Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (franchise) - Timelines

selfishmisery

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MIRAGE / IMAGE COMICS UNIVERSE - DIMENSION I
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selfishmisery

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1987-1996 ANIMATED / ARCHIE COMIC UNIVERSE - DIMENSION II
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1990-2007 MOVIE / THE NEXT MUTATION(?) UNIVERSE - DIMENSION III
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selfishmisery

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2003-2009 ANIMATED / DREAMWAVE COMIC UNIVERSE - DIMENSION IV
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selfishmisery

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IDW COMICS UNIVERSE (and alternate timelines) - DIMENSION V
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selfishmisery

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2012-2017 ANIMATED / "SUPER ROBOT MONKEY TEAM HYPER FORCE GO"* UNIVERSE - DIMENSION VI
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*Ciro Nieli confirmed, along with Easter eggs like the Vreen and Wigglenog in both shows, that they share a universe...despite Disney owning one and Paramount owning the other.
 
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selfishmisery

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2014-2016 MOVIE UNIVERSE - DIMENSION VII
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selfishmisery

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2018-2022 ANIMATED UNIVERSE - DIMENSION VIII
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selfishmisery

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There will be no "Out of the Shadows", "Coming Out of Our Shells" nor "Operation: Blue Line" timelines.
 
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Craig

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Very cool, I’m a huge TMNT fan. I have timelines for basically all of these. None of them are super detailed, but I think I’ll still be able to help out.

I will say that no one I’ve talked to about it had been on board with my Mirage timeline. Mainly because the only was it makes sense for me is to have the turtles be 13 years old in #1. Looking forward to seeing everything you have though.
 

Craig

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My rough Mirage timeline:

1985 - Vol 1. #1 through Michaelangelo #1 (13 years old before start of series)

1986 - asst. shorts through Silent Partner
(14 years old before end of year)

1987 - True Stories is January onwards
(15 years old before end of year)

1988 - Return to New York is Christmas
(16 years old before end of year)

1989 - Worms of Madness into City at War
(17 years old before end of year)

1990 - City at War/Vol. 2 into Image
(18 years old in Image #1)

1991 - Image through Cold, Cold Ice
(19 years old in Image #23)

Random Tales vol. 2/lost years

2002 - Volume 4
(29 years old)


Not sure if you’re aware of TMNTEntity, but his Mirage chronological order is really well done and probably flawless (unavoidable continuity errors aside).
 

Craig

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My IDW timeline. I start the series in 2014 because Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything firmly places itself in 2016.



The IDW Chronological Timeline.

2014:
TMNT #1
TMNT #2
TMNT #3
TMNT #4

"A Lot to Learn" 30th Anniversary Special
TMNT #5
Mirco-series #1: Raphael
Micro-series #2: Michelangelo

2015:
TMNT #6
Micro-series #3: Donatello
Infestation 2: TMNT #1
Infestation 2: TMNT #2

TMNT #7
TMNT #8
Micro-series #4: Leonardo
TMNT #9
TMNT #10
Micro-series #5: Splinter/TMNT #11
TMNT #12

Micro-series #6: Casey Jones
TMNT #13
TMNT #14
TMNT: Annual 2012

Micro-series #7: April O'Neil
TMNT #15
TMNT #16
Micro-series #8: Fugitoid

TMNT #17
TMNT #18
TMNT #19
TMNT #20

Villain Micro-series #1: Krang
Villain Micro-series #2: Baxter
Secret History of The Foot Clan #1-4

TMNT #21
TMNT #22/(***TMNT: Deviations***)
Villain Micro-series #3: Old Hob/TMNT #23
TMNT #24

Villain Micro-series #4: Alopex
Villain Micro-series #5: Karai
TMNT #25
Villain Micro-series #6: Hun/TMNT #26

Villain Micro-series #7: Bebop and Rocksteady
TMNT #27
TMNT #28
Villain Micro-series #8: Shredder

TMNT #29
Utrom Empire #1
TMNT #30
Utrom Empire #2
TMNT #31
TMNT #32
Utrom Empire #3

TMNT: Annual 2014
TMNT #33
TMNT #34
TMNT #35
TMNT #36
TMNT #37
Turtles in Time #1-4

2016:
TMNT #38
TMNT #39
TMNT #40
TMNT/Ghostbusters #1-4

TMNT #41
TMNT #42
TMNT #43
TMNT #44
TMNT #45/Mutanimals #1

Mutanimals #2-4
TMNT #46/"Prelude to Vengeance" FCBD 2015
TMNT #47
TMNT #48
TMNT #49
TMNT #50
Casey & April #1-4

