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Karai is the secondary antagonist in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. She is a member and leader of the Foot Clan Japanese branch, and, following the events of City at War. She became the leader of the Foot Clan New York branch. She's sometimes the daughter of the Shredder, and is one of the Ninja Turtle enemies. Despite her being an enemy, Karai has helped the Turtles on more than one occasions.She has a special relationship with Leo with the two sharing an amibioius rivalery sometimes a little more than "friendly".

Comic Book Appearances

Mirage Comics

Karai appears in the Mirage Comics as the leader of the foot clan and sometimes both a foe and ally to the turtles.Shredder himself answered to Karai and Karai even don the Shredder mantle at some point making her one of the main antagonists of the series.

IDW Comics

Karai appears more younger than her mirage counterpart and where she is the descendant of Shredder as well as his right-hand woman,Where she refered to him as grandfather rather than father.

TV Appearances

2003 TMNT

Main article: Karai (2003 TMNT)

Karai appears as the adopted daughter of The Shredder. After his apparent demise, she temporary took on the persona of The Shredder. She is shown to be a loyal servant towards the Shredder, but is willing to betray him and side with the Turtles, if his goals are going too far. This creates opportunity for her to team up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, especially Leonardo, and shows her struggling with allegiances. Karai is a deadly warrior, but inside is a kind heart waiting to be released.

2012 TMNT

Main article: Karai (TMNT 2012)

Karai appears as the adopted daughter of the Shredder. However, unlike other adaptations, Karai was once Splinter's daughter Hamato Miwa, but was kidnapped and raised by Shredder to be used to kill Splinter. Shredder also lied to her that Splinter killed her mother, in which she sought to avenge her mother's death. She eventually discovered her true origins and that Shredder was the one responsible of the death of her mother. She then sought revenge on Shredder. This resulted in her getting captured by the Foot Clan. When the Turtles tried to rescue her, Karai ended up falling into a vat of Mutagen, resulting in her turning into a mutated snake-like creature, which she can semi-revert back into her original self.

Movie Appearances

TMNT (2007)

In this adaptation, Karai is the new leader of the Foot Clan, after the Shredder was killed. She, and her army were hired by Maximillion Winters to capture 13 monsters so he could break a curse that Winters and his brethren unleashed thousands of years ago. Some time after the Stone Generals betrayed Winters, Karai and the Foot were offered by Aguila to join them. Karai explained that the Foot works for Winters and not for them. While the Turtles were confronting the Stone Generals, Karai, the Foot, April O'Neil, and Casey Jones went to find the 13th monster to end the curse. After they were successful, Karai disappeared on good terms with the Turtles.

Michael Bay films

Main article: Karai (Live-Action)

Karai makes a brief appearance as a minor antagonist in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, Out of the Shadows. She is portrayed by Minae Noji in the first film and Brittany Ishibashi in Out of the Shadows.


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Shredder (Mirage, Archie, IDW, Mirage Comics, Raphael, Doctor Shreddarius & Lady Shredder) | Foot Clan | Foot Elite | Karai | Ch'rell | Baxter Stockman (Archie & IDW) | Krang (Archie & IDW) | Hun | Purple Dragons | Adolf Hitler | Ninjara | Slash | Leatherhead | Triceratons | Commander Mozar | Zanramon | Shredder Clones | Tokka & Rahzar | Alopex | Kitsune | Koya | Bludgeon | Rat King | Agent Bishop | Bebop and Rocksteady | Savanti Romero | Skonk | Darius Dun | Tatsu | Master Sliver | General Tragg | Dragon | Null (IDW Version) | Maligna (IDW Version) | Craniac | Armaggon | Old Hob

1987 TV series: Shredder | Bebop & Rocksteady | Baxter Stockman | Krang | Rat King | Lord Dregg | Antrax | Barney Stockman | Don Turtelli | General Tragg | Groundchuck & Dirtbag | Krangazoids
1997 TV series: Foot Clan (Shredder) | The Rank (Dragon Lord | Wick | Dr. Quease | Good Dragon | Rank Lieutenant | Clone Turtles) | Simon Bonesteel | Silver | Monkey Thief Mick and Monkey Thief Dick | VamMi | Bing | Chi Chu | Heavy Duke
2003 TV series: Utrom Shredder (Future Self, Tengu Shredder & Cyber Shredder) | Karai | Baxter Stockman | Rat King | Drako | Ultimate Ninja | Hun | Darius Dun | Sh'Okanabo | Dark Turtles | Viral | Torbin Zixx | Agent Bishop | General Blanque | Zanramon | Commander Mozar | Lonae | Mr. Touch and Mr. Go | Abigail Finn | Parker | Harry Parker | Kluh | Ammag | Levram Wizard | Dragon Face | Johnny | Two Ton | Yukio Mashimi | Moriah | Weasel | Master Sliver | Savanti Romero | Skonk | Triple Threat | Nano | Mephos | Boss Zukko | High Mage | Lord Hebi | The Brotherhood (Councilor) | Garbageman
2012 TV series: Foot Clan (Shredder, Karai, Tiger Claw, Rahzar, Fishface, Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter Stockman, Antrax, Shredder Mutants/Mega Shredder, Hattori Tatsu, Chrome Dome & Koga Takuza) | The Kraang (Kraang Prime & Kraang Subprime) | Triceraton Empire (Emperor Zanmoran & Captain Mozar) | Lord Dregg | Armaggon | Savanti Romero | Newtralizer | Slash | Kavaxas | Rat King | Purple Dragons (Hun & Fong) | Visiozo's Mob (Don Vizioso, Fulci Twins & The Hammer) | Snakeweed | Spider Bytez | Overmind | Za-Naron | Dracula | Justin | Mutagen Man | Pizza Face | Dream Beavers | Speed Demon | Squirrelanoids | Chimera | Spy-Roach | Maximus Kong | Verminator Rex | Jei
Rise of the TMNT: Baron Draxum | Albearto | Baxter Stockboy | Big Mama | Meat Sweats | Hypno-Potamus | Foot Brute | Foot Lieutenant | Warren Stone | Repo Mantis | Evil League of Mutants | Shredder

TMNT 1 & 2: Foot Clan (Shredder, Danny Tatsu, Tokka and Rahzar)
TMNT 3: Walker | Lord Norinaga
TMNT (2007): Stone Generals (Aguila, Gato, Mono & Serpiente) | Foot Clan (Karai)
TMNT (2014): Foot Clan (Shredder, Eric Sacks, Karai & Baxter Stockman)
TMNT: Out of the Shadows: Krang | Foot Clan (Shredder, Karai, Baxter Stockman, Bebop and Rocksteady)
Batman vs. TMNT: Foot Clan (Shredder & Baxter Stockman) | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul, Ubu & Talia al Ghul) | Joker | Harley Quinn | Scarecrow | Mr. Freeze | Poison Ivy | Bane | Two-Face | Penguin

Video Games
NES Platformer: Shredder | Mechaturtle
TMNT II: The Arcade Game: Shogun | Tora
TMNT: Mutants in Manhatten: Shredder