Project Spark artwork
|First appearance||Diddy Kong Racing (1997)|
|Latest appearance||Minecraft (as a skin via an update for Wii U and Nintendo Switch) (2018)|
|Latest portrayal||Chris Seavor (1997-present)|
|Full name||Conker the Squirrel|
Conker is a red squirrel who is the main and titular protagonist of the Conker franchise. Like Banjo, Conker made his debut appearance in Diddy Kong Racing before starring in his own series. Conker would have made his series debut in Twelve Tales: Conker 64, originally unveiled at E3 1997 as Conker's Quest, but when the game was canceled, Conker instead starred in the Game Boy Color title Conker's Pocket Tales. Since the release of Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker has become a vulgar, alcoholic character for mature audiences.
Diddy Kong Racing series
Diddy Kong Racing
In Diddy Kong Racing's story, Conker helps Diddy Kong and the other characters prevent Wizpig from taking over Timber's Island. Conker is a middleweight racer, but his vehicles have heavyweight attributes, with speed above average and acceleration and turning below average. Conker's top speed without bananas is 56.5 mph, which is shared with Bumper and Timber.
On the "Player Select" screen, Conker's theme instrument is a flute, and highlighting him changes .
Conker did not reappear in the Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS, due to Microsoft's ownership of the Conker franchise since acquiring Rare in 2002.
Diddy Kong Racing Adventure
Conker (in his Conker's Bad Fur Day appearance) was planned for inclusion in Climax's rejected Diddy Kong Racing Adventure. He would have had explosive nuts as his special move.
Twelve Tales: Conker 64
Conker was planned to have his first starring role in Twelve Tales: Conker 64. The game was planed for a release in late 1998 but was ultimately cancelled and drastically changed into Conker's Bad Fur Day, which was made for mature audiences. Conker's would have a second adventure on the Game Boy Color title, Conker's Pocket Tales, which was not cancelled and thus became Conker's actual first starring role.
The story involves Conker, whose Presents were stolen and scattered by a gang of animal hoodlums. Conker and Berri had to retrieve all 100 Presents, similar to how Mario would collect all 120 Stars in Super Mario 64.
Conker's Pocket Tales
In Conker's Pocket Tales, Berri throws a surprise party for Conker. However, the Evil Acorn hides in a cake and ruins Conker's party. He kidnaps Berri and steals all of Conker's Presents. Conker goes on an adventure to rescue her and retrieve his Presents.
Berri was held captive in the final area, the Catacombs. Conker eventually found her there. After he gets to her, the Evil Acorn plants a bomb in the area, with a 5-minute timer. Conker and Berri managed to escape, and the Evil Acorn was blasted into space. The game ended happily, with Berri and Conker at the sunset.
Conker's Bad Fur Day / Conker: Live & Reloaded
During the prologue of Conker's Bad Fur Day and its remake, Conker: Live & Reloaded, Conker sits on his throne, as the king of the Panther Kingdom. He introduces a story of how he became king yesterday, which he calls a "bad fur day". The whole game took place that day, and it all leads up to when Conker became king.
The story starts at The Cock and Plucker. Conker first seen leaving an automated phone message to Berri. He later gets drunk from consuming too much alcohol. Conker feels unwell and decides to go home. However, due to his hangover, Conker accidentally goes the wrong direction and ends up in the Panther Kingdom, starting with the chapter Hungover. Some of the basic controls are taught to the player, and Conker remembers how to use the Helicoptery Tail Thing.
Meanwhile, the Panther King cannot place a glass of Milk on his table because it is missing a leg. He calls in his assistant, Professor Von Kriplespac, to fix his table. Kriplespac did a lot of math and scientific research, and he concluded to the Panther King that a red squirrel would precisely fill in for the missing table leg. The Panther King orders the Weasel Guards to search for a red squirrel. They specifically try to capture Conker, who happens to be one.
Conker gets caught in a series of misadventures throughout the chapters. This includes vampires, killer robots, dinosaurs, zombies, cavemen, and The Great Mighty Poo.
