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Baron Draxum is the main villain of the Turtles in the Rise of the TMNT series. He has been described as an "alchemist warrior mutant from the Hidden City" and "the self-proclaimed protector of all mutant-kind", and his ambition is to mutate all humans with his insect-like creatures called Oozesquitoes. He became the leader of the Foot Clan in the episode "How to Make Enemies and Bend People to Your Will".
Baron Draxum is a large muscular figure with turquoise skin, maroon hair and bright orange eyes with maroon sclera. He also has dark teal faun-like legs with teal hooves. His minions, Huginn and Muninn sit on either side of his shoulder.
Baron wears a gold headpiece with horns protruding from either side, dark teal gloves with gold trim over his large and jagged forearms (becoming purple gauntlets when in battle). He also wears a very dark teal top covering his neck with a blue-green overlay, a blue belt with a unique design and gold trimming, a teal waist trail and a long blue-green loincloth.
Draxum is a madman that believes that his kind deserves to flourish while humanity goes extinct, with what he considers the most perfect mutations being the Ninja Turtles themselves. Despite his claims of being a protector of mutant kind, he does not hesitate to destroy those who stand in the way of his plans to take over the surface world of New York, including his own creations.
In the episode "The Evil League of Mutants", Baron's two minions Huginn and Muninn claim that Baron is only misunderstood, having a caring and passionate side to him as well.
Baron Draxum is a mutated warrior and alchemist from a Hidden City beneath the streets of New York, who desires to bring humanity under his control by mutation. Approximately thirteen years before the events of the series, he came across a Battle Nexus champion named Lou Jitsu and decided to mutate an army of animals using the human's DNA. This led to the creation of the Turtles, but Lou Jitsu destroyed the laboratory and all of Draxum's work.
Thirteen years later, Draxum was able to produce more of the mutagenic ooze and now intended to mutate humans using his Oozesquitoes. However, his plans were interrupted by the Ninja Turtles and their friend April O'Neil, who fought Draxum and his minions and destroyed his laboratory.
Despite the destruction of his laboratory, Draxum survived and later clashed with Big Mama and the Turtles over the Oozesquitoes in "Bug Busters." Having been thwarted again and angered by his creations' continuing defiance, he created The Evil League of Mutants (consisting of Meat Sweats, Hypno-Potamus, Repo Mantis, Warren Stone, and the Sando Brothers). During a battle with the Turtles, Draxum revealed his past association with Lou Jitsu, but was drawn through a portal and found himself with the Foot Clan.
Having a common enemy in the Turtles, Draxum formed an alliance with the Foot Clan, agreeing to complete the Kuroi Yoroi. Draxum believed that he would be given the armor when it was complete. This brought him into conflict with the Turtles once again, and also with Splinter, who revealed himself to be Lou Jitsu. He eventually became frustrated with his lack of progress in the Foot Clan, and after engineering a triumph for himself, he took control of it.
An alchemist warrior mutant from the Hidden City, Baron Draxum is the self-proclaimed protector of all mutant-kind. He plans to mutate all of humanity with his insect-like Oozesquitoes.
Powers, Skills, and Abilities
- Superhuman Physical Strength
- Enhanced Speed
- Enhanced Stamina
- Enhanced Agility
- Enhanced Durability
- Enhanced Endurance
- Enhanced Reflexes
- Enhanced Longevity
- Vine Manipulation
- Energy Blasts
- Genius-Level Intelligence
- Mutant Creation
- Splinter: Draxum intended to use Lou Jitsu's DNA to create an army of mutants, but Jitsu escaped and destroyed his lab. He seemingly had admiration for Lou Jitsu's fighting abilities and physical prowess. However, they share a mutual hatred in the present.
- April O'Neil:
- Mayhem: Baron Draxum apparently had a grudge against Mayhem since he somehow obtained a vial belonging to Draxum.
- Big Mama: Big Mama sought to use Draxum's Oozesquitoes to create fighters for her arena, much to his annoyance. Not much is known about their relationship, other than that it seems to be adversarial in nature.
- "You're...Beautiful." - Mystic Mayhem
- "[The Oozesquitoes] are meant for much more than your silly Battle Nexus" - Bug Busters
- "Pure insanity..." - How to Make Enemies and Bend People to Your Will
- Draxum is the second villain to be the primary antagonist of a TMNT series instead of Shredder.