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Rocksteady is a villain in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja series. He is introduced as Ivan Steranko in the episode Enemy Of My Enemy. He is a Russian arms dealer with ties to the Shredder and the Foot Clan

Appearance

As Ivan Steranko: Steranko wears a black suit with shoulder pads with spikes on it, a black dress shirt, a red tie, an Ushanka with a yellow star on it, and two golden knuckle dusters on his fists, with a hammer on one and a sickle on the other. He is blonde-haired and has a diamond eye, as well as several scars on his face.

As Rocksteady: He is a mutant human-rhinoceros hybrid, with grey, thick skin and a large horn. His knuckle dusters seemed to have fused with his skin, and now wears army pants and a yellow shirt, with the same spiked shoulder guards he used to wear.

History

Appears to be close to the Shredder, given an offhanded mention that they're "old friends." He is first seen talking to the Shredder about a weapons deal. He is presumably knocked unconscious by the weapon that was meant to incapacitate the Shredder.

In "The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto", he was revealed to have some past with Anton Zeck, who (allegedly, accidentally), is the one who shot out Steranko's eye. Steranko, an ancient artifacts collector, hires Zeck in to steal the Kuro Kabuto from the Shredder.

Among Steranko's ancient armory are the Spear of Destiny, Excalibur, and the armor of Alexander the Great.

In Serpent Hunt Steranko is stuck in New York with Zeck because of the Kraang invasion. He then decides to capture Karai, Shredder's adopted daughter who has become a mutant snake. After a confrontation with the turtles, the successful duo capture Karai and made a contract with Shredder so that he and Zeck could leave the city. In the end the Turtles release Karai and Steranko and Zeck are captured by Shredder and his henchmen. As punishment, Shredder decides to make mutate Zeck and Steranko. Ivan tries to convince his old friend not to mutate him as he knows himself for ten years. But Shredder the mutated despite all. Zeck is transformed into a warthog and Steranko becomes a Rhino.

In The Pig and The Rhino, which takes place immediately after Serpent Hunt, he and Zeck begin the episode by lamenting the fact they've been turned into "freaks", followed by them attacking Shredder because of the pain and fear of what they've become. Shredder effortlessly defeats the both of them by himself and offers them to either serve him or die, both of them agreeing to serve him. Shredder requests them to find Karai so that Baxter Stockman can attempt to mind control her. On their way, they figure that it's the Turtles' fault that they've mutated, and they should take it out on them. Speaking of the Turtles, they, along with Casey Jones and April O'Neill, are also looking for Karai, who said "comet" before leaving, tasking themselves to search three places. While Zeck finds, attacks and captures Donatello and April, Steranko attacks Casey and Raphael, who, even with their best efforts, can't defeat the super-powered mutant. He is informed by Zeck that the rest of the Turtles are at Coney Island, so they both head there. At the park, Leonardo and Michelangelo have found Karai and managed to calm her down, only for her to be scared off by Zeck and Steranko, who threaten to kill their allies captured in their van. While Leo stealthily picks the lock to the van, Michelangelo distracts the duo by trying to come up with a set of cool names for them, like he usually does in the show. He goes over a couple, until he decides Zeck should be named Bebop and Steranko Rocksteady. Rocksteady really likes his new name and uses it to refer to himself, while Bebop hates his. They are defeated by all the Turtles, with help from Casey, April and Karai. When Karai is trying to scavenge food after she ran away to not endanger the Turtles because of her slowly losing her mind from the mutagen, she gets trapped in a cage by Bebop and Rocksteady, showing they did succeed in their original mission.

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Personality

Steranko is a large, muscular Russian man with a thick accent. Rude and humorless, his most distinguishing feature is that he seems to be missing his right eye, having replaced it with a diamond studded prosthetic.

Trivia

  • Michelangelo gave him the name of Rocksteady. The name has much more to Ivan who even made reference to himself as Rocksteady.

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