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Kaptain K. Rool along with several Kremlings.
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Notable members
Junior the Giant Klaptrap
K. Lumsy
Kaptain Skurvy
King K. Rool
Resident Demon

The Kremlings are a race of anthropomorphic crocodilians that originated from Crocodile Isle. They first appeared in Donkey Kong Country. Kremlings come in many different varieties. Most Kremlings are part of the Kremling Krew (with K. Lumsy being an exception).

Kremlings also made a few appearances in various sports titles in the Mario series. Kremlings can be seen in the background of the DK Jungle Court in Mario Power Tennis; they take on the role of goalies in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged, while in Mario Super Sluggers, they appear as team players.


The Kremlings apparently originate from the Lost World on Crocodile Isle, an island mostly composed of swampland.


From what has been seen of Kremlings so far, they seem to have two distinctive body shapes, either being humanoid or having the basic form of an alligator or crocodile, being a quadruped with a tail dragging behind them in certain members.

Skin Pigment

From what has been observed, Kremlings come in a wide variety of colors, though the most basic color seems to be green and its multiple shades. Other colors seen include brown, red, blue, gray and purple.


The Kremlings seem to have some level of leadership and government, as evidenced by King K. Rool and KAOS. How these leaders are actually chosen is unknown though. However, due to comments made by Klubba about how the Kremlings are "miserable" under King K. Rool, it seems more likely that the Kremlings may be ruled under a dictatorship, with one Kremling simply taking the position of leader.

Unlike the Kongs who seem "in-tune" with nature, the Kremlings could seemingly care less about it, as a large amount of heavily-polluting, Kremling-controlled factories have been seen. The Kremlings are also advanced in the field of mechanics, as such things as airships and submarines have been shown to be used by the Kremlings. The Kremlings have been shown using and building such devices as apparently sentient robots, laser weaponry and on one occasion, a "hover-craft" like vehicle.

The Kremlings seem to be a marauding and conquering race, as evidenced by their looting and stealing of valuables and take-over of the Northern Kremisphere. (It is also possible that they showed similar sides in the unseen Kremean War, which they are assumed to have fought in.) Not all Kremlings are bad, though; some, such as K. Lumsy, Krunch, and the Kritter goalies of Mario Strikers seem to be decent individuals.

Cities, towns or villages inhabited by Kremlings have never actually been seen, meaning what a Kremling's shelter or home may actually look like is unknown.

Notable Kremlings

Types of Kremlings

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クレムリン


  • The Kremlings take words that begin with c and make them a k. For example: Kaptain K. Rool, Kop, and Kannonball.
  • In the animated series, they were never referred to as "Kremlings". Instead, they are referred by various generic names (mostly "Lizards").
  • The Kremlings originate from a project Rare was developing around the same time than Donkey Kong Country, and were added to the game as the development team found them to be a good fit for the art style. According to Rareware employee Kevin Bayliss, said project was a Battletoads game.

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