Essay: Splinter’s Origins, and Why They Really Matter
All right people, gather ‘round! I think it’s time to have a chat about our favorite rat father. More specifically, it’s time to talk about how his two different origin stories affect not only his personality, but those of the turtles—perhaps more dramatically than one might think.
Allow me to preface this essay with the statement that I am absolutely not calling Splinter’s devotion for his sons into question. It is abundantly clear that he cares greatly for the turtles in every single one of his incarnations, and considers them his kin in most (if not all) of them. However, this analysis is not about his good intentions. The fact is that Splinter is not always a competent parent, especially in one of his origin stories in particular. This essay isn’t to serve as ill-intentioned criticism against Splinter in the least, but rather to point out the differences in his character between his origins.
I will also be limiting my analysis mainly to the 2k3 and 2k12 series. Why? Well, quite simply, they’re the two versions of Splinter that I know the best. But I also feel that both of the origin stories are perfectly exemplified in each of these incarnations alone. I might make a reference or two to his other incarnations, but when I’m just speaking generally, I’m probably referring to the 2k3/2k12 versions.
With that, let’s get this show on the road!
Got permission to overpack for the triathlon trip this weekend because the car has extra room.
This is gonna be like that time the lady in the dining hall told me I could take more than 2 bananas so I took 39.