The latest battle of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has just seen them being demolished by some of their most iconic movie villains.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 114 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell, Ronda Pattison and Shawn Lee, on sale now.
Historically, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have faced dangerous enemies. From deadly warriors like the Shredder to mutants like Bebop and Rocksteady, there is no shortage of threats to the Turtles. Recently, TMNTs got embarrassed by some surprisingly formidable movie villains: Tokka and Rahzar.
This humiliation came in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 114 On patrol in Mutant Town, the team finds Tokka and Rahzar wreaking havoc on the streets. Michelangelo tries to convince the two babies, but Rahzar is distracted by Rafael’s mask, as the color red reminds him of his adoptive mother, Karai.
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Raphael removes Rahzar’s mask, who breaks down in tears. This enrages Tokka, who unleashes a devastating attack on the turtles. Raphael receives a strong punch, Michelangelo is knocked down with Tokka’s tail and Tokka throws Jennika to the other side of the city. Considering the TMNT’s fighting skills and experience, it’s quite embarrassing for the turtles to be dropped by a couple of mutant babies.
Tokka and Rahzar were originally introduced in 1991 TMNT II: The Mucus Secret. In this movie, the mutant babies worked for The Shredder and posed a similar threat to their comic book counterparts. Tokka and Rahzar were recently incorporated into the comics in TMNT # 111, by Campbell, Eastman, and Waltz, inadvertently unleashed by Karai.
Both the movie and the comic book versions of Tokka and Rahzar completely surpass the turtles. It is primarily the size and strength of these villains that allows them to master TMNTs. Despite their years of training, the Ninja Turtles clearly don’t stand a chance against Tokka and Rahzar.
Additionally, Tokka and Rahzar are creatures of sheer emotion, fueling their immense power. This power is illustrated by the savage blows of the turtles fueled by Tokka’s rage. Tokka and Rahzar have childish brains, so their emotions are a driving factor that increases their power. These raw and uninhibited emotions make Tokka and Rahzar extremely unpredictable.
Tokka and Rahzar’s unpredictability sets them apart from the other mutant villains of TMNT. Tokka and Rahzar have no real reason or internal motivation for their actions. Former enemies like Koya or Bludgeon were motivated by loyalty and honor, making them more reasonable opponents for the Ninja Turtles to wield.
Tokka and Rahzar, however, cannot reason, as seen in both TMNT II and comics. In both versions, Michelangelo offered Tokka and Rahzar donuts in an attempt to reason with the creatures. Michelangelo wasn’t ready for Tokka and Rahzar to break up any second.
In the movie, Tokka and Rahzar saw the anti-mutagen cube on the donut, prompting them to throw Michelangelo through a wall. Likewise, in the comics, Tokka and Rahzar are distracted by Raphael’s mask when Michelangelo tried to reason with them. The mutants’ attention span is too short for anyone to dissuade them.
Also, the other smaller mutant villains could be dealt with physically, unlike Tokka and Rahzar. Of course, these other mutants may have more intelligence than Tokka and Rahzar, but at least they are on an equal footing with TMNTs physically.
Bebop and Rocksteady are also much larger than turtles, but these two are hybrids with human intelligence. Bebop and Rocksteady, who possess many of the same petty desires and emotions as adults, are more like oversized gangsters than babies. As such, Bebop and Rocksteady’s motivations can be exploited and manipulated to defeat them. Tokka and Rahzar, however, are uncontrollable, emotional mutant babies.
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