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The main characters in Donkey Kong 64. Top row, left to right: Tiny and Lanky Kong. Bottom row: Diddy, Chunky and Donkey Kong.

The following is a list of characters featured in the Donkey Kong series of video-games made by both Rare and Nintendo, among others.


Major characters

Candy Kong

Candy Kong provides various servicing for the Kongs throughout the different games. She first appeared in Donkey Kong Country she acts as a manager of mini-games, and ran a dance studio minigame.

The first female character throughout the Donkey Kong Country series, although Dixie Kong was the first playable female character in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. In Donkey Kong Country, she wore a pink bow with white polka-dots and a pink maillot. In later games she appears in from scratch, she ditched the bow. Candy Kong also appeared 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 Donkey Kong Country 2 she appears in Swanky Kong's Quiz Show, and she wore a purple dress. In Donkey Kong Country 3, she appeared in one of the challenges of Funky's Rentals, as one of the people who had to be rescued from the Kremlings, who were kidnapping the Kongs. 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 1st Place.

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. Time to time, she had lunch with Donkey Kong. This version of Candy also showed off a very quick temper. Once K. rool created an artificial candy kong named kandy kong, to cut donkey kong's hair rendering him weak.

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 [just like she does 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.

Chunky Kong

Chunky Kong is a 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 doesn't like heights. Despite his brawny build, he acts somewhat cowardly and childish. One example of this 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', strangely 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 should be noted that 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 GBA 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. Since then, he never appeared in other Donkey Kong titles, and is said to have been cut off the series. In Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast his weapon, 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.

Cranky Kong

Cranky Kong is an elderly and extremely grouchy ape introduced in Donkey Kong Country who is characterized as an elderly version of the original Donkey Kong character from the original Donkey Kong game.[1] Cranky Kong was initially established as the grandfather of the current Donkey Kong from Donkey Kong Country[1], although later sources and dialogue imply that Donkey Kong is actually Cranky's son,[2] Donkey Kong Jr., grown up.[3] Cranky often breaks the fourth wall in his commentary and is overly critical of modern video game trends and graphics compared to "his days".

In Donkey Kong Country, Cranky sat in a rocking chair in his shack and offered hints about upcoming levels. In Donkey Kong Country 2, he ran a museum where he sold advice in exchange for Banana Coins. In Donkey Kong Country 3, he was the player's opponent in Swanky Kong's ball-toss games, responding angrily whenever he lost. He has also appeared in Donkey Kong Jungle Climber and more. He is a playable character in the Wii game, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong (ディディーコング Didī Kongu?) is described as the "son" of Donkey Kong, who wishes to become strong just like him. During the events of Donkey Kong Country, he is placed in charge of Donkey Kong's banana hoard, and after the bananas are stolen, he helps Donkey Kong defeat K. Rool and get them back. He stars in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, where he and Dixie Kong go in search of Donkey Kong after he is kidnapped by K. Rool. He is kidnapped by K. Rool, along with Donkey Kong, while they are on vacation in the Northern Kremisphere during Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, and they are eventually saved by Dixie and Kiddy. He appears as a playable character in Diddy Kong Racing, Diddy Kong Racing DS, Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Konga, Donkey Konga 2, Donkey Konga 3, DK King of Swing, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Mario Power Tennis, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Mario Strikers Charged, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Super Sluggers, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Diddy Kong makes an appearance in DK Jungle Climber and Mario Party DS but he is not playable in either. He does not appear, however, in Donkey Kong Land 3, despite featuring in the plot of the game. He was due to star in Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Racing but neither title saw release. He is also Donkey Kong's son and Funky Kong's nephew. His birthday is also July 14th 1983.

Diddy Kong appears in the Donkey Kong Country animated series, where his role as Donkey Kong's sidekick remains relatively the same as in the games. He is voiced by Andrew Sabiston.[4] Diddy Kong has also appeared in various comics featured in official Nintendo magazines. Some of the stories he appeared in include adaptations of Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong 64, as well as original stories.

