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Villain Overview

In this pathetically weak world, only the strongest rise to heights of great power. I control this city, and soon, I will be master of this world. Nothing can stand in my way! No police! No government! And certainly not these... mutant freaks! I will crush them all! I am... the Shredder!
~ The Shredder's bio.
None of you will leave here alive!
~ Utrom Shredder's most famous quote.
You speak my name, but you do not know me! I am Ch'rell, Oroku Saki, Duke Acureds, the one, true Shredder! I am a destroyer of worlds, and I fear no-one!
~ Ch'rell, also known as the Utrom Shredder.

Ch'rell, also known as the Utrom Shredder, is the main antagonist of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.

He appears as the main antagonist of Seasons 1-3 and the series finale movie Turtles Forever, the overarching antagonist of Seasons 4 and 7, a flashback antagonist in Season 5, and a minor antagonist in Season 6. He is an evil Utrom who causes destruction through the universe to make him powerful, making him the most dangerous criminal of the universe. He is also the archenemy of the Utroms, the Turtles and their master Splinter.

He was voiced by Scottie Ray, who also voiced his future counterpart, Tengu Shredder and the Cyber Shredder in the same show, Daz Bonez in One Piece, Anubis in Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Pyramid of Light, Zure and Zane Truesdale in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Red Genesect in Genesect and the Legend Awakened.


But now you need to know who Saki, The Shredder, really is. He serves no great purpose, he fights no great evil. He is great evil. Any endeavor he undertakes, he does for his own selfish gain.
~ Splinter describing Utrom Shredder.

Ch'rell is an embodiment of the extreme megalomaniac: overconfident, ruthless, relentless, and sadistic. He feels absolutely no remorse for his actions and is extremely proud of them. All that he wants is creating chaos and destruction. He hates anything and anyone who challenges, impedes, or otherwise wrongs him, holding strong grudges very long after the fact - in some cases, this can even become a pathological hatred against them. After Ch'rell had assumed the identity of the Shredder, his megalomania became even much stronger, to the point of calling himself the "one true Shredder".

In the Ninja Tribunal storyline, it is revealed that anyone who claims the identity of the Shredder for themselves develops an unconscious mystical connection with the original Shredder. This connection made Ch'rell even more evil and dangerous than he already was. Consequently, Ch'rell's growing madness and hunger for power may be attributed at least in part to the influence of the Tengu Shredder; a theory given more weight by the fact that his human disguise was identical to the Tengu Shredder's human appearance. The same influence may be one of reasons why his 1987 counterpart found him instead of either Karai or Tengu Shredder.

Despite being evil to the core, Shredder did show some affection towards Karai, even taking her in and training her. However, as her loyalty declines, he ended up disregarding his love for her (as well as her love for him); outright assaulting and even trying to kill her once she finally turned against him. Even Hun, his most loyal henchmen, proved nothing more than disposable as he threatened to kill him several times.

Shredder, in his final appearance, Turtles Forever, is where he is at his worst. Not only did he stop caring about Karai, aside from a brief moment of hesitation, but ultimately refused to listen her warnings he would get himself killed because he was so fed-up with the turtles that he tried to destroy the entire multiverse even if that meant his own death, as long he could have the satisfaction of finally getting rid of his mortal enemies for the sake of his own petty revenge.

Overall, this Shredder is the most and evil vile to date. He disregarded his few redeeming traits all for the sake of his revenge, and is even willing to kill countless of people, including himself, and order to get it. As Splinter said before, Shredder doesn't serve great evil, he is great evil.

Powers and Abilities

2003 Leonardo: You don't understand, the Utrom Shredder isn't like your Shredder, he's vicious.
2003 Donatello: Lethal!
2003 Michelangelo: Competent!
2003 Raphael: We go in, no saying if we come out.
~ The 2003 Ninja Turtles telling their 1987 counterparts that Utrom Shredder is a serious threat.

On his own, Ch'rell isn't the most dangerous enemy, given his small size and body design. However, he has demonstrated great craftiness, speed, and strength, successfully knocking around his 1987 counterpart and Krang.

