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Candy Kong
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Candy Kong in DK: Jungle Climber
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (trophy cameo) (2014)
Latest portrayal Satsuki Tsuzumi (2007 - present)
“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. She is one of the members of the Kong Family and one of Donkey Kong's closest friends. Her first appearance was in the game Donkey Kong Country, and was the first female Kong character to appear in the franchise. Though she has been a non-playable character since her first appearance, she has her own action figure in Japan, and, along with Swanky Kong, is one of the only Kongs of the Kong Family who have yet to become playable.

She usually appears in the Donkey Kong games hosting minigames or running shops from which the Kongs can buy items. She has also appeared in comics and in the Donkey Kong Country cartoon.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Candy Kong first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country, in which she manages Candy's Save Point where Donkey and Diddy Kong can save their progress. She appears in all of the worlds as well as the ending. 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 remake of Donkey Kong Country, she manages the game's various minigames where Donkey and Diddy have to collect a Golden Banana Coin in all of the worlds' minigames, excluding Gangplank Galleon. The name also has been changed to Candy's Challenge. In the Game Boy Advance remake, Candy's occupation is once again changed. She now runs Candy's Dance Studio, where the Kongs can play a dancing minigame against Candy and one another.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[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 in Swanky's Bonus Bonanza; however, she does not affect the gameplay in any way.

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

Candy Kong on the TV show

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

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, as well as a completely different appearance. 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's appearance in Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Candy appeared again 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 music that plays when visiting Candy in her music shop plays during this part.

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 briefly appears in the game itself; she can be seen cheering the player. 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 initally seen in the opening cutscene, where she is seen sitting with an umbrella with all of 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's main appearance on the Wii console was in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, where she is the only Kong that appears in the game who is not playable. In this game, she has her own mode, Candy's Challenges, in which she gives Donkey Kong different challenges he must complete in order to unlock certain characters. She appears in the cutscene seen when the cursor is passed over the Candy's Challenges options.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Candy Kong has her own trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Her trophy description in this game erroneously states Candy's latest appearance as being Donkey Kong 64 instead of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, but still references Candy's Challenges from the game.

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

Candy also has a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which also lists her latest appearance as Donkey Kong 64 in the Wii U version of the game. The trophy description also 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.

Other appearances and references[edit]

Candy Kong appeared briefly in volume 23 of the Super Mario-Kun manga, however with her TV series appearance instead of her in game one.

Candy Kong's name appears in a screenshot of an officially suggested Time Attack leaderboard, present at page 18 in the digital manual of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. She is ranked sixth in the leaderboard, above Lanky Kong and Tiny Kong.[1]

"Candy's Cafe" can be found 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.

Candy Kong was intended to be a playable character in the canceled spin-off game Diddy Kong Pilot, and can be seen in some of the early screenshots from the game.

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. 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, 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 grey 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.

Development[edit]

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] Interestingly, 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.

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 isn't 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.

Relationships[edit]

Candy is shown to be on good terms with most of the Kong family and against the Kremlings. Candy Kong is usually shown to be Donkey Kong's girlfriend or love interest, and often expresses this through the games by using affectionate terms to address him, and is also mentioned in various official profiles. The instruction booklet that came with Donkey Kong Country, her first appearance, stated that she is presumed to marry DK someday and that she is the "banana of Donkey Kong's eye", but she doesn't think he is ready to settle down yet. She was also shown to be actively dating him in the cartoons, though her Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description implies that their relationship is a rumour, and Donkey Kong is only stated to have a crush on her in her Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy description.

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 in her in the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy description, though this is not seen in any of the games.

List of game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Donkey Kong Country Non-playable character North America:
November 25, 1994
SNES
Donkey Kong 64 Non-playable character North America:
November 24, 1999
Nintendo 64
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
Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as trophy North America:
March 9, 2008
Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Cameo as trophy North America:
November 21, 2014
Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

Official 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."

Trophy information in Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
319 Candy Kong
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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.

Trophy information in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Candy Kong CandyKongTrophy3DS.png CandyKongTrophyWiiU.png 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!