Dixie Kong

Dixie Kong is Diddy Kong's girlfriend, who first appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2 as Diddy Kong's sidekick. Dixie later made the starring role of Donkey Kong Country 3. While she didn't 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 and DK Jungle Climber for the Nintendo DS, Mario Superstar Baseball for the Nintendo GameCube, and Mario Super Sluggers and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast for the Wii. Dixie is remembered by her ability to twirl her hair to float downwards. Dixie Kong has secured her place as one of the main Donkey Kong characters and appears 3rd only to Donkey and Diddy. Like Diddy she also appears in the TV series. Her birthday is also in October 17th 1984.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Junior

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. In terms of character design, Junior is essentially a child version of his father, but wears a white singlet with a red letter "J" written over it. His objective in the game is to save his father, who is being kept in a locked cage by Mario. He returns in the 1994 Game Boy remake of Donkey Kong, where he teams up against Mario with his father, who is once again holding Pauline captive. Junior has also appeared as a playable character in the original Super Mario Kart and Virtual Boy game Mario's Tennis, as well as a hidden character in the Nintendo 64 version of the similarly named Mario Tennis. He also got his own education game in the form of Donkey Kong Jr. Math for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Other appearances by Junior includes the Game & Watch games Donkey Kong Jr. (in wide-screen, tabletop and panorama versions) and Donkey Kong 2, as well as the Game & Watch Gallery series compilations for Game Boy. He also appears as the physical appearances of the transformed king of World 5 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 even had his own cereal.

According to Rare, the developers of Donkey Kong Country, there are multiple Donkey Kongs, with the modern one who appears from Donkey Kong Country and onward is actually a grown-up version of Junior himself.[5] However, in the actual in-game dialogue, Cranky refers to the current Donkey Kong as his "grandson". In Super Smash Bros. Brawl a codec conversation between Solid Snake, and Otacon, says that the current Donkey Kong is the original Donkey Kong's grandson.

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 Donkey Kong Junior became Diddy Kong.[6]

Funky Kong

Funky Kong is Donkey Kong's older brother and Diddy Kong's uncle. He 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. He supplied various weaponry and upgrades to the Kongs, and donned camouflage clothing, goggles and a large rocket on his back 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. An obvious difference one might notice 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 (although we never see him doing it), 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 is more peace-loving than the other Kong family members. Ironically, in Donkey Kong 64 he used a rocket launcher to blast King K. Rool away after he regained consciousness seconds after Chunky Kong knocked him out.

Funky also appears as an unlockable heavyweight character in Mario Kart Wii, his first appearance in a Mario game. He also appears in Mario Super Sluggers and Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast for the Wii.

Kiddy Kong

Kiddy Kong, known as Dinkey Kong (ディンキーコング Dinkī Kongu?) in Japan,[7] is a young gorilla that was created by Rareware. He was introduced in Donkey Kong Country 3 as Dixie's sidekick and toddler cousin. 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 canceled 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 then 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

Lanky Kong 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 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.

Note that in Donkey Kong Country there was 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

Tiny Kong

Tiny Kong is a character in the Donkey Kong games who first appeared in Donkey Kong 64. She is a tail-less monkey that 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. 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 cancelled as Microsoft purchased Rare, Ltd. 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.

Tiny Kong also appears as a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. This is also Tiny Kong's debut in the Mario franchise.[8]

Wrinkly Kong

Wrinkly Kong is an elderly gorilla, mother of Donkey Kong, and 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 passed away at some point after Donkey Kong Country 3, as she was now a spirit. 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 so for DK Jungle Climber and as an unlockable character in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Major Rool series characters

