Characters: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Characters created for, and exclusive to, the 1987 Fred Wolf-produced TMNT cartoon. For tropes relating to characters who originally appeared in other incarnations or were created here and went on to appear elsewhere, please visit the franchise character page. Note: All the characters here are canon foreigners, so noting that for every individual character is unnecessary.

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Irma Langinstein

April O'Neil's boy crazy best friend. She has a crush on Donatello, though shows interest in several male characters throughout the series.
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Vernon Fenwick

April's cameraman, who is constantly trying to climb the corporate ladder and steal April's job.
Tropes associated with Vernon:

Burne Thompson

The boss of Channel 6 news. He's very bossy, and hates the Ninja Turtles, disliking it when April's reports view them in a positive light.

  • The Chew Toy: Not as much as Vernon, but he usually does wind up on the receiving end of some negative karma, especially depending on just how much of a Jerkass he is within the episode.
  • Da Editor
  • Bad Boss
  • Fat Bastard
  • Hate Sink: Like Vernon, his main role in the series is to constantly blame the Turtles no matter what they do all for the fans to hate him.
  • Irrational Hatred: In the Red Sky episodes, Burne blames the Turtles for the destruction of the Channel 6 Building and goes J. Jonah Jameson on them.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Probably his one redeeming trait is even though he's a huge jerk and has some major biases, he's (mostly) a fair newsman. This is best displayed in "Return of the Shredder" where despite his hatred of the turtles he still runs April's report that clears their names after the Shredder framed them, even though doing so causes his equally turtle-hating girlfriend to dump him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: No matter how many times the turtles save him, he always immediately blames them for whatever's transpired.

Mona Lisa

A human college student who was mutated into a lizard and fell in love with Raphael.
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A college student who seeks out Splinter in order to gain some ninja training. Becomes an ally of the turtles in their fight against Dregg.
Tropes associated with Carter:
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Cursed with Awesome: In his debut appearance, he gains a Hulk-like mutation power that sporadically causes him to turn into a huge, muscular yellow-skinned mutant with a metal arm and spikes.
  • Magic Pants: Averted the first time he transforms, but played straight on all subsequent occasions.
  • Only One Name
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: We never actually see Carter at college. Either his attendance rates are lousy, or his college has one heck of a long summer break.
  • Put on a Bus: Halfway through the final season, he's taken away to the future to get his mutation cured. We never see or hear from him again, so whether or not the cure was successful, we'll never know.

Punk Frogs

Four ex-pet frogs who mutated into humanoid forms after being released into a region of the Okefenokee Swamp in Florida that had been contaminated by some lost mutagen. Shredder tracked them down and tried to train them as his own elite mutant warriors to take down the Turtles. Unfortunately for Shredder, they were naturally docile, and defected from his side to become allies of the Turtles.

  • Let's You and Him Fight: The initially meet the Turtles in combat, but quickly realise they'd rather befriend the Turtles than serve Shredder.
  • Nice Guy: All four of them.
  • Non-Indicative Name: There's absolutely nothing "punk" about them.
    • Also, Rasputin's full name is "Rasputin the Mad Frog". He's as nice and level-headed as his buddies.
  • The Psycho Rangers: At first.
  • Theme Naming: Like the Turtles, they were named by their human mentor's favorite historical figures/personal heroes. Of course, since that mentor was Shredder, he named them after tyrants and lunatics; Atilla the Hun, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Rapustin.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chinese food and flies.


A young boy who considers himself the "Fifth Turtle".


A group of elf-like aliens from Dimension X who act like beatnik hotrodders. Their dislike of authority and war made them fugitives in their home dimension. Kala, the female of the group, develops a crush on Michelangelo.



An alien warlord from Dimension X with aspirations to take over Earth. Stop us if this sounds familiar...
Tropes associated with Dregg:

Hi Tech

Dregg's minion


Hi Tech's replacement in Season 10

Lotus Blossom

A merceneary hired by Shredder


He used to be a man named Winston Fripp. He robbed a bank only to be captured by the Turtles and left tied up in a clock tower for the police. It was hours before the police found him, and by then he was driven insane by the ticking of the clock and the ringing of the bell. He returned years later as the supervillain Chronos to help Dregg defeat the Turtles.

Don Turtelli

The head of a major crime syndicate in New York. He is the grandson of Tony "The Tickler" Turtelli. Turtelli went down in infamy for his torture methods, which he inherited from his grandfather. He specializes in the interrogation of people he captures through tickle torturing the soles of his victims' feet with a feather to make them talk Including April, Vernon, Zach and his friend Caitlyn.


The leader of the organization H.A.V.O.C., he's a mutant who traveled to the present day from the future to take it over while humanity was much more vulnerable.

  • Arc Villain: He shows up for three episodes in the middle of season 8, then after he's defeated Shredder returns and serves as the main villain again for the rest of the season.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He leaves the fighting to the mutants he creates.