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King K. Rool
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King K. Rool, as he appears in DK: Jungle Climber.
Full Name King K. Rool
Species Kremling
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest Appearance Mario Super Sluggers (2008)
Latest Portrayal Toshihide Tsuchiya (2007-present)

“I've been waiting a long time for this moment. Soon, Donkey Kong and his pretty little island... will be no more.”
King K. Rool, Donkey Kong 64

King K. Rool, who has gone by many aliases, is the malevolent ruler of the Kremlings and the main villain in the Donkey Kong series, as well as the archenemy of Donkey Kong and his allies. King K. Rool has repeatedly tried to steal the Kongs' Banana Hoard for reasons unknown, though one of Rare's older websites has suggested that he takes the horde in order to starve the Kongs, in addition to personally liking bananas. He has even kidnapped members of the Kong Family on various occasions. After Bowser, King K. Rool is the second most recurring villain in the greater Mario continuity.

His name is a pun on the word "cruel", which often describes his actions and his personality.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

King K. Rool.
King K. Rool with a "B" letter in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country.

King K. Rool makes his first appearance in Donkey Kong Country as the game's main antagonist and the seventh and final boss. K. Rool and his gang of minions, the Kremling Krew, come to Donkey Kong Island to steal Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard. King K. Rool sends his Kremling minions to steal the bananas. The Kremlings encountered little resistance, as the only person guarding them was Donkey Kong's nephew and apprentice, Diddy Kong. They then seal Diddy in a DK Barrel and steal DK's Bananas. Later, Cranky tells Donkey Kong that his hoard was stolen, and Donkey Kong starts his adventure.

Finally, Donkey Kong and the released Diddy Kong manage to reach K. Rool's ship, the Gangplank Galleon, where they face him in battle. King K. Rool's attack involve ramming into them and throwing his crown as a boomerang. If he is hit four times, he makes cannonballs fall from the sky that fall in a straight line. When K. Rool is hit seven times, the fake credits show up on the screen, stating that the game was made by the Kremlings.

After the fake credits are done. King K. Rool jumps and tries to stomp on the Kongs by jumping in a straight line. King K. Rool, after being jumped on ten times, is defeated. The cast of the game appear and the real credits roll in DK's Treehouse, or at Gangplank Galleon in the Game Boy Advance remake.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest[edit]

Kaptain K. Rool.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest, K. Rool (going by the alias of Kaptain K. Rool in the game) manages to kidnap Donkey Kong and store him away in Crocodile Isle, and he demands the Banana Hoard in return for Donkey Kong. After discovering that Donkey Kong has been kidnapped, Diddy Kong and his girlfriend, Dixie Kong, rush off to save him from Kaptain K. Rool. King K. Rool, when confronted by the Kongs in K. Rool's Keep whisks away Donkey Kong (in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2), K. Rool also sends the gigantic Kremling Kerozene to battle Diddy and Dixie).

King K. Rool is in his airship, the Flying Krock, where the Kongs meet him again. King K. Rool uses a high-tech blunderbuss that could be used as a vacuum, also allowing K. Rool to move at high-speeds, turn invisible, fire spiked Kannonballs and poisonous gases that could affect the Kongs in many ways: the blue gas freezes them, the red gas makes the Kongs move slowly, and the purple gas reverses the game's controls.

King K. Rool is damaged when Kannonballs are hurled back into his blunderbuss. Donkey Kong then breaks free and uppercuts K. Rool out the front window of the Flying Krock. Crashing into the Krem Quay, K. Rool gets chomped by sharks. After recovering, he manages to swim ashore to the Lost World.

By collecting enough Kremkoins for Klubba, the Krocodile Kore can be accessed. Here, King K. Rool is fought in an ancient palace, and once again, K. Rool is defeated when a Kannonball is hurled into his blunderbuss. This time instead of backfiring, the gun explodes, flinging K. Rool into a nearby geyser that supplies energy to Crocodile Isle. Due to K. Rool clogging the energy geyser, the pressure within it kept building up until it explodes, taking the top of Crocodile Isle with it.

