Funky Kong

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Residence Donkey Kong Island
Family Kong Family
Species Kong
Gender Male
Affiliates The Kong Family,
Mushroom Kingdom
Powers/Abilities Technological Prowess
Enemies Kludge
Games Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Country 3
Donkey Kong 64
DK: King of Swing
Donkey Konga 3
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
DK Jungle Climber
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Super Sluggers
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (trophy)
"Lookin' good, Kongs! Buckle up and blast off, you're outta here! "
—Funky Kong


Funky Kong (ファンキーコング Fankī Kongu) is a recurring Kong character of the Donkey Kong series. Funky Kong often serves as an ally to the Kong Family, offering services such as transportation. Funky Kong has also recently been appearing in most DK spin-offs and even Mario spin-offs. Funky Kong is voiced by Toshihide Tsuchiya.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Funky Kong makes his debut in the original Donkey Kong Country. Funky serves as the owner of Funky's Flights, which is available in every area of Donkey Kong Island. He will allow Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong to use his Jumbo Barrel to travel to areas of the island the player has beaten, with a unique theme while traveling. He serves no other major roles.

In Donkey Kong Country's Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance remakes, Funky hosts a mini-game: Funky's Fishing, which is based on combos and fishing. He assigns them missions in the Game Boy Advance version, such as removing ten polluted water bottles out of Kremkroc Industries Inc.'s waters. Funky is also seen in the ending cutscene of the Game Boy Advance version, along with the other Kong family members.

Donkey Kong Country 2/Land 2[edit]

Funky Kong returns inevitably in the sequel to Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. His role is largely unchanged, hosting Funky's Flights II, the most major changes being cosmetic. Funky Kong actually owns two different aircraft in this game; in the original release, he has the Biplane Barrel, but in the Game Boy Advance remake he owns a Gyrocopter. Also in the remake he runs several mission based mini-games requiring the Gyrocopter that reward DK Coins. Lastly, he, in the GBA remake, bombs the Flying Krock after Diddy and Dixie defeat Kaptain K. Rool and escape via Gyrocopter away from Crocodile Isle.

In Donkey Kong Land 2 for the Game Boy, Funky Kong’s role is exactly the same as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, with him allowing Diddy and Dixie to use his Funky Barrel to travel to areas they've previously been to, for a price.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Funky Kong of course reappears in Donkey Kong Country 2' sequel, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. In said game, he played more of a major and different role from his previous ones. He runs Funky's Rentals in the Northern Kremisphere, near Bazaar's General Store, and that is the only place he is found. In addition, he instead gives the player a few different types of Motor Boats, used for navigating the water-filled overworld of the Northern Kremisphere.

Upon meeting him for the first time, he will give Dixie Kong her cousin, Kiddy Kong to help her find Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong (and to take over baby-sitting him), and in return gives the two the Motor Boat. As the game progresses, they can unlock other boats by collecting certain items and giving them to Funky. These more advanced vehicles can do things the Motor Boat cannot - these vehicles are the Hover Craft, which goes over rocks, the Turbo Ski which can get a speed boost to climb over the waterfall, as well as Funky's "Secret Project" vehicle.

During various parts of the game, references to Funky Kong working on a "secret project" will be made by some Brothers Bears, and if Dixie and Kiddy go to Funky after, he will admit he is working on something. However, in order to use it, the player needs to have every single DK Coin and present it to Funky Kong. The end result is the only airborne vehicle in the game, the Gyrocopter, which they can use to fly over all terrain as well as find three secret Banana Birds for the Banana Bird Queen.

Donkey Kong Country 3 had a Gameboy Advance port in similar vein to the previous two games. Funky does the same as before, but also gives the player the option of doing various boat-related mini-games, rewarding a banana bird for beating them all. The only other difference is the fact that there are more DK Coins, meaning a higher demand for access to his "project".

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

After his absence from Donkey Kong Country Returns, Funky reappears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Instead of flying the Kongs around the world map, he runs a new shop where he sells goods like DK Barrels, a Life Balloon, and so forth.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

During the events of Donkey Kong 64, Funky runs Funky's Armory. Funky Kong in this game appears drastically different from the previous games - he now has a military getup, and he now, via his armory, can supply weapons to the Kong Family for a price. He also supplies free ammo if he has nothing else to sell. Similar to his DKC roots, he is located in every world except Hideout Helm.

In Donkey Kong 64's ending cutscene, Funky delivers the final blow, after Chunky Kong, to King Krusha K. Rool while he is distracted by Candy Kong. Funky uses a rocket launcher, which fires a boot at him, knocking King Krusha K. Rool through the ceiling of his arena and on to K. Lumsy Island.

DK: King of Swing[edit]

In the story of DK: King of Swing, Funky Kong makes a mere cameo in the opening cutscene, after King K. Rool steals all the Jungle Jam Medals. However, Funky Kong, for the first time in the series, has been made a playable character in the game's "Jungle Jam" mode, and is partnered with Dixie Kong. Funky has maximum strength, but cannot jump too high and far.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

Funky Kong goes on vacation with the Kong family during the events of DK: Jungle Climber to Sun Sun Island. Funky Kong returns to his transportation roots, re-opening Funky's Flights in order to help Donkey and Diddy Kong get Xananab's Crystal Bananas. This time around, he will first ask for some Oil Barrels in order to power the new Barrel Plane, which had a re-design from DKC2. Funky Kong is also playable in the game’s VS. Mode.


