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Kong Family
DK Clan
The Kong Family's symbol.


Base of Operations Donkey Kong Island (Kongo Jungle)
Member Species Kongs
Enemies Kremling Krew
Tiki Tak Tribe
Snowmads
Games Various games
The Kong Family[1][2][3][4][5] (also known as the Kong Klan[6][7] or DK Krew[8]) is the name of all of Donkey Kong's family and friends with the patriarch being his grandfather Cranky Kong. Though they may share the "Kong" last name ("Kong" is actually akin to a species title rather than a surname like other Mario species including Toads (i.e. Yellow Toad and Blue Toad)), not all of them are biologically connected nor directly related via actual bloodlines/familial ties to one another, but instead the name is a sign of their union as a species, like clans and tribes; thus membership appears to be earned.

In conclusion, "Kong" is a species name, it's not a family name. They are always at odds with the evil Kremling Krew, who are always attempting to either steal their Banana Hoard or kidnap them. They also had confrontations with Wizpig, the Tiki Tak Tribe, and the Snowmads. In some games, they are playable or supporting characters.

Members & Family Trees

Donkey's Generational Family Lineage

  • Cranky Kong's great-grandfather - Mentioned by Bazaar in DKC3 to have owned an antique mirror.
  • Grouchy Kong - Is a character exclusively mentioned in the Donkey Kong Country animated TV series, based on the Super NES game of the same name. Cranky's great-grandaunt, she was the one that wrote his spellbook.
  • Cranky Kong - Wrinkly Kong's husband and elder of the Kongs. He is the original Donkey Kong (aka Donkey Kong Sr./Senior) from the 1981 arcade game of the same name; now he goes by his nickname after becoming old and cranky. Donkey Kong Jr.'s father and the current Donkey Kong's grandfather. Diddy's great-grandfather. Resembles a gorilla and his beard references silver-back gorillas.
  • Wrinkly Kong - Cranky Kong's now deceased wife; now she goes by her nickname after becoming old and wrinkly. DK Jr.'s mother, and the current Donkey Kong's grandmother. Diddy's great-grandmother. Now a gorilla ghost/spirit.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. - Cranky and Wrinkly Kong's son and the current Donkey Kong's father. Diddy's grandfather. He is the Mini Alarm DK from Donkey Kong (Game & Watch). It's unknown what happened to him after his all grown up appearances in Super Mario Kart and Mario's Tennis (Virtual Boy), and his time traveling shenanigan in Mario Tennis (N64), and after his middle aged self comically punched his son in an official manga (some speculate that he may be the disguised Fedora Kong from the Donkey Kong Land sneak peek from Nintendo Power #69, since his pose is really similar to Jr.'s default/forward facing sprite from his 1982 arcade game and Donkey Kong Jr. Math, has a resemblance to Donkey Kong, the fedora symbolizing fatherhood and hints that his location point would be in Big Ape City; a world that very strongly references arcade Donkey Kong, but there's no confirmation so far whether they're the same character or not). Resembles a gorilla.
  • DK Junior's Wife - An unknown female Kong; Donkey Kong Jr.'s mate, the current Donkey Kong's mother, and Diddy's grandmother. For there's no actual information on who was Donkey Kong's mother, her identity, appearance, and if she is still alive is a mystery.
  • Donkey Kong - The modern Donkey Kong from DKC onwards (aka Donkey Kong the Third/III), Cranky and Wrinkly Kong's grandsonDonkey Kong Jr.'s son. Diddy Kong's uncle, best friend, and inspiration for becoming a video game hero in DKC2 and Donkey Kong Land 2. Candy Kong's boyfriend and childhood friend. He's the ruler of DK Island.
    • Baby Donkey Kong - The present day Donkey Kong's younger self; complete with the red bib and the yellow DK initials. First appeared in Yoshi's Island DS and reappeared in Mario Super Sluggers. Born as one of the 7 Star Children and is either the second-youngest Star Child or the youngest. Resembles a gorilla with a monkey tail.
  • Uncle Kong - Was a character from a Japanese Strategy Guide for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest that gives hints and tricks in it. Due to his aforementioned name, outfit, a physical appearance and apparent age strikingly similar to both Donkey Kong and Swanky Kong, it's speculated that he is a older brother to Donkey Kong and Diddy's uncle. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Diddy Kong - Donkey Kong's nephew and little buddy. Dixie Kong's slightly younger boyfriend. In DKC and DKC2, Cranky is mentioned as being related to Diddy which makes Diddy his great-grandson. DK Junior's grandson. He's called a DK wannabe in the DKC manual. Resembles a spider monkey.
  • Baby Kong - Is a character exclusive to the Donkey Kong Country animated TV series, based on the Super NES game of the same name (he appears in the episodes Ape Foo Young and Baby Kong Blues). He does not appear in any of the games the show was based on. In the episode Ape Foo Young he was the current Donkey Kong's younger self but his identity was kept secret by Diddy Kong saying he was Donkey Kong's nephew; but in the episode Baby Kong Blues he is his own character, however throughout the episode, it never mentions if he is related to Donkey Kong (though some speculate he could be Donkey Kong's nephew, but in Ape Foo Young Cranky Kong tells Candy Kong that Donkey Kong does not have a nephew (besides Diddy Kong)). Resembles a gorilla.

