Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series, season 5)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Season 5
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20[1]
Original networkNickelodeon (episodes 1–10; 18–20)
Nicktoons (episodes 11–17)
Original releaseMarch 19 (2017-03-19) –
November 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)
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The fifth and final season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired on Nickelodeon from March 19, 2017, to November 12, 2017, consisting of 20 episodes.

On January 11, 2018, the season became available at Hulu.[2]


Following Splinter's death and the Super Shredder's destruction at the hands of Leonardo, the Turtles, April O'Neil, Casey Jones and Karai have all moved on with their daily lives. Leo takes on even more responsibility as sensei. However, Tiger Claw and an underground cult dedicated to the Foot Clan have plans to bring back the Shredder, with the help of a Demodragon named Kavaxas.

Raphael's Salamandrian girlfriend, Mona Lisa, and their friend, Sal Commander, arrive on Earth asking the Turtles for help finding the Newtralizer, who seeks to destroy the Utroms. It is later revealed that the Newtralizer is working with Lord Dregg, who has cheated death and sworn revenge on the Turtles.

In another dimension inhabited by anthropomorphic animals in Feudal Japan, a lone rabbit ronin named Miyamoto Usagi has been tasked with protecting an unpleasant Pug named Kintaro, the "Golden Child" of the Sky Buddha. Meanwhile, the gray wolf wizard Jei transports the turtles into his reality to serve as mind-controlled hitmen, in order to prevent Usagi from ever reaching the Temple of the Sky Buddha.

A flashback (prequel) shows how Splinter and the four Turtles, as babies, found their underground lair while being pursued by the Kraang. Splinter realizes he has been given a second chance at fatherhood, and names the infant Turtles after his favorite Italian artists of the Renaissance.

In an alternate post-apocalyptic future (set half a century later), humanity and most of mutantkind (the Mighty Mutanimals, April O'Neil- who was somehow unable to shield herself from the blast with her strong psionic powers- Casey Jones, snake-mutant Karai, and Shinigami) have all been wiped out by an extremely powerful and destructive mutagen bomb triggered by an unknown adversary. An elderly, weathered version of Raphael and a robot containing Donatello's consciousness scour a wasteland that was once their home of New York City. They encounter a meerkat named Mira who is hunted by a honey badger named Verminator Rex and his gang of bikers. Mira reveals a map imprinted on her arm that leads to a haven called "the Green Paradise" or "Oasis".

During Halloween, the Turtles and their time-traveling ally, Renet, are reunited with their enemy, Savanti Romero as he plans to turn all of New York City into a monster-filled dystopia, while sending them back in time at Transylvania, during the age of Dracula and 1810s Central Europe, with Frankenstein.

In the series finale, the Turtles once again meet their counterparts from the 1987 series. The 1987 versions of the Shredder and Krang have fled to the 2012 reality and seek help from the 2012 versions of Bebop and Rocksteady as they plan to conquer both dimensions. The Mighty Mutanimals are later enlisted by the Turtles to help stop the villains.


On July 10, 2015, Nickelodeon ordered a fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[1] The first four episodes were released to DVD on March 21, 2017,[3] two days after the TV-premiere. On March 2, 2017, Nickelodeon announced that season five would be the show's final season.[4] It was renamed Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for this last season, and its opening titles were changed.[5]

