Who is the youngest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?
The youngest and perhaps, the most laid-back and optimistic member of the ninja turtles is Michelangelo. Like his brothers, Michelangelo is named after a Renaissance painter – namely Michelangelo Buonarroti. Everyone refers to him as Mike or Mikey though. In comparison to his comic book persona, Michelangelo is portrayed more as a surfer-like, party dude in the 1987 cartoon series. With catchphrases like “Cowabunga” and “Booyakasha”, he is the character most likely to crack jokes, play pranks, and bring humor to the show. Although, all the ninja turtles love pizza, Mikey is the one that loves it the most. He takes pride in being the first turtle to ever try pizza.
Mikey has odd fascination with naming things. He has named all six of his toes, and often gives funny nicknames to bad guys and people that have come in contact with mutagens. As the baby of the group, he still has child-like behavior and beliefs including the belief that Santa Claus and leprechauns are real. At one time, he also owned a pet cat named Klunk but it got hit by a car and died. The Turtles later found out that Klunk had mated with an alley cat and had several kittens.
In terms of appearance, Michaelangelo is light green, with blue eyes and freckles. He sports an orange bandana and dual nunchucks, one of which converts into a kusarigama. He tends to be the most athletic, and talented out of the bunch. Splinter sees great potential in Mikey and believes he can be a better ninja than all of his brothers combined.