Biographical information

Earth, New York Zoo


Superhuman strength, digging ability

Weapon(s) of choice

Laser Gun, Jackhammer, shovel


Criminal, henchmen

Physical description

Mutant Mole




240 lbs. (dirty)

Hair color


Eye color

Yellow, Black

Out of universe information

1987 series

First appearance

Planet of the Turtleloids, Part 1

Voiced by

Pat Fraley

Teachers and Students

Dirtbag is a mutant mole who first appears in the original cartoon episode Planet of the Turtleloids, Part 1. One day Shredder intended to create new mutants accomplices and placed a gorilla and a lion from the New York Zoo under a Mutagen dispenser. But the alien anthropomorphic turtle Kerma of the Turtleoids from the planet Shell-Ri-La freed these animals, while Rocksteady and Bebop freed a bull and mole who took their place. The bull hit the dispenser with his horns, and the mutagen was poured over them. This resulted in the bull and the mole assuming anthropomorphic forms.

Shredder wanted the two mutants, now called Dirtbag and Groundchuck, to be his new henchmen and go to a museum and steal a giant ruby on display there. But the two did not like to be ordered around and rebelled against Shredder.

Later, they came into a confrontation with the Turtles until they were captured by Kerma and taken to the planet Shell-Ri-La, because he sought help against the dragon Herman the Horrible.

While Kerma led the Turtles to the capital, Ground Chuck and Dirtbag took the opportunity to flee. They allied themselves with Herman, which resulted in a renewed conflict with the Turtles.

After the victory over Herman, Dirtbag and Groundchuck were taken into custody. Later they both managed to escape and allied themselves with the space pirate Captain Dread to steal Shell-Ri-La's gold machine. However, they once again lost again against the Turtles and were taken back into custody.



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