Kong Family

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Not to be confused with Kong, which is about the overall species.
Kong Family
General information
Leader Donkey Kong
Cranky Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Diddy Kong
Funky Kong
Candy Kong
Dixie Kong
Wrinkly Kong
Swanky Kong
Kiddy Kong
Lanky Kong
Tiny Kong
Chunky Kong
Dread Kong
Karate Kong
Ninja Kong
Sumo Kong
Member species
Allies Brothers Bears
Enemies Kremling Krew
Tiki Tak Tribe
First appearance Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
“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.”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Kong Family (also known as Donkey Kong Family,[1] Kong Klan and DK Crew[2][3]) is a Kong bloodline whose first known member was the Cranky Kong's great grandfather.[4] The family became a resistance group of the Kong Island when the Kremling Krew invaded it and Donkey Kong is the leader.[5][6]


The emblem is the initials D and K red embroidered with yellow. The emblem is visible on Donkey Kong's tie and several other objects, including barrels, coins, pennants, portals, dirt piles, stars, flags, and switches.


Background information

The Kong Family comes from the lineage of the current Donkey Kong.[7] The first member of the family was Cranky's unnamed great-grandfather who was only mentioned by the Bazaar when selling the mirror.[4] Cranky married Wrinkly Kong where she gave birth to Donkey Kong Jr. and Junior generated the hero DK.[7]

Donkey Kong franchise

During the Kremling Krew invasion, the Kong Family became a resistance group against any intruders who are after the island's resources and helped create a union through Dixie's family & close friends.[8] When DK is in danger or absent, minor members as Diddy or Dixie become main leaders of the clan to the rescue.[9][10][11]

The family committed several heroic acts throughout the franchise, for example: recover the Banana Hoard, rescued DK on enemy territory, freed the Kong Country from Kremling Kreeps, fought for the fate of the home island, collected the medals of the Jungle Jam, saved the universe, destroyed all Tikis and took back the home island from the Snowmads.

The clan is not alone, it has allies from other worlds. The Brothers Bear for example know the Kong Family members and Funky Kong is the friend of them.[12][13][14][15] K. Lumsy which is the K. Rool's younger brother, love the Kongs and neighboring island.[16][17] Xananab and his people became an ally of the family for being helped to retrieve the 5 Crystal Bananas and to save his home planet.[18]


Donkey Kong Country

  • Nintendo Power vol. 65 (page 19): Kong's family helps out in many ways, from advice to transportation. Introducing Cranky, Candy and Funky Kong!

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

  • SNES instruction booklet (page 26): Even though Diddy and Dixie are supposed to be going on this quest on their own, the rest of the Kong clan just couldn't stay out of it, especially since there is money to be made helping beginning adventures! You'll find all the Kong family members in the prime business locations throughot Crocodile Isle.
  • Player's Guide (page 7): The rest of the Kong clan will be happy to perform many valuable services-that is, if you've got a few Banana Coins to spare!

Donkey Kong Country 3: Diddy Kong's Double Trouble!

  • SNES instruction booklet (page 16): Everyone's getting in on the act! This time around, the Kong Family members offer their services free, with the exeption of Swanky Kong (of course)! You'll find Kong Family members in every world.
  • Player's Guide (page 8): Donkey and Diddy might be off exploring the island, but Dixie and Kiddy can always find a hairy helping hand or a world of encouragement from other members of the Kong Klan. While these reliable relatives won't join you in your adventure, each family member possesses an important skill that can make your jungle jonrney just a little bit easier.

