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Donkey Kong and his merry band of ape friends and relatives, who frequently assist him in his adventures either as playable characters or through supporting roles. They're the main inhabitants of Donkey Kong Island.


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    The Kongs in general 

  • Big Badass Family: Many, many members can throw down.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Donkey: Yellow (or Red in several games)
    • Diddy: Red (or Blue in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)
    • Dixie: Pink
    • Kiddy: Light Blue
    • Tiny: Purple
    • Lanky: Blue
    • Chunky: Green
    • Cranky: Yellow
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Almost every Kong have these. Candy, Kiddy and Chunky don't have teeth (Kiddy is understandable, as he is a toddler, Chunky was incorrectly drawn with teeth in a comic, and Candy does have teeth in the cartoon) and Wrinkly and Cranky wear dentures, though Wrinkly has not used any since her passing after DKC3. Swanky's teeth make a distinct white twinkle when he shows them in DKC2. DK and Diddy were given yellowish white teeth in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but they became their original white color in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.
    Wrinkly: Memblesh. Mammble Schwerble. Sorry, Kongs, I've just had my new teeth fitted.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: With the occasional gorilla and ape.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Funny Animal: The Kongs are effectively ape people with heavier emphasis on the "ape", and they're all a bunch of quirky primates. Some of them, like Diddy or even Donkey himself, are more animalistic than normal, but they're still within the human range of intelligence and behavior. Contrast with the Kremlings, who generally err more on the human side as opposed to crocodile.
  • Sudden Anatomy: By comparing some of Rare's artworks for the Kongs with Paon's, some Kongs get an extra finger or toe between games. Tiny not only got an extra finger on each hand, but also smaller blue eyes as well as eyelashes since her redesign, though only a single thick eyelash on each eye.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: With the exception of Wrinkly Kong, the female Kongs have long blonde hair.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Look closely; before Paon's redesigns, DK, Cranky, Swanky, Funky, and even Wrinkly were basically almost the same character model wearing different clothes.

    Donkey Kong 
See his character page here.
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    Donkey Kong Jr. 
"Monkey muscle!"
Debut: Donkey Kong Jr.
Voiced by (English): Frank Welker (Saturday Supercade), Charles Martinet (Mario Tennis 64)
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Have you seen this primate?

Junior is a mystery. He first appeared when Mario flew off the handle and locked up his father, the original Donkey Kong, rescuing DK and apparently setting Mario back on the straight-and-narrow. He popped up a handful of times after that, most notably in a kart race and tennis tournament, and then just fell off the map. Depending on whether Cranky Kong (the original DK) is the current DK's father or grandfather, then Donkey Kong Jr. could be the modern DK's father or even DK himself (except that they both appear in Mario Tennis...note )


    Diddy Kong 
"Pay no attention to the monkey behind the monkey!"
Voiced by (English): Chris Sutherland (video games, 1999-2004), Andrew Sebastian (Donkey Kong Country)
Voiced by (Japanese): Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese dubs for animated series), Katsumi Suzuki (video games, 2004-present)
Voiced by (Latin-American Spanish): Raúl Carballeda (Donkey Kong Country)
Voiced by (French): Hervé Grull (Donkey Kong Country, Season 1), Lucile Boulanger (Donkey Kong Country, Season 2)
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Donkey Kong's little buddy, sidekick, and nephew wannabe, Diddy is a teenage monkey in a red baseball cap and tank top. Diddy is more carefree than DK and loves to play rap music and eat peanuts. He spends most of his time hanging out or having adventures with DK or his girlfriend, Dixie Kong. Diddy was introduced in Donkey Kong Country, but was integrated into Mario's extended cast in the Mario Sports games, starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.


  • Agitated Item Stomping: If you fail a bonus game in the original Donkey Kong Country, he'll throw his hat on the ground and stomp on it. He would also do it sometimes in the cartoon if he became irritated.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a cute monkey who's not scared to fight opponents larger than he is.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting DK or any of his friends will get you in a lot of trouble. K. Rool learned this the hard way at the end of Donkey Kong Country 2.
  • Blow You Away: He and Donkey Kong can use feathers to push enemies off pegs and platforms in Jungle Climber.
  • Breakout Character: Is as much of a mainstay of the series as DK himself is. Diddy has gotten starring roles in the second game and his own spin-off.
  • Catch-Phrase Spouting Duo: Him and DK in the DKC cartoon; they also give off this vibe in the games, though they never speak intelligible words.
  • Conjoined Eyes: He shares these with his girlfriend Dixie Kong.
  • Distressed Dude: In DKC3 and DK64.
  • Drop the Hammer: In Jungle Climber, Diddy can wield a hammer while holding onto Donkey Kong while he climbs, jumps and swings.
  • Edible Ammunition: The Peanut Popgun shoots peanuts; Solid Snake's comment on this in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the Trope Namer.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: He is actually one of the few Kongs to be a monkey, even though he's often described with chimp adjectives.
  • Fragile Speedster: In Barrel Blast, he has low top speed, but average boost and high agility.
  • Guns Akimbo (Peanut Popguns) and Jet Pack (Rocketbarrels), both made from Bamboo Technology.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Donkey Kong.
  • Idle Animation: In DKC, he'll take off his cap and scratch his head. In DKC2, he'll juggle. In Tropical Freeze when carried by DK, he will first help him on a lookout for enemies before watching DK play a game on his 3DS. If he is by himself, he may take off his cap and sing, or he will yawn, though he doesn't take off his cap if he yawns.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Only in Donkey Kong 64. He has black pupils in every other game.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS. His high running speed didn't translate into driving or piloting here and when racers range from a bear to a mouse, a monkey does seem in the middle.
  • Kid Hero: He is a teenager at oldest.
  • The Lancer: His typical role in most games is to be DK's primary sidekick.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Hinted in a German character profile to have gotten himself captured trying to take on an entire pack of Kremlings all by himself at the start of Donkey Kong 64.
  • Magic Music: Played on a guitar in Donkey Kong 64, an instrument previously associated with Dixie.
  • Meaningful Name: "Diddy" is a euphemism for small. He's smaller than Donkey Kong and is one of the smallest Kongs in general.
  • Never Bareheaded: Unless you win or lose a bonus game, he never takes off his cap. He will also take off his cap on the results screen in Super Smash Bros. Brawl if he loses.
  • Nice Hat: If you succeed at a bonus room puzzle while controlling him in the original Donkey Kong Country, he'll toss his hat into the air while smiling at the player. If you fail at the puzzle, he'll throw his hat on the ground and stomp on it.
  • Official Couple: Him and Dixie.
  • Power-Up Mount: Inverted as of Donkey Kong Jungle Climber, where Diddy powers up Donkey Kong by riding on his back. Diddy doesn't have to be used this way, provided you're in multiplayer mode.
  • Product Placement: His cap has the Nintendo logo on it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of his alternate costumes in the Super Smash Bros. series gives him a pink shirt and cap.
  • The Rival: Kip in Barrel Blast.
  • Spring Coil: His tail-spring high jump in Donkey Kong 64.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Donkey Kong Jr. Diddy was first intended to be a redesign of Donkey Kong Jr., but Nintendo didn't like the extreme changes Rare, Ltd. was making to the character, and ordered that the Donkey Kong Country sidekick be made into a completely new character.
  • Tail Slap: In Donkey Kong 64, his standing strike combo consists of it.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the cartoon, he's a lot more whiny, and can be a total prick, most notably in Kong For A Day.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He likes bananas like the rest of the Kongs, but he also likes peanuts. The German website for DK64 says that his favorite dish is a peanutbutter sandwhich.
  • Use Your Head: Donkey Kong 64's Chimpy Charge is a straight example. Colliding with something makes him stagger and groan, so his head cannot be too hard, but it hurts enemies more and is necessary to progress in some areas.
  • Victory Pose: In DKC, he tosses his hat in the air while smiling and winking at the player. In DKC2, he turns his cap backwards, puts on sunglasses, and raps with a boombox on his shoulder. In DK64, he dances and does two backflips.
  • Videogame Flight:
    • His crystal coconut powered rocket barrel pack in Donkey Kong 64. It is more like a Double Jump in the Donkey Kong Country side-scrolling platform games that follow.
    • In "Jungle Climber" he and Donkey Kong can hold feathers, which allow them to fly with they flap them together, it doesn't work for them separately.

