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Diddy Kong
Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze).png
Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Alias(es) Little Buddy
Little Warrior
Donkey Kong Wannabe
Champion of Chimpanzees
The Fastest Kong of Them All
The Acrobat
Second Banana
Prince of the Jungle[citation needed]
Homeland Donkey Kong Island


Residence(s) Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's Treehouse
Family Donkey Kong (uncle/brother figure),
Cranky Kong (great grandfather),
Wrinkly Kong (great grandmother, deceased),
Dixie Kong (girlfriend)
Species Kong
Sub-Species Spider monkey[1]
Gender Male
Affiliation(s) Kong Family
Powers/Abilities High agility,
Quick momentum,
Tremendous strength,
Skilled climber,
Ground-pound,
Cartwheel attack,
Banana generation (SSB series),
Peanut Popguns,
Rocketbarrels,
Electric guitar (DK 64),
Blowing gusts of wind (DKCR & DKCR 3D)
Enemies King K. Rool,
Kremling Krew,
KAOS,
Wizpig,
Tiki Tong,
Tiki Tak Tribe,
Bowser,
Lord Fredrik, The Snowmad King,
Snowmads
Game(s) Every Donkey Kong game (excluding the classic Donkey Kong series games and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat),
Mario Bros. series,
Super Smash Bros. Brawl,
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U,
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SFC/SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Voice Actor/Actress Chris Sutherland (in Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64),
Katsumi Suzuki[2] (2004-present),
Andrew Sabiston[3] (in the DKC TV series)
"Long-established second half of the big Kong double act, DK's nephew Diddy makes ever-bigger leaps and bounds towards fully-fledged videogame hero status with his part in each successful overthrow of K. Rool's hordes. He's more feisty and versatile than ever this time around, with the familiar cartwheel assault still intact and a whole host of new abilities at hand, including mastery of those very useful Jetbarrels."
Donkey Kong 64 - The Cast List[4]

Diddy Kong is the secondary Kong protagonist of the Donkey Kong series along with Donkey Kong. He is the fastest and most agile member of the Kong Family, a rather quick thinker on the fly, and Donkey Kong's eager best friend.

He is has been described by his designer as a "chimpney", a portmanteau merging the terms "chimpanzee" and "monkey". The type of monkey he was based on is a spider monkey.[1]

Diddy's look and role originally started as an updated/re-imagined Donkey Kong Jr., however Nintendo not being a fan of the new look encouraged Rare to make the redesign a separate character that fit in with their Donkey Kong Country universe, hence Rare's mascot Diddy Kong was born. He is a creation of the British company, Rare; however, he has the Nintendo logo on his red hat. This is to signify the actual publisher of the Donkey Kong series. Diddy has also gone on countless adventures by himself and has even starred in his own racing game for the Nintendo 64 and its remake/sequel for the Nintendo DS, games where he was the one that defeated Wizpig multiple times. He is also a recurring racer in the Mario Kart series as well as Mario sports games.

The name "Diddy" is a slang word used in some parts of northern England meaning "small", as Diddy Kong is one of the smallest Kong Family members (along with his girlfriend[5], Dixie Kong (who is the same size as Diddy) and her sister Tiny Kong (before Diddy Kong Racing DS), Diddy could also be used to describe a type of tune/song.

He is designed by Rare, specifically Kevin Bayliss who also designed Donkey Kong the Third, and is currently voiced by Katsumi Suzuki[2] but was voiced by Chris Sutherland in the games Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64. In the Super Smash Bros. game series, Diddy Kong was given realistic spider monkey screeches, instead of the respective voice actors from the Donkey Kong game series, where Diddy Kong was given a cartoonish voice. He was voiced by Andrew Sabiston[3] in the English version of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

Biography

The First Adventure

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country.

Diddy Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country, where he was still Donkey Kong's apprentice and an in-training Video-Game Star. One day, Donkey told the inexperienced Diddy to guard their huge banana hoard until midnight, as part of his training. Unfortunately, once Diddy was assigned the task, the Kremling Krew attacked. Diddy was able to defeat a handful of Kremlings, but was eventually overpowered by Krusha. Afterwards, Diddy was sealed in a barrel to no longer hinder the Kremlings' mission.

The next morning, Donkey awoke and realized that Diddy and the bananas were missing. He found and released Diddy and the two set off to reclaim their bananas and drive the Kremlings off of Donkey Kong Island. Eventually, Donkey and Diddy managed to defeat King K. Rool and the Kremling Krew.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country, it introduces a mode called 1 Player Hero, also known as Hero Mode (building on the plot-point of Diddy's Hero-in-Training Status from the manual), where Diddy Kong is the only playable character and clad in yellow (just like he wears in the mode Two-Player Contest in the original Super Family Computer/Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game) while Donkey Kong is napping. Throughout stages of this harder mode, there are no DK Barrels nor Star Barrels.

A False Fight

Unfortunately, this victory was short-lived as, shortly afterwards, Diddy and Donkey Kong were tricked into a bet by Cranky Kong in the game Donkey Kong Land, and the two once again set off to reclaim Donkey and Diddy's golden bananas from K. Rool. In the end, Diddy and DK managed to defeat King K. Rool and his Kremling Krew once more on their first 8-bit adventure. It was not too hard for them considering it was a similar fight.

To Donkey Kong's Rescue

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 2.