Donkey Konga 3[edit]

Donkey Konga 3 marks Funky's one and only music-based appearance. Unfortunately, he would not be seen outside of Japan in the game. He is a playable character in-game.


Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Funky Kong makes his first racing-related appearance in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. He has high strength and is moderate in every other category. Kludge is his rival. He is unlockable by beating the Diamond Cup with a Kong character. This would not be Funky's only racing appearance.

Other appearances[edit]

Television[edit]

Funky Kong, as he appears in the Donkey Kong Country television series

Funky Kong makes his television debut alongside other Donkey Kong Country characters in the Donkey Kong Country TV series. He was voiced by Damon D’Oliveira and given a generic Jamaican accent. Funky is portrayed similarly as he is in the game, a lounging surfer who owns Funky's Flights and is a longtime friend of Donkey Kong. He is also shown to talk about spiritual things such as karma. It is also worth noting he received a lighter colored fur, golden, in the show.

Literature[edit]

In Donkey Kong: Rumble in the Jungle, Funky Kong gives Diddy Kong a flight. They go to Big Ape City. Funky is later captured in the city after trying to investigate why no one was there by Kremlings.

"Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24" is Funky's first Nintendo Power appearance. He makes a minor cameo at the end, celebrating the victory of the Kong Family. It's worth noting his Funky Barrel is used in the comic.

Club Nintendo's comic book length adaptation is his second appearance. His appearance is briefly where Cranky Kong explains Bananas and Kremkoins to Diddy and Dixie Kong.

In "Bumm-Badabumm im Urwald", he alerts Donkey, Diddy, and Dixie Kong that the Kremling Krew stole the bananas of Donkey Kong Island. It's worth noting he was called "Funky-Kong", note the hyphen.

Mario spinoffs[edit]

Funky Kong's first and most famous appearance in the Mario series was Mario Kart Wii. He is an unlockable heavy character, playable by beating Four Expert Staff Ghost times in the time trials. He even gets his own battle stage, the popular Funky Stadium. Funky Kong has the distinction of having a slightly faster speed factor than the other heavyweight characters, and as a result is a very popular character. He made his second playable appearance in a Mario game in the Wii title Mario Super Sluggers.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Funky cameos as a collectible trophy:

Funky Kong
A sunglassed surfer and friend of the Kongs. Funky Kong is indeed funky, from his looks to his lingo. Funky provides different services to the Kongs throughout the different games, be it a barrel-transport system or ammunition expertise. He may have tired of business dealings, as he's been a barrel-race participant more recently.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Funky Kong
NTSC-U Description: Has he remodeled his personal jet into a shop? Maybe he thinks it will encourage his items to "fly off the shelves." He claims he ran an airport once... Maybe that's true. Much like his style of conversation, I'm sure it was a pretty funky experience.

PAL Description: Funky Kong's turned his private plane into a shop, all in some kind of effort to make stuff "fly off the shelves".. Classic jokes like that and the way he says things like "tubular" might make you think you're back in the 80s, but that's all part of his charm, right?

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Trivia[edit]

  • Funky Kong is shown to "air surf", or levitate in the air while making surfing positions in Donkey Kong Country 2. How he did this is never explained, nor does he ever use this ability after said game.
  • In Issue #261 of Nintendo Power's "The Score," a page listing the results of online polls, Funky Kong was voted the most wanted Kong not in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • Although he doesn't appear in DKCR, he is possibly mentioned indirectly by Cranky in the game, who wishes they had someone with a plane.
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Main Chunky KongCranky KongDonkey Kong (Jr. - Baby) • Diddy KongDixie KongKiddy KongLanky KongTiny Kong
Supporting Candy KongFunky KongSuper KongSwanky KongWrinkly Kong
Enemies BinkCactus KingCapture KongChained KongCircus KongDark KongDread KongGhastly KingGiant Donkey KongGuerillaKarate KongManky KongNinja KongSumo Kong
Other

Baby KongBluster KongCandy CloneEddieKong FuRedneck Kong

Characters in Donkey Kong 64
Kongs Donkey KongDiddy KongLanky KongTiny KongChunky KongCranky KongFunky KongCandy KongWrinkly Kong
Allies K. LumsyTroffScoffBanana FairyBanana Fairy PrincessEnguardeRambiLightfishSquawksSnideKrusha (multiplayer)
Minor characters B. LockerBeanstalkBeetleIce CreatureLlamaMermaidMicrobufferMini CarNeckyOwlRabbitSealWorm
Enemies BatBonesBookFireballGhostGnawtyKaboomKasplatKlap TrapKlobberKlumpKoshaKrashKritterKrocMechanical ZingerMr. DiceOysterPuftupPurple KlaptrapResident DemonRulerScubiShroomShuriSir DominoSmall SpiderSuper BlockTomatoToy KritterZinger
Mini-bosses Giant KoshaGiant SpiderToy Monster
Bosses Army DilloDogadonMad JackPuftossKing Kut OutKing Krusha K. Rool (King K. Rool)
Characters in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Kongs Donkey Kong | Diddy Kong | Dixie Kong | Lanky Kong | Tiny Kong | Funky Kong | Wrinkly Kong
Kremlings Kritter | Kip | Kass | Klump | Kalypso | Kludge | Kopter | King K. Rool
NPCs Candy Kong