Category: TMNT


Oroku Saki

Oroku Saki was a Japanese martial arts master who trained under Grandmaster Yutani.  Oroku Saki was also secretly a member of the ancient Foot Clan.  He saw that many of the Grandmaster’s students would join the Foot, but not as long as the Grandmaster was around.  So he murdered Grandmaster Yutani and framed Hamato Yoshi, who he knew would never join the Foot Clan.   So successful was Oroku Saki’s ploy in gathering talented followers for the Foot Clan that he was sent to America to take over the dwindling Foot Clan in New York City.  There, he quickly learned that it was theatrics and charisma that would draw followers, not merely skill and the promise of power.  So he took on the persona of the Shredder, a criminal mastermind.

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Weyland-Yutani

Weyland-Yutani is a megacorporation of the type that became common in the late 20th century on Earth.  As with most such organizations, it was formed by the merger of two large, competing companies, each with many subsidiaries and holdings.  In fact, when Weyland-Yutani merged in 1987, it became the 9th largest company in the world.  Weyland-Yutani was formed from the merger of Weyland Industries and Yutani Corporation.

Weyland Industries is an English company founded in the 19th century.  Originally, it was a shipping company, Weyland Co., but during World War I it changed course to specialize in naval war vessels.  In 1937, it further expanded its field, researching and building submarines, airplanes, and even tanks.  In 1959 it officially became Weyland Industries and took on the slogan “build a better future.”  Weyland Industries changed its focus to genetics and information technology, leaving behind its years as a weapon manufacturer.   Finally, in 1975, when Charles Bishop Weyland became the chairman, the company made a final focus change to include bioweapons research and became a defense contractor for the British and American governments.

Yutani Corporation is a Japanese company founded in the mid 1960s by Toshiro Yutani.  It began as an electronics company, designing and manufacturing high-end electronics, such as radios, televisions, and even early computers.  It quickly became one of Japan’s top electronics companies, rivaling even well-known companies such as Sony.  In 1982, the company passed to Toshiro Yutani’s only child, Mieko Yutani.  She immediately changed the company’s focus from simply the manufacturing of high-tech electronics to the research and production of advanced military technology.

Finally, in 1987 the two large companies merged to form the conglomerate Weyland-Yutani.  At that time, the divisions remained much the same, save that departments now had access to nearly twice the resources.  Weyland-Yutani has since become one of the largest and most important military defense contractors in the world, winning contracts from the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Japan, and even Russia.  In recent years, the company has come under some scrutiny for unethical business practices, but for the most part Weyland-Yutani is still a company on the rise.

Dirty Little Secrets: The Techno Global Research Institute, a company accused of severe environmental damage by the dangerous disposal of toxic chemicals, is a subsidiary of Weyland-Yutani.  Additionally, Weyland-Yutani has allegedly had dealings with the rogue agents of the NID, a top-secret pseudo-governmental bureau.

Note: This is typical of what an entry on this blog will look like.  Two or three paragraphs about an important person, place, thing, or event in the Crossoverse.

The Crossoverse

The Crossoverse is a unique fictional setting that combines four independent franchises into one continuity.  The original idea is based on a fight between a Predator and an Anubis Kull Warrior.  It quickly escalated to speculation on whether Stargate Command could fend off a Xenomorph invasion.  The idea of a universe in which the Ancients, the Goa’uld, the Predators, and the Xenomorphs all exist was compelling to me, but I wondered what else I could incorporate into it.  Right off the bat, I dismissed anything from the Marvel or DC universes, realizing that I would be far out of my depth in trying to delve into those worlds.  The same applies to the Star Wars and Star Trek universes.

However, there were four universes with which I was quite familiar, having watched nearly every television episode or movie for at least one of its incarnations.  After some brief research, I decided that, while Aliens and Predators abound in crossovers, the other three rarely, if ever, appeared in other universes.  So, I decided to combine them all into a single crossover universe, soon dubbed the Crossoverse.

The Four Franchises

  • Stargate: SG-1 (SG1) – I have seen every episode of Stargate: SG-1 and both movies.  While I have quit watching SGU, and I never did see every episode of Stargate: Atlantis, I am confident that I can incorporate SG-1 into the Crossoverse.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) – Let me begin by saying that I have never read a TMNT comic, and my familiarity with it comes only from the 1987 cartoon and the four theatrical releases.  However, as with the other four franchises, I am making use of an online encyclopedia to help fill in the Crossoverse with TMNT details.
  • Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (MMPR) – I saw every episode of the first three seasons of MMPR (after which I also saw every episode of Turbo and In Space).  While I may draw from a few of the other early seasons/spinoffs (notably In Space), the primary source of information will come from the original series.
  • Aliens vs. Predator (AVP) – I have seen all four Alien movies, all three Predator films, and both AVP movies.  While I am aware that there are some comics dealing with both Aliens and Predators, the majority of details included in the Crossoverse will be drawn from the films.

The Premise

The Stargate program has just begun operation beneath Cheyenne Mountain for the first time in years; the United States Air Force is sending four-person teams through the Stargate to other worlds for the purposes of exploration, tactical analysis, and the acquisition of advanced technology, primarily weaponry.

In the small town of Angel Grove, California, five teenagers from the local high school have encountered a powerful entity calling itself Zordon. This being claims that a great evil is preparing to make war on the people of Earth, and that only by combining their courage with his advanced technology can she be stopped.

Meanwhile, in New York City a new gang has risen up and is causing an upheaval in the criminal underworld; the Foot Clan is lead by a person known only as The Shredder. Four strange creatures, well-trained in the martial art known as ninjitsu by their sensei, are opposing this gang at every opportunity while striving to maintain a veil of secrecy around their identities.

Finally, megacorporation Weyland-Yutani has recently acquired a number of lucrative government defense contracts and is seeking advancement in the fields of bioweaponry and energy manipulation in order to fill them. They have no moral or ethical rules regarding the acquisition and development of this technology, which makes them very dangerous.

An Important Note

While the Crossoverse incorporates information from all four of these settings, it is a unique multiversal continuity.  Do not assume that just because a person, place, thing, or event exists in one of the base franchises that it will exist in the Crossoverse.