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Candy Kong
Candy
Candy Kong's artwork from the game DK: Jungle Climber for DS.
Alias(es) Honey Kong
Feminine Ms. Kong
Kongfoot
Blondie Kong


Residence(s) Donkey Kong Island
Family Donkey Kong (boyfriend and childhood sweetheart),
Diddy Kong (somewhat of a nephew figure)
Species Kong
Sub-Species Gorilla (according to the Donkey Kong Country animated series)
Gender Female


Occupation(s) Store manager,
Barrelworks employee (in the Donkey Kong Country animated series)
Enemies Kremling Krew,
King K. Rool
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers (canceled)
Diddy Kong Pilot (canceled)
Donkey Kong Country 2 (for GBA) (cameo)
DK: King of Swing
Donkey Kong Country 3 (for GBA) (cameo)
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
DK: Jungle Climber
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SFC/SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance DK: Jungle Climber (physically) (2007),
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a spirit) (2018)
Voice Actor/Actress Eveline Fischer[1] (1999-2002),
Satsuki Tsuzumi (2007),
Joy Tanner[2] (in the DKC TV series)
"DK's sweetheart since early ape childhood and possible future wife - though Candy takes this undying adoration in her stride, hoping he'll overcome his endless enthusiasm for adventure and general lack of table manners before even attempting to settle down. But she does have a great deal of affection for DK and his whole family, particularly Diddy and even, on occasion, miserable old Cranky who no doubt has some choice comments to make about her dress sense when she's not around. Candy ran the Save Points in the original DKC before Wrinkly opened the doors of Kong Kollege to the public, leaving her to return to far more worthwile [sic] pastimes like shopping and all-day sunbathing Candy"
—Donkey Kong Country Trilogy Cast List - Candy Kong[3]

Candy Kong is a recurring character from the Donkey Kong Series. She is Donkey Kong's very attractive blonde girlfriend and childhood sweetheart, and has been a minor ally to him and the Kong Family numerous times in their adventures by saving their progress, or offering services in shops. She has been shown to be an enthusiast in music, challenges, dancing, and fitness. One of her dreams (as she is Tiny Kong's role-model) is to be a supermodel, which she eventually did become.

Biography

Save Point Booth

Candy Kong first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country for the Super Family Computer/Super Nintendo Entertainment System and allowed the player to save their game. In the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance versions, which allowed the player to save their progress at any time in the game, her role was altered into that of a manager of new minigames.

In the GBC version of Donkey Kong Country she ran the Candy kong's Challenges, Donkey and Diddy Kong had to do six challenges in each world to receive single special Banana Coins if they complete it. Once they finish the challenge, they are unable to do it again.

In the GBA version, she ran free dance studio minigames instead, with different music tracks by location. By performing well during the rhythm[4] minigames, the player can earn Extra Life Balloons and Candy kong's photograph for the Scrapbook.

Musical Enthusiast

After being absent in both Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3, Candy Kong returned in the game Donkey Kong 64. By the player exchanging colored Banana Coins at her music stores, she provided instruments for DK and company to use against the Kremling Krew. Inside later levels, Candy also doubles the music instrument energy and health meter of the main characters.

During the ending cutscene of the game, Candy also distracted King K. Rool while Funky Kong fired his weapon at the villain after the last boss fight.

Spin-Off Appearances

DK: King of Swing

In the game DK: King of Swing, Candy makes a brief cameo appearance at the beginning of the game.

Donkey Kong Country 3 for GBA

She also makes a cameo in her original design in the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 3. She and other Kongs appeared in the third challenge minigame at the Funky's Rentals.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Candy Kong does not appear as a playable character in the racing game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. However, the mode Candys Challenges is named after her.

DK: Jungle Climber

During the game DK: Jungle Climber, Candy goes with the DK Crew on vacation to Sun Sun Island, where she is seen sunbathing. She bears no involvement in Adventure Mode, but is the host of Minigame Mode. She also appears in the special ending cutscene unlockable by clearing the game 100 percent.

