“I’m off to the tag barrel - ready to kick reptile butt!”
Tiny Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong series. Dixie Kong’s younger sister, she first appeared as a young child in Donkey Kong 64 before being redesigned into her current "teenage" appearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS, making her taller than her older sibling (much like Luigi is Mario's slightly younger but taller brother). As Dixie's sister, she is the cousin of Kiddy Kong and Chunky Kong. She is known for being both nimble and fast and using her two ponytails to accomplish different tasks.
Following her first appearance she hasn't had any important roles in any other platform game, but was given cameo appearances in the Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Advance remakes of the Super Nintendo games. Since her older redesign in Diddy Kong Racing DS, where her epithet "Tiny" went from literal to ironic, she has played a larger role in spin-off adventures such as Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and has even appeared in Mario Super Sluggers. With a few exceptions, she is generally playable in the games in which she appears.
Donkey Kong 64
In Donkey Kong 64, Tiny is one of the four Kongs imprisoned by the Kremling Krew at the start of the game with the others being Diddy Kong, Chunky Kong, and Lanky Kong. She is found in the area Angry Aztec, and can only be released by Diddy Kong after Donkey Kong saves him. In order for her to be released, Diddy must spell the code KONG by slamming the wall switches in the correct order using his Chimpy Charge ability.
Once Tiny is released, she is able to collect purple Bananas, Coins and Blueprints. She can also activate feather switches, pop purple balloons to get bananas, and slam switches with her face on them. Also, when she gains the ability Mini-Monkey, she can reach the Banana Fairy Princess to get her magical camera, as well as a special shockwave attack that all Kongs can use.
After Tiny is freed, she can begin her adventure on DK Isles, where she must visit the Banana Fairy Princess and can find a total of six Bananas. In Jungle Japes, Rambi makes it possible for Tiny to get into a cave after she finds a few golden Bananas and finishes familiarizing herself with her surroundings. Tiny uses her Mini-Monkey ability to get inside difficult places to reach and get Golden Bananas.
In Angry Aztec, she can obtain her Saxophone, Feather Bow, and her Mini-Monkey ability. With help of the Squawks and her Mini-Monkey ability. She is able to enter many different temples. Inside the many temples she can find many Golden Bananas and a Banana Fairy.
Tiny plays a large part in the Frantic Factory. After looking for Golden Bananas in the testing room, Tiny finds a sentient Toy Racecar, who tells her he has a Golden Banana for the first place winner. After Tiny completes the car race, she can search for more Golden Bananas and come across the Donkey Kong arcade game and a Golden Banana which is only obtainable by using her Mini-Monkey ability. After she searches the factory high and low for Bananas, she gives the needed amount of bananas to Scoff who opens the door leading to the boss. The door reveals Tiny's face, meaning she is the only one able to fight the boss, Mad Jack. After defeating Mad Jack, Tiny obtains the third Boss Key to K. Lumsy's cage.
Tiny meets a mermaid in Gloomy Galleon, who tells her about her stolen pearls. Tiny must find the pearls in a giant chest and must then bring them back to the mermaid, who gives her a Golden Banana in return. She later opens an underwater door in a large sunken ship. After thoroughly searching the ship she finds another Golden Banana. Tiny finds her last Golden Banana in the area in another sunken ship.
Tiny's quest for the Bananas takes her to Fungi Forest. Tiny must find her first Golden Banana in the forest inside of a large tree stump infested with purple Klaptraps. After defeating them, she obtains a Golden Banana and a strange seed. When Tiny finds a good place to plant it, she must plant the seed in a loamy patch of soil. The seed eventually grows into a giant plant which gives her a Golden Banana, which she can get with help of Squawks. Tiny later finds a house and when she enters at night, she could fight a giant spider. Tiny must hit a certain amount of small spiders to make the giant one open its eyes, which she can shoot feathers at. After the Giant Spider is damaged enough, the it shrinks. After Tiny defeats the Giant Spider, she obtains another Golden Banana.
In Crystal Caves, Tiny visits Cranky who sells her a potion which can give her the power Monkeyport. Tiny must use her new power on a teleport pad deep in the caves which take her to an igloo-like crystal were a Golden Banana was. Tiny must find another teleport pad which takes her to were the Giant Kosha is. Tiny must defeat it and stop the raining rocks.