At the end of the game, a ship can be seen sailing away from the remains of the island and an ominous laugh can be heard as the ship sails over the horizon, suggesting that K. Rool survived the explosion, making way for another sequel.

K. Rool's persona, Kaptain K. Rool, is referenced in only one other game beside Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest, albeit obscurely; in Donkey Kong 64, inside the sunken ship off to a corner, there is a book entitled "Kaptain K. Rool's Log Book".

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King K. Rool's trophy states that Kaptain K. Rool is actually King K. Rool's brother. However, this is regarded as a mistake by Nintendo.

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

Baron K. Roolenstein.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, King K. Rool is seemingly replaced as Master of the Kremlings by KAOS, a robotic entity. Under KAOS' rule, the Kremling Krew proceeds to take over the Northern Kremisphere and imprison the Banana Bird Queen, as well as several of her children, the Banana Birds.

Eventually, after a search for the missing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and her cousin Kiddy Kong reach Kastle KAOS. Entering Kastle KAOS, Dixie and Kiddy encounter and begin to battle KAOS.

It is soon discovered that KAOS is a puppet leader controlled by King K. Rool, this time under the alias of Baron K. Roolenstein. After Dixie and Kiddy discover him, Baron K. Roolenstein battles the Kongs, using a helicopter pack on his back to fly and a remote control to send blasts of electricity. In order to hurt Baron K. Roolenstein, Dixie and Kiddy need to pull down on a particular pipe on the ceiling of Kastle KAOS. Pulling on this pipe causes a barrel to appear, which needs to be thrown at Baron K. Roolenstein's helicopter pack. It also deals more damage if he gets electrocuted by his own electric beams after being hit by multiple barrels.

After Baron K. Roolenstein's defeat, the body of KAOS crashes into the ground. Once on the ground, KAOS' body releases Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, who has been kidnapped by Baron K. Roolenstein to be used as batteries for KAOS.

If Dixie and Kiddy manage to collect all the cogs in Krematoa and give them to Boomer, Baron K. Roolenstein can be fought again. After Boomer's machine awakens the ancient volcano in Krematoa, a submarine, the Knautilus, rises from beneath the volcano's lava. Inside this submarine, Baron K. Roolenstein can be found and battled. In this battle, Baron K. Roolenstein simply remains in the back of his vessel for sometime. He attacks using electric beams and a fireball launching cannon. In order to hurt Baron K. Roolenstein, Dixie and Kiddy needs to throw several Steel Kegs at him through the use of a chute in the ceiling. Later in the battle, he occasionally enters the front area. After being hit multiple times, Baron K. Roolenstein loses control of his helicopter pack and is left spinning out of control in his submarine.

If players manage to release the Banana Bird Queen from her imprisonment behind the Banana Bird Barrier, a brief cutscene of Baron K. Roolenstein riding away from the Northern Kremisphere in a hovercraft is shown. As Baron K. Roolenstein drives away, a giant egg, laid by the Banana Bird Queen, falls on Baron K. Roolenstein, trapping a perplexed Baron K. Roolenstein inside.

K. Rool trapped in the giant broken egg shell dropped on him by the Banana Bird queen

During their first encounter, Baron K. Roolenstein makes an obvious reference to Scooby Doo, in which he states, "And I'd have gotten away with it, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Though King K. Rool does not directly appear in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, there are several homages to him throughout the game. The game's final boss, Lord Fredrik, has several K. Rool-like mannerisms in his battle.

Club Nintendo[edit]

"Donkey Kong Country"[edit]

King K. Rool as he appeared in the Club Nintendo comics.

King K. Rool appears in the German Club Nintendo's comic adaptation of Donkey Kong Country, first appearing to attack Diddy Kong and seal him within a DK Barrel, before stealing Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard. King K. Rool later appears on his ship, the Gangplank Galleon, and battles both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, only to be defeated by them. King K. Rool, under the guise of Kaptain K. Rool, was also featured in the magazine's Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest comic special, appearing at the beginning of it to taunt a captured Donkey Kong.

