Donkey Kong or as you can call him by his initials DK is a trustworthy hero gorilla that appeared in the 1981 game Donkey Kong and is the main protogonist of the Donkey Kong series. Though his name is Donkey Kong his father was name Donkey Kong and was the original one in the first game Donkey Kong. When the original Donkey Kong in the 1981 game Donkey Kong was the main antogonist he got old and retired and was eventually change to his name Cranky Kong from his crankiness and Donkey Kong Jr. took Cranky Kong original name to Donkey Kong.
When Donkey Kong was a baby, he was stolen from his treetop home by Kamek and his evil Toady army during their massive kidnapping spree. However, DK met the Yoshis and greatly helped them in their quest to defeat the Koopa Troop. When riding on a Yoshi’s back, Donkey Kong helped them perform many special moves, such as the vine climb and shoulder charge. It is now aware that this Baby Donkey Kong is the current Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong's first game. In Donkey Kong Junior Mario kidnapped the original Donkey Kong because of what happen in the first game Donkey Kong when Donkey Kong kidnapped Pauline so Mario keeps Donkey Kong to keep him from from kidnapping Pauline so Mario lock him in a cage with every whip until at the end Donkey Kong Jr. free his father. In Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong was a main villain once again, although this time he did not fight Mario (who had gone on to star in his own series, and would not meet with Donkey Kong again until much later). In this game, Donkey Kong has gone on a rampage inside a greenhouse and a local exterminator called Stanley the Bugman was called in to defeat him (along with other bugs destroying plants in the greenhouse). Donkey Kong would use a system of ropes to lower himself to the greenhouse floor. When he reaches the floor, the game ends and Donkey Kong is able to destroy the rest of the greenhouse. After Stanley sprays Donkey Kong with insecticide three times to keep him off the greenhouse floor, he runs away.
- Super Mario Strikers is the first game in which Donkey Kong has worn something other than a tie since Donkey Kong Jr.
- Donkey Kong appears in Nintendo Monopoly. He replaces Marvin Gardens, and costs $280.
- In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga a skeleton monkey named Bink bears an uncanny resemblance to Donkey Kong.
- Donkey Kong's emblem in various games is his DK logo.
- Donkey Kong's speech is changed throughout many games. During Donkey Kong Country, he spoke with good grammar and proper English. In Donkey Kong 64 he used improper grammar and broken English, and spoke in a third person view, for example saying "Donkey all confused....". In both games, he only has 2 lines, and speaks in the very beginning of the game. In all later games, Donkey Kong doesn't speak at all and just makes ape noises. However, in the Mario Party games released after Mario Party 4, he spoke with proper grammar, and all Mario Party games before that, he only made monkey noises.
- A Monster Truck based on Donkey Kong appeared at Monster Jam 2007.
- Donkey Kong, along with Birdo and a few others, were originally going to appear as playable characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, but were scrapped before the final product was finished for unknown reasons.
- There has been some confusion over the years as to whether the current Donkey Kong is Donkey Kong Jr. or his son. Cranky Kong has been referred to as Donkey Kong's grandfather in the past, but Rare seems to have entirely reconnected this.
- If the player does not control Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country Returns for some time, he will bring out his DS..