Ask any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan to name the members of the most fearsome combat team in the world and they won’t break a sweat listing Master Splinter’s students: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. However, for at least two years of real time, the TMNT had a fifth turtle in its ranks. 1997-1998 “Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation,” aired 1997-1998, boasts a female mystic who is not named after a renaissance artist.
According to the show, Venus de Milo was right next to the unmutated turtles in the sewage when they were exposed to the mud that transformed them. Unlike the TMNT, however, she was found by a shinobi master named Chung I, who raised her in the mystical arts for 18 years. On her return to New York, she joins the TMNT, puts on a light blue bandana and complements the brothers’ ninja training with her magical skills.
Unfortunately, Venus couldn’t catch on with the fans … and even with the creators themselves. The backlash was so strong that in the comics of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at that time the slogan “No girl turtle guaranteed“on her cover.” TMNT “co-creator Peter Laird hates her so much that he called her” creatively bankrupt “and” hideous. ” a blog entry from 2012and is said to have banned the character from further cinematic adaptations of the franchise (across the Atlantic).