List of fictional turtles

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"The Tortoise and the Hare", from an edition of Aesop's Fables illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1912

This is a list of fictional turtles and tortoises from literature, movies and other elements of popular culture. Terrapins are also grouped in the list.

In mythology, legends, and folklore[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Br'er Turtle (Br'er Tarrypin) Uncle Remus's folk tales
Genbu Japanese Mythology
Kurma Hindu mythology The second of the dashavatars of Vishnu
Minogame Urashima Taro A sea turtle, is said to be Otohime, daughter of the Emperor of the Sea
The Tortoise The Tortoise and the Hare

In literature[edit]

Character Origin Author Notes
Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Beatrix Potter One of Jerermy's two friends who brings him some salad for dinner.
Cassiopeia Momo Michael Ende
Alfie Esio Trot Roald Dahl Illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Franklin Franklin the Turtle Paulette Bourgeois Illustrated by Brenda Clark. Adapted into an Animated Series and a CGI Series.
Great A'Tuin Discworld Terry Pratchett The World Turtle, carrying the four elephants which hold the Discworld.
Lauren Misunderstood: The Chronicles of a Lightweight Dale Foresythe A fragile turtle trying to make friends, she speaks in alliterative phrases and oftentimes describes herself as a "Sensitive Sally".
Leatherback Turtle The Wreck of the Zanzibar Michael Morpurgo A turtle nursed back to health by Laura and Granny May believes he participated in the Wreck of the Zanzibar.
Mock Turtle Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Morla The Neverending Story Michael Ende A giant, wise swamp turtle.
Mudface Doctor Dolittle Hugh Lofting Particularly Doctor Dolittle and the Secret Lake
Om Small Gods Terry Pratchett A god briefly incarnated as a tortoise.
Spotty Old Mother West Wind Thornton Burgess
The Tortoise What the Tortoise Said to Achilles Lewis Caroll Also in sequel dialogs in Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
Tortoise À rebours Joris-Karl Huysmans
Yertle Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Dr. Seuss A popular children's tale that cautions against despotism.
Maturin The Dark Tower (series) & It (novel) Stephen King Considered the most powerful of the guardians of the beams.

In comics[edit]

Character Origin First appearance Notes
Burocracia Quino Mafalda's pet
Churchy LaFemme Pogo
Donatello Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984) Nicknames: Don, Donnie
Weapon of choice: The (long staff)
Bandana: red (Mirage/Image Comics), purple (elsewhere)
Elvis Elvis
Fillmore Sherman's Lagoon
John the Turtle B.C. A friend of the Dookie Bird
Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984) Nickname: Leo
Weapon of choice: the Ninjatō (sword)
Bandana: red (Mirage/Image Comics), blue (elsewhere)
Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984) Nicknames: Mike, Mikey
Weapon of choice: The Nunchaku (nunchucks)
Bandana: red (Mirage/Image Comics), orange (elsewhere)
The Millennium Tortoise Image Comics Goes to Aqua Leung
Raphael Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984) Nickname: Raph
Weapon of choice: The sai
Bandana: red
Skalman Bamse Friend of the title character
Super-Turtle DC Comics
Terrific Whatzit DC Comics
Timmy-Joe Terrapin/Fastback Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew
Tim Turtle Lionel's Kingdom

In film and television[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Br'er Turtle Song of the South
Gamera Daiei Motion Picture Company A flying, fire-breathing turtle.
The Giant Sea Turtle The Bermuda Depths A supernatural sea monster.
Howard Razzle Dazzle
Kamoebas Space Amoeba
The Lion Turtle Avatar: The Last Airbender
Master Oogway Kung Fu Panda An aged giant Tortoise, who is a kung fu master of shifu.
Morla The Neverending Story
Pong Pagong Batibot
Tardy Turtle Greg the Bunny A slow-witted set assistant.
Terraspin Ben 10: Ultimate Alien A Turtle-like Alien.
Toby Turtle Disney's Robin Hood Voiced by Richie Sanders
Tokka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Toraton The Future is Wild A gigantic ancestor of tortoises.
Tortoise John Rango Mayor of Dirt, the desert town setting in the film.
Toto Harry & Toto
Tuck Wonder Pets Tuck is a four-year-old turtle. He is described as sensitive with an emotional connection to living things
TurboTurtle Jamie and the Magic Torch From the 3rd series there is a fast turtle with wheels.
Verne Over the Hedge A Box Turtle and the leader of the animal group.
Venus Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation

In animations[edit]

Bert the turtle
Character Origin Notes
Baby Shelby Mickey Mouse Works / Disney's House of Mouse A baby turtle who always annoys and takes advantage of Donald Duck.
Bert the Turtle Duck and Cover
Burt Danger Rangers
Cecil Turtle Merrie Melodies / Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny's nemesis and rival.
Crusty Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Filburt Rocko's Modern Life
Giant Tortoise Polar Bear Cafe
Hun Turtles Forever Gets mutated into a turtle
Mekka Mannen KO Beast
Myrtle Turtle Walter Lantz
Sammy A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures A sea turtle who navigates his 50 year life through the changes caused by global warming.
Slash Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Speed The Swan Princess
Tamachan Love Hina A flying turtle.
Tippi Turtle Saturday Night Live[1][2] An obnoxious practical joker created by Jack Zander
Toto Harry & Toto
Turner Chucklewood Critters
Tooter Turtle Total Television
Touché Turtle Touché Turtle

In video games[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Bentley Sly Cooper "Bowser"
Devan Shell Jazz Jackrabbit
The Giant Turtle The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Helps get to Great Bay Temple
Lodizal EverQuest
Rolling Turtle Kirby's Adventure
Tortimer Animal Crossing The eccentric tortoise mayor of the town
Tiptup Banjo Kazooie Appears in Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie and Diddy Kong Racing

As mascots, toys, and others[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Mickael the Turtle Mickael the Turtle
Peakaboo, Speedy Beanie Baby
Testudo University of Maryland

In politics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]