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Shredder in the first TMNT comic.
Publication information
Publisher Mirage Studios
First appearance Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
(May, 1984)
Created by Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird
In-story information
Alter ego Oroku Saki
Team affiliations Foot Clan
Abilities Skilled master of Ninjutsu, excellent physical abilities
experienced hand-to-hand combat and intellect

Shredder (also known by his alias, Oroku Saki) is a fictional character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. 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 Foot Clan.

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, with a cape. The armor consists of blade-covered metal plaques on his shoulders, forearms, hands (sometimes just his left hand, as 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. Sometimes he wears a metal silver (Utrom Shredder), black (Cyber Shredder), or blue (2007 action figure) suit of armor. 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. He sometimes wears a purple or silver cape. 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?"[1]

In 2009, Shredder was ranked as IGN's 39th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[2]




Oroku Saki

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. This 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 scarred Saki's face, later mutated into an anthropomorphic form, and spent years training the four Ninja Turtles to avenge Yoshi.

When Splinter felt the Turtles were ready, he ordered them to reveal themselves to Oroku Saki, and challenge him to a fight. 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 grenade, in an attempt to take them with him to his death. However, in the last second Donatello used his bo staff to knock the 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. 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 Eastman and Laird's Tales of the TMNT, 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.

The original Mirage version of the Shredder also makes an appearance in Turtles Forever, voiced by David Wills. However, he is easily defeated by the Turtles. This is a reference to the fact that Shredder plays a relatively minor role in the Mirage Comics universe compared to his other counterparts.[citation needed]

Other Shredders

Throughout a considerable part of the Image comic series, Raphael tries to impersonate Shredder by wearing his armor. He tries to make a peace pact with the Foot Clan, but ultimately fails. 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 4 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/or the Foot is, as yet, unknown.

1987 animated series


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 the drain. Shredder was voiced by Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star James Avery for seasons 1 to 7; William E. Martin for seasons 8 and 10, and the alternates being Dorian Harewood in 1989, Jim Cummings in 1991, and Townsend Coleman in 1993. In the 2009 crossover movie, Turtles Forever, he 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.


In his early appearances, Shredder was presented as extremely cunning and was described by Splinter himself as the most dangerous adversary he ever faced. 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 arguing about tactics and take pleasure in the other's failings (and often intentionally sabotage each other). His two henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady are incompetent and fail miserably at everything they do; they are mostly used for comic relief in the show; however, the Turtles certainly consider them to be formidable (despite their 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. However, he also frequently states (especially in the earlier episodes) a desire to defeat Splinter by "his own hand" and not wanting to use someone else to slay him.

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.


Shredder's family is presented in three episodes. In the episode "Shredder's Mom" [3], 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. But 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" [4], it is revealed that Oroku Saki has a younger brother Kazuo Saki, 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" [5] 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 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".


Counting from the first meeting between the Turtles and Shredder, Shredder spent eight seasons plotting ways to defeat the Turtles. In the season 8 episode "Turtle Trek",[6] 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").[7] 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") [8], 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").[9] In the series finale "Divide and Conquer",[10] 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 is fully shown when the evil Shredder of the 2003 universe seizes command of the Technodrome and makes it a true war machine.

Archie comics

The Archie Comics use the same background as the 1987 cartoon, as the first issues are identical. Later in the Archie comics, Shredder of the present time travels to the future and work with Armaggon and Verminator X.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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. His trademark helmet and mask is presumably worn to hide the scarring he suffered from Splinter's attack, and to impose fear to his followers.

