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Biographical information

Earth, Joe's Pet Place, Slowklahoma / New York City / The Sewer / April's apartment / Jones family farmhouse


Don, Donny, Donnie, Don-San, The Dark Turtle, Brainiac, Mr. Wizard, Gear Head Supreme

Date of birth


Weapon(s) of choice

Bo Staff, Turtle Fist Daggers, Mutant Machine Gun, Dino Horned Knuckle Duster, Jawbone Hatchet, Pterano Bo Steel Core Reinforced Battle Bos, Ice Skate Battle Blade, Sword, Kowabunga Cool Extinguisher Gun, Mutant Grapplor, Shreddin' Hand Razors, Super Spy Pistol, Medieval Mutant Mallet, Sewer Spiked Big Battle Bo, Knight-knockin' Knife, Killer Pizza, Sewer spiked Clobber Club, Diabolical Dragon Blade, Pepperoni Poppin' Pistol, Pizza Batter Bo, Fish Knife, Foot-shreddin' Knife, Slicin' Stars, Laser Missile, Turtle Pizza Disc, Sewer Slingshot, Shark Fin Hatchet, Mutant Revolver, Blaster, Ninja Stars, Kama, Punk-Funk Flute Bo, Sizzle-fizzle Sewer Seltzer Bottle, Winged Javelin, Pizza Tossin' Ninja Star, Suntan Lotion Gun, Volleyball Bomb, Sewer Six Shooter, Reptile Rifle, Mutant Machine Gun, Mutatin' Midnight Bo, Black Night Boomerang, Wacky Wooden Stake, Spiky the Club, Battle Bear Knife, Classic Subsauce Phaser, Stack o' Pizza Box Pizza Launcher, Pepperoni Poppin' Pistol, Dual-grip Blade, Mystic Fire Burnin' Stick, Byakko, Ninja Tek Bo Staff, Club, Exo-Suit, Uzi, Harpoon Blaster, Cybernaut Armour, Olympic-level-athletic skill, Mastery of Ninjutsu, Genius-level intellect, Mastery of Kobudo and Bojutsu,Enhanced physical abilities through Chi Manipulation due to training with Ninja Tribunal, Technological know-how, Ground Claw, His many myriad inventions.


Ninja turtles brains, Customer Service Rep

Physical description
Eye color

Brown, Black, Green, Red (Gamera Don, 2K12 series), White

Bandana color

Red (Mirage/Image comics), Purple (other media)

Out of universe information
First appearance
Created by
Voiced by

Barry Gordon (1987 series)
Greg Berg (1987 series Alternate)
Hidenari Ugaki (Japanese)
Corey Feldman (1st and 3rd movies)
Adam Carl (2nd movie)
Jason Gray-Stanford (Next Mutation)
Sam Regal (2003 series)
Mitchell Whitfield (4th movie)
Anthony Haden Salerno (Turtles Forever 88 Don)
Pete Capella (Turtles Forever 84 Don)
Rob Paulsen (2012 series) [1]

Teachers and Students

Donatello (Don or Donnie) is a fictional character and one of the four main characters in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all related media, he sports a purple bandanna outside the Mirage/Image Comics. His signature weapon is the Bo Staff. He is the third youngest in the turtle family. In all media he is depicted as the most knowledgeable of the four turtles, often speaking in so called "technobabble" with a natural aptitude for science and technology.

He is named after the sculptor Donatello di Niccolò di Betto Bardi.



See Origin.

Donatello (nicknamed 'Don or Donny/Donnie) is the brains of the team.

It seems when Donatello was young he used to build his own (and his brothers') toys. No one knows the exact age he found out he was a natural technician, but when he did, he was the one who hooked up the electricity and fixed all of the junk from the sewer into their own furniture and supplies. When the other turtles would practice their ninja skills during free time, little Donny would be tinkering with some kind of mechanical device.


Donatello is typically the calm, logical Turtle. He is often in good terms with all his brothers and seems to be very close to Michelangelo. His favorite music is classical & classical rock, his favorite book is A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Donnie is described as the "brain" of the TMNT, he is fairly studious and industrious, and a reasonable "Mr. Fix-It". Donatello has a knack for inventing cool new gadgets and machines. He is considered the most reserved out of the four turtles. He would rather talk things out than fight and uses violence as a last resort.

