Lanky Kong

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Lanky Kong
Lanky Kong in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Latest portrayal Kentaro Tone (2007 - present)
“Cool move, DK! Gotta get some fresh air. I’ll help you by collecting blue bananas.”
Lanky Kong, Donkey Kong 64

Lanky Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong franchise. He is an ally of Donkey Kong and the Kong family. Despite his bizarre appearance and personality, he is a capable fighter thanks to his abnormal body and lengthy arms. His first appearance was in Donkey Kong 64.


Donkey Kong 64

Lanky in Donkey Kong 64

In Donkey Kong 64, Lanky is one of the four Kongs imprisoned by the Kremling Krew at the start of the game. Lanky is found in the Llama's temple in the area Angry Aztec, where Donkey Kong and his Coconut Shooter are needed to release him from his imprisonment by the Kremlings.

Once Lanky is released players become capable of collecting Blue Bananas, coins and Blueprints. Lanky Kong fights the boss of Gloomy Galleon, who is Puftoss, when he defeats him, he gains one of the keys to K. Lumsy cage. Also in this level Lanky can transform himself into Enguarde. In Fungi Forest he has to race against a rabbit twice to gain a Golden Banana. Lanky Kong is the only character needed to enter the door to the boss of Creepy Castle, King Kut Out. Lanky Kong is the first one to try to defeat this boss, as all the Kongs need to be shot out of a barrel cannon to defeat him.

During the final battle against King K. Rool Lanky has to make use of the great reach to activate a switch and then a barrel with a banana appears, Lanky next has to throw the barrel so the banana comes out and make use of the Trombone Tremor to make King K. Rool fall with a banana. In one of the cutscenes Lanky appears at Hideout Helm and starts walking around the walls with two Kremlings going after him, at the end a Kremling tries to walk in the wall and falls.

Throughout the game Lanky gains a variety of bizarre abilities from drinking Cranky Kong's various potions or buying items from Funky and Candy. His first individual ability is Baboon Balloon, while the second is OrangStand, and the third one is OrangStand Sprint. Lanky's weapon is the Grape Shooter. His instrument is a trombone; with this he can use the Trombone Tremor. Aside from this he can learn Simian Slam, Super Simian Slam and Super Duper Simian Slam, which all Kongs use.

Lanky Kong is the only character that can transform into Enguarde, similar to Donkey Kong transforming into Rambi. He is also playable in the game's multiplayer mode. In the mode, he has 3 alternate color schemes, all of which change the color of his overalls. Aside from his default blue color, he can use red, green or purple overalls.

Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits

Lanky Kong in Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits

He appears in the comic Donkey Kong in When the Banana Splits, where the Golden Bananas are once again stolen by the Kremlings. While the bananas are being stolen, Lanky Kong and the other Kongs notice this and easily pass through the traps in the jungle to reach King K. Rool. Once they arrive, the Kongs beat up the Kremlings and King K. Rool and win their Golden Bananas back.


He also appears in the N-Gang comic series, but only with minor roles. In the N-Gang comic, N-Gang vs. Nintendo, he teams up with Banjo, Kazooie, Wario, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and Donkey Kong in a soccer match against the N-Gang.

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

Donkey Kong Country 3 Lanky Kong.png

Lanky briefly appears in one of Funky Kong's minigames in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Here, he appears in the water, along with other Kongs, and has to be protected from being taken away by boats with Kremlings on them.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

DKBB Lanky Kong Icon.png

After eight years of not appearing in games, excluding remakes, Lanky Kong makes a return as a racer in the Wii game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. In this game he is an unlockable character, unlocked by winning the Topaz Cup as a Kong character. In the game, he is considerably powerful, and is the rival of Klump. He has high speed, below average boost and poor agility. He attacks by clapping his hands in front of him. As with all playable characters, he has the ability of doing Wild Moves.

In the Single Race cutscene he can be seen, along Donkey, Tiny and Dixie, standing in front of their rivals, Klump, Kritter, Kalypso, and Kass. He can also be seen in the Time Trial cutscene racing with Kass, as Kopter counts their lap time with a stopwatch, Diddy Kong cheering for them and Kalypso showing them a sign to tell them which lap they are on. His bongos are blue with white parts, which resemble the colors of his clothes. This game marks his debut in spin-off games.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Although he did not appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee, there is a reference to Lanky on the Kongo Jungle stage, as the DK Rap plays, after Tiny Kong's part, Lanky is mentioned.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Lanky Kong appears as trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his trophy mentions his playable appearance in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast after years of not appearing in games. He also has his own sticker based on his appearance from Donkey Kong 64, it increases the strength of a throwing attack by six and can only be used by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Lanky Kong appears once again as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Lanky Kong appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Spirit.[1]

Character description

Lanky Kong is an orangutan; he has orange fur, a red nose, blue eyes, and a pair of lengthy arms. His clothing consists of blue overalls, with a white shirt that is too small for him, and on his back he has a red and white patch.

