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Diddy Kong
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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
Future King of the Jungle
The Acrobat
Second Banana

Residence(s) Donkey Kong Island
Family Kong Family
Donkey Kong (uncle/surrogate brother)
Cranky Kong (great-grandfather)
Wrinkly Kong (great-grandmother; deceased)
Donkey Kong Jr. (grandfather)
Dixie Kong (girlfriend)
Species Kong
Sub-Species Spider Monkey
Gender Male
Affiliation(s) Kong Family
Powers/Abilities Tremendous speed,
Tremendous agility,
Tremendous jump,
Tremendous strength,
Technological Prowess (able to build/repair cars, hovercrafts, planes, wheels, jetpacks, etc)
Hand-to-hand combat,
Aquatic respiration,
Wall clinging,
Vine swinging,
Pole swinging,
Prehensile tail,
Simian Slam,
Marksmanship with Peanut Popguns,
Superb swinging and climbing skills,
Able to fly with Rocket Pack or after wings are equipped
Blowing Gusts of Wind,
Using the Chimpy Charge to headbutt the moon out of orbit (in Donkey Kong Country Returns)
Enemies King K. Rool,
Kremling Krew,
Tiki Tong,
Tiki Tak Tribe, Bowser
Lord Fredrik, The Snowmad King,
Game(s) Every Donkey Kong game (excluding the arcade Donkey Kong games and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat)
Mario franchise games
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance WarioWare get it togther (2021)
"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 Cast List[1]

Diddy Kong (or Diddy for short) is the secondary Kong protagonist of the Donkey Kong series along with Donkey. 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.[2]

The nimble Diddy with his childlike naivety has gone on countless adventures with Donkey and is a jovial peace seeker wanting to help all of his friends. Diddy has made good friends with Banjo the Honey Bear, Conker the Red Squirrel, his childhood friend Timber the Tiger, and even Krunch the Kremling.

In the instruction booklet of Donkey Kong Country, 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[3], although he also inherited Donkey's recklessness, irresponsibility, and mischievousness.

Diddy's look and role originally started as an updated/re-imagined Donkey Kong Junior, however Nintendo not being a fan of the new look encouraged Rareware to make the redesign a separate character that fit in with their DKC 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 DK series. Diddy has also gone on countless adventures by himself and has even starred in his own racing game for the Nintendo 64 and it's 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.

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 slightly older girlfriend, 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 but was voiced by Chris Sutherland in Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Diddy Kong was given realistic spider monkey screeches, instead of the respective voice actors from the Donkey Kong main series, where Diddy Kong was given a cartoonish voice. He was voiced by Andrew Sabiston in the TV Series.


The First Adventure

Diddy and Dixie Kong in DKC2.

Diddy Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country, where he was still Donkey Kong's apprentice and an in-training Video-Game Star. Wanting to humor his overly-eager friend, Donkey told the inexperienced Diddy to guard their huge Banana Hoard until midnight. Unfortunately, when Donkey Kong assigned this duty to Diddy, he didn't expect the Kremling Krew to attack. Diddy was actually able to defeat a handful of Kremlings, it wasn't until Krusha arrived that he was starting to struggle and eventually was overpowered. Unable to hold off an attack by Krusha, Diddy was sealed in a DK Barrel. The next morning, Donkey awoke and, realizing Diddy and their bananas were missing, he found and released Diddy and the two set off to reclaim them 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 GBA remake, it introduces a mode called "Hero Mode" (also known as "1 Player Hero" on the mode selection screen) (building on the plot-point of Diddy's Hero-in-Training Status from the manual), a Hard Mode where Diddy Kong is the only playable character and clad in yellow just like he wears in the Two-Player Contest in the original SNES game while DK is napping. Diddy and will never encounter DK Barrels or Star Barrels.

A False Fight

Unfortunately, this victory was short-lived as, shortly afterwards, Diddy and Donkey were tricked into a bet by Cranky Kong in 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 D.K. managed to defeat King K. Rool and his Kremling Krew once more on their first 8-bit adventure. It wasn't too hard for them considering it was a similar fight.

To Donkey Kong's Rescue

Diddy Kong as seen in DKC2.