After the events of Donkey Kong Land, all seemed well for Diddy Kong; he even got a girlfriend by the name of Dixie Kong. Unfortunately, disaster soon struck in Donkey Kong Country 2, when the Kremling Krew kidnapped Donkey Kong and whisked him away to their own island, Crocodile Isle. Kaptain K. Rool threatened to never return Donkey Kong unless he was given the banana hoard, which Diddy refused to give it because all the trouble that he and Donkey Kong went through to recover it in the previous game.

Diddy feels that because he was originally responsible for guarding the banana hoard as part of his Hero Training, it is his fault that K. Rool managed to steal them and that this is his chance for redemption and prove that he is a hero in his own right. It was up to Diddy and Dixie to venture through Crocodile Isle and rescue Donkey Kong from K. Rool. Near the end of Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong was rescued by Diddy and Dixie and Crocodile Isle sank into the ocean. Diddy had saved the day once more.

The Revival of Crocodile Isle

After DK's rescue, Diddy and the rest of the Kongs once again went back to relaxing in Donkey Kong Land 2. Unfortunately, K. Rool and the Kremlings struck again. After raising their island back up to the surface, the Kremlings kidnapped Donkey Kong once more. Diddy and Dixie had to once again venture to Crocodile Isle and rescue Donkey Kong. After a long journey, Diddy and Dixie had once again saved DK.

From Hero to Captive

Diddy Kong ended up captured in the events of Donkey Kong Country 3. After the stressing events of Donkey Kong Land 2, Diddy and Donkey decided to go vacationing in the Northern Kremisphere, planning to return to Donkey Kong Island in a few days time. The duo never came back. Dixie, worried about the two Kongs, decided to venture to the Northern Kremisphere to search for them, her cousin Kiddy Kong in tow with her. After Dixie and Kiddy defeated Baron K. Roolenstein, they discovered that KAOS, K. Rool's stand-in leader for the Kremling Krew, contained Diddy and Donkey. It seemed K. Rool had abducted Diddy and Donkey for the purpose of using their brain energy to power KAOS. When rescued, Diddy and Donkey went back to Donkey Kong Island and left Dixie and Kiddy take care of the Kremling Krew.

A Reckless Adventure

A few months after the events of Donkey Kong Country 3, Diddy and Donkey Kong, restless, decided to enter a contest to find The Lost World leaving a disgruntled Dixie and Kiddy Kong behind. Dixie and Kiddy set out to prove to Diddy and Donkey that they are both equal to them. Diddy makes an appearance in Donkey Kong Land III (excluding Donkey Kong), however his only appearance is as the face depicted on Extra Life Balloons.

King K. Rool's Revenge

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.

Trouble once again brewed in Donkey Kong 64. King K. Rool, hungry for revenge, tried to attack DK Island. Luckily for the island's inhabitants, K. Rool's weapon, the Blast-O-Matic, was damaged after K. Rool's Mobile Island Fortress crashed into a small island. To buy time to repair his weapon, K. Rool had Donkey Kong's banana hoard re-stolen, and had several Kongs kidnapped, Diddy included.

Diddy was eventually freed from his captivity in Jungle Japes by Donkey Kong early on in the game. From then on Diddy aided Donkey and the other Kongs with shutting down the Blast-O-Matic and getting rid of King K. Rool by collecting red bananas, Banana Coins and using his abilities gained from Cranky, as well as his electric guitar from Candy and his popguns from Funky. Eventually, K. Rool was defeated by the Kongs in a wrestling match. The method for defeating him for good involved a plan by Funky and Candy in which Funky brought a shoe gun to kick him out of the ring.

King of Kongs

He starred in the first chapter of canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot. The first story set in the Beach Barricade.

Theft by Tikis

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.

Diddy Kong appears as one of the two playable protagonists in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Though he is lighter than Donkey Kong, he is able to execute the same moves when playing in two-player mode, though he cartwheels instead of rolling, is able to hover thanks his barrel jet, and utilizes his Peanut Popguns when ground pounding.

Diddy hears the animals outside the treehouse and notices that the banana hoard has been stolen. Angered, he pursues the animals, who were brainwashed and hypnotized by the malevolent Tiki Tak Tribe, as Donkey Kong comes out and notices as well. Diddy was presumably overwhelmed by the goons, as DK finds him stuffed in a DK Barrel after the first level's checkpoint (if playing in two-player, he comes back to help Donkey punch Krazy Kalimba out of their treehouse).

After exploring the regions of the island, Diddy and Donkey explore the depths of the volcano and arrive at the Tikis' lair. After entering, they encounter Krazy Kalimba and all the other tiki lieutenants they faced on their journey as well as the tribe leader, Tiki Tong. The tikis load the banana hoard into Tiki Tong, who turns it to mush and vomits it over its smaller henchman to form hands. Tiki Tong and the Kongs then fight.

After defeating Tiki Tong, Diddy Kong has three different scenarios when the final battle is won with him and Donkey together or separately. He and Donkey Kong are hurtled into space and plummet toward the moon. DK beckons a panicking Diddy to him, who uses his barrel jet to thrust them further to the moon and causing DK to punch it out of orbit onto the tower. The tower is sealed back into the volcano while the bananas are released. Diddy gets him and Donkey safely to the ground. When DK ends the battle singlehandedly, he still manages the aforementioned events without Diddy but realizes he is plummeting toward the island and panics. Luckily, Diddy arrives out of nowhere and saves him. If Diddy finishes on his own, he panics upon noticing he is heading for the moon and tries to get away. However, gravity sets him flying at terminal velocity where he crashes headfirst into the moon, which falls onto the tower. As Diddy Kong is unconscious and falling out of the sky, he lands and awakens in the arms of Donkey Kong. No matter the ending, the Kongs rejoice as bananas rain around the island.

