Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series, season 3)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Season 3
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes26
Original network4Kids TV
Original releaseOctober 9, 2004 (2004-10-09) –
April 23, 2005 (2005-04-23)
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The third season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originally aired between October 9, 2004 and April 23, 2005, beginning with the "Space Invaders, Part 1" episode.[1] The entire season of the television series was released on DVD in seven volumes from March 15, 2005 through May 16, 2006.[2] This is the only season of the 2003 series which has a prodcode, and included a Christmas episode under the title "The Christmas Aliens".


The Triceraton Republic launches a massive invasion of Earth, believing Professor Honeycutt to be hiding on the planet. After wreaking havoc on the planet, they are convinced to leave by Donatello, who reveals Honeycutt's departure, only for Honeycutt to return to Earth, intending to surrender himself to the Triceratons. Honeycutt and the Turtles are abducted by the Earth Protection Force, led by Agent Bishop, who has allied with the Federation. While Traximus deposes Zanramon, Honeycutt sacrifices himself to upload a computer virus to the Triceraton and Federation fleet. Traximus jails Zanramon and Blanque and declares a new era of peace, but the damage has been done to Earth. Having observed from the sidelines, Shredder uses his Oroku Saki persona to help in the reconstruction of New York, secretly salvaging Triceraton technology for an unknown purpose, while Bishop schemes to create an army of super-soldiers.

Splinter and the Turtles are visited by "Ultimate Drako", a fusion of Ue-Sama and Drako, who wield Lord Simultaneous' Time Scepter, and scatter the group across time and space. Michelangelo arrives in a world where the Turtles are superheroes fighting a villainous Splinter, Raphael enters the world of the Planet Racers franchise, Donatello suffers in an alternate timeline where the Shredder has conquered the Earth, and Leonardo arrives in Miyamoto Usagi's dimension. With Usagi's help, Leo travels to the Battle Nexus and is able to reunite his brothers and Splinter, and defeat Ultimate Drako. Though the duo are separated and Drako perishes, Ue-Sama is restored to a youthful form and reunited with his father.

After receiving a vision of the Shredder departing Earth to conquer the Utrom home world, Splinter rallies the Turtles, Casey, April, Leatherhead and Honeycutt (who were revealed to have survived their supposed deaths) to storm the Shredder's stronghold on the eve of his departure in a massive spacecraft. Bishop also enters the fray with Stockman on his side, but Shredder is able to lift off with Karai and Dr. Chaplin, with the Turtles and Splinter stowing away. As Bishop continues to assault the ship in space, the Shredder viciously wounds his foes, who decide to sacrifice their lives by detonating the ship's power core to kill the Shredder. Fortunately, the Utroms arrive just in time to save them all and find the Shredder guilty of numerous war crimes and atrocities, banishing him forever to a desolate ice asteroid.


  • Michael Sinterniklaas as Leo: the leader of the Turtles. (26 episodes)
  • Frank Frankson as Raph: Leo's second-in-command who often argues with him. (26 episodes)
  • Wayne Grayson as Mike: the Turtles' youngest member and a source of comic relief. (26 episodes)
  • Sam Riegel as Don: the Turtles' genius engineer who is identified as the member who holds the team together. (26 episodes)


  • Darren Dunstan as Splinter: the Turtles' sensei and adopted father, who comes to realize his destiny as a guardian of the Utroms. (21 episodes (has no lines in episode 2))
  • Scottie Ray as Ch'rell/Oroku Saki/The Shredder: the main antagonist of the series and the leader of the Foot Clan, who uses his wealth to help repair New York for an ulterior motive. (9 episodes)
  • Veronica Taylor as April: an ally of the Turtles who enters a relationship with Casey. (14 episodes (has no lines in episodes 4 and 26))
  • Marc Thompson as Casey: an ally of the Turtles who enters a relationship with April. (15 episodes)
  • Scott Williams as Stockman: a brilliant scientist who often attempts to sabotage the Shredder for his own personal gain. (8 episodes)
  • Karen Neill as Karai: the Shredder's adopted daughter and second-in-command, whose allegiance and devoted service come into question, as Leonardo tries to convince her to change sides.


