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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 3 E 21 Attack Of The Mega Shredder

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Leo's desperate attempts to infiltrate the Foot's lair inadvertently leads to a humongous Kaiju attack on the city.


  • Absentee Actor: Stockman and Hun are the only members of the main cast to not appear.
  • Back for the Dead: The Shredder mutants return only to be mutated into the Mega Shredder, only to be seemingly killed.
  • Book-Ends: The episode starts off with rain and ends with rain (of a sort).
  • The Bus Came Back: The trio of Shredder mutants make a comeback, but, well, see above. Also, Donnie has repaired the Turtle Mech, last seen about a year ago. Also, the same recurring homeless man temporarily hampers the Turtles during the opening.
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • We get to see the training room from Clash of the Mutanimals, now repaired.
    • The Turtles are seeking a brain worm so they can reverse-engineer it in an effort to cure Karai, who was brainwashed in The Deadly Venom.
    • The Turtle Mech is only just being repaired after being taken out of action in The Invasion.
    • Once again, the Turtles (especially Leo) are going behind Splinter's back in an effort to save Karai.
    • Leo dons his outfit from Vision Quest.
    • Shredder threatened Bradford and Xever that he'd have Tigerclaw beat them to a pulp as punishment for further failure. Here, we see him go through with that threat when it comes to Zeck and Steranko.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Mega Shredder, a combination of the Shredder Mutants and beastly clones of Oroku Saki.
  • Extra Eyes / Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Mega Shredder has quite a few.
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  • Fusion Dance: Bebop and Rocksteady trick the Shredder mutants into hopping into Stockman's vat of mutagen, and they combine into a colossal, grotesque Kaiju.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: For this episode, anyway. Raph's leg is sprained during the initial mission, sitting him out until he helps pilot the Turtle Mech.
  • Kaiju: The Mega Shredder is outright called one.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Mega Shredder.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The title is a reference to the second movie when Shredder mutates himself.
    • This isn't the first time in the franchise a Turtle has been eaten alive and fought their way out.
    • In perhaps a sign of Villain Decay beginning to take place, Bebop and Rocksteady have their first humiliating defeat that was caused by their bumbling nature.
  • Never My Fault: Shredder is once again passing blame onto Splinter and the Turtles. This time for Karai being hooked up to a machine that inserts brain worms into her head, which he had her hooked up to.
    • Bebop and Rocksteady blame each other for creating the Mega Shredder, and in front of Shredder they blame the turtles for it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Bebop and Rocksteady manage to capture the Turtles, but their taunts led the duo to create a very gigantic mutant that ended up freeing the Turtles and destroying part of Shredder's lab.
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    • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: this mutant then goes on a rampage throughout the city, putting the people endanger and requiring the turtles to stop it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tigerclaw delivers some brutal punishment on Shredder's behalf to Bebop and Rocksteady for their failure.
  • Rain of Blood: When the turtles blow up the Mega Shredder it rains green goo over the city.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Mega Shredder has some Godzilla-esque dorsal fins on it's back and has a similar theme play when it appears.
    • The Turtle Mech battling the Mega Shredder is reminiscent of Pacific Rim.
    • In a case of using Stock Sound Effects, at least twice, the Mega Shredder lets out the roars of the Indominus rex.
    • Leo using the two grappling guns and two swords to fight a giant monster. Attack on Titan anyone?
  • Too Many Mouths: The Mega Shredder, not counting naked clones of Oroku Saki.
  • You Have Failed Me: Instead of killing Zeck and Steranko for their failure to stop the Turtles, Shredder instead sics Tigerclaw on them.
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