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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Character You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Since their comic book debut in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have become a dominant pop culture franchise. Creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird initially created the characters to parody the absurdity of comics at the time, but the zany world of mutations, magic, and martial arts that they crafted ended up catching on. Numerous cartoons, movies, toys, and other spinoff media have followed, making the Heroes in a Half Shell household names.

How did such a bizarre and inherently silly concept become so beloved? There are several explanations. Their parody origins gave the turtles and their adventures a smart sense of humor that made for light and entertaining fare. Ninjas are cool in pretty much any context, so that's a guaranteed win right there. But more than anything, "TMNT" owes its success to its colorful cast of characters. The core four heroes proved a perfect fit for the realms of cartoons and action figures, as each held a distinct personality alongside an iconic weapon all their own. The turtles are surrounded by an ever-expanding ensemble of supporting characters, mentors, allies, and villains, which includes everything from aliens and robots to ancient sorcerers and demons.

No subgenre of sci-fi or fantasy is too absurd for the Ninja Turtles. The franchise has become a melting pot of all kinds of pulp influences, and the result is a kooky collection of characters who've kept audiences coming back for decades. Here's what "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" character you're most similar to based on your zodiac sign.

Aries: Raphael

The hothead. The front-liner. The bruiser. The daredevil. Any fan of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will immediately know which of the four eponymous brothers all of those titles describe. Armed with a red mask and a pair of sai, Raph is always ready to jump into action. In fact, he's a little too eager to jump into action most of the time. Though he receives all the same training as his brothers, discipline has never been Raph's strong suit, no matter which iterations of the Ninja Turtles you happen to be watching. While that hotheadedness can hurt him sometimes, it can also be a powerful asset. Raphael is one of the strongest fighters in the "TMNT" franchise — a deeply competitive but loyal friend who will throw himself into danger at the first sign of a threat to his family.

There's no doubt that Raphael is a fire sign, and of the three, Aries (March 21 to April 19) seems to be the best fit. Fearlessness, a desire to be the best, and an instinct to take on leadership even when you might be fully prepared — all of these are patent Aries traits, and they're also the qualities that define Raph. Yes, his rage can get the best of him, even in confrontations with his own brothers. Those born under Aries may empathize with that struggle. However, through all the franchise's different incarnations, Raph has proved himself to be a fierce fighter and a devoted ally when the chips are down.

Taurus: The Shredder

Typically, Taurus (April 20 to May 20) is a sign that represents stability, consistency, and occasionally stubbornness. Those who bear the Earth sign are often associated with the Earth itself — people who enjoy taking part in the natural world. For the most part, these characteristics seem like they'd point to heroic characters, and indeed, there are many great fictional paragons who deserve the title of Taurus. However, in the universe of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," the sign belongs to the main antagonist — the Shredder himself.

Real name Oroku Saki, the Shredder has taken many forms over the years. He's been an alien in a robot suit, an immortal demon king, and sometimes just an ordinary man with a desire for power and some fierce fighting skills. No matter which incarnation of the Shredder we're talking about, however, his persona is largely consistent. As one of the most powerful warriors on Earth, he's a brutal villain who will stop at nothing to earn more control and influence. As a physical opponent, Shredder is feared, but his true strength comes from his discipline. He meditates, trains, and is usually patient in his plans, making him a difficult foe to defeat because he's always so prepared.

However, Shredder also displays some classic Taurus weaknesses, such as an unwillingness to shift course when his plans are disrupted and extreme frustration when things don't go his way. It turns out, being a maniacal tyrant can affect your sense of balance.

Gemini: Donatello

Instantly recognizable by his iconic purple mask, Donatello is the smartest of the Ninja Turtles. While he might be the one least interested in physical confrontations, he's probably the one you always want to play as in the video games because the bo staff has the biggest hitbox. 

Donatello does machines, sure, but that doesn't mean that he isn't also a fearsome fighter. Whether it's a computer that needs hacking or a Foot Clan soldier who needs whacking, Donnie's your man to get the job done. He's repeatedly proven his ability to learn new skills on the fly, and there's yet to be a technique he can't master — other than recognizing the social cues that nobody understands what he's saying.

Fast-talking and fast-thinking in a curious and compassionate shell? Sounds like a Gemini from top to bottom. Ruling from May 21 to June 20, the first air sign of the zodiac is known for a love of discovering, understanding, and sharing ideas. Donatello certainly upholds those ideals. He dives into situations with an unmatched eagerness, sometimes even getting distracted from the mission at hand by his fascination. He can also be held back occasionally by insecurity — something many Geminis will relate to. Still, when push comes to shove, Donnie's a turtle you absolutely want to have in your corner.

