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Raphael, Michaelangelo, Foot Ninja, Perri Grey, Mokusai No Bushi


Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, 2003 TV series


Tonfa (トンファー tonfā) are a weapon of Okinawan origin. They are wooden cudgels with handles at the side.

Raphael used tonfa as his training weapon in The Passing. Michaelangelo brandished them in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation as his normal weapon due to censorship in Europe which led to his 1987 counterpart not using Nunchakus in the European airings of the 1987 TV Series & the same for his live action movie counterpart as well. Raphael is seen equipping them amongst many other weapons in Showdown, although he never seems to use any of them. The tonfa are also Raphael's primary weapon in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

At various times, Foot Ninja have been seen wielding tonfa. Perri Grey equips a nightstick, a variation of the tonfa often associated with modern law enforcement.

In the 2003 TV series, it was used by the Mokusai No Bushi.