K. Rool

King K. Rool is an obese anthropomorphic, crocodilian being, who is the main villain of the series. He is the psychotic king of the Kremling Crew who constantly antagonizes the Kongs, referring to them as "filthy apes" and "monkey brains", and steals Donkey Kong's banana hoard. His most distinguishing features are the tic in his left eye and his golden belly. K. Rool appears to have more muscle than fat, as he has proven to have enormous brute strength that matches (perhaps surpasses) Donkey Kong and Chunky Kong's power. In King K. Rool's most common appearance, he wears a red cape and a gold crown, but he is fond of adopting many other looks and costumes as well, such as the pirate "Kaptain K. Rool", the mad scientist "Baron K. Roolenstein", and the boxer "King Krusha K. Rool". A detail worth noting is his tail, which seems to change size in several of his appearances (sometimes it is long or short and other times he doesn't have one at all). He is voiced by Kevin Bayliss in Donkey Kong 64, Ben Campbell in the Donkey Kong Country TV cartoon, and Jūrōta Kosugi in the Japanese adaptation.

Kremling's and the Kremling Crew

Kremling's are all the crocodile and alligator like creatures, with King K. Rool as their leader. The species are originally from Crocodile Isle, though they were first seen in the Kongs' island in donkey kong country when King K. Rool stole the banana hoard (the reason why carnivores would need bananas is never explained (Fan suggestion: K. Rool is just a jerk)). They come in many sizes, varieties and colors, and most of them are anthropomorphic. In the first Donkey Kong Country, the Kremling species 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 weren't seen with clothing of any sort.

The Kremling Crew 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 Crew as well. Memorable members include Army Dillo, Zingers, Neckies, Gnawties.

Many of these enemies also appeared in Donkey Kong 64 and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. In Super Mario Sluggers, Kritters appear as playable character's for the team DK Wilds.

While almost all the Kremlings are enemies of the Kongs, one exception is Krusher, a Kremling who wields a giant club studded with nails. Appearing in Diddy's Kong Quest, Krusher doesn't seem to have anything against the Kongs and will happily help them if they pay him in Kremkoins, or if they defeat him in combat.

Animal buddies

In the Donkey Kong Country games, the Donkey Kong Land games, and Donkey Kong 64, the Kong family is assisted by a number of friendly animals who allow the Kongs to ride on their backs or perform various tasks for the Kongs. The most common of these are Rambi the rhinoceros and Enguarde the swordfish, who both originated in Donkey Kong Country. Others include Squawks the parrot, Squitter the spider, Expresso the ostrich, Winky the frog, Rattly the rattlesnake, Glimmer the anglerfish, Clapper the seal, Quawks the parrot (A purple version of Squawks that doesn't spit eggs), Ellie the elephant and Parry the parallel bird. In Donkey Kong 64, there seems to be an unnamed eel fish wearing a flashlight on its head that helps the kongs explore the dark regions of the ocean.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat also has its own set of animal buddies, separate from the older ones, that had not been seen before or since, such as Hoofer the wildebeest and Orco the killer whale.

One of Donkey Kong's karts in Mario Kart DS resembled Rambi. It was named the "Rambi Rider". Additionally, Rambi and Enguarde also appeared in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast as alternate "vehicles" in certain tracks.

Adventures of superstars series characters

Conker the Squirrel

The protagonist Conker is a greedy, heavy drinking, red squirrel. Conker, though highly materialistic and never afraid to insult, always approaches new characters with a positive outlook. Conker's adventures occur because he gets drunk and wanders in the opposite direction to his home. In the XBLA version of Banjo Kazooie, his picture is seen in the Rusty Bucket Bay level where Berri's originally was. He is voiced by Chris Seavor. See Diddy Kong Racing.


Banjo is a brown honey bear, who is one of the two main characters of the series. He has a younger sister named Tooty, who plays a big part in Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. 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 arch-nemesis is Gruntilda the witch. He can also play his namesake instrument (a Banjo). See Diddy Kong Racing.

Racing series characters

Character select screen. Top row from left to right: Krunch, Diddy Kong, Drumstick, Bumper, Banjo; bottom row from left to right: Conker, Tiptup, T.T., Pipsy, Timber


Bumper is a badger from the game Diddy Kong Racing. He drives a yellow vehicle with a blue stripe down the center.


