|King K. Rool|
King K. Rool as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Full Name||K. Rool|
Kommander K. Rool
Kaptain K. Rool
Doctor Baron K. Roolenstein
King Krusha K. Rool
Wrinkly Kong's former student
|Residence||Formerly: Crocodile Isle |
Now: A newly constructed Crocodile Island
|Family||K. Lumsy (younger brother)|
|Powers/Abilities||Tremendous Strength, |
Above average speed,
Unlimited supply of Kannon balls,
Creating shockwaves through ground pounding,
Can turn temporarily invincible when enraged,
Can shape himself into a ball and bounce off surfaces rapidly
Pointy Crown as King K. Rool, making it impossible to jump on him without him taking the crown off.
|Enemies||Donkey Kong |
Wrinkly Kong (former teacher; came back from the grave and is still waiting on his late homework)
|Games||Antagonist for most of the Donkey Kong games. Notable exceptions: Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.|
|First Apppearance||Donkey Kong Country (1994)|
|Latest Appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)|
King K. Rool is the demented and unbalanced main antagonist of the Donkey Kong series and the older brother of K. Lumsy. He is the malevolent ruler of the Kremling race (despite Klubba's statement about the Kremlings hating K. Rool because he's always abusing them), the head of the Kremling Krew who constantly terrorize the Kongs, and the archenemy of Donkey and Diddy Kong. K. Rool has repeatedly tried to steal Donkey and Diddy's Banana Hoard for reasons that aren't fully understood but involve starving the primates to death and occupying DK's Treehouse (effectively making him King of DK Island). To reach his goal, he has even gone as far as kidnapping Kong Family members such as DK and Diddy. He's likely been terrorizing the Kongs prior to DKC and back in the glory days of a younger Cranky Kong and Donkey Kong Junior.
K. Rool's "King" persona appears to be his "original/main/default/dominate/true" personality despite not actually being of royal blood (same with his brother K. Lumsy) and merely being another role he likes to role-play as because (like his "Kaptain", "Mad Scientist/Dr. Frankenstein", and other disguises) it makes him feel powerful.
He is currently voiced by Toshihide Tsuchiya in DK: Jungle Climber, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and Mario Super Sluggers, although he was voiced by Chris Sutherland in Donkey Kong 64. In the Super Smash Bros. series, K. Rool was given realistic crocodilian roars, instead of the respective voice actors from the Donkey Kong main series, where K. Rool was given a cartoonish voice. He was voiced by Benedict Campbell in the TV Series.
PastDonkey Kong Country as the main antagonist and a boss. In the game, he and the Kremling Krew came to Donkey Kong Island one stormy night with the intention to steal Donkey Kong's fabled Banana Hoard. Sending several Kremlings to Donkey's tree-house to steal the precious Bananas, the Kremlings encountered little resistance, as the only person guarding them was Diddy Kong. Diddy was actually able to defeat a handful of Kremlings, it wasn't until Klump & Krusha arrived that he was starting to struggle and eventually get overpowered, Klump & Krusha knocked Diddy aside and sealed him in a Barrel, the Kremlings stole the Banana Hoard.
After venturing through the many regions of Donkey Kong Island, Donkey Kong and the released Diddy Kong defeated many of K. Rool's operatives and reclaimed Donkey Kong's Bananas, which were guarded by these lieutenants of the Kremling Krew.
Finally, the Kongs managed to reach the Gangplank Galleon, K. Rool's ship, where they faced the tyrannical crocodile in battle. K. Rool tried many tricks to defeat Donkey Kong and Diddy, such as using his crown as a boomerang, trying to ram them, stomp them, summoning a barrage of large cannonballs at them, and even faking his own death and displaying fake credits. In the end, Donkey Kong finally managed to beat K. Rool after a long difficult battle.
K. Rool returned in Donkey Kong Country's semi-sequel on the Game Boy: Donkey Kong Land. In this game, Cranky Kong calls up K. Rool and demands he return to Donkey Kong Island and re-steal Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard. Cranky had made a bet earlier with Diddy and Donkey Kong that they couldn't reclaim the bananas on a handheld system. In this game, K. Rool is fought in a blimp above Big Ape City, where his attacks were mostly the same as his techniques in Donkey Kong Country: running, jumping and throwing his crown (although he did use a new, belly flop-like attack). Eventually, K. Rool is defeated again.Kaptain K. Rool) manages to kidnap Donkey Kong and speeds him away to the home of the Kremlings, Crocodile Isle. He demands the Banana Hoard in return for Donkey Kong. After discovering that Donkey Kong has been kidnapped, Diddy Kong and his girlfriend, Dixie Kong, rush off to save him from Kaptain K. Rool. After venturing through the swampy Crocodile Isle, Diddy and Dixie managed to reach K. Rool's Keep, where Donkey Kong was supposedly being held. Finding Donkey Kong in a tower, the Kongs were about to rescue him when he was whisked away by K. Rool (in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2, K. Rool also sends the gigantic Kremling Kerozene to battle Diddy and Dixie). After facing a few more obstacles, the Kongs managed to reach K. Rool's airship, The Flying Krock.
First Final Battle
Here, Diddy and Dixie saw K. Rool in the midst of torturing Donkey Kong. Engaging K. Rool in battle, the Kremling king used a high-tech blunderbuss that could be used as a vacuum, also allowing K. Rool to move at high speeds, turn invisible, fire spiked Kannonballs and strange gases that could affect the Kongs in bizarre ways (e.g. reversing the game's controls, making the Kongs move extremely slow, and freezing them in place, etc.).
After a long battle, in which Diddy managed to do damage to K. Rool by hurling Kannonballs back into his blunderbuss (which would explode when clogged), Donkey Kong managed to break free of the bonds that held him and uppercut K. Rool out the front window of the Flying Krock. Crashing into the swampy water of Krem Quay, K. Rool managed to swim ashore to the Lost World.
