Beetle (character)

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First appearance Donkey Kong 64 (1999)
“Oh, it's only you, Tiny. Well, if you can beat me to the bottom of my slide AND collect 50 coins, I suppose you can have my Golden Banana.”
Beetle, Donkey Kong 64

The Beetle[1] is a large, green beetle in purple racing gear that appears in Donkey Kong 64. She is raced twice, first by Tiny Kong in Angry Aztec and later by Lanky Kong in Crystal Caves. In Angry Aztec, when Tiny plays Saxophone Slam from a nearby Music Pad while in her Mini-Monkey form, this summons Squawks, who picks up Tiny and drops her into a tower where the Beetle is. The race involves Tiny and the Beetle racing down a large slide. When the race starts, Tiny can kick the Beetle to slow her and receive a headstart. The Beetle is almost the width of the slide, making her hard to avoid, and if the Beetle knocks into Tiny, she loses three DK Coins. To win against the Beetle, Tiny has to not only come in first but also collect at least 50 DK Coins. In Crystal Caves, Lanky races the Beetle by using his OrangStand Sprint. In both races, winning earns the respective Kong a Golden Banana.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スライディングビートル[2]
Suraidingu Bītoru
Sliding Beetle


  1. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Banana Guide on, Nintendo. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコング64任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), pages 47 and 101.