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.
Attack of the Mega Shredder: Tiger Claw helps Bebop, Rocksteady and Shredder's mutant clones to fight the Turtles whowere sneaking into the lair so they could steal a brain worm to cure Karai from her mind control state. Unfornately for the villains, they manage to escape, Tiger Claw starts blaming the pig and the rhino for this. Shredder comes and says if the Turtles sneak there one more time, he'll punish all of them. Bebop and Rocksteady mess again and let the Turtles escape with a brain worm. Tired of their failures, Shredder orders Tiger Claw to teach them a lesson of pain and Tiger Claw agrees as he bounces to 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 Fishface and Rahzar, follow Karai and her friend Shinigami to a martial arts store where Shredder keeps a large number of illegal weapons. Tiger Claw uses his feline senses to discover that now the brain worm is gone, Karai has her free will back and she's their enemy once more. The girls use a surprise trick by turning off the lights, Tiger Claw is hypnotized by Shinigami so he could let his guard go down and then Shinigami starts attacking him and proves to be extremely fast as she dodges all Tiger Claw's attacks but she still gets defeated by him as he uses his jetpack to slam her in the ceilling and Tiger Claw orders Karai to surrender or her friend would perrish. Karai with no other choice agrees without texting to the Turtles first, Tiger Claw figures out a few minutes later that she called the Turtles and destroys Karai's phone with his claws but Karai frees herself and still gets overpowered by the tiger and prepares to be killed but the Turtles and April arrived in time. Leo, Raph and Karai fight Tiger Claw but he overpoweres them all and Karai lets her mutant self surface and turns her arms into their mutant versions to tie him up but Tiger Claw overpoweres her and before he could shoot Leo and Karai with his blaster uses a dust bomb to blind him and delivers The Dragon's Tail right between his legs causing him to fall to his knees and the Turtles and their allies escape. Only to figure out they set tons of explosives around the warehouse. The mutants try to escape but they block accidentally the door of exit and get caught in the explosion. Tiger Claw goes to see Shredder who's being hospitalized by Stockman and tells Karai wants to take down his empire piece by piece as she destroyed their weapons cache and he believes she's not going to stop there.
The Super Shredder: Tiger Claw enters in Shredder's room to see what happened with his master and then he sees his master now a mutant. He starts blaming Stockman for that before Shredder replies this is what he wanted and says its time to bait a trap for Splinter. He invades Shredder's old lair where Karai was now stationed with her own Foot Clan with Rahzar before letting his master in. He tries to help Shredder but Shredder overpoweres them all and takes Karai as prisioner. A little later, he and Rahzar use a train to separate the Turtles and April from Splinter. Rahzar is thrown off the tran thanks to April and Donnie, Tiger Claw also gets thrown out off the train by Raph but uses his jetpack to move back and almost makes Raph get hit by another train if Leo didn't come to save his brother so Tiger Claw gets hit by the train.
Darkest Plight: Tiger Claw helps Shredder climb the abyss he and Splinter fell, then Shredder's hand falls apart again. Tiger Claw advices his master to do not take more mutagen as it can be deadly. They find Karai, Leo and April and Shredder orders Tiger Claw to destroy April and bring Karai and Leonardo (so he could destroy him) to him. Tiger Claw follows the trio to a roof and throws Leonardo to an alley but Karai manages to get rid of him using her serpent form to throw him into power lines to eletrocute him and weaken him. He later rescues Shredder and takes him back to the mansion, he begs Shredder to do not take more mutagen as it could destroy him but Shredder doesn't listen to him and forces Stockman to administer a stronger doze of mutagen on him. Tiger Claw can only watch his master let out a scream.
The Power Inside Her: Tiger Claw, Rahzar and Fishface steal tons of canisters of mutagen from a Kraang lab to help Shredder maintain his mutation. Casey hears that and decides to confront them. When Rahzar gets defeated and thrown off the van, Tiger Claw decides to defeat Casey himself. Casey hits him with the door of the back to throw him off but Tiger Claw uses his jetpack to fly back to the van and starts shooting lasers at Casey with his guns and cuts one of Casey's photon pucks in half that hit the Elite Foot-Bots instead but gets caught in the blast. Fishface gets eletrocuted leaving Casey to drive the van but in the middle of the road he hits a dumpster which sents him to fly and land on an alley. They prepare to finish him off but April, now fully consumed by an evil influence of her Aeon crystal, arrives to confront them. Fishface gets one of his mechanical legs broken and Rahzar gets slammed by a dumpster leaving only Tiger Claw. He tries to attack April with his sword only to be immobilized and physically choked before being thrown into a wall and knocked out himself.
As s benefit of being a tiger, Tiger Claw is aggressive and ferocious, as well as vengeful and a greathunter. 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.'