Donkey Kong Land series[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

The battle against King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Land.

King K. Rool returns in Donkey Kong Country's semi-sequel on the Game Boy, Donkey Kong Land. In this game, Cranky Kong calls up K. Rool, and demands he return to Donkey Kong Island and re-steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard, because he was jealous over Donkey Kong. Cranky has made a bet earlier with Diddy and Donkey Kong that they could not reclaim the bananas on a handheld system. In this game, K. Rool is fought in a blimp above Big Ape City, where his attacks were mostly the same as his techniques in Donkey Kong Country: running, jumping and throwing his crown, although he does use a new, belly flop-like attack. After several hits, King K. Rool is defeated and Donkey Kong once again reclaims his banana hoard.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Kaptain K. Rool reappears in Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong Country 2's pseudo-port for the Game Boy, where he serves the same role in the storyline.

Fought on the Flying Krock, Kaptain K. Rool's attack pattern in Donkey Kong Land 2 is a simplified version of his battle strategy in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest; instead of shooting status afflicting gas or using a vacuum attack, Kaptain K. Rool would simply shoot gusts of wind from his blunderbuss.

Once Kaptain K. Rool is defeated on the Flying Krock, and once Klubba is paid forty-seven Kremkoins, Kaptain K. Rool can be fought in the Lost World. In the ruins of Krocodile Kore, Kaptain K. Rool would attack Diddy and Dixie Kong by blasting them with kannonballs, both normal and spiked varieties. Eventually, Kaptain K. Rool would shoot a barrel, which must be jumped on to claim the kannonball within. This kannonball must be thrown at Kaptain K. Rool to defeat him and cause his blunderbuss to explode, flinging him into the geyser of Crocodile Kore, causing it to explode.

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land III, Baron K. Roolenstein and the Kremling Krew, as well as a rebuilt KAOS, appear as the main antagonists of the game. Similar to Donkey Kong Country 3, Baron K. Roolenstein is accessible only after KAOS is destroyed permanently (the two are bosses in different worlds). His first battle takes place in K Rool Duel, where K. Roolenstein tries to attack Dixie and Kiddy by shooting electric beams at them. After a barrel is thrown at K. Roolenstein, he bounces around trying to attack the Kongs. After three hits, he is "defeated".

Baron K. Roolenstein is later fought in Donkey Kong Land III in the Lost World. In this battle, Baron K. Roolenstein attacks by using electrical beams and by dropping bombs on Dixie and Kiddy Kong. Baron K. Roolenstein needs to be repeatedly hit with barrels in order to be defeated.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

King K. Rool, sitting on his "throne" in the Donkey Kong Country television series.

K. Rool is one of the main characters and the main antagonist in the Donkey Kong Country animated series, where his name is pronounced "Kuh-Rool", rather than "Kay-Rool". In the show, his personality is relatively the same as in the games: bossy, megalomaniacal, and slightly clumsy; despite this, however, he is not without a soft side, as seen in episodes such as "Baby Kong Blues" and "Four Weddings and a Coconut".

His voice is radically different from the games, such as Donkey Kong 64. He is constantly bragging about his brain and emphasizes this by using long and sophisticated words. King K. Rool often, with the aid of his henchmen Klump and Krusha, attempts to steal the mystical Crystal Coconut and use its power to rule Kongo Bongo Island and possibly the world. He seems to be always hatching plans to steal the coconut; however, a combination of the stupidity of his troops and the resourcefulness of the apes always leads to failure. K. Rool has a very low tolerance for the incompetence of both Krusha and Klump, to the point where, in one episode, he mutters to himself "Do I really want the Crystal Coconut this badly?" while Krusha and Klump try to decode a message they themselves wrote. When not scheming to take the Coconut, he otherwise plans to eliminate Donkey Kong, who is the Coconut's main protector, or to take over the Barrel Works to manufacture exploding barrels. His various other plans varied from episode to episode: for example, during a heatwave, he plots to take over Donkey Kong's "Coconut Chill" business to keep himself cool.

