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Villain Overview

~ Kraang Prime to April O' Neil
All of you will... DIE here!
~ Kraang Prime to April and the Turtles in one of the Technodromes
Lowly insects, do you think Kraang can be stopped? It was Kraang that found your planet millions of years ago, it was Kraang that used mutagen on the monkeys turning them into lowly humans and it is Kraang who now transforms your world!
~ Kraang Prime to the turtles and April as he is about to fight them in their turtlemech

Kraang Prime, formerly known as simply Kraang, is the overarching antagonist of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, serving as the final antagonist of Season 1, one of the two main antagonists (alongside Shredder) Season 2, the overarching antagonist of Season 3, and a posthumous antagonist in both Seasons 4 and 5.

He is a corrupt, mutated Utrom and the leader of The Kraang, who is bent on both taking over and enslaving the universe. He later starts holding a grudge against the Turtles for beating him the first time.

He was voiced by Roseanne Barr in Season 1 and 2, and by Rachel Butera in Season 3.


Kraang Prime is a power-hungry Utrom, willing to be the ultimate ruler of the universe and subjugate everyone else. He is highly sadistic, taking great pleasure mutating humans in the invasion of Earth. He is also egotistical, calling everyone that is not his minions, since majority of them were brainwashed into becoming copies of himself, as pathetic or lower than him. Considering he was a scientist, Kraang Prime is highly intelligent, able to discover the mutagen and invent/design majority of the technology he and his minions uses, plus used his psychic powers to brainwash everyone of his species into joining him instead of wasting time to convince all of them to join his side. Kraang Prime is also barbarous whenever his mech suit is ready, being uncontrollable as he tries fighting anyone. However, despite his barbarous nature, Kraang Prime is a patient Utrom, able to wait for so many years to wait for a right opportunity to invade Earth and being relaxed when the rising of the Technodrome as well as his third invasion of Earth was delayed by a small error in "Annihilation: Earth! Part 1" before being fixed and able to rise again.


Before TMNT

According to the Utrom Queen in "War for Dimension X", Kraang Prime was once a respected Utrom scientist who had discovered the "milk" of the Kraathatrogon worm (later known as simply mutagen) and tested it on himself, mutating him into a giant Utrom with psychic abilities. Realizing the potential of the mutagen, Kraang went mad with power and used his psychic abilities to mind control his fellow Utrom and turn them into mindless copies of himself.

Now referred to as Kraang Prime, Kraang then began to attempt to take over the multiverse by mutating dimensions to appear similar to Dimension X. At some point, the Kraang ran into a conflict with the Triceratons for control of Dimension X, though the Kraang ultimately won the war when Kraang Prime used Professor Honeycutt's Black Hole Generator to destroy the Triceraton's home planet. At some point in time, Kraang Prime went to Earth and used mutagen on primates, creating all of humanity as a result. At another point in time, the Kraang also attempted to merge human and Kraang DNA, mutating April's mother while she was pregnant, resulting in April being a half Kraang, half-human hybrid, with psychic powers like Kraang Prime.


Kraang Prime in his exo-suit.

Kraang Prime first appears when he delivers a message to his fellow Kraang, stating that the invasion of Earth has begun. After April O'Neil is captured by Shredder and given to the Kraang, Kraang Prime introduces himself and explains to her that he required April's uniquely attuned energy signature to stabilize the terraforming process. Now that Kraang Prime has April, the terraforming of Earth begins, with people beginning to choke as Earth's air changes. However, the plan is foiled when the Turtles arrive and free April.

In an attempt to kill the Turtles, Kraang Prime reveals his exo-suit in the walls of his throne room and pursues them as the Technodrome malfunctions. The Turtles and April are saved by Leonardo, who holds off Kraang Prime while the rest escape. An explosion rocks the flying fortress and both are thought dead. However, Leonardo has survived, and the re-activation of the Technodrome on the ocean floor hints that Kraang Prime survived as well.

In the episode "The Kraang Conspiracy", Kraang Prime was shown in a hologram where he was telling the Kraang his plans with the Mutagen, where he caught April spying on them.

In "Plan 10", he informs a Kraang (who is really a mind-switched Raphael) about the invasion.

In "The Invasion", Raph and Casey are roaming the wrecked streets when, all of the sudden, a massive portal opens up before them, only for Kraang Prime to step out of it, outfitted in a large robotic suit and a rayon its robotic arm from which it can blast Mutagen. Kraang Prime catches up to Casey and Raph and is about to attack them, but the Earth Protection Force comes forward and they surround Kraang Prime, giving Raph and Casey a chance to escape. Kraang Prime later finds them again and shoots Mutagen on to Kirby O'Neil turning him into a Kraang-like monster. April mourns her father before running away with the others.

Kraang Prime later manages to find the Turtle Mech and engages it in combat. Donnie then launches a barrel of waste at Kraang Prime's face, however, the chemicals had no effect on the fearsome Kraang Prime. Kraang Prime then tells the Turtles and April that they have no right to stop the Kraang's invasion of humanity, as Kraang Prime claims that millions of years ago it was he who mutated Earth's early inhabitant (insultingly referring to them as "monkeys") into modern humans using mutagen, and they have now come to Earth to do what they please, seeing it as their right for giving humans intelligence.

Regardless of his bantering, the Turtle Mech continues to fight against the strength of Kraang Prime's robotic suit, but the sheer force of the battle damages the Turtle Mech quickly despite the Mech's skill and better weapons. Donnie decides to use the mech's electric harpoon, even though this may fry the mech. While one end of the harpoon latches on to a transformer and taps into the city's power grid, the other end latches on to Kraang Prime's face and electrocutes him. This causes all the electricity in New York City to go out as well as Kraang Prime and his robotic body to collapse.