The Snowmad Invasion

Diddy is celebrating Donkey Kong's birthday with Dixie and Cranky Kong in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. As Diddy is blowing a party blower while Donkey prepares blow out his candles, a gust of wind and a snowflake extinguish it. The four Kongs go outside and see that a fleet of vikings called the Snowmads are invading. An ice dragon blows the Kongs away, allowing the invaders to claim the island unchallenged and freeze the landscape.

After traversing Lost Mangroves, Autumn Heights, Bright Savannah, Sea Breeze Cove, and Juicy Jungle, respectively, the Kongs finally returns to Donkey Kong Island, now covered in snow and ice. After braving the icy lands, they confront Lord Fredrik, The Snowmad King. After a tough battle, they send Lord Fredrik flying into his fleet, forcing they retreat and relinquish their hold on the island. With Lord Fredrik's horn, Donkey Kong restores the island to normal. In the epilogue, Diddy, Cranky, Dixie, and Donkey play as a band, with Diddy playing bongos.

Spin-off appearances

Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Diddy Kong Racing for Nintendo 64.

In Diddy Kong Racing, while lazing around one day while the rest of the Kong Klan was out, Diddy Kong eventually got a letter from his long-time friend Timber the Tiger. The letter was asking Diddy for help, as an intergalactic bully named Wizpig had invaded Timber's Island and Timber needed Diddy's help to get rid of him. Diddy then called Banjo and Conker for assistance, Diddy and Timber, along with few more friends eventually managed to drive off Wizpig and release those who were under his mind-control.

Donkey Konga series

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Konga for GameCube.

Diddy, along with Donkey and Dixie Kong, became a musical star in Donkey Konga and Donkey Konga 2. He also appears in Donkey Konga 3. He helped them earn plenty of money, which was presumably used to buy Bananas.

DK: King of Swing

In DK: King of Swing, Diddy Kong is capable of being played as in the game's adventure mode by collecting all twenty-four DK Medals with Donkey Kong, unlocking Diddy Mode. In the mode, Diddy replaces Donkey as the one who chases after King K. Rool who stole the medals for the Jungle Jam (with their placements even swapped in the opening and ending). Like the big ape, Diddy is challenged by King K. Rool to a climbing race and an attack battle. After emerging victorious, Diddy uses the king's hovercraft to depart from the K. Kruizer III and return home with medals, resuming the Jungle Jam tournament.

Diddy Kong Racing DS

Diddy Kong's artwork from game Diddy Kong Racing DS for DS.

Diddy Kong appeared in Diddy Kong Racing DS, a remake and sequel of Diddy Kong Racing. In this game, he had to save Timber's Island again from the evil Wizpig, this time with Dixie and Tiny Kong by his side (who have replaced Conker the Squirrel and Banjo, respectively).

DK: Jungle Climber

Diddy Kong appears in the sequel to DK: King of Swing, DK: Jungle Climber as well. In this game, Donkey Kong can use him as a launch to hit objects and reach areas where the gorilla cannot reach. Diddy is also required to use three powerups: Hammer, Wings, and Torch. The player has to race a low-AI Diddy at the beginning of the game, and in one of the minigames, the player also has to race Diddy. Diddy plays a role in the plot as Donkey Kong's sidekick, as usual.

At the beginning of the adventure, Diddy went on vacation with DK and their friends on Sun Sun Island to relax from their adventures together. After playing with DK and Dixie, Diddy says that he saw a giant banana on the mountain summit, instigating a misadventure of him and DK climbing to the top to reach it. After reaching the mountaintop, they see King K. Rool and the Kremling Gang who jump into a wormhole. A few moments later, the Kongs are attacked by the Banana Spaceship. DK and Diddy decide to take it down. After the battle against the giant fruit, a banana-like alien named Xananab emerges from the rubble. Xananab apologizes and says he mistook the apes for Kremlings who stole his Crystal Bananas, artifacts that make users powerful and could take over the universe. Diddy and the Kongs, feeling responsible for destroying the ship, decide to help Xananab get the Crystal Bananas back for him.

On Lost Island, Diddy and DK follow Xananab into the wormhole to the Glass Labyrinth where DK stands before a mirror, causing himself to have reflection. Xananab explains these circumstance mean only DK can find the way out, thus having DK find the exit without Diddy's help. After Donkey Kong stands in front of another mirror, Diddy can travel through labyrinth with him again. Xananab opens another wormhole for them to go through. After reaching the top of the island's temple, Diddy and the others go through another wormhole that leads into Toybox. The group finds K. Rool, and evil reptile king sends one of his Kritters powered by a Crystal Banana on them, though Diddy and DK defeat him and claim their first Crystal Banana.

On Ghost Island, Diddy has to hold a map to show the way through the foggy area of the haunted forest. Diddy and the others then go into K. Rool's factory and corner him before K. Rool decides to send his incomplete Mega AMP to defeat them. The two Kongs emerge victorious and acquire another Crystal Banana.

On Chill 'n' Char Island, they find Kremling Dock, another one of K. Rool's hideouts and lairs. The four dive headfirst into a trap and fall into pit when they have another run-in with their enemy. There, a Kritter powers up and transforms into a dragon, though Diddy and DK once again gain victory. With two of the five Crystal Bananas left, King K. Rool escapes on the King Kruizer IV to Planet Plantaen, Xananab's home planet. Diddy comes up with a plan and suggests they climb the top of the mountainous High High Island and leap aboard the cruiser.