TMNT #51
TMNT #52
TMNT #53
TMNT #54
TMNT #55

TMNT #56
TMNT #57
TMNT #58
TMNT #59
TMNT #60

TMNT #61
TMNT #62
TMNT #63
TMNT #64

Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1-5
TMNT Universe #1-4
"Inside Out" TMNTU #1-5
TMNT #65/TMNT Universe #5

2017:
TMNT Universe #6
TMNT #66
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Pepperoni" TMNTU #10
"What is Ninja?" TMNTU #6-9
TMNT Universe #7-8

TMNT #67
TMNT #68
TMNT #69
TMNT #70

TMNT Universe #9-10
TMNT #71
TMNT #72
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo One-Shot
TMNT Universe #11-15
"Prey" TMNTU #12-15
TMNT Universe #19-20/"Through Red Eyes"

"Prelude to Dimension X" FCBD 2017
TMNT #73
Dimension X #1-5
TMNT #74
TMNT #75

TMNT/Ghostbusters II #1-5

TMNT Universe #16-17/"Triceratots!"
TMNT #76
TMNT #77
TMNT Universe #18
TMNT #78
"How Woody Spent His Triceraton Invasion" TMNTU #21
TMNT #79
TMNT #80
TMNT Universe #21-22/"Dangerous Waters"
"Nobody Cares" TMNTU #23

"Kingdom of Rats Prelude" TMNTU #19
TMNT #81
TMNT #82
TMNT #83
TMNT #84

Macro-series #1: Donatello
Macro-series #2: Michelangelo
"Mutagen Maintenance" TMNTU #18
TMNT Universe #23-24/"Life at Sea"
TMNT #85
TMNT Universe #25

TMNT #86
TMNT #87
TMNT #88
Bebop and Rocksteady Hit The Road #1-5
Macro-series #3: Leonardo

TMNT #89
Macro-series #4: Raphael

2018:
TMNT #90
TMNT #91
TMNT #92
TMNT #93
"Casualty of War" FCBD 2019
TMNT #94
TMNT #95
TMNT #96
TMNT #97
TMNT #98
TMNT #99
Shredder in Hell #1-5
TMNT #100

2038:
TMNT: IDW 20/20
 

Craig

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Here’s my 2k3 animated timeline, which is in kind of a weird format.. I haven’t read the Dreamwave comics in years, but I think they split into their own continuity after #3 or #4.


~65,000,000 B.C.
The Turtles and Renet stop Savanti Romero's plan of having the Earth dodge the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.

~300
An evil being called The Shredder rises and terroizes Japan. Emperor Ōjin sends an elite group of warriors known as The Five Dragons to destroy it. Their greatest warrior, Oroku Saki, is secretly seduced into merging with the Tengu just before delivering the killing blow.

After a reign of terror, The Shredder is defeated by the remaining members of The Five Dragons and is imprisoned for what is meant to be eternity.

~1004
A faction of Utroms crashland on Earth and set up base in Japan. Their dangerous prisoner Ch'rell escapes.

~1300
Ch'rell takes up the identity of The Shredder, re-establishes the Foot Clan and has the Sword of Tengu forged. Since they are being hunted, The Utroms recruit honorable warriors to serve as Guardians and protect them.

Ch'rell eventually uses a magical amulet known as The Heart of Tengu to enslave The Demon Shredder's elemental heralds and uses them as his own mystic warriors.

1406
The Turtles and Renet appear in medieval times while trying to flee Lord Simultaneous, and end up battling Savanti Romero for the first time. Savanti is banished to live among the dinosaurs millions of years in the past.

~1603
The Shredder brings the Tokugawa Shogunate to power in Japan, starting the Edo period.

1815
American soldier John Bishop is abducted by aliens during The Battle of New Orleans. Although he undergoes many painful tests, his body is gifted with extremely advanced longevity.

1870
President Ulysses S. Grant establishes the Earth Protection Force. Agent Bishop is placed in charge.

1947
Agent Bishop accquires an alien space ship and a test subject in Roswell, New Mexico.

1953
Hamato Yoshi is born.

~1960
A young Yoshi is adopted by The Ancient One.

Mid 1970's
Tang Shen takes in Splinter as a pet.

Yukio Mashimi betrays Yoshi and the Utroms by murdering Tang Shen and revealing the Utrom's base. They are forced to flee to NYC after being attacked by The Foot.

