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April O'Neil
Home

New York City

Ethnicity

African American[1]

Aliases

Yellow Submarine (by Raphael)

Nickname(s)

Apes (by Leonardo)

Date of birth

2002

Weapon(s) of choice

Baseball bat
Giant spatula
Whack-a-mole paddle
Green staff
Makeshift bow and arrows (rolling pin and pepperoni sticks
Ring blade

Occupation

Pizza shop employee
Burgerville fry cook (formerly)
Albearto's "Party Captain" (formerly)
Small screen actress
Pizza deliverer
Foot Shack employee

Affiliation

The Turtles

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair color

Burgundy

Eye color

Black

Out of universe information
Era(s)

Rise of the TMNT

First appearance

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue 0

Voiced by

Kat Graham

Teachers and Students
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In Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, April O'Neil is the Ninja Turtles' first human ally.

Physical Appearance

April O'Neil is an African-American teenage girl with black eyes (unlike her previous incarnations she is African-American, Most April's are white), thick eyelashes and curly burgundy hair with bangs worn in two high buns. She often wears a pair of red cat-eye glasses with yellow lenses.

April wears a black choker around her neck, a long yellow t-shirt and a green sweatshirt with quarter sleeves, pale green trim and stripes, single button, and a "S" like logo over her heart and backside of the sweatshirt. She also wears dark navy blue leggings and yellow sneakers.

Personality

April is very upbeat, sassy and much more loud than her previous incarnations. She is also aggressive and quick to jump into action, showing that she also has more spunk, confidence and spirit.

April is shown to be incredibly brave as seen in "The Gumbus" when she was enjoying the whole fiasco in the Stock 'n' Shop while Mikey and Leo were freaking out. In "War and Pizza", April is very determined and would never give up as seen when she tries to get through Timmy's birthday without any disruptions.

Despite this, she can be mean-spirited as shown in "The Fast and the Furriest" when Donnie accuses her of stealing the Turtle Tank and, being annoyed by them breaking in and being accused of something she didn't do, uses a bat to get them out via window.

History

Bio

April is a true New Yorker and a real firecracker: upbeat, wisecracking, and confident. As the Turtles' only ally, she loves them like brothers—and along with her pet, Mayhem, joins them on all their epic adventures.

Abilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Friends

  • Sunita: April's friend/lab partner for biology. Like April, Sunita also wants some normalcy in her life despite being a Yōkai.

Enemies

Quotes

  • "Game on!"
  • "April~ O'Neil!"
  • "Hey Mayhem. Now that's a cute name!"
  • "That's enough! I just need him to sing "Happy Birthday" and quiet the kids down so I don't get fired."
  • "That was fast. But I only needed Donnie."
  • ”Hi Donnie, You have nine seconds to tell me why you just broke my door.”
  • "Is anybody there?!" - Mrs. Cuddles
  • "Is my acting really that bad?" - Mrs. Cuddles
  • "Man, wish I could fight with the fam!" - Shadow of Evil
  • "No, I seen weird. And that's not it. I'm April." - Operation: Normal
  • "Best birthday ever~!" - Warren and Hypno, Sitting in a Tree

Trivia

  • This version of April marks the first time she is officially portrayed as black, but not the first concept of April as a person of color. The original Mirage TMNT April was named after a biracial woman Kevin Eastman once married, and in the second printing of Egyptian Adventure, April was colored as black, but was later portrayed with a Caucasian appearance.
    • This is also the first time April has been changed from Caucasian to African-American.
  • This is the second teenage incarnation of April.
  • In this incarnation, April has a pet mutant creature named Mayhem.
  • April will have odd jobs for this series.
    • April is revealed to have a job at a pizza shop.
    • Because of her job, it is also how the Turtles get their pizzas in this series.
    • The Turtles even get a friends and family discount because of April's job.
    • She gets fired from her job at Albearto's after the events of War and Pizza.
    • In Mrs. Cuddles, April works as an actress in Mrs. Cuddles' television program.
    • In Shadow of Evil, April works as an employee at the Foot Shack shoe store.
  • According to her bio, April loves the Turtles like brothers.
  • According to the Junior Novel "Ninja Power", April is 16 years old and she has known the Turtles for 5 years.[2]
  • As seen in "Warren and Hypno, Sitting in a Tree", April has been part of the Warren Stone Fan Club since 2010.
  • As mentioned by Donnie in "Operation: Normal", April seems to have a fear of cosplay wizards.
  • April had a birthday in the episode “Warren & Hypno, Sitting in a Tree“. She is now seventeen.

References

  1. https://www.teenagemutantninjaturtles.com/2017/11/09/april-ethnicity-promotes-diversity/
    "Not only will she be played by a black actress, but reports indicate that she will also apparently be a black character in the cartoon."
    https://www.teenagemutantninjaturtles.com/2018/02/06/20-rise-of-the-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/
    "April O’Neil is Black – Although the character has traditionally been depicted as a redhead, Nickelodeon has decided to give her a slightly different background this time around."
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Power-Teenage-Mutant-Turtles/dp/0525707654

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