The two apes are too late to catch the cruiser, but Cranky gives them a Booster Barrel to catch the King Kruizer IV. After making it through K. Rool's security, the king sends his final Kritter and finished Mega AMP against Diddy, DK, Cranky, and Xananab. Donkey and Diddy destroy the robot and obtain the fourth Crystal Banana. The Kongs and Xananab catch-up with K. Rool who escapes into a wormhole to Planet Plantaen. Diddy, DK, and gang follow King K. Rool's trail through the dimensions before arriving at Planet Plantaen. Diddy and DK fight against King K. Rool and gain the upper hand before K. Rool uses the final Crystal Banana to turn into a giant monstrous form of himself. After his final defeat, K. Rool reverted to normal, unconscious and loses the last Crystal Banana. Diddy and DK are given lots of bananas by Xananab and the residents of Planet Plantaen for saving their planet and get back to their tropical vacation.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast for Wii.

Diddy Kong returned as a playable character in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. Diddy has low speed, but a average boost and high agility. His rival is Kip, who shares his stats. He is one of the six characters playable at the start of the game. His rocket bongos have red fins with yellow stars, similar to his shirt, and he attacks with a tail spin. In the background scenarios, Diddy is shown briefly outpacing his friend Donkey Kong and the latter's rival, Kritter, before slowing down in Jungle Grand Prix, cheering Lanky Kong and Kass on as Kopter and Kalypso track their time and laps in Time Trial, training with Tiny Kong, Kip, and Kludge in Cranky's Flight School, and waving to the player when they return to the opening screen.

  • Stats:
    • Boost: ☆☆☆
    • Speed: ☆☆
    • Agility: ☆☆☆☆

Mario Party series

Diddy Kong also made a few appearances here and there in the Mario Party series. In Mario Party DS, Donkey Kong saw one of Bowser's trap dinner invitations, and, along with Diddy Kong, was going to join the "feast". However, Dry Bones cursed him and caused him to turn into a stone statue. A distressed Diddy told the shrunken Mario characters to help him to remove the curse. After defeating Dry Bones, DK's curse is lifted and both DK and Diddy are grateful. They later show up to break the scepter Bowser used to shrink the heroes from the Mario series, returning them to their original size and allowing them to fight Block Bowser. After Bowser is defeated, DK and Diddy are shown enjoying the food that was meant to trap the heroes.

Diddy also appeared with DK in Mario Party 9. Though non-playable characters, they host the board DK's Jungle Ruins. Diddy hosts his "mid-boss" game "Diddy's Banana Blast"

Diddy's most major appearance is in Mario Party: Star Rush, where he is a playable character unlocked at party Level 11. In Toad Scramble, he can break Barrels much like Donkey Kong can, and his dice block consists of three zeroes and three sevens, providing high risk and high reward. He returns as a playable character in Super Mario Party.

Skylanders: SuperChargers

Artwork of Diddy Kong riding with Turbo Charge Donkey Kong on the Barrel Blaster, from the game Skylanders: SuperChargers.

Diddy Kong also makes an appearance in the game Skylanders: SuperChargers for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U as an attachment to Turbo Charge Donkey Kong's Barrel Blaster vehicle as well as when he is summoned by Donkey Kong's Soul Gem move.

Canceled appearances

Diddy Kong was to star in both Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Racing as a playable character, respectively, but these racing games were canceled before they could be released when Rare was acquired by Microsoft Game Studios[6] in 2002. Diddy Kong Pilot was repurposed as the game Banjo-Pilot, featuring characters from the Banjo-Kazooie game series instead, and being released in 2005.

Partaking in sports

Golf

Diddy Kong was playable in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. He was put into the game to act as a partner for Donkey Kong. This was the very first time Diddy Kong appeared in any traditional Mario Bros. series game.

When Diddy gets a par, he nods and gives a thumbs up, and when he gets a birdie, he jumps in joy and then gives two thumbs-ups. His eagle or better animation show him doing a one arm handstand, flips, and then gives a thumbs up. If he gets a bogey, Diddy looks scared and moans in shame. If he gets a double bogey or worse, Diddy gets so frustrated that he jumps and twitches like crazy in midair. When he stops, he crashes neck-first back to the ground.

Diddy also returns as a playable character in Mario Golf: World Tour. In the Castle Club's Royal Room, he is seen looking at a bowl of bananas. Golf clubs and a ball based on him are available at the shop, and so are clothes themed after him, where Miis can purchase them from there or by participating in tournaments. His costume can be unlocked if all Star Coin challenges in the Sky Island course are completed. Some of his voice clips are recycled from Donkey Kong 64.

When Diddy Kong gets a par, he flips and strikes a pose, and when he gets a birdie, he puts on his jetpack and flies in victory. His eagle or better animation show him flying so high on his jetpack out of joy that he ends up in Earth's atmosphere next to space, leaving him completely shocked and baffled. If he gets a bogey, he lies down while eating a banana. If he gets a double bogey or worse, he lies down and eats a banana, then tosses the peel and tries to get up, only to slip on the peel in the process.

Kart Racing

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Mario Kart Wii for Wii.

Diddy Kong later managed to appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. He was a light character, and his special weapon was the Giant Banana, which is shared with Donkey Kong. Additionally, his partner is Donkey Kong, and his own personal car is the Barrel Train. This also the last game Chris Sutherland's voice clips were used for Diddy Kong before Katsumi Suzuki took over the role. The small simian arguably makes a cameo in Mario Kart 64's version of the course Toad's Turnpike, in which a bus can be found with what appears to be Diddy's silhouette at the driver's seat[7] - although this has not been officially addressed anywhere and Nintendo was shy about using Rare characters back then, before Rare left for Microsoft. Diddy also made a cameo at the end of Banana Ruins of 'Mario Kart Arcade GP. Diddy returns as a playable character in Mario Kart Wii as a middleweight character, but is unlockable this time. He is unlocked by winning the 50cc Lighting Cup, or by playing 450 races. Also joining the race is Funky Kong; the fourth Donkey Kong character to be playable in Mario Kart.

