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Kritter subspecies

Klaptrap subspecies

Krockhead subspecies

Homeland Crocodile Isle

Sub-Species Kritter

Leader(s) King K. Rool
Affiliations Zinger
Enemies Kongs

"You'll never beat us Kremlings this time!"
Klubba in Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA

The Kremlings are a crocodilian species native to the extinct Crocodile Isle and the main enemies of the Donkey Kong Series. The vast majority of them are members of the Kremling Krew led by K. Rool.

They have have frequently conflicted with the Kong Family, most often by stealing Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard or kidnapping various Kongs.


Physical Appearance[]

The are various Kremling races, but they are usually characterized as crocodiles with scaly skin and sharp teeth and claws. The Kritter subspecies are bipedal and more anthropomorphic, while others like Klaptraps are quadrupedal and more animalistic.[1][2] Kremlings come in a wide variety of colors, including green, purple, blue, brown, yellow, gray, orange, red, and pink.

Certain subspecies of Kremlings are capable of breathing underwater, such as Klomp in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. They have also been shown to be immune to toxic waste (best demonstrated in the Toxic Tower stage of Donkey Kong Country 2).

Most, if not all Kremlings are male. The only known female Kremlings in the Donkey Kong series thus far are Kass and Kalypso.


Anthropomorphic Kremlings like Kritters are highly intelligent, capable of building castles, factories, robots, airships, amusement parks, submarines, warships, laser weapons and spacecrafts. Although, they are also very environmentally uncaring, as their factories pollute surrounding areas and they exploit their island's resources. Some Kremlings were even Wrinkly Kong's students.[3] However, they were shown to be difficult to educate, as they often had incorrect sums.[4] One of them was even caught bringing his sword to class.[5]


Most Kremlings lived on Crocodile Isle, a decaying swampland completely exploited of its resources with only a handful of livable area left, neighboring Donkey Kong Island.[6] It sunk after the Krocodile Kore in the Lost World exploded. It can be presumed the Kremlings from the island then relocated to the Northern Kremisphere. It is said that the sunken city of Kremlantis near Donkey Kong Island was founded by K. Rool's ancestors,[7] supposedly due to their home land being invaded by pirate Snaps.[8]


Donkey Kong Country[]

"Kremlings, Kremlings everywhere! Kremlings are the tribe of reptilian rascals who have ripped off Donkey Kong's banana horde. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and shades:"
Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet (SNES version), page 28
"The largest enemies you'll encounter are the Krocs that work for King K. Rool. The Krocs come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common-their number-one directive is stop the Kongs. Some of the tough-skinned reptiles can be a bit much for Diddy, so be on your guard."
Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide (GBA version), page 14

List of Kremlings[]

A list of all Kremlings that have appeared in the Donkey Kong franchise, including spin-off games and the Donkey Kong Country animated series. in alphabetical order.




  • The Kremling's first sound is voiced by Chris Sutherland.[9]
  • The cause of the Kremlings' antagonism towards the Kongs is unknown, though it is known that they had met each other prior to the Kremling invasion of Donkey Kong Island in the first Donkey Kong Country.[10][11][12]


  1. M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 12 - "KRITTER: Kritters come in several colors, but other than that, they basically look the same. You can take them out easily by jumping on their heads or rolling through them and bowling them over. Depending upon their color, they have different jumping abilities and patterns of movement. That's what makes them a little unpredictable. Another member of Kritter family, Krash, is the type that likes to hide out in mine carts."
  2. M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 13 - "KLAPTRAP: Small in comparsion to other baddies, Klap-Traps scurry along the ground, muching on air or whatever happens to come in contact with their razor-sharp, manic jaws. They usually cover a small patch of trail, patrolling back and forth along it. A quick hop and bop does the trick."
  3. "Wrinkly Kong: I've found life too hectic at school with all those naughty Kremlings pestering me all the time!" - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
  4. Wrinkly's words: "Well! Just look at those sums those Kremlings have done. Disgraceful!" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  5. Wrinkly's words: "I hope you're better behaved than those reptiles. Why, I even caught one sharpening his sword in class yesterday!" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  6. "Dixie Kong: Let's go over to Crocodile Isle and rescue DK." - Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA)
  7. "KREMLANTIS: Rock hewn and rock solid is Kremlantis, ancient home of K. Rool's masterfull predecessors."
    Donkey Kong Land Nintendo Magazine System, 1995, page 13
  8. Adrian Smith's like on Twitter (retrieved on December 25, 2023)
  9. David Wise on Twitter (retrieved Janaury 10, 2019)
  10. Donkey Kong: "My bananas and my buddy, Diddy, they are gone! The Kremlings will pay! I'll hunt them down through every corner of my island, until I have every last banana from my hoard back!" - Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
  11. Cranky Kong: "Surely K. Rool can come up with better than that, maybe a bucket or perphaps a really nasty fridge!" - Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
  12. Cranky Kong: "That's it, only K. Rool left to beat, Come on, lets go and kick his scaly butt!" - Donkey Kong Country (GBA)