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Split-arrows.svg It has been suggested that this page be split into the following: Char-Char, Char-Char (little), Char-Char (big), Char-Char (bouncy). (discuss)
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Char-Chars[1] are enemies in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are small fireballs only found in the Volcano world, where they appear as a recurring enemy.

Regular Char-Chars display a face with a menacing grin and attack by bouncing on platforms. They are harmful if touched directly, but can be disintegrated by blowing air on or throwing a barrel at them. Faceless Char-Chars can be encountered as well,[2] either popping out of the lava in a similar manner to a Lava Bubble, revolving in mid-air, or simply flying in a staggered manner. Unlike the regular type, these Char-Chars can only be destroyed with a barrel.

Rentamaguma, large relatives of Char-Chars, are indestructible enemies that can only be encountered in Furious Fire and, exclusively in the Nintendo 3DS version, Lavawheel Volcano.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハネコダマグマ[3]
コダマグマ[3] (non-bouncy variant)
タマグマ[3] (faceless variant)
オオダマグマ[3] (big faceless variant)

Portmanteau of「跳ねる」(haneru, to jump),「小玉」(kodama, small ball), and "magma"

Portmanteau of「小玉」(kodama, small ball) and "magma"

Portmanteau of「玉」(tama, ball) and "magma"

Portmanteau of「大玉」(ōdama, large ball) and "magma"


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 27.
  2. ^ Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Pages 146 and 148-150. The author collectively refers to small, incandescent stones found in the Volcano world as Char-Chars.
  3. ^ a b c d 「ドンキーコングリターンズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Returns Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 24.