When Ch'rell is in his exo-suit as the Shredder, he has demonstrated great skill at martial arts, out-fighting all of the Turtles and his primary weapon is the claws on his armored hand. Ch'rell is extremely technologically knowledgeable due to being an Utrom and has numerous forms of advanced technology at his disposal. The exosuit that he wore also gave him many advantages, such as wielding a weapon that can only be wielded with protective gloves (like the Sword of Tengu), and faking his death multiple times (up until the revelation of his Utrom nature, Ch'rell was believed to be a human by his adversaries).

Aside from his usual exo-suit Shredder, Ch'rell has used a few other versions that are more powerful, such as the one he made based on Krang’s suit. This version can grow to giant size and has a number of weapons built into the hands. With this suit, he proved powerful enough to easily overwhelm the 2003, 1987, and Mirage Turtles, 2003 Splinter, Karai, his 1987 counterpart, and Krang in his own suit all at once.


John: I promise, sir. I won't fail you again.
Utrom Shredder: I know. You won't fail me again... Ever!
~ The Utrom Shredder before killing John for the latter's failure.
Baxter Stockman: The Mousers will be ready when I decide they’re ready. Our first field test was...
Utrom Shredder: Was a complete failure. I do not tolerate failure.
Baxter Stockman: Which is why you’d make a lousy scientist. The test was supposed to expose any possible design flaws. As a result, I’ve already upgraded the Mousers for greater durability. And I assure you, they will perform flawlessly for the next phase of the plan.
Utrom Shredder: They had better, Dr. Stockman. For your sake.
~ The Utrom Shredder to Baxter Stockman.
So, the last remaining image the Mouser optics recorded. These are the ones responsible.
~ The Utrom Shredder realizing that the Turtles were the ones who foiled his plan.
The Sword of Tengu. Still just as potent after all these years. And still able to locate other artifacts that share its unique origin. Yes, this sword will help me track those that I have been hunting for all these years. Bring it to the Tech Division. Tell them to proceed with Phase Two.
~ The Utrom Shredder to Hun about the Sword of Tengu.
For a long time, longer than you can possibly imagine, my enemies have managed to elude me. Here at last is proof of their presence in this city, and all it cost me was the Sword of Tengu!
~ The Utrom Shredder to his technicians.
These freakish thorns in my side must be removed...permanently!
~ The Utrom Shredder vowing to destroy the Turtles.
You freaks have been a thorn in my side long enough. No one opposes the Shredder, and now I will have my revenge for our last encounter. Say farewell to each other while you still can.
~ The Utrom Shredder to the Turtles and Splinter.
No man, or freak, can defeat me!
~ The Utrom Shredder to Splinter.
I will finish you myself!
~ The Utrom Shredder before killing Hamato Yoshi.
My enemies assumed they had destroyed me and it cost them dearly. I can ill afford to make the same mistake. I require evidence for their demise.
~ The Utrom Shredder ordering the evidence of the Turtles being dead.
Foot Ninjas, attack! Destroy them!
~ The Utrom Shredder to his ninjas.
I will finish you first!
~ The Utrom Shredder
Find the Turtles! They cannot be far! Do not let them escape!
~ The Utrom Shredder
Finish them off! This rodent is mine!
~ The Utrom Shredder
Splinter: You strike a wounded warrior. You have no honor!
Utrom Shredder: I fight to win!
~ The Utrom Shredder to Splinter.
Like the Phoenix, I have risen from the ashes. And into my fire, you shall fall.
~ The Utrom Shredder trying to kill the Turtles and Splinter by blowing up the building.
Ninjas, attack! Destroy them all!
~ The Utrom Shredder
You are not fit to judge me! I am the Shredder! I am invincible!
~ Ch'rell before he is sent to eternal exile on Mor Gal Tal.
You dare strike the one, true Shredder?
~ The Utrom Shredder
No! I am the Shredder, slayer of Ninja Turtles! If destroying them means the end of everything, THEN SO BE IT!!!!
~ The Utrom Shredder after Karai's warning about the threat of complete multiverse destruction upon killing the Mirage Turtles and her pleas to not lose him again (in the extended version of Turtles Forever).


