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* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stanley has a bit of a fanbase despite his obscurity.
* FandomBerserkButton: Go ahead and say that the girl in the original game is Peach. ''[[InternetBackdraft I dare ya]]''. Not helped by Peach ''actually'' replacing Pauline in the Modern version of the G&W version in Game & Watch Gallery 2.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The original appears to be more popular in the U.S. than in its home country of Japan. Nearly all of the notable world records are set by Americans, and not a single one by a Japanese player.
* MorePopularSpinoff: The entire ''SuperMarioBros'' series, and to a lesser extent but more obviously, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.
* 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. This only appears in the arcade version.
* 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.
* {{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}}''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The music played during Kong's initial climbing resembles the theme from ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''. The music while Mario is swinging a hammer less closely resembles {{Film/Rocky}}'s theme.
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