By collecting enough Kremkoins for Klubba, Diddy and Dixie manage to follow K. Rool into the bowels of the Lost World and into Krocodile Kore. Here, they battled K. Rool in an ancient palace and, once again, K. Rool is defeated when a Kannonball is hurled into his blunderbuss. This time, however, instead of backfiring, the gun explodes, flinging K. Rool into a nearby geyser that supplied energy to Crocodile Isle. Due to K. Rool clogging the energy geyser, the pressure within it kept building up more and more until it exploded, taking the top of Crocodile Isle with it. The rest of the island sunk into the sea.
At the end of the game, a ship can be seen sailing away from the remains of the island and an ominous laugh can be heard as the ship sails over the horizon, telling the player that K. Rool survived the explosion, making way for another sequel.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, K. Rool's trophy states that Kaptain K. Rool is actually K. Rool's brother; however, this is confirmed to be a mistake by Nintendo, and is contradicted by Wrinkly's trophy that explicitly implies they are the same character. K. Rool's true brother is K. Lumsy.
In Donkey Kong Land 2 for the Game Boy, Kaptain K. Rool, having risen Crocodile Isle from the sea, rebuilt parts of it and re-populated it, succeeds in capturing Donkey Kong again and demanded the Banana Hoard... again. With Donkey Kong once again kidnapped, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong had to travel to the now-ravaged Crocodile Isle once again to save him and defeat the Kremling Krew.
Fought on the Flying Krock, Kaptain K. Rool's attack pattern in Donkey Kong Land 2 is a simplified version of his battle strategy in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest; instead of shooting status-afflicting gas or using a vacuum attack, Kaptain K. Rool would simply shoot gusts of wind from his blunderbuss.
Once Kaptain K. Rool is defeated on the rebuilt Flying Krock and once Klubba is paid forty-seven Kremkoins, Kaptain K. Rool could be fought again in the Lost World. In the ruins of Krocodile Kore, Kaptain K. Rool would attack Diddy and Dixie Kong by blasting them with Kannonballs, both normal and spiked varieties. Eventually, Kaptain K. Rool would shoot a barrel, which must be jumped on to claim the Kannonball within. This Kannonball must be thrown at Kaptain K. Rool to defeat him and cause his blunderbuss to explode, flinging him into the geyser of Crocodile Kore, once again causing it to explode and send the entire island back down to the bottom of the ocean.KAOS: a robotic entity, created by Rool. He captures Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, using their brainpower to control KAOS. Under KAOS' rule, the Kremling Krew proceeded to take over the Northern Kremisphere and imprison the Banana Bird Queen, as well as several of her children, the Banana Birds.
Eventually, after a long search for the recently vanished Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and her cousin, Kiddy Kong, reached KAOS' base-of-operations, Kastle KAOS. Entering Kastle KAOS, Dixie and Kiddy encountered and began to battle KAOS, who was determined to destroy them.
It was only after their battle against KAOS that Dixie and Kiddy discovered that KAOS was nothing but a puppet leader controlled by K. Rool, who was under the moniker of Baron K. Roolenstein. After Dixie and Kiddy discovered him, Roolenstein began to battle the Kongs, using a helicopter pack on his back to fly and a remote control to send blasts of electricity across the floor of Kastle KAOS. In order to injure Roolenstein, Dixie and Kiddy would need to pull down on a particular pipe on the ceiling of Kastle KAOS, while avoiding Roolenstein and his electric beams. Pulling on this pipe would cause a barrel to appear, which would need to be thrown at Roolenstein; after being hit by multiple barrels by Dixie, Roolenstein would be defeated. But not before being zapped a few times by his electricity.
After Baron K. Roolenstein's defeat, the body of KAOS would drop from the ceiling of Kastle KAOS and crash into the ground. Once on the ground, KAOS' body would release Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, who had been kidnapped by Roolenstein to be used as living batteries for KAOS.
If Dixie and Kiddy manage to collect all the cogs in Krematoa and give them to Boomer, Roolenstein can be fought again. After Boomer's machine awakens the ancient volcano in Krematoa, a submarine, the Knautilus, will rise from beneath the volcano's lava. Inside this submarine, Roolenstein can be found and battled. In this battle, Roolenstein would simply remain in the back of his vessel, using electric beams and a fireball-launching cannon to attack Dixie and Kiddy from a distance. In order to hurt Roolenstein, Dixie and Kiddy would need to throw several Steel Kegs at him through the use of a teleportation device. After being hit multiple times by Dixie, Roolenstein would lose control of his helicopter pack and be left spinning out of control in his submarine.
If players manage to release the Banana Bird Queen from her imprisonment behind the Banana Bird Barrier, a brief cut-scene of Roolenstein riding away from the Northern Kremisphere in a hovercraft will be shown. As Roolenstein drives away, a giant egg, laid by the Banana Bird Queen and being ridden by Kiddy and Dixie, will fall on the Kremling king, trapping a perplexed Roolenstein inside.
In Donkey Kong Land III, Baron K. Roolenstein appears as the main antagonist and the Kremling Krew (as well as a rebuilt KAOS) as the secondary antagonists. Like in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Baron K. Roolenstein can be fought by Dixie and Kiddy Kong in Kastle KAOS after KAOS is destroyed permanently. In battle, Baron K. Roolenstein would try to attack Dixie and Kiddy Kong by frying them with electric beams and by trying to fly into them using his helicopter pack. In order to harm Roolenstein, barrels would need to be thrown at his back by Dixie and Kiddy multiple times.
Baron K. Roolenstein could later be fought in Donkey Kong Land III in the Lost World. In this battle, he would attack by using electrical beams and by dropping bombs on Dixie and Kiddy Kong. Baron K. Roolenstein would need to be repeatedly hit with barrels in order to be defeated.Donkey Kong 64, where K. Rool (said to have become "somewhat unstable") randomly appears one day on a large mechanical island. K. Rool had planned to blow up Donkey Kong Island with a weapon called the Blast-O-Matic. Fortunately, K. Rool's Ship ends up crashing because of the incompetence of the ship's drivers. In an attempt to distract Donkey Kong while he has his ship repaired, K. Rool has several Kongs imprisoned. These are: Diddy Kong (after he challenged and fought the entire Kremling Krew on his own), Tiny Kong, Lanky Kong and Chunky Kong. He also steals Donkey Kong's Golden Banana Hoard.
