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Anime: Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Hoshi no Kaabii is an anime adaptation of Kirby, a Nintendo Platform Game franchise, better known in the United States by its dub title, Kirby: Right Back At Ya!. It was a joint production by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory (Warpstar Inc.). The anime was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment, so of course, a lot of the darker elements from the Japanese version were Bowdlerised out, but the dub was still successful, managing to stay on air for all 100 episodes.

In the first episode, Kirby crashes into Pop Star and lands in the country of Dream Land. King Dedede does not like the newcomer and does everything he can to eliminate Kirby. His methods come in the form of ordering monsters from the mysterious Holy Nightmare Corporation (NightMare Enterprises in the dub) to fit whatever crazy schemes he comes up with. Along the way, Kirby befriends Fumu (Tiff), the Cabinet Minister's daughter, and her brother, Bun (Tuff), who help him to get settled in their village.

Kirby and his friends spend the episodes foiling Dedede's plans, battling the monsters he orders, undoing whatever damage he caused to Pupu Village/Cappy Town, and the series follows their day-to-day antics whenever they're not doing any of the above. The series is episodic in nature, although it has several sequential episodes.

In 2011, Nintendo released the Kirby TV Channel, a free downloadable Wii channel allowing Wii owners to watch a constantly rotating set of episodes from the entire anime (except for the undubbed episode 38). In 2012, a 3D version of a Japan only episode was released on the 3DS. It's viewable on youtube.


This Anime contains examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Dedede of the Stars (or Dedede: Comin' At Ya! in the dub) explicitly manages an approval rating less than 1%.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Meta Knight, Sword, and Blade sleep with their armor on.
    • And they're never seen taking care of it, either. It just magically repairs itself or something.
  • The Abridged Series: YouTube user kirbywarrior1212 made a series based off of the american dub, thus naming it Kirby: Right Back At Ya! Abridged. See the playlist here.
  • Accent Adaptation: Dedede's Foghorn Leghorn-like southern accent. Meta Knight is also a Dashing Hispanic for some reason (many call him Señor Noodlearms because of it). Meta Knight's Spanish accent in the dub is possibly because of the vaguely Spanish-sounding theme that plays whenever he appears in the original Japanese anime. It might also be a Zorro reference.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: King Dedede of usually an Anti-Villain, committing petty acts of villainy at worst and often teaming up with Kirby. Here, Dedede is a more actively antagonistic and callous tyrant (if still ineffectual) and his redeeming moments are more few and in between. Meanwhile Meta Knight, more a Hero Antagonist in the games, is Kirby's ally and mentor from the beginning of the anime.
  • Adaptational Villainy: King Dedede, to some extent. While his original self in the video games is also a petty but Laughably Evil antagonist to Kirby, he has more nicer moments and more times when he genuinely tries to help Kirby fight a more serious enemy than Dedede in the anime does.
  • Adaptation Expansion: And HOW! Many midboss characters and even normal enemies from the games are fleshed out and given backstories.
  • Adults Are Useless: Appears to be the norm with the Cappy residents.
  • Aerith and Bob: The series finale gives us the names of four of Meta Knight's old comrades: Falspar, Nonsurat, Dragato, and... Arthur. Granted, the last is a King Arthur reference.
  • All Just a Dream: The two-part "Crisis of the Warpstar" ("Air Ride in Style" in the dub), in both versions.
  • Alternate Continuity: Word of God has it that this was never meant to be based off of the games, or to be an animated adaption of the games in the first place. Which explains the anime-exclusive characters, the original plot, and why most game characters have different works and roles. It is it's own separate universe from the games, written by Masahiro Sakurai himself.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: See American Kirby Is Hardcore below.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Demon Beasts are always evil, with a few exceptions. The Robotic Dog, until its programming kicked in, Lola who was deemed useless and split in two, Hardy, whose only job was to do dental work, and the unknown monster which may be Kirby.
  • Always Close: Averted. In the final episode, the Halberd attempts to retreat from Nightmare's fortress after realizing he is Nigh Invulnerable; the gate starts to close and they miss it by half a second.
    • Though the same episode plays it straight when the gang's time bomb goes off and destroys Nightmare's base the second after they all transport out.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Escargon/Escargoon. Nothing official has been said, but he has plenty of Ho Yay with Dedede, and in the original he even sings a song where he says "I love his Majesty" (although the word translated as "love" could mean "admire" rather than actually "have romantic feelings for").
    • His dub voice is obviously based on that of camp icon Paul Lynde, which doesn't help.
    • Gets even better in the Japanese episode where his shell breaks. Kirby even says "Poyay"
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Compare the original Japanese theme songs with the English version. In Japan, it's a cutesy little parade with a smiling Kirby being for the most part generally adorable (with a little bit of horror thrown in for good measure, just so you know that the show isn't all happiness and smiles), and the second one compresses the standard episode plot into about two minutes. The English version is a quick beat full of monsters, Stuff Blowing Up, Kirby showing off his toughest powers, and putting on an angry face for most of the song, despite him spending most of the actual show being happy, hungry, or curious.
