|Main Weapon(s)||Banana (mostly)|
|Debut||Donkey Kong (1981)|
|Affiliation(s)||Diddy Kong, Mario, Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Candy Kong, Funky Kong|
|Alias(es)||Donkey Kong III|
|Relation(s)||Diddy Kong (nephew), Cranky Kong (grandfather), Donkey Kong Jr. (father)|
Donkey Kong (Japanese: ドンキーコング Donkey Kong) , also known as DK, is a powerful hero Kong from Donkey Kong Island. He is a carefree ape who spends his days collecting Bananas and spends time with his friends, particularly his buddy Diddy Kong. However, when trouble arises, Donkey Kong jumps headfirst into the action to help his friends and protect his island. Cranky Kong was the original Donkey Kong, but he relinquished the name to his grandson sometime before the events of Donkey Kong Country.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Donkey Kong's character design was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for the Donkey Kong Arcade game, in which the big ape kidnaps Mario's (originally Jumpman's) original girlfriend, Pauline. Miyamoto says that he chose the name "Donkey" to reflect the character's stubbornness, while "Kong" was considered a generic term for large scary apes in Japan.
Donkey Kong's exact role in the Mario series is somewhat hazy. His original appearance portrayed him as a villainous or confused ape with unequaled strength. In these games, Donkey Kong didn't wear a tie. The 1994 Game Boy Donkey Kong was the first game to feature the tie (a red tie with the letters "DK" printed in white, later changed to yellow), but otherwise Donkey Kong is the same as he was in the original.
However, with the release of Donkey Kong Country later that same year, Donkey Kong was given a new personality and a new home. Donkey Kong Country also saw the appearance of the elderly Cranky Kong, who was the original Donkey Kong from the older Arcade games. Indeed, this new Donkey Kong was a character built for a new generation.
Donkey Kong also seems to be based off King Kong. Both apes terrorize someone, and both are on some kind of tower at some kind of tower at some time in the story.
Mario Kart seriesEdit
Donkey Kong returns as a default character. He is a large racer and his karts and bikes will follow a brown and orange (sometimes also green) colour scheme.
He will do the following to each stat in whatever kart or bike he rides:
- Speed: +2
- Weight: +3
- Acceleration: +1
- Handling: +0
|The Video Games Fanon Image Database contains renders of this subject. For all available renders of this character, see here.|
|This character has an amiibo based off them. For information on their amiibo, see Donkey Kong (amiibo).|
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|Default Characters (Small):||Toad • Lakitu • Baby Mario • Koopa Troopa|
|Default Characters (Medium):||Mii • Mario • Luigi • Yoshi • Peach|
|Default Characters (Large):||Bowser • Donkey Kong • Wario • Waluigi|
|Unlockable Characters (Small):||Toadette • Baby Luigi • Paratroopa • Shy Guy • Penguin|
|Unlockable Characters (Medium):||Daisy • Birdo • Bowser Jr. • Kamek • Hammer Bro.|
|Unlockable Characters (Large):||King Boo • Wiggler • Petey Piranha • Boom Boom • Pianta|
|Purchasable Characters (Small):||Dry Bones • Goomba • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Whittle|
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