Tennis

Eventually, Diddy Kong appeared in the Mario Tennis series in Mario Power Tennis, Mario Tennis Open, and Mario Tennis Aces. In Mario Power Tennis, he was a speedy character, and was usually paired with Donkey Kong. His Offensive Power Shot and Defensive Powershot are Acrobatic Banana and Barrel Jet, respectively. Diddy's Mario Power Tennis trophy animation begins with Luigi and Peach waiting on stage with Donkey Kong. Diddy then goes on stage and starts walking around Luigi, much to his and Peach's curiosity, asking, "Hey, where are you going?" Then, Diddy flips the trophy with his tail in the air and catches while he celebrates his victory with Donkey Kong. He also appears in Koopa Troopa's trophy cutscene and Wiggler's trophy cutscene. This game is also the first time Katsumi Suzuki voices Diddy Kong.

Baseball

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Mario Superstar Baseball for GameCube.

In Mario Superstar Baseball, Diddy Kong was once again a playable character. He was a Team Captain in Exhibition Mode, and a Sub-Captain in Challenge Mode. During Challenge Mode, Diddy played on Donkey Kong's team. His special ball is the Boomerang Ball, which launches the ball out like a Boomerang, to trick the other team. This was also the first Mario spin-off game appearance of Diddy Kong's girlfriend, Dixie Kong as well as her sister Tiny Kong. He is playable in Mario Super Sluggers. In the intro of Mario Super Sluggers, Diddy Kong catches the ball that flew to DK Jungle. He suddenly screams in terror due to a giant rolling barrel about to crush him. Donkey Kong then comes to his rescue by smashing it, making Diddy sigh in relief. In Challenge Mode, Diddy is encountered near the stone bridge by Donkey Kong, the bridge lowered due to the Stone Tablet's absence. Diddy directs the baseball crew in following a Fire Bro who stole a piece. After the Stone Tablet is restored, Diddy joins the team from then onwards in order to rescue Tiny Kong and the ballpark. Once all the team members of the DK Wilds are recruited, Diddy will allow a ball game against them, but will refuse if the player uses DK as the captain and ask them to swap.

Basketball

Diddy Kong was playable in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Diddy Kong is a default player, and is of the Speedy class. His Special Shot is the Jet Shot, which summons a jet pack, which attaches to Diddy Kong's back. He then flies towards the basket. Additionally, Dixie Kong also managed to appear in this, once again, as an unlockable character.

Soccer

Diddy Kong's artwork from the game Mario Strikers Charged for Wii.

Diddy Kong is also an unlockable captain in Mario Strikers Charged. He is unlocked by beating him in the Crystal Cup. Diddy Kong is a Playmaker Captain, and is very swift and agile. His Super Ability is Red Card!, which summons a beam of light that pulls any player, except for Diddy Kong, into the skies for fifteen Seconds. A new trait of Diddy Kong in this game is that he does not smile very often, with the exception of his victory scenes, as do most other players; as well as sounding deep on certain occasions such as getting shoved by an opponent, being affected by Wario's Gas Mask! ability, and getting electrocuted.

  • Unlocked By: Clearing the Crystal Cup
  • Character Type: Playmaker
  • Mega Strike: Diddy jumps high into the air, and, as the background turns orange he holds his hands together, crosses his legs and closes his eyes, as if he is chanting. The ball then suddenly bursts forward without him even touching it.
  • Super Ability: Red Card!
  • Deke: Diddy backflips over opponents.
  • Uniform: Yellow and red
  • Team Emblem: Star logo.
  • Team Number: 5
  • Ranked: #4 in Fire Cup
  • Away Entrance: Diddy holds a banana in a threatening way while making angry sounds and hitting it against his hand.
  • Home Entrance: Diddy dives down with an angry look on his face and pounds the ground quickly.
  • Theme: Hindustani Classical[8]

Appearances in Other Media

Donkey Kong Country animated series

Diddy Kong as seen during the first season of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

Diddy Kong was featured as a main character in the Donkey Kong Country animated series. Here, he was still Donkey Kong's best friend but not as happy-go-lucky as he is in the games. While he carries his mischievous and wise-cracking nature, he can also be snarky, sarcastic, and inconsiderate at times, and try to absolve himself of blame when he and Donkey's antics often lead to consequences.

Diddy thinks he does not have a future as second banana in "Kong for a Day". When DK was banished to the White Mountains for crimes he did not commit, Diddy is put as his replacement as the future ruler of Kongo Bongo Island. At first elated, Diddy soon realizes the title is not all it is cracked up to be, as it also makes him the island's protector. Attempting to stop General Klump and his troops from taking control of the Barrelworks Factory, they brush off his attempt at authority and easily defeat him. Diddy frantically called on Cranky's hologram to bring back Donkey Kong, who soon arrived and thwarted the attack. Diddy then learned that he made a great sidekick instead of being in DK's place.

