Kazooie

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Kazooie
Banjo-kazooieBKNB2.jpg
Kazooie (top) with Banjo in Nuts & Bolts.
Game(s) Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge,
Banjo-Pilot,
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts,
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars
Racing with Banjo-Kazooie
Home Banjo's house, Spiral Mountain
Talking head icon(s) KazooieHeadHD.pngBanjo & Kazooie Heads BTXBLA.png
Additional Info

Kazooie is one of the two eponymous stars of the Banjo-Kazooie series, alongside Banjo.

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Biography

Kazooie is a red-crested breegull that lives in Banjo's backpack. She is very sarcastic and energetic, the opposite of Banjo. Kazooie is known for her sarcastic and condescending attitude towards other characters, particularly Bottles, with whom she is constantly bickering. This attitude often gets her and Banjo into trouble. Kazooie is also a lover of adventure, much like Banjo's sister, Tooty. The instrument she plays (and is named after) is the kazoo. According to her bio in Banjo-Kazooie's manual, she humorously considers herself to have "adopted" Banjo.

History and development

According to an interview in RetroGamer magazine, early on Kazooie originally did not exist and the game was just about Banjo. When they needed a believable double-jump, wings were added to Banjo's backpack which would come out when he needed to perform the move. Additionally, when the needed him to move faster, feed were added that would also come out of the backpack and carry him around. Rare eventually decided to make a character out of these elements rather than have them on their own, disembodied. They came up with Kazooie (originally "Kazoo," but they ran into copyrite problems with that name) to be Banjo's partner and she was given a rude, brash personality to contrast with Banjo's calm and kind nature. The reason for her playing the kazoo was because it can be "an annoying instrument," fitting of Kazooie's personality. [1][2]

In the Games

Banjo-Kazooie

Kazooie's presence is vital to Banjo's quest in Banjo-Kazooie; without her, Banjo couldn't fly, climb up steep slopes, wade through unpleasant terrain, use the Turbo Trainers, jump high, become invulnerable or perform aerial attacks. However, she spent the whole game in Banjo's backpack.

Banjo-Tooie

In Banjo-Tooie, Kazooie becomes even more important when she and Banjo separate, and she learns how to jump even higher than she could with Banjo, glide, hatch eggs and attack on her own.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Kazooie returns once more as the co-star of the game. After sitting around with Banjo for eight years after Tooie, doing virtually nothing other than eating, sleeping and playing video games, she and Banjo find themselves bothered by Grunty once more. To settle the struggle between bear, bird and witch, the mysterious Lord of Games (L.O.G.) steps in and transports the characters to Showdown Town, where L.O.G. reveals the rules of his game: a vehicular competition, with the prize being ownership of Spiral Mountain and the punishment for losing being eternal toil in L.O.G.'s video game factory.

In Nuts & Bolts, Kazooie's gameplay purpose is very different than in past games. Her standard moves have been done away with, and she instead entrusted by Mumbo with a magic wrench that can be used for many different things, such as levitating and carrying objects, and quick-fixing/quick editing of vehicles.

In the game's ending sequence, Kazooie is given her moves back by the Lord of Games, since she points out they may need them for another more traditional game if Nuts & Bolts doesn't succeed.

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge began when Kazooie was kidnapped by Gruntilda and taken into the past; this meant that Banjo spent the first portion of the game without Kazooie. However, he was reunited with Kazooie after not too long.

Banjo-Pilot

Kazooie appears as a playable racer in Banjo-Pilot. Her stats are as follows:

  • Top Speed: 2/5
  • Acceleration: 3/5
  • Handling: 4/5

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie

In Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie, Kazooie and Banjo appear as playable racers in the game. This marks Banjo and Kazooie's first appearance in a non-Rare game, and their first appearance alongside characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog.

