With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being best known for their wonderful if cheesy cartoon, it stands to reason that most people would consider the comics to probably be a lighthearted romp through some tubular times.
In actuality, the comics have always been far more interesting, far more fleshed out, and far weirder than you'd initially give them credit. Not only does it often have a legitimately dark tone at points, it also explores some surprisingly dark topics, that you wouldn't expect a comic about anthropomorphic terrapins to cover.
As such, when our reptilian friends aren't chowing down on pizza and doing sweet skateboard tricks, they're generally exploring the pain of existence and punching Hitler in the face. It's a strange lifestyle, but it's also an undeniably engrossing one, that brings many readers back time and time again to see what weird and wild shenanigans the teen tortugas get up to next.
And when the comic provides everything from reincarnated samurai to a casual spot of Nazi beating, it's sure these readers will be coming back to the comic for a long time to come.
10. The Reincarnated Samurai Thing - Various
Even someone who hasn't read anything about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their various shenanigans still likely has a pretty strong idea of what their origin story is. They were regular turtles, mutated into radical teenage warriors, and that's just a fact that most of humanity is aware of - hell, it's even in the name if you don't.
But it was decided that this origin story could do with a bit of sprucing, and thus, in the 2012 IDW run, things got just a little more wild.
Added to this backstory was the fact that the turtles are in fact the reincarnated souls of a family of ancient samurai warriors. The family are murdered by an evil warriors who would go on to be reborn as Shredder, meaning that the entire ongoing war between the characters is one that is in fact centuries old.
Given the origin story of the turtles wasn't exactly normal to start with, it's frankly impressive that people managed to make it weirder.