Drumstick is a large overalls wearing rooster and one of the best drivers on Timber's Island. During the events of Diddy Kong Racing Drumstick attempted to challenge the invading alien wizard, Wizpig. This was the last that was seen or heard of Drumstick. After a while of adventuring and after gaining four gold trophies and thirty-nine Golden Balloons Diddy Kong and his friends came upon a frog, who oddly had a red rooster's comb on its head. Running over this frog the heroes were surprised to discover that the frog was in actuality Drumstick. It seems instead of racing Drumstick, Wizpig had simply transformed him into a frog. After the heroes freed Drumstick from his frog form he joined the heroes in their quest.


Krunch is a Kritter and member of the Kremling Krew, he is also surprisingly a friend of Diddy Kong. Krunch's first appearance is in the game Diddy Kong Racing. Here Krunch is sent by King K. Rool to investigate why Diddy Kong and several of his friends are at Timber's Island and to see if they are hatching some sort of anti-Kremling plot. Instead of antagonizing Diddy and his friends though Krunch ends up aiding them in their battle against the evil alien hog, Wizpig. Krunch has the worst acceleration and handling in the game, but has a very high top speed, making him the 3rd fastest racer.


Pipsy is a small, yellow mouse. She drives a pink vehicle.


T.T. is the fastest driver in Diddy Kong Racing. He appears to be a stopwatch with some clock details (like the hand)


When his parents left Timber in charge of the Island, he couldn't have been happier, until the evil Wizpig came and cast a spell on everyone. He races with green vehicles and is middle class speed and acceleration. It is unknown what his parent's reactions were when they heard about the invasion, but they probably weren't good.


Tiptup first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing. He is a clumsy turtle who often gets stuck on his back—hence the name; 'Tiptup', a play on the phrase 'tipped-up'. He also appears in some Banjo-Kazooie games.


  1. ^ a b ""He groggily rolled over to see the familiar wrinkled, white-bearded, grouchy face of his old granddad Cranky Kong peering down at him.", Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, page 5-6
  2. ^ "Well if it isn't my lazy, good-for-nothing son." - Cranky in Donkey Kong 64
  3. ^ Rare.com - Scribes - August 25, 1999 (waybacked)
  4. ^ "Donkey Kong Country" (1997) - Full cast and crew
  5. ^ "Scribes - August 25, 1999 (retrieved from web.archive.org)". Part of Rareware.com's former "scribes" column.. http://web.archive.org/web/20020805184158/rareware.com/the_site/talk_to_us/scribes/aug25_99/aug25_99.html. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  6. ^ Retro Gamer, Vol. #43
  7. ^ "Introduction of Dinkey". Nintendo. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n02/dmg/ad3j/dinkey/index.html. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  8. ^ Gonintendo.com - Mario Super Sluggers roster

See also

Diddy Kong
Game series Donkey Kong series
First game Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Created by Rare
Voiced by (English) Andrew Sabiston (TV)
Kevin Bayliss
Voiced by (Japanese) Megumi Hayashibara (TV)

Diddy Kong (ディディーコング Didī Kongu?) is a fictional character in the Donkey Kong series of video games, first appearing in the 1994 game Donkey Kong Country. He lives on Donkey Kong Island in the Kongo Jungle, and is identified by his red hat, which has a Nintendo logo on it, and shirt. He is Donkey Kong's buddy and sidekick. He is described as the "nephew wannabe" of Donkey Kong in the Donkey Kong Country manual and occasionally as a chimpanzee, despite his tail.


Concept and creation

During the development of Donkey Kong Country, Diddy was originally meant to be an updated version of Donkey Kong Jr. Not liking the radical changes Rare had made to Donkey Kong Jr., Nintendo told them that they could either use Donkey Kong Jr.'s original appearance for Donkey Kong Country or rename their new version of him. Deciding to simply rename the character, who Rare felt was perfect for their updated version of Donkey Kong's world, Rare at first decided on the name "Dinky Kong", but due to unspecified legal issues settled on the name Diddy Kong. [1] Diddy Kong's hat has had the Nintendo logo on it since Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.



