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This article is about the boss from Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the enemy from Super Mario Sunshine, see Strollin' Stu.
Artwork of Stu from Donkey Kong Country Returns
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (trophy cameo) (2014)

Stu is the third boss in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He is the boss of the Ruins area, appearing in the level Ruined Roost. Stu is just an egg before he is hypnotized by Gong-Oh. After being defeated by Donkey Kong and/or Diddy Kong, Stu's "armor" will further crack, causing him to fall down, and then fall apart exposing his torso, resulting in Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong comically placing their hands on their eyes to avoid looking at his body, yet peeking anyways, with Diddy Kong dropping his hands and looking in shock, mouth open, when he peeks.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

Stu is a giant red bird with blue and yellow-tipped feathers and blue talons. He has a big yellow beak, blue eyes, and purple eyelids. Stu wears a golden crown with a jewel in its center. He has a bare pink torso that is covered with a golden cauldron filled with bombs (although the presence of red, white, and blue feathers when it breaks would imply that the bare torso was not natural as much as his feathers dislodging from the forceful destruction of his golden cauldron).


Stu's most basic attack is throwing three bombs. These bombs usually take a while to explode. However, after being hit once, Stu will start also throwing bombs that will explode rather quickly. After the second hit, Stu will also throw a gold tinged bomb with a yellow skull face. This bomb explodes quickly, and create flames that move through the whole arena if it explodes while touching the ground. After throwing 3 or 4 bombs of either type, he will remain idle in the air for a few seconds and then swoop down over the arena very close to the ground. The only way to avoid this is to duck or be between two pillars. After Stu is hit three times, he will throw a huge missile in the middle of the arena, which will explode and cause an explosion to destroy the bottom part of the pillars. Donkey and Diddy Kong must either jump over the explosion, or stay on the gold part of the pillars. He will also throw multiple bombs over the entire arena and start swooping twice. Most of these are already orange and will explode shortly. Occasionally, Stu will send some Tiki Pops to go after Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. They will explode shortly after.


To defeat Stu, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong will have to throw bombs at Stu. Once Stu is hit with bombs six times, he will be knocked unconscious and Donkey Kong can defeat Gong-Oh.

This fight is quite reminiscent of the first phase of the combat between Mario and Bowser in Super Mario World.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in American English description British English description
Stu Stu trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (05/2013)
In the Ruins area, Gong Tiki puts a mysterious egg into a golden cauldron and then jumps in after it. Five seconds later, the newly hatched chick breaks holes for its wings and legs and takes to the air. When Stu chucks bombs from his cauldron, pick them up and return the explosives to him. It's only fair, right? Deep within ancient ruins, Tiki shaman Gong Oh drops an egg into a golden cauldron, and magically causes it to hatch. Out of the egg pops Stu, his wings and talons busting through the cauldron. He's got bombs in there, and he loves to throw them. Chuck them back at him before they explode!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステュー
Corrupted form of「シチュー」(shichū, stew)
Chinese 斯缇
Transliteration from Japanese name
French Bomby Diminutive of "bomb"
German Bomberich From "bombe" (bomb) and "-rich" (a German suffix used for male animals); may include "kranich" (crane)
Italian Bombadino From "bomba" (bomb) with diminutive suffix "-ino"
Spanish Condorado Pun on "condor" and "dorado" (golden)


  • His name might be a pun on "stew", as he has a cauldron as his armor.
  • Of all the bosses in Donkey Kong Country Returns, Stu is the only one who can't be jumped on to defeat. Similarly, Stu is also one of only two bosses who did not provoke the Kongs beforehand by eating/transporting their banana hoard prior to fighting them, the other being Mangoruby.
  • His music is only 1 of the 3 boss music that can be unlocked, the others being Mangoruby's music, and Tiki Tong's music.