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Voiced by: Nolan North

"The Turtles must be eliminated from all places."

A race of malevolent brain-like creatures from another dimension, they've been abducting and recruiting human scientists to help them modify their mutagen, which they plan on altering the Earth's atmosphere with. Furthermore, it turns out that the Kraang are nothing more but brainwashed Utrom, all under the inane thrall of a former Utrom scientist named Kraang, now going by Kraang Prime.

  • Abusive Precursors: In "The Invasion", Kraang Prime reveals that the Kraang mutated a species of ape millions of years ago, mutating them into early humans.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the 1987 series, Krang was an exile cast out by his people and forced to turn to Shredder's help. Most adaptations follow this trend. These Kraang, however bumbling, are a hundred-strong Hive Mind who conquered and enslaved almost all their race barring Bishop's resistance movement.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Kraang are basically an evil inversion of the Utroms from Mirage comics and the 2003 cartoon. While those Utrom accidentally created the mutagen as part of a plan to return home, the Kraang accidentally created it as part of a plan to invade Earth.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: They want to invade our planet, and remake to their liking, and don't care how many of us they have to torture or kill.
  • Alien Invasion: Which comes to a head in "Showdown". Though they fail, they succeed in taking New York in "The Invasion".
  • Always Chaotic Evil/Aliens Are Bastards: Just about every single Kraang shown so far is an enemy of the Turtles. The third season however reveals this is because they share a Hive Mind, and there is a separate tribe of Kraang, the Utroms, who are good guys.
  • Always Someone Worse: The Triceratons to the Kraang.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Tricerations.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the "Kraang Conspiracy" they attempt to collect DNA from April with a very large needle to the head. April nervously asks if if they could just use a bit of her hair. They admit that would work, but add that the needle method is more entertaining.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In their human disguises.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In "The Invasion", they have successfully taken over New York, destroyed the Turtles' lair, and begun their plans to mutate the earth, forcing the Turtles, April, and Casey to flee the city and plan their next move.
  • Bayonet Ya: Though rarely used, a good many of their laserguns feature chainsaw-like bayonets not unlike the ones from Gears of War.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the Shredder. Although, they have much more prominent role than the Shredder, being more dangerous than him and his Foot Clan and being directly or indirectly responsible for everything that happens in the series, making them the Big Bad for the entire first season and overall main villains in the series. In the third season, however, they're almost immediately wiped out by the Triceratons, at least their leadership, and this is not undone when the Turtles' time travel saves the Earth from the Heart of Darkness, leaving the Foot to become the main antagonists of the series.
  • Cannon Fodder: The basic Kraang droids are pathetically easy to beat, and readily fall against not just the Turtles, but also every other character who's ever gone up against them...except the Pulverizer.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: To Leatherhead, to the extent that just the mere mention of their name sends him into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Composite Character: The Kraang combine the name of Krang from the 1987 series with elements of the Mirage comics/2003 series' Utroms, such as their robotic human disguises.
    • Decomposite Character: "Annihilation Earth!" reveals the Utroms still exist in this adaptation as a separate, non-evil tribe of Kraang. This is taken even further when it's revealed that all of the Kraang are actually regular Utroms that were brainwashed by Kraang Prime, who is the true Kraang.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Avoided in the first two episodes, where they do fairly well against the Turtles, though this might be because the Turtles hadn't quite learned how to work together yet. Later episodes play it straight, with several Kraang troopers not being able to cause much damage, but when they bring out Traag or a spaceship designed specifically to kill them, they are much more difficult to overcome.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: They all talk like this.
    "This place is a place that you are not allowed to be in this place."
    • Shredder lampshades this in "Karai's Vendetta".
    Shredder: Do they all talk like that?
    • And so does Kraang Sub-Prime in "Battle for New York".
    Kraang Sub-Prime: What is it with the Kraangs' invasion of "the city known as New York City"? What is that? We've been here for thousands of years, yet can't even speak proper English?
  • Ditto Aliens: All Kraang aside from their much larger ruler look the same.
  • Dull Surprise: Their human disguises are as monotonous as their speech pattern.
  • Eaten Alive: The fate of any Kraang that comes across the "Newtralizer".
  • Elite Mooks: Their Biotroid exo-suits, debuting in the second season. Unlike the spindly Kraangdroids, the Biotroids are bulky, ape-like bio-mechanical beasts with chainsaw nipples and butt cannons.
  • Even Evil Has Standards/Pragmatic Villainy: When Karai wants to test out Chrome Dome on April, the Kraang are alarmed and work to underhandedly sabotage the assassination attempt since they have their own plans for April.
