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.
Tropes associated with Irma:
  • Adorkable: At times.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Irma's boy-craziness is one of her most defining traits. She is forever pining after a dream boyfriend, and always interested in the possibility of scoring a date. Species is no object, either.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The name is Jewish, or at least sounds Jewish, but that's the only clue.
  • Anything That Moves: She's so desperate for a boyfriend that she'll flirt with (or just fantasize about being with) almost anyone as long as they're male. In one episode she ends up falling for a robotic policeman.
    April: Forget it, Irma. He's not human.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Attack of the 50 Foot Irma" she is accidentally enlarged by an enlarging ray powered by Exaporon, by Krang (who meant to fire the beam at Shredder). Upon being giant, Irma's clumsiness gets the better of her. Eventually, the Turtles manage to shrink her back to her normal size.
  • Belly Dancer: She dressed as one in one episode.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brown-haired Hollywood Nerd type.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Cute is a matter of opinion, but she's certainly clumsy.
  • Damsel in Distress: Many times like April.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to react with a lot of dry sarcasm to all the looniness she gets involved in.
  • Genius Ditz: She's boy-crazy and kind of silly, but also very smart.
  • The Klutz: She is really a klutz tending to step on people's feet and often addressed as this by others including Bebop and Rocksteady.
  • Mars Needs Women: Inverted. Her obsession with finding a romantic partner eventually reduces her to craving for monsters, mutants, and even the Turtles themselves at one point. She bonded the most with Donatello during the course of the series.
  • Meganekko: She wears large nerdy glasses at all times.
  • Put on a Bus: Halfway through the 8th season.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In "Super Irma", Irma gets hit by a beam from a magnet, which made her think she had gained super powers. She then changes into a leotard, cape, and knee-high boots in an outfit in design similar to Wonder Woman.
    • In "Shredder Triumphant!"
  • Whole Costume Reference: She dresses (and looks, with her hairstyle, coloration and glasses) like Jeanette from Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Vernon Fenwick

April's cameraman, who is constantly trying to climb the corporate ladder and steal April's job.
Tropes associated with Vernon:
  • Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy
  • Camp Straight
  • Characterization Marches On: In season 1 he was friendlier terms with April, and helped her get the scoop on Krang's attack in New York even though she was in trouble with Burne at the time.
  • Dirty Coward: Often flees at the first sign of danger, leaving April on her own.
  • Face–Heel Turn: 8th season.
  • Hate Sink: Starting in Season 2, where he becomes more cowardly and selfish as well as antagonistic to both April and the Turtles, likely to justify his Butt Monkey status.
  • Hypocrite: Will knock others for showing any cowardice despite being a huge one himself, such as in "The Case of the Killer Pizzas".
  • Jerk Ass
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's often portrayed as analogous to Geraldo Rivera.
  • Put on a Bus: Halfway through the 8th season.
  • Real Men Wear Pink
  • The Rival: Sometimes he tried to take April's place as a news reporter.
  • Sitcom Arch Enemy: In general, he plays the role of a smaller antagonists for the Turtles. Vernon and Burne Thompson often blamed the Turtles for crimes they are seeking to prevent.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He goes from someone who's April's friend for the most part as well as part of her main newscrew in season 1 to a rival reporter constantly trying to steal all her jobs.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Like Burne, he strongly believed that the Turtles were a menace to society and often actively participated in Burne's anti-mutant campaigns, even though the Turtles had saved his life on many occasions.
  • Yes-Man: To Mr. Thompson, his boss.

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
  • Fat Bastard: Exaggerated in his action figure, which depicted him chewing a burger with his mouth open, and with his shirt unbuttoned.
  • Fat Slob: His action figured portrayed him with his shirt unbuttoned and stained, chewing with his mouth open, and with paper stuck to his shoe.
  • 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
  • May-December Romance: Has a younger, airheaded girlfriend called Tiffany, who is implied to be the reason he hates the turtles. Notably when she asked how old he was, Burne said he was thirty something, while his employees were celebrating his fiftieth birthday.
  • Mean Boss: He tends to yell at his employees, particularly Vernon.
  • 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.
Tropes associated with Mona:


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: They were intended to be Evil counterparts to the Ninja Turtles.
  • 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: Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Rapustin.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Attila and Rasputin, which is presumably why they got phased out.
  • 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:
  • Bad Boss: He ejects Hi-Tech into space in the season 10 premiere, leaves Mung to be swarmed by Nanobots, and absorbs the mercenaries he hired to gain their powers.
  • Big Bad: For the last two seasons of the Fred Wolf cartoon, replacing Krang and Shredder.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Especially when it's voiced by Tony Jay.
  • Knight of Cerebus: An appropriate villain for the darker "Red Sky" seasons.
  • Manipulative Bastard: After trying to defeat the Turtles by force fails, he tries using propaganda against them.
  • Motive Decay: Deconstructed in Season 10. His actions in Season 9 were part of his larger goal of conquering the universe. However, he keeps losing to the Turtles and becomes obsessed with destroying them. Mung even points this out in the last episode.
  • My Brain Is Big: His brain is giant, and throbbing. When he absorbs Krang's mind, somehow an image of Krang even appears out of it!
  • Obviously Evil: He's a giant alien with a huge brain, glowering red eyes, and large fangs. Somehow he still managed to convince the citizens of Earth he was a good guy.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His vendetta against the Turtles in Season 10 costs him everything.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes from being calm, and collected to entirely focused
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Initially, he makes humanity believe he's a peace loving alien
  • You Have Failed Me: Dregg is a lot more willing to punish failed subordinates than Krang or Shredder ever were, to the point of giving his right-hand man a Fate Worse Than Death in the Season 10 premiere.

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.