Cancer: Karai

Karai's specific backstory has changed a bit here and there, but her role in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has remained pretty consistent. Generally, when Karai shows up, it's as a secondary antagonist serving the Shredder as a leader of the Foot Clan who occasionally dips into antihero and even ally status from time to time. Sometimes Karai is portrayed simply as a Foot Clan lieutenant, sometimes as an adopted daughter to the Shredder himself. Either way, she usually exists in a narrative gray area — loyal to the Foot and reliant on her own strength to attain respect, while also less brutal than the tyrant she serves.

Over the years, Karai has had some hard swings. She dons the mantle of the Shredder for herself in some stories, such as in the 2003 animated series, but she also directly aids the Turtles in others, like the 2007 feature film. She's wary, vindictive, a natural loner, and an ideal pick for the resident Cancer of "TMNT."

Ruling from June 21 to July 22, the first water sign of the zodiac is represented by the crab — a symbol of the hard shell many Cancers wear to protect their inner emotional selves. That description definitely applies to Karai. She repeatedly shows that she's capable of letting people in and fighting for good, but a tough life and a fear of betrayal make her keep others at arm's length. She's secretive and angsty, but beneath that façade lies a truly honorable warrior.

Leo: Krang

Picture the stereotypical cartoon villain, and you might be picturing Krang. The alien overlord is one of the main antagonists of the 1987 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series, even giving Shredder commands from time to time. What makes Krang tick? A desire to rule — a craving for power in any form it takes. Any territory possessed by Krang is ruled with an iron fist, and he goes to great lengths to subjugate those beneath him and assert his superiority. More than anything, Krang wants to be acknowledged as the most powerful being in the universe, and he goes to great lengths to prove himself worthy of that title.

A desire to have others do your bidding and a fierce belief in your own superiority are extreme traits of the fire sign Leo, which rules the zodiac from July 23 to August 22. Most Leos would never follow their egos and their desire to feel like royalty to the lengths that Krang does, but the kernel is there. At their best, Leos are fun-loving party people who bring joy to those around them with their big and boisterous personalities. At their worst, they can be like Krang — so dominated by their own sense of self-importance that they alienate the people closest to them.

Virgo: April O'Neil

Where would the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles be without April O'Neil? Well, they'd certainly be way worse off. Steady, smart, reliable, and determined, the sometimes-scientist, sometimes-reporter is in many ways the heart of the "TMNT" team. Whether she's working with Donnie to break down the Foot Clan's technological defenses, researching the turtles' latest foe, or suiting up herself for some hand-to-hand combat, April never ceases in her fight for good.

Anyone who knows a Virgo (August 23 to September 22) may quickly recognize those traits as part and parcel of the Earth sign. Sometimes stereotyped as workaholics, Virgos are deeply analytical thinkers and masters at finding solutions. They can be a bit reserved at times, which is true for April as well, but when push comes to shove and there's work to be done, all inhibitions go out the window.

Though she's not blessed with their natural physical abilities, April holds her own through all of the turtles' adventures. She's gone toe-to-toe with the Shredder himself, as well as a menagerie of other opponents, and she's lived to tell the tale. The mere fact that April adapts to the existence of the turtles so quickly and easily is a testament to her openness, her adaptability, and her resolve.

Libra: Hamato Yoshi

In some incarnations of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" story, the characters Hamato Yoshi and Master Splinter are combined, making the latter a human who was transformed into a rat rather than a rat who was mutated into a, uh, bigger rat. Originally, though — and in many "TMNT" stories since — Yoshi is a wholly independent character. As one of Japan's most skilled warriors in his own era, Yoshi ran afoul of the Shredder and Foot Clan, with only his pet rat Splinter escaping to tell the tale.

Even when Yoshi and Splinter are portrayed as the same character, there are differences in their personalities. Generally, Yoshi is shown to be a gentle soul — a man who appreciates the natural world and the serenity of a simple life. He values honor above all else, and he doesn't fight unless he has no other option. Quiet and peaceful but still dedicated to the cause of justice, Hamato Yoshi is an excellent pick to represent the air sign Libra in the "TMNT" universe.

Ruling from September 23 to October 22, Libra is represented by the scales. Those who bear the sign generally prefer diplomacy and cooperation to conflict of any sort, and they have a strong sense of balance and fairness — just like Master Yoshi. Just because they prefer not to fight, though, doesn't mean that Libras aren't capable of standing up for what they believe, as Yoshi himself proves.

Scorpio: Baxter Stockman

One of the classic "TMNT" villains, Baxter Stockman is a brilliant scientist and inventor whose desire for power and respect takes him down a dark path. He's perhaps best known as the creator of the MOUSER robots that become some of the turtles' first foes, and he frequently works with the Shredder on various evil schemes. Stockman has also been the victim of some truly gruesome fates over the years, including various grotesque mutations and physical dismemberments.

Though he often works for other villains, Stockman always has his own agenda. He believes himself superior to pretty much everyone else around him because of his advanced intelligence, and this ego can manifest in dangerous ways. He's still driven by a genuine love of science and discovery, however, and he'll betray basically anyone to achieve his next personal goal.