After the events of Donkey Kong Land, all seemed well for Diddy; he even got a girlfriend by the name of Dixie Kong. Unfortunately, disaster soon struck in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, when the Kremling Krew kidnapped Donkey Kong and whisked him away to their own island, Crocodile Isle. 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's his fault that K. Rool managed to steal them and that this is his chance for redemption and prove that he's a hero in his own right. It was up to Diddy and Dixie to venture through Crocodile Isle and rescue Donkey Kong from Kaptain 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 ended up captured in the events of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. 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 DKC3, Diddy and Donkey, restless, decided to enter a contest to find the recently re-sunken island of Lost World leaving a disgruntled Dixie, Kiddy and K. Rool 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 on the Extra Life Balloons.

King K. Rool's Revenge

Trouble once again brewed in Donkey Kong 64. King K. Rool, hungry for revenge, tried to attack Donkey Kong Island. Luckily for the island's inhabitants, K. Rool's weapon, the Blast-O-Matic, was damaged after K. Rool's Ship 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.

Theft by Tikis

Diddy Kong appears as one of the two playable protagonists in Donkey Kong Country Returns. 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, 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's 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's 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.

Sub-Zero Tropical Heroes

Diddy is celebrating Donkey Kong's birthday with Dixie Kong 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.

Diddy and the others venture from island to island to return home, eventually setting foot on their now-frozen island. After braving the icy lands, they confront Lord Fredrik, the Snowmad King. After a tough battle, they send 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 in his car.

Diddy in his car.

Diddy Kong Racing

In Diddy Kong Racing, while lazing around one day while the rest of the Kong Klan was out, Diddy eventually got a letter from his long-time friend Timber. 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 assitance, 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 in Donkey Konga.

Diddy, along with Donkey and Dixie, 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 is capable of being played as in the games adventure mode by collecting twenty-four DK Coins in the games adventure mode with Donkey Kong. He along with Donkey Kong, helps to save the Jungle Jam from the Kremling Krew. DK and Diddy are challenged by K. Rool to a race and a battle. The two apes pummel and KO the king. They put the medals in the barrel, destroy his cruiser and ride his hovercraft all the way home.

Diddy Kong Racing 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 Kong and Tiny Kong by his side; who have replaced Conker 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 Donkey Kong can't 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 settle down from their adventures together. Diddy says that he saw a giant banana on top of the mountain. DK and Diddy decide climb to the top. After reaching the top, they see King K. Rool who jumps into a wormhole. A few moments later, the Kongs are attacked by the giant banana. DK and Diddy decide to shoot it down. After the battle against the giant fruit, a banana-like alien named Xananab emerges from the rubble. Xananab apologys and says he mistakly mistook the apes for Kremlings. He said that King K. Rool stole his Crystal Bananas, a powerful gem that when eaten, its users become 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. DK stands before a mirror. Xananab says that only DK will have to find the way out, thus having DK find the exit without Diddy's help. After standing in front of a mirror, Diddy can travel through labyrinth with DK again. Xananab opens another wormhole for them to go through. After reaching the top of the temple, Diddy and the others go through a wormhole into Toybox. The group finds K. Rool. The evil reptile king sends one of his Kriiters stop the gang. Diddy and DK claim their a Crystal Banana.

On Ghost Island, Diddy held a map to show where he and DK were going in the fog. Diddy goes through another wormhole with DK and ends up in Veggie Patch and Toybox. Then, they crossed a bog. Diddy and DK go into K. Rool's factory and corner him (Diddy even called K. Rool "lizard breath" when he said he would conquer the world). K. Rool decides to send his Mega Amp to defeat the Kongs (which turns out to be incomplete). The two Kongs emerge victorious and claim another Crystal Banana.

On Chill n Char Island, Diddy and the group travel through blizzards and icy cliffs. They go through a wormhole to the Glass Labyrinth and venture through the maze of mirrors. Diddy goes with DK into a volcano. They find Kremling Dock, another one of K. Rool's hideouts and lairs. Diddy and DK confront K. Rool, but dive headfirst into a trap and fall into pit. There, a Kritter appears and possesses a dragon. Diddy and DK once again gain victory and acquire a third Crystal Banana. With two of the five Crystal Bananas left, King K. Rool escapes on the King Kruizer IV to Planet Plantean, Xananab's home planet. Diddy comes up with a plan and suggests they climb the top of the mountain on High High Island.