K. Rool, along with his unnamed pet Klaptrap, appear in several of the game's cutscenes, watching the Kongs progress and chastising his own minions' (the bosses of the game) failures. A notable scene shows K. Rool demand that nobody leaves the Blast-O-Matic until it's repaired.
Eventually, K. Rool's henchmen succeed in repairing the Blast-O-Matic, just as the Kongs break into Hideout Helm. K. Rool demands that the weapon be fired, despite the warnings that, if it isn't fully tested, then it could explode. After the Kongs permanently shut down K. Rool's mechanical island and the Blast-O-Matic laser weapon, K. Rool tries to escape in a large airship. Unfortunately for K. Rool, the ship ends up being knocked to the ground and destroyed by his younger brother K. Lumsy. Venturing inside the crashed vessel, the Kongs found a boxing arena filled with spectators and K. Rool, as his boxer alias King Krusha K. Rool, ready to fight. K. Rool will create multiple shockwaves by slamming the ground, throw his gloves as a boomerang, and uppercut the Kongs after charging at them. Engaging K. Rool in a bizarre series of battles- which include blasting out of barrels into K. Rool's face, dropping spot-lights on K. Rool, making him slip on banana peels, shrinking down and blasting his toes and (generally) pummeling him -the Kongs manage to claim victory.
Donkey Kong 64 also revealed that K. Rool truly is a tyrant, even striking fear into his own Kremlings and other types of his goons such as Armydillo and Dogadon when they feared what he would do to them if he found out they lost to DK, Diddy, and Chunky. A Kasplat even tried to flee from K. Rool's island in fear of what he might do when he finds out that the Kongs and Snide are conspiring against him. He is shown also to have a really long tail (this is the first appearance he makes having a tail).
After Chunky Kong delivers the final blow to K. Rool, a humorous cutscene is shown in which K. Rool gets back up after the fight and is about to attack Chunky from behind, but is distracted by Candy Kong, ending up being blasted over the horizon by Funky Kong and a bazooka that shoots out a boot. When K. Rool lands, it is in K. Lumsy Island where he meets a very unhappy K. Lumsy, who proceeds to beat the Kremling king senseless in retaliation for locking him up. K. Rool's depiction in this game changed as it goes on. He is initially depicted as cruel, merciless, and even menacing in the opening when he has a voice. In the cutscenes, his breath strongly bears a similarity to Darth Vader from the Star Wars franchise. However, as time goes on (especially towards the end of the game), K. Rool is depicted as far more comical, dim-witted, and insane.medals that were supposed to be rewards in the upcoming Jungle Jam competition and crowns himself king of the jungle in the process.
As the end boss of DK: King of Swing, K. Rool must be defeated in two battles.
In the first stage, K. Rool will summon a huge field of pegs, which Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must race him through. K. Rool himself is quite fast, so climb as fast as you can.
In the second stage, if the two kongs succeeds in defeating K. Rool, he will promptly stutter by saying "Wait, Wait... That was just practice!" and challenge the Kongs to a battle on another peg field. In this part of the battle, K. Rool will attack in a similar fashing to the way the Kongs battle, he will charge up and rush at the Kong, the Kong has to hit K. Rool four times to win, the Kong can disrupt K. Rool/s charge attack by charging at him. After the Kong has defeated him again, K. Rool will fall hard to the ground and will give them a medal, he will then be vanquished and the medals relinquished as Donkey Kong flies off in K. Rool's hovercraft and destroys the K. Kruizer III. It is likely K. Rool got launched far away in the crash, but it is unknown where he landed, he either landed in the ocean, blizzard, ranch, or the jungle.
K. Rool is also playable in DK: King of Swing's Jungle Jam mode, where he is the largest playable character and the most powerful. His partner is, oddly, Bubbles, the hero of the game Clu Clu Land. This was the first time K. Rool was playable in a game.
In DK Jungle Climber, K. Rool appears as the main antagonist. He is first encountered atop Sun Sun Island, where he and his entourage of four Kritters steal the five Crystal Bananas from the banana alien Xananab. When King K. Rool and his henchmen are discovered by Donkey, Diddy, and Cranky Kong, they quickly flee the scene using a dimensional portal device known as a Spirowarp. After this encounter, K. Rool is encountered several more times on the various islands and dimensions of the game, usually appearing to tease Donkey, Diddy, Cranky and Xananab before having one of his Kritter followers power-up with a Crystal Banana and battle them.
After K. Rool's Mega AMP robot and final Kritter subordinate is defeated on his ship the King Kruiser IV and the fourth Crystal Banana is claimed by Donkey, Diddy, Cranky, and Xananab, K. Rool flees through a wormhole to the Planet Plantaen.
After being chased to a dead end on Planet Plantaen, K. Rool will battle Donkey Kong, attacking by jumping at him, charging into him and throwing exploding, spiked balls. Once K. Rool is defeated in this battle by hitting him four times, he will refuse to give up, and use the last Crystal Banana in his possession to turn monstrous in size and become even more powerful.
In his new form, K. Rool will gain a new set of attacks. He can exhale fireballs and exploding mines from his mouth, summoning meteors to crush the Kongs, unleash gales of wind to blow the Kongs and trying to crush the Kongs with his claws. In this form, K. Rool's only vulnerable spot is his face, which, when hit five times, will deplete K. Rool's health, turning him back to normal and leaving him unconscious. K. Rool is last seen in DK: Jungle Climber being taken back to his and the Kong's home planet, being dragged through space by a rope attached to the back of a Banana Spaceship. Some people theorize that he died during the trip back home (this ties in with a theory about Tiki Tong), but this is currently just speculation at best.
