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Residence Donkey Kong Island
Family Dixie Kong (former sister),
Chunky Kong (former cousin),
Kiddy Kong (former cousin),
Kong Family
Species Kong
Affiliates The Kong Family,
Mushroom Kingdom
Powers/Abilities Superb swiftness,
High jumping skill,
Can shrink to small sizes,
Can glide through the air using her ponytails
Enemies King K. Rool
Kremling Krew
Games Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Racing (canceled)
Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA)
Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)
Diddy Kong Racing DS
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Super Sluggers
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Tiny Kong is an ironically named ape and one of the main Kongs in from the Donkey Kong series, first appearing in Donkey Kong 64. She is known for being both nimble and fast, and using her two Ponytails to accomplish different tasks. She is voiced by Kaoru Sasashima in titles after Donkey Kong 64.

Tiny has appeared in almost in every Donkey Kong spin-off game since her debut and even the Mario spin-off game Mario Superstar Baseball. She is playable in almost every game in which she has appeared.


In her first appearance Tiny Kong had light brown fur and blonde hair, stylized in banana-shaped pigtails. She wore a white T-shirt, blue overalls with a flower on it, a technicolor beanie, and white shoes. She kept this look in the GBA ports of Donkey Kong Country 2 and DKC 3, some comics, and in Tiny Kong's stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This design was also to be used in Donkey Kong Racing, until it was canceled. In Diddy Kong Racing, Tiny Kong's fur is darker, her eyes are larger and blue. Aside from that, her appearance is the same as it was from DK64. She also had bangs in this design. She was much smaller at this time, and was even smaller than Diddy Kong.


After Rare was purchased Microsoft, Tiny's design received a significant overhaul. From Diddy Kong Racing DS onward, Nintendo decided to change her appearance and gave Tiny her current look. Tiny now resembles a teenager, being taller than Donkey Kong and only a little shorter than Candy Kong. She was given large earrings and white fur wristbands for accessories, and her outfit includes baby blue sweat pants, a top with a flower on it, magenta sandals, and her beanie hat. This was her appearance for all games since the redesign, except for the aforementioned stickers in Brawl. Her relationship to Dixie Kong, Kiddy Kong, and Chunky Kong was also altered so that they are no longer sisters and cousins respectively, which is assumed by Western fans to be a decision based on the characters' status as non-relatives in the Japanese localization of DK64. Tiny and the others have not been referred to as family since the release of DK64 in 1999.

This change created some controversy when it was initially revealed, due in part to the perceived abandonment of her backstory and how drastically different Tiny looked compared to her original appearance. It was confirmed in Rare’s Scribes that it was Nintendo's decision to change her look.[1]


Much like Dixie, she uses her ponytails for attacking enemies, slowing and controlling her descent to the ground, and can also extend her jump by rotating her ponytails. In Donkey Kong 64 she was the fastest Kong with a very high jump, she could also attack enemies by jumping on them, and she is so good at swimming that she could breathe underwater. In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast she once again used her ponytails to attack and break things open. She, like all the other racers, could also perform Wild Moves in this game. In Mario Super Sluggers she had the ability Clamber.

During DK64, Tiny gains several distinct abilities. Her first individual ability is Mini Monkey which allows her to maneuver through miniscule spaces, the second is Pony Tail Twirl, and the last one is Monkeyport. Her instrument is the saxophone; with this she can use the ability Saxophone Slam. Her weapon is the Feather Crossbow. Aside from this she can gain Simian Slam, Super Simian Slam, and Super Duper Simian Slam, which all Kongs have.

She is the only Kong in DK64 that can enter the hidden areas where the Banana Fairy Queen is found, and using Tiny's Monkeyport is the only way of getting to Hideout Helm. She was also playable in the Multiplayer mode.


Donkey Kong 64

Tiny as she appeared in her debut.

In Donkey Kong 64, Tiny is one of the many Kongs imprisoned by the Kremling Krew at the start of the game. She is found in the Angry Aztec area, and can only be released by Diddy Kong. Tiny's in-game colour is purple: she is able to obtain purple Bananas, Banana Bunch Coins, and Blueprints. Additionally Tiny can use Feather Switches, slam switches with her face on them, and pop purple Banana Balloons to acquire bananas.

