Krunch the Alligator is a fictional character in Nintendo's Donkey Kong franchise. He is a Kritter, member of the Kremling Krew, and (surprisingly)a friend of Diddy Kong. Krunch's first appearance is in the game Diddy Kong Racing. Here, Krunch is sent by King K. Rool to investigate why Diddy Kong and several of his friends are at Timber's Island and to see if they are hatching some sort of anti-Kremling plot. Instead of antagonizing Diddy and his friends, though, Krunch ends up aiding them in their battle against the evil alien hog, Wizpig. Krunch has the worst acceleration and handling in the game, but has a very high top speed, making him the 3rd fastest racer.
Krunch was going to appear in the now canceled sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, Diddy Kong Pilot. Krunch may also have been set to make a reappearance in the cancelled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. Krunch finally makes a reappearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS; he seems to have somewhat of a bullying attitude in this game. Krunch is left relatively unchanged from the N64 version, but his changes are a small boost in his turning and acceleration. In the DS version, Krunch has a twin relative in the first scene.
- Interestingly, the Kritters of Donkey Kong 64 wear the same skull-and-crossbones leather jacket as Krunch did in Diddy Kong Racing. This led some people to believe that one of the Kritters in Donkey Kong 64 was Krunch. The skull-and-crossbones, due to graphical limitations, disappears in the DS version.
- Strangely, Krunch speaks in a hissing-like noise in the first cut-scene of Diddy Kong Racing DS. He says to his twin, "Where are thosssssssse Kongssssssss going? I will follow!" When selected, however, Krunch never makes no hissing noises.