    • In "Buried Secrets", they did genetic experiments to produce a creature to infiltrate the O' Neil family using Kraang and human DNA. The final result ended up being put in cold stasis due to being impossible to work with.
  • Evil Counterparts: The entire Kraangs are this to the Utroms.
  • Evil Knockoff: Most of the Kraang's technology - the Kraangdroid exo-suits, the Norman disguises, Irma and Mrs. Campbell - are revealed to have been copied from Utrom designs in the fourth season.
  • Expy: Seeing as they are a race of evil, squid-like aliens who use robot bodies, have little to no individual personality, and have a large central commander that controls the rest via a Hive Mind, this makes them quite similar the Daleks.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The Kraang all fight using laser blasters. Justified because they're aliens from another dimension.
  • Hugh Mann: When they are using their robots to appear human, and the UK TMNT comics even call them "Normans".
  • The Illuminati: They've been outright stated to have manipulated human history, with "Normans" being shown as far back as the Pilgrims reaching America in documents Kurtzman has (who created an insignia about this Kraang conspiracy which is the typical Illuminati "triangle and eye" symbol, just more organic). Kraang Prime also confirms that they essentially created humanity by mutating monkeys, making the first pre-historic humans.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Standard for TMNT, they can never hit a damn thing. They do manage to hit Leatherhead and the Spy-Roach, but they prove immune. In "Showdown", Raphael actually does get shot by one of the Krang, all it does is knock him down and scorch his shell a little bit, but it does piss him off.
  • Jet Pack: Some of them wear them in "The Pulverizer" and "Cockroach Terminator".
  • Killed Offscreen: The event of the Triceratons blowing Kraang Prime and Kraang Subprime, the controllers of the Kraang, to kingdom come in "Annihilation Earth!" still evidently took place in "Earth's Last Stand", only it was not shown the second time.
  • Killer Gorilla: "The Mutation Situation" reveals they have a specialized heavy combat/labor exosuit that is basically a blue-furred cyborg alien gorilla with no head. And twin heavy-laser cannons concealed inside its prominent metallic buttcheeks.
  • Long Game: They've been trying to terraform Earth for thousands of years.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Courtesy of their exosuits.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Since the Kraang don't look human they use these to blend in.
  • Mythology Gag: The UK TMNT comics call the Kraang disguises "Normans". There's a quick reference to this in "The Kraang Conspiracy" when a TCRI keycard is shown to have the name "Norman Kraangenhoffer" on it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Due to their experiments with Mutagen, they've effectively indirectly created almost all of their enemies, whether mutant or human.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Subverted, as at the time, the Turtles fully believed that their battle with the Kraang in "Battle for New York" was their last and that they would never return. However, promotional material for upcoming episodes (and common sense in the audience) said otherwise.
  • Put on a Bus: After "Battle For New York", they are sidelined and the show focuses on the war with the Foot Clan (and other filler) until the end of the third season.
  • Slave Race: "The War for Dimension X" reveals that an Utrom named Kraang discovered mutagen and mutated himself but also gained psychic powers which he used to brainwash most the Utroms into his Kraang soldiers.
  • Starter Villain: Though they differ from other examples in that they are also the Big Bad.
  • Technopath: One took over Metalhead, though it was probably only due to it being derived from their technology.
  • Third-Person Person:
    Kraang: Give to Kraang the power cell that Kraang has come to demand that you give to Kraang!
    Michelangelo: It's the Kraang!
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: They're surprisingly quick on their tendrils when it comes time to jump ship.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Two Kraang's have a conversation about a gluten free diet making one of their member thinner.
  • Villain Team-Up: They join up with the Foot Clan in the final episodes of the first season, an alliance that proves mutually beneficial. The Shredder is smart enough to not fully trust them, refusing to allow Karai to deal with them behind his back, and acknowledges that they will eventually turn on him. However, in "The Invasion", he notes that they have been very straightforward thus far, providing much and asking little in return. They promise to restore Karai's humanity in exchange for his aid in conquering the world.
  • The Voiceless: Outside of their robo-suits, the Kraang seem to only be able to speak in shrieks and snarls. This is The Krang's Signature Sound Effect.
  • Where's the Fun in That?: In "The Kraang Conspiracy", they have April restrained and plan to extract her DNA using a massive needle that will kill her; when April points out that they could just take DNA from a strand of her hair, the Kraang state that while that is true, it's not as entertaining.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Kraang using mutagen on himself gave him psychic powers but took away his sanity.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Two Kraang Apes perform a suplex/flying crossbody double team maneuver on Leatherhead in "Battle For New York".
  • Zerg Rush: It seldom helps them though, until "The Invasion".