In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, K. Rool makes an appearance as a secret playable character, riding in a vehicle resembling a rocket-powered barrel and using his claw as his attack. He is unlocked by playing Challenge 31 of Candy's Challenges, and winning; his main rival in the game is Cranky Kong.
Super Smash Bros. series
The demented head of the Kremlings and big boss in the Donkey Kong series. K. Rool is a giant, greedy glutton with a serious eye tic. While he fits the evil boss mold nicely, he's just enough of a bumbler to have gained a few fans over the years. His plan to blow up the DK Isles with his Blast-O-Matic shows how unbalanced he is.
Trophy InformationThe supreme commander of the Kremling Krew. King K. Rool steals bananas from Donkey Kong and ends up kidnapping Diddy Kong. He is so good at playing dead that sometimes the credits even roll as he lies there, feigning defeat. His "brother", Kaptain K. Rool, made an appearance in the game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Whereas Mario often squares off against Bowser, Donkey Kong must fight against King K. Rool. He's a big croc with a big attitude...and a tiny crown. He probably could have been Donkey Kong's most trustworthy animal friend. Think he'll ever have a change of heart? Not likely.
Mii Brawler Costume
A Mii Brawler costume based on K. Rool was announced on July 19, 2015, on the official Super Smash Bros. Twitter account. It was released on July 31, 2015, as DLC on the Nintendo eShop for purchase. The design of the costume is based on his original Rareware design, although the color of the gem on his chest is colored blue instead green. This is a reference to his newer design by PAON.
After the costume's unveiling, many fans debated on whether or not it hurt the chances of K. Rool being in the game as a playable DLC character. It was officially revealed on December 15, 2015, in the "Final Presentation Broadcast" that Smash Bros. DLC was coming to a close, and the Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot winner was Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series, and not K. Rool. The results of the fighter ballot have not been released thus far, so it is unknown where K. Rool placed at in the ballot, but after K. Rool's inclusion in the next game, Sakurai has confirmed K. Rool received a ton of votes on the in ballot in the West. Since K. Rool appeared to be a fairly popular Western fighter request, many fans view his Mii Brawler costume as a "consolation prize" for those who wanted him in the game.
On August 8, 2018, the announcement of the Nintendo Direct concerning Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was that K. Rool will be joining as a new fighter. Many of his revealed attacks call back to his appearances in his early games, such as using his crown as a boomerang; his blunderbuss as Kaptain K. Rool, which can suck in and shoot out fighters and projectiles; his helicopter jetpack as Baron K. Roolenstein; a boxing glove on his fist; and the Blast-O-Matic machine as his Final Smash, showing the laser cannon destroying D.K. Island. Other shown attacks reference alligator wrestling, rely on his natural bulk and physical strength including a counterattack that relies on his golden scale-armored torso.
Humorously, the reveal trailer for him begins with his silhouette approaching Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in their treehouse, only for the said silhouette to throw off his K. Rool Mii costume headwear and cloak to reveal King Dedede in disguise. The two Kongs gasp as Dedede jumps around cackling at his joke... only for the real K. Rool to spring up behind him and bat him aside before approaching the now shocked Kongs smugly. After a showcase of his moves, K. Rool and Donkey Kong charge for each other in the jungle, Diddy Kong with his Rocket Barrel jumping in as well to add a kick as all three fighters trade boxing blows, creating a shockwave that blows through the jungle.
K. Rool appeared again in the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate direct two times. K. Rool appeared at the end of the Incineroar reveal trailer first, ready to fight the Pokémon with his boxing gloves along with Bowser Jr. and the Villager. He was also one of the fighters present in the World of Light cutscene, ready to fight the Master Hands. However, when Galeem unleashed its beams of light he got vaporized and transformed into a spirit along with the other fighters, except Kirby.
Later, in a deliberate reenactment of K. Rool's reveal trailer, he was sleeping in Donkey Kong's treehouse alongside the reclining Donkey Kong and Diddy. When a Jiggy bounced by, Diddy roused K. Rool by popping his snot bubble and the three of them looked around, eventually breaking out the window to see outside. A familiar silhouette appeared but threw off the disguise to reveal Duck Hunt; the trio gaped while the duo laughed, but a few moments later, Banjo and Kazooie dropped down, knocking Duck Hunt away, and struck and blew their respective instruments to announce their triumphant return. The two Kongs and even K. Rool cheer at their arrival. At the end of the trailer, however, K. Rool falls from a cliff and a boulder drops down atop the hole he created, reminiscent of Gruntilda's defeat at the end of Banjo-Kazooie.
Though K. Rool doesn't actually appear in Diddy Kong Racing, he is presumably the one who sent the Kremling Krew member Krunch to Timber's Island. Krunch was ordered to spy on Diddy Kong and his allies, who were believed to be hatching some sort of anti-Kremling plot. K. Rool was set to appear as a playable character in the now-canceled sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, Diddy Kong Pilot, where he was dressed as a stereotypical pilot, complete with a fur coat and aviator goggles.
K. Rool appears in one of Donkey Konga's mini-games, where the player must bash K. Rool on the head with a Steel Keg while he tries to evade them. K. Rool will also sometimes appear dancing to the beat of music during certain songs in Donkey Konga.
K. Rool appears as an unlockable character in Mario Super Sluggers for his first giant step in a Mario game. He is on Donkey Kong's team, even though he and Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and their friends are arch enemies and he has his undying hatred for the Kongs.
In Challenge Mode, he will try to stop Mario, Donkey Kong, and the gang in Donkey Kong's stage by using his green, red, blue, and brown Kritters to challenge them. The Kritters reported their failure to their king, with blue and green Kritter activating the switch to the waterfall.
When trying to enter a pipe, a red Kritter will appear and challenge them. After the player defeats the Brown Kritter, he tells the gang he is going to awaken K. Rool and activates the switch. K. Rool, enraged how DK and Diddy and the others defeated his Kritters, challenges them himself.
