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TMNT: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Splinter

Where would the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles be without their Master Splinter? Even dating back to the earliest comics, Splinter not only was responsible for raising them after they were doused with the ooze that transformed them all, but he trained them in the ways of ninjutsu.

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Splinter's training is vital for the Turtles, but where did he get his skills? The answer to that depends on the different medium the Turtles are in, but he's always one of the best martial artists no matter the universe, helping his sons understand that there is always more to learn, and how they can always get better.

10 Whether He Is A Human Or Rat Changes Based On Which Medium He's In

Splinter’s origin varies depending on the medium, but there are two main ones that tend to be used. In the original live-action films and the 2003 cartoon, he starts out as a rat who learns martial arts by watching his master, who’s eventually slain by the Foot Clan’s leader, The Shredder.

In the 1987 cartoon though, Splinter is originally Hamato Yoshi, who lost the Foot Clan to Oroku Saki, and fled to the U.S. While in the U.S., he came into contact with some strange ooze while saving a group of turtles. The ooze causes whoever touches it to take on properties of the last thing it touched, which makes the Turtles more like humans, while Yoshi goes on to touch some rats and turn into Hamato Splinter.

9 In The IDW Comics, He Becomes The Head Of The Foot Clan

In the IDW comics, Splinter has a deeper tie to the Foot Clan than usual. There, he’s actually the reincarnation of Hamato Yoshi from hundreds of years ago. In that universe, Saki has Yoshi and his sons (who would eventually reincarnate as the Turtles) killed due to Yoshi's questioning of his leadership.

Eventually, the ageless Shredder would battle Splinter for control of the Foot Clan in the modern-day... and be defeated. In the aftermath, Splinter would take control of the Foot Clan, becoming its new leader and leaving Leonardo to lead the rest of their family.

8 The 2010 Live-Action Splinter Is Voiced By Tony Shalhoub

Thus far, there have been two different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film franchises. The original trilogy is the most beloved, partially due to nostalgia and due to the incredible design work and the ability to perfectly split things between the comedic bent of the cartoon and the gritty tone people knew from the comics.

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In the first two films of that trilogy, Splinter is voiced by Kevin Clash, also known as Elmo. In the newer duology, which has its own fans, Splinter is voiced by Tony Shalhoub, known for a variety of roles but primarily for his part in the USA Network show, Monk.

7 In The 1987 Cartoon, Splinter Becomes Human Again

In the 1987 cartoon, Splinter was finally allowed to become a human again in the episode “Splinter No More.” In that episode, Donatello had enough of the ooze to reverse-engineer its effects and allow Splinter to have another chance at being Hamato Yoshi again.

With a simple spray, Splinter was able to transform into a human again, but the spray wore off after only a few hours. After experiencing the human world for a time though, he realizes he has no desire to ever become a human again and decides to remain with his students rather than try to become human again.

6 Splinter Once Defeated The Rat King By Taking Over His Robotic Rats

There's no shortage of Turtles' villains in the 1987 cartoon, though some of them are less than good. In the season four episode of the series, “Splinter Vanishes,” the Turtles and Splinter get into it with the Rat King. At several points in the early parts of the series, the Rat King was able to control Splinter because of him being part-rat. By "Splinter Vanishes," not only is he able to resist this, but he’s able to take control of the Rat King’s rats as well.

With Splinter’s help, the Turtles are able to foil the Rat King’s plans and command them to destroy the robots he and Leatherhead are using to take over the city.

5 The Splinter From The 1987 Cartoon Is Terrified Of Cats

In the season two episode of the 1987 series, “The Cat Woman From Channel Six,” April is turned into a cat after having her DNA partially crossed with a feline because of a teleporter.

The episode featured a ton of cats in general, including Donatello trying to hold off a tiger with his staff, but eventually one of the cats made their way to the Turtles’ home base. Despite being a simple house cat, Splinter narrowly manages to chase it off before admitting that’s the only thing that actually makes him scared.

4 Splinter’s Voice Actor For The 2012 Cartoon Was Shredder

The world of voice acting is always fascinating to observe, as people will often play characters that are either similar to who they were in another role or someone that’s completely the opposite.

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When the Ninja Turtles made a comeback in 2012 on Nickelodeon, the role of Splinter was voiced by Hoon Lee, who’d played a variety of roles in cartoons and live-action over the years. In 2019 however, the actor was called on to play Oroku Saki in the latest Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, making him both the Turtles’ greatest ally and their greatest opponent.

3 When In His Rat Form, Splinter Has Night Vision

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would try to imply that human characters that were turned into animals would also take on some of the characteristics of whatever animals they were merged with.

