Follow TV Tropes


Characters / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 Foot Clan

Go To

The Foot Clan

An ancient order of shinobi, assassains and spies dating back to medieval Japan. In present day, they have semi-independent chapters all over the world, overseen by the Japanese head council.

    open/close all folders 

     As whole 
  • Avenging the Villain: The Foot are honor-bound to avenge the death of The Shredder, but agree to void the blood debt if the Turtles assist in bringing order to the New York branch.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Ridiculously prone to this.
  • Cyber Ninja: The Foot Tech Ninja, which grants them invisibility.
  • Faceless Mooks: The rank and file ninja have virtually no defining characteristics.
  • Leitmotif: A sinister melody played on Japanese instruments is generally used to cue their presence.
  • Ninja: They're generally ninjas, trained by Shredder.
  • The Remnant: Are seemingly reduced to this during the 7th season, as they display none of the massive resources they had in earlier seasons. During season 1-5, the Foot frequently used vehicles, mecha and scientifically created mutants. In Back to the Sewer, all that remains are Khan, a bunch of Foot Ninja and a digital clone of the Shredder. To add insult to injury, even Karai and Chaplin turned their backs to the organization.

     The Shredder / Ch'rell / Oroku Saki 

The Shredder / Ch'rell / Oroku Saki

Voiced by: Scottie Ray
See his real appearance 
"You speak my name, but you do not know me! I am Ch'rell, Oroku Saki, Duke Acureds, the one TRUE Shredder! I am a destroyer of worlds, and I FEAR NO ONE!"

The leader of the Foot Clan, who works on various criminal operations. He's by and large the most personal nemesis of the heroes, and the most recurring one.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: He's one of the main reasons the ship carrying him crashed on Earth, and thus ended up playing an indirect part in creating the Turtles and Splinter, his greatest enemies.
  • Adaptational Badass: He's capable of defeating the Turtles with ease, to the point they stay out of his league for a long while, in which he finally starts relying on augmented armors in fights, which help him against Splinter. He's also the one with the title that lives the longest.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While the Shredder is not a good guy by any stretch in any continuity, the Utrom Shredder is by far and away the most dangerous incarnation of the Shredder in the history of the entire franchise — after all, no Shredder can ever top nearly destroying all of reality itself.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The only incarnation of the Shredder, as far being the Shredder that the Turtles consider their Arch-Enemy, who was never human.
  • Apocalypse How: In Turtles Forever he accidentally starts an Omniversal Annihilation when he tries to erase the turtles from existence by destroying the "prime" team. He's actually breaking apart the whole multiverse due to destroying the genesis point of the franchise itself - the original 1984 Mirage comic book. Of course, by this point he's so obsessed with revenge that he just doesn't care.
  • Arch-Enemy: He's the one that has most actively attempted to murder the Turtles, being part of the reason they came into existence to begin with. When he returns in Turtles Forever, his hatred for them has become so strong that he can't even stand the idea of different versions of the Turtles existing in other dimensions.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In Turtles Forever thanks to the technology from the Technodrome, he turns into a giant.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is a leader of Foot Clan and he is the most dangerous of them.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is crazy intergalactic terrorist who is responsible for millions of lives across the universe.
  • Badass Baritone: Thanks to Scottie Ray's voice acting.
  • Badass Boast: Quite a few, honestly:
    Shredder: "Like the Phoenix, I have risen from the ashes! And into my fire, you shall fall."

