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Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Debut Game Kirby's Adventure
Latest Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Copy Ability Hammer
Similar to Super Bonkers, King Dedede, Storo, Robo Bonkers
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Bonkers is a simian-like mid-boss, wielding an enormous hammer which resembles King Dedede's. He made his debut 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 engulfed then shot out to harm him. Once defeated, Bonkers lays on the ground for a bit, like all midbosses, at which point Kirby can inhale him and get 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.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Adventure/ Nightmare in Dream Land

Adv Bonkers Sprite.png Advance Bonkers.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


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

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

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Bonkers as he appears in 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.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot

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 exactly the same way, though he has been given robotic aesthetic changes, such as a metal jaw. 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'.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Bonkers is encountered three times in this spin-off title. He's been made even larger, and his spinning moves made more elaborate to pose a challenge to four Kirby heroes working in unison.

Kirby: Battle Royale

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

Artwork of Bonkers as a Friend from 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, and can also infuse his hammer with various elements.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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
Image Appears In Description
Bonkers - Brawl Trophy.png NES Kirby's Adventure
DS Kirby: Squeak Squad (American English) Kirby: Mouse Attack (British English)
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 specialities. 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

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

Trophy Description
Image American English Description British English Description
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

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.


Main article: Bonkers (anime)

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Bonkers makes his only appearance in episode 79 - Goin' Bonkers as, surprisingly, a protagonist. He is Kirby's biggest fan, and King Dedede turns him into Demon Bonkers, who Kirby must fight. Bonkers is reverted to his normal self when Kirby steals Bonkers's hammer and transforms into Hammer Kirby. As he leaves, he leaves Kirby a photo as a memento.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 锤星猩 (chs)
錘星猩 (cht)
chuí xīng xīng
Hammer Star Gorilla
  • 星猩 is a pun on 猩猩 (gorilla).