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Winky the Frog

Winky's artwork from Donkey Kong Country.
Gender Male
Species Frog
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Powers/Abilities High Jumping Skill and Agility
Allies Kong Family
Enemies Kremling Krew
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (cameo)
Donkey Konga 3

Not to be confused with a similarly named Kong, Wrinkly Kong.

Winky the Frog is a one-time Animal Buddy from Donkey Kong Country who aided the Kongs during the attack on Donkey Kong Island. He is first found in the first level of Monkey Mines, where the level, Winky's Walkway, is named after him.


Donkey Kong Country[]

Though Winky's only playable appearance was in Donkey Kong Country, he was very helpful then. He, being a frog, had a great jumping ability, far surpassing the Kong's, and higher than any other Animal Buddy's jump. Winky also had the notable ability to be able to jump on a Zinger's head and defeat it. His jumping ability is usually used to reach bonus areas or to grab some bananas. He would later be replaced with Rattly the Rattlesnake in DKC2.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[]

His latest appearance was in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's Monkey Museum. Here a Winky figurine was a background Easter Egg, and is on sale for $5.

Donkey Kong 64[]

He is mentioned in the game's manual. Cranky (from whose point of view the manual is written) expresses hope that Winky, along with Expresso, will appear in the game as opposed to Rambi. Contrary to this, Rambi appears in the game while Winky and Expresso don't.






  • When touched by an enemy while Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong is riding him, he will make the same scream Kritters make when defeated.
  • According to brothers Greg Mayles and Steve Mayles, the reason the Animal Friend was not a playable character in future games is because of the two designers' dislike of him.[1][2]