Donkey Kong - Donkey Kong; main protagonist of the Donkey Kong series. He is the carefree & lazy, yet trustworthy hero of Donkey Kong Island. a descendant of the original Donkey Kong, & successor after he later retired after his numerous defeats at hands of Mario. The games originally described DK as Cranky's grandson. 64 changed this to being his son, then it has switched back & forth, making their specific relationship uncertain.