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April O'Neil
Biographical information

New York City






Investigative reporting

Weapon(s) of choice



Treasure hunter


Channel 6
Ninja Turtles
Max Winters

Physical description




Hair color

Dark brown/black

Eye color


Out of universe information

Movie adaptations


Archie Comics
Mirage Studios
Tundra Publishing
IDW Publishing

First appearance

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Created by

Peter Laird
Kevin Eastman
Jim Lawson

Teachers and Students



April O'Neil is an important character in all of the direct movie adaptations, as well as Leonardo's fourth movie prequel comic as well as having her own prequel comic.

Character history

An ace reporter at Channel 6 Eyewitness News and claimed by her boss Charles Pennington as one of his best, April investigated in reports of a ninja street gang called the Foot Clan committing crimes throughout New York City. One night on her way through the Channel 6 parking lot, she witnesses some thugs stealing from a company van. They advance on her to attack and perhaps commit other heinous acts, when she is rescued by four mysterious strangers. During the battle, one of them drops a sai, which she takes with her.

The next night, Charles visits her at home to express his worry about her and tell her that he's having security escort her to her car from this point forward. During this discussion, Charles' delinquent son Danny steals from April's purse.

The next morning, April presses an agitated Police Chief Sterns about the crime wave. Unfortunately, this broadcast is caught by the Foot Clan's boss, The Shredder. After being told off by Sterns, April makes her way to the subway, and while waiting for the train, is accosted by some Foot Ninja. Fortunately, the owner of the sai from earlier, a giant mutant turtle named Raphael, comes across her and saves her. However, she is knocked out when Raph accidentally throws a ninja at her.

Raphael carries her to the sewer lair where he resides with his brothers and Master Splinter. When she wakes up, she is understandably frightened at what she sees and screams. To calm her down, Splinter begins telling her the origin of the creatures she sees before her.

The Turtles escort her back home, and she treats them to some pizza. The Turtles head back home only to find their lair ransacked and Splinter missing. They return to April's to stay the night.

The next morning, the Penningtons return to her apartment so that Charles can tell April to stay off the Foot case (unbeknownst to her, at the behest of Chief Sterns). The Turtles hide out of sight but Raph is momentarily glimpsed by Danny.

April refuses Charles' orders and continues reporting on the Foot Clan and trying to take Sterns to task for not taking the investigation seriously. Later, when he's up on the roof to April's building, Raph is attacked by the Foot and dropped through the skylight. The Turtles and Casey Jones, a vigilante Raph had met earlier, fight the Foot, but during the battle, a Foot Ninja hits a power line and starts a fire. As they are fleeing and Casey is the last one remaining in the apartment, he overhears April's answering machine message of Charles firing her. The Turtles, April, and Casey pile into a van and head for her family farm to recuperate.

April writes about their time at the farm. Donatello and Casey bond over maintenance projects and flinging insults, Leonardo watches over the unconscious Raphael, and Michaelangelo spends all of his time training alone in the barn. Casey also informs April of her answering machine message.

Raphael finally recovers, and the Turtles receive a psychic message from Splinter. The Turtles train while April and Casey start to form an unlikely relationship, and finally, Leonardo declares that it's time to return to New York. They return to the lair, only to find Danny squatting there. They let him stay for the night, but Casey decides to sleep in the truck. He wakes up to find Danny leaving and trails him back to where Splinter is being held. April and the Turtles wake up to find Danny missing.

Danny and Casey rescue Splinter, while the Turtles fight Shredder. Splinter arrives and delivers the coup de grace. Charles wants April to report on the Foot case again, despite having firing her, and she tells him she only will if she gets more money and a corner office. He accepts, and Danny returns the cash he stole from her.

Weeks later, Danny and April visit Mega Comics to pitch a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic to Jim Prindle. He tells them their idea for a comic is "too farfetched". Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Much later, April has moved into a new apartment and returns home to find that the Turtles, who have been staying with her, have left the place a mess once again, with "the rat" being ironically the cleanest one. The Turtles return home from saving a pizza delivery boy named Keno from a gang of thugs, with pizza. April asks if they have had any luck finding somewhere new to live. Raph suggests going back to their old lair, but Leonardo says that 500 members of the Foot know where that is. Raph protests that with Shredder gone, they don't need to worry about it, but Splinter appears and chastises him.

April later reports on the disposal of some toxic chemicals by the Techno-Global Research Industries ("T.G.R.I.") and speaks to their spokesman, Jordan Perry. After her report, her cameraman Freddy skulks around and finds some giant dandelions. Freddy takes the flower to his master... The Shredder, who has unfortunately not been killed.

Having seen her report, Splinter decides to show April and the Turtles the canister of ooze that mutated them, which has T.G.R.I.'s logo on it.

The next day, Keno gets suspicious and "delivers" pizza to April's apartment, finding the Turtles there. Splinter tells Keno their origin. Keno says he'd like to try infiltrating the Foot, but only Raph finds this to be a good idea. While the Turtles go off to find a new place to live, Raph loses his cool and leaves to go accompany Keno. Meanwhile, April goes to visit the other Turtles and Splinter in their new lair. Raph gets captured and Keno goes to tell the Turtles, with April returning just as he's at her building's door trying to get someone's attention.

A couple of days later, after Shredder had sicced his mutants Rahzar and Tokka on the city, April confronts Sterns about what happened their before, and he, as usual, blows her off. On her way back to the truck, she is nabbed by a Foot Ninja, and approached by another, who happens to be Freddy. He tells her to deliver a message to the Turtles - that if they don't go to a construction site that night, he will unleash Rahzar and Tokka in Central Park.

After Shredder and the rest of the Foot are finally put down for good, April reports on their defeat and broadcasts Perry's thank-you note to the Turtles. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie II: The Secret of the Ooze.

See also

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