Nick Characters of the Month #2: Heroes in a Half-Shell

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters (starters only)



LEONARDO


First appearance: 1984

Character class - Swordsman


SPECIALS:

Neutral - Niten-Ichi Ryu/Rekka Follow-Up (it's Dancing Blade)

Up - Endless Screw

Down - Backflip/Divekick


HOME COURSE: Sewer Slam

TAUNT: En garde!



MICHELANGELO


First appearance: 1984

Character class - Bruiser


SPECIALS:

Neutral - Wanna Pizza This?

Up - Turtle Line

Down - Party Dude


HOME COURSE: Technodrome Takedown

TAUNT: Fresh slice



APRIL O'NEIL


First appearance: 1984

Character class - Bird


SPECIALS:

Neutral - Breaking News

Up - Blimp

Down - On the Air


HOME COURSE: Rooftop Rumble

TAUNT: Reporting live



SPECIAL TRAITS/TRIVIA:

--Splinter taught them to be ninja teens.

--Leo's recovery hitboxes are unique.

--Leonardo leads.

--These fighters' designs are heavily based on the 1987 TMNT cartoon, rather than any Nickelodeon-era incarnation of the characters. This is most obviously reflected in Mikey's special moves (especially Turtle Line, which was eventually made his primary weapon in the cartoon to get around S&P restrictions involving nunchucks, particularly in the UK).

--Donatello does machines.

--That said, one of Mikey's pre-battle quotes is taken directly from the 1990 live-action movie, rather than any of the cartoons.

--Raphael is cool but rude.

--April's down smash, strong dair, & down special all charge her neutral special.

--Michelangelo is a party dude.

--April does not enter helpless fall after Blimp.


Marth, Joker, & ROB.

Why is Skateboard Slam Mikey's weak dash & Rear Tackle the strong dash? That feels like it should be the other way around.

(And why don't I get to be Donnie?)


And remember, "I'm-a Luigi, number one!"

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