Expresso the Ostrich

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Expresso the Ostrich
Expresso the Ostrich, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country.
Species Ostrich
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Spirit cameo) (2018)
“This crazy bird is a valuable animal to find. Although he can't really fly, he can run even faster than Rambi, and can make long, wing assisted leaps. Expresso's legs, being long and spindly, are not suitable for jumping on enemies. Smaller enemies will crawl right under him, but larger ones are trouble. You can make Expresso flap his wings by repeatedly pressing the B Button Button.”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 24

Expresso the Ostrich is an Animal Friend in the Donkey Kong franchise, who first appeared in Donkey Kong Country as one of four ridable friends (along with Rambi the Rhino, Enguarde the Swordfish and Winky the Frog) and also as one of two who are birds (along with Squawks the Parrot).


Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country, Expresso can run at fast speeds and glide through the air by flapping his wings, but he has no offensive capabilities and has no way to defend himself against threats; some small enemies may pass under his legs, however, leaving him unharmed.


Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Expresso reappears in Donkey Kong Country's semi-sequel Donkey Kong Land. He is one of the game's two Animal Friends, the other being Rambi. In this game, Expresso's abilities remain largely the same as before, except he can defeat enemies by jumping on them. He can even defeat Zingers.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Expresso reappears in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Expresso is apparently bought by Cranky Kong who uses the "vast fortune" he has made from his "starring role" in the game Donkey Kong Country. Cranky has planned on raising Expresso as a racing bird; unfortunately for Cranky, Expresso is extremely small and weak. Expresso can be found, along with Cranky, at Cranky's Hut. In order to make Expresso big and strong, Cranky tells both Diddy and Dixie Kong to find various Golden Feathers scattered throughout the levels of Donkey Kong Country 2. Each feather given to Expresso raises one of his stats, and makes him larger.

After becoming big and powerful, Expresso can be raced against other Ostriches in a minigame known as Expresso Racing; if Expresso wins a race, he obtains a trophy. If Diddy, Dixie, and Expresso gain all the trophies in the game, they can give them to Cranky to receive a DK Coin and a picture of Expresso for Wrinkly's Scrapbook.

Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24[edit]

In the German Club Nintendo magazine comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", Diddy and Dixie Kong are briefly seen riding Expresso to an airport.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

In the Donkey Kong Adventure story of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Expresso makes a cameo appearance as one of Rabbid Cranky's Boombow weapons, the Expresso Atomizer. The weapon is described as officially licensed Expresso the Ostrich merch. The description also mentions that it has double kneecaps for authenticity, referencing how bird legs are composed of two intermediary articulations, although they only have one kneecap for each leg.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Expresso appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. series trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Expresso BrawlTrophy328.png SNES Donkey Kong Country An ostrich friend with sneakers on both feet. Riding Expresso allows for high-speed dashing. As an ostrich, Expresso can't fly, but rapid button pressing can put extra distance on his jumps. This can be used to help Donkey Kong reach distant places.
GBA Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image Description
Expresso Expresso the Ostrich Trophy.png NA: His name is no joke–this bird is fast! Despite his size, Expresso is light as a feather and loves to glide through the air. In fact, he was too light to hurt enemies at first! He got a little stronger in Donkey Kong Land, and now jumping on foes is a piece of cake!

PAL: Just as fast as his name implies! Expresso can't fly, but his running and jumping make up for it. Try not to step on any enemies, though, or he'll get hurt! Unless you're playing the Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land, that is. If you are, he can stomp on fiendish foes to his heart's content!





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Russian Экспрессо


Expresso in the canceled Donkey Kong Racing.
  • The name "Expresso" is a combination of the words espresso (a coffee drink) and express (meaning "fast").
  • Multiple Expresso appeared in the trailer for the canceled game Donkey Kong Racing.
  • Expresso can be found in the course Jinxy's Dunes in the game Banjo-Pilot.
  • Cranky Kong references Expresso in the Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction manual by saying, "A more tragic looking bunch of useless no-hopers you'll never see! I liked Expresso and Winky--where have they gone?," as well as in the Donkey Kong 64 instruction manual with, "I just hope they've included poor old Winky and Expresso this time instead of that bone-brained rhino that always seems to get in the games."
  • Although he never appeared in the original game, official artwork of his Monkey Museum included in the manual of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest also includes Expresso in place of Winky.
  • When Expresso touches an enemy or gets touched by an enemy, his scream is the same as when Mini-Neckies are defeated in the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country.
  • A street name in New Donk City (from Super Mario Odyssey) is "Expresso Street". Additionally, one of the store signs on the side of the buildings reads "Expresso Espresso".