Oroku Saki, better known as Shredder or The Shredder, is the overall main antagonist of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. He is the deadly and ruthless leader of the Foot Clan, the adoptive father of Karai, and the archenemy of Hamato Yoshi/Splinter, the Turtles and the rest of the Hamato Clan in general. At the end of "City at War", Shredder is mutated.
He was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, who also played Sarevok Anchev from Baldur's Gate, Captain Gantu from the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Goro in the Mortal Kombat film, Chairman Drek in the video game, Ratchet & Clank, Joker in the Kids WB show, The Batman, Darkseid in Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, Trigon in Teen Titans, and Trigon in Teen Titans Go!.
The Shredder is highly delusional, pretentious, and manipulative, bordering on the psychopathic and emotionless spectrum, he possesses a warriors mentality and unshakably determined in a quest for revenge against his former friend Hamato Yoshi. While he says differently, Shredder is a man with no honor whatsoever, having betrayed humanity by assisting the aliens, the Kraang invade New York only so he could fulfill his quest for vengeance against Yoshi and his turtle disciples. One of his own minions even commented that the aliens have no concern of human life only for Shredder to coldly reply, "nor do I" highlighting how cruel and dishonest he is.
Shredder is a man of means, he has vast knowledge of martial art history and came in to the possession of the Kuro Kabuto which he wears as a helmet. He has an army of highly trained ninja warriors called the Foot Clan and assassins, he also appears to be very rich but this did not soothe his hatred. Shredder is highly spiteful, conniving, remorseless, vindictive, sadistic and cold-blooded as a seasoned warrior, he could mow down enemies without even blinking an eye and after his failure to kill Splinter he decided to spite him by abducting his newborn daughter, Miwa. He was a cunning mind and a liar, when he had given Miwa her new name Karai, he raised her in the belief that Hamato Yoshi had killed her birth mother when it was he who performed the act but it was accidental. Shredder is a highly deceitful and cunning person who could easily manipulate people toward his advantage or sacrifice people for his advantage.
The Shredder has a twisted sense of mercy while he was intolerant of his minions failing him he would not kill them but aggressively threaten if they continued to, so far the cruelest punishment he had served was mutating Stockman, Steranko and Anton Zec for continuously failing him. But despite this he bargained with the Kraang to find a cure for his mutated daughter.
While he is a very cold, violent, hardened, and contemptuous man, Shredder was in no way incapable of love, the very cause of his quest for revenge against Splinter was out of jealousy that his love Tang Shen preferred his friend Hamato Yoshi over him and then blamed Yoshi for her death despite that it was by his hands. Shredder also cares for his adopted daughter Karai, training her in his ways and after she was mutated he searched for a cure to her mutation. Perhaps Shredder's most prominent trait was his incapability to accept blame for himself and instead wanted revenge against the people he believed had wronged him. He truly believes that Tang Shen was stolen from him by Splinter and was virtually, hell-bent, forthright, constructive, wholehearted, and unhesitating, on killing Yoshi and his disciples, he also believes that it was Splinter who was responsible for her death and completely ignoring the fact that her murder was by his hand. Shredder also blamed Yoshi for Karai being mutated into a snake creature and disregarded the fact that he was the one who put the girl in danger and after she blatantly rejected him, Shredder still calls her his daughter and ignored her hostility and aggression towards him.
In the end, Shredder's desire for revenge proved to be too great and instead of working with Splinter to stop the destruction of Earth, he took the opportunity to kill him and didn't care that the world would have ended.
Shredder's undying hatred of Splinter, is due to losing Tang Shen to Splinter and the Hamato Clan (mostly Hamato Yuuta and Yoshi) for killing his birth father and wiping out the Foot Clan when he was a baby and keeping the truth about his heritage a secret. Though it's unknown if his own father was simply going to abandon him anyway. Shredder considers Splinter to be the world's biggest scum and hating all the childhood memories of being raised as adopted brothers.
Powers and Abilities
Shredder's skills of ninjutsu is very high that is beyond than any other ninja couldn't reach since he been training for his entire life that he was able to become unbeatable for learning forbidden ninjutsu. So far, he was able to easily defeat all the turtles and for long brutal fight against Splinter who has the skills that is near.
