Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

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Shredder
TMNTShredderComic.jpg
Shredder in the first TMNT comic.
Publication information
PublisherMirage Studios[1]
First appearanceEastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
(May 1984)
Created byKevin Eastman
Peter Laird
In-story information
Alter egoOroku Saki/Ch'rell
Karai (season 4 of 2003 tv series)
Eric Sachs (2014 film)
Team affiliationsFoot Clan
AbilitiesHighly-skilled master of ninjutsu
Peak physical condition
Master of stealth
Genius-level intellect
Master strategist
 
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Shredder
TMNTShredderComic.jpg
Shredder in the first TMNT comic.
Publication information
PublisherMirage Studios[1]
First appearanceEastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
(May 1984)
Created byKevin Eastman
Peter Laird
In-story information
Alter egoOroku Saki/Ch'rell
Karai (season 4 of 2003 tv series)
Eric Sachs (2014 film)
Team affiliationsFoot Clan
AbilitiesHighly-skilled master of ninjutsu
Peak physical condition
Master of stealth
Genius-level intellect
Master strategist

Shredder (Oroku Saki) is a fictional character and primary antagonist of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all related media.[1] At one point or another in every incarnation of the TMNT stories, he has been the archenemy of Splinter and the Turtles. He is also known as the leader of the New York City branch of the Foot Clan.

Appearance[edit]

Shredder's physical appearance remains fairly consistent in all incarnations of the character. Saki is a muscular Japanese man, most frequently seen in the "Shredder" persona, wearing a suit of armor vaguely based on that of a samurai, sometimes with a cape. The armor consists of blade-covered metal plaques on his shoulders, forearms, hands (sometimes just his left hand, because he is left-handed), and shins; he wears a purple, gray, blue, or red robe that variously appears to be simple fabric or a form of chain mail. He also wears a metal helmet with a trident-shaped ornament on top, and a metal mask that covers his face, leaving only his eyes visible. In later incarnations he sometimes wears a metal silver (Utrom Shredder), black (Cyber Shredder/Demon Shredder), red (Tengu) or blue (/2003/2007 action figure/Tengu) suit of armor.

Kevin Eastman got the idea for Shredder's armor from large trapezoidal cheese graters which he envisioned on a villainous character's (originally named "The Grater" or "Grate Man") arms. He then said, "Could you imagine a character with weapons on his arms like this?"[2]

Mirage-Image[edit]

Oroku Saki[edit]

In the original comic books by Mirage Comics, Oroku Saki is the younger brother of Oroku Nagi. Nagi competed with Hamato Yoshi (the owner of Splinter, the Turtles' mentor) for the love of a woman named Tang Shen. Shen loved only Yoshi, and a feud erupted between Yoshi and Nagi, which led to Yoshi killing Nagi and fleeing from Japan to New York City with Shen.

The younger Saki joined the Foot Clan and trained to be a ninja. Over time, he rose in the ranks of the foot Clan and was eventually put in charge of the Clan’s American branch. Under Saki's leadership, The Foot participated in variety of criminal activities, including drug smuggling, arms running, and assassination. This also allowed him to finally move to New York to avenge his brother’s death by killing Yoshi and Shen; however, Yoshi’s pet rat Splinter escaped and later mutated into an anthropomorphic form, and spent years training the four Ninja Turtles to avenge Yoshi and Shen.

When Splinter felt the Turtles were ready, he asked them to challenge and kill Oroku Saki. This first fight took place at night on a rooftop in New York City. They defeated him and allowed him to commit seppuku, but Shredder refused and detonated a thermite grenade, in an attempt to take them with him to his death. However, in the last second Donatello used his bo staff to knock Shredder off the building to his death.

However, he was later recreated through a unique Foot Clan cloning technique utilizing worms, and was finally finished off by Leonardo by decapitation. Then the Turtles burn the corpse to make sure Shredder never returns. With Shredder gone, chaos erupted in New York City among the leaderless Foot Clan. The leader of the Foot in Japan Karai came to New York and established a shaky truce with the Turtles to re-establish peace.

