Shredder was mainly voiced by the late James Avery. who was known for playing Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. However in a few episodes, he was voiced by Jim Cummings, Townsend Coleman, and Dorian Harewood as fill-in actors. From the seventh season onward, Shredder is voiced by Bill Martin.
Long ago in Japan, Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi were both members of the Foot Clan. Oroku Saki was enemies with Hamato Yoshi. Jealous of Yoshi's leadership Saki came up with a plan to get rid of him. Saki made his move the day a master sensei- arrived at the Foot school. Saki pinned the back of Yoshi's kimono with a knife to the wall, which would prevent him from bowing to show respect for the sensei, which everyone considered an insult. Then when Yoshi found the knife and pulled it out, they considered it a plot to kill the sensei, so Yoshi was banished from the Foot Clan. From then on, Saki took over Foot Clan and took the once noble clan and turned it into an army of crime. Not content with having banished Yoshi from the Foot, he went after Yoshi following him to New York. We assume this is when Saki somehow met up with Krang, the alien warlord from Dimension X, arming him with all sorts of technology ranging from robotic Foot Soldiers to the colossal Technodrome. Wearing new steel bladed armor, he was now the Shredder.
After eventually finding Yoshi, he tried to kill him by pouring the mysterious chemical Mutagen down a drain onto him, not knowing it would instead mutate him into a giant rat named Splinter, and also give birth to his worst enemies, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In this incarnation, he was voiced by James L. Avery, Sr. most of the time from 1987 to 1993. In total, he played the role in 103 episodes.
After the seventh season, Bill Martin took over the role, voicing the villain in 7 episodes from 1994 to 1996.
Three different voice actors provided Shredders voice on a fill-in basis during the original Turtles series. Jim Cummingsvoiced him in 9 episodes between 1991 and 1993, Townsend Coleman (the voice of Michelangelo in the series) voiced Shredder in 7 episodes in 1993, and Dorian Harewood filled in for the role in four episodes between 1989 and 1990..
This version of Shredder, along with Krang, Rocksteady and Bebop, was a main character in Turtles ForeverAfter a routine battle with the Turtles in which the Technodrome's Interdimensional Portal was accidentally damaged, a temporal anomaly occurred which trapped the Technodrome and all participants in the 2003 universe. Shredder then seeks aid in the Utrom Shredder to help defeat the Turtles, but this attempt backfires; Ch'rell simply takes over the Technodrome and upgrades it to a lethally armed mobile fortress. Shredder and Krang appear as background characters following this coup d'etat, and finally growing disillusioned with Ch'rell, they aid the Turtles in their final battle against their common enemy. Afterwards, Shredder and Krang return with 'their' Turtles to their home dimension on a temporary truce, though they swear to get back to business with their archenemies soon enough.
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