    Shredder: Ahh, the power... I had almost forgotten. The Sword of Tengu! The sword with which I laid villages to waste, brought castles to ground, vanquished armies! The sword that I used to conquer Japan, and give power to the Tokugawa clan! IT IS MINE ONCE MORE!!
  • Bad Boss: His first on-screen action is murdering a Purple Dragon for failing him, and frequently maimed Baxter Stockman for his repeated failures (and attempted betrayals) until nothing is left of him but his brain and eye.
  • Batman Gambit: In Turtles Forever he uses turtle attachment to his teacher in order to lures the turtles into the Technodrome, where he is able to capture them and obtain the location to Turtle Prime.
  • Black Sheep: Of race of Utrom.
  • Big Bad: Specifically of Season 1, due to most of the criminal organizations in it being connected to him, but he still provides a lot of the action in Season 2 and 3. He is also the most recurring villain in the series.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Bishop for 3 Season.
  • Big NO: His last words.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He initially pretends to be a good guy to get Leonardo on his side, but after Master Splinter reveals his true identity to the turtles he drops the charade.
  • Becoming the Mask: Stole the identity of Oroku Saki/The Shredder to gain followers, but years of going by that name have made it so he refers to himself as "the one true Shredder".
  • Been There, Shaped History: In "Return to New York Part 3", he claims to have conquered Japan for the Tokugawa Clan. This was the first hint.
  • Berserk Button: He has two:
    • Using "his name" in vain. He was unconscious when his 1987 doppelganger and Krang found him. What woke him up was his doppelganger referring to himself as "The Shredder". He then attacked them.
    • He also doesn't like being called a coward. Shown in Turtles Forever when Mirage Raphael accuse him of being afraid to face them in person.
  • Catchphrase: "None of you will leave here/this place alive!"
  • Cool Sword: The Sword of Tengu.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Even though he has his villainous ego, in virtually every fight in the series he also brings his underlings with him no matter who he's fighting, and also he don't hesitate to use the weakness of the enemy to win.
    Splinter: You strike a wounded warrior. You have no honor.
    Shredder: I am fight to win.
  • The Comically Serious: Very rarely. A shining example occurs in "Exodus" when Chaplin is gushing over how cool it is to learn that he's actually a grotesque brain-ish alien, Ch'rell just has a blank, unresponsive and unamused look on his face.
  • Composite Character: The Shredder actually being the Utrom Ch'rell in some ways makes him this series' answer to Krang, as well as Oroku Saki. While Word of God says they tried to keep that similarity to a minimum throughout the show's run, Turtles Forever takes the idea and runs with it when they merge Dimension X technology with Utrom technology, giving him a Molecular amplification Exosuit that can grow to skyscraper size and transform into various weapons.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support:
    • In his true form he is a barely mobile brain-like creature inside a very capable robotic.
    • For an added example, following his fourth battle with the Turtles in which he was caught in the implosion of the TCRI building, Ch'Rell had to stay in a Healing Vat while alien bacteria healed his wounds, with Karai having to manage the Foot till his return.
  • Darth Vader Clone: His suit of armor covers him completely and gives him a borderline Voice of the Legion. He is eventually revealed to be a tiny alien in a Mobile-Suit Human, which can be seen as an analogue to Vader's actually being a limbless wreck in Powered Armor.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Ch'rell has replaced the real Oroku Saki. Oroku Saki later turns out to be more alive than expected.
  • The Dreaded: Even after defeating him several times, just hearing that Ch'rell is involved in something is enough to make the Turtles nervous about their chances of survival.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first on-screen action in the series is to personally execute a Purple Dragon who failed him.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: His ultimate goal in Turtles Forever:
    Shredder: It seems like branches hanging off a single tree, each of these dimensions sprang from a common source, destroy the source, and you would set off a chain reaction that would destroy Ninja Turtles everywhere, Forevermore!
  • Enemy Mine: During the "Return to New York" arc in season 1, when Baxter Stockman betrayed him and attacked both him and the Turtles, threatening everyone. The Turtles and Shredder briefly join forces to defeat him before resuming their battle.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Predictably proved to be this to Krang and his 80s counterpart.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to hold genuine concern for his adoptive daughter Karai. Until she refused to let him kill the Turtles. A deleted scene in Turtles Forever showed him briefly hesitating when he turned Karai's cry of pain, but any remaining love for her was outweighed by his hatred for the Turtles.
  • Evil Laugh: Very prone to this.