    Dixie Kong 
Voiced by (English): Eveline Novakovic (video games, 2004-2007), Stevie Vallance (Donkey Kong Country)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kahoru Sasajima (video games, 2005-present)
Voiced by (Latin-American Spanish): Lourdes Adame (Donkey Kong Country)
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Diddy Kong's girlfriend, Dixie, is a hero in her own right. She helped Diddy rescue Donkey when the big ape was kidnapped by the Kremlings, then rescued Diddy himself when he befell the same fate. Dixie has long blonde hair that she wears in a huge ponytail, which she can use to spin helicopter-like over long distances and, inexplicably, pick up large objects. She can act childish at times, but makes up for it with her courage. Tiny Kong is Dixie's (bigger) little sister.


  • Abnormal Ammo: Gains a gumball gun in Tropical Freeze.
  • Action Girl: Nintendo's first after Samus Aran. She has never been a Damsel in Distress in a Donkey Kong game, only in Mario Super Sluggers and even then, she is the first person you recruit in DK's stadium. (Sadly her track record wasn't so good in the cartoon.) Cranky also said this about Dixie in the instruction manual for DKC2.
    Cranky Kong: What's going on here? She should be the damsel in distress, not one of the stars!
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Dixie, along with Wrinkly Kong, was introduced to add some more female faces to the cast when it was originally just Candy Kong.
  • Babysitter from Hell: A hilarious and completely non-malevolent example. Her babysitting instincts are abysmal to the point of criminality, but it's alright because Kiddy Kong has been blessed by genetics with badassery right out of the cradle.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let her small size and cute looks fool you, she definitely qualifies for this after beating K. Rool and his forces in DKC2 and [DKC3].
  • Bash Brothers: With Kiddy. They can send each other flying around all over a room, and sometimes have to in order to get by obstacles or entering a bonus barrel.
  • Beta Couple: With Diddy.
  • Breakout Character: She displaced Diddy as the main character in the third game and in Tropical Freeze became part of a Power Trio with Donkey and Diddy.
  • Brains and Brawn: Brains to Kiddy Kong's brawn.
  • Conjoined Eyes: Oddly, her sister Tiny doesn't have these.
  • Cool Big Sis: For Tiny.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's a small cute monkey who can whomp crocodiles with the best of them.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: A trademark she shares with Candy and Tiny. One of the notable examples is her trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She sasses K. Rool before both boss fights in Donkey Kong Country 3.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Diddy.
  • Double Jump: Her iconic helicopter spin was upgraded to this in Tropical Freeze.
  • Dream Team: From a gameplay perspective in DKC3, Dixie got a lot of Diddy's speed while still retaining her own highly useful 'copter abilities. When paired with Kiddy, himself a slightly faster version of Donkey Kong that can skip large distances on water, you have an optimal adventuring team of strength, speed, and precision, as well as a host of Combination Attacks.
  • Fragile Speedster: In Barrel Blast, she has maxed out boost and high agility, but the lowest top speed.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She had a lot of pets in the cartoon series.
  • Girly Bruiser: Dixie is adorable and wears a fashionable outfit, but is also one of the most battle-competent members of the Kong Clan.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Especially in the cartoon, but this also applies to the games to some extent.
  • The Heart: In the cartoon.
  • Helicopter Hair: Her main characteristic is the ability to slow her fall by spinning her hair rapidly.
  • The Hero: In DKC3. While she and Kiddy are equal contributors to their adventure, Kiddy has no stake in anything and little opinion on the matter. It's Dixie who moves the plot.
  • Idle Animation: In DKC2, she'll either sit down and drink juice or blow a bubble with her gum. She can also lick honey when in the beehive levels. In DKC3, she only blows bubbles with her gum. In Tropical Freeze when carried by DK, she first helps him on a lookout for enemies before grooming DK's fur as he plays his 3DS. If she is by herself, she will either do some gymnastics or play air guitar.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her hair.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When she loses a life or gets thrown inaccurately, she breaks her Action Girl demeanour and bawls even worse than Kiddy does.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In Diddy Kong Racing DS.
  • Kid Hero: She is a teenager at oldest.
  • The Kindnapper: In DKC3, to Kiddy, technically. No one seems to mind, though.
  • Mega Twintails: While she doesn't have two ponytails like her sister Tiny does, her single ponytail is still very big. Subverted in the cartoon, where it is is only around half its normal size.
  • Odd Couple: With Kiddy. With his being a baby and her being a babysitter, they nevertheless act as equal partners and Bash Brothers in adventuring.
  • Odd Friendship: With General Klump in the cartoon.
  • Official Couple: Her and Diddy. The cartoon touches more on their relationship compared to the games, as in one episode, Dixie rewarded Diddy with a kiss on his cheek for fixing her broken fishing rod and then commenting "You are the smartest monkey on the island".
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, she's the Pink Girl to Kiddy's Blue Boy. She wears a pink shirt and hat, while Kiddy wears blue pajamas.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has always worn a pink top and beret, though one of her Palette Swaps in DK: King of Swing inverts her normal color scheme, giving her a yellow top and beret with pink hair.
  • Plucky Girl: Considering that she took on K. Rool's forces twice, she definitely falls under this.
  • Prehensile Hair: Her ponytail is capable of picking up various objects, like barrels and cannonballs.
  • Product Placement: She used to have a pin of the Rare logo on her beret. For obvious reasons, she doesn't wear it anymore.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her beautiful golden hair is so long that even in a ponytail, it goes past her back.
  • Refuge in Audacity: If presented with her baby cousin, right out of the cradle, what would Dixie Kong do? If you answered "abduct him onto her continent-spanning journey, utilizing him as a meat shield, projectile, and pack mule against killer animals in dangerous and extreme climates in environments littered with health hazards", then you'd be correct.
  • The Rival: Kass in Barrel Blast.
  • Secret Character: Only in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Hoops 3-on-3. She is available from the start in all other playable appearances.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Notably, her appearance in DK: King of Swing is the only time were she does not wear her top tied.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to her sister Tiny's Tomboy.
  • Victory Pose: In DKC2, she plays her electric guitar.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: The third game is about Dixie fighting her way through the Kremling army to rescue her boyfriend and boyfriend's best friend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kiddy. The character change animations make it very clear (Kiddy'll grab her by the scruff and set her aside, while Dixie would pop a bubblegum bubble against his back, startling him).
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Her hat originally featured a pin in the shape of the Rare logo, but this was removed in her appearances after Rare left Nintendo for Microsoft.

