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Manky Kong
Manky Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES.
Alias(es) Kong reject orangutans[1]

Family Kong Family,
Lanky Kong
Species Kong
Sub-Species Orangutan

Powers/Abilities Can summon and throw an unlimited number of barrels rapidly
Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for GBA) (2003)

Manky Kongs are enemies in the game Donkey Kong Country. They are the only Kongs in the game that are actually enemies. In fact, these orangutans are described as "Kong reject orangutans", implying that they have been exiled from the Kong Family for their savagery.[1][2]


Donkey Kong Country

They are drastically different in appearance from the Kongs despite their shared species. Manky Kongs first appear in the Vine Valley stage Orang-utan Gang. They are dangerous enemies, but can be defeated with jump or roll attacks from Donkey and Diddy Kong.

Aside from the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color versions of Donkey Kong Country, Manky Kongs have not appeared again. However, another orangutan named Lanky Kong appears in the game Donkey Kong 64, as a playable character. It leaves Lanky Kong, as the only one still allied with the Kong Family.


Manky Kongs attack by throwing a (seemingly) endless supply of barrels in the Kongs' path. If the heroes jump onto the other side of a Manky Kong, the enemy will turn around and attack from behind. As with other regular enemies, jumping or rolling into them will defeat the Manky Kongs, but the former is usually safer. In later stages, these enemies normally appear in high places throwing barrels, acting as obstacles.





  • The name Manky Kong comes from the words "mangy" and "skanky", and a pun on the word "monkey".[2] Manky is also a British slang term, meaning "dirty". This is likely because Rareware, the developer of Donkey Kong Country, is a British company.
  • It can be speculated that the different appearances of Manky Kongs, when compared to regular Kongs, is likely due to they being affected by the energy from Krocodile Kore in the Lost World[3] of the game Donkey Kong Country 2, that flows under the Crocodile Isle.
  • In regards to primates allied to the Kremling Krew, Manky Kongs are similar to Minkeys, monkey enemies from the games Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III.
  • Manky Kong appeared in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker (see Artwork in the Gallery section above).
  • Manky Kong's name is similar to Mankey[4], a pig monkey creature from the Pokémon[5] franchise.
  • There are a total of 18 Manky Kongs in Donkey Kong Country.


  1. 1.0 1.1 MANKY KONG: "These Kong reject orangutans do know how to roll out the barrel!"
    Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, page 29 on Nintendo Japan
  2. 2.0 2.1 MANKY KONG: "Manky Kong is really mad. Probably because he was never accepted as part of the Kong group. The word "manky" seems to be derived from the words "mangy" and "skanky." It's certainly befitting for such an unsightly ape. Every time that you come across Manky Kong, you'll need to take immediate action. He has a never-ending supply of barrels and he's not shy about throwing them at you. Generally, Manky Kong will toss three barrels quickly, pause, and then start throwing them again. Use that pause to your advantage and move in on him!"
    —M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, page 16 on Wayback Machine
  3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Instruction Booklet, page 22 on Games Database
  4. Mankey on Bulbapedia
  5. Pokémon on Bulbapedia