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Tiki Goons are members of the Tiki Tak Tribe and enemies of the Kongs, first appearing in Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are wooden, bongo-shaped creatures, featuring a cloth on their head and a square hole for a nose. They also have yellow pupils and black sclera, and are bottomed by a striped skirt. Four red feathers ornate each side of their heads.
Donkey Kong Country series
Donkey Kong Country Returns / 3D
Tiki Goons are introduced in Jungle Hijinxs, a level in the Jungle area, and continue to appear commonly throughout the course of the game. Much like Kritters, Klomps and Kobbles from past Donkey Kong Country games, Tiki Goons only attack by moving to the sides at a slow pace. If the Kongs simply bump into one, they lose one heart from their health meter. However, Tiki Goons can be defeated with a roll, a jump, a barrel, or with Rambi.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
A concept artwork in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze shows two Tiki Goon carcasses lying at the base of a large rock in the middle. The artwork is unlocked in the image gallery after collecting all Puzzle Pieces in Grassland Groove.
Mario Kart series
Tiki Goons make another appearance in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as obstacles in DK Jungle. Their behavior from their previous appearance is displayed yet again, simply roaming across the road in an attempt to hinder the racers. Should a racer crash into a Tiki Goon, they spin out and lose three coins. By beating the Staff Ghost of DK Jungle in Mario Kart 8, the player unlocks a Tiki Goon stamp.