    Kiddy Kong 
Voiced by (English): Chris Sutherland
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Kiddy Kong is Chunky Kong's baby brother and Dixie and Tiny's cousin. Although he's only a toddler, he's absolutely massive, roughly the same size as Donkey Kong himself. Kiddy accompanied Dixie when Donkey and Diddy were kidnapped in the Northern Kremisphere. He cries and throws tantrums at times, but possesses the same natural courage as the rest of his family.


  • Alliterative Name Kiddy Kong.
  • Badass Adorable: He may be only a baby, and a cute one at that, he is still strong.
  • Bash Brothers: With Dixie. There will be many occasions where he and Dixie will have to throw each other at something to proceed.
  • Berserker Tears: After taking damage, he'll sit down, cry, and slam his fists into the ground.
  • Big Little Brother: Baby cousin, actually, but otherwise a dead ringer for Donkey Kong. While he isn't bigger than his bigger brother Chunky, he is big in a literal sense.
  • Big Brother Worship: This is the main reason he tags along with Dixie.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: He's the Blue Boy to Dixie's Pink Girl. He wears blue pajamas, while Dixie wears a pink shirt and hat.
  • Brains and Brawn: Brawn to Dixie's brain, since, y'know, he can't talk yet. Or think very hard, for that matter. He is smart enough however, to drive all of Funky's vehicles in DKC3 with little trouble.
  • Cheerful Child: Has absolutely no problem with Dixie shanghaiing him on their adventure. At least, right up until something so much as gently brushes up against him.
  • Conjoined Eyes: Strangely, his brother Chunky does not have them, though it is hard to notice.
  • Cute Bruiser: For a given value of "cute".
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: He's a crybaby, no doubt about it.
  • Dream Team: Gameplay-wise with Dixie in DKC3. As a team, Kiddie and Dixie together make up for many of Donkey Kong's and Diddy's smaller weaknesses (mostly speed), and retain Dixie's high mobility.
  • Dub Name Change: Dinky Kong is his Japanese name, which is actually one of the names Rare considered before going with Kiddy Kong. This continues the Theme Naming of characters with "DK" initials.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He likes to chew on old tires, despite being toothless.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: If he gets hurt, you get a shot of him crying his eyes out in either fear, pain, or anger.
  • In the Blood: Chunky Kong is also huge.
  • Kid Hero: He's a toddler. An old Rare website states that Kiddy is three years old, meaning he is the only Kong with a confirmed age.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can skip across water while rolling and can somersault all over the place with Dixie's help.
  • The Load: Hilariously subverted. In DKC3, Funky Kong palms him off on Dixie because he's tired of baby-sitting. While Kiddy Kong is barely even a toddler (he still prefers crawling to walking), it's also immediately apparent that he's also twice Dixie's size and as strong as Donkey Kong.
  • Odd Couple: A baby and his babysitter. They're nevertheless equal partners on their journey.
  • Odd Name Out: His name broke the trend of the playable kongs names starting with the letter "D", although this is averted with his original name of Dinky Kong.
  • Refuge in Audacity: There's no real way to justify putting a baby in mortal danger. Repeatedly. His babysitter Dixie did it anyway.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kiddy fills roughly the same niche as Donkey Kong in DKC3.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He has big muscular arms and a fairly big head (partly because of his big mouth), but quite small legs and feet, a trait he shares with his bigger brother Chunky.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Dixie like to prank the hell out of each other.

    Lanky Kong 
"Cool move, DK! Gotta get some fresh air. I’ll help you by collecting blue bananas."
Voiced by (English): Unknown (video games, 1999-2005)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kentaro Tone (video games, 2007-present)

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"A twisted twig on a distant branch of the family tree", Lanky is an eccentric oddball orangutan who hangs out with the other Kongs. He marches (or handstand-walks...) to the tune of his own trombone. Lanky's distinguishing characteristics are his goofy personality, his ridiculously long arms, and, of course, his funny face despite his lack of style and grace. He joined up with Donkey and Diddy during one of King K. Rool's invasions of DK Isles.


