Dixie Kong is a fictional primate video game character in the Donkey Kong series. She was created by Rareware to be the second playable character in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest for the SNES, and owned by Nintendo. Identifiable by her pink beret and long ponytail, arguably her most famous attribute is the ability to slow her descent and glide farther by whirling her ponytail in a similar fashion to helicopter blades. Her ponytail can also be used to lift various objects, such as barrels, and carry them over her head. She has a younger sister named Tiny Kong, and her cousins are Chunky Kong and Kiddy Kong. Her boyfriend is Diddy Kong.
Origins: 1995–1997 Edit
Dixie Kong made her first appearance in the SNES platform game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. In Donkey Kong Country 2, Dixie and Diddy Kong had to journey to Crocodile Isle to rescue Donkey Kong from the clutches of Kaptain K. Rool. She could attack Kremlings with her hair (much like her sister, Tiny.) While this was generally seen more as Diddy's quest rather than hers, the female Kong proved herself to be just as capable and enthusiastic as her more established partner. At the conclusion of the game, K. Rool was inadvertently blasted into the sacred Kremling energy source, clogging the flow until it built up in a massive explosion.
As opposed to the first and third Donkey Kong Country games, Dixie is the first sidekick character to not have a reasonable introduction in-game. In Donkey Kong Country, it was explained in the manual (and the game itself on the GBA version) that Diddy was imprisoned in a DK barrel, and Donkey Kong had to go out and release him. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Kiddy joins Dixie as soon as she enters Funky's Rentals. However, in Donkey Kong Country 2, Dixie is mentioned in the beginning story of the game as the girlfriend of Diddy Kong, but strangely appears in a DK barrel at the beginning of the game without any explanation as to why. It was in this game that Dixie Kong's beret is embedded with a pin containing the Rareware logo on it, a symbolic complement to Diddy Kong's "Nintendo" hat. When appearing now, Dixie no longer wears this pin, due to Rareware developing for Microsoft.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! saw Dixie Kong take on the starring role. The storyline of the game revolved around vacationers Donkey and Diddy Kong going missing in the Northern Kremisphere. With no word from the duo for days, as well as Kremlings suddenly appearing in the area, Dixie decided to investigate their disappearance. Upon arrival, Funky Kong advised her to take her hulking toddler cousin, Kiddy Kong, with her for assistance. As it turns out, DK and Diddy were being trapped in KAOS, a giant robot who was believed to be the new Kremling ruler. In fact, K. Rool - now appearing in the new mad scientist persona of Baron K. Roolenstein — was secretly controlling KAOS from behind the scenes. K. Rool had kidnapped the two Kongs in their sleep to use their cerebral energies to power the robot. Dixie and Kiddy defeated both KAOS and K. Rool, successfully liberating Donkey and Diddy and becoming heroes. She again partnered up with Kiddy in Donkey Kong Land III. When DK and Diddy took off to find the Lost World in a prize-packed contest without asking her to tag along, Dixie decided to try and one-up them by joining with Kiddy once again and beating them to the punch. Unfortunately, the Kremlings were also trying to find it, as was K. Rool himself. Eventually, after a final showdown with K. Rool in the Lost World, Dixie and Kiddy claimed victory in the contest.
Dixie was also a semi-regular on the Donkey Kong Country television cartoon, where she was voiced by Louise Vallance. On the show, Dixie's fur was a lighter shade of brown, and her shirt was blue with a picture of a flower on it, similar to her sister Tiny's outfit. She was not seen wearing her kneepads, and, as with her more recent video game appearances, the Rareware logo was not on her hat. Here, she was often losing her pets, such as Crabby the Crab and Thermidore the Lobster. She also seemed to have a crush on Funky Kong sometimes and once brought in K. Rool's general, Klump, after K. Rool exiled him due to his incompetence. Notably, Dixie is the only character (besides Kaptain Skurvy, who is called Kannon in DKC2) featured on the animated series to directly come from Donkey Kong Country 2.
Limbo: 1997–2004 Edit
After Donkey Kong Land III, the Dixie character would go on a seven-year hiatus. Most fans expected her to return in 1999's Donkey Kong 64, but Rare decided early on in development that, aside from three brand new controllable characters, only characters featured in the original Donkey Kong Country would appear. Template:Fact (This rule would be broken later in the game's progress, as Wrinkly Kong was also included.) Instead, Rare created Tiny Kong, the little sister of Dixie. She shared a similar ponywhirl ability with her. But all of Tiny's other abilities were new to the series. Despite that Dixie was slated to appear in Diddy Kong Pilot before it was cancelled.
In 2001, Dixie's likeness was made into a Trophy in the GameCube fighting game Super Smash Bros. Melee, but the character never made an actual appearance. Incidentally, Diddy Kong did not appear and did not even have a Trophy, though he was mentioned. The Rare logo was removed from her hat, though in Diddy Kong Racing DS, there's a part in-game where the Rare logo is displayed on her beret as she was made for the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3. Months later in September 2002, Rare was purchased by Microsoft and all of their Donkey Kong projects were either scrapped, or to be done with the characters and elements in from other Rare franchises. For example, in the case of Diddy Kong Pilot, Dixie and the others were replaced with Banjo-Kazooie series regulars and the game was renamed as Banjo-Pilot.
Return: 2004–Present Edit
Dixie finally returned in the 2004 Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country 2, developed by Rare, who still maintains a working relationship with Nintendo in the handheld market. The game retold the story of Dixie's first adventure, but it featured several new minor elements, such as a new boss fight, new mini-games, and a surprise cameo by Tiny Kong.
Dixie was brought back in 2005, in the spin-off game Donkey Konga 2 for the Nintendo GameCube, a rhythm game using the DK Bongos also featuring Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. The same year, Dixie appeared in a Mario game, Mario Superstar Baseball, as a secret character. She was a playable member of "Team Donkey Kong", unlockable by finishing the Challenge Mode as DK. She then went on to appear as a playable character in Paon's DK: King of Swing for the Game Boy Advance and the Japan-only sequel to Donkey Konga 2, Donkey Konga 3. In 2006, Dixie also appeared in her second Mario game, Mario Hoops 3-on-3, as a default speed player. She had a special move called "Dixie's Barrel Oop" in the game. She is playable in Diddy Kong Racing DS for the Nintendo DS, a 2007 remake of the N64 title bearing the same name. Dixie also appears as a playable character in the racing game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast for the Wii. Dixie Kong is featured as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. It is speculated that at some point, Dixie was in development as a playable character but was later scrapped, as her incomplete "fighter data" can be found in the game disc's code.
Dixie appears as a sidekick in Mario Super Sluggers for the Wii.