In issues 3 and 4 of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2, it is shown that a few weeks after Leonardo defeated Shredder, he was resurrected once again by a Foot mystic; however, the mystic did not resurrect Shredder himself but the clone worms. The worms then went out to find a new body and chose that of a shark. The monster then attacked the Turtles, who defeated it and (seemingly) ended the Shredder legacy once and for all. The monster returned in issue #33, however, and had the Foot kidnap Casey's adopted daughter Shadow to lure the Turtles into a trap. With the Turtles away, it was up to Casey and Splinter to defeat it and rescue Shadow.

Although Shredder is often depicted as the main antagonist in the Ninja Turtles franchise, it was never the creators' intention to be the case in his original inception in the Mirage Comics.

In truth, though many TMNT fans who became fans via the first animated series see Shredder as a REALLY important part of an ongoing, long-running battle with the Turtles, I don't think Kevin or I ever did. Yes, he was an important part of their history, and they probably would not have come into existence without his involvement in their world (or more accurately Splinter's world)... but that's about it. Other than bringing Shredder back for "Return to New York" (and the few issues preceding that set that arc up), I never missed him in any of the other TMNT books I worked on.

- Peter Laird[3]

This holds true when the original Mirage version of Shredder makes an appearance in Turtles Forever voiced by David Wills as he is easily defeated by the Turtles, in a reference to the fact that Shredder plays a relatively minor role in the Mirage Comics universe compared to his other counterparts.

The female ninja Pimiko[4] claims to be Shredder's daughter.[5]

Other Shredders[edit]

Throughout a considerable part of the Image comic series, Raphael tries to impersonate Shredder by wearing his armor. Following this, he is accepted as the leader of the Foot Clan. In later issues of the series, a mysterious Lady Shredder appears to challenge Raphael. Although the book was canceled before her identity could be revealed, writer Gary Carlson confirmed after the fact that she was meant to be Karai.[citation needed]

In Volume Four issues of the current series, Leonardo encounters Oroku Yoshi, a Battle Nexus contestant wearing armor almost identical to that of the second animated series' Shredder. His connection to Oroku Saki and the Foot is not known.

1987 animated series[edit]

Shredder in the 1987 animated series

In the 1987 animated series, Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi were both members of the Foot Clan in Japan. After Saki framed him for the attempted murder of one of the Clan’s sensei, Yoshi was forced to exile himself to New York City, where he lived in the sewers with four pet turtles that were accidentally dropped down a storm drain.

Shredder was voiced by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star James Avery for seasons one to seven and William E. Martin for seasons eight and ten, with the alternates being Dorian Harewood in 1989, Jim Cummings in 1991-1993 and Townsend Coleman in 1993. In the 2009 crossover movie Turtles Forever, this incarnation of the Shredder was voiced by Load Williams.

In the following years, Saki took leadership of the Foot Clan, and took on his Shredder persona. He also met a trans-dimensional alien called Krang, and used the advanced technology at his disposal to replace the Foot Ninja with robots called the Foot Soldiers. He secretly moved to New York, where he found Yoshi still alive. In an attempt to kill his old foe, Shredder dumped mutagen in the sewers. This mutates Yoshi into Splinter, and he starts training the also mutated Turtles in ninjitsu.

Depiction[edit]

In his early appearances, Shredder was presented as extremely cunning and was described by Splinter himself as the most dangerous adversary he ever faced. Shredder's intelligence persevered throughout his various portrayals, and in several instances it is claimed that Shredder has an IQ of 300. As the 1987 cartoon series was more light-hearted than the comics, Shredder was later depicted as an evil but incompetent villain rather than the dire and lethal ninja he was originally shown to be. He and Krang are constantly bickering about tactics and often take pleasure in the other's failings (and sometimes intentionally sabotage each other). His two henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady are especially incompetent and fail miserably at everything they do. They were mostly used for comic relief in the show; however, the Turtles certainly consider them to be formidable (despite their inane stupidity) in combat due to their great strength and endurance, and as such, often use their intelligence to outwit them.

