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DK's Family Tree

An article by Jomingo

3 June '09

Every one of us has a favorite Kong. Be it Diddy Kong, Lanky Kong, or even Kiddy Kong. But how do they all relate within the Kong "Family"? Well, first we need to define the term Kong Family.

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Kong Family- Any highly evolved ape in or around the Donkey Kong Island that dons the "Kong" surname. They obviously are not all blood related, but are still referred to as "family".

But how do they all fit in to the "Family Tree"? Well, lets list all the known lineages:

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Cranky Kong- Also known as Donkey Kong SR. He's the original Kong from the Arcades. He is married to Wrinkly Kong. They have at least 1 son, Donkey Kong JR. DKJr. is the DK from the DKC era and beyond, so we will just refer to him as Donkey Kong from now on.

Wrinkly Kong- She is married to Cranky Kong, and the mother of Donkey Kong.

Donkey Kong- Donkey Kong is the grown up version of Donkey Kong Jr. from the arcades. He is currently dating Candy Kong.

Diddy Kong- He is DK's "little buddy", and has sometimes been referred to as DK's nephew, though this hasn't been proven by a legitimate source. He is dating Dixie Kong. His parents are not known, but according to Diddy Kong Racing both of his parents are alive.

Dixie Kong- She is Diddy Kong's girlfriend. She has a younger sister named Tiny Kong, and is cousins with Kiddy Kong and Chunky Kong.

Funky Kong- Funky really has no known lineages to the other Kongs, it has been theorized that he is DK's brother, or Diddy's father, but it hasn't been confirmed yet.

Candy Kong- Candy Kong is DK's girlfriend.

Swanky Kong- Nothing is known about Swanky Kongs relation to the Kong Family at this time.

Kiddy Kong- Kiddy Kong is Chunky Kong's baby brother. He is also Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong's cousin.

Chunky Kong- Chunky is Kiddy Kong's older brother. He is also Tiny Kong's and Dixie Kong's cousin.

Lanky Kong- Lanky Kong is not related to any of the other Kongs. He is just a good friend of the family.

Tiny Kong- Tiny is Dixie's younger sister. She is also Chunky and Kiddy's cousin.

The Jungle Beat Kongs- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat introduced these four evil Kongs. They are named Karate Kong, Dread Kong, Ninja Kong, and Sumo Kong. They stole all of the White Monkeys bananas, and DK had to get them back. They do not seem to be related to the main Kong family, but are probably all related to each other in someway.

The Missing Kongs- There are two Kongs that never made it into the series. One is a farmer and hillbilly type character, and one looks like DK wearing a hat, deemed by fans Bumpkin Kong and City Kong, respectively. Nobody knows what there names would've been or how they were related to the family.

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So that's the convoluted mess that is the Kong Family Tree. As you can see there are plenty of missing holes, and there probably will never be a logical answer to any of our questions.

- by Jomingo -

This article was written by a DKC Atlas Forum staff member. All opinions expressed within this article are those of the writer, and are not necessarily shared by DKC Atlas, or the DKC gaming community.
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