Age: 45-60. Probably. It's hard to tell with rats...
Dessert: Fortune Cookie. What else?
Magazine: Natural Health, Smithsonian
Weapon: His walking stick probably stands out, but he doesn't really need
Character: Think Yoda with fur. He's the quintessential guru-type. A father
figure to the turtles, as well as a teacher, therapist and spiritual guide.
I'm inclined to say that he's a Zen Buddhist. It seems more likely than Shinto
(the indigenous Japanese religion) because he is very into simplicity of lifestyle,
discipline and meditation. Zen is also, I think, the most common form of
Buddhism in Japan. I could be wrong. Depending on the series he's either
a mutated Ninja master and former comrad of the Shredder, or the former pet
rat of a Ninja master who was in competition with the Shredder. He's
got a Japanese accent which tends to vary in extremity depending on the series.
Images: (artist's name in parenthesis. Unless it's from one of the 'toons.
In that case, I have no idea.)
Threatening: Splinter meets Casey for
the first time. He makes quite a first impression.
Talking: From the first 'toon. Forgive the subtitles,
they were there when I downloaded the episode. I have no idea what language
it is, either.
Ragged: from the City at War series.
Splinter staggering around, looking unhealthy. (Jim Lawson)
Captive: From the comic book adaptation
of the first movie. Splinter chatting with Danny while he's being held captive.
Meditating: This one is pretty much
self-explainitory. (Ken Mitchroney)
Unconscious: He got KO'd by Shredder, and
still makes a fashion statement.
Talking: He looks kinda like someone took
a flash picture and he blinked.
Leaping: Attack-Rat mode!
Whammy: Splinter puts on the "mental-whammy".
This is why we love him. (Rick Veitch)
Panels: a panel sequence. I don't really
remember what's going on in this one.
Gazing: I wanted this screengrab just 'cause...well,
for some reason, Splinter just looks really rat-ish to me in this scene.
So, there he is. Looking rattish. Heh. Get it? Rattish? Like Radish? God,
I need to get off coffee...