Debut: Donkey Kong (AG, 1981) / Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994)
Donkey Kong, also known as "DK" for short, is 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.
- This Donkey Kong is actually Donkey Kong Jr. all grown up, while Cranky Kong is the original Donkey Kong from the arcade games.
- In the Super Smash Bros. series, Donkey Kong is given realistic sounding gorilla grunts. This won't be the case in Chronicles of Illusion, as he will maintain his cartoonish gorilla grunts from his home series.
- In the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series (with the notable exception of the original Beijing 2008 installment), Donkey Kong appears as a playable character.
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