April, when she became a cat, couldn’t help walking like a cat and even made cat noises. As for Splinter, in "Splinter No More," he points out that he’s been able to help out the Turtles with the use of his night vision, which would definitely make someone a superior ninja.

2 He Fused With Alfred In The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics

In the comics, there are three different Batman/TMNTcrossover storylines. Each one shows the characters interacting in each other’s world, with the exception of the last one. That one shows the Turtles and the Batman worlds being fused together, weakening both worlds in response.

Batman becomes a student of the Splinter, who himself is fused with Alfred, and is responsible for taking Batman in and training him alongside the other Turtles.

1 In The 2003 Cartoon, Splinter Became Battle Nexus Champion

In the 2003 TMNT series, the main characters learn that Splinter isn’t just their father, but also a warrior that’s known throughout the universe as the Battle Nexus Champion.

He wins the first time in honor of his master Hamato Yoshi and then attempts to compete a second time without his children knowing, trying to keep them safe from the dangers of the tournament. In the end, Splinter surrenders by allowing one of his children to pass on to try to win instead.

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Master Splinter

Real Name

Hamato Yoshi


Human (Formerly)
Mutant Brown Rat (Formerly)
Spirit (Currently)

Skin Color

Brown, Black, White

Eye Color

Reddish Brown

Weaponry and Abilities

  • Cane
  • Sword
  • Whip
  • Staff
  • Enemy Detection
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Enhanced Speed
  • Nightvision


Ninja Turtles


Hamato Yuuta (father), Tang Shen (Wife) (Deceased), Miwa/Karai (Daughter) , Leonardo (Adoptive Son), Raphael (Adoptive Son), Michelangelo (Adoptive Son), Donatello (Adoptive Son), Shredder (Former adoptive Brother);Oroku Jun(sobrinho); Ice Cream Kitty (Pet), Chompy Picasso (Pet)


Shredder, The Foot Clan, The Kraang, The Rat King, Villains



Voiced by

Hoon Lee

Splinter was both the adoptive father and sensei of all four of the Turtles. He was wise, mature, and highly trained in the art of Ninjutsu.

Honorable Rat Sensei of the Ninja Turtles

Official Description

"For many years I have lived in the shadows, training my sons in the ways of Ninjutsu. I have tried to prepare them for the worst that the world has to offer - hoping it would never come. But we are running out of time. Our family is strong. I only hope that we are strong enough."

- Splinter


Master Splinter is the teacher and adoptive father of the Ninja Turtles. He has trained the Turtles in the art of Ninjutsu, but they are not ninja masters yet. Splinter is mature, serious, and defensive. He engages with various ninja weapons and fights with many ninja skills. Any villain wishing to harm his sons will have to go through him first.


Born in 1962 in Ōsaka, Japan into a peacekeeping ninja clan called the Hamatos, Hamato Yoshi enrolled into a Martial Arts school before he could inherit his father's role as clan leader. His skills were only rivaled by fellow student Oroku Saki, who was Yoshi's adoptive brother, originally from one of the wiped out rival clans, the Foot. Not only were they rivals in Martial Arts but also for the love of a beautiful woman named Tang Shen, who eventually chose to marry Yoshi. Saki could not accept this and once insulted Yoshi in front of her. Yoshi lost his temper and struck Saki to the ground. This attack solidified Saki's hatred for Yoshi and he vowed revenge. During this time, Saki learned of his true heritage and rebuilt the Foot Clan, rechristening himself as "the Shredder". One night, he came to Yoshi's home armed with razor sharp claw weapons and challenged him to a duel to the death. Yoshi accepted, and the two tore through Yoshi's home, catching it on fire. Just as Saki was about to kill Yoshi, Shen interfered and took the fatal blow for herself. Yoshi escaped without knowing the fate of his baby daughter Miwa, who Shredder secretly raised as his daughter, Karai.

Yoshi made his way to America and attempted to make a new life in New York City. One day, out of loneliness, he visited a pet store and purchased four baby turtles. Walking home, he bumped into a man and felt off about him, so he decided to follow. He came into an alley and overheard a conversation between two strange men, later shown to be members of the Kraang. His foot spooked a rat hiding in the alley, causing the villains to spot him and attempt to kill him. Yoshi fought back but accidentally broke a canister of Mutagen they were holding in the process, spilling it all over himself and the turtles. Yoshi escaped down a sewer drain, now mutated into a humanoid rat. The turtles also mutated, gaining humanoid bodies and intelligence. Yoshi, knowing that they would be persecuted by humans, adopted these turtles as his sons and students and has raised them in the sewers of New York ever since. He started training them in his Ninjutsu techniques because he knew that, one day, his sons would want to explore the surface, but he knew it would also be dangerous. He took on the name of Splinter and gave the turtles names of painters and sculptors from a book of Renaissance Art that he found in a storm drain. 


