[[caption-width-right:300: It's {{Kirby}}. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin He's yarn.]] And it's epic!]]

->''"This grass feels funny," Kirby thought. "It feels like... pants."''

''Kirby's Epic Yarn'' is an entry in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, released on October 2010 for the Nintendo UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. Bearing much in common with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-8db508yrE commercial]] for ''Kirby's Adventure'' from almost two decades ago, the game's overall design is vastly different from Kirby's other appearances. The animation style is meant to look like everything is a yarn outline with minor details such as facial features. The layout of the worlds and levels is scrapbook-like, with simple pieces of fabric such as cloth and felt. Many of the enemies are also made up of cloth, felt, and pipe cleaners.

Another key feature in the game is that Kirby has lost the ability to inhale, as [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration the air goes right through his new body]]. Instead, Kirby can create a whip-like object using yarn that he uses to wrap around enemies. The enemy will turn into a ball of yarn which Kirby can carry and throw at other enemies to defeat them or grab items. Kirby can also use this ability to pull down scenery such as walls to progress or scrunch up the scenery to make gaps shorter so that he can jump across them (as he can no longer puff up and float).

The story kicks off when Kirby, out on a stroll, tries to chow down on a tomato. This turns out to be the head gear of BigBad Yin-Yarn, who sucks Kirby into Patch Land. There, Kirby meets Prince Fluff, who explains that Patch Land has been broken into pieces and that the world has to be sewn back together. The two decide to work together to restore Patch Land and stop Yin-Yarn.

The game later received a SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/YoshisWoollyWorld''.
!!This video game provides examples of:
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Many of the level names, like Flower Fields, Weird Woods, Lava Landing, and Cool Cave.
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: A few places have them.
* AllClothUnravels: One of the enemy types and boss has that kind of weakness. Justified because of the settings of this game.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Averted. This game is so adorable, Kirby actually gets to smile on a US boxart for once (though ''[[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Kirby 64]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Kirby Super Star Ultra]]'' broke this trend before it).
** The US TV spot, however, plays it straight.
* AndThenWhat: Yin-Yarn pulls this on himself at one point in the game. He really doesn't have a plan for what to do after conquering Dream Land, but he says he'll think of something.
* AndYourRewardIsInteriorDecorating:
** You can find various pieces of furniture as hidden treasures in each level.
** Every time you beat one of the timed challenges back in Quilty Square, you get fabric from the resident.
* AngryEyebrows: Prince Fluff has them, but they don't prevent him from looking completely adorable.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: Kirby gets an apartment that you can decorate with items from shops and levels.
* ArtShift: Imagine if your quilt-stitchin' Grandma was asked to design a {{Kirby}} game.
** The scenes taking place in Dream Land aren't any better, with everything portrayed as choppily animated paper cutouts ([[BigBad Yin-Yarn]] is still portrayed and animated like the rest of the game, obviously).
* AutoScrollingLevel: A few of them.
** {{Justified|Trope}} with Boom Boatyard, as Kirby is rushing straight into the heart of a pirate ship armada. If he stays in one spot, the missiles hit him. And to win the level, he has to [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath unravel them or be unraveled himself.]] Therefore, the side-scrolling could be inferred as Kirby's choice, possibly showing FridgeBrilliance on the part of the developers.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: [[spoiler:King Dedede and Meta Knight. They're justified, though, as Dedede is not so much "cursed" as "had his limbs attached to strings on a cross like a marionette", and defeating him means breaking the cross, and your goal with Meta Knight is to stun him long enough to destroy the swords that Yin-Yarn is using to control him.]]
* BigBad: Yin-Yarn.
* BigBallOfViolence: How Dedede gets captured.
%%* BigBoosHaunt
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Meta Knight]] drops off a Metamortex during the final boss fight.
%%* BlackoutBasement: Dark Manor.
* BottomlessPitRescueService: An angel (Angie) rescues you -- though as punishment, you drop beads. Works for getting crushed, too.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: King Dedede, like previous games in the series, but this is the first time [[spoiler:Meta Knight gets brainwashed by the main villian.]]
* BubblyClouds: Cloud Palace. The music is even a remix of the original Bubbly Clouds' music!
* CartoonBomb: One of Squashini's attacks straps Kirby and Prince Fluff to a giant one.
* ChristmasEpisode: Snow Land has a happy, Christmas themed stage called Evergreen Lift.
* CirclingBirdies: A few stunned enemies have them.
* CollisionDamage: Averted. Unlike other Kirby games, simply running into any enemy will not harm you. Damage will occur only when it is obvious (weapony, spikes, electricity, aggressive maneuvers, etc.). Simply put, if it doesn't look harmful to the touch, it most likely isn't.
