- For fighter info, see Donkey Kong (SSB), Donkey Kong (SSBM), Donkey Kong (SSBB), and Donkey Kong (SSB4).
- For the arcade and Nintendo Entertainment System game, see Donkey Kong (game).
Official artwork of Donkey Kong from Fortune Street.
|Debut||Donkey Kong (1981)|
|Smash Bros. appearances||SSB|
|Most recent appearance||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)|
|Console of origin||Arcade|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|English voice actor||Soupy Sales (Saturday Supercade)|
Gary Chalk (Captain N: The Game Master)
Richard Yearwood (TV series)
Kevin Bayliss (1994 - 1999)
Dex Manley (2003-2005)
|Japanese voice actor||Takashi Nagasako (2004-present)|
Kōichi Yamadera (TV series)
|Article on Donkey Kong Wiki||Donkey Kong|
Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング, Donkī Kongu) is the main protagonist from the Donkey Kong series. In his first appearance, Donkey Kong, he was the opponent of Mario, but he soon starred in the Mario series games which depicted him as a protagonist, though he remains a featured character in Mario spinoff games.
 Character description
A character named Donkey Kong made his first appearance in the arcade game of the same name. Here, he was Mario's first opponent who held his girlfriend, Pauline, captive over a construction building. Mario had to make his way to the top of the tower to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong would later return in Donkey Kong Jr. which saw his young son rescuing him from the now antagonist Mario. He would once again be featured in Donkey Kong 3 which saw him go up against Stanley the Bugman. However, this Donkey Kong is generally thought of as a separate character to the Donkey Kong prominent in future games of his franchise, as well as Super Smash Bros.
After this, Donkey Kong seemed to be largely forgotten in the video game industry aside from remakes of the arcade classic, until Rareware released Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. Donkey Kong Country saw the appearance of Cranky Kong, who claimed to be the original Donkey Kong from the Donkey Kong arcade games. The current Donkey Kong appearing from Donkey Kong Country onwards is the original Donkey Kong's grandson. Donkey Kong Country depicted Donkey Kong's first battle with his arch-enemy King K. Rool, and was such a massive success that it helped the SNES take the lead in the 16-bit console war. The game was followed by two sequels in which Donkey Kong was kidnapped by King K. Rool. As such Donkey Kong was not playable, and was replaced by Dixie Kong.
However, Donkey Kong would be featured in Super Smash Bros. which marked his first appearance in a fighting game. He would then finally be featured once again as a playable character in Donkey Kong 64 for the Nintendo 64. He would then be featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee before starring in the Donkey Konga series and Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat.
While he has switched between appearing as a protagonist and as an antagonist, Donkey Kong had always essentially been good and never really been evil. He remains a part of the Mario universe appearing in many of the Mario spinoff games. Donkey Kong also appeared as a baby in Yoshi's Island DS; and in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, which brings back Mario and Donkey Kong's rivalry.
 In Super Smash Bros.
 As a playable character
His in-game description is as follows:
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong and Mario started out as arch-rivals, but they've patched things up in recent years. These days DK spends his time searching the jungle for bananas instead of kidnapping beautiful maidens. In the past few years, other members of the Kong family have cashed in on DK's fame as well, including his favorite nephew, Diddy.
 In Super Smash Bros. Melee
 As a playable character
Donkey Kong returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a starting playable character. He remains mostly the same from the original, but his new side special move, the Headbutt, allows DK to embed his opponents into the ground giving him some free hits. Donkey Kong is known for his incredible strength -- he is capable of walking and jumping while carrying Crates, Barrels, and Party Balls, items that normally decrease a character's walking speed and cause them to become unable to jump. He is also no longer the heaviest Super Smash Bros. character; the newcomer Bowser surpassed him.
As a playable character, Donkey Kong has three trophies, a normal trophy acquired by beating the Classic Mode with Donkey Kong on any difficulty, and "Smash Red" and "Smash Blue" trophies won by beating the Adventure and All-Star Modes, respectively.
His normal trophy reads:
While he now prefers the laid-back jungle lifestyle to construction site mischief, DK is often forced back into action by the Kremling Krew. The great ape is quite fast despite his burly physique, and he keeps his strength up with a steady diet of his favorite food: bananas. His one extravagance (and only piece of clothing) is a monogrammed necktie.
- Donkey Kong, Arcade 1981
 In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Donkey Kong returns as a starting playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is no longer the sole representative of his series, as Diddy Kong appears alongside him as well. With new physics in the game, Donkey Kong can no longer be comboed as easily, like in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and his power, range, recovery and speed stats have slightly improved and is no longer in top falling speed. His Final Smash is the Konga Beat in which DK takes out the Bongos and plays them. By timing their button presses, the attack power can be increased. During this move, DK is invincible, but it is more risky when playing on a moving stage like Rumble Falls (ironically, Diddy's and DK's stage). Though, the screen scrolls much more slowly while the Final Smash is in action.
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.
 In Super Smash Bros. 4
Donkey Kong has been confirmed as a playable character.
- Unlike in most DK games and Mario spinoffs, where Donkey Kong has a cartoonish voice, the Super Smash Bros. series has him using gorilla-like roars, most likely for intimidation, with Super Smash Bros. being a fighting game. This is also to make Donkey Kong look more realistic since he's not the only animalistic character to use more realistic voices rather than their usual cartoonish voice in their own games.
- Donkey Kong is the only character who can walk at a normal speed when carrying a heavy item such as a Crate or Barrel; he also is the only character who can jump and fall while doing so. This is assumed to originate from DK's ability to carry and throw barrels from Donkey Kong Country (and his general place as the strongest character in SSB64). While other characters that could feasibly rival DK's carrying strength have appeared in later Smash Bros. games (such as Bowser or Ganondorf), DK remains unique in carrying heavy items.
- Donkey Kong, along with Link, Snake, Mega Man, and Sonic, are the only characters in the Smash series to appear in another fighting game. Donkey Kong appeared in Punch-Out!! for Wii as a secret opponent.
- Strangely, in all the games in the Super Smash Bros. series, whenever Donkey Kong uses an item like the Fire Flower or the Ray Gun, he will grasp the top of his head while firing them, as if he's not sure what to make of the weapon.
Characters in the Super Smash Bros. series
|Super Smash Bros.||Mario · Donkey Kong · Link · Samus · Yoshi · Kirby · Fox · Pikachu · Luigi · Captain Falcon · Ness · Jigglypuff|
|New in Melee||Bowser · Peach · Zelda · Sheik · Ice Climbers · Mewtwo · Marth · Mr. Game & Watch · Dr. Mario · Ganondorf · Falco · Young Link · Pichu · Roy|
|New in Brawl||Diddy Kong · Ike · King Dedede · Lucario · Lucas · Meta Knight · Olimar · Pit · Pokémon Trainer (Ivysaur · Squirtle · Charizard) · R.O.B. · Snake · Sonic · Toon Link · Wario · Wolf · Zero Suit Samus|
|New in SSB4||Mega Man · Villager · Wii Fit Trainer|
Donkey Kong universe
|Characters||Donkey Kong (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Diddy Kong (SSBB)|
|Stages||SSB: Congo Jungle|
SSBM: Kongo Jungle · Jungle Japes · Past Stages: Kongo Jungle
SSBB: 75 m · Rumble Falls · Melee Stages: Jungle Japes
|Items||SSB: Hammer |
SSBM: Barrel Cannon
SSBB: Spring, Peanut
|Trophies & Stickers||Trophies in Melee · Trophies in Brawl · Stickers in Brawl|
|Music||Music in Brawl|
|Related universes||Mario · Wario · Yoshi · R.O.B.|