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Donkey Kong Junior
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Junior 3D render in the style of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Full Name Donkey Kong "Jr." Junior
Aliases D.K. JR.
D.K. the 2nd
Fedora Jr. (Disguise)
Residence Donkey Kong Island
Family Donkey Kong (Son)
Cranky Kong (Father)
Wrinkly Kong (Mother; Deceased)
Diddy Kong (Grandson)
Baby Kong (Grandson)
Kong Family (Possible other children)
Unknown Female Monkey (Wife)
Species Kong
Gender Male
Affiliates The Kong Family
Enemies Mario (In "Donkey Kong Jr.")
Games Donkey Kong Jr. (game)

Donkey Kong Jr. Math Mario Kart Series Mario Tennis Series Ralston Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze


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Donkey Kong Jr. in Mario's Tennis

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Donkey Kong Jr. Math

For the game Donkey Kong Jr., see Donkey Kong Jr. (game).

Donkey Kong Jr. (also known as DK Jr. or Junior for short or Donkey Kong the Second) is known to be Donkey Kong Sr.'s calm and collected, respectful, responsible, mature, civilized, sophisticated, level-headed, intuitive, insightful, and pure of heart boy-scout of a son. He may be a bit on the chubby side but DK Jr. prides himself in his heroism and actively performs heroic acts, but he has not been in many games as a playable character, however he still makes numerous cameos such as Mario spin-offs, Super Mario Maker, Punch-Out!!, NES Remix, WarioWare, and the Game & Watch Series.

His first appearance was in the game Donkey Kong Jr., where he makes it his own task to rescue his father from Mario, as he is more innocent, naive, curious, heroic, selfless, cautious, patient, well-mannered, well-versed in social customs, and the Voice of Reason contrasting his violent, selfish, petty, hot-tempered, standoffish, clumsy, empathy lacking, obsessive, aloof, and narcissistic dad shows that Jr. has got the humanistic brains to match his dad's animalistic brawn (demonstrated when he is solving tough Math problems and he is at least wearing a leotard making him much more fashionable and gentleman-like than the original DK).

He is heavily implied to be the father of the current Donkey Kong which was later confirmed on page 112 in the 2017's Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario Kart 16 Bits Tab, an official book by Prima Games.

History

Donkey Kong Jr. Math

The intelligent Donkey Kong Jr. solves math problems with his cleverness, level-headedness, and the original Donkey Kong. He can also compete with his re-colored palette swap, Pink Donkey Kong Jr.. DK Jr. gets extra learning compared to Pink Donkey Kong Jr. such as with the +-x/ exercises.

Mario Kart Series

Donkey Kong Jr. has appeared in the original Super Mario Kart for the Super NES as a playable character. He is one of the heaviest characters in the game along with Bowser and like Bowser is a rival to Mario.

Contrary to popular belief, Jr. was not replaced with his son the current Donkey Kong for the future games, in Mario Kart 64 Jr. was actually replaced by Wario. Kamek replaced Koopa Troopa and was originally going to appear in Mario Kart 64 but in fact Kamek was the one that was replaced by modern Donkey Kong for the final game for unknown reasons.

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Jr. was originally going to be the partner to Donkey Kong but was replaced by Diddy Kong, however Jr. still makes a cameo appearance in Waluigi Stadium. Music from Donkey Kong Jr. appears during the first part of DK Mountain/Dino Dino Jungle theme.

Mario Tennis

Donkey Kong Jr. also appeared in Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy (where he wears tennis shoes) and Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 as a unlockable character. He is considered a power character along with Donkey Kong, Wario, and Bowser.

Ralston

Donkey Kong Jr. had his own fruit flavored cereal made by Ralston. Each box contained a free PEZ or 4 baseball cards inside.

Super Smash Bros. series

Donkey Kong Jr. is not playable in Super Smash Bros. series but he does make some form of appearances.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Donkey Kong Jr. appears as a trophy in the GameCube game, Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Donkey Kong Jr. appears as two stickers. Jr.'s trophy was going to be in Brawl, but it was scrapped.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Although Donkey Kong Jr. does not appear, he is referenced in the Golden Temple world where the theme that plays in the sky area is a remix of the Donkey Kong Jr., ending, stage and title themes. Additionally the Fruit from his game including the Bananas and the Strawberries appear as platforms.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Jr. appears as a cameo at the end of the Aqueduct Assault level in the background in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze inside a Wii U GamePad held high by the original Donkey Kong. He is referenced in the Secret Seclusion world where the theme that plays in the sky area is a different cover of the Donkey Kong Jr. music.

