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Lanky Kong
Artwork of Lanky from Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
Full Name Lanky Kong
Species Kong
First Appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (trophy cameo) (2014)

“Cool move, DK! Gotta get some fresh air. I’ll help you by collecting blue bananas.”
Lanky Kong, Donkey Kong 64

Lanky Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong series. He is an ally of Donkey Kong and the Kong family. Despite his bizarre appearance and personality, he is a capable fighter thanks to his abnormal body and lengthy arms. His first appearance was in Donkey Kong 64.


Donkey Kong 64

Lanky in Donkey Kong 64.

In Donkey Kong 64, Lanky is one of the four Kongs imprisoned by the Kremling Krew at the start of the game. Lanky is found in the Llama's temple in the area Angry Aztec, where Donkey Kong and his Coconut Shooter are needed to release him from his imprisonment by the Kremlings.

Once Lanky is released players become capable of collecting Blue Bananas, coins and Blueprints. Lanky Kong fights the boss of Gloomy Galleon, who is Puftoss, when he defeats him, he gains one of the keys to K. Lumsy cage. Also in this level Lanky can transform himself into Enguarde. In Fungi Forest he has to race against a rabbit twice to gain a Golden Banana. Lanky Kong is the only character needed to enter the door to the boss of Creepy Castle, King Kut Out. Lanky Kong is the first one to try to defeat this boss, as all the Kongs need to be shot out of a barrel cannon to defeat him.

During the final battle against King K. Rool Lanky has to make use of the great reach to activate a switch and then a barrel with a banana appears, Lanky next has to throw the barrel so the banana comes out and make use of the Trombone Tremor to make King K. Rool fall with a banana. In one of the cutscenes Lanky appears at Hideout Helm and starts walking around the walls with two kremlings going after him, at the end a kremling tries to walk in the wall and falls.

Throughout the game Lanky gains a variety of bizarre abilities from drinking Cranky Kong's various potions or buying items from Funky and Candy. His first individual ability is Baboon Balloon, while the second is OrangStand, and the third one is OrangSprint. Lanky's weapon is the Grape Shooter. His instrument is a trombone; with this he can use the Trombone Tremor. Aside from this he can learn Simian Slam, Super Simian Slam and Super Duper Simian Slam, which all Kongs use. Lanky Kong is the only character that can transform into Enguarde, similar to Donkey Kong transforming into Rambi.

Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits

He appeared in the comic Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits, were the golden bananas are stolen, again by the kremlings. Unfortunately for King K. Rool, the kremling he sent stole the golden bananas in bad time, as Lanky Kong and the other Kongs were home. Lanky Kong, along all the playable Kongs from Donkey Kong 64, track King K. Rool easily through the jungle and after passing all kremling's traps and beating all the enemies, they have a final showdown against King K. Rool and the Kremling in which the Kongs win and get their golden bananas back.


He also appeared in the N-Gang comic series, but only had minor roles. In the N-Gang comic, N-Gang vs. Nintendo, he teamed up with Banjo, Kazooie, Wario, Yoshi, Peach, and Donkey Kong, to play a soccer match against the N-Gang.

These were his only appearances in comics and were also his only appearances out of games.

Donkey Kong Country 3

Lanky briefly appears in one of Funky Kong's minigames in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3. Here, he appears in the water, along with other Kongs, and has to be protected from being taken away by boats with Kremlings on them.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

After eight years of not appearing in games, except for remakes, Lanky Kong makes a return as a racer in the Wii game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. In this game he is an unlockable character, unlocked by winning the Topaz Cup as a Kong character. In the game, he is considerably powerful, and is assigned a Klump as his rival. He has top speed, medium boost and poor agility. As with all playable characters, he has the ability of doing Wild Moves.

In the Single Race cutscene he can be seen, along Donkey, Tiny and Dixie, standing in front of their rivals, Kass, Kalypso, Klump, and Kritter. His bongos are blue with white parts, which resemble the colors of his clothes. This game marks his debut in spin-off games.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Although he did not appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee, there is a reference to Lanky on the Kongo Jungle stage, as the DK Rap plays, after Tiny Kong's part, Lanky is mentioned.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Lanky Kong appears as trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his trophy mentions his playable appearance in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast after years of not appearing in games. He also has his own sticker based on his appearance from Donkey Kong 64, it increases a throwing attack by six and can only be used by Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Lanky Kong appears once again as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Character description

Lanky Kong is an orangutan; he has orange fur, a red nose, blue eyes, and a pair of lengthy arms. His clothing consists of blue overalls, with a white shirt that is too small for him, and on his back he has a red and white patch.

