List of Donkey Kong characters

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From left to right: Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, Dixie Kong, Funky Kong, Cranky Kong, Wrinkly Kong and Swanky Kong.

This page lists all the characters from the Donkey Kong franchise.

Kongs[edit]

The Kongs are a group of apes (mostly gorillas) and monkeys.

The Kong Family (also known as the Kong Klan and the DK Crew) is the name of all of Donkey Kong's family and friends. Though they share the same last name, not all of them are related to one another. Instead, the name is a sign of their union as a species, tribe and/or clan. Thus, membership in the Kong Family appears to be earned. They are always at odds with the evil Kremling Krew who are always attempting to steal their Banana Hoard or kidnap them. In some games, they are playable or supporting characters.

Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong, also known as DK or D. Kong, is a Western lowland gorilla and is the main protagonist. Donkey Kong first appears in Donkey Kong as the kidnapper of Pauline (this was later retconned where Cranky Kong was the original Donkey Kong that kidnapped Pauline).

Donkey Kong Junior[edit]

Donkey Kong Junior, also known as DK Jr. or simply Junior, is the protagonist of the 1982 arcade game of the same name and the son of the original Donkey Kong who is Cranky Kong. Junior wears a white singlet with a red letter "J" on it. His objective in the game is to save his father, who was locked by Mario in a cage. He returns in the 1994 Game Boy video game Donkey Kong, where he teams up with his father, who has kidnapped Pauline, against Mario. Junior also appeared as a playable character in Super Mario Kart, but he didn't return in any of the future installments, he was also in the Virtual Boy game Mario's Tennis, and as a hidden character in the Nintendo 64 version of the similarly named Mario Tennis. He also has his own educational video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System: Donkey Kong Jr. Math. Other appearances by Junior includes the Game & Watch games Donkey Kong Jr. (in wide-screen, tabletop and panorama versions) and Donkey Kong II, as well as the Game & Watch Gallery series compilations for Game Boy. He also appears as the physical appearance of the transformed king of World 4 in the Super NES and Game Boy Advance versions of Super Mario Bros. 3. Donkey Kong Junior had his own segment in the first season of Saturday Supercade and was voiced by Frank Welker. Like his father, he had his own cereal brand in the 1980s.

According to Rare, the developers of Donkey Kong Country, there are multiple Donkey Kongs, and the modern one who appears in Donkey Kong Country onward is actually a grown-up version of Junior himself.[1] However, the Donkey Kong Country manual stated that Cranky is the grandfather of the game's titular character. More recently, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns have stated that the current Donkey Kong is the original Donkey Kong's grandson implying that Junior is the current Donkey Kong's father.

The character Diddy Kong was going to be an updated version of Donkey Kong Junior. However, Nintendo did not like this idea, suggesting either to give him his old look or make him a new character. Rare chose the latter and Diddy Kong was made.[2]

Diddy Kong[edit]

Diddy Kong is a young male spider monkey who is Donkey Kong's sidekick and nephew. His first appearance was Donkey Kong Country. In the game's storyline, Donkey Kong requested for him to protect his Banana Hoard overnight, while he takes a nap. While guarding the bananas, Diddy was captured by the Kremlings and sealed afterwards. When Donkey Kong heard the news, he set off on his adventure, freed Diddy, and they both confronted King K. Rool. The duo managed to defeat him, and recover the stolen bananas along the way.

In Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong gets kidnapped by Kaptain K.Rool, and Diddy must team up with Dixie Kong to save him. After rescuing DK and defeating K. Rool, he retreats to his secret island, the Lost World. The Kongs defeat K. Rool a second time, and he gets stuck in Crocodile Isle's generator, which explodes. The Kongs escaped the island and witnessed its destruction.

Later on, both Diddy and DK get kidnapped in Donkey Kong Country 3, and the newly named Baron K. Roolenstein uses them as a power source for KAOS, a giant robot to spy on Dixie and Kiddy Kong's adventure in rescuing the apes. Diddy and Donkey Kong are eventually freed by Dixie and Kiddy.