After successfully defeating him, K. Rool is humiliated how he was defeated at baseball, before laughing and saying he is going to join their roster, saying they're only allies while playing baseball. The player then unlocks K. Rool, as well as all four Kritters.
K. Rool is one of the most powerful batters in the entire game, but having just below average pitching and bottom of the barrel running and fielding.
He has great chemistry with all four Kritters and King Boo, but bad chemistry with Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and the other kongs, even though he is on DK's team. K. Rool also sports a new original Egyptian/Hawaiian look not seen in any other game, instead of his usual red cape. He even uses a scepter with a large gem to bat with to show of his regal-like stature.
This is only game he doesn't appear as an antagonist along with the Kritters, likely since Bowser and Bowser Jr. are the antagonists. (this is unclear why he joined them and how he is on Donkey Kong's team).
Physical AppearanceIn K. Rool's most common appearance, he wears a red cape and a gold crown, but he is fond of adopting many other looks and costumes as well. When he took on the alias of Kaptain K. Rool, he traded in the cape for a red coat and the crown for a pirate hat. When under that alias he carries a giant musket. When he becomes Baron K. Roolenstein, he wears a white lab coat and has a propeller on his back. As King Krusha K. Rool, K. Rool wore a pair of large overalls and boxing gloves. He also had a pair of pink shoes with a hole in one of them. Strangely enough, his tail appears to be longer and has four toes instead of three as shown in artworks. K. Rool's skin is light green (though some appearances show it as dark green), he has a large bloodshot eye and he is usually shown with jagged teeth. K. Rool's under-belly is golden in texture and color (meant to be a piece of armor according to character designer Steve Mayles), but in DK: King of Swing his underbelly was changed to plain skin color. In Mario Super Sluggers, he didn't have a cape, but had an Egyptian/Hawaiian outfit.
At a cursory glance, K. Rool appears to be morbidly obese, with an outie belly button (a peculiar detail, considering crocodiles hatch from eggs), lower abdominal obesity, gynecomastia. But also very muscular, as shown by his toned limbs and broad shoulders.
Taking into consideration his physique, as his body may be composed of more muscle than fat, his attacks and athletic abilities from the first Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64, he is capable of inflicting considerable damage with physical strength alone. In DK: King of Swing K. Rool had the highest attack out of all the characters. Although he is overweight, he has enough brute strength to rival Donkey Kong and Chunky Kong, while also demonstrating the capacity of outrunning and outjumping his enemies.
K. Rool, as his name, a pun on "cruel", may imply, is often thirsty for more power and domination, extremely brutal, ruling his minions through threats and intimidation, often punishing them severely when they fail. Even his most powerful followers seem to fear his wrath, as displayed in Donkey Kong 64, when his subtle display of anger results in Armydillo fainting on the spot. K. Rool is also somewhat of a dirty fighter. He feigns defeat, often collapsing in the middle of combat and making it seem like he has been defeated, only to rise seconds later and begin fighting again. He is shown to be persistent in DK: Jungle Climber, he refused to surrender and handover the remaining Crystal Bananas after he loses the race.
K. Rool seems to hate the Kongs, referring to them as "filthy apes" and "monkey brains", though he doesn't treat his own soldiers that much better, whom sometimes appear to be loyal to him regardless. Both Donkey Kong 64 and Super Smash Bros. Melee imply that K. Rool is somewhat insane and demented. The final battle of Donkey Kong 64 also showed him to be somewhat of showboater, constantly showing-off and making taunting gestures.
K. Rool's greatest weakness is his own incompetence. It's very common for him to be defeated simply because he keeps making the same mistake in a fight, such as in Donkey Kong Country when he keeps throwing his crown allowing Donkey and Diddy to jump on his head and Donkey Kong 64 when he kept showing himself off in DK's fight, allowing DK blast him in the face.
K. Rool is the ruthless, heartless, and mentally unstable ruler of the Kremling race, who has on numerous occasions tried to steal Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard and kidnap the big ape himself and toture him such as imprisoning and/or enslaving him. He rules the Kremlings with an iron fist and shows no mercy to any of his subjects, the reason they follow him seems to be of the deep fear they have of him and his tremendous power and not even his strongest underlings dare challenge him as K. Rool is the strongest of the Kremlings, he abused his strength and intimidation to rise in power and seize the position of king since he doesn't actually have royal blood nor is he an heir that inherited a sovereign state/region/nation. He possesses a great hatred towards the Kongs and he will do whatever it takes to destroy them and their island once and for all.
In the DK series, he did other things besides stealing the Kongs' bananas. He took the DK medals that were for the winner of the Jungle Jam Contest in DK: King of Swing and stole the five Crystal Bananas from a banana-like alien named Xananab to take over the universe in DK: Jungle Climber (this the only time he's interested in taking over the world). This shows he likes to take what he wants and has gone on to conquer the world. This is the only time he steals something other than the Banana Hoard or interested in world domination.
The reasons for stealing DK's Banana Hoard and kidnapping him are not fully understood since he is a reptile and they don't eat fruit, but official sources state that the reason is that he wants to starve Donkey Kong to death so he can occupy his tree house; why he wishes to do so is even less fully understood, since a small tree house is nothing in comparison to his numerous lairs and hideouts (although it could be an example of his deep insanity).
The true reason could be is that he wishes to occupy the tree house as an example of his conquest over Donkey Kong (the current ruler of Donkey Kong Island) and he now considers himself its new ruler by residing in the tree house, or he just likes bananas and is starving (the latter isn't actually the case as in DK: Jungle Climber K. Rool confirms that he hates bananas, it's possible he wants to prevent scurvy).
Since Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, he seems to be motivated to destroy all Kongs and their island as revenge for what they did to his homeland of Crocodile Isle. Donkey Kong Country Returns revealed that the Banana Hoard has magical properties (as they don't get ripe and/or spoil) and when even a small amount of them are eaten they make that person receive a massive power boost (evidenced by Tiki Tong).