After she is freed, Tiny visited the Banana Fairy Princess where she and the other Kongs received a Shockwave ability. Rambi the Rhinoceros breaks open a cave entrance in Jungle Japes after she found a few golden Bananas in the area, utilizing her Mini Monkey ability.

In Angry Aztec, she gets her Saxophone, Feather Bow, and her Mini Monkey ability, which allows her to shrink. Tiny explored various temples thanks to Squawks the Parrot and her aforementioned ability. Inside the treacherous temples there were Golden Bananas and a Banana Fairy.

In Frantic Factory, Tiny would use her Mini Monkey ability to reach some Golden Bananas, and raced a Mini Car. Tiny is also the Kong chosen to fight the world boss Mad Jack. She would obtain the third Boss Key to K. Lumsy's cage after the battle.

In Gloomy Galleon, Tiny explores two sunken ships underwater to find Golden Bananas. Tiny also got acquainted with a mermaid; the mermaid informed Tiny of her stolen pearls, which Tiny finds in a giant chest. The mermaid rewards her with a Golden Banana. Tiny

Fungi Forest held various events in store for Tiny. Her first Golden Banana is located in a mountain with purple Klap Traps. Tiny also obtained a seed, which can be planted in loamy soil to become a plant which will give her another golden banana. The banana can not be reached without the help of Squawks, however. Tiny also encounters a large Spider Queen that can be fought inside of a house. She must damage the Queen's small spider-lings to make her open her eyes and be vulnerable to a feather attack. Hitting the queen a certain amount of times will make her shrink in size, and after defeating the small Spider Queen, Tiny gets her final Golden Banana.

Within the Crystal Caves Tiny paid Cranky a visit, who sold her a potion which would give her the power Monkey-Port. Her new power is utilized in two instances in the Crystal Caves. In one scenario, it can be used on a teleport pad in the caverns to be transported to an igloo-like crystal where a Golden Banana was. In the other scenario, she is taken to the Giant Kosha. Defeating it will stop rocks from raining down.

After entering Creepy Castle, Tiny found the car she raced in Frantic Factory, who wanted revenge. Tiny beat him again and obtained another Golden Banana. Outside was a trail of purple bananas and a trash can. With help of her barrel and a mushroom she entered to the trash can, where she was attacked by flies. She, along all the Kongs, fought the boss of the level, King Kut Out. She would fight the boss after Lanky Kong was defeated.

When the Kongs took the Creepy Castle key to K. Lumsy he opened the last level, Hideout Helm. The Kongs quickly realized that they had a limited amount of time to deactivate the Blast-O-Matic. But with help of Snide they extended the time. After deactivating the machine the Kongs found out that King K. Rool escaped in a plane, but left behind the last key. His plane was soon struck down by K. Lumsy and crashed on DK Isle.

In the final battle against King K. Rool she was the fourth to fight him. She had to become small and enter through a hole in King K. Rool's shoe and use her Feather Bow on his toes. She appears in the three endings of the game. In the first ending she appears playing with Chunky, until he throws her very high and gets mad at him once she lands. In the second ending she appears riding K Lumsy, along with all the other Kongs. In the third ending she uses her Pony Tail Twirl to fly, but ends up crashing.

Donkey Kong Racing

Tiny Kong was planned to appear in the cancelled GameCube title Donkey Kong Racing. A part of the E3 2001 trailer shows her and Diddy each riding an Enguarde through a Kremlantis-based stage.

Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Her next appearance was in the Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. She appears in the Funky's Flights II mini-game Kongnapped, where Diddy or Dixie had to rescue her from Zingers. Her voice is higher pitched and squeakier in this game.

She also appears in the GBA port of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. There, she again appears in Funky's mini-games, where she appears in the water, and Dixie and Kiddy have to prevent her from being taken away by Kremlings using their boat. These two games are the only games in which she appears and is not playable. These were also her only appearances on the Game Boy Advance.

Diddy Kong Racing DS

Tiny Kong in Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Tiny makes a full return appearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS to replace Banjo, a Rare-owned character from the original Diddy Kong Racing. This game is her spin-off debut. Her acceleration and handling are both medium but has a slightly low top speed.


