ninja turtles donatelo
Donatello is the team inventor and weaponeer. He creates all their gadgets from the simplest bo-staff to their incredible vehicles. He’s utterly brilliant, able to cobble together fantastic stuff from things he’s literally scrounged from a trash heap. He’s obsessively detail-oriented and often impatient that his brothers can’t keep up with him intellectually. But Donnie also happens to be the most reclusive and socially awkward of the Turtles – especially when April is on her way!
Donatello is quiet and more reserved than his brothers. He does not have Mikey’s outgoing nature or ability to make friends quickly, but his loyalty to the friends he does make is considerable. He also has a tendency to take things personally and deeply to heart, such as the care and protection for The Pulverizer and being the most upset by April’s departure after the mutation of her father. Donatello is a bit awkward in social situations; having neither Leo’s charisma or Raph’s indifference to what people think.
In the comics, Donatello is depicted as the calmer turtle. While the comics portrayal of the team has no official command structure, in the early stories he is depicted as second-in-command. In the first issue, he is the one that killed the Shredder by knocking him and his grenade off the roof. The second issue elaborated more on each turtles’ personalities and opened with Donatello soldering a circuit. Later in the issue, Donatello states that he is “familiar with some computer systems” and helps April O’Neil deactivate the Mousers. During the turtles’ exile to Northampton, Donatello becomes obsessed with fixing up and repairing the many broken things within the farmhouse they were living in. Most notably he spent days and nights fixing the boiler to give his family hot running water and builds a windmill and a water wheel to provide electricity. He also finds an old typewriter and writes his own personal credo.
In the video games based on the 1987 animated series, Donatello has the longest range, although he cannot inflict as much damage as Leonardo, who has the second-longest range; one notable exception is the first NES game, where Donatello both did the most damage and had the longest range, though his attacks were slow. This has been carried over into the games inspired by the 2003 animated series. In TMNT: Smash Up, he is voiced by Sam Riegel.
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An actor for over 30 years, Rob Paulsen’s notable works include the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon (Raphael) and the 2012 series (Donatello), Animaniacs (Yakko), Pinky and the Brain (Pinky), and The Tick (Arthur). He also hosts Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, a podcast recorded before a live audience featuring Paulsen and other voice actors.
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