  • Greg Carey as Hun: a hulking gangster who struggles to stay in the Shredder's favor after several failures.
  • David Zen Mansley as John Bishop: a black ops agent in charge of the Earth Protection Force, an organization devoted to defending Earth from alien invasion.
  • Sam Riegel as Dr. Chaplin: a young scientist who threatens not only Stockman's place in the Foot hierarchy, but his life as well.
  • Michael Alston Bailey as Zanramon: the despotic Prime Leader of the Triceraton Republic who invades Earth to find Professor Honeycutt.
  • Dan Green as Commander Mozar: a seasoned veteran who serves as Zanramon's second-in-command.
  • Jason Griffith as Miyamoto Usagi: an ally of the Turtles who Leonardo encounters during an impromptu visit to his dimension.
  • F.B. Owens as
    • Traximus: an honorable Triceraton gladiator the Turtles befriended in the previous season, now a leader of a rebel cell who seek to dethrone Zanramon.
    • Leatherhead: a mutant alligator who is a loyal ally of the Turtles.
  • Ted Lewis as Ue-Sama: a warrior prince who goes by the title "Ultimate Ninja", who merges with Drako and seeks vengeance on the Turtles.
  • Marc Thompson as Drako: an enemy of Splinter who is merged with Ue-Sama and seeks revenge on him.
  • Mike Pollock as General Blanque: the leader of the Federation.
  • Oliver Wyman as Honeycutt/Fugitoid: a Federation scientist whose mind was accidentally uploaded into an android's body, who possesses the plans for a teleportation device warred over by the Triceratons and Federation.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was produced by Mirage Studios, 4 Kids Entertainment, 4Kids Productions, and Dong Woo Animation and distributed by 4 Kids Entertainment and was aired on Fox's Saturday morning kids' block in the US.[3] The producers were Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst, and Joellyn Marlow for the American team; Tae Ho Han was the producer for the Korean team.[3]


The third season received critical acclaim. Same As It Never Was was its most-watched episode. As of May 2005, it had 3.56 million views and has a rank of 92%.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
531"Space Invaders, Part 1"Roy BurdineDean StefanOctober 9, 2004 (2004-10-09)S03E02

The Earth comes under attack when the Triceratons mount a surprise invasion. Following an energy trail from the transmat device, Prime Leader Zanramon is convinced that Professor Honeycutt resides on the planet and send his forces to apprehend all people thought to have been in contact with the Fugitoid. The Turtles do their best to evade capture, but come to the rescue of April and Casey when the two are taken captive and held at Central Park. The Turtles manage to free the prisoners and are successful in saving April and Casey, but Donatello gets captured by the Triceratons.

Villains: The Triceratons
542"Space Invaders, Part 2"Roy BurdineEric LukeOctober 16, 2004 (2004-10-16)S03E03

Donatello is captured and taken to the Triceraton mothership. Prime Leader Zanramon questions Donatello concerning the whereabouts of the Fugitoid, but Don insists that Fugitoid is no longer on Earth. The Triceraton leader continues to wreak havoc on Earth, levitating the city of Beijing into the stratosphere, and defeats the Justice Force after they were called to attack the Triceratons. Meanwhile, Donatello's brothers manage to steal a Triceraton ship and infiltrate the Triceraton mothership, but soon find themselves surrounded by a cadre of Triceratons in the mothership sewers.

Villain: The Triceratons
553"Space Invaders, Part 3"Roy BurdineMarty IsenbergOctober 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)S03E04

The Triceratons surrounding the Turtles turn out to be a group of rebellious Triceratons led by Traximus, so Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo form an alliance with them. The rebel leader wishes to overthrow Prime Leader Zanramon and reinstitute the representative government of the Triceraton Republic. With the rebel group, the Turtles seek to secure their brother, Donatello, and sabotage the Prime Leader's attack on Earth. With the help of the rebels, the Turtles rescue Donatello and escape to Earth. The Triceratons scan for positrons and find nothing so they realize that the Fugitoid was not on Earth, but they find the teleportal trail of when the Fugitoid left Earth, so the Triceratons plot a new course for that planet. However at the end of the episode the Fugitoid returns to Earth.

Villain: The Triceratons
564"Worlds Collide, Part 1"Roy BurdineBen TownsendOctober 30, 2004 (2004-10-30)S03E05

Despite convincing the Triceratons that the Fugitoid has in fact left Earth, the Turtles are dismayed to find that the Fugitoid has returned. Having erased any information on the Teleportal from his hard drive, he attempts to offer himself up to the Triceratons to encourage them to end their war against the D'Hoonib Republic. But the Turtles refuse to let their friend be captured.

Villain: The Triceratons
575"Worlds Collide, Part 2"Roy BurdineMarty IsenbergNovember 6, 2004 (2004-11-06)S03E06

The Turtles and Professor Honeycutt are captured by the enigmatic Agent Bishop. Turning the Fugitoid over to General Blanque of D'Hoonib, Bishop performs medical experiments on the Turtles, which threaten to result in their deaths.