  • Evil Mentor: To Karai.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a nice deep voice with a Japanese accent, which, while wearing his armor, sounds like it echoes robotically.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Season 3 against Bishop. The first episode of season 7 has him fighting against the other Shredders.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Ch’Rell holds nothing back in his fight with the Turtles. This is more noticeable in the final battle 3 season. He electrocutes Splinter so badly that most of his fur burns, kicks Mikey’s leg out of place, delivers a serious chop to Donnie’s neck, and nearly breaks Raph’s back. He also kicks Leo into Karai’s sword, impaling him and causing permanent damage to his shell.
  • Fatal Flaw: No matter which universe Shredder is from, the one constant is his massive ego.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Mostly in his Oroku Saki persona he employs in Season 3. His efforts to charm the mayor and the city genuinely work to hide the fact he's an omnicidal maniac.
  • Fiction 500: There does not appear to be any limit to his or the Foot Clan's money. The only thing that raised any financial concerns was funding the reconstruction of New York City, which he didn't hold back due to it being a cover for his plan to leave Earth.
  • Final Boss: Serves as this for Turtles Forever, the Grand Finale of the series.
  • Flunky Boss: This version almost always has some goons the Turtles have to fight through first before engaging him. In fact, almost every fight with him on his terms has him either using Foot ninjas to wear down the enemy before he arrives, or to distract them so he can launch surprise attacks.
  • Foreshadowing: Shredder's Been There, Shaped History speech and still being alive despite being decapitated by Leonardo hint that he's not exactly human.
  • Galactic Conqueror: In the bad future Shredder has taken over the Earth and rules the planet with an iron fist. His next goal was to build a transmat device so he can spread his dominion to the stars, enslaving one world after another.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He never been fully adequate person but he fully going insane after learning of the multiverse. Or more specifically, that each alternate universe is home to its own group of Ninja Turtles.
  • I Have Many Names: Has taken various identities long before his arrival on Earth. Torrinon, Kako Naso, Duke Acureds, then Oroku Saki and The Shredder.
  • Hate Sink: Even before he took on the identity of Oroku Saki, Ch'rell is responsible for millions of lives across the universe in his quest for being an intergalactic conqueror. As the Shredder, he murdered Hamato Yoshi, mutated innocent people into monsters to dig for the Utroms' hideout then choose to abandon them when they find nothing, killed a member of the Purple Dragons for failure and eventually assaulting his adopted daughter for refusing to let him kill the Turtles. And when it came to his revenge in "Turtles Forever", he was willing to let all of creation die if it meant killing off every Ninja Turtle in the multiverses. There's a reason, even during his absence, he was the Turtles' most hated foe.
  • Hero Killer: Peaked with his assassination of Hamato Yoshi.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: If there's a large-scale conflict in the series, he's most likely going to take center stage by the end of it, usually resulting in a Mêlée à Trois.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is eventually killed by his own Technodrome's laser, care of Bebop and Rocksteady, who he had allowed to serve him only because "they're amusing".
  • Human Popsicle: He was banished to the ice asteroid belt of Mor Gal Tal at the end of "Exodus Part 2" after being found guilty by the Utrom council. And he was found frozen in ice and freed by 1987 Shredder in Turtles Forever.
  • Hypocrite: In Turtles Forever, he complains about the 1987 Shredder using "[his] name" in vain, when Season 5 indicates that Ch'Rell used the name and title of the real Oroku Saki.
  • It's Personal: This became such to the Turtles after they and Splinter help the Utroms escape:
    Shredder: You! You freaks have been little more than thorns in my side, but now, you have robbed me of my triumph! And for that, you shall pay with your lives!
  • Joker Immunity: Is seemingly killed multiple times; first from Splinter dropping a water tower on him, then when Leonardo cut off his exo-suit head, then from being left behind in the TCRI building with a bomb that destroyed it without leaving a trace behind. Unlike his other appearances, this one didn't reveal his was still alive, but the turtles still had doubts he was dead. Sure enough, he did survive and was just in hiding. Being stuck on a freighter that was blasted to pieces might have killed him if Karai hadn't fished him out of the sea. Even after "Exodus" when advertisements promised he would be Put on a Bus for good after he was banished to an ice asteroid, he still returned in "Turtles Forever". While Killed Off for Real then thanks to it being the show's finale, there's still doubt among the turtles that he's truly gone.
  • The Juggernaut: After becoming a giant in Turtles Forever, nothing short of the Technodrome's laser can do any real damage to him.
  • Killed Off for Real: After many returns he finally dies in Turtles Forever, courtesy of Bebop and Rocksteady. Bebop. And. Rocksteady. No, seriously. Given his track record, only the fact that this is the grand finale gives it any weight—even Splinter and Karai note that they don't doubt the possibility of him surviving.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: He gets a training scene in the episode "Darkness at the Edge of Town".