Saki then proceeded to manipulate and recruit troubled teens, and teach 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 Shredder, and became a fearless "benevolent" cult leader, with the aid of his second-in-command, Tatsu. The Shredder ordered the Foot to "silence" April O'Neil, whom was getting too much information of the Foot public. Due to the Turtles' interference with this, Shredder kidnapped Splinter and imprisoned in his warehouse hideout. Shredder attacked 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. Master Splinter, freed by one of the Foot kids, intervened, and revealed that he knew who exactly Shredder was, and that his master was Hamato Yoshi. Shredder takes off his mask to reveal the scarring, which confirms his real name was Oroku Saki. Shredder charged towards Splinter, but Splinter vaulted him over the edge of the building and the Shredder fell off the roof, landing in a garbage truck. Casey Jones then pulled a lever, activating the crushing mechanism; the on-screen footage shows the Shredder's helmet being crushed.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

In the second movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, the Shredder was revealed to have survived 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, the 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, the Shredder unleashed Tokka and Rahzar onto the city to "have fun" and destroy it. The Foot spies then gave April a message for the Turtles: that the 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 and defeated the Foot and Tatsu in a nightclub, the Shredder appears and threatens to mutate innocent civilians with a mutagen vial, but is ambushed when the Turtles play a keytar at full volume, sending the villain flying from the force of a blown speaker. When the Turtles follow him outside, they discover that the Shredder has exposed himself to the mutagen vial. The lean-built villain is transformed into a massive "Super Shredder," an almost mindless superhuman being with immense superhuman strength. During his fight with the Turtles, the Super Shredder knocked down the pilings of a pier in an almost mindless rage, which then collapses onto him and the Turtles. Though the Turtles survive, this presumably kills the Shredder as he has trouble breaking through the pier atop him.

Later films

The Shredder does not return in later films. He does return in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, which is based in part on at least the first two feature films, and is returned to normal size, thought exactly how this is achieved was never explained. This Shredder wore the same general attire as he did 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, as the primary villain of the series was a draconic being from another dimension and thus supplanted Shredder as the Turtles' nemesis.

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 very large professional wrestler.[11] In all cases, the character was voice-acted by David McCharen. Shredder's costume is essentially the same as his original comics ones. His attire in the 1st film is purplish-red, while in the 2nd film, is bluish-violet color. In the Japanese versions, the Shredder is voiced by Norio Wakamoto (1st Movie in VHS Version), Hidekatsu Shibata (1st Movie in TV Version) and Takeshi Watabe (2nd Movie).

The 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.

Manga and Anime

In the Japanese anime adaptation, the back story 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

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

The new animated series offered different versions of the Shredder. The title of "The Shredder" is used for four separate, yet connected, villains in the show's seasons. The original Shredder, deemed the Shredder Tengu, was a demon from ancient Japan; he appears in the fifth season. According to the plot, this Shredder was the inspiration for the most identifiable version, a Japanese man named Oroku Saki, who was later revealed to be an alien being known as an Utrom at war with his otherwise peaceful race who served as the central villain of the series for the first three seasons. The third Shredder is Karai, adopted daughter of the second, who took up the mantle after her father's defeat. The fourth is a digital program created from the Utrom Shredder's memories known as the Cyber Shredder. Cyber Shredder was originally confined to the world of cyberspace, but became a physical being and became a threat to the Turtles in both worlds.

Shredder himself is depicted as more evil than any of the previous versions of him. He is far more ruthless, cruel, and is very likely to kill or brutally injure those who fail him. The demon Shredder has a somewhat different personality: he also aims to rule the earth, but wants it as a dark world plunged into chaos. The demon Shredder is also very sadistic and delights in tormenting his enemies in any way he can before finishing them off, unless he truly views them as a threat, and is more abusive of his minions (even his Foot Mystics, despite their fanatical devotion to him). The Utrom Shredder, Demon Shredder, and Cyber Shredder alike are voiced in this series by Scottie Ray.

Shredder Tengu

The legend of the Shredder Tengu begins in A.D. 300. It was then, in the land of Yamato (Japan), that a giant monstrous demon, or “tengu,” rose with designs on conquering the world of man. This was the monster that called itself the Shredder. The Shredder Tengu seemed unstoppable, but the Emperor of Japan recruited the five most skilled and powerful warriors in the country, among them being Oroku Saki, the most ambitious and powerful of the five. Clad in enchanted armor, these “Five Dragons” rode out to confront the Shredder. Although his companions quickly fell, Saki managed to topple the demon, and clambered atop its fallen form, poised to deliver the final blow. Before the blow could be struck, however, the Shredder made Saki an offer—in return for allowing the demon’s soul to inhabit his body, he would grant Saki great power. The demon’s offer ignited a dark flame in Saki’s heart, and he accepted, so that even as he slew the demon’s body, its essence merged with his own soul.

