NAME: Bebop. Taken from a type of Jazz music.
Age: about late 20s to mid-30s.
Weapon: His usual weapon is the laser blaster, he also uses a double bladed combat knife. In the first episode "Turtle Tracks", Bebop (in his human form) can be seen swinging a long chain.
Good or Bad Guy?: Bad guy.
No. of appearances?: Bebop only ever appeared in the original cartoon, and appears in season 1-8(1987-1994) out of the total 10 seasons. He also appears in the Archie Comic series.
Words that Describe Bebop: dopey, stupid, clumsy, simple, dumb, comedic, funny, straight-forward and childish,
Favourite Quote?: "Eat Shell!"
Status: Main Villain. Former punk gang member in New York, now a dumb half-warthog, half-human mutant who is Krang and Shredder's minion, along with best buddy Rocksteady.
Voiced By: Barry Gordon in the original cartoon, who also voices Donatello.
TMNT Review HQ Analysis: Bebop is perhaps the most stylish looking of Shredder's 2 mutants, and coolest, with those purple sunglasses and punk mohawk. We barely ever see the pupils of Bebop's eyes. However, he is a warthog, the suppoesed ugliest animal of all time. Unlucky for Bebop who was once human and is mutated by Shredder into this.
Bebop appears in most of the 10 seasons of the original cartoon (1987-1996). He does also appear in the Archie Comics, but never made the movies to some fans dissappointment. No 2003 cartoon for him either.
It all starts when Bebop is part of a mean gang of New York punks, along with friend Rocksteady, when he was human, who are assigned by Shredder. Bebop and the rest of his gang are set out to trash TV reporter April 'O Neill to stop her reporting about crime in the city, which could've led to the gang on the police's most wanted list. Bebop is not the leader of the gang by the way. This is when Bebop meets the ninja turtles for the first time in the sewers, as they chase April.
After failing, Bebop voluteers for Shredder to test his mutagen on him, along with Rocksteady. They wanted revenge on the turtles, and the mutation made them stronger and more intimidating to the general public. The problem was, Bebop suffered the worst in the looks department, and he was just as stupid as he was before. This leads to many occasions were Bebop and his buddy Rocksteady are always outsmarted, beaten up by the turtles.
Bebop is in the cartoon for comical relief, and is one of the funnier characters in the cartoon. Bebop made his last appearance in season 8 (1994), even though Shredder and Krang appeared again in Season 96.
Bebop's personality is very similar to Rocksteady, so it can be hard to differentiate between the two. Bebop loves comic books which goes hand-in-hand with his childish, simple ways. In the episode "Slash: the Evil Turtle from Dimension X", Bebop keeps a pet turtle which they mutate called Slash. In "The Adventures of Rhino-man" Bebop is the sidekick to Rocksteady, which could imply Bebop is not the creators/writer's favourite of the 2 mutants.
Even though Bebop is not in the 2003 TMNT cartoon, there is a strange resemblance of him in an alien assassin character in the episode "Samurai Tourist".
Bebop appears in nearly all the TMNT video games dedicated to the original cartoon. He normally plays as a level boss in the early stages. In some of the games Bebop and Rocksteady are split into different levels, however, Bebop overall does come second fiddle to Rocksteady, it seems, because in the Sega Genesis "TMNT:The Hyperstone Heist", Rocksteady appears but Bebop doesn't. He appears also in TMNT: Tournament Fighters but only in the background of one level, and is not a playable character. This was Bebop's last appearance in a videogame.
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