There are hints to possible Banana Gods (such as the Banana Queen a guardian deity that rules over the Banana Birds in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! above the clouds and the Banana Fairy Queen who rules over the Banana Fairies), Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze showcase statues, temples, and illustrations depicting bananas with faces on them and Ancient Kongs worshiping bananas as deities. The shiny Banana (found in the Golden Temple) that Donkey and Diddy eat transports them to a world above the clouds. Other Magical Bananas have been shown to have sentience having eyes and wings, they are capable of flight and producing Bananas.
Baron K. Roolenstein mentioned having a wife in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Specifically, after KAOS is defeated a second time, Baron K. Roolenstein appears, stating he built KAOS from his wife's best pots and pans. It is unknown if K. Rool was telling a joke, or if he actually has a wife. If K. Rool does in fact have a wife, her real name may be "Queen K. Rool" or, in the style of the games, "Kueen K. Rool". However, in a December 23, 1999 edition of the Scribes section of Rare's website, Leigh Loveday revealed that K. Rool's "my wife is going to kill me" line was merely "a typically throwaway Vic and Bob reference" meaning he doesn't actually have a wife (unless his Mad Scientist persona thinks he does as a result of his multiple personality disorder).
In the animated series, K. Rool makes a passing comment about his mother after he made some cupcakes saying that it was his mother's recipe, and in The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights, K. Rool mentions that he was planning to go back to the swamplands for the holidays to play games with his "slithering siblings" and gorge on some of his mommy's mud pies.
Weapons and Vehicles
Throughout his various appearances, K. Rool has used a variety of weaponry. In Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land, K. Rool would attack Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong by throwing his crown at them, which could boomerang back to him.
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, Kaptain K. Rool would use a powerful blunderbluss that, along with firing Kannonballs and status afflicting mists, could propel Kaptain K. Rool forward and make him invisible. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III, Baron K. Roolenstein would use a helicopter-equipped pack on his back to obtain flight (though ironically, the helicopter serves as more of a liability since it's his weak point in the game; he can actually move faster on his feet then with the helicopter), and also, through the use of a remote, he could send blasts of electricity at Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong. During the battle in Krematoa, Baron K. Roolenstein would also use a fireball-launching cannon to attack.
During the final battle of Donkey Kong 64, in his fight against Diddy Kong, King Krusha K. Rool was capable of throwing his boxing gloves like boomerangs.
K. Rool has also used a wide variety of vehicles, from his currently ruined ship, the Gangplank Galleon, to large airships, such as the Flying Krock and K. Kruizer III. DK: King of Swing also showed King K. Rool had in his possession a personal hovercraft, which could move quickly and was green in color. He also uses a type of barrel vehicle in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
Powers and Abilities
Superhuman strength: K. Rool has a vast superhuman strength, which he often uses to hit or tackle his opponents. Its strength is so great that it can generate shock waves by jumping.
Superhuman durability: K. Rool has great resistance, he was able to resist multiple blows, defeats and was even able to survive being eaten by sharks.
Superhuman speed: Despite his size, K. Rool turns out to be fast enough in battle.
Superhuman agility: K. Rool despite his strength and imposing size is very agile, capable of jumping very high.
Magic: K. Rool is qualified in magic and capable of appealing to many powers.
- Invisibility: In Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong 64, King K. Rool is able to make himself invisible.
- Teleporting: In Donkey Kong Country, K. Rool can teleport his crown on his head, and in Donkey Kong Country 2 K. Rool can teleport himself.
Genius-level intelligence: K. Rool proved to be very intelligent, being able to edit complex shots. He was able to build a very sophisticated robot from pots, and even a giant ray machine in Donkey Kong 64.
Appearances in Other Media
K. Rool was one of the main characters and antagonists on the Donkey Kong Country animated series. In the show, his personality was relatively the same as in the games: bossy, megalomaniac, and slightly clumsy. He is constantly bragging about his brain and he does use big words a lot. K. Rool would often, with the aid of his henchmen General Klump and Krusha, attempt to steal the mystical Crystal Coconut and use its power to rule Kongo Bongo Island (which was what Donkey Kong Island was called in the show) and possibly the world. He seems to be always hatching diabolical plans to steal the mystical coconut, and although his plans are works of evil genius, a combination of the stupidity of his troops and the resourcefulness of the apes always lead to failure. K. Rool would also enact other schemes, such as trying to steal the legendary Golden Banana of Inka Dinka Doo and framing Donkey Kong for several crimes he himself had committed such as making Candy slip on a banana peel, stealing Funky's surfboard, making Dixie believe DK called Diddy a loser and he had feelings for her, trashing Cranky's cabin and leaving a banana peel to show evidence DK was the culprit, and stole the Crystal Coconut and framed DK did it.
In the animated series, K. Rool's physical appearance was slightly altered from his video game counterpart. His tail was shorter and he lacks his bloodshot eye, though one did bulge to large proportions when he was excited or irritated (which was often). His eyes also weren't connected as they are in the games, and instead are separated. K. Rool's wrist bands were more detailed instead of being plain gold, as is his crown. K. Rool's cape was also much shorter in length in the Donkey Kong Country cartoon. Also, he didn't fight DK himself.
The series also expanded K. Rool's backstory slightly, with the episode "Best of Enemies" revealing that he was once friends with Cranky Kong and that the two were nefarious pranksters; another episode entitled "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights" also has K. Rool mentioning both his mother and various, unnamed siblings. The Donkey Kong Country cartoon also introduced a Kremling rival of sorts to K. Rool, a pirate named Kaptain Skurvy, who also wished to obtain the Crystal Coconut.
In a possible alternate timeline seen in the episode "It's A Wonderful Life", in which Donkey Kong sees what Kongo Bongo Island would be like if he didn't exist, K. Rool and his army are portrayed as somewhat timid freedom fighters in a feud with Kongs led by Diddy Kong, who is portrayed as a power-hungry tyrant and tries to steal the mocay lilypad. Also, he is less cruel to his soldiers. It is unknown whether it's true or not since it was a dream by DK.