In his recent appearance in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, aside from being updated graphically, he looks slightly bigger and his hair style was changed. His voice also sounds different from other titles.


Lanky mostly uses his long reach to attack enemies, he can also swing his arms while running to attack enemies. His long arms allow him to run while doing handstands and was shown in a cutscene to be able to 'stand' on a wall with his hands. In his Donkey Kong Barrel Blast appearance he was given more strength and had the ability to perform Wild Moves.

Abilities he had in Donkey Kong 64:

Official profiles and statistics

Donkey Kong 64

A screencap from the German Donkey Kong 64 website
  • Potions:
    • Pad Move: Baboon Balloon
    • Barrel Move: OrangSprint
    • Special Move: OrangStand
  • Weapon: Grape Shooter
  • Instrument Ability: Trombone Tremor
  • Color: Blue
  • Boss:
    • Name: Puftoss
    • Location: Gloomy Galleon
    • Bio: This knuckle-dragging Kong looks like a clown, and it's more than just a coincidence. Think of him as a twisted twig on a distant branch of the family tree. Kremlings and Klaptraps may snicker at his goofy gait as he ambles in their direction, but there's nothing funny about a hyper extended sucker punch.
    • Instruction booklet bio from Cranky Kong: "A newcomer to the Kong clan and the joker of the pack. I haven't a clue whom he's related to - must be some distant cousin or something. Those silly stretchy arms give him plenty of potential, but I'm sure he'll be too busy clowning around to be of much use.

German Donkey Kong 64 website

  • Name: Lanky Kong
  • Occupation: Stand-up comedian
  • Hobbies: Blowing the trombone
    making up jokes
  • Favorite dish: Raisin cake
  • Favorite movie: The Kong Canon 64
  • Greatest hero: Kongo Waalkes

To the satisfaction of the other Kongs, Lanky has been at home on the DK islands for some time now. Originally he comes from the more distant Utan island, where relatives of the Kongs live.

The society there was much too boring and conservative for Lanky, however, so that he was attracted to the slightly chaotic members of the Kong clan.

Here he feels much more comfortable, since his constant silliness is always appreciated, especially by Chunky and Kiddy. Even a television offer could not move the enthuasiastic comedian to leave the island: he has been dying to experience an exciting adventure for quite some time! As a child Lanky made a bet with a friend, who could hang on a limb the longest.

Today you can still tell by his arms that Lanky won the bet!

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

  • Unlock method: Win the Topaz Cup with a Kong.
  • Rival: Klump
  • Boost: 2/5
  • Speed: 4.5/5
  • Agility: 1/5

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
320 Lanky Kong
N64 Donkey Kong 64
Wii Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
In the recent game Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, Lanky appears for the first time in years.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker

Image Game Effect
Lanky Kong Sticker.png Donkey Kong 64 [Throwing] - Attack +6
Usable by: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
320 Lanky Kong
N64 Donkey Kong 64
Wii Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Flag of USA.png The comical Lanky made his debut in Donkey Kong 64. It's fun to watch him take out enemies with his long arms. His special ability Orangstand lets him walk on his hands, making steep slopes an easy task. When items are just out of reach, it's a good thing Lanky is so...humerus.
Flag of Europe.png Debuting in Donkey Kong 64, this is one ape who loves to monkey around. His long orangutan arms stretch when he attacks, which is always fun to watch. He can even go upside-down and walk around on his hands using his Orangstand ability!With such a useful pair of arms, does he even need those tiny legs?


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


  • "Cool move, DK! Gotta get some fresh air. I’ll help you by collecting blue bananas."Donkey Kong 64
  • "Come and find me in the Tag Barrel!"Donkey Kong 64

Name in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ランキーコング
Rankī Kongu
Lanky Kong


  • According to Donkey Kong 64, Lanky currently holds the record for the longest reach in the world.[citation needed]
  • According to Cranky he is a "twisted twig on a distant branch of the family tree".[citation needed]
  • Lanky's pose on his trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl is almost identical to his pose when he finishes a cup in first place in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, the only difference is that on his trophy, he doesn't grit his teeth.
  • Lanky Kong is passed a mere mention at page 18 in the digital manual of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, where his name, along with Candy and Tiny Kong's, appears on a Time Attack leaderboard, screen-captured as an official suggestion of presentation for the game's ranking funcionality. Lanky is placed seventh, beneath Candy and above Tiny.[2]


  1. ^ Spirits | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch system
  2. ^ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze digital manual PDF