After entering Creepy Castle, Tiny finds the car she raced in Frantic Factory, who wants a rematch. Tiny must defeat him again to obtain another Golden Banana. Outside is a trail of purple bananas and a trash can. With help of her barrel and a mushroom, she can enter to the trash can, where she is attacked by flies. She, along all the Kongs, fight the boss of the level, King Kut Out. She fights the boss after Lanky Kong is defeated.
When the Kongs takes the Creepy Castle key to K. Lumsy, he opens the last level, Hideout Helm. The Kongs realize that they have a limited amount of time to deactivate the Blast-o-Matic, but with their help of Snide their time gets extended. After they deactivate the machine, the Kongs find out that King K. Rool has escaped in a plane, but left behind the last key. His plane gets struck down by K. Lumsy and crashes down on Kong Isle later in in the game.
During the game, she can gain different abilities. Her first individual ability is Mini-Monkey, while the second is Pony Tail Twirl, and the last one is Monkeyport. Her instrument is the Saxophone; with this she can use the ability Saxophone Slam. Her weapon is the Feather Bow. Aside from this she can gain Simian Slam, Super Simian Slam, and Super Duper Simian Slam, which all Kongs can obtain.
She is the only Kong that can enter where the Banana Fairy Princess is found, and using Tiny's Monkeyport is the only way of getting to Hideout Helm. She is also playable in the Multiplayer mode. In the mode, she has 3 alternate color schemes, all of which changes the color of her overalls. Aside from her default blue color, she can use red, green or purple overalls.
She appears in the three endings of the game. In the first ending she appears playing with Chunky, until he throws her very high and gets mad at him once she lands. In the second ending she appears riding K. Lumsy, along with all the other Kongs, sitting on Chunky's hand. In the third ending she first uses her Pony Tail Twirl to fly, but ends up crashing. She is later seen posing with Candy Kong and the mermaid, as two Kritters are watching them. She is lastly seen walking up to Donkey Kong, who has trouble pulling a lever using his Gorilla Grab. Tiny helps DK by gently tapping it with her hand, which sends DK flying away. She then skips away from the lever.
She appeared in a comic from the N-Gang series. Her appearance was in the comic "Freeze Frame", where she didn't have a big role. Her appearance was at the very end where she is seen at the celebration held after King. K. Rool was defeated.
Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits
Her second appearance in a comic was in Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits, where the golden bananas are stolen again by the Kremlings. Unfortunately for King K. Rool, the Kremlings he sent stole the Golden Bananas at a bad time, as Tiny Kong and the other Kongs were home. Tiny Kong, along with all the playable Kongs from Donkey Kong 64, track King K. Rool easily through the jungle. After passing all the Kremlings' traps and beating all of the enemies, they have a final showdown against King K. Rool and the Kremlings. The Kongs win and get their Golden Bananas back.
Through the quest Tiny Kong showed some of her abilities she got in Donkey Kong 64 from Cranky Kong's potions, such as Pony Tail Twirl. Her Pony Tail Twirl worked slightly differently in the comic, as her ponytails rotate vertically instead of horizontally, but still have the same use. Also, like in the games, she attacked with her ponytails.
Donkey Kong Country series
Donkey Kong Country 2
Tiny Kong makes a cameo appearance in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. She is present in several of Funky Kong's minigames, namely "Kongnapped" and "Kongnapped 2", where Diddy or Dixie has to save her from Zingers. Actually, not only one, but more characters that look like Tiny must be rescued in each of the minigames; however, Funky Kong claims that these characters form the Kong family, and thus implies that their appearance is only representative.
Donkey Kong Country 3
She also cameos in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, this time as an uncloned individual. She is present in Funky Kong's "Protect" minigame, where she, along with the rest of her family, swims in a restricted body of water and is exposed to Kremlings that purpose to kidnap her and the other members of the family. The player needs to prevent the Kremlings from taking away the Kongs by shooting and sunking their boats. This was the last game were Tiny used her debut design.
Diddy Kong Racing DS
Tiny makes a full return appearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS to replace Banjo, a character from the original Diddy Kong Racing. This game is her spin-off debut. Her acceleration and handling are both medium but she has below average top speed. This is also the first game were she is available from the start.
