Donkey Kong

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Donkey Kong
Full name Donkey Kong III
Species Kong
Residence Donkey Kong Island

Donkey Kong is the son of Donkey Kong Jr. and grandson of Cranky Kong.


Donkey Kong was brought by a stork to an adult Donkey Kong Jr. and an unknown second party. A star fell into him, making him the last of the star children.

Yoshi’s Island DS

It's unclear how, but the infant Donkey Kong was kidnapped by Kamek's Toadies from his tree hut and brought to Baby Mario's time.[1] He managed to escape the floating Bowser's Castle, fall on Yoshi's Island, and landed on a Yoshi where he assisted them in saving all of the babies.[2] After defeating the future Bowser and saving all of the babies of this time, DK was returned to his original time.

Baby Donkey Kong grew up during this time, raised by Cranky Kong himself.[3] During this time, he had grown a significant banana hoard under his treehouse and achieved a good number of friends, most importantly being Diddy Kong who is his closest buddy. Cranky Kong then relinquishes his original name, Donkey Kong, and his tie to his grandson, becoming Cranky Kong and making his grandson Donkey Kong III.

Donkey Kong Country

As part of his hero training, Donkey Kong appointed Diddy Kong to watch over his banana hoard, tagging him when midnight strikes. However, he slept through his watch and was awoken by Cranky Kong who told him about his banana hoard being stolen and Diddy going missing.[4] After journeying through through Donkey Kong Island to get all of his bananas with his buddy Diddy, suffering bumps and bruises along the way,[5] he defeated King K. Rool and decided to go back to sleep.[6]

Donkey Kong Land

Suffering for what seemed like hours listening to Cranky Kong berating his latest adventure, Donkey Kong retaliated that his adventure was good enough for it to happen again. Indeed, Cranky Kong contacted the Kremlings again to steal his banana hoard.[5] By journeying through many new worlds, the Kongs take the blimp to New Donk City and defeat King K. Rool there, returning their banana hoard finally.

Mario Vs Donkey Kong

Lazing on his couch, Donkey Kong was flipping through several TV channels until hearing about the new Mini Mario toys. He's enamored by its features and rushes to the city to see that all of the toys had been sold out. He then gets the idea to break into the Mario Toy Company building and rob its processing line of its Mini Marios.[7] Bagging all of the toys into his personalized pouch, he's chased around by Mario. After being smacked around across many regions, Donkey Kong finds out that his pouch is completely empty by squeezing himself through the many doors. Mario laughs at this, the Mini Marios laugh at this, and even the Toad workers. Donkey Kong becomes enraged and kidnaps the Toads, who Mario frees not soon after.[8]

Donkey Kong falls off the building he took the kidnapped Toads to. His fall is softened by a truck holding more Mini Marios, who he steals inside his pouch not soon after. After going through the same locations, Donkey Kong unleashes a great Donkey Kong mech prepared to destroy Mario.[9] After that mech ends up being destroyed, Donkey Kong is left crying where he is then gifted a free Mini Mario by Mario himself.

Mario Party

Mario Party 2

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2

Mario Party 3

Mario Kart 64

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble

Donkey Kong Land III

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong joined the competition to find the fabled Lost World.[10] They didn't find it, as Dixie and Kiddy Kong found it first.

Mario Party-e

Donkey Kong joined this Mario Party.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

DK raced in this season of Mario Kart. His heavy size didn't allow him to get pushed around, with his decent speed getting him through the competition.[11]

Donkey Konga

Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Konga 2

Donkey Konga 3

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

Mario Golf (N64)

Mario Tennis (N64)

Mario Party 4

Mario Kart Arcade GP

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Donkey Kong convinced Diddy Kong to race in this season of Mario Kart racing. To help supply this Grand Prix with its items, Donkey and Diddy brought along the Giant Bananas, as only they knew where those monstrous fruit can be found.[12] He scared his racing opponents with his simian strength.[13]

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Mario Power Tennis

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again

Super Mario Strikers

Mario Party 5

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

Mario Party DS

Kamek flew around a bunch of invitations for a grub over at Bowser's Castle. Irrestitably lured, DK raced off to the castle to get first crack at the snacks.[14] However, they were then ambushed by Dry Bones, who then turned DK into stone as he was lifting a tree stump.[15] A shrunken Mario and friends soon arrived, who helped return Donkey Kong back to normal by defeating Dry Bones. Remembering the grub, he continued rushing his way to Bowser's Castle.[16] Mario and friends arrived far earlier than them, though.

Barging into the castle doors, Donkey and Diddy skurmished around the castle, knocking over Bowser and breaking the Minimizer in search of the promised grub.[17] Unbeknownst to DK, Mario and friends were returned to their original size, ultimately putting an end to Bowser's scheme. While the team were off enjoying playing Triangle Twisters, Donkey and Diddy had finished eating all of the grub laid on the table.

