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Donatello+April 'I will Fight For Him by JasmineAlexandra Donatello+April 'I will Fight For Him by JasmineAlexandra
Okay I get so sick & tired of people making fan stories of April as some damsel in distress that gets hurt for attention, or acts like a piece of furniture that just stands there while people stand around & fight. She is not a cheerleader, she is an active character learning from the most kick-ass Sensei!

She is not a Disney Princess from the 1950's.... she is more like Merida from Brave than Snow White or Sleeping Beauty (Seriously, I have never ever met a wimpy GINGER! They have a fiery temper like their hair!). So here I wanted to portray her more than just a character trope... or what others have portrayed her in fan-stories.
She is more than just an object of Donnie's affection.

She lost her father to the Kranng! She is not crying & moping in her room, cause no-one understands her....she is not some damn Bell from Twilight!

She is learning to fight back & learning fast (cause she know she has to & also...who doesn't want to learn to be a kick-ass ninja????).

She is being stalked & chased by a mafia gang, who have taken her freedom away... but she is feisty, she is not going to let a bunch of jerks take her down easy!

She is also funny with her quick wit & not one to dwell or go woe is me (like some tropes & fan-stories that I can't stand to read).
She is a fighter in spirit & if pushed comes to shove, she will shove back.

Here she is standing up & defending Donnie... she knows she will most likely get killed or worse, but she is not going to run away & cry, she is standing up for her family & kick ass doing so!.... like any New Yorker I know would do!

I also wanted to experiment in using a bit of Adventure Time stye with a manga influence....

I do not own the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or any of the characters. I am just an insignificant insect that is just a fan. All characters belong to 2012 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.
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I completely agree with you i think the only thing you COULD do its just my opinion, maybe show were Donnie's eyes are?. because when i looked at it at first i kinda chuckled thinking 'where's his eyes? is that on purpose?'
Other than my little opinion, I love the adventure time twist you put in the picture, you did an amazing job the sutle blood smears and stains on the characters and backround. The coloring and shading is great too! I do admit I gotta respect april ALOT more now XD
(shes a cool character and ain't no dainty flower)
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Critique by galgamex1234 Jul 2, 2013, 5:03:44 PM
This piece is really well made. I like how you made her look pretty accurate to show but gave it your own little twist. I also like the shadowed Shredder there its looks pretty bad ass. Also I'm glad your one of the ones who designs April as a fighter because I'm not too big a fan of Damsel's in Distress but I get her needed to be rescued in the first few episodes. Now I do have one nitpicks but it's nothing to get upset about. I think the white boards that they're on is a bland color maybe a faded brown or a dirty auburn.

All and All I really like this piece and look forward to more art from you in the future.
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Taiya001 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome
Completely agree. She is pretty darn strong considering she only has a little bit of training.
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riiatriss Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
I totally love the April in the 2012 version of tmnt. She's awesome! You know your awesome when u can stair down a fucking ninja and have them back off! And that was BEFORE she started training! So yeah, I can totally c her doing this. :)
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JWAPPEL Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Cool! I do wish April's skill was showcased more. She's voiced by the awesome Mae Whitman for crying out loud!
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Buttergriffin332 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DO YOU THINK U CAN TURN THIS INTO A STORY!!?? I WOULD SOOOOOOOO READ THAT!!!
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MermaidNinja Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Let him have it, April!
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ArtistRanger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
go April
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Loki-Kitten1985 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
The April in the cartoon from the 80s was a damsel in distress, but April from the 2012 version is not, she is even willing to fight alongside the turtles and Casey. That is probably why I like this April a lot more than the one the 80s cartoon so I am glad you made a picture where April is being a bad ass.
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DolphinGirlWriter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
THANK YOU!! I am getting sick and tired of female characters that are one dimentional. And then I saw APRIL O'NIEL actually TRYING to DO things!! Actually ACTIVE!! Even when she was behind bars, so to speak. Since then, I have LOVED her!! ...it's true there are times where I want to yell at her for being an idiot, but still, it's better than some of the OTHER females in shows...
And I AM noticing that recent shows and movies are making females more developed and active. As in "I don't NEED a love interest to progress through my life!" Which is really awesome.
(Although I DO hope that she and Donnie get together, I have a feeling she just sees him as her closest friend that she doesn't want to lose, not even in risk of a relationship such as 'boyfriend/girlfriend' thing...but at least she's careful with his obvious feelings towards her)
I LOVE seeing April actually standing up for the turtles in battle...although there are few ever made in the fanart, so I am REALLY happy to see this! ^_^ also, brave enough to stand up to The SHREDDER...PERFECT!
As soon as I found out that she was going to be trained as a Kunoichi, I was so hyped... :happybounce: 
*reads the rest of the description* wait, adventure Time? *scrolls up* OH! The face!! ...Cool! :D I like it!! ^_^
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wolfblue13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
perfect
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tmntgirl123765 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
ill help you too! for Donnie...
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XxMistressMomoxX Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This remind s me of a small fanfic I made right after the episode the gauntlet came out. This caused my heart to pound! Excellent work.
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MidnightPrime Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never like the whole April being a damsel in distress. Like to see her step up and taking a roll of kicking ass for a change.
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Neko-mirichan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
April is as badass as all the turtles and Splinter, she is a warrior!! Not a princess e.e
Awesome, job!
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DonaTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Artist