"The Wasteland Warrior, "The Impossible Desert", and "Carmageddon!" are typically presented as a television movie, "Raphael: Mutant Apocalypse". Although these episodes were not the last to air, and not officially considered canon by Nickelodeon, they were the last episodes produced.[6] In an interview, executive producer Ciro Nieli revealed that he intended for these episodes to be the series finale in order to prevent any alteration of the timeline that he and the rest of the crew had built,[7] despite the episodes' contradictions to previously established canon (most notably Renet's description of the future from the Season 3 episode "Turtles in Time"). However, Nickelodeon chose to air those episodes on Nicktoons in the middle of the season, and declared "Wanted: Bebop and Rocksteady" the finale instead.[8] On threads from the official TMNT twitter, the company indicated that "Raphael: Mutant Apocalypse" is non-canon,[9][10] and a press release for the DVD refers to the special as "another dimension".[11]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [nb 1]Prod.
code [12]
USA viewers
1051"Scroll of the Demodragon"Sebastian MontesRandolph HeardMarch 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)5011.01[13]
Despite the Turtles victory against the Shredder, the Foot Clan has been reborn as an underground cult led by Tiger Claw. As he plans to resurrect the Super Shredder with the aid of the mighty demodragon, Kavaxas.
1062"The Forgotten Swordsman"Alan WanPeter Di CiccoMarch 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)5020.99[14]
When Karai became the rightful heiress of the Foot Clan, her old teacher, Hattori Tatsu, seeks rightful ownership by hunting the Shredder's legendary helmet, the Kuro Kabuto. Unfortunately, Tiger Claw and his lackeys are also in search of the Kabuto, as it is one of the essential items required for Kavaxas to return the Super Shredder to life.
1073"Heart of Evil"Rie KogaGavin HignightApril 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)5031.12[15]
Donatello's grudge with Don Vizioso threatens the Turtles' newest mission: To retrieve the heart of the Super Shredder, which is in the possession of Don Vizioso himself.
1084"End Times"Sebastian MontesBrandon AumanApril 9, 2017 (2017-04-09)5041.14[16]
With the aid of Karai and Leatherhead, the Turtles, April and Casey must defeat Kavaxas and prevent him from destroying the world with his army of the undead.
"When Worlds Collide"Sebastian Montes
Alan Wan
Todd Casey and Elliott Casey
Eugene Son
June 18, 2017 (2017-06-18)510
The Newtralizer returns to New York City, more powerful than ever before, and joins forces with a dangerous and unexpected ally. With the help of Mona Lisa and Sal Commander, the Turtles fight back to defend their city.
1117"Yojimbo"Rie KogaStan SakaiJuly 23, 2017 (2017-07-23)5150.99[18]
The Ninja Turtles are transported to an alternate dimension, where they befriend the Samurai Rabbit and fierce master swordsman, Miyamoto Usagi.
1128"Osoroshi no Tabi"Sebastian MontesBrandon AumanJuly 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)5160.93[19]
Usagi leads the Turtles through a haunted forest, where they end up encountering mischievous and highly dangerous spirits.
1139"Kagayake! Kintaro"Alan WanHenry GilroyAugust 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)5170.97[20]
As they reach their destination, Usagi and the Turtles must help young Kintaro fulfill his destiny.
11410"Lone Rat and Cubs"Alan WanKevin EastmanAugust 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)5051.06[21]
When Splinter is mutated into a sewer rat, he must learn to survive the life of a mutant on the run while protecting 4 infant mutant turtles from the Kraang. It is a flashback set before the events of "Rise of the Turtles".
11511"The Wasteland Warrior"Rie KogaBrandon AumanSeptember 22, 2017 (2017-09-22) (Nicktoons)518N/A
In an alternate post-apocalyptic future, all humans and most of the mutant population have been wiped out due to an extremely powerful mutagen bomb. Only a weathered version of Raphael, who has most of his childhood memories lost to him, and Donatello (whose consciousness has been transferred into Metalhead) have been traveling throughout the Impossible Wasteland trying to stay alive while being pursued by Verminator Rex and his Honey Badger" Ravagers. They befriend a female meerkat warrior named Mira, the last of her tribe. She harbors the secret to "Paradise" and is looking for a wise turtle called "the Holy Chalupa."
11612"The Impossible Desert"Sebastian MontesPeter Di CiccoSeptember 22, 2017 (2017-09-22) (Nicktoons)519N/A
Raphael, Donatello and Mira continue to be trapped by constant sandstorms throughout the desert, but are saved by none other than Chompy Picasso, who has grown considerably over the decades. On their way, they manage to find "the Holy Chalupa" who is, in truth, an elderly thin Michelangelo. He takes them to his home, an old pizza shop, where Ice Cream Kitty waits. While the three Turtles are catching up and trying to accept the loss of their leader and eldest brother Leonardo, they are all attacked by Verminator Rex who has become allied with Imperius Reptilicus and reptilian Scale Tail Clan. The villains manage to abduct Mira but is followed by an angry Raphael.
11713"Carmageddon!"Alan WanGavin HignightSeptember 22, 2017 (2017-09-22) (Nicktoons)520N/A

Still trapped in "the Pit", Raphael manages to defeat his two opponents and is hailed as leader of both tribes by the crowd. Aided by Mira, Mikey, Donnie and Chompy, they flee in search of "the Green Paradise", but they are forced to confront Maximus Kong, the evil leader of the Wasteland. In a shocking revelation, Raphael learns that Maximus Kong is Leonardo. A flashback reveals that the Mutagen bomb caused him to undergo a second mutation, resulting in memory loss and insanity. But, Raphael's love for his brother frees Leonardo from his rage and helps him to regain his memories. All four brothers are reunited and arrive at "the Green Paradise" (also known as the Oasis) with Mira.

A shot shows the four Turtles and Splinter taking a picture together. This is followed by Leonardo holding a picket sign in dedication to the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
11814"The Curse of Savanti Romero"Rie KogaPeter Di CiccoSeptember 27, 2017 (2017-09-27) (Nicktoons)506N/A
The Turtles' plans to enjoy Halloween are put on hold when strange monsters threaten to transform New York City.
11915"The Crypt of Dracula"Sebastian MontesJohn ShirleySeptember 27, 2017 (2017-09-27) (Nicktoons)507N/A
Renet transports the Ninja Turtles to Transylvania to stop Savanti Romero from recruiting Count Dracula.
12016"The Frankenstein Experiment"Alan WanBrandon AumanOctober 4, 2017 (2017-10-04)[22]
Savanti recruits Frankenstein's Monster and will soon unleash his creatures on the 21st century.
12117"Monsters Among Us"Rie KogaKevin Burke and Chris "Doc" WyattOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)
When Renet and the Turtles return to a world run by monsters, they realize they have made the situation even worse.
12218"Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady"[23]Rie KogaPeter Di CiccoNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)[24]5120.96[25]
When the 1987 series version of the Shredder and Krang appear in the 2012 Ninja Turtles' dimension, they employ the present Bebop and Rocksteady, and find their plans succeeding better than ever. Meanwhile, the 1987 series versions of the Ninja Turtles seeks help from the present Ninja Turtles, April O'Neil and Casey Jones to stop both Krang and Shredder.
12319"The Foot Walks Again!"[23]Sebastian MontesMark HenryNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)[24]5130.96[25]
The Turtles must train their 1987 series counterparts to face a greater threat than they've ever encountered while April and Casey seeks help from Karai and Shinigami to track down Bebop and Rocksteady and discover 1987 series Shredder and Krang's dangerous scheme to take over both the 1987 and 2012 universes.
12420"The Big Blowout"[23]Alan WanJed MacKayNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)[24]5140.96[25]
The Ninja Turtles (with the aid of April, Casey, Karai, Shinigami) enlist the help of the Mighty Mutanimals to stop 1987 series Krang and Shredder from destroying the 2012 series Earth, with a little help from the unlikeliest of mutants.


  1. ^ "Raphael: Mutant Apocalypse", "The Curse of Savanti Romero", "The Crypt of Dracula", "The Frankenstein Experiment", and "Monsters Among Us" all aired originally on Nicktoons instead of Nickelodeon.


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