In "I Spy With My Hairy Eye", Diddy accidently wishes he was invisible from Crystal Coconut. Taking advantage of his newfound state, Diddy pulls pranks on his friends (making a fool of Donkey in front of Cranky, pretending to Funky Kong's "inner voice", stealing Candy Kong's banana cream pie for Cranky and framing DK, and, offscreen, nearly sending Bluster to the moon). Diddy becomes visible again after wishing from the Crystal Coconut again.

In "Watch the Skies", Diddy and Donkey believe aliens (referred to as "interplanetary visitor-dudes") have invaded the island and supplanted their friends after a talk with Funky, seeing a UFO, and everyone's strange behavior. In reality, it was actually plans for Diddy's surprise birthday party (DK initially not being included due to having a rep for spoiling surprises and secrets). DK tries to dissuade the conspiracy theory, but this just makes Diddy believe his friend had also been turned and allies with the Kremlings for help. King K. Rool instructs Diddy to use the Crystal Coconut to push back the "enemy", secretly deceiving the small primate into hand-delivering him the orb. Donkey Kong intercepts Diddy and takes the coconut back before he can bring it to the Kremling king and lures him to the surprise in the temple of Inka Dinka Doo, where his friend collapses in shock.

In "Speak No Evil, Dude", Diddy avoids taking his vaccination for the lethal Kongo Bongo Gone Wrongo disease only to be infected by its carrier, Polly Roger, a tropical toucan. Diddy soon becomes ill, loses his voice, and winds up passing his illness to Krusha, who passes it to K. Rool, whose underlings misinterpret his plans to subjugate the Kongs being genocidal when he loses his voice. DK is sent to obtain a Tin Banana-Tu, the sole cure being its nectar, before Diddy's illness completes its final, fatal stage. However, DK finds himself having to choose between saving Diddy or K. Rool when the latter is needed to call off his troops. Donkey Kong then gets an idea and gives the Tin Banana-Tu to K. Rool before rushing back to Diddy at Cranky's cabin. DK uses a pair of coconuts that Diddy used to avoid his vaccination in the first place, their nectar-infused milk curing Diddy.

In "It's a Wonderful Life", the plot centers around a world where DK didn't exist, and shows Diddy as the leader of Kongo Bongo Island. He is portrayed as a tyrant among the Kongs, being loud and incredibly demanding, to the point that even the Kremlings are afraid of him.

Diddy Kong was voiced by Andrew Sabiston during the entire run of the English version of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

Donkey Kong Country comic

He also appeared in the Club Nintendo comic Donkey Kong Country, serving a similar role to the one in the game of the same name. Diddy Kong's task is to watch over the banana hoard, however King K. Rool finds him and puts him into a barrel. When discovered by Donkey Kong, both start searching for the villain.

Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens comic

During the events of the comic "Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens", published in the same magazine, he lives in a skyscraper in Brooklyn[9] together with many other Nintendo characters. Due to a contract signed by Wario, the skyscraper is invaded by several monsters. One of them, Chuckie, invades the Kongs' room, while Diddy and Donkey are watching TV. They are terrified by the evil doll, but get rescued by Mario, Link, and Kirby.

Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24 comic

Diddy Kong makes another appearance in the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24". The Kongs have to save the world from freezing, since a giant U.F.O. is pulling the Earth away from the sun. Together with Donkey, Dixie, Kiddy and Cranky, Diddy enters a space shuttle and flies into space, in order to talk to the aliens. As it turns out, the reason for them pulling away the Earth is that they mistook the planet for a giant coconut. Diddy finds a solution to this problem by giving bananas to the aliens, and in return they promise to return the Earth to its original position.

Profiles

See also: Diddy Kong/Profiles

Donkey Kong 64 Game Manuals

"Donkey's little nephew wannabe. He's quick, nimble and courageous but still a bit of a lightweight when compared to my fine physique. He's also got this new-fangled thing he calls a Jetbarrel, but it sounds like nothing more than a lot of hot air to me."
—Cranky Kong in the Donkey Kong 64 Instruction Booklet, page 7[10]
"You'll probably recognize his familiar furry mug from past adventures. A mere bantamweight in bulk, this courageous chimp is the heavyweight champion of hard-core attitude. Whether he's rocking out on a six-stringed, amplified guittar or rocketing through the sky, he's always giving it 100 percent–Diddy style."
Donkey Kong 64 Player's Guide, page 5[11]

German Donkey Kong 64 Website

Diddy Kong's description from official German Donkey Kong 64 website.

  • NAME: DIDDY KONG
  • OCCUPATION: RACE CAR DRIVER
  • HOBBIES: PLUCKING THE GUITTAR, TUNING CARS
  • FAVORITE DISH: PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH
  • FAVORITE MOVIE: BANANA JONES 2
  • GREATEST HERO: MANKI LAUDA

"Diddy, meanwhile, also enjoys great respect since he has often actively supported his best friend Donkey. But most of all he is admired for his qualities as a race car driver.

The story about how he and his friends beat the evil Wizpig in an exciting racing adventure is just as well-known on the island as Donkey's courageous escapades. The bright Diddy can hardly wait until the next great challenge, and so he rushes into every adventure, no matter how dangerous.
It seems as if just this proved to be his downfall, for as he wanted to take on a group of Kremlings alone, he was literally overpowered by them and taken prisoner. All the wiser for the experience he now awaits his rescuer Donkey Kong...
"

Physical Appearance

At the base, Diddy has brown fur, brown (previously blue) eyes, and a distinctive monkey tail. He usually wears a red tank top with yellow stars on it, and a red cap with the Nintendo logo on it. Diddy rarely wears any other clothes, with one of the only examples being his armor from Mario Strikers Charged.

