Assessing Your “Type” VIA TMNT

If you’ve never watched any old school Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, shame. Because the four turtles could give you some pretty keen insight on your dating “type”. There is a very noticeable correlation between the four and the four universal personality types. Can you remember which one you had a crush on? For a while I was crushing on Mikey (when I was REALLY young), but as I got older he became more annoying and obnoxious to me, so I crushed on Raph. And now I have a long string of similar exes. Coincidence? You can decide.


The idealized leader — dedicated, valiant, decisive. The “responsible-parent.” Personally, the Leos of the world tend to bore me a little because of their righteousness, integrity, and bland nobility, but your mileage may vary.


Raphaels are dynamic characters, often visionaries or explosive rebels. They are bold, creative, intense, and often over-assertive. They also tend to be funny in a dark sort of way, and emotionally or spiritually troubled.


Donatello may fly under the radar at times, but they are integral to the group’s success: they are intellectual, introspective, and supremely talented. Where would these respective groups be without Donatello’s technical know-how or understated contributions? They’d be totally f’ed, that’s where they’d be.


The “clown-child” brings a much-needed dose of levity and humor. Michelangelos are fun, if a little unsophisticated, and generally don’t take themselves quite as seriously as the others (although their flippancy may mask deeper, more complex emotions). As the TNMT theme song states, a Michelangelo may indeed be a “party dude.”

Well, there you have it: the four archetypal personalities as told by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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