Oblivious to what had occurred, the other Dragons returned to the emperor with Saki, where they were honored as the greatest heroes of Japan, and given their own insignia, bearing the “Three-Toed Sign of the Dragon.” It was not long, however, before the possessed Saki began his own conquest of Japan, taking the name of the Shredder and using an inverted Sign of the Dragon as his symbol. Committing atrocity after atrocity, the Shredder's evil seemed to know no bound, as he devastated much of Japan and erected a fortress of his own. With all known resistance destroyed and his forces and powers continuously growing, the Shredder's conquest of the planet seemed unstoppable. Unable to match the Shredder’s power, Saki’s four former allies trained with the most powerful masters of the martial and mystic arts the world over, until finally, they were strong enough to face him in battle within his citadel. All five combatants manifested their spirits in the form of dragon avatars, but the Shredder was ultimately overpowered. To keep the Shredder from ever threatening mankind again, the Four Dragons cast a spell that enchanted his helmet, gauntlet and body, all of which were separated and sealed away – for if they should ever be reunited, the Shredder would live again.

The Utrom Shredder

Ch'rell, the Shredder Utrom.
Oroku Saki.

Hundreds of years later, during the Sengoku period of feudal Japanese history, a spacecraft belonging to the alien race known as the Utroms was passing through Earth’s solar system. The craft was a prison ship transporting the murderous criminal, Ch’rell, but the villain managed to escape and sabotage the craft, sending it plummeting towards the nearby Earth. The Utroms, Ch’rell included, managed to survive the crash, but were left with no option on the underdeveloped planet but to wait for humankind’s level of technology to improve to the point that they could use it to return to home. To operate in secret amongst humans, the small, brain-like aliens developed robotic humanoid exo-suits that they could pilot from stomach cockpits, but Ch’rell, having remained in hiding since the crash, quickly stole one of the finished suits for his own ends.

Exploiting the legend of the demon Shredder, Ch’rell crafted a dual identity for himself – he became Oroku Saki, a human persona he used to interact with the world, and, clad in a suit of bladed armor, he also became the new Shredder. Adopting the inverted Three-Toed Sign of the Dragon as his own symbol, Ch’rell drew inspiration from it and founded the Foot Clan. Additionally, using Utrom metal, he arranged for the forging of the powerful Sword of Tengu, and ultimately came to dominate all of Japan, bringing the Tokugawa shoguns to power to rule beneath him. Through the power of the mystic artifact known as the Heart of Tengu, Ch’rell also came to control five elemental demons that had previously served the original Shredder. Through an unknown incident, Shredder lost the Sword of Tengu.

History rolled on, and for unspecified reasons the Shredder’s control of Japan was lost. By the 20th century, the Utrom Shredder had shaped the Foot Clan into a massive underground criminal empire, using the funds that it brought in to establish his human identity (presumably posing as his own descendants throughout the years) as a billionaire philanthropist. He adopted an orphaned Japanese girl, Karai, raising her as his daughter and training her in the ways of ninjutsu, ultimately appointing her as the second-in-command of the Foot Clan and leaving her in control in Japan as he traveled to establish a branch of the clan in New York City. Karai was also the only of his underlings that was shown to know that Shredder was in fact an Utrom.

While in New York City, the Shredder located Hamato Yoshi, one of the Utroms’ Guardians with whom he had some former encounters. Attempting to force the Utroms' location from Yoshi, the Shredder met with failure, and slew him after Yoshi warned him "He who lives without honour ends without honour". However, during the struggle, Yoshi’s pet rat, Splinter, escaped, ultimately winding up in the sewers of New York City, where he and four baby turtles were accidentally exposed to mutagenic ooze created by the Utroms. This caused them to mutate into sentient humanoid forms, who would become the Shredder’s greatest enemies.