  • Knight of Cerebus: A clear sign that an episode will get darker? Seeing the Shredder get involved personally.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Exodus", after his spaceship is done being built, he plans on just leaving Earth to get his revenge on the Utroms, without even attempting to tie up his loose ends with the Turtles. He does, however, hint that he'll come back after his business with the Utroms are finished.
  • Large Ham: Especially when he wears his armor.
  • Legacy Character: Ch'rell based both of his identities on ancient Japanese legends of a Tengu demon called the Shredder and the warrior Oroku Saki who defeated him (but in reality, he fell into evil and they merged, and the Turtles later face this Shredder). Ch'rell's Shredder was one to the Tengu Shredder (albeit unknown to the latter), and later after he's exiled off Earth he becomes one himself to the remaining Foot.
  • Leitmotif: A dramatic orchestral piece tended to signal his arrival, while a more low-key and sinister theme would be used in non-action contexts. Both themes often made use of a stock Kabuki yell for the climax.
  • Make My Monster Grow: In Turtles Forever he grows to an incredible size in order to wipe out the turtles of the Mirage universe; Krang then enlarges himself and his robot as well, in order to fight this Shredder on equal footing, but is cut down in no time.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: In "Tales of Leo," the Foot attack April's apartment, which leads to the building burning down. Recalling that the Turtles had automatically assumed him dead without bothering to be sure, Shredder is unwilling to make the same mistake and sends Stockman to the remains of the building to find proof that the Turtles died in the blaze; Stockman is unable to find any evidence, since the Turtles managed to escape, but fearing the consequences of returning empty-handed, he forges some.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: He almost always in one of these.
  • Motive Decay: In most of his appearances in series after The Reveal, including all of season 3, his goals are to get back to space to rebuild his empire and get revenge on the Utroms who imprisoned him. He considered the turtles little more than an inconvenience and was willing to leave Earth in his space ship without even finishing them off. However in Turtles Forever, he learns that there are Ninja Turtles in every universe. And the entire purpose of his entire existence is to be foiled by those turtles. This leads him to conclude that so long as there exists a team of Ninja Turtles, they will always disrupt his plans. So in the end he decided to kill all Ninja Turtles in all worlds, even if it will be at the cost of his own existence.
  • Multi Layer Facade: He's got a public identity which is Oroku Saki, the rich and well respected Japanese Businessman. Then he's the Shredder, a warlord who is using his public persona to gain power. And then his true identity originally only known by his adoptive daughter Karai is Ch'rell, an Utrom criminal who has been on Earth for over a millennium.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: The Shredder's original plan before learning of the Ninja Turtles in each and every universe. Eventually turns him into an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Several times but closest in Turtles Forever when he lmost kills the 1984 Turtles, thereby insuring Universe wide Turtlecide, but he's done in by Exploding Throwing Stars, his ego, and Bebop and Rocksteady.
  • Offing the Offspring: He tried to kill Karai for refusing to let him kill Splinter and the Turtles.
  • Off with His Head!: He gets this treatment after the turtles storm his headquarters. He lives, because it's a robot suit.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Turtles Forever, where he's willing to destroy the entire multiverse, including himself, if it meant killing all existing ninja turtles. That includes his own daughter.
  • Out of the Inferno: The Shredder literally walks through fire after the building he've been fighting with the turtles on collapses during their first fight causing Michelangelo to remark:
    Michelangelo: "He's like the Shreddernator or something."
  • Pet the Dog: Downplayed. While he can throw it away at a moments notice, he seems to have some level of affection toward his higher level lieutenants; he personally raised Karai, trained Hun, rarely ever significantly punished them, and they're the only ones he listens to. He also respected the power of the Foot Mystics, which they reciprocated to some extent, even when they thought he was an "abomination".
  • Put on a Bus: He gets imprisoned on an asteroid in the endgame of Season 3, and doesn't show up again aside from cameos in Fast Forward and Back To The Sewers, until Turtles Forever.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Due to being an alien.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He comes to hate the Turtles so much that he rather destroy them and destroy the entire multiverse, including himself and his daughter Karai, than let them live.
  • Secret Test: He sets his Foot Ninja on Leo when he arrives to test Leo's skill first hand.
  • The Sociopath: Arrogant, remorseless, vengeful, cold and ruthless, he will do anything to destroy his enemies.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Especially in his latter bodies.
