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Punchy Paddies are grasshopper-like enemies which appear in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. They have small wings, wear a characteristic collar around their neck, and display a grouchy or irritated expression. Punchy Paddies most often appear in the Lost Mangroves levels.
Punchy Paddies act similar to Frogoons and Hopgoons from Donkey Kong Country Returns, where they remain in a single spot and jump. Instead of inflating themselves, Punchy Paddies use their wings to temporarily stay airborne before they slowly descend back down. While doing so, they seem to angrily beckon at the Kongs, marking their "punchy" behavior. This is further shown by them clenching their two frontal legs into fists. The Kongs can defeat a Punchy Paddy by either jumping on it, rolling into it, or by throwing an object (such as a DK Barrel) at them. If the Kongs get in contact with a Punchy Paddy, they become injured and lose a heart.
In Shipwreck Shore, a group of three Punchy Paddies hop on small wooden crates that float on a body of water. If these crates are destroyed with a Corkscrew from underneath, the Punchy Paddies fall in the water and are defeated. The Punchy Paddies of Busted Bayou move down the path by hopping, as opposed to being stationary.
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