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SKC Bonkers Art.png
In-game artwork of Bonkers from Super Kirby Clash.
Debut game Kirby's Adventure
Latest game Super Kirby Clash
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
Kirby Star Allies
Copy Ability Hammer
Similar to Super Bonkers, Spark 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 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]

Adv 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]


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.


Kirby battles Bonkers in Olive Ocean.

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

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.

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 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 & 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.


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.

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.

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
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.


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Screenshot of Bonkers from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
First episode Goin' Bonkers
Main role Guest Star
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Main article: Goin' Bonkers

Role in Goin' Bonkers[edit]

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.


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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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボンカース
Chinese 锤星猩 (chs)
錘星猩 (cht)
chuí xīng xīng
Hammer Star Gorilla
  • 星猩 is a pun on 猩猩 (gorilla).
French Bonkers -
Korean 본커스