Dixie's Family

Friends

  • Funky Kong - One of Donkey Kong's closest friends and entrepreneur friend of the Kongs. Any direct relation is unknown (speculated to be an older brother of Donkey Kong due to an identical appearance). Resembles a gorilla and he calls himself a monkey.
  • Candy Kong - Donkey Kong's sweetheart girlfriend and childhood friend. It's likely that she will someday marry Donkey Kong when she knows that Donkey Kong is ready for it, likely when he gets over his bad table manners and limitless excitement for adventures. Some of her favorite hobbies include all-day sunbathing and shopping. Resembles a female bigfoot and is the most humanoid of the Kongs.
  • Swanky Kong - Took after Funky Kong and became the second entrepreneur. Any direct relation is unknown (speculated to be an older brother of Donkey Kong due to an identical appearance, speculated to be Diddy's uncle). Resembles a gorilla.
  • Lanky Kong - Described by Cranky as a non-biological distant cousin and "a twisted twig on a distant branch of the family tree", his name and Orange Sumatran Orangutan appearance is very similar to the Manky Kongs which he is related to.
  • Redneck Kong - Was a country bumpkin character from the cancelled Game Boy Advance game Diddy Kong Pilot. According to Rare he has been officially killed off and won't be making anymore appearances, as he was replaced by Candy Kong. Resembles a North American Southern Hillbilly Skunk Ape.
  • Bluster Kong - Is a character exclusive to the Donkey Kong Country animated TV series, based on the Super NES game of the same name. He does not appear in any of the games the show was based on. He is the co-owner of the Barrel Works Factory, has an unknown mother, and has an alter ego known as Leo Luster. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Eddie the Mean Old Yeti - Is a character exclusive to the Donkey Kong Country animated series, based on the Super NES game of the same name. He does not appear in any of the games the show was based on. He lives in Gorilla Glacier. Resembles a yeti.
  • Kong Fu - Is a character exclusive to the Donkey Kong Country animated TV series, based on the Super NES game of the same name. He does not appear in any of the games the show was based on. Kong Fu's first and only appearance was in the episode "Kong Fu". Here he was hired by K. Rool and the Kremling Krew to beat Donkey Kong in the annual Donkey Kong Challenge – a contest to see if anyone could defeat Donkey Kong in three challenges and become the new ruler of Donkey Kong Island. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Helper Monkeys - A group of helpful and fun loving monkey-type Kongs with white fur that aided Donkey Kong on his adventure in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. They are shown playing instruments and helping Donkey Kong throughout levels. They also tally up the bananas at the Sacred Tree. Helper Monkeys have appeared as stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Here, they are called Party Monkeys.
  • Dread Kong - Ruler of the Banana Kingdom in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Karate Kong - Ruler of the Pineapple Kingdom in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Ninja Kong - Ruler of the Durian Kingdom in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Sumo Kong - Ruler of the Star Fruit Kingdom in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Resembles a gorilla.
  • Ukiki/Grinder Kong - An Ukiki resembling Donkey Kong and even wearing his red tie. An unused/scrapped beta character that was originally going to appear in Yoshi's Island.
  • Bink - Is an undead/reanimated skeleton Kong (resembling Donkey Kong) in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and a member of the S.S. Chuckola.
  • Rabbid Cranky - A Rabbid resembling Cranky Kong who teams up with Donkey Kong in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure DLC.
  • Rabbid Kong - A Rabbid resembling a larger version of Donkey Kong who acted as a boss in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure DLC and later becomes friends with Rabbid Peach, Donkey Kong, and Rabbid Cranky.

Rejects

Unknown

  • Ancient Kongs - In Donkey Kong Country Returns, the Key Stages/K Stages/Key Temples/K Temples depict illustrations of an ancient Kong civilization from long ago who are shown with bananas, heavily implying that the potassium fruit was worshipped by them. The ancient Kong society are strongly implied to have lived contemporary with the Tiki Tak Tribe, as the Tiki Tribe's golden temples erupt and rise from underground when all the K-O-N-G Letters in their respective world are collected.
  • Chained Kongs - Presumed Kong Family members that work under the imprisonment of the Smithy Gang. There is also a sub-species known as "Guerillas".

Allies

Gallery

Emblem

Group

Theme

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The Kong Family's theme is the first part from the track known as DK Island Swing.[12]

Title Description Composer Game
Kong Family (Donkey Kong Country)
DK Island Swing
First part from the jungle theme. David Wise Donkey Kong Country
Kong Family (Donkey Kong Country 3)
Wrinkly's Save Cave
The theme that plays in Wrinkly's Save Cave. David Wise[13] Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Kong Family (Super Smash Bros.)
Kongo Jungle
An arrangement of the first part from DK Island Swing Yasunori Mitsuda
Kenta Nagata
Koji Kondo
Super Smash Bros.
Kong Family (SSBM)
Jungle Japes
An arrangement of the first part from DK Island Swing Hirokazu Ando
Shogo Sakai
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Kong Family (Donkey Kong Country Returns) 1
DK Island Swing
First part from the jungle theme. Minako Hamano
Masaru Tajima
Shinji Ushiroda
Daisuke Matsuoka
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Kong Family (Donkey Kong Country Returns) 2
Palm Tree Grove
Shadow levels theme which is an arrangement of DK Island Swing.
Kong Family (Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze) 1
Loading
The theme plays in the loading screen. David Wise Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Kong Family (Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze) 2
Bopopolis
The theme plays in the Temple levels 2-K Bopopolis, 4-K Spinning Spines, and 6-K Slippy Spikes.

References

  1. Cranky's words: "Have you been to see the other members of the Kong family? They're not as useful as me of course, but they might be able to help." - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  2. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 16
  3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 21
  4. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 24
  5. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 14
  6. Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1994, p.19
  7. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 8
  8. DK Rap singer: "He's the first member of the DK crew!" - Donkey Kong 64
  9. Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1994, p. 29
  10. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1996, p. 13
  11. http://oldgamemags.ukprintarchive.com/Nintendo%20Consoles/Nintendo%20Magazine%20System%20(UK)/NMS-UK-051.pdf/#page/22
  12. David Wise's like in Twitter
  13. Leigh Loveday, February 06, 2006 edition of Scribes. Rareware.com
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