In the final chapter Heist, Don Weaso orders Conker and Berri to rob the Feral Reserve Bank. When two reach the bank's vault, the Panther King reveals himself and that the entire event was a trap.
After the Panther King orders Don Weaso to shoot Berri, the Panther King gets indigestion. Kriplespac somehow placed an alien egg in his Milk, and the Panther King digested it. After a while, a giant Xenomorph hatches and then bursts out of the Panther King's stomach, which kills him. Kriplespac names the alien Heinrich and orders it to fight Conker as revenge for destroying all of the Tediz. Conker eventually pulls a lever that activates the air lock. This sucks most of the characters, including Kriplespac, into outer space. Conker is left alone to fight Heinrich.
The game locks near the end of the battle, except for Conker. He communicates to the Programmer and requests for help to kill Heinrich, who he cannot defeat from throwing out the airlock. He asks for a selection of weapons, and is offered a whole selection. Conker decides on using a Katana and requests the scenery to change to the Throne Room of the Panther King's Castle. Conker then slices off Heinrich's head and kills him. Afterward, Conker is greeted and congratulated by the residents of the Panther Kingdom, who crown him as the new king. However, Conker is unhappy with his position because the Programmer left, and he forgot to ask him to revive Berri.
The game ends with Conker in The Cock and Plucker. He later comes out drunk. He looks both directions, but this time he takes the correct path home. He was originally planned to commit suicide in the ending.
Conker is playable in the Multi mode if the player enters the code WELLYTOP, or EASTEREGGSRUS for him to wear his Heist outfit.
Conker's Big Reunion
After 10 years without a new game, Conker appears in the digital add-on, Conker's Big Reunion for Project Spark. He wakes up in the same way he did in his Conker's Bad Fur Day, except this time, he is naked.
Originally exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game, Conker and a few other Microsoft-exclusive characters (including Banjo) appear as playable skins in the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of Minecraft through an update on January 30, 2018. Technically, this marks Conker's first game appearance alongside Diddy Kong since Diddy Kong Racing.
Appearances in other media
Conker briefly made a cameo in the N-Gang comic "Freeze Frame".
Mario no Bōken Land
Conker makes a brief, unspeaking cameo in the Diddy Kong Racing segment of Mario no Bōken Land, titled "Go Go Diddy!". He is shown competing in a race, in fifth place.
4-koma Gag Battle
Conker appears throughout the 4-koma Gag Battle manga adaptation of Diddy Kong Racing.
Conker has always been portrayed with his trademarked orange-red fur, with tan-yellow patches of fur on his torso and bottom part of his face, and a blue hue in his eyes. He has big eyes and buck teeth. His appearance from Diddy Kong Racing and Conker's Bad Fur Day, while having recognizable differences in clothing and fur, is relatively similar.
Prior to Bad Fur Day, Conker had a shirt that was blue on the front and yellow on the back. He wore white gloves that appeared to blend in with his fur. His sneakers were blue and white. His mouth area was entirely white, as well as the tips of his ears. The tip of his tail was a more beige color. Conker was also larger in the hip area, which gave him a chubby appearance.
By Conker: Live & Reloaded, Conker wore a darker blue jacket and green pants. His gloves and chubby look were removed. His Bad Fur Day look was reinstated for Conker's Big Reunion.
While not related to physical appearance, Conker has cartoon-like facial exaggerations in Bad Fur Day and Live & Reloaded. Examples include when Conker's eyes enlarge out of shock from the Haybot or when Conker grabs himself Cash. Conker's entire face can stretch and widen based on his emotion.
As a young boy, Conker was told by his parents never to drink alcohol, be materialistic or "urinate in a public place". In Diddy Kong Racing and Conker's Pocket Tales, Conker was a friendly, innocent, happy-go-lucky character. In Conker's Bad Fur Day however, Conker went through a dramatic change in personality, becoming much more materialistic, ignorant, ditzy and carefree. He obviously disobeyed his parents, who were said to be "a bit disappointed".
