Rambi the Rhino

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Rambi the Rhino
Rambi DKCR.png
Rambi the Rhino, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Full name Rambi the Rhino
Species Rhinoceros
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (trophy cameo) (2014)

“Rambi always likes to go full speed ahead. If you press and hold the Y Button Button, Rambi will take off and run over everything in his path. Just make sure that you keep your eyes open for pits and cliffs. Rambi is a powerful animal and can break his way into most secret doors.”
Donkey Kong Country manual, page 24

Rambi the Rhino is an Animal Friend in the Donkey Kong franchise who first appears in Donkey Kong Country. Rambi can often be found in Animal Crates, and he can be used to ram enemies or smash barriers blocking the entrances to Bonus Levels with his horn.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Rambi as he appears in Donkey Kong Country.
Rambi next to an "F" letter in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country.

In the original Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Rambi debuted as the first Animal Friend found by DK and Diddy.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Along with Expresso, Rambi is only one of two Animal Friends to appear in Donkey Kong Land for the Game Boy; he has no significant changes in appearance or gameplay.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest for Super Nintendo and Donkey Kong Land 2 for the Game Boy, Rambi aids Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong in their adventure to save Donkey Kong from Kaptain K. Rool, and is given the ability to perform a Supercharge, which can be used to smash through doors and walls to uncover hidden bonuses. He's also capable of jumping on enemies that the Kongs themselves can't safely jump on; namely, the Zingers.

When asked what Rambi's name is in Swanky's Bonus Bonanza, the choices are "Bambam," "Rambi," and "Rambus."

Levels: Rambi appears in both versions unless otherwise noted.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Rambi, as he is seen in Donkey Kong 64.

After being absent in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Rambi reappears here but can only be played if Donkey Kong jumps into an Animal Crate with Rambi's face on it; Rambi is also usable in a minigame unlocked after taking pictures of a certain number of Banana Fairies.

In the instruction manual, Cranky Kong references Rambi with, "I just hope they've included poor old Winky and Expresso this time instead of that bone-brained rhino that always seems to get in the games."

Levels:

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Rambi increases the players' speed and can charge through barrels and boulders; the Kongs and Kremlings can ride Rambi after releasing him from an Animal Crate.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Rambi, breaking down blocks in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Rambi reappears in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D as one of the only two Animal Buddies from the previous three games to return (the other one being Squawks the Parrot). He appears again to aid the Kongs in their quest to defeat the Tiki Tak Tribe. This is the first time that Rambi does not debut in the first level; instead, he debuts in the third level. He has the same abilities as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, but can also destroy blocks with the emblem of his face, and spikes. Also, if the Kongs fall off him, he will destroy all the enemies in his way, unlike the past games. Diddy Kong can not use his jetpack very well when riding Rambi. Also, Rambi cannot defeat enemies that are imbued in flames, such as the Flaming Tiki Buzzes and Flaming Tiki Zings.

Levels:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Rambi returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, having the same function as Donkey Kong Country Returns. He is again only vulnerable to fiery creatures, such as Blue Hootz. Like in the original Donkey Kong Country, he only appears in three levels.

Levels:

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Rambi makes a cameo appearance in the Nintendo DS game Mario Kart DS, where a kart called the Rambi Rider appears as one of Donkey Kong's main karts.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Rambi makes a cameo appearance as a trophy and sticker. However, he doesn't physically appear in the game itself.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24, Donkey Kong is briefly seen riding Rambi to an airport.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet: "Rambi always likes to go full speed ahead. If you press and the Y Button Button, Rambi will take off and run over everything in his path. Just make sure that you keep your eyes open for pits and cliffs. Rambi is a powerful animal and can break his way into most secret doors."

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: "This powerful rhinoceros loves to charge. Press and hold Y Button Button to make him run, using his horn to butt everything out of his path."

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy[edit]
Name Image Game Description
Rambi BrawlTrophy322.png SNES Donkey Kong Country A rhino friend who appears to help the Kongs in their adventures... from a wooden box, even! His destructive power lets his rider plow through enemies and super-dash to break through walls and other obstacles. Know what that means? It means uncovering more hidden bananas and life balloons!
SNES Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Stickers[edit]
Image Game Effect
Rambi.jpg Donkey Kong Country [Arm] - Attack +13

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Rambi RambiTrophy3DS.png A longtime and trustworthy animal friend. Even the king of the jungle, the lion, fears Rambi's might. Mario would love a lift from Rambi, but he is all Donkey Kong's! His impressive horn can defeat enemies and smash walls, and since Donkey Kong Country 2, he can super-dash! Donkey Kong's trusty Animal Friend. They say even the mightiest lion would be afraid of him, and with good reason! Since Donkey Kong Country 2, Rambi's had a special move that lets him charge right into enemies at high speed. You don't want to be on the wrong side of that!

Game Appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country Playable Character 1994 SNES
Donkey Kong Land Playable Character 1995 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Playable Character 1995 SNES
Donkey Kong Land 2 Playable Character 1996 Game Boy
Donkey Kong 64 Playable Character 1999 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country (GBC remake) Playable Character 2000 Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country (GBA remake) Playable Character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA remake) Playable Character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart DS Cameo as Rambi Rider 2005 Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Rideable in certain racetracks 2007 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as Sticker and Trophy 2008 Wii
Donkey Kong Country Returns Playable Character 2010 Wii
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Playable Character 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Playable Character 2014 Wii U

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Rambi the Rhino.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サイのランビ
Sai no ranbi
Rambi (the) Rhino
Korean 코뿔소 람비
Koppulso Rambi
Rambi (the) Rhinoceros

Trivia[edit]

Donkey Kong on a "Mini-Rambi"
  • The name "Rambi" is a combination of ram ("to break down") and bambi ("child").
  • Although Rambi never appeared in the animated series, he was featured in a commercial for the Game Boy Color port of the original Donkey Kong Country video game that featured Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, General Klump, and Krusha in their designs from the show's second season, with Rambi presented in a very similar style.
  • Rambi was going to be a ridable Animal Friend in the now canceled game Donkey Kong Racing for the Nintendo GameCube. Early screenshots of this game also showed that other Rambis, some gigantic in size and some extremely small, were going to be ridable.
  • Rambi may very well be a species as hinted by the Donkey Kong Racing trailer and Donkey Kong Country 2, because in the first level, it's possible to see two Rambis at once.
  • A street named after Rambi appears in New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey.