Screaming Pillars are tiki-like enemies found in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. A flaming variant of the enemy later appears in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Screaming Pillars are gray pillars with sleeping faces. When Donkey and Diddy Kong get close, they will wake up, scream and fall down, crushing enemies close by, encasing items and creating stone platforms. The Kongs can pound thrice on the pillars upon they have fallen, destroying them and, sometimes, revealing items.
Screaming Pillars also possess giant-sized variants found over pits only in the Jungle level Canopy Cannons and Cloud level Crushin' Columns. This type demands the primates to move forward quickly because, after falling, the pillars are capable of defeating the heroes instantly and also destroying platforms and barrel cannons.
In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Screaming Pillars are a bit different. They are now engulfed in flames before fall down, but they behave similar to regular-sized Screaming Pillars from the previous games. The primates still able to pound and break them after the pillars drop on the ground. Flaming Screaming Pillars' only appearance is in the Bright Savannah level Scorch 'N' Torch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Giant-sized Screaming Pillars, along Tiki Goons, also appear in the DK Jungle course from the game Mario Kart 7. There, they scream but do not fall, and they try to blow on any racers gliding nearby. In the same course from Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe), they also exhale some smoke when screaming.
- The flaming variants of Screaming Pillars are the only tiki enemies to appear in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It may indicate that the Tiki Tak Tribe is still active at some capacity even after the defeat of Tiki Tong and the other leaders in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
- However, these variants only appear in the Bright Savannah, an entirely separated island from Donkey Kong Island. It is unknown if they have the same origin of the Tiki Tak Tribe members meet in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.