The Kong Family (also known as the Kong Klan and the DK Crew) is the name of all of Donkey Kong's family and friends. Though they share the same last name, not all of them are related to one another. Instead, the name is a sign of their union as a species, tribe and/or clan. Thus, membership in the Kong Family appears to be earned. They are always at odds with the evil Kremling Krew who are always attempting to steal their Banana Hoard or kidnap them. In some games, they are playable or supporting characters.