In the animated series, King K. Rool's physical appearance is slightly altered from his video game counterpart. His tail is gone and one eye is not bloodshot, unlike in the games, though it does bulge to large proportions when he is excited or irritated. His eyes also are not connected as they are in the games, and instead are separated. K. Rool's wrist bands are more detailed, instead of being plain gold, as is his crown. King K. Rool's cape is also much shorter in length in the Donkey Kong Country cartoon.

The series also expands King K. Rool's backstory slightly, with the episode "Best of Enemies" revealing that he was once friends with Cranky Kong and that the two were nefarious pranksters; another episode entitled "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights" also has King K. Rool mentioning both his mother and various, unnamed siblings. The Donkey Kong Country cartoon also introduces a Kremling rival of sorts to King K. Rool, a pirate named Kaptain Skurvy, who also wishes to obtain the Crystal Coconut.

In a possible alternate timeline seen in the episode "It's a Wonderful Life", in which Donkey Kong sees what Kongo Bongo Island would be like if he did not exist, King K. Rool is portrayed as a somewhat timid freedom fighter in a feud with Diddy Kong, who is portrayed as a power-hungry tyrant. He is called by General Klump as "King K. Rool Sir".

He was voiced by Ben Campbell, but was later voiced by Maurice LaMarche.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

King K. Rool, in Donkey Kong 64.

King K. Rool returns in Donkey Kong 64, where K. Rool appears one day on a large mechanical island. King K. Rool plans to blow up Donkey Kong Island with a weapon called the Blast-O-Matic. K. Rool's Ship ends up crashing due to the incompetence of the ship's drivers. In an attempt to distract Donkey Kong while he has his ship repaired, K. Rool has several Kongs imprisoned. These are Diddy Kong, Tiny Kong, Lanky Kong and Chunky Kong. He also steals Donkey Kong's Golden Banana Hoard.

K. Rool appears in several cutscenes with his unnamed pet Klaptrap, who he strokes similarly to the way the James Bond villain Blofeld strokes his cat, an obvious parody. He also breathes in a manner similar to Darth Vader in Star Wars. He is much larger in this game than all other games, as huge as Chunky Kong when he steps into his Hunky Chunky Barrel. Throughout the game, he watches the Kongs progress and chastises his own minions' failures. A scene shows K. Rool demanding that nobody leaves the Blast-O-Matic until it is repaired.

Eventually, K. Rool's henchman succeed in repairing the Blast-O-Matic, just as the Kongs break into Hideout Helm, and K. Rool demands that the weapon be fired, despite the warnings that if it is not fully tested, it could explode. After the Kongs permanently shut down King K. Rool's mechanical island and the Blast-O-Matic laser weapon, K. Rool tries to escape in a large airship. The ship ends up being knocked to the ground and destroyed by a recently released K. Lumsy. Venturing inside the crashed vessel, the Kongs find a boxing arena filled with spectators and King K. Rool, as his boxer alias King Krusha K. Rool, ready to battle. King K. Rool creates multiple shockwaves by slamming the ground, he throws his gloves as a boomerang, and he uppercuts the Kongs after charging at them. Engaging K. Rool in a series of battles - which include blasting out of barrels into K. Rool, dropping spot-lights on him, causing him to slip on banana peels, shrinking down and blasting his toes, and generally pummeling him - the Kongs manage to claim victory.

After Chunky Kong delivers the final blow to K. Rool, a cut scene is shown in which K. Rool gets back up after the fight. He is about to attack Chunky from behind, but is distracted by Candy Kong. He ends up being blasted over the horizon by Funky Kong. When K. Rool lands, it is in K. Lumsy Island, where he meets a very unhappy K. Lumsy who proceeds to beat King K. Rool in retaliation for locking him up.

K. Rool's depiction in this game changes as it goes on. He is initially depicted as cruel and merciless, and even menacing in the opening when he has a voice. However, as time goes on, especially towards the end of the game K. Rool is depicted as far more comical.

