Leader, Brawn, Brain, Heart


When I was younger, I was fascinated by – and a little frightened of – the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Don’t laugh.

Watching episodes of the 1987 cartoon in French certainly helped the fascination part. But then I learned more about them, their names, their personalities and how they function as a team and a family.

They’ve all got their individual roles. Leo’s the leader, Raph’s the brawn, Don’s the brain…and Mikey? Mikey’s the heart. He’s not just the ‘funny guy’ – come to think of it, he’s not the only comic relief character who falls under that category (Stiles Stilinski, we’re looking at you).

But my favourite’s got to be Don, the purple-wearing turtle. Like Mikey, he’s got more depth to him than the ‘clever one’. The most (in)famous episode of the 2003 cartoon has an episode that has him transported to an alternate universe in which he suddenly disappeared and the Shredder took over the world. Imagine ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, only infinitely, infinitely worse.

It happened because Don wasn’t there.

He’s not just the most intelligent of the Turtles. He’s also the least combative and the least violent (at least, in the incarnations I’m most familiar with).

Maybe that’s why I like him so much.

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