Following King K. Rool being officially revealed for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cast, Rare employee Gregg Mayles tweeted he perhaps should have taken more than five minutes to come up with the “slightly rubbish name” when he was originally working on the character for Donkey Kong Country. When asked what the “K” stood for, he said it was nothing more than a way of making the villain seem important and to inflate his ego.
Continuing the celebration of King K. Rool joining the Ultimate roster, Mayles posted a bonus tweet - showing an early naming sheet from 1994 labelling K. Rool as the “Kommander” and also revealing Donkey Kong Country was originally titled Monkey Mayhem. There are plenty of other interesting character names on display as well.