Zingers made their debut in Donkey Kong Country as a common enemy, and has become a recurring enemy in later Donkey Kong games. They are wasp-like insects with spines sticking out from their back, which prevents them from being defeated by getting jumped on. Zingers can be defeated by other means, such as throwing a barrel, or with projectiles like the Peanut Popgun.
A Zinger appears as a collectible sticker.
In Smash Tour
Zingers appear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a blue Smash Tour item and as a collectible trophy, based on their design from DK: King of Swing. When used at the beginning of their turn, the player can place a trap on the space they are standing on. The first opponent to walk over the trap will be launched, unless the player is immune for any reason.
Zinger appearas as a Novice-class primary spirit.
In the intro cutscene of Adventure Mode: World of Light, the Zinger is one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. After Galeem's defeat, Dharkon takes control of Galeem's spirits, including Zinger. Zinger's spirit is located in the DK Island sub-dungeon of The Light Realm.
Zinger's Spirit Battle uses a Pikachu puppet fighter and is fought on The Great Cave Offensive stage's Ω form. During the battle, the Unira item appears, referencing the Zinger's spines which prevent them from being defeated under normal circumstances.