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|Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country Returns.|
|Base||Donkey Kong Island|
|Relatives|| Cranky Kong (grandfather/ possibly father)|
Wrinkly Kong (grandmother/ possibly mother)
|Voiced by|| Kevin Bayliss (1994-2001)|
Isaac Marshall (1996)
Takahashi Nagasako (2005-Present)
Donkey Kong is a large gorilla of a species of Kongs that live on DK Island who has been implied to actually be part of a legacy. The character was first introduced as the villain in the self-titled arcade game Donkey Kong, which made him Mario's first enemy. He later went on to star in his own series of games as the hero in the Donkey Kong Country series.
In Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Donkey Kong was among the many babies kidnapped by Kamek. However, he was freed and joined the Yoshis in their trip to save the other babies. Baby Donkey Kong aided the Yoshis with his great strength and vine-climbing abilities. At the end of the game he was returned to his home (a jungle hut). He was also revealed to be one of the star children, a baby born with one of the seven fallen stars.
Baby Donkey Kong has also appeared as an unlockable character in Mario Super Sluggers. It is uncertain which Donkey Kong this baby is.
Classic Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong kidnapped the beautiful Pauline and inadvertently drew Mario into the first of his many quests. The details behind it are unknown, but Mario beat the ape after a big chase through a construction site in Donkey Kong by dropping the girders below him to make him fall on his head. In the 1994 Game Boy remake, this only marked the beginning of the battle, as Donkey Kong quickly recovered and snatched Pauline. He led Mario on a chase across a variety of environments while being aided by his son, Donkey Kong Jr.. There was a confrontation every fourth level and a boss fight at the end of each world where Mario had to toss Donkey Kong's barrels or certain enemies back at him. The final battle took place atop a tower, where Donkey Kong became a giant (seemingly with the aid of a Super Mushroom), but Mario was still able to beat him. Donkey Kong returned to normal size and was easily pushed around by Mario, who was empowered by his first Super Mushroom. This caused the Kongs to make peace with Mario and Pauline, and the four took a photo together.
Despite the peaceful ending, Donkey Kong was later held captive in a cage by Mario in the role-reversing Donkey Kong Junior. Junior was able to save Donkey Kong from Mario this time and dropped Mario in the process. The Donkey Kong of this era made only one more appearance as the villain in Donkey Kong 3, where he wreaked havoc within a greenhouse with an army of insects until he was sprayed into submission by Stanley the Bugman.
The Cranky Question
Donkey Kong Country introduced a new character known as Cranky Kong. This character is described as the classic Donkey Kong, having grown old and decrepit. The modern Donkey Kong was presented as Cranky Kong's successor. Although he would seem to be Donkey Kong Jr. grown up, more games have referred to Cranky Kong as Donkey Kong's grandfather than his father, which would mean hat he would actually be the son of Donkey Kong Jr.
Although Rareware established these multiple Donkey Kongs, some later Nintendo games seem to blur the line. Several games (mostly ones made in the early 2000's such as Super Smash Bros. Melee and Mario vs. Donkey Kong) seemed to imply that the classic and modern Donkey Kong were the same character. However, more recent games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl (which does not list pre-DKC games for Donkey Kong's trophy) and Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (which implies that the modern Donkey Kong has not yet met Pauline) have at least subtly acknowledged that the modern Donkey Kong may in fact be different from the classic one. The only direct mention was in Snake's Codec conversation about Donkey Kong, which refers to this Donkey Kong as the original's grandson. Cranky Kong being the original Donkey Kong still has not been acknowledged in recent games, nor has it been directly contradicted.
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong was featured throughout the Donkey Kong Country series with a more fleshed out character than his classic counterpart. Donkey Kong is shown as an easygoing yet powerful gorilla who enjoys a great deal of music, whether it is on his boombox or playing it on his own bongos. His girlfriend is Candy Kong, whom he amazingly has never had to save (though she had 'saved' his game before). His main duty, despite being occasionally lazy towards it, was protected his giant banana horde from his Kremling enemies. His carefree lifestyle made him an easy target for Cranky Kong's criticism.