As Hamato Yoshi: Yoshi is tall, lean, and muscular, with dark brown eyes and black hair. He wears a red kimoto with his clan's symbol when he lived in Japan. During the time that he resided in America, he wears a whitish blue polo shirt, along with brown pants.

As Splinter: Splinter has black, brown and white fur, with a droopy white beard, whiskers, a pink tail and a pink nose. He still wears the red kimoto that he wore in Japan. Unlike all of his past incarnations, Splinter is considerably taller than all of the Turtles.


Splinter is many things to the Turtles - A wise sensei, defensive parent, loving father, an athourity figure, quirky master and Zen philosopher. He is determined to train and protect his new family at all costs. The fact that he has gone through decades of ninja training does not only mean that he is always fierce when he fights, but that he's also remarkably in tune with the universe.

Splinter can be very strict when it comes to training and letting his sons venture up to the surface, as seen in many episodes. At certain times, he may use harsh methods in order for them to learn a lesson, as seen in "The Pulverizer Returns!", in which he took away his sons' weapons so they could learn to fight outside of their typical environment. Nonetheless, Splinter is a loving father who only wants what is best for his sons, and will do anything that he can to protect them from harm's way.

Splinter seems to dislike anyone that lays a hand on the Turtles. This is emphasized in "It Came From The Depths", as he battled Leatherhead because he threatened to harm the Turtles. Splinter's absolute worst fear is losing his family all over again to the Shredder, as seen in "Panic In The Sewers". His fear of losing the Turtles to the Shredder caused him to push their training to the point where they become exhausted, stressed, and antsy; though he does eventually apologize for it. It is very possible that Splinter fears the fact that the Turtles will leave him someday, as this was one of the notions that the Rat King (in "I, Monster") used against him in an attempt to control his mind.

Abilities, Skills and Powers

As a human, he was a great and powerful master of Ninjutsu. He was training for his entire life when he was very young. He has mastered many skills and has great abilities such as strength, acrobatics, speed, stamina, and endurance greater than any athlete.

Ninjutsu: As a master of Ninjutsu, Splinter is knowledgeable, speedy and has greater strength. He can take down larger opponents without a whole lot of effort, as demonstrated in "It Came from the Depths". His strength was shown that he was able to slap his hand against Dogpound and toss him into the air by a back hand and use his anger to take off the heavy pillars of his back for revenge for Leo and Leatherhead. In Return to New York, he easily defeated three Shredder mutants in a very short battle.

Jaw Strength: His jaws are powerful enough to break certain forms of metal such as Shredder's weapon, similarly to a sword.

Fighting Skills: His skills of Ninjutsu are so remarkably high that even Rahzar (back when he was still Dogpound) referred to him as "one of the best" and claimed that "he's as skilled as Master Shredder, but he doesn't have the stomach to finish the fight". Though the Shredder's skills of Ninjutsu often seem to be to be higher due to his knowledge of forbidden techniques (even surprising Yoshi), he has been defeated by Splinter twice (once in Japan just before the fire that burned the Hamato home and again in Showdown).

Teaching: He is a great teacher to those who will like to train, as he trained his four sons for 15 years of their lives. He even trains April well enough to defend herself from enemies. He even told them that weapons usual chose their owner not the other way around.

Enemy Detection: He can easily detect when an enemy is coming. This is either do to excellent hearing that he got when he mutated or his "balanced mind" but this type of power or ability when he was human couldn't hear the noise that April was hearing. Similarly to April, he appears to possess a rare sensitivity gift.

Enhanced Strength: He has a very special skill that is powerful but could be even be much stronger for being a mutant to use his fingers to push away his enemies as shown on the Shredder to be able to injure his arm.

Enhanced Speed: He is shown to have a lot of abilities that ordinary rats possess - namely running on all fours. His speed is capable for him to get behind Dogpound.

Senses: He probably can see in the dark like regular rats do. He had shown in his feral state that he was able to smell a peanut outside of his cage from Baxter Stockman glass.

Weaponry: Splinter is skilled with the usage of many weapons as well as showing he is able to adept to all weapons that he can find that is around even a magazine.

Stealth: His stealth is a combination of his speed to get pass his enemies like Dogpound.

Leap: He can even jump very well to Shredder's window.

Intelligence: He shows amazing wisdom to give to anyone as for his fighting intelligence he can ways for his sons to escape when being hold tight they can escape from their enemies by making then loose focus as shown that he was able to escape the strength of Raph by licking him.

