Real Name: Krang
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Note that this bio refers to the character from the cartoons and the Archie comics series. No character by the name of Krang ever appeared in the canonical comic stories.
Krang is an extremely intelligent warlord from Dimension X. He somehow took command of an army of rock soldiers under the leadership of General Tragg, and stole the Technodrome, a powerful battle fortress, from its creator Drakus. Something then happened, that caused Krang to be stripped of his body and confined to a brain-like form, and to be exiled from Dimension X to Earth, along with his army and the Technodrome.
While on Earth, Krang allied himself with the Shredder, who, along with his robotic Foot Soldier army, moved into the Technodrome. In exchange, the Shredder had to design and build a new body for Krang, a human-shaped exo-suit. Shredder lived up to his part of the bargain in the season 1 episode Heroes in a Half-Shell - Part Five, in no small part because he was unable to deal with the Turtles and needed Krang's help. Indeed, in the season 3 episode Shredderville, the Turtles visit/dream a parallel world in which they never lived, and Shredder had no problem taking over the world. In this world, Shredder abandoned Krang after his conquest was complete, leaving him with no body and a heavily-damaged Technodrome.
Krang's ultimate goal is to take over the Earth; it probably only became his objective after he was exiled there, but this point is never made clear. Every plan Krang conceives is either aimed at that goal, or towards the short-term objective of powering-up the Technodrome. He does not share Shredder's obsession with the Turtles; while Shredder sees them as mortal enemies, Krang seems to regard them more like annoyances to be destroyed when they interfere in his plans.
Counting from the first meeting between the Turtles and Shredder and Krang, Krang spent eight years in his Technodrome, either somewhere on Earth or in Dimension X, scheming to power up his battle fortress and take over the Earth. In the season 8 episode Turtle Trek, the Turtles destroy the engines of the Technodrome, trapping it and its inhabitants in Dimension X for good and putting an end to Krang's plans.
Krang spent the next two years in Dimension X, until he was contacted by Dregg (The Power of Three). Dregg arranged for him and Shredder to come back to Earth, to help him fight the Turtles. However, Dregg betrays them, and drains Krang's intelligence. Shredder escapes and restores Krang (A Turtle in Time), but Dregg captures them again. Finally, the Turtles spoil his plan and transport Shredder and Krang back to Dimension X (Turtles to the Second Power).
In the series finale Divide and Conquer, the Turtles return to the Technodrome to take Krang's exosuit, which they need to fight Dregg. Krang is nowhere to be seen. He is assumed to still be somewhere in Dimension X.
As evil as Krang was in the animated series, his character in the Archie Comics series was even worse, said to have the blood of whole races on his hands. It should be noted that the Shredder character from the 2003 animated series (an evil Utrom warlord in a powerful robotic body) is markedly similar to the Krang of the Archie Comics series.
Krang's physical appearance was inspired by the Utroms from the original TMNT comic book. However, Krang is not an Utrom. There are several important differences:
* The Utroms come from another planet in our galaxy, while Krang comes from another dimension or galaxy.
* The Utroms are naturally brain-like aliens, while Krang is an alien who has been stripped of his body and left with only his brain. His natural physical shape is not brain-like, and when he cloned himself, his clones, though initially brain-creatures like himself, continued developing until they had complete bodies. This episode (Invasion of the Krangezoids) revealed that Krang's true form is a large reptilian creature.
* The Utroms are peaceful, while Krang is a warlord.
* Krang never refered to himself as an Utrom.
First Appearance: None listed.
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Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Mighty Mutanimals (1991)
Tales of the TMNT (2004)
#58 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2011)
- 'All Tomorrow's Yesterdays'
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (1988)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (1989)
NN Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Digest (1993)
- 'Return of the Shredder'Special 03
- 'The Night of the Monsterex'Special 06
- 'Doomsday Hassle in Banshee Castle'TPB
- 'Volume One'TPB 02
- 'Collected Series Volume Two'TPB vol. 02
- 'Volume 2'TPB vol. 02 (2nd Printing)
- 'Volume 2'#1
- 'Return of the Shredder'#2
- 'Return of the Shredder, Part Two'#3
- 'The Incredible Shrinking Turtles, Part One'#4
- 'The Incredible Shrinking Turtles, Part Two'#5
- 'Something Fishy Goes Down'#6
- 'Of Turtles and Stones and Mary Bones'#7#10
- 'Going Down?'#10 (5th Printing)
- 'Going Down?'#11
- 'White Light'#12
- 'The Lost World'#13
- 'The Final Conflict'#23
- 'Search and Destroy'#24
- 'Gimme Danger'#25
- 'Raw Power'#45
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman Cover Gallery (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Fugitoid (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Utrom Empire (2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Microseries (2013)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (2014)
TMNT Mutant Universe Sourcebook (1992)
Turtle Soup (1991)
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