Yoshi seeks the Ninja Tribunal's aide in battling Shredder. They refuse, since he is merely an imposter of the original.

Shredder most likely adopts Karai around this time.

1979
TCRI is founded in New York.

Casey Jones is born.

1980
April O'Neil is born.

1986
Hamato Yoshi wins the Battle Nexus tournament.

~1987
Casey's father is killed by Hun and the Purple Dragons.

1988
Shredder tracks down and kills Yoshi.

Splinter and the Turtles are doused in mutagen after an accident
involving a TCRI truck.

~1989
Splinter takes the Turtles to Japan to visit The Ancient One and spread Master Yoshi's ashes.

Serling accidentally appears through a time portal and is claimed by the Turtles as their new toy since he's been reduced to mere inches. He eventually returns to 2007.

1991
Splinter begins training the Turtles in the art of ninjutsu.

~1993
The Turtles meet a boy named Arnie (actually Casey Jones) and proceed to train him so he can deal with neighborhood bullies. Michelangelo inadvertently leads him to coin his battlecry: "Goongala!"

Splinter teaches Leonardo to overcome his fear of heights. Leonardo and Raphael fight a giant albino crocodile in the sewers.

2001
The Foot kidnap civilians and genetically alter them to search for the Utroms, who are suspected to be hiding underground.

Splinter wins The Battle Nexus tournament. He is later ambushed by the runner-up Drako, but is saved by Miyamoto Usagi and the Daimyo.

2003
The Turtles turn 15.

The Turtles are forced from their home by Baxter Stockman's Mouser robots and their feud with the Foot clan begins. They meet April O'Neil and Casey Jones.

The Turtles confront The Shredder for the first time. He is defeated by Splinter, but survives.

Shredder attacks the Turtles full-force, destroying April's home in the process. They flee NY with April and Casey, all believed dead by the Foot Clan.

2004
The Turtles return to New York after spending the Winter hiding in Massachusets. Leonardo decapitates The Shredder with the Sword of Tengu and Donatello disables most of the remaining equipment in the Foot Clan's tower. Master Splinter goes missing after being injured in the battle.

The Turtles inflitrate the TCRI building looking for Splinter. They are accidentally transported across the galaxy and meet the Fugitoid, who is on the run from both The Fedaration and Triceraton Republic.

The Turtles and the Fugitoid return to Earth. The Teleportal's activity alerts the Shredder to the location of the Utrom's base and he attacks almost immediately. The Utroms flee to their homeworld in the Theta Galaxy and the Shredder is left in the imploding building. He is assumed dead.

The Turtles turn 16.

With The Shredder gone, the city's gangs are at war. Karai, daughter of The Shredder and head of the Foot Clan in Japan, allies herself with the Turtles to put an end to the chaos. A truce is made between the Foot and the Turtles.

The Shredder once again emerges from his apparent death and breaks the truce, putting Karai at conflict between her honor and her duty.

Michelangelo wins the Battle Nexus tournament.

A Christmas feast is held at the lair. Michelangelo adopts Klunk.

2005
The Triceratons invade Earth in seach of the Fugitoid. The Turtles encounter Agent Bishop for the first time. The Fugitoid cripples both the Triceraton Republic and The Federation by uploading a virus into their systems. Traximus overthrows the current Triceraton regime and brings peace between them and the Federation.

The Turtles turn 17.

The Shredder launches his star-ship made from salvaged Triceraton technology, and the Turtles and Splinter nearly die trying to stop him, but they are saved at the last second by the Utroms. He is found guilty by an Utrom jury and is sentenced to be exiled for life on an icy asteroid. Karai vows vengeance.

The Turtles and Splinter recover in Northhampton after the battle. They come back to New York fully healed, but Leonardo can not forgive himself for his failure. Splinter sends him to seek the Ancient One after realizing that there is nothing more he can do for his troubled son.

2006
Karai assumes the mantle of The Shredder. She attacks and destroys the Turtle's home while Leonardo is still training in Japan.

The Turtles battle a mutant outbreak accidentally caused by Agent Bishop. Donatello is unknowingly infected and mutates further some time later.

The Turtles rescue a mutated Donatello by retreiving the Heart of Tengu for Bishop, who is tricked into destroying it, thus releasing The Shredder's Heralds (the Foot Mystics). They immediately begin their quest to resurrect their master, the original Shredder.