Tiny, along her sister, was first called by Diddy Kong; he explained that Timber from Timber Island asked him to help him defeat Wizpig, and also help to find out what happened to Drumstick, who was turned into a frog by Wizpig.
During the quest they arrived to Dino Domain, and after beating all the challenges in the area Tiny (or one of the other racers) had the option to race the brainwashed dinosaur Tricky the Triceratops through the valley, if she beat him he will open the Balloon Pop challenges. Once all the challenges were completed they could have another race against Tricky, if Tiny and the others manage to defeat him the spell on him would break, and Tricky will thank them by giving the piece of Wizpig's amulet he was guarding.
Their next location was the cold Snowflake Mountain, if Tiny and the others managed to beat all the trials they had the option to race against the Bluey the Walrus in a downhill mountain. After defeating him, he opened the Balloon Pop challenges from that area. After the challenges were completed, the racers had the option to challenge him again. After his defeat the spell on him would break and he gave Tiny and the others the second piece of Wizpig’s amulet.
Their next location was Sherbet Island, and like in the previous locations after beating the challenges they could race the aquatic brainwashed Bubbler the Octopus. After he was defeated he opened the Balloon Pop Challenges. Once the Balloon Pop challenges were completed Tiny and the other racers had the option to race him again. Finally after he was defeated and taken permanently out of Wizpig’s spell he gave Tiny and the other racers the third piece of the amulet.
Their next location was Dragon Forest, were after beating all the challenges Tiny and the others could race the fire spitting Smokey the Dragon. Like the previous bosses he opened the Balloon Pop challenges after being defeated. After he was defeated and taken out permanently of Wizpig’s control he gave Tiny and the racers the last piece of the amulet, thus they completed the amulet.
With all the pieces of the amulet, Tiny and the others found Wizpig and raced him, whom after being defeated teleports away in panic. Tiny, along all the other racers, held a celebration. During the celebration Wizpig arrives and asks for revenge, but this time in his home planet Future Fun Land. After a long race with many obstacles Tiny and the others defeated him and again held the final celebration this time without problems.
This is the first game she appears as playable along her sister and also this is her second playable appearance after eight years. Although this was the first racing game in which she appeared, she had previously raced two times against a toy car in Donkey Kong 64, in the levels Frantic Factory and Creepy Castle.
Tiny looks much older in this game, and was given somewhat of a teenage appearance. Her sister, Dixie Kong remained the same size, leading some to believe that their relation was either changed or forgotten. She was the only character to appear in this game that made a debut in Donkey Kong 64, was one of the three female racers and also one of the three playable Kongs.
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Tiny Kong's next appearance was in the Wii game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. She is an unlockable character, unlocked by winning the Sapphire Cup with a Kong Character. She is very fast and her rival is Kalypso, a Kremling with identical stats. She has excellent boost, good speed but below average agility. In this game, she attacks her opponents by swinging her ponytails around her like a helicopter, possibly using the Pony Tail Twirl. Like all the playable characters, she has the ability to perform Wild Moves.
She first appears in the title screen along all the other Kongs, except for Wrinkly Kong. In the Single Race cutscene Tiny can be seen, along Lanky, Dixie, and Donkey, in front of their rivals, Kalypso, Klump, Kass, and Kritter. In the Records cutscene she can be seen along Kludge, Funky Kong, Dixie and Kip looking at the records on a scoreboard. In the Cranky's Flight School cutscene she is one characters that appears practicing, along Kludge, Kip and Diddy Kong. She also appears in Candy's Challenge # 14: Help Tiny Kong!, Donkey has to help her beat Kalypso, this challenge is level 2 in difficulty.
Her winning celebrations include her spinning around, throwing punches, or putting her hands on her waist and pouting. When she loses she cries and looks at the ground, disappointed.
Her drums have green, purple and pink bands in the middle, matching her beanie hat, and have a white flower emblem on them, which matches with her top. This was the second racing game in which she appeared and was also her first appearance on the Wii console. This game also marked the debut of her current voice actress, Kahoru Sasajima, replacing Eveline Novakovic.
