Manky Kong

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

Manky Kongs are Kong reject orangutans and enemies in Donkey Kong Country. Their name derives from the primarily-British slang term "manky", meaning "dirty", while also playing on the word's similarity to "monkey". The former refers to the enemy's ragged appearance, with bad teeth and unkempt fur that seems to be falling out in places, notably the head.


Donkey Kong Country[edit]

A Manky Kong throwing a Barrel in Orang-utan Gang.
Manky Kong holding the letter J in the Game Boy Color port.

Manky Kongs attack Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong by throwing an endless supply of barrels in their direction, of which the Kongs must avoid. Some Manky Kongs throw barrels at a faster rate than others. Every Manky Kong stands in one spot and does not move around. The Kongs can defeat Manky Kongs similarly to other basic enemies, such as Gnawty, by either jumping on its head, rolling into it, or throwing a Steel Keg at it.

Manky Kongs first appear in the level Orang-utan Gang, where they appear standing on the treetops all throughout. They also appear in Ice Age Alley, Oil Drum Alley, Trick Track Trek, Blackout Basement, and Loopy Lights. Manky Kongs usually throw barrels from a height, which effectively protects themselves from the Kongs.

In the Game Boy Color port, the player can print a sticker of Manky holding the letter J from the Game Boy Printer, from the selection menu's "ALPHABET" option of the PRINT sub-menu.

In the Game Boy Advance port, a photograph of a Manky Kong is obtainable by throwing a Steel Keg at one.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Manky Kong later appears as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In The Subspace Emissary, the sticker is only usable by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, and it boosts the strength of arm attacks by 10 points.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
A Sticker of Manky Kong from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Donkey Kong Country [Arm] - Attack +10
Usable by: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong


Artwork and scans[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マンキーコング
Mankī kongu
Manky Kong
Spanish 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, Diddy Kong and Tiny 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 defeat them in a single hit.
  • Due to the word "manky" being regional slang, Nintendo Power explains it as seemingly derived from the words "mangy" and "skanky".[1][2]


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 66, page 17. "A cross between mangy and skanky, Manky Kong hucks barrels for a living."
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Page 16.