1. Street Sharks
To create a Ninja Turtle-like show in the 1990s required little more than the creation of a gang of mutant anthropomorphic animals, an arrogant display of confidence, and the creation of a crime-fighting team.
Street Sharks is one of the few Ninja Turtles knock-offs that managed to strike a good balance between the ferocity of the mutated sharks and the kid-friendly nature of their crime-fighting mission, which resulted in a lot of action figure sales. One of the best-known cartoons from this period ran for forty episodes over three years, but modern directors aren’t eager to adapt the original material for the big screen.
2. Samurai Pizza Cats
Saban Entertainment has perfected the skill of packing in American pop culture when adapting Japanese children’s shows for a Western audience. Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, an anime that Saban tried to adapt in the years before it developed the Power Rangers franchise, drew inspiration from the Ninja Turtles.
Originally a normal Japanese series about anthropomorphic cats (whatever that means), the show was given a new lease of life in the West because to its odd remarks, puns, and numerous references to pizza.
Although Kyatto Ninden Teyandee cats are ninjas, they were renamed samurai for the American version of the show in an order to hide the resemblance between the Pizza Cats and the Ninja Turtles.
3. Extreme Dinosaurs
During the final few episodes of the Street Sharks, viewers were introduced to the Dino Vengers, a bunch of dinosaurs who would go on to have their own show, Extreme Dinosaurs.
In 1997, long after the initial Ninja Turtle fad had taken hold in the late ’80s, these powerful humanoid dinosaurs surfaced. It was still a hit, even beating out Street Sharks and lasted for 52 episodes in a single season despite the fact that it was a one-season show
With the rapid rise and fall of the 1990s cartoon industry, Extreme Dinosaurs’ long run following the first mutant animal craze is a testament to the program and the persistence of the ideas introduced in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
4. Biker Mice From Mars
Mutants were not have to be all that was depicted as anthropomorphic animals in the 1990s; the idea that these creatures were sent here to protect the world was also prevalent. Similarly with Biker Mice from Mars, a show that debuted during the height of Turtle fever in 1993 and added some extra spice to the recipe by substituting a Japanese martial arts style for the vastly more American concept of a biker band.
Biker Mice is one of the few shows on our list that has had a resurrection since its initial run in the 1990s. To keep the show going after it had ended in the original cartoon, fresh episodes were commissioned in 2006. By this point, the popularity of anthropomorphic crime-fighting animals had diminished slightly, and the program failed to acquire momentum. Despite this, these episodes were well received.
5. Avenger Penguins
It was rare for ’90s cartoons that were based on the Ninja Turtles to portray their subject matter with anything but deadpan seriousness, despite the inherent absurdity of the premise. Since Avenger Penguins was a self-referential cartoon that poked fun at itself while remaining a tribute to the Ninja Turtles, it was a rare phenomenon.
Many in-jokes were weaved into Avenger Penguins, which may have been lost on its intended audience but undoubtedly brought a grin to the faces of its exhausted parents. As a result, characters such as the Badly Drawn Brothers, who always appeared with their pencil construction lines intact, were added.
Avenger Penguins, despite using ninjas instead of bikers in a similar way to Biker Mice from Mars, has aged a touch better than some of the cartoons on this list because of its unique approach to the subject matter.
6. Wild West C.O.W. – Boys of Moo Mesa
Wild WestC.O.W-Boys of Moo Mesa may not be the most original Ninja Turtle rip-off, but the series’ author, Ryan Brown, was one of the largest contributors to the Ninja Turtles brand prior to starting work on the Wild WestC.O.W-Boys. Brown not only drew the first Ninja Turtles comic, but he also came up with the character of April O’Neil for the animated series that made them famous.
Not as popular as his Ninja Turtle stories is Brown’s own creation, a narrative about an alternate version of the Wild West in which a comet has “cow-metalized” all of it. Two seasons of thirteen episodes each were shown before it was canceled.
7. Stone Protectors
Is it possible for troll dolls, one of the most popular toys of the day, to appeal to a young male audience? If so, how? An attempt was made to produce a line of Trolls that would appeal to fans of shows like The Ninja Turtles and other boy-targeted television series at the time, called Stone Protectors.
