Bucket Man

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The title of this article is official, but it comes from a non-English source. If an acceptable English source is found, then the article should be moved to its appropriate title.

Bucket Man
A Bucket Man from Mario vs. Donkey Kong on Nintendo Switch.
First appearance Donkey Kong (Game Boy) (1994)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) (2024)

Bucket Men, originally known as Dust Men, are sentient Garbage Can enemies.


Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

Dust Men debut in the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, first appearing in Stage 1-3 in the Big-City and later in Stage 3-5 on the Ship. In this game, Mario must be careful when picking up Bins, as they may really be Dust Men in disguise. They usually stand still, pretending to be regular Bins, but when Mario tries to grab them, they will start moving. If Mario touches the side of a Dust Man, he will lose a life, though they can be stood on fully harmlessly. Mario cannot pick up a Dust Man, however, but they can be destroyed by hitting them with a Hammer.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Bucket Men return in Mario vs. Donkey Kong under their current name, first appearing in Levels 1-4 and 1-6 of the Mario Toy Company and later in Levels 6-2 and 6-6 of Twilight City. They act the same as they did previously.

Bucket Men reprise their role in the game's Nintendo Switch remake of the same name.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ダストマン (JP) / Dust Man (EN)
Trash can.png
Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゅっしん メカぞく Place of origin Mecha clan
性格せいかく きれいき、内気うちき Disposition Clean, shy
登場とうじょうゲーム GBゲームボーイドンキー Game appearances GB Donkey


Looks just like a trash can!

It looks just like the item's trash can. However, when you get on top of it, it will suddenly show its face and legs and attack you. If you mistake it for a trash can and try to lift it up, it will attack you.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) Model/GarbageCanEnemy.bfres.zs GarbageCanEnemy Garbage Can Enemy

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダストマン[1]
Dasuto Man
Baketsu Man
Dust Man

Bucket Man


  1. ^ a b 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Page 104.
  2. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book