  • Speed: 2/5
  • Acceleration: 3/5
  • Handling: 3/5

Tiny, along her sister, was first called by Diddy Kong; he explained that Timber from Timber Island asked him to help him defeat Wizpig, and also help to find out what happened to Drumstick, who was changed into a frog by Wizpig.

During the quest they arrived to Dino Domain, and after beating all the challenges in the area Tiny (or one of the other racers) had the option to race the brainwashed dinosaur Tricky the Triceratops through the valley, if she beat him he will open the Silver Coin challenges. Once all the challenges were completed they could have another race against Tricky, if Tiny and the others manage to defeat him the spell on him would break, and Tricky will thank them by giving the piece of Wizpig's amulet he was guarding.

Their next location was the cold Snowflake Mountain, if Tiny and the others managed to beat all the trials they had the option to race against the Bluey the Walrus in a downhill mountain. After defeating him, he opened the Silver Coin challenges form that area. After the challenges were completed, the racers had the option to challenge him again. After his defeat the spell on him would break and he gave Tiny and the others the second piece of Wizpig's amulet.

Their next location was Sherbet Island, and like in the previous locations after beating the challenges they could race the aquatic brainwashed Bubbler the Octopus. After he was defeated he opened the Silver Coin Challenges. Once the Silver Coin challenges were completed Tiny and the other racers had the option to race him again. Finally after he was defeated and taken permanently out of Wizpig's spell he gave Tiny and the other racers the third piece of the amulet.

Their next location was Dragon Forest, where after beating all the challenges Tiny and the others could race the fire spitting Smokey the Dragon. Like the previous bosses he opened the Silver Coin challenges after being defeated. After he was defeated and taken out permanently of Wizpig's control he gave Tiny and the racers the last piece of the amulet, thus they completed the amulet.

With all the pieces of the amulet, Tiny and the others find Wizpig and raced him, whom after being defeated teleports away in panic. Tiny, along all the other racers, held a celebration. During the celebration Wizpig arrives and asks for revenge, but this time in his home planet Future Fun Land. After a long race with many obstacles Tiny and the others defeated him and again held the final celebration this time without problems.

This is the first game she appears as playable along her sister, and her second playable appearance eight years after her first. She was the only character to appear in DKRDS who debuted in Donkey Kong 64. She was one of the three female racers, and one of the three playable Kongs.

Although this was the first racing game in which she appeared, she had previously raced two times against a car in Donkey Kong 64, in the levels Frantic Factory and Creepy Castle.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Tiny in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Tiny Kong's next appearance was in the Wii game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. She is an unlockable character, unlocked by completing the Sapphire Cup on a Rookie Setting with a Kong Character. She is very fast and her rival is Kalypso, a Kremling with similar stats. She has excellent boost, good speed, and medium agility. In this game she attacks her opponents by swinging her ponytails like an helicopter, possibly using the Pony Tail Twirl. Like all the playable characters she has the ability to perform Wild Moves.


  • Boost: 5/5
  • Speed: 4/5
  • Agility: 2/5

In the Single Racing cut-scene Tiny can be seen, along Lanky, Dixie and Donkey, in front of their rivals, Kalypso, Klump, Kass and Kritter. In the Records cut-scene she can be seen in the middle of all characters looking at the records. In the Cranky's Flight School cut-scene she is one of the Kongs that appears practicing. She also appears in the start screen. She also appears in Candy Challenge # 14: Help Tiny Kong!, Donkey has to help her beat Kalypso, this challenge is level 2 in difficulty.

Her winning celebrations include her spinning around, throwing punches, or putting her hands on her waist and pouting. When she loses she cries and looks at the ground, disappointed.

Her drums are green and purple in the middle, matching her beanie hat, and have a white flower in them, which match with her clothing. This was the second racing game in which she appeared and was also her first appearance on the Wii console.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Tiny does not appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but her verse is present in the re-recorded DK Rap.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl she appears as a trophy and a sticker. Her trophy shows her walking happily. Her trophy doesn't mention that she was Dixie's sister, but instead mentions her high speed in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and her Pony Tail Twirl from Donkey Kong 64. She also has a sticker which uses her artwork from Donkey Kong 64.