  • Stealth Pun: In the bad future the Shredder is destroyed by the Turtle Tunneler, that is to say, shredded.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: This is what his the 's plan in Turtles Forever boils down to; after discovering The Multiverse and that there are Ninja Turtles everywhere, he decides to go straight to the source (the Mirage comics universe) and destroy all reality. Even after being explicitly told that he would die as well, he decides that it's Worth It.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • After being robbed of his revenge to Utrom by Turtles , Shredder would rather die in the building's implosion with the Turtles and Splinter than let them escape.
    • It got worse in Turtles Forever when he was willing to destroy the entire Multiverse to get rid of every Turtle in existence, even at the cost of both his life and his daughter Karai's
  • This Cannot Be!: Very very often:
    • For example Shredder's reaction after Leo sends him flying with the Sword of Tengu:
    Shredder: "This cannot be happening. I cannot lose!"
    • Another example, in the finale of Season 3, he gets a big shock when the Utrom council finds him guilty for all the crimes he had committed across the galaxy in his many aliases, including but not limited to his Oroku Saki and Shredder aliases. He screams, "NO! I am the Shredder! I am invincible!" just before the Utroms give him the punishment of banishing him to his new home on the ice asteroid belt surrounding the frozen planet Mor Tal, where he does very little but let loose a Big NO because he is not too thrilled to be trapped on his new home.
    • In the episode "Timing is Everything", the Shredder gets a big shock when he sees for himself how much more skilled the Turtles have gotten since their first battle with him, as well as how powerful Sh'Okanabo is in overwhelming and sending his Foot Soldiers back to the Shredder's original time period.
    Shredder: Impossible! You are not this powerful!
    Raph: Dude, we put the ka-bosh on ya a long time ago. You're history! (he and Leonardo kick the Shredder back to his original time period).
  • Tin Tyrant: While a few other Shredder incarnations come close (such as in the movies and the Nick cartoon), the armor and attitude of that one fit the trope better.
  • The Unfettered: He'll do anything to get what he wants. Even if for that need destroying reality itself.
  • Villain Decay: Inverted, the Shredder managed to stay a dangerous antagonist, growing more powerful to the point where the turtles stopped being able to defeat him with martial arts alone, and always portrayed as both scarily competent and pure evil.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: After being defeated in Season 1. The Turtles keep getting stronger, to the extent that Leo is able to easily kick his ass by himself in Season 6, and in Turtles Forever, the Turtles are able to defeat him in a straight fight within a few short seconds. Thus, Shredder usually resorts to such things as pointing his army and elite henchmen at the Turtles, or using specialized technology like more powerful suits of armor to get the upper hand.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As Oroku Saki, he's a rich and respected Japanese businessman, and became well-known as a hero and humanitarian after he singlehandedly funded the rebuilding of New York City after an alien invasion. It's to the extent that when he's finally defeated by the Turtles, the public builds a library in his honor.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He suffers one after he discovers that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exist in all universes, meaning that no matter where he goes, he'll never escape them. This causes him to go from trying to conquer the multiverse to becoming an Omnicidal Maniac and destroy it.
  • Villainous Valor: Ch'rell may be a total monster but he is willing to go down fighting against the Turtles. Sometimes it ends in his defeat but other times it also ends with him standing victorious over the Turtles.
  • Walking Spoiler: His real identity.
  • We Wait: Shredder acknowledges the gravity of the situation when the Earth's last effort to fight off the Triceratons fails, but decides to wait and see what arises.
  • With Us or Against Us: This is the main reason the Shredder takes on the Turtles for the first time, with them having turned down his offer to join him after learning who he really was, he declared this.
    Shredder: "Those who are not with me are against me! And I'll crush anyone who opposes me."
  • The Worf Effect: His Season One self is easily defeated in the Season Six episode "Timing is Everything", where he travels to 2105 and gets his ass kicked by Leonardo. It's implied that these events are part of a Stable Time Loop which caused the Shredder to become more ruthless in his hunt for the turtles Post-Season One — which would eventually lead to his final defeat. This is even subtly referenced in Turtles Forever: when he goes up against the Turtles himself in his normal armor, he's defeated in a few short seconds, causing the '87 Turtles to wonder why their 2k3 counterparts even hyped him up as being so dangerous. For the most part, Shredder either points his army and elite henchmen at them or enlarges his suit Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever-style, giving himself an unfair advantage.
  • Wrecked Weapon: He literally shatters Leonardo's katana with his bare hands.
  • You Have Failed Me: His usual reaction to failures of his subordinates.
    Purple Dragon:: I promise, sir, I won't fail you again.
    Shredder: I know. You won't fail me again. Ever!



