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Artwork of a regular barrel from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.

Barrels are common items in the Donkey Kong game series. They first appeared in the 1981 game Donkey Kong for Arcade and have remained a recurring item since then. That way, they have become a symbol for the series.

Barrels are found in most games used usually as weapons, for accessing Bonus Stages, transportation methods, or even as enemies.

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  • In the game Donkey Kong Country, the Cranky Kong's Cabin resembles a giant wooden barrel.
  • Bonus Stages in the game Donkey Kong 64 often take place inside giant barrels.
  • The barrel theme is also featured in the Donkey Kong Country animated series.
    • There is a factory called Barrelworks, where wooden barrels are fabricated. The same location also possesses a helipad for Bluster Kong's Barrelcopter, and a launch pad for a Rocket Barrel.
    • Funky Kong's airplane seems to be composed by multiple wooden barrels.
    • The main pathway leading to the entrance of Cranky Kong's house, at the top of trees in the jungle, is controlled by "Trigger Barrels".
    • Some furniture seen inside the homes of Kong characters is based off wooden barrels.
    • The Kremlings sometimes use explosive barrels.