Bonkers

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Bonkers
SKC Bonkers Art.png
In-game artwork of Bonkers from Super Kirby Clash.
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Debut game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Super Kirby Clash (2019)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Quest)
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Copy Ability Hammer
Similar to Super Bonkers, Spark Bonkers, King Dedede, Storo, Robo Bonkers
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Quote1.png He's here to destroy things with his hammer--and he's not monkeying around! Quote2.png
— Bonkers Quest description in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Bonkers is a simian-like Mid-Boss, wielding an enormous hammer which resembles King Dedede's. He is characterized as a large-bodied bipedal (though still noticeably hunched over in posture) gorilla man who wears denim jeans and a belt, and has a "coat" of what appears to be purple body hair around his upper body and head, though it is shaped like a heavy vest. His brow extends as to obscure his eyes, rendering them unseen behind a black veil (though some artwork portrays him with dot eyes). His arms are proportioned cartoonishly, with overly large forearms compared to the upper arm width. His hands and feet are well-defined, with five digits on each, unlike characters like Kirby who have no visible fingers or toes.

Bonkers made his first appearance in Kirby's Adventure. In order to attack, Bonkers may charge at Kirby, jump in the air and swing his hammer, or throw Coconuts at Kirby to deal damage. These Coconuts may be inhaled then shot out to harm him. Once defeated, Bonkers lays on the ground for a bit, like all mid-bosses, at which point Kirby can inhale him and get the Hammer ability. Since Bonkers is the only enemy with a hammer, he is the helper for the Hammer ability. He appears in every game with the Hammer ability, and has had many spin-offs and variations.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

KA Bonkers sprite.png Kirby's Adventure marked the first appearance of Bonkers, and its remake also includes him. In the original, he is seen wearing either orange or blue, and he is only seen wearing purple in the remake.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

BonkersSSU.png

In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Bonkers is a common mid-boss that appears in Dyna Blade, The Great Cave Offensive, Milky Way Wishes, the Arena, Helper to Hero, and Meta Knightmare Ultra. He is also the helper for the Hammer ability.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Advance Bonkers.png In both of these games, Bonkers appears as a Mid-Boss, looking and behaving essentially in the same way he did in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Locations[edit]

Kirby battles Bonkers in Olive Ocean.

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Bonkers may be found in the following rooms:

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Bonkers appears in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Quest in Stages 13 and 37. In the latter, he appears alongside 2 Oohroo. He has 300 HP in this game mode.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Bonkers as he appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Bonkers reappears again as a mid-boss in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, appearing in various stages, and offering the Hammer ability. There is a super version of Bonkers called Super Bonkers that yields the Grand Hammer Super Ability.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Bonkers can be found in the following levels and stages:

Bonkers locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No No No No
Raisin Ruins Yes No No No No
Onion Ocean No No No No N/A
White Wafers No No No No No
Nutty Noon No No No No Yes
Egg Engines No No No No No
Dangerous Dinner No No Yes N/A N/A

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Bonkers returns again for Kirby: Triple Deluxe as a Mid-Boss that provides the Hammer ability. In addition to his normal move-set, he may also perform a hammer spin that takes him in and out of the foreground. In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Bonkers fights in exactly the same way, though he has been given robotic aesthetic changes, such as a metal jaw and ears. In Triple Deluxe, his EX form is called Bonkers DX. In Planet Robobot, this variant is called Bonkers 2.0.

In Triple Deluxe, Bonkers also appears as two separate randomly-obtained Keychains, one represented by his Kirby's Adventure sprite and another by his Kirby Super Star one. In Planet Robobot, Bonkers appears as a sticker as well, as 'Manga Bonkers'.

His regular form attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Hammer Swing
  2. Jump x3
  3. Coconut
  4. Hammer Twirl
  5. Hammer Swing
  6. Hammer Spin
  7. Coconut
  8. Hammer Swing
  9. Jump x3
  10. Coconut
  11. Hammer Swing
  12. Hammer Spin
  13. Coconut

After losing around half of his health, he abruptly switches to one of two fixed orders on loop as follows:

  1. Jump [homes in on Kirby's position]
  2. Hammer Flip
  3. Hammer Spin [between planes]
  4. Coconuts x3
  5. Hammer Twirl x2 [fiery conflagrations]
  6. Jump [homes in on Kirby's position]
  7. Hammer Spin [between planes]
  8. Hammer Flip
  9. Coconuts x3
  10. Hammer Twirl x2 [fiery conflagrations]
  1. Jump [homes in on Kirby's position]
  2. Hammer Spin [between planes]
  3. Hammer Flip
  4. Coconuts x3
  5. Hammer Twirl x2 [fiery conflagrations]
  6. Jump [homes in on Kirby's position]
  7. Hammer Flip
  8. Hammer Spin [between planes]
  9. Coconuts x3
  10. Hammer Twirl x2 [fiery conflagrations]

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Bonkers can be found in the following levels and stages:

Bonkers locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World No No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Endless Explosions No No No No Yes N/A No N/A
Royal Road No No No No Yes N/A No No

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Bonkers can be found in the following levels and stages:

Bonkers locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No No No No Yes N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No Yes N/A No N/A
Access Ark No No No No Yes N/A Yes No

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In-game appearance of Bonkers in Super Kirby Clash.