    • In episode 5, Dedede uses a chainsaw to destroy Whispy Woods. In the dubbed version of it, he uses a laser chainsaw. Probably just Bowdlerization, but it's still Crazy Awesome.
    • In the Japanese version, the music used when Kirby sucks something up is rather poppy and cheery. In the English version, it's an epic-sounding, heroic fanfare.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Dedede opens one in episode 31.
  • The Anime of the Game
  • Animation Bump: In the later episodes of the anime, around 65~ episodes in, with far less use of Conspicuous CG. By the final few episodes, Dedede and Escargon are only animated in CG in Stock Footage, leaving Kirby to be the only character to consistently be CG. Larger objects, such as the Destrayers and the Halberd, are still done in CG, however.
    • Some episodes, such as episode 32, also tend to have better than average animation. As well as an abundance of wild takes from Dedede and Escargon (in 2D, of course).
  • Arcadia: Dream Land.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In episode 40, Knuckle Joe releases monsters onto Cappy Town. They're seen throwing dishes and tear down the restaurant, shoving items off shelves at the Toy Store, and seen reading and not paying at the book store, which has no damage seen on the inside whatsoever.
  • Artistic License - Physics: In one episode, Kirby prevents a planet-sized, sun-like meteor from crashing into Pop Star...by shooting a few cannonballs at it. What.
  • Ascended To Carnivorism: The Sheepwolf.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: If there are bad dreams, then Nightmare will continue to exist.
  • Astral Checker Board Decor: In Nightmare's lair, where he makes the Demon Beasts/Monsters.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: A common strategy used against Demon Beasts/Monsters.
  • A Weighty Aesop: The anime has an episode entitled "Fitness Fiend", which involves Dedede trying to make super-fattening, addictive potato chips. Unfortunately, he ends up falling victim to their effect, along with Kirby!
  • The Bad Guy Wins: As stated in some flashbacks, it's implied that Holy Nightmare Corporation/Nightmare Enterprises invaded and took over other planets. Successfully.
  • Balloon Belly: Hoboy... let's just say Kirby and Dedede take this to ridiculous extremes in Episode 61 Fitness Fiend and leave it at that.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: In one episode, Escargoon gets posessed by a monster that makes everyone forget who he is, and Meta Knight was more than happy to suggest that Violence is the Only Option.
    • In episode 19, Meta Knight tells the story of how his best friend was kidnapped by demon beasts and possessed, forcing Meta Knight to kill him. Later, Kirby fights and subdues Knuckle Joe for the same reason.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Waddle Doo hints that this is the reason why the Waddle Dees follow King Dedede—once they're shown a little bit of hospitality, they'll settle down. This is also the reason why Sword and Blade chose to follow Meta Knight.
  • Berserk Button: According to Customer Service, try to train a certain fire-breathing wolf-like Monster of the Week and he'll burn you up with his fire attacks.
    • One look at Fumu-tan of the Stars and slowly, but surely, Fumu/Tiff takes her anger out on the Otakus who made it.
  • Big Eater: Take a wild guess.
  • Big Little Man: At the end, it turns out that Nightmare Enterprises' salesman, seen only chest-upward on a screen up to that point, has little more than feet beyond that.
  • The Big Race
  • Bonus Episode: A special eight-minute short was released on the Wii Channel in Japan. It was dubbed and available on Nintendo Video for Nintendo 3DS, three years after its original release.
  • Brainwashed: In "Un-Reality TV", Dedede brainwashes the Cappies using television. In "Don't Bank On It", he brainwashes the Cappies into liking him and giving him money, using voodoo dolls.
  • Brown Note: Kirby's Mike ability is even more powerful than in the games. When he uses it, his own allies run for the hills, the Monster of the Week explodes, and massive property damage is caused.
  • The Caligula: King Dedede. His castle has his face displayed all over the place, the only thing he ever does as king is find ways to take advantage of the Cappies by heavily taxing them, and orders monsters from a nightmarish evil corporation to make everyone miserable, or just to beat Kirby.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Kirby combined it with Gratuitous English; this was removed in the dub.
    • Knuckle Joe does it too, even in the dub.
  • The Cameo: Escargoon, Max Flexer, Captain Doo, and Customer Service appear briefly in Kirby Mass Attack. So far, they're the only anime-specific characters to ever appear in the games.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tiff, Tuff, Escargoon, Customer Service, etc. The cappies are an interesting variant; they were minor enemies in the games, but here they lack their eponymous caps and fill the role of humans as townspeople.
