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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.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stanley.
* 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.
* 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.
** "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.
* MemeticSexGod: Donkey Kong, due to his burly physique has made him popular among {{Bara}} enthusiasts. The "Expand Dong" meme has [[AccidentalInnuendo further heightened his status]] as this.
* 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(Arcade Version ONLY)
* 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.
* 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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