Gallery[edit]

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

Quotes[edit]

  • "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
  • "Wow! You guys really came a long way! Save your game now, while you have the chance!" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "Yoo-hoo, Honey Kong! Now's a good time to save where you've gotten to!" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "It must have been hard work for you to come all this way! Why not save your game?" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "Can I help you monkeys save your game?" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "How would you like a quick spin in my save barrel?" - Donkey Kong Country
  • "I don't think he is, sugar. Let's get off this manky ship." - Donkey Kong Country
  • "Hi! I'm Candy Kong. This is my challenge shack." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "To try your luck, jump into my nice Spin Barrel" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "Hello, guys, do you want to earn any bonus games?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "Can I help you monkey boys find bonuses?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "How would you like a quick ride in my little Spin Barrel?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "Yoo-hoo, Honey Kong! It's a good time to try your luck!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "If you fancy a challenge, why not hop in for a spin!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "You guys are really good! I bet you're up to my challenge!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "See ya later, boys. You've beaten this challenge already!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color remake)
  • "Hi there! Do you want to try out my dance studio?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Just jump in the barrel to begin!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Want some dance fun? Just jump in the barrel." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Have you come to get in the groove?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Ok, here's how we do it! You will see a line of buttons and directions scrolling across the screen. Hit that button or direction just as it passes through the square box. You will then see hit, miss or, if you are really good, perfect. Both hit and perfect will add to the prize bar at the bottom of the screen, while a miss will cause the prize bar to decrease. Simply repeat the process until the tune stops. I will then reward you based on your final position on the prize bar. Good luck! - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Let's make this easy for you. I will only do a couple of different moves this time." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "This time I'll make it a bit trickier by adding a few more moves. Try to keep up." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "You keep coming back for more. Let's see if you can keep up with me this time." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Come on, let's dance! I can't wait to se you do the splits." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "This is going to be very tricky. Keep an eye on the speed of the instructions." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "This is the last challenge. Let's see if you're up to it. Good luck." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Cool! You sure know how to hit the moves. Here you go, take this!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Oh dear, you seem to have two left feet, you crazy fool. Why not try again?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Oh, my! You sure can dance. Here, take this special prize. It's a photo of me. Take good care of it." - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Come back soon!" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "Leaving already?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "The exercise too much?" - Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance remake)
  • "For just 3 coins, I'll let you play with my instrument anytime you want." - Donkey Kong 64
  • "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
  • "Come on now, Donkey. For just 3 coins I'll show you my musical instrument and throw in an extra melon for free! Let's give it a try, shall we?" -Donkey Kong 64
  • "Stand a little closer, Donkey, and I'll show you how to use your instrument. Press and hold Z Button then press Camera up Button its sound wave blast will deafen most Kremlings, but will also reduce the instrument's energy. Top up its energy by finding some headphones. You won't lose any energy if it is played when you are standing on a music pad, and all sorts of amazing things are likely to happen too!" - Donkey Kong 64
  • "You've all got another melon too. It'll hopefully make things a little easier." - Donkey Kong 64
  • "You have all the latest stuff from me. Come see me later, okay?" - Donkey Kong 64
  • "Aw, Donkey, you've already got my latest good stuff." - Donkey Kong 64
  • "Why don't you drop by and see me later now." - Donkey Kong 64
  • "Your instrument's lost some of its energy. Here, let me fix it for you." - Donkey Kong 64
  • "Jump over the logs rolling down the hill, and avoid the boulders! Wanna give it a try?" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Hi!" - DK: Jungle Climber, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • "Yay!" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Catch as many bananas as you can! Think you can catch all of them?" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Climb the pegs as fast as you can. Try to reach the top before time runs out!" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Throw rocks to smash barrels and destroy boulders. Got what it takes to smash 'em all? - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Grab on to the wobbly oranges and watch them drop. How many can you grab?" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Get in the Booster Barrel and race! Are you fast enough to beat your opponent?" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Jump over the rolling logs! Get 100 points to move on. Jump over a bunch to earn bonus points!" - DK: Jungle Climber
  • "Well, hi there! Feel like taking on some of my challenges?" - Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • "Win the race without hitting any obstacles." - Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • "No hurry! Take your time!" - Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • "Good luck! I know you can do it! Oh, and you can view my challenge anytime on the pause menu." - Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • "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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze digital manual PDF
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/Ghoulyboy/status/1027946702270021638