Turtles, for the most part, are still a foreign concept to me. What is a Koopa to do for World Turtle Day, then? Well, for the past month, we've been dealing with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) every week. First it was Raphael and Leonardo. Then it was Michelangelo and Donatello. Then it was Raphael, again, and Donatello, again. It turns out that, legally, Donatello is the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
|“Today we proved that Donnie is the undisputed king of the Ninja Turtles.”|
I got sick of writing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and you got sick of reading about them. And then... it dawned on me. For almost two decades, people have been comparing the Koopa Bros. to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to the point that they believe the Koopa Bros. are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle rip-offs! You remember the Koopa Bros., right? Well, here's a side-by-side comparison:
The Koopa Bros., a collective of four ninja Koopas, are servants of Lord Bowser Koopa and Koopa Kingdom. They're a pretty cool, flashy bunch. And one can see why people draw similarities between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Koopa Bros.
There are four of them. They wear colourful masks. They all have shells. All eight of them are ninjas.
That's about it, though.
The masks are different. Blue, orange, purple, and red versus yellow, green, black, and red. Only one colour in common! How they go about doing ninja activity is totally different. While traditional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle depictions differ with the upcoming (and bad) Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series in terms of what weapons each turtle holds, what is a constant is they are all holding something. The Koopa Bros. just use their shells as a weapon and leave their hands free. The Koopa Bros. also have a special team combination attack, the spinning tower.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles only rarely use their shells. The Koopa Bros. stay true to their shelled form and take advantage of it, while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more turtles by happenstance. The mutants aren't known for signature teamwork efforts like the Koopa Bros. are. They've done those before, sure, but not often enough to be known for it.
I may catch flak for saying this, but the Koopa Bros. have a lot less varied personalities than the personalities of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One of the main purposes of those three Splatfests, besides shoveling sponsored stuff down an audience, is that each of the turtles has a strong, identifiable personality. (Though Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seeks to retcon those.) Each ninja Koopa is... kind of the same or very similar, even down to how they are named. There is nothing wrong with four of the same winning personality, but we just need to admit there is a lack of diversity, especially compared to the mutant turtles who make it a point to act differently than one another.
I think people are just basing the Koopa Bros. off their looks and occupations and not on the contents of their characters. That's not right. They're clearly quite different than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Regardless, have a happy World Turtle Day! Whether you're a turtle, a tortoise, a mutant turtle, or even a Koopa... which are not turtles.
Ludwig generally prefers the company of people who have shells over people who do not. Turtles have shells, but a turtle generally won't be as great as a Koopa. (Unless they're Koops.) Ludwig really hopes he doesn't mention the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever again, and certainly not for next week, too.
Black Ninja Koopa has guest-written for KoopaTV in the past. None of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Koopas have ever done that!
Lost in the month of referencing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles every week is that Ludwig prefers pirates over ninjas, despite his brief stint as a ninja.
Ludwig takes back the good things he said about the Koopa Bros. once he finds out what they did behind the Kingdom's shell.