King K. Rool

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For fighter info, see King K. Rool (SSBU).
King K. Rool
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King K. Rool's artwork from Donkey Kong 64.

Universe Donkey Kong
Debut Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mario Super Sluggers (2008)
Console of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Kremling
Gender Male
Place of origin Crocodile Isle
Created by Gregg Mayles
Designed by Steve Mayles
Article on Super Mario Wiki King K. Rool

King K. Rool (キングクルール, King K. Rool) is the main antagonist of the Donkey Kong series and the archenemy of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.

Character Description[edit]

King K. Rool's artwork from DK: Jungle Climber.

King K. Rool is the leader of the Kremling Krew, and King of the Kremlings. He is the main antagonist of most games in the Donkey Kong series and the archenemy of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, making his debut in Donkey Kong Country as the final boss. In that game, he steals Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's banana hoard for unknown reasons, but two official reasons given are either that he likes bananas, or he's stealing them in order to starve Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong and occupy their treehouse[1]. He made his return again in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest as pirate captain "Kaptain K. Rool", where he kidnaps Donkey Kong and demands the Kongs' banana hoard for ransom, but Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong instead go to his home island, Crocodile Isle, to rescue him. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! has him assume the alias of mad scientist "Baron K. Roolenstein", as well as kidnap both Donkey and Diddy to power his robot KAOS, in a bid to control the Northern Kremisphere; Dixie and Kiddy stop these plans and free Donkey and Diddy. In Donkey Kong 64, he reappears in a new mechanical version of his old island, plotting to destroy DK Island with his Blast-O-Matic, but it gets damaged on arrival. He thus has Diddy, Lanky, Tiny, and Chunky captured, as well as Donkey and Diddy's banana hoard stolen again, to buy time to repair the weapon. Once the Kongs disable it, K. Rool flees, but crashes his airship on DK Island, where the final battle, an extended boxing match where he goes by "King Krusha K. Rool" (with a typical champion boxer getup), takes place. He also appears in the Donkey Kong Land series, in similar roles to their SNES counterparts, as well as DK: King of Swing and DK: Jungle Climber. However, he did not appear in either game of the revived Donkey Kong series (Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze), and neither do his Kremlings.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

King K. Rool appears as a trophy.

Trophy information[edit]

King K. Rool trophy in Melee.
King K. Rool
The demented head of the Kremlings and big boss in the Donkey Kong series. K. Rool is a giant, greedy glutton with a serious eye tic. While he fits the evil boss mold nicely, he's just enough of a bumbler to have gained a few fans over the years. His plan to blow up the DK Isles with his Blast-o-Matic shows how unbalanced he is.
Donkey Kong Country

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

King K. Rool appears as both a trophy and a sticker.

As a trophy[edit]

The King K. Rool trophy is unlocked by clearing Target Smash level 4 with all characters.

King K. Rool trophy in Brawl.
The supreme commander of the Kremling Krew. King K. Rool steal bananas from Donkey Kong and ends up kidnapping Diddy Kong. He is so good at playing dead that sometimes the credits even roll as he lies there, feigning defeat. His brother[sic], Kaptain K. Rool, made an appearance in the game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
SNES: Donkey Kong Country
N64: Donkey Kong 64

As a sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Characters
King K. Rool Donkey Kong 64 AttackThrowing+029TypeIcon(Throwing).png Attack +29 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker King K. Rool (DK64).png
King K. Rool

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a costume[edit]

Mii Brawlers dressed as King K. Rool.

King K. Rool is the basis for a paid downloadable content costume for Mii Brawlers, released as part of the third wave of costumes. The costume mixes elements from his older and newer designs.

As a trophy[edit]

The King K. Rool trophy appears in both versions of the game.

King K. Rool trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
King K. Rool trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

North America Whereas Mario often squares off against Bowser, Donkey Kong must fight against King K. Rool. He's a big croc with a big attitude...and a tiny crown. He probably could have been Donkey Kong's most trustworthy animal friend. Think he'll ever have a change of heart? Not likely.
Europe This guy is to Donkey Kong what Bowser is to Mario. This crowned Kremling has a serious attitude problem. If only he could have been one of DK's Animal Friends instead... Maybe with just a little change of heart, he still could be! On second thoughts...nope. Never gonna happen.

SNES: Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
N64: Donkey Kong 64 (11/1999)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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King K. Rool, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Main article: King K. Rool (SSBU)

King K. Rool was announced as a playable fighter for the first time in an Ultimate-centric Nintendo Direct on August 8, 2018. He uses many moves from his appearances in the Donkey Kong Country games, including his crown throw from the original, his Blunderbuss from Donkey Kong Country 2, his helicopter backpack from Donkey Kong Country 3, and his Blast-O-Matic and boxing gloves from Donkey Kong 64.


  • While King K. Rool has had a voice actor in his own series, with his current voice actor being Toshihide Tsuchiya, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does not give King K. Rool a voice actor, instead giving him realistic crocodile grunts and roars, similar to his appearances in some Donkey Kong games such as DK: King of Swing for the Game Boy Advance. The same thing happens to Donkey Kong, who is given relatively realistic gorilla grunts rather than using Takashi Nagasako's voice clips from other games; Diddy Kong, who uses realistic chimpanzee screeches instead of using voice clips from his current voice actor Katsumi Suzuki; and Bowser, who uses realistic roars instead of his current voice actor in the Mario games, Kenny James.
  • Although King K. Rool's name is the same between Japanese and English, the announcer pronounces it differently between regions: the English version pronounces it as "King Kay Rool", while the Japanese version pronounces it "King Cruel". This trait is shared with Lucina, Simon Belmont, and Richter Belmont.


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