    • Escargoon had a split second cameo in one of Kirby Mass Attack's mini games, but aside from that, he has yet to make a true appearance in the games.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Of all things: the spear-wielding Waddle Dees make appearances in Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby's Epic Yarn. Bandana Dee even takes one up in his playable appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land along with a spear ability for Kirby.
      • Bandana Dee's signature move in Return to Dream Land, twirling his spear like a helicopter blade to fly, originates from the episode where Dedede sells off his Waddle Dees in attempt to pay his debts back to Nightmare.
    • Some of the ability moves that Kirby used on the monsters made their way in future titles. For example, Needle Kirby didn't function exactly like it did in the games during the original airing date of the anime. Needle Kirby shoots needles out of his hat rather than extending the needles. However in Kirby's Return to Dream Land the needle ability got an expanded move list, and one of those moves is shooting needles out of Kirby's body via mashing the D-Pad or shaking the Wii Remote.
    • If inanimate objects count, then the design for Dedede's castle. Squeak Squad even features the monster transporter.
    • Anime Halberd also makes it to Squeak Squad.
    • Dedede's tendency to add -zoi to the end of his lines in the Japanese version of the anime is also used in the Japanese narration of Kirby's Epic Yarn. Kirby likewise says poyo during some events in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and uses the word exclusively in Kirby Mass Attack.
    • Escargoon, Customer Service, Chef Shiitake, Max Flexer and Captain Waddle Doo have cameos in Kirby Mass Attack.
    • Water Kirby is an official copy ability in Kirbys Return To Dreamland. Kabuki Kirby is also made official in Kirby Mass Attack.
    • Galaxia, Meta Knight's sword, has its pronged appearance (originating from the anime) in Amazing Mirror apparently and Super Smash Bros Brawl. As well, art for Meta Knight has had him carrying a pronged, golden sword, even if his sprite doesn't; often or not now, his sword is just gold. Additionally, the sword was first referred to as Galaxia in the anime and the name has been used since Brawl.
    • Outside of Japan, the official logo of the Kirby series was changed to match the anime's US logo.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Via the Demon Beast/Monster transporter.
  • Catch Phrase: "Kirby, inhale it!" / "Kirby, suck it up!" and "Come, Warp Star!" / "Kabu, send the Warp Star!"
    • The original Japanese version has King Dedede's "Unforgiveable!" as his catch phrase.
  • Channel Within A Show: Channel DDD.
    • Dedede of the Stars and Fumu of the Stars as well.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first few episodes of the original, Escargo(o)n was referred to as 'Dr. Escargon', possibly implying that the producers were going to make him off to be a sophisticated guy rather than just Dedede's lackey. Shades of this characterization do come back when he develops robots, vehicles, and even a NME-equivalent injection that turns ordinary creatures into monsters.
    • Kirby himself, too. In the first episode when he fights the first monster, he turns blue when weakened and Meta Knight explains that simply by seeing his Warp Star, Kirby will be able to regain his energy back. The Warp Star makes a return in almost every episode after it, but Kirby turning blue does not.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pendant that Knuckle Joe inherits from his father.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The animal friends only appear in a few other episodes after their introduction and have little bearing on the plot. This mirrors their in-game appearances.
  • Combat Commentator: Meta Knight always seems to be on hand to tell us about whatever new form Kirby's taken.
    • To an extent, Fumu/Tiff and Bun/Tuff as well, whenever Meta Knight isn't around.
  • Conspicuous CG: All over the place, especially during Kirby's transformation sequences. For half of the show, Dedede and Escargoon are CG, and Kirby is almost always CG (with a few exceptions, of course). Dedede's cape/robe does manage to avert No Flow in CGI however.
    • Lampshaded subtly in an episode involving different ways of animating.
    • Dyna Blade's appearances had her in nothing but CGI, and with a more realistic style. Considering she's an almost-godlike being, the effect isn't jarring.
    • The show switched to an All-CGI Cartoon with the Nintendo 3DS short, though considering that 2D doesn't translate well to 3D, it works.
  • Cool Airship: The Halberd.
  • Cool Car: Dedede's tank, which makes him look like some kind of a Third-World dictator, later replaced by a limousine equipped with hammers.
  • Cool Chair: King Dedede owns one.
  • Cool Plane: Kirby's Starship. It also converts into a Cool Car, which he uses in the Wacky Racing episode.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Customer Service.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Despite the ridiculously cute characters and peaceful setting, the backstory and Meta Knight's origin is a hell of a lot darker than you'd expect. Mostly Bowdlerised in the dub, but it's still there.
    • Plus the fact that there's an evil organization trying to terrorize Pop Star, and Meta Knight's almost the only one still alive who knows the truth. Everyone else is quite ignorant (including Kirby most of the time).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kirby will get the stuffing beaten out of him at the start of most fights, he's a baby and will do nearly anything to get food, even if it's clearly a trap, but once he inhales and copies something, you're flat out done for. In some cases he even one hit KO's his foes; this extends to Nightmare.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: The origin of Star Warriors - even though Kirby himself is supposed to be one, the exact details are never explained. Here's a rundown of what's given.
