Purple Dragons (2003 TV series)
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Hun and the Purple Dragons
The Purple Dragons (or Purple Dragon Gang) are a fictional New York street gang, in several of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continuities.
The Purple Dragon Gang is from the Lower East Side in New York City. They often are led by Hun and have some connection to the Shredder, though not always. They are particularly known for their salient transition icon, the image of a purple dragon, which they wear as either a tattoo or on their clothes. They mostly commit robberies and threaten people.
In the 2003 animated series and in its derived movie Turtles Forever the Purple Dragons have a long-lasting appearance. In the 2003 series, the Purple Dragons, along with the Foot Clan, one of the two powerful factions in New York that serve Oroku Saki (the Shredder). Just like in their precursors the Dragons are a simple, though very numerically strong street gang. The gang is led by Hun, The Utrom Shredder’s right-hand man. Because of Hun’s loyalty to the Shredder, they work in conjunction with the Foot Clan, and do the jobs in which the skills of the Foot Ninja are not needed.
In order to join the Purple Dragons, candidates would have to commit several crimes with gang members. After that, the prospects have to battle other candidates in an elimination match. If they did well enough, they would be given the tattoo and become a full member.
The Purple Dragons have been around for a while.
From the first season, the Purple Dragons were fairly regular enemies of the Turtles after they foiled
the attempted theft with the use of an armored car and eventually became friends with Casey Jones.
In the series Hun and the Dragons were also the hated enemies of Casey Jones and the reason why
Casey Jones finally reached for vigilantism. When Casey Jones was a kid, his father’s shop was
burned down by the Purple Dragons when Casey’s dad refused to pay protection money. Despite
being threatened not to, his father (Arnold Casey Jones Sr.) later went to the police over it. It is implied
that he was killed for doing so
When the Purple Dragons, the Foot and the Mob, went to war to take over the Shredder’s territory,
Hun led the former.
Initially, the Purple Dragons spent their existence with thefts, bag snatching and protection rackets.
In the aftermath of the Utrom Shredder’s exile by the Utroms, Hun began to strengthen the Purple
Dragons, developing them from just a street gang to an country-wide professional organized crime
syndicate. They began to steal illegal goods, particularly high-tech Triceratons and Federation
weaponry from the government, but accidentally brought a mutant, Finn. Hun also broke his previous
connection with the Foot Clan to spread their influence in the city.
The Lost Episodes
When the Tengu Shredder turned New York City into a demonic capital, the Purple Dragons were
holed up in their stronghold. They joined forces with the Turtles, EPF, and the Justice Force to stop
The Purple Dragons appear in the episodes Clash of the Turtle Titans and The Journal.
Back to the Sewer
A year later, there has been word that the Shredder is coming back, so Hun has the Purple Dragons
locate the Ring of Yin to grant him the power to stand up against the Shredder. They get the wrong
one and the right one gets on April O’Neil. Hun captured her to extract it but she turns into a monster
and flies off.
A territorial war with the Foot broke out. Hun struck an alliance with Baxter Stockman to develop
weapons and hack into the Foot database to find treasure troves to rob.