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Splinter (TMNT)
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Splinter (a.k.a. Master Splinter) is the master and father figure of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In all versions of the story, he is a mutant rat, but his origins often vary depending on the version.

In the original comic (as well as the movies and 2003 animated series), Splinter was the pet rat of a ninja named Hamato Yoshi. Exceptionally intelligent for his species, Splinter was able to learn his master's art by mimicking his movements while he practiced.

Yoshi eventually was embroiled in a dispute with a fellow ninja by the name of Oruku Nagi over the love of a woman named Tang Shen. When the woman favored Yoshi, Nagi grew angry and beat her. Yoshi came across them, and slew Nagi in his rage.

The pair escaped to New York City, but were tracked down and slain by Nagi's younger brother, Saki, who had become The Shredder.

Without a home, Splinter eventually came to live in the city's sewers. One day, he saw a canister of chemicals go flying from a truck. The canister struck a boy in the face after he saved a blind man from being hit by the truck (a reference to the superhero Daredevil), and then struck and shattered a bowl full of four baby turtles carried by a young boy. The now broken canister and turtles fell into the sewers, where Splinter rescued them, also exposing himself to the ooze that had covered the turtles.

In time, the ooze mutated both Splinter and the turtles, increasing their size and intelligence, and making them more humanoid. Eventually, Splinter named the four turtles Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello (after his favorite Renaissance artists) and raised them as his own sons, but also training them in the arts of ninjutsu, so that they may one day avenge the death of Hamato Yoshi and slay the Shredder, who had amassed a powerful organization in the New York underworld.

After his long life, Splinter's death was shown in Volume 4, Issue 10 of the Mirage comic. His funeral followed in issue 11. Splinter's death was not in battle or the result of murder; it came when he was alone. The cause of his death was never revealed, but he clutches his chest, suggesting a possible heart attack.

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First Appearance: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1984) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Big Bang Comics (1996)
CBS Presents Action Zone (1994)
CreeD / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1996)
Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Leonardo (1986)
Mighty Mutanimals (1991)
Mighty Mutanimals (1992)
Quest for Dreams Lost (1987)
Shell Shock (1989)
Shortpacked! (2005)
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Tales of the TMNT (2004)
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1984)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1996)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2011)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (1988)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (1996)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual (2003)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Digest (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics: Leonardo Micro-Series (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Special (2009)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Official Movie Adaptation (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III The Movie: The Turtles Are Back...In Time! (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman Cover Gallery (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazin (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet The Conservation Corps (1992)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Donatello (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Fugitoid (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Leonardo (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Splinter (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Free Comic Book Day (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Presents: April O'Neil (May East Saga) (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash-Up (2009)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Microseries (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Quarter Century Celebration (2009)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Black & White Classics (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Black & White Classics - Leonardo (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Challenges (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Warriors of the Forgotten Sewer (1991)
The Comic Relief Comic (1991)
TMNT Movie Prequel (2007)
TMNT Mutant Universe Sourcebook (1992)
TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2001)
TMNT: The Official Movie Adaptation (2007)
Turtle Soup (1987)
Turtle Soup (1991)

Movie Appearances:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

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