D-D-Donnie...?

no...he he can't be dead can h-he?

Plz tell me he's alright or I-I just M-Might Just       :iconcryforeverplz:

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alopex320 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Artist
He's fine just out cold
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TMNT2012fan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Love it! Just one question can I use pic this for a story. Just looking at it inspired a story. I'll give you credit, promise.
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
really? You're inspired? Well I guess so, but you gotta let me read it when you write it out... I am curious.
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TMNT2012fan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
KK I'll send you the link when I'm done. Yes, I am very inspired by your photo.
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winged-wolf-tsuki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
You go April! XD
Awesome job I like it better when the female characters are portrayed as more than dropped in Marey sues and save me I tripped why'll running in heals damsels in distress or more acuretly damsels of distress because they seem to bring it with them...I know I find it distressing myself when they just stand in front of what amounts to a bus barreling down on top of them waiting for Superman when all they need to hypotheticly do is take two steps to the left out of on coming traffic...moments like that leave me with the uncomfortable echo of the scarecrow's song from the wizard of oz...if they only had a brain *sigh*
I think that's why I like this pic so much maybe she doesn't stand a chance but she'll be d@^^#d if she'll back down great job I realy liked it ♥
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BenRG Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
SHREDDER: "Fine by me, little girl. As you Westerners would say: "It's your funeral." Kurai? Kill her."
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NSM-superherofan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
hehe I think it would be funny if she was talking to you, JasmineAlexandra.
I mean if the shredder shadow wasn't there.
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
...well..then it wouldn't have made sense....
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NSM-superherofan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
yeah your right sorry
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mikeyluvr4 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This line you said right here:
 (Seriously, I have never ever met a wimpy GINGER!


AWESOME! CUZ I'M A GINGER!!!!
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
GINGERS RULE! I always wished I was a ginger...I was born with the curly hair & freckles... but alas... not a red-head...
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mikeyluvr4 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love being a ginger! It's best thing I could ask for!
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Pucca2000 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Brilliant. 
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art-is-my-bream Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
with me i can't see Donnie and April as a couple i see them more as brother and sister thats what i loved about them when i was younger hopefully when Cassie comes around the'll get back to that   
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Well..... with ME... I totally can see them as a couple & I hope the exact opposite that you do. I think people should see pass their differences. Donnie & April deserves romance & each other... I think I would actually dislike any character that drives a wedge between them.
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art-is-my-bream Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
yes but this is literally just the creates poking fun at how don had a crush on April in  other versions it's never shown off as much but still her and Cassie are a real couple (in the comics they have kids ) they had more in common they both played in the same roll .this is just a big "hey what if don and April were closer in age and dons crush made more sens" then  a real romance 
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
In the comics, Casey & April divorcee... & their "kid" is from Casey & his other wife who had died.... So no, as a couple it was NOT a fairy tell ending. Casey's drinking problem & violent tendency drove April away.... They filed for divorce and stayed amiable.

