Usagi Yojimbo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 Cartoon) episode
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Season Code: 03
Episode: 32
Original airdate November 7, 1989
Written by David Wise
Supervising Producer Fred Wolf
Producers: Mark Freedman
Walt Kubiak
Directed by Bill Wolf
Episode chronology
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"Michelangelo's Birthday" "Case of the Hot Kimono"
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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Usagi Yojimbo is the thirty-third episode of the third season of the 1987 TV series.


A rabbit ronin warrior from an alternate dimension is lost in our world. While the Turtles help him adjust, Shredder steals a dragon egg to unleash it on the city.






After the Turtles fail to return a rented video before the video store closes, General Traag suddenly appears in the street and attacks them... but they find themselves unable to touch him, and he vanishes into thin air.

It turns out that Shredder is using a Dimensional Teleporter to materialize things from other dimensions. He's also searching for something in Little Tokyo Town.

Curious about what Krang is messing around with, Donatello, reveals that he's been making a dimensional portal of his own. But Shredder uses the teleporter just as Donatello switches it on, causing it to tune into an alternate dimension of sentient animals - and the Turtles see the rabbit samurai Usagi Yojimbo facing off against three pig warriors. During the fight, Usagi leaps through the portal.

The Turtles find that his skills are too much for them to handle until Michelangelo throws a pizza at him (a fighting style Splinter acerbically calls "Slapstick"). But Donatello doesn't believe he can find Usagi's home dimension again because it was a "zillion to one fluke." So the Turtles introduce Usagi to their world, including to April and Irma at Channel 6.

Power begins fluctuating wildly in Midtown, and the teleporter deposits several Foot Soldiers on the street. Usagi successfully destroys them all, but wanders off. As the city is flooded with Foot Soldiers, Usagi finds himself at a rabbit-themed restaurant where he's mistaken for one of the waiters. When he gets the idea that his "brothers" are slaves, he attacks the restaurant's manager, and Michelangelo has to extract him from the place.

Meanwhile, Donatello figures out where the Foot Soldiers are converging: a museum in Little Tokyo Town, where there is a massive egg - referred to as Baby-San - guarded by a man named Obento. The egg is dropped into a massive smokestack, and hatches into a dragon.

The Turtles manage to distract the dragon with a grain elevator, but the food causes the dragon to grow further. Donatello, Splinter and Usagi manage to rescue Obento before the Foot Solders can drown him.

Obento retrieves a strange blue candle from his home, declaring that it's the only thing that can save the dragon from the city. Meanwhile, the military is gearing up to attack Baby-San, who has now learned to breathe fire. Obento says that someone needs to throw the candle in the dragon's mouth, and Usagi volunteers. The dragon immediately shrinks back down to an egg.

Checking on his attackers, Shredder is shocked to see Usagi among them, and Krang mocks him for blaming his defeat on a bunny.

Baby-san is put back in the museum, and Obento agrees to care for Usagi until Donatello can find a way to send him home.

Home media releases




  • When the Foot Soldier knocked Usagi to the ground, he was carrying both swords but when we cut to the next shot, only one sword is drawn.
  • When Usagi and Leonardo fight, Usagi cuts one of Leonardo's blades. Yet when Usagi is complimenting their battle techniques (and the pizza), Leo has both blades intact.


  • Following the fight between Usagi and the Foot Soldiers. Donatello calls Michelangelo "Mikey". This is the only instance in the 1987 TV series where one of the ninja turtles is acknowledged by their nicknames.
  • The 2012 TV series made an Usagi Yojimbo episode of their own, simply titled "Yojimbo".



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