Candy Kong

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Candy Kong
Candy Kong from DK: Jungle Climber.
Candy Kong in DK: Jungle Climber
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Latest portrayal Satsuki Tsuzumi (2007)
“Yoo-hoo, Honey Kong! Now's a good time to save where you've gotten to!”
Candy Kong, Donkey Kong Country

Candy Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong franchise and the girlfriend of Donkey Kong. She first appeared in Donkey Kong Country, as the only female member of the Kongs. She is one of two recurring Kong characters who have not had a playable appearance, the other being Swanky Kong.

In most of her appearances, Candy hosts minigames for the Kongs to play, although she ran her own store in one of the games. She has also appeared in comics and in the Donkey Kong Country cartoon. An action figure of Candy was also released in Japan.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country, Candy manages the Candy's Save Point where she allows the player to save their game progress. Her Save Point appears in every world, and she also appears in the ending's Cast of Characters. The instruction booklet calls Candy Kong the "banana of Donkey Kong's eye" and mentions that everyone assumes they will marry one day, although it is Candy's opinion that he is not ready to settle down yet.

In the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance remakes, Candy no longer operates a Save Point, because the game progress can be saved from the world map. In the Game Boy Color version, Candy hosted Candy's Challenge, where the active Kong must complete a challenge for a Banana Coin. Her establishment was changed again in the Game Boy Advance remake, to Candy's Dance Studio, where she hosts a Dance Dance Revolution-type minigame in each world.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Candy's appearance in Donkey Kong 64

Candy reappears in Donkey Kong 64, where she runs Candy's Music Shop, which is found in every area except Jungle Japes, Fungi Forest and Hideout Helm. Here, Candy sells the Kongs powerful musical instruments which can defeat foes and cause certain events to occur if used on a Music Pad. Candy also gives the Kongs an extra watermelon on two occasions, increasing the amount of damage the Kongs can sustain. A picture of Candy Kong also appears behind the hammock in DK's Tree House.

In the ending after Chunky Kong defeats King K. Rool, Candy appears and distracts King K. Rool with her beauty, which is surprising considering that K. Rool hates the Kongs. While she does this, Funky Kong appears from behind and shoots him with a gun loaded with a big shoe, which sends him to where K. Lumsy is located. She also appears in the two endings where she is seen riding K. Lumsy, alongside all the Kongs, and in the second one she is seen sitting outside of Donkey Kong's house. In the secret ending, she appears three times. The first time she is seen, she gasps and then laughs, and the second time she appears she only laughs. The third time she appears, she is seen posing with Tiny Kong and the Mermaid, as two Kritters are watching them; the Candy's Music Shop theme plays during this segment.

Donkey Kong Country 2[edit]

Candy makes a cameo appearance in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest as Swanky's assistant at Swanky's Bonus Bonanza. She does not affect the gameplay and simply points out the option that Diddy and Dixie Kong walk to. She is later shown in Cranky's Hut during the ending "Cast of Characters" with the rest of the Kong Family. She is wearing a flower in her hair and a dress, which is purple at Swanky's Bonus Bonanza but white during the end credits.

Donkey Kong Country 3[edit]

Candy also appears in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! where she briefly appears in one of Funky Kong's minigames, Protect. In the minigame, she appears in the water along some other Kongs, and Dixie and Kiddy Kong have to protect her and the other Kongs from being taken away by the Kremlings with the help of their boat.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Candy Kong made a brief appearance in the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong Country". Like in the game of the same name, she was found at her Save Point, where Donkey and Diddy Kong decided to tell her about their journey. Candy, instead of letting Donkey and Diddy Kong "save" their progress, provides them with Squawks in order to make their journey easier. She is also briefly seen at the end of the comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24" from the same magazine, celebrating together with the other Kongs.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

Candy Kong on the TV show
For a complete list of the episodes of Donkey Kong Country that Candy Kong has appeared in, see List of Donkey Kong Country episodes featuring Candy Kong.

In the Donkey Kong Country cartoon, Candy had been drastically changed from her in-game appearances, more so than any other character. On the show, Candy had a completely different personality with a particularly short temper. She appeared to be the sole employee at Bluster Barrelworks, where she seemed to be the quality inspector. Candy and Donkey Kong were also actively dating in the cartoons, much to the annoyance of her boss, Bluster Kong, who wanted Candy all to himself.