It shows K. Rool's greed for power overshadows his life seen in "The Curse of Kongo Bongo", when he comes across the Curse of the Double Bluebeard Baboon, he decides to read it when he finds out if read twice, the island sinks into the ocean. K. Rool said if he was given the Crystal Coconut, he wouldn't read it, despite Cranky Kong saying the coconut doesn't work and he would sink down, as well. After K. Rool read the letter, the island began to sink and became frightened.
K. Rool is shown to be dimwited, as shown when DK played some pranks on him, when he believed the Crystal Coconut was cursed, DK and Diddy had a magical amulet even more powerful than the Crystal Coconut, and drinking a bottle full of bees and got stung. K. Rool tried playing pranks on the Kongs, such as trying to drop barrels on them, but ended up having getting some dropped on him.
K. Rool appeared in German Club Nintendo's comic adaptation of Donkey Kong Country, first appearing to attack Diddy Kong and seal him within a DK Barrel before stealing Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard. King K. Rool later appears on his ship, the Gangplank Galleon, and battles both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, only to be defeated by them. King K. Rool, under the guise of Kaptain K. Rool, was also featured in the magazine's Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest comic special, appearing at the beginning of it to taunt a captured Donkey Kong.
Kaptain K. Rool was also featured as the main antagonist in an obscure German Donkey Kong comic, "Bumm-Badabumm Im Urwald". In this story, K. Rool sends several members of the Kremling Krew to steal all the bananas on Donkey Kong Island, apparently hoping to starve the Kongs to make them weaker. K. Rool himself only appears near the end of the comic in the "Lost Land". When K. Rool notices that the Kongs are in the Lost Land he, at first, sends several dozen Kremlings at Donkey, Diddy and Dixie Kong, thinking the shear number of Kremlings would defeat the Kongs. Unfortunately for K. Rool, the Kongs managed to pulverize his Kremling warriors. Taking matters into his own hands, K. Rool tries to blast the Kongs with a pineapple-launching blunderbuss. At first, it seems the Kongs are overpowered, until Donkey Kong finds and throws a nearby TNT Barrel into the pile of bananas K. Rool is standing on. The resulting explosion buries K. Rool under the huge pile of bananas. King K. Rool is last seen having made a deal with Donkey Kong, in exchange for digging K. Rool out of the giant pile of fruit, K. Rool would have all the bananas returned to the Kongs.
K. Rool was also featured as the villain of another Donkey Kong comic called "Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits". Here K. Rool, along with several Kritters, manage to steal all of the Kong's Golden Bananas. Unfortunately for K. Rool, his heist was a failure, as he stole the bananas when the Kongs were home, so the Kongs easily tracked down K. Rool and his Kritter minions. In the end, K. Rool is defeated by Donkey Kong's Super Duper Simian Slam and the Kongs reclaim their stolen bananas.
K. Rool was featured as the villain of Nintendo's 2003 version of Camp Hyrule. K. Rool caused chaos in Camp Hyrule by creating a massive earthquake.
A large amount of Donkey Kong merchandise depicting K. Rool has also been released. This includes plush dolls, action figures and miniatures, often based on K. Rool's appearance in either Donkey Kong 64 or the Donkey Kong Country animated series.
In the Donkey Kong Country animated series, K. Rool was voiced by Ben Campbell, while in the Japanese dub of the television series he was voiced by Jūrōta Kosugi. In Donkey Kong 64, King K. Rool possessed an ominous and low Darth Vader-like voice provided by Chris Peil.
- The "K" in K. Rool doesn't have any meaning, it was simply added by K. Rool due to his egotistical character.
- He's well known for having a very serious eye tic in his left eye. Tics like this are actually common for people with mental health issues, and it has already been established that K. Rool is insane. In movies, tics are also commonly associated with characters that developed multiple/split personality disorder.
- In all of K. Rool's artwork he has an imperfect left eye tic, but on Baron K. Roolenstein's artwork, his right eye is the one that is imperfect and with the tic. In movies some people with multiple personality disorder can also have different physical characteristics if one of those personalities believes it. It's possible Baron K. Roolenstein's personality believes his tic is in his right eye instead of his left, hence his tic switching eyes.
- It appears that K. Rool was somewhat prepared in switching his "job" between each of the Donkey Kong Country games. In Donkey Kong Country, he is fought on a Pirate Ship while he is known as "King K. Rool" although it would make more sense for a Captain to own a ship. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, he is fought inside the Flying Krock, a huge drivable air base, as Kaptain K. Rool although it would make more sense for a more tech savvy person to be using it. Lastly, in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, he is fought inside a castle as Baron K. Roolenstein although it would make more sense for a King to rule it, though many mad scientists have labs in castles.
- It's speculated that K. Rool may have multiple personality disorder and that all of his aliases aren't literal, and are just roles he likes to role-play as because they make him feel powerful.
- K. Rool's gold belly is confirmed by Steve Mayles to be armor.
- In the Bumm-Badabumm Im Urwald comic, K. Rool, despite being dressed as Kaptain K. Rool, is never referred to as such; instead he is always called King K. Rool.
- In several of the sunken ships in Gloomy Galleon in Donkey Kong 64, portraits of Kaptain K. Rool can be found hanging on the ship walls.
- According to Gregg Mayles (designer of Donkey Kong Country and the Banjo-Kazooie series) on Rareware.com's former "scribes" column, K. Rool's motivation for stealing the banana hoard is either that he wants Donkey Kong to starve to death so that he can occupy his treehouse, or suggested that perhaps he likes bananas . The latter explanation isn't the case as in DK: Jungle Climber, K. Rool states he despises bananas (however it's possible he wants to prevent scurvy or wants the magical properties/power in the bananas).
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the names that appears when the player presses the "Random Name" button when naming their custom stage is KROOL, a reference to him.
