Winky the Frog

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Species Frog
Gender Male
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Affiliates Kong family
Enemies Kremlings,
King K. Rool
Powers/Abilities High jumping ability
Games Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2 (cameo)

Winky the Frog is a one-time Animal Buddy from Donkey Kong Country who aided the Kongs during the attack on Donkey Kong Island. He is first found in the first level of Monkey Mines, Winky's Walkway, which is named after him.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Though Winky's only playable appearance was in Donkey Kong Country, he was considered to be very helpful. Being a frog, he had a great jumping ability, far surpassing the Kong's and every other Animal Buddy's jump. Winky also had the notable ability to jump on a Zinger's head and defeat it. His jumping ability is usually used to reach bonus areas or to grab some further-up bananas. He would later be replaced with Rattly the Rattlesnake in DKC2.

Donkey Kong Country 2[edit]

Winky's latest appearance was in the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country 2's Monkey Museum. Here, Winky was a background Easter Egg, though appears to be put to rest judging by how he does not move, and is on sale for $5.






  • Cranky Kong referenced Winky in the Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction manual. He said, "A more tragic looking bunch of useless no-hopers you'll never see! I liked Expresso and Winky--where have they gone?", as well as in the Donkey Kong 64 instruction manual saying, "I just hope they've included poor old Winky and Expresso this time instead of that bone-brained rhino that always seems to get in the games."
  • In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for the Xbox 360, a large vehicle shaped like a frog is called 'Big Winky'. This is presumably a reference to Winky the Frog by Rare (who developed both games).