  • Balloon Belly: He gains one after using his Baboon Balloon ability, when he stands on a pad with his face on it.
  • Blow Gun: That shoots grapes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Not counting his cameo in the GBA port of DKC3, Lanky Kong was missing between the release of DK64 and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, a gap of 8 years. It was even lampshaded on his Brawl trophy.
    Lanky's trophy: In the recent game Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, Lanky appears for the first time in years.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's eccentric, goofy, and odd.
  • Distressed Dude: In DK64.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: When using his shockwave attack in DK64, he creates it by spinning on his head. His animation when using the Super Duper Simian Slam also involves him spinning around on his head.
  • Face Palm: If he loses a bonus game in DK64.
  • Helium Speech: When using his Baboon Balloon ability, after he inflates, he lets out a "Woohoo!" that's even more high-pitched than normal.
  • Idle Animation: In DK64, he'll juggle oranges and kick them into the air, only for them to disappear.
  • Magic Music: Played on a trombone in Donkey Kong 64.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His bio on the German Donkey Kong 64 website mentions that his silliness is appreciated by the Kong family, particularly by Chunky and Kiddy. The bio also said his occupation was a stand-up comedian, and his hobbies are playing the trombone and making up jokes.
  • The Rival: Klump in Barrel Blast.
  • Rubber Man: At least when it comes to his arms, especially in his phase of the boss fight against King K. Rool.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Barrel Blast, he has very high top speed, but low boost and poor agility.
  • Mythology Gag: Malevolent orangutans called "Manky Kongs" appeared in the first Country game, starting from the Vine Valley stage "Orangu-tang Gang", where the manual explicitly described them as a Black Sheep branch of the Kong family tree who have allied themselves with the Kremlings.
  • Not Quite Flight: From Donkey Kong 64.
    DK Rap: Inflate himself just like a balloon.
  • Secret Character: In Donkey Kong 64 and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
  • Super Speed: By handstand running using his Orangstand Sprint in Donkey Kong 64; going fast uses up crystal coconuts, though.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grapes.
  • Use Your Head: His animation for the Super Duper Simian Slam in Donkey Kong 64 has him slamming his head on the ground while spinning on it.
  • Victory Pose: In DK64, he does the wave, before moving his arms in an X-pattern in front of him.
  • White Sheep: If you figure that Lanky is a Manky Kong who decided to mend the bridge and be part of the Kong clan again.
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    Tiny Kong 
"I’m off to the tag barrel - ready to kick reptile butt!"
Voiced by (English): Eveline Novakovic (video games, 1999-2005), Chris Sutherland (GBA port of Donkey Kong Country 2)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kahoru Sasajima (video games, 2007-present)
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Dixie Kong's little sister (in age, not in height), Tiny Kong shares Dixie's speed, helicopter-like hair, and adventurous spirit. She's good friends with her cousin, Chunky Kong. After her first appearance, Tiny apparently hit puberty, as she is now much taller and more mature-looking than her big sister.

  • Action Girl: Just like her older sister Dixie. Her bio from the German DK64 website provides some extra insight to this.
    Tiny's bio: Tiny is always trying to follow the footsteps of Dixie Kong, who together with Diddy has made a name for herself as an adventurer.
  • Badass Adorable: Again, mainly in Donkey Kong 64. As soon as you rescue her, she's "ready to kick some reptile butt", and is quite capable of it. And just look at her in KrazyKongKlamour: While the other Kongs are trembling at the possibility that they might be shot with a watermelon, Tiny is taking up a fighting stance.
  • Badass Armfold: When interacting with certain characters in DK64, she will do one. Usually though she has her hands on her hips.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Post-redesign.
  • Big Little Brother: In Diddy Kong Racing DS, Dixie filled in for Conker and Tiny for Banjo, making the younger sister a bear and the older one a squirrel. Tiny is also less... infantile in behavior. While Tiny is obviously taller than Dixie since her redesign, she is a whole head taller than Diddy Kong in DK64note , meaning she has always been taller than Dixie Kong, as Diddy and Dixie are the same size.
  • Big Sister Worship: The German DK64 website states that Tiny became an adventurer because she wants to be like her big sister.
  • The Bus Came Back: After her debut in Donkey Kong 64, it wasn't until Diddy Kong Racing DS eight years later that she became playable again, though she did make a cameo in the GBA ports of DKC2 and DKC3.
  • Cheerful Child: In Donkey Kong 64.
  • Costume Evolution: In her debut, she wore blue overalls with a flower on it, a white t-shirt, a multicolored beanie hat and white shoes. Since her redesign, she wears sky blue pants, a sky blue top with purple borders and a flower on it, orchid sandals and the same multicolored beanie hat, except the hat now has a purple top instead of a red one. Accessories she wears are large hoop earrings and white fur wristbands. She also sports dark red eye makeup and pink nail varnish.
  • Cute Bruiser: Mainly in Donkey Kong 64.
  • Damsel in Distress: In Donkey Kong 64 and Mario Super Sluggers.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: In a similar fashion to Dixie and Candy. Tiny has darker fur in her artwork for Diddy Kong Racing DS, though it became slightly lighter since Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
  • Dynamic Akimbo: Literally ALWAYS has her hands on her hips when they're not in use. Without exception. The other characters don't exactly pose when idle, she does. It adds to the Badass Adorable look. However, in DK64, she briefly and sporadically stops to play hacky sack with an orange (see Idle Animation below) but as soon as she's done, her hands go back on her hips.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: When using her special shockwave attack in DK64, she creates a purple shockwave by spinning both herself and her ponytails.
  • Fanservice Pack: An inexplicable one when she appears in Diddy Kong Racing DS to replace Banjo, as well as her appearance in Barrel Blast. She retains this look in later appearances.
  • Feather Flechettes: Out of a crossbow, the aptly named Feather Bow.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: She is one of only two Kongs to be fully dressed, the other being Swanky Kong (Funky was also fully clothed, but only in DKC3). Interestingly, she is fully clothed in both of her designs, while Swanky only became this since his second appearance in DKC3.
  • Genki Girl: She shows a lot of energy.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Also overlaps with Mega Twintails, especially after her redesign.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is friendly.
  • Helicopter Hair: She can use her pigtails to fly just like her older sister.
  • Hotter and Sexier: She became this after she was redesigned. In Mario Super Sluggers, she sways her hips when successfully making a nice play, scoring an RBI or a home run and when celebrating the player(s) who received MVP after winning a match. When walking, instead of her Skip of Innocence from DK64, she does a Sexy Walk. She does not do a Girly Run like Princess Peach however.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: After her growth spurt, making her more akin to Candy Kong rather than Dixie Kong.
  • Idle Animation: In DK64, she'll take out an orange and balance it on her foot before putting it away. In Mario Super Sluggers when left idle long enough while batting, she leans back and stretches her left arm. When she's not doing her idle animation, she's standing with her hands on her hips.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her hair. In Barrel Blast, she can defeat sharks that are much larger than she is with it.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: In Donkey Kong 64, where she has the ability to shrink when she uses the magic barrel showing her face.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They were bigger in DK64.
  • Ironic Name: Since her redesign in Diddy Kong Racing DS, where she now is one of the tallest Kongs.
  • Kid Hero: In Donkey Kong 64. The trope can still be played straight with her redesign, but it's more believable in pre-redesign.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In Diddy Kong Racing DS. In Mario Super Sluggers, her batting, pitching and running are exactly average while her fielding and stamina are above average. In fact, of all team players available in the game, she has the highest stat total.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In Barrel Blast, she has maxed out boost and very high speed, but below average agility.
  • Little Miss Badass: In Donkey Kong 64.
  • Magic Music: Played on a saxophone in Donkey Kong 64.
  • Mega Twintails: Although her ponytails were quite big in DK64, they became even bigger since her redesign, to the point of being longer than her legs are.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Mario Super Sluggers, compared to the more traditional Peach and Daisy.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: In DK64's secret ending, Donkey Kong tries to pull a lever with all the strength he can muster, to no avail. Tiny then gently taps the lever, which sends DK flying.
  • Mythology Gag: Doubles as a Hilarious in Hindsight, her bio on the German Donkey Kong 64 website says that Tiny's greatest wish is to become a super model, but she was too short for the job. Fast forward 8 years, and she got her redesign.
  • Never Bareheaded: She never takes off her hat.
  • Nice Hat: She has always worn a multicolored beanie hat.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Due to a combination of her being aged up and lacking her shrinking ability in other appearances, she hasn't lived up to her name since Donkey Kong 64.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Since her redesign, which also overlaps with Short Tank.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: White shoes pre-redesign, orchid sandals post-redesign. While she wasn't the only Kong to wear shoes in the past, she is the only one who still wears some.
  • Plucky Girl: Just like her older sister.
  • Prehensile Hair: Though not to the same degree as Dixie.
    Tiny's manual bio for DK64: You'll find her pigtails perfect for pugilism and not too bad for a helicopter ride from the treetops.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Again, very much like her sister.
  • The Rival: Kalypso in Barrel Blast.
  • Secret Character: In all of her playable appearances except Diddy Kong Racing DS and DK64 where she was a main character.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: When scoring a strikeout in Mario Super Sluggers, she shows her backside unlike the other characters, who directly look towards the camera.
  • Sexy Walk: She does this in Mario Super Sluggers, and it is especially odd-looking when compared to Peach or Daisy (who walk normally).
  • She Is All Grown Up: Yet she's still the younger sister to Dixie Kong. While no one says anything about her growth spurt, it was mentioned on her trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
    Tiny's trophy: She isn't quite as small as when we first met her.
  • Short Tank: She wears one after she was redesigned.
  • Skip of Innocence: Both her running and walking cycle in Donkey Kong 64. It's even lampshaded in the DK Rap.
    DK Rap: "With a skip and a hop, she's one cool Kong."
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Applies to her and Dixie. They are both brave and are more than willing to participate with the guys in their adventures, even if they get hurt by being set on fire, crushed or electrocuted.
  • Slide Attack: In DK64, one of her attacks is a ground-sliding front kick.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Nothing in the games really explain why she had a sudden growth spurt.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Post-redesign. While she doesn't have a confirmed height, in Mario Super Sluggers she is a little taller than Princess Peach, who is 6'1" tall (186 cm).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Dixie in Donkey Kong 64.
  • Teleportation: Her Monkeyport ability in Donkey Kong 64, in which she could teleport to another area by standing on a pad with her face on it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to her sister Dixie's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She may be tomboyish, but she still likes nail polish and takes very good care of her appearance.
  • True Blue Femininity: Compared to her sister's pink.
  • Victory Pose: In DK64, she does a little dance before jumping and doing the splits in midair. In Barrel Blast when finishing a cup in first place, she throws a few punches and puts her hands on her hips. In Mario Super Sluggers when she clears a mission, minigame or wins MVP, she starts dancing and smiles towards the camera.
  • Younger Than They Look: Post-growth spurt, she looks much older than her older sister.

    Chunky Kong 
“H-Help me! Chunky d-doesn't like heights!”
Voiced by (English): Chris Sutherland (video games, 1999)

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The biggest and strongest member of the Kong family. Chunky is Dixie and Tiny's cousin and Kiddy's big (very big) brother. Chunky is big, strong, and tough, but has a very gentle personality and is very easily frightened. Like a true Kong, though, he always pulls through in the end.


