When Nickelodeon first announced that John Cena would be voicing a new villain named Baron Draxum in the upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, there weren’t any specific details. Today, Nick has revealed not only more about Draxum’s backstory but also an early look at the character design.

An alchemist warrior mutant from the Hidden City, Baron Draxum is the self-proclaimed protector of all mutant-kind. Using ooze, he plans to mutate all of humanity with his insect-like creatures called Oozesquitoes.  Cena’s recurring character will debut in the premiere episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bowing later this year on Nickelodeon.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, so getting the opportunity to voice a character, especially the villain Baron Draxum, is truly special,” said Cena.

As we saw at the Playmates showroom at Toy Fair, Draxum won’t be the only new adversary to face the green machine. Nickelodeon will likely be releasing more information about the new villains like Meat Sweats as we get closer to the release date.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City.  The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series.

Viewers can visit the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page on Nick.com for more information and follow @TMNT for Turtle Power updates.


  1. Dear Nickelodeon,. If you want to make April O’Neil black, that’s fine.

    But at least make her over 18, with a huge rack, and wearing a skin tight yellow jumpsuit.

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