|“Dirk Savage: Mutant Hunter!”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode|
|Original airdate||December 4, 1993|
|Written by||David Wise|
"Dirk Savage: Mutant Hunter!" is an episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.
With the numerous attacks by mutants all over the city, local eccentric billionaire A. J. Howard has hired Dirk Savage, a professional mutant hunter to capture all the mutants. The Turtles are enraged by Dirk Savage, but Splinter advises them that an enemy might come to their aid. However, this is just a ploy, because as it turns out, A. J. is a mutant. The first part of his plan is for him to turn the captured mutants as his personal soldiers, then he wants to convert all humans into mutants. When the Turtles learn of this, they need to enlist Dirk Savage's help to defeat Howard. Together the Turtles and Dirk Savage foil A.J. Howard's plan to enslave New York City.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Splinter (Peter Renaday)
- April O'Neil (Renae Jacobs)
- Vernon Fenwick (Peter Renaday)
- Burne Thompson (Pat Fraley)
- Irma (Jennifer Darling)
- Dirk Savage (Jim Cummings)
- A. J. Howard (Townsend Coleman)
- Tokka (Rob Paulsen)
- Rahzar (Townsend Coleman)
- Mondo Gecko (Ryan Brown)
- Punk Frogs
- Unnamed Mutants
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- Throughout the episode, Dirk Savage's license plate alternates between being white and red.
- When April and Irma look up A.J. Howard, the computer they use displays various versions of the alphabet, but they read it as information regarding his genetics lab.
- When Donatello climbs up Raphael he has Leonardo's colors.
- After A.J. Howard reveals his true identity, Napoleon Bonafrog and Genghis Frog appear in the same cell as Leonardo and Michelangelo despite not being there moments earlier.
- When Donatello, Raphael and Dirk Savage approach A.J. Howard's statue in the Turtle Blimp, Dirk Savage's hands are drawn as if he his holding the steering mechanism, but his hands are empty.
- This is the first and only appearance of Tokka and Rahzar in the series.
- This is the final appearance of the Punk Frogs.
- This is the second and final appearance of Mondo Gecko.
- Among the unidentified captured mutants are a female giraffe, what appears to be a crane scientist, a mutant canary, and what appears to be a mutant mountain sheep.
- This is the first episode to have a major focus on mutants.