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Muck Bee? No one calls Zinger a muck bee and gets away with it! I'll show you!
~ A Zinger.

Zingers are a recurring hostile species in the Donkey Kong Country series. They are large, aggressive wasps with sharp stingers, are are found in various levels.

Description

Zingers are gigantic wasps, similar to Diddy Kong in size. They share most similarities with their real counterpart, but two cartoonish eyes, yellow mandibles, and a set of spikes going down their stinger. Due to these stingers, the player is unable to hurt them by jumping on them or rolling into them, and must use other means to hurt them, like weapons, barrels, and some Animal Buddies. Although most are yellow, they can also be red, orange, green, silver, and blue. They live in large hives, and both a king and queen is known, those being King Zing and Queen B. respectfully.

History

Donkey Kong Country

The Zingers were introduced in the original Donkey Kong Country, found throughout the game. Due to their lack of easy defeat method without Rambi or Winky, they are often used as hazards that much be avoided. Their color also determines their flight pattern. Yellow Zinger's fly vertically, orange either fly horizontally or stay still, red flies in a circle, and green fly in a U shape. Their queen, Queen B., makes a appearance as the boss of Vine Valley. Silver and blue Zingers appear in the GameBoy Advance port of the game.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Zingers returns in this title, again being found in most levels accept those underwater. They can be yellow or red, with the latter being stronger, requiring a TNT barrel to be felled. THe player also is able to go into their hives, with most of these and King Zing being found in Krazy Kremland.

Donkey Kong 64

After their absence in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, the Zingers are once again fightable in Donkey Kong 64. These Zingers, although less common and less threatening (being able to be dispatched by the new weapons), they can still be a threat by divebombing the player or dropping oranges on them. In Fungi Forest, bats replace Zingers at night, and robotic versions of the species, Mecha-Zingers, are found in Frantic Factory.

Donkey Konga

The Zingers are once again enemies in Donkey Konga.

DK: King of Swing

Zingers appear as enemies in both DK: King of Swing and it's sequel DK: Jungle Climber.

Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast

The Zingers are present in Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast, now much larger than usual, and can be defeated in a single blow. They are found on the tracks DK Jungle, DK Jungle Falls, DK Jungle Sunset, Scorching Canyon and Cranky's Temple. Additionally, they are found in two of Candy's Challenges, requiring the player to fight off a certain amount of them in a time limit.

Donkey Kong Racing

In the canceled racing game Donkey Kong Racing, the Zingers were possible to be rideable, judging by a trailer. suggested the Zingers were going to be rideable as Donkey Kong and Taj the Genie were racing each other in a forest-like area on Zingers.

Other Appearances

Donkey Kong Country Comic

In the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong Country", a single Zinger appears as a enemy, originally passive, it tries to attack Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong when the former angers in, only to be beaten by Donkey Kong.

Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Zinger makes it's first appearance as a sticker that lowers damage taken from sword attacks. A trophy can be obtained of them in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they appear as a Novice-class Shield-type primary spirit that has no special effect. To obtain the spirit, the player must fight a Pikachu on the Omega variant of The Great Cave Offensive, with Unira's spawning and the Pikachu having stronger throws.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase

A red Zinger makes a appearance in one of 9-Volt's microgames, where it must be dodged by Donkey Kong in a cannon.

Trivia

  • Steve Mayles, one of the character designers for the first two Donkey Kong Country titles, is scared of the Zingers due to his fear of wasps.
  • In the credits for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Zingers are placed in the "Lazy Landlubbers" class of enemies, despite being always in flight.
  • Zinger is one of the few species to have multiple bosses being of their species.

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