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An anthropomorphic jaguar. He was a hero character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) universe.
Jagwar is the mutant offspring of a union between the human woman, Juntarra, and the ancient and powerful Jaguar Spirit. Juntarra raised and taught her son/cub, Jagwar, until he was twelve years old, but, then, restless, she left to continue her personal quest to complete the "Path of The Four Winds", leaving him to fend for himself.
Jagwar first met the TMNT when the giant, other-worldly, disembodied cow's head, Cudley, dumped the four brothers in his Brazilian jungle, having transported them back to Earth after their participation in an intergalactic adventure. Quickly making friends with one another, Jagwar enlists the TMNT's aid in stopping a band of mercenaries who are plotting to cut down his rain forest home--the villains also recently killed a local union leader, Chico Mendes, and kid napped the American reporter who had come to interview Mendes, who just happens to be the Turtle's good friend, April O'Neil. Defeating the villains, and reuniting with April, Jagwar and his new friends enjoyed several other adventures in South America before parting company.
Shortly thereafter, Jagwar joined forces with several other animalistic humanoids (namely Wingnut, Screwloose, Leatherhead, Dreadmon, Man Ray, and Mondo Gecko) to form the super hero team, The Mighty Mutanimals. In the coming months, the group would fight against numerous villains, both on their own, and in collaboration with their allies, the TMNT. Unfortunately, Jagwar, and the other Mighty Mutanimals, came to an untimely, and controversial, end when they were gunned down and murdered by the demon Null's robotic henchmen (TMNT Adventures #55).
Jagwar can speak and understand several languages, including English, Spanish, and the "forest language" of the South American Caipacu Natives.
In comparison to an average human, Jaguar has excellent night vision, acute hearing, and a superior sense of smell. He also enjoys cat-like reflexes, agility, and speed. His claws and teeth serve as deadly weapons in close quarters combat and allow him to climb any surface in which he can get a grip. Jagwar's appearance, particularly when he bears his teeth and roars, is a frightening sight to behold, and is often more than enough to deter, or at least demoralize, human opponents.
Jagwar's concern over the environmental welfare of the planet, particularly the South American rain forests he call home, sometimes leads him to take stances that may be unpopular with his comrades. Enemies can also manipulate Jagwar by taking advantage of his protective inclinations towards nature.
Most humans are frightened by the sight of Jagwar's cat-man form, and will behave accordingly. Usually some words from Jagwar can defuse the situation before something unfortunate happens, but not always. From a distance, Jagwar can be mistaken for a normal Jaguar, and, in that context, may be fired upon by hunters (the cats are often slain because they prey on farmer's livestock).
(In no particular order of importance.)
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