Banjo Bottom
Banjo Bottom
Full Name Banjo Bottom
Residence Donkey Kong Island
Species Tiki
Gender Unknown
Affiliation Tiki Tak Tribe
Occupation Tiki Tak Tribe Leader
Powers/Abilities Hypnosis
Enemies Kong Family
Boss Level The Mole Train
World The Cave
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns
Banjo Bottom is a leading member of the Tiki Tak Tribe who appears in the boss level, The Mole Train in the Cave world. When Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong arrive, they see many Mole Miners gathering bananas into Mine Carts, along with their boss, Mole Miner Max. Banjo Bottom, who is observing the Mole Miners, spots the Kongs. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong then spot Banjo Bottom, who signals for the Mole Miners to stop their work and jump into the Mine Carts. After Mole Miner Max is hypnotized by Banjo Bottom, the train starts up. A single Mole Miner will begin to throw pick axes at Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. The single Mine Cart that they are riding on gradually gets closer to the train. the Mole Miner will still be throwing pick axes at you. After the Mine Cart connects with the train, moles pop out of the Mine Carts that make up the train, and then you have to jump on them in order to continue. This process repeats three times, getting harder every time.

Following this, the fight with Mole Miner Max goes underway. He pops out and throws pick axes at you on the train; the main difference between this part of the battle and the previous is that the amount of uncertainty of where Mole Miner Max will be is much more apparent than before. After jumping on his head four times, a cut-scene occurs. Donkey Kong punches Mole Miner Max a few more times before he flies away and hits the head end of the train, dazed. The train travels along to the end of the track and narrowly misses riding off the edge, along with the theme from the level. Once the train has stopped, a dazed Banjo Bottom comes out of Mole Miner Max. Donkey Kong then punches the tiki leader out of the cave.


Banjo Bottom, though large, has not much of an intriguing design. It has 1 big eye and 1 small eye, with red eyelids. Between its strings are 4 arrows pointing downwards. It also has the same arrows point all around it into the head of its banjo shape. It also has a blue tailpiece. Something that is noticeable as well is the tiki‘s yellow leaves for hair, and its blue eyebrows.


Banjo Bottom Icon

Banjo Bottom's silhouette when a Kong loses a life.


  • Banjo Bottom is the least-appearing tiki, as it does not appear on the game's disk case or in the introductory cinema. It also is not seen throwing bananas into Tiki Tong's head at the final boss level even though it is there. Wacky Pipes is a close second as the least-appearing Tiki leader.
  • Banjo Bottom is the largest hypnotic tiki, beating Cordian by just a few inches, when it is in full extent.
  • Banjo Bottom is the only leader who acts surprised to see the Kongs.
  • Banjo Bottom, along with Wacky Pipes, Cordian and the Maraca Gang are the only tikis that have leaves as a decoration on their heads.
  • Banjo Bottom is the least damaged tiki in the game, having little to no scratches at all.
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