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Donkey Kong (or DK for short) is a strong gorilla who loves bananas. He is Vector's rival in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. His grandfather Cranky Kong was enemies with Mario in the first game, but the current Donkey Kong and Mario seem to be on better terms. Donkey Kong joins Mario and friends as a newcomer in the Mario & Sonic series.

Game appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Donkey Kong is a playable character and a Trophy in Super Smash Bros Brawl. He is a heavy weight character with fast running and movement speed. His strong attacks are also quite a fast.

Special moves
  • Standard: Giant Punch
Charge with the B Button, then press again to punch. Stop charging with the Z Button.
  • Side: Headbutt
Whack standing foes with a mighty head smash to drive them into the ground.
  • Down: Hand Slap
Slap the ground and send nearby foes into the air. Can be performed multiple times in a row.
  • Up: Spinning Kong
Poor vertical gain but great for horizontal recovery.
  • Final Smash: Konga Beat
Attack by beating out a vicious beat on the DK Bongos. DK is invincible - you can power the attack up by pressing the A Button in time with the music.
Trophy Description
Name Image Games Description
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong - Brawl Trophy
  • SNES-Donkey Kong Country
  • N64-Donkey Kong 64
A carefree jungle dweller with the charisma of a natural leader. He keeps busy by foiling the plans of the Kremlings and their boss, King K. Rool. As his physique suggests, this ape is a powerhouse. He's got speed to match too, and his love for bananas is second to none. His famous necktie is adorned with his initials, DK.
Konga Beat Konga Beat - Brawl Trophy
  • Wii - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
DK about to go to town with some bongos! His performance is so magnificent and upbeat that it creates damage-inducing sound waves. Press the buttons in time to the music, and the sound waves may grow stronger. DK's invulnerable when launching this attack, but he's also immobile, so be careful using it on scrolling stages.
Subspace Emissary

Donkey Kong made a significant appearance in the Subspace Emissary, he first appeared when he spotted a Koopa's truck filled with a towering stack of bananas. He and Diddy Kong set out to catch the truck. They end up stopping the truck and taking the bananas but Bowser appears with his Dark Cannon. He attempts to trophicate Diddy Kong but his best friend knocks him out of the way. Trophicated, Donkey Kong is captured by Bowser. Eventually, Diddy Kong teams up with Fox and later, Falco who destroys Bowser's Dark Cannon.

Diddy Kong then teams up with Captain Falcon and Olimar and they soon liberate Donkey Kong. Freed, Donkey Kong rejoins Diddy Kong in a quest to stop the Ancient Minister. Donkey Kong eventually reaches the Subspace Bomb Factory and breaks the door open. There, he sees the Ancient Minister's remorse. On Ganondorf's orders, the R.O.B. sentries activate all Subspace bombs. The Ancient Minister, sick and tired of seeing the world disappear, stops the sentries, only to be shot repeatedly by them and combusted. Donkey Kong and the others see this sorrowful event and try to stop the bombs. Then, the Ancient Minister's robe burned and was revealed to be the R.O.B. sentry leader. DK, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, Samus and R.O.B. then fend off the R.O.B. sentries. They do not disable the bombs however and R.O.B. breaks down in sadness. Captain Falcon leads everyone out of the factory while DK picks up R.O.B. They are all reunited with the other characters and as a great team, they invade Subspace in search of a solution to the problem. They find Tabuu, who immediately emits a shockwave that trophicates everyone. Donkey Kong and the others are revived by the brave acts of Ness, Luigi and King Dedede who were still under the rubble in Dedede's castle and revived by Dedede's badges. Donkey Kong was also playable in the Great Maze to defeat Tabuu and return the world once and for all.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Donkey Kong appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He appears as a fast and strong character, along with fast attacks.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Donkey Kong returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside every character in the series that was ever playable.

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games


DK in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Donkey Kong was originally going to be playable in this game, but was cut from the final character roster. His data remains however, and he is playable via hacking.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Donkey Kong appears as a playable character and a Power-type in this game. Despite being classified as a Power-Type, Donkey Kong also excels in speed on the Wii version, and he also has average acceleration and below average skill.

Icon Name Ability Type Wii Stats DS stats Special Emblem
Donkeykongicon Donkey Kong Power Donkey-Kong-Wii-Stats Donkey-Kong-DS-Stats
  • Hand Slap Dash
  • Spinning Kong
  • Cannon Shot
  • Donkey Kong Special
DK flag

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Donkey Kong appears as a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is again a Power type character, and is also fast compared to the other Power characters.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

Donkey Kong appears once more in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He is a Power type character.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Donkey Kong returns again as a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the 3DS version, Donkey Kong is playable in the Boxing and Beach Volleyball events. Donkey Kong appears in the Road to Rio mode as the player's partner for Beach Volleyball in Mario's story.

In the Wii U version, Donkey Kong is playable in every event.

Donkey Kong is also a playable character in the Arcade version of the game.

Together in Parody

Marge Be Not Proud

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Sonic, Donkey Kong and others, tempting Bart Simpson to steal a video game

In December 1995, the hit prime time comedy The Simpsons showed Episode 3F07, "Marge Be Not Proud" which featured appearances by Sonic and Donkey Kong. There was a scene in this episode where Bart is tempted to steal a video game. In his head, Bart is visited by Luigi, Mario, Donkey Kong and Sonic who all try to justify Bart stealing the game.

Donkey Kong's Quote
"Duuuh, it's the company's fault for making you want it so bad."
Sonic's Quote
"Just take it! Take it! Take it! take it! take it! Take it!... Take it!"

The Simpsons Game

Both Sonic and Donkey Kong appear in the Simpsons Game in the level Enter the Cheatrix. Similarly, both characters must be killed for the player to progress in the game. Donkey Kong captures Professor Frink who must be rescued by the Simpson kids. At one point in their pursuit of Donkey Kong, the kids find Sonic walking on a conveyor belt which must be stopped. Bart shoots Sonic with a slingshot, making Sonic fall into a pool of chemicals. Donkey Kong is the boss of the level who, when defeated also disintegrates in the pool of chemicals and when he falls in, a hand emerges from the chemicals and gives the player a thumbs up before sinking.


  • Having Vector as DK's rival makes perfect sense since DK is enemies with an evil clan of crocs called the Kremlings. Even though Vector is not a Kremling, DK probably has a natural prejudice towards crocodiles.


Non-Sonic Characters