Banjo and Kazooie's racing vehicle is a buggy known as the Bolt Bucket (modeled after the vehicles in Nuts & Bolts), and their All-Star Move is the "Jiggy Rain," during which Kazooie sticks her head out of the backpack, pecks Banjo, and then uses the Magic Wrench to summon Jiggies which fall from the sky.

Quotes

From Banjo-Kazooie

  • BOTTLES: First you must stand like this...
    KAZOOIE: What, wearing ridiculous glasses and a silly grin?
    BOTTLES: I'm not listening!
  • BANJO: Corrr, a giant ice key!
    KAZOOIE: I know where I'd like to stick that...
    BANJO: KAZOOIE!!!

From Banjo-Tooie

  • HONEY B: Hi there, big bear! I'm Honey B, Mistress of the Honey.
    KAZOOIE: Aw, why couldn't you be Mistress of the Jiggies instead?
    HONEY B: Because that would have made your quest too easy. However, I can grant you extra energy units in return for Empty Honeycombs.
    KAZOOIE: I suppose that's better than nothing.
    BANJO: Don't be so rude, Kazooie!
    KAZOOIE: Oh. Sorry, Wasp Lady.
    HONEY B: I'm Honey B! A bee, not a wasp!
    KAZOOIE: Right you are, Hornet Girl!
  • BANJO: Hey, Kazooie, there doesn't appear to be anyone in here...
    KAZOOIE: Oh, yes there is. The music's changed. Every time that happens, we always end up in a fight...
    KLUNGO: {falls in from above} Yarrrrrr! Klungo mussst defend Missstresss Grunty cassstle!

From Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

  • LORD OF GAMES: Greetings, O second-rate game characters!
    BANJO: W-Who are you?
    LORD OF GAMES: My title is the Lord of Games, but you has-beens can call me L.O.G. I am the grand creator of all video games!
    KAZOOIE: Even ones that don't sell very well, like Ghoulies?

Nicknames

Kazooie, like many other characters in the Banjo-Kazooie series, has been given many (frequently mocking) nicknames by other characters. The following is a list of these nicknames, the game they first appeared in, and who uses them.

Nicknames in Banjo-Kazooie

  • Feathers (by Bottles)
  • Bird Brain (by Bottles and Gruntilda)
  • Chicken Legs (by Bottles)
  • The Winged Wonder (by Bottles)
  • Buzzard (by Bottles)
  • Nest Girl (by Bottles)
  • Turkey (by Bottles)
  • Beaky (by Bottles)
  • Beako (by Bottles)
  • Filthy Feathered One (Mumbo)

Relations with other characters

  • Banjo: He and Kazooie are best friends, rarely seen apart. It is unknown how they first met. Kazooie seems to respect Banjo quite a lot, as she insults him less often than she does to other characters, and when chided by him for being rude, she will usually hush up or apologize. She does sometimes purposefully annoy him, however, and when she goes far enough he will sometimes get back at her.
  • Bottles: He and Kazooie have a tenuous, rocky friendship. They aren't enemies and don't hate each other, but are very often at each other's throats so to speak, tossing insults back and forth at each other (these fights are most often initiated by Kazooie herself). They have, however, shown each other respect (such as in Banjo-Kazooie's ending sequence).
  • Mumbo: He and Kazooie have argued on occasion, but overall do not seem to have problems with each other. However, Kazooie has no qualms about tricking him and trying to cheat him out of money (as seen during the opening sequence of Banjo-Tooie), although this may not have anything to do with him specifically, just Kazooie being Kazooie.
  • Tooty: Their exact feelings about each other are vague. Kazooie tries to wake up Banjo in the opening sequence of Banjo-Kazooie during Tooty's kidnapping, but near the end of the game Kazooie refers to her as a "grotty, ugly thing."
  • Gruntilda: Kazooie and Gruntilda are, as would be expected, enemies. Kazooie greatly dislikes Grunty, presumably because she is so evil and for all the trouble she's caused, and is constantly insulting her and takes great pleasure in the idea of fighting her.

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