Nikolaos of Myra
Biographical information

Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle

Date of birth

March 15, 270

Date of death

December 6, 343


Magic, gift-giving, nigh-omniscience


Bishop, Saint, Gift-giver

Physical description


Out of universe information
First appearance
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Santa Claus is a mythical representation of Nikolaos of Myra ("Saint Nicholas"), a Greek bishop born in the Roman Empire of what is now modern day Turkey. Santa appears in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine story Twas the Night Before Christmas, where he is held up at gunpoint by Bebop and Rocksteady as he is delivering presents. The Ninja Turtles arrive to stop the two mutants, and Santa ends up giving all six of them gifts, saying that Christmas should be about peace and goodwill, before taking his leave.

In other media

Characters in other incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise have dressed up as Santa Claus for Christmas, including Michelangelo in The Christmas Aliens of both the Mirage continuity, Hamato Splinter in The Christmas Aliens of the 2003 TV series, and Splinter in issue #89 of the IDW continuity.

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