One of my coworkers has a little boy who absolutely adores the new Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles series. Today was his fifth birthday and everything was TMNT-themed. He had a Ninja Turtles birthday cake, he got a Ninja Turtles DS game, and even received a Ninja Turtles bicycle. After his party at school, his mom brought him back to the office to finish out the day. While he was talking about things 5 year old boys talk about, somehow the topic of girls being Ninja Turtles came up.
"Girls can’t be Ninja Turtles!," he exclaimed.
"But what if they could be? Maybe they would wear pink," One of my coworkers facetiously asked him.
"Nooooo. They’re only boys! There’s no girl turtles!"
"OK, OK. There’s no girl turtles," the same coworker said, trying to calm him down.
Sensing that this would be a prime opportunity to either blow his mind or ruin his birthday, I called him over to my desk.
"You know [name redacted], there is a girl turtle."
"They can only be boys. There’s no girl turtle"
"[name redacted] you may want to listen to Terence," his mom says. "I have a feeling he’s about to show you something."
"Well then what’s her name?" [name redacted] said, almost calling my bluff.
He looked shocked. “Well then where is she from?”
"No, that’s not real. What color is she?"
As I easily answered his questions, you could almost see see the confusion coming onto his face.
"Well then where is she?" He asked, seemingly in reference to why she hasn’t been shown in the cartoon.
"I don’t know, but I’ll show her to you."
As I showed him a YouTube clip of Venus and the Ninja Turtles meeting for the first time, you could see his confusion melt away into pure surprise as she pulled her hood back.
"Mom! There’s a girl turtle!?! Wow!!"
He stood at my desk watching the rest of that clip mouth agape. I don’t think he understood exactly what was going on, but he knew that he needed to give it his full attention. And even though Venus de Milo has been all but buried (and with good reason) by the TMNT overseers, it was still cool to see her cause the same shock and awe that she caused some almost 20 years ago.
Shame that I had a phone call come in after all of this went down. I was all ready to show him that weird Ninja Turtles x Power Rangers crossover.