In the 1987cartoon series, Lotus is a female ninja from Japan that temporarily replaced The Shredder whom she easily defeated (along with Rocksteady and Bebop). She was hired by Krang to destroy the Turtles. She developed a respect for Leonardo, after they dueled to a standstill before she resorted to a trick sword to knock him out. When they met the second time she tried to get him to become her partner as "ninja for hire", but he refused. She ended up turning on Krang and teaming up with the Turtles. She escaped to continue her mercenary lifestyle, telling Leonardo that there was little gold in goodness, though she hoped that they would one day be on the same side.
Karai, a similar female ninja who has inherited Shredder's position, whom Lotus may have influenced