Fugu

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Fugu
Fugu 01.png
Full name Fugu, the Frightening
Species Blowfish
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)

Fugu, the Frightening is the fourth boss in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He is the boss of Sea Breeze Cove, appearing in the level Fugu Face-Off. Before the battle, the Kongs meet Fugu while he is small. After the Kongs make fun of his size, Fugu bloats up and the battle commences. He is named after fugu.

General information[edit]

Fugu notices Donkey Kong and Cranky Kong.

Physical description[edit]

Fugu is a very round, yellow pufferfish with proportionately small blue fins that are wrapped in metal bands, making them resemble ponytails. His only garment is a large, blue bib around his neck with the Snowmad insignia on it. Fugu's eyes are large and angled with thick blue eyebrows, and his mouth is full of sharp teeth and lined with thick reddish lips. At first, his relative size appears to be rather small, roughly the size of Donkey Kong himself. However, upon being startled, his size increases immensely, and fluctuates numerous times throughout the battle, even growing large enough to take up half of the arena. Like most pufferfish, Fugu has tiny red spikes that erect only when he inflates himself, and cover his entire body except for the patch of skin around his tail, leaving him open to attacks from behind. With each phase during his boss fight, Fugu develops reddish lines along his body, which turn darker with time.

Attacks[edit]

Fugu, having summoned a row of Sea Urchins to attack the Kongs.

Fugu attacks by attempting to inhale the Kongs, exhaling water to push them into the sides of the arena, rolling toward them after increasing his size, and exhaling Sea Urchins and Green Fish.

Combat[edit]

To defeat Fugu, the Kongs will have to damage him nine times by several means, which include ramming into his backside while he is bloated, ramming a Green Fish into him, or by hitting him while he is deflated.

Names in other languages[edit]

Fugu Face-Off[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese じごくのはりせんぼん パンパップー
Jigoku no Harisenbon Panpappū
Hellish Porcupinefish Panpappū
Spanish Atrapado a traición Trapped Treacherously
French Le bouffi des bas-fonds The Puffy of the Depths
German Fisch & Schimps Fish & Chimps (Pun on fish and chips, an English dish.)
Italian Faccia a Faccia con Fugli Face-to-Face with Fugu

Fugu[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パンパップー
Panpappū
From panpan, a mimetic word indicating fullness, and , an onomatopoeia for a puff.
Spanish Fugu, el Furibundo Fugu, the Furious
French Fugu, l'Effroyable Fugu, the Frightening
German Pfuigu, der Pfuiminante

Trivia[edit]

  • Fugu is the second pufferfish that serves as a boss in the Donkey Kong franchise, the first being Puftoss. Incidentally, both bosses are also fought in the fourth world of their respective games.