Michelangelo
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Michelangelo (Character)
from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1987)

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Michelangelo (or Mikey, occasionally Mike), is a fictional character, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). His bandanna is typically portrayed as orange, his favorite color (although all four Turtles originally wore red bandannas) and his weapons are two nunchaku; however, he has also been portrayed using other weapons, such as grappling hooks and tonfas. Nunchaku are illegal in many places, so some of the TV show creators avoided using them. He is a natural athlete, and is considered the fastest turtle. He is named after Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Renaissance artist. Michelangelo is probably the most light-hearted and relaxed of the Turtles. More fun-loving than his brothers, he was given a much bigger role and was more popular in the 1987 cartoon series, directed at children, than in the more serious original comic books. He came to epitomize the early 1990s popular culture incarnation of the TMNT, coining most of their catch phrases; hence, he is possibly the most famous Turtle. Because of his more carefree nature, most seem to view Michelangelo as the youngest of the Ninja Turtles, although they are all actually roughly the same age. Because Kevin Eastman's original "ninja turtle" concept drawing (1983) portrayed an unnamed turtle with nunchaku strapped to its arms, some consider Michelangelo to be the first Ninja Turtle created.

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