King K. Rool
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. 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.
King K. Rool appears as a trophy.
King K. Rool appears as both a trophy and a sticker.
As a trophy
The King K. Rool trophy is unlocked by clearing Target Smash level 4 with all characters.
As a sticker
As a costume
As a trophy
The King K. Rool trophy appears in both versions of the game.
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.
As a playable character
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.
King K. Rool's general design, including his gold-plated belly and waist-long cape, is based off his appearance in the original Donkey Kong Country. However, his smaller crown, shortened tail, blue gem at the front of his cape, lack of a vertical indentation on his stomach, and more expressive eyes come from Donkey Kong spinoff developer Paon's post-Donkey Kong 64 redesign of the character. His more pronounced scales are original to the Smash Bros series. During certain attacks, he dons outfits as references to several games, such as his "Kaptain K. Rool"'s pirate hat from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest during Blunderbuss, and "Baron K. Roolenstein"'s Propellerpack from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
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