Swanky Kong

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Swanky Kong
Artwork of Swanky Kong.
Swanky Kong in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
“Give them a big hand folks! Good evening, I'm Swanky Kong and you're tonight's contestants on my Bonanza! It's easy to play! Just pick a game and you're away!”
Swanky Kong, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Swanky Kong, spelled Swankey Kong on one occasion,[1] is a member of the Kong Family and a game show host. He is notable for being a flashy entrepreneur; in his first appearance, he wears a blue coat and has an afro hairstyle. In his second appearance, however, he wears a fancy suit with a matching cane, his hair is covered by a bowler hat, and he appears to be much taller. His face resembles that of Donkey Kong's.


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

Swanky's original role from Donkey Kong Country 2

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Swanky hosts an optional game show at Swanky's Bonus Bonanza; here, he provides three quizzes to Diddy and Dixie Kong regarding the game's content, and he requires a fee of Banana Coins if the Kongs want to participate. By successfully answering every question from a quiz, the Kongs are rewarded with extra lives from Swanky.

In the Game Boy Advance version, Candy Kong appears as Swanky's assistant on the show. Swanky's role is no longer optional because the Kongs have to complete all three quizzes of a world in exchange for a Video Game Hero Coin. If Diddy and Dixie complete every quiz, Swanky provides them with a photograph of himself. Also, in the remake, Swanky charges ten Banana Coins if the Kongs want to rematch a boss. During the battle, a timer appears at the top-center of the screen, to keep track of the Kongs' progress. Swanky rewards the Kongs with prizes, based on how well they performed in the boss battle.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Swanky's new role in Donkey Kong Country 3

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Swanky hosts a circus tent called Swanky's Sideshow, where participants can compete in a ball-throwing contest for prizes. Only the upper half of his body is shown, as he is always shown to be inside of a barrel (including in his Dixie Kong's Photo Album photograph). However, Swanky's entire body is shown from his official artwork.

Dixie and Kiddy can pay Swanky with a few bear coins to compete in various throwing contests against Cranky Kong. If the Kongs can get a higher score than Cranky, then Swanky awards them with prizes, including bananas and bear coins. Like the prequel, Swanky's role is optional and is unrelated to the main storyline.

For the Game Boy Advance version, Swanky hosts a different location, Swanky's Dash. He allows Dixie to compete in a virtual reality-type minigame which involves her collecting stars on a rotating landscape (Kiddy cannot participate because he is too young). Swanky's outfit also went unchanged from his previous appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2. When the Kongs win at his first challenge, Swanky rewards them with a Banana Bird and a DK Coin—Dixie is not required to participate in subsequent challenges.

Donkey Konga 2[edit]

Swanky Kong makes a few cameos in Donkey Konga 2. In Freestyle Zone, both his artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3 sometimes appear on-screen as the player is freely drumming. He is also one of the selectable badges after finishing a song or in the Match That Badge! challenge. His badge is not featured in the Japanese version, which instead has a badge of a regular human.

Other appearances[edit]

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Swanky as seen on the billboard

Swanky’s tent from Donkey Kong Country 3 makes a cameo appearance in the Donkey Kong Jungle in Mario Superstar Baseball. Swanky himself appears on a wooden billboard.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Swanky Kong appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a support spirit, using his original artwork. The battle to unlock him involves battling Donkey Kong, who is easily distracted by items.


Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

  • Instruction booklet (page 16): "His show’s on the road now. Play the throwing game to win top quality prizes."
  • Player's Guide (page 9): "Swanky Kong is taking his flashy games on the road. Cough up two Bear coins and take a chance on your choice of three different games. If you're playing in two-player mode, you can compete against your teammate. But watch out if you're playing in one-player mode: there's a grumpy old ape running around hustling players for Bear Coins."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Swanky Kong Swanky Kong's Spirit as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Donkey Kong Series Support (1) Novice Banana Gun Equipped Spirit Board Donkey Kong Rule: Item: Beastball
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items
Kongo Jungle Funky's Fugue

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Non-Playable Character 1995 SNES
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Non-Playable Character 1996 SNES
Donkey Kong Country 2 (remake) Non-Playable Character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga 2 Cameo 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball Cameo 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 3 (remake) Non-Playable Character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as a spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スワンキーコング
Suwankī Kongu
Swanky Kong
Russian Свэнки Конг
Swenki Kong
Swanky Kong
Spanish Swanky Kong -


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #36, page 22.