The Turtles and April celebrate, but this is short-lived as Kraang Prime comes out of his suit and runs towards the now useless mech. The Turtles and April all escape on to a sidewalk and April uses her mental powers to attack Kraang Prime just when Casey drives the Party Wagon into the monster, briefly knocking him out. Everyone climbs into the van and drives off. Leaving Kraang Prime and his subjects to control the city. Thus, while the Turtles and friends did win the fight, they ended up losing given the people they lost.

In "Annihilation Earth Part 1", Kraang Prime is shown to be still alive in the Technodrome as it is being raised from the sea. However, moments later it is destroyed by the Triceratons, killing him and Kraang Subprime. Unlike Subprime whose past self appears in several episodes afterwards, this marks Prime's last appearance in the entire series.


Kraang Prime resembles most others of his species, except that he is much larger; over 10 feet in diameter. He also has three hexagonal decorations on his forehead. When needed, he can move about in his custom-built robotic body. The body is a massive 25-foot mechanical weapon with long tentacle-like arms and a powerful energy weapon mounted on the head, much larger than other Kraangdroid. Kraang Prime speaks English without the aid of his mechanical body and is not as redundant in his speech as the other Kraang are, though he does lapse into it at times.


The invasion that is known as the invasion of Earth begins...NOW!
~ Kraang Prime starts the invasion.
Like all Kraang I am called Kraang, But you can call me Kraang.
~ Kraang Prime introducing himself to April.
Kraang has need of this planet for Kraang to live on. (April:Umm..that's great but we're kind of using it. SO you came all this way for nothing. Bummer) No Kraang came all this way for you, April O'Neil. (April: Oh reaaly. As if I have anything to offer to you Kraangs.) Your mental energy is uniquely attuned to this universe. Once Kraang gains this ability, Kraang will transform your world into a world for Kraang. (April: So how are you gonna do that exactly)Kraang Prime explaining his intention to come to Earth
Your mind belongs to Kraang.
~ Kraang Prime to April as he has April's psychic powers absorbed
The Turtles?! Kraang will not be stopped by pathetic mutants!!
~ Kraang Prime to the turtles.
There is no where left to run.
~ Kraang Prime when he finally catches up to the turtles
The experiment is nearly complete. Despite setbacks, the mutagen is nearly ready as planned. (April: You're talking about the invasion of Earth.) Soon we will transform the Earth and all of it's hideous people. Intruder????!!!!!
~ Kraang Prime informing his minions in TCRI tower about what is happening and realizing April and the turtles has broken into the place.
(Shredder: Kraang Prime.) One called Shredder. Kraang must have your decision. (Shredder: If I help you, will you uphold your end of the bargain?) Kraang will deliver the ones called Splinter and the Turtles. (Shredder: And once I find Karai, you will mutate her back to normal?) Kraang agrees to this, but in return Shredder must then help Kraang conquer the city known as New York City and then…THE WORLD!
~ Kraang Prime making a deal to the Shredder
Yes!!! Kraang Prime returns to Earth.
~ Kraang Prime announcing his return to Earth during the invasion
People of Earth, the Kraang forming of your world is about to begin.
~ Kraang Prime trying to intimidating the citizens of Earth by telling his intent before mutating some bystanders
You cannot run, earthlings! Your entire planet will transform!
~ Kraang Prime chasing Raphael and Casey Jones
Goodbye, lower lifeforms. Aah! What?
~ Kraang Prime attempting to mutate Casey Jones and Raphael before being interrupted by the Earth Protection Force
Pathetic humans.
~ Kraang Prime to the Earth Protection Forces on top of the building
I'll get you all!
~ Kraang Prime angry that he can't chase the partywagon
Goodbye, Turtles!
~ Kraang Prime about to shoot the Turtelmech before being electrified
You will all SUFFER!!!
~ Kraang to the heroes
What is that which is known as the problem, Kraang Subprime?
~ Kraang Prime talking to Kraang Subprime on why the Technodrome is still not flying
The technodrome rises!!!!!
~ Kraang Prime excited the Technodrome is working again
Welcome, Earth creatures. You are about to enjoy that which is known as the invasion of Earth.
~ Kraang Prime to Ralph, Donnie, Mickey and Leatherhead as he is about to begin his invasion of Earth
The Triceratrons??!!!
~ Kraang Prime shocked that the Tricertrons have arrived and also his last words before being killed


  • 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 lesser minions.
    • It can be assumed that the Kraang's strange way of speaking was adapted from Kraang Prime, given that he imbued his conscious into all the Utroms he brainwashed. This is also hinted at by the fact that Kraang Subprime, the only Utrom who willingly joined the Kraang, speaks in perfect English.
  • Kraang Prime can be considered the greater-scope villain of the show since he discovered mutagen, which turned the primates into humans and made what majority of the characters what they were at the end and caused so many plotlines, as well as he is responsible for the evolution of apes into humans. Plus Kraang Prime's order on the destruction of the Triceratons home world led them to destroy Earth to kill him and his minions in the Season 3 finale which the Turtles tried reversing in the Space Arc. Plus, she putting Kraang DNA into April's mother led her to be half-human and half-Kraang and gave her psychic abilities, to which he order her abduction which drove the plot of the series.
  • Despite being male, he was voiced by 2 female actors in his appearances. This lead to confusion among many viewers on what Kraang Prime's true gender was or made some mistakenly assume he was female.


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