Mario Superstar Baseball

Mario Party 6

Mario Party 7

Yakuman DS

DK: King of Swing

Mario Party 8

Mario Kart DS

DK overwhelmed his opponents in this season of Mario Kart with his jungle instincts, drifting through corners like a mad ape.[18]

Mario Strikers Charged

Mario Super Sluggers

DK: Jungle Climber

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

Mario Party 9

Mario Sports Mix

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

Mario Kart Wii

Donkey Kong joined this season of Mario Kart, knowing how to navigate his way around the bananas that were littered by other racers.[19]

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Mario Kart 7

Donkey Kong joined this Mario Kart, ready to smash his rivals off the track.[20] According to a sponsor in DK Pass, it's revealed Donkey Kong owns a company called DK Snow Way

Mario Tennis Open

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Mario Party: Island Tour

Mario Golf: World Tour

Mario Party 10

Mario Sports Superstars

Mario Kart 8

It's revealed there is a sports drink company called Burning DK, likely endorsed or owned by him.

Mario Party: Star Rush

Mario Party: The Top 100

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Super Mario Party

Mario Tennis Aces

Dr. Mario World

Donkey Kong joined the fight against the Viruses under the mantle Dr. Donkey Kong.

Mario Party Superstars

Mario Kart Tour

Donkey Kong joined these series of Mario Kart races.

It's revealed Donkey Kong participated in a couple of performances. A poster in Madrid Drive had him cast in the performance Chase!: Mario's Adventure, and he's the main star in Donkey Kong: The Best Musical!, seen advertised in New York Minute. Donkey and Diddy participated to check out where they were headed during the Night Tour. Over at Rome Avanti, Donkey Kong sent back a picture of himself posing in gladiator geddup right when a Chain Chomp was about to attack him.[21]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Mario Strikers: Battle League


Donkey Kong's been first described in Donkey Kong Country as "the king of swing, the thrilla gorilla, the prime primate".[22] His trademark strength has saved him a bunch of times,[23] scaring his rivals,[13] and he sometimes spends the day training himself to invent new moves.[24] As of right now, he's considered the king (or lord)[25] of the jungle,[26] overwhelming his opponents with his jungle instincts.[18] He'll always work together with his partners and friends to restore peace to DK Island.[27]

He's the leader of the Kongs,[28] and is willing to risk his life to save both his friends,[29] his island, and his bananas.[30] Donkey Kong's strength doesn't allow him to be pushed around,[11] his mighty power second to none,[26] compared to have more strength than a 12-gauge steam train,[31] with speed to match too.[32] His swings are a thing of heroic proportions,[33] advising anyone to not get in his way.[34] As a result of that strength, Donkey Kong prides himself of this power.[35][36] Despite his pride, Donkey Kong is compassionate, easy-going, and a friendly person,[37][38] though a bit absentminded and scatterbrained,[27][32] knowing to get bored of long talks.[30]

Donkey Kong loves bananas[27] - he often wears neckties as a sign of his dedication towards the fruit[25] - but his steady diet of bananas has gained him some weight.[39] Despite living lazy and carefree, even taking breaks from partying,[40] Donkey Kong is known to fly in a fit of rage whenever things don't go his way, like having his bananas messed with or not getting the opportunity to get a Mini-Mario toy.[41][42] Whenever his strength doesn't get him what he wants, he resorts to retreating into himself, crying, and throwing a temper tantrum.[43] Naturally, the only way to get him back in a good mood is to reward him, either via bananas or giving him what he wants.[37] He's also a deep sleeper, sometimes sleeping through his watch.[44]

It's said he also raps,[11] loves swinging on vines,[45] and ever since he had discovered the bongos in Donkey Konga, he's been making jungle music on his island.[39]