Fifteen years later, the Foot Clan was well established in New York City and the Shredder had street-level crime under his control as well, in the form of the Purple Dragons gang. In the midst of pouring his resources into locating abandoned remnants of Utrom technology – including the Sword of Tengu – the Shredder became intrigued when several members of the gang, and his resident scientist Baxter Stockman encountered the Turtles. He had his Foot Ninja scour New York City in search of the mutants until eventually they encountered Leonardo alone on a New York City rooftop. One of the ninjas fired an arrow, attached to which was a message from the Shredder; expressing his wish to meet with him at a warehouse with an enclosed address. When Leonardo arrived at the warehouse the Shredder (as Oroku Saki) tried to convince him that he and his ninja were actually on the side of good fighting a war against a greater evil then he could imagine in an attempt to get the turtles to help him destroy the Utroms. The Shredder extended the offer of an alliance to them, which Leonardo at first considered, until Splinter told him who Oroku Saki really was. The Turtles tried to confront Shredder in a rooftop battle, but he proved too much for them to handle and sent them running. The turtles later confronted him again after being joined by Splinter (on the roof of another building), but Shredder picked each of them off while they were fighting his Foot Ninja. However, just as Shredder was about to finish off the turtles Splinter intervened and fought Shredder himself. During their fight, Splinter tricked Shredder into destroying the supports of a water tower, which Splinter knocked onto the Shredder, knocking him to street level.

The Turtles assumed the Shredder had died; however, he survived the battle (the viewer is shown Shredder's gauntlet rising up out of the rubble). After the battle, Shredder sends Foot Ninja into the sewers to find the turtles lair. Seeing the search parties (but unaware that Shredder dispatched them), the Turtles hide out at the apartment of their ally and friend April O'Neil. Later, as Leonardo engages in a rooftop training exercise, he is ambused by the Foot, whom attack him in large numbers and exhaust him, and Shredder's elite guard finish the battle, sending him through the window at April's apartment. The elite guardsmen then present Leonardo's katana to Shredder, which he breaks in half with his bare hands. The Foot, elite guardsmen, Hun, and the Shredder all then engage in a fight through the apartment, before the authorities arrive and Shredder orders his forces to vanish. He blows up the apartment, but the group escapes, unbeknownst to the Shredder.

At first, Shredder is skeptical about the turtles demise, not wanting to make the same mistake they did when they thought he was destroyed, so he sends Baxter to bring back proof that the turtles perished. Unable to find authentic proof that the turtles were destroyed, Baxter (who was promised access to an Utrom exo-suit if he found it but would receive what Shredder called his 'final' punishment if not) manufactured evidence of the turtles' demises. This deception aided the turtles as the Shredder was not expecting them and their allies to storm his New York City tower. Engaging in a one-on-one duel with Leonardo, the Shredder seized his foe’s katana, while Leo wielded the Sword of Tengu; Leo struck true and decapitated the Shredder, but once again, the Turtles lack of knowledge of the true nature of their foe was their downfall, as, after their departure, the Shredder’s body rose again.

Some time later, after the Turtles discovered the Utrom presence on Earth, the Shredder and his forces attacked the building the aliens were using for a front. He intended to use to transmat device they had built to go to return to the Utrom homeworld and conquer it. Just as Shredder was ordering Stockman (who was now just a head attached to a robot spider body and under Shredder's control) to activate the device, the turtles' friend the Fugitoid mimicked Shredder's voice and released him, who then shocked the Shredder before departing. As he passed out, Shredder dropped on Utrom implosion device which infected the building and would cause it to implode in ten minutes. Quickly, the Utroms used the transmat to teleport themselves back to their homeworld, but the Shredder (who had quickly revived) attempted to stop them, only for the turtles to intervene. Enraged that after millennia, the turtles had allowed his enemies to escape home, the Shredder vowed to destroy them once and for all. While the others pierced his suit with their weapons, Donatello used the transmat's wires too electrocute him, knocking his exo-suit offline, and at last, his true nature was revealed to the Turtles, as Ch’rell crawled from his suit and attacked them himself. The Turtles were able to escape, but Ch’rell was caught in the blast. This is the only time in the series that the Shredder is seemingly killed in battle against the Turtles where he isn't revealed to be alive to the viewer right after the battle.

