History YMMV / DonkeyKong

15th Sep '16 3:23:40 PM WaxingName
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* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.

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* CultClassic: The Despite largely being overshadowed by later games in both the ''Mario'' and ''Donkey Kong'' series, the original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
15th Sep '16 2:51:09 PM WaxingName
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!Donkey Kong franchise in general

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!Donkey !!Donkey Kong franchise in general



!The original arcade game

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!The !!The original arcade game
15th Sep '16 2:50:57 PM WaxingName
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* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.
* DorkAge: After Nintendo sold off Rare in 2002. The franchise struggled in finding a new identity for itself. Donkey Kong stopped starring in platform games and went into quirky spinoff titles that while they have their share of fans, [[SoOkayItsAverage were unimpressive]] and lacked memorability. It came to an end in 2010, when Retro Studios took over and developed ''Donkey Kong Country Returns'', which was [[WinBackTheCrowd was released to wide acclaim]].

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* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set
!Donkey Kong franchise in May of ''2016''.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.
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* DorkAge: After Nintendo sold off Rare in 2002. The franchise struggled in finding a new identity for itself. Donkey Kong stopped starring in platform games and went into quirky spinoff titles that while they have their share of fans, [[SoOkayItsAverage were unimpressive]] and lacked memorability. It came to an end in 2010, when Retro Studios took over and developed ''Donkey Kong Country Returns'', which was [[WinBackTheCrowd was released to wide acclaim]].acclaim]] and brought in a new legion of DK fans.



* MyRealDaddy:
** Creator/{{Rare}} is generally considered to be the true shaper of the ''Donkey Kong'' franchise for introducing DK's unique supporting cast, setting, and enemies, as otherwise the original games would have been a footnote in the history of the ''Mario'' series.
** While the fans have not forgotten Rare even after their buyout by Microsoft, they have also embraced Creator/RetroStudios as a "second" daddy for their work on ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' and winning back the fandom for the then-suffering franchise.
* {{Sequelitis}}: ''Donkey Kong 3'' switched up the gameplay from a platformer to a shooter, and replaced Mario with an exterminator named Stanley. It ended up being far less popular than its predecessors, so Nintendo focused on the increasingly popular ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' game instead.

!The original arcade game
* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.



* {{Sequelitis}}: ''Donkey Kong 3'' switched up the gameplay from a platformer to a shooter, and replaced Mario with an exterminator named Stanley. It ended up being far less popular than its predecessors, so Nintendo focused on the increasingly popular ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' game instead.
8th Sep '16 8:08:48 AM YellowYoshi398
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* FanNickname: Stanley from ''Donkey Kong 3'' is commonly referred to as "Stanley the Bugman", despite the fact that there is no documented evidence of Nintendo referring to the character with the "Bugman" epithet. Just where this name came from has been the source of [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Talk:Stanley_(Donkey_Kong_3) much speculation]] for ''Mario'' fans. It appears to have proliferated in the late 90s and early 2000s through fan-created character lists like [[http://www.smbhq.com/viewbio.htm those]] featured on ''NeglectedMarioCharacters'' or the [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588739-super-mario-rpg-legend-of-the-seven-stars/faqs/32231 Mario Characters FAQ]] created by spacepope4u until the name became accepted as "fact" by fans.


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* FollowTheLeader: The game was endlessly ripped off by other Japanese games companies, both straight clones and also variations - one of which, the 3D-isometric ''Congo Bongo'', was foreshadowing-ly made by Creator/{{Sega}}. It also had home version clones, one of which was ''VideoGame/{{Miner 2049er}}''.
24th Jun '16 1:00:19 PM VicGeorge2011
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* PortingDisaster: The Intellivision version with its blocky graphics, limited number of screens, and terrible controls. So bad that it was purposely blocked from being played on the updated Intellivision II by its hardware. Carl Mueller Jr. created an updated version with better graphics, more screens, and even additional characters you can play as.
17th Jun '16 12:33:08 AM erforce
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* MorePopularSpinoff: The entire ''SuperMarioBros'' series, and to a lesser extent but more obviously, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.