  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He can become even bigger in Donkey Kong 64. The longer he stays giant however, more crystal coconuts will be used up, though certain scenarios gives him an unlimited amount.
  • Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice of the Kongs.
  • The Big Guy: According to the announcer during the boss fight at the end of DK64, he weighs one ton at his normal size. He is also taller than Candy Kong.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everything goes bad for Chunky during the DK Rap.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's the biggest (according to the talking microphone in Donkey Kong 64, he weighs 2000 pounds, more than twice as much as Donkey Kong, who weighs 800 pounds) and strongest of the Kongs, and also the most cowardly.
  • Cower Power: If you highlight him when entering a tag barrel in DK64, he will attempt you to pick Tiny instead of him.
  • Distressed Dude: In DK64.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: During the credits in DK64, were he plays with Tiny Kong by tossing her into the air. He eventually tosses her onto a big hill by mistake, and it takes him about five seconds to realise she disappeared.
  • Fartillery: When using the shockwave attack in DK64, he creates the shockwave by doing a massive burp.
  • Funny Afro: He wears one in his disco outfit during the DK Rap, before changing to his usual attire.
  • Gentle Giant: He is bigger and stronger than DK and fires a pineapple launcher, yet he plays the triangle and is shown to be very sweet and gentle.
  • Hulk Speak: Similar to Donkey in DK64, Chunky doesn't have much eloquent grammar.
  • Idle Animation: In DK64, he takes amusement at a butterfly landing on his hand, but gets annoyed when more start landing on him, so he swats them all away. He may also do a Primal Chestpound.
  • Invisibility: In Donkey Kong 64, which really suits him.
  • The Klutz: He comes off as really clumsy during the DK Rap.
  • Large Ham: Strangely enough for a Lovable Coward. He hogs the camera during the DK Rap (even though he's not until last), won't quit looking at the camera during his Mine Cart ride in Fungi Forest (which, incidentally, NEVER happens with ANY OTHER Kong), and really seems to enjoy the cheering and applause of the crowd in his fight with K. Rool at the end.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite being the biggest and strongest of the Kong family, he is quite a coward. He will gather enough courage when needed though.
  • Magic Music: Played on a triangle.
  • Megaton Punch: His Primate Punch in Donkey Kong 64, which can actually break down obstacles.
  • Mighty Glacier: In-game, he has the ability to pick and toss rocks.
  • Out of Focus: Unlike Tiny and Lanky, he's vanished off the face of the earth, to the point some questioned if it was due to Rare owning him. However, he has had a couple of minor nods to him, so perhaps Nintendo is just waiting to include him in something where he truly fits.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Kiddy Kong in Donkey Kong 64. He doesn't get the bad reception that Tiny or Kiddy got, probably because he has a better-developed personality than Kiddy had.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the start of his battle against Dogadon, he begged for mercy, but Dogadon still tried to eliminate him. Chunky then gathered enough courage and repeatedly punched Dogadon in the face after turning giant, before finishing the fight with a Megaton Punch.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He's a big ape, and he can pick up and toss huge rocks quite easily.
    DK Rap: Can pick up a boulder, with relative ease. Makes crushing rocks, seem such a breeze.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pineapples. His favorite dish is a pineapple compote, according to the German DK64 website.
  • Younger Than They Look: In DK64, he is the youngest of the protagonists, despite what his huge size and deep voice would suggest.

    Cranky Kong 
"They can't keep this level of graphics up for much longer! We used to be lucky if we only got three shades of grey, let alone any real colors!"
Debut: Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong (retroactively)
Voiced by (English): Takashi Nagasako (video games, 2007-present), Aron Tager (Donkey Kong Country)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryusei Nakao (Japanese dubs for animated series), Takashi Nagasako (video games, 2004-present)
Voiced by (Latin-American Spanish): Ismael Castro (Donkey Kong Country)
Voiced by (French): Yves Massicotte (Donkey Kong Country, Season 1), Yves Barsacq (Donkey Kong Country, Season 2)
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GO HOME AND LET ME GET SOME SLEEP!

(see also: SelfDemonstrating.Cranky Kong)

Donkey Kong's aptly named grandfather (or father, depending on who you ask). Cranky Kong spends his days sitting on his front porch, dispensing sarcastic advice to passersby, and bemoaning the loss of the good ol' days of 8-bit gaming. He was married to Wrinkly Kong before she gave up the ghost. According to Donkey Kong Country, Cranky was the original Donkey Kong who kidnapped Pauline and fought Mario.


  • Abnormal Ammo: In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, he throws dentures as projectiles.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: For all his grouching and his comments on how he’ll never be as good as him, Cranky truly loves and cares for Donkey Kong. He’ll even admit at the end how proud he is of him.
  • Blatant Lies: In the original manual for Donkey Kong Country, he pops up throughout and comments on stuff. On the page for the Animal Friends, he says that none of them actually appear in the game, and on the page for the Kong Family, he pretends he doesn't know them.
  • Cane Fu: In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, he uses his cane offensively both on land or underwater. In Barrel Blast, he attacks other racers with his cane and can also use it to smash barrels and certain stage hazards.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Barrel Blast and Tropical Freeze, where Cranky is playable. He can easily keep up with the much younger Kongs. He even uses his cane to injure enemies they can't! Also in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, in which he competes with the player characters in Swanky's Sideshow's ball games.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": In Donkey Kong 64, if you lost at least one round against K. Rool. Happens more frequently in the cartoon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If it wasn't obvious enough just by his quotes in the games, the manuals takes this further.
  • Distressed Dude: In Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dub Name Change: To "Bubbles" of all names, in the cartoon's German dub.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: In the animated DKC series, the fourth wall practically doesn't exist for him. However, he must have gotten feeble in his old age and can no longer break it in Returns (although he does lean on it at times).
  • Grumpy Old Man: It's in his name.
  • Idle Animation: In Tropical Freeze when carried by DK, he picks up a newspaper and starts reading it. If he is by himself, he scratches his ear with his cane.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: By Kong standards, anyway. Cranky as the original Donkey Kong was an ape of absolutely tremendous burly physique, dwarfing even his beefy grandson. Of course, given Mario's age was settled to be mid-20s, and the current DK is his age, Cranky must have hit a hard and fast decline after Mario took him down.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mainly in the cartoon series. He yells at DK and Diddy far more times than one can count, but considering how often they screw up, it's understandable.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He has very high stats in all areas in Barrel Blast. He is also able to keep up with the other Kongs in Tropical Freeze in spite of his old age.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Before Wrinkly's passing, he was never seen spending any time with her, only badmouthing her to the other Kongs (while she did the same about him).
  • Mad Scientist: He mixed potions in the cartoon, which is a trait kept in DK64 when he went by "Professor Cranky Kong".
  • Meta Guy: Especially in the GBA ports, where he lampshades practically every trope that's used.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: When he used to be the original Donkey Kong, his sprite was 4 times bigger then Mario's sprite. Now he's small enough that he can comfortably ride on the current Donkey Kong's back in Tropical Freeze.
  • Nostalgia Filter: An in-universe example, he always complains about how much better the older video games were.
  • Promoted to Playable: In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, marking his first playable appearance in the series, after spending two decades of providing hints, Breaking the Fourth Wall and kidnapping Pauline.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He's rude and abrasive to everyone younger than him (I.E. everyone, including his wife Wrinkly).
  • Sore Loser: Beating him in the Swanky's Sideshow minigames often results in an angry comment or two from him, such as accusing you of being a fraud and threatening to contact his lawyer.
  • Starter Villain: Of the Mario series, back when he was the original Donkey Kong.
  • Sword Plant: Uses his cane to do this in the air. It also bounces him higher in the air than just jumping.
  • Super Strength: In his prime, at any rate. He could nearly level a construction site with just a couple of stomps, and this is the only foe Mario needed to bring the hammer for in the mainline entries. Nowadays he can still huck a good barrel when need be, but he's lost virtually all his old mass.
  • Retcon: Cranky Kong was always considered the elderly form of the original Donkey Kong, but he was originally described as the current Donkey Kong's grandfather, with Junior apparently MIA. Flash forward to Donkey Kong 64, and Cranky begins to refer to him as "son". Official websites around this time also backed up the idea that Cranky Kong was actually DK's father. This has since been re-retconned by Nintendo, which has recently reverted back to the grandfather story in newer Super Smash Bros. and Donkey Kong titles.
  • Retired Badass: He was the original NES DK, now just lazing around in his chair or charging for special potions. This changes in Tropical Freeze to become an active hero once again.
  • The Rival: To King K. Rool in Barrel Blast. Fittingly, as they were once best friends in the cartoon.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the later games Cranky becomes far less grouchy and more openly supportive of DK and Diddy. And his comments have become more good-natured
  • When I Was Your Age...: Frequently indulges in this trope.
    Cranky: Back in my day, we used to have REAL gameplay...we didn't have any of this fancy 3D stuff!
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had no qualms about hitting Diddy Kong on the head with his cane whenever he visited him in the first Donkey Kong Country Game. In DKC3, he would also sometimes throw a ball into Dixie and Kiddy's faces if he lost a throwing game round at Swanky's sideshow.

