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Weapon type
Type of Weapon


Type of Weapon in Kanji


Weapon name
Name in Kanji



Leonardo, Foot Ninja, Michelangelo, Foot Elite, Long Strike, Karai Nightwatcher, Dark Ninja Assassins, April O'Neil


Mirage, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness, 1987 TV series, 2003 TV series TMNT (2007 film), TMNT (2007 game), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash-Up, 2012 TV series


The Kusari-fundo / Manriki-gusari, (鎖分銅), is a chain weapon originating in Japan. It is weighted on both ends and is useful in heavy strikes, limb/joint locks, and trapping weapons.

A pre-teen Mikey is shown using a Manriki-gusari in the Mirage Comics story The Passing.

Some Foot Ninja use some on Leonardo, who then uses one himself in the Mirage Comics story What Goes Around... Comes Around!.

One of the Foot Elite uses one on Raphael in City at War, Part 11 of 13

Michelangelo uses one in A Thing About Rats, a Season One episode of the 1987 TV series, calling himself "master of the manriki-gusari".

The manriki-gusari is one of the special weapons used by Long Strike in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness.

It was used by a Foot Ninja in the 2003 TV series episode New Blood.

The Dark Ninja Assassins use some in the 2003 TV series episode, The Big Brawl.

Karai uses one in the 2003 TV series.

A Foot Ninja can be seen using one in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (vol 4) 14.

The manriki-gusari is also the primary weapon of Nightwatcher, which he wields in pairs.

In the 2012 series, manriki-gusari has so-far been seen in "I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman", by the Turtles to try to restrain the "Stockman-Pod" in the final confrontation. In "Baxter's Gambit", whilst trying to match her to a weapon, Splinter has April O'Neil try a manriki-gusari before finally matching her with a tessen.