Utilizing a restoration technique involving worms (presumably similar to the method employed by the Foot Clan for his resurrection in the Mirage comics), Karai restored her father to life, and, outfitted in a new suit of armor, battled the Turtles’ Triceraton ally Zog aboard a blazing cargo ship. The ship exploded in the middle of the battle, but, as ever, the Shredder survived and was rescued by Karai via helicopter.

Soon thereafter, the Earth was invaded by the military forces of Zog’s race, the Triceratons, searching for the Turtles’ old robot ally, the Fugitoid. The Turtles ultimately repelled the invasion (during which, Shredder was briefly seen commenting to Karai saying that they wait to see if any "opportunities" would arise), but Earth was left in ruins, and Oroku Saki became the “savior” of New York City when he dedicated his resources to helping the devastated metropolis recover. In truth, however, the Shredder’s benevolence hid an agenda all his own, as he salvaged various pieces of Triceraton technology, with which he constructed a spacecraft that would allow him to return to the Utrom homeworld.

When construction of the spacecraft was completed, Saki held a press conference to explain his upcoming disappearance from the public eye as a “return home,” at which point the Turtles invaded his complex, as did the forces of the Earth Protection Force (EPF), thanks to their mole inside the Shredder’s organization, Baxter Stockman. Forced to launch the craft early, only Shredder, Karai and scientist Doctor Chaplin were able to board the ship, as did Splinter and the Turtles, leading to a climactic battle between the mutants and the Shredder in a huge, far more powerful new exo-suit. Having easily defeated his enemies, the Shredder seemed unstoppable, until a fleet of EPF missiles disabled the craft, giving Donatello the time he needed to overload the ship’s engines, causing the entire ship to explode. The Utroms teleported all the combatants from the craft before the explosion, taking them all to the Utrom homeworld. There, Ch’rell was finally placed on trial, found guilty, and sentenced to eternal exile on an icy asteroid in the Mor Tal belt.

This was not the end of Ch'rell. In Turtles Forever he was found by the 80's Shredder and Krang who revived him using the technoligy of their Technodrome. Shortly after being revived, Ch'rell attacked Shredder and Krang but was eventually was sedated, only to be rescued by Karai. Ch'rell, Karai, and Hun take over the Technodrome and began combining Utron technology with Krang's Dimension X technology. Ch'rell also commandeers Krang's dimensional portal and dervises a scheme to kill the Ninja Turtles in ever single dimension. With his new Utron/Dimension X body, he was more than a match for the combined power of the 2003 Turtles, 80's Turtles, and Mirage comic book Turtles, but due to the incompetince of Bebob and Rocksteady he was vaporised by the Technodrome's laser cannon. However, Karai warns that the Shredder will return.


After Ch'rell was exiled, Karai assumed the mantle of the Shredder, determined to avenge her "father". (She had played the role of the Shredder before in the "City at War" episodes.) After launching a failed mental attack on the Turtles with the Foot Mystics, she launched a personal attack on the Turtles' lair, aided by an army of Foot Ninjas and Foot Mechs. She demolished their lair and seemingly killed all of the Turtles except for Leonardo, who was on a training mission in Japan. When Leonardo returned, he found his brothers and Master Splinter, who had escaped from the Foot and were in hiding. Karai and the Foot were not actively featured until the fifth season, when she joined the Turtles as an ally to defeat the resurrected Shredder Tengu.

Revival of the Shredder Tengu

The five elemental mystics that had formerly served the original Shredder had chafed in the service of Ch’rell, and were even further reviled when Karai took his place as the holder of the Heart of Tengu, determining to release themselves. Tricking the E.P.F. into stealing the Heart of Tengu from Karai and destroying it, the mystics were released and set about arranging the resurrection of the original Shredder, dispatching various demon minions to find the helmet and gauntlet that the Four Dragons – now known as the “Ninja Tribunal” – had hidden away so long ago. The Turtles and four other humans were recruited and trained by the Tribunal in order to reclaim the helmet and gauntlet, but in doing so, they had unwittingly played into the elementals’ hands, having brought the two items to the Tribunal’s lair, the Lap of the gods, where the Shredder’s body was held. In a massive attack on the Lap of the gods, the elementals succeeded in capturing all three items, which they took to New York City and reunited, restoring the demon Shredder to life.

