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DKJB Black Ninjape.png
A black Ninjape
First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008)

Ninjapes are enemies resembling Helper Monkeys in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

There are four different types of Ninjapes: Black, Blue, Green and Red. Black Ninjapes seem to be the primary warriors of the organization, rushing straight at Donkey Kong and attacking him with swords. They will jump high into the air, and then shoot themselves at the heroic ape. Fortunately, before they shoot towards Donkey Kong, they will pause for a moment. If Donkey Kong uses the Sound Wave Attack while they are in the air, lightning will strike them, stunning them and allowing Donkey Kong to attack them.

Green Ninjapes are more cowardly. They will simply throw shurikens at Donkey Kong from a distance, and run away when he gets too close. Luckily, Donkey Kong is much faster than them, so he can easily catch up with them.

Black Ninjapes seen in Battle for Storm Hill

Blue Ninjapes appear most often when Donkey Kong is going through the air with a Helibird. They will throw shurikens at Donkey Kong, then disappear when he gets too close.

Red Ninjapes are invulnerable, and sit on Fire Pig Poppos, and Kiba Pig Poppos. When the Hawgs are attacked, they disappear. These are unattackable and do not affect Donkey Kong. They also appear on cannons, and likewise, they escape when DK gets near.

Ninjapes first appear in the same kingdom that Ninja Kong first appears in, the Durian Kingdom. It would seem likely that they have an alliance with Ninja Kong, but this is unconfirmed.

Donkey Kong must also race the Ninjapes. Black, Blue, Green, and Red ones in the Star Fruit Kingdom's level, Ninjape Rally.

Finally, black Ninjapes appear in the Cactus King and Ghastly King levels of the game, in different locations.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニンザル
From "Ninja" and a corruption of "Osaru", which means monkey. Translated as "NinMonkey" in the game files.[1]


  1. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat internal filename (ObjectData/NinMonkey.arc)