Years after his defeat, King K. Rool returns in Donkey Kong 64; he gets his minions to imprison Donkey Kong's friends, with Diddy being one of them. He attempts to steal the Banana Hoard again. As soon as Diddy is freed from his imprisonment, he can collect red bananas, red coins, play his electric guitar, charge at foes or objects, fly in his barrel jet pack, and shoot peanuts from his guns.

Diddy Kong also appeared in Donkey Kong Country Returns, its 3DS remake and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He is one of the main characters of the television series adaption. He has a role in a couple of Mario sports games, including basketball, kart racing and more.

Cranky Kong[edit]

Cranky Kong (クランキーコング, Kurankī Kongu) is an elderly grumpy gorilla, known for his scathing, fourth wall-breaking commentary. Introduced in Donkey Kong Country, he has appeared in a number of Donkey Kong games, primarily as a reluctant adviser to Donkey Kong and his various simian pals (in game and in the instruction manuals), as well as running minigames and tutorials. His wife was Wrinkly Kong.

The Donkey Kong Country instruction manual states that Cranky is the original Donkey Kong character featured in the 1981 arcade game.[3]

The current Donkey Kong (introduced in Donkey Kong Country) was initially described is his grandson, making him Donkey Kong III.[4][5] However, in Donkey Kong 64, Cranky directly refers to the current Donkey Kong as his son in their first conversation. This was reverted to the original grandson relationship in subsequent games such as the Game Boy Advance versions of Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

As his name implies, Cranky is perpetually bitter about many things and complains about them to anyone who gives him even the slightest acknowledgment. He is mostly angry about the state of modern video games, once going so far as to complain about how many bits and bytes are used up to simply animate his swinging beard. Every time he sees any such thing he seems to fondly recall his heyday in which he was an 8-bit character with only three frames of animation.

In Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Cranky's main purpose was to distribute helpful hints about the game's many stages to Donkey Kong and his sidekick Diddy Kong whenever they dropped by his cabin. Donkey Kong Country 2 saw him play a similar role, although this time the player would have to provide enough banana coins to buy specific hints. In Donkey Kong Country 3 he was the player's opponent in a throwing minigame at Swanky's Sideshow; in the Game Boy Advance versions of Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3, he hosted several minigames, and was briefly playable in one of them.

Donkey Kong 64 saw Cranky deal out potions that granted each of the five playable Kongs special abilities and could be purchased at Cranky's Lab. He also hosted the Jetpac game, and would let one to play it after earning 15 Banana Medals. Achieving 5,000 points in Jetpac earns the Rareware Coin, which was required to beat the game.

Cranky also made cameo appearances in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as appearing in Donkey Konga and its sequels. His most recent appearances have been dispensing tips in DK King of Swing and DK Jungle Climber, in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast where he served as a fully playable character for the first time (aside from the Dojo minigame of Donkey Kong Country 3's Game Boy Advance port), and in Donkey Kong Country Returns and its 3DS remake, where he runs various shops that sell items and helps the player by giving hints and tips when they leave his shop.

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Cranky becomes a playable character for the first time in a Donkey Kong platformer. His moveset is based around his cane.

Cranky was a regular on the Donkey Kong Country animated series. He was still as senile as in the games, but without his fourth wall-destroying comments. His cabin was where the Crystal Coconut, the mystical bauble that made DK the future ruler of Kongo Bongo Island (as DK Island was called on the show), was kept. Often, Cranky mixed potions, somewhat prefiguring his Donkey Kong 64 role. He was voiced by Aron Tager, and in the Japanese dub by Ryūsei Nakao.

Funky Kong[edit]

Funky Kong (ファンキーコング, Fankī Kongu) is a hip gorilla who usually supplies services to the Kongs such as allowing them to go back to worlds they have previously completed in the game. However, in Donkey Kong Country 3, he took on a different role as a watercraft merchant, allowing Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong to reach new areas of the game world. In Donkey Kong 64, Funky switched jobs yet again to become the ammunitions expert of the group, and his business seemed to suggest an army surplus store. He supplied various weaponry and upgrades to the Kongs, and donned camouflage clothing, goggles and a large rocket on his back (which is revealed near the end of the game to contain a giant boot) in favor of his old board shorts and sunglasses. He took back on his "surfer" appearance in later games. He is also a playable character in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, as well as in multiplayer modes of DK King of Swing and DK Jungle Climber.

Funky was also a regular on the Donkey Kong Country cartoon, where he was voiced by Damon D'Oliveira. One difference is that the cartoon version of Funky had tan fur as opposed to the brown fur his video game counterpart had. He was also given a Jamaican accent. However, like his game counterpart, Funky is keen on surfing (he can be seen surfing in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest), and like in the first game, he runs his own airline service. He often talks about karma and is the best dancer on the island. Funky is obviously not fond of adventuring or fighting the Kremlings, nor is he keen on doing very much work; he often tries to take the easier way out of a situation, or just leave it up to DK and Diddy.

Funky also appears as an unlockable heavyweight character in Mario Kart Wii, his first appearance in a Mario game.

His next appearance in a Mario game was in Mario Super Sluggers for the Wii, where he was a playable character along with the other Donkey Kong characters. Funky uses his surfboard as a bat in the game.

Funky resurfaces in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze as the keeper of the Fly and Buy shops, thus taking over the role of shopkeeper from Cranky Kong, who instead becomes a playable character.

Candy Kong[edit]

Candy Kong (キャンディーコング, Kyandī Kongu) is a female gorilla who helps the Kongs throughout the different games. Candy Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country providing save point stations throughout the game. Her second appearance was in Donkey Kong 64; in this game, she provided instruments for DK and company to use against the Kremlings and gives the Kong family more watermelons which increase the player's life. She wore headphones, a pink short-sleeve top, pink short shorts, and some footwear. She also makes a brief appearance in DK King of Swing, and is seen cheering on the player's characters. She wore a pink bikini top and short shorts, and her torso was redesigned (this appearance has remained in subsequent games). She also makes a brief cameo appearance in the GBA remake of Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3.

In the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2 she appears as a model on Swanky Kong's quiz show, and she wore a purple dress.

She also made a brief appearance in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast in the mode Candy's Challenges and allowed the players to collect up to a total of 1,000 bananas and to win the tracks in first place. She, along with Swanky Kong are the only two Kongs who have yet to become playable. She was going to be one of the playable characters in Diddy Kong Pilot, but that game became cancelled after Microsoft Game Studios bought Rare from Nintendo.

Candy was also a regular on the Donkey Kong Country animated series as well. She was voiced by Joy Tanner. However, in the series, she looked completely different from the pink-clad blonde seen in the games. Also, on the show, she worked at the barrel factory run by Bluster Kong, her boss, who constantly hit on her. Candy sometimes had a goal of buying the factory. From time to time, she had lunch with Donkey Kong. This version of Candy also showed off a very quick temper.

Candy Kong is Donkey Kong's girlfriend, as said in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and also Donkey Kong Country: Legend of the Crystal Coconut. Some hints in the game about their relationship are that in Donkey Kong Country, Candy Kong always blows a kiss at Donkey Kong whenever he comes to save the game (although she also does this with Diddy Kong). Another clue is that you will find a picture of Candy Kong in Donkey Kong's house and a picture of Donkey Kong on a heart shaped rug in Candy's house, as seen in Donkey Kong 64. In 2007, Games.net ranked Candy Kong #2 on their list of "Top Ten Disturbingly Sexual Game Characters".[6]

Dixie Kong[edit]

Dixie Kong (ディクシーコング, Dikushī Kongu) is a young female chimpanzee who is Diddy Kong's girlfriend. She is a typical ape and loves collecting bananas alongside Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, although she personally prefers grapes[citation needed]. Her first appearance is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest as Diddy Kong's sidekick. Dixie later made the starring role of Donkey Kong Country 3, subtitled Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, with Kiddy Kong as her sidekick.

While she did not return in Donkey Kong 64, her sister, Tiny Kong, served as her replacement. Her next time featured as a playable character was in Donkey Konga 2 on the Nintendo GameCube, a bongo rhythm game. She appeared once again in the Japan only Donkey Konga 3.

She is also a playable character in Diddy Kong Racing DS, DK Jungle Climber, and Mario Hoops 3-on-3 for the Nintendo DS, DK King of Swing for the Game Boy Advance, Mario Superstar Baseball for the Nintendo GameCube, Mario Super Sluggers and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast for the Wii, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U. One of Dixie's abilities is her ability to twirl her hair to float downwards.