Though he is often portrayed as being more focused on his studies than ninjutsu training, Donatello has shown himself to be a very capable fighter, in particular, when he is in a life-or-death situation. He can set up plans as quickly as Leonardo, if necessary, though they usually centre around one of his inventions or something else that would bar Leonardo from knowing the ins and outs of the plan in question. It is presumably for this reason that Donatello is often viewed as the level-headed second to Leonardo's command.

According to Jeff Ventimilia (executive producer)donatello is described as a bit fussy, nervous and compulsive.


Donatello has attained a mastery Ninjutsu and stealth due to his ninjutsu training. The mutagen coupled with his training has also given him near super human level skill, speed, agility and strength. He is also a stickjutsu and kobudo master. Donatello has also shown some impressive signs of physical strength; however, his greatest power is his genius-level intellect. He was stated to have an IQ of 637 in the 2k3 series, and has shown mastery in various fields of science. The classic 1987-1996 series however, is possibly the most intelligent incarnation of Donatello. He earned himself a degree once via mail, he is an expert in science and engineering, and he's able to set up plans as quickly as Leonardo, proving that he too is somewhat of a strategist. Donatello was also able to cure himself and his brothers of unstable mutations, though with some help. He has invented a trans-dimensional portal generator, a device capable of stopping the flow of time, a helmet that can turn thoughts into reality, a de-mutation ray, an early warning alarm system that goes off under any dimensional attacks or portal openings, a trans-dimensional communicator, and many other devices out of the materials that he likely found in the sewers, junk heaps, or during ventures into high-tech facilities.

Mirage Comics

Volume 1

In the comics Donatello is originally presented along with Leonardo as one of the two calmer turtles and while the originals have no official command structure, in the early stories he is depicted as the 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.

In the Donatello one shot, Donatello encounters an artist called Kirby (an homage to the comic artist Jack Kirby) whose mysterious crystal brings his drawings to life before disappearing. The two newfound friends journey to a dimension inhabited by Kirby's creations and help the heroes defeat the invading monsters.

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 type writer and writes his own personal credo.

In "Shades of Grey" Casey Jones encounters the turtle by a ravine as he was pondering "the fractal structure of natural patterns". Casey accuses the turtle of using big words and acting better than everyone else. Donatello suggests they should continue the conversation when Casey is sober. Grabbing a stick, an angry Jones continually pokes the turtle until he loses his temper and sends Casey careening into the water.

City at War

In City at War the turtles return to New York to put an end to the Foot Clan's civil war. During a battle with Shredder's Elite Guards in the ruins of the Second Time Around Shop Donatello falls through the floor and breaks his leg. Seeing their ally Karai subdued and about to be killed, Donatello grabs one of the Foot's machine guns and repeatedly shoots the Foot Elite. Donatello is visibly shaken by the violence and throws the gun away.

At the end of the story the turtles, April and Casey move back New York save for Donatello who chooses to stay in Northampton with Master Splinter to heal from his injury as well as to reflect on everything that has happened.

Volume 2

While meditating with Splinter, Donatello receives a vision of the future where he is in the village of Chihaya in Japan. When Donatello asks what he would be doing there, his master simply replies "To bury me".

After encountering the vigilante Nobody in civilian guise, Donatello returns with him to New York to help his brothers battle Baxter Stockman.

Current Comics

In the current comics Donatello finds an armored truck in the sewers which apparently had been part of a bank robbery in the sixties. Along with Raphael and Casey Jones, he undertakes the task of fixing up the vehicle.

After the death of Splinter, Donatello secretly goes to his body and asks forgiveness before clipping something off him. Shortly after, Donatello decides to accompany the Utroms on a mission to Tepui to search for two missing research teams. The group is attacked by strange wooden creatures who shrink them to miniature size. The creatures turn out to be a group of Utroms which had been stranded in the jungle during their first stay on Earth and had been living in secret thanks to their Quantum Inversion Redimensioning Device, which could alter their size. The process could not be reversed on Donatello, possibly due to his mutation, leaving him the size of an action figure.