Super Smash Bros. series
Although Tiny has never appeared playable in any Super Smash Bros. game, there are various references to her. She is mentioned in the DK Rap which played in Super Smash Bros. Melee and eventually Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, she has a trophy and a sticker. Her trophy shows her walking happily. Her trophy doesn't mention that she is Dixie's sister, but instead mentions her high speed in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and her "helicopter hair" from Donkey Kong 64, as well as describing her as cute. Her sticker , which uses her artwork from Donkey Kong 64, increases the power of arm attacks by four and is only usable by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Her trophy description is "A cute, young Kong in pigtails, a knit cap, and jumbo earrings. In Donkey Kong 64, she could extend her airtime after jumps and fly through the air with helicopter hair. Also a participant in Barrel Blast, her high speed is on full display".
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, she is shown once again as an unlockable trophy. Like with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, her trophy doesn't mention that she is Dixie's sister, but it does mention "She isn't quite as small as when we first met her", implying her current appearance.
Mario Super Sluggers
Tiny Kong appears as a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. She is a sub-character, and is also an unlockable character. This is her first appearance in a sports game and also her first appearance in the Mario series. In this game she can play baseball matches against many other characters.
In challenge mode, she has to help Mario and the others beat Bowser and his son Bowser Jr., by playing baseball matches. Tiny can be found in the DK Jungle stage; after Mario and the others get the three stone tablet pieces and raise the bridge they can access the area where Tiny is being held by Bowser Jr.. Mario and the others eventually defeat Bowser Jr. and Tiny offers to join the team. She is part of the DK Wilds.
Tiny Kong's bat is sky blue with a white flower, similar to the one on her top. She is the only Kong character to have a normal bat. Her pitching entrance includes her spinning. When she pitches the ball and the character batting misses three times, she celebrates by turning back and putting her right arm up, while her left arm down. Her batting entrance includes her waving her hand, winking and then preparing to bat. Like with the other team players, Tiny Kong can use Star skills while pitching, which can make the ball go faster or slower. Her sweetspot is the flower on the bat.
She has good chemistry with her sister, Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, Donkey Kong, Baby DK, and a Cyan Mii; she has bad chemistry with King K Rool, Kritter, and Birdo. When the team she is in wins but she does not win MVP, she celebrates by waving her hands and tilting her hip from one side to another. If she does win MVP, she will break into a brief dance. Her only ability is Clamber, meaning she can climb walls to catch the ball and negate Home Runs.
Tiny features average pitching, batting, and running skills, along with above average fielding skills (her fielding is a tad weaker than Diddy's, Dixie's and Baby DK's though). She is the only balanced character from the Donkey Kong series, and she has the highest stat total among all the characters (excluding Miis) who can only play as team players. In this game, her speed is not as notable as in other games; in the Donkey Kong series, Tiny is one of the fastest Kongs, even faster than Diddy. But this time, both Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong are faster than her.
In this game, Tiny Kong had few lines and a conversation with other characters after being saved and before joining Mario and the others:
Before being saved:
After being saved:
Online card collection
Tiny Kong is available in the Mario Super Suggers online card collection. She was one of the first characters to be released. In Double Play she can be combined with Funky Kong to get the Great Clambering Kongs video, in which she appears.
The front part of the card features a new artwork, it has the Yoshi Park stadium background and her name is displayed in white letters surrounded by a purple outline with a yellow background.
The back part of the card is mainly purple with stars, it features an in-game image of her, her player abilities, her rookie year, the card description for her and stats.
Her Rookie Year is 1999, which means she debuted in that year, Donkey Kong 64 was released in the year 1999. Her card appears in the Collection wallpaper and appears randomly in the Flipping Frenzy screensaver. It also appears in the Collection Complete Poster, between Dixie Kong and Birdo.
Her card description describes her as the smallest of the Kongs, possibly meaning the smallest of the female Kongs in age that are playable in the game, as Tiny is not the smallest sized Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong are smaller and in age Kiddy Kong and Baby DK are younger.
Card Description: Tiny Kong is the smallest of the Kongs and doesn't boast the power of her bigger friends. But she is by no means the weakest player in the game. Great team chemistry with the Kongs make her a valuable pick.
