Space Heroes title card

Space-Heroes is a science-fiction cartoon series. It revolves around the missions of the crew of the Dauntless[1] lead by Captain Ryan.

Leonardo is big fan, and in his early adventures as leader of the Turtles, he would look to the main character, Captain Ryan, for inspiration.[2] Fans call themselves "Space-niks."[3]

There have been at least three movies, with the third one called Space-Heroes III: The Resurrection of Mindstrong.[4] There has also been a sequel series, Space-Heroes: The Next Generation, although it hasn't become the wide hit that the original show was.[5]

Space-Heroes pinball machine

Downtime on the pinball machine.

In the Turtles' lair, they have Space-Heroes-themed pinball machine. Leo also owns Space-Heroes issue #1 comic.[6]

Space-Heroes comic

A Space-Heroes comic.


Total appearances: 16.


  • The show is a parody of the 1960's Star Trek TV series, as well as the 1970's Filmation-produced continuation, Star Trek: The Animated Series.
  • The pinball machine is featured in Raphael's intro in the opening theme song for the first four seasons (except, coincidentally, for the space arc at the beginning of season four).
  • In season one, Leonardo watched twelve episodes. Almost every time it is shown, it is to foreshadow what will happen for Leonardo and/or the Turtles.
  • The comic Leonardo owns is a parody of the first Star Trek comic published by Western Publishing (under their Gold Key Comics imprint) in 1967.


  1. New Girl in Town, season 1, episode 14.
  2. Rise of the Turtles, Part 1, season 1, episode 1.
  3. It Came from the Depths, season 1, episode 12.
  4. Monkey Brains, season 1, episode 7.
  5. Scroll of the Demodragon, season 5, episode 1.
  6. Parasitica, season 1, episode 23.