While the Utroms work on returning him to normal, Donatello puts his new size to use infiltrating a terrorist organization's warehouse. He's also made a robotic body for himself made to resemble a turtle to help him move around.

1987 series

Don as he appeared in the 1987 series

Donatello was the most scientific minded turtle, and was responsible for the creation of most of the Turtles high tech equipment, including the TurtleVan, the Turtle comms, and the Turtle Blimp. He also managed to build a working inter dimensional portal though it is unknown how he found the necessary equipment to do so. He also thwarted a super knowledgeable Slash without any assistance. He wore purple and, as with his other incarnations he carried a Bo staff. He was voiced by Barry Gordon. The running gag in the show was that Donatello's inventions usually had the habit of breaking down or blowing up at his face, although there are many times the team rely on him whenever they were faced with scientific or mechanical problems.

The 1987 series briefly hinted of Donatello's vocal reluctance to the group's role as crime fighters and helping humans in particular, both in the five pilot episode and a plot point in the "Red Sky" episode Cry HAVOC. He seemed to be the least interested among his brothers towards human culture, and even reflected if being a normal turtle would have given them a much easier life. Despite this, it never deterred him from appreciating human food such as pizza, and even bothered to get himself a college degree through mail. On the rare moments when Leonardo was kidnapped or incapacitated, Donatello usually takes on the role as the group leader.

In the film Turtles Forever he was the one who created the Trans-Dimensional Portal Stick in order to reach the Turtle Prime Universe. When his skeptical 2003 counterpart (whom he fondly nicknamed "Mr. Wizard") voiced his concerns over calling a wrench a hammer, Donatello replied that science was more than just facts and details. He was voiced by Tony Salerno.

Archie Comics

Coming Out of Their Shells

Don played keyboards and background vocals in the stage show.


the movie version of Don

First Movie

Donatello seemed less intelligent in the first movie. He struck up a strong friendship with Casey Jones and the two playfully insulted each other frequently while fixing an old pickup truck. Also, in the first movie, there seemed to be more of a best friend relationship with not only Casey Jones, but also Michelangelo. If you watch the scene where Michelangelo and Donatello are watching the classic Tortoise and the Hare, you can tell they seem intellectually equal and the two "jokers" of the team. Oddly, though, Donatello has a comedic inability to match his brothers' surfer slang throughout the first three movies, instead using nonsensical terms such as "bossa nova", "a cappella", "Chevy Nova", and "eclectic". According to some sceptics, Donatello bears a strange resemblance to Mike Jones, rap artist famely know for his hit song "Who is Mike Jones."

Second Movie

In the second movie his knowledge and scientific originality were brought to the forefront and he was instrumental in developing the anti mutagen that reverted Tokka and Rahzar to their animal forms. As further evidence of his mechanical inclination, he is also shown hacking into a computer at T.G.R.I. There is also evidence in this film that Donatello shows great emotional support for his little brother, Michelangelo, in a more obvious way; unlike Leonardo and Raphael. He also related to Professor Jordan Perry on a personal and professional level, as they both rack their brains to create an anti-mutagen for Shredder's newly evolved mutant-monsters.

Third Movie

In the third, and final, live action film, Donatello's knowledge comes to the forefront in explaining the principals of the time machine that sends the turtles back to ancient Japan. As he tells the other turtles, for every person that is sent backward in time, another person must be sent forward in time. Therefore, the time machine, a sceptre, must be held by the same number of people in both the past and the future for the "cosmic trade" to be made. Donatello's insight's allows the turtles to return to modern day New York. .

Fourth Movie

Don as he appeared in TMNT

Donatello fell in to a leader-esque role, keeping the group together in Leonardo's absence. Although he tried his best, the three were moving in separate directions with their lives. Both Michelangelo and himself got jobs dealing with the public, while Raphael spent his nights fighting crime. Donatello worked at an IT Tech Support.

With Leo's return the group once again came together, and Donatello helped his brothers in ridding the earth of Max Winters' evil generals. In this movie, Donatello was voiced by Mitchell Whitfield

Image Comics

In the Image Comics incarnation of the TMNT, he became a cyborg after his body was partially destroyed from being shot and dropped out of a helicopter (he maintained a positive attitude nonetheless, although he was constantly at risk of losing his mind to the cyborg half). The Image Comics were later treated as non-canon by the Mirage Publications.