She was one of the few characters confirmed to appear in the canceled Nintendo GameCube game Donkey Kong Racing. The game was canceled because Rare was sold to Microsoft, but a trailer and a few screenshots were released prior to this. In the screenshot she is seen riding Enguarde. In this game she was going to appear with her old look.
During her debut in Donkey Kong 64, Tiny's fur was a lighter brown as opposed to her darker fur which she had in Diddy Kong Racing DS onwards. Her eyes were blue, but they were also bigger. Her clothes consisted of blue overalls with a flower on them, a white T-shirt and white shoes, and the same multicolored beanie hat as her current appearance. She also had bangs in this design. She was much smaller at this time, and was even shorter than Diddy Kong. Tiny's voice and demeanor is hinted at being that of a sarcastic Kong (acting similar to that of Kazooie).
After Donkey Kong 64, this look was used in the remakes of Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3. It was going to appear in Donkey Kong Racing, but the game was canceled. The look was also used for some comics, and recently made an appearance as one of Tiny Kong's stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
This look was dropped after Rare was sold to Microsoft. From Diddy Kong Racing DS onwards, Nintendo decided to change her appearance and gave Tiny her current look.
Tiny, as her name belies, is a tall ape, being taller than her big sister, but not as tall as Candy Kong. She has blond hair that is tied up in two ponytails and has blue eyes, unlike her sister who has green eyes. Her fur is brown, although in Diddy Kong Racing DS, it was slightly darker. Her current accessories consist of jumbo earrings and white fur wristbands.
Her clothing consists of sky blue sweat pants with a sky blue big-belly baring spaghetti-strap top with her belly button exposed. Her top has a flower on it and has purple borders, wears orchid sandals and also wears a beanie hat, that is green in the bottom, purple in the middle, pink on the top and has pink borders around the colors green and purple. She has pink nails.
This look was used in Diddy Kong Racing DS and all games that came afterward, such as Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and Mario Super Sluggers. An exception is her sticker from Super Smash Bros. Brawl where she uses her debut look.
It was confirmed in Rare’s Scribes that Nintendo was the one that decided to change her look. Although her redesign makes her appear older than her elder sister Dixie Kong, in Japan this relationship was never officially stated, which may explain the radical change in design. They have never been referred to sisters since Donkey Kong 64.
As she has only had a one major role there's little known about her personality. Tiny's voice and demeanor is hinted at being somewhat sassy and tomboyish, with a confident demeanor similar to her sister Dixie Kong, albeit more boisterous. She is also very brave, attacking even if her opponent is way bigger than her as shown during the DK Rap where she attacks a Klaptrap after she has used her Mini-Monkey ability. She is very gymnastic and flexible in her movements, able to perform the splits with ease.
In more recent games she is depicted in a similar fashion, but shows less of a tomboyish streak and more of a focus on dance-like movements. In Mario Super Sluggers she regularly sways her hips while idle and breaks out into a brief dance when she successfully clears a mission, minigame or wins MVP.
Much like her sister she uses her ponytails for attacking enemies, slowing and controlling her descent to the ground and can also extend her jump by rotating her ponytails. In Donkey Kong 64 she was the fastest Kong, she had a very high jump, she could also attack enemies by jumping on them and she is good at swimming and could breathe underwater; however she had the weakest physical attacks of all the Kongs. In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast she once again used her ponytails to attack and break things open. She, like all the other racers, could also perform Wild Moves in this game. In Mario Super Sluggers she had the ability Clamber.
In Donkey Kong 64 her abilities were:
List of game appearances
Official profiles and statistics
Donkey Kong 64
German Donkey Kong 64 website
Tiny Kong has long been known as a multi-talent and wonder child. Her greatest wish is a career as a super-model, but unfortunately Tiny is much too short for the occupation. Besides, she would have to leave the island, and that is out of question for Tiny. Instead she prefers to juggle numbers and manages the banana coins savings and the financial system of the island.
While doing this she never loses sight of her dream, though, and often presents her own fashion collections to the islanders. Despite her multifarious talents Tiny is always trying to follow the footsteps of Dixie Kong, who together with Diddy has made a name for herself as an adventurer. One day, when she observes how Diddy is attacked by cunning Kremlings, she sees her big chance. Unfortunately she has overstimated her abilities and is now in captivity, just like Diddy.
Diddy Kong Racing DS