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Thugly (NOT the thug shaker supreme) as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.

World(s) Cliff
Residence(s) Thugly's Highrise
Family Mugly
Species Rhino Toad Porcupine Armadillo hybrid
Gender Male
Affiliation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe
Powers/Abilities Ramming at fast speed,
Munching the enemies,
Attacking with his horns,
Heating his backplates,
Crashing against walls dropping rocks,
Jumping high,
Creating shockwaves after landing,
Breathing fire,
Spitting fireballs,
Thug shaker,
Enemies Kong Family
Music Theme(s) Clifftop Concert, Thugly's Highrise
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)

Thugly is the boss of the Cliff world of the Donkey Kong Island, as well as the sixth boss in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He is possessed by the Tiki Tak Tribe leader Xylobone.

Physical Appearance[]

Thugly looks similar to Mugly, an earlier boss from the same games, in that he is a gigantic creature that appears to be an amalgamation of a rhino, a toad and a porcupine, except Thugly has hot plates on his back (similar to those on an armadillo). His teeth are sharper and he is purple. His eyes are also smaller and red, and he has sharper horns. Thugly has markings on his arms and back, that look like thunderbolts. He has large, burly eyebrows, and a small snout. The front part of his head overlaps his jaw. Thugly also has a white underbelly, with a small marking underneath. Another large factor is his huge, red horns, which are his main means of attacking.

Level Thugly's Highrise[]


Initially, the player must go right and throw the DK Barrel to summon a second Kong if necessary. Jump into the Barrel Cannon to be shoot upward and start a cutscene. Donkey and Diddy Kong will blast up into a lair in the mountains, and soon they will notice Thugly munching their Bananas. Suddenly the Tiki Tak Tribe will appear in airships, and Xylobone will hypnotize and possess Thugly to fight the primates, starting a battle.

The boss battle is very similar to Mugly's and it is also composed by three phases. Thugly will start by trying to run towards the Kongs and munch them. The player must jump over the monster to make him skid and his backplates to retract for short time. The primates must quickly jump on the exposed back to land a hit. Sometimes, if the player fails to landing a hit, the boss will immediately change directions and repeat the same attack. Avoid to touch the backplates when they are incandescent at any costs. It indicates the plates are hazardous for the heroes. Now Thugly will ram and crash against a wall, making two rocks to fall from the ceiling, while staggering backwards and randomly falling onto his back dizzy. The player must avoid the boss and the rocks, and try to land a hit by jumping on the creature's belly after he falls. After that, Thugly will make a large leap, trying to land over the Kongs and releasing a harmful shockwave across the ground. The player must also avoid the boss and the shockwave. The boss will keep repeating this same pattern and order of attacks constantly. After receiving three hits, Thugly's skin will become orange. The boss will leap high and land in the middle, breaking the main platform and dropping everybody down to a small, wooden bridge. It will start the second phase.

In the second phase, Thugly will follow the same pattern of attacks from the first one, but he will add an attack of shooting a wide stream of fire (like a dragon) that extends all the way across the arena. The player must duck under the fire to avoid it. The boss will also become faster and more aggressive in his attacks. After taking three more hits, Thugly's skin will now become red, and he will leap high and slam onto the middle of the bridge, breaking it and moving all characters to the very bottom of the arena, where bones lay. The third and final phase will begin now.

Once again, Thugly will circle through the same pattern of attacks from the previous phase, but he will now start by spitting a large fireball towards the opposite side of the arena. The fireball will randomly split into multiple smaller ones while in the air, making harder for the player to avoid them. After receiving three more hits, the boss will be defeated. Thugly will pass out and Xylobone will leave the creature's body. The player can punch the Tiki Tak Tribe leader multiple times or let it ran away. Either way, the boss level will be completed, and the Factory world will become accessible now.


Defeating Thugly adds Weighty Way (mistakenly named as Boulder Roller), Prehistoric Path, Clifftop Concert and Sticky Situation themes to Cliff Music of the Music Gallery in the Extras menu. Collecting also all five Puzzle Pieces in the Key Temple level Perilous Passage adds the Cliff diorama to the Diorama Gallery in the Extras menu.

Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold: 02:41.00
  • Gold: 02:48.00
  • Silver: 02:52.00 (02:58.00 in the Japanese version)
  • Bronze: 02:59.00 (03:09.00 in the Japanese version)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[]

Thugly appears as a trophy in the game Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

  • Trophy Description
    • North American version: "Thugly charges at you after being hypnotized by Xylophone Tiki. The weak spot on his back is well protected by an opposite-of-a-weak-spot shell. When he comes to an abrupt halt, the shell will flip forward. At last, the time to strike! Thugly should really get some bungee cords or something to hold that in place."
    • European version: "A charging monster controlled by a Tiki called Xylobone. There's a weak point on his large back, but it's covered by a thick shell, so can it even be called a weakness at all? Well, it doesn't protect him all the time - when he brakes suddenly, the shell flips open! Someone should tell Thugly to glue that thing down..."




  • Thugly appears to be related to Mugly, the boss of the Jungle world also from the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
  • Also similar to the boss Mugly, in the multiplayer mode, the second player controlling Diddy Kong can shoot peanuts forward using the Peanut Popguns during Thugly's ramming attacks. If the second player is successful, the boss will stop for a few seconds to munch the projectiles and retract his backplates, staying open to attacks by the Kongs in the process.
  • In the game Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, during the boss fight third phase (Thugly with red-colored skin), it is no longer possible to skip Thugly's "big fireball" attack by taking it as damage, like in the Nintendo Wii version. In Time Attack mode, it makes getting Gold and Shiny Gold Medals even harder.
  • Thugly's similarities in physical appearance to Mugly may be a reference to the original Donkey Kong Country game, where there are bosses sporting the same appearances but different color palettes, such as Very Gnawty and Really Gnawty, or Master Necky and Master Necky Snr.
    • On the subject of Really Gnawty, Thugly is very similar to that boss, in that they are reskins of the first bosses fought in game (Really Gnawty: Very Gnawty, Thugly: Mugly), both their names ends with the letter "Y" and both are fought in evens (Really Gnawty is the fourth boss, while Thugly is the sixth boss).