Diddy Kong

Cranky Kong




Donkey Kong has immense physical strength,


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  3. "Make sure to shut the gate on your way out. I didn't raise you in a barn!" -Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Adventurer, rapper and master driver. Is there anything Donkey Kong can't do? DK is heavy enough to avoid being pushed around, but he still has decent speed." -Bio, Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  12. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! manual, page 19
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Straight from the jungle, DK uses his simian strength to scare rivals." -Manual, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
  14. LongplayArchive (October 17, 2020). Retrieved October 8, 2023
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  18. 18.0 18.1 "DK overwhelms opponents with his jungle instincts. He drifts through corners like a madman ... or a mad-ape!" -US manual, Mario Kart DS
  19. "The king of the slipstream, Donkey Kong knows how to navigate his way around a track littered with bananas." -EU Mario Kart Wii website
  20. "Donkey Kong is a driver with a wild side, and he's ready to smash his rivals off the track." -EU Mario Kart 7 website
  21. "Here's a sneak peek of what's to come in #MarioKartTour! Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong went ahead to check out the new tour location and sent a picture back. It looks like they're having a blast in a city of beautiful streets and ancient ruins." -Mario Kart Tour Twitter
  22. "The king of swing, the thrilla gorilla, the prime primate; it’s Donkey Kong! But this is not your father’s Donkey Kong! Although he is a relative of the classic arcade character, Country’s Donkey Kong is a totally new character, with a new look, new moves, and a new attitude." -Instruction book, Donkey Kong Country
  23. "The leader of the bunch, this headstrong Kong’s strength is his trademark. Whether blasting through enemies with a Barrel Roll or shaking things up with a Ground Pound, Donkey Kong’s definitely got the power!" -UK website, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  24. "About time that lazy good-for-nothing went adventuring again. He’s the leader of this mangy bunch and tells me he has learned a whole new bunch of “mean, reptile-stomping” moves. I doubt that they will be any better than his old ones, but we shall see, shan’t we?" -Instruction book, Donkey Kong 64
  25. 25.0 25.1 "A constellation named after the legendary lord of the jungle. He often wears neckties as a sign of his professional dedication to bananas." -Jungle Major, Mario Party 9
  26. 26.0 26.1 "This king of the jungle loves bananas. His mighty power is second to none, and time and again he must use it to protect Donkey Kong Island." -Digital manual, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 "The king of the jungle, and the Kong family's superstar! He possesses a large body and extraordinary strength! He can also easily hurl massive barrels, and can smash the ground, causing huge tremors as a result! But, he's usually easy-going, though maybe a bit absentminded. By working together with his partner Diddy Kong, his grandpa Cranky Kong, and other similar friends, they punish anyone who disturbs the peace of the jungle. Bananas are DK's greatest, most favourite food ever! He keeps lots of Bananas in his house all the time. If you try to take them, watch out, because he'll get awfully angry!" -Kids section, Nintendo
  28. "He's the leader of the bunch, you know him well - He's finally back to kick some tail - His Coconut Gun can fire in spurts - If he shoots ya, it's gonna hurt - He's bigger, faster, and stronger too - He's the first member of the DK crew!" -DK Rap, Donkey Kong 64
  29. "Ook. (Who do you think you are? You'd best stay away from Dixie Kong!)" -Donkey Kong, Mario Super Sluggers
  30. 30.0 30.1 "I'm sick and tired of hearing about your boring, single screen adventures! Diddy's in trouble, my banana horde is gone, and I'm going to get them all back!" -Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Country manual
  31. "This guy has more strength in his muscle-bound arms than a 12-gauge steam train. He's also the fastest of the Power players and has a huge range of shots." -Bio 2, Mario Tennis Open
  32. 32.0 32.1 "This king of the jungle is superstrong, a little scatterbrained, and absolutely nuts about bananas. His adventures usually start with people stealing his hoard of them. As his physique suggests, this Kong is a powerhouse, but he's got speed to match too! His famous red necktie is adorned with his initials, DK." -amiibo description
  33. "DK's every swing is a thing of heroic proportions as he relies on his simian strengh to blow the ball by his opponents." -Bio, Mario Power Tennis
  34. "With his spectacular dunks and powerful steals, Donkey Kong is a mighty player. Do not get in his way!" -Manual, Mario Hoops 3-on-3
  35. "Power is his pride. Clears every game in top form!" -Bio (Minigame Mode), Mario Party 2
  36. "I can out-power anyone!" -Donkey Kong, Mario Party 3
  37. 37.0 37.1 "DK may be the king of the jungle, but most know him as a compassionate ape as well. All he needs is a banana to put him in a good mood!" -Donkey Kong figure, Mario Party DS
  38. "This friendly member of the Kong family loves swinging from tree to tree, and he goes bananas for friends and family!" -Who is your Mushroom Kingdom BFF?, Play Nintendo
  39. 39.0 39.1 "When he's not making jungle music with his bongos, Donkey Kong likes nothing better than a day at the races. His speed and drift ability are his best features but DK's weight is what lets him down. But have you ever tried asking an ape to diet?" -UK bio, Mario Kart DS
  40. "He’s finally back to kick some tail! After a break on the sidelines, the swinging king of the jungle is rolling out the barrel as a playable character once again." -Website bio, Mario Party 10
  41. "'The Kremlings will pay!' he raged. 'I'll hunt them down through every corner of my island, until I have every last banana from my hoard back!'" -Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Country manual
  42. "A gorilla known for raw power, DK lives a carefree jungle life... unless someone messes with his bananas, in which case he just loses it. His ancestor, the original Donkey Kong wore no necktie. His talents lead in beating on primate foes and kart-racing. Fear his Banana Ball!" -Bio, Mario Superstar Baseball
  43. World of Longplays (November 23, 2017). Retrieved July 10, 2023
  44. "Morning already... I slept through my watch!" -Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Country manual
  45. "Ook ook! (There's a vine here. I love vines!)" -Donkey Kong, Mario Super Sluggers