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April O'Neil
Biographical information

New York City


Renet Tilley


Angel Cakes (by Mikey)
The Hogosha (by Splinter)

Date of birth

May 16, 1986

Weapon(s) of choice

Metal pipe, Laptop


Channel 6 reporter


Channel 6
Ninja Turtles

Physical description





5' 4" (1.63 m)

Hair color


Eye color


Out of universe information

2014 film, 2016 film

First appearance

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 film)

Created by

Jonathan Liebesman
Evan Daugherty

Played by

Megan Fox (Adult)
Malina Weissman (Young)

Teachers and Students

Dr. O'Neil


Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

"Ninja mutant turtle teenagers?"

April O'Neil appears in the 2014 film reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles played by Megan Fox . She is a "Lifestyle Reporter" for Channel 6 news.


First film

April was born on May 16, 1986. As a child, her father used the Ninja Turtles and Splinter as test subjects for his mutagen experiments, with April treating them as her pets, feeding them pizza when they were little. After her father destroyed his lab, she placed the Turtles and Splinter near a sewer grate.

As an adult, she worked in journalism at Channel 6, but felt that her talents were under-utilized reporting on relative puff pieces such as a new sports movement. While trying to follow up on an attempted story of stolen chemicals from a docking port, she first witnessed the Turtles active as vigilantes, later finding them when they thwarted a Foot Clan attempt to take hostages in a subway station. After hearing their names, she realized their ties to her father's work, but revealed the truth to Eric Sacks before the Turtles and Splinter could warn her of his real agenda.

After Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo were captured, she helped Raphael dig Splinter out from the rubble before helping Raphael reach the Sacks estate, giving the other Turtles a dose of adrenaline to help them escape their cages. She even managed to land the final blow on Shredder in the final battle, kicking him off the antenna of Sacks Tower after the tip was knocked over during their fight. Despite the Turtles being a ground-breaking story, April kept their secret, noting that she considered them her family.

Second film

Two years later, April has apparently returned to Channel 6, although she also acts as the Turtles' 'human contact', such as discreetly observing Baxter Stockman to confirm his ties to the Foot when the Turtles would be unable to get close enough to him. In the course of the film, she meets corrections officer Casey Jones when he is attempting to track down the Shredder and new mutants Rocksteady and Bebop after all three escaped during a prison transit that Jones was supervising.

During her investigation, April discovers and loses a canister of the purple mutagen used to transform Rocksteady and Bebop, prompting Raphael to convince April and Casey to help him and Michelangelo break into police headquarters to recover it from the evidence room after Donatello's research revealed that the purple mutagen could make the Turtles human. In the process, April and Casey are arrested when they act to protect the turtles from the police, but during the subsequent interrogation April refuses to give up any information about the Turtles, stating firmly that they are not monsters. Stockman attempts to frame April for industrial espionage and sabotage by providing the police with doctored footage of April stealing the purple mutagen, but Verne is able to find the original footage showing April escaping the just-mutated Rocksteady and Bebop and clear their names, allowing April to call the Turtles for help.

At the conclusion of the film, April is shown delivering a news broadcast on the Turtles' role in saving the city, although she again avoids identifying them in order to let them continue to operate in secret.


  • Michelangelo hits on April, much like the first 2 live-action movies.
  • She said Splinter and the Turtles were laboratory experiments, much like in the IDW comics origin story.
  • The younger version of April says the mutagen came from outer space as a hint to the Utroms.
  • April was the one who introduced pizza to the Turtles, giving it to them as a "special treat" when they were lab animals.
  • For this role, Megan Fox won the 2014 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress.
  • When April goes undercover at the police station in the second film, her ID reads "Renet Tilley" after the character Renet.
  • In the "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" episode of the 2012 animated series, when Kraang Subprime reveals himself and Michelangelo asks if it's him, he responds, "No, Megan Fox. Oh I forgot, you're the dumb one!"
  • April has stated that she went to journalism school for four years.


April O'Neil (Paramount)/Gallery

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