Candy has a robotic clone named Candy Clone, who was created by King K. Rool, and appeared in a few episodes.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Candy Kong appears briefly in volume 23 of the Super Mario-Kun manga, where she sports her look from the Donkey Kong Country television series.

DK series[edit]

DK: King of Swing[edit]

Candy returns in the game DK: King of Swing. Despite having official artwork for the game, Candy only makes brief cameos in the game itself; she appears in the opening cutscene. She and Cranky Kong were the only Kongs who appeared but were not playable in this game.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

Candy reappears in the DS game DK: Jungle Climber, where she is shown in the opening cutscene with the other Kongs on their vacation to Sun Sun Island. She also hosts the minigames in the game, giving a brief description of each before they are played.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Candy appears in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, where she is the only non-playable Kong. Here she has her own mode, Candy's Challenges, in which she gives Donkey Kong different challenges to complete in order to unlock certain characters. She appears in the cutscene which is shown when the cursor passes over the Candy's Challenges options.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Candy Kong appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a trophy, obtained at random in one of the game's single-player modes.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Candy also has a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The trophy description mentions that Funky Kong has a crush on her as well as Donkey Kong, something which is not mentioned in any of the other games.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Candy Kong also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Advanced-class support spirit, reusing her DK: Jungle Climber artwork. Her spirit battle uses a red palette swap of Bayonetta equipped with a Banana Gun on Kongo Falls, with her spirit offering increased stats at critical health. In World of Light, the spirit is located in the DK Island sub-world of The Light Realm, specifically in the spot that represents Candy's Save Point on the Kongo Jungle map in Donkey Kong Country.

Other appearances and references[edit]

Candy Kong's name appears in a mock Time Attack leaderboard on tab 18 of the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze electronic manual. She is ranked sixth in the leaderboard, above Lanky Kong and Tiny Kong.[1]

Candy Kong's face with her Donkey Kong Country design appears in Picross NP Vol. 8 as one of the figures obtained by completing puzzles. When the puzzle is completed, she winks and kisses at the screen.

A store named "Candy's Cafe" appears in New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey.

Candy Kong was also featured on a few cards of the Donkey Kong card game, using both her cartoon and Donkey Kong 64 appearances.

Icon of Candy Kong from the 2001 Diddy Kong Pilot

Candy Kong was apparently intended to be a playable character in later builds of the canceled spin-off game Diddy Kong Pilot, and can be seen in some of the early screenshots from the game. She appeared to be replacing "Redneck Kong", as her placement in the character selection is where Redneck originally was, according to an E3 2001 screenshot. She also appeared on the main menu, in the "Dog Fights" animated icon, where it could be seen she drove a pink and white plane with a windshield.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

Candy Kong with her current appearance from DK: King of Swing

Candy Kong has blue eyes with three eyelashes on each, and blonde hair which is just beyond shoulder length. She is one of the two Kongs that use makeup, the other being Tiny Kong, with pink lipstick, purple (blue in DK: King of Swing) eye shadow and pink nail varnish. She has light brown fur and pale skin similar to most of the other Kongs, however lacks the exposed belly section. Her physique is fairly similar to Tiny's, being more human-like. Candy is also quite tall, being among the tallest of the Kong family.

Candy wears a pink vest top which is torn off part way to create a crop top. The top has her name on it in a white font with darker pink outlining. She also wears dark pink shorts with a purple belt and a gold ring buckle.

In her original appearance, her clothing consisted of a pink one-piece swimming suit and a pink bow with white dots. Her eye shadow was pink, and her hair was shoulder-length, had a short fringe with curls on the sides, similar to Dixie Kong's current hairstyle. She also lacked her pink nail polish in this game, but had an exposed belly section like the other Kongs, as well as a fully exposed neck. This appearance was also used for her cameo in the remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

In the remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, her appearance remained mostly the same as the first game, but instead of her usual clothing, she wore a purple floor-length dress and a purple flower on the right side of her hair. She also had her modern purple eyeshadow, but lacked her pink lipstick.

