Punchy Paddy

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Punchy Paddy
Concept artwork of a Punchy Paddy.
First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
A Punchy Paddy in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Donkey Kong and a Punchy Paddy on-screen

Punchy Paddies[1] 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 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. Several Punchy Paddies in Busted Bayou move down a path by hopping as opposed to being stationary, similar to the Hopgoons from Donkey Kong Country Returns.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホッパー[2]
Shortening for "grasshopper"; shared with Hop-Chops and Hopper


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 14.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコングトロピカルフリーズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 16.