Despite Shredder's failings, he is still shown to have considerable skills. In martial arts, he is often shown to surpass the Turtles and to be equaled only by Splinter. Nevertheless, he usually runs away from a fight when outnumbered, incapacitating the Turtles to defeat them in combat; as the series progressed, however, the Turtles were able to battle him on more equal grounds and even defeat him in combat on several occasions. He trained the Punk Frogs in a very short period of time to be a match for the Turtles, but the Punk Frogs soon switch sides. His technical skills are also quite impressive: he designed and built a robotic body for Krang, prepared the mutagen mixture, knew how Krang's teleportation engine worked, and built numerous other advanced devices. Ironically in one episode "Shredderville" the Turtles dream they find themselves in a mirror universe where the TMNT never existed and Shredder rules New York City, yet finds the task of ruling so burdensome that he has a nervous breakdown.

From season eight onwards, Shredder was depicted as a more serious threat, full of anger and bloodlust, though he was still easily defeated by the Turtles. His friendship with Krang also appeared to have grown. There were many times that Shredder could have just left Krang at the mercy of the Turtles or Lord Dregg, but he always rescued him, and went as far as to donate his life energy to save him.

Family[edit]

Shredder's family is presented in three episodes. In the episode "Shredder's Mom",[6] Shredder's mother Miyoko helps Shredder and Krang in an attempt to destroy the world's climate. In this episode, Miyoko first learns of her son's criminal activities, and proves herself to be as villainous. However, she constantly treats Shredder like a baby, until he gets fed up with it and transports her back to her retirement home.

In the episode "My Brother, the Bad Guy",[7] it is revealed that Oroku Saki has a younger brother, Kazuo who works as a police lieutenant in Tokyo. Kazuo and the Turtles try to join forces to stop one of Shredder's plans, but his fervent respect of the law clashes with the Turtles' "whatever it takes" attitude.

Finally, the episode "The Legend of Koji"[8] features Saki's distant ancestor Oroku Sancho, who lived in Japan in 1583. He is the leader of a small clan, and every bit as wicked as his descendant. When Shredder offers to help him find magical relics that would provide him with power and wealth, Sancho takes Shredder's information, then betrays him and orders his men to kill him. However, Sancho is also a coward, and when he breaks down in the face of danger, his men abandon him.

This family tree leads to a bit of confusion regarding whether Shredder's given name is Oroku and his last name Saki (as indicated by the fact his brother shares the name Saki), or the other way around (as indicated by the fact his ancestor's name is Oroku). This question is never resolved on the show, although Mirage comics adds more evidence for Oroku being the family name; Saki's brother is "Oroku Nagi". This follows Japanese naming conventions, which place the family name before an individual's given name.

Timeline[edit]

Counting from the first meeting with the Turtles, Shredder spent eight seasons plotting ways to defeat them. In the season 8 episode "Turtle Trek",[9] the Turtles destroy the engines of the Technodrome, trapping it and its inhabitants in Dimension X for good and putting an end to Shredder's plans. He spent the next two seasons in Dimension X, until he was contacted by Dregg ("The Power of Three").[10] Dregg arranged for him and Krang to come back to Earth, to help him fight the Turtles. Together, they capture the Turtles, but Dregg then betrays them and tries to drain the life energy of the Turtles, Krang, and Shredder all at once, making them weaker while Dregg becomes stronger. Shredder alone escapes the trap and restores Krang ("A Turtle in Time"),[11] but Dregg captures them again. Finally, the Turtles spoil Dregg's plan and transport Shredder and Krang back to Dimension X ("Turtles to the Second Power").[12] In the series finale "Divide and Conquer",[13] the Turtles return to the Technodrome in Dimension X to take Krang's android body, which they need to fight Dregg. Shredder is nowhere to be seen, but it is assumed that he is still somewhere in Dimension X.

He and Krang also appear in Turtles Forever, with the Technodrome still under New York City before being sent into the 2003 universe. However, Shredder and Krang's incompetence (as well as their relative sanity) is fully shown when the Utrom Shredder of the 2003 universe seizes command of the Technodrome and adds Utrom technology to the powerful war machine, and turns it against the world. In the climax, Shredder temporarily overcomes his hatred for the Turtles as both he and Krang decide to help the Turtles defeat the Utrom Shredder who they realise is totally insane, will kill everyone and has effectively stolen the Technodrome from them. Shredder also takes extreme offense at being considered inferior by his other dimensional counterpart, doesn't see the point of destroying the entire universe and doesn't understand why the Utrom Shredder won't just kill the Turtles when he had the chance. So, with Krang, he chooses to fight alongside the Turtles against their common foe.