The Turtles are summoned to Japan to train under the Ninja Tribunal.

The Turtles turn 18.

The Turtles battle the ressurected Tengu Shredder alongside all the allies they can gather. The spirit of Hamato Yoshi destroys him for good. Karai lets go of her vendetta against the Turtles.

The Turtles are sucked into the future by Cody Jones.

2007
The Turtles turn 19 and become Chunin while trapped in the future.

After 1 year, the Turtles return from the future and spend months battling the new Cyber Shredder and recovering Splinter's lost data bits.

April and Casey get married in Northampton. Serling is sent back to the future some time after the wedding.

The Turtles and Splinter return to The Battle Nexus for another tournament. The results are unknown.

2008
The Turtles team up with their Fred Wolf cartoon and Mirage comic book counterparts to stop The Shredder once and for all before he destroys the multi-verse.

The Turtles turn 20.

2055
Bishop and Stockman's alien lab is destroyed by accident but Bishop is rescued by one of his alien prisoners.

~2091
Cody Jones is born.

2105
The Turtles and Splinter appear in the future and meet April and Casey's great-grandson Cody Jones. They battle many new enemies, and discover that Bishop is now a world leader.

The Turtles kill Sh'oKanabo and seemingly delete Viral, ending any threat of the Day of Awakening for good.

2106
The Turtles and Cody go on several unseen adventures. They meet Space Usagi, battle a Triceraton Shredder, and possibly aide the Dark Turtles in turning against Darius Dunn. They celebrate their 19th birthday around this time.

Cody sends the Turtles back to their time. There is a malfunction caused by Viral, and Serling is accidentally sent back too. Luckily, Cody gets the time machine working again some time later.
 

Craig

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Here’s my 2012 viewing order and timeline (in yet another format haha). Episodes in bold are ones that I moved to optimize chronology versus air date order.

I do consider this incomplete, as I had started trying to plug in issues of the tie-in comic that I considered canon and got busy. They should probably just be scrapped when you make your post, as it’s probably best to take an all or nothing approach to supplemental stuff.


The Nick TMNT timeline

Episode order:

Rise of the Turtles
New Friend, Old Enemy
Metalhead
I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman
Turtle Temper
Never Say Xever
Monkey Brains

The Gauntlet
Panic in the Sewers
Mousers Attack!
It Came from the Depths
New Girl in Town
I, Monster

The Alien Agenda
The Pulverizer
TCRI
Cockroach Terminator
New Animated Adventures #1
Baxter's Gambit
New Animated Adventures #2
Enemy of My Enemy
New Animated Adventures #3
Karai's Vendetta
New Animated Adventures #5
Parasitica
The Pulverizer Returns!

Operation: Breakout
Showdown

The Mutation Situation
Follow the Leader
Invasion of the Squirrelanoids

Mutagen Man Unleashed
Mikey Gets Shellacne
Target: April O'Neil
Slash and Destroy
The Kraang Conspiracy
New Animated Adventures #8
The Good, The Bad and Casey Jones
Fungus Humongous
Metalhead Rewired
Of Rats and Men
The Manhattan Project
Mazes and Mutants
The Lonely Mutation of Baxter Stockman
Newtralized
Pizza Face
The Wrath of Tiger Claw
The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto
Plan 10
Vengeance is Mine
A Chinatown Ghost Story
Into Dimension X!
The Invasion

Within the Woods
Buried Secrets
A Foot Too Big

The Croaking
In Dreams
Race with the Demon!
Eyes of the Chimera
Vision Quest
Return to New York
Serpent Hunt
The Pig and the Rhino
Battle for New York
Casey Jones vs the Underworld
The Noxious Avenger
Clash of the Mutanimals
Meet Mondo Gecko
The Deadly Venom
Turtles in Time
Tale of the Yokai
Attack of the Megashredder!
The Creeping Doom
The Fourfold Trap
Dinosaur Seen in the Sewer!
Annihilation: Earth!

