Candy Kong's artwork from the game DK: Jungle Climber for DS.
|Alias(es)||Honey Kong |
Feminine Ms. Kong
|Homeland||Donkey Kong Island
|Residence(s)||Candy's Save Point, |
Candy's Dance Studio,
Candy's Music Store
|Family||Kong Family, |
Donkey Kong (boyfriend and childhood sweetheart),
Diddy Kong (somewhat of a nephew figure)
|Sub-Species||Gorilla (according to the Donkey Kong Country animated series)|
|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,
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||Joy Tanner (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"
- —Donkey Kong Country Trilogy Cast List - Candy Kong
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 is 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.
Save Point Booth
Candy 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'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 minigames, the player can earn Extra Life Balloons and Candy's photograph for the Scrapbook.
Candy Kong also appeared 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.
DK: King of Swing
In the game DK: King of Swing, Candy makes a brief cameo appearance at the start of the game.
Donkey Kong Country 3 for GBA
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Candy Kong does not appear as a playable character in the racing game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. However, the mode Candy's 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.
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 animated series
Candy Kong was also a regular character in the Donkey Kong Country animated series as well. She was voiced by Joy Tanner in the English version. During the series, she looked completely different from the pink-clad blonde seen in the games. She had red-orange hair and wore a white T-shirt, gold earrings and bracelets, turquoise bandanna, blue 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 sometimes had a goal of buying the factory. From time to time, she had lunch with Donkey Kong. This version of Candy 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 Clone. K. Rool also kidnapped her a few times in some later episodes
Candy Kong has various designs throughtout games. In the game Donkey Kong Country, she wore a pink leotard and a bow in her hair. In Donkey Kong 64, she wears a pink t-shirt with her name written on it, a golden necklace around her neck, pink shorts, and purple sneakers, as well as a blue set of headphones on her head and a cassette player on her hip. From DK: King of Swing and onwards, she wears a pink crop top 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.
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 flaunt 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 loves 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 explained 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.
Candy 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 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 not been given much development or presence in the main games, other than small hints and simple confirmation.
|Donkey Kong Country||Non-playable character||1994||Super Family Computer/ |
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
|Donkey Kong 64||Non-playable character||1999||Nintendo 64|
|Donkey Kong Country||Non-playable character||2000-2001||Game Boy Color|
|Donkey Kong Country||Non-playable character||2003||Game Boy Advance|
|Donkey Kong Country 2||Cameo at the Swanky's Bonus Bonanzas||2004||Game Boy Advance|
|DK: King of Swing||Non-playable character||2005||Game Boy Advance|
|Donkey Kong Country 3||Cameo during the third challenge minigame at the Funky's Rentals||2005||Game Boy Advance|
|Donkey Kong Barrel Blast||Non-playable character||2007-2008||Nintendo Wii|
|DK: Jungle Climber||Non-playable character||2007||Nintendo DS|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Cameo as a trophy||2008||Nintendo Wii|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U||Cameo as trophies in both versions||2014||Nintendo 3DS/ |
Nintendo Wii U
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo as a spirit.||2018||Nintendo Switch|
Artwork & Renders
- Candy Kong was set to be a playable racer in the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot for GBA. In later builds of the game, she replaces the character dubbed "Redneck Kong". Despite Candy appearing at the character selection screen in leaked builds, she is not implemented. Though, she is also seen on the Dogfights animated photo above the mode's text "DOGFIGHTS". Also her battle mode portrait does exist in-data.
- 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.
|Baby Donkey Kong | Baby Kong | Bink | Bluster Kong | Cactus King | Candy Kong | Chunky Kong | Cranky Kong | Diddy Kong | Dixie Kong | Donkey Kong | Donkey Kong Jr. | Dread Kong | Eddie the Mean Old Yeti | Funky Kong | Giant Donkey Kong | Ghastly King | Karate Kong | Kiddy Kong | Kong Fu | Lanky Kong | Ninja Kong | "Redneck Kong" | Sumo Kong | Super Kong | Swanky Kong | Tiny Kong | Ultra Barrel DK | Uncle Kong | Wrinkly Kong|
|Types of Kong|
|Guerrilla/Chained Kong | Kong | Manky Kong|
|Donkey Kong • Diddy Kong • Lanky Kong • Tiny Kong • Chunky Kong|
|Cranky Kong • Funky Kong • Wrinkly Kong • Candy Kong|
|DK: King of Swing Characters|
|Donkey Kong | Diddy Kong | Dixie Kong | Funky Kong | Wrinkly Kong | Kritter | King K. Rool | Bubbles|
|Candy Kong | Cranky Kong|
|Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Characters|
|Donkey Kong | Diddy Kong | Dixie Kong | Lanky Kong | Tiny Kong | Funky Kong | Wrinkly Kong | Cranky Kong|
|Kritter | Kip | Kass | Klump | Kalypso | Kludge | Kopter | King K. Rool|
|DK: Jungle Climber Characters|
|Donkey Kong | Diddy Kong | Dixie Kong | Funky Kong|
|Candy Kong | Cranky Kong | Wrinkly Kong | King K. Rool | Xananab|