Archie comics[edit]

The Archie Comics' series use the same background as the 1987 cartoon, as the first issues are identical. Later in the Archie comics, Shredder travels to the future and works with Armaggon and Verminator X to offset the skill and experience of the future versions of the Turtles.

This version of the character was more in line with the early episodes' depiction of the character as a cunning adversary and in many issues nearly proves to be a lethal enemy, coming close to defeating the turtles on a number of occasions, and even aids Armaggon and Verminator X in the defeat and capture of two of the turtles in the future. His final fate within the Archie comics series remains unknown, though a three-part mini-series put out by Archie comics after the end of their regular comic series seems to indicate he remains a consistent foe to the turtles for many years, briefly restoring Splinter to the form of Hamato Yoshi and also undoing Michaelangelo's mutation, though both later revert to mutant status by the end of the story. While Shredder was left in a vegetated state in the aftermath of his final battle with the Turtles.

Movies[edit]

Shredder was played by James Saito in the first movie and by François Chau in the second, while his immense Super Shredder form was played by Kevin Nash, a professional wrestler.[14] In all cases, the character was voice-acted by David McCharen. Shredder's costume was, in the first movie, originally the same as in the original comic, with a red color. However this was changed in the sequel to a violet color reflecting the more cartoonish nature of the second film. In both movies he also had a black cape.

In the Japanese versions, Shredder is voiced by Norio Wakamoto (1st movie in VHS version), Hidekatsu Shibata (1st movie in TV version), and Takeshi Watabe (2nd movie).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles[edit]

Shredder in the first movie

In the first movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi (Oroku Nagi is not mentioned) lived in Japan and both loved a woman named Tang Shen, but Tang Shen only loved Yoshi. Rather than fight Saki honorably, Yoshi followed Shen's plan to leave for the United States. Saki followed them to New York City, where he first murdered Tang Shen alone in her home, then ambushed Yoshi when he returned, tired from construction work. Yoshi’s pet rat Splinter escaped during the fight, clawing Saki's face before doing so. In return, Saki took a swipe at Splinter's ear with his katana, slicing a small part of it off. After this incident, it's said that Saki is never heard from again. The comic book adaptation of the film retains the original story behind the creation of Shredder, with Nagi being slain and Saki coming to America to seek vengeance.

Saki essentially becomes a Fagin-esque crime figure. A brutal and Machiavellian leader of a ring of child thieves, he manipulates and recruits troubled teens and teaches them ninjutsu to turn them into a group of skilled thieves and assassins called the Foot Clan. As their leader, Saki took on the persona of "The Shredder", and became a fearless "benevolent" cult leader, with the aid of his second-in-command, Tatsu. He rewards the teens with a hideout that includes a skateboard park, cigarettes, junk food, music, pizzas, soft drinks, guitars, comics, TV sets and arcade games. However, he has no real regard for children that do his bidding. Shredder orders the Foot to "silence" April O'Neil, who was getting too much information of the Foot public. Due to the Turtles' interference with this, Shredder kidnapped Splinter and imprisoned him in his warehouse hideout. Shredder tortures him regularly to get information about the Turtles and their techniques.

Eventually, a furious Shredder decided to stop the Turtles himself, which led to a rooftop battle. During the battle, Shredder defeated all of the Turtles with his superior abilities and readies to kill Leonardo. Splinter, freed by Danny Pennington and Casey Jones, intervenes and reveals that he knew exactly who Shredder was, and that his master was Hamato Yoshi. The villain unmasks himself to reveal the scarring, which confirms his real name was Oroku Saki. Shredder then charges towards Splinter, but the ninja master vaults him over the edge of the building with Michelangelo's nunchaku causing him to fall and landing in a parked garbage truck far below. Casey Jones then activates the crushing mechanism; the viewers are then shown a closeup of the Shredder's helmet being crushed.

TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze[edit]

In the second movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, the Turtles believe that since Casey had crushed him in the garbage truck, the Shredder was dead. It is soon revealed that Shredder had survived the crushing and revitalized his Foot Clan to get vengeance on the Turtles. After finding the Foot "fallback" headquarters (a junkyard), he orders Tatsu to obtain a sample of the TGRI mutagen that mutated the Turtles, as well as kidnap researcher Jordan Perry. He also arranges to have Foot spies working for April O'Neil to keep watch on her and ensure she stays in line with his plans. Using the mutagen and Perry's research, Shredder creates his own mutants, Tokka and Rahzar, from a snapping turtle and a brown wolf respectively. Though initially enraged at their infant-like intelligence, he soon plays it to his advantage by manipulating the mutants into seeing him as a parent-type figure. After a failed attempt to kill the Turtles in the junkyard using a captured Raphael, Shredder unleashed Tokka and Rahzar onto a city street to "have fun" and destroy it. The Foot spies then gave April a message for the Turtles: that Shredder would turn the mutants loose on Central Park if they did not accede to a rematch on the waterfront. After the Turtles de-mutated the two mutants (with help from Perry) and Tatsu in a nightclub, Shredder appeared and threatens to mutate an innocent woman with a small reserve mutagen vial (the canister was knocked away by the Turtles' new human ally, Keno while he was telling the Turtles to mutant more animals). Before he can mutate her, he is stopped when the Turtles play a keytar at full volume, sending the villain flying through a window from the force of a blown speaker. When the Turtles follow him outside on a pier, they discover that Shredder has exposed himself to the mutagen vial. Shredder is transformed into a massive "Super Shredder," an almost mindless giant-mutant being with immense superhuman strength. During his fight with the Turtles, Super Shredder knocked down the pier's pilings in a mindless rage, which then collapses onto him with the Turtles falling into the water below. Though the Turtles survive, Shredder meets his demise from getting crushed by the pieces of the pier.

Later films[edit]

Shredder does not return in later films. He does make an appearance in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. This Shredder wore a general attire similar to the one he wore in the second film, but with a heavily altered helmet/mask due to the lesser budget for the TV series as compared to the movies, which had allowed for more detailed props and costume pieces. Shredder appeared only a few times in the show, due to the primary villain of the series being a draconic being from another dimension and thus supplanted Shredder as the Turtles' nemesis.

Shredder did not appear in the third film but is shown briefly at the beginning of the fourth film to help give the backstory of the Turtles, and his helmet is visible at the end of the movie. The possibility of his return is also strongly hinted at in the end of the film, especially by Karai, however the established story line has been abandoned in favor of a reboot.

It was revealed that William Fichtner is portraying Shredder in Jonathan Liebesman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and will go by the name Eric Sachs instead of Oroku Saki.[15][16] This marks the first time Shredder will be Caucasian instead of Japanese. In a leaked version of an earlier script, a Col. Schrader appeared. He was a military leader of "The Foot", a Black-ops unit and was revealed later on to be a yellow-skinned, red-eyed alien with the ability to sprout spikes.[17] This idea may have been dropped after Evan Daugherty was hired to rewrite the script in early 2013.[18] It is however unknown how much, if any, of the "Colonel Schrader" concept made it into the shooting script.

Manga and anime[edit]

In the Japanese anime adaptation Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen, the backstory from the original cartoon was preserved. Unlike the rest of the main cast, Shredder's appearance was changed to match the Supermutants Shredder toy that was being sold at that time. The manga explained this by saying his original outfit was destroyed in a battle with the Turtles and Krang created the new armor for him. Shredder also gains the ability to transform into the dragon Devil Shredder using the Mutanite crystals he stole from the Neutrinos. With the energy from the evil sprite Dark Mu, he was later able to transform into the gigantic Dark Devil Shredder. In the second volume of the anime he gets his Tiger Spirit Metal Mutant armor. He was voiced by Kiyoyuki Yanada.

The Next Mutation[edit]

In The Next Mutation, Shredder is still the Turtles' sworn enemy. This time however, Venus uses her powers to make the Oroku Saki from within take control of Shredder's mind. After the Foot Clan disbands, he ends up living on the streets. Later, the Dragon Lord's rank warriors attack him to get a medallion that was in his possession. Splinter saves him and takes him to the Turtles' lair to protect him. It was hinted that Shredder might possibly go back to his old ways, but the show was canceled soon after that episode.

