Series Donkey Kong series
Species Kong

Donkey Kong (son)

Wrinkly Kong (mother)

Diddy Kong (grandson)

Enemies Mario and Stanley the Bugman
First Game

Donkey Kong (1981)

(As the original Donkey Kong)

Donkey Kong Country (1994)

Cranky Kong is Donkey Kong's father, known for his constantly complaining and rambling father who has made numerous appearances throughout the Donkey Kong Series. He usually acts as a guide in the games to help his son Donkey Kong or his friends along their journey as he has had some enlightening experiences. Introduced in Donkey Kong Country, he has appeared in a number of Donkey Kong games, primarily as a reluctant adviser to Donkey Kong and his various simian pals (in game and in the instruction manuals), as well as running minigames and tutorials. His wife was Wrinkly Kong. Also, Daddy Kong hates Cranky because he likes Perry the Platypus's mom.

Cranky is the original Donkey Kong character featured in the 1981 arcade game: The current Donkey Kong (introduced in Donkey Kong Country) is Cranky's son.

As his name implies, Cranky is perpetually bitter about many things and complains about them to anyone who gives him even the slightest acknowledgment. He is mostly angry about the state of modern video games, once going so far as to complain about how many bits and bytes are used up to simply animate his swinging beard. Every time he sees any such thing he seems to fondly recall his heyday in which he was an 8-bit character with only three frames of animation.

History in GamesEdit

Cranky first appeared in the arcade game of his real name, Donkey Kong. He has kidnapped Pauline and climbed a construction site. He throws barrels and other objects at Mario who is trying to rescue the Pauline. Eventually Mario knocks down the girders DK is standing on causing him to fall and get knocked unconscious.

Next he is locked in a cage by Mario for kidnapping Pauline. His son Donkey Kong Jr. (the present day Donkey Kong) tries to grab the key and rescue his dad. He succeeds and Donkey Kong is freed.

His next appearance he breaks into a greenhouse bringing in insects with him. Stanley the Bugman must kill all the bugs and rid the place of Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong attacks by releasing the insects from hives. Eventually Stanley is able to kill all the bugs and kick Donkey Kong out of the greenhouse.

After many years, old age hits Donkey Kong and he takes the name Cranky Kong while his son takes the name Donkey Kong instead of Donkey Kong Jr.. In Donkey Kong Country the old Kong gives advice at his cabin about the levels of the game.

Donkey Kong CountryEdit

Cranky's first appearance as Cranky was in Donkey Kong Country. Here Cranky lives in a slightly rundown shack known as "Cranky's Cabin". From here, Cranky gives randomly selected advices on the game's various items and locations, mostly pertaining to the first few levels, to Donkey Kong and his friend Diddy Kong. Unlike the sequels, Cranky asks no fee for his advices and he can be consulted as many times as the player wants to.

Though Cranky is not actually in Donkey Kong Country's Game Boy sequel, Donkey Kong Land he is the one that sets off the events of the game. Cranky, slightly jealous of Donkey and Diddy's success over the evil King K. Rool tricks them into making a bet with him; if Donkey and Diddy can reclaim Donkey's banana hoard from King K. Rool again, this time on an eight-bit system, he will admit that they are adequate gaming heroes. In the end Cranky ends up eating his words when Donkey and Diddy once again defeat K. Rool and the Kremling Krew.


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