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Artwork of Creepy from Donkey Kong 3
Artwork from Donkey Kong 3
First appearance Donkey Kong 3 (1983)
Latest appearance NES Remix (2013)

A Creepy is a worm[1][2] (occasionally called a "snake"[3][4]) enemy that only appears in Donkey Kong 3. They cannot usually be defeated, and react to Stanley's sprayer by stopping and swinging. The Super Sprayer is potent enough to defeat a Creepy in one hot. In blue and gray greenhouses, Creepies crawl down vines and onto the platforms at the bottom of the screen. If it is sprayed enough before reaching the platform, the Creepy can be tricked into climbing up the vine for a short time; however, any Creepies that reaches a platform stays there until the round has ended. In the arcade version of the yellow greenhouse, three gray Creepies traverse the vines above Stanley and try to block his spray. In the Family Computer and Nintendo Entertainment System version, all Creepies are yellow. In later rounds, the number of Creepies increase; up to eight Creepies can be present in the arcade version's yellow greenhouse.

In Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū, Creepies move in midair horizontally via jetpacks instead of crawling on the ground. They first appear On the Country Road, the third stage.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おじゃまのクリーピー[5]
Ojama no Kurīpī
Ojamamushi no Kurīpī
Troublesome Creepy

Trouble bug Creepy

Italian Vermetto[7]
Little worm


  • Creepy has a predecessor known as the "inchworm"[9] in the Game & Watch title Green House, displaying a grin when it emerges as opposed to a constant grimace; unlike Creepy, the inchworm tries to eat flowers and must be defeated with the spray gun.


  1. ^ "CREEPY is a SLOW moving worm." – Donkey Kong 3 back flyerMedia:Dk3flyerback.png.
  2. ^ "On the stage with two floors, you’ll want to ignore Creepy (the worm) completely and take out bugs only if they steal your mutant plants." – Grimm, Steven. Animal Crossing Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-930206-24-0. Page 152. Retrieved June 27, 2024.
  3. ^ "Creepy the snake" – 1986. Donkey Kong 3 NES instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 6.
  4. ^ "Creepy the snake will crawl down from the palm trees to attack." – Opening quote of Card 4 of 5/codes 7-8 for the Donkey Kong 3 series of e-Reader cards.
  5. ^ Donkey Kong 3 back flyerMedia:DK3 Japanese Flyer Back.jpg.
  6. ^ Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū manual.[page number needed]
  7. ^ Donkey Kong 3 e-manual. Page 9.
  8. ^ Arcade Archives Donkey Kong 3, in-game manual
  9. ^ Game & Watch Green House English instruction.[page number needed]