2003 animated series[edit]

In the 2003 animated series, the "Shredder" title is used for four separate villains:

Utrom Shredder[edit]

Ch'rell as the Utrom Shredder.
Ch'rell as "Oroku Saki".

The Utrom Shredder is the central antagonist of the series and the most recurring villain. He was the main Shredder; he has the most history with the Turtles and Splinter. He is called the Utrom Shredder as he is not truly human, but an Utrom named Ch'rell who uses an Utrom exo-suit (a humanoid vessel). He is voiced by Scottie Ray.

Ch'rell is a dangerous enemy of the Utroms; as it would happen, he was being transported as their prisoner but escaped and sabotaged their spacecraft. The Utrom crash-landed on Earth during the Sengoku period of feudal Japanese history, forced into hiding using their exo-suits. Ch'rell confiscated one such suit and used the legend of the demon Shredder to craft a dual identity, becoming Oroku Saki and the new Shredder. He also founded the Foot Clan, which grew into a massive underground criminal empire by the 20th century. In the late 20th century, he discovers an abandoned girl named Karai, whom he adopted and trained. Outside of the Utroms, she is the only one initially to know the truth about him. Despite not being the demonic version of the Shredder, Ch'rell is shown to have contacts with the mystical world, visible by the fact that some of his minions are supernatural beings. Throughout it all, Shredder hunts for the Utroms to exact his revenge and prevent them from re-capturing him.

While in New York City to establish a branch of the clan there, Shredder locates Hamato Yoshi, one of the Utroms' foremost guardians, and kills him after failing to force their location from him. During the struggle, Yoshi's pet rat, Splinter, escapes and winds up in the city's sewers where he and four baby turtles are accidentally exposed to mutagenic ooze created by the Utroms and consequently mutate into sentient humanoid forms.

Fifteen years later, the Turtles begin encountering the Foot Clan and unknowingly foil several of Shredder's plans. Shredder reveals himself to the Turtles and (after failing to make them ally with him) becomes their bitter enemy. He loses his first major battle against them and Splinter, but he later deals them a crushing defeat, in which Leonardo is severely beaten, April O'Neil's antique shop is burned to the ground and everyone is presumed dead. After recovering out of town, Leonardo leads his brothers and Splinter in an attack on Foot headquarters, culminating in Shredder's beheading. Not knowing his Utrom nature, the Turtles think him dead.

However, Ch'rell survived, but was gravely injured. As his body was healed, Karai assumed leadership of the Foot Clan, ending an ensuing war for control of New York City and supposedly making peace with the Turtles. But when Ch'rell returned, he vowed to destroy the Turtles by any means necessary. After the Turtles help repel a Triceraton invasion, New York City is heavily damaged. Oroku Saki steps forward to help rebuild, spending millions as a cover to retrieve Triceraton technology that was left behind. He has a spacecraft constructed, so that he may leave before the Utroms return for him. It is completed, but his plan suffers complications courtesy of the Turtles, their allies and Agent Bishop. The ship is launched, but the Turtles and Splinter sneak aboard. In a more powerful exo-suit, he easily defeats them. The Turtles and Splinter self-destruct the ship to stop the Shredder, but the timely arrival of the Utroms saves all their lives. On the Utrom homeworld, Ch'rell is placed on trial, found guilty and sentenced to eternal exile on an icy asteroid.

Karai[edit]

Karai follows in her adoptive father's footsteps as the Shredder

In the 2003 animated series, Karai (voiced by Karen Neil) is the adopted daughter of Oroku Saki (Ch'rell) who takes the mantle after her father's defeat. After Ch'rell is exiled, Karai vows revenge against the Turtles. She eventually becomes a female Shredder. However, she doffs the mantle after the Tengu Shredder returns, beginning a non-hostile relationship with the Turtles.

Tengu Shredder[edit]

The Tengu Shredder was the original Shredder and a demon from ancient Japan. He possessed a human named Oroku Saki, and was eventually defeated and sealed away in a casket. He escapes in the modern day and is defeated by the Turtles and their allies. The Tengu Shredder is also voiced by Scottie Ray.

