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Rahzar (2012 TV series)

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I'd rather perish with honour, than live in shame.
~ Chris Bradford

Chris Bradford is one of The Shredder's top henchmen and the secondary antagonist in the first season of the 2012 series TMNT as well as being a major villain in the rest of the seasons. As a human, he was a very skilled and quite well known martial artist, with his own line of dojos. By night, however, he operated (and still does) as a ninja under Shredder's employ. After coming face-to-face with Shredder's enemies (the Turtles) a few times, he came into contact with a substance known as mutagen, transforming him into a giant anthropomorphic dog, which Michelangelo dubbed "Dogpound". Much later, Bradford came into contact with mutagen a second time, at which point he became known as "Rahzar".

He is voiced by Clancy Brown.



As Dogpound

Chris Bradford is a martial arts master and a world-famous celebrity with a wealthy background as one of the Shredder's top henchmen in the Foot Clan, and works as Shredder's star pupil and second in command.

He dubuted in the episode New Friend, Old Enemy, where Michelangelo attempts to make friends with him using social networking. Bradford, in an attempt to win Mikey's trust, teaches him his secret technique, which Mikey, in turn, teaches to his brothers. Splinter notices this move as being a signature move of The Shredder's, thus making them realize that Chris Bradford is evil and Mikey's in trouble. Mikey returns and he is trapped by Bradford. The Turtles come to rescue Mikey, and then they let Bradford follow them into the Sewer, where they ambush Bradford and Shredder's street contact, Xever Montes. When they return to the lair, Michelangelo ceremoniously unfriends Bradford from the website.

In Never Say Xever, because Bradford failed to catch the Turtles, Shredder puts Montes in charge, much to his dismay. Just as the Purple Dragons tell Bradford and Montes about their fight with the Turtles at Mr. Murakami's noodle shop, the Turtles themselves, who have followed one of the Dragons, Fong, to their hideout in the fortune cookie factory, make their entrance and a fight breaks out, with Bradford holding off Donnie and Mikey in battle. When Montes kidnaps Murakami and threatens to throw him over the factory's roof, the Turtles lock Bradford in a trash can and threaten to throw him over the building. Montes is unaffected, saying "he's not my friend" and seeming enthusiastic about it. Bradford breaks himself free with one of Montes's kunai, and when he asks Montes how he was so sure that they were bluffing, the response he got from Montes was that he wasn't. He two teamm up to combat the Turtles, and while Montes shows off his success, and mocks Bradford for being locked up, Fong gives Leo his sword back and allows him to destroy a nearby water tower, which flushed the Foot and the Purple Dragon's off the roof. Shredder did not take the news of this lightly and planned to take on the Turtles himself.

In The Gauntlet, Bradford and Montes are seen being punished by Shredder, who lets his pet Akita Inu, Hachiko, bite Bradford in the hand before going after the Turtles himself. Going against his orders Bradford and Montes do the same, eventually fighting the brothers while Donatello is trying to shut down the Kraang's mutagen bomb. Cornered with Montes, Bradford tried to bring them down by stabbing the mutagen bomb, which instead made a straight blast that focused all of the mutagen on those two, washing them off the building. Bradford mutated into an 8 ft. humanoid Akita due to Hatchiko.

In Panic in the Sewers, the Turtles encounter Bradford during a spying mission. He overwhelms them, forcing them to retreat. Later, Bradford (whom Mikey dubs Dogpound, because of his new dog-like form) leads the Foot's scheme to steal a tanker of acid that reacts violently with water, planning to destroy the sewers with it. He grabs April O'Neil and proceeds with the plan. After a protracted battle, Mikey uses a water balloon to ignite the leaking acid, blasting Dogpound away. Dogpound reports this failure to the Shredder, who slices off one of his shoulder spikes as punishment.

In Mousers Attack!, Dogpound finds his mutant form useful in extorting the Purple Dragons and taunts Montes about his useless fish body. Shredder interrupts and warns Dogpound that their primary goal is to find information on Splinter and the Turtles, or that he'll be killed. Later, Fong of the Purple Dragons come to Dogpound in an old futon factory with a cell phone stolen from April, a friend of the Turtles. Dogpound wants to use the phone to find out where Splinter is, but Fong is unable to unlock the phone. However, when Tsoi and Sid bring Baxter Stockman to him, he forces the inventor to hack into the phone for him. Michelangelo and Donatello try to get the phone, but Dogpound stops them and holds them captive. Stockman almost succeeds but the Turtles interfere, bringing an army of Mousers with them. During the fight, Dogpound and Stockman are doused with a tracking chemical that makes them the Mousers' next target. Dogpound tries to escape with Stockman and the phone, but it is broken by a Turtle's throwing knife. He returns to Shredder with Stockman in tow. Shredder is angry with Stockman for his interference, but lets him live because he could be of use.

In The Alien Agenda, the only time Dogpound is seen is when he's laughing so hard at Montes since the robotic legs Stockman created for him aren't working and creates problems, due to the fact that Bradford doesn't like Montes that much.

In Baxter's Gambit, he and Montes (whom Mikey dubs Fishface, because of his new fish-like form) abuse and threaten Stockman and are used bait for the Turtles in the Maze of Doom, where Stockman turns on his teammates. Dogpound makes a temporary truce with the Turtles in the labyrinth and is stuck with Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo. In the end he and the company defeat Stockman and then go back to their base, because they were just too exhausted to fight once more and decided to try to destroy the Turtles next time they meet instead.

In The Pulverizer Returns, Dogpound is seen getting beaten up and abused by Shredder, due to his failure to find more Foot Clan Soldiers. However, Shredder then suggests that him and Dogpound should use the Kraang's technology and mutagen to upgrade the Foot Clan. Dogpound is seen fighting the Turtles with Fishface and soldiers, and Fishface aided him in his experiment with The Pulverizer, who mutated into a giant transparent blob monster in the end.

In Booyaka-Showdown, Part 1, Dogpound and Fishface serve as the obstacle between Splinter and Shredder. When questioned by Fishface, Dogpound explains that Splinter (also known as Hamato Yoshi) and Shredder trained in the same ninja clan, but that Splinter "betrayed" Shredder, ending the two's friendship. He acknowledges that Splinter has as much skill as Shredder, but disparagingly claims that he "doesn't have the guts to finish the fight." Splinter soon arrives and engages the two in battle, quickly demonstrating his superior skill to both. Defeated, Dogpound and Fishface depart, leaving the two rivals to their battle.

In Mikey Gets Shellacne, Dogpound comes to the depressing conclusion that his mutation only decreased his overall power in battle, and thus decides to go after Stockman who could turn him human again. During a fight with Michelangelo and the Turtles at Stockman's lab, Dogpound falls into Stockman's mutagen tank and mutated into a stronger, more agile and near-skeletal version of himself. Mikey tricks Dogpound (whom he dubs Rahzar, because of his new razor-sharp dog-like form) into attacking the electric system, electrifying himself, Fishface, and Stockman.

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