    Funky Kong 
"Lookin' good, Kongs! Buckle up and blast off, you're outta here!"
Voiced by (English): Damon D'Oliveira (Donkey Kong Country)
Voiced by (Japanese): Toshihide Tsuchiya (video games, 2007-present)
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One of Donkey Kong's pals from DK Isle, Funky Kong hates leaving the safety of his garage, but gladly helps out Donkey and friends from the sidelines. He's a first-class gearhead who's invented a wide variety of vehicles and artillery to aid his friends, and often shows up at the last minute to throw a monkey wrench (pun intended) into King K. Rool's plans. When not at work, Funky loves surfing, drumming, and kart racing.


  • The Ace: Not only is he a skilled inventor and pilot who dealt the final blow to K. Rool in 64, but his playable appearance in the Updated Re-release of Tropical Freeze shows that he is more than capable of throwing down as well as the other Kongs, featuring superior durability and the skills of all of them combined.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Essentially features all of the abilities of the playable Kongs in the Updated Re-release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Switch.
    • He features the same build as Donkey Kong and can roll infinitely on his own, unlike DK, who needs the assistance of another Kong to do so.
    • He can hover with his surfboard in a similar fashion to Diddy's jetpack.
    • His double jump and the previously mentioned hovering essentially grants him the same airtime as Dixie.
    • He is immune to spikes on land thanks to his surfboard, similar to Cranky's cane allowing him to hop on spikes.
  • Bamboo Technology: Funky builds vehicles and weapons out of barrels and fruit.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He shows up in the nick of time at the end of both Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong 64 to give the heroes a helping hand with some high explosives.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • He's pretty smart and an excellent mechanic, but doesn't have the ambition to go on adventure like the other Kongs do. He instead provides them with his helpful services.
    • The Tropical Freeze Updated Re-release for the Nintendo Switch best exemplifies this, where Funky, who is now playable, displays all sorts of abilities that allow him to breeze through levels, basically turning him into the game's Mercy Mode.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's absent for the first time in a Donkey Kong Country game in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and his absence is lampshaded by Cranky. He returns in Tropical Freeze. He was also missing between Mario Super Sluggers and Tropical Freeze, a gap of 6 years (2008-2014).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: At times, but mainly in the cartoon series.
  • Cool Shades: Generally seen wearing a pair.
  • Expressive Mask: In the cartoon, his glasses would often bend to match his facial expressions.
  • Expy: He bears more than a passing resemblence to Thrilla Gorilla of T&C Surf Designs fame, especially since he was usually seen with a surfboard in the original Country trilogy.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: In DK64 he wore combat boots and the bottom half of navy fatigues, along with a matching navy camo tank top and accessories. In the post-Rare era, Funky goes back to his DKC3 design with a white wifebeater, jorts, shades, and a bandanna (though these days he foregoes the shoes).
  • Finishing Move: He gives the boot to K. Rool at the end of Donkey Kong 64 (literally).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He gadgeteered the jet barrels that let you move from one level to another in DKC and DKC2, tried his hand at being a mechanic for other kinds of vehicles in DKC3 and took on weapons manufacturing in DK64.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: In the first two games, he went shirtless to further the surfer theme.
  • Hot-Blooded: But too lazy to go adventuring.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He fights with a surfboard. He even uses one as a bat in Mario Super Sluggers.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Barrel Blast, he has fantastic speed, but his other stats are poor. In Mario Super Sluggers, he has great batting and good fielding stats, but he is quite slow. In Mario Kart Wii, he was notable for being the fastest character, but unlike some other heavyweights, he doesn't get an acceleration bonus.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Funky goes from transportation mogul in SNES to arms dealer in DK64 to shopkeeper in Tropical Freeze.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Early on it was sandals or combat boots, but he's dropped the habit.
  • Palette Swap: Aside from the clothes, sunglasses and lighter shade of brown fur, Funky looks almost exactly like Donkey Kong.
  • Promoted to Playable: The Tropical Freeze Updated Re-release turns Funky, who was originally just a shopkeeper, into a full-blown playable character.
  • Purposely Overpowered: In his playable debut in Tropical Freeze's Switch Updated Re-release, he's basically an "easy mode" character, carrying the abilities of all three partner Kongs and having a 5-point Life Meter.
  • The Rival: Kludge in Barrel Blast.
  • Secret Character: In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Super Sluggers.
  • The Smart Guy: He may look like a goofy surfer dude, but he's the Kongs' source of vehicles, weapons, and other gadgets.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: In Tropical Freeze, he throws on some diving gear when he goes underwear and cannot drown, unlike Donkey Kong who has an Oxygen Meter.
  • Surfer Dude: Most definitely, dude. Almost never seen without his surfboard, and definitely talks with the lingo you'd expect from one.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In DK64, where he gains a sudden proficiency in designing artillery.
  • Totally Radical: Just listen to the way he speaks.
  • Warp Whistle: Funky's Flights serves this purpose in the first two DKC games.