In Donkey Kong 64, Candy had the same physical features as her future appearances, apart from the exposed neck and belly sections, but wore different clothing. She wore a pink crop top with her name written on it in purple writing and pink shorts with a black belt and silver buckle. Candy also wore pink and white trainers in this appearance, as well as a gold necklace. As she ran a music shop in the game, Candy wore a pair of blue headphones with a white "C" on either side, with the blue and gray attachment on the right of her belt.

Candy had an entirely different appearance in the cartoons, which differed more than that of any other Kong. On the show, Candy had ginger fur and slightly paler orange hair tied back with a turquoise headband. She had much smaller eyes with no eye shadow, and also lacked the fur on her upper face but had brown eyebrows instead. Her lipstick was closer to skin tone, and she lacked nail varnish in this appearance. She wore a white crop top and blue denim shorts with a black belt and square gold buckle, as well as a pair of turquoise sandals similar to Tiny Kong's. She also wore gold hoop earrings and a gold bangle on her right arm. This appearance is the one used for her appearance in the Super Mario-Kun manga.


Early in the development of the original Donkey Kong Country game, the names "Blondie Kong" and "Honey Kong" were apparently considered as alternate names for Candy Kong.[2] Candy Kong refers to Donkey Kong as "Honey Kong" in the first Donkey Kong Country game, perhaps as a reference to her rejected potential name.

During the development of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, there were worries that the relationship of Donkey Kong and Candy Kong would clash with the relationship of Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong and detract from the game's character and clarity, so it was decided to replace her.[3] Wrinkly Kong effectively usurps her position, running the Kong Kollege.[4]

Personality and traits[edit]

Candy Kong usually has a fairly easy going personality, and often uses affectionate terms to refer to the other Kongs, such as "Honey" and "Sugar", and is also seen blowing kisses in various appearances. Candy is also shown to have a keen interest in music and dance, as she owns a dance studio in the Donkey Kong Country remakes, and a music shop as well as wearing a pair of headphones and a cassette player in Donkey Kong 64. Her profile on the German Donkey Kong 64 website further reaffirms this, as well as suggesting that she puts a large amount of effort into her appearance and often trains at the fitness centre. She also is not above using her looks to her advantage, as demonstrated by her deliberately using her flirtatious nature on King K. Rool to distract him long enough for Funky Kong to deliver the coup de grace on the Kremling leader in the ending for Donkey Kong 64. Her personality was completely changed in the animated series however, as she now had a much shorter temper and a stubbornness not usually seen in the games.


Candy is shown to be on good terms with most of the Kong family and against the Kremlings. Candy Kong is usually mentioned in various official descriptions to be Donkey Kong's girlfriend or love interest, and often expresses this through the games by using affectionate terms to address him. The instruction booklet that came with Donkey Kong Country, her first appearance, stated that she is presumed to marry Donkey Kong someday and that she is the "banana of Donkey Kong's eye", but she does not think he is ready to settle down yet. In Donkey Kong 64, Candy has a big carpet with the form of a heart with Donkey Kong's face on it as well as a small picture of him, and in both Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong has a picture of her with hearts in his house. She is also shown to be actively dating him in the cartoons, though her Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description implies that their relationship is a rumor, and Donkey Kong is only stated to have a crush on her in her Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy description. To explain Candy Kong's absence in later games, one official review of Donkey Kong Land 2 states that she broke up with Donkey Kong,[5] although the Donkey Kong 64 manual suggests otherwise.[6]

In the cartoons, her boss Bluster Kong also appears to be in love with Candy Kong, though she does not show any of that interest back to him, and is often quite angry towards her boss. Bluster Kong is also shown to be very strict on Candy and often complains about her being late for work and other small things. Funky Kong is also stated to have a crush on Candy in her Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy description, though this has yet to be seen in any other game.

