Smokey the Dragon is a fictional character in Nintendo's Donkey Kong franchise and the second-to-last boss in Diddy Kong Racing. He is a large fire-breathing dragon and one of the top racers on Timber's Island.
During the events of Diddy Kong Racing, Smokey was brainwashed by the evil alien pig Wizpig into being one of his servants. After his brainwashing, Smokey was entrusted with a piece of Wizpig's amulet.
Smokey would only allow someone to race him if they beat all the challenges in his area, Dragon Forest. Once all of Dragon Forest's trials are beaten, Smokey becomes raceable. During his race Smokey plays dirty; he will attempt to hit his opponent with puffs of fire which can cause his opponent to briefly lose control of their vehicle. If Smokey is beaten, he manages to fight off the effects of Wizpig's control long enough to allow the victor of the race to gain access to Dragon Forest's Silver Coin challenges.
If all the Silver Coin challenges of Dragon Forest are beaten, players can re-race Smokey. In this rematch Smokey flies much faster and produces much more fireballs. When Smokey is defeated once again he will break free of Wizpig's control and award the one who freed him with the piece of Wizpig's amulet he was charged with guarding.
Smokey also appears in Diddy Kong Racing's end-of-game celebration after the defeat of Wizpig.
Smokey may have been set to make a reappearance in the canceled game Donkey Kong Racing; as Taj the Genie, a character from Diddy Kong Racing was going to appear in it. It is unknown if Smokey was going to appear in Diddy Kong Racing's canceled Game Boy Advance sequel, Diddy Kong Pilot.
Smokey appears in Diddy Kong Racing DS which has him with a new voice. He is far easier in this game than he was in the first. He produces no fireballs in the first race and few in the rematch. He sounds more evil in this game.