Despite the fact that the Stone Protectors cartoon series only lasted thirteen episodes, it was popular enough to warrant a video game. The long-term viability of the Stone Protectors toys was short-lived, as the Troll market began to decline.
8. Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series
The Mighty Ducks, a live-action film about a youthful hockey club, was a big blockbuster for Disney in the early ’90s. When it came time to make an animated series based on the film, executives decided to take inspiration from the Ninja Turtles rather than the human youngsters who had starred in it. Instead of developing an alien ducks hockey team, they used the Ninja Turtles as a model.
Not unexpectedly, the Mighty Ducks animation only lasted one season and has never been resurrected since, although one character did appear at DisneyQuest in Walt Disney World.
9. Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars
Even though this cartoon series is based on an original idea, it’s not a complete rip-off of Bucky O’Hare and the Ninja Turtles. There was something about the mid-80s that made mutant anthropomorphic or alien creatures popular.
However, when it came time to adapt the Bucky O’Hare comic for television, the show borrowed more than a few ideas from the Ninja Turtles series. Bucky O’Hare’s origins as a mutant toy were brought to the forefront in a dazzling introduction, along with a slew of alien creatures that have more than a passing resemblance to TMNT characters. The Bucky O’Hare cartoon draws a lot of inspiration from the Ninja Turtles brand, even if some of this is due to the style of animation at the time.
10. Mummies Alive
In addition to being compared to Gargoyles, Mummies Alive! draws a lot of influence from the sewer-dwelling monsters. Slang and references to fast food that were popularized by the Ninja Turtles were found in the show, which presented the narrative of an Egyptian soldiers who were resurrected in order to protect a modern-day version of an ancient king.
Although Mummies Alive! had a long and successful first season, plans for a second season were eventually canceled. Late to market: The show debuted in 1997 but quickly faded away after 42 episodes due to lack of interest in the genre.
11. The Cheetahmen
Even though it was a fascinating Ninja Turtles rip-off, The Cheetahmen failed to make it into the animated realm. Instead, it’s regarded as one of the worst video games ever made by gamers.
Unfinished and hardly playable, The Cheetahmen comes bundled with an unofficial collection of 52 NES games on a single cartridge. If the player gets too far into the game, the machine will freeze and must be reset.
Throughout the game, there are numerous references to the Ninja Turtles. Instead of the Renaissance artists who inspired the Ninja Turtles’ names, the mutant cheetahs’ names are based on Greek gods. It borrows some aspects from other games, including a caricature of Saddam Hussein’s face in the sprites of many of the game’s characters.
12. Road Rovers
Road Rovers was yet another anthropomorphic animal show to arrive at the conclusion of the craze, but it lasted just thirteen episodes before being canceled. Road Rovers didn’t get off the ground because of the late boom of shows attempting to exploit the concept one last time, which had faded by this point in time.
The show was based on the adventures of a troop of deformed canines, in the vein of the Ninja Turtles. Other prominent cartoon shows of the time were referenced, including an off-screen appearance by Brain, who was a character in Pinky and the Brain. Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEOs of both Disney and Dreamworks, were parodied in an entire episode of the show.
As one of the most prominent Ninja Turtle ripoffs, Battletoads is gaining a lot of traction thanks to its hardcore video game series. Raz, Pimple and Zitz have been given superhuman powers and may turn into toads in the game. Rash is the narrator. An animated cartoon special aired on television in 1992 to promote the video game series delved into the games’ backstory.
In spite of the fact that there haven’t been new Battletoads games since 1994, the series has maintained its fan base and is probably the best remembered Ninja Turtles clone because it went so far as to deliver a solid gaming experience that is worth celebrating in its own right instead of simply copying the success of the more popular brand. A crossover with Double Dragon helped establish Battletoads’ image as more than simply another amalgamation of common Ninja Turtle cliches during its peak of popularity.
There have been a lot of imitators who have tried to capitalize on the Ninja Turtles’ success, but none have been able to retain the same level of fan loyalty that they have.
Many of the imitators and rip-offs, however, carry good memories for those who grew up during the original age of Turtlemania. Even while cartoons such as Street Sharks and Biker Mice From Mars have faded from public consciousness, many people remember them fondly as a child.