Manky Kong

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Manky Kong
Manky kong.jpg
Official Artwork of a Manky Kong from Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (sticker cameo) (2008)
Parent species Kong
“These Kong reject orangutans sure know how to roll out the barrel!”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 29

Manky Kongs[1] are Kong reject orangutans found in the game Donkey Kong Country. Their names derive from the primarily-British slang term "manky", meaning "dirty" while also playing on the word's similarity to "monkey".

Manky Kongs are semi-common enemies found mostly in the later levels of the game. Manky Kongs attack Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong by hurling barrels at them in continuous pattern. Some Manky Kongs can throw barrels at varying speeds. Donkey and Diddy must avoid these barrels and jump on a Manky Kong's head to defeat it (it can also be defeated by hitting it with a Steel Keg).

Manky Kongs first appear in the level Orang-utan Gang. There, they attack the Kongs from their spots located on the treetops of the jungle. In later levels, they appear in high places for throwing the barrels, acting as obstacles.

Aside from the various remakes of Donkey Kong Country and a cameo as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Manky Kongs have not appeared again, though another orangutan named Lanky Kong first appeared in the game Donkey Kong 64. Their sticker boosts the strength of arm attacks by ten and is only usable by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country Enemy 1994 SNES
Donkey Kong Country (port) Enemy 2003 GBA
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as a Sticker 2008 Wii


Artwork and scans[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マンキーコング
Mankī kongu
Manky Kong


  • Unlike most of the other Kongs, they are shown having four fingers and toes instead of five. Chunky Kong (as well as Lanky Kong in Donkey Kong 64), also have this distinction.
  • In the Japanese version of Donkey Kong Country, Diddy Kong must hit a Manky Kong twice to defeat it. However, in the game's international releases, Diddy Kong can beat it with just one hit.


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country Nintendo Player's Guide, Page 16.