- Also, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his trophy information says he can be so good at playing dead sometimes the credits roll by as he lies there, a reference to the original Donkey Kong Country.
- In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, K. Rool's rival is Cranky Kong, but they are revealed to have been good friends in an episode of the Donkey Kong Country TV series.
- K. Rool used to be a student of Wrinkly Kong.
- His trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl erroneously claims that he and Kaptain K. Rool are "brothers." Wrinkly Kong's trophy and Nintendo contradicts this stating they are the same character and was once Wrinkly's student. They are indeed the same character, but with different roles and mindsets, unless this plays into K. Rool's split personality disorder by him considering his different counterparts his "imaginary brothers".
- The real brother of K. Rool is actually his younger sibling K. Lumsy, who is against him and on the Kong's side.
- K. Rool's name is a reference to the word "Cruel" as well as a corruption of "Rule" as he is the ruler of the Kremlings.
- The flying vehicle he uses in King of Swing is similar to the Egg Mobile, Dr. Eggman iconic flying vehicle, from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
- K. Rool might possibly want to steal the banana hoard as bait to get DK so he can eliminate him, as this would make him the new king of the jungle.
- K. Rool's full Japanese name roughly translates to Kingu Kura-sa Kurūeru, it sounds like "King Crusher Cruel".
- In Mario Super Sluggers, K. Rool pitches with his left and bats with his right, meaning he's likely ambidextrous.
- K. Rool did not appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
- There might be a reason why K. Rool wanted to destroy Donkey Kong Island in Donkey Kong 64. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong have twice destroyed Crocodile Isle at the true end of those games. This is a viable reason for K. Rool to get angry, and wish for revenge. He starts his revenge in Donkey Kong 64, by preparing to destroy Donkey Kong Island.
- During the early production of Donkey Kong Country, when it was originally going to be called Monkey Mayhem, K. Rool was originally going to be named "Krudd" and was going to be more serious and tough-looking than how he actually turned out. He was also almost called Kommander K. Rool before the final name was decided.
- The false credits of the original Donkey Kong Country allude to his second name, listing K. Rool as the "Kommander" of the game.
- Unlike the Tiki Tak Tribe, who steal the banana hoard because they like to absorb them to gain their magical powers and generate new Tikis, K. Rool hates to consume bananas and he steals them only because he wants the Kong Family to starve to death.
- K. Rool is really similar to Bowser the main antagonist of the Super Mario Bros. series. They are both bulky and tough reptiles (Bowser a turtle, K. Rool a crocodile), can breath fire, both tyrants which rule with authority and kings of a reptilian race (however Bowser is an actual king descended from royal blood whereas K. Rool is not at all and simply a role that he likes to pretend to be), both are main antagonists and always kidnap someone who has a good relationship (love, friendship or relative, etc.) with the protagonist, both defeated in a lot of games but always return alive in following titles.
- In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the redesign of K. Rool also wears two gold armlets on his arms, which is likely a reference to the main enemy of the Super Mario series, Bowser, who also wears spiked armlets on both of his arms.
- ↑ Wrinkly's words: "When you see Kaptain K. Rool, can you ask him if he has done his homework?" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
- ↑ Nintendo.co.jp Character Page (Retrieved April 22, 2012)
- ↑ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Nintendo Power Player's Guide, page 20
- ↑ Nintendo.co.jp Character Page (Retrieved April 22, 2012)
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|Bazuka | Big Klaptrap | Congazuma | General Klump | Green Kroc | Junior the Giant Klaptrap | K. Lumsy | Kaboing | Kaboom | Kackle | Kannon | Kasplat | Kalypso | Kaptain Skurvy | Kass | Kerozene | King K. Rool | Kip | Klump | Klubba | Kludge | Klampon | Klank | Klaptrap | Klasp | Klinger | Kloak | Klobber | Klomp | Knocka | Kobble | Koin | Koindozer | Kopter | Kosha | Krash | Krimp | Kritter | Kritter-in-a-Sheet | Krochead | Krook | Krossbones | Krosshair | Krumple | Krunch | Kruncha | Krusha | Kuchuka | Kudgel | Kuff 'n' Klout | Kutlass | Kutlass (character) | Mega AMP | Mr. X | Re-Koil | Resident Demon | Robo-Kritter | Rockkroc | Shroom Kritter | Skidda | TNT Knocka | Toy Kritter|
|Donkey Kong Country/Land Series Bosses|
|Donkey Kong Country||Very Gnawty • Master Necky • Queen B. • Really Gnawty • Dumb Drum • Master Necky Snr. • King K. Rool|
|Donkey Kong Land||Wild Sting • Colossal Clambo • Hard Hat • King K. Rool|
|Country 2/Land 2||Krow • Kleever • Kudgel • King Zing • Kreepy Krow • Kerozene (GBA) • Kaptain K. Rool|
|Country 3/Land III||Belcha • Arich • Squirt • KAOS • Bleak • Kroctopus (GBA) • Barbos • Baron K. Roolenstein|
|DKC Returns||Mugly (Krazy Kalimba)• Scurvy Crew (The Maraca Gang) • Stu (Gong-Oh) • Mole Miner Max (Banjo Bottom) • Mangoruby (Wacky Pipes) • Thugly (Xylobone) • Colonel Pluck (Cordian) • Tiki Tong|
|DKC: Tropical Freeze||Pompy • Skowl • Ba-Boom • Fugu • Bashmaster • Lord Fredrik|
|DK: King of Swing Characters|
|Donkey | Diddy | Dixie | Funky | Wrinkly | Kritter | King K. Rool | Bubbles|
|Candy | Cranky|
|DK Jungle Climber Characters|
|Donkey | Diddy | Dixie | Funky|
|Candy | Cranky | Wrinkly | King K. Rool | Xananab|
|Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Characters|
|Donkey | Diddy | Dixie | Lanky | Tiny | Funky | Wrinkly | Cranky|
|Kritter | Kip | Kass | Klump | Kalypso | Kludge | Kopter | King K. Rool|