Michelangelo is a box turtle who has mutated to become part human. As a box turtle, he is able to close the openings of his shell to make it even more difficult to attack. He is an artist and skateboarder, and initially uses nunchucks, but after they are destroyed he wields a kusari-fundo instead, which possesses a "mystical whip" ability. He is the youngest of the Turtles.
Michelangelo has teal green skin, yellow-orange circles painted on his shoulders and thighs, a bright yellow plastron with neon pink and blue lighting bolts painted on it, and a navy teal carapace with yellow-orange designs. He has black eyes, a small gap on the right side of his upper jaw, three fingers on each hand and two toes on each foot.
Mikey wears an orange mask over his eyes (with short mask tails), orange wristbands and color-matching socks and orange knee pads with faces drawn on them (dead face on the right and smiley face on the left). He also wears a light brown belt around his chest and strap over his right shoulder, as well as a Turtle emblem over his heart.
Michelangelo is very similar to his previous incarnations as he loves to crack jokes and is generally more optimistic than his brothers. He has a passion for art, presumably of many kinds as he is shown to have a passion for painting and cooking. Mikey can be very oblivious to dangerous situations, mostly unaware of what kind of trouble he could be in. He also tends to be naïve, but also kind-hearted.
Mikey is also shown to be attuned to pop culture, based on some of his word choices, his knowledge of celebrities (like Rupert Swaggart) and his love for rap music. However, Mikey has mixed appreciation for certain retro/old school icons, such as his disappointment with the dated graphics from the Lou Jitsu video game.
Mikey is also easily frightened when in a scary situation, and often has the tendency to react quickly by screaming rather loudly. To add to his oblivion, he does not think things through when he's scared.
Mikey also gets upset or angry if things don't go the way he hopes, such as when he snaps whenever someone tries to sabotage his love for pizza, which can allegedly make him unstable. He also does not appreciate being looked as being dependent, as such in "Hot Soup: The Game", where Mikey is eager to do things on his own, much to Raph's disapproval.
When he uses the "Dr. Delicate Touch" method, he sometimes starts off as being sweet, but quickly becomes angry and straight to the point. Examples of such would be seen in episodes like "Pizza Pit" or "Bullhop".
Like his brothers, Michelangelo began his life as a baby turtle in Baron Draxum's laboratory. Wishing to make mutant soldiers, the Baron used Lou Jitsu's DNA to mutate Michelangelo into an anthropomorphic turtle. He was taken from the lab by Lou Jitsu, along with his brothers.
Youngest of the group, Michelangelo has a wild and colorful personality. He's an artist and spends his time tagging the Turtles' lair—and his own box turtle shell—with graffiti. He's an eternal optimist and an absolute natural at ninjutsu.
- Mystic Whip
- Strength (Due To Mutation)
- Speed (Due To Mutation)
- Baron Draxum:
- Meat Sweats:
- Warren Stone:
- Foot Clan:
- Repo Mantis:
- Foot Recruit:
- Big Mama:
- "You must be THIS rad to ride that ride." - After doing a cannonball with his brothers into a pool.
- "Yay- arts and crafts!" - Upon seeing the Origami made by the Foot Lieutenant.
- Mikey says "Cowabunga" as his catchphrase on the show, rather than "Booyakasha", which was his catchphrase in the previous Nickelodeon incarnation.
- He also often says "Omigosh".
- According to the writers, he's the sweet and loving turtle of the team.
- He is revealed to a close relationship with Leo, who takes him under his wing.
- Mikey is an passionate artist in this series.
- He is shown to put stickers on his shell.
- He also loves to decorate the Lair with graffiti.
- Brandon Mychal Smith stated in an interview that Mikey likes extreme sports.
- In the original Mirage Comics' The Passing, Mikey's training weapon was also a kusari-fundo.
- This version of Mikey is the second overall ninja turtle to have a gap in his teeth.
- Despite being referred to as a kusari-fundo in the official character releases, Mikey's new weapon more closely resembles a chigiriki.
- Mikey's catchphrase is "Omigosh!".