In his recent appearance in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, aside from being updated graphically he looks slightly bigger and his hair style was changed. In this game his voice sounds different.


Lanky mostly uses his long reach to attack enemies, he can also swing his arms while running to attack enemies. His long arms allow him to run while doing handstands and was shown in a cutscene to be able to 'stand' on a wall with his hands. In his Donkey Kong Barrel Blast appearance he was given more strength and had the ability to perform Wild Moves.

Abilities he had in 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.
    • OrangStand: With this ability, he can stand on his hands and can climb steep slopes.
    • Baboon Balloon: With the help of his Kong Pad, he can inflate like a balloon and can fly a short distance.
    • OrangSprint: With the help of Crystal Coconuts, he can stand on his hands and run extremely fast.
  • From other Kongs:
    • Trombone Tremor: He uses a trombone which can defeat almost every enemy. This can also make special things happen if he uses it on a Music Pad
    • Grape Shooter: He can shoot grapes to damage enemies and to activate switches.

Official profile and statistics

Donkey Kong 64

  • Potions:
    • Pad Move: Baboon Balloon
    • Barrel Move: OrangSprint
    • Special Move: OrangStand
  • Weapon: Grape Shooter
  • Instrument Ability: Trombone Tremor
  • Color: Blue
  • Boss:
    • Name: Puftoss
    • Location: Gloomy Galleon

This knuckle-dragging Kong looks like a clown, and it's more than just a coincidence. Think of him as a twisted twig on a distant branch of the family tree. Kremlings and Klaptraps may snicker at his goofy gait as he ambles in their direction, but there's nothing funny about a hyper extended sucker punch.

German Donkey Kong 64 website

  • Name: Lanky Kong
  • Occupation: Stand-up comedian
  • Hobbies: Blowing the trombone
    making up jokes
  • Favorite dish: Raisin cake
  • Favorite movie: The Kong Canon 64
  • Greatest hero: Kongo Waalkes

To the satisfaction of the other Kongs, Lanky has been at home on the DK islands for some time now. Originally he comes from the more distant Utan island, where relatives of the Kongs live.

The society there was much too boring and conservative for Lanky, however, so that he was attracted to the slightly chaotic members of the Kong clan.

Here he feels much more comfortable, since his constant silliness is always appreciated, especially by Chunky and Kiddy. Even a television offer could not move the enthuasiastic comedian to leave the island: he has been dying to experience an exciting adventure for quite some time! As a child Lanky made a bet with a friend, who could hang on a limb the longest.

Today you can still tell by his arms that Lanky won the bet!

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

  • Boost: **
  • Speed: *****
  • Agility: *

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
320 Lanky Kong
N64 Donkey Kong 64
Wii Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
One of the more eccentric Kong friends. He's probably the most laid back of the Kongs and has many comical expressions and mannerisms. He uses his long arms to take out baddies and can walk on his hands to climb steep slopes. Sweet! In the recent game Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, Lanky appears for the first time in years.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker

Image Game Effect
Lanky Kong Sticker.png Donkey Kong 64 [Throwing] - Attack +6
Usable by: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
320 Lanky Kong
N64 Donkey Kong 64
Wii Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
The comical Lanky made his debut in Donkey Kong 64. It's fun to watch him take out enemies with his long arms. His special ability Orangstand lets him walk on his hands, making steep slopes an easy task. When items are just out of reach, it's a good thing Lanky is so...humerus.


  • "Cool move, DK! Gotta get some fresh air. I’ll help you by collecting blue bananas."Donkey Kong 64
  • "Come and find me in the Tag Barrel!"Donkey Kong 64


  • Lanky Kong is commonly associated with water. In Donkey Kong 64, his color was blue, which is commonly associated with water. He also was the only Kong who could become Enguarde in that game, and his only boss fight by himself was against a fish in a boat. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, his only cameo is in the water, although most Kongs appeared in the water with him. Ironically, orangutans are known to have one of the worst swimming abilities among mammals.
  • According to Donkey Kong 64, Lanky currently holds the record for the longest reach in the world, and it is shown that Lanky has a remarkable reach during his final battle against K. Rool.
  • In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Lanky's voice sounds vaguely similar to Diddy Kong's (especially when he performs a Wild Move).
  • According to Cranky he is a "twisted twig on a distant branch of the family tree".