Weaponry and Powers
Tiger Claw is a secondary antagonist in the half of the 2nd season and the 3rd season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is a skilled assassin/bounty hunter from Japan who became one of Shredder's hench-mutants when Shredder came in search of recruits. He made his debut in the episode Wormquake!. When he makes a return in The Wrath of Tiger Claw, he is shown to be more powerful than ever -- and now has a personal grudge against the Ninja Turtles, Splinter, April and Casey. He is also Donnie's rival.
Shredder's Super Assassin
"I was just a normal boy in Japan until the Kraang turned me into their greatest bounty hunter: half man, half tiger. My skills are so superior that Shredder has made me his second in command, and with good reason-I am nearly invincible! (Except that there's a bowl of skim milk around.)"
- Tiger Claw
Born in 1976 as a young Japanese boy, Tiger Claw was experimented on by The Kraang and splashed with Mutagen, causing him to mutate into a 6-and-1/2-foot-tall humanoid Bengal tiger with razor-sharp claws and teeth. He grew up performing as a circus animal before becoming a part of the criminal underworld, trained as Shredder's most dreaded assassin and bounty hunter, feared throughout Asia. He has lost his tail during a one such duel, and he has been relentlessly searching for the person who took it from him, and no doubt seeking to terminate that person and when he finds him, it will probably be in a very gruesome way.
The Wrath of Tiger Claw: Tiger Claw returns from escaping the belly of the Kraathatrogon and traveling through multiple dimensions back to Shredder for vengeance against the Turtles, first going after Casey Jones before being stopped from killing Leonardo by Karai.
Vengeance is Mine: Tiger Claw fights Karai when she was rescued by the Turtles before mutated into a snake.
Return to New York: After the Turtles return to search for Splinter, Shredder and Tiger Claw find the Turtles with Master Splinter in Stockman-Fly's lab, fighting Shredder's mutant clones. He attempts to capture the Turtles, Splinter, April, and Casey as they escape in the Party Wagon, but fails when Mikey burns him from behind.
Serpent Hunt: Tiger Claw makes a brief appearance in Shredder's lair, where Shredder threatens Rahzar and Fishface that they'll be handed over to him if they don't find Karai.
Clash of the Mutanimals: Tiger Claw is seen making a deal with the Fulci Twins, trading a case of money for the final ingredient of Shredder's mind control serum. Everything is going great until Slash and the Mighty Mutanimals show up. He defeats them all and kicks Leatherhead and Pigeon Pete into the river, escaping with Slash and Dr. Tyler Rockwell. He is later seen fighting Mikey and tieing Mikey in his own nunchucks.
Meet Mondo Gecko: Tiger Claw appears with other villains watching the "Mr. X's Xtreame Skate to the Death Death-A-thon 5000" competition but he gets angry seeing Mondo, Casey and Mikey win.
Attack of the Mega Shredder: Along with Bebop ,Rocksteady and Shredder Elite, he fights the Turtles when they were trying to steal a brain worm in Shredder's lair, unfornately for Tiger Claw, they managed to escape and berates Bebop and Rockteady for it. Shredder comes and tells if the Turtles sneak into the lair again he'll punish all of them. When the Turtles are finally able to steal a brain worm, Shredder is tired of Bebop and Rocksteady's failures and orders Tiger Claw to give them a lesson of pain and he agress as he pounces towards them.
Earth's Last Stand: Tiger Claw helps up a beaten Shredder and promised Splinter that he and the Foot Clan will return.
City at War: Tiger Claw, along with Rahzar and Fishface, follow Karai and her friend Shinigami to martial arts store. He uses his feline senses to discover now that the brain worm is gone, Karai has her free will back and she's their enemy now. Rahzar reveals that they store a lot of illegal weapons in the back of that warehouse. As they get in, Karai turns off the lights and Tiger Claw calls her "foolish" as he can still see in the dark. He fights Shinigami who is a good fighter but she still got defeated as Tiger Claw uses his jetpack to smash her on the ceilling and he gets Karai to surrender or Shinigami would perrish and Karai agrees without texting to the Turtles first. As Karai manages to free herself, she's still overpowered by him who prepares to kill her until the Turtles and April intervene. He fights Leo, Raph and Karai, who the latter activates her mutant powers to try and tie up Tiger Claw but he still manages to overpower her and before he prepares to shoot Leo and Karai, April uses a dust bomb to blind Tiger Claw and she delivers The Dragon's Tail technique right between his legs causing him to fall to his knees in agony. As the Turtles escape, he tried to get out of the warehouse with Fishface and Rahzar because of the explosives the Turtles planted, they tried to get out at the same time but they've screwed up. He comes back to Shredder, that is being hospitalized by Stockman, he explains to his master that Karai is trying to take him down and all his empire piece by piece as she already destroyed their weapons cache and he believes she's not going to stop there.
As befits a tiger, Tiger Claw is aggressive and ferocious, as well as vengeful and a good hunter. And like the best of assassins he is relentless and cruel. Brutality is second nature to him. But he respects other warriors like Rahzar and his employers like Shredder.
Tiger Claw has a western outfit, wears bandoliers full of replacement bullets and carries several weapons, among which include a giant sword for hand to hand combat, a firerarm able to shoot nets and freeze rays and another high-powered firearm with the ability to fire red lasers. Tiger Claw also has a sniper rifle and a jetpack for evasion and escape.
Powers and Skills
He has the strength, speed, and acrobatic of a tiger as well as razor sharp claws and sharp teeth (though he could well be stronger than a normal one).
Acrobatics: He seems to have very flexible skills that he may have learned from other acrobats during his circus days.
Savage Might and Fighting Skills: He is a very skilled and powerful fighter for Shredder as he was able to escape the Kraathatrogon, fight off an army of Kraang, and defeat the Turtles. He proved himself a formidable opponent for Splinter, although the more experienced fighter clearly had a slight upper hand.
Enhanced Senses: His sense of smell is even greater that of Rahzar. He was able track down his enemy from further away. He can hear a mouse skittering around in an alleyway from far distance.
Enhanced Strength: It is mentioned that he is three times stronger than Donatello. He has shown his strength was able to hold his own battle against the Turtles in The Wrath of Tiger Claw. Also he was able to throw Leo weight to April's building and bend a steel bar with his hands. He can also jump high enough to land on the window.
Enhanced Speed and Agility Due to his mutant form Tiger Claw is very fast and and agile as he was able to avoid Raph's attacks. Karai was also faced a difficulty keeping up with him.
Intelligence and Communication: He seems to have his intelligence as human and has retained despite his mutation, since he is shown to know why Shredder wants him to work with Karai because she knows where they are but she didn't figure it out. As he was able to figure ways to win against his opponents as he was able to make them call Master Splinter. He is able to speak perfectly and can still roar and growl while talking.
Stamina and Endurance: His stamina is not yet shown to be exhausted to fight at all since he was facing the Turtles. He also said that he face the army of Kraang to escape their home. His muscular body is able to take the attacks Karai as shown no sign that he was in pain from her.
- Tiger Claw is a master of all weapons and collects them from most of the warriors that he defeats in mortal combat.
- Tiger Claw's bullet bandoliers have an "X" buckle that resembles a sideways NES controller D-pad.
- "Tiger Claw" in Japanese spells the words Tora No Tsume, which is also a popular type of Katana sword.
- Tiger Claw was taken to the dimension of the 1987 Turtles at the end of the episode 'Wormquake' and was shown to engage them in combat in a flashback in the episode 'The Wrath of TIger Claw.'