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Donkey Kong Jr. sitting down

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DK Jr. trophy.

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Donkey Kong Jr.'s Cereal

Fedora Kong

Fedora Kong: potentially an all-grown-up/adult Donkey Kong Jr.

Trivia

  • Donkey Kong Jr. is mostly seen walking on his two hind legs like a human (he has even worn tennis shoes) and his jumps are aesthetically identical to Mario. This suggests that Junior is really good at imitation and impressions.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. throughout the video games and other media has made a tremendous amount of achievements and feats.
  • DK Jr. was originally going to have a music game but it was cancelled.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. first appeared as the son of the original Donkey Kong that kidnapped Pauline. This was Cranky Kong. Cranky Kong has alternatively been described as the Grandfather or Father (the latter is only said in DK64) of the current Donkey Kong appearing in the Donkey Kong Country games. This means that Jr. could either be DK's father or DK. However Nintendo likely believed that the new Donkey Kong's design is too different than that of Jr. (theoretically Jr. would look more like original DK rather than modern DK) and with the debut of Baby Donkey Kong took the opportunity to deny that they are the same character, it is also stated in a majority of the games that the current Donkey Kong is Cranky Kong's grandson and most recently in the DKC GBC/GBA remakes, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. This heavily suggests that Donkey Kong Jr. is actually the current Donkey Kong's father.
    • It was also later further confirmed in 2017 on page 112 in the Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario Kart 16 Bits Tab, an official book by Prima Games, whereas the section on page 192 with the "Donkey Kong Jr., all grown up" statement is meant to be written as a metaphor of the older Donkey Kong games to the more modernized Donkey Kong Country games and having the playable Kong be redesigned (i.e. modernized) rather than to be taken as literal. It should also be noted that there is no in-game text nor manual/instruction booklet that ever explicitly states that DK is Jr., debunking the fan misconception.
  • Real-life Gorillas reach the age to desire a child at 6-10 years old and mature at 12-13 since they age faster than humans, by the time of Donkey Kong Jr. Jr. would have already been older than those ages, older than Mario, and already have a son of his own, that would later become modern Donkey Kong who would be a tad younger than Mario.
  • In an advertisement for the game Donkey Kong Land, it shows a mysterious Kong who wears a fedora (Fedora Kong) and was planned to appear in the game but was later cut. He looks very similar to Donkey Kong except with darker fur, slightly more pink skin tone, and more sophisticated. Men who wear Fedoras in the earlier days of film aside from being very dapper and lady-attractive (like from the well-mannered polite gentleman who typically says "m'lady" and does a hat tip and a small bow) this demeanor and fashionable hat are used to depict the father, or at least a mature, sophisticated, level-headed, and civilized fatherly figure/"The Man's Man"/"The Everyman".
    • Fedora Kong is possibly an adult Donkey Kong Jr. in disguise. To add, Fedora Kong's artwork shows him in a pose that bears a resemblance to DK Jr.'s forward facing sprite from Donkey Kong Jr. He's also round and pudgy like Jr. is along with a wider face and thicker limbs.
      • In Donkey Kong Jr., one of Jr.'s sprites presents him as sad, hinting he is scared of the mission he's having to save his father from Mario, which could partially explain why he's not shown going on many dangerous adventures in later games, he's willing to help others, but it could be that's he's secretly a little shy and also hint at his self-doubt as he might be unable to believe he has courage even if he has shown courageous moments, thoughts which he tends to keep to himself. It's unlikely for Jr. to just vanish from Donkey Kong Island, he would most definitely want to be there in his son's and family's lives.
        • However perhaps Jr. himself or an event has caused him to disappear, preventing him from being a part of his son's and the Kong Family's lives, leading Donkey Kong to be raised by his grandfather Cranky Kong.
  • Donkey Kong Jr., the original Donkey Kong, and Wrinkly Kong are the only known Kongs who know how to do math correctly.
  • An idea for Donkey Kong Country was for Diddy Kong to be an updated version of Donkey Kong Jr. however Nintendo didn't like it thinking that the redesign looked too different and asked for Jr. to appear in his original design or make an entirely new character, the latter was chosen thus Diddy Kong was born.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. in the Saturday Supercade had a personality somewhat like Scrappy-Doo from Scooby-Doo, complete with his catchphrase MONKEY MUSCLE!!. Diddy Kong however in the main series seems to have fully adopted Jr.'s cartoon counterpart's traits barring the catchphrase while Junior became more of a Mario/Mickey Mouse type character.
  • Cranky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Diddy Kong have conjoined eyes whereas modern Donkey Kong doesn't.