His own adventures started when his banana horde was threatened by his own nemesis, the kremling leader King K. Rool. He began training Diddy to become a new video game hero and initially treated Diddy harshly, but became more friendly towards him over time. In Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land Donkey Kong and Diddy teamed up to stop K. Rool and save his precious banana horde. After beating him for the first time in Donkey Kong Country, Cranky complained that the game was only popular because of the Super Nintendo's fancy graphics. He lured the two young Kongs into betting that they could have a great adventure even on the technically inferior Game Boy, which caused Cranky to call over K. Rool to steal the banana horde again and set into motion the adventure of Donkey Kong Land. They battled K. Rool in several different areas of the island and ultimately thwarted him again.
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Donkey Kong himself was captured by K. Rool when he was lounging on the beach, and he had to be rescued by Diddy and Dixie. After being freed, the first thing he did was uppercut K. Rool to send him flying out off his aircraft, where he plunged to a presumed demise, but he survived. Donkey Kong, Diddy and Dixie watched the destruction of Crocodile Island victoriously from Donkey Kong Island. However, several months later, Donkey Kong and Diddy were both captured by K. Rool, who used them to power his robot, KAOS. Dixie and Kiddy set out to save them in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, and ultimately they were both saved. Donkey and Diddy also missed out on the adventure of Donkey Kong Land III when he and Diddy went out looking for the Lost World, but Dixie, Kiddy and K. Rool found it instead.
It was not until Donkey Kong 64 that Donkey Kong was back in action and had to save all the other Kongs as well as retrieving his stolen Golden Bananas and preventing K. Rool from annihilating Donkey Kong Island with his new weapon of mass destruction. In this game, he proved his skill by using a Coconut Gun, Bongos, and more. Working as a team, the five Kongs (along with various allies) were able to thwart K. Rool's scheme and then could relax once more.
Donkey Kong became less active afterwards, but he soon had some more adventures, such as fighting evil apes in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. In DK: King of Swing, he also engaged K. Rool in another battle and chased K. Rool around after he stole the medals for the upcoming Jungle Jam Tournament and declared himself the jungle hero. Donkey Kong was ultimately able to defeat King K. Rool yet again and reclaim all of the medals. He helped out Xananab in DK: Jungle Climber after K. Rool stole the alien's supply of the powerful Crystal Bananas. He teamed up with Cranky Kong and Diddy Kong and they pursued K. Rool all the way to the planet Plantaen where K. Rool used the Crystal Banana to become a giant. Despite his more powerful form, King K. Rool was still defeated.
His banana horde was stolen again in Donkey Kong Country Returns, but this time by the Tiki Tak Tribe. With Diddy by his side, he fought his way across the island once again and through the various Tiki minions. At the factory, he was enraged to find that the stolen bananas were being ground up and used to power more and more Tikis. After he made his way through all the Tiki commanders, Donkey Kong and Diddy reached the tower in the volcano where their boss, Tiki Tong, awaited.
After an arduous battle, Donkey Kong defeated Tiki Tong and was immediately launched into space. Landing on the moon, Donkey Kong proceeded to punch the moon down to Earth so that it would smash Tiki Tong's tower, as well as Tiki Tong's remains. This caused a volcanic eruption that returned the moon to space and scattered the remaining bananas across the island. Donkey Kong started to fall back to the island, but luckily Diddy Kong was there to save him. It is alternately possible for Diddy Kong to be the one to finish off Tiki Tong and bring down the moon, in which case Donkey Kong shows up to catch him.
Mario and Donkey Kong
As for Mario, he and Donkey Kong were able to build up a friendship over time despite their shaky beginnings, and he often was a part of Mario's gang for the various sporting events. Despite the kinship between the two, Donkey Kong and Mario had another series of bouts which started in Mario vs. Donkey Kong when Donkey Kong became obsessed with the Mini-Mario toys and decided to steal a bunch of them for himself by attacking the toy factory. After a great many battles in the vein of Donkey Kong GB, he ran out of Mini-Mario toys and was defeated. But, ever the generous, Mario gave the defeated ape his very own Mini-Mario toy.
