Michelangelo (Mike or Mikey) is a fictional character, one of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). His mask is typically portrayed as orange outside of the comic series and his weapons are two nunchaku, though he has also been portrayed using other weapons, such as a grappling hook, tonfa, a three section staff (in some action figures), and (in several works of fan art) a kusari-gama.
More fun-loving than his brothers, Michelangelo was given a much bigger role in the 1987 cartoon series, directed at a younger audience, than in the more serious original comic books. He came to epitomize the late 1980s and early 1990s popular culture incarnation of the TMNT, coining most of their catch phrase; hence, he is possibly the most famous Turtle. Because of his more carefree nature, he is often viewed as the youngest of the Ninja Turtles, although in fact the Ninja Turtles are all roughly the same age. Like all of the brothers, he is named after a famous Renaissance artist; in this case, he is the namesake of Michelangelo Buonarroti , who was the painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The spelling of the character's name varies from source to source, and he has been alternately shown as both Michelangelo and Michaelangelo.
Because Kevin Eastman's original "ninja turtle" concept drawing (1983) portrayed an unnamed turtle with nunchaku strapped to its arms, some consider Michelangelo to be the first Ninja Turtle created.
Michelangelo is consistently portrayed as the most light-hearted and friendly of the four Turtle brothers. Upbeat and good-natured, 'Mikey' (an affectionate nickname frequently used by his brothers) prefers to spend his time enjoying his life. While his brothers wrestle with the implications of their mutation and their place in the world, Michelangelo enjoys relaxing in front of the TV, skateboarding throughout the labyrinthine underground sewers that the Turtles have made their home, reading comic books, and eating lots of pizza, of which Michelangelo's favorite is either pepperoni or anchovy. Michelangelo's innocent and childlike personality has led to him being referred to as the youngest brother. Due to being the youngest of the family, Michelangelo's brothers, especially Raphael, assume a protective watch over him whenever they venture outside of their abode, and they habitually expect little of their youngest sibling during serious discussions. In the 2007 movie, Michelangelo is referred to by Leonardo as 'Little Brother'.
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