Donkey Kong is the main protagonist of the franchise of the same name, and a recurring character in the Mario franchise. The original Donkey Kong was once a rogue in the Nintendo universe and regularly antagonized Mario (who, in turn antagonized him back in one game ) - however he was revealed to be Cranky Kong in the Donkey Kong Country series. The current Donkey Kong is the protagonist of his own series, first appearing in Donkey Kong Country. He often stops the villain King K. Rool from stealing his banana hoard.
He sometimes appears in the Mario series, playable in spin-off games, such as Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.. DK also became an ally to Mario in the Mario Party series. Other than spin-off games, Donkey Kong appears as a baby in Yoshi Island DS, and as a primary antagonist in the Mario vs Donkey Kong series.
The current design of Donkey Kong analyzes him as a big brown gorilla with huge muscles wearing a red tie monogrammed with two yellow letters, D and K, standing for his name.
Donkey Kong lives peacefully in the jungles of Donkey Kong Island and enjoys doing fun activities. However, he can also be loose cannon who does as he pleases and is driven by his own impulses, agenda and pride. A flawed hero, DK is fearless, but greedy, helpful, but vengeful, strong, but lazy. He also is possessive, jealously clinging to his banana hoard, and will personally hunt down whoever robbed him, and beat them to a pulp unless stopped. The Donkey Kong Country animated series portrayed him as a big eater who was pretty unintelligent and somewhat big-headed. In the video games, Donkey Kong has been shown to share the dimwitted and gluttonous traits of his animated counterpart, but also has a temper which may cause him to go on a rampage if lost.
Despite all his flaws, he is still a noble, compassionate hero, who would always look out for his friends, especially Diddy, and adored Cranky Kong, even allowing Cranky to make fun of him at his own expense. DK also loves animals, who love him in return and are willing to aid him on his adventures. He'll rescue others in need, and offers support to anyone who needed it. He also appears to love nature and hate industrialism. As such, Donkey Kong feels uncomfortable in big cities and prefers the wilderness of the jungle. He will even put his love for bananas aside for the welfare of others. In Donkey Kong Country, the Kremlings kidnapping Diddy angered him greatly before he realized his bananas hoard was missing. And in Donkey Kong Country Returns, he liberated all the hypnotized animals along the way to again reclaim his bananas. He also seems to have some form of a crush on Mario's friend Pauline.
Appearances In Other Media
- Donkey Kong, alongside other Nintendo characters, is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- A monster truck based on the character appeared at Monster Jam 2007.
Donkey Kong is the protector of Donkey Kong Island, defending it from the likes of King K. Rool, the Tiki Tiki Tribe, and other villains as well. He is the leader of his own crew - known affectionately as the Kongs.
Back in Action
Saving the Festival
Recovering his home
Powers and abilities
Donkey Kong is capable of punching very hard, that he can even knock the moon out of orbit using his bare fists, as seen in the ending of ''Donkey Kong Country Returns''. In the intro of the game, it reveals he is apparently immune to mental assault as one of the Tikis attempted to hypnotize him, but failed to do so.