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  • Previously I did not think they were teenagers, at least they were at least older than 15 years or over 20 and, how Leonardo being the oldest and the youngest Michelangelo if they are the same age? and I thought that they just called Ninja Turtles.

    In the new live-action film (2014) they are very tall, about two meters high to be 15-year-olds.

    How do some of you know they are 18-19 in the movie TMNT (2007), I tried to figure it out yourself.

    I'm 18 and I feel younger than them.

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    • they always begin with 15 years old, even in the new movie.

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    • Lea95 wrote:
      Previously I did not think they were teenagers, thought at least they were older than 15 years in any other continuity.

      They were always teenagers,they only looked like they were older.

      But in the 2007 movie they are 18-19 years old.

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    • The day the turtles were born, Leo and Raph raced to be the first to hatch with Leo winning by a few seconds, thus making Leo the oldest and sparking Raph's rivalry with him. Donnie hatched sometime after that. Mikey was born after Donnie, hatching a little late, which would explain why he's a little uh...odd? But still adorable of course. 15 Years later they became the Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles! And that is the story how the turtles were born, The end.

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    • In IDW, they're centuries old. :) ...but their current bodies are only about a year old, I think.

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    • The new movie makes them look like they're in their late teens like 16 or 17. I'm sixteen and I feel like they're at least as old as me. In the 2012 cartoon, they act and look younger so it fits that they're fifteen there.

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    • Yes, I like teenage turtles actually acting like teenagers. :) But I'm also a little disappointed that they're not being allowed to age after three and a half seasons. Being teenagers makes them psychologically interesting, but I still want them to gradually age and mature. When will their 16th mutation day be?

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    • Who knows? Only time will tell.

      Oh gosh. In my head, that line sounded like Yoda/ Master Splinter

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    • They appeared in the comic, in 1984 at first. If consider they were teenagers in those times, so in this year they should turn at least as... 48 years olds!

      Pretty much as for teens...

      And as characters in media, it's their 32th year.

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    • And if you go by Tales of the TMNT, their lifespans are actually centuries-long, with Swan Song telling some of the rest of Leonardo's later life story until his final years. Archie TMNT seems to agree in speculating that the turtles will actually live centuries. IDW TMNT hasn't gauged the lifespans of their actual mutant bodies, but its newly introduced version of Leatherhead is already over 200 years old.

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    • Danios15 wrote:
      They appeared in the comic, in 1984 at first. If consider they were teenagers in those times, so in this year they should turn at least as... 60 years olds!

      Pretty much as for teens...

      And as characters in media, it's their 48th year.

      Everything you said is completely wrong. Its basic math.

      The Turtles have been around since 1984. Thats 32 years. NOT 60 or 48. 

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    • Actually, canonically, the Mirage turtles were born in the year 1970.

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    • They are ALL born in the same year in each continuity. They were only born at different times (the difference between the turtles' ages is unknown and can range from seconds,minutes,or hours to entire months).

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    • However, it is a tradition that Leo is the oldest followed by Raph, Donnie then Mikey.

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    • I think IDW has it being Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey.

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    • Are you sure about that? In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 issue 5 page 4, when Tang Shen spoke to her sons to give them individual words of love and encouragement, she spoke to them in the order of Michelangelo ("littlest"), Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo ("eldest"). While she didn't specifically say who was older among Donatello and Raphael, the impression I had was that she went from youngest to eldest.

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    • It might also be helpful to comb the transcripts for references to "little bro," "kid," "baby bro," etc. between the turtles.

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    • Gilgameshkun wrote:
      Are you sure about that? In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 issue 5 page 4, when Tang Shen spoke to her sons to give them individual words of love and encouragement, she spoke to them in the order of Michelangelo ("littlest"), Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo ("eldest"). While she didn't specifically say who was older among Donatello and Raphael, the impression I had was that she went from youngest to eldest.

      You might be right. I was going by the sizes they were as small children (proto-Donatello looked larger and a bit more mature than proto-Raphael, who looked like he was barely more than a toddler) but it might have just been the art.

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    • Donatello's taller—that's long been true in IDW just as much as it's been in the 2012 TV series. Some IDW artists draw them looking identical, but other artists (including Santolouco) draw them with dissimilar features—just not necessarily all 2012-style or anything like that (almost never freckles, or lightning-shaped crack, or gap in teeth, etc.).

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    • I actually meant when they were small human children.

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    • Oh. Right.

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    • Angel90900 wrote: Everything you said is completely wrong. Its basic math.

      The Turtles have been around since 1984. Thats 32 years. NOT 60 or 48. 

      But they had been born before their first introduction (and counting with human years..)

      Gilgameshkun wrote:  Are you sure about that? In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 issue 5 page 4, when Tang Shen spoke to her sons to give them individual words of love and encouragement, she spoke to them in the order of Michelangelo ("littlest"), Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo ("eldest"). While she didn't specifically say who was older among Donatello and Raphael, the impression I had was that she went from youngest to eldest.

      It should be totally random, but considering "retro-logic"...

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