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First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Big Sphen
Boom Bird
Painguin Tucks
Pointy Tucks
Speedy Tucks
Tuff Tucks
“Show those pesky penguins the radical righteousness of us supreme simians!”
Funky Kong, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tucks are pudgy, hunched penguins that appear as common enemies in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. They are the Snowmads' most common foot soldiers, comparable to Tiki Goons from Donkey Kong Country Returns. Tucks typically wear tightened green striped pants with a knotted rope around their waist. Their name is derived from "tuxedo", which penguins are often said to be wearing in reference to their black and white feather pattern.

The common variety of Tucks walks slowly from side to side. If the Kongs get in contact with a Tucks, it slaps them, causing them to lose a heart of their health. Tucks are among the weakest enemies in the game and can be defeated with any attack method, such as stomping, throwing barrels or explosives, or rolling. Tucks sometimes appear in groups, so the Kongs can jump on them in succession to potentially earn a Banana Coin.

A bouncing Tucks, jumping on jelly blocks around Donkey and Diddy Kong

There is a pantless variety of Tucks[1] that bounces on springy objects, such as elastic drapes and jelly blocks. They bounce in one place or back and forth between two spots, damaging the Kongs upon contact. Compared to other enemies, bouncing Tucks are rather uncommon in the game. A single bouncing Tucks can be found inside a windmill in the level Windmill Hills. More bouncing Tucks can be spotted in Jelly Jamboree. The different types of jelly blocks that appear in the level do not influence their jump height as they do with the Kongs. However, like the Kongs, bouncing Tucks are able to use blue jelly blocks to move certain mechanisms.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペンガー
Derived from「ペンギン」(pengin, penguin) and possibly "Víkingar" (an Old Norse word for "Viking")
French (NOE) Gorfoufou From "gorfou" (a penguin species) and "foufou" (nutty)
German Peingu From "pinguin" (penguin) and "pein" (torment)
Italian Pinguingo A portmanteau of "pinguino" (penguin) and "Vichingo" (Viking)
Spanish Vilgüino raso Portmanteau of "vil" (vile) and "pingüino" (penguin). "Raso" (private) indicates its rank


  1. ^ 「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), pages 195 and 196. This version of the enemy has the same name as normal Tucks.