Trophy Description:

A cute, young Kong in pigtails, a knit cap, and jumbo earrings. In Donkey Kong 64, she could extend her airtime after jumps and fly through the air with helicopter hair. Also a participant in Barrel Blast, her high speed is on full display..

  • N64 Donkey Kong 64
  • Wii Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Tiny Kong appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Trophy Description:

Debuting as a small member of the Kongs, she can shrink even smaller with Mini Monkey. Unfortunately, she hasn't put as much effort into mastering flying with her ponytails as Dixie has. Remember: these Kongs are trained professionals and perform stunts under Nintendo supervision. Don't try flying with your ponytails at home!

  • N64 Donkey Kong 64
  • Wii Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast

Mario Sports titles

Mario Super Sluggers

Tiny Kong is an unlockable playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. This is her first appearance in a sports game and also her first appearance in the Mario series. In this game she can play baseball matches against many other characters. In challenge mode she has to help Mario and the others beat Bowser and his son Bowser Jr., by playing baseball matches. Tiny joins the cause after being rescued from Bowser Jr.

Her bat is sky blue with a white flower, similar to the one on her top. She is the only Kong character to have a normal bat. Her pitching entrance includes her spinning. When she pitches the ball and the character batting misses three times she celebrates by turning back and putting her right arm up, while her left arm down. Her batting entrance includes her waving her hand and then preparing to bat. As other team players she can use Star skills while pitching that make the ball go faster or slower. She has good chemistry with her sister, Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, Donkey Kong and even Baby DK. She has bad chemistry with King K Rool, Kritter and Birdo. When the team she is in wins, she celebrates by waving her hands from one side to another. Her only ability is Clamber, meaning she can climb walls to catch the ball.

She is great at pitching, batting and running, she is great at fielding. She is the only balanced character from the Donkey Kong series. In this game her speed is not as notable as in other games; in the Donkey Kong series, Tiny is one of the fastest Kongs, even faster than Diddy. But this time both Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong are slower than her.

Appearances in Other Media


Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits

She appeared in the comic Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits, where the Golden Bananas are stolen, again by the Kremlings. Unfortunately for King K. Rool, the Kremlings he sent stole the golden bananas in bad time, as Tiny Kong and the other Kongs were home. Tiny Kong, along all the playable Kongs from Donkey Kong 64, track King K. Rool easily through the jungle and after passing all Kremling's traps and beating all the enemies, they have a final showdown against King K. Rool and the Kremling in which the Kongs win and get their golden bananas back.

Through the quest Tiny Kong showed some of her abilities she got in Donkey Kong 64 from Cranky Kong's potions, such as Pony Tail Twirl. Her Pony Tail Twirl worked slightly different, her ponytails rotate vertically instead of horizontally, but still have the same use. Also, like in the games, she attacked with her ponytails.


She also appeared in the N-Gang comic series, but only had minor roles. She is seen in a group screenshot next to Banjo and Kazooie; Diddy, Donkey and King K. Rool are also seen.

These were her only appearances in comics and were also her only appearances out of games. In these comics she appeared with her old look.


Tiny Kong is available in the Mario Super Sluggers online card collection. She was from the first characters to be released. In Double Play she can be combined with Funky Kong to get the Great Clambering Kongs video, in which she appears.

Card Description: Tiny Kong is the smallest of the Kongs and doesn't boast the power of her bigger friends. But she is by no means the weakest player in the game. Great team chemistry with the Kongs make her a valuable pick.


See Tiny Kong/gallery for the entire gallery.



  1. Scribes - December 20, 2007 Q: "Anyway, I was wondering about Tiny Kong's redesign in DKR DS. The change was certainly a welcome surprise that added some depth to the DK series, where characters actually age (suck it, Mario!). Nevertheless, I was wondering if Tiny's change of appearance was Rare's idea or not, since her adolescent form could already be seen on a screenshot of the Wii-ported GameCube title DK Barrel Blast, which was announced on the same E3 as DKR DS."
    A: DS team on Tiny: "Tiny was not our idea, but simply a realigning of the Kong family at Nintendo."