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“Bzzarrgh! My elaborate disguise is ruined, revealing my evil cybotic-ness!”
Mingy Jongo, Banjo-Tooie

Mingy Jongo is a robot imposter built by Gruntilda who resembles Mumbo Jumbo and the boss of Cloud Cuckooland. In the level, there are two Mumbo Skulls. The skull in which Mingy Jongo resides is determined randomly in every save file, however, Mingy's skull contains a Jinjo on the first floor whereas Mumbo's contains a Minjo. When approached, a cutscene will play where Mingy reveals itself to Banjo and Kazooie, initiating a boss battle.


Banjo walks up close to Mingy, disguised as Mumbo Jumbo, only to be blasted away, taking away one honeycomb of life, as the exit is locked. The battle then begins. Mingy only has one attack, which consists of firing magic out of its staff, which homes in on Banjo. Any type of attack will deal damage to Mingy. Upon each hit, a piece of Mingy's disguise will fall off, revealing its metallic interior. After reaching 4 HP, Mingy will begin to teleport to a new location immediately after firing its attack, making it difficult for Banjo to hit it. After four attacks, though, its staff will malfunction, causing it to stay in the same place for longer, leaving it vulnerable. Once defeated, Mingy will explode, and a Jiggy will appear.


Opening sequence:

  • Mingy Jongo (disguised as Mumbo): Hello, Banjo. Mumbo has big surprise for you.
  • Banjo: Oooh, I like surprises... (gets zapped)
  • Mingy Jongo: Har-har-harrr! Foolish bear, you fell straight into my trap! I'm not that pathetic shaman you think I am! I'm Mingy Jongo and your worthless quest ends here...
  • (ramp leading to the exit closes)
  • Mingy Jongo: As you see, there's no escape and resistance is futile!

First hitpoint:

  • Mingy Jongo: Bzzarrgh! My elaborate disguise is ruined, revealing my evil cybotic-ness!

If Banjo and Kazooie win the battle:

  • Mingy Jongo: Bzzarrgh! I calculate my chances of stopping you are now minimal...

If Banjo and Kazooie lose the battle, and then return:

  • Mingy Jongo: Foolish bear, why do you return? A few more shocks from my stick seem necessary...


  • The duo can get defeated during the cutscene if they approach Mingy with only one honeycomb (without the HONEYBACK cheat activated).
  • Mingy's true nature is foreshadowed in uno its greeting to Banjo: it greets him by saying "Hello Banjo", but the real Mumbo Jumbo only refers to him as "bear". However, Mumbo Jumbo only calls Banjo by name at the beginning of Banjo-Kazooie until Click Clock Wood.
  • Mingy Jongo is the only world boss whose music is not a remix of their world's music. Instead, it is a remix of Mumbo's theme song.
  • If Mingy Jongo is approached while the player is playing as Mumbo Jumbo, Banjo or Kazooie alone, or the Bee transformation, it will not wake up and, despite being asleep, will cause damage to the player when touched. The same applies if you have lost to it, in which he will stand it front of its chair laughing until Banjo and Kazooie arrive.
  • It can be considered odd that Mingy Jongo is sleeping before being approached by Banjo and Kazooie, as he is a robot.
    • However, when his machine like nature is first revealed, he used the term "cyboticness", implying that he's closer to a cyborg than a true robot.
  • Mingy Jongo's appearance may have been based on the T-800 character from the Terminator film series.
  • There is a glitch which Mingy Jongo doesn't attack and instead just stands in one place and laughs until Banjo attacks it.
  • The area in which Mingy Jongo is fought is the smallest boss fight area in the game.
  • Between the name and being a robotic impersonation, Mingy Jongo bears many resemblances to a Minjo.
    • Ironically, the real Jinjo will appear in Mingy's skull, while the Minjo will appear in the real Mumbo's skull.
  • At the end of his speech he says "resistance is futile", which may be a Star Trek reference.
  • His name may have originated from the word "minge", a British slang term for a woman's genitalia. However, it's more likely that it comes from the word 'mingy', which means 'mean and stingy'. Or it could come from the slang word 'ming', 'to be unattractive' or 'to be foul smelling'. It may also be in reference to Mingella's nickname (which could also stem from 'ming'), signifying that she may have built him. Also, Mingy Jongo's name begins with the same letters as Mumbo Jumbo (Mumbo begins with M, so does Mingy. Same with the J, jumbo and Jongo both begin with J.)
  • Although Mingy Jongo was hired to execute Banjo and Kazooie, it isn't specified or implied that Grunty was the one who hired it.
  • The torches in his skull are not lit, which is different from all the real Mumbo Skulls that do have lit torches.
    • This is because the top of the torches is where he can appear to attack.
  • The skulls that Mingy Jongo and Mumbo Jumbo are in in Cloud Cuckooland are randomized each time the game is played. For example, if Mingy is found in the red skull in one saved game file, it might be found in the blue skull in another.
  • It is one of two bosses in the game to actually die, with Targitzan being the other boss to die due to his sacred self-destruct.
  • If the player enters Mingy's skull prior to defeating it, no text appears on the screen, which is something that usually happens when the player enters an area (although that does happen with some boss rooms). If the player reenters this skull after defeating it, the text "Mumbo's Skull" will show up, despite it not actually being Mumbo's real skull and just an evil replica of one.
  • It is not possible to fight Mingy Jongo as Banjo or Kazooie alone, as Mumbo, or as a transformation, by using a Gameshark Code, even during the replay section, as he is only programmed to wake up to Banjo and Kazooie together, but not for everyone else. If the player is defeated without Mingy waking up, Mumbo's talk icon will be used for when he asks "Do you want to play again?", likely because Mumbo's head icon was programmed to play first during the fight.
    • If the player uses a Gameshark code to get Banjo by himself into this boss fight, Banjo will act as if Kazooie is there and the player can do most moves as if Kazooie is still there except for the Egg Aim, Beak Buster, and Flip Flap. Regardless, Mingy still will not wake up.
  • Mingy will be sleeping when the player first enters his skull, which is a hint that it is his skull as the real Mumbo will only be sleeping when the player enters his skull at the beginning of the game, but afterward, he's always awake.
  • Its attack pattern by firing an attack and then teleporting to a different spot resembles that of Dracula from the Castlevania franchise by Konami.
  • When Mingy dies, it bleeds green liquid from its neck. When Mingy bleeds, a sound effect similarly to the gibs sound in Conker’s Bad Fur Day plays.

Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ミンジージョンゴ
Mingy Jongo
Evil Mecha-Shaman
Spanish Mingy Jongo
Hábil Imitador de Chamán
Mingy Jongo
Skillful Shaman Impersonator
German Mingy Jongo
Schäbiger Schamanenimitator
Mingy Jongo
Shabby Shaman Impersonator