* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Kirby:
*** Kirby is quite a cocky {{Jerkass}} in ''Kirby's Avalanche'' (even though the game is not technically canon).
*** More famously: Kirby is a much less straightforward hero than most of them, notably [[ImAHumanitarian eating definitely sentient beings alive]], releasing [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] on a daily basis, and sometimes, going on quests and slaughtering people for rather... ambiguous reasons (in ''Squeak Squad'': '''''CAKE'''''.) This led to many alternative interpretations of Kirby.
*** Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily plays with this; for instance, Meta Knight once says to Dedede: "Like it or not, you and Kirby aren't that different, but where he has childlike optimism, you have untempered malice."
*** WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl plays with it too, [[ImAHumanitarian and]] [[NightmareFuel how.]]
*** SonicForHire plays this as well in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdnBWpHwayA this episode]]. He [[spoiler:then becomes somewhat of a regular character throughout the series, doing psychotic things like randomly eating people for fun and setting a bar on fire]].
** Dedede has a LOT more friends than Kirby in the games. Kirby's only in-game friends outside of [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Kirby 64]] and the latter two Dream Land games are all created by him somehow. Everybody else has tried to kill him at least once.
* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Waddle Dee. In Revenge of the King, he is the last boss before King Dedede. He's [[BreatherBoss laughably easy]]. It's the same Waddle Dee that appears in the Arena in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' [[VideoGameRemake Ultra.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark Nebula]] is laughably easy compared to the battle just before it. [[spoiler:0[[superscript:2]]]] is also easier than [[ThatOneBoss Miracle Matter]], though the former is [[GuideDangIt harder to figure out]] than the latter.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: There are a massive list of songs from the series that are just plain amazing to hear; a list can be found [[AwesomeMusic/{{Kirby}} here]].
* BestBossEver: The series has some really fun bosses, considering that the series was the former namer for EasyLevelsHardBosses. See [[AwesomeBosses/{{Kirby}} this page]].
* CrazyAwesome:
** King Dedede. He's the [[AuthorityInNameOnly king of Dreamland,]] wears a pimp coat, and fights with [[DropTheHammer a hammer]]. Also? He is a blue [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]].
** Masked Dedede takes this UpToEleven. Case in point: [[spoiler:the fight takes place in ''an electrified cage.'']]
** [[KirbyTripleDeluxe Wait till you see]] him [[spoiler:wield an AX three times bigger than he is]].
* [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]]:
** The series has its moments, but above them all stands the ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' segment ''"Revenge Of Meta Knight"'' in its entirety. StormingTheCastle turned UpToEleven, reaching [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]] levels. Seriously. And [[EnemyChatter you get to hear the bad guys]] becoming ''progressively more and more afraid of you'', as if you were the [[GoshDangItToHeck goshdang]] Batman, while you singlehandedly destroy a frickin' airship! '''''Yeah.'''''
** The whole "storm the castle while your enemies panic" bit is repeated in the final level of "Revenge of the King" in Super Star Ultra.
** Meta Knight wishes to have released the strongest warrior in the galaxy, locked away for fear of his power, for the sole purpose of ''kicking said warrior's ass''. Which he proceeds to do [[note]]Or not, since this boss fight, while not NintendoHard, is pretty painful the first few times, because Galacta Knight is a computer controlled, white, and feather-winged, extra-badass Meta Knight with a lance and shield, making the fight as fun as it is awesome).[[/note]] Why? For training purposes. Or fun. Or just to prove he could.
* [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment Of Funny]]:
** ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' again. When you start ''"Milky Way Wishes"'', the tutorial tells you that you can't copy your enemies' abilities as you previously did. Cue Kirby's obvious, hilarious OhCrap.
** [[{{Pun}} Have fun]] [[Funny/{{Kirby}} with the rest.]]
* CultClassic: ''Air Ride'' has been getting more and more popular each year since its release thanks to its sandbox-like City Trial mode. Helps that it was the last ''Kirby'' game that ''Kirby'''s creator Creator/MasahiroSakurai worked on before leaving HAL Laboratory to start his own company.
* DesignatedVillain: Many games have Kirby attack King Dedede and his forces under the assumption that he's the villain, when in fact Dedede turns out to be trying to STOP the real villain of the game.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Many Kirby fans think Zero is a lonely, sad being that just wants some friends - though this does have some basis in canon, as it's stated that Dark Matter can't feel positive emotions and wants to destroy the world out of jealousy. The awesome battle music probably helps (especially the Zero 2 music mentioned above.)
