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Donkey Kong was an antagonist in the Mario arcade games. He later appears as the anti-heroic character Cranky Kong in the Donkey Kong  franchise.

Donkey Kong

Cranky Kong's first appearence as the original Donkey Kong is in the Arcade game of the same name. After being mistrested by Mario (back then, being known as "Jumpman"), he kidnaps Mario's girlfriend Pauline to a construction site. Mario then must climb up to the top of the construction site and save Pauline from the giant ape. Eventually, after Mario reaches to the top of the constuction site, he causes the bars to fall down, supporting DK to fall and crash at the same time.

Donkey Kong 3

The original Donkey Kong attacks the greenhouse of the game's protagonist Stanley the Bugman. He has to be defeated in all three stages.

Donkey Kong Land

Years later when old age hits the original Donkey Kong, he becomes frail and cranky. Eventually he takes the name "Cranky Kong", while his grandson takes on the name "Donkey Kong". The current Donkey Kong lasts friendships with Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, and his girlfriend Candy Kong. Much of the current DK's time is spent listening to music and collecting bananas, as he lives in a relatively laid back lifestyle compared to the original Donkey Kong. Also unlike his grandfather, he is friends with Mario and often visits him in various sports festivals, even going as far by allying with him and his friends in the Mario Party series. However the two are occasionally known to develop a friendly rivalry as shown in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. Despite the calmness, a band of Kremlings known as the Kremling Krew form during this time. Their attempts at stealing the banana hoard causes Donkey Kong to guard his banana hoard every night.

In Donkey Kong Land, Cranky Kong becomes an antagonist once again when he becomes jealous of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong success over King K. Rool. He then challenges in a bet with the two to see if they could prove themselves as heroes, by defeating King K. Rool once again. After defeating King K. Rool, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong would finally prove themselves as heroes once again.