A Brief History of April O’Neil

We got our first teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem yesterday. The Internet is always gonna Internet, so there’s been some chatter about April O’Neil’s character. Here’s a brief overview of the history of April O’Neil.

The character made her debut in the Mirage comic series in 1984 as a computer programmer. While the original black & white comics may make April’s ethnicity look ambiguous, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman has stated that that April O’Neil’s first name and appearance was based on his then-girlfriend April Fisher, who was a woman of mixed-race.

The redheaded news reporter version of O’Neil was rolled out in the 1987 animated series. She then morphed into a brunette warrior in the Archie Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, and of course, was famously portrayed by Megan Fox in the 2014 and 2016 live-action movies. Judith Hoag played O’Neil in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film and was replaced by Paige Turco in the sequels.

Other iterations of April O’Neil include but are not limited to Sarah Michelle Gellar in the 2007 TMNT movie and Mae Whitman (her?) as a teenage version in 2012’s Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Check below for the different iterations of April O’Neil.