A Common Kong
Leader Donkey Kong
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Sub-Species Manky Kongs
Chained Kongs
Affiliations Animal Buddies
Brothers Bear
Banana Birds
Mushroom Kingdom
Enemies Kremling Krew
Tiki Tak Tribe
A Kong is a unique anthropomorphic species consisting of various different primates resembling apes (i.e. gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons), or monkeys (such as spider monkeys or baboons), they are capable of human speech and constructing houses. The Kongs willingly wear clothes and some even have hairstyles.

The term "Kong" is also generally used to describe the primate species, it's not a surname, similar to other Mario species such as Toads (i.e. Yellow Toad and Blue Toad). For the most part the Kong Klan all live on Donkey Kong Island. However, Kongs that are not affiliated with the Kong Family live in other lands, such as The Fruit Kingdoms, Sun Sun Island, or the Mushroom Kingdom. The Kongs are often plagued by the crocodilian reptiles known as the Kremlings, sentient hypnotizing wooden instruments with bee-like behavior dubbed the Tikis, and home-seeking vikings called the Snowmads.

Kongs are primarily shown to age drastically faster than humans and even faster than their real-life counterparts, examples include Cranky going from middle aged in the arcade games to elderly in DKC while Mario appears to remain the same, Junior was seemingly young in Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong Jr. Math and is an all grown up Kong in Super Mario Kart and Mario's Tennis (Virtual Boy), and Tiny is a child in DK64 whereas in Diddy Kong Racing DS she has fully grown and is a fully developed adult.

While it is common that most Kongs appear to be apes, it seems that Kongs such as Diddy resemble spider monkeys, and could be rare cases. A likely explanation is that for Kongs "ape genes" are more dominant traits while "monkey genes" are recessive traits, Baby Donkey Kong has a tiny monkey tail despite seemingly looking closer to that of a gorilla (alternatively, Donkey has an ancestor that happened to bare a resemblance to a monkey and the genes skipped generations).

Kongs have been known to surf, drive, manage museums, and have many more connections to humans such as doing mathematics.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong are simply referred to as Kongs by various characters when they are together, like the quintet of the Kong Family in Donkey Kong 64 are called Kongs by Snide or the Kong Krew.

Notable Kongs


A promotional image for Donkey Kong 64.

Sub-Species of Kongs

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