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Welcome to my newest top 10 lists. Disclaimer; TMNT 2012 is my favorite cartoon of all time, but if my character comparison didn't give this away, the show isn't perfect. I prefer it over Steven Universe for a few reasons, one of them because it's a lot harder to make a worst of list, there are only 4 or 5 episodes on this list I don't like, but that could be because I do have a soft spot for this show. This was my awakening for a big part of myself; it rekindled my love for cartoons, it gave me a new respect for Nickoloden(despite them abusing the show) it got me into the franchise, it triggered my addictive personality, it triggered my love of researching and reading fanfiction, the show was an escape for me for a handful of things like school and fighting. This show has left a bigger impact on me than literally anything else in my life. It is my favorite Nicktoon of all time, and I have high hopes for Rise of the TMNT. However, I can't say the show is perfect, it's my favorite cartoon, but I won't call it the best. It's just really something special to me and I need to make this list in order to appreciate the better episodes all the more. With that being said, let's get this over with so we talk about the good episodes. Also, expect spoilers on this list. You've been warned 


THE TOP 10 WORST EPISODES OF TMNT 2012!





10.The Kraang Conspiracy Image result for tmnt 2012 the kraang conspiracy
I actually really enjoyed this episode, I loved meeting Kurtzman, getting all this interesting information about April and the Kraang and we got some creepy visuals. Which leads us to the only yet major problem with the episode, it throws WAY too much information at you at once. I don’t mind this problem as much as not telling us enough like with Casey’s unseen family, but there’s gotta be more balance than this. On top of that, we never see the April clone again after this episode, and they could’ve been a really good weapon against the Turtles, the Kraang have been able to make decoys in the past or mind control. With that said, this episode does have fun character moments, good action, a great new character, a future mystery, and too much information is better than a lack of information. A lack of info has been a consistent problem in the 2012 series, like again, Casey’s Family, we don’t learn jack shit about Shinigami, we don’t know Bradford’s origins, we don’t even see April’s Aunt. I guess this episode is just a lesser of two evils, but it’s still an issue none the less 


9. The Croaking Related image
This is another episode that only has one major problem that puts Mikey in a bad light, and that's the beginning. Okay, so you want to convey that the others don't appreciate Mikey, okay that's an issue throughout the series, but not in this episode. Mikey makes a huge mess and feels justified in running away when he's expected to clean it up. I'm putting this higher than The Kraang Conspiracy because this was a VERY easy problem to fix. Here's my idea; Mikey is feeding the chickens when he sees that Donnie's barn lab is a mess, so he decides to clean it for him, when he accidentally knocks over something important and there's an explosion. Due to this misunderstanding, the boys yell at him and expect him to clean up without listening to his side of the story. There, problem solved. If they had done that, this episode wouldn't be on the list, but with lines like this

"This is the 3rd time you've messed the place up in a week."

It's hard to see Mikey as anything but being a brat for not wanting to clean up after himself. Granted the others were being a bit too harsh, but the episode is trying to say that Mikey isn't appreciated. This doesn't work because, in this instance, Mikey hasn't done anything to warrant appreciation. I guess this could be a final straw thing, but again, there were several simple ways to convey this much better. The rest of the things in this episode are fine, but not too memorable. The frogs are cool, Napoleon and Mikey's friendship is charming, and it's fun to have Maurice Lamarche on the show for once, and there's plenty of good visual gags. However, I have to take points away for a bad execution of simple plot line. 

8. Heart of Evil Related image
I'm honestly struggling with this list, I like this episode too, and I've liked the past two episodes. In fact, here we have another fascinating idea that's simply not conveyed well. The team is on the hunt for the Heart of Evil to prevent Shredder's resurrection, only for their mission to be jeopardized by Donnie's past grudge against the holder of the heart, Don Vizioso. Okay.... so what's the problem? Well, Donnie's life has been threatened on a weekly basis and in worse ways, there's no given reason why Don Vizioso is so special to Donatello. I have a theory, but that also intertwines with this episode's problem. My theory is that Donnie is releasing his grief over his late father out on Vizioso. At this point, Splinter's death is still fresh and the Turtles have to adapt to living without him. Donnie probably has some pent-up rage and this was his first outlet to release it on. That would fix all the problems with this episode if that's actually what they did. Without this theory, Donnie's anger towards Vizioso makes no sense since Vizioso didn't do anything that Donnie shouldn't be used to at this point. Donnie's life gets threatened at least once a week, why was this any different? It's not left Vizioso actually left a scar or something, what's this grudge all of a sudden. This is a similar problem to the Legend of Korra episode, it shouldn't take a fan theory for an episode to make sense, you need to convey this information in canon or else it's just plain confusing. 

