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|Conker the Squirrel
|Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
|145cm (Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker: Live & Reloaded)
- “It's true what they say. The grass is always greener, and you really don't know what it is you have, until it's gone... gone... gone.”
- —Conker, Conker's Bad Fur Day
Conker is a red squirrel and the main protagonist of the Conker franchise. Before Conker received his own franchise, he first appeared in Diddy Kong Racing, and would make his next appearance in Conker's Pocket Tales. Conker has a girlfriend named Berri and is a descendant of the Kulas of Conk, being the great, great, great, great, great grandson of Count Batula.
Since his debut, Conker started a family-friendly character. His series was the same, with the release of Conker's Pocket Tales and the planned release of Twelve Tales: Conker 64. The latter title was cancelled, then entirely reworked into the infamous Conker's Bad Fur Day, which was designed for mature audiences. Conker and his franchise were for mature audiences ever since (except for Young Conker).
Diddy Kong Racing
Conker's first appearance was in the Nintendo 64 title, Diddy Kong Racing. The game was revealed at E3 1997 along with his own starring adventure title, Conker's Quest (which was renamed to Twelve Tales: Conker 64 in 1998). Conker's inclusion in Diddy Kong Racing was part of Rareware's plan to familiarize gamers with him and therefore help popularize the then-upcoming Conker's Quest. This proved to be successful in Banjo's case, as his inclusion helped with promoting his own adventure title, Banjo-Kazooie.
Conker is of one of the playable characters. In the story, Conker helps Diddy Kong, Timber, Taj, 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.
Every character has their own "theme instrument" for the character selection menu's music. The music's instrumentation changes based on which character the player selects. Conker's theme instrument is a flute.
Despite being his first appearance, Diddy Kong Racing did little to establish Conker's personality or voice. Conker did not reappear in the Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS, where he was replaced with Dixie Kong. His exclusion is a result of Microsoft's ownership of the Conker franchise since their acquisition of Rare Ltd. in 2002.
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.
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 Bad Fur Day, except this time, he is naked.
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.
Diddy Kong Racing Adventure
A rejected 2004 video game pitch idea would have included Conker (in his Conker's Bad Fur Day appearance) racing in Diddy Kong Racing Adventure. He would have had explosive nuts as his special move.
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.
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.
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.
Statistics and flavor text
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
Conker's name is directly taken from "conker", a nickname given to horse chestnuts in the United Kingdom.
In Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker was given various nicknames by other characters, usually insults:
|Mrs. Bee, Jack, Little Girl, Franky
|Panther King, Professor Von Kriplespac
|Carl, The Great Mighty Poo, Gargoyle
|Professor Von Kriplespac
|Don Weaso, Wayne, Cash
|Berri, Catfish, Sunflower
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Conker.
Conker when he sees Cash
- Professor Von Kriplespac states that the red squirrel's scientific name is Furrius squidgeterrius. However, in the real world, it is Sciurus vulgaris, which coincidentally contains the word "vulgar," which can easily describe Conker's personality.
- Conker can sometimes be seen playing with a yo-yo in one of his idle animations. This could be a possible reference to Crash Bandicoot, who would often play with a yo-yo when left idle in three of his first four games.
- According to The Cock and Plucker receipt on his 21st birthday seen in the Conker's Bad Fur Day: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, out of all alcoholic beverage Conker ordered the most of tequila, about 20 shots when added up. Although this could suggest tequila to be his favorite alcoholic beverage, Chris Seavor confirmed it to be speyside single malt whiskey with no ice instead, which he orders in the ending cutscene of Conker's Bad Fur Day.
- "The Squirrel."
—Conker telling Gregg the Grim Reaper his surname, Conker's Bad Fur Day
- Conker's Bad Fur Day The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 16.
- Nintendo: Press Release - May 27, 1998 (Wayback Machine)
- Conker's Bad Fur Day manual, page 7.
- Conker's Bad Fur Day: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 17
- "Whiskey, Speyside... Single Malt.. No ice." (Twitter, @conkerhimself)
Conker's Pocket Tales
|Conker • Berri
|Blacksmith • Dusty • Forest Guardian • Forest Wong • Sheriff • Ted • Undertaker • Vulture Culture
|Ant • Armadillo • Bat • Blob • Cactus • Chair • Chasing Plant • Crab • Crow • Fish • Flytrap • Mushroom • Shark • Snake • Spider • Toy Mouse • Wolf
|Blade • Boulder • Flying Sword • Spike • Tumbleweed
|Hsstamean • Sol and Luxo • Waldorf • Honker • Swamp Fiend • Golem • Evil Acorn
|Willow Woods • Vultureville • Krow Keep • Mako Islands • Claw Swamp • Aztec Temple • Catacombs
|Acorn • Conker • Gold • Invite • Key • Mask • Pickaxe • Present • Saw • Secret Present • Slingshot • Special Key • Tankard • Token • Torch
|Digging • Jumping • Punching • Pushing • Running • Stomping • Swimming • Walking
|Shooting Gallery • Bank Shootout • Gold Panning • Pea-Under-Cup • Boat Race • Hurdles Race • Swimming Race • Long Jump • Coconut Shoot
|Block puzzle • Switch puzzle