Funky Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong series. He first made his appearance in the Donkey Kong Country series and has been in the series since then. He is usually recognized by wearing a bandanna and sunglasses on his head.

Donkey Kong series

Donkey Kong Country/Land series

In the first Donkey Kong Country, he held a Boom Box and offered a plane barrel ride to any location you had completed or were currently working on. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, he rode a flying surfboard, and offered the same service. Finally, in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, he owned a workshop that has a jet ski, a hovercraft, a motorboat, and a Gyrocopter that can be unlocked by collecting all of the DK Coins.

Donkey Kong 64

Also, he did make an appearance in Donkey Kong 64, He sold weapons to the playable Kong members in this game, such as walnuts, peanuts, coconuts, oranges, and pineapples. He still kept the shades, although he did sport army fatigues this time.

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Funky Kong takes the role of the shopkeeper and help the other kongs on their journey. In the Nintendo Switch version however, he becomes a playable character with his own game mode.

Other games of the Donkey Kong series

It should also be noted that Funky Kong is a playable character in DK: King of Swing, Donkey Konga 3, DK: Jungle Climber, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart Wii

Funky Kong marks his only appearance in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart Wii where he is an unlockable heavyweight character that can be obtained by obtaining four Expert Staff Ghost Data on Time Trial mode. This is his first appearance in a game from the Mario series.

Mario sport games

Funky Kong is an unlockable character in Mario Super Sluggers where he uses a surfboard as a bat. He can be unlocked after he joins the player in Challenge Mode.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Funky Kong appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as a trophy.

Trophy description

Funky Kong - Brawl Trophy
"A sunglassed surfer and friend of the Kongs. Funky Kong is indeed funky, from his looks to his lingo. Funky provides different services to the Kongs throughout the different games, be it a barrel-transport system or ammunition expertise. He may have tired of business dealings, as he's been a barrel-race participant more recently."
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Funky Kong appears as a trophy in both versions of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Trophy description


The Trophy in the Wii U version.

NA:"Has he remodeled his personal jet into a shop? Maybe he thinks it will encourage his items to "fly off shelves." He claims he ran an airport once.. Maybe that's true. Much like his style of conversation, I'm sure it was a pretty funky experience."
Super Nintendo - Donkey Kong Country - 11/1994
Nintendo 64 - Donkey Kong 64 - 11/1999
"Funky Kong's turned his private plane into a shop, all in some kind of effort to make stuff "fly off the shelves".. Classic jokes like that and the way he says things like "tubular" might make you think you're back in the 80s, but that's all part of his charm, right?"
Super Nintendo - Donkey Kong Country - 11/1994
Nintendo 64 - Donkey Kong 64 - 11/1999

Appearances in video games

Year Videogame Console Notes Playable
1994 Donkey Kong Country SNES First Appearance No
1995 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES Second appearance in the Donkey Kong Country games. No
1996 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! SNES Third appearance in the Donkey Kong Country games. No
1996 Donkey Kong Land 2 Game Boy Only appearance on the Game Boy. No
1999 Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Only appearance on N64 No
2005 DK: King of Swing Game Boy Advance First playable appearance Yes
2007 DK: Jungle Climber Nintendo DS Only appearance on DS Yes
2007 Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast Wii First appearance on Wii Yes
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Trophy and Sticker No
2008 Mario Kart Wii Wii First Mario spin-off Yes
2008 Mario Super Sluggers Wii Second Mario spin-off Yes
2014 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U Shop Keeper No
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii U Trophy No
2018 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Switch Shop Keeper and playable character. Yes


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