A second tussle ensued in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. This time, Donkey Kong attended the grand opening of Super Mini-Mario World and fell in love with Pauline, who was there to cut the ribbon. He attempted to offer her a Mini-Donkey Kong toy, but Pauline instead grabbed a Mini-Mario toy offered by Mario and rubbed it against her face. Furiously jealous, Donkey Kong kidnapped Pauline and took her to the roof of the Super Mini-Mario World. There he showered her with presents and tea. Mario eventually found him with the help of the Mini-Mario toys. Donkey Kong reluctantly surrendered, but his spirits were lifted after Pauline kissed the Mini-Donkey Kong toy. Mario, Pauline and Donkey Kong proceed to conduct an orchestra of the various toys.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! features an alternate version of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 story. It starts the same, with Donkey Kong capturing Pauline and taking her to the top of the tower. However, after the Mini-Marios arrive, Donkey Kong takes Pauline away, and the chase continues. When they reach Pauline at the end, it is revealed that the entire kidnapping was faked by Pauline and Donkey Kong in order to test the Mini-Mario toys.
In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: MiniLand Mayhem!, Donkey Kong rushed to Super Mini-Mario World in order to obtain a Mini-Pauline toy, as free ones were given out to the first hundred customers. However, he arrived there too late and was the one hundred and first customer. Out of anger, he kidnapped Pauline again and led Mario's Mini-Mario's on another wild good chase. The final battle involved firing Mini-Marios at Donkey Kong while he clung to a ferris wheel. After being defeated the first time, he ran off with Pauline again and led Mario on the same chase through more difficult versions of the same levels. After beating him again, Mario was able to placate Donkey Kong by giving him one of the Mini-Pauline toys. DK then gleefully rode the ferris wheel while holding his toy.
Donkey Kong is naturally known for his great strength and weight, but as a side effect he is often shown to be slow. His special abilities shown in Donkey Kong 64 are:
- Gorilla Grab- With this move, Donkey Kong can grab and pull several levers.
- Baboon Blast- After learning this move, Donkey Kong can be fired from special Donkey Kong pads to special Barrel Cannon areas.
- Strong Kong- After entering special Donkey Kong barrels, Donkey Kong is made temporarily invincible. This move is sustained by Crystal Coconuts.
Additionally in Donkey Kong 64, his personal weapon is the Coconut Gun, and his musical instrument is the bongo drums (which precedes his Donkey Konga career).
In the Super Smash Bros. series he has the following special moveset:
- Standard Special Move: Giant Punch- A powerful punch that first must be wound up. After the punch is prepared, Donkey Kong can hold it in for several more moments, but will eventually lose the charged power if it is not used soon.
- Side Special Move: Headbutt- Introduced in Melee. With this attack Donkey Kong slams his head down on the opponent, temporarily rooting them in the ground.
- Up Special Move: Spinning Kong- Donkey Kong spins his arms around like a helicopter rotor. This can be used to clear away nearby enemies as well as to help in preventing Donkey Kong from being knocked out of the ring.
- Down Special Move: Hand Slap- With this move Donkey Kong repeatedly slams down on the ground with his hands. Any character within range will be tossed helplessly into the air from the shock of Donkey Kong's assault, leaving them vulnerable to attack.
- Final Smash: Konga Beat- Introduced in Brawl. Inspired by Donkey Konga (although the use of the bongo drums as a weapon may have come from Donkey Kong 64), DK whips out his bongo drums and plays them; the music creates shockwaves that toss back the other players, and the size of the shockwaves can be increased by pressing the buttons in time with the beat. Donkey Kong is invulnerable during this move.
Donkey Kong was playable in the following Mario sports games:
- Golf: Donkey Kong is playable in Mario Golf 64 (where he is unlocked by collecting thirty stars in Ring Shot Mode), Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour. He also appears in Mario Golf GBC.
- Kart Racing: Donkey Kong is playable in Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart Arcade GP, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7.