Stamina and Endurance: Both are great for a mutant of his age (50) he seems to be very well to fight. This is shown that he is well enough to take attacks from Shredder as he was able to go toe-to-toe with him. He was able to defeat Foot Ninjas, Fishface, and Dogpound with absolute ease before he fought against the Shredder in a long brutal fight. Even when countless heavy pillars fell on him during another fight with Shredder, he was still more than capable of fighting competently against his opponent. He was able to endure the attack from the Mind Controlled Slash mace.

Interactions With Other Characters

See: Master Splinter (Relationships)


  • Splinter's name is a spoof on a moniker from a character in the Marvel Comics series, Daredevil. Matt Murdock (Daredevil), after being blinded by spilled radioactive waste, is trained in martial arts by a master call 'The Stick'. "Splinter" is a spoof from this name.


  • "Spike. Chew on your leaf if you're in the mood for a story."
  • Splinter:"You see? Mikey does not think." (Mikey): Thank you! (Splinter): You're welcome. (Trips Mikey with his tail)
  • "Seek victory, not fairness."
  • "I hope you learn that truth, isn't the only thing that hurts."
  • "I'm not one of your rat​s to control!"
  • "That was the choice I made...What choice will you make?"  (to Raphael)
  • "Yes....and no."
  • "But first... RANDOLI!"
  • (In sarcastic voice) "Oh, I did not realize he said mean things. Of course, you had no choice but to JEOPARDIZE YOUR MISSION!"
  • "No training for today...unless Michelangelo throws that balloon."
  • (When asked if Leatherhead should be chained up) "Of course! I am compassionate...not insane.
  • " You made a wise decision Michelangelo."( other turtles look with question) " I know; I never thought I'd hear myself say that either."
  • " You are ninjas. You work in the shadows -- in secret.
  • "What you know is dangerous to your enemy; what you think you know is dangerous to you."
  • "I fear we are celebrating too soon."
  • Splinter (After April asks about a weapon): "April, you posses the kunoichi's most powerful weapon: the mind." (April asks if Splinter has seen someone beat up a person with their mind.) Splinter: "True. Let's find you a weapon."
  • "No -- I am a man! I am Hamato Yoshi!"
  • "Hajime!" - Signifying training to begin. Means "Begin!"
  • "Ya-me!" - Signifying ongoing training to stop. Means "Stop!"
  • "You are brilliant Donatello, but you tend to over think things too much."
  • Splinter: "How many times have I told you NO​T to skateboard in the lair?" Mikey: "None, Sensei." Splinter: "I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO TELL YOU!"
  • "I like a good maze."
  • (Hearing Leonardo's call on Cheese Phone) "The Cheese Phone, truly an emergency."
  • "Moshi Moshi?" (Master Splinter answering Leonardo's call on the Cheese Phone). Means "Hello?" (in the context of answering a phone call)
  • (About the Pulverizer) "He has no business learning our art. He is....a doofus."
  • (To Leonardo) "Remember, my son, everything that you know I have shown you, but I have not shown you everything I know."
  • "(To Leatherhead) "STOP! GET AWAY FROM MY SONS!"
  • "Raphael! There is not a monster more dangerous than a lack of compassion." (Looks at Leatherhead) "My mistake."
  • (When he allows the Turtles to go to the surface) "Don't talk to strangers!"
  • (As Donnie works on figuring out the symbol) "Oh, the Olympics??"
  • "We are at war."
  • (After Donnie would ask what Splinter would do in a move) "I don't know."
  • "Yes well...Michelangelo has his challenges as well."
  • "The first rule of the Ninja is to do no harm...Unless you mean to do harm, then do L​OTS of harm."
  • "Welcome home, my sons."
  • "You are all grounded for a week!"
  • (After he licks Raphael, and finishes his lesson) "You'll need to take a bath."
  • (After Leo asks if Splinter's not mad.) "Who said I'm not mad?" *injures Leo's foot with his cane*
  • "Everything I knew is gone; my wife, my daughter, my clan, even my humanity. You four are all I have left."
  • "My place...(Breaks free of Falco's control)...is with my sons!"
  • "Hand over your weapons...NOW!"
  • "Do you think Timothy is happy with his new state of being?"
  • "Miwa would have been about your age now. I would have like to think she would have turned out as you [April] have, my child."
  • "Rest? The Shredder will not rest....Until you are all dead!"
  • "Yes (to Mikey)...Don't interrupt!"
  • (to the Turtles; under the control of the Rat King) "You waste your words. This is where I belong, with my brothers."
  • "Michelangelo said you wanted to see me?"
  • (to April) "I do not have to explain myself to a child."
  • (After Shredder told him that he took his daughter) "No, it can not be."
  • (After Shredder told him what he had done with April) "You fool! Do you have any idea what you've done!?"
  • "Look closely at this face, Shredder...FOR IT WILL BE THE LAST THING YOU WILL EVER SEE!"
  • (After Shredder tells him that he took Tang Shen from him) "SHE WAS NEVER YOURS!"
  • "(To Shredder): You never had anything but hatred. And if you defeat me, YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING."
  • "I don't want to say I was right, but I was right."
  • "I'd say the 'or something' part is the most accurate."
  • "Ugh, need ice, for my head, and possibly, a popsicle."
  • "It is not hard to sense loud mouths."
  • "Now - let's see if a cat always lands on it's feet." (After defeating Tiger Claw)
  • "Perhaps one day she will believe the truth, but that is her own decision...
  • Human once more? Save April's father first and then i will consider it.
  • I may not be human, but at least I am fortunate enough to have my humanity.
  • (To Karai) "You are who you choose to be - not what others make you." 
  • "After all of this time, I have learned that revenge only leads to more pain."
  • (to Donatello, about the Pulverizer) "Donatello! Does this belong to you?"
  • "Rage is a fuel that burns quickly."
  • "We choose what holds us back and what moves us forward."
  • "Home for me will never complete without my daughter."
  • "Do not make me fight you, my daughter."
  • (To Shredder) "The only monster here is YOU, Saki!"
  • "I'm already proud of you, my daughter."