* EarWorm: Pick a song, ANY song from the games. Case in point: the Invincibility jingle. It doesn't help that the games have a habit of [[RecycledSoundtrack endlessly recycling/remixing music used from previous games.]]
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Has its [[EnsembleDarkHorse/{{Kirby}} own page.]]
* EvenBetterSequel: The original Kirby game was a fairly standard side-scroller that was pretty enjoyable for what it was, but was laughably short and easy (although the latter is compensated by the unlockable Hard Mode--[[NintendoHard and it lives up to its name, all right]]) and didn't even allow you to copy abilities! ''Kirby's Adventure'' then came out on the NES and blew the original out of the water by offering more levels, the series-trademark copy abilities, and a save feature! ''Kirby's Dreamland 2'', while not quite as good as ''Adventure'', at least brought these improvements down to a portable level.
* FandomBerserkButton:
** Some parts of the Kirby fandom don't seem to accept any other variations of the name "Meta Knight".
** People who think Kirby is a girl.
* {{Fanon}}:
** One Japanese guidebook for ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' claimed Dark Matter was a TorturedMonster that attacked Popstar because it was jealous of all the "happiness" there. Just about every fan accepts this as official canon, [[BeamMeUpScotty but they always]] {{flanderiz|ation}}e [[BeamMeUpScotty it into applying to]] 0/0[[superscript:2]] alone, despite him not being introduced until the sequel (The TearsOfBlood likely have something to do with it).
** Did Bandana Waddle Dee appear in ''Kirby 64'', minus the blue bandana? Some fans think so.
* FridgeBrilliance: Why are the {{Big Bad}}s of the games usually so nightmarish? Because it's ''Dream''land, it's only fitting that the antagonists inspire nightmares.
* FridgeHorror: Jim Sterling gives a lecture on the FridgeHorror of the Kirby franchise in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4850-National-Kirby-Day this]] episode of the Jimquisition.
* GameBreaker:
** You can ''destroy'' The Arena (and later The [[NintendoHard True]] [[HarderThanHard Arena]]) with Hammer and Plasma, the former having Hammer Flip, which does one of the highest damages of a non one-time-use ability in the game, and the latter of which provides an extra shield when fully charged.
** If you master the quick charge trick, the aforementioned Plasma power from ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' becomes the most broken power the series has ever seen. Due to this, it was slightly Nerfed in the DS version, requiring more charge-up time.
** There's also Tornado, which has the amazing ability to kill almost every boss in the series. In fact, every boss in ''Squeak Squad'' can be killed very easily with it, including the final boss. It's an even better choice for the final boss than the EleventhHourSuperpower! Cranked UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', where stronger moves were made avaliable. You can annihilate [[spoiler:'''Magolor Soul''']] pretty easily with Tornado. Yep, an InfinityMinusOneSword in comparison to Super Abilities.
** Also Hi-Jump, at least in ''Kirby's Adventure'', which not only does high damage to bosses, but makes you invincible while doing so and sending you out of harm's way. Not always useful outside bosses, however.
** The Copy helper (TAC) in the original ''Kirby Super Star'' on the SNES. Normally, it allows the helper to copy abilities like Kirby himself. But if there's no power to copy (mostly on bosses), it just does massive damage! And it's spammable! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwdnFBohfE See for yourself]], especially 2:52. It completely heals every time you copy a power, and when it guards, you become immune to all damage as well.
** In ''Dreamland 2'', Coo + Parasol can rip apart everything ''including the angry Propeller Bombs''. The whole thing got a well deserved nerf in ''3''.
** Chu Chu's [[FlyingBroomstick Clean power]] trivializes any midair segment (short of those that require quick movement).
* HellIsThatNoise:
** Combining this with MostAnnoyingSound gives you the final phase of ''"Revenge Of Meta Knight"''.
** The music for Ripple Star's second level. The cute SugarBowl of the first level [[MoodWhiplash is quickly cut off]] when you reach the second and are welcomed with the ruined fairy castle and hear that damn ScareChord dirge.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfHah9s6BWE That... bloodcurling... SCREAM!]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-8db508yrE this commercial]] for ''Kirby's Adventure'' and suddenly the concept of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvULlC9c7xg Kirby's Epic Yarn]]'' becomes all the more hilarious.