* CoolBoard: Kirby's Surfing transformation.
* CoolCar: The Fire Engine transformation lets Kirby spray water to put out fire enemies and fires and temporarily solidify lava to make platforms. Turning into an Off-Roader makes Kirby faster and gives him the ability to jump higher.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: The back of the box shows Kirby's fight with [[spoiler:a yarnified Dedede]] and the game disc has a completed world map on it.
* CraniumRide: You can ride on the head of pretty much any enemy as CollisionDamage and GoombaStomp are absent. You also get to ride on a dinosaur's head in Dino Jungle to get across a strong current river.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Yin-Yarn pulls an ambush on Meta Knight to capture him, as Meta Knight would shred him in a fair fight.]]
* DolledUpInstallment: The game started out as "''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Fluff's Yarn]]''", starring a totally new character, Fluff. When the game didn't seem to be turning out very well, Nintendo suggested [[http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/10/07/iwata_asks_kirby/ turning it into a Kirby game.]] The story appears to still hold elements of the original game, what with Prince ''Fluff'' being Kirby's partner.
* ElectricJellyfish: Jelly Jr.s are white jellyfish that attack by electrifying themselves.
* EscortMission: [[MeaningfulName Carrie's]] minigames require you to carry her through various levels and get her to a certain spot within a time limit. Thankfully, they're only necessary if you want HundredPercentCompletion.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Dino Land.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: The entirety of the game.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The bead streak counter.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Capamari is a giant squid.
* EvilOverlooker: The box art for the game has Yin-Yarn [[http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/181744-kirby-s-epic-yarn-box-art-makes-me-spunk-from-my-penis/B003O67YAQ.01._SCRMZZZZZZ_-noscale.jpg doing this]].
* {{Faceship}}: Kirby can turn into a huge tank or a rocket ship, both of which has his face. Also, Meta Knight's Battleship, the Halberd, reappears.
* FastTunnelling: The Digger transformation. Justified because it's cotton which is being tunneled and is simply thrown out from the current plane.
* FastballSpecial: In co-op mode, Kirby and Fluff can throw each other to reach hard places fast or break some blocks.
%%* FloatingWater
* ForegoneVictory: Pretty much every boss falls under this, due to the game mechanics that don't allow Kirby to die. Then again, the actual challenge is trying to exceed bead counts for Gold Medals, which unlocks bonus levels, by trying to obtain as much beads as possible without losing them.
* ForTheEvulz: This really seems to be Yin-Yarn's only motivation for taking over Dream Land.
* FungusHumongous: Mushroom Run contains many huge, [[SpringySpores bouncy]] mushrooms.
%%* GangplankGalleon: Boom Boatyard.
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Camel Pillow description is a bit suggestive; considering Prince Fluff's appearance in the CoOpMultiplayer mode.
--> This camel pillow has two humps. One for you and [[AmbiguouslyGay one for a friend]]!
* GoshDangItToHeck: The narrator uses the word "darned" in one cutscene. Then again, it might be for [[StealthPun another reason]].
* GravityScrew: Present in the Mysterious UFO level as a major gimmick. It has switches that toggle the gravity between low and normal. Low gravity enables Kirby to jump higher, but his GroundPound becomes useless.
%%* GreenHillZone: Many of the levels in Grass Land.
* GroundPound: Kirby can transform into a heavy weight to do this.
* GustyGlade: Several levels have winds and water currents. Tempest Towers is entirely based on this mechanic.
* HailfirePeaks: Treat Land, which has ToyTime, FungusHumongous, BandLand, LevelAte, ''and'' BigBoosHaunt levels. The centerpiece of the hub is even a giant cake with layers decorated to look like the different level themes.
* HelpfulMook: Unarmed Waddle Dees are not only ''totally harmless,'' but you can actually use their [[CraniumRide heads]] as helpful stepstools.
* HeroicDolphin: Kirby's Dolphin transformation.
* HotWings: The boss for Hot Land [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep actually is named Hot Wings.]]
* HumongousMecha: Kirby can transform into one at certain points. In two-player mode, Prince Fluff teams up with him in this act, and together they make a CombiningMecha. [[spoiler:Also, the final boss.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: "Hey! You can't be mean to my Waddle Dees! Only ''I'' can be mean to my Waddle Dees!"
* IdleAnimation: Kirby jumps rope with his whip (which is also part of his body).
