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{{quote|Remember Canary Mary? Did you have fun racing her? How I laughed when I was setting up those levels. I'm still laughing|[[L.O.G.]]|[[Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts]]}}
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'''Canary Mary''' is a character who appears in ''[[Banjo-Tooie]]''. She is a large, yellow canary with spiked hair, a few sparse feathers, and wears a matching dress and shoes. Canary Mary's voice is raspy, and unlike most birds, her beak is separate from her mouth. Her name also rhymes.
'''Canary Mary''', as her name suggests, is an avowedly insane canary, and a minor character in ''[[Banjo-Tooie]]'', who is best known for her races, which are considered infamously difficult and frustrating. She is first encountered in [[Glitter Gulch Mine]], where she is released from a toxic cave by [[Banjo]] and [[Kazooie]]. The player can race against her in a mine cart game to earn a [[Jiggy]], and then another time for a [[Cheato Page]]. She reappears in [[Cloud Cuckooland]], where she can once again be raced, but this time in a flying clockwork mouse rather than a mine cart. Following suit, winning this race a first time will earn the duo a Jiggy, and winning twice will earn them another Cheato Page.
 
  
==Description==
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Canary Mary is skilled at flying despite her frail wings. She is encountered at [[Glitter Gulch Mine]] and later in [[Cloud Cuckooland]], both where she challenges [[Banjo]] and [[Kazooie]] to a few races. In both worlds, before starting their respective first race, Canary Mary fixes a vehicle for Banjo and Kazooie to use during the race, although Canary Mary moves by flying.
Canary Mary has a pale skin and a raspy voice. She has frazzled, spiky blond hair and a few sparse feathers on her arms that reflect her old age. Although her wings are visibly in bad shape, she still proves to be a spry, adept flier. She wears a somewhat short yellow dress and yellow shoes that match the color of her feathers. Unlike other birds, Canary Mary's beak is actually separate from her mouth. Despite her age she has youthful and energetic green eyes.
 
  
==History==
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==Game appearances==
Canary Mary states that she was once used by miners to check the mines for poisonous gas. If she died, it was deemed unsafe. After discovering that she was slowly dying from the gas inside one of the caves, her masters abandoned her, and left her there to die. Canary Mary is also a rather skilled technician, seeing as how she effortlessly and quickly repairs a mine cart and a robotic mouse for her races with the gang.
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===''Banjo-Tooie''===
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In ''Banjo-Tooie'', Banjo and Kazooie first encounter Canary Mary in Glitter Gulch Mine's [[Canary Cave]]. She tells of how she once had a job of going down to Glitter Gulch Mine to check for poisonous gas. If she died, the location would be deemed unsafe. Canary Mary was later trapped in a cage in Canary Cave and was abandoned. This references to how in the real world, people would send canaries into gold mines to check for gases, a practice which was later banned.
  
==Games==
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When Banjo and Kazooie break open the cage, Canary Mary flies out and lands beside a broken handcart. Once Banjo and Kazooie arrive there, Canary Mary tells them that she fixed the handcart and offers to race them, stating that her wings need some stretching because she was trapped in Canary Cave for a long time. The goal of the race is for Banjo to reach the other end of Glitter Gulch Mine before Canary Mary. During the race, Banjo must repeatedly press down on the handcart to move it along the track, and Canary Mary moves  If Banjo reaches the other side first, Canary Mary rewards him with a [[Jiggy]]. If the duo end up too far behind Canary Mary, the race ends.
===''[[Banjo-Tooie]]''===
 
{{Quote|Well... no. You'd probably win and then I'd go hungry. See you around, fellow bird and bear buddy!|Canary Mary|Banjo-Tooie}}
 
  
After being freed from her toxic prison by Banjo and Kazooie, Canary Mary states her wings need a stretch. She fixes the mine cart by the entrance of the mine and challenges the pair to a quick race for a bit of practice. By beating her a first time, Banjo and Kazooie win a [[Jiggy]]. She also awards the duo a [[Cheato Page]] if they manage to beat her again, although the second time around she flies faster having regained her composure and wing strength during the first race. Upon beating her a second time in [[Glitter Gulch Mine]], She flies off, claiming that she'll soon fly high above the clouds.
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After the race, Canary Mary feels refreshed and offers to race Banjo back to the start. In the second race, Canary Mary flies faster, having regained her wing strength and composure. If Banjo also wins this race, he is rewarded a [[Cheato Page]]. After the second race, Canary Mary flies off, claiming that she will soon fly high above the clouds. This dream would be fulfilled, because Banjo and Kazooie later encounter Canary Mary at Cloud Cuckooland. If Banjo and Kazooie skip the second race, Canary Mary does not appear at Cloud Cuckooland.  
  
