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MORTAL! You dare call upon Kavaxas, lord of the Demodragons, ruler of the Netherworld!? I will burn you and the rest of these abominations to ASH!
~ Kavaxas upon being summoned by Tiger Claw.
In a dimension of suffering, in an age of pain, I rule on a throne of bone! I, Kavaxas, swore one day that I would rule ALL dimensions. The time has come!
~ Kavaxas rising to power.

Kavaxas, also called "Hot Head", is one of the main antagonists of Season 5 of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, serving as the titular main antagonist of the Kavaxas arc. He is an immensely powerful Demodragon who rules over the Netherworld and desires to unleash his demonic army on the world and destroy humanity.

He was voiced by Mark Hamill, who also played The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, the Skeleton King in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!, the Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Maximus in the Fantastic Four animated series, Stickybeard in Codename: Kids Next Door, Flint in Disney's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Niju in Balto II: Wolf Quest by Universal Pictures, Solomon Grundy in the DC Animated Universe, John Curtis in Criminal Minds, Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Trickster in The FlashDictatious Maximus Galadrigal in Trollhunters, ShiverJack in Disney's Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Undergrowth in the Danny Phantom series, Agent Goodman in Disney's Recess: School's Out, Popsicles in the 2016 reiteration of The Powerpuff Girls, and Alvin the Treacherous in DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon series.


Kavaxas is a tall, red-scaled dragon humanoid with leathery bat-like wings, a spiked tail, and yellow reptilian slit eyes.


Kavaxas is an evil spirit who is the lord of the Demodragons, a race that serve as a hybrid of demons and dragons, because he is the most powerful. He is shown to be a very temperamental and destructive individual. As a demon spawned from the Netherworld and lord of the demodragons, Kavaxas is a being of pure evil, craving only destruction and chaos where he goes and being aware of the difference between right and wrong despite being a demon. He sees himself as one who is above that of mortals and mocks them on their weaknesses. He does not like to be ordered very much, as he is often greatly disdainful whenever Tiger Claw commands him via the aid of the ancient seal that controls him.



Kavaxas is an ancient demodragon, a race of demons living in the Netherworld. He then ascended as it's leader, being this universe's version of Satan. He was summoned by multiple magicians for millenia but they were all killed the moment he was summoned.

Scroll of the Demodragon

Tiger Claw performs a summoning ritual after he had captured the Ninja Turtles, April O'Neil and Casey Jones while desiring to revive Shredder from the dead after he was killed by Leonardo. He activated a seal in middle of altar and read a chant a scroll and the portal activated and fire burst throughout the room. Kavaxas appeared, but immediately upon arrival, he turned on Tiger Claw and attacked him with his fire breath, however, Tiger Claw holds up the Seal of the Ancients and Kavaxas is forced to obey him. Tiger Claw then orders Kavaxas to attack the Turtles, April and Casey and give them a slow, painful death. Kavaxas then attacks the Turtles and completely overpowers them, with his skin being so tough that Leonardo's swords break on contact and April's psychic powers not even phasing him due to him not being from their reality. Kavaxas tries to kill Leonardo, but Michelangelo throws a smoke bomb in his face and they escape and before he gives chase, Tiger Claw holds up the seal and states that he doesn't want him out of sight. After escaping, the Turtles, April and Casey reflect on their fight with Kavaxas and Michelangelo remarks that he's even more powerful than Super Shredder. As they are talking, Tiger Claw asks Kavaxas if he has the power required to grant his greatest wish; reviving Shredder.

The Forgotten Swordsman

After Fishface retrieves Rahzar's body from the bottom of the ocean, Kavaxas performs a ritual to bring him back to life. Kavaxas then explains that he requires the Shredder's heart (which contains his soul) and the Kuro Kabuto (which contains his mental energy) in order to revive Shredder from the dead. Kavaxas later bursts into Shredder's old lair with Rahzar and Tiger Claw in order to retrieve the Kuro Kabuto and mercilessly kills Hattori Tatsu by draining his soul. Kavaxas then breaths fire at the Turtles in order to kill them, but April blocks the attack with her psychic powers.

Heart of Evil

After recovering the Kuro Kabuto, Tiger Claw and Kavaxas set out to find Shredder's heart which was in Don Vizioso's position. Later, Tiger Claw and Kavaxas attempt to retrieve the heart only to be confronted by the Turtles and their allies. They managed to play keep away with the seal of the ancients from Kavaxas while Mikey lured Tiger Claw away. April then tries to control Kavaxas but doesn't have enough power to do so. Eventually though Tiger Claw regains the seal and control of Kavaxas. Kavaxas then steals the heart and with everything they need they finally revive Shredder.

