Candy Kong provides various services for the Kongs throughout the different games. She first appeared in Donkey Kong Country and allowed the player to save their game. In other versions, she acts as a manager of mini-games, and ran a dance studio minigame. She was 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.
Candy Kong is Donkey Kong's rumored girlfriend, as said in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 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, as seen in Donkey Kong 64.
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, Burp Skill, in which he releases a giant belch and pats his stomach, 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.
Cranky Kong is an elderly and extremely grouchy Kong. It has been stated that he is in fact the original DK from the 1980s Donkey Kong arcade trilogy (as he implied in the Donkey Kong Country series of games), but this has not been reflected in recent titles. In Donkey Kong Country, he 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. In Donkey Kong 64 he states that he is Donkey Kong's father.
Diddy Kong is the young monkey friend and nephew of Donkey Kong. He wears a red hat that shows the Nintendo logo, and has since Donkey Kong Country 2. His shirt is also red with stars on it. He first appears in Donkey Kong Country as Donkey Kong's sidekick, before starring in the sequel, Donkey Kong Country 2, followed by a cameo appearance in Donkey Kong Country 3. The next game where he is featured as a playable character is Diddy Kong Racing. After joining Donkey Kong in a quest against the Kremlings in Donkey Kong 64, he was not featured again until several years later in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. He is also included as a playable character in several other Mario sports titles, and as a playable character in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Mario Kart Wii.
Dixie Kong is Diddy Kong's girlfriend and one of the more popular Kongs. Though she first appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2 as Diddy Kong's sidekick, and 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 GameCube, a bongo rythme game. She appeared once again in the Japan only Donkey Konga 3. She is also a playable character in Diddy Kong Racing DS and Mario Super Sluggers for 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.
Donkey Kong is the protagonist of the Donkey Kong series, appearing in almost all the series' games, if not, all of them. Due to his stubborn nature, he occasionally alternates his role to a villain as Mario's rival.
Donkey Kong Junior (Not to be confused with Diddy Kong), also known as DK Jr. or simply Junior) is the protagonist of the 1982 arcade game of the same name and the son of 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 is also featured in the games Donkey Kong Jr. Math and Donkey Kong Classics for the NES. 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. However, in the actual in-game dialogue, Cranky refers to the current Donkey Kong as his "grandson" and Nintendo has interpreted this literally. 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. In addition, the later release of Yoshi's Island DS gives this conflict of Donkey Kong Junior an unexpected loophole, as this game introduces Baby DK. This contradicts from Rare's statement about the current Donkey Kong because during the events of Donkey Kong Jr. (the game), Mario is fully grown. In Yoshi's Island DS, Mario and Donkey Kong are both infants, further putting this conflict into obscurity.
Funky Kong 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.
Kiddy Kong, known as in Japan, 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 is an anthropomorphic Sumatran orangutan who is a distant cousin to the Kong family. Lanky's first appearance was in Donkey Kong 64 as one of the games 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 is a character in the Donkey Kong games who first appeared in Donkey Kong 64. She is an anthropomorphic 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.
Tiny was one of the confirmed characters in Donkey Kong Racing for the 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, oddly making her both taller and more physically developed than her older sister, Dixie. Her clothing was a beanie hat, sweat pants, a spaghetti-strap top, sandals, and fur wristbands, and she wore 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 is also set to appear as a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. This is also Tiny Kong's debut in the Mario franchise.
He is a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers.
Bluster Kong was created for the animated series based off of the Super NES game Donkey Kong Country. Voiced by Donald Burda, he did not appear in any of the video games the show was based on. He serves as comic relief.
Bluster runs Kongo Bongo Island's resident barrel factory, which is actually owned by his mother (an unseen character). Occasionally, he speaks with his mother on a cell phone. He is the stereotypical rich coward, only he's a gorilla (somewhat like Frank Burns in a gorilla suit). He is constantly hitting on Candy Kong, his lone employee, despite the fact that she's dating Donkey Kong. Bluster is often considered a "spineless worm".
Often, Bluster's attempts to impress Candy or help one of the other Kongs leads to more harm than good. Some episodes actually focused around this character insight, such as "From Zero to Hero", in which Bluster, thinking that he was going to die within a week after hearing DK, Diddy Kong, and Cranky Kong seemingly talking about his x-ray pictures (they were actually talking about Cranky's x-ray machine). Another example of this is "Get A Life! Don't Save One!", where DK saves Bluster during an accident, and Bluster, indebted to DK, starts saving him from practically everything, even anything that's not really threatening.
