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Kongs are sapient non-human primates that make up much of the cast of the Donkey Kong franchise, with the eponymous character himself being one. They are capable of things such as speech and building houses, and typically wear clothing, though the amount varies drastically with the individual, with DK himself only wearing a tie, while many others wear full outfits. They seem to be native to Donkey Kong Island, and share an animosity with much of the crocodilian Kremling race. While most of them share the surname "Kong," they are not all directly related to one another. Kongs can resemble any number of real-life primates, with Donkey Kong, Funky Kong, and several others being gorillas, Diddy Kong being a monkey, Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong being chimpanzees, and Lanky Kong being an oranguatan.
In the Donkey Kong Country cartoon, they are never referred to as "Kongs" outside of their individual names. Instead, generic names of various real-life types of primates, such as "monkeys," "chimps," and "gorillas" are used fairly interchangeably to describe them. However, the term "baboon" seems to be reserved as an insult, likely due to it sounding similar to the word "buffoon," and is even used against non-Kongs, such as Cranky Kong using it for Krusha in From Zero to Hero.
List of Kongs