ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

Everybody knows the teenage mutant ninja turtles. They're cool, they're brave, they're funny, they fight crime - and they LOVE pizza!

From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society.

It is literally impossible not to love the heroes in hard shells. Which probably explains why they've been on our TV sets and cinema screens for over 30 years.

But after thousands of comic strips, 193 TV episodes, and 8 feature-length movies, have we been overlooking one big, glaring mistake? This excellently put together fan theory by Imgur user doctorpangloss certainly suggests so.

We all know the guys were named after four famous Italian renaissance artists (Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo), but did we get them all wrong?

This is how the turtles should've been named.

Donatello should have been named Leonardo (Da Vinci)!

Donatello the turtle is well-known to be the scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius of the gang. He's a "Jack of all trades" - he's a master of innumerable different weapons and gadgets.

Leonardo Da Vinci, who lived between 1452 and 1519, was similar. Da Vinci is not just known to be one of the greatest painters of all time, he was also one of the most diversely talented artists, switching with great ease between sculpture, architecture, music, and engineering.

This, I believe, is his finest work:

The "Mona Pizza," ladies and gentlemen.

Leonardo should have been named Donatello!

Leonardo is the de facto leader of the turtles. He's tactical, courageous, and a devoted student of his sensei. Similarly, Donatello (1386-1466) was arguably the leader, or certainly the initiator, of the 'Italian Renaissance' movement. The movement - a revival of the classical arts - then spread across Europe during the Renaissance.

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Take a break and get the nostalgia flowing with this original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opening theme video!

Michelangelo should have been named Raphael!

This orange-clad cheeky guy is easily the most sociable, goofy, and fun-loving of the brothers. Which is exactly why he should have been named after Raphael (1483 - 1520), the painter and architect of the High Renaissance movement. Raphael was a "social butterfly." He was a fun-loving, hard-partying, and amiable guy who was said to have had many, many lovers. He may have even died of an STD.

Raphael should have been named Michelangelo!

According to theory, both Raphael and Michelangelo share an introverted, temperamental, and brooding personality. Among the turtles, Raphael was always known to have deep emotional troubles and disturbances. He preferred to be alone.

The genius sculptor (amongst other talents!), Michelangelo (1475 - 1564), felt the same way. He spent most of his time alone and showed periods of depression, angst, and moodiness.

Both of them were troubled by dark thoughts and emotions.

Should we rename the Ninja Turtles?


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