    Kraang Prime 
Voiced by: Roseanne Barr (Season 1-2), Rachel Butera (Season 3)
"Like all Kraang, I am Kraang. But you can call me Kraang."

Leader of the Kraang and mastermind of their invasion force. He was originally named "Kraang" and when he gains his psychic powers to mind control the other Utroms, they call themselves Kraang.

  • Alien Invasion: He leads a full-fledged Kraang invasion in "Showdown".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Unlike the Utrom, Kraang Sub-Prime, and 1987 Krang, Kraang Prime and his Hive Mind speak in a highly repetitive manner. Whether he has always had it or if he gained it post-mutation is unclear.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Much larger than a standard Kraang. This goes double for his robotic body.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With The Shredder for the majority of the show until the Triceraton Empire kills both Kraag Prime and Kraang Sub-Prime in the third season finale.
  • Combat Tentacles: His Mobile-Suit Human has these.
  • Decomposite Character: Kraang Prime and Kraang Sub-Prime both borrow certain aspects of Krang from the original '87 show (crossover episodes not widthstanding). Kraang Prime acts as the first-half of the Big Bad Duumvirate alongside Shredder (even in communication with each other before the Kraang start the occupation of New York) and his giant droid-body bares a few superficial similarities to Krang's exo-suit.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Kraang Prime speaks without the aid of his exo-suit and does so in a much less redundant way than his minions. He even refers to himself in the singular, specifically naming himself 'Kraang'. He does, however, occasionally slip into the redundant habit of his lessers. Unlike them, he isn't humorous.
    Kraang Prime: The invasion that is known as the invasion of Earth
  • Egopolis/Narcissist: The Kraang call themselves after him because they're pretty much a Hive Mind Slave Race of his people which he named after himself.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His retinas are vaguely star-shaped.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was once an Utrom scientist who used mutagen to give himself psychic powers which made him deranged and allowed him to brainwash most of the Utrom population into his Kraang soldiers.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Kraang Prime was just another Utrom before he discovered the mutagen's potential. Using it on himself, he became a giant who enslaved most fo the other Utrom under his Hive Mind. The Kraang would go on to wage with the Triceratons (who would go on to establish themselves as a galactic empire in Earth's dimension) and began invading Earth with the intent of expanding their territory, leading to the creation of mankind in their attempts at using the mutagen in Earth's dimension. In other words, Kraang Prime is responsible for literally everything that happens in the series.
  • Humongous Mecha: Battles inside of one.
  • Killed Offscreen: Both he and Kraang Subprime were killed in "Annihilation Earth!" when the Triceratons blasted the Technodrome. If the episode "Earth's Last Stand" (which reversed almost all of the bad stuff that happened in "AE") is any indication, they were still killed by the Triceratons offscreen. Their deaths and Mozar becoming a victim of the BHG rather than Earth leaves the Shredder as the only remaining Big Bad from the first 4 seasons still operating for the second half of season four.
  • Large and in Charge: The largest of all the Kraang so far.
  • Large Ham: Prime speaks much more dramatically than any other Kraang in the series, possibly in part because it speaks directly instead of through a robotic suit.
  • Man Behind the Man: Kraang Prime was behind everything that the Kraang did throughout the series, but wasn't directly mentioned or didn't actually appear until the finale. He takes a much more direct role in "The Invasion".
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Though much less humanoid than the Kraangdroids.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: More obvious than most Kraang since his mouth is much bigger.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
    Kraang Prime: All of you will die here!
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's basically a giant, mutated, extra-dimensional alien brain with Psychic Powers, the first two being what makes him unique among the rest of his species.
  • One-Winged Angel: Appears to be stationary and stuck in a hole in the wall, but after the Turtles foil his initial plans, he rips his way out to reveal his towering robotic body.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Appears in the Rogues Gallery section of the new season two opening.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Since the members of his species that are not subjected to his Hive Mind (Kraang Subprime, 1987 Kraang, and the Utrom) do not have his redundant speech pattern, the rest of the Kraang probably only talk this way because Kraang Prime does. Whether or not this was the result of his mutation or if he always did this out of an Ambiguous Disorder is up in the air.
  • Smug Snake: He is very smug and arrogant.
  • Third-Person Person: Like most Kraang.
  • Voice of the Legion: Sounds like at least two different voices saying the same lines.