7.The Pulverizer Returns
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I hate the Pulverizer, end of story. He's insane, stupid and causes more trouble than he fixes. I'll give this episode credit, it does have a good moral about being careful what you wish for, adapting to your surroundings, and it has more of Splinter just being amazing. This is honestly just a filler entry, I hate the Pulverizer, I think his Mutagen Man design is less creepy than his human form, let's move on to an episode that has actual problems in it 

6.The Mutation Situation
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This is another episode with one problem, but this one problem single-handedly prevented the 2012 April from being my favorite April. And that’s the scene where her dad gets mutated. We all hate when characters who are otherwise very intelligent and badass are made stupid for the sake of the plot. MLP has been guilty of this quite a bit, and April is guilty of because she just STANDS THERE WHERE MUTAGEN IS FALLING TOWARDS HER! The only reason she does this is so her Dad can get mutated. Yes, the turtles let the mutagen fall, except they didn’t, things just got out of control and there wasn’t much they could do to prevent this from happening. They were fighting, buttons were hit and the mutagen was spilled across the city, it’s not really their faults. April and Kirby for that matter were the ones who caused their own problems by being idiots. Something about April getting angry at the Turtles doesn’t feel justified when she just stood there and let the Mutagen hit her Dad. This is never brought up, and her anger goes on for six episodes. It’s like Connie’s anger in the recent Steven Bomb, the anger didn’t feel justified, it went on for too long for the angered character to be in the right, and it’s just Connie and April being illogical, selfish, stupid and stubborn. To be fair, unlike Connie, April didn’t prevent any action from happening from her being an asshole, and April was slightly more justified. That said, the episode does have a lot of good humor, suspense and action, not to mention it does lead to a really fun story arch with the Mutagen hunt. However, that one moment destroyed this episode, and I lost a little respect for April after it. 

 5.The Pulverizer
 
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Leo's face sums up my feelings towards this character. Fun fact, I used to find the Pulverizer more annoying than Ronaldo from Steven Universe, how blissfully naive I was. This episode does plenty going for it, we get Fishface back in action and we get to see the Shellraiser for the first time, but brings me to another issue I have with this episode. I know the Turtles are only “human” so to speak, but I thought it was too stupid of them to use the Power Cell to run the Shell Raiser, and treating it like a toy. It just feels like another jackass move that’s done for no other reason to move the plot along. You need the Turtles to lose the Power Cell, fine, there had to have been a better way of doing it than this, with a MUCH less annoying side character. The most The Pulverizer does positivity is adding some depth to Donatello’s character, and I do like that Donnie has the patience to help this crazy moron learn self-defense. I already did a comparison about these two, but Zach from the 80’s series is basically a much better version of The Pulverizer, mainly because he’s much less cringe-inducing and annoying. I can’t stand his design, it’s too rubbery and flexible, and his eyes are too small. This show can do cringe comedy, not perfectly, but it was done better in episodes like Mikey gets Shellacne. TMNT 2012 can be very good with its filler episode, better than Steven Universe, but this is an example of when they were desperate for something to move the plot along and just give a new character who’s not interesting and honestly kind of creepy. If you want to see a better creepy stalker fanboy from Ciro Nieli, watch the Monkey Team episode, A Man Called Krinkle



To be Continued 

What do you guys think? What's your least favorite TMNT 2012 episode and what are your thoughts on these episodes?
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Good choices so far although I wouldn't put any Season 1 episodes up there--the Pulverizer for one is a dark take on the fanboy meeting his "anthropomorphic heroes" after all, unlike the treatment that was given to Zack in the 1987 series (still, they had 94 episodes to find a cure for Timothy & they did nothing! No, I disagree!). I also don't like the Season 2 premiere although for different reasons.

Also, excellent job putting "Heart of Evil" there! Since I don't find too many people bashing it, I assume it's so overrated. I absolutely agree that Don's grudge against Vizioso made no sense and the creators usage of that to do nothing more than to draw out the conclusion they wanted was loathsome! I also have to commend you for putting the picture of Raph "admiring" Donnie's newfound attitude there since that is something he should not have been doing! I don't care how in character it may seem but it was his fault that Donnie and Mondo Gecko found themselves in the situation they were in during "Mutant Gangland" and for him not to feel even a tinge of guilt over it is really bad for his character!
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Sukoshi13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
Here are my thoughts on each episode you mentioned, from what I can recall:

10) I mostly agree with you on this. I liked the action scenes and most of the reveals themselves, but the pacing was WAY TOO QUICK for the amount of exposition it needed to reveal. It seemed like this episode should have been a two-part with some more character-driven scenes, that way the amount of details being revealed could be balanced out a bit with slower moments and feel less crammed together. You know there's a problem with your episode when it literally exhausted Andre the Black Nerd in his recap.
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I wouldn't consider it the worst, but it was very flawed nonetheless, and I highly doubt people responded well to the reveal of April's kraang origins.