His abilities are quite amazing for a human to have as shown that he has immense strength is munch stronger then average person as he can lift Splinter with only one arm. Even his strength was strong enough to battle large opponents like Leatherhead in a short fight. He was even able to kick and punch large mutations around.
His speed seemed to be unmatched for the turtles as Donny said it is "like he was everywhere at once" in combat, so he's proven to be munch faster than the Turtles.
Shredder's acrobatics seems to be very well adaptable in combat for reflex and his agility as shown by fighting against Leatherhead.
His stamina and endurance is also high for his age is enough that he was able to take the jaw strength of Leatherhead, but the type of armor that he wears could be very proactive for his body to take many blows of attacks. As for his stamina he was able to still fight back just shortly after he was defeated by Leatherhead. Having the battle against Splinter in the episode "The Invasion ", he used his special skill by using his fingers that is powerful enough to push opponents to the wall that can defeat most of his enemies, but Shredder was able to get back up to continue to fight Splinter until he reveal that his arm was wounded but he was still able to walk.
He is very stealthy, able surprise his enemies as he was able to sneak behind Leo.
His intelligence is also quite high, as he knew the Turtles live in the sewers, knowing Master Splinter was in New York training a team of Ninjas, and others.
Hamato Yoshi/Splinter - Oroku and Hamato were raised in Japan as adoptive brothers and very good friends, and the two learned, exercised and became Masters in the art of Ninjitsu. However, their companionship suffered a great strain when they both fell in love with the very same woman, Tang Shen. They constantly competed for her attention, but she chose Hamato in the very end. Jealous, Oroku began harassing Hamato, insulting him and purposely trying to get him angry. This eventually culminated when Oroku learned of his true heritage and restored his birth clan as "the Shredder". Breaking into Hamato's own house and challenging him to a mortal duel, both men engaged in battle, and the house soon caught fire in the process (due to the fact that some burning candles were left laying around at the time), killing Tang Shen and horridly burning the Shredder's face. The latter found Miwa and secretly took her in, raising her as his own daughter and telling her many lies about what Hamato "did". Sixteen years later, the Shredder discovers that Splinter is hiding out in New York City, and he leaves Japan (along with his deployed Foot Ninja) to finish him off. The two finally meet again in "Booyaka-Showdown, Part 2" and duel with each other in The Foot Headquarters. The Shredder soon reveals to Splinter that his daughter is indeed alive, and he attempts to have her kill Splinter when she shows up. With this revelation, it is likely that Splinter despises The Shredder even more than he formerly did. In "Wormquake", the two were excepted to a duel in Shredder's Hideout when Splinter was recaptured, only to be rescued by the Turtles.
The Turtles - Since they are affiliated with Splinter (as his disciples), Shredder views the Turtles as enemies, and he orders his henchmen to find and kill them throughout the entire series. However, out of the two times that The Shredder has encountered them, he's let them live only for the purpose of interrogating them (which hasn't yet happened). Out of all of them, Leo grew to despise Shredder most of all.
April O'Neil- Shredder learned from his Kraang hostage that April is not only a friend of the Turtles, but also the missing link to the Kraang's invasion plan that the Turtles are guarding from them. So with the Kraang's help, he uses April as bait to lure Splinter out of hiding. Due to this, it is quite probable that April dislikes him greatly.
Casey Jones - Shredder almost caught Casey spying on the meeting at Vizioso's restaurant but excepted the boy's lie that he was a bus-boy and kicked him out. Later, at the Auman Chemicals factory, Casey stops Shredder in his vigilante gear and attempts to fight him, but Shredder is unstoppable for Casey and unmasks him as the same boy from the restaurant.
