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Artists vs TMNT
Artists vs TMNT
Battle information
Release date July 14, 2014
Number 45
Views 99M
Length 2:15
Previous George Washington vs William Wallace
Next Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters (Season 4 premiere)
Beat Information
Beat(s) Voltage
BPM 125
Beat producer(s) Hollywood Legend Productions
Other information
Actors Nice Peter
Rhett McLaughlin
Link Neal
Anthony Padilla
Ian Hecox
Xin Wuku
Rappers Leonardo (Artist) In BattleDonatello (Artist) In BattleRaphael (Artist) In BattleMichelangelo (Artist) In BattleLeonardo (Turtle) In BattleDonatello (Turtle) In BattleRaphael (Turtle) In BattleMichelangelo (Turtle) In Battle
Cameos Mario (reused footage)
Luigi (reused footage)
Location(s) The School of Athens
The sewer lair

Artists vs TMNT is the forty-fifth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the twelfth and final episode of Season 3. It features the artists of the Renaissance periodLeonardo da Vinci, Donatello Bardi, Raphael Sanzio da Urbino, and Michelangelo Buonarotti, rapping against the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLeonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. It was released on July 14th, 2014.


The Renaissance Artists

Link Neal as Leonardo da Vinci

Rhett McLaughlin as Donatello Bardi

Anthony Padilla as Raphael Sanzio da Urbino

Ian Hecox as Michelangelo Buonarotti

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nice Peter as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo (voice only)

EpicLLOYD as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo (body actor, voice), and Raphael (body actor)

Xin Wuku as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo (stunt double)


Nice Peter as Luigi (reused footage, cameo)

EpicLLOYD as Mario (reused footage, cameo)


[Note: Both Leonardos are in blue, both Donatellos are in purple, both Raphaels are in red, and both Michelangelos are in orange. If either group is rapping at the same time, they are in regular text.]

The Renaissance Artists:

Cowabunga, dude, so let's get it on.

Reptiles against the fathers of the Renaissance.

We got the classical technique

To kick these three toed freaks back under the street! (Ooh!)

I take a turtle, and I turn him into mincemeat.

You don't really wanna step to da Vinci.

I love the ladies; I like to keep it mellow,

So let me pass the mic to my man, Donatello!

(Ugh!) Hard shell, but you're gross in the middle.

Wouldn't wanna touch you with a six foot chisel.

Born in goop, raised in poop,

I slice through a group of ninjas like fruit. Oops!

(Yo!) Raphael, and I came to flow!

Deemed dope by the Pope, and I boned 'til I croaked!

I'm an emcee Shredder, but I get the feeling

I should pass it up to my man on the ceiling!

(Ohhh!) Michelangelo, and I'm a giant!

I made David, but I'll slay you like Goliath!

I'm a rap God, and you can't quite touch me!

This battle's your Last Judgment, trust me!

We drop science! We got the mathematics!

The architects of rebirth are rap addicts!

You beat the Foot, but it won't go well

When you catch an Italian boot to the half shell!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

The wisdom of our master (Splinter)

Taught us not to rush to violence, (Master Splinter)

But our master (Master Splinter)

Ain't here, dude! (Hee-yah!)

I don't think you wanna mess with my katana blades!

Get back in your floppy helicopter, fly away! (Ohhh!)

I can bebop and steady rock a mic, sucka!

I'm a pristine Sistine nun chucka!

(Ugh!) Oh hi, I'm a cool but rude guy!

Put you back in school with the tip of my two sai!

(Uhhh…) Dona-tell me who you are again, dude,

'Cause I don't Gattamelata clue what you do.

The Renaissance Artists:

That's because you mutants are too immature!

You wouldn't know genius if it pissed in your sewer!

We got the talent, and the minds, and the rhymes so sweet!

We're like your NES game 'cause we can't be beat!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Yo, go ahead and hate. We'll just skate on by!

You guys draw more dicks than New York Pride!

We're the TMNT, drop-kicking Italy! (Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!)

Chowing on your tower made of pizza! Save a slice for me!




  • When comparing video length, this is the shortest season finale to date, with Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD being 2:49, Rasputin vs Stalin being 3:38, Jim Henson vs Stan Lee being 5:31, Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD 2 being 3:31, Harry Potter vs Luke Skywalker being 4:35, and this battle being 2:13.
    • The rapper introductions took fifteen seconds in this battle as opposed to nine seconds in Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD, making this the shortest finale by one second.
  • This battle had the biggest difference of rap lines between rappers, as the Renaissance Artists had 28 while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had 16.
  • The Artists in the battle wore colors corresponding to the bandanas of the Turtles that shared their names.
  • This is the first battle featuring Rhett & Link to not censor any profanities.
  • In the deleted ERB News with Leonardo da Vinci as the host, this battle was hinted at near the end when he said, "…and tell that turtle I'm coming for his ninja ass!"
  • On August 22, 2016, "Who's ready for a pizza Season 5.5 action? They are being cooked up right now!!" was written in the description of the video. This is a reference to the TMNT's obsession of pizza.
    • The quote was then changed to, "Who's ready for a pizza Season 5.5 action? They are in the oven and nearly done!!", before the release of Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton.
    • After the release of Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton, the quote was again changed to, "Who's ready for a pizza Season 5.5 action? They are starting to come outta the oven."
  • This is the only battle from the second half of Season 3 to not be included in the outro of Jim Henson vs Stan Lee.
  • The order that the Ninja Turtles are introduced in is the same order they were introduced in the first Ninja Turtles comic.