Bonkers is encountered three times in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and three more times in Super Kirby Clash. He's been made even larger, and his spinning moves made more elaborate to pose a challenge to four Kirby heroes working in unison. In Super Kirby Clash, he is paired with Blocky to form the Team Heavy Hitter. Despite this, he is out-shined by his flashier cousin Spark Bonkers.

Attacks[edit]

Quote1.png Are you ready for the hammer-swinging showdown? He's waiting... Quote2.png
— additional flavor text from Super Kirby Clash

The following are all of Bonkers' attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash. Note that attack names are conjectural:

Bonkers' attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash  
Attack Description Variants Notes
Leap Bonkers performs a large jump across the stage and lands somewhere else.
Hammer Bonkers raises his hammer, then swings it down in front of him. Bonkers may use this attacks several times in succession, and may turn around to face a Kirby behind him.
Coconuts Bonkers tosses Coconuts ahead of him, which land on the ground and then detonate shortly afterward. These Coconuts can be destroyed with an attack. Bonkers may throw several, and some of the Coconuts might be extra large.
Hammer Spin Bonkers begins spinning rapidly with his hammer out, and travels across the stage. Bonkers may swing for only a brief moment, may swing across the stage, or may bob in and out of the background. Bonkers always raises his hammer for a split-second before spinning.
Coconut Hammer Spin Bonkers begins spinning rapidly in the air, throwing out Coconuts as he does. Bonkers may throw out larger Coconuts during this move.
Hammer Flip Bonkers charges up and unleashes a huge fiery upward swing which does substantial damage to anyone hit by it. Even Guarding still causes a fair amount of damage to be taken.
Hammer Twirl Bonkers jumps and lands while twirling his hammer downward. He may do this several times.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Bonkers himself does not appear in this game, but a large robot modeled after him called Robo Bonkers can be battled as one of the 10 main stadium modes.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Artwork of Bonkers as a Friend from Kirby Star Allies.
Quote1.png “Ook ook! I love bananas!”
He’s always looking for bananas! Even when he loses sight of this goal, this giant gourmand smashes anything in his way, wherever he likes!
Quote2.png
— Guest Star Bonkers Banana Mania Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies

Bonkers returns in this title, reprising his role as a Mid-Boss. Once defeated, he can be recruited as a Friend by tossing a heart at him before his body explodes. As a Friend, Bonkers can use all the same moves as Hammer Kirby, can perform the coveted Infinity Jump, and can also infuse his hammer with various Power Effects. In addition, Bonkers gains his own adventure in the Extra Game, titled Guest Star Bonkers Banana Mania.

Due to his larger size, Bonkers is a bigger target than Hammer Kirby, but he also possesses more stamina than Kirby.

As a mid-boss, Bonkers' regular variation attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Hammer Slam
  2. Jump x3
  3. Coconut
  4. Hammer Flip
  5. Jump x3
  6. Hammer Slam
  7. Coconut

After losing enough health, Bonkers will abruptly switch to this fixed order on loop:

  1. Hammer Spin
  2. Jump
  3. Coconuts x3
  4. Hammer Flip
  5. Hammer Spin
  6. Jump
  7. Hammer Flip
  8. Coconuts x3

Bonkers' harder variation attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:

  1. Hammer Spin
  2. Hammer Flip
  3. Jump
  4. Coconuts x3
  5. Jump x3
  6. Hammer Slam
  7. Jump
  8. Jump x3

After losing enough health, he will abruptly switch to this pattern:

  1. Hammer Twirl x4
  2. Jump x3
  3. Hammer Slam
  4. Jump
  5. Coconuts x3 [one large, two small]
  6. Jump x3
  7. Hammer Flip
  8. Hammer Spin
  9. Hammer Twirl x4
  10. Jump x3
  11. Hammer Slam
  12. Jump
  13. Coconuts x3 [one large, two small]
  14. Jump x3
  15. Hammer Slam
  16. Hammer Spin

In some stages and on Soul Melter EX of The Ultimate Choice, Twin Bonkers is fought and comes in two varieties. It can consist of one regular and one hard variation or two hard variations, both of which attack in a different order from each other.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, Bonkers can be found in the following levels and stages:

Bonkers locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon Yes
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna Yes
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square No Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands Yes Jambandra Base Yes
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α Yes
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall Yes Extra Planet δ Yes
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet Yes
Heavenly Hall Yes Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV Yes
Planet Earthfall No

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Bonkers appears as a trophy and as a sticker. As a sticker, it can be used in The Subspace Emissary, to grant +16 to weapon attacks. It only benefits Kirby, Meta Knight, and King Dedede.

