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We know you're out there! If you don't surrender, we start executing hostages!
~ Karai luring the Turtles.

Karai is a supporting antagonist of the 2014 Paramount film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a minor antagonist of its 2016 sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. She is the mission leader of the Foot Clan and the Shredder's assistant.

She is portrayed by Minae Noji in the first film and Brittany Ishibashi in the 2016 sequel.

History

TMNT (2014)

Karai is the second in command of the Foot Clan. She is the assistant to Shredder and is the one who leads the missions for the Foot Clan. She attempts to draw out the Turtles in the subway by capturing hostages (including April O'Neil), but is subsequently knocked into a wall. Karai assists the Shredder and Eric Sacks various times in the film. During the battle on the mountains, Karai leads the Foot Clan to follow in pursuit of the turtles, until they manage to ram her jeep into a tree.

Back Out of The Shadows

In the sequel, Karai reappears as the Shredder's right-hand woman and bodyguard. She works closely with the Shredder and Baxter Stockman and is assigned to guard the Technodrome's shield. However, April and Vern arrive and battle Karai and her Foot soldiers, defeating Karai in the process. It is unknown of what happened to Karai afterwards.

Trivia

  • This is the first live-action appearance of the character.
  • This is one of the few times Karai doesn't redeem herself and help the Turtles in some way.
  • Unlike other iterations of the character, this version of Karai has less of a major role, much to the chagrin of TMNT fans and reviewers.
  • Karai was going to have more scenes in the first film. In one such scene, she battles April O'Neil in downtown Manhattan, only for Vernon Fenwick to arrive in the nick of time, hit Karai with a gurney, and have April finish her off.
    • However, the concept of April and Vernon fighting Karai is reused in Out of the Shadows.
  • Karai is ultimately the secondary antagonist of the series.

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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

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TMNT 1 & 2: Foot Clan (Shredder, 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

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