Dixie appears in the Donkey Kong Country TV series.

Wrinkly Kong[edit]

Wrinkly Kong (リンクリーコング, Rinkurī Kongu) was an elderly gorilla, the wife of Cranky Kong. Wrinkly first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country 2 for the SNES, where she ran Kong Kollege. She gave the player advice and allowed the player to save his or her game. She appeared again in Donkey Kong Land 2, and again in Donkey Kong Country 3. This time, she resided in Wrinkly's Save Cave, where the player could both save their game and deposit Banana Birds, which were found throughout the game. This concept remained sans birds in Donkey Kong Land III, where she resided in Wrinkly's Refuge. In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3, Wrinkly was portrayed as a spiritual follower of the Banana Birds.

Wrinkly next appeared in Donkey Kong 64. She had apparently died at some point after Donkey Kong Country 3 as she is now a ghost. Every world lobby in the game, with the exception of Hideout Helm, featured five doors with Wrinkly's face on them; each door presented a hint for the level that applied to the Kong that corresponded to the door color (yellow for Donkey Kong, red for Diddy Kong, blue for Lanky Kong, purple for Tiny Kong, and green for Chunky Kong). When the player begins meeting her in Donkey Kong 64, she says, "Don't be afraid of me, young ones! It's only me, Wrinkly Kong," and then she gives the player advice on how to win a Golden Banana on the corresponding level.

Her first playable appearance was in DK King of Swing. She would later return for DK Jungle Climber, and as an unlockable character in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. She also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros Brawl.

Tiny Kong[edit]

Tiny Kong (タイニーコング, Tainī Kongu) is a young chimpanzee character in the Donkey Kong games who first appeared in Donkey Kong 64. She has blonde hair and pigtails. She is Dixie Kong's younger sister and is a cousin to Chunky Kong and Kiddy Kong, as stated in the manual for Donkey Kong 64. In Donkey Kong 64, she was voiced by Kevin Bayliss, an employee at Rare who voiced multiple characters in the game. In Diddy Kong Racing DS and all later games, she is voiced by Jen Taylor. This actress also voiced Dixie in Mario Superstar Baseball. She is now depicted taller than Dixie.

In Donkey Kong 64, her clothing was a beanie hat, blue overalls, a white T-Shirt, and white shoes. She was freed by Diddy Kong in the Angry Aztec level in the building near Candy's Music Shop. Her weapon is the Feather Crossbow, her instrument is the Saxophone Slam, the Potion enables her for Mini-Monkey, Pony-Tail Twirl, and Monkey-Port. She can shrink when she jumps into her special barrel, allowing her access to areas other Kongs cannot go. She can do a helicopter-spin, equivalent to Dixie's, to slow down her descent. And she can teleport virtually anywhere when standing on a blue pad.

Tiny was one of the confirmed characters in Donkey Kong Racing for the Nintendo GameCube with Donkey Kong, Diddy, Kiddy, and Taj, but the game was canceled as Microsoft purchased Rare in September 2002.

She makes a cameo appearance in the GBA port of the SNES games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3. In Donkey Kong Country 2, Diddy, Dixie, or both must rescue her from the Zingers in a mini-game called Kongnapped and the objective is to rescue six of her in order to win. In Donkey Kong Country 3, she appears in one of Funky's Motorboat challenges. These two games she appeared in are the only games where she is not a playable character.

In her spin-off debut, Diddy Kong Racing DS, she seems to have grown more mature, making her both taller and more physically developed than her older sister, Dixie. Her clothing now consists of a beanie hat, sweat pants, a midriff revealing spaghetti-strap top, sandals and fur wristbands, as well as earrings that she did not wear in the previous games. She is one of the first eight playable characters. Her acceleration and handling are slightly below average, and she has a medium top speed. In the game's commercial, she was using a Hovercraft and instead of being in the usual position in the game, she was standing, leaning forward.

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Tiny is one of the Kongs in this game. It is the first game on the Wii she appears in. It is also the second racing game for her character. She is one of the unlockable characters in this game. She was unlocked by completing Sapphire Mode on a Rookie Setting as one of the Kongs.