Other Appearances

Donkey Kong Country 2 for GBA

Candy Kong also has a cameo in the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 2 where she is an assistant in Swanky Kong's Bonus Bonanza quiz shows. she wears a purple dress and flower in her hair, and in the Kong Family group shot she wears a silver/white dress and flower in her hair.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Although Candy Kong does not physically appear in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, her name appears in a mock Time Attack leaderboard on tab 18 of the electronic manual. She is ranked sixth in the leaderboard, above Lanky Kong and Tiny Kong.

Donkey Kong Country animated series

Candy Kong was also a regular character in the Donkey Kong Country animated series as well. She was voiced by Joy Tanner[2] in the English version. During the series, she looked completely different from the pink-clad blonde seen in the games. She had a carrot top and wore a white midriff shirt, gold earrings and bracelets, turquoise headband, blue jean shorts held by a black belt with a yellow buckle, and blue sandals. She worked at the barrel factory run by Bluster Kong called Barrelworks. Bluster, her boss, constantly made passes at her. Candy kong sometimes had a goal of buying the factory. From time to time, she had lunch with Donkey Kong. This version of Candy kong also showed off a very quick temper and is a bit tomboyish despite her attractiveness and beauty. She is been shown to be impatient as she gets angry at DK for being late to their dates. During the episode "Bad Hair Day", King K. Rool created a robotic clone of her to cut Donkey Kong's hair rendering him weak. The clone was named Candy kong Clone. K. Rool also kidnapped her a few times in some later episodes

Physical Appearance

Candy Kong has various designs throughtout games. In the game Donkey Kong Country, she wore a pink leotard and a bow in her long blonde hair. In Donkey Kong 64, she wears makeup alongside a pink T-shirt with her name written on it, a gold necklace around her neck, pink shorts, and purple sneakers, as well as a blue headphones on her head and a cassette player on her hip. From DK: King of Swing and onwards, she wears a pink top (that reveals her stomach) with her name written on it and very short pink shorts. In earlier games her fur was brown, but has been changed to a distinct red color.

Personality

Candy Kong is seen, by not only the Kongs, but also the Kremlings, as one of the most beautiful beings alive. While she is flirtatious she uses double meanings in words to show off herself, and she strategically uses these traits to her advantage in getting her whatever she wants.

To always keep her figure, Candy not only wears gloves and sneakers, she engages in a large amount of regular fitness regimes, challenges, dancing, and also liked music (shown with her headphones around her head and her Walkman/cassette player on her shorts) as well as playing instruments. In fact, her musical talent is exceptional.

The bulk of her personality and character development is stated in the German manual for Donkey Kong 64. Apart from that, Candy Kong is fairly mysterious. The Donkey Kong Country animated series portrayed her with a tomboyish, impatient, short-tempered, and stubborn personality.

Relationships

Donkey Kong

Candy kong is Donkey Kong's girlfriend and childhood sweetheart, and it is said they could get married one day, but in Candy's opinion, Donkey Kong is currently not ready for marriage. Nontheless, she loves him, as she helps him on his many quests. In the Donkey Kong Country animated series, however, Candy kong would sometimes be a bit of a tease with Donkey Kong, cancelling dates on a whim, though she'd share tender, loving moments with him.

Despite its officiality, Candy and Donkey's relationship has never been given much development or presence in the main games, other than small hints and simple confirmation.

Game Appearances

Other appearances

Non-physical appearances

Gallery

Artwork & Renders

Sprites

Trivia

  • Candy Kong was going to a playable character and replacing "Redneck Kong" in Diddy Kong Pilot for GBA, but was not published by the time Rare was bought by Microsoft in 2002. After the cancellation of the Diddy Kong Pilot, she was not made playable in the mid-2000s, so she has not been able to take off the dishonor of as an NPC. Also, she hasn't been in the game in over a decade since DK: Jungle Climber.
    • Candy Kong, alongside Swanky Kong, are the only Kong allies who have yet to be playable characters in the Donkey Kong series games.
  • Candy and Wrinkly Kong were the only Kongs to run save point services in the SFC/SNES versions of the games of the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy, before the player could save at any point in the respective later versions.

References

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