Chunky Kong

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Chunky Kong
Chunky Kong.jpg
Chunky Kong in Donkey Kong 64
Full Name Chunky Kong
Species Kong
First Appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Sticker Cameo) (2008)
Latest Portrayal Chris Sutherland (1999)

“H-Help me! Chunky d-doesn't like heights!”
Chunky Kong, Donkey Kong 64

Chunky Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong series. He is the strongest of the Kong Family but is somewhat meek. His first appearance was in Donkey Kong 64. He is the cousin of Tiny Kong and Dixie Kong as well as the older brother of Kiddy Kong.


Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Chunky Kong with his friends.

In Donkey Kong 64, Chunky is one of the Kongs captured by the Kremling Krew at the start of the game. Chunky is found in Frantic Factory in the Storage Room, where he is rescued by Lanky Kong. Once Chunky is free, he can collect green bananas, coins, and Blueprints.

Chunky Kong fights the boss of the Fungi Forest, which is a rematch with Dogadon; when he defeats him, he gains one of the keys to K. Lumsy's cage. In Fungi Forest he has to go through a minecart ride in the well and collect a certain amount of coins to get a Golden Banana.

During the final battle against King K. Rool, Chunky is the final Kong to go up against the Kremling King. At the start of the fight, K. Rool will turn invisible and Chunky has to use the Chunky pad to turn invisible and see the Chunky barrel in the middle. Chunky then turns into a giant and is able to knock K. Rool against the opposite corner as he charges for him. Eventually, K. Rool is knocked out by Chunky. He celebrates his victory as K. Rool gets up with the intent of attacking Chunky before being distracted by Candy Kong and shot with a bazooka by Funky Kong.

Throughout the game, Chunky gains a variety of bizarre abilities from drinking Cranky Kong's various potions or buying from Funky and Candy. His first individual ability is Primate Punch, while the second is Hunky Chunky, and the third one is Gorilla Gone. Chunky's weapon is the Pineapple Launcher. His instrument is triangle; with this he can use the Triangle Trample. Aside from this he can learn Simian Slam, Super Simian Slam and Super Duper Simian Slam, which all Kongs use.

During the DK Rap in the intro, Chunky also briefly wore a 1970s-era disco outfit, although he quickly changed into his regular outfit as soon as he realizes that none of the other Kongs are wearing the outfit.

"Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits"[edit]

In the comic Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits, Chunky helps the other Kongs track down King K. Rool when he steals the Golden Bananas. Chunky is the first one to attack the Kremlings, leading to a large battle between them and all of the Kongs. Chunky and his companions eventually emerge victorious, and return home with the Golden Bananas. In the comic, he is incorrectly drawn with teeth for an unknown reason.

Donkey Kong Country 3[edit]

Chunky appears in one of Funky Kong's minigames in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Here, he is one of the Kongs that appears in the water and has to be protected from being taken away by boats with Kremlings on them.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Chunky Kong appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It can only be used by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, and it boosts throwing power by 31.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Chunky Kong artwork.

Chunky Kong is physically the strongest of the Kongs, able to easily lift and toss boulders that not even Donkey Kong can move. However, he is the slowest of the heroes and cannot jump very high.

Chunky Kong's abilities from Donkey Kong 64:

  • From Cranky's potions:
    • Simian Slam: He can press green buttons with his face on them.
    • Super Simian Slam: He can press blue buttons with his face on them.
    • Super Duper Simian Slam: He can press red buttons with his face on them.
    • Primate Punch: With this ability he can perform a powerful punch that is capable of breaking large doors among other things.
      The Hunky Chunky Barrel
    • Hunky Chunky: With the help of Crystal Coconuts he can turn into a giant and pick up large objects, as well as hit large switches. He can also climb up the thick palm trees in the secret area of Jungle Japes that he couldn't at his normal size, though the other Kongs cannot climb up the thick palm trees. While he is in this form, the thin palm trees and all types of the pads are absent, and the Tag Barrel is translucent.
    • Gorilla Gone: With the help of his Kong Pad he can turn invisible and see invisible things.
  • From other Kongs:
    • Triangle Trample: He uses a triangle which can defeat almost every enemy and could also make special things happen when used on a Music Pad
    • Pineapple Launcher: He can shoot pineapples to damage enemies and to activate switches.


Chunky is portrayed as the strong character, but with a sweet personality. Chunky is sweet and gentle and prefers not to fight unless he has to in order to help or protect those he cares about. He's normally cowardly, as if the player highlights him in the Tag Barrel, he'll shake his head and point at Tiny to try and get an excuse not to go. He also was afraid of Dogadon, and dropped to his knees to beg him not to hurt him. Despite that, Chunky can gather up courage to help out those in need.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong 64 Unlockable Playable Character North America:
November 24, 1999
Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country 3 (remake) Cameo in minigame North America:
November 7, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Cameo as Item (Pineapple Launcher) North America:
October 8, 2007
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as a Sticker North America:
March 9, 2008

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Donkey Kong 64 manual[edit]

He's big. He's bad. He plays the triangle. Chunky is something of a primate paradox: brutal when the situation demands it, yet almost meek at other times. He's also not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so he'll need all the help you can give him. If there's heavy lifting to be done, however, Chunky is the Monkey to see.

German Donkey Kong 64 website[edit]

  • Name: Chunky Kong
  • Occupation: Wrestler
  • Hobbies: Beating the triangle
    Eating (a lot!)
  • Favorite dish: Pineapple Compote
  • Favorite movie: The Karate Kong 3
  • Greatest hero: Kong Hogan

Although Chunky is young in years, he is nevertheless almost as strong as Donkey. The well-mannered giant gorilla is, in the truest sense of the word, a great guy, and stick to Lanky, his uncle once-removed, like a leach. Chunky is crazy about toys and see the Kremlings also as giant play figures whom one can give a good beating.

The giant ape, who is always in a good mood, feels most comfortable in company, especially when he can take part in a tournament of the best wrestlers.

Everyone wonders why Chunky, who is always pretty clumsy, always win the tournaments. Lanky says it's because he beams at his opponents and throws them off their guard in this way.

Chunky has not been spared from being taken prisonner, either, and the solitude is especially difficult for him to take.

Hopefully, his friends will be at hand soon...

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sticker[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Chunky Kong Chunky Kong Sticker.png Donkey Kong 64 [Throwing] - Attack +31
Usable by: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong


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