** Also, Marx's mouth laser attack. [[BreathWeapon Imma Firin Ma Lazah!]]
** Rick the Hamster. With the Stone ability, he can [[RickRoll roll]].
** "Mago" means [[spoiler:"wizard"]] in some languages, and "lor" means [[spoiler:"dirty"]] in others (and he ''does'' fit the name of [[spoiler: Dirty Wizard]]). This would be a MeaningfulName if the two meanings came from the same language, but since they don't, it's just a funny coincidence.
* [[ItsEasySoItSucks It's Easy, So It]] [[StealthPun Sucks]]: The games may be easy, but this is generally [[AvertedTrope averted]] - they were actually designed to be very easy yet nobody seems to have any problem. This becomes quite weird when you hear this trope being invoked elsewhere, since how many other games allow you to ''fly over most of the stage'' without even having to find a power-up?
* LoveItOrHateIt: You'll either love the slower paced gameplay, Gooey, [[PowerUpMount Animal Friends]] and scribbly graphics of ''Dream Land 3'' or hate it for just the same reasons. The most hardcore of the fanbase generally like it, though.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Without a doubt, Meta Knight. In fact, even leaning more towards being a GuileHero in ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa''.
** [[spoiler:Marx, who arranged for the sun and moon to fight and used Kirby to summon Nova so he could wish to take over Popstar.]]
** [[spoiler:Yin-Yarn lands himself right in this spot since he demonstrates his plan to take over Dreamland by having his fake Waddle Dees capture the real ones and then capturing and brainwashing Dedede and Meta Knight and sending them to Patch Land to fight Kirby under his control so he can have Dreamland all to himself. And, unlike most other villains, Yin-Yarn actually succeeds in taking over Dreamland.]]
** [[spoiler:Magolor, you magnificent bastard, we read your BOOK!]]
** [[spoiler:And now we have our newest one; Queen Sectonia, who saw through the Floralia residents' plan to bring the hero of Dreamland to their rescue and sent Taranza to kidnap him in order to keep him from interfering with her gambit to rule Popstar as its goddess, even though she didn't count on him kidnapping Dedede instead of Kirby like she wanted him to.]]
* MemeticBadass:
** During the BossRush in ''Super Star'', you will have to fight a Waddle Dee with five times the health of a normal Waddle Dee. It's still a CurbStompBattle BreatherBoss (he doesn't move, and you can still [[OneHitKill inhale him.]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Uu0dyH9CU A video]] on the internet portrayed him as an unstoppable god of destruction (via a player who thought it would be hilarious) and the fandom's pumped him up ever since.
** In case anyone wants to argue, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0sZ7a1c_5A here]] is Waddle Dee proving his point. '''Contains spoilers!'''
** Meta Knight.
** Kirby himself is this. There are Nintendo fans who firmly believe the pink puff's badassery is only rivaled by [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]].
* MemeticMutation:
** Gourmet Race has become one of the most remixed songs on [=YouTube=]. Sand Canyon and Candy Mountain[=/=]Skyhigh are hot on its tail. {{Stupid Statement Dance Mix}}es of ''Manga/LuckyStar'' voice clips to the tune of various ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' tracks are also quite popular.
** One rather famous remix is a mashup between Gourmet Race and Music/SnoopDogg's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXzg0D-cKds Drop It Like It's Hot]], after the creator found that the two sync up perfectly.
** There was also a [=YouTube=] fad involving Dedede [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94nJEMQmeWY screaming random things]] after getting beaten at the end of Spring Breeze.
** '''INVINCIBLE CANDY!''' (A running gag on Something Awful LetsPlay of any Kirby game, second only to...)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yiZFUT-zMk&list=PLD741ACE7754011C6&index=32&feature=plpp_video DELICIOUS!]] (Whenever any food item is eaten, but especially Maximum Tomatoes.)
** The "Kirby ASCII Dance": (> ")> <(" <) (^ ")^ (v ")v
** ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' brings us Kirby's arrival in Patch Land and his observation that the grass feels like... pants.
** Rick's Stone ability in ''Dream Land 3'' has been dubbed the "Rickroll".
** The title screen music of ''VideoGame/KirbysPinballLand'' has become synonymous with a well-known copypasta where an [[ImageBoard Anon]] walked in on his parents having sex while the music was playing on his Gameboy.
* NeverLiveItDown: In ''Kirby Squeak Squad'', Kirby went on a rampage over a piece of cake. In every other platform game, his goals are more noble, although some fans hang on to this one instance and insist Kirby is a SociopathicHero.
* NightmareFuel: The series is placed in ''Dream Land'', so it's obvious that the enemies are related to nightmares. [[NightmareFuel/{{Kirby}} And you WILL have them]].
* PeripheryDemographic: Though the games are and remain mostly geared for children just beginning to play video games, a good chunk of the fanbase are experienced gamers who grew up playing them and who gleefully return to each new installment, no matter how short or easy it is.
* {{Squick}}:
** In ''Super Star'' (and a few other games with co-op) A player can share the effects of a recently consumed food item by walking up to their ally at which point the two get face to face for a second. There's really no other way to interpret this animation as anything but player 1 spitting up what they had just eaten into player 2's mouth...
** Or they share the health gain with [[ThePowerOfLove a kiss]]. There's a distinct smacking sound when you do it.
** [[HoYay Some of Kirby's helpers and all of his ''Return to Dream Land'' partners are male.]]
** [[HoYay In Meta Knightmare Ultra, Meta Knight does this with his helper as well.]]
** If ''Kirby Super Star'''s manga adaptation is any indication, the creators are ''fully aware of this''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Whether intentional or coincidental, the Kirby series has some pretty interesting motif similarities to other songs in them.
** In ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' the Revenge of Meta Knight ending theme bears similarities to The Animals' rendition of "House of the Rising Sun".
** The game over screen in ''Kirby Super Star'' has a similar tune to the chorus of Queen's "You're My Best Friend".
** Last but not least is the Kirby Dance theme which sounds like a part of "[[Disney/AliceInWonderland The Walrus and the Carpenter]]".
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The entire series, until MoodWhiplash kicks in and you fight the [[VileVillainSaccharineShow final]] [[EldritchAbomination boss.]]
* TearJerker: The ending of ''Revenge of the King'' in ''Super Star Ultra''. Poor Dedede. See [[TearJerker/{{Kirby}} here]] for more.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Nightmare in Dream Land'' is markedly easier than the game it's a remake of, ''Kirby's Adventure''... and it removed the [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome rotating tower]] segments from Butter Building for no apparent reason. Fans were not pleased.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Kirby's gender is actually a mystery in the Japanese games, and the original developers refuse to designate an official gender. Averted in most translations since gender-neutral pronouns don't always work out (especially in English, which usually defaults to the masculine form).
* InvincibleVillain: Nightmare seems like this at first. In the games, his cape protects his tornado-like body, which is his weak spot. In [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime]], he uses his cape to absorb attacks. He even treated the final battle as a joke and a fun game until [[OhCrap he saw Kirby]] [[spoiler:eat his own Warp Star and become Star Rod Kirby and [[WeaksauceWeakness use it to destroy him]]]]. To be fair, he lives up to his name since he's a living nightmare and therefore [[spoiler:can only be beaten inside a dream]].
* VindicatedByHistory: At the time of its release, ''Dream Land 3'' wasn't received very well because players wanted a game similar to ''Super Star'', with copy abilities that had multiple moves and was fast paced. ''Dream Land 3'' returned to the slower paced style of gameplay of ''Dream Land 2'' and brought back the [[PowerUpMount Animal Friends]]. It also had a very controversial art style, using crayon and colored pencil-like graphics, something never before seen for a game in the series. In the present, it's generally agreed ''Dream Land 3'' was a very good game, if not as good as ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' or ''Super Star''.
** It didn't help that ''Dream Land 3'' was one of the very last games for the {{SNES}}, coming out over a year after the {{Nintendo 64}}. It's actually amazing that HAL averted NoExportForYou for it.
** ''Kirby Air Ride'' met a lukewarm reception [[OvershadowedByAwesome due to being sandwiched between]] ''VideoGame/FZero GX'' and ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart Mario Kart: Double Dash!!]]'' Nowadays, it is considered a CultClassic and one of the highlights of the GameCube library, particularly for the City Trial mode. In fact, the Smash Run mode in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for 3DS was directly stated by Sakurai to be a SpiritualSuccessor to said mode.
* WildMassGuessing: We've got a whole page for it [[{{WMG/Kirby}} here]].
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