True to her word, she meets the duo later on when they reach [[Cloud Cuckooland]] (given the player has beaten her in the first two races). Once again she can be raced for a Jiggy and a Cheato Page. These races are played out in a flying clockwork mouse rather than a mine cart and take place in the sky. These races are also noticeably harder and longer than the first two races, and are regarded by many fans to be amongst the hardest challenges in the game.
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Once Banjo and Kazooie reach Cloud Cuckooland, they re-encounter Canary Mary, who tells them that she is happy to be back in the air and challenges them to another race. During the race, rather than using a handcart, Banjo must ride a flying clockwork mouse. The race is longer than Glitter Gulch Mine's, and the difficulty has increased because Canary Mary flies a lot faster. Following suit, winning the first race yields another Jiggy for a reward, and the second race yields another Cheato Page.
  
After her last defeat in Cloud Cuckooland, she flies home for her dinner: a worm sandwich and a bag of millet. Kazooie wishes to race her for that too, but Mary declines saying that they've already taken all of her possessions and would most likely win again, leaving her hungry.
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After losing again, Canary Mary goes home to have dinner: a worm sandwich and a bag of millet. Kazooie wishes to race her for her meal too, but Canary Mary declines, saying that they have already taken all of her possessions and are likely to win again, leaving her hungry.
  
===''[[Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts]]''===
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===''Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts''===
Canary Mary does not appear in person, although she is directly referenced by [[L.O.G.]] in one of the loading screens, in which he scoffs at the player while recalling the difficulty of her races.
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{{quote|Remember Canary Mary? Did you have fun racing her? How I laughed when I was setting up those levels. I'm still laughing|[[L.O.G.]]|[[Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts]]}}
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Although Canary Mary does not appear in ''[[Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts]]'', she is directly referenced twice in the game. In the [[Showdown Town]] loading screen, one of [[L.O.G.]]'s randomized quotes has him scoffing at the player while recalling difficulty of Canary Mary's races. She is later mentioned on an [[Info Point]] at [[Banjoland]]'s Glitter Gulch Mine. It states that her races were originally based on control stick rotation, but this was changed when it was found to be incredibly uncomfortable to play.
  
In addition her races are also mentioned in the [[Glitter Gulch Mine]] exhibit in [[Banjoland]], where it is revealed that the button configuration for the races was intended to be different, but had to be changed because it began causing blisters on the beta testers' palms. This may suggest that the races were originally to be run by rotating the control stick. As the position which allows for the fastest rotation is placing one's palm on the control stick and rotating it as if rolling a ball of clay, this setup can (and did, in Mario Party) easily cause blisters on a gamer's hand.
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==Quotes==
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*"''Well... no. You'd probably win and then I'd go hungry. See you around, fellow bird and bear buddy!''"
  
==Quotes==
 
 
*'''Kazooie:''' Hey, Banjo, it's that crazy canary woman again!<br />'''Mary:''' That's me! Now how about another race?<br />'''Banjo:''' But the handcart's still down in the mine...<br />'''Mary:''' Don't worry. You can use this clockwork mouse I've found instead.<br />'''Kazooie:''' Clockwork mouse? Are you mad?<br />'''Mary:''' Oh yes. Go on, jump on board and press A as fast as you can to power the mouse along.
 
*'''Kazooie:''' Hey, Banjo, it's that crazy canary woman again!<br />'''Mary:''' That's me! Now how about another race?<br />'''Banjo:''' But the handcart's still down in the mine...<br />'''Mary:''' Don't worry. You can use this clockwork mouse I've found instead.<br />'''Kazooie:''' Clockwork mouse? Are you mad?<br />'''Mary:''' Oh yes. Go on, jump on board and press A as fast as you can to power the mouse along.
  
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*Canary Mary is one of four characters (beside [[Banjo]] and [[Kazooie]]) to be featured in the backgrounds of the "Tooie's Splendid" Xbox Live Dashboard theme. The other characters include [[Chompasaurus]], [[Mingy Jongo]], and [[Mr. Patch]]. The theme was released on April 10th, 2009 and can be bought for 250 Microsoft Points.
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* In Glitter Gulch Mine, Canary Mary comments that the Jiggy she gives Banjo was "stuck under her wing for days". Kazooie replies that they might not want it after hearing that. When Banjo wins a Cheato Page, she starts to say that it has "been stuck..." but Kazooie stops her, saying "We don't want to know where it's been."
*Canary Mary is a reference to the fact that canaries were often used to check for gases in coal mines long ago, a tactic that was deemed cruel and ended in the late 1980s.
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*A recurring joke with Canary Mary is that her prizes are often wedged in less-than-desirable places, much to the disgust of Kazooie.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 19:58, 30 July 2020

Canary Mary is a character who appears in Banjo-Tooie. She is a large, yellow canary with spiked hair, a few sparse feathers, and wears a matching dress and shoes. Canary Mary's voice is raspy, and unlike most birds, her beak is separate from her mouth. Her name also rhymes.