    Candy Kong 
"How would you like a quick spin in my save barrel?"
Voiced by (Japanese): Satsuki Tsuzumi (video games, 2007-present)
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Donkey Kong's girlfriend — along with Swanky, one of the only two Kongs never to be a playable character. Candy provides a variety of services around the DK Isles, including running save points and minigames.


    Wrinkly Kong 
"Why, if it isn't Donkey — or is it Funky? No — Diddy!"
Voiced by (Japanese): Miho Yamada (video games, 2007-present)
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Cranky Kong's wife and Donkey Kong's grandmother (or mother?), Wrinkly used to run the Kong Kollege on Crocodile Isle, where she provided a haven and place of education for good Kremlings, as well as helpful tips for Diddy and Dixie on their quest to rescue Donkey. After the island sank, she retired to the Northern Kremisphere, where she spent her days enjoying her sunset years and caring for the local Banana Birds. Sadly, she died of old age not long after, but that didn't stop her from helping out the Kongs — she's now a ghost, and spends as much time with her family as ever.


  • Affirmative Action Girl: Wrinkly, along with Dixie Kong, was introduced in the second game so the cast would have more female faces than just Candy.
  • Back from the Dead: Well, not exactly Back From The Dead...
  • Cool Old Lady: In life, Wrinkly enjoyed aerobics and playing on the N64. Even after her death, she is a very capable racer in Barrel Blast.
  • Cool Teacher: She saves your game in her classroom in Donkey Kong Country 2, and the fact that she was able to keep King K. Rool in line while he was her student stresses this even further.
    Wrinkly (to Diddy and Dixie): "I hope you're better behaved than those reptiles. Why, I even caught one sharpening his sword in class yesterday!"
  • Friendly Ghost: Even after her death, she remains as friendly as she always has been.
  • Intangible Man: Averted in Barrel Blast, were she can get hurt by barrels, items or attacks by other racers and ride an Animal Friend, toboggan or a minecart like everyone else.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Before King of Swing, she was never seen spending time with Cranky, only badmouthing him to the other Kongs (while he did the same.)
    Wrinkly: If you bump into Cranky, tell him to stop wasting his money on Swanky's bonus games.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Wore sneakers in Donkey Kong Country 3. Has forgone footwear since her death for obvious reasons.
  • Pink Means Feminine: In Donkey Kong Country 3, she was wearing a pink aerobics outfit.
  • The Rival: Kopter in Barrel Blast.
  • Secret Character: In her only two playable appearances to date, the first being DK: King of Swing and the second Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
  • Spirit Advisor: After the third game. In King of Swing, she teams up with Cranky to help teach Donkey Kong the basics of the game.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Between 3 and 64, she dies offscreen. It doesn't stop her from coming back as a ghost to lend a hand to her family.
  • When I Was Your Age...: She rarely indulges into this trope, unlike Cranky.
    Wrinkly: All these new fangled toys you play with these days. In my day we had a box and a stick... and we'd be happy!"
  • Women Are Wiser: She's much more sensible and temperate than Cranky.

    Swanky Kong 
"Give them a big hand folks!"
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Would you buy a used car from this ape?

A flashy show-ape with all kinds of expensive bling, a bad afro, and an unhealthy preoccupation with polyester, Swanky runs a variety of games and sideshows that give the other Kongs a chance to win some beaucoup cash and prizes. Like Candy — his occasional assistant — Swanky Kong has never been playable. Although he is a member of the Kong family, it is unknown if he is related to anyone in it.


  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He hasn't made an appearance since Donkey Kong Country 3 (which was released over 20 years ago — not counting the Game Boy Advance remake). The most he's got since then was his sideshow tent outside DK's field, as well as a billboard, in Mario Superstar Baseball.
  • Conjoined Eyes: Something he doesn't share with DK, despite using his model.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Averted in his debut appearance in DKC2, but played straight since DKC3. He's currently the only male Kong to be this.
  • Funny Afro: Covered up by a bowler hat in his second appearance.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a bowler hat since his second appearance.
  • Palette Swap: Swanky uses the same model as Donkey Kong, but unlike DK, he has Conjoined Eyes.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: In DKC3, but only when introducing his games for the first time.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Proved by the fancy suit he wears since his redesign in DKC3, as well as the many gold rings around his fingers. In his debut in DKC2, he only wears a blue coat, but he has the rings on his fingers.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: In his second appearance.

Cartoon-only Kongs

    Bluster Kong 
"I'm just one sneaky, peeping, two-bit step away from becoming an even richer richest ape on Kongo Bongo Island - and that's rich."
Voiced by: Donald Burda (English), Daniel Lesourd (French, Season 1), Patrice Dozier (French, Season 2), Taiki Nakamura (Japanese)

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The boss of DK Island's barrel factory (owned by his mother), and Donkey Kong's rival for Candy's affections. Appeared in the Donkey Kong Country cartoon.


    Eddie the Mean Old Yeti 
"Me Eddie, the Mean Old Yeti!"

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A white-furred Kong living up in the snowcapped White Mountains of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon. Armed with a big club and the distinction of being even dumber than DK, Eddie is a wild force in Kongo-Bongo Island.


  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Take a guess which one he is.
  • The Dreaded: When he's a bad mood, most of the cast is terrified of him. Even K. Rool.
  • Dumb Muscle: You did read the part that he's dumber than even DK, right? However, his strength is also even greater than DK's.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: It doesn't seem like he was very smart or stable to begin with, but it's heavily implied that living alone in the White Mountains has driven him crazy, which is why he acts so strange.
  • Hulk Speak: "Me Eddie, the Mean Old Yeti!"
  • Nice Hat: He wears a cute little woolly bobble-hat.
  • Outside-Context Problem: We know absolutely nothing about him. We don't know if he's The Exile, or just a crazy hermit, or if he represents some lost branch of the Kong clan.
  • Palette Swap: He looks exactly like DK, only with white fur and with a bobble-hat instead of a necktie. Ironically, DK would get a Palette Swap that resembles Eddie in Super Smash Bros..

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