Beyond the Known Universe
The Moons of Thalos 3
The Weird World of Wyrm
The Outlaw Armaggon
The Riddle of the Ancient Aeons
Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind
The Arena of Carnage
The War for Dimension X
The Cosmic Ocean
Trans-Dimensional Turtles
Revenge of the Triceratons
The Evil of Dregg
The Ever-Burning Fire
Earth's Last Stand
City at War
Broken Foot
The Insecta Trifecta
Mutant Gangland
Bat in the Belfry
***Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past
The Super Shredder
Darkest Plight
The Power Inside Her
Tokka vs the World
Tale of Tiger Claw
Requiem
Owari

Scroll of the Demodragon
The Forgotten Swordsman
Heart of Evil
End Times
Lone Rat and Cubs
The Curse of Savanti Romero
The Crypt of Dracula
The Frankenstein Experiment
Monsters Among Us!
When World's Collide
Wanted: Bebop and Rocksteady
The Foot Walks Again!
The Big Blowout
Yojimbo
Osoroshi no Tabi
Kagayake! Kintaro
The Wasteland Warrior
The Impossible Desert
Carmaggedon


*** = non-canon story
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Timeline:
Season 1 (July 2012 - December 2012)

Season 2 (January 2013 - December 2013)

Season 3 (March 2014 - January 2015)

Season 4 in Space (6 months before ELS - January 2015)
Season 4 City at War (January 2015 - June 2015)

Season 5 (October 2016 - March 2017)
Season 5 Future (2067)
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Craig

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And lastly, here’s a very rough timeline with some notes for the 1987 cartoon. Plenty of this is up for debate, but I never put much thought into it since I don’t believe this show ever had a story editor or script coordinator, which is amazing considering how many episodes they churned out between seasons 3 and 4.

The biggest contradictions you just can’t work around are found in the European vacation episodes. There’s some holidays and seasons mentioned in dialogue that just don’t add up. Anyways, here’s all I ever really bothered documenting:



“ I tend to work backwards from the 1991 date given in the second Hokum episode and assume Donatello's Degree was delayed for some reason.

Season 1 takes place in June
Season 2 is only a few weeks later
Season 3 starts shortly after 2. We see April celebrating her 1 year anniversary at Channel 6, we see Michaelangelo's birthday and several other episodes specifically taking place in Summer. Notably Take Me to Your Leader places itself in July.

Season 4 eventually runs through Easter towards the end of the season.
Season 5 is the following summer.
Season 6 eventually runs through November (Halloween in Super Irma).

I don't really recall any specific continuity for seasons 7 and beyond. But the whole show takes place in a span of less than 3 years.”
 

Craig

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Just realized I didn’t comment on the 1990 movie-verse, which is the last one I’ll have any input for (never got into the PD movies or Rise).

I don’t know if there’s any dates given in the first movie, but Critters (1986) was playing at the theater. I think you can reasonably assume that Raphael didn’t go to a movie during its main theatrical run and this was a dollar theater some time after 86.

Secret of the ooze is a couple weeks later, I think they say exactly early in the movie.

I see a question mark next to The Next Mutation. I do believe it was meant to be a continuation of the movies. There’s a few contradictions, but there’s a few references to the movies and it’s the same lair from SotO.

TNM is not compatible with the 2007 movie, if you’re going to include that. Me personally, I don’t consider it to be canon with the 90’s trilogy. It was kind of marketed as such, but I think that was just a lazy way to explain that these turtles had already been on adventures/fought the Foot. Splinter having both ears is my main thing, but it just makes no effort to fit into that continuity.
 

selfishmisery

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Just realized I didn’t comment on the 1990 movie-verse, which is the last one I’ll have any input for (never got into the PD movies or Rise).

I don’t know if there’s any dates given in the first movie, but Critters (1986) was playing at the theater. I think you can reasonably assume that Raphael didn’t go to a movie during its main theatrical run and this was a dollar theater some time after 86.

Secret of the ooze is a couple weeks later, I think they say exactly early in the movie.

I see a question mark next to The Next Mutation. I do believe it was meant to be a continuation of the movies. There’s a few contradictions, but there’s a few references to the movies and it’s the same lair from SotO.

TNM is not compatible with the 2007 movie, if you’re going to include that. Me personally, I don’t consider it to be canon with the 90’s trilogy. It was kind of marketed as such, but I think that was just a lazy way to explain that these turtles had already been on adventures/fought the Foot. Splinter having both ears is my main thing, but it just makes no effort to fit into that continuity.
Alternate timeline maybe? Hmmm. I will think about it.
 

selfishmisery

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Yeah they just don’t jive at all. They’re 18 in both TNM and TMNT07, so there’s no way to reconcile them considering Leo’s pilgrimage and the whole Venus thing.
My solution to that, is more of a head canon, but there could be "sub dimensions" of similar worlds like "Dimension III.2" for example.

It's a cheat but I kinda wanna stick with the "10 dimensions" fact established in-universe.
 

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