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Tanuko (タヌコー Tanukō?) is one of two Stage 4 bosses in Sexy Parodius.


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.

Attack patterns

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.
Sexy Parodius
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