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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 name ("Kong" is actually akin to a species title rather than a surname), not all of them are biologically connected nor directly related via actual blood/familial ties to one another but instead the name is a sign of their union as a species, like a clan and tribes; thus membership appears to be earned. "Kong" is generally used as a common term to describe the primate species. They are always at odds with the evil Kremling Krew, who are always attempting to either steal their Banana Hoard or kidnap them. In some games, they are playable or supporting characters.

Members

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 to 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 Super Mario Kart, Mario Tennis (N64), and after his all grown up middle aged adult 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 similar to Jr.'s default/forward facing sprite from his 1982 arcade game and Donkey Kong Jr. Math, has a resemblance to Donkey Kong, and the fedora symbolizing fatherhood, 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 grandson. Donkey Kong Jr.'s son. Diddy Kong's uncle and best friend. Candy Kong's boyfriend and the ruler of DK Island.
    • Baby Donkey Kong - The present day Donkey Kong's younger self; 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.
  • Diddy Kong - Donkey Kong's nephew and little buddy. Dixie Kong's boyfriend. Cranky mentions him being Diddy's "great-grandpappy" in DKC2 which makes Diddy his great-grandson. DK Junior's grandson. 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 (excluding Diddy Kong)). Resembles a gorilla.

Dixie's Family

Friends

  • Funky Kong - One of Donkey Kong's closest friends and 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 girlfriend. Resembles a female bigfoot.
  • Swanky Kong - 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 character from the canceled Game Boy Advance game Diddy Kong Pilot. According to Rare he has been officially killed off and won't be making anymore appearances. 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 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 race of helpful and fun loving monkeys 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.
  • Bink - Is an undead 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

  • 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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