Tiny Kong also appears as a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. This is also Tiny Kong's debut in the Mario franchise.[7]

Chunky Kong[edit]

Chunky Kong (チャンキーコング, Chankī Kongu) is a Western lowland gorilla weighing 2000 lbs and is one of the playable Kongs in the game Donkey Kong 64. Chunky is the older brother of Kiddy Kong and cousin of Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong. He was freed by Lanky in the level Frantic Factory. Before he was freed, he indicates that he does not like heights. Despite his brawny build, he acts somewhat cowardly and childish. He also seems slower on the ball than the other characters. During the attract mode to Donkey Kong 64, all the Kongs are displayed and their abilities shown in the manner of a hip hop video. Chunky Kong is dressed in a flare-legged disco outfit with an afro hairstyle, but immediately realizes this is out of style (or out of place for rap) and runs off, immediately returning wearing more appropriate clothes. One example Chunky's fears is when the player selects him in the barrel, he gets scared, shakes his head 'no' and tries to convince the player to choose Tiny Kong instead (although when not highlighted in the "select spotlight," he is shown to be more enthusiastic about being selected). His weapon is the Pineapple Launcher, his instrument is the Triangle Trample, and the potion enables him to do Hunky Chunky, turning gigantic, Primate Punch, unleashing a very powerful punch which can smash down some doors and walls, and Gorilla-Gone, turning temporarily invisible. He can carry boulders and other heavy items that the other Kongs cannot carry. It was Chunky, with a combination of the "Hunky Chunky" and "Primate Punch" abilities, who defeated K.Rool in the last boxing match in Donkey Kong 64.

He appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also made a brief cameo appearance in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3 in the third challenge of Funky's Rentals, where he was one of the Kongs that he had to be rescued from the Kremlings' kidnapping threat, along with other characters such as Candy, Tiny and Cranky Kong.

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, his weapon called the Pineapple Launcher is an item that can be obtained in an item balloon and follows the player ahead of you until it hits them.

Kiddy Kong[edit]

Kiddy Kong, known as Dinky Kong (ディンキーコング, Dinkī Kongu) in Japan,[8] is a giant baboon toddler that was created by Rareware. He was introduced in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! as Dixie's sidekick and toddler cousin as well as the younger brother of Chunky Kong. Their mission was to solve a series of mysteries in the Northern Kremisphere and find their missing friends Donkey and Diddy. He is a sturdy toddler with lots of strength and is said to be a lot like Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in a way as he seems to always get in trouble.

He was also playable in Donkey Kong Land III where he joins Dixie in her quest to prove herself worthy by finding the fabled lost world before DK, Diddy, and the Kremlings. He did not appear in Donkey Kong 64 but was mentioned in the manual as being the baby brother of Chunky Kong. He was slated to appear in Donkey Kong Racing before it was cancelled and so far has yet to appear in any games since then. His abilities included water skipping, being able to roll farther to make longer than average jumps, and throwing Dixie high out of normal jump reach, with Dixie being able to throw him and guide his fall to break platforms and unveil hidden secrets.

Lanky Kong[edit]

Lanky Kong (ランキーコング, Rankī Kongu) is a Sumatran Orangutan who is a distant cousin to the Kong family. Lanky's first appearance was in Donkey Kong 64 as one of the game's five playable Kongs. He was freed by Donkey Kong in the Angry Aztec level in the Llama's Temple. His weapon is the Grape Shooter, his instrument is the Trombone Tremor, and the Potion enables him to do OrangStand, walking on his hands to climb steep slopes. Baboon Balloon allows him to inflate himself to reach higher areas, and OrangSprint allows him to run really fast on his hands. In the level, Gloomy Galleon, he can transform into Enguarde the Swordfish when he enters the Enguarde Crate. Lanky Kong is known for his lack of style or grace, as well as his humorous-looking face.[9]

Lanky Kong also makes a cameo in the GBA port of Donkey Kong Country 3 in one of Funky's minigames.

Lanky appears in his spin-off debut, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast as one of the Kongs. He is one of the unlockable characters.