** If you go to the roof of the apartment building, crouching causes Kirby to sit and eventually fall asleep.
* ImprovisedParachute: Kirby can transform into one. Even though Kirby can't inhale or hold air in this game, yet he can use a parachute. Or rather, turn into one.
* InconvenientlyPlacedConveyorBelt: Or [[StealthPun threadmills]] if you like.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The menu for choosing your furniture has silhouettes of all of the items you haven't gotten yet.
* LastLousyPoint: So you bought out the shops and finished all of the minigames, yet you're still missing five fabrics. [[spoiler:When the apartment tenants say they've come over to play, it means you can find them in Kirby's Pad. Each gives a personalized fabric if you've completed all of that tenant's minigames.]] Becomes [[ReadTheFreakingManual Search The Freaking Forums]] on the GameFAQs/[=GameSpot=] boards due to the number and frequency of topics asking this.
* LensFlare: A tongue-in-cheek example is seen in beach levels, made of white yarn and what appears to be dryer sheets.
* LethalLavaLand: Many of the levels in Hot Land.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: After beating [[spoiler:Yin-Yarn's first form.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Perhaps ''the'' lightest and softest of all Kirby games. No EldritchAbomination taking over the world, cutesy setting...even [[spoiler:King Dedede]]'s routinely DemonicPossession is done with nothing more than marionette strings.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: One of [[spoiler:Mecha Yin-Yarn's]] attacks.
* MagiciansAreWizards: Squashini, who is also partly a DeathDealer.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: A literal example. Since Kirby lost his suction ability, but got it replaced with a yarn whip.
* MeaningfulName: Each of the apartment tenants has a name related to the nature of his or her minigame stages.
* MindControlEyes: [[spoiler:Dedede and Meta Knight were mind controlled by Yin-Yarn.]]
* MiniBoss: [[spoiler: None other than Whispy Woods and Kracko themselves. And there are three Bonus Mini Bosses: Space Kracko, Main Cannon #2/Combo Cannon, and the Reactor.]]
* MonstrosityEqualsWeakness: Fangora is a fearsome dragon and one of the largest bosses in the game... and it's also the first boss (and thus the easiest).
* MookMaker: Patches with a face on them spawn enemies.
* MusicalPastiche: [[spoiler:Yin-Yarn's boss music incorporates elements from several different boss themes built around the Kirby 64 boss music.]]
* MythologyGag: Behold, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-8db508yrE Japanese commercial]] for ''Kirby's Adventure''.
* NitroBoost:
** The off-roader and train can collect items which cause speed boosts.
** In two-player mode, Prince Fluff provides a self-regenerating version for the off-roader.
* NonLethalBottomlessPits: Okay, so ''everything'' is non-lethal in this game, but still! Falling into a bottomless pit will cause [[BottomlessPitRescueService Angie to rescue you]], but you'll lose a lot of beads.
%%* NostalgiaLevel: [[spoiler:Dream Land as a whole.]]
* OhCrap: Kirby and Prince Fluff's reaction when[[spoiler:, right after they beat Yin-Yarn, his needles come to life and create a giant mecha.]]
%%* OminousFloatingCastle: [[spoiler:Castle Dedede.]]
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: There are several ''categories'' of things to collect -- character biographies, cloth samples, furniture, music, and movies.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Fangora, a dragon made from yarn.
* PaintingTheMedium: The fight with Squashini is presented as a magic show, with yarn Waddle-Dees sitting in the "audience" with their backs to the Fourth Wall. They also [[spoiler:give away Squashini's secret during the hat trick.]]
%%* PalmtreePanic
* PatchworkMap: Patch Land is this, and not just because it's literally made of patchwork.
* PerpetualFrowner: Prince Fluff.
%%* {{Prehistoria}}: Dino Land.
* PunBasedTitle: "Yarn" means both "string" and "story".
* QuicksandSucks: The quicksand, or quickfabric to be more precise, found in Pyramid Sands makes Kirby sink.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Prince Fluff wears a crown all the time.
* RecurringRiff: Many previous songs in the franchise were remixed in this game. In addition, the majority of songs unique to this game have a distinctive 12-note melody.
* RiseToTheChallenge: Several levels, namely Cozy Cabin, where a building has a large roll of cloth unrolling from below. Kirby must rise to the top to avoid getting crushed.
* RoarBeforeBeating: Fangora.
* RocketPunch: In 2-player mode, the secondary player controlling the tankbot can allow it to use a homing rocket punch.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Prince Fluff.
* SelectiveLocalisation: The UK version of the game has a British narrator. Instead of pants, the grass "feels like trousers".[[note]]In the UK, pants are underpants[[/note]]
* SequentialBoss: Yin-Yarn has a second form, and a few bosses change their attacks after being hit.
