A large tanuki with what appear to be gloves and a mask. He also wears a green bottle around his body and has a strange pink body part, presumably testicles, behind said bottle.
When the battle begins, Tanuko will run to the left and wrap around to the right side of the screen. He will summon rocks to hit the player, sometimes dropping a breakable machine. Occasionally, he will walk to the left and wrap around to the right side of the screen as he did in the beginning.
If the player shoots him a number of times in the testicles, he will turn into a female tanuki and shoot three homing kisses at the player.
- His exaggerated look, according to Japanese beliefs, is common for tanukis. Examples can be seen in game series like Pocky & Rocky or Ganbare Goemon.
- Tanuko is the only boss in the Parodius series who has two hitboxes.
|Characters||Vic Viper and Lord British • Ivan and Toby • Hikaru and Akane • Mambo and Samba • Michael and Gabriel • Koitsu and Aitsu • Option and Multiple • Shooting Star and Black Viper (Ace) • The Old Lecher Tako|
|Stages||Farm • Bath House • Underwater Palace • Castle Dracula • Girl Factory • Coal Mine • Sweet Sky • Boss Rush • Taj Mahal • Special Stage|
|Bosses||Corn Chiwa • Finally Penguin • Otohime • Medusa • Transporting Crane • Tanuko the Tanuki • Candy Core • Capsule Monster Cappuccino • Captain Penguinovski the 3rd • Eagle Eagle Sabnosuke • Hot Lips • Yuko • "Mon" • Kaori • Sexy Star|