Today we will pit the original Donkey Kong against the remake from the 90’s, Donkey Kong!
Their shared backgrounds:
The Original Donkey Kong is stated to be none other than Cranky Kong. He shares the same appearance as his relative but doesn’t have the same haircut. He does have a tie though, in Donkey Kong -94, which he passes on along with his title to his grandson. He’s in Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. (where his son is to rescue him), Donkey Kong 3, and Donkey Kong -94 (it has to be him as the game also stars Donkey Kong Jr.). We’ll call him Cranky Kong from now on.
Donkey Kong, the remake, is actually the grandson (as most official sources state) of Cranky Kong. What happened to his father, Donkey Kong Jr., is not known. He usually lazies about collecting bananas, but shows great strength and dexterity when push comes to shove. We’ll call him Donkey Kong from now on.
To make things more even, we’re pitting them against each other in their primes!
Cranky Kong is not only strong enough to continually throw heavy barrels but can even produce fire. He can climb well and is strong (or heavy) enough to jump so that construction sites completely break, with beams and support failing under his force. His stamina is huge, as he can hang in vines for a long time (Donkey Kong 3) and throw barrels continuosly (Donkey Kong). He seems wise and knowledgeable (Donkey Kong Country) which gives him an edge over his grandson, though we can’t tell if that’s because of age or not (as he seems to have had a bad temper in his first adventures). At the very least, his intelligence should be average. He’s also sarcastic, which is theorized to be indicative of higher intelligence, and uses most modern appliances well.
Donkey Kong has less brute force, but more agility and dexterity overall. He can run fairly fast, and though strong enough to throw barrels, he hasn’t been shown to be strong enough to topple construction sites through sheer jumping strength alone. He isn’t the smartest of primates in his universe, but has the skills of using everyday items such as TV’s and is able to ride animals. Intelligence-wise he’s comparable to an average human being. He’s also able to play a lot of different sports, and is currently one of the strongest boxers in the Punch Out!! universe, where he’s a secret fighter. Though his technique is unorthodox it’s shown to be very effective.
Cranky Kong still has a bad temper when he’s older, which may imply that he should have a short temper as a youth that would be able to exploit. While giving in to his anger would make him stronger, he would lose his wits. He doesn’t seem to be all that agile either, being brought up in the city, focusing instead on brute force.
Donkey Kong lacks in strength, and isn’t even the most powerful Kong in the family (Cranky showing stronger feats, and Chunky and Funky arguably being stronger when it comes to sheer force). He is well rounded though, with a good balance between strength, agility and dexterity. He doesn’t seem all to bright though, and doesn’t seem to be able to speak very well at all.
I reckon Donkey Kong would be able to take Cranky Kong down with agility- he’s felled bigger and stronger foes still as is it. I doubt a younger Cranky Kong would be able to outsmart his grandson in a fight- as he’d lose his temper. I mean, if a small carpenter/plumber with great jumping ability is able to beat him- then it wouldn’t be inconcievable that a stronger dexterious less evolved primate such as Donkey Kong Jr Jr could take him down. Add a little wisdom to the elder ape- well, then we might have an opponent that few Mario Universe characters can take down.