The Real World, Part 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode
Leo is teleported to Feudal Japan.
Season Code: S03E22
Episode: 74
Original airdate March 26, 2005
Written by Christopher Yost
Supervising Producer Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson
Frederick U. Fierst
Al Kahn
Norman Grossfeld
Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director  Roy Burdine
Story Editor: Michael Ryan
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3
October 9, 2004 - April 23, 2005
List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episodes


  1. The Christmas Aliens
  2. Space Invaders, Part I
  3. Space Invaders, Part II
  4. Space Invaders, Part III
  5. Worlds Collide, Part I
  6. Worlds Collide, Part II
  7. Worlds Collide, Part III
  8. Touch and Go
  9. Hunted
  10. H.A.T.E.
  11. Nobody's Fool
  12. New Blood
  13. The Lesson
  14. The Darkness Within
  15. Mission of Gravity
  16. The Entity Below
  17. Time Travails
  18. Hun on the Run
  19. Reality Check
  20. Across the Universe
  21. Same As It Never Was
  22. The Real World, Part 1
  23. The Real World, Part 2
  24. Bishop's Gambit
  25. Exodus, Part 1
  26. Exodus, Part 2

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"The Real World", Part 1 is the seventy-fourth episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), which originally aired on March 26, 2005.


Major Characters

Secondary Characters

Main Locations

  • Turtle Lair
  • Usagi's homeworld (Debut)
  • Lord Hebi's Fortress (Debut)


Voice-Over Introduction

Leonardo: In the past 24 hours, I've been attacked by enemies I thought were long gone and found myself transported to a strange new world with no clue how I got there and no clue to get back and I have no idea what's become of the rest of my family. To top this perfect day off, the only ally I have in this whole mess is about to be executed. Do you think normal people ever have days like this?

Plot Synopsis

All of the Turtles are busy with their own activities, including Leo who is training with Master Splinter. Suddenly, Ultimate Drako appears with the Time Scepter. As Ultimate Drako raises his scepter, energy encompasses our heroes in a flash of light.

Leo wakes up and finds he has been transported to a grassy field on top of a hill. As he explores his surroundings, the ninja discovers that he's been sent to Feudal Japan. Unexpectedly, two riders stumble upon the Turtle and are thrown from their horses. One of the riders, an anthropomorphic cat swordswoman, attacks Leonardo, mistaking him for a ninja assassin trying to capture her companion. Leo reluctantly defends himself until he is able to gain the upper hand in battle and establishes peace with his assailant. The woman introduces herself as Tomoe Ame, the retainer of Lord Noriyuki (the panda child accompanying her). Just then a group of Mogura Ninja (moles) explode from the ground and attack!

As the moles attack, Leo helps Tomoe Ame defend Lord Noriyuki. Tomoe is dragged into the ground by the Mogura Ninjas. With three ninjas left, Leo must defend himself and Noriyuki. Luckily, out of nowhere arrows are launched towards the mole men. Two more riders approach and scare off the remaining Mogura Ninjas. The horsemen turn out to be Usagi and Gen!

Now in safety, Usagi explains to Leo that the evil Lord Hebi has called for the assassination of Lord Noriyuki. Hebi shall favor whichever ninja clan kills the youth. As Leo then explains how he got to Usagi’s world. After a short discussion, Leo decides to help his friend escort Noriyuki to the Shogun, in the capital city of Edo. Afterwards, Usagi will help Leo get to the Battle Nexus so the Ultimate Daimyo can send him home.

Cut to Hebi’s Fortress. As the mole ninjas bring Tomoe Ame to Hebi, they inform the evil overlord of Usagi, Gen, and Leo’s presence. With this, Hebi forms a plan to use Tomoe Ame as bait in order to kill Noriyuki.

Meanwhile, Leo and his companions arrive at a cliff on their way to Edo. Gen explains that it's a shortcut - but the only way to proceed is down the very high and menacing escarpment. Suddenly, a group of cat ninjas attack.

Our heroes fend off the cat ninjas, who retreat so a group of their archers can launch a storm of arrows from above. Leo and his friends have no choice but to jump off the cliff into the river below! As they swim to the far shore, the ninjas fire an arrow with a note attached to it. The note informs them that Tomoe Ame is Hebi's prisoner and will be executed. Even though it's obviously a trap, Lord Noriyuki orders his companions to save her or else he'll do it alone.

Later that night, Leonardo and his allies arrive outside of Hebi’s Fortress, which is surrounded by an army of ninjas. Leo and Usagi decide that they'll disguise themselves as Hebi's ninjas and sneak in. Gen will stay hidden with Lord Noriyuki in the nearby forest. Leonardo and Usagi lure some ninjas to the woods, easily defeat them and take their outfits. Usagi is less than happy to be garbed as a ninja, but the two proceed with their infiltration plan.

Usagi and Leo walk into camp and begin climbing up the side of the fortress and easily gain entrance into the castle.

Gen and Noriyuki are having supper around a campfire. As they sit, a group of mole ninjas tunnel up and captures both of them.

Usagi enters the prison area of Hebi's fortress and defeats the guards. The samurai finds Tomoe Ame and cuts her free - but as the warriors are escaping, they are met by a large group of guards. Tomoe is taken hostage with a blade held to her throat, which forces Usagi to surrender. The two are taken to Lord Hebi’s throne room, where Lord Noriyuki and Gen are already being held. As Hebi is about to finish off Lord Noriyuki, Leo jumps out from the shadows and attacks. With this surprise, Usagi, Gen and Tomoe Ame free themselves and join the fray. As the groups battle, Leonardo confronts Lord Hebi - noting that it won't be much of a fight since the snake has no arms. In a flash, Hebi encircles the Turtle and then throws him forcefully into a wall (Leonardo notes that arms are overrated). Hebi corners Leo and it looks bad for the ninja until Lord Noriyuki takes up a blade and intervenes. The young Lord tells Hebi to give up as his minions have lost the fight. The reptilian overlord laughs and states that his fortress is surrounded by his forces and there's no way for our heroes to escape.

Just then, the Shogun’s army marches onto the fortress grounds, sounding their horns. Hebi looks out a window, seeing that his troops are being overrun. Despite the overwhelming odds, Hebi promises that he will not allow Noriyuki to leave alive and attempts to strike, only to kicked out of the way by Leonardo. Vowing vengeance, the snake flees. Leonardo moves to follow, but Usagi holds him back, explaining that the evil Lord will not escape the Shogun's soldiers.

Lord Noriyuki bows and thanks Leonardo for his assistance.

The next morning, Usagi draws the symbols on a large standing stone needed to travel to the Battle Nexus. Once the samurai is finished, he and Leo begin to chant, opening the Battle Nexus portal. With the gateway revealed, Leonardo and Usagi leap through...


  • Tomoe Ame: (upon seeing Leo after his impromptu arrival in Usagi's world) Ninja scum! You shall not have him! (she promptly attacks him)


  • At the beginning of The Real World Part 1, we see through Leonardo's point of view seconds before the events of Reality Check when Ultimate Drako appears and separates the Turtles and Splinter across time and space.
  • Leonardo ends up in the world of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo.
  • The cat-like ninja, that Leonardo, Gen, and Usagi fought to protect Lord Noriyuki are called "Neko Ninja". In Japanese, "Neko" literally translates to "cat".
  • Of all four turtles, Leonardo was the only one who wasn't tried to be phased back to his world.
  • Leonardo's first encounter with Tomoe Ame is similar to how Usagi first encountered her in Usagi's own comic series Usagi Yojimbo Volume 1.



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