Kaptain K. Rool also makes a small cameo apparance in the game. Portraits of him can be found in some of Gloomy Galleon's sunken ships, several log cabins in Crystal Caves and in Creepy Castle's Museum.

Bumm-Badabumm im Urwald[edit]

Kaptain K. Rool is also featured as the main antagonist in an obscure German Donkey Kong comic, Bumm-Badabumm im Urwald; however he is always referred to as King K. Rool. In this story, K. Rool sends several members of the Kremling Krew to steal all the bananas on Donkey Kong Island, apparently hoping to starve the Kongs to make them weaker. K. Rool himself appears only near the end of the comic in the "Lost Land". When K. Rool notices that the Kongs are in the Lost Land, he, at first, sends several dozen Kremlings at Donkey, Diddy and Dixie Kong, thinking the sheer number of Kremlings would defeat the Kongs. Unfortunately for K. Rool, the Kongs managed to pulverize his Kremling warriors. Taking matters into his own hands, K. Rool tries to blast the Kongs with a pineapple-launching blunderbuss. At first, it seems the Kongs are overpowered, until Donkey Kong finds and throws a nearby TNT Barrel into the pile of bananas K. Rool is standing on. The resulting explosion buries K. Rool under the huge pile of bananas. King K. Rool is last seen having made a deal with Donkey Kong, in exchange for digging K. Rool out of the giant pile of fruit, K. Rool would have all the bananas returned to the Kongs.

Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits[edit]

K. Rool is also featured as the villain of another Donkey Kong comic called Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits. Here K. Rool, along with several Kritters, manage to steal all of the Kongs' Golden Bananas. Unfortunately for K. Rool, his heist is a failure, as he steals the bananas when the Kongs are home, so the Kongs easily track down K. Rool and his Kritter minions. In the end, K. Rool is defeated by Donkey Kong's Super Duper Simian Slam and the Kongs reclaim their stolen bananas.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A trophy of King K. Rool can also be obtained in Super Smash Bros. Melee and in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the names that appears when players press the "Random Name" button when naming their custom stage is KROOL.

Donkey Konga[edit]

King K. Rool appears in one of Donkey Konga's minigames, where the player must bash King K. Rool on the head with a Steel Keg while he tries to evade them. King K. Rool also sometimes appears dancing to the beat of music during certain songs in Donkey Konga.

DK series[edit]

DK: King of Swing[edit]

K. Rool as seen in DK: King of Swing.

King K. Rool's appears in DK: King of Swing where he once again appears as the main antagonist. In DK: King of Swing, King K. Rool steals all the medals that are supposed to be rewards in the upcoming Jungle Jam competition and crowns himself king of the jungle in the process.

As the end boss of DK: King of Swing, King K. Rool must be defeated in two battles. First, he summons a huge field of pegs, which Donkey Kong must race him through. If Donkey Kong succeeds in defeating King K. Rool, he promptly stutters "that was practice" and challenges Donkey Kong to a battle on another peg field. If Donkey Kong beats him again, K. Rool is vanquished and the medals relinquished as Donkey Kong flies off in King K. Rool's hovercraft and destroys the K. Kruizer III.

King K. Rool is also playable in DK: King of Swing's Jungle Jam mode, where he is the largest playable character and the most powerful. His partner is, oddly, Bubbles, the hero of the game Clu Clu Land. This is also the first time King K. Rool is playable in a game.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

In DK: Jungle Climber, King K. Rool appears as the main villain and is first encountered atop Sun Sun Island, where he and his entourage of four Kritters steal the five Crystal Bananas from the banana alien Xananab. When King K. Rool and his henchmen are discovered by Donkey, Diddy and Cranky Kong, they quickly flee the scene using a dimensional portal device known as a Spirowarp. After this encounter, King K. Rool is encountered several more times on the various islands and dimensions of the game, usually appearing to taunt Donkey, Diddy, Cranky and Xananab before having one of his Kritter followers power-up with a Crystal Banana and battle them.

