Leonardo in the 2003 TV series is more like Leonardo from the Mirage comics than the 1987 TV series and first three films. He is more well-balanced and serious than in the 1987 TV series and first three films. Like the Mirage comics and the film penology, Leo and Raphael have disagreements constantly, particularly in the City at War trilogy.
Why He Rocks
- He is a very mature turtle and proves himself to be a great leader and second only to Raphael, he’s probably the more serious and confident one of the Turtles.
- If anything, He is the most mature and responsible of the four brothers, and takes honor and responsibility as his priority.
- He is always an honorable leader throughout the shows 7 season run.
- He always takes responsibility for whatever problem occurs and will take the blame for what others do.
- He is well animated and looks awesome, it shows the effort that the creators put and is completely familiar of his Mirage Comic Design looks like the Mirage Turtles from the Comics.
- His voice acting is very talented, considering his voice actor also voiced Dean Venture (Michael Sinterniklaas). Season 4 was his best season he voiced Leo as he puts so much effort and especially when he was suffering Depression, Sinterniklaas does a good job especially making an intimidating voice.
- Whenever he battles the Shredder or the Foot Clan, his skills are always enjoyable as he has awesome skills using katanas showing how he trained for a long time.
- He’s also usually the “voice-of-reason” of the group as although Donatello is smarter, Leo is more of a reasonable person and will question his brothers decisions.
- He spawned an Internet Meme as the Tired Turtle. There is the meme where He looks dead inside.
- He saw a lot of character development as the series progressed, especially around Season 3-4 where we see is rougher side.
- He is a very sympathetic character and truly cares a lot for his brothers, and father. As well as April and Casey.
- His battles with the Shredder, especially in Season 1, are always entertaining considering that he is a trained ninja in the art of Ninjitsu.
- Leonardo has shown himself to be a very wise character with a lot of good tales, particularly, his tale on Hamato Yoshi.
- He has shown to have a great, strong and healthy relationship with his brothers, specifically Raphael and Master Splinter. Likewise, he has a wonderful relationship with Donatello and even Michelangelo, despite the fact that he may irritate him.
- He puts anyone loyal to him first, he always decides to think more about others rather than thinking for himself. This is presented in Enter the Dragons as he was at his best.
- Even when the show went downhill in quality, he was never flanderized and kept all of his charm as a leader and remained one of the most likable characters on the show.
The Only Bad Quality
- He became a jerk in Season 4, though he did suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Sleep Disorder, and he did redeem himself).