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Bonkers
Name (JP) ボンカース (Bonkāsu)
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CategoryMid-boss, Helper
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“Ook ook! I love bananas!”
— Bonkers • Kirby Star Allies

Bonkers is a gorilla-like mid-boss in the Kirby series. He has armor and a giant hammer. He also sometimes tosses explosive coconuts that Kirby can inhale and use as projectiles. Certain coconuts that he throws in Kirby games including, and after, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror are larger than others, and in games with health bars, both of them do more damage. When Bonkers is swallowed, Kirby gets the potent Hammer ability. In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, he appears as the Helper for the Hammer ability. He reappears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and Kirby Star Allies, once again serving as the Helper for the Hammer ability in the latter game.

Bonkers appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition as well. He appears in the Fighter Combat Chamber and the Smash Combat Chamber EX.

Physical Appearance

Bonkers appears to be a gorilla-like creature who wields a large hammer, and has no visible eyes. He appears to wear dark blue pants with torn legs and a belt, and a "jacket" with slits in it for his arms. The muscles on his arms are concentrated to the area around his supinator, in a similar fashion to Popeye. He also has purple sideburns and a pompadour haircut. In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Bonkers is mechanically modified, as his ears and lower jaw are covered with metal.

Games

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Bonkers appears in these games as a mid-boss, as the main source of the Hammer ability. He is also fought in the Yogurt Yard Arena.

Bonkers' attacks include charging forward and then pounding the ground with his hammer, jumping up and down, leaping forward, and throwing explosive coconuts which can be inhaled and spat back at him. Occasionally, Bonkers will pound his hammer multiple times. If Kirby is in the air while Bonkers is charging forward, Bonkers will jump upwards before pounding his hammer.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Bonkers returns in these games as a mid-boss, where he uses the same attacks as in his initial appearance, in addition to a new attack in which he sends out multiple explosive coconuts instead of one. He is also the Helper for the Hammer ability. As an ally, he wears purple armor, which has since become his main coloration in the series. As a Helper, he has access to most of Hammer Kirby's attacks except for the Hammer Throw, probably because Helpers cannot lose their abilities. Along with Bugzzy, Bonkers is the largest Helper, standing twice as tall as the other Helpers. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Bonkers appears in Helper to Hero, wearing red armor.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Bonkers reappears as a mid-boss. While he uses the same attacks, he wil now occasionally throw a larger explosive coconut which does more damage.

Kirby Squeak Squad

Bonkers' appearance and attacks have not changed since Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

Kirby Mass Attack

Bonkers does not appear in the main game, but in the sub-game Kirby Quest. He appears in rounds 13 and 37, being accompanied by two Oohroos in the latter. He has the same sprites from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Bonkers returns as a sub-boss, using the same attacks as before, in addition to new attacks such as the Hammer Spin and moving forward to unleash a Hammer Flip. In Extra Mode, he wears black armor and red pants, sports a red pompadour and his hammer has a metallic tone. Here, he is referred to as Bonkers EX. His attacks are faster and more aggressive, and he has a new attack in which he does a Hammer Spin in the air, hovers in place and sends out explosive coconuts everywhere.

Kirby Triple Deluxe

Bonkers reappears as a mid-boss with new techniques, which includes doing a Hammer Twirl while jumping around which leaves flames on the ground with every bounce, and using Hammer Spin to hover in and out of the background. He will use the latter more at low health. As Bonkers DX, the flames from his Hammer Flip and Hammer Twirl are a darker shade of red.

Kirby Planet Robobot

Bonkers has been mechanically modified, as his ears and lower jaw are covered with metal. Aside from that, his attacks have not changed. As Bonkers 2.0, his explosive coconuts are green in color.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

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Bonkers appears as a boss, using the same attacks.

Kirby Battle Royale

While Bonkers himself does not appear, a robotic version of him known as Robo Bonkers appears as the boss of the sub-game of the same name.

Kirby Star Allies

Bonkers appears as a mid-boss and as the friend for the Hammer ability. He now wields his hammer in his right hand. As a mid-boss, he uses most of his attacks from previous games, with the exception of the hovering Hammer Spin. A stronger version of him appears in the later stages, with black armor, a black pompadour, red pants, and white skin. The star on his hammer is also black. This version's Hammer Spin lasts longer, and brings back his Hammer Twirl move, with pink flames being left on the ground with every bounce. As a Friend, he can now use Hammer Throw an infinite number of times. Bonkers also stars in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, changing the name to Guest Star Bonkers Banana Mania, which emphasizes Bonkers's previously absent love of bananas.

Bonkers appears in the game's boss rush mode, The Ultimate Choice, as a part of Mid-Boss All-Stars #1. He appears in six levels of difficulty (Sweet Breeze, Spicy Adventure, Sizzling Threat, Fiery Showdown, Infernal Crisis and Soul Melter).

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Bonkers
Name (JP) ボンカース (Bonkāsu)
GenderMale
First AppearanceGoin' Bonkers
Last AppearanceGoin' Bonkers
SpeciesGorilla-like
AffiliationKirby
English VoiceMaddie Blaustein
Japanese VoiceNobuo Tobita
Me want to train with Kirby.
— Bonkers • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Bonkers makes an appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, appearing in the 79th episode "Goin' Bonkers".
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Bonkers in his monster form.

