Donkey Kong 64
In Donkey Kong 64, Lanky is one of the four Kongs imprisoned by the Kremling Krew, the other three being Diddy Kong, Tiny Kong, and Chunky Kong. Lanky is imprisoned in Angry Aztec in Llama's Temple. To free Lanky, Donkey Kong must swim below the temple's main floor and use his Coconut Shooter on a Coconut Switch next to Lanky's cage. After this, Lanky is unlocked as a playable character and can be selected from the Tag Barrels. Lanky's corresponding color is blue, meaning he is the only Kong who can collect bananas, Banana Coins and blueprints of that color.
Being an orangutan, Lanky is capable of stretching his arms afar, which he can even use to defeat weak enemies (such as Gnawty and Kritter) with. From Cranky's Lab, Lanky's first individual ability is Baboon Balloon, the second is OrangStand, and the third one is OrangStand Sprint. Every Kong, including Lanky, are capable of using Simian Slam and its stronger variants. From Funky's Store, Lanky can acquire the Grape Shooter for his personal weapon, allowing him to shoot grapes at enemies and targets. At Candy's Music Shop, Lanky can learn to perform the Trombone Tremor ability from his personal trombone.
Lanky Kong is the only Kong who can transform into Enguarde, whose Animal Crate is featured in Gloomy Galleon. This is similar to Donkey Kong's exclusive ability to transform into Rambi. Lanky is also playable in Multiplayer mode, where aside from his default appearance, Lanky has three alternate color schemes. Each color scheme simply changes the color of his overalls, between red, green or purple.
In Gloomy Galleon, Lanky is the Kong selected to fight the level boss, Puftoss. In Creepy Castle, Lanky is also selected to enter through the door to battle the level's boss, King Kut Out. While it is possible to defeat King Kut Out with just Lanky, the other Kongs subsequently enter the battle if the previous Kong, such as Lanky, blasts out of the arena.
There are two instances where Lanky uses his OrangStand Sprint ability in a race against another character. The first time is at Fungi Forest, where Lanky must win two races against the Rabbit (the second time requires him to use his OrangStand Sprint ability). The second time is at Crystal Caves, where Lanky does a race rematch against the Beetle.
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.
Lanky also partakes in the final battle against King K. Rool with the other four Kongs, and is the third Kong to fight K. Rool. Just before entering the ring, Lanky is introduced by Microbuffer, who claims that Lanky holds the record for the longest reach in the world. During this part, while K. Rool has a light fixture stuck on his head, Lanky must make use of his long arms to activate a switch from afar, causing a barrel to appear. Lanky must throw the barrel for a large banana peel to come out. Lanky must perform Trombone Tremor from behind the banana peel, causing King K. Rool to hear Lanky and run after him, only to slip on the banana peel.
Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance)
In the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3, Lanky makes a cameo in one of the Funky's Rentals challenges. He appears during "Challenge 3: Protect", where Dixie and Kiddy Kong's objective is to protect him and the other Kongs from being kidnapped by Kremlings riding speedboats.
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Lanky Kong returns as a racer in 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
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
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.
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:
While not a lot is known about Lanky, he is described as a goofball. He often acts goofy, silly and energetic and has a tendency to make funny faces. He also tended to act cheeky and mischievous when fleeing and taunting the kremlins that tried to get him.
Official profiles and statistics
Donkey Kong 64
He has no style, he has no grace
German Donkey Kong 64 website
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
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
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