In Japan circa 300 AD, a powerful demon threatens the people. In an attempt to stop him, the Emperor of Japan recruits powerful warriors: the Five Dragons, who clad themselves in armor enchanted by dragon spirits. The demon appeared to be defeated by one of the dragons, Oroku Saki. However, before the final blow was delivered, the demon contacted Saki on a mental plane and offered him great power. Saki agreed, allowing the demon's soul to inhabit his body. Reborn as the Tengu Shredder, Saki seized control of the land. The four remaining Dragons (the Ninja Tribunal) trained and acquired more power to defeat their former friend, which they were eventually able to do. They sealed away his body in a casket and hid it away, as well as his separated helmet and gauntlet. The Ninja Tribunal began a seemingly eternal watch to make sure the three artifacts would never be reunited, as doing so would revive the Tengu Shredder. The Tengu Shredder was not forgotten by followers, the Heralds, who had long since sought to restore their master, but were impeded by being under the control of the Utrom Shredder and then Karai. However, they successfully managed to manipulate the Turtles and Agent Bishop into setting them free, allowing them to proceed with resurrecting their master. The Ninja Tribunal recruited the Turtles and four human fighters as their Acolytes to retrieve the artifacts first. Unfortunately, the Heralds were ultimately successful and the Tengu Shredder returned.

After battling the Turtles and severely injuring Karai, the Tengu Shredder remakes New York City into a demon wasteland. The Turtles recruit Karai, the Justice Force, Bishop and the Purple Dragons to fight back. Karai is able to drain the demon's power via a mystic link, while the Turtles (using their dragon avatars) battle him. They destroy his helmet and gauntlet before summoning the spirit of Hamato Yoshi to deliver the final blow the Tengu Shredder transformed into poison. The first episode of Back to the Sewer, the final season of the 2003 series, indicated that the Tengu Shredder would have eventually returned, and the events of his return would have likely been detailed in the following season of Back to the Sewer had it not been cancelled.

Cyber Shredder[edit]

Cyber Shredder was originally confined to cyberspace until he becomes a physical being. He was essentially a backup of the mind of the Utrom Shredder, but with a radically redesigned version of the Shredder's humanoid exoskeleton suit and armor. The Cyber Shredder is also voiced by Scottie Ray.

As the Turtles and Splinter attempt to return from the future, an evil virus named Viral takes over android Serling to exact revenge. While in the future, they encounter the Cyber Shredder, who is at war with his counterparts. The heroes soon return to the present (though Splinter is dispersed), but a weakened Viral unknowingly escaped into cyberspace and plotted to continue her revenge Trapped in cyberspace, she finds a Foot data vault. She tries to hack it, but is absorbed instead, giving rise to the Cyber Shredder.

It is revealed that the Cyber Shredder is an engram of Ch'rell, who created and stored it in a vault should anything happen to his physical form. The Cyber Shredder sought to escape cyberspace and enter the real world by any means necessary. He ultimately succeeded and sought to take over New York, but was stopped by the Turtles and Casey. Seemingly destroyed, the Cyber Shredder returned and attacked the wedding of Casey and April. Along with their many allies, the Turtles and a restored Splinter fought back and defeated the Cyber Shredder permanently.

His outfit is very different and he is more powerful in cyberspace then he is in the real world. Cyber Shredder's right-hand man is not Hun, but a man named Khan who helps lead an army of Foot Ninja.

Even though Cyber Shredder is a clone of the Utrom Shredder, he was cloned before Ch'rell was exiled and consequently does not know that he is imprisoned in the ice asteroid.

Like Ch'rell and the Tengu Shredder, Cyber Shredder is seen in the premiere episode of Back to the Sewer, and would have returned in the following season of Back to the Sewer had the series not been cancelled. The Cyber Shredder was shown in combat with Ch'rell and the Tengu Shredder in the premiere episode, and his very existence confused the turtles at that point as they had yet to encounter him due to the fact that Viral had not yet been absorbed by the character. By contrast, the Cyber Shredder was well aware of them, as the events depicted appear to have been intended to take place sometime in what would have been the second season of Back to the Sewer, effectively a few months to a year or so into what would have been the turtles' future.

