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View Poll Results: Why don't the TMNT use guns?
Splinter made them not 2 8.33%
They don't like them 6 25.00%
They look at guns as "cheating" 4 16.67%
They haven't found the right ones 1 4.17%
They will, at times 8 33.33%
Other reason: _________ 3 12.50%
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:02 PM   #1
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Why don't the TMNT use guns? Like, often?



I'm really only talking in terms of the TMNT universes in which they have no qualms about killing their opponents/enemies (which is... just the one), but we can talk about why they wouldn't use guns elsewhere, too.

I mean... what is it? We've seen them very sparingly use guns, but why not at least pack a pistol sidearm, just in case? Not stealthy enough? Are we to think that they have some strange aversion to guns in general? Don't say it's "honor," because that's dumb for a variety of reasons.

I know the Archie series has the ongoing thing with the Turtles, Leonardo largely, going around saying, "I hate guns!" but that's just the Archie series.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:11 PM   #2
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If they are true ninjas, guns are just like any other tool; they will use them when a situation calls for it. The lack of gun usage from the turtles is probably from the western stereotype that ninjas only use feudal-era weapons that the writers inject into the stories.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:29 PM   #3
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I've always assumed because stealth. Donnie used the gun to save Karai in City at War, of course, and was disgusted by himself for using it after. Except... it's just a tool, Don? And you've killed plenty of other people without guns?

And Raph got to gun down plenty of mobsters in Image, and... he also felt pretty disgusted with himself afterwards. (I won't bother discussing Bodycount. Silly stuff there.)

I dunno. Probably just writers trying to lean into the "heroes don't use guns" stereotype from Batman et al.

I'd love to see an "Elseworlds" TMNT story with guns. Maybe the Turtles gunning down some hapless ninja who brought knives to a gunfight.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:50 PM   #4
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There is absolutely no reason for the tmnt not to use guns (or laser weapons, if its a non violent universe), when they have the chance.

Why they don't use guns at times I would pin down to guns not being readily available to them or bad writing.
Even when using stealth, it is best to have a gun with you, just in case.
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What they could do without being held back is my question.
Shredder could've done more than blow up the Channel Six building.
I don't mean as far as murdering Splinter, but think of the possibilities if censors were not an issue.
Shredder and Krang combined had the biggest arsenal of any villains in all of the cartoons.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:52 PM   #5
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Because we all know historically, Ninjas never used guns.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:02 PM   #6
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Wouldn't be the same watching them shoot from hiding places instead of watching their fighting skills. (obviously you meant where necessary rather than solely)

Cutting out the toons cause they can't have real guns (and massive fingers, though it didn't stop them using everything else) Maybe in the comics or an adult show that fans wait in hope for.

I'd say not much, their art preferred? kinda like how the Jedi like to use a lightsaber and skills rather than blasters.

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Old 07-11-2019, 03:06 PM   #7
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Cause (usually western) Pop-Culture depicts Ninjas using East Asian medieval weapons with a sprinkle of South Asian melee weaponry.

It's not like Shinobi had techniques with barrel cleaning bullets, double shot techniques with flintlock guns, land mines, rocket launchers, fire bombs or grenades...

Better stick with fantasy swords and bladed Sai
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:32 PM   #8
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I dunno, it's just not really their thing. Some people who are really into guns seem to think everyone should be. Push come to shove, if it was the only thing in front of them and they had to act immediately, then sure, the Turtles would probably pick it up. But not everyone feels the same way about them or share the interest in them, and if it isn't really their thing, so be it.

Though the opinions seem to vary among them.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:37 PM   #9
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One exception to not actively using guns that I would accept is the turtles having some sort of superior superhuman capability which makes guns obsolete, such as the Rise turtles having magic weapons (even though I don't think there have been guns on that show?), or even the PD ones being able to block bullets with their shells.
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The biggest villains were the censors.
What they could do without being held back is my question.
Shredder could've done more than blow up the Channel Six building.
I don't mean as far as murdering Splinter, but think of the possibilities if censors were not an issue.
Shredder and Krang combined had the biggest arsenal of any villains in all of the cartoons.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:45 PM   #10
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We need a Punisher Turtle. Forget Slash or Venus, give us Kirby...
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:56 PM   #11
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Good guys tend not to use guns in comics in general with rare exceptions. You might as well ask why Spiderman doesn't use a gun, or Batman (lol), etc.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:59 PM   #12
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Good guys tend not to use guns in comics
There plenty of "good guys" who use guns in comics. Less so people who we would consider "heroes" or "superheroes"... but the TMNT are really neither heroes or superheroes, they're killer ninja assassins.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:03 PM   #13
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Simple, their fingers don't fit through the trigger hook.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:05 PM   #14
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Simple, their fingers don't fit through the trigger hook.
That's a good point. They'd have to customize (as in break the trigger guard off) any gun they'd ever pick up.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:07 PM   #15
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I know the Archie series has the ongoing thing with the Turtles, Leonardo largely, going around saying, "I hate guns!" but that's just the Archie series.
Future Donatello in the Archie Comics had no problems with guns (even if it was a laser).
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:31 PM   #16
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Good guys tend not to use guns in comics in general with rare exceptions. You might as well ask why Spiderman doesn't use a gun, or Batman (lol), etc.
Batman did use guns. A LOT.

https://www.newsarama.com/26211-the-...ng-batman.html

Even in Batman v Superman he killed enemies with guns. He ain’t no wuss like some people made him out to be.

Frighten of bat? He uses the bat as his symbol.
Traumatized by guns because it killed his parents? ****ing use those guns to kill people!

So simple.

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As for the turtles, it’s not their MO or default weapon. But if they’re in battle and the opportunity rises for them to use guns, of course they would. No doubt about it.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:36 PM   #17
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:04 PM   #18
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I mean, gonna agree on the "fingers too big", but I think some of it also stems from the "Bruce Lee Ninja" roots from Mirage.
Now, I'm not entirely sure myself if they used guns at all, but there's probably a reason why people don't usually assume "historical ninjas" (which of course didn't exist) did in fact use guns.


A lot of it just comes down the the turtles being "Hollywood ninjas" and not "historically inspired shinobi".
(Honestly, people keep talking about "accurate depictions of ninja" for them, but in all honesty, they wouldn't be "ninja" at all. More like a martial arts-based street gang that maybe uses "ninja" as a name only)


I would also argue "Doctor Who Logic", wherein the Doctor outright refuses to use guns across most versions.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:39 PM   #19
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I guess being ninjas they prefer using their ninja weapons as Splinter taught them to?
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:34 PM   #20
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That's a good question - those Turtle fingers were dexterous when it came to holding their weapons, but it was rare whenever it came to firearm usage.

I hardly thought about that, but, it would appear that TPTB also thought the same way.

I suppose that 'True Ninjas' don't use guns - they use skill and improvisation whenever skill backfires.
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