%%* ShiftingSandLand
%%* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Snow Land.
* ShockwaveStomp: One of [[spoiler:Dedede's]] attacks.
* ShoutOut:
** For older works, there's a Shout Out to Jack And The Beanstalk in the first world.
** Squash + Harry Houdini = Squashini.
** The boss of Space Land, [[spoiler:Meta Knight]], uses four different swords (though not all at once). Their colors? [[{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures}} Green, blue, purple, and red.]]
** Blub-Blub Ocean introduces the Dolphin transformation, which has the same controls and gameplay style as EccoTheDolphin. It even has the same "Swimming through water paths in the sky" gimmick.
** The title screen is a shout-out to the NES era[[note]]especially first generation NES games[[/note]] (and parts of the Super NES era), in which you choose between "1 Player" or "2 Players".
* SleepCute: Fountain Gardens has two sleepy Waddle Dees right before the Tankbot section, with a red bead heart floating above them. Whether you [[VideogameCaringPotential let them be]] or [[VideogameCrueltyPotential unravel them mercilessly]] is up to you. They'll {{respawn|ingEnemies}} anyway.
* SmartBomb: Kirby's saucer transformation can do that after capturing enough objects.
%%* SpaceZone: Space Land.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Arguably, to ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' -- both games have a unique visual presentation, and their respective protagonists make use of a long, thin object (the yarn whip in ''Epic Yarn'' and Yoshi's tongue in ''Island'') to create projectiles as well as transform with the help of special bubbles.
* SpringySpores: : Mushroom Run contains many [[FungusHumongous huge]], bouncy mushrooms.
* StockSoundEffect: Some really stand out, like Fangora's roar and especially the stock wind sound.
* StorybookOpening: Every cutscene is narrated like this.
* StealthPun: Both "Epic" and "Yarn" mean "story".
* SuddenlyVoiced: The game has a narrator during the cutscenes, much like listening to an audio book.
** Kirby himself, after realizing the [[ItMakesSenseInContext grass is pants]].
* SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom: If Cozy Cabin were any cozier, we'd all need treating for [[SpikesOfDoom multiple puncture wounds.]]
* TacticalSuicideBoss: Pretty much all of them.
** Fangora: If he never stuck his tongue out, you couldn't grab it.
** Hot Wings: If she never shot flaming birds at you, you wouldn't have anything to stun her with.
** [[spoiler:King Dedede]]: If he never belly-flopped at you, you'd never get a chance to stomp him.
*** [[spoiler: You can also stun him with the stars he creates from his hammer attack. Apparently he still hasn't learnt anything since 1992.]]
** [[spoiler:Meta Knight]]: If he never shot projectiles, you wouldn't have anything to throw at him.
** Yin-Yarn: If he didn't spawn smaller enemies, you couldn't hit him. Averted with his [[SequentialBoss second form]], which would haven been invulnerable if [[spoiler:Meta Knight]] hadn't shown up.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:[[WarmupBoss Whispy Woods]] returns and is able to put up a good fight against tankbot Kirby, which is no easy feat.]]
* TractorBeam: The U.F.O. transformation lets Kirby use a beam to suck up enemies and gems.
* TubeTravel: In a few levels, Kirby unravels into a single, long piece of yarn and travels through tight spaces. You can control moving forward and backwards, as well as move left or right when the path branches off.
* TwinkleInTheSky: [[spoiler:After the final boss is defeated.]]
* TyrannosaurusRex: Two appear in Dino Land.
%%* UndergroundLevel
%%* UnderTheSea: Deep-Dive Deep.
* UnexpectedShmupLevel: Becomes a shmup briefly in two levels. There are also two bonus levels entirely dedicated to this trope.
* VictoryFakeout: [[spoiler:Yin-Yarn again.]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The Waddle Dees are sometimes doing cute and/or harmless things, but Kirby can be a jerk and destroy them anyway. The most egregious example of this may be the two Waddle Dees sleeping under a tree with a heart of beads above them. You could wrap up one of them and toss him at the other, destroying them both. You've got to be in a really heartless mood to do that, though...one would hope.
* VisualPun: The cloth background of the broken Patch Land is ripped, showing an outer space background behind it. ''It's a rip in the fabric of space and time.''
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Kirby can do that in this game.
* WeirdMoon: Found in 4-1. When interacted with, it turns into...
* ...WeirdSun
* WhipItGood: Kirby's main weapon is a whip.
* WorldOfPun: Really. For example, the names of... well, everybody. The title of the game itself, for that matter.