Shadow's (Maria Isabella Puzorelli) mother is Gabriel & her REAL dad is Alberto Puzorelli.... Gabrielle would soon meet Casey Jones at her cafe. It can be assumed they either had a one-night stand or Gabrielle let him stay at her trailer, in the course of which he discovered her pregnant. Though she expected him to leave her, Casey surprisingly stayed. Overtime, their relationship blossomed into love and soon they were married.... Casey then became her adopted dad....

Shadow ended up raised mostly by the turtles.... which she herself ended up with issues......

THEN it is found out APRIL is NOT even HUMAN! SO the soap opera takes a new twist...

So yeah.... THAT is supposed to sound way better than Donnie & April in a relationship? I don't think so.... 

I applaud Nick for doing something we Apriltello fans have been praying for, for years!
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art-is-my-bream Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
okay okay will go with the old hero gets the girl thing . its just growing up watching 4kids TMNT it strange for me to see April who was always like there big sister and don in romantic way..........and didn't cassia and April get back together after some time?
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
IDK.... I stopped reading it & I think the comic just stopped...also I was not THAT into the comic anyway. it got to be too soap opera for me.

So... I am not sure... the last I read it was Shadow was fighting with vampires.... & in the kid show, Donnie had a total crush on April... but at that time, cartoon networks were afraid of mixed couples... remember, they barely had couples  of mixed races let alone alien or mutant romance... I think now it is a more enlightened age thanks to movies like Twilight & Harry Potter & Roswell & other shows like True Blood .....ect.  so other movies that have star crossed love... they figure... let's go for it. Apriltello fans may actually see something we have been waiting for since forever!
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art-is-my-bream Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
i never got that ether i always liked mixed couples  i one of my story's a human girl hooks up with an alien   
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art-is-my-bream Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
ok ok well go with the old plan hero gets the girl thing  i just hope when Cassie dose come on people don't heat him for that one thing i really don't like it when people hate on a character for one sole reason. and its not like i heat this couple i just love Aprils big sister role it gave me major feels back in the day .   
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ARHitms12569 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Love. Love. Absolute love. Here. Have my love. *Gives love*
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DonatelloFangirl033 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
COME ON APRIL KICK SOME ASS! FOR DONNIE!

 COME OOOOOOON!!!!
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MagentaCooly Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You TELL HIM April!!!!!
Whatchu gonna do now Shredder? WHATCHA GONNA DO NOW!!?
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thorman Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
cool is pic awesome of donnie and april good work congraluations friend.
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Storm137 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very well done and good job depicting the 2012 April...Though I must say I'd compare her more to Mulan if we're talking Princesses...Mulan pretty much singlehandedly saved China and is a kick butt girl...So is April.
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Mulan technically is NOT a Disney Princess...she is a Disney Heroine. But Merida is a Princess but that is actually Pixar. Being accurate is important.
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Storm137 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You...You just Donatello'd me...
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
oh...oh my gosh I did!!!! LOL!
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Storm137 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
XD Pfftahaha...Awesome. Only time I will not mind being corrected.
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DarkShaddyGirl18 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who wouldn't wanna be a kick-butt ninja instead of a cheerleader?
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CuddlyHawk Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Dang, this pic is really powerful! I like it! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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SyIzumakai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. I love it when people see her as a strong character. Thank you!
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PandDoodle Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
awww adorable
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go protect him april! you can do it!!
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Bluedramon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind April being in some kind of trouble she needs saving from. Having her put in a situation that she may be too afraid to fight back in (if the danger is great enough) helps it be realistic. But it has to be done well, and it can't be the norm. April in both the 2003 and the new show aren't pushovers, and are capable of defending themselves.

As for the picture, I do agree April would fight back against the Shredder if she is pushed enough into it (in this case, him hurting a friend of hers). I imagine she is afraid the entire time, but that is how courage works. Being brave doesn't mean not being afraid. Being brave means doing what you think is right despite being afraid. And April taking on Shredder despite knowing the odds are stacked against her definitely counts as courage.
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QueenAnime21 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with everything you said here, your right it's highly annoying!! I love the picture too btw :heart:
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