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This article is about the enemy in Mad Monster Mansion. For Gruntilda's dog mentioned by Brentilda in Banjo-Kazooie, see List of implied characters § Gruntilda's dog. For the character from Dream: Land of Giants, see Dream: Land of Giants § Characters.

Rippers are an enemy in Banjo-Kazooie.


Rippers are tombstone enemies very similar in appearance to regular tombstones, which they often disguise themselves as. Rippers appear in varying sizes and have a pair of bulbous eyes, clawed hands, and stone-shaped feet. Their name is derived from the acronym "R.I.P.," which is short for "rest in peace."


A Ripper sneaking behind Banjo

In Banjo-Kazooie, Rippers are found in Mad Monster Mansion and, after visiting the world at least once, its hub area in Gruntilda's Lair. Rippers disguise themselves as regular tombstones, so when Banjo and Kazooie approach a Ripper, it pops out, revealing itself, and starts to chase the duo. A way to distinguish Rippers from ordinary tombstones is that the Rippers fade away in the draw distance unlike the regular tombstones, which are part of the level geometry. The Rippers and ordinary tombstones in Gruntilda's Lair are much larger than those of Mad Monster Mansion.

Because they are made of stone, Rippers are durable, so it takes several hits for Banjo and Kazooie to defeat them. Kazooie can instantly defeat a Ripper if she uses a Rat-a-tat Rap move on it from behind.

Nuts & Bolts[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, simplistic, rudimentary replicas of Rippers appear as decorations in Banjoland. Several Rippers are on display in a makeshift graveyard in front of the Mad Monster Mansion exhibit. They are bolted down to the ground, although Kazooie can control their arms by using Mumbo's Wrench to spin them around.



Language Name Meaning
Japanese リッパー