In Donkey Kong Country, there is an orangutan enemy called Manky Kong similar to Lanky in both appearance and name. It is unknown if they have any relation or if Lanky Kong was based on Manky Kong.

Lanky Kong appears as a trophy in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Swanky Kong[edit]

Swanky Kong (スワンキーコング, Suwankī Kongu) is a Kong entrepreneur. He first appears as the game show hosts a TV show called "Swanky's Bonus Bonanza" in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest in which Diddy and Dixie must answer questions about the game correctly to win extra lives. The questions would range from easy ones such as enemies you have seen and the world you're currently in to hard ones such as objects in the background.

After Crocodile Isle was destroyed in Donkey Kong Country 2, Swanky ran "Swanky's Sideshow" in the Northern Kremisphere of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! where you had to face off against Cranky Kong. If you won, Swanky awarded you with Bear Coins and Banana Bunches. Even if you lost, Swanky would still give you some as a consolation prize. In Donkey Kong Country 2, he wears a blue oversized jacket and had an afro hair style. In DKC3, he wears a white long-sleeved shirt, a gold vest, a bowler hat, black pants, black and white shoes, and had a diamond-topped cane.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, Swanky's role remained the same except that he now has Candy as his assistant. If you beat all of his quizzes, Swanky will reward you with a photo of himself to add to the scrapbook. In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3, Swanky sported his Donkey Kong Country 2 look and now runs "Swanky's Dash", a virtual reality game where you collect stars as Dixie (as Kiddy is too young to play). If you collect enough stars, Swanky will give you Bear Coins, Banana Bunches, and Extra Life Balloons. Swanky Kong has yet to appear in other games and become playable along with Candy Kong. His relationship to the Kong Family is currently unknown. Many have suggested that he is the brother of Donkey Kong since they look similar, but this is unconfirmed.

Kremlings[edit]

Kremlings are anthropomorphic crocodilians who are ruled by King K. Rool and antagonize the Kongs on a regular basis. The species' home is Crocodile Isle, though they were first seen in the Kongs' island in Donkey Kong Country when King K. Rool stole the banana hoard. They come in many sizes, varieties and colors, and most of them are anthropomorphic. All their names begin with the letter "K" with the exception of Skidda from Donkey Kong Country 3. In the first Donkey Kong Country, the Kremlings were wearing military attire, but with the sequel, they switched their gear to pirate-themed ones (which seemed to be custom in their home island). In the third game, many of them were seen with no clothing of any sort.

The Kremling Krew is the name used for K. Rool's entire army, which not only consist of the Kremlings, but also of many different animal species (birds, mammals, insects, fish, other reptiles, etc.) that seemed to have become followers of the psychotic king. Several machines and ghosts (undead) seem to be included in the Kremling Krew as well.

Many of these enemies also appeared in Donkey Kong 64 and are playable in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

While almost all the Kremlings are enemies of the Kongs, one exception is K. Lumsy, who opens up levels for the Kongs in Donkey Kong 64.

King K. Rool[edit]

King K. Rool is a green Kremling who was the main antagonist of many Donkey Kong games during the era of Rare development. The despotic king of Kremlings and master of Kremling Krew, he constantly antagonizes the Kongs, referring to them as "filthy apes," "monkey brains," and "ludicrous lemurs" as well as frequently robbing Donkey Kong's banana hoard. His most distinguishing features are the tic in his left eye, his red cape, his gold crown and wrist bands, and his golden belly with an outie navel. While he is overweight, K. Rool has huge muscles in his arms and he has proven to have enormous brute strength that matches (perhaps surpasses) both Donkey Kong and Chunky Kong in power.

While K. Rool's crown-and-cape look has been his default appearance since Donkey Kong Country, he takes on alternate disguises and personalities to battle the Kongs in other games.

  • He is the pirate Kaptain K. Rool who kidnaps Donkey Kong in Diddy's Kong Quest.
  • He later takes the alias of the mad scientist Baron K. Roolenstein who tries to take over the Northern Kremisphere in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. While doing so, he creates a distraction of a machine called KAOS to observe the Kongs' progress throughout the game.
  • He becomes King "Krusha" K. Rool in Donkey Kong 64. His tail seems to change size in several of his appearances (sometimes, it is long or short and at other times, he does not have one at all). This game also features Gloomy Galleon, which features a sunken ship bearing pictures of his previous alias, Kaptain K. Rool. It is unknown whether or not this is the ship in Donkey Kong Country 2.