In his first game appearance, Donkey Kong Country, Diddy idolized Donkey Kong and wished to become a big, strong video game hero just like him. To humor him, Donkey Kong put him in charge of guarding his banana hoard at night. However, neither of them expected a siege by King K. Rool's Kremling Krew that same night, and as such, Donkey Kong's entire banana hoard was stolen and Diddy was forcefully stuffed into a nearby barrel. Upon being freed, Diddy explained the situation to Donkey Kong, who became extremely upset, but didn't blame him. He and Diddy went on an adventure across DK Island to get the banana hoard back.[2] Diddy's second appearance was on the Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land. In this game, Cranky Kong made a challenge that DK and Diddy couldn't retrieve the banana hoard on an 8-bit system, so they once again set out to retrieve it.[3]

It wasn't until 1995's Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest that Diddy Kong stepped into the starring role. With Donkey Kong kidnapped by K. Rool and taken to the Kremling home of Crocodile Isle, Diddy set out with his girlfriend Dixie Kong to get his big buddy back.[4] For this game Diddy's look was slightly updated. He gained the now permanent star pattern for his shirt, Nintendo logo for his hat, updated fur, nostrils and even a belly button. At the conclusion of the game, Diddy finally became a full-fledged video game hero. A follow-up was released in September 1996 for the Game Boy called Donkey Kong Land 2. It featured roughly the same plot as DKC2.

When Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! came out two months later, Diddy wasn't playable for the first time. Instead, the storyline revolved around him and Donkey Kong disappearing while on vacation in the Northern Kremisphere. Meanwhile, an army of Kremlings had appeared in the area under the command of a fake new leader, the cyborg KAOS. Dixie and her cousin Kiddy Kong went on a mission to find them.[5] As it turned out, K. Rool was manipulating things behind the scenes, with KAOS feeding off the brain power of Diddy and DK (who were inside of the mechanical monster). In 1997's Donkey Kong Land III, Diddy never even put in an appearance, although he was part of the storyline. He and DK took off in a previously unseen part of the Northern Kremisphere in a contest to find the fabled Lost World. Dixie, furious that she wasn't asked along, decided to join forces with Kiddy and find it herself.[6] Of course, K. Rool and the Kremlings also got involved, and while KAOS appeared again, he wasn't being powered by Diddy or DK.


Two months after Donkey Kong Land III, Diddy made his Nintendo 64 debut, and got his first starring role without any other Kong characters appearing. Diddy Kong Racing took the kart racing genre in a new direction with go-karts, planes, and hovercraft as available vehicles. Instead of a straightforward racing game like the Mario Kart series, Diddy Kong Racing was a "racing adventure," a mixture between Mario Kart and Super Mario 64. Diddy Kong Racing was the first self-published title by Rare, and marked the first appearance of such characters as Banjo and Tiptup (who would go on to star in the Banjo-Kazooie series), as well as Conker (who would go from kid-friendly titles to the mature-rated hijinx of Conker's Bad Fur Day and the Xbox's Conker: Live & Reloaded). Diddy's childhood friend Timber sends him a letter to help liberate the island, and he answers the call in secret while Timber's parents are visiting his own family. Diddy Kong Racing broke records when first released for having the highest number of pre-orders of any video game to date. The game even featured a unique promotion where gamers received a free Diddy Kong beanbag toy with buying the game. Later the toy was offered in stores.