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation

Donatello in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation is voiced by Jason Gray-Stanford. In the Next Mutation Donatello uses a shorter metal version of a stick. Also in the show, he is a lot more knowledgeable and is more concerned on what is controlling the lair, science or magic which leads him to constantly arguing with Venus De Milo.

2003 series

Main Article: Donatello (2003 TV Series)

2012 series

Main Article: Donatello (2012 TV series)



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • " Good thing these guys aren't lumberjacks."
  • "You're a claustrophobic." (to Casey)
  • "Bossanova!"
  • [April and Casey fight then go into different rooms, slamming the doors after them] Gosh, it's kind of like Moonlighting. Isn't it?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

  • Yee haw! Ninja cowboy!
  • Hey, everyone's a critic.
  • These nets are very effective and very well constructed.
  • Ah! Thanks, Raph, I may never have the hiccups again! (after Ralph yells out for Shredder)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

  • OK, so my Japanese is a little rusty. Uh, Suzuki, Kawasaki...
  • You were expecting maybe the Addams Family?
  • Think of it the bright side, April. We could've landed in a great, big, greasy pile of...
  • Mud wrestling is definitely a spectator sport.
  • Do you think I could *possibly* live without a single microchip?

TMNT (2007 Film)

  • [Acting as a technical consultant over the phone] Sir? Sir. Sir. Did you turn the computer on? Have you plugged it in? Yeah, that would help. No, I'm not playing hard to get. I'm telling you, sir, it's not that kind of phone line. I'm not your enemy. I'm just Donnie, your friendly IT tech support here to help you 24-hours a day, sir. Yeah, I'm sorry. Ma'am!
  • [examining a dart taken out of Raphael] Yep. This has Winter's name written all over it.

Turtles Forever

  • Mirage Donatello: What's with the multi-coloured headbands?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)

  • These mousers are incredible! The servo mechanics, the circuitry, the articulation...!
  • Nighty-Night Dragon boy! [Punches Purple Dragon thug]
  • Too bad he had such a rotten parent.
  • [after beating the Purple Dragons] Well, that was easier then expected.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series)

  • (About Mikey) "I think he's delusional..."
  • "What are they doing? That's incredibly stupid! Or brilliant! Or... or... or both!"
  • (About Metalhead) "Heh, heh. He doesn't like being tickled."
  • "Look at her. She's so beautiful, and with this monitor, she can't even tell that I'm spying on her! *April says it's not on mute* GAH! (falls off of chair)"
  • "Why am I always the one who has to touch the weird Kraang stuff!"


  • Given his knack for invention it is ironic that Donatello is  named after the painter also known for his inventions and advancements in technological thinking. Live Action Donatello is not so smart but it develops in the second and third. Live Action Donatello also has a good friendship with Casey Jones but in all three movies Donatello is a fun loving turtle like Mikey.
  • Donatello was the first known confirmed character (and as of early December 2010, only confirmed character) of Nickelodeon's TMNT series, with the advent of Rob Paulsen confirming his role as Don on his Twitter account [2]
  • He is co-creator Peter Laird's favorite Turtle.
  • According to Raphael in TMNT Back To The Sewer, Donatello has an I.Q of 637
  • Out of the four turtles Donatello is the only one to carry one weapon while his brothers carry a set of their weapons (Leonardo, two katanas, Michelangelo, two nunchuks and Raphael, two sais). However, Michelangelo starts using one grappling hook instead of nunchucks in the 1987 animated series.
  • In the 2012 Nickelodeon TMNT, Donatello has the same voice actor as Raphael in the 1987 series.
  • In the 2012, Donatello is the tallest one of the group.
  • Donatello has a crush on April O'Neil in the 2012 series.
  • According to Jeff Ventimilia (executive producer) Donatello is described as a bit fussy, nervous and compulsive.


  • Gender: Male
  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Given [by God]
  • Pronunciation: (do nah TEL loh)

The most famous historical bearer of this name was the artist Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi). Donatello was one of the most influential painters and sculptors of the Italian Renaissance, though is perhaps best known today for giving his name to one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


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