  • Cue the Sun: The series ends with a shot of all the characters looking towards the sunrise.
  • Cute and Psycho: Just like in the games, the Scarfies in Episode 56. They start out cute, then turn aggressive and attack everybody. Thanks to Hammer Kirby, however, they revert back to their original cuteness again.
    • Squishy in Episode 73 as well. It starts out as a cute little immobile piece of sushi in the form of a tiny squid, but after Kirby hiccups on it, it grows into a huge, hulking Kraken-like Demon Beast / monster with glaring yellow eyes and black irises.
    • Then there's Episode 95, where Kirby gets possessed by a Demon Frog and turns into Devil Kirby, a psychotic version of himself with red eyes and little demon wings. Then Dedede gets possessed and becomes a hulking, muscular psycho version of himself with the same features as Devil Kirby.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Meta Knight.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Early on in the series Meta Knight seems to be just a very stoic bystander with an ambiguous morality. Once his motivations are revealed in episode 4, you find out that he's really on Kirby's side.
  • Darker and Edgier: The third Knuckle Joe episode as well as the Series Finale.
  • Darkest Hour: Happens a lot to Kirby in so many episodes, especially during several parts of the five-part Series Finale.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Being an episodic series, almost every character in the main cast (and even some inanimate objects, like Kirby's Warp Star) had at least one episode dedicated to them.
  • Death by Newbery Medal: Kirby's robot puppy in episode 15.
  • Demonic Possession: A common tactic of the Demon Beasts/Monsters.
    • In episode 88, the replacement shell that Escargoon orders from NME turns him temporarily into a monster.
    • In episode 95, a frog monster possesses Kirby and forces him to harass Cappy Town.
    • In episode 19, we learn that Knuckle Joe's father was possessed by Nightmare, forcing Meta Knight to kill him. Joe himself becomes possessed later in the episode, but manages to fight it off.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Kine, to Fumu. Even when the former is an ocean sunfish, he still manages to do this.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In episode 66, when the Pengi come to Pupupuland/Cappy Town, Kirby and co. make Pengi costumes in order to escape the jail cell they're held captive in.
    • Amazingly enough, not only did Fumu/Tiff, Bun/Tuff, and Kirby did this (with badly made costumes), somehow, Meta Knight made a much better costume, and even had the same idea, but took it a level above; he posed as a guard for them.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Various times, the dub will mention children having homework, despite there being no school until the episodes where Dedede establishes schools. Then the schools blow up, and are dismissed, yet homework still gets brought up.
  • Dub Name Change: First the title, Hoshi no Kirby (often translated as Kirby of the Stars) to Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Then, every single episode name. And then:
    • The main areas. Pupu Village became Cappytown and Pupupuland became Dreamland. The latter is done in the games as well, and so the change of Pupu Village to Cappytown isn't too far-fetched either, considering the whole town is populated mostly by cappies!
    • Fumu to Tiff
    • Bun to Tuff
    • Escargon to Escargoon. It's debatable if this even counts, since the spelling (at least) is so similar one could be taken as a typo of the other..
    • Holy Nightmare Corporation to Nightmare Enterprises
    • Nightmare to eNeMeE (though occasionally the show still called him Nightmare)
    • Lololo and Lalala to Fololo and Falala, losing a bit of the shout out to Eggerland
    • Lola to Fofa
    • Parm and Memu to Sir Ebrum and Lady Like
    • Borun to Bookem
    • Sato to Buttercup
    • Oosaka to Shiitake
    • Dakonyo to Kit Cosmos
    • A special mention to this trio of kids: Honey keeps her name, but Iroo and Hohhe are changed - Iroo becomes Spikehead and Hohhe is called Iroo!
    • Chilidog to Wolfwrath
    • Boukyakku to Erasem
    • Noseman to Honker Stomper
    • A ghost called Urameshiya in the original who appears to have no name whatsoever in the dub.
    • Meta Knight is originally Sir Meta Knight, but this is dropped in the dub.
      • In the Italian dub, Cappytown is further changed into Zeetown, and also Sword and Blade Knight are renamed Edge and Sharpe Knight (the latter happens in games too)
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the episode where the village kids collect figurines, some characters that appear as figurines are never mentioned again until they play a part in the Series Finale.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The monsters/demon beasts. Kirby himself is implied to be one of them turned good.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Holy NightMare Corporation/NightMare Enterprises alters a meteor's path into a collision course with Dreamland just to eliminate Kirby.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Meta Knight, who works for Dedede, but even he doesn't trust him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Escargoon's mother appeared in one episode. He was even willing to protect her from monsters! (Now if only we could've seen her more often.)