Two years later he would appear in Donkey Kong 64; initially he was imprisoned by K. Rool, but once rescued became a playable character. Joining forces with Donkey Kong, Dixie's little sister Tiny Kong, Kiddy Kong's older brother Chunky Kong, and distant cousin Lanky Kong, they set off to stop K. Rool from blowing up DK Island with his new mechanical Crocodile Isle and the Blast O'Matic laser. Unlike the DKC games, this was a sprawling 3-D adventure in the vein of Super Mario 64, and it was the first N64 game to require the N64 Expansion Pak to play. In this game, Diddy's color was red, his weapon was the double Peanut Popguns, his musical instrument of choice was the Guitar Gazump, and his signature move from the potion was the Rocketbarrel Boost in order to fly while using Crystal Coconuts, the Simian Spring which he uses his tail to leap high in the air when on a blue Pad, and Chimpy Charge which he used to bang into objects like gongs. Diddy was also given his newest redesign, with his limbs and torso longer and less stumpy.

A port of Donkey Kong Country came out a year later for the Game Boy Color. It had new features such as Game Boy Printer connectivity, extra mini-games, and an entirely new stage in Chimp Caverns called Necky's Nutmare. After DKC GBC, Diddy Kong fell off the gaming radar, not appearing for nearly three years.


Diddy returned in 2003 with a Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country, which was a retelling of his original adventure with Donkey Kong. It featured new map screens and new modes of play like DK Attack and Hero Mode, where the player had to beat the game with only Diddy (sporting yellow clothes). Diddy's debut in a Mario series and GameCube game was in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. This was also the first time he appeared in a non-Rareware game (the company was sold to Microsoft in 2002). His appearance in this and most subsequent non-Rare appearances depicted him with five fingers and toes instead of four (the same would later go to Dixie Kong). He turned up in another kart racing game, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, where he rode along with Donkey Kong and tossed giant banana peels for his special item. Not only did they cause cars that hit them to go spinning, they then broke apart into 3 smaller banana peels.

In 2004, the first non-Rare Donkey Kong game with DKC-styled characters was released. Namco's Donkey Konga was a GameCube music title that was packaged with a DK Bongo controller. The controller is used to keep the rhythm with the beats of covers to famous songs (as well as Nintendo video game music). Diddy appeared along with Donkey Kong and other DKC franchise characters. He would also turn up that year in Mario Power Tennis, where he had a special jetpack he could use to fly around the court, and in a Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country 2 that was packed with new mini-games and more. The year 2005 saw him in the sequel to Donkey Konga, Donkey Konga 2, where he once again stood as the character controlled by a second bongo player. He was then a team sub-captain in Mario Superstar Baseball (his biggest role yet in a Mario game). He was mainly known as a speed player with excellent defensive skills. He has a slight uppercut in his swing. He also had a prominent role in DK-King of Swing, and would make a cameo in the GBA port of Donkey Kong Country 3.

In 2006, Diddy was featured as a playable character in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 for the Nintendo DS. In 2007, a remake of Diddy Kong Racing was released for the Nintendo DS, largely based on the N64 title bearing the same name. This time both Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong were playable alongside Diddy, and Taj and Wizpig were made into additional unlockable characters in the game. Diddy later made his Wii debut in Mario Strikers Charged, where he plays another big role as a soccer team captain among the other Mario characters. Diddy Kong appears in both Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and DK Jungle Climber as a playable character. He is also a playable character in Mario Kart Wii. He was originally classified as a lightweight in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but has now been re-classified as a middleweight. Diddy is back in Mario Super Sluggers as an independent team captain.

