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Karai is a character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Despite not appearing in the 1987 TV Series, many fans consider Lotus Blossom to be Karai's version of the 1987 Series due to having many aspects of the character such as being a frenemy to the turtles and having romantic involvement with Leonardo.


Mirage Comics

Karai appears in the Mirage Comics as the leader of the foot clan and sometimes both a foe and ally to the turtles.Shredder himself answered to Karai and Karai even don the Shredder mantle at some point making her one of the main antagonists of the series.

Karai appears more younger than her mirage counterpart and where she is the descendant of Shredder as well as his right-hand woman, where she refered to him as grandfather rather than father.

IDW Comics

Karai appears more younger than her mirage counterpart and where she is the descendant of Shredder as well as his right-hand woman, where she refered to him as grandfather rather than father.

TV Appearances

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Main article: Karai (TMNT 2003)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

Main article: Karai (TMNT 2012)

Movie Appearances

TMNT (2007)

In this adaptation, Karai is the new leader of the Foot Clan, after the Shredder was killed. She, and her army were hired by Maximillion Winters to capture 13 monsters so he could break a curse that Winters and his brethren unleashed thousands of years ago. Some time after the Stone Generals betrayed Winters, Karai and the Foot were offered by Aguila to join them.

Karai explained that the Foot works for Winters and not for them. While the Turtles were confronting the Stone Generals, Karai, the Foot, April O'Neil, and Casey Jones went to find the 13th monster to end the curse. After they were successful, Karai disappeared on good terms with the Turtles.

She is voiced by Zhang Ziyi, who also played Ilene Chen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Michael Bay films

Karai makes a brief appearance as a minor antagonist in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, Out of the Shadows. She is portrayed by Minae Noji in the first film and Brittany Ishibashi in Out of the Shadows.


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Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo

1987 series
Leonardo (TMNT 1987) | Raphael (TMNT 1987) | Donatello (TMNT 1987) | Michelangelo (TMNT 1987) | Splinter (TMNT 1987) | April O'Neil (TMNT 1987) | Irma Langenstein | Casey Jones | Fugitoid | Buffy Shellhammer | Mona Lisa | Karai | Renet Tilley (TMNT)

2003 series
Leonardo (TMNT 2003) | Donatello (TMNT 2003) | Raphael (TMNT 2003) | Michelangelo (TMNT 2003) | Splinter (TMNT 2003) | April O'Neil (TMNT 2003) | Casey Jones (TMNT 2003) | Karai (TMNT 2003) | Leatherhead | Agent Bishop | Utroms | Fugitoid (TMNT 2003) | Zog (2003 TV Series) | Nanobot (TMNT) | Miyamoto Usagi | Traximus | Renet Tilley (TMNT 2003) | Justice Force | The Ancient One | The Ninja Tribunal | Cody Jones | Serling | Starlee Hambrath

2012 series
Leonardo (TMNT 2012) | Raphael (TMNT 2012) | Donatello (TMNT 2012) | Michelangelo (TMNT 2012) | Splinter (TMNT 2012) | April O'Neil (TMNT 2012) | Casey Jones (TMNT 2012) | Karai (TMNT 2012) | Fugitoid (TMNT 2012) | Bishop (TMNT 2012) | Slash (TMNT 2012) | Leatherhead (TMNT 2012) | Mona Lisa (TMNT 2012) | Sal Commander | Utroms | Metalhead | Shinigami | Dr. Tyler Rockwell | Miyamoto Usagi | Mondo Gecko | Muckman | Jack Kurtzman | Alopex (TMNT 2012) | Renet Tilley (TMNT 2012) | Zeno the Triceraton

2018 series
Leonardo (TMNT 2018) | Donatello (TMNT 2018) | Raphael (TMNT 2018) | Michelangelo (TMNT 2018) | Splinter (TMNT 2018) | April O'Neil (TMNT 2018) | Todd Capybara | Frankenfoot | Piebald | Karai (TMNT 2018)

Leonardo (1990's Live-Action Film Series) | Donatello (1990's Live-Action Film Series) | Raphael (1990's Live-Action Film Series) | Michelangelo (1990's Live-Action Film Series) | Leonardo (TMNT 2007 CGI) | Raphael (TMNT 2007 CGI) | Donatello (TMNT 2007 CGI) | Michelangelo (TMNT 2007 CGI) | Splinter (TMNT 2007 CGI) | April O'Neil (TMNT 2007 CGI) | Casey Jones (TMNT 2007 CGI) | Max Winters | Leonardo (TMNT Live Action 2014) | Splinter (TMNT Live Action 2014) | Raphael (TMNT Live Action 2014) | Michelangelo (TMNT Live Action 2014) | Donatello (TMNT Live Action 2014) | April O'Neil (TMNT Live Action 2014) | Casey Jones (TMNT Live Action 2016)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film)