Donkey Kong Jr.

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Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Jr MT64 art.png
Artwork from Mario Tennis
Full name Donkey Kong Junior
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)
Portrayed by Frank Welker (Saturday Supercade)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
“Monkey Muscle!”
Donkey Kong Jr., Saturday Supercade

Donkey Kong Jr. (sometimes referred to as DK Jr. or just Junior) is a Kong character that debuted in Donkey Kong Jr. as the titular hero, who had to save his father, Donkey Kong, from Mario. While he is occasionally identified as a younger version of the modern Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. is currently considered his father, which also makes him the son of Cranky Kong.[1]


Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr.[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. holding a key
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DKJ Intellivision Donkey Kong Jr Sprite.png
Donkey Kong Jr. as he appears in various different versions of Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr.'s premier appearance is in the eponymous Donkey Kong Jr. He is the star of the game and the only playable character. It follows the events of the original Donkey Kong, where Donkey Kong Jr.'s father, Donkey Kong, has been locked up by Mario. Donkey Kong Jr. must travel through four stages, climbing vines to ascend them and then watching as Mario hauls his father further on through the game.

There are numerous enemies that Donkey Kong Jr. must avoid. However, if he drops fruit on the enemies, they will be defeated. Once Donkey Kong Jr. has put a key into the cage, Mario will move Donkey Kong to a new area. When Donkey Kong Jr. beats Mario at last in Stage 4, Donkey Kong and Mario both fall; Donkey Kong Jr. catches his father and then walks off-screen with his newly-freed papa (in the NES version, this scene only has Donkey Kong Jr. catch his father, omitting the rest of the scene due to memory space issues).

In the original arcade game, he also appears during the transition scene for Stage 2 and Stage 3, where he pursues Mario's chopper with a parasol.

Donkey Kong Jr. Math[edit]

One year later, Donkey Kong Jr. made another playable appearance in the game Donkey Kong Jr. Math. His father stood at the top of the stage, holding a sign with a random number placed on it. Donkey Kong Jr. had to climb amongst multiple vines to gather the correct numbers and mathematical signs to create the number on his father's sign.

This game also starred a pink-colored palette swap of Donkey Kong Jr. that could be playable in a two-player game; however, Donkey Kong Jr. was still brown in color, and could be played as in both one- and two-player modes.

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. pulling a switch

In Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, Donkey Kong Jr. teams up with his father to kidnap Pauline, and Mario must defeat both of them before rescuing her. For most of the game, Donkey Kong Jr. usually stays in areas inaccessible by Mario, activating and deactivating switches in ways that can either help or harm Mario; nonetheless, it is shown in Stage 8-9 of Rocky-Valley that the plumber can lose a life when touching Donkey Kong Jr. Sometimes, Donkey Kong Jr. even appears out in the open and throws Poison Mushrooms. Finally, Mario got to stop him for good in Stage 9-4, where he locked him in a cage in a fashion similar to Stage 4 of the original Donkey Kong Jr. In the ending, Donkey Kong Jr. somehow managed to free himself and lay in wait as Pauline gave Mario a Super Mushroom to catch Donkey Kong, and acted as soon as his father was calling for help. In the end, the group of characters take a photo together.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

An 8-bit-looking Donkey Kong Jr., inside the Wii U GamePad held by DK

Donkey Kong Jr. appears as a cameo at the end of the Aqueduct Assault level in the background in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze inside a Wii U GamePad held high by the original Donkey Kong.

Saturday Supercade[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr., voiced by Frank Welker, is featured as the main protagonist of the cartoon short Donkey Kong Junior from the animated series Saturday Supercade. Here, Donkey Kong Jr., after discovering his father is missing from the circus, decides to track him down with the help of a clumsy biker named Bones.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. makes an appearance in the sixth Nintendo Adventure Book, Doors to Doom; in the book, Mario and Luigi find themselves in Donkey Kong Jr.'s jungle after entering one of the doorways created by Dr. Sporis von Fungenstein. Upon seeing Mario and Luigi, Donkey Kong Jr. attacks them, forcing the two to flee. Eventually, after a vine-climbing chase, the Mario Bros. escape Donkey Kong Jr.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. in Super Mario Kart
DK Jr. in a crowd with a Snifit, a green Shy Guy, a Blue Toad with a red vest, and a Goomba

Donkey Kong Jr. appears as a playable character in Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. He is classified as a heavyweight character alongside Bowser. His preferred item is the Banana, with which he would litter the racecourses. His kart has maximum top speeds; however, if he were to drift away from the main course, its speed would decrease greatly.