The Shredder’s first goal was the elimination of the pretender to his name, Karai, but thanks to the intervention of the Turtles, who assumed their dragon avatar forms for the first time in order to hold him off, she survived, and the Shredder instead turned his attention to the world at large, transforming New York City into a twisted, nightmarish landscape from which his conquest of Earth would begin. The Turtles discovered that, in inheriting the mantle of the Shredder, Karai had also inherited a mystic link to the demon’s power. The Turtles went to face Shredder, and were joined by the Justice Force, Splinter, the Ancient One, and the other Tribunal acolytes, as well as Hun, Agent Bishop, Baxter Stockman, Karai and their organizations. The turtles faced Shredder after killing his mystics, but even with their allies the demon was too powerful for them. Shredder was about finish them off, but the spirit of Hamato Yoshi manifested from their medallions and held him off long enough for them to recover. Manifesting their spiritual avatars and transforming into powerful dragon forms, the Turtles and the Shredder (who took his dragon form as well) battled in the skies above New York City. The Shredder was able to take the upper hand until Karai started to drain his energy, allowing the Turtles to destroy his helmet and gauntlet, thus weakening him and reverting back his normal form. Then, they summoned the spirit of Hamato Yoshi, who appeared to deliver the final blow, cutting the villain in half and destroying the Shredder Tengu once and for all.

The demon Shredder displayed godlike power during his attempt to conquer the world. He had telekinetic abilities that he could use to levitate himself (which is how he usually moved) and other objects (even large objects, shown with how he once tossed a cement-mixer with ease). He usually fought by firing blasts of dark magic (shown blackish red in flashback but blackish green during his battle with the turtles), which could easily demolish the walls of large buildings, although he also possess a large degree of super-human strength (enough to easily overpower the Turtles' ally the Silver Sentry). He was invulnerable to most means of attack, even the magic weapons the Turtles gained from the Ninja Tribunal or the Turtles' dragon forms. He could also create weapons for himself to use, as well as demonic minions and shape the world around to the form of his choosing though spreading his power does weaken him (yet at the same times power increases as more of the world falls to him). He could also transform objects into anything (as he did with Karai's sword into a demonic snake). Finally, Shredder could assume the form of a massive dragon (his dragon form dwarfs those of the Turtles and the Ninja Tribunal) that possess strength far surpassing those of any others seen, which in addition to breathing fire, could fire extremely powerful blasts of dark magic.

Fast Forward

In the TMNT Fast Forward season episode, "Timing is Everything", Leonardo and Cody Jones time traveled and ended up at the time period where they first defeated the Shredder and witnessed him rise from the wreckage of the water tower. They barely escape back to the future, leaving the Shredder confused at the "magic" he'd seen. He later comes to Sh'okanabo's lair with his Foot Ninja and demands they take everything. However, the Turtles, more skilled than their previous encounters sends him back to the past.

Had Fast Forward continued, a Triceraton Shredder would have been introduced. This Shredder would have been Ch'rell, taking on a new identity.

Cyber Shredder

In the beginning of Season 7, "Back to The Sewers", the turtles are transported to some point after they return where three Shredders—the Shredder Tengu, the Utrom Shredder, and the Cyber Shredder (at that point unknown) —fighting in a war between the Foot Clans. Later in the plot, Viral, a villain from the Fast Forward season, attempts to invade a program from the Shredder, which overpowers her and transforms her into the Cyber Shredder. It is revealed later that the Cyber Shredder was created by Ch'rell, who created an engram of himself (Cyber Shredder) should anything happen to his other form. This engram was stored in the foot vault, so when Viral tried to hack the vault, it activated, taking over her body and turning her into the Cyber Shredder.