After King K. Rool's Mega AMP robot and final Kritter subordinate is defeated on his ship the King Kruiser IV and the forth Crystal Banana is claimed by Donkey, Diddy, Cranky Kong and Xananab, King K. Rool flees through a wormhole to the Planet Plantaen. Chased to a dead end on Planet Plantaen, King K. Rool battles Donkey Kong, attacking by jumping at him, charging into him, and throwing exploding spiked balls. Once King K. Rool is defeated in this battle, he, refusing to give up, uses his last Crystal Banana to grow larger and become even more powerful.

In his new form, King K. Rool attacks with exhaling fire and exploding mines, summoning meteors of various sizes and gales of wind, and trying to crush the Kongs with his claws. In this form, King K. Rool's only vulnerable spot is his face, which, once hit five times, depletes King K. Rool's health, reverting him and leaving him unconscious. King K. Rool is last seen in DK: Jungle Climber being taken back to his and the Kong's home planet, being dragged through space by a rope attached to the back of a Banana Spaceship.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, K. Rool makes an appearance as a secret playable character, riding in a vehicle resembling a rocket-powered barrel and using his claw as his attack. He is unlocked by playing Challenge 31 of Candy's Challenges, and winning; his main rival in the game is Cranky Kong. He is the only character in the game who does not ride with barrels attached to him (he rides on a TNT Barrel, but his controls are still the same). King K. Rool also boasts high boost, speed and agility.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

K. Rool's new outfit from Mario Super Sluggers.
King K. Rool at the pitching mound and batting.

King K. Rool's first appearance in a Mario game is in Mario Super Sluggers. He can only play as a team player, and is, ironically, on Donkey Kong's team, despite that he hates DK and the Kongs. The explanation for this is that he was impressed with their skills, and said he is only going to team up when they are playing baseball. In Challenge Mode, he tries to stop Mario and the gang in Donkey Kong's stage by using his green, red, blue, and brown Kritters to challenge them. When the player wins, he is unlocked, as well as all four Kritters.

King K. Rool is one of the most powerful batters in the entire game (tied with Bowser and Petey Piranha). He is the strongest right-handed batter in the game; Bowser and Petey Piranha are left-handed batters. His pitching is also a bit above average. King K. Rool, however, has poor fielding and is one of the slowest runners in the game. He also has extremely poor stamina.

King K. Rool has great chemistry with all four Kritters and King Boo. He has bad chemistry with the Kongs as well as Bowser. He uses his scepter with a large gem to bat, and has a different, pharaoh-like clothing style that is exclusive to this game.

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

King K. Rool, in his most common appearance, wearing a crown, gold wrist bands and a red cape.

In King K. Rool's most common appearance, he wears a red cape and a gold crown, but he is fond of adopting many other looks and costumes as well. When he takes on the alias of Kaptain K. Rool, he traded in the cape for a brown trench coat and the crown for a pirate hat. When he becomes Baron K. Roolenstein, he wears a white lab coat, a small black wig, and has a propeller on his back. As King Krusha K. Rool, K. Rool wears a pair of large overalls and boxing gloves. He also has a pair of pink shoes with a hole in one of them. In Mario Super Sluggers, K. Rool wears an Ancient Egyptian-style collar and loincloth, much like a pharaoh. Cranky Kong mentions in the Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet that K. Rool has given up his silly disguises. While he has not seriously gone incognito since Baron K. Roolenstien, for the final fight he went by the moniker "King Krushaaaa K.Rool" as a boxer.

He has a long tail and has four toes instead of three as shown in artworks. Since his appearances past Donkey Kong 64, however, he lacks a tail. K. Rool's skin is light green (though some appearances show it as dark green). He has a large bloodshot eye, muscular arms, and is usually shown with jagged teeth. King K. Rool's under-belly is golden in texture and color, but in DK: King of Swing his underbelly is changed to plain skin color.

