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Lute Tiki is a Tiki that appears in the level Mole Train in the world Cave in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns. Here, he controls Mole Miner Max and tricks the moles into jumping into a Mine Cart full of bananas by plucking his strings; thus, hypnotising Mole Miner Max to activate the train, causing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong to chase the moles. After Mole Miner Max is defeated, Lute Tiki is sent flying out of the mine by Donkey Kong. Lute Tiki is the fourth member of the Tiki Tak Tribe and was released out of the volcano during the volcanic eruption on Donkey Kong Island. Several other members of the tribe were also released: Kalimba, Maraca Triplets, Gong, himself, Panflute, Xylophone, and Accordion. Lute is seen again with the other members during the final boss battle against Tiki Tong, the leader of the Tiki Tak Tribe. Lute Tiki and the other members collect a hand full of bananas and soon form into Tiki Tong's hands. It has been debated whether or not he is a banjo, a ukulele or a lute.