Kong Family

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Not to be confused with Kong, which is about the overall species.
Have you been to see the other members of the Kong family? They're not as useful as me of course, but they might be able to help.
— Cranky Kong
The playable members of the Kong Family in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The Kong Family is the name given to the Kong relatives and friends of Donkey Kong. The patriarch of the family is Cranky Kong, the original Donkey Kong. In the Donkey Kong franchise series of video games, members of the Kong Family are either playable characters or supporting characters that aid the main heroes on their journey. They seem to be in constant conflict with the Kremling Krew, an organization bent on stealing the family's Banana Hoard and destroying Donkey Kong Island.


The family often uses the initials "DK" as a symbol, which most often represents Donkey Kong. It is seen on Donkey Kong's tie, DK Barrels, DK Coins, the Level Flags, DK Spaces, and various objects around DK Jungle. The symbol is also used in the Super Smash Bros. series, although in this context, it is used as the logo for the Donkey Kong franchise in general instead of just the Kong Family members (since King K. Rool and Klaptraps also use it).

Members of the Kong Family[edit]

Donkey Kong's family[edit]

Dixie Kong's family[edit]

  • Chunky Kong — Kiddy Kong's older brother, Dixie and Tiny Kong's cousin.
  • Dixie Kong — Diddy Kong's girlfriend, Tiny Kong's older sister, Kiddy and Chunky Kong's cousin.
  • Kiddy Kong — Chunky Kong's younger brother, Dixie and Tiny Kong's cousin.
  • Tiny Kong — Dixie Kong's younger sister, Kiddy and Chunky Kong's cousin.



The villainous Manky Kongs are described as "Kong reject orangutans."[3] Wrinkly is also related to Dixie and Kiddy Kong, and possibly Tiny and Chunky Kong as well, as one of her quotes from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie's Double Trouble! when saving the game at Wrinkly's Save Cave is "Aren't you going to give your favorite relative a good-bye kiss?" Additionally, according to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Rambi, Mine Cart, Rocket Barrel, and Professor Chops are all closely categorized under the Kong Family.

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コングファミリー
Kongu Famirī
Kong Family

Chinese (simplified) 刚家族
Gāng Jiāzú
Kong Family

Chinese (traditional) 剛家族
Gāng Jiāzú
Kong Family

Spanish Familia Kong
Kong Family


  1. ^ In Cranky's words: "A newcomer to the Kong clan and the joker of the pack. I haven't a clue whom he's related to—must be some distant cousin or something." - Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet, page 8.
  2. ^ Chunky's bio from German DK64 website: "The well-mannered giant gorilla is, in the truest sense of the word, a great guy, and sticks to Lanky, his uncle once-removed."
  3. ^ Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 29.