Expresso the Ostrich

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Species Ostrich
Gender Male
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Affiliates Kong Family
Enemies Kremlings
Powers/Abilities Flutter,
Fast running,
Tall height
Games Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Racing (canceled)
Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (trophy)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (trophy)
"He can't really fly, but Expresso the ostrich can flutter about."
Cranky Kong


Expresso the Ostrich is an Animal Buddy in Donkey Kong Country. Expresso can slightly fly, and is faster than the Kongs. He made his debut in Donkey Kong Country, and he has not been seen in many cases after. "Expresso II" is also supposed to be related to him, bearing name and appearance in the Game Boy Advance version of DKC2.

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Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country/Land[edit]

Expresso appears as an Animal Buddy in a few levels. Expresso cannot attack the foe, nor can the Kongs when riding Expresso, but Expresso is still useful. He can fly to a small extent, allowing him to reach very secretive areas not even see able by Kongs. Expresso is also quite tall, allowing him to walk over smaller foes, such as Klap Traps. Lastly, Expresso can run faster and fly overhead overall faster than the Kongs and other Animal Buddies.

Expresso returns in Donkey Kong Land alongside Rambi as the two animal buddies of the game. Expresso is mainly found in bonus games in this game. Expresso also has been majorly upgraded to not only deal with regular enemies, but even handle Zingers.

Donkey Kong Country 2[edit]

Expresso, unfortunately, does not make a return in the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country 2. However, in the GBA advance remake of DKC2, an alternate Expresso, named "Expresso II", is featured in a mini-game in the Monkey Museum. Why Expresso is called "Expresso II" is not confirmed, as it could be that the old Expresso of DKC either passed away and was replaced, or had a baby. Expresso II needs to be upgraded with feathers collectible in DKC2's levels and can get more Power, Speed, Acceleration, or Boost to be utilized in the racing mini-game.

Donkey Kong Racing[edit]

Expresso appeared in one of the trailers for the canceled racing game Donkey Kong Racing. It is unconfirmed if he is actually rideable.

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Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", Expresso is ridden by Diddy and Dixie Kong to an airport.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Expresso makes a cameo as a collectible trophy in the games Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and these games are his latest appearances.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Trophy description:
An ostrich friend with sneakers on both feet. Riding Expresso allows for high-speed dashing. As an ostrich, Expresso can't fly, but rapid button pressing can put extra distance on his jumps. This can be used to help Donkey Kong reach distant places.
  • Donkey Kong Country

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy
Trophy description:
NTSC-U: His name is no joke–this bird is fast! Despite his size, Expresso is light as a feather and loves to glide through the air. In fact, he was too light to hurt enemies at first! He got a little stronger in Donkey Kong Land, and no jumping on foes is a piece of cake!
PAL: Just as fast as his name implies! Expresso can't fly, but his running and jumping make up for it. Try not to step on any enemies, though, or he'll get hurt! Unless you're playing the Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land, that is. If you are, he can stomp on fiendish foes to his heart's content!

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