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even if he's more of a villainous character than in the games, King Dedede still considers Nightmare to be an eviler force than he is.
    • While Yamikage betrayed the Galaxy Soldier Army to side with Nightmare, and has a grudge with Meta Knight (and now Kirby), he hints that he still retains his honor, considering that he says that he's not a thief and won't steal anything save for a ninja scroll that Dedede had stolen from Curio and that Benikage had stolen back from him, Kirby and the gang (which was really Benikage's failing report card).
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: One episode has the characters going through a world of dinosaurs created by a mad scientist (actually a Monster of the Week and a Shout-Out to The Island of Doctor Moreau), with the added twist of the dinosaurs having the protagonists' DNA. On a general note, it's a parody of Jurassic Park, complete with a kitchen scene.
    • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Two instances where dinosaurs breath fire, both justified. One occurrence is in Dedede's dream, and the other when Dinosaur Kirby attacks everyone. He inhales a torch and gets the fire copy ability.
  • Everythings Better With Ninjas: Episode 24.
  • Evil Laugh: Done very often by both Dedede and Escargo[o]n.
  • Evil Teacher: In one episode, Dedede makes a school and forces all the villagers to either be taught or be teachers. However, as a trick, a special cap, when worn, turned you into this.
  • Faceless Masses: The Cappies.
  • Famed in Story: Meta Knight, which amuses him. He finds it even funnier when he is made into one of a series of rare collectable figurines.
  • Fanservice: Fumu-tan of the Stars.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Noddys cause these.
  • Food Porn: Episodes featuring Kawasaki or similar premises inevitably have some mouthwatering food that Kirby chows down on.
  • Forged by the Gods: Meta Knight's sword, Galaxia.
  • For the Evulz: Dedede likes causing trouble and making other people's lives as miserable as he possibly can. Why? Just because he thinks it's fun.
    • King Dedede also heavily taxes the citizens of Cappy Town... just so he can buy monsters to quell his boredom.
    • Nightmare spends his time creating Demon Beasts / monsters and sending them to terrorize and conquer planets just because he loves doing so.
  • Fortuneteller: Mabel, though she admits that she's more of a counselor.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In episode 9, done by the demon beast Kittari-Hattari. Much hilarious antics ensue.
  • Friendly Enemy: Not all the demon beasts/monsters are evil to begin with.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In the dub, NME (for NightMare Enterprises). It sounds like "enemy".
    • The localized series name, Kirby: Right Back At Ya, abbreviated as "KRBaY", sounds a lot like the name of the series' protagonist.
  • Genki Girl: Fumu/Tiff.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The infamous Bouncy Tiff. One scene in the English dub featuring normal-sized Kirby on a miniature set added a reference to steroids (surprising, considering that 4Kids usually shies away from this kind of thing).
  • Girls Need Role Models: Fumu/Tiff
  • Give Me a Sword: In episode 3, Meta Knight throws Kirby a sword before challenging him to a duel, just like he does in the games.
  • Granola Girl: Fumu/Tiff.
  • G-Rated Drug: An energy drink featured in episode 80 that had the effect of instant steroids.
  • Great Offscreen War: Which apparently wiped out a species or three.
  • Green Aesop: But handled in such a ham-tastic and Anvilicious way that it's more of a joke than an actual Aesop.
  • Happy Ending: In the 100th and final episode, Nightmare is defeated by Kirby through the use of the Star Rod, Nightmare's fortress is blown up by everyone through the use of a time bomb planted on the company's Demon Beast/monster transmitter, Pupu Village/Cappy Town has been rebuilt, and everyone happily goes back to their normal lives. And in addition, Dakonyo/Kit Cosmos appears to be staying with everyone in the village.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: In episode 48, a bunch of these go sightseeing in Pupupu Village/Cappy Town.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Knuckle Joe. He even changes colour when he does so, reflecting how "helper" characters have a different colour scheme in the games.
  • Heroic BSOD: In the episode "Sentimental Kirby"/"Kirby Takes the Cake", Kirby wants to play with everyone only to discover that nobody wants to play with him. When he goes to Tokkori to tell him that nobody is willing to play with him, Tokkori shows what a dick he is by telling him that nobody likes him. That's where Kirby's Blue Screen of Death comes in, as he packs up some of his stuff and runs away to the Valley of Kabu. What Kirby doesn't know, however, is that the real reason why nobody wanted to play with him was because nobody wanted to see him mess up their preparations for his one-year anniversary of crash-landing in Cappy Town, and he doesn't boot back up until Meta Knight and Tokkori remind him that everyone is really worried about him and they're all wishing for him to come back home.
  • Hero of Another Story: Before Kirby came along, Meta Knight was a high-ranking member of a La Résistance movement, as well as the last survivor of a previous war.