In the TV series, he appears as a king and often feuds with Kaptain Skurvy (who is based on the Kremling enemy Kannon). Besides the Kritters and Klap Traps, King K. Rool's henchmen are Klump and Krusha. He is portrayed as somewhat pompous with a stereotypical English dialect.

He is voiced by Chris Sutherland in Donkey Kong 64, Benedict Campbell in the Donkey Kong Country TV show, Jūrōta Kosugi in the Japanese adaptation of the show, and Toshihide Tsuchiya in recent games. His name is a pun on the word cruel.

K. Rool also appeared in Mario Super Sluggers (his first appearance in a Mario game) as an unlockable character along with Donkey, Diddy, and Funky Kong as well as one of his Kritters. He uses his magical staff as a bat. A Mii Fighter costume based on K. Rool's design appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as downloadable content.

He is known to shoot the souls of his previous victims out of a cannon in Diddy's Kong Quest.

Klump[edit]

Klump is a large tough obese general of the Kremling Krew and the K. Rool's right hand in Donkey Kong franchise. This character has appeared in three of the Donkey Kong games, including as an unlockable playable character in Diddy Kong Pilot which was later to be renamed as Banjo Pilot and got replaced by Klungo for the final release. He has also appeared in the literature and the TV series under the name General Klump.

In the games, he first appeared in Donkey Kong Country as an enemy. In this game, he appears as a purple (or brown) Kremling with an ammo belt, black boots and wears a strong green army helmet on his head. He has a tendency to march. They are invincible to some attacks in this game such as Diddy Kong jumping on him, due to having a helmet protecting him against some damage. They can only be defeated by Diddy's cartwheel, Donkey Kong's roll and ground slap attack, Donkey Kong jumping on him, or having a barrel be thrown at him.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Klump appears dressed up as pirate with nickname from Kannon. In this game, he appears with earrings, a large belt, pirate boots, black eye patch and a large black hat with a human skull and cross-bones. He is armed with cannon where shoot barrels and cannonballs (forward or downward). Without his helmet, Klump is vulnerable by Diddy and Dixie's attacks. According to the manual, Kannon is Klump's pirate alter-ego.

In Donkey Kong 64, Klump re-appears in this title depicting as a much larger enemy and oddly having some pink colorations on him. His army belt pockets also face the sides instead of the front. His attack is by throwing green unripe Orange Grenades at the Kongs, and the only way to defeat them is by using a shockwave attack or by throwing an Orange grenade of their own. When defeated, he gives a salute and falls over.

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Klump has once again appeared with a dramatic change of appearance. Klump now has a bucket on his head, along with ammo pants and has a brown skin coloration. He rivals Lanky Kong.

In the TV series, General Klump serves as King K. Rool's second-command and general, which he is actually one of the main characters. Originally he is described as a tough military-man like exterior. Despite that, he is actuality quite a softy as well for his personality. He actually befriends Dixie Kong and helps her find her pet lobster Thermidor in the aforementioned episode, "Klump's Lumps". His color is also different too compared to the games. He was Brown in the games, but in Season 1 of the TV series, he was Light Green and in Season 2, he was Dark Green. He is voiced by Len Carlson in the Donkey Kong Country TV show. In the Japanese adaptation, he is voiced by Keiichi Sonobe.

Krusha[edit]

Krusha is a blue Kremling known for his supreme super-strength. Only Donkey Kong can defeat him in the original game. He is a secret playable multiplayer character in Donkey Kong 64. He has an Oranges Gun, and he has a sliding ability, similar to Donkey Kong and Tiny Kong.

In the TV series, Krusha appears as one of King K. Rool's henchmen and goes together with Klump as the show's comic relief. He is voiced by Adrian Truss.