- Tennis: Donkey Kong is playable in Mario Tennis 64, Mario Tennis GBC (through the Nintendo 64 game transfer pak), Mario Power Tennis and Mario Tennis: Power Tour.
- Baseball: Donkey Kong is a playable captain in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers. His team is the DK Wilds.
- Soccer: Donkey Kong is also a playable captain in Super Mario Strikers and in Mario Strikers Charged.
- The Olympics: Donkey Kong is playable in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- Other Sports: Donkey Kong is playable in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix.
Donkey Kong has also has his own sporting events and side jobs; in Donkey Konga, Donkey Konga 2 and Donkey Konga 3, Donkey Kong and Diddy (and later Dixie) formed a career in playing bongo drums. He has also starred in his own racing game, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, in which his rival is a Kritter.
In the Challenge Mode of Mario Super Sluggers, Donkey Kong is the captain of the DK Jungle area. He at first attempts to solve the problems of the jungle area himself and constantly leaves Mario behind but eventually joins the team to help liberate his ballpark from Bowser Jr.. His special abilities outside of baseball games are breaking crates with his slamming attacks and climbing vines. Baby Donkey Kong is found hidden in a tree in the area and will join the baseball team after being discovered.
He was also playable in the first four Mario Party games - Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3 and Mario Party 4. Within the Story Mode Mario Party 3, unless he is the character selected by the player, he will arrive to challenge the player's character to a Duel game for the Strength Star Stamp.
Starting in Mario Party 5, however, Donkey Kong became a nonplayable character who held minigames at his space. He would also punch out Bowser if he ever approached his space. Donkey Kong continued serving this role in Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7. In the Story Mode of Mario Party DS, he and Diddy receive invitations to Bowser's party with the other characters but he winds up being turned into stone by Dry Bones until he is restored by Mario and the others in the third board of the Story Mode. He then continued to run off in search of free food and accidentally broke Bowser's minimizer later on, restoring the others to normal size. Afterwards, he and Diddy were seen enjoying the food in the ending.
Donkey Kong returns to this non-playable role in Mario Party 8 but also has his own board. In addition to the Mario Party games, Donkey Kong has appeared as a playable character in the similarly-themed games Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street.
- Donkey Kong appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Melee he has three unlockable trophies, while in Brawl he has two trophies - one normal one and one depicting his Final Smash. He also has five different stickers which show him from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Kart DS, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis and with Pauline from Donkey Kong. It should also be noted that the description of Donkey Kong in Snake's Codec conversation it says that it was his grandfather who battled Mario.
- Donkey Kong's role in Brawl's "The Subspace Emissary" begins when Bowser and his Koopas steal Donkey Kong's banana horde. Donkey Kong and Diddy pursued the Koopas and eventually recovered their bananas. However, at that time Bowser ambushed them with a Dark Cannon. Donkey Kong used a Giant Punch on Diddy to send him flying to safety while he was hit by the cannon's beam and turned into a trophy. The Donkey Kong trophy was then kept on a Smash Skiff that made its way towards the Subspace Bomb Factory. It remained there until Diddy Kong arrived with Captain Falcon and Olimar to save him later on. Donkey Kong was restored and then they all made their way through the Subspace Bomb Factory. When the bomb factory was set to explode, Donkey Kong had to drag the reluctant R.O.B. away, and after a battle with Meta Ridley, they escaped the exploding bomb factory and joined with the main party for the game's final battles against Tabuu.
- Donkey Kong appears in Punch-Out!! as the hidden final opponent (after previously having made a cameo appearance as an audience member in the arcade game).
- Donkey Kong's first non-game appearance was in the Donkey Kong segments of the old Saturday Supercade cartoon series. There he was constantly being chased by Mario and Pauline (with Donkey Kong being portrayed as the protagonist this time), and he would often wind up getting into classic cartoon situations and saving Pauline somehow. DK was voiced by legendary comedian Soupy Sales.
- Donkey Kong appeared in the Captain N series, where he resided in Kongo Land and was a loose cannon, attacking both the good guys and the bad guys. He was also portrayed as being gigantic.