Taking into consideration his physique, his attacks and athletic abilities from the first Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64, he is capable of inflicting considerable damage with physical strength alone. In DK: King of Swing, King K. Rool had the highest attack out of all the characters. The brute strength that he possesses may rival or perhaps even surpass that of Donkey Kong and Chunky Kong. He is tied with Bowser and Petey Piranha for the best batting abilities in Mario Super Sluggers.

Personality[edit]

K. Rool, as his name, a pun on "cruel", may imply, is brutal, ruling his minions through threats and intimidation, often punishing them severely when they fail. Even his most powerful followers seem to fear his wrath, as displayed in Donkey Kong 64, when his subtle display of anger results in Army Dillo fainting on the spot. He does not seem to respect his henchmen, the Kritters, much better either. In Mario Super Sluggers, he refers to brown Kritter as "the dirty under-belly of the Kremling Krew". K. Rool is also somewhat of a dirty fighter. He fakes defeat, often collapsing in the middle of combat and making it seem like he has been defeated, only to rise seconds later and begin fighting again.

K. Rool hates the Kongs, referring to them as "filthy apes" and "monkey brains". Both Donkey Kong 64 and Super Smash Bros. Melee imply that K. Rool is somewhat insane and demented. The final battle of Donkey Kong 64 also showed him to be somewhat of showboater, constantly showing-off and making taunting gestures. He has bad chemistry with all Kongs in Mario Super Sluggers.

According to Gregg Mayles (designer of Donkey Kong Country and the Banjo-Kazooie series) on Rareware.com's former "scribes" column, K. Rool's motivation for stealing the banana hoard is either that he wants Donkey Kong to starve to death so that he can occupy his treehouse or he simply likes bananas.[1] The latter explanation is contradicted in DK: Jungle Climber though, as K. Rool states he despises bananas.

Weapons[edit]

Throughout his various appearances, King K. Rool uses a variety of weaponry.

In Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land, using his trademark attack, King K. Rool attacks Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong by taking off his crown and throwing it at them, which can boomerang back to him.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, Kaptain K. Rool uses a powerful blunderbuss, that, along with firing Kannonballs and status-afflicting mists, can propel Kaptain K. Rool forward.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III, Baron K. Roolenstein uses a helicopter-equipped pack on his back to obtain flight (though ironically, the helicopter serves as more of a liability, since it's his weakpoint in the game; he can actually move faster on his feet than with the helicopter), and also, through the use of a remote, he can send blasts of electricity at Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong. During the battle in Krematoa, Baron K. Roolenstein also uses a fireball-launching cannon to attack.

During the final battle of Donkey Kong 64, in his fight against Diddy Kong, King Krusha K. Rool is capable of throwing his boxing gloves as boomerangs.

Vehicles[edit]

King K. Rool also uses a wide variety of vehicles, from his Gangplank Galleon, to large airships, such as the Flying Krock and K. Kruizer III. DK: King of Swing also shows King K. Rool has in his possession a personal hovercraft, which can move quickly. He also uses a type of barrel vehicle in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Powers and abilities[edit]

  • In combat, King K. Rool usually uses his size and strength, attempting to tackle, crush and even leap onto opponents. Although, in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, King K. Rool's attack is a single claw swipe. Additionally, despite his size, King K. Rool can actually be quite swift and speedy in battle (far more so then Donkey Kong, as shown in Donkey Kong Country where he can leap from one end of the Gangplank Galleon to the other in one jump).
  • In Donkey Kong Country, King K. Rool boasts the ability to summon a barrage of large cannonballs to rain down on Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
  • In Donkey Kong Country 2, K. Rool can teleport.
  • Aside from simple strength, King K. Rool displays very few powers until Donkey Kong 64, originally simply using gadgets and weaponry in battle. In Donkey Kong 64, though, King K. Rool displays the ability to create multiple shockwaves by slamming the ground. He can also perform a powerful uppercut after charging at the Kongs, which can knock Chunky Kong high into in the air, even when he is the same size as K. Rool.
  • In Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong 64, King K. Rool displays his ability to turn invisible. This is first seen in Donkey Kong Country 2, where his blunderbuss leaves a trail of smoke puffs, revealing where he is, and in Donkey Kong 64, where only his shadow can be seen on the ground when he is invisible.
  • In DK: Jungle Climber, King K. Rool, after being damaged in battle, can turn temporarily invincible (gaining a reddish coloration) and the ability to assume a ball shape and bounce off surfaces rapidly. After being empowered by a Crystal Banana, King K. Rool gains a multitude of different powers, such as manipulating the weather, summoning meteors, breathing a barrage of fireballs and exploding mines.