Diddy is one of the only Kong members that has a tail, the other is Donkey Kong, who used to have a tail as a child.

Personality

Diddy Kong is a friendly and adventurous character, willing to help out his friends during times of need, evidenced by his many game appearances. In the Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet[12], he was introduced as a young boisterous monkey, who always looked up to DK and dreamed of one day becoming a video game hero just like him, although he also inherited Donkey's recklessness, irresponsibility, and mischievousness.

Diddy is somewhat of a peace seeker, which is an offset to Donkey Kong's more aggressive behavior against his enemies, since he asks a Kremling to "show himself if he was friendly" in Donkey Kong Country. Diddy has made good friends with Banjo, Conker the Squirrel, his childhood friend Timber the Tiger, and even Krunch the Kremling. Diddy's defining personality traits are his energy, quick thinking, and gaiety, to the point of childishness. Diddy can be cowardly at times, but he does not let it get the best of him as he jumps into action regardless. He also has a somewhat bad temper, as he throws tantrums after facing defeat.

Diddy's boisterous, slap-happy personality comes into play in the Super Smash Bros. series games, where he is even given realistic monkey sounds. In the mode Subspace Emmissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is fearless to the point that he does not consider danger; eager to fight Bowser while Donkey Kong and Fox McCloud knew this was too dangerous when he had a Dark Cannon at his disposal.

Powers and Abilities

Diddy Kong has a wide range of powers and abilities that he uses throughout games.

  • Agility and speed: being his small size, Diddy is faster and more agile than other Kongs, allowing for smooth momentum during gameplay.
  • Climbing skill: as a monkey, Diddy is a natural climber and navigator, and even uses his tail as an extra limb.
  • Ground-Pound: Diddy can also ground-pound, an ability shared by many Kongs, but also shoots with his Peanut Popguns while pounding
  • Donkey Kong 64 arsenal: in Donkey Kong 64, Diddy was given various abilities through Cranky's potions, used a pair of Peanut Popguns given to him by Funky Kong, and an electric guitar given to him by Candy Kong. In various games since Donkey Kong 64, Diddy's Rocketbarrels have been a staple of his arsenal.

Relationships

Love Interest

Dixie Kong

Dixie Kong's first meeting with Diddy Kong is depicted on pages 88 and 89 of volume 2 of the Uho Uho Donkey-Kun manga series.

Diddy Kong, alongside Dixie Kong, as seen in the first season of the Donkey Kong Country animated series

Dixie Kong is Diddy's girlfriend, and another one of his adventuring companions. Dixie helped him save DK in Donkey Kong Country 2, and she later saved Diddy in Donkey Kong Country 3. Dixie has also appeared in a few sports games with Diddy, and was one of the Kongs that Diddy brought with him to help Timber in Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Diddy Kong being kissed by a human girl, as seen in the comic Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24.

Dixie Kong wishing a merry christmas to Diddy Kong, as seen in the comic Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24.

The German comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24" featured Dixie watching a human girl kissing Diddy, and then she later comments to him about how the stars shine "just for us two".

Relatives

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is Diddy's uncle and best friend, whom he has a brotherly relationship with. They've gone on many adventures together, and Diddy looks up to DK and his greatness; and Donkey (although he does not admit it) sees great potential in Diddy. They have occasionally appeared together in sports games, with Diddy always playing second banana in games that he and Donkey are playable in. They are also similar in personality, sharing the same adventurous spirits, occasional airheadedness, and even anger issues.

Cranky Kong

Cranky Kong is Diddy's elder, and he also receives shade from him like Donkey Kong does for his supposed lack of talent. In Donkey Kong Country 2, although Diddy's goal was to save DK, he also partially wanted to take the quest as a chance to prove his worth to Cranky. So he did, by saving Donkey Kong and collecting all the DK Coins, Diddy earned the title of a true video game hero from Cranky.

Friends & Allies

Funky Kong

Diddy Kong maintains a great relationship with Funky Kong just as much as he does with Donkey Kong. They both share an affinity for technology/engineering, and Diddy seems to idolize him as much as Donkey; he is shown mimicking his surfing pose when he is riding on the flower pedals in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze or when he is on Funky's surfboard during an idle animation.

They are the only Kongs that wear sunglasses (shown in Diddy's victory animation in Donkey Kong Country 2 where he shows off his "funk") and the only Kongs that play boomboxes[13] as they are two of the most '90s-inspired Kong Family members. Like Cranky, Funky has teased Diddy about his relationship with Dixie.

Enemies

Kremlings

Similar to Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong also has an antagonistic relationship with the Kremlings and King K. Rool. Even in DK: Jungle Climber, Diddy calls him "King K. Fool" while demanding him to stop his evil plan and surrender.