9) Ugh, this episode. I think I am going to PUKE! My biggest issue with it besides the beginning and inciting incident, like you perfectly stated, was the frog mutants themselves. They were annoying, disgusting, and not very memorable for my taste. As soon as Mikey came across that one with the t-shirt, I just thought to myself: "Jar Jar Binks 2.0." The writing didn't stand out either. The only moment I can say I truly liked from this episode was the moment when Raph hugged Mikey. That scene alone, including their expressions and dialogue, was hilarious and showed how Raph grew, and I'm not afraid to admit I watched that scene repeatedly Laughing . That said, I didn't like the rest of the episode, and it could have been written and set up much better without derailing anyone or even making the croakers seem gross. Definitely on my list of the worst episodes.

8) I haven't made it that far yet

7) Splinter was awesome, but I agree with you on all your points. I liked the moral, and it well set up what could have been a very interesting and tragic story-line. Sadly, that story was never brought up again or properly concluded after the turtles freed New York in season 3. Plus, Timothy was annoying just like you said, but that was no excuse for this episode to be so cruel towards him. :( Another problem with this episode I have with it that I think you forgot to address was one of its sub-plots. There was one in which the turtles couldn't use their ow weapons, which has LOTS of potential, but it was never concluded well and it felt pointless. That's a blunder from a writer's perspective. CURSE YOU! 

6) Agreed. April's angry behavior was a little justified, but she EASILY could have avoided that stuff and her father didn't need to go through problems AGAIN after season 1 (seriously, that guy is a punching bag fair fight ). I remember my reaction to that incident was, "What the heck?!" This was probably the beginning of April's downfall and when people started to hate her...before the reveal of her kraang past, or her continuous poor treatment of Donnie, or what happened in the last few minutes of "A Foot Too Big"...:angry: 
I didn't hate  this episode, but I would say it's definitely of the weaker episodes of season 2 in my book. Plus, the turtles were very made to look very dumb in this episode, and there should have been a much better way to cause the mutagen canisters to scatter all over New York. Again, slightly justified by their pride from saving New York in the first season, but it felt annoying and unnecessary nonetheless.
5) I don't think Pulverizer is more annoying than Ronaldo, nor is this episode high on my list of the worst. I actually forgot most of what happened in this episode other than Timothy's moments of annoyance, so that's saying a lot there. I say burn him.
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EmeraldOfTheOcean Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I still love April
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Sukoshi13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
I have a love/hate thing with April. I say she's likable, but she has her bad moments.
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Mixedfan8643 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah, I can't stand the Pulveriser either. He just annoyed the fuck out of me whenever he showed up. 
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Jaylop97 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never really hated Timothy/Pulverizer but still he definitely failed to tie in with the Turtles he always felt like a self insert fanboy, there was nothing else to him than that trait. As for TPR I really hate the episode while I do agree with you on the Splinter side the other side of the episode the Turtles felt out of character and way too harsh on Timothy especially at the end part of the episode.
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EmeraldOfTheOcean Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
They tried to warn him about the danger he was getting into, he didn’t listen
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GiLawTheSparky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist
As soon as I saw Heart of Evil, I thought of a more rushed, less heart felt version of Object of Hate/ Soul of Evil.
I'm gonna call it, The Wonderful World of Wyrm is gonna be in at least the top 3?
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EmeraldOfTheOcean Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Yep
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RaphaelLover123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Some interesting points. I didn't really enjoy the mutation situation either. The Mutagen man unleashed is my most least favorite episode in season 2. For the record, I did enjoy some episodes you puts on the list here. Don't ask why. It's probably a guilty pleasure thing going on with those episodes.  

I can't wait for part 2.
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EmeraldOfTheOcean Featured By Owner Edited Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I enjoyed it (Mutation Situation), except for that one element of it, it had great jokes and fighting 
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RaphaelLover123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah. Agreed. Again, can't wait for part 2.
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EmeraldOfTheOcean Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
any predictions?
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RaphaelLover123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Well, the samurai arc of season 5. I know it'll be there. Although I enjoyed that arc

The weird world of Wyrm (guilty pleasure)

Pizza face (also a guilty pleasure)


That's just my predicaments  
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