Villain: Bishop
586"Worlds Collide, Part 3"Roy BurdineEric LukeNovember 13, 2004 (2004-11-13)S03E07

Splinter, April and Casey rescue the Turtles and Leatherhead from Agent Bishop's clutches, and they all set off to find the Fugitoid. Meanwhile, Traximus and his rebel group attack the Triceraton Prime Leader, and the Fugitoid struggles to end the war between the Triceratons and the D'Hoonib Federation.

Villains: Bishop and the Triceratons
597"Touch and Go"Roy BurdineMichael RyanNovember 20, 2004 (2004-11-20)S03E08

Raphael seeks shelter and learns a lesson in empathy when an angry mob looking for aliens chases him through the New York City alleys. Meanwhile, Master Splinter and Michelangelo must fight two hired assassins possessing superhuman strength and superhuman speed abilities.

Villains: Mr. Touch and Go
608"Hunted"Roy BurdineBen TownsendNovember 27, 2004 (2004-11-27)S03E09

A big game hunter searches the sewers, seeking a giant crocodile rumored to live in them. He runs into an emotionally unstable Leatherhead, who has been living in the Turtles' lair.

Based on Tales of the TMNT #6 "Leatherhead".
619"H.A.T.E."Roy BurdineMarty IsenbergDecember 4, 2004 (2004-12-04)S03E10

The gang is relaxing in the countryside when their peace is shattered by some violent, alien-hating survivalists. Raphael and Donatello try to put a stop to them, and deal with an atomic bomb, while April's and Casey's relationship is put at risk by the arrival of Casey's overprotective mother.

Villains: H.A.T.E.Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12 "Survivalists".
6210"Nobody's Fool"Roy BurdineGreg JohnsonDecember 11, 2004 (2004-12-11)S03E11

Leonardo and Michelangelo meet up with caped crusader Nobody and attempt to help him out... well, Mikey does anyway.

Villain: RuffingtonBased on Tales of the TMNT #2 "Nobody’s Fool!".
6311"The Lesson"Roy BurdineMichael RyanDecember 18, 2004 (2004-12-18)S03E13

April asks the Turtles to teach her martial arts, and they refuse, knowing that they could do more harm than good by training her without sufficient expertise. They tell her about the last time they tried to train a preteenage boy, back when the Turtles themselves were much younger.

Villains: The Bullies
6412"The Christmas Aliens"Roy BurdineMichael RyanDecember 25, 2004 (2004-12-25)S03E01

In a solo adventure, Mikey attempts to thwart the Purple Dragons in their attempt to steal a truck full of toys meant to be delivered to an orphanage for Christmas. He also comes across a stray kitten, which he takes under his wing and names him Klunk. At the lair, Splinter and the other Turtles plan a huge feast and invite all their friends.

  • Villains: The Purple Dragons
  • Based on Michaelangelo #1 "The Christmas Aliens".
6513"New Blood"Roy BurdineMarty IsenbergJanuary 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)S03E12

The Turtles explore a crashed Triceraton ship that was left in the Hudson River after the alien invasion. Here they encounter three "Karai-Bots" very dangerous robots designed by Baxter Stockman's overly enthusiastic young apprentice, Dr. Chaplin.

Villains: The Foot
6614"The Darkness Within"Roy BurdineBen TownsendJanuary 29, 2005 (2005-01-29)S03E14

Angel asks the Turtles to help her find her older brother, who went missing after exploring some tunnels under an old mansion. The Turtles venture in and encounter a disturbing centuries-old monster, which captures them and forces each Turtle to confront his greatest fear.

Villain: The Necro Monster
6715"Mission of Gravity"Roy BurdineMarty IsenbergFebruary 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)S03E15

The Turtles are overjoyed to encounter an old friend who they thought was dead, and they all set out to lower the floating city of Beijing back to the Earth's surface. Going against her adopted father's wishes, Karai turns to the Turtles' for assistance-not wanting to have millions of innocent people perish-while Baxter Stockman, whose technological skills are at risk of being usurped, tries to get rid of Dr. Chaplin.

Villains: The Foot
6816"The Entity Below"Roy BurdineGreg JohnsonFebruary 12, 2005 (2005-02-12)S03E16

Much to Michelangelo's chagrin, the Turtles must venture back down to the underground city to investigate, after Donatello's crystals start glowing at the same time that massive earthquakes shake the world. But none of them are prepared for what they are about to learn about the Earth's history.