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Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Fictional mutant rat and martial arts instructor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise

Splinter, often referred to as Master Splinter by his students, is a fictional character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all related media.[2][3] A mutant rat, he is the martial arts and ninjutsu instructor of the Turtles, as well as their adoptive father. In most incarnations, Splinter is a mutated or reincarnated martial artist Hamato Yoshi; in others, he was Yoshi's pet rat.

Mirage Comics, original films, 2003 cartoon[edit]

In both the original comics and the live-action movies, Splinter is the pet rat of a ninja named Hamato Yoshi in Japan. Intelligent for his species, Splinter is able to learn ninjutsu art by mimicking his master's movements while he practiced. Yoshi becomes embroiled in a dispute with a fellow ninja by the name of Oroku Nagi and is eventually murdered by Nagi's brother, Oroku Saki, who is seeking revenge for his brother's death. However, in the 1990 film and 2003 TV series Nagi is removed entirely. Additionally, in the 1990 film, Splinter escapes from his cage during the murder, and attacks Saki, clawing at his face. Saki, in turn, slices his ear off. It is suggested that this mutilation is the reason Saki took the Shredder disguise to hide the scars. In contrast, in the 2003 TMNT cartoon series, it was Hun's face which Splinter clawed.

Without a home, Splinter is forced to run away and live in New York City's sewers. Due to a traffic accident, four baby turtles and a canister of mutagenic ooze are sent down into the sewer. The canister mutates both Splinter and the turtles, in which it also enhanced the former's already sophisticated intellect. Splinter names the four turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo (after a book on Renaissance artists that he found in a storm drain) and trains them in the arts of ninjutsu so that they can avenge his dead master while raising them as his own sons.

In the 2003 TMNT cartoon, he possesses a significant reputation as a ninja master; in a multi-part episode, he is revealed to be a champion of the Battle Nexus, a multi-dimension-spanning contest where the greatest combatants of various dimensions come together to fight each other for the title of Battle Nexus Champion. When the Turtles learn of the Battle Nexus, they participate as well, resulting in Splinter forfeiting when called upon to fight Michelangelo, as he wishes to allow his sons the opportunity to fight where he succeeded in the past.

In the episode, "Tempus Fugit", Splinter and the Turtles, who time-traveled into the future, were sent back to the present time, but the villain, Viral, blasts Splinter with a decompiler ray that scatters his bits all over the internet. While Splinter wasn't seen much in the "Back to the Sewers" season, the focus of those episodes is the Turtles' efforts to find Splinter's data bits by traveling all over cyberspace. Splinter is restored in the final episode and helps defeat the Cyber Shredder.

1987 animated series[edit]

In the 1987 TMNT cartoon, Splinter and Yoshi are combined. He is a martial art instructor for the Foot Clan in Japan, and also has a passion for Renaissance art. Yoshi is framed by his rival, Oroku Saki, for trying to murder their common dojo master. Unable to prove his innocence and expelled from the Foot Clan, Splinter moves to New York City, where he lives as a hermit in its sewers and befriends the rats. One day, he comes across four baby turtles which were accidentally dropped by a boy through a sewer grate. Splinter keeps them as pets and treats them like his children. When he finds the turtles near some broken barrels that are oozing glowing pink, later retconned to green, chemical liquid, he tries to clean them with his bare hands. As a result, they are all affected by the leaking chemical, which is a mutagen. The mutagen combines the DNA of living beings who have been in contact. Thus, the turtles, being in a pet store with people touching them, turn into young humanoid turtles. Yoshi, having been in contact with sewer rats, becomes a humanoid rat. Although, Master Splinter did get the chance to be human again in the episode "Splinter No More", but realizes he prefers being with the turtles and had no place as a human anymore.