Voiced by: Karen Neill

A high-ranking member of the Foot Clan.

  • Ambiguously Evil: Until Season 4.
  • Anti-Villain: Rarely holds any enmity towards the turtles, fighting them on Shredder's orders.
  • Avenging the Villain: Her motivation for fighting the Turtles after they defeated Shredder.
  • Benevolent Boss: When she takes over the Foot Clan, she treats them, especially Chaplain, quite well. This in contrast to her father whose leadership mostly consisted of harsh words and threats.
  • Bad Boss: While a Benevolent Boss to the rest of the Foot Clan, she treated the Foot Mystics more along the lines of weapons and constantly ignored their opinions, saying that since she had the Heart of Tengu, they would do whatever she pleased. It didn't work that well in the long run, since this led the Mystics to turn on her to bring their true master Back from the Dead.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: "Scion of the Shredder" has Karai seemingly killing Master Splinter and all but one of the Turtles (Leo), as well as destroying their lair. By the next episode it's revealed that they all survived, however.
  • Broken Bird: In seasons 4 and 5.
  • Co Dragon: After her introduction, she shares the role of The Dragon with Hun.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In Season 4, after taking the role of The Shredder, she's much more active in hunting down and murdering the Turtles, to the point that she destroys their lair and most of their vehicles in the process, rather than being as passive as Ch'Rell. However, she lacks Ch'Rell's cunning and her hotheaded tactics cause the Foot Mystics to respect her less than her predecessor.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Once she takes over her father's enterprise.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She actually is the Shredder's foster daughter.
  • Dark Action Girl: Can usually take any one of the turtles head to head, though not all four like Shredder frequently can.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Originally in the comic, Karai was a Foot Clan commander on the same level as the Shredder, sent by their mutual commanders in Japan to clean up his messes.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In season 4. After Shredder's defeat she takes the mantle for her own.
    • She re-assumes her role as co-dragon in Turtles Forever.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Her loyalties before Season 4 were one of the most confusing and complex threads in the entire series.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Leonardo.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: A very subtle one occurs in Season 4. Normally she wears pink lipstick, but for "Prodigal Son" she wears red lipstick, symbolizing her crossover into evil when she believed she's killed the Turtles. After Leo defeats her the next time we see her she's gone back to the pink lipstick, showing she's not so evil and such a threat anymore.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Though it doesn't happens until season 5.
    • Which extends to Heel–Face Revolving Door when she switches sides twice in Turtles Forever where the Shredder return now as an Omnicidal Maniac. This proves to be too much for her, and she sides with the turtles against him.
  • Holding Hands: Karai does this to Chaplin at the end of Season Five.
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: Karai and Chaplin, after the season 5 finale hand-holding.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: In the Back to the Sewer finale, she wears a kimono to Casey and April's wedding.
  • Lady of War
  • Leitmotif: A serious and low-key theme played on Japanese instruments.
  • Legacy Character: She becomes the Shredder after Ch'rell is written out, though he later comes back and reclaims the title.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: This is the struggle that Karai faces in the second and third seasons with her loyalty to her adoptive father, The Shredder, clashes with her more noble instincts. One of the forms this clash takes is in her reluctance to kill the turtles, who had agreed to help her restore the New York Foot in exchange for ending the syndicate's vendetta against the Turtles. While the agreement was made under false pretenses—it was made under the assumption that the Shredder was dead and that Karai would be leading the Foot, which Karai knew was not the case—she still felt compelled to keep it, despite her father's wishes.
  • No, You: Karai's not very good at trash-talking. She does this several times to the Tengu Shredder.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Shoulders of Doom: As Shredder.
  • Spikes of Doom: As Shredder.
  • Tin Tyrant: When she takes over the Shredder's mantle.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season Four, after the exile of Ch'rell. She gets better in Season Five and only antagonizes the Turtles again when the Utrom Shredder returns in Turtles Forever. After he goes absolutely insane and tries to destroy The Multiverse in his vendetta against all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, she makes a permanent Heel–Face Turn and tries to stop him.
  • Tyke-Bomb: An orphan found and adopted by the Shredder at an early age, he turned her into one of his most loyal and capable lieutenants. The Shredder, surprisingly enough, turns out to be a rather good parent (at least from her account) and the ensuing loyalty she feels to him is at the core of her character arc.
  • Undying Loyalty: This is what prevents her from making a Heel–Face Turn for most of the series; She genuinely respects the Turtles, almost has a friendship with Leonardo and knows to some extent that the Shredder's motives aren't exactly pure, but due to the role he played in her life, she feels like she owes him, and stays by his side no matter what. Even when he actually is defeated, she ends up blaming the Turtles for it and going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against them. Eventually, it takes the Shredder trying to destroy The Multiverse (him and her included) to make her leave him once and for all.
  • Villain with Good Publicity
  • Wild Card
  • Worthy Opponent: To the Turtles in general, but typically to Leo.

