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Banjo's artwork from the game Diddy Kong Racing for Nintendo 64.

Residence(s) Spiral Mountain
Family Tooty (younger sister)
Species Bear
Sub-Species Honey Bear

Affiliation(s) Kazooie,
Diddy Kong,
Krunch the Kremling,
Drumstick the Rooster,
Bumper the Badger,
Conker the Squirrel,
Tiptup the Turtle,
Pipsy the Mouse,
Timber the Tiger,
Taj the Genie,
Mumbo Jumbo,
Powers/Abilities Kart racing skills,
High agility and strength,
Very resourceful
Enemies Wizpig,
Gruntilda Winkybunion,
Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge,
Banjo-Pilot (repurposed from the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot),
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts,
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing,
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First Appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Voice Actor/Actress Chris Sutherland

Banjo is a honey bear character, and is the one of the two titular protagonists of the Banjo-Kazooie game series, along with his pal Kazooie.


Banjo is also regarded as a close friend of Diddy Kong, Conker the Squirrel, and Timber the Tiger whom he aided during Wizpig's invasion of Timber's Island in the game Diddy Kong Racing. In fact, Diddy Kong Racing, a Donkey Kong game, marks as the debut of Banjo's character before his first appearance in his own game Banjo-Kazooie and before his future partnership with Kazooie.

In the Banjo-Kazooie series, Banjo is known to be the hero of Spiral Mountain, and he resides there with his pal Kazooie, his sister Tooty, and many other friends such as Mumbo Jumbo and Bottles. His own nemesis is a witch known as Gruntilda.

However, with Rare being acquired by Microsoft Game Studios[1] in 2002, they become owners of the Banjo-Kazooie and Conker series. Because of this, Banjo and Conker were replaced by Tiny and Dixie Kong, respectively, as playable characters in the game remake sequel Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Banjo & Kazooie were revealed as a playable duo in the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside the Dragon Quest's Hero in the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct. Their debut trailer showed Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and even King K. Rool cheering about their appearance (see Videos section below).



  • Banjo's design appears to be modeled after and inspired by the Brothers Bear from the game Donkey Kong Country 3.
  • Kazooie is absent during Banjo's debut appearance in the game Diddy Kong Racing. Despite this, she was mentioned in the Banjo's character description on the Diddy Kong Racing Instruction Booklet.[2]

External Links[]


  1. Xbox Game Studios on Wikipedia
  2. BANJO: "(Low acceleration, heavy weight, good handling, high top speed)
    Even before the start of his future partnership with Kazooie, Banjo isn't one to turn down the chance of an adventure. So when Squawks brings the message from his pal Diddy Kong, the Honey Bear stuffs a few things into his trusty backpack and takes to his heels.
    Diddy Kong Racing Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1997, page 24 on Wayback Machine
Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Characters
Playable Characters
Diddy KongKrunch the KremlingDrumstick the RoosterBumper the BadgerBanjo (N64 only) • Conker the Squirrel (N64 only) • Tiptup the TurtleT.T.Pipsy the MouseTimber the TigerTiny Kong (DS only) • Dixie Kong (DS only) • Taj the Genie (DS only) • Wizpig (DS only)
Tricky the TriceratopsBluey the WalrusBubbler the OctopusSmokey the DragonWizpig