    Mrs. Campbell 
Voiced by: Cassandra Peterson.

A research scientist from the World Wide Genome Project who takes a particular interest in April. She's really a Kraang-droid, minus the Kraang.


A rock titan from Dimension X. The Kraang summon him in "TCRI" as part of their takeover of earth, and he fights the Turtles before being sent back to Dimension X by Leatherhead.

  • Adaptational Badass: Traag in the 1987 series was little more than a rock soldier with a name. In this adaptation, Traag is 20 ft. tall, spews out lava, and can pull himself together after being blown up.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Leonardo blasts all of his limbs off in "Showdown", but he's able to call them back to him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Seems to be this to Leatherhead, given the latter's reaction when he sees him in "TCRI."
  • Back for the Finale: The Kraang bring him back for "Showdown".
  • Convection Schmonvection: He's a towering Magma Man, and yet the Turtles and Leatherhead are able to touch and attack him without getting burned.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is a rock titan/golem like creature in addition to his fire abilities
  • Disney Villain Death:Subverted: He and Granitor are tossed off a platform in Dimension X and sent falling into space, the unique properties of gravity there mean that whatever happens is unlikely to be fatal.
  • Healing Factor: He's able to literally pull himself back together is he loses a limb.
  • Implacable Man: Traag is so large and sturdy that the Turtles' attacks merely bounce off of him. Even dynamite fails to harm him for long.
  • Magma Man: Tron Lines of magma cross over his body and limbs, as well as giving him Glowing Eyes of Doom and a Throat Light.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Traag is a lot bigger in this continuity. Word of God states that he's 20 feet tall.
  • Playing with Fire: Traag can spit a stream of lava from his mouth.
  • The Speechless: He does have some impressive roars, though.


A similar rock titan to Traag, who is partnered with him.

  • Palette Swap: His model is pretty much Traag, but with a lot of the fire details removed or made more subtle, as well as white.
  • Playing with Fire: He can breath fire, though unlike his partner, his fire goes slightly upward and is blue.
  • The Speechless: Same as his partner.

    The Sea Monster

A huge aquatic beast the Kraang brought from Dimension X to guard their underwater base/Kraang-water production facility. The Turtles distract it to enter the base, but have to fight it to escape.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Its head alone is as tall as Donatello, to say nothing of its length and width. The creature's entire body is longer than the Turtle Sub and just as tall back-to-belly, but it's not as thick.
  • Canon Foreigner: It was created for the series.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The beast is quite attracted to the Turtle Sub, which saves the Turtles' lives.
  • Love Hurts: When Leonardo releases explosive charges to get the creature to release the Turtle Sub, it has a very sad expression as the Sub escapes into the distance.
  • Made of Iron: Shrugs off both the explosion of the Kraang base and the Turtles' explosive charges with nary a scratch.
  • The Speechless: Being an animal, it never utters a word.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The creature has the same body style as most reports of Nessie, with a humped back and swan-like neck. Its flippers are more paw-like though, with rounded ends and short claws. It also has two tendrils dangling from its lower jaw.
  • Stock Sound Effect: When holding the Turtle Sub, the creature makes humpback whale and orca calls.

    Kraang Sub-Prime

A scarred Kraang spy. He makes himself known in "The Invasion", when Irma is revealed to be him in disguise.

