Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 4 E 15 Scion Of The Shredder

With Leonardo gone, the Turtles and Splinter ended up getting into a fight with Karai, who has become the new Shredder and bent on killing them for putting the Shredder in exile on the icy asteroid since "Exodus Part 2".

This episode provides examples of

  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us/ Watching Troy Burn: Karai and the Foot completely destroy the Turtle's Lair, and there's nothing they can do to stop them
  • Avenging the Villain: Karai's motivation for attacking the Turtles
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of the episode it looks like Karai's succeeded in killing most of the Turtles and Master Splinter
  • Berserk Button: After getting some snark:
    Karai: You mock me. The fact you still live mocks me!
  • Call Back: Mikey making the extra effort to save Klunk is a sly reference to "Bad Day" (where Klunk died during the mystical illusion).
  • Continuity Nod: Mikey hopefully asks if this is another mystical attack. Splinter briefly pauses, clearly considering the idea, but ultimately tells him this is real.
  • Downer Ending: The Turtles (except Leo) and Splinter are presumed dead by Karai's hands.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Karai reveals she has taken on the mantle of the Shredder.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: During meditation, the Ancient One foresees the Shredder's gauntlet. He warns Leonardo that his family is in danger and that he must return home at once.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Splinter doesn't hold back at all with his furious disappointment that Karai has completely abandoned her respect and honor to his family.
  • Evil Laugh: Karai has on when she believes she is winning and finally getting rid of the Turtles for good.
  • Fall of the House of Cards: Occurs to Mikey early in the episode.
  • Kick the Dog: Besides losing their home, the attack also costs the Turtles and Splinter some of their most precious possessions. Karai also rubs her victory in April's face.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Mikey doesn't leave the lair until he finds Klunk.
    "I got ya, pal!"
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: When the Turtles are getting overwhelmed by Karai's forces, and Master Splinter is injured, they decide to split up to maximize their chances of getting away.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Karai is even faster than her father, as Splinter begrudgingly admits.
  • Offhand Backhand: Splinter takes out a Foot Ninja behind him with his cane without even looking.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Splinter lays into Karai for becoming the new Shredder and snarls that her dark heart will consume her, just as her father's did.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Karai. Splinter even calls her on it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Karai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Turtles remark that the Foot are much tougher now under Karai's leadership
  • Trash the Set: Karai orders the Foot to "tear this filthy place [the Lair] apart". They do.
  • Wham Episode: The Turtles' Lair is destroyed, and the group is scattered to the winds, having lost many sentimental items such as Yoshi's orb, Mikey's Battle Nexus trophy, and most of the Turtles' vehicles - all thanks to Karai's ascension to become the new Shredder.