Indeed, this new Donkey Kong was a character built for a new generation.During the current Donkey Kong's infancy, he is stolen from his treetop home by Kamek and his Toady army during their massive kidnapping spree.This is supposed to make the character more human without affecting their present "perfection." This can also go for villains, and here it's an easy trap to fall into: sometimes one is meant to be more complex or morally gray, but their Freudian Excuse just doesn't cover the acts they go on to commit.
However it's important to note that there are varying degrees of this.
For example in one scenario the audience may not sympathize with a character in a particular scene but they can still be overall sympathetic.
This article is about the character Donkey Kong, as of Donkey Kong Country. For other uses of the name "Donkey Kong", see Donkey Kong (disambiguation).
For other uses of the moniker "DK", see DK (disambiguation).
Note in this case that the "unintentionally" is an important part of this trope: if the excuse the villain makes is flimsy , it's likely not this trope.
Often a problem with The Scrappy and some varieties of Mary Sue. A badly done Jerkass Woobie can also be a target of this.
Donkey Kong is in need of rescue during Donkey Kong Jr. In Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong is a main villain once again, although this time, he does not fight Mario (who had gone on to star in his own series and would not meet with Donkey Kong again until much later).
In this game, Mario actually kidnaps Donkey Kong as punishment for kidnapping Pauline and stands guard next to his cage with a whip, sending various enemies like Snapjaws and Nitpickers to attack Donkey Kong Jr. In this game, Donkey Kong goes on a rampage inside a greenhouse, and the cousin of Mario and local exterminator named Stanley is called in to defeat him (along with various insects that are destroying plants in the greenhouse).
When a character's supposed insecurities or embarrassing quirks are supposed to inspire sympathy, but fail to impress the audience because they're mishandled or plain written badly.