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Sprite of a Giant Banana (from the original Donkey Kong Country).
Usage To be stored in the Banana Hoard.
Location Rewarded for defeating a boss.
In the Banana Hoard (before the game's events and after completing Gangplank Galleon).
Game appearances Donkey Kong Country
"Give me that giant banana, I will take care of it for you. Come on, get going, you can't rest yet!"
Cranky Kong

Giant Bananas are large Bananas that were stolen by the Kremlings during the events of Donkey Kong Country. It can be assumed that each boss guards a Giant Banana, given that DK and Diddy win one of them for defeating a boss. There are seven bosses which means that there are seven Giant Bananas for DK and Diddy to retrieve.

In the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Color versions, Giant Bananas had Nintendo logos wrapped around the center, which were later removed in the Game Boy Advance remake.

Giant Bananas are presumably added to the Hoard one by one, but not a single one is in there until the Kongs complete Gangplank Galleon. This fact is explained for the Game Boy Advance remake—after DK and Diddy defeat Very Gnawty, Cranky drops by and takes the Giant Banana at his Hut for safekeeping (which is likely the case for the other Giant Bananas).

The Banana Hoard houses more Giant Bananas than the total number collected in the game. It is unknown where the Kongs found the rest of the Giant Bananas.

These Bananas have made a two background cameos in Donkey Kong Country 2, one being in Swanky's Bonus Bonanza and three of them being in The Flying Krock. The have not appeared in any other Donkey Kong title since, but the Golden Bananas serve as the successors in Donkey Kong 64, while ordinary Bananas serve as the second successor in both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.