  • This is the second battle to not show the two parties side-by-side, after Moses vs Santa Claus.
    • The reason for this is because there was only one TMNT costume, whereas in Moses vs Santa Claus, it was because to do so would break the illusion of EpicLLOYD being shorter for his portayal of the Christmas elves.
  • This is the fifth battle to have its title changed post-upload. It was changed from "Artists vs Turtles" to "Artists vs TMNT".
    • Though, if purchased on iTunes, the original title is left untouched.
  • The Mario Brothers appear on the arcade cabinet at the back of the Sewer Lair, making this the fifth battle to feature a reused footage cameo.
  • This is the second battle to feature more than two title cards, after Hulk Hogan and Macho Man vs Kim Jong-il.
  • Just like the previous season finales, the "Who won? Who's next? You decide" sequence at the end was omitted.
    • Though, the announcer could still be heard singing "Epic Rap Battles of History" at the end.
      • Instead, it ended with a projection of all the battles from Season 3, which was also done with Season 2 in Rasputin vs Stalin.
        • This is the first time it contained footage from another season at the end, as the season finales for each season could be seen at the bottom advertising their respective seasons.
  • This battle was released on July 14th, a date shared with Gandalf vs Dumbledore.


  • The cover art for this battle is the first one to have the rappers in front of the ERB logo, not behind it.
  • The cover art also features the greatest number of rappers on the cover at once, with eight, beating Mario Bros vs Wright Bros' previous record of four.
  • Link Neal's character, Leonardo da Vinci, had the most solo lines over the course of the battle, having eight in the first verse alone, while the other Artists had four, plus one in the second verse, for nine total.
  • This is the first season finale to include a guest rapper, as well as two guest duos.
  • This is the first battle in which someone portrayed a rapper(s) and voiced them (Michelangelo (Turtle)Donatello (Turtle), and Leonardo (Turtle)), as well as portrayed a rapper but did not voice them (Raphael (Turtle)).
    • This is the second time where Nice Peter only voiced a character(s) (Leonardo (Turtle), Donatello (Turtle), Michelangelo (Turtle), and Raphael (Turtle)), after Nikola Tesla.
  • In the Behind the Scenes video, it was shown that the rest of the Artists had to stand on boxes to match Rhett McLaughlin's height.
  • This is the third battle where one actor portrayed more than one rapper, after Rasputin vs Stalin and Donald Trump vs Ebenezer Scrooge.


  • In Leonardo da Vinci's title card, part of his arm is missing.
  • When the Turtles said "Splinter" and "Master Splinter" at the start of their verse, the subtitles had no shadows.
  • During Donatello (Turtle)'s title card sequence, you could see Xin Wuku's skin through the costume.
  • When Donatello Bardi says, "Wouldn't wanna touch you with a six foot chisel," his left sock was transparent.
  • When Donatello Bardi cut the banana, it became transparent, most likely due to the green tint in the banana and Raphael Sanzio da Urbino interacting with it.
  • During the TMNT's verses, their voice actors tended to change and/or swap.
    • During the TMNT's introduction, Donatello sounded like Raphael normally would, and Raphael sounded like Donatello normally would.
    • During their introduction, Peter voiced Michelangelo. During their first and second verses, Lloyd took the role of Michelangelo.
    • During their first verse, Peter voiced Leonardo. During their second verse, Leonardo's first solo line was said by both Lloyd and Peter in unison. Though the rest of Leonardo's lines were said by his original voice actor: Peter.
  • During several lines, the edge of Leonardo (Turtle)'s shell appears orange. This is due to the use of a blue screen for the TMNT.
  • While Michelangelo (Turtle) says, "Ain't here, dudes!", three Raphaels could be seen behind him, but one was holding Donatello's staff and the other two had Leonardo's swords.
    • This could be a reference to the early TMNT comics where they all wore the same color headbands.
      • Leonardo and Donatello's headbands, however, were the same shade of red-orange as their headbands in the acapella behind the scenes video, as they were changed to blue and purple in editing, so its status as an error is debatable.
  • During the line, "You guys draw more dicks than New York Pride!", Donatello (Turtle) was seen with a sai in his belt, which is used by Raphael (Turtle).
  • During the line "We're the TMNT," Donatello's staff is keyed improperly and has a blue outline.
  • During the line, "...drop-kicking Italy!," the turtle dancing opposite of Donatello (Turtle) is not represented by any color used by the other turtles and instead wears the red-orange one yet to be color-corrected in post-production.
  • The costume head of Raphael (Turtle) begins to fall off during his cartwheel between the lines "...drop-kicking Italy!" and "Chowing on your tower made of pizza!"
  • During the video's endslate, each turtle's shell changes to their respective signature color.

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