Villain: The Entity
6917"Time Travails"Roy BurdineBob ForwardFebruary 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)S03E17

The Turtles become involved in a time hoping adventure with the apprentice timestress Renet to foil the plans of the evil demon sorcerer Savanti Romero as he tries to escape his exile to the dark ages.

  • Villain: Savanti Romero, Ultimate Drako.
  • Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8.
7018"Hun on the Run"Roy BurdineMichael RyanFebruary 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)S03E18

Sent by the Shredder to obtain a piece of alien technology held by the US government, Karai is captured by Agent Bishop who offers to return her in exchange for all the alien technology that Shredder has himself. Shredder instead sends the disgraced Hun to rescue the girl whom Hun despises. As if there was not enough dishonor among thieves, Stockman lures the Turtles into the battle as well.

Villains: Bishop and the Foot
7119"Reality Check"Roy BurdineChristopher YostMarch 5, 2005 (2005-03-05)S03E19

The Ultimate Daimyo's son and Drako, merged into one entity, arrive in the Turtles' lair with Lord Simultaneous's Time Scepter. Seeking vengeance, the monster separates the Turtles and Splinter across different aspects of reality. Michelangelo finds himself flung across the multiverse to a dream come true – a world where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are superheroes with amazing powers. His joy is ended abruptly, however, when he finds out who the Superturtles' archenemy is.

Villain: Ultimate Drako, SliverBased on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Vol. 4) #7.
7220"Across the Universe"Roy BurdineGreg JohnsonMarch 12, 2005 (2005-03-12)S03E20

Raphael is hurdled through space to a planet where different alien species race huge motorcycles in high-stake competitions. Raph joins in, and tries to teach his companions how to race honorably. This crossover episode is based on Peter Laird's and Jim Lawson's real-life comic series, "Planet Racers".

Villain: Ultimate Drako, Tangent Morrey
7321"Same As It Never Was"Roy BurdineMichael RyanMarch 19, 2005 (2005-03-19)S03E21

Donatello is thrown forward in time into a grim, dystopia future, where the Shredder exercises totalitarian control. Don must find his emotionally hardened family and friends, who believe that he has been dead for thirty years, to plan a final attack on the Shredder's headquarters.

Villain: Ultimate Drako, Alternate Future Shredder
7422"The Real World, Part 1"Roy BurdineChristopher YostMarch 26, 2005 (2005-03-26)S03E22

Leonardo finds himself sent across all the aspects of reality to a feudal Japan like dimension where he encounters anthropomorphic samurai animals, including his old friend, Usagi. This crossover episode is based on Stan Sakai's real-life comic series, "Usagi Yojimbo".

Villain: Ultimate Drako, Lord Hebi
7523"The Real World, Part 2"Roy BurdineMichael RyanApril 2, 2005 (2005-04-02)S03E23

Leonardo, hoping to find his family, travels with Usagi to the Battle Nexus to get help from the Daimyo, but it turns out to be much easier said than done.

Villain: Ultimate Drako
7624"Bishop's Gambit"Roy BurdineGreg JohnsonApril 9, 2005 (2005-04-09)S03E24

Agent Bishop captures Master Splinter to extract some of his mutant rat DNA. The Turtles, Professor Honeycutt, and Leatherhead invade Bishop's laboratory and discover just how frightening Bishop's plans for the world's "safety" are.

Villain: Bishop
7725"Exodus, Part 1"Roy BurdineChristopher YostApril 16, 2005 (2005-04-16)S03E25

The Shredder prepares to leave the Earth and spread his plans of conquest and mass murder to other planets. As the citizens of New York City celebrate Oroku Saki's monetary aid in repairing the city after the Triceraton invasion of the Utrom homeworld will be jeopardy, the Turtles and their allies decide that they must sneak into the Shredder's headquarters and stop him from leaving Earth at all costs, along with Agent Bishop and his lazer guards.

Villain: Shredder and Agent Bishop
7826"Exodus, Part 2"Roy BurdineGreg JohnsonApril 23, 2005 (2005-04-23)S03E26

After a crushing defeat at the Shredder's hands, the Turtles and Splinter, on board the Shredder's starship, must make some difficult decisions in order to stop their archenemy.

Villain: Shredder


  1. ^ Season Three Episode list with detailed synopses at the Official Ninja Turtles website
  2. ^ TMNT DVD releases on Official Site[permanent dead link] ninjaturtles.com. retrieved on February 15, 2008
  3. ^ a b "TMNT credits on Dongwoo Animation". Dongwoo Animation Co. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01.

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