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The Ninja Tribunal Arc

     The Ancient One 
Voiced by: David Chen

Hamato Yoshi's adoptive parent and, for a time, Leonardo's sensei.

  • Acrofatic: Much wider than he is tall, but able to kick ass with the best of them.
  • Ambiguously Human: Adopted Yoshi not long after WWII, but doesn't appear to have aged since then, he knows Magical Martial Arts and his proportions are rather freakish for a human being. It's at least possible that he's from one of the other dimensions that overlaps with the Battle Nexus, since he probably introduced Yoshi to it, but he could also just be an extraordinary human like the Tribunal members.
  • Back for the Finale: He's one of the guests at Casey and April's wedding and takes part in the ensuing battle against the Cyber Shredder.
  • Big Good: Shares the role with Splinter in the fifth season after the apparent deaths of the Tribunal.
  • Gass Hole: Early on, he teaches Leo a lesson on how he can't win all his battles by getting him pit against some near invincible warriors. How did the Ancient One put through Leonardo through this lesson? By farting and alerting said warriors to their presence.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he significantly softens up in the fifth season (due to the Tribunal generally being massive jerks), he's a bit rough and very blunt, with at least one of his lessons almost getting Leonardo killed, and at one point smacks him over the head for being too long-winded about his troubles. Outside of this, he's a helpful teacher, and he does enjoy Leonardo's company.
  • My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for not doing anything about the darkness in Mashimi's heart before his murder of Tang Shen.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Once Leonardo learns of his true nature, he drops the crazy mentor facade, though he remains fairly whimsical until the fifth season.
  • Old Master: An elderly ninja master.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Only ever known as the "Ancient One". Amusingly, the Tribunal calls him "Young One."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Leonardo and Michelangelo even wish they could be studying under him over the rough Tribunal.
  • Trickster Mentor: At first.

     The Ninja Tribunal 
Voiced by: David Zen Mansley (Kon), Marc Thompson (Juto) and Lenore Zann (Chikara)

A quartet of long-lived ninja masters who have made it their lives mission to stop the Demon Shredder. Their names are Kon, Juto, Chikara, and Hisomi.

  • Amazonian Beauty : Chikara. Adam certainly thinks so.
  • Big Good: In early Season 5.
  • The Chessmasters: Played a really long game in preparation for the final defeat of the Tengu Shredder.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Hisomi is yellow/gold. Chikara is green. Juto is blue. Kon is white.
  • Disney Death: They are only revealed to have survived in the ending of the season finale.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They're the chief leaders of the opposition to the Tengu Shredder, but they're almost complete assholes in doing so.
  • Meaningful Name: Chikara's name is the Japanese word for "Power". Her specialty is physical strength.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Initially, anyway.
  • Physical Gods: Became this through years of training.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They've been around since about 300 BC. They refer to the Ancient One as "Young One".
  • Sacrificial Lions: Their apparent deaths force the Turtles to confront the Tengu Shredder on their own.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Chikara is the only female member.
  • Token Good Teammate: While Hisomi is still kind of a jerk, he's much more constructive and helpful as opposed to the other members, who tend to berate the students even when they do something correct.
  • The Voiceless: Hisomi is the only member to not speak. Justified since he embodies silence, one of the three pillars of ninjutsu.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: This is how Splinter (and the audience) react when the Ninja Tribunal refused to do anything about the Utrom Shredder, even allowing him to kill Master Yoshi. Justified when it's revealed that without Yoshi's death, Splinter and the turtles wouldn't have been mutated, something Don lampshaded 3 seasons ago in the Clip Show episode.

     The Acolytes 
Voiced by: David Moo (Faraji Ngala), Rebecca Soler (Joi Reynard), Britton Herring (Adam McKay) and David Chen (Tora Yoshida)

Four martial artists who were kidnapped along with the turtles to serve as the Ninja Tribunal's apprentices. Their names are Faraji Ngala, Joi Reynard, Adam McKay, and Tora Yoshida.

  • Back for the Finale: They're guests at Casey and April's wedding, and fight against the Cyber Shredder.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While they all prove badass in their own way, they aren't on the same level as the turtles.
  • Sacrificial Lions: They eventually come back, but their “deaths” serve this purpose.
  • Satellite Characters: Each acolyte establishes a rapport with a particular turtle, whom they revolve around—Faraji befriends Leo, Joi bonds with Raph, etc.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Joi is the only girl of the Acolytes.

