Screaming Pillars are tiki-like enemies found in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Their first appearance is in the very first level, Jungle Hijinxs. They are also present in some Ruins levels and the Volcano Key Temple Five Monkey Trial. 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 on the pillars once 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 were given the new name of Flaming Falling Totem Poles since they are engulfed in flames before they fall now. Their first and only appearance in the game is within the Bright Savannah level Scorch 'N' Torch.
Regular-sized Screaming Pillars also appear in the DK Jungle course from Mario Kart 7. There, they scream but do not fall, trying to blow on any racers gliding nearby. In the same course from Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe), they are replaced by their giant-sized counterparts and instead exhale smoke when screaming.