In one of his attempts to impress Candy, Bluster wound up transforming into a heartthrob named Leo Luster (a la Steve Urkel) as a result of mixing all his hair tonics together (he thought it was unnatural for his hair to fall out). As Leo Luster, Bluster was able to not only win Candy's affections, but also trick King K. Rool into giving up the Crystal Coconut. The effects were temporary, though, and Bluster soon changed back to his normal self. However, Bluster was able to temporarily become Leo Luster without the serum, because according to DK, "somewhere inside, he is Leo Luster; the serum just brought it out."
Swanky Kong is a jheri curl wearing member of the Kong family who often runs business ventures such as quiz shows and sideshow attractions. He is a distant cousin to the Kong family. In his first appearance, Donkey Kong Country 2, he ran a quiz show, and in the Game Boy Advance port, Donkey Kong's girlfriend Candy Kong appeared in it. In Donkey Kong Country 3, he ran a sideshow attraction, where the objective is to beat Cranky Kong. In the Game Boy Advance version of the game, he ran a virtual reality-dome entitled "Swanky's Dash"; here, Dixie Kong had to run through a metal tunnel while collecting stars.
In Mario Superstar Baseball, a wooden billboard in the background of Donkey Kong's field has a picture of Swanky Kong on it.
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, etc.). 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.
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.
After Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo returned to his home and joined up with his friend, Kazooie, with whom he has gone on several adventures.
He races with yellow vehicles and is middle class speed and acceleration like Timber.
Bumper may also have been set to make a reappearance in the canceled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. It is unknown if Bumper was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's cancelled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot.
He and Pipsy were set to be side characters in the cancelled Timber 64 game.
After aiding Diddy Kong in beating Wizpig, Conker returned to his home where he had some of his own adventures.
During the events of Diddy Kong Racing Drumstick attempted to challenge the invading alien wizard, Wizpig. Unfortunately 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 it's 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.
Drumstick is the second fastest character in the game, next to T.T. Drumstick is also the fastest plane pilot.
Drumstick may also have been set to make a reappearance in the cancelled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. It is unknown if Drumstick was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's cancelled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot.
He is also in the Nintendo DS game, Diddy Kong Racing DS. In this game, the player does not need to have four gold trophies and thirty-nine gold balloons to unlock him. Instead, the player must find a frog near the cliff with a frog face on top of it and flick one on top of the cliff using the DS's Touch Screen. Once that is done, the frog will come down with a rooster's comb and the player must then run over it to unlock Drumstick.
Unlike Banjo, who is calm and mild-mannered, Kazooie is much more impulsive. She tends to argue frequently with Bottles the Shortsighted Mole and other side characters, and gives sarcastic commentary about the events of the game. Indeed, it tends to be Kazooie's sharp tongue that gets the duo into a lot of fights and overall sticky situations, much to Banjo's dismay. She was to appear in Diddy Kong Pilot.
Krunch was going to appear in the now canceled sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, Diddy Kong Pilot. Krunch may also have been set to make a reappearance in the cancelled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. Krunch finally makes a reappearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS; he seems to have somewhat of a bullying attitude in this game. Krunch is left relatively unchanged from the N64 version, but his changes are a small boost in his turning and acceleration. In the DS version, Krunch has a twin relative in the first scene.
Pipsy may also have been set to make a reappearance in the canceled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. It is unknown if Pipsy was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's canceled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot.
Pipsy appeared in Diddy Kong Racing's Nintendo DS sequel, Diddy Kong Racing DS. She seems to sound more mature in this game like Bumper.
Pipsy would've been a supporting character in the canceled Nintendo 64 game, Timber 64.
In Diddy Kong Racing, T.T. is a lobby secretary and tells the player the various totals of what they've earned during their racing adventure.
In Diddy Kong Racing DS, T.T. is imprisoned in locked doors (one in every lobby) and can't be freed unless the player beats him in a self-made track. Once freed, T.T. challenges the player to beat him in all the area tracks from Dino Domain to Future Fun Land in Time Trial mode. Once beaten he becomes a playable character.
Timber may also have been set to make a reappearance in the cancelled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. It is unknown if Timber was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's canceled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot
Tiptup may also have been set to make a reappearance in the cancelled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. It is unknown if Tiptup was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's cancelled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot.