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|Leader||Queen B. and King Zing|
|Notable Zingers||Queen B.|
|Games||Donkey Kong Country |
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Racing (canceled)
DK: King of Swing
DK Jungle Climber
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
- "Muck Bee? No one calls Zinger a muck bee and gets away with it! I'll show you!"
- —Zinger, DKC comic
Zingers are a persistent enemy in the Donkey Kong series. They are common, pestering enemies in many levels, in one form or another, since their debut in Donkey Kong Country and reappearance in Donkey Kong Country 2.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Main series appearances
- 3 Other appearances
- 4 In-game appearances
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
Zingers heavily resemble actual bees and appear much larger, about the size of Diddy Kong. Regular Zingers can only be defeated with the use of Barrels, some Animal Buddies, or weapons introduced in Donkey Kong 64. Zingers come in many different color swaps in the original DKC and even more in it's GBA remake. They all share the traits of the usual yellow Zingers, except for the Red Zingers.
Queen B. and King Zing are even bigger boss variations of them, as most of the bosses in the Donkey Kong Country series tend to be larger versions of regular enemies. Mechanical Zingers and Buzzes are the similar to ordinary Zingers, and Mechanical Zingers are a sub-species. The slightest contact with either one will defeat a Kong in the DKC trilogy, though in later games Kongs were given more health to help deal with this problem.
Main series appearances
Zinger's first appearance was in the original Donkey Kong Country. Here, they were annoying, common enemies found in many levels. Zingers were mostly stationary and could only be defeated with the aid of a Barrel or Animal Buddy. In most cases though, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong could only avoid these enemies through their quest. Queen B. appears as a boss in Vine Valley, and could summon fellow Zingers in the GameBoy Advance remake. Most Zingers are yellow, and gained many colors in the Game Boy Advance remake, though color does not affect the Zinger itself except for its flight pattern.
Zingers were essentially the same in DKC's follow up, Donkey Kong Land, aside from color degrading due to limitations. They were depicted as always having their stinger outward, instead of appearing more natural or relaxed.
Zingers would return, slightly designed in Donkey Kong Country's sequel, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. As per the enemies being designed for the sequel, Zinger returns with their bodies slightly altered, but otherwise not much is different from their first appearance. Notable changes include them having a formal hive, found in Krazy Kremland, where many of them dwell, and a new king, King Zing. The hives explain how so many of them appeared in the original game, since Crocodile Isle is not very far from Donkey Kong Island, and why so many are in DKC2. Also, this time there are only two types: yellow and invincible red, with no other color swaps found.
Zingers return in the game's semi-sequel Donkey Kong Land 2, not changed much. They still have their hives and their king, risen above by Kaptain K. Rool, and later sunk again.
- Main article: Buzz
Zingers were absent from the 3rd installment in the Donkey Kong Country and Land series, and replaced by the very similar functioning Buzzes. Buzzes retain the Zinger's commonness and similar colors distinctions. Red Buzzes are invincible, and the green Buzzes are the "normal" ones.
Zingers returned in Donkey Kong 64. Zingers here were not as common or annoying, as they can be defeated much easier with the Kongs' new weapons introduced in this game, given by Funky Kong. A new type of Zinger, Mechanical Zinger, appears in the level "Frantic Factory", and are harder to defeat.
A trailer for the now canceled Donkey Kong Racing suggested the Zingers were going to be ride-able.
In other spin-offs
Zingers would make various spin-off appearances since. Some appear in Donkey Konga as cameos. In DK: King of Swing and DK Jungle Climber, they return as enemies. In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Zingers are basic enemies that fly around, and only take one hit to kill.
"Donkey Kong Country" comic
In the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong Country", Zingers appear again as an enemy of Donkey and Diddy Kong. Much like in the games, the Zinger is docile and does not rapidly attack the pair until Donkey Kong provokes the wasp. Donkey defeats the Zinger, by doing a special rolling move and then kicking the enemy, despite direct contact with it without getting hurt by it's stingers not possible in other games. The Zinger can talk as well, saying it's stinger is deformed.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Their latest appearance was a sticker cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where it raises resistance to slashing attacks by five points.
Donkey Kong Country
|Reptile Rumble||yellow and orange|
|Barrel Cannon Canyon||yellow and orange|
|Bouncy Bonanza||green and yellow|
|Vulture Culture||orange, yellow and pink|
|Tree Top Town||orange|
|Forest Frenzy||orange, yellow and pink|
|Temple Tempest||orange and yellow|
|Snow Barrel Blast||green, yellow, orange and pink|
|Rope Bridge Rumble||pink and orange|
|Trick Track Trek||orange, yellow and pink|
|Elevator Antics||yellow and orange|
|Mine Cart Madness||orange, pink and yellow|
|Tanked Up Trouble||orange, pink and yellow|
|Loopy Lights||orange and yellow|
|Platform Perils||orange, yellow and pink|
Donkey Kong Racing (canceled)
- Zingers are placed in the "Lazy Landlubbers" class enemies in Donkey Kong Country 2. "Lazy Landlubber" in pirate-talk would translate to "Lazy Land Lovers", despite being a flying enemy. Buzzes, however, would later be placed in the "Flying Fiends" class.
- Zinger is one of the few regular enemies in the Donkey Kong Country series to have more than one boss form: Queen B. and King Zing.
- Zingers in the first Donkey Kong Country never had a formal hive to live in, despite being a very common enemy and even having a queen. However, Crocodile Isle (specifically Krazy Kremland) had a couple of very large hives.
|Characters in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast|
|Kongs||Candy Kong (unplayable) • Donkey Kong • Diddy Kong • Dixie Kong • Lanky Kong • Tiny Kong • Funky Kong • Wrinkly Kong|
|Kremlings||Kritter • Kip • Kass • Klump • Kalypso • Kludge • Kopter • King K. Rool|
|Helpers||Rambi the Rhinoceros • Enguarde the Swordfish|
|Enemies||Big Frog • Chomps • Cyber Kong • Electric Fish • Flip-Flap • Hurley • Necky • Zinger|