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Terrorpin is a monstrous snapping turtle from the second volume of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage comic series. He would later return for a second time in a Tales of the TMNT story, The Cure. He's the companion, guardian, protector, and makeshift steed for Rihana the Sewage, as well as her young daughter Ocenee. It's unknown if he is a mutant, or just a rare case and genetic anomaly of an overgrown snapper. However, snapping turtles have remained almost genetically unchanged for millions of years and can potentially live an extremely long time. That being said, this near-primitive beast may actually be a very old creature.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Volume 2
Terrorpin was the largest alligator snapping turtle to go under the humans' records and is the biggest threat in some of the lost portions of the NYC sewer system. While seeking a new refuge for his family, Leonardo accidentally invaded the creature's territory. Nearby, was the nest and domain of a mystifying fish woman... Rihana, The Sewage.With her people on the verge of extinction, protecting this unborn child became Rihana's priority. Leonardo's sudden appearance had represented questions with little time for communication or answers on both sides. Terrorpin was a Juggernaut and would devour any living thing for naught. Even a distant mutated relative. No matter what the case, Terrorpin was only protecting his master's domain.
Leo would smite the creature's right eye to escape its powerful bite at one point. But this would do little in hindering the beast's pursuit of the teenager. It was survival of the fittest, even if the maddening situation was brought upon a premise of miscommunication in the first place. In fact, Leo was at ground zero. The Sewage's protector was finally catching up to the young ninja in his mad dash. Seemingly have eluded the Snapper, Leo was now face-to-face with the Fish Woman. Leo had enough of all this. He threatened to destory Rihana's egg with his sword.
She screamed, "NO !".
But hot on Leo's trail, yet a level above the nest, the ancient structures and support of this dilapidated area couldn't withstand the overbearing weight of the Snapper. The structure from above gave way as the monster came careening straight down upon his master, the Fish Woman, and Leo. Leonardo barely survived the ordeal before being rescued from the rubble by Casey Jones and his brothers. Sadly, it seemed as if Rihana and her mighty Terrorpin hadn't survived the wreckage. But, her egg lay in tact amidst the rubble. Mother laying over the fragile cocoon protecting it's most precious of treasures.
Tales of the TMNT, Volume 2
Rihana is no ordinary creature herself, with as much mystery surrounding her origins as those of her mighty steed. Ancient wisdom, healing arts, mysticism, and magic are questionable properties surrounding her nature. An entity in her own right, she enigmatically and slowly healed herself. She would also help cure her dear friend, Terrorpin, after his ordeal with the Ninja Turtle leader. She somehow restored the Snapper's left eye which Leo had sliced off in defense.
Leaving the sewers behind, Rihana recalled the invader with a primitive rendering of an angry Leonardo who had destroyed her home. She left the drawing near a collapsed wall across from the wreckage. Forever burned in her memory and swimming in her soul is the "THREAT". Leonardo threatened to destroy her egg... left unborn had she not halted her approach during their tussle. After all, he was invading HER nest!
But it was, however, time to move on.
With her beast's dwindled eyesight returned, a new journey north towards safer ground was upon the duo. The exhaustive trek would lead deeper underground, where no human or mutant had ever trekked. A foolish school of Ophthalmosaurus also sought to make a short meal of Rihana during her journey. But, with Terrorpin's help, the beasts were fended off. He handled the underwater menaces with the same, swift, indomitable jaws which almost devoured Leonardo.
When the threat was over, Rihana and her heavy-footed companion made it into the refuge of an ancient cave system. Her beautiful baby had now hatched, the little fish-like creature known as Baby Ocenee. Her birth gave a tiny amount of hope to the survival of a lost race. The small family traveled into the wooded mountains of the great north. Far away from man. And even further away from the angry Mutant.
Mysteries abound surrounding the origin of this giant snapper. A mystery possibly forgotten by the "Fearless Leader" of the TMNT. Little does he know that he has not been forgotten.
Future confrontations with the fish-creatures and massive Snapping Turtle may prove potentially hazardous. As of now, Leonardo is still considered a threat and enemy.
Behind the scenes
- Tokka, a Snapping Turtle villain from the second live action movie, was based on Terrorpin's rejected toy design. He was initially created by legendary horror and comic book artist S.R. Bissette. The character concept was of a bipedal alligator snapping turtle called "Terrorpin the Terrible". His sidekick (this would have been a companion toy) was a smaller snapper with wad of messy blond hair in a tomato soup can named "Snappy Warhol". The little guy was created by Steve Murphy. Coincidentally, around the same time in the early 1990s, Ryan Brown was also designing a snapping turtle character for the TMNT Toy line. Bissette's design was picked up and adapted in development for a villain of the second film. At that point, Brown was instrumental in making sure Mr. Bissette received printed credit on subsequent products featuring Tokka as inspiring the creature's inception. Most Tokka action figure card-backs still received this printed credit.
- Terrorpin's incarnation in the comic is slightly different than that of his initial concept. He isn't bipedal in the books as he appears in the toy illustration. At this point, he is also an entirely separate entity from Tokka.
- Terrorpin is also the name of the hovercraft vehicle utilized by the Dark Turtles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward.
- Terrorpin's name is a pun on the words "terrapin" and "terror".