Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.
Charlie Llama is a character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures series, and Splinter's old teacher. Master Splinter, Ninjara and the Turtles have traveled the globe to visit the Sensei's old teacher, Charlie Llama, in the Crystal Palace in Tibet. On their way they met a four armed tiger man named Katmandu who was on his way to the Palace to guard the Llama. Unfortunately, upon their arrival, our heroes find the palace in shambles—and a four armed skeleton escapes their grasp.
As Katmandu and Leonardo ponder where the skeleton may have gone, a young pregnant woman named Jang La explains that she has come to the palace in order that Charlie Llama (the fourteenth reincarnation of the Buddha) can serve as her midwife during the birth of her child. She also points out a distant palace among the mountains that the Dervish skeleton has escaped to.
Katmandu explains that this building is the home of the evil sorcerer Mang-Thrasha. Typically, the wizard does not involve himself in the lives of men—so the tiger warrior is surprised that he has kidnapped Charlie Llama. As the protagonists decide what course of action to take against Mang-Thrasha, Jang La suddenly goes into labor. Soon, a group of monkey monks called the Tantric Monkeys arrive. Leo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Ninjara and Katmandu leave for Mang-Thrasha's palace as Master Splinter, Donatello and the Tantric Monkeys help Jang La during her birthing.
The group of heroes arrive at the foot of the mountain holding the evil sorcerer's palace and soon run into a strange mist.
Leo, Mike and Katmandu discover the four armed skeleton Dervish in the mist and Katmandu makes short work of the bone brain. The trio heads into Mang-Thrasha's unlocked palace and find the wizard accompanied by a large Chinese militia. The sorcerer states that he plans to ally himself with the Chinese (which enrages Katmandu) and hand Charlie Llama over to them. The Chinese government will then force Charlie Llama to tell his millions of followers that he is not the Buddha and that his spiritual claims were all lies, thus ending the any threat that the Chinese might lose control of Tibet.
Suddenly, Raph and Ninjara come crashing through the wall and a battle ensues. While the Turtles and fox fight the militia, Katmandu rushes to Charlie Llama's side—but as he stands guard over his master, the Buddha dies comfortably on his bed, due to natural causes.
At that moment, Jang La has her baby, much to the delight of the Tantric Monkeys.
With the death of Charlie Llama, Mang-Thrasha's plans are ruined.
That evening, Charlie Llama is burned upon a funeral pyre. Ninjara laments for Splinter that he has traveled all this way to speak with his mentor, only to lose him upon arrival. Splinter smiles and states that while the Master he knew is gone, he will return later, when the new incarnation of the Buddha (Jang La's child) has grown up.
- His name is a reference to and pun of the Dalai Lama, the religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism.
- IDW Publishing skipped reprinting nearly all TMNT Adventures stories referencing Charlie Llama, as criticism of the People's Republic of China and perceived praise of the Dalai Lama can endanger any multinational company's business interests in China. This includes Viacom, which now owns the TMNT property and licenses TMNT Adventures reprintings.