Sparring Partner
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode
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Season Code: 036
Episode: 18B
Original airdate April 13, 2019
Written by Ian Busch
Producers: Vladimir Radev
Directed by Abe Audish
Voice Direction Rob Paulsen
Supervising Director  Alan Wan
Storyboard Artist: Alicia Chan
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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

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"Sparring Partner" is the thirty-second episode (Episode 18B) of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It first aired on April 13th, 2019.


Raph becomes friends with a new sparring partner and has to keep it a secret from his brothers, who don't like the guy.


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Minor Characters



The episode begins in the lair where the turtles are playing the bandanas: red, blue, purple and orange. Once they finished with their game, Raphael goes to the garage where he was mysteriously greeted by one of the origami ninja, usually referred: Franken-Foot! Raphael reveals that this grotesque fused ninja is his sparring partner as he starts to training with him. As they have finished, Raph tries to hide his buddy away as possible so he won't be noticed by his brothers. As Raphael closes the door it accidentally slices the hand of Franken-Foot, who raised his hand to Raph. When Raphael is gone, Franken-Foot's hand grabs glue and he starts inserting it back.

Cut with Raphael with his brothers. Raph sees Franken-Foot up there and sees that glue is falling. Raphael hugs them (to Leo's and Don's displeasure and Mikey's affection) so they won't notice him. The brothers started to insult the origami ninja, just as Raph. However, unbeknownst to Leo, Don and Mikey, except Raph, Franken-Foot heard everything and becomes deeply hurt. Raphael whispers to his friend, trying to convince him that he is not talking about him. Heartbroken, Franken-Foot sadly leaves the lair. Seeing him very downhearted, Raphael decides to trick his brothers to go to patrol.

As they running on the rooftops, the brothers notice Franken-Foot is seen causing mayhem, he is seen grabbing all red bandanas and tearing them in rage and sadness. The turtles quickly deduce that someone's in red bandana must have hurt his feelings (Raph is seen crying about his actions). Franken-Foot goes to Joe's Bandanas to tear more bandanas. The turtles meet Franken-Foot, just as Foot Clan arrives. Raphael reveals to his brothers that Franken-Foot is his best friend and never intended to bring harm to him. Franken-Foot becomes happy that he sensitively cries in joy. Angered by betrayal, Foot Recruit and Foot Lieutenant bring more Origami Ninja and they attack the turtles. This infuriates Franken-Foot so much, that in his anger, he unleashes his power that grows into a giant paper fist and blows both Foot members away to the distance. Impressed the turtles decide to make Franken-Foot as their new ally as they tumble around happily as the episode ends.


  • The Foot Lieutenant and Foot Recruit being sent flying into the sky with a twinkle after their defeat is a reference to Team Rocket in the Pokémon anime, who are usually defeated in a similar manner.