  • Hidden Depths: Everyone. Mainly this is because of the series' episodic nature, lending to everyone getting their own day in the limelight at some point.
    • For example: That old, meek and frail postman from the village? He's a retired Badass Biker.
    • Waddle Doo can speak at least three languages (the local tongue, Waddle Dee, and some foreign Cappy creatures).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: King Dedede's plans to get rid of Kirby often comes back to bite him. In one episode, he orders pillows from Nightmare Enterprises to sell to citizens where they'll have nightmares that will make them attack Kirby; Dedede and Escargoon try the pillows out themselves. In another, Dedede eats some chips he ordered from Nightmare to use against Kirby, and ends up getting so fat that the Waddle Dees have to knock his door off its hinges to get him out.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Escargoon is heavily implied to have a man-crush on his boss in Japanese and English - the dub team picked up on this and gave him a Paul Lynde-esque voice that makes things even more blatant.
    Escargon: (to Dedede) Did you forget that night when we promised to each other we would never become separated?
  • Honest John's Dealership: Customer Service... though really, the company is called Holy Nightmare Corporation. You'd have to be pretty stupid or determined to buy any monsters fr-- wait...
    • And in the dub, it's NightMare Enterprises— which abbreviates (sort of) as N.M.E.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: Seeing that Kirby can't talk, and the humanoid Tiff is pretty much Kirby's spokesperson, this was inevitable.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Discussed in the episode where Dedede learns to appreciate art. Tiff sees a painting of the Mona Lisa and is surprised by how it looks, meaning that humans are considered aliens to the people of Dream Land.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Dedede often pulls his hammer out of nowhere as another tactic to "get" Kirby.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Tiff.
  • Instant Expert: Kirby, after he copies an ability.
  • Interspecies Romance: And an in-universe Crack Pairing — in one episode, Whispy Woods falls in love with a flower.
    • And in another, Kine, an ocean sunfish, goes on a date with Fumu/Tiff.
  • I Own This Town: King Dedede, but the real person in charge of the village below his castle is probably the Mayor.
  • Jerkass: Tokkori. Duh.
    • King Dedede as well. In fact, compared to the games, he takes this trope Up to Eleven. Although he does soften up as the series progresses.
  • Ki Attacks: The Sword Beam. In the Japanese version Meta Knight explains it as "focusing the energy in your soul and letting it out in one attack", which was obviously left out in the dub.
    • Knuckle Joe and Fighter Kirby use Hadouken.
  • Kimodameshi: In a two-episode story arc.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Destrayers in the Series Finale are much more powerful than any Demon Beast/monster Kirby's faced before. One of them even broke off a piece of his Warp Star!
    • Before that, there were the Mumbies. While not nearly giving off as much drama as the Destrayers, the Mumbies are vicious and competent indeed; the Mumbies that fought against Kirby even gave him one of his Darkest Hours and even produced pure terror.
    • And before that, there was Amon, who, unlike previous villains and Demon Beasts/monsters, also showed impressive competence as he took control of the sheep and used them to take over Pupu Village / Cappy Town and Castle Dedede, as well as in his fight against Kirby where he would've given the cute spud a run for his money had it not been for Fumu / Tiff calling the sheep back with Mayor Len's shepherd's whistle.
  • Kodomomuke
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: Customer Service makes Dedede's kingdom one when he forgets to pay his debts.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dedede and Escoragoon get's hit with this every single time at the end of each episode.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: One episode features a book called Pappy Pottey and the Fool's Stone and a broom-themed monster disguised as J. K. Rowling.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the Japanese version, the Kirby Quiz episode had this exchange after a particularly tricky question:
    Dedede: That question was too hard.
    Customer Service: Now now, if you got up early every week to watch the show, you'd know these things!
  • Lethal Chef: Chef Kawasaki gets a bad rap in Cappy Town because of this. Cook Kirby inherits it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Kirby tends to spend most of the time acting like a toddler, but once he copies an ability, he seems to have an instinctive grasp of it.
  • Lord Error-Prone: One episode features an Expy of Don Quixote, complete with fighting windmill monsters, except the chivalric novels are replaced with comic books.
  • Lost Wedding Ring: One episode ("Parm and Memu's Ring Story"/"The Thing About the Ring") is about Fumu/Tiff's dad trying to give his spouse her engagement ring, which he always lost one way or another every time their wedding anniversary came around.
  • Lovecraft Lite: The anime expands on this point from the games, since at the bottom line it's still about a The Only One trying to overthrow the Evil Overlord and the Mega Corp. by fighting their Eldritch Abominations.
  • Lucky Translation: In one episode of the original, Tokkori says "sono tokkori da", a pun on the phrase "sono toori da" (that's right). The fansubbers were lucky enough to make this "Exact-tokko-ly".
  • Man Child: Let's just say Dedede acts a lot younger than he is.
