Stanley (Donkey Kong 3)

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DK3 Stanley Artwork.jpg
Species Human
First appearance Donkey Kong 3 (1983)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)

Stanley, also known as Stanley the bugman[1][2][3] or Stanley the Bugman,[4][5] is a bug exterminator and the protagonist of the game Donkey Kong 3. In this game, Stanley uses his insect repellant to do battle with Donkey Kong and several insects in a greenhouse. Stanley managed to drive Donkey Kong out of his greenhouse, and afterward sent him to an alien planet in Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū; however, it is not known what succeeded these events.


Donkey Kong 3[edit]

Donkey Kong 3

Stanley first appears as the protagonist of Donkey Kong 3. Stanley was working as a simple fumigator when Donkey Kong and various insects started attacking his greenhouse. In order to put a stop to Donkey Kong, Stanley needed to spray him and the insects with with his sprayer while also trying to keep the bugs away from his plants. After pushing Donkey Kong up into a beehive, Donkey Kong would flee to another greenhouse and Stanley would chase after him in order to continue driving him off. In the arcade version, the bugs eat Stanley if he is defeated by one, while in the NES version, the bugs do not eat him, and instead simply disappear.

Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū[edit]

Stanley is once again the protagonist of the 1984 semi-sequel to Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū. His role is very similar to Donkey Kong 3 in that he must spray Donkey Kong to the top of the screen and while also blasting the invading bees, although this time there are no plants to protect, nor are there any multi-level platforms. These changes make for something that is somewhat akin to Galaga.

Saturday Supercade[edit]

Stanley as he appears in "Greenhouse Gorilla"

Stanley made an appearance in the television series Saturday Supercade, in the Donkey Kong episode "Greenhouse Gorilla," where he's the owner of a greenhouse. Here he's seen taking care of a carnivorous plant called Herman, but then a thief (only referred once as Mr. X) steals it while Stanley is occupied with spraying a bug. The thief then convinces Donkey Kong that Stanley is the one who wanted to hurt the plant, so he starts throwing beehives at him. Once again, Stanley is too occupied fighting the bugs and lets the thief and Donkey Kong run away with Herman. Stanley then joins forces with Mario and Pauline and starts chasing them. After a confrontation at a supermarket, and one at a manor where a "grand ball" was taking place, Pauline convinces Donkey Kong that the thief is the evil one, so they finally defeat him with the ape's help. The thief is finally arrested and Herman returns to Stanley, but Donkey Kong runs away once again.

Game & Watch series[edit]

Donkey Kong 3[edit]

Donkey Kong 3 (Game & Watch)

In the Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong 3, Stanley's greenhouse is again attacked by Donkey Kong, who this time had a sprayer of his own. Donkey Kong and Stanley stood at opposite ends of the greenhouse and sprayed the bug spray at bees to move them toward one another and get them to sting the other.

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

Stanley appears in Game & Watch Gallery 4 as a playable character in a port of the Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong 3. A modernized version is featured; however, it is set in a Ghost House rather than Stanley's greenhouse, Mario replaces Stanley, and Boos and fireballs replace the bees.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Artwork used for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Stanley appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as one of the many collectible trophies. His overalls are white instead of red but his shirt remains blue. Mr. Game & Watch also uses the sprayer as a weapon called Greenhouse, matching its first appearance, and continues to use it onward in later titles as his neutral attack.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Stanley appears as a Spirit.

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

Stanley appears as a playable character in one of 9-Volt's Microgames in WarioWare: Twisted!, named Donkey Kong 3. Here, he must do as he did in Donkey Kong 3 and spray Donkey Kong until he gets his head stuck in a beehive.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

Stanley appears in 9-Volt's Microgame Donkey Kong 3 in WarioWare: Touched! In this microgame, the player must blow at the microphone to make Donkey Kong move to the top; instead of spraying Donkey Kong, Stanley blows clouds out of his mouth to make him move into a beehive.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

Stanley appears in one of 18-Volt's Microgames in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, where the goal is the same as his WarioWare: Twisted! appearance.

NES Remix[edit]

Stanley reappears in NES Remix as the playable character in various Donkey Kong 3 based challenges, which only appear in bonus games.

Possible appearances[edit]

Green House[edit]

Artwork of Green House

The 1982 Game & Watch game Green House has a premise, a setting, and gameplay very similar to Donkey Kong 3, and while the game's instructions only refer to the playable character as the "Fumigator,"[6] there is often speculation that he is the same character as Stanley despite his different physical appearance and the fact that Green House predates Donkey Kong 3. A 1983 Game & Watch commercial calls the Green House character "Stanley,"[7] but no other official sources link the characters. This commercial aired months before Donkey Kong 3's release.


Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong 3 Playable Character 1983 Arcade
Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū Playable Character 1984 NEC PC-88/Sharp X1/PC-6601
Donkey Kong 3 Playable Character 1986 Game & Watch
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo as trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Playable Character in port of the Game and Watch Donkey Kong 3 2002 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in Microgame 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Touched! Cameo in Microgame 2004 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase Cameo in a Microgame 2009 WiiWare
NES Remix Playable Character in Donkey Kong 3 based challenges 2013 Wii U
NES Remix Pack Playable Character in Donkey Kong 3 based challenges 2014 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch


Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Stanley Trophy282.png Donkey Kong 3
Stanley is a plucky exterminator who takes on Donkey Kong and an army of insects in the third installment of the original Donkey Kong series. Stanley has a tough job: he has to chase Donkey Kong away to another greenhouse with his insect repellent, then climb up the ivy to pump the main hive with the deadly spray.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Stanley SSBU Stanley Spirit.png Donkey Kong Series Primary (2) Advanced Shield Spirit Board Villager (♂) 75 m Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スタンリー
German Stanley -
Russian Стэнли


  1. ^ "Donkey Kong's loose in the greenhouse and only Stanley the bugman can stop him." Donkey Kong 3 NES instruction manual, p. 2.
  2. ^ "Stanley the bugman has his hands full in the greenhouse with flowers to protect and snakes, bees and Donkey Kong making all kinds of trouble". "Donkey Kong 3: Bugman In the Greenhouse". The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, 1987, p. 156.
  3. ^ "In Donkey Kong 3, he makes trouble for Stanley the bugman." "Sneak Peeks". Nintendo Fun Club News Vol. 5, Feb/March 1988, p. 10. Scan here.
  4. ^ "Donkey Kong later appeared in Donkey Kong III, where he antagonized a one-time hero known as Stanley the Bugman." Mario Mania Player's Guide, 1991, p. 16. Scan here.
  5. ^ "Also known as Donkey Kong Sr., Cranky’s days of kidnapping Pauline and terrorizing Mario and Stanley the Bugman have long since passed." - Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Donkey Kong Country Characters Tab.
  6. ^ Instruction manual for Greenhouse.
  7. ^ Markiegee55. (February 27, 2017). Nintendo Game & Watch Commercial (1983) YouTube. Retrieved June 17, 2019.