The two apes are too late to catch the cruiser. 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 Mega Amp and claim the fourth Crystal Banana. The Kongs and Xananab catch-up with K. Rool. K. Rool escapes into a wormhole to Planet Plantean. Diddy, DK, and gang follow the Kremling King. After following King K. Rool's trail through worlds they visited (Glass Labyrinth and Toybox), Diddy and the gang arrive at Planet Plantean. Diddy and DK fought against King K. Rool and emerge victory. Diddy and DK try to grab K. Rool. But before they can, K. Rool uses the final Crystal Banana to turn into a giant monstrous form of himself. Diddy fought alongside with DK in their final battle against King K. Rool. After that, K. Rool reverted to normal, unconscious and belches the last Crystal Banana. Diddy and DK are given lots of bananas by Xananab and the residents of Planet Plantean for saving their planet and get back to their tropical vacation.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Diddy Kong, as he appears in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Diddy returned to his racing roots 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 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.


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

Mario Party

Diddy 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 Mario heroes, 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 maintains a playable character for Super Mario Party.

Canceled appearances

Diddy was to star in both Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Racing as a main character and a sidekick, respectively, but these games were canceled before they could be released when Rare moved over to Microsoft.

Physical Appearance

Perhaps one of his most famous parts of appearance is that Diddy wears a red cap with the Nintendo logo on it. Other than that, Diddy has a red tank top with stars on it, two big, blue/brown eyes, a long tail that he sometimes uses as an attack, a belly button, and other characteristics of a spider monkey.

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.


Diddy Kong is a friendly and adventurous character, willing to help out his friends during times of need, evidenced by the Donkey Kong Country series. Diddy Kong 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 Kong's defining personality trait is his energy, quick thinking, and gaiety, to the point of childishness. Diddy Kong always shows excitement in various competitive sports (the Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Mario Baseball series) and Mario Kart races, as evidenced by his idle and victory animations, which see him cartwheeling, back-flipping, side-flipping, jumping up and down, or clapping his hands while yelling and screeching in happiness and enjoyment.

Diddy's boisterous, slap-happy personality comes into play in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he is constantly smiling or showing toothy grins. Diddy Kong's victory animations show him holding his head with both his hands, or firing a peanut from the Peanut Popgun, further showing how excitable he is. In The Subspace Emmissary, he is fearless to the point that he doesn't consider the 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. Despite his energetic, excitable nature, Diddy Kong becomes sad when he loses to a boss in the Donkey Kong Country games or his opponents in various Mario spin-offs and Super Smash Bros. games, thus showing that he does not like to face defeat; Although in Mario Golf World Tour, he takes a Bogey better than in Mario Golf Toadstool Tour. In the television show, Diddy has a more snarky than go-lucky attitude.


Donkey Kong

See also: Donkey Kong

Diddy Kong is Donkey Kong's best friend who he has a brotherly relationship with. Together they have been on countless adventures. Diddy looks up to his pal in many ways and Donkey (although he doesn't admit it) sees great potential in Diddy. Together they pair up as the primate parallel of the Mario Bros. They have since usually appeared together in sports games, with Diddy Kong always playing second banana in games that he and Donkey Kong are playable in.

Dixie Kong

Dixie's first meeting with Diddy is depicted on page 88 of volume 2/5 of the manga.

in the TV series

See also: Dixie Kong

Dixie Kong, Diddy Kong's love interest, is another who has been on adventures with Diddy. Dixie helped him save DK in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Dixie has actually saved Diddy in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Dixie has also appeared in a few sports games with Diddy. She was one of the Kongs that Diddy brought with him to help Timber in Diddy Kong Racing DS.

The German comic 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".


Cranky Kong

See also: Cranky Kong

Cranky Kong is another ally of Diddy, and while he complains about Diddy Kong receiving a starring role in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest while he was stuck in a gloomy shed, he also calls him a true video game hero and comments that he must take after himself and Donkey Kong. Like Funky, Cranky has teased Diddy about his relationship with Dixie.

Funky Kong

See also: 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's 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 DKC2 where he shows off his "funk") and the only Kongs that play boomboxes as they are two of the most '90s-inspired Kong Family members. Like Cranky, Funky has teased Diddy about his relationship with Dixie.

Partaking in sports


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 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 in Mario Kart 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 Toad Turnpike, in which a bus can be found with what appears to be Diddy's silhouette at the driver's seat-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.


Eventually, Diddy 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.


Diddy Kong in Mario Superstar Baseball.

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.


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.


He is also an unlockable captain in Mario Strikers Charged. Diddy 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 15 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 "as Mask!

ability, and getting electrocuted."

Diddy Kong
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  • 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

Appearances in other media

Diddy Kong as he appeared in DKC cartoon

Diddy Kong was featured as a main character on the Donkey Kong Country cartoon. 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 doesn't have a future as second banana in "Kong for a Day". When DK was banished to the White Mountains for crimes he didn't 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 Barrel 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 before luring 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 but 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.

Diddy was voiced by Andrew Sabiston during the entire run of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon.

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'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.

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 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.

Diddy 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 gi000000000ving bananas to the aliens, and in return they promise to return the Earth to its original position.

Diddy riding with Donkey Kong on the Barrel Blaster.

Even though it wasn't official, Diddy Kong also makes an appearance in the Skylanders Series as an attachment to Donkey Kong's Barrel Blaster vehicle as well as when he is summoned by Donkey Kong's Soul Gem move. He doesn't make much of an appearance after that.


  • Diddy can be similar to Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog, both are kids that follow the theme of growth and potential, idolize the main character, are excitable, overachieving, child sidekicks to the lead heroes (DK and Sonic), have an affinity for brains/wits/technology, are capable of flight, became heroes themselves, and fight an obese antagonist that has access to advanced technology.
  • In the Donkey Kong 64 manual, Diddy is referred to as DK's little "nephew wannabe", but this refers to Diddy wanting to be like DK, rather than wanting to be his nephew.
    • Cranky has been mentioned as being related to Diddy in both DKC and DKC2, and multiple Rare websites, Nintendo websites, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 have all called him DK's nephew.
  • Diddy 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.
    • In Donkey Kong 64, Diddy is called the "Champ of Chimpanzees" during the King Krusha K. Rool fight, has an ability called "Chimpy Charge" and called an "excitable/careless chimp" in the DKC manual and the DK64 manual by Cranky despite him having a monkey tail. These phrases could possibly hint that Diddy is either a hybrid between a chimpanzee and a monkey type Kong or his monkey tail didn't fall off during his infant years, or that he is a monkey type Kong and these are most likely just non-literal titles and phrases like how Funky Kong calls Diddy a gorilla ("Yo Gorillas! Go see old man Cranky, he can help you out!") in the GBA version of DKC when both Kongs are present; (unless he truly is partially a gorilla type Kong).
  • Diddy 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 DKC2. He's a little sensitive also doesn't take too kindly to being ignored.
  • Diddy Kong was originally a redesigned Donkey Kong Jr., however since Nintendo was not fond of the redesign by finding it drastically different, they told Rare to either have Jr. 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 had a personality somewhat like Scrappy-Doo from Scooby-Doo, complete with his catchphrase MONKEY MUSCLE!!. Diddy Kong however in the main series seems to have fully adopted Jr.'s cartoon counterpart's traits barring the catchphrase while Junior became more of a Mario/Mickey Mouse type character. In Donkey Kong Country Returns 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 respectively).
      • Diddy's Chimpy Charge's charge-up sound effect sounds very reminiscent to the running sound effect from Scooby-Doo.
  • The ages between Dixie and Diddy are left uncertain, Rare mentions that Dixie is a young chimp Kong and Diddy's designer Kevin Bayliss stated that Diddy was made to resemble a spider monkey Kong 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.
  • Some artwork for DKC2, DK64 (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're either brown (like in DK64 and Diddy Kong Racing DS or tan (like in DKC, DKC2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U) and mostly he has no eyelids at all (though he still blinks but his eyes remain open).
  • Cranky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, DK Jr., and Diddy Kong have conjoined eyes whereas modern Donkey Kong doesn't.
  • In the Subspace Emissary of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Diddy and the Star Fox duos team-up relates to the Japanese fairy tale “Momotaro’s” comrades; dog, monkey, and pheasant. Diddy simply reflects with a monkey, while Fox's family belongs to a Canidae, whereas Falco is actually a pheasant, not a falcon.
  • Diddy is shown mimicking Funky's surfing pose when he riding on the flower pedals in the final scenes of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze or when he is on Funky's surfboard during an idle animation.



  1. Donkey Kong 64 Cast List Description on Rare (saved on Wayback Machine)
  2. 29 January 2019 Kev Bayliss "I think we actually ‘pencilled him in’ as a Spider Monkey because we wanted the tail to be his main tool when climbing around. But, let’s just say he’s a monkey. Or a chimpney."
  3. Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, page 14 on Nintendo Japan
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)
Tricky the TriceratopsBluey the WalrusBubbler the OctopusSmokey the DragonWizpig