Trophy Description[edit]
Image Appears In Description
Bonkers - Brawl Trophy.png NES Kirby's Adventure
DS Kirby: Squeak Squad
A large enemy who wields a giant hammer as a weapon. Bonkers battles you with several moves—his hammer attack and coconut throw could be considered his specialties. Kirby can inhale Bonkers to learn Hammer and Smash techniques.* Not many know this, but Hammer Kirby can also break walls and pound down stakes.

*= Kirby can't actually inhale Bonkers to get the Smash ability as it only gives him the Hammer ability. Kirby can only inhale Master Hand to get the previous ability.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Bonkers makes an appearance as an enemy in the 3DS-exclusive mode Smash Run.

Trophy Description[edit]
Image American English Description British English Description
BonkersTrophy3DS.png
Bonkers looks quite a lot like a gorilla and swings a giant hammer with huge launch potential. If he hits you with his own Hammer Flip attack, it's an instant KO. If that isn't bad enough, he also throws exploding coconuts. Bonkers is seriously out to ruin your day. Bonkers looks quite a lot like a gorilla and swings a giant hammer with huge launch potential. If he hits you with his own Hammer Flip attack, it's an instant KO, so be careful and make good use of dodging! If that wasn't bad enough, he also throws exploding coconuts. Yes, Bonkers is really out to ruin your day.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Bonkers appears as a primary spirit in this game. He boasts an Ace rank, with attack as his primary type, with one support slot. He can be obtained on the spirit board, with his spirit battle taking place on the Kongo Jungle stage and involving a purple Donkey Kong who wields a Hammer and can swing it for a long time.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Bonkers
E79 Bonkers.png
Screenshot of Bonkers from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
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First episode Goin' Bonkers
Main role Guest Star
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Role in Goin' Bonkers[edit]

Quote1.png Star Warrior me want to be! Like you, Kirby. Quote2.png
— Bonkers, in Goin' Bonkers

Bonkers appears in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Goin' Bonkers, serving as the guest star and the monster of that episode. Initially, Bonkers lived on his own in a jungle outside of Dream Land, but was captured by a circus and forced to perform for them for a time. While in his cage, Bonkers would be able to catch glimpses of his trainer watching episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, and became enamored with the idea of being a Star Warrior like Kirby. Eventually, Bonkers was able to escape the circus with one of their hammers, and traveled great distances in order to reach Dream Land and find his idol Kirby.

Once he arrives, Bonkers causes a stir in Cappy Town when he asks about Kirby's whereabouts and accidentally clobbers those he asks with his hammer when he stoops to bow farewell. After a great deal of misinformation is spread about him, Bonkers manages to find Kirby, but is antagonized by King Dedede and his lackeys, who he is initially able to drive off. Bonkers begs Kirby to train him to be a Star Warrior, but his incomplete grasp of language along with Kirby's inability to speak outside of saying "poyo" confuses matters. King Dedede is later able to trick Bonkers into attacking Kirby by saying Kirby is testing his ability to fight, but this later backfires when Bonkers saves Kirby from a falling boulder that King Dedede and Escargoon were trying to roll at Kirby to crush him.

Fed up, King Dedede abducts Bonkers and takes him to Castle Dedede, where he is transformed into a larger more monstrous form by Night Mare Enterprises. In this form, Bonkers abducts Tiff and climbs to the top of the castle. Kirby flies after him on the Warp Star, and the sight of the heroic Star Warrior wielding the Hammer Copy Ability retrieved from Bonkers' hammer reminds the monster Bonkers of his true self, and he is able to return to normal. After all remaining misunderstandings are cleared up, Bonkers bids his new friends farewell after receiving a picture of himself with Kirby. He sets off for parts unknown in order to train to become a real Star Warrior.

Characteristics[edit]

Bonkers looks very similar to his appearance in the video games. Notable differences include extra brown hair on his face and arms, and his friendly temperament toward Kirby. His hammer also has a big "B" on it, which differs from the usual star insignia seen on his hammer in the games.

When transformed into his monster form, Bonkers and his hammer become significantly larger. He also becomes more disheveled in appearance, his eyes turn red, and he grows sharp teeth and claws. In this form, he acts with a blind rage, going after Tiff for seemingly no reason. However, as he remained good at heart, he was unable to be transformed completely, and seeing Kirby acting like a hero allowed him to return to normal.

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Video games[edit]

Anime[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボンカース
Bonkāsu
Bonkers
Traditional Chinese 錘星猩
chuí xīng xīng
Hammer Star Gorilla
  • 星猩 is a pun on 猩猩 (gorilla).
Simplified Chinese 锤星猩
chuí xīng xīng
French Bonkers Bonkers
German Bonkers Bonkers
Korean 본커스
Bonkeoseu
Bonkers
Spanish Bonkers Bonkers