Tiki Tong

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Tiki Tong
Tiki Tong.png
Species Tiki
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (trophy cameo) (2014)

Tiki Tong is the main antagonist of Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS port, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He is the eighth and final boss of the game, residing in the Tiki Tong Tower inside the Volcano and fought during the level Tiki Tong Terror. Tiki Tong is the leader of the Tiki Tak Tribe, which plots to put Donkey Kong Island under their command. His fight music is one out of the three boss themes that can be unlocked, the others being Stu's and Mangoruby's.

Tiki Tong is a large head-like Tiki bearing a resemblance to a drum. He has a serrated mouth with orange and purple stripes along the bottom. He has a flat nose and a pair of huge, spherical and uneven eyes that have red pupils with black sclera. One of the eyes has the same orange and purple stripes with pointed eyelids while the other is bare with normal eyelids. One of his eyes is notably larger, similarly to King K. Rool. Tiki Tong has red markings around his eyes and has red leaves where his “ears” are. He wears a wooden crown with the outer ring being purple with orange triangular markings on the front. He also has pair of hands that he made his commanders out of with orange fingers and purple zig-zags on the backside. As seen in the image gallery, the hands was originally going to have four digits.


Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong prepare to fight Tiki Tong.
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong facing Tiki Tong.

When the Tiki Tak Tribe emerges from Donkey Kong Island's volcano, Tiki Tong orders his commanders to hypnotize the local animals into stealing every banana, their life source, in sight, even from Donkey Kong's banana hoard, and plots to reclaim the island from the Kong family. To do so, Tiki Tong has his underlings set up a plant in the island's factory, where Colonel Pluck would use his Stompybot 3000 to create more soldiers. However, Tiki Tong's plans are stopped short by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, who take down his commanders and Colonel Pluck. When Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong invade Tiki Tong's lair, the Tiki Tak Tribe's commanders come and throw the remaining bananas in Tiki Tong's head. He then grinds the bananas into juice by spinning around, and then spits it on the Tikis. This action transforms them into his own pair of hands so that he can take care of the duo once and for all. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong manage to defeat Tiki Tong, whose demise launches the Kongs out of the Tiki Tong Tower and into space. While there, DK and Diddy knock the moon down to earth, which crushes and destroys the tower. This releases the stolen bananas, which sends the moon flying back into orbit. With the defeat of the Tiki Tak Tribe, the effects of the hypnosis on the island's animals are undone. DK and Diddy are able to land before they crash onto the island and cheer as their bananas continue to rain from the volcano.

When Tiki Tong has both hands, he generally performs three attacks:

  • Laying his hands flat in the air and quickly sweep them across the stage. This can be avoided by simply ducking. During this attack, the palms of his hands can face up or down. If the hands face up, a Heart may appear on one of them. Even if there is a heart, the Kongs should not attempt to jump on the hands. If they do, Tiki Tong will close his hands, squishing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. If the hands face down, however, jumping on them will cause damage to Tiki Tong.
  • Slamming his hands on the floor. Sometimes, he quickly removes his hands, but other times, he leaves them there for a longer period of time, leaving an opportunity to deal damage to the exposed back of the hand. Tiki Tong may also only attack with one hand, instead of both.
  • Moving his hands to both sides of the stage, and then quickly clap them together. If Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are caught in the middle, they will take damage. This can be avoided by jumping over either hand before Tiki Tong moves them. Whenever he does an attack, a flash of light appears from the buttons on his hands.

When his hands are hit twice, regardless if it was the same hand twice or once on each hand, he does the same attacks, except much faster. He can also fake out a hand slam or a clap, laughing for a few seconds before resuming the attack, except the attack happens almost instantly, leaving very little time to avoid the attack.

When Tiki Tong loses both his hands, he attacks by slamming his head into the ground, causing shockwaves. This will reveal his weakness: the button on his head. When it is damaged once, he can swoop his head down, which can be dodged by ducking. He can also send out four Flaming Tiki Buzzes that will chase the Kongs. When it is damaged once more, he can rain down Flaming Tiki Buzzes.

Tiki Tong's mode of combat makes him a hands and head boss. During Tiki Tong’s first phase, Donkey Kong must step on the red button on the hands when it slams them on the stage. After each hand is damaged twice, they will be destroyed. During the second phase, the Kongs must jump on the button-like weak spot on top of Tiki Tong's head to cause it damage. After Tiki Tong is damaged three more times, he is defeated. Unlike all the other boss fights, the Tiki Tak Tribe members do not spectate during the Tiki Tong battle.

If the player defeats Tiki Tong with only Diddy Kong, he is sent into space, but unlike with Donkey Kong, he panics and desperately tries to save himself from crashing into the moon using his Barrel Jet. It malfunctions however and Diddy flies into the moon and bangs his head on it, making it fall onto the volcano like usual. He falls down to the ground unconscious, but DK catches him in his arms before the duo celebrate their victory.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tiki Tong appears as a Donkey Kong series trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It is unlocked by purchasing it from the trophy shop.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tiki Tong
Tiki Tong trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Category: Series Related
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (05/2013)
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: 19: Donkey Kong Country Returns
How to unlock:
Purchase at the Trophy Shop.
In the scorching hot lava of the Volcano area, Tiki Tong waits for Donkey Kong to arrive. It may look like he's enjoying a nice banana snack, but really he's just preparing his next attack: spitting banana juice on the Tikis! That's gross. Gotta get over how nasty that is, though, as the soaked Tikis join with Tiki Tong to attick—I mean attack! (American English)
In the lava-filled Volcano region awaits Tiki Tong, the leader of the Tiki Tak Tribe. He liquefies a whole pile of bananas into goo, and then – instead of eating it – spits it all over his minions and fuses them to him! Ew! The Kongs'll have to hold off on complaining about how disgusting it all is – taking Tiki Tong out takes prioritiki. (British English)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティキトング
Tiki Tongu
Tiki Tong

German Großer Tiki
Great Tiki
Italian Tiki Tong
Spanish Tiki Tong


  • If Donkey Kong loses a life after accessing the Volcano and before reaching Tiki Tong, a question mark icon appears to prevent the players from seeing who he is. If Donkey Kong loses a life after encountering Tiki Tong, regardless of whether or not he wins, the question mark icon changes to a silhouette of Tiki Tong's head.
  • The sound clip of Tiki Tong's laughter is used throughout the level Meltdown Mayhem in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, though it was slightly changed to sound more like Lord Fredrik, the main antagonist of the forementioned game.