End Times

What Tiger Claw and the others didn't know is that the walking corpse Shredder was really under Kavaxas's control and was only using him to get rid of the seal. After the seal is destroyed Kavaxas then unleashes the ghosts of the underworld to destroy the world. The turtles, April, Casey, Karai, Leatherhead, and the ghost of Splinter gather together to thwart his plans. Eventually, Mikey spots the broken seal and uses chewed up gum to fix it. Much to Kavaxas's surprise the seal worked on him and Mikey orders him to stop his attack with Kavaxas obeying him. He is then sent back to the underworld along with Shredder (who tosses Kavaxas in) in to ensure by Mikey's order.

The Crypt of Dracula

Kavaxas is indirectly mentioned by Dracula as Diavolo when Savanti Romero introduces himself to him, thinking he is a demon from the Netherworld and Kavaxas' underlings and asking him if his time has come, to which Romero uses it to his advantage by threatening him to take him to the Netherworld if he doesn't obey him. 


Watch, as the world ends!
~ Kavaxas unleashing his power.
Now is the season of evil! Humanity's last cry!
~ Kavaxas's rise to power.
You have more power then these mutants. But, you don't have the knowledge child. Brave with unique power. I will now simply destroy you. I'LL SWALLOW YOUR SOUL!!!
~ Kavaxas to April.
Welcome my enemies.
~ Kavaxas to the Turtles.
I had to achieve three deeds to end this world. First, destroy a great warrior, Tatsu. Next, resurrect an evil warrior, Shredder. And finally, destroy the seal that binds me. And now, I can unleash the spirits of the netherworld on to the earth and control both worlds!
~ Kavaxas revealing his plans.
You must capture the heart! Allow this escape again and I will tear the entire city to pieces, and you as well!
~ Kavaxas threatening Bebop.

Powers and Abilities

  • Demodragon Physiology: As a Demodragon from the Netherworld, Kavaxas is a remarkably powerful individual, and it is often stated that he is even more powerful than Super Shredder. This makes him one of the strongest enemies that the Turtles have faced. He also possesses powers beyond the limits of their reality.
    • Super Strength: Despite his rather lean frame, Kavaxas possesses immense physical strength to push back and harm the Turtles, April, and Casey with little effort
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: As shown in his debut episode, Kavaxas is immune to damage from mortal weaponry. This is shown when Leonardo's sword shattered when they clashed against his head. Given his power, it is possible that it is impossible to kill him through normal means.
    • Flight: Kavaxas can use his wings in order to take flight at incredible speeds.
    • Pyrokinesis: Befitting his nature as a demonic dragon, Kavaxas is able to breath devastatingly powerful streams of green demonic flames and generate balls of flames from his hands.
    • Psychic and Telekinetic Immunity: When April's mental abilities failed against Kavaxas, he explains that it was due to the fact that he was not of the earthly reality.
    • Soul Absorption: As shown in The Forgotten Swordsman, Kavaxas possesses the ability to steal a person's soul by touching them with one of his hands. This power is ultimately effective as it leave Kavaxas' victims dead when their soul is gone.
    • Power Absorption: Kavaxas claimed that if he swallowed someone whole, he would gain that person's powers, as he had planned to do to April.
    • Resurrection: The main reason Tiger Claw summoned Kavaxas is he can bring the dead back to life, like he did with Rahzar. However, in the case of the Super Shredder, Kavaxas can only bring someone back to life if their corpse is complete. Because Super Shredder's helmet and heart were missing, the ritual wouldn't work.


  • Connection to the Seal of the Ancients: The ritual done by Tiger Claw forces Kavaxas to obey whoever holds the amulet. While Kavaxas is bound to this relic, he reluctantly does what he is told. This amulet also protects the holder from his flames, and, as demonstrated by Michelangelo, the Amulet will create a protective barrier around its holder.
  • Smokescreens: As demonstrated by Mikey in Scroll of the Demodragon, Kavaxas can very briefly be blindsided by a smokescreen that would give his enemies time to escape.
  • Spectro Blasters: Being specially made to take down beings from another reality, the Spectro Blasters damage him, but they don't leave any permanent injuries to him.


  • Kavaxas is a classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain who only appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures and he had his own action figure product from Playmates Toys.
  • The illustration of Kavaxas in the research texts resembles the 1992 action figure of Hothead, complete with his weapons and helmet.
  • Kavaxas is one of the few villains on the show who killed people onscreen, since he drained the souls of Hattori Tatsu, the Hammer, and killed other henchmen of Don Viszioso. The only other villains with such distinction are Shredder (who killed Tang Shen and Splinter), the Triceratons (who destroyed the Earth), Jei (who killed Mickey, Raph and Donnie in a dream), Creep (who drained the mutagen from Raphael), Dracula (who killed the mummy) Newtralizer (who electrocuted Mickey and ate a kraang) and Za-Naron (who vaporized Donnie). He is one of the few villains whose kills are also permanent, with the only one with that distinction is Shredder and Newtralizer.
  • This version of Hothead is completely different because the original Hothead was a friend to the Turtles and he was a dragon while this version of him is evil and he is a Demodragon.

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