  • Aliens Speaking English: He can speak English outside of his Kraang suit, possibly because of his gifted experience of being a spy or the cyborg parts that comprise his body allow for the translation. He also speaks English fluently, like the Utroms but unlike the other Kraang (or even Kraang Prime, who also speaks without the aid of a suit), and when he appears in "Battle for New York", he complains that he's the only Kraang that does this:
    What is it with the Kraangs' invasion of "the city known as New York City"? What is that? We've been here for thousands of years, yet can't even speak proper English?
  • Badass Boast: "Lowly insects, kneel before the genius of Kraang Sub-Prime! The greatest Kraang spy in all of Dimension X!"
  • Berserk Button: Being called Kraang Sub-sub prime.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not that he doesn't deserve it, but every appearance he has usually ends with him supposedly dying.
  • Cain and Abel: He is this to Bishop.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
  • Chess Motifs: He was once a member of the Utrom Council named "Knight" before he became evil.
  • Decomposite Character: Kraang Prime, established to be the original Kraang, is portrayed as a somewhat more serious character in this version, but Sub-Prime has more personality aspects in common with the 1987 version of the character, such as his Large Ham personality and his tendency to yell at his men.
  • Dirty Coward: He refuses to help Mona Lisa and Sal Commander fight the Triceratons because they're too tough, and when Mona Lisa calls him a coward, he casually admits as much. As soon Mona Lisa slips out the fact the Turtles are their allies, he's quick to attack them and lock them in his dungeon.
  • The Dragon: To Kraang Prime.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be genocidal, but he's not an Omnicidal Maniac, unlike his cousin from the 1987 series who tried to destroy Turtle Prime and by extension every dimension the Turtles exist in. When he learns of Krang's real plan he stops everything and beats the crap out of him for pulling something like that, even flat-out screaming that he banished Krang to the 1987 dimension specifically because he was so dangerously stupid.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Considering his VA, it was a given.
  • Evil Is Petty: When he holds the Utrom Queen hostage, he just feels the need to bully her.
  • Expy: His different speech-pattern and outright hamminess makes him much more similar to Krang from the 1987 series. Subverted, when it turns out the real Krang exists. In "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" he proves to be far more competent and smarter than 1987 Krang.
  • Face–Heel Turn/Fallen Hero: From the greatest Utrom hero to Kraang Prime's second in command.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a wicked gash running down his forehead.
  • The Heavy: He's become the most recurring Kraang villain the Turtles have faced.
  • Joker Immunity: Has survived two supposed deaths and just keeps coming back. At least until the Triceraton invasion...
  • Large Ham: This is a Gilbert Gottfried character we're talking about.
  • Made of Iron: Somehow he manages to escape death every time without a scratch. Well, except for the time the Technodrome was destroyed by the Triceratons.
  • Master of Disguise: They don't call him the greatest Kraang spy for nothing.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Better known as Irma.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the Kraang, he's the only one to complain that, despite the fact they've been on Earth for thousands of years, almost none of them have learned proper English or the like.
  • Red Right Hand: One of his tentacles ends in a metal claw.
  • The Spymaster: For the Kraang in his debut appearance.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels about the other Kraang not named "Kraang Prime".
  • That Man Is Dead: When Bishop calls him by his original title of "Knight", he retorts that the name means nothing to him.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: In the majority of his appearances, he usually exits the episode in a blazing inferno, but he usually gets better with an Unexplained Recovery every time. Though, he was finally Killed Off for Real in "Annihilation: Earth!" when the Triceratons blew him, Kraang Prime and the Technodrome into smithereens, which was not undone in "Earth's Last Stand".
  • Truer to the Text: Unlike the rest of the Kraang, who are generally portrayed as more serious and lacking individuality than the original incarnation, Kraang Sub-Prime is more similar to the original version of the character; loud, snarky, and constantly complaining about the intelligence of his co-workers.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He always underestimates the Turtles.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He appeared to die in "The Invasion" when a giant chunk of rock dropped on him. He later returned in "Battle For New York", with no explanation for how he survived, and survives another apparent death and turns up in "Annihilation: Earth!". Third time's a charm, though. He didn't survive the Triceraton attack.

Voiced by: Pat Fraley

Kraang Sub-Prime's cousin and the Krang from the 1987 series. Having been banished to the 1987-dimension for being a failure, Krang continues his campaign of conquest alongside his version of the Shredder.

  • Canon Welding: While the different incarnations of the 1987 and 2012 characters are meant to be alternate dimensional counterparts of each other, this version of Krang is meant to be a member of the Kraang and cousin of Kraang Sub-Prime (who many see as his 2012 counterpart).
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Kraang Sub-Prime banished him to the 1987-dimension because he was a massive screw-up.
  • Stupid Evil: The whole reason why he was banished to the 1987-dimension was because he was an idiot who caused more harm than good, him threatening to destroy dimensions the Kraang have been trying to mutate and conquer being one big example.
    Kraang Sub-Prime: This is why I banished you to the Two-Dimensional Earth in the first place. Because you're an idiot! A moron! A dingleberry!


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