The season centers around the attempts of the Cyber Shredder to emerge from the digital program and be resurrected in the real world. His many attempts fail, until the episode "Virtual Reality Check": the Cyber Shredder creates an elaborate plot where the Turtles emerge from their expedition to collect Master Splinter's data bits, and Donatello's portal is destroyed. Donatello is forced to build a new one from the ground up, and the Cyber Shredder and Foot Clan spy on and replicate Donatello's work. Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo soon realize Cyber-Shredder's plan, and stop Donatello from finishing the cyber-portal; however, Cyber Shredder takes a sample of their exit portal's energy, allowing Khan and the Foot to finish their portal.

The Cyber Shredder is returned to the real world and hacks into New York's central hub, causing the city's systems to go haywire. The turtles discover his code infecting the systems and travel to the hub to undo the damage before it becomes permanent. Cyber-Shredder attempts to uses the city's systems against them to stop them from reaching the hub, but they soon arrive. Even though Donatello and April manage to free the city from his control, Cyber-Shredder takes down all the turtles except Michelangelo. Michelangelo tricks Cyber Shredder into slashing away the holding rails of the supporting catwalk, causing Cyber Shredder to fall and hit an electrode. However, while his body was damaged, his digital core was unharmed. As the Turtles departed, Cyber-Shredder's gauntlet is seen piercing an electrical wire. Using this, Cyber-Shredder returned to cyberspace and absorbed the energy from the electrical surge to become more powerful than ever.

He then located one of Master Splinter's remaining data bits and infected it with a virus before the Turtles obtained it. When the Turtles converted Splinter back into matter, the virus converted into a homing beacon which Cyber-Shredder used to track the Turtles to Casey's grandma's farmhouse during Casey and April's wedding. He then led an all-out attack on the Turtles and the wedding guests. During the battle, he brought down the barn in an attempt to kill the Turtles' friends; however they managed to escape. Donatello then extracted the homing beacon from Splinter and used it to get a sample of Cyber-Shredder's digital core, giving him the data he needed to enable the Turtles to destroy Cyber-Shredder with Serling's decompilier blast. The blast appeared to have deleted Cyber-Shredder and it is unknown if the future with three Shredders, seen in the first episode of the season, will still occur.

Had another season of Back to the Sewers occurred, the Shredder Wars (power struggle between Tengu, Utrom, and Cyber Shredders) would have been the major plot arc. [1][citation needed]

Turtles Forever (Return of Ch'rell)

In Turtles Forever, Ch'rell (Utrom Shredder) is brought back from the planet to which he was exiled by his 1987 counterpart , and summarily attacks him and Krang when he refers to himself as the Shredder, before taking over the Technodrome with the aid of Karai and vastly upgrading it and the robotic foot soldiers from that continuity. He also co-opts the technology from Krang's original android body, which in turn nearly destroys the Turtles when they reach 'Turtle Prime' (The Mirage Comics reality). Called out by the original Mirage Turtles, he is confronted by the 2003 and 1987 Turtles as well, and then faces off with all twelve turtles, the 2003 Splinter, Karai, and the 1987 Krang and Shredder. Despite their combined efforts, Ch'rell nearly wins the conflict, overpowering them all by using the technology co-opted from Krang's android body to increase himself to massive size, and proceeds to nearly slay the Mirage Turtles, stating that he was willing to end his own existence if it meant that the Turtles would all be destroyed. But just as all seems lost, Shredder is finally defeated through Bebop and Rocksteady's untimely actions. Although the Shredder was obviously destroyed in this final conflict, both Splinter and Karai noted that the Shredder is rarely defeated for good and that there was always the possibility he would return.

Video games

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, and has a recognizable theme, "Tatsujin", in many of the games as well.