Hamato Miwa/Karai - Shredder kidnapped Splinter's baby daughter, Miwa, after the events of his and Hamato Yoshi's final battle, named her Karai, and raised her as his own child. However, it was uncertain that Saki truly loved Karai like she does him. In Season 2, after she finds out that Saki is not her true father, she betrays him and he has her locked away. In "Vengeance is Mine," Shredder did not want Tiger Claw to kill Karai when she got out. When Shredder wanted Karai to understand what he had to do, Karai told Shredder that he is not her father. After the Turtles freed Karai, Shredder states to Tiger Claw that Karai will want to have her revenge on him. When Karai arrives to get her revenge on Shredder, she ends up overwhelmed by Shredder who manages to defeat her. Shredder then plans to use Karai as bait so that he can have the Turtles fall into the mutagen vat filled with snake DNA that Stockman had placed in there. During Shredder's fight with Splinter, Shredder tried to stop Leonardo from freeing Karai only for her to fall into the mutagen vat and emerge as a snake-like mutant much to the dismay of Shredder and Splinter. Shredder blamed Splinter for Karai's mutation as the resulting battle ends up destroying Stockman's lab. He escapes after vowing to avenge Karai. This event reveals that despite Shredder's cold attitude and lack of empathy to Karai, he truly saw her as his daughter and loved her dearly. He also continues to refer to her as "his" daughter because he still sees her as his own because he raised and cared for her and desperately searches for her so the Kraang can mutate her back to normal.
Slash - Shredder and Slash don't interact much except when the dishonorable ninja used his Mind Control Worms on him to attack Splinter and abduct Raph, but Slash breaks free of from Shredder's control with the hel of the Turtles and the other Mutanimals, then drop a huge statue on the crime lord.
Leatherhead - Shredder's attempts to kill Splinter during the Kraang invasion was interfered with by Leatherhead when he bites Shredder's stomach and threw him into the building. As Leatherhead attempts to free Splinter, Shredder attacks him in return and kicks him down into the river.
Chris Bradford/Dogpound/Rahzar - Shredder trained Bradford in his own image as the Foot's top lieutenant and second best fighter, maintaining his rank and respect to the entire clan.
Xever Montes/Fishface - Shredder freed Montes from prison after Montes was caught burglarizing his property by the police, mainly because he found his burglarizing skills very useful to his clan, as well as the fact that Montes likes having a job where he gets to crack skulls almost everyday.
Baxter Stockman/Stockman-Fly - Shredder spared Stockman after Stockman's M.O.U.S.E.R.S's interfered with his feud against the Turtles, mainly because he found his talented inventing skills very useful to his clan, which led to several improvements, such as making Fishface a pair of robotic legs, thus making the latter a more powerful combatant. Shredder, however, for the most part, cares little for Stockman and he probably chose to dislike him even more after the scientist trapped Dogpound and Fishface in the "Maze of Doom". Stockman still buys back Shredder's favor by creating a formidable or even decent mutant army for him.
Tiger Claw - Shredder found Tiger Claw in Japan and found his bounty hunting skills very useful, thus he made the feline fatality his second-in-command. Though Tiger Claw is unimpressed with the Foot Clan, he accepts the job regardless. Even after Tiger Claw returned from the stomach of the Kraathatrogon, he was reinstated as the second-in-command, showing how Shredder respects his ally's skills.
Ivan Steranko/Rocksteady - Shredder and Steranko have been business partners in the mafia, but Shredder doesn't always trust him that much. This distrust escalated after Shredder found out that he sent Zeck to steal the Kuro Kabuto and was hunting Karai, and had Steranko work for him as payment for his treachery.
Anton Zeck/Bebop - Shredder was almost robbed by Zeck of the Kuro Kabuto, which the Turtles return to him in exchange for Karai. Upon finding out that Zeck was employed by Steranko, Shredder proceeds to have the thief punished for stealing his helmet and hunting Karai without consent by employing him and Steranko into his service.
Don Visioso - Shredder and Vizioso have been business partners in the mafia like he was with Steranko, and during Shredder's meeting with the food critic at his restaurant, he announces that the Kraang have given him the opportunity to gain control over much of the crime groups in the city. Thus, he asks Vizioso to join in by sharing control of his mob to him, and after being proven a point, Visiozo complies.
Purple Dragons - a street gang and occasional allies.
Hun - Shredder considers Hun his only pupil in the Purple Dragons, and he helps Shredder retrieve a chemical from the Auman Chemicals Factory for his mind control serum.
The Kraang - An alliance made only to get closer to Hamato Yoshi, but his true intentions were to use their technology and mutagen for himself when the time is right to betray them.
Tang Shen - A woman that both Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi fell in love with. She chose Yoshi over Saki, however, and in a fit of jealousy and rage, he attacked Yoshi one night and killed Tang Shen in the process when he missed a swing meant for Yoshi and killed her instead.
