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A Klaptrap from Donkey Kong Country
Residence Donkey Kong Island
Family Kremling family
Species Kremling
Sub-species Klampon,
Big Klaptrap
Notable members Junior the Giant Klaptrap
Affiliations Kremling Krew, Klampon, Krimp, Big Klaptrap
Powers/Abilities Biting
Enemies Kong family
Games Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Konga
Mario Power Tennis
Mario Superstar Baseball
Mario Party 7 (cameo)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (cameo)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (cameo)

Klaptraps are Kremlings who first appeared in Donkey Kong Country. They are lizards with large mouths, hence their name. Klaptraps come in blue, red, and green varieties. They are likely based on Snapjaws, who are enemies from the Donkey Kong Jr. arcade game.


Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Klaptrap in-game

Klaptrap debut in Donkey Kong Country. Its attack pattern is similar to that of Gnawty's, except it rapidly chomps in the direction it faces. As such, it bites Diddy or DK if they perform a cartwheel or a rolling attack on its front side. Given to its short size, Klaptrap walks directly through Expresso's legs.

A rare, purple-colored variety appears in Loopy Lights. Some do not move around, while others might. If DK or Diddy jumps, the purple Klaptrap mimics them. In the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance re-releases, the purple Klaptraps were recolored red.

Blue Klaptraps appear in the following levels: Stop & Go Station, Orang-utan Gang, Snow Barrel Blast, Slipslide Ride, Ice Age Alley, Trick Track Trek, Blackout Basement, and Misty Mine.

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Klaptraps reappear in Donkey Kong Land. They were relatively unchanged, and their red variation did not reprise in this game. They appear in these levels: Riggin' Rumble, Snake Charmer's Challenge, Pot Hole Panic, Kong Krazy, and Skyscraper Caper.

Donkey Kong Country 2/Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Main article: Klampon

While Klaptraps do not reappear in Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2, they have a relative who does: Klampon. Their traits are identical to that of Klaptrap's, even though their jaws are larger. Klampons usually pair themselves with Spinies.

In some beta footage of Donkey Kong Country 2', Klaptraps appear in Lava Lagoon rather than Klampons. They might have been a placeholder for Klampons.

Donkey Kong Country 3/Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

Main article: Krimp

Klaptraps have a different relative who appears in Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III: Krimp. Krimps are purple and are smaller than Klaptraps. Their attack patterns are indifferent to that of the Klaptraps'.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Klaptraps reappear in Donkey Kong 64. In this game, they act as the Kremling equivalent of a guard dog.

Klaptrap still chomps and chases at the active Kong if in sight. Klaptrap is defeated by a single hit, but if it is defeated, its jaws still remain and continuously clamp at the active Kong until it hits a wall (however, Orange Grenades destroy the Klaptrap and its teeth). It also has a larger subspecies, Big Klaptrap, who debuts in this game. Some of Donkey Kong 64's cutscenes show one on King K. Rool's lap, referencing the idea of a cat being on a boss's lap.

Klaptrap is also playable in the mini-game "Beaver Bother". In this minigame, it has to scare a certain amount of Gnawties into falling down a barrel's pit within a sixty second time limit.

Donkey Konga[edit]

Klaptraps also appear in Donkey Konga.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy

Klaptraps are stage elements in the Super Smash Bros. Melee stages Kongo Jungle and Jungle Japes. The latter reappeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and is confirmed to reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. In Kongo Jungle, Klaptraps occasionally jump out of the waterfall and onto the center stage; the fighter takes some damage upon contact with it. In Jungle Japes, they also sometimes jump out of the flowing water under deck. If hit, the fighter is either damaged and "spiked" or launched downwards powerfully.

Klaptrap even has its own trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee:

This low-slung alligator made its first appearance in Donkey Kong Country. You can subdue it by jumping on its back, but its powerful jaws make it dangerous to approach from the front. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, it swims in the river and sometimes jumps in the Barrel Cannon to stop players from using it.

Mario series[edit]

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Klaptraps appear in DK Jungle Court in Mario Power Tennis. They attempt to bite the player, who slows down if bitten. They also appear in the mini-game Balloon Panic, where the player must prevent Klaptraps from biting and popping the balloons.

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Klaptraps are obstacles in Donkey Kong Jungle, a baseball stadium in Mario Superstar Baseball. They attempt to bite the outfielder's heels, slowing them down. If the player hits a baseball into a Klaptrap's mouth, they receive a Team Star.

Other appearances[edit]

Donkey Kong Country animated series[edit]

In the T.V. adaption, Klaptraps were ammunition for a weapon called the Klap-Blaster, rather than soldiers. Unlike the Klaptraps in the games, the ones in the show are capable of speaking; it would often make a sarcastic comment about its role or what it ate. The show also featured an abnormally large Klaptrap named Junior the Giant Klaptrap.