Biographical information

New York City




The Fifth Turtle

Weapon(s) of choice

ice hockey stick, Junior Detective's Kit, Turtle Communicator (When connecting the mic from his Junior Detective's Kit to a Turtle Com, the device emits a powerfully shrill, high-frequency noise).


Kid, Fifth Turtle



Physical description
Species Human


Hair color


Bandana color


Out of universe information
Era(s) 1987 series
First appearance

"The Fifth Turtle"

Voiced by

Rob Paulsen

Teachers and Students

Zach was a character in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated television series.

He was a young boy who was a big fan of the Ninja Turtles, so much that he wanted to be like them. In his initial appearance, he said to be "almost fourteen", however, he appears to be preteen through the whole series.

At first he was a nuisance to the Turtles, but eventually proved his skills and they affectionately called him their "Fifth Turtle".

He has an older brother named Walt, who picks on Zach for believing that the Turtles are real. He does meet them and, after proving himself a hero, becomes the "Sixth Turtle". Zach's parents are apparently aware of their sons' friendship with the Turtles.

He had an over-active imagination, as demonstrated in "Zach and the Alien Invaders".

His best (and possibly only) friend was a girl named Caitlyn, who also wanted to be a Turtle. She was not his girlfriend, and perhaps the feeling was mutual.


  • According to TV Tropes, the character of Zach was based on one of show's creator's children.



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