Yoshi raises the turtles by himself and gives them the names of his favorite Renaissance artists: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Yoshi is given the nickname "Splinter", due to his proficiency at breaking wooden boards, and he teaches them the art of ninjutsu in order to protect themselves. Like many real-life ninja masters, he has a strong sense of honor and follows very strict rules which all four of his students adopt. Master Splinter always has a wise quote or speech for the turtles and often steps in with his ninja skills when the turtles are caught in a, seemingly inescapable, predicament.

Master Splinter doesn't have a father/son relationship with the turtles, as suggested in other versions, but more of a teacher/student bond. Despite not having that father/son relationship with the turtles, Splinter, in the episode "The Old Switcheroo", shows a glimpse of fatherly concern for Leonardo when he is injured by one of Donatello's contraptions. In addition, in Turtles Forever the old 1987 series turtles are surprised when the 2003 series turtles call Splinter "father". However, in the movie, the 2003 series Leonardo comments that it feels right to be with the 1987 Splinter regardless of the differences between the two worlds. Splinter's assurances that he feels the same, coupled with his comment that Leonardo and his brothers will always be welcome there, helps Leonardo see the common similarities between the teams, regardless of their different styles and methods.

In the final episode, "Divide and Conquer", Splinter explains to the turtles after they've defeated Dregg that they're no longer his students but his equals and they have finally become ninja masters.[4]

Coming out of their Shells Tour[edit]

The 1990 Live action concert tour entitled 'Coming out of their Shells', saw Splinter described as the rat owned by Hamato Yoshi mutated to a humanoid form, rather than Yoshi himself mutated into a ratlike body, bringing him more in line with the original Mirage Comics incarnation as well as that of the then recently released feature film, which also followed the Mirage origin. In the concert events, he is still the Turtles' mentor in the martial arts, as well as encouraging their musical pursuits, and sings the track Skipping Stones as a solo ballad. He encourages the Turtles as they deal with the Shredder's plot to steal all music in the world, though he does not physically join the battles against Shredder or his foot soldiers. Peter Renaday reprises his role as Splinter's voice in non-musical portions of the event, though the VHS tape of the inaugural show held at Radio City Music Hall leaves him uncredited.

Archie TMNT Adventures comics[edit]

Archie Comics published the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures which began as an adaptation of the 1987 TV series in comic form, though the series eventually deviated from this and began telling its own stories with little to no connection to the original cartoon, effectively becoming a separate continuity. In the comic, they maintained Splinter's human background even when they started publishing original storylines.

2012 animated series[edit]

In the 2012 series, Splinter is again introduced as Hamato Yoshi, a Zen philosopher and expert of ninjutsu. His relationship with Oroku Saki is mostly intact, with the Hamato and Foot Clans later revealed to have had a long-term conflict with each other. Despite being raised as brothers, both Yoshi and Saki become rivals due to their affection for Tang Shen, and Saki wishes to discredit Yoshi in front of her. Yoshi loses his temper and the altercation ends their friendship, culminating with Saki learning of his true heritage and starting a battle that burns down the Hamato Clan monastery, indirectly killing Shen and, seemingly, Shen and Yoshi's daughter, Miwa.

After moving to New York City, Yoshi has just purchased four pet turtles when he stumbles upon an exchange in an alley between two Kraang droids. Seeking to silence Yoshi before he can share what he has seen, a fight ensues and the canister the droids have been carrying smashes open, splashing both Yoshi and his turtles with a mutagen. As the result of stepping on the tail of a black rat upon entering an alley, Yoshi mutates into a humanoid mutant black rat, while the Turtles take on human characteristics. Realizing he can no longer live a normal life, he retreats to the New York sewers where he raises his pets as sons and teaches them ninjutsu.

Splinter's sons, along with their new friend April O'Neil, soon become involved in the conflict with both of Splinter's old enemies, the Shredder and the Kraang. Reluctantly allowing the group to get involved, Splinter appoints Leonardo as their leader and continues to offer counsel and lessons as they engage various foes. Recognizing great sensitivity in April, he begins training her as a kunoichi and comes to regard her with a fatherly fondness. Splinter ventures from his lair on only two occasions. The first is when he falls under the control of the Rat King, who attempts to persuade him to forsake his humanity and embrace the life of a rat. Splinter eventually breaks free with the Turtles' help and defeats the Rat King. The second is when Shredder kidnaps April and lures Splinter to his stronghold for a final confrontation. Splinter overpowers Shredder's men and engages his old foe. Shredder reveals that Splinter's daughter, Miwa, had not died and that Shredder had taken her and raised her as his own. Splinter nearly defeats Shredder, only to be attacked by Miwa; Miwa, whose name is now Karai, has been taught, by Shredder, that Splinter is responsible for her mother's death.