The Utrom Shredder's Theme

The Utrom Shredder's Laugh


  • The Utrom twist on this version of the Shredder was conceived by the franchise's co-creators Peter Laird and Lloyd Goldfine with what Ch'rell looked like being thought of by Laird.
  • The Utrom Shredder is essentially a combination of the 1987 Shredder and Krang, being both the show's version of the Shredder and a brain-like alien warlord who operates on a robot body. Although Goldfine and Laird said that they tried to keep the similarity to a minimum, Turtles Forever goes a step further and has the Utrom Shredder merge Dimension X technology with the Utrom technology, giving him a powerful exoskeleton that can grow into a gigantic size. The Utrom Shredder even alludes to this fact by saying that the two technologies work well together.
  • The Utrom Shredder has many similarities with traditional depictions of the Devil. He was once a member of a benevolent race, only to betray said race and become their greatest enemy. His arrival on Earth was via the falling spaceship, similar to how the Devil fell from Heaven. He manipulates and tricks others into doing his bidding, walks through fire when fighting his enemies, his throne room is always in ominous darkness that resembles Hell, and the Foot Clan revere him as a kind of evil deity. His true form also resembles traditional depictions of Satan, being red with horns which makes him stand out from the other Utroms. His fate in the season 3 finale draws the similarities further, in which he is banished to Mor Gal Tal, an icy asteroid which may be reminiscent of the ninth circle of Hell as depicted in The Divine Comedy, a massive, cold lake of icy water on which Satan himself is imprisoned.
  • This is the first version of the Shredder that is not human.
  • He has the highest body count out of all incarnations of the Shredder, as he is directly responsible for at least billions of lives being lost (though most of his victims died before he assumed Shredder's identity).
  • In the video game Mutant Nightmare, the Utrom Shredder fires electric bolts but in the series he never does this.
  • In the Turtles Forever movie, the 1987 Shredder found him instead of Tengu Shredder while looking for his TMNT 2003 counterpart, even though the Tengu Shredder is technically the Oroku Saki of that world. This is most likely due to Ch'rell being the most "major" of the three Shredders, and also possibly because at the time Ch'rell, the current Shredder at that time, was still alive while Tengu Shredder was dead and Karai only temporarily took the Shredder mantle.
  • Even though the Tengu Shredder is described as the "Greatest evil the world has ever known", the Utrom Shredder is often considered more evil due to him committing extremely evil acts throughout the universe while the Tengu Shredder only terrorized the Earth.
  • Early on during the development of Back to the Sewers, when it was initially planned as a second Fast Forward season, it was discussed to bring back the Utrom Shredder as the TriShreddatron, revealing that the Utrom Shredder survived into the year 2105 by taking over a Triceraton soldier's body. However, a second Fast Forward season ultimately didn't materialize, though the Utrom Shredder was finally brought back in Turtles Forever.

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Shredder (Mirage, Archie, IDW, 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) | Maligna (IDW) | Craniac | Armaggon | Old Hob | Master Traquer | Johnny Lee Raeburn | Punk Frogs | Jasper Barlow | Oroku Hiroto

1987 TV series: Shredder | Bebop & Rocksteady | Baxter Stockman | Krang | Rat King | Lord Dregg | Antrax | Tempestra | Barney Stockman | Don Turtelli | General Tragg | Groundchuck & Dirtbag | Wingnut | 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 | Hun | Baxter Stockman | Agent Bishop | Rat King | Drako | Ultimate Ninja | Darius Dun | Sh'Okanabo | Dark Turtles | Viral | Torbin Zixx | General Blanque | Zanramon | Commander Mozar | Lonae | Dr. Chaplin | 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 | Necro Monster
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) | Don Vizioso | 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 | Wyrm
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 | Krang

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
Rise of the TMNT: The Movie: Krang (Krang Leader)

Video Games
NES Platformer: Shredder | Mechaturtle
TMNT II: The Arcade Game: Shogun | Tora
TMNT 2: Battle Nexus: Utrom Shredder
TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare: Utrom Shredder
TMNT: Mutants in Manhatten: Krang | Shredder
TMNT: Shredder's Revenge: Foot Clan (Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady) | Krang | Groundchuck and Dirtbag | Rat King | Tempestra | Tokka and Rahzar | Wingnut | Leatherhead | Triceratons | Baxter Stockman | General Tragg | Chrome Dome | Slash