In every Mario Kart title since Mario Kart 64, Donkey Kong Jr. has been replaced by the modern Donkey Kong, though he appears as a cameo in the background of Waluigi Stadium in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. In this game, his head is redesigned to be more reminiscent of the modern Donkey Kong. He was planned to appear in the game as a playable character, but he was replaced with Diddy Kong.

Super Mario All-Stars[edit]

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In the Super Mario Bros. 3 remake in Super Mario All-Stars, the kings of the Mushroom World are turned into different creatures than in the original. The Big Island King gets turned into Donkey Kong Jr. This happens in other 16-bit remakes of Super Mario Bros. 3, including Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

SMM Donkey Kong Jr Sprite.png

In Super Mario Maker, Donkey Kong Jr. appears as one of the costumes that Costume Mario can wear.

Mario's Time Machine[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. makes a cameo in Mario's Time Machine, appearing on several paintings in the background of Bowser's Museum.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario's Tennis[edit]

In Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy, Donkey Kong Jr. is a playable character. He is the largest character in the game. This is also the only game where he wears shoes and socks.

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Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. in Mario Tennis, seen on Donkey Kong's court

Donkey Kong Jr. returns as a playable character in the Nintendo 64 adaption of Mario Tennis. He is classified as a Power Character, who can be unlocked by winning the Star Cup in Doubles. He is one of two unlockable characters in the game, with the other being Shy Guy. If he is unlocked, he is Donkey Kong's double partner; otherwise, Yoshi takes his place. This game marks Donkey Kong Jr.'s final playable appearance until Super Mario Maker as a costume, not counting later ports of his game of the same name.

Game & Watch Gallery series[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. appeared many times in the Game & Watch Gallery installments. Donkey Kong Jr. appears in the first two games with role as a "damsel in distress" in several of the minigames. However, Donkey Kong Jr. is the star of his own minigame, which is a small remake of the original Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch game. The same minigame from the third game also appears in the fourth installment of the series.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

DK Jr's Melee trophy

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. also has a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, though he does not make a playable appearance.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Donkey Kong Jr. did not return as a collectible trophy, though data extracted from the disc shows that he was going to appear but was scrapped. Instead, he has a Sticker. The sticker shows Donkey Kong Jr. with a key over his head; the sticker is only referred to as Junior. It raises launch resistance by twenty-one in the Subspace Emissary adventure mode of the game. His other sticker shows him holding a tennis racket from Mario Tennis. Additionally, one of the names that appears when the player presses the "Random Name" button when naming their custom stage is DKJR.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit.

Punch-Out!! series[edit]



In the first game in the Punch-Out!! series, Donkey Kong Jr. can be found watching the fight in the audience along with Mario and Luigi.

Super Punch-Out!![edit]

In the second arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. can be found in the audience again, along with Mario, Luigi, and Donkey Kong, this time with a different color scheme.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. appears as a participating racer and an opponent to Mario in the Super Mario Kart adaption in one of the volumes of the Super Mario-Kun.

Other media[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. appears in the e-Reader commercial, where he is on an assembly line where he undergoes a grooming makeover, only to be literally smashed into an e-Reader card.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. bears a resemblance to his father. He has brown fur and wears a leotard with the letter J on it. His size varies between games, but is usually smaller or about the same size as the current Donkey Kong.