Diddy Kong also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which some of his attacks are based around the ones he has in Donkey Kong 64, such as the Peanut Popguns and Rocketbarrel Boost. [7] [8] His final smash is called Rocketbarrel Barrage, combining both his Rocketbarrels and Peanut Popguns to fly around the field, shooting high-powered bullets at opponents. In the Adventure Mode, Diddy Kong's and D.K.'s story starts when their bananas are stolen by Bowser's minions. It turns out that it was a trap set up by bowser, who tries to turn Diddy into a trophy. Donkey Kong saves Diddy, but gets turned into a trophy himself. When looking for his friend, Diddy ends up at a lake where Rayquaza attacks him, but he is saved by Fox. After Diddy drags Fox into the jungle, they have two more encounters with Bowser, the latter resulting in Diddy becoming a trophy. Falco arrives and destroys Bowser's Dark Cannon and helps Fox and Diddy defeat a giant shadow bug Diddy. Once they find DK, Falco flies Diddy to DK's trophy, who is being sent to the Subspace Bomb Factory. Captain Falcon and Olimar arrive to help and head for the factory after saying good-bye to Fox and Falco. The heroes are unable to prevent the detonation, and try to escape along with Samus, Pikachu, and the reluctant R.O.B. in the Falcon Flyer. Though Meta Ridley tries to stop them, he fails and the team joins with the other heroes and head for Subspace. There, they are easily turned into trohpies by Tabuu, but are saved by King Dedede, Ness, Luigi, and Kirby, and help defeat Tabuu.

In other media

Diddy Kong was also in the Donkey Kong Country animated series, where his role as Donkey Kong's sidekick remained relatively the same as in the games. He was voiced by Andrew Sabiston, in a similar style to Peter Puppy from the Earthworm Jim series.[9] Diddy Kong has also appeared in various comics featured in official Nintendo magazines. Some of the stories he appeared in include adaptations of Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong 64, as well as original stories.

Video Games

Year Games Platform
1994 Donkey Kong Country Super Nintendo
1995 Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Game Boy
Super Nintendo
1996 Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Game Boy
Super Nintendo
1997 Donkey Kong Land 3
Diddy Kong Racing
Game Boy
Nintendo 64
1999 Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64
2003 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo Gamecube
2004 Donkey Konga
Mario Power Tennis
Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo Gamecube
2005 Donkey Konga 2
Mario Superstar Baseball
DK: King of Swing
Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo Gamecube
Game Boy Advance
2006 Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Nintendo DS
2007 Mario Strikers Charged
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
DK: Jungle Climber
Nintendo DS
2008 Mario Kart Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Super Sluggers


  1. ^ Retro Gamer, Vol. #43
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country manual, pages 4, 5, 6 and 7
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Land manual, pages 2 and 3
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest manual, pages 4 and 5
  5. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! manual, pages 4 and 5
  6. ^ Donkey Kong Land III manual, pages 2 and 3
  7. ^ Smash Bros. DOJO!!
  8. ^ Gametrailers.com - Super Smash Bros. Brawl - E for All 07 Donkey Kong Adventure Cam Gameplay
  9. ^ "Donkey Kong Country" (1997) - Full cast and crew


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Diddy Kong

Diddy kong in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Game Series Donkey Kong series
1st Appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Alter Ego:
Japanese Name: ディディーコング, Diidī Kongu
Species monkey
Gender: Male
Blood Type:
Likes: Bananas
Dis-Likes: Kremlings
Home: DK Isle
Fighting Style:
Weapon(s): Peanut Popguns
Special Skill(s):
Creator(s): Rare
Voice Actor(s): Andrew Sabiston (TV)
Megumi Hayashibara (TV) (JP)
Kevin Bayliss
Trademark: Red cap, Red Shirt, no pants

Donkey Kong series
Main series
Donkey Kong | Donkey Kong Jr. | Donkey Kong Jr. Math | Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Country | Donkey Kong Country 2 | Donkey Kong Country 3 | Donkey Kong 64 | Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Handheld series
Donkey Kong (1994) | Donkey Kong Land | Donkey Kong Land 2 | Donkey Kong Land III
Donkey Kong Racing Spin-off
Diddy Kong Racing | Donkey Kong Racing | Donkey Kong Barrel Blast | Diddy Kong Racing DS
Donkey Kong Music Spin-off
Donkey Konga | Donkey Konga 2 | Donkey Konga 3: All You Can Eat! Spring 50 Song Mix
Donkey Kong Puzzle Spin-off
Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers | DK King of Swing | DK King of Swing DS
Mario vs. DK | Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Donkey Kong - Donkey Kong Jr. - Diddy Kong
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