Quotes

See also: Diddy Kong/Quotes

Game Appearances

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country Playable character 1994 Super Family Computer/
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land Playable character 1995 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Playable character 1995 Super Family Computer/
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land 2 Playable character 1996 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Non-playable character 1996 Super Family Computer/
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario Kart 64 Cameo as shadow in the course Toad's Turnpike 1996 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Land III Cameo as face on Extra Life Balloons 1997 Game Boy
Diddy Kong Racing Playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong 64 Unlockable playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong Cameo as face on Extra Life Balloons 2000 Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country Playable character 2000-2001 Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country Playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Playable character 2003-2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Konga Playable character 2003-2004 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 2 Playable character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2004-2005 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Konga 2 Playable character 2004-2005 Nintendo GameCube
DK: King of Swing Playable character in the Diddy Mode or Jungle Jam modes 2005 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga 3 Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 3 Non-playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Playable character 2006-2007 Nintendo DS
Diddy Kong Racing DS Playable character 2007 Nintendo DS
Mario Strikers Charged Unlockable playable character 2007-2010 Nintendo Wii
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Playable character 2007-2008 Nintendo Wii
DK: Jungle Climber Assist character, and playable character in the multiplayer 2007 Nintendo DS
Mario Party DS Non-playable character 2007 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable character 2008 Nintendo Wii
Mario Kart Wii Playable character 2008 Nintendo Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Playable character 2008 Nintendo Wii
Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2009 Nintendo Wii
Donkey Kong Country Returns Assist character, and playable character in the multiplayer 2010 Nintendo Wii
Mario Party 9 Non-playable character and mid-boss 2012-2013 Nintendo Wii
Mario Tennis Open Playable character 2012-2013 Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Assist character, and playable character in the multiplayer 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Assist character, and playable character in the multiplayer or Hard Mode 2014 Nintendo Wii U
Mario Golf: World Tour Playable character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Playable character 2014 Nintendo 3DS/
Nintendo Wii U
Skylanders: SuperChargers Assist character 2015 Nintendo 3DS/
Nintendo Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Unlockable playable character 2016-2017 Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Assist character, and playable character in the multiplayer or Hard Mode 2018 Nintendo Switch
Mario Tennis Aces Playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Party Unlockable playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Unlockable playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch

Gallery

Artwork

Sprites

Trivia

  • Diddy Kong was originally a redesigned Donkey Kong Jr. for the game Donkey Kong Country, however since Nintendo was not fond of the redesign by finding it drastically different, they told Rare to either have Junior in his original appearance, or make the redesign its own new character. Rare chose the latter choice and the redesign became Diddy Kong.
    • Donkey Kong Jr. in the Saturday Supercade animated series[14] had a personality somewhat like the character Scrappy-Doo[15] from the Scooby-Doo franchise[16], complete with his catchphrase MONKEY MUSCLE!!. Diddy Kong however in the Donkey Kong game series seems to have fully adopted Jr.'s cartoon counterpart's traits barring the catchphrase while Junior became more of a Mario/Mickey Mouse[17] type character. In Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Diddy strikes up a fighting pose similar to Scrappy during the boss cutscenes. To add, both Diddy and Scrappy are the boisterous machismo nephews of the main characters (Donkey Kong and Scooby-Doo[18], respectively).
  • Diddy Kong's Chimpy Charge move sound effect in the game Donkey Kong 64 is very reminiscent to the running sound effect from the Scooby-Doo franchise.
  • In the Donkey Kong 64 Instruction Booklet, Diddy is referred to as DK's "little nephew wannabe".[10]
    • Cranky Kong has been mentioned as being related to Diddy in both games Donkey Kong Country[19] and Donkey Kong Country 2[20], and Rare's old website[4], gaming news websites[21], and the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 have all called him DK's nephew.
  • Some artwork for the games Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong 64 (and his in-game model), Diddy Kong Racing, and in the sidelines of the two Mario Kart Arcade GP titles depicts Diddy Kong with blue eyes.
    • On the other hand, Super Smash Bros. Brawl gives him brown eyes. The color of his eyelids varies depending on his appearances, sometimes they are either brown (like in Donkey Kong 64 and Diddy Kong Racing DS), tan (like in Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U), or he may have no eyelids at all, with his irises stylistically blinking instead.
  • Cranky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Dixie Kong, and Diddy Kong have conjoined eyes whereas modern Donkey Kong does not.
  • Diddy Kong is one of the only Kongs that has a monkey tail (another one is Baby Donkey Kong) which he uses for his tail whip attacks and Simian Spring.
  • Diddy Kong is generally a very positive, happy/enthusiastic guy with a curious fixation on superheroes and justice, standards of what makes a superhero, and what a superhero is supposed to do, his hat-stomping outbursts normally only arise from his own mistakes, he considers himself an apprentice/sidekick of DK (Diddy looks down on himself), until Donkey Kong Country 2. He is a little sensitive also does not take too kindly to being ignored
  • The ages between Dixie and Diddy Kong are left uncertain. Rare mentions that Dixie is a young chimp Kong[22] and Diddy's designer Kevin Bayliss stated that Diddy was made to resemble a spider monkey Kong[1] which aligns with Diddy's long limbs and so he can use his prehensile tail as his main tool to climb and it suits his eager personality.
  • In the mode Subspace Emissary of the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Diddy Kong's team-up with the characters Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi, from the Star Fox game series, relates to the Japanese fairy tale of Momotarō[23]. In the tale, the character Momotarō is a boy born from a peach, and later on, he travels to a distant island to defeat a group of oni (ogres and demons). During the travel, Momotarō befriends and forms a group composed by a dog, a monkey and a pheasant. In the Subspace Emissary, Diddy simply reflects with a monkey, while foxes and dogs belong to the Canidae family[24], whereas Falco is also a bird, like the pheasant.
  • In the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Diddy Kong's limbs can stretch farther, similar to Lanky Kong in the game Donkey Kong 64.

References

Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Characters
Playable Characters
Diddy KongKrunch the KremlingDrumstick the RoosterBumper the BadgerBanjo (N64 only) • Conker the Squirrel (N64 only) • Tiptup the TurtleT.T.Pipsy the MouseTimber the TigerTiny Kong (DS only) • Dixie Kong (DS only) • Taj the Genie (DS only) • Wizpig (DS only)
Bosses
Tricky the TriceratopsBluey the WalrusBubbler the OctopusSmokey the DragonWizpig
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