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Jolly Roger

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“Psst! Over here, big fella! I used to be Jolly Roger, but now I'm Jolly Dodger. I'm a little bit dodgy these days, have a look at my finest black market Jiggies... Oooh, but keep it quiet!”
Jolly Dodger, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Jolly Roger is a character that first appeared in Banjo-Tooie. He was initially the mayor of Jolly Roger's Lagoon and owner of a harborside inn. In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, he eventually became a sketchy businessman, changing his name to "Jolly Dodger", likely to not be recognized by the police.

History[edit]

Banjo Tooie[edit]

Jolly Roger in Banjo-Tooie's Character Parade

Jolly Roger debuted in Banjo-Tooie, acting as the mayor of Jolly Roger's Lagoon and owner of a tavern in the seaside town. When first encountered, he is sad due to the fact that his partner, Merry Maggie Malpass, has recently gone missing. When she is rescued from the Big Fish, Jolly rewards Banjo and Kazooie with a Jiggy.

He then allows the duo to rent the only vacant room of the inn for a discounted price of two Doubloons because a "naughty mole" had dug a hole in the corner of it (although it is possible to simply blow the door off with Kazooie instead of paying). If his offer is refused, Jolly will unhappily say that he hoped they'd deal with the "rodent rascal". However, the game can't be progressed without learning the ability teached here by Jamjars, so entering the room, regardless of the method, is necessary.

While talking with Jolly Roger afterwards will only result in him thanking the duo for their help, interacting with Jolly's Jukebox will result in him telling Banjo and Kazooie it's broken. To fix the machine, the two must collect all 25 Cheato Pages and return them to Cheato, who will then reward the duo with the cheat code JUKEBOX and input it in the Code Room. Jolly will dance in the counter when the Jukebox is playing.

Banjo-Pilot[edit]

In Banjo-Pilot, Jolly Roger is a playable character, being unlocked by completing Pumpkin Cup and giving 100 Cheato Pages to Cheato. He has low top speed but high handling and acceleration. Jolly Roger is the boss of Pumpkin Cup, being fought at the end in the match "Jolly Roger Joust". During the battle, when Jolly Roger is flying in front, he shoots behind cannonball that work like Single Blue Ice Eggs.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts[edit]

Jolly Dodger with fake Killer Instinct 3 covers

Jolly Roger reappears in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts under the alias of "Jolly Dodger", selling Jiggies in various locations of Showdown Town such as under a bridge in the seaside area, behind a tree near the lighthouse and at a dock near a hill (only at night in this instance). Each Jiggy he sells has a different name, description and price, although these are the only differences. When bought, they will appear in Jolly Dodger's own Jig-o-Vend and need to be transported by Banjo and Kazooie themselves. After all of his Jiggies have been sold, he will no longer appear in the town.

In LOGBOX 720, Jolly Dodger plays the role of "The Celebrity Coding Sensation", a coding professional. His missions are mostly about defending the video game console from enemies. In Act 2, he asks for the duo to defend the computer chips from Gruntbots and in Act 6 he requests that they zap all of the console's Bugs.

In the Terrarium of Terror, Jolly Dodger portrays "The Docile, Dithering Doormat Droid", a shy robot that's part of a space crew. His missions normally involve transporting objects and characters through the world. In Act 2, he requests that the duo to transport him and his crew to various areas. In Act 3, he needs Banjo and Kazooie to deliver tea and expensive biscuits to other characters.

Jolly Dodger also appears at the end of the game at Banjo's house in Spiral Mountain to congratulate Banjo and Kazooie for defeating Gruntilda. He also fixes the duo's house but, to their displeasure, repaints it pink and white instead.

In L.O.G.'s Lost Challenges, Jolly plays "The Deep Double Agent". His challenge is to stay inside a giant crown for a certain amount of time as part of a parade for King Jingaling.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Banjo-Pilot[edit]

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

Quotes[edit]

Main article: Jolly Roger/quotes

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, it is possible for Jolly Dodger to open his briefcase while in Showdown Town, revealing many boxes of Killer Instinct 3 (abbreviated as KI3 in them). A third installment of the Killer Instinct series had not yet been released at the time.
  • It is likely that "Jolly Dodger" was based on the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, a Charles Dickens's novel.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Alegre Roger (BT)
Jolly Roger (BP)
Jolly Dodger
Jolly Roger