     The Tengu Shredder/Oroku Saki 
Voiced by: Scottie Ray

The original Shredder, namesake of Ch'Rell's identity, and the antagonist of Season 5.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In a way minor extent, the original Oroku Saki has no records of originally being a hero, while in here he was one of the five heroes before falling to evil.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Saki is no saint in the original comics and despite Adaptational Heroism mention above, he is far too evil than any incarnation after his fall.
  • Age Lift: Most incarnations are from the modern age, while in here, he was from the 4th Century.
  • Badass Cape: Sports a pretty awesome one.
  • Berserk Button: Doesn't take kindly to the Mystics suggesting he should kill Karai, stating he does whatever he pleases.
  • Big Bad: For Season 5.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He's much less subtle and more active in his pursuits to kill his opposition, and doesn't have a goal involving getting back to his home planet or getting revenge; he just wants to Take Over the World. He also lacks the personal enmity the previous Shredders had with the Turtles, and thus frequently underestimates them.
  • Deal with the Devil: In exchange for sparing the Tengu's life, Saki merge with him and gain unspeakable power.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: When he cameod in Back To The Sewers, he looked much more top-heavy and the cover for his arms looked more like black bandages, along with having a much "pointier" aesthetic, presumably to further distinguish himself from Ch'Rell's overall look.
  • The Dreaded: Given that he is considered the greatest evil to ever walk the face of the Earth and the immense power he wields, the Ninja Tribunal, the Ancient One, and soon everyone else, has a good reason to fear him and try their hardest to keep him from resurrecting.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once a comrade of the Ninja Tribunal before becoming corrupted by the Tengu and merging with him.
  • Flat Character: Saki nor the Tengu get much in the way of characterization except for their goal to conquer the world.
  • For the Evulz: Most of his actions are caused by a love of spreading fear and destruction.
  • Fusion Dance: Both Saki and the Tengu merge together.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The inspiration for Ch'Rell's identity and the true master of the Foot Mystics, whose goal is to resurrect him. He doesn't come into action until the second half in Season 5.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Downplayed; while he's not the same as Ch'Rell, the conflict of Season 5 is against the one with the original Shredder title.
  • Jerkass: He pretends to be the Oroku Saki that Karai knows after she impales him, just to mess with her.
  • The Juggernaut / Invincible Villain: Karai sending an army his way, and preparing with Magitek, fails to slow him down. The turtles, even with the power and weapons they gained from the Ninja Tribunal, can't damage him. Even when Karai starts draining his energy he defeats every opponent in his way until a Deus ex Machina in the form of Hamato Yoshi's ghost appearing in his way.
  • Large Ham: Much like Ch'Rell.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Admits he can't wait to hear the screams when he remakes the world in his image.
  • Merger of Souls: The Shredder Tengu and Oroku Saki became one after the former made a deal with the latter.
  • One-Winged Angel: He can transform into large dragon when more strength is needed.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Was the best of the warriors who fought against the Tengu, actually beating it single handedly. And is quick to turn evil when the Tengu offers him power.
  • Physical God: He's one of the most powerful characters introduced in the series, being able to warp the landscape, outclasses almost any group of enemies, and being very hard to effectively hurt.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: While he was a powerful warrior as a human, as a demon he relies entirely on his supernatural powers.
  • Superpower Lottery: Definitely a winner, displaying:
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: In a sense. We get his basic backstory in that he was a powerful warrior who got corrupted and we also get to see him display his power many times over. However, not much more in the way of characterization and exploring his motives or personality more in-depth are given. It also didn't help that the Ninja Tribunal season was only about half as long as an ordinary season, thus ensuring that the Demon Shredder wouldn't get anywhere near as much focus or development as Ch'rell did.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The only reason he's defeated. Even after Karai draining his energy, he was winning his fight with the turtles until the energy drain proved so much it started to turn the tide against him.
  • Villainous Valor: One positive thing that can be said about him despite his arrogance is that he's not a coward. Even when he's clearly lost he states he will fight to his last breath.

     The Shredder's Heralds / Foot Mystics 
Voiced by: Sean Schemmel (Earth, Fire, and Metal Mystics) and Brian Maillard (Wind and Water Mystics)

The Demon Shredder's heralds, who had been forced to serve the Utrom Shredder until they engineered their freedom.

  • Ascended Extra: They were one-off villains for the penultimate arc of the first season, and voiceless. They return early in the fourth season, and nearly mentally break the Turtles, discover the location of their lair, and facilitate a plot that leads to the return of the Tengu Shredder, becoming the Big Bads for the first half of the fifth season before returning to their role as his Dragons.
  • Big Bad: For the first half of the fifth season.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: A non-romantic example; though they deem Ch'Rell an "Utrom abomination", they appreciated his large amount of respect for their powers when they served him, in comparison to his daughter, who cares less what they think.
  • Diabolusex Nihilo: Even though they get an expanded role, there is no explanation as to what they are or where they came from.
  • Elemental Powers: Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, and Metal.
  • The Dragons: For the demon Shredder
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Their first appearance is almost abrupt, with the Turtles suddenly finding themselves fighting against explicitly supernatural enemies. Lessens later on as we learn the Utrom Shredder acquired their seal at some point.
  • Logical Weakness: How Splinter defeats them the first time with the Sword of Tengu, using to throw whatever element the weak to against another. In his own words "Fire melts metal, water quenches fire, earth swallows water, and wind scatters earth." The wind he simply beats with the Sword of Tengu.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The reason they turned on Karai. Unlike Ch'rell, she had no respect for them and ignored their opinions, declaring that since she possessed the Heart of Tengu, they would do whatever she pleased.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Despite their loyalty to the demon Shredder, they are obsessed with getting revenge on Karai. They question him why he isn't concern to punish Karai for using his name, he tells them he's cares more about ruling the world. Though they don't wish to deter their master with his plans, this does not sit well with them. They also fume over the Shredder's lack of action when the Turtles and their allies attack their fortress.
  • Suddenly Voiced: They speak in the Season 4 episode "Bad Day".
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Demon Shredder, despite his abuse.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Are seemingly killed by Splinter in their debut only to reappear with no explanation.
  • The Voiceless: Neither of them speak in the first season until the fourth season.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can take on other forms besides their default two.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Demon Shredder let them get killed.


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