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* MorePopularSpinoff: The entire ''SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series, and to a lesser extent but more obviously, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.



* SequelDisplacement: Many people born in modern times think that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] debuted with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''. Likewise, there exists a small group of people who think, or at least once thought, that Donkey Kong made his debut in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Technically they're right, but it was the current Donkey Kong, with the original Donkey Kong debuting as Cranky Kong.

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* SequelDisplacement: Many people born in modern times think that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] debuted with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''. Likewise, there exists a small group of people who think, or at least once thought, that Donkey Kong made his debut in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1''. Technically they're right, but it was the current Donkey Kong, with the original Donkey Kong debuting as Cranky Kong.
9th Jun '16 3:02:23 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
10th May '16 9:11:15 PM Spanks
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* DorkAge: After Nintendo sold off Rare in 2002. The franchise struggled in finding a new identity for itself. Donkey Kong stopped starring in platform games and went into quirky spinoff titles that while they have their share of fans, [[SoOkayItsAverage were unimpressive]] and lacked memorability. It came to an end in 2010, when Retro Studios took over and developed ''Donkey Kong Country Returns'', which was [[WinBackTheCrowd was released to wide acclaim]].
18th Nov '15 2:59:50 PM NoUsername
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Fans can't agree on whether Donkey Kong was [[DonkeyKongCountryReturns immune to the Tiki's hypnotism]] because he's too stupid, too smart [[note]] Smash Bros Brawl outright states that DK is smarter than the average ape [[/note]] or just stubborn.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stanley.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stanley.Stanley has a bit of a fanbase despite his obscurity.



* MemeticMutation:
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/652762-expand-dong Expand Dong]] started with an image of Donkey Kong. Expand Dong involves taking cover art from various media, zooming on a character (preferably with a [[MemeticMolester misinterpretable expression]] on their faces) and putting a caption consisting of sexual things, whilst also making said caption out of bits of the cover's title graphic in a newspaper-ransom-note style.
*** And then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2A_KSdoc4 this]] happens. Just when you had a false sense of security from the knowledge that all Expand Dong memes were static, ''this'', of all things, happens.
** "Who is Dankey Kang?" originated from a photoshopped image of a ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' contestant's answer.
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lankyposting-he Lanky Kong]]'s verse in the DK Rap has become inexplicably popular on gaming message boards.
** The Great Ape War, a GreatOffscreenWar [[EpilepticTrees apparently implied]] by the existence of the Manky Kongs and Funky's Donkey Kong 64 armory that has become the lynchpin to various attempts at giving the Donkey Kong games a Zelda-esque timeline and deep lore.



* NightmareFuel: In Donkey Kong 3, when Stanley loses a life, all the enemy bugs on the screen swarm his lifeless body, and when they leave, nothing is left but his spray bottle(Arcade Version ONLY)

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* NightmareFuel: In Donkey ''Donkey Kong 3, 3'', when Stanley loses a life, all the enemy bugs on the screen swarm his lifeless body, and when they leave, nothing is left but his spray bottle(Arcade Version ONLY)bottle. This only appears in the arcade version.



* SpiritualLicensee: The original arcade game was created after Nintendo failed to license WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}.

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* {{Sequelitis}}: ''Donkey Kong 3'' switched up the gameplay from a platformer to a shooter, and replaced Mario with an exterminator named Stanley. It ended up being far less popular than its predecessors, so Nintendo focused on the increasingly popular ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' game instead.
* SpiritualLicensee: The original arcade game was created after Nintendo failed to license WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}.''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}''.
27th Oct '15 8:07:55 PM FigmentJedi
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** The Great Ape War, a GreatOffscreenWar [[EpilepticTrees apparently implied]] by the existence of the Manky Kongs and Funky's Donkey Kong 64 armory that has become the lynchpin to various attempts at giving the Donkey Kong games a Zelda-esque timeline and deep lore.
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