  • Mega Corp.: Holy Nightmare Corporation/NightMare Enterprises.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The Cappies in "Un-Reality TV".
  • Monochrome Past
  • Monster of the Week: The Demon Beasts/Monsters from Holy Nightmare / NightMare Enterprises. At first, they're intentionally purchased by Dedede to attack Kirby, but later on, Dedede starts buying other items which are simply Monsters/Demon Beasts in disguise.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Waddle Doo's main role is to command the Waddle Dee armies, and be their "voice."
  • Mr. Alt Disney: One episode had Dedede teaming up with a famous cartoonist named Owalt Desinay (Dis Walney in the dub) who turns out to be a monster in disguise.
  • Muggles: The cappies, and everyone else that lives in the village below Dedede's castle.
  • Mundane Utility: Most of the Demon Beasts/Monsters, but their main motive is always to kill Kirby and cause destruction.
    • Sometimes enforced by Dedede; once he summoned a dentist monster, but backed out when he was told it didn't use painkillers. He eventually got it to attack Kirby... but it could only do something like rip out teeth, which Kirby had none of.
  • Myth Arc: Believe it or not it has one. It's surprisingly well done too, being built up slowly and subtly throughout the series.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Holy Nightmare/Nightmare Enterprises.
  • Never Say "Die": In his own words, Dedede wants to "clobbah" or "get" Kirby, but not kill him, apparently. (Then again, that's not his intention in the Japanese version either.)
    • Then in one episode he does. So he thinks.
    • Subverted in the backstory, and in the present in a certain way; 95% of the monsters do indeed die, but it's mostly from explosions, clean deaths, or disappearing off screen. Also, it's stated that Nightmare destroyed the Galaxy Solider Army, as well as plenty of Meta Knight's comrades, but it was never shown on-screen.
    • Inverted in the finale; in the Japanese version Nightmare gives an As Long as There Is Evil speech as he disintegrates, but in the dub he just screams.
  • Nice Hat: Kirby gets one every time he transforms into an ability. Abilities that don't have hats in the games, like Crash, are given hats anyway.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the 4Kids dub, Lady Like sounds just like Eva Gabor, and Ted Lewis uses a Paul Lynde impression for Escargoon and a Foghorn Leghorn voice with George W. Bush-style illiteracy for Dedede.
    • One episode has a J K Rowling counterpart, and another has a Shout-Out to the Japanese soldier who was holed up on an island long after WW2 was over.
    • The monster that gives Kirby and Dedede a forced workout (after they ate all those chips and actually leads to Kirby BARFING up the chips) was probably supposed to resemble Richard Simmons. If nothing else, it echoed his enthusiasm for exercise.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The factory that King Dedede builds in episode 28.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Said by a background character in the beginning of episode 10.
  • Off Model: Parodied full-on in episode 49. Played straight in some other instances though, mainly with coloring issues.
  • Oh Crap: Even though he still wears the evil grinning expression on his face, Nightmare gets one once he sees Kirby take control of his one weakness, the Star Rod.
    • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In "Sentimental Kirby"/"Kirby Takes the Cake", every one of the villagers gets this when King Dedede comes to ruin their preparations for Kirby's first anniversary of crash-landing in the village (which he thought was their rebellion against him).
      Mayor Len: (seeing Dedede arrive to attack their preparations for Kirby's anniversary) Oh no, it's King Dedede!
  • The Only One: Kirby, one of the few remaining Star Warriors after the aforementioned La Résistance was wiped out.
  • Only Sane Man: Meta Knight.
    • Tiff/Fumu as well.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: Dedede & Escargoon's female selves in an episode with a monster called Slice n' Splice that split people into opposite-sex halves.
    • Lololo and Lalala are permanently set this way, since they're two opposite halves of the same being.
  • Out of Focus: Kirby. Tiff/Fumu has a tendency to upstage him, as she can speak coherently, and her personality is shown more than Kirby's.
    • Kirby is still the star for action scenes and comic relief.
    • It's amazingly subverted with Meta Knight; intentionally, Meta Knight usually takes two or three episodes of breaks, not appearing or even being mentioned, even if the plot would require Meta Knight just to give a direction to the heroes!
  • Oxygenated Underwater Bubbles: In the episode where Kine falls in love with Fumu, Kine blows a bubble to prevent her and Kirby from drowning.
  • Pain Powered Leap: Near the end of the episode with the Dedede dolls in it, Tiff buries one of the said Dedede dolls in the ground to prevent it from menacing anyone, since the doll's movements are actually based on King Dedede's own movements. This results in King Dedede nosediving into the ground as well, but then a mole shows up and bites the doll, causing King Dedede to leap back out screaming in pain.
  • Parental Bonus: There are many references to old movies, popular culture and current events.
  • Pilot Episode: Made to celebrate the release of Kirby Air Ride in Japan. It can be viewed here.
