The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) or Ninja Turtles are a group of characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in November 1983. The TMNT have a loose connection to the Usagi Yojimbo universe. They appeared as guest characters in the story Shades of Green (UY Vol. 8). In addition, Miyamoto Usagi and other characters from the Usagi Yojimbo universe have made guest appearances in TMNT animated shows.

Stan Sakai has stated that Leonardo is his favorite of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. [1]

TMNT Characters that have appeared in Usagi YojimboEdit

As there are many incarnations of the TMNT, it is important to note that the TMNT characters that appear in most Usagi Yojimbo comics are the versions from the Mirage Studios comics. (E.g., all of the Turtles wear red headbands.)

The TurtlesEdit


The turtle who acts as the leader. He carries two katana (swords).


Donatello is the "brains" of the group who's favorite weapon is a bō (staff).


Michelangelo is the laid back "Party Dude" of the TMNT. His weapons of choice are the Nunchaku


Raphael is quick tempered and hot-headed. His weapons are a pair of Sai.

Usagi in TMNT comicsEdit

Donatello #1 (1986)Edit

This TMNT comic features a pinup by Stan Sakai depicting Usagi and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Turtle Soup: Turtle Soup and Rabbit StewEdit

This story features Leonardo falling into Usagi's world.

Shell Shock: The TreatyEdit

Another story featuring a meeting between Usagi and Leonardo.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47: Hare Today, Hare TomorrowEdit

This back-up story, which the Turtles do not make an appearance in, features a meeting of the feudal period Miyamoto Usagi with his distant descendant, the space-age Miyamoto Usagi.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: NamazuEdit

This one-shot has Usagi team-up with the IDW versions of the Turtles (as opposed to the Mirage versions)

TMNT in Usagi Yojimbo comicsEdit

Usagi appearances on 1987 TMNT seriesEdit


Miyamoto Usagi (referred inaccurately in this series as "Usagi Yojimbo") appeared in the following episodes


Action figuresEdit


  • The second series of TMNT trading cards included cards based on episodes in which Usagi appeared.
  • Animation cels from the TMNT series were sold in stores, including some from episodes featuring Usagi.

Usagi crossovers in 2003 TMNT seriesEdit


Usagi, Gen and several other Usagi Yojimbo characters have appeared in this series. In addition to their appearances in the series, Usagi and Gen briefly appear in the opening title sequence of the series in some seasons.

Season 2 (2003/2004)Edit

Season 3 (2004/2005)Edit

Season 4 (2005/2006)Edit

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast ForwardEdit

  • A script for a two-part episode featuring Space Usagi was written, but the series was canceled before it could be produced[2]. Peter Laird stated in his blog that "it might be possible to see it published in some interesting fashion... perhaps in an 'Unseen Tales of the TMNT' -type comic which could adapt stories which were written for the TV series but which for whatever reason never made it to air. Hmm... I wonder if Stan Sakai himself would be interested in drawing it?"[3]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the SewerEdit


Action figuresEdit

Video gamesEdit

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (PC, Xbox, Playstation 2, and Gamecube)
    • Usagi appears as an opponent in this game.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (Xbox, Playstation 2, and Gamecube)
    • Usagi appears in the "Battle Nexus" video clip in "Movie Viewer" mode.
    • Although the "Nightmare" chapter of the game is based on the story arc in the third season where Ultimate Drako sends the Turtles to different dimensions, Leonardo is not sent to Usagi's world as he was in the TV series.

Usagi crossovers in 2012 TMNT seriesEdit

Usagi, Jei and several other UY characters appear in the following episodes:


Action figuresEdit

Video gamesEdit


  • There was a banner with an image of Usagi on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.[5]


Story Notes on 2003 TMNT series episodes featuring Usagi from Peter Laird's TMNT BlogEdit


  1. Usagi Yojimbo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles question on the DojoBoard Forum
  2. Re: Usagi and the "NEW" New TMNT show...
  3. pablog, June 21, 2008
  4. TMNT/Usagi, usagiguy, August 14, 2008
  5. Usagi Banner, usagiguy, April 2, 2008