List of game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Donkey Kong Country Non-playable character North America:
November 25, 1994
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong 64 Non-playable character North America:
November 24, 1999
Nintendo 64
Picross NP Vol. 8 Cameo Japan:
June 1, 2000
Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Country (remake) Non-playable character North America:
November 4, 2000
Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country (remake) Non-playable character North America:
June 9, 2003
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2 (remake) Cameo in Swanky's Bonus Bonanza. North America:
November 15, 2004
Game Boy Advance
DK: King of Swing Non-playable character North America:
September 19, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 3 (remake) Cameo in Funky's Rentals mini-game. North America:
November 7, 2005
Game Boy Advance
DK: Jungle Climber Non-playable character North America:
September 10, 2007
Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Non-playable character North America:
October 8, 2007
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as trophy North America:
March 9, 2008
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Cameo as trophy North America:
November 21, 2014
Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as spirit North America:
December 7, 2018
Nintendo Switch

Profiles and statistics[edit]

German Donkey Kong 64 website[edit]

"Everything that Tiny dreams of has come true for Candy. With her long legs, her sweet pouting lips and her silky blond hair, she makes every ape heart beat faster. But she really puts a lot of effort into her beauty. Hours of training sessions in the fitness center are an integral part of her daily schedule. Apart from that she also has considerable musical talent. The Kongs can get various musical instruments from her. After short instruction by Candy they play these with such virtuosity that they literally knock over a Kremling once in a while."

"Played on special boards, the instruments develop an even greater effect. Gates open, complex mechanisms are set in motion, and even the biggest sleepyhead is catapulted from dreamland. A visit with Candy is always worthwhile, because she always recharges the power of the musical instruments absolutely free of charge, and treats her visitors to an extension for the melon strip once in a while, too."

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Candy Kong
SNES Donkey Kong Country
N64 Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong's rumored girlfriend--although nobody is quite sure if the rumor is true. With Candy's looks and elegance, she would be quite the catch. There's a mode in Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast where Donkey Kong must compete according to Candy's requests. Candy is also known to have run a music shop.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Candy Kong CandyKongTrophy3DS.png Candy Kong trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U SNES Donkey Kong Country (11/1994)
N64 Donkey Kong 64 (11/1999)
It's no surprise she catches the eyes of Donkey Kong and Funky Kong. Just by glancing at them, she makes guys wonder if she likes them. You probably best remember her as the helpful lady who runs Candy's Save Point in Donkey Kong Country. You might remember Candy helping you save your game back in Donkey Kong Country. Both Donkey Kong and Funky Kong have just a little bit of a crush on her. Maybe one day, she'll notice one of them, and... Well, we're not writing a romantic novel here. Good luck to them both, though!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Candy Kong Candy Kong from DK: Jungle Climber. Donkey Kong Series Support (1) Advanced Critical-Health Stats ↑ World of Light (DK Island); Spirit Board Bayonetta Rule: Item: Bananas
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Banana Gun
  • The enemy has increased move speed
Kongo Falls Mangrove Cove


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Candy Kong.


Main article: List of Candy Kong quotes
  • "Hi, I'm Candy Kong and this is my Save Point!" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "If you want to save your current game, just jump into my spinning save barrel! - Donkey Kong Country
  • "Hello guys, got anything worth saving?" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "Well, hello, Donkey. You just take it easy and let Candy tell you how she's gonna make you feel real good. Why, for just a few little old coins, you can have my musical instruments and extra Melons too." - Donkey Kong 64
  • "Welcome back! You did a great job with my challenges!" - Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャンディーコング
Kyandī Kongu
Candy Kong
German Candy Kong Candy Kong
Italian Candy Kong Candy Kong
Russian Кэнди Конг
Kaendi Kong
Candy Kong


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze electronic manual (PDF). Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Ghoulyboy (August 10, 2018). Never expected this tweet about #KingKRool in #SmashBros to be so popular. As a moderately interesting bonus follow up, an early naming sheet shows K. Rool was going to be 'Kommander' and #DKC was going to be called 'Monkey Mayhem'. Twitter. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Rare. Donkey Kong Country 2. Rarewhere (July 5, 1998, 00:04:02 UTC snapshot via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Rare. Candy Kong. Rarewhere: DCK Trilogy Cast List (July 5, 1998, 01:26:26 UTC snapshot via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #50, page 52. "You’d have thought that after retrieving his banana stash, Donkey Kong would be able to live out his days in peace and harmony with Candy Kong by his side. Unfortunately, she’s given him the push. And to make matters even worse, he’s been captured by those oh-so-pesky Kremlings!"
  6. ^ Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet, page 9. "That darn Donkey has all the luck! His girl Candy waits around in her hut, always willing to offer her musical help to that undeserving son of mine and his fancy polygonal friends. Pah!"