     Shredder Mutants 

Hideously mutated clones of The Shredder, dressed in modified Shredder armor and trained to work as elite Foot soldiers.

     Foot Elite 

Elite ninjas of the Foot and the Shredders personal body guards and lieutenants.

  • Avenging the Villain: After the Shredders death at the hands of the Turtles, the remaining Elites swear a vendetta against both them, and the factions of the Foot now fighting for control over New York.
  • A Day in the Limelight: They got a little more focus in the "City at War" arc as they try to regain control of the city for themselves.
  • The Dreaded: Becomes this to Leonardo after the savage beatdown he recieves at their hands. They are not present in the comic book version of the storyline.
  • Elite Mook: They serve as the absolute best fighters of the Foot, second only to Shredder himself.
  • Enemy Civil War: They strike at all parties involved in the war over the New York underworld, including the Japanese Foot.
  • Flat Character: None of them really have any character traits beyond their blind loyalty to the Shredder. In the cartoon each Elite has a unique weapon, an axe, a spear, a poleaxe and a doublebladed sword, but thats about it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Barring the uncertain question of whether or not they eventually got killed by the Tengu Shredder, the Foot Elite in this series don't die at the hands of the Turtles during the City at War story, unlike their Mirage counterparts, and go on to become recurring villains until the fifth season.
  • Uncertain Doom: In the fifth season, they're taken down by the Tengu Shredder and are never seen again, not even during Fast Forward or Back To the Sewers. Whether they died or not is never adequately answered.

     Dr. Chaplin 

Voiced by: Sam Riegel

A young scientist who becomes the head of the Foot's science department in season 3.

  • Always Someone Better: Is this to Stockman. Stockman spends multiple episodes designing ways to kill the turtles, Chaplin nearly succeeds in his debut with his Nigh Invulnerable Mecha-Mooks, which were only stopped thanks to sabotage by Stockman.
  • Amazon Chaser: A look at his Amazon Blade Bots makes it clear that a large part of his crush on Karai rests on her ability to kick ass.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent in Season 4, he returns in Season 5 as Karai's lieutenant.
  • The Dragon: Karai's lieutenant in Season 5.
  • Improbable Age: Although the art style makes it somewhat hard to determine just how old he is, the various comments made about it suggest that he is either a teen or barely in his twenties when he debuts, which makes him a rather young for a doctor and way too young for a department head.
  • Mythology Gag: He looks like the 1987 human Baxter Stockman, sharing the same wardrobe, with the only difference being his hair color being red, but that's derived from Baxter's eventual mutation into a fly.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not evil at all, just on the wrong side and loyal to Karai.


Voiced by: Sean Schemmel

A highly skilled Foot Ninja who tries to bring the Clan back to its former glory in season 7, and who becomes Cyber Shredder's agent in the real world.

  • Animal Motif: The dragon—fitting, since he's also The Dragon.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: Essentially only introduced in Back to the Sewers to replace Karai as the acting leader of the Foot, since it's heavily implied that she left with Chaplin after the season 5 finale
  • The Dragon: To Cyber Shredder.
  • Evil Mentor: He is first seen running a martial arts school, whose students include Casey.
  • Flat Character: He doesn't serve much purpose besides being the Shredder's right-hand man.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after the Foot essentially dissolved after Season 5, he still trained ninjas to prepare for the return of the Shredder.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: