Banjo & Kazooie
Banjo (バンジョー, Banjo) and Kazooie (カズーイ, Kazooie) are the main protagonists of the eponymous Banjo-Kazooie series.
Banjo is a laid-back, well-mannered brown bear who loves honey and, as his name suggests, playing his banjo. He is generally non-confrontational, desiring peace and quiet, and he often helps those in need, but he is strong enough to defend himself if need be. He is a foil to Kazooie, his best friend whom he goes on adventures with.
Kazooie is a Red Crested Breegull, a fictional species of bird known for fast running speeds and flight abilities. She lives in his backpack and is much more abrasive and brash compared to Banjo, often making sarcastic and inappropriate remarks about the people they meet. They live in a small house near the foot of Spiral Mountain on the Isle O' Hags.
Their first adventure together saw them rescue Banjo's little sister, Tooty, from the clutches of the evil witch Gruntilda Winkybunion, also known as Grunty; in order to become the fairest woman in all the land, Grunty kidnapped Tooty and attempted to use a machine to steal her youth. Throughout the duo's journey in the witch's lair, they receive help from the shaman Mumbo Jumbo, who transforms them into various creatures and objects, and Bottles the mole, who teaches them new moves. Banjo and Kazooie work their way through Grunty's lair and confront her at its peak, ultimately summoning the Jinjonator to push her off the tower to her doom; she crashes into the ground and is buried by the ensuing debris.
Two months later, in Grunty's Revenge, Grunty's ogre-like minion Klungo creates a robotic body for her spirit to possess while her body remains underground. Mecha-Grunty kidnaps Kazooie and travels 20 years in the past to stop the two from meeting, thus preventing her defeat. Mumbo uses his magic to send Banjo back in time and stop her, rescuing Kazooie and sending Grunty's spirit back to the future into her real body, restoring the timeline back to normal.
Two years later in Banjo-Tooie, Grunty's sisters appear and use their magic to dig up Grunty, who has been reduced to nothing but bones. Grunty casts a powerful spell to destroy Banjo's house while Banjo, Kazooie, Mumbo, and Bottles are in the middle of a card game; the former three escape before the spell hits the house, but Bottles is killed in the explosion. Grunty wants her flesh back, so she and her sisters use a giant laser called the Big-O-Blaster (B.O.B.) to suck the life out of the inhabitants of the island. After using it once, the laser requires much more time to recharge before it is ready to be used again. Banjo and Kazooie set out to both avenge Bottles and stop Grunty. Bottles' role is filled by his brother Jamjars, and Mumbo takes a more active role in the adventure, with transformations instead being done by his rival, the shamaness Humba Wumba. Banjo and Kazooie triumph over Grunty once again, and use the B.O.B. to revive Bottles.
Eight years later in Nuts & Bolts, the duo becomes lazy and out of shape from their lack of exercise. Grunty reappears as just a skull, but before they can fight, they are interrupted of the Lord of Games (L.O.G.), creator of all video games. He creates a robotic body for Grunty and a series of racing challenges for Banjo and Kazooie to go through; the pair eventually battle and defeat Grunty, who is forced to work in L.O.G.'s video game factory.
In all their adventures together, Banjo and Kazooie demonstrate a close synergy through the fact that their many moves require some kind of teamwork, though Kazooie is usually the one taking the most physical abuse. Banjo-Tooie introduced a mechanic that lets them separate should they stand on specially marked pads, giving each of them access to exclusive moves.
As playable characters
Main article: Banjo & Kazooie (SSBU)
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