In the Kirby anime, Bonkers lived in a jungle until a circus crew captured and trained him for the circus. While Bonkers was held in a cage against his will, the ringmaster decided to watch his favorite show, which was the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! show. This is how Bonkers got inspired to meet Kirby in person, so, without letting the circus find out, he quietly escaped and wandered off to Dream Land in search of his favorite hero. When he finally got to Dream Land, the Cappies at first thought he came to battle Kirby, but soon everyone learned that Bonkers really wanted to train with Kirby. Knowing this, King Dedede had plans for Bonkers, so first he asked Bonkers to impress Kirby with his hammer skills, and tried to smash Kirby with a boulder, but Bonkers smashed the boulder with his hammer to make sure his favorite superhero wasn't hurt at all. Dedede finally resorts to taking him all the way to his castle and getting Nightmare Enterprises to turn Bonkers into a monster. He was later returned to normal, however, and he left, hoping to continue his training.

Appearance

Normal Form

Bonkers' appearance in the anime is similar to his in-game counterpart, appearing as a large, gorilla-like creature who wields a large hammer, and has no visible eyes. He appears to wear dark blue pants with torn legs and a belt, and purple armor with slits in it for his arms. The muscles on his arms are concentrated to the area around his supinator. Unlike the games, however, he has brown fur on his arms.

Monster Form

In his second form, Bonkers is similar to his original form, only more muscular, has sharper teeth and has visible dark red eyes.

Powers and Abilities

Normal Form

In his normal form, Bonkers can throw small rocks and can swim with ease. He displays great physical strength and can jump at incredible heights. For weaponry, Bonkers wields a hammer, which he can either store on his back and hit his enemies with it by bowing down and having the hammer drop down on them, or wield the hammer for combat. The hammer itself is strong enough to break a boulder in just one hit.

Monster Form

In his monster form, Bonkers has the same abilities that he has preveiously and his hammer for combat, but now gets an increase in strength.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Bonkers appears as a trophy and sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The sticker uses his artwork from Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Bonkers appears as an enemy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS's Smash Run mode. Arguably the strongest Kirby enemy in the game, he can take many hits, deals great amounts of damage, and does not flinch when assaulted. He primarily attacks with Hammer Nail (which can trap the player in the ground), Hammer Swing, and Hammer Flip (which he winds up for an upward blow like Kirby's version instead of a downward smash). Bonkers drops huge Stat Boosts when defeated. In addition to appearing as an enemy in this game, Bonkers appears as a trophy.

Etymology

"Bonkers" is slang for "mentally unbalanced, mad, or crazy," likely describing his behaviors. His name also contains the word "bonk," which means " to hit or strike," like with a hammer.

Related Quotes

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 Bonkers can also break down walls and pound down stakes.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Bonkers looks quite a lot like a gorilla and swings a giant hammer with a 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.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Bonkers is so tough that your attacks won't make him flinch at all. However, he does leave himself wide open after swinging his hammer.
— Tip • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
This gorilla-like foe uses a hammer to strike with a variety of attacks. When he charges up Hammer Flip, it can hit you for serious pain.
— Tip • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
He's here to destroy things with his hammer—and he's not monkeying around!
— Quest Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
This battle is in the Volcano, so we hope you like your hammers hot!
— Quest Description (Tough) • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Are you ready for the final hammer-swinging showdown? He's waiting...
— Quest Description (Tougher) • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
He's always looking for bananas! Even when he loses sight of this goal, this giant gourmand smashes anything in his way, whenever he likes!
— Flavor Text • Guest Star Bonkers Banana Mania
A big, gorilla-like fella who can smash enemies with his enormous hammer. Nearby friends can pump-up his weapon even more with their elemental powers.
— Choose your buddy • Play Nintendo

Trivia

  • In Bonkers' official Kirby's Adventure artwork, he had visible yellow eyes. Yet, his sprites in the game do not show his eyes.
  • While being a helper, if Bonkers warps to Kirby while he is beneath a low roof, Bonkers will not be able to move, the only way to get out is by warping back to Kirby after he is out of said low roof. This also happens with Bugzzy, another relatively big helper.
  • Bonkers and Bugzzy are the only helpers who are also mid-bosses, but unlike Bugzzy, Bonkers is the only source of his ability.
  • Mostly unique to Bonkers is that he is the representative of the Hammer ability (the other enemy is the orange Dygclops) and has only appeared in games where Hammer is present; additionally being the only source of Hammer outside of Copy Essences and Ability bubbles.
  • In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, inhaling two Bonkers and letting the roulette run gives Kirby invincibility.
  • He is one of the three mid-bosses that are allied with Kirby in the anime, the other two being Chef Kawasaki and Phan Phan.
  • In the anime, Bonkers' hammer has a "B" in place of the star symbol seen in the games.
  • He is the only returning mid-boss in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, as the rest are new.
  • Also in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is another version of Bonkers called Super Bonkers, who grants the Grand Hammer Super Ability.
  • Bonkers is one of the few characters in the Kirby series to have toes, others include Daroach (and Dark Daroach), Sir Slippy, Gao Gao, Storo, Box Boxer, Gaw Gaw, Moonja, Jumpershoot, and Acchi.
  • Bonkers is the only enemy that appears in every game in which Mid-Boss All Stars is present.
  • Bonkers is one of the few characters in the series who has a definite pair of legs.

Related Quotes

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!
— Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! description • Kirby Star Allies

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