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Kocos are fish enemies that first appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, where they are one of the most common underwater enemies. They are based on the literal interpretation of a clownfish, as shown from their face paint and big red nose. Like Cheep Cheeps of the Mario franchise, there are both red and green Kocos, whose behavior is determined by their color. Green Kocos are completely stationary while the red ones swim back and forth in an area. In underwater levels, there are also red Kocos that swim nonstop in a single direction. In the Game Boy Advance remake, their roles were reversed.
Like other underwater enemies, Kocos can only be defeated if Enguarde stabs them. In the level Fish Food Frenzy, Dixie and Kiddy are required to guide Nibbla into eating Kocos to prevent it from becoming angry and biting them. In Dixie Kong's Photo Album, Kocos are classified under the "Aquatic Attackers" enemy class.
Kocos also appear in Donkey Kong Land III and retain their appearance and role from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Only red Kocos appear in the game (as shown from their behavior), which is more evident in the Game Boy Color port, where their sprites are red. Two red Kocos appear on the game's box art.
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