The Ninja Sword of Nowhere
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
The Ninja Sword of Nowhere Title Card
Season Code: 3
Episode: 13
Original airdate October 11, 1989
Written by Michael Edens
Mark Edens
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Season
October 19, 1989 - December 22, 1989
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. "Beneath These Streets"
  2. "Turtles on Trial"
  3. "Attack of the 50-Foot Irma"
  4. "The Maltese Hamster"
  5. "Sky Turtles"
  6. "The Old Switcheroo"
  7. "Burne's Blues"
  8. "The Fifth Turtle"
  9. "Enter the Rat King"
  10. "Turtles at the Earth's Core"
  11. "April Fool"
  12. "Attack of Big MACC"
  13. "The Ninja Sword of Nowhere"
  14. "20,000 Leaks Under the City"
  15. "Take Me to Your Leader"
  16. "Four Musketurtles"
  17. "Turtles, Turtles Everywhere"
  18. "Cowabunga Shredhead"
  19. "Invasion of the Turtle Snatchers"
  20. "Camera Bugged"
  21. "Green With Jealousy"
  22. "Return of the Fly"
  23. "Casey Jones - Outlaw Hero"
  24. "Mutagen Monster"
  25. "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X"
  26. "Pizza by the Shred"
  27. "Super Bebop & Mighty Rocksteady"
  28. "Beware the Lotus"
  29. "Blast from the Past"
  30. "Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp"
  31. "Michelangelo's Birthday"
  32. "Usagi Yojimbo"
  33. "Case of the Hot Kimono"
  34. "Usagi Come Home"
  35. "The Making of Metalhead"
  36. "Leatherhead Meets the Rat King"
  37. "The Turtle Terminator"
  38. "The Great Boldini"
  39. "The Missing Map"
  40. "The Gang's All Here"
  41. "The Grybyx"
  42. "Mister Ogg Goes to Town"
  43. "Shredderville"
  44. "Bye, Bye, Fly"
  45. "The Big Rip-Off"
  46. "The Big Break-In"
  47. "The Big Blow Out"

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The Ninja Sword of Nowhere is a season 3 episode of the 1987-1996 series.


It's National Sensei Appreciation Day, and the Turtles plan to buy Splinter a present despite their limited funds. They choose an antique ninja sword in a shop, only to be waylaid by Shredder immediately afterwards. It turns out that Shredder is seeking a piece of alien metal that Krang detected, and it happens to be the sword.

During the fight that ensues, Shredder gets the sword from Leonardo and cuts a hole in the fabric of reality. Michelangelo knocks him into it, but that only temporarily inconveniences him as he reappears with the sword on the Technodrome.

Splinter determines that they have to get the sword away from Shredder, so they have April fake a news broadcast declaring that the Turtles' lair has been found. Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop all appear, but the sword gives Shredder a massive edge in the fight that results. Finally he drags Splinter through one of the dimensional holes he's cut, and leaves the rat mutant trapped in a limbo from which he can't escape without the sword. Shredder declares that he'll only free Splinter if the Turtles surrender to him.

The Turtles arrange another fake broadcast to claim that they are ready to surrender to Shredder at an auto junkyard. Donatello manages to immobilize Shredder with an electromagnet, but Rocksteady and Bebop drag him out and wreck the electromagnetic in the process, burying Shredder in junk.

Just then, an alien antiques ship appears in the junkyard out of another dimensional rift. They take the ninja sword before the Turtles can grab it, and start flying back into the rift. Donatello snags their ship with his grappling hook and attaches it to the news van, but the ship simply drags the news van, the camera, and the Turtles into the air.

Fortunately the ship travels through the same dimensional limbo that Splinter has been trapped in, so he leaps through the hole and accidentally knocks the Turtles and April to the ground. April laments the loss of the news van, even as the electromagnet lifts away a whining Vernon (who is trapped inside a car trunk).

Character voices



Home media releases


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection

Animation Errors

  • When Splinter says "I have defeated you everywhere, Shredder," his mouth is not moving.


  • Thom Pinto voices Raphael instead of Rob Paulsen.
  • For some strange reason, the Turtles do not wear their masks when they are wearing their disguises.
  • This is the first episode in the series where one of the turtles retracts all extremities into his shell. The second time was Big Bug Blunder.


  • Michaelangelo: Foots up, Hand Soldiers!!!


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