Tuff Tucks

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Tuff Tucks
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First appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) (2014)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Variant of Tucks

Tuff Tucks are common enemies appearing in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port. They are Tucks that wear leather belts and wrists - the former displaying the Snowmad insignia - as well as broad orange helmets protecting their head. Similar helmets are displayed on other "Tuff" Snowmads from the game, like Tuff Fluffs and Walnuts. Tuff Tucks have a relative species, Tenacious Tucks, who have the qualities of Speedy Tucks.

Tuff Tucks slowly walk from side to side, and flip over on their backs when stomped on, leaving them stunned momentarily. During this state, Donkey Kong can pick up the Tuff Tuck and throw it like a projectile, thus defeating them. Tuff Tucks can be thrown into other enemies to defeat them, or hurled into feeble walls to destroy them and reveal secrets. Although Tuff Tucks cannot be directly defeated from a stomp, they can still be defeated from any other attack.

According to Kensuke Tanabe, several gameplay elements from Super Mario Bros. 2 were correspondingly implemented into Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze; he respectively served as the director and producer of each title. One of the implemented features is the ability to pick up and throw enemies, as well as using them against other enemies.[1] As such, Tuff Tucks can be considered analogous to Shy Guys from Super Mario Bros. 2.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘルムペンガー
Herumu Pengā
Helm Tucks

French (NOE) Gorfoufou casqué
Helmeted tucks
German Helmguin
From "helm" (helmet) and "pinguin" (penguin)
Italian Pinguingo zuccone
Stubborn tucks
Spanish (NOE) Vilgüino guardián
Guardian tucks