So, my old enemy is in New York and training his own army. At last I can finish what I started so long ago. Prepare my jet! (puts on helmet) I'm going to visit an old friend.
~ Shredder's first lines
And you! [to Montes] I should have left you to rot in that prison where I found you.
~ Shredder to Xever Montes
Your skills are impressive... but they will not save you!
~ Shredder encountering the Turtles for the first time
There is undoubtedly a fascinating story in how my old nemesis came to teach ninjutsu to four mutant turtles. Perhaps I will let one of you live long enough to tell it.
~ Shredder to the Turtles
They defeated you with GO-KARTS AND A WATER BALLOON?!?!?
~ Shredder frustrated at Dogpound's defeat
It seems your mutated form has its advantages... but do not forget our primary goal. Locating Splinter and the Turtles.
~ Shredder to Dogpound
I want you to find out more about this "Kraang". Their technology could prove useful in our war against the turtles.
~ Shredder telling Karai to gather more information about the Kraang
Tell me where Splinter is, and I'll let you live long enough to watch him perish.
~ Shredder to Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo
Well done, Karai. I found something for you. [Holds up a Kraang] You've always wanted a pet.
~ Shredder capturing a Kraang
You promised me the the best soldiers in the world, and the Turtles have decimated them one by one. The ones left are hardly worthy of wearing the foot emblem.
~ Shredder disappointed in the Foot
I believe what this fool is saying is that the Mutagen is dangerously unpredictable. See to it that fail safe measures are put in place.
~ Shredder after the Kraang he captured tells him about Mutagen
It seems we have a common enemy...
~ Shredder deciding to ally himself with the Kraang
Now that you are here, Ms. O'Neil is no longer of any use to me. I gave her to my new allies...the Kraang.
~ Shredder to Splinter
What? A rat?! [Laughs] I see you are as hideous as those turtles that surround you. How fitting. You are a rat that has been caught in my trap.
~ Shredder realizing that Splinter is a Mutant
Splinter: You have never had anything but your hatred! And if you destroy me, you will have nothing! Shredder: [Laughs] That, is where you are wrong. You took Tang Shen from me... so I took something from you. Your daughter!
~ Shredder revealing that Karai is actually Miwa
It's over, Hamato. Soon you will be no more, and your own daughter will go through her life cursing your name.
~ Shredder preparing to kill Splinter (Booyaka-Showdown - Part 2)
I have one last mutant I want you to create, or I will pluck the wings off the lonely insect that you are.
~ Shredder to StockmanFly
...Yes. Hamato Yoshi is your true father.
~ Shredder admitting to Karai that Splinter is her real father (The Wrath of Tiger Claw)
Tiger Claw: You are more ruthless than I thought. Mutating your own cub! Shredder: I have no intention of mutating her. She is merely bait for the Turtles. When the Turtles arrive to save her, I will drop them into the Mutagen! This will mutate them into mindless serpents. I want Splinter to watch his own pupils turn into one of the rat's deadliest enemies, then, when his spirit is broken, I will shatter his body!
~ Shredder revealing his plan to destroy Splinter and the Turtles
In Splinter's flashbacks, Shredder is seen wielding a pair of "Tekkō-kagi" (lit. "back of the hand hooks"). In the present, he is seen with custom-made Tekko-kagi claw weapons: They have extendable blades and are razor sharp. They have also been shown to be strong enough to cut through metal shipping containers.
The Shredder's real given name "Saki" is (usually) a female Japanese name that means "blossom" and "hope".
He owns an Akita Inu named Hachiko. Hachiko contributed to Dogpound's mutation by biting him before the mutagen spilled on him.
It is unknown why Shredder was sick and dying prior to his mutation. It could be because, A: Since Splinter is a giant rat who lives in the sewers, Shredder could have been infected by one of the blows Splinter landed on him, B: His helmet was removed for a long period of time, and therefore not covering the areas of his face that had no skin on them, making it easier for him to be infected, or C: The jabs Splinter made at his pressure points on his chest and stomach areas could have stopped his organs from working properly.
Shredder makes an appearance in the popular Youtube series DEATH BATTLE, facing off against Silver Samurai from Marvel's X-Men.
In an original scene from Owari, it was shown that Super Shredder was decapicated by Leonardo but it was censored, although blood can still be seen on Leo's sword.