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Facts about Slash!

by Kyle Tobey

Slash and Metalhead were my 2 favorite toys when I was little.

They were both still “Ninja Turtles” but looked even more weird and gross. (Yes, I know they aren’t actual Ninja Turtles but I was 4. Slash, Metalhead, Krang and Leatherhead were all Ninja Turtles to me.)

Both of which are still my favorite characters. The new Kevin Eastman artwork for Slash is my current wallpaper for my phone. One would think I should have my fiancee in that spot, and she would agree. But it’s Slash! He’s weird, teal, and all around awesome.

Here are some facts about Slash!

Slash’s 1st appearance – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #23

Slash 1st appeared in the Archie comics series in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #23 – “Search and Destroy” as part of a snapping turtle alien species. He lived on a tropical planet that was destroyed by alien invaders.

Slash died when he refused to leave Maligna’s hive which was crashing into the sun in order to make sure Maligna and Null didn’t escape. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kid Terra, April O’Neil, Oyuki, the future TMNT, Ninjara, Splinter and a couple others held a funeral for him and honored Slash as the fifth Ninja Turtle in a sunset memorial ceremony.

Slash has demonstrated super-strength, invulnerability, and expertise skills with a katana, bo, sai, and nunchaku.

He is adept with every weapon that the TMNT wields, as well as Pantera claws similar to those used by Shredder.

Image property of IDW Publishing

In the IDW series he was an experiment of Stockgen. His immense strength and low IQ could cause him to break out of his cage and then wander the streets causing destruction.  He is named “Slash” by the media for leaving slash marks on objects he comes across.

Originally Slash’s intelligence was very low in the IDW series, but after receiving another dose of mutagen; he displays great intelligence not only being able to understand scientific explanations, but easily understands directions on how to by-pass Donatello’s tight security programs.

Slash appears in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series as Bebop’s pet!

He and Rocksteady mutated Slash in order to complete tasks Shredder assigns them that they don’t want to do.

However, in the 2012 series, Slash appears first as Spike, the turtle pet of Raphael. In the episode “Slash and Destroy” (the title of the episode was a homage to the title of his first comic book appearance which was titled “Search and Destroy”) Spike mutated into Slash.

Spike, Raphael’s pet turtle, in the 2012 series

Slash, still technically Raph’s pet.

He later resurfaces as a vigilante fighting the Kraang, and became an ally to the TMNT. The TMNT offer him a place on the team, but he declines, stating that he works better alone, but thanked them for the offer.

Slash is sometimes referred to as “The Fifth Turtle.” However, he’s not the only one. “Kirby” was to be set to be introduced in an unmade 4th live action TMNT movie. It was going to be much more adult oriented, and was scrapped after the lackluster performance of the 3rd film. Another fifth turtle is Venus De Milo from Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. She was hated by both critics and fans alike, and Peter Laid himself regrets her to this day.

Unfortunately, Slash is rarely featured in collectibles.

His first appearance was in 1990, and not again until Playmates released another in 2014.

Slash appears as a boss in both the NES game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project and in the Super Nintendo version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. He appears as a boss at the end of the prehistoric level, which he is considered one of the games most difficult bosses as he blocks most of the player’s attacks. Slash replaces Cement Man, who was featured in the arcade version.

The back of his card on the 1990 action figure reads-

Accessories: Nasty Nunchuku, Psycho Sai, Mutant Mace, Twisted Turtle Belt, Razor-spiked Gnarly Knife

Birthplace: Universe Number 9, Dimension X

Height: 6 ft. (from spike to spur)

Weight:’ 200 lbs. (with a heavy attitude problem)

Favorite Food: Anything but pizza

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