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Ninjas, vanish!
~ Tatsu ordering his Foot Ninjas to retreat.

Tatsu is the right hand ninja of the Shredder and the secondary antagonist in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and its 1991 sequel, and a minor antagonist in the fifth season of the 2012 TV series.

He was portrayed by Toshishiro Obata in the 1990 film.

Biography

Movies

In the first movie, Tatsu acts as the mentor of the Foot ninjas and abuses them physically for failure, even almost killing a young teenager called Shen Sho. Casey Jones defeated Tatsu at the end of the movie.

In the second movie, Tatsu tried to assume the leadership of the Foot after the Shredder's presumed death. However, it turned out that his master was alive and he served him once more. Tatsu's fate is unknown at the end of the movie, as he was last seen being crushed between the shells of all four turtles. He was arrested by the NYPD and sent to prison off-screen.

2012 Series

In the 2012 Turtles series, a much different version of Tatsu (now called Hattori Tatsu) serves as a minor yet important antagonist in the first arc of Season 5. He was voice by Michael Hagiwara.

The Forgotten Swordsman

Tatsu, after hearing about Shredder's death, decides to go to New York and take over the Foot Clan from Karai, who now uses it for good. Tatsu soon turns the Foot against Karai and her friend Shinigami and orders them to hunt her down, and they end up chasing her to a warehouse where a masked Tatsu is waiting for them. After he takes out Shinigami, Karai then realizes Tatsu's identity and transforms into her snake form to attack him, only to be easily brushed aside, although Shinigami manages to distract him long enough for them to escape. An angry Tatsu then strikes one of his ninjas, frustrated at their incompetence, and orders them to find the Kuro Kabuto.

Karai and Shinigami then head to the Turtles' lair in order to receive their assistance and stop Tatsu from retrieving the Kuro Kabuto, and, although Casey Jones argues that they should let Tiger Claw and Tatsu's forces fight it out, Raphael and Michelangelo return and inform them of Tiger Claw's desire to use the Kabuto to revive Shredder.

Later, while he is walking to his car, Tatsu is confronted by Fishface and Rahzar, the latter of which recognizes Tatsu. Tatsu then easily defeats Fishface and offers to let Rahzar back into his new Foot Clan before driving off. As Fishface gets back up, Rahzar states that Tatsu's offer is worth considering.

At his new headquarters, Tatsu joyfully wields the Kuro Kabuto just as the Turtles, Karai and Shinigami allies shut off power to the building and Leonardo and Karai prepare to attack, however, Tatsu easily blocks them and starts to fight back. Tatsu then begins to beat down on Leonardo, Karai, Shinigami and Michelangelo and Karai manages to knock off Tatsu's mask, revealing that, to everyone's shock, he is completely blind. Tatsu then continues to fight the four warriors and explains that he was born blind, yet had an acute sense of hearing and, while everyone mocked him, Shredder saw his abilities as an asset and let him join the Foot Clan. Tatsu also reveals that, when she began to lead the Foot, Karai sent her ninjas to kill him, although he survived and sought vengeance. As April, Casey Jones, Donatello and Raphael join the fight, Tatsu continues to beat down on the Turtles and their allies, seriously injuring Casey and Shinigami, to the point where Raphael comments that fighting Tatsu is like fighting Shredder. At that moment, Leonardo states that Tatsu is still blind and begins to throw off his sense of hearing by constantly tossing Casey Jones' explosive hockey pucks while Karai runs at him. However, Tatsu is able to hear Karai and counters, only for Leonardo to sneak up behind him and deliver a strike at his nervous system, disabling his hearing long enough for Karai to defeat him using her snake form. As Karai takes back the Foot Clan, Rahzar drops in and Tatsu believes he is there to help, only for Rahzar to deny alliance to him as Kavaxas drops through the ceiling and drains Tatsu's soul, killing him.

End Times

After the Seal of the Ancients is broken by the revived Super Shredder, Kavaxas reveals that killing an evil warrior (Tatsu), reviving an evil warrior (Shredder) and destroying the Seal were all part of a prophecy that would allow Kavaxas to release the spirits of the underworld on to the realm of mortals. Tatsu's spirit later appears as one of the many spirits released from the underworld, however, he is defeated by April, Donatello, and Raphael using the anti-spirit devices Donatello created and is presumably sent back to the Netherworld.

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Comics
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

Television
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

Movies
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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Live-Action Films
Freddy Krueger | Critters | Shredder | Tatsu | Tokka and Rahzar | Walker | Lord Norinaga | Jason Voorhees | The Mask | Dorian Tyrell | Sweet Eddy | Orlando | Freeze | Niko | Nicholas Andre | Dr. Evil | Scott Evil | Frau Farbissina | Number Two | Alotta Fagina | Fembots | Vanessa Kensington | Glenn Gulia | Thomas Griffin | Sang | Clive Cobb | Deacon Frost | Quinn | Vanessa Brooks | Mercury | Racquel | Pearl | Officer Krieger | Dr. Zachary Smith | Spider Smith | Mini-Me | Fat Bastard | Adrian | Cassius | The Peeper | Sauron | Saruman | Gollum | Durin's Bane | Witch-King of Angmar | Gothmog | Ricky Tan | Hu Li | Steven Reign | Zing | Chuck Cedar | Mac McGrath | Goldmember | Jared Nomak | Eli Damaskinos | Reaper Strain | Dieter Reinhardt | Scud | Gothmog | Drake | Danica Talos | Asher Talos | Jarko Grimwood | Pac-Man | Werewolf | Loki | Kenji | Varden Reynard | Dragon Lady Jasmine | Jason Voorhees | Freddy Krueger | Smaug | Azog | General Fallon | Claire Wyden | Brett Wyden | George, Ralph and Lizzie

See Also
Blade Villains | The Mask Villains | Rush Hour Villains | Middle-Earth Villains | TMNT Villains

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