Donkey Kong Jr. is portrayed as the hero of his own game and a villain of Mario in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. He always sides with Donkey Kong, and is shown to be athletic and mischievous.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Jr. Playable character 1982 Arcade
Donkey Kong Jr. Playable character 1982 Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Playable character 1983 Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong II Playable character 1983 Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Sansū Lesson Playable character 1983 Nintendo Entertainment System
Punch-Out!! Cameo as member of crowd 1984 Arcade
Super Punch-Out!! Cameo as member of crowd 1985 Arcade
Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr./Mario Bros. Playable character in Donkey Kong Jr. 1985 Arcade
Donkey Kong Classics Playable character in port of Donkey Kong Jr. 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Kart Playable character 1992 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario All-Stars Cameo as the transformation of the World 4 King 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Enemy in certain stages 1994 Game Boy
Mario's Time Machine Cameo as a picture hanging in Bowser's Museum 1994 Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Cameo as the transformation of the World 4 King 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario's Tennis Playable character 1995 Virtual Boy
Mario Clash Cameo at 800,000 points 1995 Virtual Boy
Game & Watch Gallery NPC in Modern versions of Manhole, Fire, and Oil Panic 1997 Game Boy
Game & Watch Gallery 2 NPC in Modern version of Parachute 1997 Game Boy
Game & Watch Gallery 3 Playable character in Modern and Classic versions of Donkey Kong Jr and in a port of Donkey Kong II 1999 Game Boy Color
Mario Tennis Unlockable playable character 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Tennis Cameo as N64 Status's Icon (after N64 Link) 2001 Game Boy Color
Super Smash Bros. Melee Trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Doubutsu no Mori Playable Character in emulation of Donkey Kong Jr. Math 2001 Nintendo 64
Animal Crossing Playable Character in emulation of Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong Jr. Math 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Playable character in Modern and Classic versions of Donkey Kong Jr., and NPC in Modern versions of Rain Shower and Fire. He also appears on the title screen. 2002 Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Cameo as the transformation of the World 4 King 2003 Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Cameo as similar-looking Kong audience members in Waluigi Stadium. 2003 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in microgame 2004 Game Boy Advance
Tetris DS Cameo in the title screen 2006 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as Sticker 2008 Wii
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Cameo as the transformation of the World 4 King 2010 Wii
NES Remix Playable character on the Donkey Kong Jr. stages 2013 Wii U
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Cameo in the background at the end of the Aqueduct Assault level 2014 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Costume Mario outfit 2015 Wii U
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Cameo in the background at the end of the Aqueduct Assault level 2018 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare Gold Cameo in microgame 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as Spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch


Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Donkey Kong Junior Trophy276.png Donkey Kong Junior
Arcade 1982
Donkey Kong Jr. came to the rescue when Mario imprisoned his father. DK Jr.'s challenge was to collect the keys to Donkey Kong's cage, all the while dropping fruit on his enemies from high above. He was able to climb faster by using two ivy vines at once. This ape is also quite skilled at kart racing, tennis, and mathematics.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Donkey Kong Jr. Sticker.png Mario Tennis [Arm] - Attack +14
Usable by: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong
Junior Sticker.png Donkey Kong Jr. Launch Resistance +21

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Donkey Kong Jr. SSBU Donkey Kong Jr Spirit.png Donkey Kong Series Primary (1) Ace Grab
Throw Power ↑
World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board Tiny Donkey Kong, Giant Donkey Kong
  • Defeat the main fighter to win
  • The enemy's throws have increased power
  • Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Kongo Jungle Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley


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

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジュニア
Donkī Kongu Junia
ドンキーJr. (Mario Tennis)
Donkī Junia

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Jr.
Russian Донки Конг — младший
Donki Kong - Mladshiy
Donkey Kong Jr.
Chinese 森乐刚 (Donkey Kong Jr. (Game & Watch))
森喜刚Jr. (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Sēnxǐgāng Jr.
Reference to Donkey Kong's Chinese name "森喜刚" (Sēnxǐgāng), while "乐" (, happy) is have same meaning as "喜".

Donkey Kong Jr.


  • Oddly, several games in which Donkey Kong Jr. appears contain doppelgängers. Such examples of these games include the Game & Watch Gallery series of remastered compilations (which seem to depict Donkey Kong Jr. as a species rather than an individual character), Donkey Kong Jr. Math which includes a second Donkey Kong Jr. recolored pink, and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! which includes Donkey Kong Jr.-like audience members at Waluigi Stadium.
  • During development of Donkey Kong Country, Diddy Kong was originally intended to be a redesign of Donkey Kong Jr., though Nintendo did not like the complete redesigning of the character and ordered the game's developer Rare that either Donkey Kong Jr. have his original appearance or the redesign be made into a new character, to which Rare decided on the latter.[3]
  • Unused sprites of Donkey Kong Jr. can be found in the coding of Donkey Kong 3, but he does not appear in the final game.[4]


  1. ^ "Super Mario Kart is the only Mario Kart game to feature Donkey Kong Jr. Due to the success of Donkey Kong Country, all future Mario Kart entries featured Donkey Kong, who is actually Donkey Kong Jr.’s son, with Cranky Kong, aka Donkey Kong Sr., canonically being the character featured in the original Donkey Kong game. Makes sense, right?" - Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario Kart 16 Bits Tab.
  2. ^ Super Mario Kart Japanese instruction booklet, page 22.
  3. ^ As revealed in Retro Gamer magazine.
  4. ^