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Oroku Saki, better known as the Shredder, is a major antagonist in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series by Mirage Comics. He is a ninja that seeks to kill the Turtles and their master Splinter.
Shredder first appeared in the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the first opponent. He was the younger brother of Oroku Nagi who was killed by Hamato Yoshi. He sought to avenge his older brother by becoming a high ranking ninja and being the leader of the New York branch of the Foot Clan. He eventually killed both Hamato Yoshi and his wife Tang Shen while his rat Splinter escapes and becomes a mutant while raising four mutant Turtles as ninjas for revenge. The Turtles eventually encounter Shredder and his foot soldiers with an epic battle on the roof top. The battle was intense but The Turtles where eventually victorious and succeed in killing Shredder.
After the death of Oroku Saki, several members of the Foot, as well as the Shredder himself seemingly resurrected, would jump and beat Leonardo to the brink of death, and throw his body through the window of the turtles ally April's Second Time Around store. Shredder and the Foot would attack the TMNT, setting the building on fire, and with the help of Casey Jones, they escaped to his grandmother's old farmhouse in Northampton, Massachusetts.
After months of recuperation, the TMNT returned to New York to settle the score with their enemies, and with the help of Zog, a Triceraton mentally confused due to breathing our Earth oxygen, they went to take down the Foot and the Shredder once and for all. During the fight, Zog gets hacked to death by 3 deformed "Mutant Shredder clones". The other Turtles would face them and be taken down one by one, leaving Leonardo to go ahead and face the "real" Shredder himself.
Leonardo faced off against the Shredder alone in which Shredder revealed that he was a worm clone of the original Shredder, but still harbored the hatred of the original. The Foot employed some sort of mystic worms that ate remains of the dead, and then grow into the form of what they ate. The malformed Shredder Elite were the first three experiments with the worms, and the Shredder now facing Leonardo was their fourth. Shredder and Leonardo fought it out and in the end, Leo would end up decapitating him finally killing him. Leonardo would then take Shredder's body and burn it at the Hudson River in a Viking funeral (burning on a raft on a river). With the Shredder gone, chaos erupted in New York City among the leaderless Foot Clan. Shredder later appears in Zullis's trliogy story arc in issues 31,35,and 36 where he attacks the turtles and splinter before being defeated.
Shredder was also in the Image Comics briefly and had a daughter named Pinko. Also, Shredder also briefly appears in volume 4 in a dream of Donatello's fighting him.
Tales of the TMNT
It is shown that after Leonardo defeated the Shredder, he had yet another resurrection of sort, a Foot Mysticnamed Mashima would find the remains and use the mysterious worms that created Shredder's clone body again, which had gained sentience, the worms then went out to find a new body, but this time they'd also eat the remains of a shark. This shark monster retained Saki's memories and considered himself the real Oroku Saki. This creature wasted no time and started his revenge against the Turtles and Splinter kidnapping him. Facing the Turtles, who defeated it, after a long struggle, in which, by the mysterious abilities of this new creature, the personalities of the Turtles were turned upside down, by severing it's connection to the mystic, he realized he was just a clone and escaped, also eating the Foot Mystic. Sometime later, the monster returned, however, and had the Foot kidnap Casey's adopted daughter Shadow to lure the Turtles into a trap. With the Turtles away this Shark/Worm/Shredder monster would face Splinter and Casey Jones. They defeated this incarnation of Shredder with the help of the Foot Mystic Mashima, who had meanwhile merged with the Shredder Shark clone, and rescued Shadow finally killing the creature.
Other Versions of the Shredder
Throughout a considerable part of the Mirage comic series, Raphael tries to impersonate Shredder by wearing his armor. Following this, he is accepted as the leader of the Foot Clan. In later issues of the series, a mysterious Lady Shredder appears to challenge Raphael. Although the book was canceled before her identity could be revealed, writer Gary Carlson confirmed after the fact that she was meant to be Karai.
In Volume Four series, Leonardo encounters Oroku Yoshi, a Battle Nexus contestant wearing armor almost identical to that of the second animated series' Shredder and alter shows up in 32 where informs Leo of someone wanting to see the both of them. His connection to Oroku Saki and the Foot is not known, since the bi-monthly comic was ultimately cancelled in 2010.
There was also another version called Doctor Shreddarius where in a reality where the turtles are superheroes.
Powers and Abilities
Shredder was a trained ninja and uses bladed weapons and martial arts for combat. He also obtains various powers as a mutant such as super strength and durability, as well as being made of a colony of worms that later becomes a shark mutant. He is also very proficient strategist and shows high leadership skills.
- In stark contrast of his later incarnations, Mirage Comics' Shredder had no direct conflict against Hamato Yoshi as he only killed him to avenge his brother.
- Also, Shredder was originally meant to be a one-shot villain but his popularity made him a recurring villain in later issues and more comic book series of the TMNT.
- Shredder was the first primary antagonist of the TMNT franchise the second being Krang.