"Booyakasha" is a catchphrase that is common among the Ninja Turtles, but mostly used by Michelangelo, in the 2012 TV series. It replaced the classic "Cowabunga", first used in the 1987 TV series. It is pronounced /buːˌjɑː.kɑːˈʃɑː/ (boo-YAH-kah-SHAH).


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The catchphrase also appeared in the IDW comics' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2014 by the warrior Baltizar.


According to Greg Cipes in an interview, "Booyakasha!" is an Irish saying that means "High Glory and love to the very moment." It is likely derived from "buíochas", which means "glory to", or its archaic version, "buidheachas".

"Booyakasha" as its own word was originally coined by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as part of his of satirical fictional persona Ali G. Ali G's use of "Booyakasha" is a faux Jamaican Patois expression of triumph (some Jamaican Patois words have Irish base origins, so the two origins may be compatible).


  • It replaced Michelangelo's catchphrase in the 80's original series was "Cowabunga".
  • Mikey thinks it sounds weird when Donnie says it. But Raph thinks it sounds weird when Mikey says it
  • Leonardo is the only turtle so far who had not said the catchphrase yet.
  • Showdown, the two-part Season 1 finale, was promoted as "Booyaka-Showdown".
  • Mikey tells Mondo Gecko that he considers the phrase 'Cowabunga!' to be too 'old school', which is why he prefers 'Booyakasha!' instead.

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    • Has anyone counted how many times the catchphrase "Booyakasha" is used in TMNT 2012? I sort of feel like that's a peice of triv...
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    • Cowabunga is the best catchphrase. Booyakasha just sounds like a ripoff. I never did like it. I'm glad there bringing it back in season...
    • No it isn't, and it never will. They should use  *Turtle Power *High Three *Cowabunga *L.T.D. (Like a Turtle Do) *and, most of a...
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