Banjo as seen in Diddy Kong Racing.
Full Name Banjo Bear
Residence(s) Spiral Mountain
Family Tooty (younger sister)
(highly suspected to be related to the Brothers Bear)
Species Bear
Sub-Species Honey Bear

Affiliation Kazooie
Diddy Kong
Dixie Kong
Conker the Squirrel
Tiny Kong
Taj the Genie
Mumbo Jumbo
Powers/Abilities Kart racing skills,
High agility and strength,
Very resourceful
Enemies Wizpig,

Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge
Banjo-Pilot (formerly known as Diddy Kong Pilot)
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Banjo is a fictional honey bear character, and is the one of the two titular protagonists of the Banjo-Kazooie series, along with his pal Kazooie. He is also regarded as a close friend of Diddy Kong, Conker, and Timber 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.

However, as Rare always owned Banjo's copyrights and he was going to be promoting Microsoft related systems and games, he and Conker were replaced with Tiny Kong and Dixie Kong respectively, in the remake sequel Diddy Kong Racing DS.

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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Banjo & Kazooie were revealed as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside the Dragon Quest's Hero in the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct. Their debut 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 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
  • Kazooie is considered absent during Banjo's debut appearance because she does not appear in any moment with Banjo in Diddy Kong Racing. Despite this, she was mentioned in the manual.

External Links

Diddy Kong Racing (DS)
Playable Characters
Diddy Kong · Krunch · Drumstick · Bumper · Banjo (64) · Conker (64) · Tiptup · T.T. · Pipsy · Timber · Tiny Kong · Dixie Kong · Taj (DS) · Wizpig (DS)
Tricky · Bluey · Bubbler · Smokey · Wizpig
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