2012 animated series[edit]

Shredder appears in the 2012 animated series voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, who previously voiced General Augila in the 2007 film, TMNT. His origin as Oroku Saki is mostly intact. He was once friends with Hamato Yoshi before the love of Tang Shen came between them. Their rivalry festered and eventually Oroku destroyed everything Hamato held dear.

He is shown to be the leader of the Foot Clan, with his two top lieutenants the martial artist Chris Bradford and the street thug Xever. He travels to New York when he learns that Hamato Yoshi is training his own ninjas, determined to finally end his age-old rival's life. His first confrontation with the turtles was shown in episode 9 of the first season, "The Gauntlet," and victory was seemingly in his grasp before he was distracted by Bradford and Xever mutating into Dogpound and Fishface. Although Shredder planned to kill Baxter Stockman for interfering with his plans to kill the Ninja Turtles, but changes his mind by commenting on how Baxter Stockman's scientific knowledge could be useful to him. He has a pet akita named Hachiko (named after the akita of the same name) who played a part in Chris Bradford's mutation into Dogpound after Hachiko bit him.

Shredder is also Karai's father, as seen in "New Girl in Town." However, in the first season finale, "Showdown", during Shredder's battle with Splinter, he reveals that in the aftermath of the fight that caused Tang Shen's death, he took Splinter's daughter, Miwa, and raised her as Karai. He has told her that it was Splinter who killed her mother, as she has sworn revenge ever since.

In "The Alien Agenda", Shredder didn't believe in the Kraang until Karai brought him the robot body of one of the Kraangs. As Baxter Stockman gets to work on studying the technology, Shredder assigns Karai to learn more about the Kraang so that he can use whatever information is gathered about them in his war against the Turtles.

In "Karai's Vendetta," Shredder interrogates a captured Kraang (even when Karai informs them on how they work their exo-skeletons) on why they have been hunting the Turtles and learns that they are protecting April O'Neil. Shredder ends up sending Karai to capture April in order to draw the Turtles to him.

Video games[edit]

As the original TMNT video games are mostly based on the 1987 cartoon, Shredder is often based on his first cartoon incarnation. He always executes some plan to provoke the Turtles into retaliating and defeat them; these include kidnapping April O’Neil and stealing the Statue of Liberty. Shredder is usually the last boss in the games.

Shredder in the SNES version of Tournament Fighters

After a 10-year hiatus, a new series of TMNT games was initiated. These new games are based on the 2003 cartoon series, and likewise, Shredder in the games is the same as in the cartoon.

Reception[edit]

In 2009, Shredder was ranked as IGN's 39th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greenberg, Harvey R. (15 April 1990). "Just How Powerful Are Those Turtles?". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  2. ^ The Making of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': Behind the Shells. 1991.
  3. ^ Laird], [Kevin Eastman, Peter (2012). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 2. San Diego, Calif.: IDW. p. 227. ISBN 161377088X. 
  4. ^ Pimiko (comic book character)
  5. ^ Image Comics' TMNT "Volume 3" #5
  6. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 70!
  7. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 108!
  8. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 159!
  9. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 178!
  10. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 189!
  11. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 190!
  12. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 191!
  13. ^ TMNT Cartoon Episode 194!
  14. ^ Kevin Nash (I)
  15. ^ "'Crossing Lines': William Fichtner Reveals 'Sons Of Anarchy' Star Joining Show". Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved June 22, 2013. "What are you doing in "Ninja Turtles"? I play Shredder. It is cool. It's one of those things that came along where I thought, "Really? Let me think about this for a minute." [Laughs] Then I was like, "Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey." I'm very glad that it worked out, I'm really glad that I'm doing it." 
  16. ^ "'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': William Fichtner's Shredder is an entirely new character". Zap2it. Retrieved July 2, 2013. "Actually, I play a guy named Erik Sacks in the film," Fichtner tells Zap2it. "And Erik Sacks goes though ... a few changes ... let's just put it that way." 
  17. ^ http://boingboing.net/2012/08/29/leaked-ninja-turtles-script.html
  18. ^ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Release Pushed To June 6, 2014 Retrieved July 2, 2013
  19. ^ IGN: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up Screenshots (Wii) 2966717
  20. ^ Shredder is number 39, IGN.

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