide his mutated features from humans.

The only clothing that he normally wears is a battered leathern belt that he utilizes as a harness/holster for his weapons, light strips of cloths around his joints (wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles) and a red strip of cloth that he wears around his eyes when expecting combat.

The cloth resembles a domino mask while on, but in truth does little to protect his identity.


Personality

Michelangelo is the quintessential fun-loving “dude”. He has a gentle (yet mischievous) nature and would rather be out just fooling around rather than fighting.

This isn’t to say that he doesn’t enjoy a good brawl; he enjoys the rough and tumble stuff as much as any of his brothers. He just doesn’t enjoy the constant training that his father (and Leo) expects of him. Fortunately for Mikey, his natural athletic prowess and luck make up for any lack of discipline he exhibits.

Note

Mikey’s personality in the Mirage series was starkly different that in either the IDW series or cartoons. In IDW he was the youngest brother and acted like it, often being depicted as exuberant yet immature… almost to the point of being “cute.”

The TV series made him a party dude who made the phrase “cowabunga” famous.

The Mirage series’ Mike wasn’t a wanna be surfer or a kid. He was a kick-butt warrior who had lack of focus issues. He had his moments of immaturity and liked toys, but not to the extent of the television series or the current iteration of the Turtles.


Quotes

“Hah ! Heard ya coming, pal ! What did that good for nothing bum, the Shredder, teach you guys anyway ? Too bad I can’t stop to give you a few pointers ! Bye, Bye NOW !” [crack !]

Soldier: “You’re dead meat !”
Michelangelo: “Not today, Chumley — lights out !”

Splinter: “Michelangelo ! Stop fooling around ! The manriki-gusari is not a weapon to be trifled with !” [macks Michelangelo with his staff]
Michelangelo: “OW !”

Splinter: “… and you, Michelangelo — stop GOOFING AROUND !” [smacks Michelangelo with his staff]
Michelangelo: “OW !”

Michealangelo disarms a man using his nunchuks

“Look at all this neat stuff ! Action figures, models, masks, galactic ray guns — WOW !”

“Zounds ! It’s Capt. Demento and his killer robot cat Klunk !”

Nameless Crook: “Show your face an’ you’re dead !”
Michelangelo: “I’m shaking in my mukluks pal — don’t scare me any more, okay ?”

“And as for you ’Mack the Knife‘… your blade’s a lot sharper than you are !”

“I hate these guys, Mr. Foot meet Mr. FIST !

“Don’t worry. No one will hurt you as long as we’re alive !”


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Michelangelo

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Crime Fighter
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 020 HP: 035

Powers:
Cold Immunity: 02, Sealed Systems: 08, Skin Armor: 02, Suspension: 02, Swimming: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All Powers: Have Form Function Bonus (+1FC each).
  • Sealed System has the Free Diving Only Limitation.
  • Skin Armor: Partial Armor, Can be bypassed by a Trick Shot (- 2FC).
  • Suspension is a Skilled Power (a meditative trance once used to conserve oxygen).

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics, Climbing)*: 07, Charisma: 06, Martial Artist (incl. Techniques): 06, Military Science (Camouflage, Danger Recognition): 07, Thief (Stealth): 09, Weaponry (Ninja weapons): 06, Weaponry (Nunchaku): 07, Vehicles (Land): 04

Advantages
Familiarity (Comic Books, Japanese History, Ninja Lore, Pop Culture), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Schtick (Paired Weapons (Nunchaku)).

Connections:
Raphael (High), Leonardo (High), Donatello (High), Splinter (High), April O’Neil (High), Casey Jones (High).

Drawbacks:
Mistrust, MPR (Thick two fingered hands, and feet), Strange Appearance.

Genre:
Mock-Real.

Equipment:

  • Nunchaku (x2) [BODY 02, EV 04 (05 w/STR, 07 w/Martial Arts), /STR/ 05, Enhanced Initiative: 02, Limitation: /STR/ can only be used for Wrestling and Grappling purposes, and can only increase the user’s STR by one AP (so a character with a STR of 03 would have a nunchaku provide /STR/ 04 for Grappling/Wrestling].
  • Shuriken (x10) [BODY 01, EV 02, Note : thrown weapons].
  • Climbing claws on hand and feet [BODY 04, Prehensile Feet Advantage].

Design notes

Differentiating Mikey from his brothers was difficult. In the original series, Mikey was supposed to be the Turtle with the most physical potential but also the laziest. He can best Raphael in simulated combat but at times needed as much (or more) rescuing as Donnie.

I tried to model this by giving him the highest DEX of the four and Lightning Reflexes but leaving his actual Martial Artist and Weaponry skills in line with his brothers (hopefully modelling the fact that he could be better but chose to utilizing his natural athletic prowess instead of working hard).


By Bryan Gittens.

Source of Character: Mirage Comic Series – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, created by Kevin B. Eastman (author, illustrator) and Peter Laird (author).

Writeup completed on the 20th of September, 2014.

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