Family[edit]

King K. Rool mentions having a wife in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Specifically, after KAOS is defeated a second time, Baron K. Roolenstein appears, stating he built KAOS from his wife's best pots and pans. It is unknown if K. Rool is telling a joke, or if he actually has a wife. However, in a December 23, 1999 edition of the Scribes section of Rare's website, Leigh Loveday revealed that K. Rool's "my wife is going to kill me" line was merely "a typically throwaway Vic and Bob reference."

In the episode, "The Big Switch-A-Roo" of the Donkey Kong Country animated series, King K. Rool mentions his mother, and in "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights" he mentions his "slithering siblings".

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, K. Rool's trophy information erroneously states that Kaptain K. Rool is the brother of King K. Rool, when in reality, the two characters are one in the same. The case seems to be that the relation between K. Rool's personas was never made apparent in Japanese materials. Therefore, this statement can be disregarded due to the writer's lack of knowledge on the Donkey Kong Country series. However, the intro of the Japanese Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2 apparently confirms that they are the same person.[2]

In the Japanese version of Donkey Kong 64, K. Lumsy is said to be King K. Rool's little brother[3].

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Main article: List of King K. Rool profiles and statistics‎

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Instruction booklet:

  • "The leader of the pack is back, and this time he's packing a blunderbuss! Ouch!"

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Boost Speed Agility
***** ***** *****

Portrayals[edit]

In the Donkey Kong Country animated series, King K. Rool was voiced by Ben Campbell, while in the Japanese dub of the television series he was voiced by Jūrōta Kosugi. In Donkey Kong 64, King K. Rool possessed an ominous and low Darth Vader-like voice provided by Kevin Bayliss. As of DK: Jungle Climber, King K. Rool is currently voiced by Toshihide Tsuchiya.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:King K. Rool.

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Donkey Kong Country Boss 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land Boss 1995 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest Boss 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land 2 Boss 1996 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Boss 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Land III Boss 1997 Game Boy
Donkey Kong 64 Boss 1999 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo as trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Konga Non-playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country (GBA port) Boss 2003 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA port) Boss 2004 Game Boy Advance
DK: King of Swing Boss/unlockable playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA port) Boss 2005 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Unlockable playable character 2007 Wii
DK: Jungle Climber Boss 2007 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as trophy and sticker 2008 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Unlockable playable character 2008 Wii

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キングクルール
Kingu Kurūru
King K. Rool
French Roi K. Rool Roi means "king".
Dutch King K. Rool
Koning Wreed (TV series)
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King Cruel
German King K. Rool
King Kroko (TV series)
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From Krokodil (crocodile), name never used for the games

Trivia[edit]

  • King K. Rool was featured as the villain of Nintendo's 2003 version of Camp Hyrule. King K. Rool caused chaos in Camp Hyrule by creating a massive earthquake.
  • In all games in the Donkey Kong Country series, King K. Rool has been the final boss. However, in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, he makes no appearance whatsoever, thus making these the only games in the Donkey Kong Country series where he is not the final boss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20020805184158/rareware.com/the_site/talk_to_us/scribes/aug25_99/aug25_99.html
  2. ^ http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%AD%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AB%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB#.E3.82.AD.E3.83.A3.E3.83.97.E3.83.86.E3.83.B3.E3.82.AF.E3.83.AB.E3.83.BC.E3.83.AB
  3. ^ Nintendo.co.jp Character Page (Retrieved April 22, 2012)