Donkey Kong 64

  • Instruction booklet bio from Cranky Kong (page 8): You’ll find the services of these unsung heroes invaluable as you trudge through your third-rate quest. I’d now like to introduce you to the most important character in the game, as well as my trusty assistants who have minor roles, too. Just remember that we rightfully expect our expertise to be rewarded, so do collect a good haul of Banana Bunch Coins before you even think about disturbing me, won’t you?
  • Player's Guide (page 6): There's more to Donkey Kong 64 than a barrelful of monkeys. Besides the five starring Kongs, family favorites such as Cranky and Wrinkly refused to stay away once they heard about all the fun. There are new supporting characters, as well. Meet them now-up close and personal.
  • Nintendo Power vol. 141 (page 70): At the beginning of your adventure, you'll guide Donkey Kong through the DK Isles. As you progress, you will free the other members of the Kong family and you will be able to switch control to those Kongs at Tag Barrels.


DK's family

Dixie's family





Musical themes

Main article: DK Island Swing

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese (Simplified) 刚家族
Gāng Jiāzú
Kong Family
Chinese (Traditional) 剛家族
Gāng Jiāzú
Kong Family
French Famille Kong Kong Family
German Kong-Familie Kong Family
Italian Famiglia Kong Kong Family
Spanish Familia Kong Kong Family


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 5
  2. ^ "DK Rap singer:He's the first member of the D.K. crew!♫" - Donkey Kong 64
  3. ^ "Narrator: The DK Crew came to his tropical paradise for a little R&R." - DK: Jungle Climber
  4. ^ a b "Bazaar: Yes, but it's no ordinary one though! It was Cranky's great grandfather's! I can't let it go for less than 50 coins." - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Magazine Vol. 65, October, 1994, p. 20 - BAD AND UGLY: Donkey Kong's Island has been overrun by the Kremlings. Their lizard ancestors may have been slow and cold blooded, but Kremlings move fast. We’ve gathered some strategies to help get you past K. Rool’s mean green team."
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Magazine Vol. 141, February, 2001, p. 70 - DONKEY KONG: The leader of the Kong family is a Kremling-crushing master."
  7. ^ a b Playing with Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics Prima Games, p. 112 - "THE DK LINEAGE: Super Mario Kart is the only Mario Kart game to feature Donkey Kong Jr. Due to the success of Donkey Kong Country, all future Mario Kart entries featured Donkey Kong, who is actually Donkey Kong Jr.'s son, with Cranky Kong, aka Donkey Kong Sr., canonically being the character featured in the original Donkey Kong game. Make sense, right?"
  8. ^ "Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1994, p. 4 - INTRODUCTION: The Kremlings were out there, this much was certain. They coveted Donkey Kong's banana stock-pile, the largest on the island, and probably in the world. A treasure in potassium and vitamin A. The perfect food.
  9. ^ "Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1995, p. 11 - "DIDDY KONG: Diddy's in the starring role this tine and he's off to prove himself a true member of Kong Family of Video Game Heroes."
  10. ^ "Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1996, p. 12 - "DIXIE KONG: Dixie Kong is in the starring role as she quest across the islands in search of her friends."
  11. ^ "Diddy Kong Racing Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1997, p. 23 - "DIDDY KONG: Regarded as a hero after all his adventures in Kong country, the young primate is a long-time friend of Timber and doesn't think twice about responding to his call for help."
  12. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1996, p. 5 - TROUBLE AGAIN!: Before they left, Funky told them to keep their eyes peeled for some cool junk! He also told them to visit his friendly pals, the Brothers Bear for help."
  13. ^ "Funky Kong: Whoa! Bogus docking, Kongs! Get my crate back in here before that clumsy Bazaar parks it on the rocks!" - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  14. ^ "Brash: Hey did you happen to join Wrinkly's ramblers on their monthly trundle along the river bank? I reckon so!" - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  15. ^ "Barter: That posin' Funky fella has been acting a bit weird lately." - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  16. ^ Character page. Nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  17. ^ "K. Lumsy: Such a lovely little island, full of cute monkeys - so I said no." - Donkey Kong 64
  18. ^ "Xananab: You saved Plantaen! As my way of saying thank you bo bank you, have some bananas!" - DK: Jungle Climber