As the second season progresses, Splinter tells the turtles about his true relationship with Karai. He is able, eventually, to convince Karai of the truth about their past, but she subsequently mutates into a snake-like being when Shredder's plan for revenge backfires. Later, Earth is invaded by the Kraang and, in the ensuing battle, much of Splinter's lair is destroyed before Splinter is able to defeat Kraang Sub-Prime. Splinter then leaves the lair to find his missing sons. Splinter again engages Shredder in battle and, seemingly victorious, Splinter prepares to reunite with his sons, April, and Casey Jones, only to be attacked from behind by Shredder and thrown into a sewer drain. He is rescued from drowning by Karai and left in an area of the sewer to recover.

At the end of the 3rd season, Splinter asks Shredder for a truce to stop the alien Triceratons. Shredder agrees but at the end of the battle, Shredder stabs Splinter in the back (literally). The turtles hold him one last time before they, Casey and April flee with Fugitoid, as he arrives at the very last moment in a spaceship as Earth is sucked into a black hole.

When the turtles go through the time and fail to claim all the Black-Hole Generator pieces to help in the battle against the Triceratons and warn Splinter in time to stop Shredder from killing him. Splinter defeats Shredder, somewhat paralyzing him as Tiger Claw takes him away. When Shredder has himself infused with mutagen, he kidnaps Karai and demands her to come. Splinter fights Shredder along with the turtles, and the fight, leading up to rocky crevices and chasms below, Splinter and Shredder fall into a gaping chasm. Shredder's fall stops short as he lands on a rock outcrop as Splinter falls way down. He is still alive but his leg is broken. He sees the Rat King come toward him, seemingly surviving his fall down as well. Meanwhile, the turtles try to find him but Shredder goes after them. Splinter fights the Rat King but soon tumbles down and realizes that his fight with the Rat King was all a hallucination because of his fever he had developed in the chasm. He finds the skeletal remains of the Rat King and Donatello and Michelangelo find him, alive and well.

He later attempts to use his healing mantras to help April recover from the influence of the crystal fragment of the mystical Sol Star, and receives a vision of the ancient Aeons themselves but is overpowered by the form of a demonic Aeon. As April becomes possessed by the cosmic entity from within the Sol Star fragment, he attempts to reach her but is contained by April's exceptionally strong telekinesis. Regaining consciousness in the ransacked lair, he warns Donatello to be very careful as that being was not April. When April awakens from her ordeal, he expresses how impressed he is at how April was able to literally destroy her demons. He is once again killed by Shredder during a battle when Super Shredder impales him with his mutated claws and throws him off a rooftop. Splinter is buried at the O'Neil farmhouse. His spirit still gives his sons advice.

IDW comics and 2014 film[edit]

The IDW Comics series, which began in 2011, presents a new origin for both Splinter and the Turtles. All five were originally test subjects at Baxter Stockman's bioengineering firm, Stockgen Corporation. When agents of the Foot Clan break into Stockgen and attempt to steal an alien mutagen, Splinter and the Turtles escape but are exposed to the mutagen in the process. While the element of Splinter being Hamato Yoshi is still present, Oroku Saki is now the Foot Clan's medieval leader, with Splinter and the Turtles being the reincarnations of Yoshi and his sons.

In the back-story, Hamato Yoshi was a member of the Foot Clan in feudal Japan. He is initially known for his unruly temper and lack of discipline. But with the help of his master, Masato, and his love, Tang Shen, he learned to control his temper and becomes a skilled warrior. His contemporary, Oroku Saki, seeks to make the Foot a clan to be feared. When Yoshi openly objects to the needless slaughter of a village connected to an assassination target, he and his family are declared traitors. Yoshi cannot save Tang Shen from being murdered but does save his sons. Yoshi raises and trains his sons for three years until Saki and the Foot find them. When his sons are executed before his eyes, Yoshi swears that he will destroy Oroku Saki before he, himself, falls under the blade.

The live-action 2014 reboot uses the test subject origin story, but Splinter is neither a reincarnation of Hamato Yoshi nor is he associated with him in any way. In fact, Yoshi is written out of the script entirely and Splinter simply learns ninjutsu from a discarded book after being mutated. In the movie, Splinter tells April that he does not remember his life before being in a laboratory, implying that there may be more to Splinter's character.