Kritter[edit]

Kritters are common enemies in the Donkey Kong Country video games and are the main foot soldiers of the Kremling Krew. They are usually either walking or jumping when seen in the games. All the Kritters in Diddy's Kong Quest are dressed as pirates and outfitted with peglegs. Those who walk are named "Klomp" and have one peg, while the jumpers are named "Kaboing" and have two. The Kritters in "Dixie Kong's Double Trouble" appear to be genetically altered, the walkers named "Kobble" have extra muscles added, while the jumpers named "Re-Koil" actually bounce on their spring-loaded tails. In Donkey Kong 64 the Kritters undergo a drastic change, sporting leather jackets, and belt buckles with skulls on them. They play a larger role in this game. Two specific Kritters are seen piloting K.Rool's Mechanical Island, chasing after one of the Kongs, and serve as referees during the final battle. The first two games also have Kritters who ride in minecarts or roller-coaster cars. Respectively, the minecart riders are named "Krash", ride toward the player's cart, and cannot be touched, while the coaster riders are named "Klank" (who are actually Kutlasses), ride in front of the player's coaster tossing barrels at them, and can be landed on to knock them off the track.

In the Mario Strikers series, a Kritter serves as a goalie for each team. A Robo-Kritter serves as the goalie for a robotic team in Super Mario Strikers. In Mario Super Sluggers, Kritters appear as playable characters for the team DK Wilds. They also appear in the Donkey Kong Country TV series as King K. Rool's henchmen.

Kritters In Barrels[edit]

"Diddy's Kong Quest" features barrel-dwelling Kritters called Klobbers, with an earring and a black eye. The most dangerous is named "Kaboom", who lives in a dynamite barrel and being hit by one will kill the player, while the less dangerous repeatedly rams the player, sometimes causing them to drop objects. Black Klobbers steal life-balloons from the player, while the yellows steal bunches of bananas the player has in inventory(both items are recoverable).

"Dixie Kong's Double Trouble" feature Kritters which have been fused into barrels. Green "Knocka"s attempt to bump the Kongs off ledges, the red-orange "Klasp"s hang on ropes waiting to lethally explode on contact with a Kong, and the purple "Kuchucka"s sit and repeatedly throw bombs in the path of the Kongs.

All barrel Kritters (except Kuchuckas) can be defeated by a jump or barrel attack (only attack Klasps with a barrel), then used as a regular or exploding barrel themselves.

Klaptrap[edit]

Klaptraps are recurring enemies in the Donkey Kong games. They closely resemble the enemy known as Snapjaw from the arcade game Donkey Kong Jr. They appear as small blue crocodiles with large mouths. A 'big-brother' version of them named "Klampon" appears in Diddy's Kong Quest, while Dixie Kong's Double Trouble features a baby-like version named "Krimp".

The Klaptraps also appear in the TV series. There is also a large Klaptrap named Junior who is one of King K. Rool's henchmen.

Klaptraps also appear in Yoshi's Island DS, where they boast their old red color scheme and the ability to slide down vines, making them capable of attacks from above.

Characters formerly associated with the franchise[edit]

Two characters from Diddy Kong Racing can no longer be used in Donkey Kong games due to Microsoft's ownership of them.

  • Banjo - Banjo is a brown honey bear, who first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing. He stars in a handful of games including Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Banjo-Pilot, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. He has a younger sister named Tooty, who needed rescuing in Banjo-Kazooie. He is polite and well-mannered, and is always seen wearing yellow shorts with a belt, a shark tooth necklace, and a bright blue backpack. The backpack usually contains his good friend Kazooie. He was first seen in Diddy Kong Racing where he started his career. His nemesis is Gruntilda the Witch. He can also play his namesake instrument (a Banjo).
  • Conker the Squirrel - Conker is a greedy, heavy drinking, red squirrel whose first appearance was in the original version of Diddy Kong Racing. Conker, though highly materialistic and never afraid to insult, always approaches new characters with a positive outlook. His adventures occur because he gets drunk and wanders in the opposite direction to his home. In the Xbox Live Arcade version of Banjo-Kazooie, his picture is seen in the Rusty Bucket Bay level where Berri's originally was in the Nintendo 64 version.

Both these characters appear in the Microsoft Buys Rare announcement video. Conker is fired from a gun and Banjo comes to pull him out of the "O" in Xbox. Then, the squirrel uses a chainsaw to change the logo from "Xbox" to "Rare".

See also[edit]

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