Cranky Kong is a character in the Donkey Kong series, and Donkey Kong's father. This old Kong first made an appearance in the video game Donkey Kong Country for the SNES, where he gave small tips for certain situations, like how to access a bonus level. He is married to Wrinkly Kong who died in between Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong 64. It is often stated that he is the original Donkey Kong and that the modern Donkey Kong is really Donkey Kong Jr., but recent games rarely mention this anymore. He is constantly breaking the fourth wall. For example, in Donkey Kong Country when you go to his cabin, he will say that if he was playing the game, he would have gotten there much faster.
History in Games
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. In Donkey Kong Country the old Kong gives advice at his cabin about the levels of the game.
In other Media
Cranky was a common character on the Donkey Kong Country TV series. Cranky lives in his cabin in the trees. Cranky keeps the Crystal Coconut in his cabin. Cranky is old, cranky, and sometimes harsh, but he can still joke around and still has feelings. Cranky was old friends with King K. Rool until K. Rool cheated in a contest.
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|Donkey Kong characters|
|Major Kongs||Cranky Kong • Candy Kong • Chunky Kong • Diddy Kong • Dixie Kong • Donkey Kong • Donkey Kong Jr. • Funky Kong • Kiddy Kong • Lanky Kong • Tiny Kong • Swanky Kong • Wrinkly Kong|
|Other Kongs||Bluster Kong • Leo Luster • Dread Kong • Eddie the Mean Old Yeti • Karate Kong • Kong Fu • Ninja Kong • Sumo Kong|
|Kremlings||King K. Rool • Kaptain Skurvy • Green Croc • Kalypso • Kass • Kerozene • Kip • K. Lumsy • Klubba • Kludge • Klump • Krusha • Kudgel • Kackle • Kritter • Klaptrap|
|Tiki Tak Tribe||Kalimba • Maraca Gang • Gong-Oh • Banjo Bottom • Wacky Pipes • Xylobone • Cordian • Tiki Tong|
|Snowmads||Pompy • Skowl • Ba-Boom • Fugu • Bashmaster • Lord Fredrik|