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I Wanna Be Like You
Summary: Splinter had never imagined that he would be a father but now that he is, he sees himself in each of his sons.


Becoming a father and raising four wonderful sons had never been a part of Splinter's plan. When he had been living in Japan as an unmutated rat, there had been no other rats around with which to procreate. Once he was in New York there hadn't been much time before his master was killed and females were the last thing on his mind.

He had been devastated at the loss of Yoshi and had taken to the sewers in search of solitude in which to mourn. He still wasn't sure why he had abandoned that solitude in order to rescue four baby turtles covered in green ooze except that something within him had called for him to do it.

Even after the mutation it would have been so much easier to just leave the turtles to fend for themselves. That's the way it was in the wild and he had no reason to argue against nature. In fact looking after those four helpless beings would have made it far more difficult to take care of himself and eventually seek his revenge against the one that killed his master.

Splinter just couldn't leave them though. As much as he wanted revenge, these turtles needed him. Tang Shen hadn't abandoned him when he needed someone and he couldn't do that to these turtles. This was how he ended up with his four wonderful sons and he has never regretted that decision.

They were growing up so fast though. They were still children though, not even teenagers yet, but the years had just flown by. Each of the boys had developed their own personalities. Splinter could see a clear origin for some of their personality traits and they traced back to him.

The first one that Splinter had noticed taking after him was Leonardo. A ritual that Splinter had always indulged in was a session of meditation in the morning before his sons woke up. One morning when he had walked into the space that was reserved as their dojo he found Leonardo already sitting there.

Leo was struggling to remain awake having risen earlier than he was used to. When Splinter had woken Leo from his doze he had asked him why he was there. He had received a sleepy answer that Leo had been watching him meditate in the mornings.

"I wanna be like you daddy," Leo yawned as he tried to keep his eyes open.

This had started a new ritual of Leo joining him for the last half hour of his meditation in the mornings. It was a time when just the two of them would spend time together in the quiet before the day began and everyone else got up.

The similarity between himself and Michelangelo had been noticed in an amusing fashion. Splinter had been working to cook pancakes for his sons for breakfast one morning with Michelangelo sitting on the counter watching him. This was not an unusual occurrence. Mikey could often be found in the kitchen when Splinter was cooking in order to help him taste test anything he needed.

A loud crash from the living room drew Splinter out of the kitchen to check on his other sons leaving Michelangelo alone in the kitchen. By the time he got back, Michelangelo was sitting on the counter with the mixing spoon in his hand. The spoon wasn't the only difference with Mikey.

The small turtle was also covered in the uncooked pancake batter from head to foot. There was also smoke coming from the pan that was sitting on the stove where batter that Mikey had put there was starting to burn from not being flipped. When Splinter asked what Mikey had been doing he received a simple answer.

"I wanna be like you daddy," Mikey said with such an innocent expression despite the pancake batter dripping down his face.

After cleaning Mikey off, Splinter spent to rest of the time teaching his son how to properly cook a pancake. This was just the beginning of Mikey's love for cooking, all inspired by his father.

It had taken Splinter a little longer to see his influence on his most volatile son. Raphael had always been so eager to start fights and solve problems with his fists that it hadn't surprised Splinter to see him working in the dojo area one evening.

For a while Splinter had just stood to the side trying to figure out what kata his son was trying to go through. It wasn't one that he had taught to his sons so he wasn't sure where Raphael would have learned it.

It suddenly hit Splinter that those were the attacks that he had used a week ago when he and Raphael had gone scavenging topside. They had run into humans that had tried to take what they had gathered and Splinter had needed to fight them off. For a moment Splinter worried that his son was pushing himself because he might now be afraid of going topside. This was not how Raphael responded however.

"I wanna be like you daddy," was Raph's simple but heartfelt answer.

All Raph had seen was his father acting like a badass ninja which is all he wanted to be. Splinter couldn't help the surge of pride that he felt for his son. Together they spent the rest of the evening with Splinter showing his son the proper forms for the katas he was attempting.

Raphael wasn't the only son that was doing what he could to copy his father when it came to their ninja training. Donatello was too. Splinter had been teaching them the ways of the ninja ever since he had begun taking them topside to scavenge with him. Recently he had begun to teach them with weapons beyond the bo staff that he had started them all with.

Leo, Raph, and Mikey were all excited about this change. They never needed to be prompted to grab a different weapon to practice with and always groaned when they had to work with the bo again. Donatello was different though. He never tried to work with a weapon besides his original bo unless Splinter told him that he had to. Whenever given the choice he always picked the heavy stick of wood.

Splinter had wondered if his son was getting the impression from his brothers that he wasn't strong enough to use a different weapon. Boys would be boys and boys teased each other at every opportunity. Splinter had pulled Donatello aside to talk to him to make sure that he did not feel like his father didn't believe in his abilities. Splinter needn't have worried.

"I wanna be like you daddy," Don told him adamantly as he stared at Splinter's walking stick.

Splinter felt very humbled that his son's decision on the weapon that he would carry for the rest of his life was based on him. If Donatello was going to choose to use a bo staff as his primary weapon than Splinter was going to make sure that his son knew that both it and he weren't weak. The simplest of things could be the most formidable.

