Origami Tsunami
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
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Season Code: 005
Episode: 2A
Original airdate September 25, 2018 (television)
July 20, 2018 (online)
Written by Russ Carney
Ron Corcillo
Producers: Vladimir Radev
Andy Suriano
Ant Ward
Directed by Jamie Vickers
Voice Direction Rob Paulsen
Supervising Director  Alan Wan
Storyboard Artist: Christoper Luc
Episode chronology
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"Mystic Mayhem" "Donnie's Gifts"

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 1
September 17, 2018 - November 16, 2019
List of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. Mystic Mayhem
  2. Origami Tsunami
  3. Donnie's Gifts
  4. War and Pizza
  5. Newsworthy
  6. Repo Mantis
  7. Down with the Sickness
  8. The Fast and the Furriest
  9. Mascot Melee
  10. Shell in a Cell
  11. Minotaur Maze
  12. Bug Busters
  13. The Longest Fight
  14. Hypno! Part Deux
  15. The Gumbus
  16. Mrs. Cuddles
  17. Stuck on You
  18. Al Be Back
  19. The Purple Jacket
  20. Pizza Pit
  21. Smart Lair
  22. Hot Soup: The Game
  23. The Evil League of Mutants
  24. Late Fee
  25. Bullhop
  26. Mind Meld
  27. Nothing But Truffle
  28. Shadow of Evil
  29. Portal Jacked!
  30. Warren & Hypno, Sitting in a Tree
  31. Operation: Normal
  32. Sparring Partner
  33. You Got Served
  34. How to Make Enemies and Bend People to Your Will
  35. Mystic Library
  36. The Purple Game
  37. Man VS. Sewer
  38. The Mutant Menace
  39. Turtle-dega Nights: The Ballad of Rat Man
  40. The Ancient Art of Ninja Hide and Seek
  41. One Man's Junk
  42. Snow Day
  43. Cloak and Swaggart
  44. Jupiter Jim Ahoy!
  45. Insane in the Mama Train
  46. End Game

Season 1Season 2

"Origami Tsunami" is the second episode (Episode 2A) of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It first aired on September 25th, 2018.


The wannabe heroes try to solve the biggest little problem in the city.


Major Characters

Minor Characters

Additional Voices by Eric Bauza


  • New York City
    • Leo's Paper Hut (debut) (destroyed)
    • Unidentified Wharf (debut)


  • Cargo Ship (debut)
  • The Foot Clan's Van (debut)


At the Lair, Splinter watches another episode of his favorite movies, Teriyaki Shakedown, with Raph re-enacting one of the scenes by throwing Donnie and Mikey around. Splinter then springs into action, throws down the Turtles onto the coffee tables, and he expresses doubts that they will ever be great ninja. Mikey and Raph respond that they are tired of training and they can be heroes, and Splinter scoffs at the idea.

Donnie begins looking through news articles online to find legitimate bad guys to stop. Leo rejects the first two criminals due to excessive violence, but instead is interested in stopping a couple of thieves stealing paper across the city. Leo is able to motivate his brothers in going out to confront the "paper thieves" after claiming that their crime is the first major stepping stone in the brothers' crime-fighting career.

The Turtles head up to the surface to find the two paper thieves, in which they spot at the last paper store in town. Leo, Donnie and Mikey follow the thieves, but are easily alluded by the villains, and Raph fails to jump them from above and lands on his brothers. The two paper thieves drive away after the Turtles fail to catch them.

Upon hearing his brothers give up, Leo is able to motivate them and sets up a plan to create a fake paper shop to bait the paper thieves. They create salami "paper", and "hire" April O'Neil for their new paper hut. While the Turtles hide, the two paper thieves arrive, tie up April and leave with the salami. Knowing that Leo's plan might fail, and that Raph would eat the salami, Donnie installs two tracking devices in the meat (two due to Raph eating one of them).

The Turtles follow the paper thieves to a ship at the docks and confront them. Raph, Donnie and Mikey remark on the thieves' strange appearance, from the feet painted on their faces to the flames on their heads. After Raph asks why they needed the paper, the thin paper thief created an Origami Ninja, and it starts attacking the Turtles. After Leo slices up the one ninja with his ōdachi, the thin paper thief begins to create more Origami Ninja.

As the Turtles begin to take out the Origami Ninja, the thin paper thief creates a much larger origami ninja out of all the paper, and uses it to capture Leo, Donnie and Mikey. With Raph the only turtle left standing, he charges at the two thieves, taps into his "Smash Jutsu" ability and throws the two fiends at the giant origami ninja, freeing the other Turtles. The large paper thief tries to create more Origami Ninja, but Mikey uses his kusari-fundō to release a mystic flare to trick the sprinklers, soaking all the paper.

Before they retreat, the thin paper thief creates another origami ninja with some of the stolen salami, but it falls apart before it attacks the Turtles. Raph then proceeds to eat the salami while his younger brothers scold and watch him in disgust. As Mikey asks if they won, Leo recalls everything that happened in their mission and says that they have. The brothers cheer happily and tackle Leo in a friendly dog-pile amidst the large heap of paper.


  • This episode, along with four other episodes, were posted early on July 20th, 2018 as a sneak preview on
  • This is the first 11-minute episode of Rise of the TMNT in production order.
  • This makes the first debut of the Foot Clan.
  • It was revealed In October 2020 by Rise of the TMNT writers Russ Carney and Ron Corcillo in the fan interview Turtles Rising that Donnie's "Paper viscera," line in the cargo ship after the Turtles destroy their first Origami Ninja and are alarmed by the shower of paper scraps falling on them is an ad-lib by Josh Brener.[1]


Raphael: Really? That'll make us heroes? But it's only paper.
Leonardo: It's only paper? (Laughing) I'm so sorry. Donnie, what did he just say? Did he say it's only paper?
Donatello: Yup.
Leonardo: Did he say it's only paper?
Donatello:Yes, he did.
Leonardo:Okay! That's what they all say. You think the road to hero town is paved with real crime? No! It's paved with the tears of the poor paper man. And who helps that guy? I'll tell you who: We are who.

Raphael: "What kind of weirdo steals paper?"
Michelangelo: "A dreamer! You look at a blank sheet and see nothing. They look at it and see possibilities-" (Raph elbows him in the side, causing him to fall over)
Donatello: (looking through his welding goggles) "There's only one store they haven't hit yet, and it is right over there- Oh, convenient."
Raphael: "How 'bout we go stealth and make 'em wish they stole toilet paper?"

(His brothers chuckle at the joke, and even Donnie admits it was funny.)

Leonardo: (stealthily lands on the floor behind the bad guys with his brothers following suit) "Okay, twerp and..." (Foot Lieutenant turns around with a small gasp, Foot Brute looking super intimidating just by standing still) "-Surprisingly big man. It's four against two, so what say we call it a day, right?"
Michelangelo: "Whoa! They got footprints on their faces!"
Raphael: "Uh, are those flames on their heads?"
Donatello: "Feels like a real hazard for a paper thief." (smirks)