Original NES game (1989)
Shredder is the final boss. He is found at the end of the Technodrome level. He causes the Turtles to lose roughly half their energy if he touches them, and has a gun that can de-mutate them instantly, killing them. He wears a red costume like in the Mirage comics.
Original arcade game (1989)
Once again, Shredder is the final boss and is found at the end of the Technodrome level. He is armed with a sword, and has the ability to clone himself (the exact number of clones is one more than the number of Turtles attacking him). Shredder and his clones also have the ability to shoot lightning bolts from a device on the helmet, which de-mutate the Turtles they hit, killing them. When Shredder or one of his clones is close to death, his helmet falls off, a unique occurrence in the game series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (1990)
This game was the first one not to feature Shredder as the final boss. Instead, Shredder is the boss of the penultimate stage, which is set in a river. It is also the first game in which Shredder doesn't have the ability to de-mutate the Turtles. His only attack is a sword swipe, but he can teleport if hit. The final boss is Krang.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Missions (1991)
In this PC game, Shredder fights the turtles in his Manhattan hideout, decorated in a Japanese style. His appearance is based on the Mirage comic version.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (1991)
This game is the first to feature both a battle against Shredder and a second one against a mutated Super Shredder. The first battle takes place at the end of the Technodrome level, which is the sixth of the eight levels of the game. In this battle, Shredder uses a sword to attack the Turtles. Shredder later returns as the final boss of the game, on the stage set in Krang's spacecraft. This time, he mutates himself into Super Shredder, much as he did in the second TMNT movie which had been released earlier the same year (1991). Super Shredder has two super-powers, the ability to call down lightning, and the ability to shoot fireballs. These fireballs can demutate the Turtles, but unlike other games, this isn't an instant kill.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (1991)
A sequel to Fall of the Foot Clan, this game also features Shredder as a regular level boss and Krang as the final boss. He does not have the ability to demutate the Turtles, but he does have a wider variety of attacks than in the previous Game Boy game. Shredder returns later in his mutated Super Shredder form, as a sub-level boss of the final Technodrome level. However, in this incarnation, his only super-power is the ability to teleport elsewhere on the screen. He attacks the Turtles using a sword.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (1991)
Shredder is again the final boss of the game, and found in the Technodrome. However, this time, he is not preceded by a Technodrome level. Instead, the Turtles fight through a Starbase level in the future (2100 AD) with Krang as boss, then teleport to the Technodrome in the present (1991 in the arcade game and 1992 in the SNES version) for the final confrontation. Shredder attacks with a sword, and can fire energy attacks. In the SNES port of the game, Shredder begins the battle by mutating himself into Super Shredder, and has the added super-powers of super-speed movement, fire ground attacks, ice air attacks, and a demutating fire ball which instantly kills a Turtle. The SNES port also added a Technodrome level earlier in the game, which leads to a battle with a regular Shredder. In this battle, Shredder is in a kind of battletank, armed with a machine gun and claws.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (1992)
This game uses a Super Shredder similar to the one in Turtles in Time. His attacks are roughly the same.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (1993)
Unlike its two predecessors, Fall of the Foot Clan and Back from the Sewers, this game does feature Shredder as the final boss. However, this time Shredder has become Cyber Shredder, half-man and half-machine. This form of Shredder possessed deadly kick moves and energy ball attacks, as well as being the only boss in the game with two life meters, as the meter instantly refills after it's drained the first time.
Shredder in the SNES version of the game.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (1993)
This is the first game in which Shredder is not a boss but instead a regular playable character. Furthermore, his costume is based on the Mirage comics version. Finally, in the SNES incarnation of this game, he appears under the name CyberShredder, but there is no indication that he has become a cybernetic being as in Radical Rescue.

After a ten-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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
Shredder appears as the final boss. The Turtles face him on the helicarrier at the top of the Foot Helicarriers, he wields the Sword of Tengu in this fight. Shredder's combo attacks are quick and nearly continuous. When his half of his health bar has been depleted, his attacks become much faster. There is also a secret final boss in which the player faces the Shredder as Oroku Saki. His combos are much quicker and deadlier, and he also has a temporary powered-up state.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee (2005)
Shredder appeared as a playable character and opponent in three forms—his standard armor, without the armor (as Oroku Saki), and a golden "Mega" Shredder.
TMNT (2007)
In the console versions of the 2007 movie-based game, the Shredder appears as a boss in a flashback-within-a-flashback (as the events of the game are told to Splinter after their occurrence). The armor of Shredder in this game is based on the 2003 cartoon series version.
TMNT: Smash Up (2009)
Shredder is a playable character in the Wii fighting game. He appears in both his Utrom Shredder and Cyber Shredder forms.[12]



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