It still amazed him at times the fact that he was raising four incredible sons. They were each growing into incredible young men that he couldn't be more proud of. They were each individuals but he could see himself in each of them.

The love he felt for his sons couldn't be put into words. They were his pride and joy and he would do anything for them. He had never planned on becoming a father but now that he was, he wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Splinter had never imagined that he would be a father but now that he is, he sees himself in each of his sons.

This fic was inspired by the song "I've Been Watching You" by Rodney Atkins. [link]
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:iconlovesosa1:
Lovesosa1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
The fluffy!!!!! The tiny baby turtle tikes :3!!!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
I love turtle tot fics and I love fatherly love fics and I especially love when they come together. :XD:
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Lovesosa1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
I know right
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Zelgadis55 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This was sweet. Thanks for sharing :-)
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Thank you. I'm glad that you enjoyed this. :)
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GirlforGod99 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is too cute. Love fluffiness!!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I love fluffy family moments. :)
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DarkShaddyGirl18 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! This is so sweet, it gave me lots of happy feels! Nice job!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Thank you. Happy feels is exactly what I was going for s I'm glad that I could give them to you. :XD:
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DarkShaddyGirl18 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't get them often, but I love it when I do.
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Rika-Hanyuu-Furude Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Aww...cute! Kawaii! I want to take them home! Hau!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
That you. Little kids are very cute in my opinion. I think Master Splinter might have a problem with you trying to take his sons home with you though. :XD:
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Cee-Tee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes. All my yes. I love this.
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I am happy that you enjoyed this story so much. Master Splinter is such an important part of their lives that I just had to write a fic about his relationship with the boys. :D
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Cee-Tee Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Of course! You did such a /beautiful/ job with the story~! >u< :D
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FoxGirlFun Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, i love it. SO sweet and fitting.
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thank you. I love sweet family stories and just had to add my own. :aww:
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FoxGirlFun Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean ^^
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cari28ch3 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
my heart just got much warmer
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thank you. I love these heartfelt family moments. :aww:
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imatmntgal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so cute!!!!!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you. I can just imagine the four of them as cute little tots and I'm glad that is the imagery that you got. :XD:
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imatmntgal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you! i mean every kid when they are little wants to be like their parents but then it's like an off on thing growing up but then they end up as their own person...his one is waa cuter because they all want to be like him and they do turn out similair to splinter
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Culinary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aww what a sweet fic!

I can see how that song influenced you.
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
It's such a god song and every time I heard it, it made me want t writ this fic so I finally gave in and wrote it. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :XD:
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Culinary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It is a good song. This was such a good fic!
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I had a feeling that Rodney Atkins song had something to do with this and then your description confirmed it! I just love that song. :aww:
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I think that song is just so sweet and I would get the idea for this fic every time I heard it so I finally had to writ this down. I'm glad that you could see the connection between the song and the fic. :XD:
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MumuTmnt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Cute!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you. :)
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MumuTmnt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
no promb!
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KameChuu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist
aww this is adorable!
and i like the idea of him wanting to take care of them despite his desire for revenge.
cuz in the old comics, thats the only reason why he trained them :O
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I've never read the old comics but I had heard that. That is one of the things that I liked about the 2003 series. You could feel the love that Splinter had for his sons. :)
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work :love:
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you. Splinter needs some loves so I'm glad it came out alright. :XD:
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dondena Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I could see the ways that Leo, Mikey, and Don could have their ways in common with Splinter, though it was a little harder with Raph. He seemed pushy and bossy even at such a young age. But maybe of course he even started more pushy stuff when he saw Splinter fight.
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I write based on the 2003 series and in that series there were only two episodes that showed the turtles at a young age. It is a stretch to say that Raph was pushy and bossy at a young age based only on two episodes and that isn't the character trait that is being shown in this fic. He is tasking himself to learn to fight not to be pushy or bossy but to be able to protect his family like his father did.
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DewottMaster Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
:clap:Bravo!
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you. :XD:
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DewottMaster Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Welcomes!
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
It is so good to see Master Splinter getting some fanfic love! This is a beautiful story and a great reminder to all of us how influential a parent can be in their child's life. That power is something that should never be underestimated or ignored. :clap:
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
There definitely needs to be more Splinter love in the fandom. The boys are great but they didn't get that way on their own. They have a father that loves them and taught them and helped them to get to be the turtles that we all know and love. He shouldn't be forgotten. :XD:
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
That is AWESOME I love this idea of Splinter as a father. Is this is the 2003 or the 2012 series?
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I think Splinter is a great father. The 2003 series was my favorite and that is what my work is based off of. In the beginning of this fic I reference Splinter being an unmutated rat living with Yoshi and in the 2012 series, Splinter is Yoshi. :)
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
gatcha they are both great fathers though. :)
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FoxKid1302 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They definitely need to make this into an episode. This along with many other masterpieces scattering all over DA here are invaluable creations...
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
It would be amazing to see this as an episode. There are indeed many authors here that create work that is episode worthy and I am grateful that you think this is one of them. :D
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TrulyOutrageousJem Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I'm all misty-eyed after reading this :'D

So cute!!!!!!!
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