2018 animated series[edit]

In Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter is once again Hamato Yoshi, a descendant of the Hamato clan, however as a young child he escapes the responsibility of his clan in order to pursue a career as a martial arts film star (taking inspiration from Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee). He lives with his adopted sons in their sewer lair and can be seen spending his time reliving his glory days by rewatching his movies as an action hero before he had been unexpectedly mutated into a rat.

Splinter shows a great aptitude in using anything as a potential weapon, as shown in his films' he fights with Fish and Ladders in the episode 'Evil League of Mutants'.

Afraid that his sons would be put in harm's way he is less diligent in training them in ninjutsu, until he learns that the Foot Clan have been assembling the Shredder's armour, and he takes a more active role in preparing them for the danger his irresponsibility has placed them in. Little do they know, that their idol Lou Jitsu that they've been playfully emulating for years is in fact their sensei, they learn to appreciate their father for more than he seemed.


Splinter in the 2008 season of TMNT

Splinter's physical appearance remains fairly consistent in all incarnations of the character; he is portrayed as an elderly rat dressed in robes. The coloration of his fur varies depending on the incarnation. While brown fur is the most common depiction, he is sometimes depicted as having gray fur. In the original live-action movies, he is missing part of his right ear, which was cut off by Saki. In the 2012 series, Splinter is physically taller and younger than he was in past incarnations. He also has a more rat-like design along with distinctive body marks on his fur.


Splinter is portrayed as wise, intelligent, and a skilled "elderly martial arts master". He is nearly always calm. Even when angry, he refrains from raising his voice. He is the quintessential calm, all-knowing, and wise master of all martial arts. Also, Splinter has strong willpower as he doesn't give up without a fight. Also, in the 1987 series, Splinter can control his brain waves through his willpower.

Splinter cares for his adopted sons with fierce devotion, rescuing them in very critical moments in the series, such as when Shredder attempted to execute the four on a building, or when Bishop tried to literally tear them apart for science. He is furious when the Foot attempts to slay the Turtles with a robot Splinter and goes all the way to Japan after the four are kidnapped by the Tribunal. Splinter does go to the Turtles for help whenever he was in a tough spot, especially shown in the 1987 series episode "The Old Switcheroo" when an accident caused himself and Shredder to switch bodies as he went to them for help in getting back to his real body but had a hard time convincing them at first but they believed him when they heard his wise wisdom and that he didn't want to fight them as they worked together to set things right.

Despite his love for his sons, Splinter is fairly militant with them, especially when they are young and inexperienced. Splinter's main fear is that he and his family will one day be exposed to the outside world, as he is understandably and protective. He disciplines the turtles when they become disobedient or unruly. His punishments include making them do back-flips repeatedly in the second live-action movie, or being sent to the Hashi, a form of punishment in the 2014 film by using chopsticks for balance. At times, Splinter does get physical with the Turtles whenever he gets mad with them or breaks up their siblings arguments, which led him to ground them, especially in 2012 series.

Splinter is not completely cut off from the pleasures of modern culture; he enjoys soap operas. This is more fully displayed in "Fast Forward" where that hobby of his is mentioned several times. It is also mentioned in both the 2007 animated film and the 2012 series that he very much enjoys dessert, particularly Ice pops.


  • In the 1987 series, he was voiced by Peter Renaday in the American version and by Hideyuki Umezu (TV), Yuzuru Fujimoto (NHK-BS2) and Kiyoshi Kobayashi (VHS) in the Japanese versions. The film Turtles Forever features this incarnation, voiced by David Wills. Renaday would reprise the role of Splinter during spoken portions of the inaugural 'Coming out of their Shells' live action concert tour which was taped from Radio City Music Hall, though he went uncredited in the VHS tape.
  • In the 2003 animated series and Turtles Forever American version, Splinter is voiced by Darren Dunstan. In the Japanese version, he is voiced by Shōto Kashii.
  • In the first two movies, he is voiced by Kevin Clash, and in the third, he was voiced by James Murray. In the 2007 animated film, he was voiced by Mako Iwamatsu; Iwamatsu died during production, and his new fill-in Greg Baldwin stepped in to provide a large share of Splinter's dialogue in the finished film (receiving a credit only for "additional voices"). Splinter was Mako's final role before his death. In the Japanese versions, he was voiced by Kiyoshi Kobayashi and Joji Yanami in the first film, Michio Hazama in the second, Hideyuki Umezu in the third and Shoto Kashii in the fourth.
  • In the 2012 animated series, Splinter is voiced by Hoon Lee.

Video games[edit]

Splinter appears in most video games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. He is a playable character in the 2003 video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus, TMNT: Mutant Melee and TMNT: Smash Up. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES, he transforms into a human in the ending.


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