Canary Mary is skilled at flying despite her frail wings. She is encountered at Glitter Gulch Mine and later in Cloud Cuckooland, both where she challenges Banjo and Kazooie to a few races. In both worlds, before starting their respective first race, Canary Mary fixes a vehicle for Banjo and Kazooie to use during the race, although Canary Mary moves by flying.

Game appearances[edit]

Banjo-Tooie[edit]

In Banjo-Tooie, Banjo and Kazooie first encounter Canary Mary in Glitter Gulch Mine's Canary Cave. She tells of how she once had a job of going down to Glitter Gulch Mine to check for poisonous gas. If she died, the location would be deemed unsafe. Canary Mary was later trapped in a cage in Canary Cave and was abandoned. This references to how in the real world, people would send canaries into gold mines to check for gases, a practice which was later banned.

When Banjo and Kazooie break open the cage, Canary Mary flies out and lands beside a broken handcart. Once Banjo and Kazooie arrive there, Canary Mary tells them that she fixed the handcart and offers to race them, stating that her wings need some stretching because she was trapped in Canary Cave for a long time. The goal of the race is for Banjo to reach the other end of Glitter Gulch Mine before Canary Mary. During the race, Banjo must repeatedly press down on the handcart to move it along the track, and Canary Mary moves If Banjo reaches the other side first, Canary Mary rewards him with a Jiggy. If the duo end up too far behind Canary Mary, the race ends.

After the race, Canary Mary feels refreshed and offers to race Banjo back to the start. In the second race, Canary Mary flies faster, having regained her wing strength and composure. If Banjo also wins this race, he is rewarded a Cheato Page. After the second race, Canary Mary flies off, claiming that she will soon fly high above the clouds. This dream would be fulfilled, because Banjo and Kazooie later encounter Canary Mary at Cloud Cuckooland. If Banjo and Kazooie skip the second race, Canary Mary does not appear at Cloud Cuckooland.

Once Banjo and Kazooie reach Cloud Cuckooland, they re-encounter Canary Mary, who tells them that she is happy to be back in the air and challenges them to another race. During the race, rather than using a handcart, Banjo must ride a flying clockwork mouse. The race is longer than Glitter Gulch Mine's, and the difficulty has increased because Canary Mary flies a lot faster. Following suit, winning the first race yields another Jiggy for a reward, and the second race yields another Cheato Page.

After losing again, Canary Mary goes home to have dinner: a worm sandwich and a bag of millet. Kazooie wishes to race her for her meal too, but Canary Mary declines, saying that they have already taken all of her possessions and are likely to win again, leaving her hungry.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts[edit]

“Remember Canary Mary? Did you have fun racing her? How I laughed when I was setting up those levels. I'm still laughing”
L.O.G., Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Although Canary Mary does not appear in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, she is directly referenced twice in the game. In the Showdown Town loading screen, one of L.O.G.'s randomized quotes has him scoffing at the player while recalling difficulty of Canary Mary's races. She is later mentioned on an Info Point at Banjoland's Glitter Gulch Mine. It states that her races were originally based on control stick rotation, but this was changed when it was found to be incredibly uncomfortable to play.

Quotes[edit]

  • "Well... no. You'd probably win and then I'd go hungry. See you around, fellow bird and bear buddy!"
  • Kazooie: Hey, Banjo, it's that crazy canary woman again!
    Mary: That's me! Now how about another race?
    Banjo: But the handcart's still down in the mine...
    Mary: Don't worry. You can use this clockwork mouse I've found instead.
    Kazooie: Clockwork mouse? Are you mad?
    Mary: Oh yes. Go on, jump on board and press A as fast as you can to power the mouse along.
  • "Ready? 3... 2... 1... Go!"
  • Mary: You beat me again!
    Kazooie: Yep. The usual prize will suffice...
    Banjo: Don't be greedy, Kazooie. We won all her possessions in the mine.
    Mary: Oh no, you didn't! Look what I found up here...
  • "I also found another papery thing. Hop on the mouse if you want to try and win it..."
  • "Hop on the mouse to race again."
  • Mary: Did I lose?
    Kazooie: Sure did, lady. Now hand over that papery thing!
    Mary: My last possession... Well, that's it then. I reckon I'll be off for my dinner.
    Banjo: What are you having?
    Mary: A nice worm sandwich and a tasty bag of millet.
    Kazooie: Mmm... sounds good. How about a third race to let us try and win your dinner?
    Mary: Well... No. You'd probably win and then I'd go hungry. See you around, fellow bird and bear buddy!

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Trivia[edit]

  • In Glitter Gulch Mine, Canary Mary comments that the Jiggy she gives Banjo was "stuck under her wing for days". Kazooie replies that they might not want it after hearing that. When Banjo wins a Cheato Page, she starts to say that it has "been stuck..." but Kazooie stops her, saying "We don't want to know where it's been."