For many, many years, fans of Rare and their Donkey Kong Country/Donkey Kong Land series, have at often times questioned whether the K. Rools present in the games were one-and-the-same or relatives of one another. The answer to this question was finally alleviated a couple of days ago when Gregg Mayles (lead designer of the series) provided the answer via the official Rare Twitter. Here is what he had to say on the subject:
“It’s the same character in different clothes. There is no way we would have gone to the trouble of building some convoluted family tree.”
So there you have it. King K. Rool, Kaptain K. Rool and K. Rookenstein are the same banana/ape stealing reptilian. Now you can boast in satisfaction at having bested his scaly behind on multiple occasions, right?