Villain Overview
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.
None of you will leave here alive!
~ Utrom Shredder's most famous quote.

The Utrom Shredder, actually an evil alien named Ch'rell, is the main antagonist of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. He is a version of the Shredder, who serves as the main antagonist of the first three seasons of the series and the film finale, Turtles Forever. He is the archenemy of the Turtles.

He was voiced by Scott Rayow.


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 what 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.

Powers and Abilities

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 advesaries).

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.


No one opposes the Shredder, and now I will have my revenge for our last encounter.
~ The Utrom Shredder
Say farewell to each other while you still can.
~ The Utrom Shredder
No man, or freak, can defeat me!
~ The Utrom Shredder
I will finish you myself!
~ The Utrom Shredder before killing Hamato Yoshi
You freaks have been a thorn in my side long enough.
~ The Utrom Shredder
Foot Ninja, attack! Destroy them!
~ The Utrom Shredder
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
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 via 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!
~ The Utrom Shredder
You dare strike the one, true Shredder!
~ The Utrom Shredder


  • The Utrom twist on this version of the Shredder was conceived by Peter Laird and Lloyd Goldfine with what Ch'rell looked like being thought of by Laird.
  • This is the first version of the Shredder that is not human.
  • He is, by far, the most evil version of the Shredder, as well as being one of the most evil cartoon characters ever.
    • He also has the highest body count out of all incarnations of the Shredder, as he is directly responsible for at least millions (if not billions) of lives being lost (though most of his victims died before he assumed Shredder's identity).
    • He is also one of the most evil cartoon characters of all time as he is completely insane alien who murders millions (if not billions) and wishes to create chaos and destroy the entire Multiverse.
  • It's unknown how he turned evil, as in the episode that revealed both his background and true nature as an Utrom, he was only shown already being very evil, dangerous and imprisoned before escaped.
  • 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.
  • He also made a cameo in the Mirage Comics.
  • Ch'rell is the first TMNT character to be pure evil, the second is The Rat King from the 2012 series (although several characters from 2003 series also come very close).
    • Of the two, however, Ch'rell is unquestionably much more evil character, as he is eager and willing to destroy the entire Multiverse, while Rat King's plans are only lethal to the human population of Earth. Thus, he is the most evil TMNT character ever.
  • WatchMojo listed Utrom Shredder, along with all versions of the Shredder, as #1 on their "Top 10 TMNT Villains" list.
    • Despite ranking all versions of the Shredder as #1, they mentioned the Utrom Shredder specifically.
  • He is very similar to Dark Danny from Danny Phantom, as they both personally spread chaos and destruction, both are sadistic maniacs, both are the most evil villains on their respective shows, and both are ruthless in their pursuits.


           TMNT Villains

Shredder | Foot Clan | Karai | Baxter Stockman | Purple Dragons | Adolf Hitler | Leatherhead | Triceratons | Shredder Clones | Tokka & Rahzar | Alopex

1987 TV series
Shredder (1987) | Bebop & Rocksteady (1987) | Baxter Stockman (1987) | Krang (1987) | Rat King (1987) | Lord Dregg (1987) | Antrax (1987) | Barney Stockman | Don Turtelli | General Tragg | Groundchuck & Dirtbag | Krangazoids

TMNT 1 & 2: Shredder | Foot Clan (Tatsu, Tokka & Rahzar)
TMNT 3: Walker | Lord Norinaga
TMNT (2007): Aguila | Stone Generals (Gato & Mono) | Foot Clan (Karai)
TMNT (2014): Shredder | Foot Clan (Eric Sacks, Karai & Baxter Stockman)
Out of the Shadows: Krang | Foot Clan (Shredder, Karai, Baxter Stockman, Bebop and Rocksteady)

1997 TV series
Dragon Lord | Wick | VamMi

2003 TV series
Utrom Shredder (Tengu Shredder, Cyber Shredder) | Karai | Baxter Stockman | Rat King | Drako | Ultimate Ninja | Hun | Darius Dun | Sh'Okanabo | Dark Turtles | Viral | Torbin Zixx | Commander Mozar | General Blanque | Lonae | Abigail Finn | Parker | Harry Parker | Zanramon | Kluh | Ammag | Dragon Face | Johnny | Yukio Mashimi | Moriah | Weasel | Master Sliver | Savanti Romero | Agent Bishop | Triple Threat | Nano (TMNT) | Mephos | Boss Zukko | High Mage | Lord Hebi

2012 TV series
Shredder (2012) | Karai (2012) | Rat King (2012) | Tatsu (2012) | Bebop (2012) | Rocksteady (2012) | Baxter Stockman (2012) | Antrax (2012) | Foot Gunner Ninja | Lord Dregg (2012) | Savanti Romero (2012) | Kraang Prime | Kraang Subprime | The Kraang | Kavaxas | Tiger Claw | Slash | Fishface | Rahzar | Newtralizer | Armaggon | Za-Naron | Dracula (TMNT) | Justin | Pizza Face | Chrome Dome | Snakeweed | Dream Beavers | Speed Demon | Chimera | Koga Takuza | Spy-Roach | Maximus Kong