Baxter Stockman's brilliance, drive, resourcefulness, and ego all make him a good match for the water sign Scorpio, which rules the zodiac from October 23 to November 21. On their worst days, Scorpios can come off as self-important schemers prone who can't be trusted. Their intelligence and discernment can also make them loyal friends and fierce allies, but unfortunately, Stockman rarely allows himself to enter that zone. Still, you can see the kernel of a good man within him — someone who could have used his intense dedication and genius for the right reasons if things had just gone differently.

Sagittarius: Casey Jones

Along with April O'Neil, Casey Jones is the closest human ally of the Ninja Turtles. It wouldn't be inaccurate to describe him as a meathead, as Casey certainly prefers lifting weights and beating up bad guys to doing anything involving his brain. But such a summation would also only be part of the truth. Yes, Casey can be a bonehead. He runs around New York City in the middle of the night in a tank top and a hockey mask, seeking out trouble with a golf bag full of blunt force sports gear. He rarely thinks before he speaks, and he frequently overcommits himself to the point of danger.

But Casey also has a kind heart. He's a fun-loving guy who wants to bring joy and laughter to those around him, and his crusade against criminals is based in a traumatic childhood. Never filtered and always on the move, Casey fits perfectly under the fire sign Sagittarius. Ruling from November 22 to December 21, Sagittarius is represented by the bow and arrow — indicative of the sign's penchant for travel and new experiences. Those who bear the sign are also known for their great sense of humor and for rushing into situations without properly preparing ahead of time.

As a fun bonus, Sagittarius is thought to be particularly compatible with its sister fire sign Aries. That maps beautifully onto the world of "TMNT," as Casey and Raphael quickly become an inseparable duo in most iterations of the franchise.

Capricorn: Leonardo

Cool, calm, and collected, Leonardo is the level-headed leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. An expert in stealth, tactics, and combat, Leo takes his responsibilities as the big brother seriously — maybe too seriously from time to time. He intensely values honor, tradition, and doing things the right way, and while that can make him a bit snobbish and tough to deal with at times, it also means he's rarely unprepared.

Out of all the pairings on this list, Leo and the Earth sign Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) might be the most obvious one. Known for their discipline, leadership skills, and sense of duty, Capricorns hold on fiercely to their beliefs. In the wrong situations, that can lead to stubbornness and pessimism, both of which plague Leonardo at different points in the "TMNT" story. He tends to overextend himself because he believes that he needs to be the strongest, and his failures hang over him like clouds.

For the most part, though, when Leonardo is needed the most, he shows up, and he shows up big time. He's defeated the Shredder multiple times in different versions of the "TMNT" canon, and his arcs often end with him learning to be a little less hard on himself. When he's at his best, there's hardly anyone in the whole franchise who can best Leo and his dual katanas.

Capricorn's compatibility with Cancer might also help account for Leo's kinship with Karai.

Aquarius: Master Splinter

Master Splinter may look old and frail, but he's a wise and powerful warrior and sage who shouldn't be trifled with. A true paragon, Splinter believes that those with power have a duty to use it for the greater good, and he trains his adopted turtle sons with this idea as their guiding principle. Though he can more than hold his own in a fight, Splinter prefers to stay away from the action. His focus is on training his students, and he has a strong spiritual awareness that guides him in this pursuit.

Splinter is a good match for the air sign Aquarius, worn by those born between January 20 and February 18. Known for their deep compassion for people and an inner humanitarian drive, Aquarians tend to do well with more abstract and spiritual ideas. All of these traits apply to Splinter, who leads the turtles with a deep sense of right and wrong and an understanding of things outside the physical world. His proverbs might occasionally go over their heads, but Splinter's guidance always pays off in the end.

Pisces: Michelangelo

With four distinct colors, four iconic weapons, and four unique personalities, it seems only fitting that the Ninja Turtles would also each bear a different element of the zodiac. Raphael is the fire sign, Donatello is the air sign, Leonardo is the Earth sign, and Michelangelo — a clear Pisces — is the water sign.

Those born from February 19 to March 20 will likely see similarities between themselves and Mikey, who embodies the core Pisces qualities of childlike behavior and imaginative thinking. An incurable prankster, Mikey lives to make other people laugh, but he's also a big dreamer. He loves superheroes and strives to become one under the title of Turtle Titan. And his plans — while occasionally bizarre — are genuine reflections of his unique way of thinking.

Pisces are thought to be especially compatible with Virgos, which fits with Michelangelo as well. April is often the character who understands his true intentions the best, and she always knows just how to encourage him to make his big, vague Pisces ideas into reality. Most of the time, though, Mikey's happy just to live the good life. He loves pizza and cheesy horror movies, he loves his nunchaku, and he loves his family and friends most of all. Mikey's the one you want by your side, whether it's a battle against a legion of Foot Clan ninjas or an all-night movie binge.