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"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 pasttimes like shopping and all-day sunbathing"
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Candy Kong
Candy Kong when she was in DK: Jungle Climber.
Alias(es) Honey Kong
Feminine Ms. Kong
Red-Haired Candy
Blondie Kong

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

Enemies K. Rool,
Kremling Krew
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong 64
Diddy Kong Pilot
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (GBA)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (GBA)
DK: King of Swing
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
DK: Jungle Climber
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (trophy)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit)

Candy Kong is a female humanoid Kong from the Donkey Kong series, created by Rare and owned by Nintendo. She is Donkey Kong's very attractive, blonde (or red haired) girlfriend and childhood sweetheart, and has been a minor ally to him and the Kong Family numerous times in his adventures by saving their progress. She's 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 Candy eventually did become.


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, Candy strategically uses these traits to her advantage getting her whatever she wants.

She loves Donkey Kong, as she helps him on his many quests. She says in her opinion, Donkey Kong is currently not ready for marriage. 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 as fiery as her red hair. She wanted to buy her workplace, the Barrel Factory. However, she'd sometimes be a bit of a tease with Donkey Kong, cancelling dates on a whim, though she'd share tender, loving moments with him.


She was the first female character that appeared throughout the Donkey Kong series, although Dixie Kong was the first playable female character who first appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. She appears to be very tall, much taller than Donkey Kong.


Donkey Kong Country

She first appeared in Donkey Kong Country for the 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 challenges and dancing mini-games. In Donkey Kong Country, she wore a pink, one-piece swimsuit.

In the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country she ran Candy's Challenges, Donkey and Diddy had to do six challenges in each world to receive a Banana Coin if they complete it. Once they finish the challenge, they are unable to do it again.

In the Game Boy Advance port, she ran a dance studio mini-game instead, and the music was completely different than her Save Point in the SNES version.

Donkey Kong 64

Candy Kong also appeared in Donkey Kong 64; in this game, she provided instruments for DK and company to use against the Kremling Krew and she wears headphones instead of a bow. She also distracted King K. Rool while Funky Kong fired his weapon at the King at the end of the final boss fight. She wears a pink T-shirt with her name written on it, a golden necklace around her neck, a black belt, pink shorts, and purple Converse sneakers.

DK: King of Swing

She would go on to make a brief cameo appearance in the Game Boy Advance game, DK: King of Swing with a much different appearance than usual - she wore a bikini top with her name written on it and very short shorts. She is seen cheering on Donkey or Diddy as they go on their adventure.

Donkey Kong Country 2

She also has a cameo in the GBA port of Donkey Kong Country 2 where she is an assistant in Swanky Kong's quiz show, 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 3

She also makes a cameo in her original design in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3. She appeared in one of Funky's mini games.

DK: Jungle Climber

Candy appears with the same appearance she in the predecessor. She 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. Candy also appears in the 100% cutscene.


Candy was also a regular on the Donkey Kong Country animated series as well. She was voiced by Joy Tanner. In 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 Bluster Barrel Works. 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's been shown to be impatient as she gets angry at DK for being late to their dates. Once K. Rool created a robotic clone of her to cut Donkey Kong's hair rendering him weak. (a reference to Samson and his "holy" hair). The clone was named Candy Clone. K. Rool locked her up at the Jungle Japes hideout. K. Rool also kidnapped her a few times.


Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country Non-Playable Character North America:
November 25, 1994
Donkey Kong 64 Non-Playable Character North America:
November 24, 1999
Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country (remake) Non-Playable Character North America:
November 4, 2000
Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country (remake) Non-Playable Character North America:
June 9, 2003
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (remake) Cameo in Swanky's Bonus Bonanza. North America:
November 15, 2004
Game Boy Advance
DK: King of Swing Non-Playable Character North America:
September 19, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (remake) Cameo in Funky's Rentals mini-game. North America:
November 7, 2005
Game Boy Advance
DK Jungle Climber Non-Playable Character North America:
September 10, 2007
Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Non-Playable Character North America:
October 8, 2007
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as Trophy North America:
March 9, 2008




  • Candy is the tallest Kong Family member and one of the only Kongs to always be shown bipedal and Candy in particular has more human features such as her hands, long legs (that are longer than her arms), and her feet in her Donkey Kong Barrel Blast/DK: Jungle Climber render lack the big thumb toes unlike the rest of the Kongs (if she did have them then wearing shoes in DK64 would be rather uncomfortable for her because they wouldn't fit well; unless her thumb toes are prosthetics that she can remove and attach at anytime). With a select few exceptions the rest of the Kongs either share a large character model with Donkey Kong or still walk and stand on all fours. Unlike the other Kongs, Candy is also completely covered in fur aside from in DK64 where she appears to have shaved off a large portion of her fur.
    • According to the Donkey Kong 64 German instruction manual: "Everything that Tiny dreams of has come true for Candy. But she really puts a lot of effort into her beauty. Hours of training sessions in the fitness center are an integral part of her daily schedule." It's possible that because of Candy's a sasquatch type Kong she was seen as ugly, she then devoted herself to intense physical education/gymnastics training. Her figure in the games is the result of her progression thanks to frequent exercise regimes which she continues to this day.
  • She (except in the canceled Game Boy Advance game Diddy Kong Pilot), along with Swanky Kong, are the only Kongs who have yet to be a playable character.
  • She and Wrinkly Kong were the only Kongs to run save points in the original SNES version of the games in the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, before the player could save at any point in the game in the remakes. Also, this is due to technical limitations in gaming software prior to the Nintendo 64 era and onwards, so a single save point for each area was the only answer.