Krunk is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He is an evil Decepticon aligned Nebulan who is binary bonded as a Headmaster to Snapdragon.
Transformers: Generation 1
Profile: Wading up to his neck in grease is Snapdragon's idea of a good time. And if a grease pit isn't handy, he'd be just as happy cracking open an enemy and bathing in his fuel. Not surprisingly, Snapdragon drips a petrochemical trail wherever he goes. His penchant for lotting around on his back in sludge pools gives many the impression that Snapdragon is lazy and difficult to motivate. He is. But he also hides a hair-trigger temper. Cross him and he'll rip your chest plate off with a lightning-fast slash of his claws. When Snapdragon says he doesn't want to be disturbed, he means it.
Krunk, the Nebulan to whom Snapdragon is binary-bonded, lives in perpetual fear of the Decepticon even though, in theory, Krunk controls the mind they share. He's seen the result of Snapdragon's temper enough times to worry about his own safety. And although Krunk knows that without a head Snapdragon is non-functional, he still fears him. He wonders if the inert Decepticon will suddenly slash out at him. He's too scared of the Decepticon to even tell him how much he loathes grease pits. Other than Snapdragon, there is very little that Krunk fears. Until his recruitment by Lord Zarak as a Headmaster, Krunk was a merciless kidnaper, earning his living by extorting huge citizens. When Lord Zarak caught Krunk trying to kidnap his own daughter, Llyra, he gave the criminal a choice - swear eternal loyalty to him or die. Krunk chose the former, and, in fact, now serves as a bodyguard of sorts for Lord Zarak and his family. Krunk is vulgar, vile and vicious; his sole redeeming quality is his sense of loyalty to Lord Zarak - the greatest traitor in Nebulan history.
Abilities: In jet mode, Snapdragon uses dual turbo-booster rocket engines to reach speeds of 4800 mph. Four independently targetable laser cannons mounted on his tailwings make him a challenge to anyone flying within 12 miles. In reptile mode, Snapdragon has heat-treated carbon-steel claws and teeth that can cut through virtually any substance. In robot mode, he uses a gyro-gun, which interferes with the balancing circuitry of any robot its beam hits.Weaknesses: A defect in the crystalline structure of Snapdragon's steel skin is the reason for his habit of taking grease baths. Without near-constant lubrication, his skin becomes brittle and is prone to cracking.
After the Hive members converted the Decepticons heads into exo-suits, Krunk and Spasma introduced themselves to their partners, Snapdragon and Apeface, warning the two Horrorcons not to mess with them or they'd get mad. Neither Decepticon seemed particularly impressed. Later on, Krunk and with some other Hive members ganged up on Brainstorm to wrest the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber from him successfully.
Transformers: The Headmasters
Although Snapgragon did appear as a Headmaster in the Japanese Transformers: The Headmasters series, the character of Krunk did not exist. Instead the small robot who formed Snapdragon's head was portrayed as Snapdragon's actual body, and the larger transforming robot was a transtector he piloted.
Krank appeared in the 1987 Corgi Book story Swamp of the Scorpion.
Snapdragon and Krunk did not appear in the main Dreamwave Productions Transformers comics before the company closed, but they did get a one-page biography in their Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye series.
In the US Marvel Comics Transformers comics, Snapdragon first appeared in the four-issue Headmasters mini-series, which introduced the new breed of warrior to the Transformers universe. Here, Scorponok was leader of a troop of Decepticons who were summoned to the planet Nebulos by one of its corrupt politicians, Lord Zarak, who was intent on removing Fortress Maximus and the other Autobots who had previously settled on the planet. Maximus and his crew had already binary bonded with a group of heroic Nebulons, and were able to easily best Scorponok's troops, inspiring Scorponok to duplicate the process with Zarak and his followers, including the Horrorcons.
One of his most prominent actions during this period was to act as bait for a trap alongside the other Decepticon Headmasters. The plan worked, luring the Autobot Headmasters to the Fortress of Despair, where the Decepticons captured Highbrow, planning to use him to perfect their own Headmaster process. The plan failed when Highbrow forced Scroponk to flee. (Transformers UK 130-131)
After this Maximus' forces fled Nebulos to save it from further devastation. Scorponok's forces pursued them to Earth, battling the local Decepticons under Ratbat before linking up with them to battle the Earthen Autobots.
Snapdragon appeared in the regular US Marvel Comics Transformers series with issue #49, "The Underbase Saga Part 3, Cold War!" In this story he was a member of the Decepticon forces under Scorponok's command. They were tricked into fighting the Decepticon forces under Ratbat's command by Starscream, who used the battle to steal Scorponok's ship and get to the Underbase.
Snapdragon formed part of the aerial contingent, battling Swoop and the Aerialbots. He and Apeface then descended upon Maximus himself, spying easy pickings as the Autobot leader attempted to protect the frostbitten Buster Witwicky, but were called off when Starscream's plan to absorb the Underbase became apparent. He appeared after this as one of Scorponok's troops on Earth, but had few major roles. He appeared during the battle against Unicron, and was present for the Decepticon ambush on Klo. However, when the battle went against the Decepticons due to the appearance of the Last Autobot, Snapdragon was gunned down by Blaster.
Snapdragon and Krunk had an expanded biography printed in issue #47 of the US Transformers comic series.
- Generation 1 Snapdragon with Krunk (1987)
- ↑ Morris, Dave (1987). Swamp of the Scorpion. Corgi Books. ISBN 0552525014.
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