- In the 1990's, he starred in his own French Computer Animated show titled "Donkey Kong Country" that was, of all things, a musical, and featured Donkey Kong as the destined protector of the Crystal Coconut. As the show's title suggested, it was based on Rareware's games and thus included characters such as Diddy, Cranky, Candy and King K. Rool along with original characters. It lasted for two seasons and became surprisingly popular in Japan. He was voiced by Richard Eastwood in this series.
- There were two NES games related to the Arcade Donkey Kong that were canceled. One was Return of Donkey Kong, of which almost no details were available aside from being a sequel to the arcade games that featured Mario (and possibly was the forerunner to Donkey Kong GB). The other was Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi (Donkey Kong's Fun with Music) which would work as a follow-up to Donkey Kong Jr. Math, but instead featuring the cast of the original Donkey Kong conducting music in Music Quiz and composition mode. In this game, Donkey Kong played guitars while Donkey Kong Jr. played an actual drumset.
- Donkey Kong had several Gamecube/GBA appearances that were canceled after Rare was bought out by Microsoft in 2001: Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers (which would have featured him in a puzzle environment and was retooled into It's Mr. Pants), Diddy Kong Pilot (where Donkey Kong was confirmed as a playable racer; this would be retooled into Banjo-Pilot) and Donkey Kong Racing (which would have been a racer using the animal buddies on the Gamecube).
- He was intended to appear as a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games but was cut, although his model has been discovered through hacking. He was included in the sequels.
- The story behind Donkey Kong's name: Shigeru Miyamoto wanted a name that meant "stubborn ape". He got "donkey" from an English dictionary, and Kongs are what gorillas are often called in Japan.
- Donkey Kong's modern design, which adds the red tie, has commonly been attributed to Rareware and used as a way to differentiate between the classic and modern Donkey Kongs. The truth is that the red-tied Donkey Kong was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for Donkey Kong GB, which features the classic Donkey Kong. Thus, the tie is shown to have been worn by both versions of Donkey Kong.
- DK has made a few quasi-cameos in other Mario games. For example, in SMRPG there is a chained gorilla called Guerilla that bears a striking resemblance. There is also a skeleton ape in Mario & Luigi obviously based on him. Various games also pay homage to the first level of Donkey Kong which a Donkey Kong-like character throwing barrels, and Bowser was even shown to try throwing barrels at Mario in Super Mario 3D Land.
- The relation to Cranky Kong (and Wrinkly by extension) is hard to figure outas some references point to him as grandfather and others to father. Diddy Kong has also sometimes been referred to as his nephew, although the instruction manual for Donkey Kong 64 clarified that Diddy is his "nephew wannabe". His relations to the other Kongs are unspecified.
- Although Donkey Kong is mentioned in Donkey Kong Land III's instruction manual story, he is not seen in the actual game.
|Characters in Donkey Kong series|
|Diddy Kong · Dixie Kong · Donkey Kong · Chunky Kong · Kiddy Kong · Lanky Kong · Tiny Kong|
Candy Kong · Cranky Kong · Funky Kong · Swanky Kong · Wrinkly Kong
Enguarde · K. Rool · Mario · Rambi · Squawks · Stanley · Tiki Tong · Wizpig · Xananab
|Characters in Mario Brothers series|
|Daisy · Luigi · Mario · Peach · Toad · Toadsworth · Yoshi|
Bowser · Bowser Jr. · Donkey Kong · Wario · Waluigi
|Characters in the Super Smash Bros. Series|
|Mario · Donkey Kong · Yoshi · Luigi · Link · Samus |
Pikachu · Jigglypuff · Ness · Captain Falcon · Fox McCloud · Kirby
Marth · Roy · Peach · Bowser · Dr. Mario · Young Link · Zelda · Sheik
Ganondorf · Mr. Game & Watch · Ice Climbers · Pichu · Mewtwo · Falco
Pit · Ike · Wario · Pokémon Trainer <Charizard/Ivysaur/Squirtle>
Meta Knight · Diddy Kong · Lucas · Pikmin & Olimar · King Dedede
Solid Snake · Sonic · Lucario · R.O.B. · Wolf O'Donnell