Even in Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker has a good-natured side. Despite all of his other habits, Conker almost never uses profanities. The only swears he uttered were "fellatio" (which he mistook as the password to Rock Solid), "bitch" and "ass", although the latter two were used in quotes taken from a movie verbatim. Conker is also shown to have a helpful side, helping almost every character, regardless of the task's difficulty or what the character wants, although he almost always demands a reward, generally Cash, such as when Wayne and the Wankas steal Mrs. Bee's hive a second time and Conker demands quadruple the pay he received the first time.
In Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker was given various nicknames by other characters, usually insults.
|Mr. Squirrel||Mrs. Bee, Jack, Little Girl, Franky|
|Red Squirrel||Panther King, Professor Von Kriplespac|
|Twat||Carl, The Great Mighty Poo, Gargoyle|
|Furrius Squidgeterrius||Professor Von Kriplespac|
|Bloody Squirrel||Tediz Surgeon|
|Wise Guy||Don Weaso, Wayne, Cash|
|Squirrel Person||The Catfish|
|(Conker) Honey||Berri, Catfish, Sunflower|
Profile and statistics
Diddy Kong Racing
- Diddy Kong Racing instruction manual: "(Medium acceleration, medium weight, good handling, medium top speed) Another friend made by Diddy Kong on one of his endless adventures with Donkey Kong, Conker is an exploration nut who'll jump at any chance to break free of a squirrel's less than exciting daily routine. He's eager to join up with Banjo as the bear passes through."
- Diddy Kong Racing Official Nintendo Player's Guide: "Before heading back, Squawks made one more stop at the home of a certain devil-may-care squirrel named Conker. He may not end up with many nuts in his winter store, but Conker couldn't pass up the chance for some excitement. Besides, he figures he might pick up a few pointers from the others before starting his own quest for adventure."
- Character stats
- Weight group: Middle
- Acceleration: 2.5/5
- Turning: 2.5/5
- Top Speed: 3/5
- Vehicle Color: White
SHC Dog Tags
- NAME: SQUIRREL, CONKER
- RANK: PRIVATE
- SERIAL #842-D-899221-89E
List of game appearances
|Title||Role||Year of release||System/format|
|Diddy Kong Racing||Playable character||1997||Nintendo 64|
|Conker's Pocket Tales||Playable character||1999||Game Boy Color (dual-compatible)|
|Conker's Bad Fur Day||Playable character||2001||Nintendo 64|
|Conker: Live & Reloaded||Playable character||2005||Xbox|
|Banjo-Kazooie (XBLA)||Cameo as photograph in Rusty Bucket Bay||2008||Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade)|
|Project Spark||Playable character (Conker's Big Reunion)||2015||Xbox One|
|Young Conker||Playable character||2016||Microsoft HoloLens|
|Minecraft: Wii U Edition||Playable skin via update||2018||Wii U|
|Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition||Playable skin via update||2018||Nintendo Switch|
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Conker.
Names in other languages
- Professor Von Kriplespac states that the red squirrel's scientific name is Furrius squidgeterrius. In the real world, the actual scientific name is Sciurus vulgaris, which coincidentally contains the word "vulgar," which can easily describe Conker's personality.
- Conker sometimes plays with a yo-yo in one of his idle animations, similar to Crash Bandicoot in earlier installments of his titular franchise.
- In the Conker's Bad Fur Day Nintendo Player's Guide, there is a page showing a Wanted poster of Conker, and it states that he is 145 centimeters tall.
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- Playable characters
- Club Nintendo
- Donkey Kong allies
- Diddy Kong Racing characters
- Twelve Tales: Conker 64 characters
- Conker's Pocket Tales characters
- Conker's Bad Fur Day characters
- Conker: Live & Reloaded characters
- Conker: Gettin' Medieval characters
- Conker's Big Reunion characters
- Young Conker characters
- Squirrel High Command