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Gong-Oh's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.

Homeland Donkey Kong Island
World(s) Ruins
Residence(s) Ruined Roost
Species Tiki
Gender Unknown

Occupation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe Leader
Powers/Abilities Hypnotizing and possessing creatures,
Telekinesis Great Appetite, Strength, skilled combatant
Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Gong-Oh is a leading member of the Tiki Tak Tribe, who appears in the Ruins world of the Donkey Kong Island in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It hypnotizes and possesses Stu, the third boss in both games.


In the opening cutscene of both games, as soon as the volcano of Donkey Kong Island erupts and the Tiki Tong Tower emerges, many tikis are released, with Gong-Oh being among them. The Tiki Tak Tribe leaders start to hypnotize animals in the island to steal bananas. Gong-Oh is seen hypnotizing a zebra, and after, it is shown guiding some elephants and giraffes pulling bananas towards the volcano.

Some time later, in the Ruins boss level Ruined Roost, Donkey and Diddy Kong find a large egg next to a golden gong and two monkey statues holding mallets. Gong-Oh suddenly appears, and then uses telekinesis to steal the egg, move the statues and sound the gong violently. The gong sound cracks the egg and breaks the stone platform where the Kongs are standing on, making them to fall. After the heroes land below, Gong-Oh drops the large egg into a golden cauldron, filled by bombs, and hypnotizes and possesses the newborn creature inside the egg. The egg hatches and Stu, a large red bird, threatens the primates. Stu attacks by throwing bombs at the ground and dropping missiles, capable of levering pillar bases in the arena. The heroes must quickly grab the bombs and throw them back at Stu before they explode. The Kongs also must avoid Stu's diving attacks. The boss will be defeated after taking a total of six hits. At the end, Stu will drop down, his cauldron will crackdown, revealing his funny shaped body, and the bird will pass out. Gong-Oh will leave Stu's body and stay stunned for a few seconds. Now, the player can jump towards the tiki and punch it multiple times, sending it away, or wait for the tiki to escape.

Inside the Tiki Tong Tower, before the Kongs finally confronting Tiki Tong in the final boss battle, Gong-Oh and the other Tiki Tak Tribe leaders will be seen again. They use the stolen bananas to turn the leaders into hands for Tiki Tong to attack the primates. After Tiki Tong and its hands are destroyed by the heroes, it is safe to assume that Gong-Oh is also defeated for good.

Physical Appearance

Gong-Oh has a large gong connected to its head and two skinny arms with circular hands, similar to Xylobone. It has eyes that are different in a way from the other leaders. They are backwards colored. it also has three creases on the lower part of it face. One thing that is notable about the tiki is that it also has its instrument attached to it, not it being the instrument, but rather the gong has multiple strings attached to it, as well as the tiki's head. A small detail is that the tiki's eyes look strained, as they have dark colored eye flaps that looks like a sign of tiredness.



  • Gong[1] is an East and Southeast Asian percursion instrument, shaped like a flat metal disc and played with mallets.
  • Gong-Oh can be seen in the games' boxart, but it looks different, having its eyes backwards rendered.
  • The zebra hypnotized by Gong-Oh in the opening cutscene, or similar animal, can also be seen in the Ruins level Damp Dungeon and Cliff level Sticky Situation.
  • Gong-Oh's tune is near-identical to Krazy Kalimba's tune, but with one hit of gong playing in the background and slightly echoing.
  • Gong-Oh has the shortest limbs in the games, just beating Xylobone by a couple inches.
  • Gong-Oh is the fifth most damaged tiki in the games, showing multiple water marks on its features near the bottom of its face. It beats Krazy Kalimba at this, while is behind the Maraca Gang.
  • Gong-Oh also does not have leaves, like Krazy Kalimba and Xylobone.
  • Gong-Oh is the only tiki to actually surprise the Kongs immediately, with Wacky Pipes being a close second, and Xylobone being a close third.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning/Translation
Spanish Gongo Gong