  • Portal Network: The Demon Beast/Monster transporter. In the final episode, the characters who left Dream Land on the Halberd use it to come back home after the Halberd gets destroyed.
  • Product Placement: The three-part finale, as well as the Crisis of the Warpstar two-parter showcased various Air Ride machines from Kirby Air Ride
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: Almost shot-for-shot in episode 46 (53 in the dub), with a paranoid Dedede as the "murderer", Escargoon as the victim, and red paint in lieu of blood. It even has Psycho Strings!
  • Punch Clock Villain: Waddle Dees and Waddle Doo only follow Dedede out of obligation, and have no real malice against any of the heroes. After Dedede and Escargoon abandon a bunch of foreign tourists, Waddle Doo remains behind to help translate orders to them to help kriby.
  • Punny Name: Sir Ebrum (cerebrum) and Lady Like (ladylike).
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: King Dedede's debts to NME.
  • Recap Episode: Episode 64 in both the dub and the original, which doubles as a quiz show.
  • Reference Overdosed: See Shout-Out below.
  • Reset Button: Lasting damage to anything in the show (especially Castle Dedede, which collapsed completely due to Mike Kirby twice) is usually undone and everything's normal by the following episode. There are a few key exceptions to this, however, such as the Series Finale.
  • La Résistance: The Star Warriors and the Galaxy Soldier Army.
  • Rope Bridge: In one of the Green Aesop episodes, King Dedede and Escargoon fall off one of these after Dedede stomps on it in frustation.
  • Role Reprisal: In the special "Kirby 3D" episode, almost the entire voice cast from the dub returned to voice their characters. The sole exception is the departed Maddie Blaustein, so the voice of Chef Kawasaki was recast.
  • Rule 34: Infamous on 4Chan due to a certain anonymous artist who would frequently post explicit gay porn of Dedede, Escargoon, and Customer Service.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Galaxia's voice in episode 60 was male. For reasons unknown, the voice was female in the dub.
  • Shout-Out: Lots. Some are whole episode references to movies like The Blair Witch Project, Mothra, Jurassic Park, The Birds, and Frankenstein. Furthermore, in episode 71, most of the main cast go on a boat trip and get swallowed by a whale. There's even an episode where Mabel gathers a cult following and parts the sea.
    • A more complete list can be seen here.
  • Sigil Spam: Holy Nightmare/Nightmare Enterprises puts their logo on every product they can.
  • Slice of Life: This anime can be summed up as half Kirby kicking ass, half slice of the townspeople's life under an illegitimate monarchy, and a dose of subtle satire and social commentary.
  • Smart Bomb: The Crash ability, but unlike Mike, it kills only enemies, instead of destroying everything in sight.
  • Smug Snake: While not really a villain whatsoever, Tokkori does have his moments of showing off his arrogant, pompous, and selfish behavior, which is enough to annoy both other characters and the audience.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe. In the dub, Tiff calls Dedede's self-made cartoon (Dedede: Comin' at Ya, or Dedede of the Stars in the original) this. Fans have theorized this might also be a bit of Self-Deprecation on 4KiDS's part.
  • Spice Up the Subtitles: The fansubs done by Kirby' s Rainbow Resort. Case in point, they made the robot Escargon drop a Precision F-Strike.
  • Stock Footage: The shot of Kirby's Warp Star summoned from Kabu, which appears in nearly every single episode.
  • Storming the Spacestation: The three part series finale.
  • Strange Syntax Speaker: Kabu in the original.
  • Strictly Formula: Most, if not all of the episodes that aren't either two-parters or the finale will go as follows:
    • Kirby and his friends live their happy lives. Dedede acts stupid and orders a monster. Demon beast attacks. Kirby inhales and copies its power. Demon beast is defeated. Kirby and his friends return to living their happy lives. Still, even the two-parters and the finale still have the same exact sequence from 'Demon beast attacks' to the end.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Escargoon looks exactly like his mom. This makes even Meta Knight laugh.
  • Subordinate Excuse: The Waddle Dees only serve King Dedede because they want to return the hospitality that was given to them.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The entire Series Finale.
  • Super Fun Happy Thing of Doom: This has to be the only reason King Dedede ordered monsters from Holy Nightmare. Doesn't help that a few of the soon-to-be gigantic enemies are pretty cute at first, and some of them are even Cute and Psycho.
    • The dub doesn't have this, of course...making Dedede look like more of an idiot in the process, if it was possible.
  • Surprisingly Good English: While all of the signs that appear in the anime are written originally in proper English, some blink-and-miss frames aren't as good.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: A one-shot Action Girl character has a machine gun/sword/flamethrower/grappling hook/missle launcher. Seriously.
  • Take That, Us: The "Mr. Alt Disney" episode tries to have Fumu/Tiff explain how bad it is to abuse motion capture and CGI over hand drawn animation...even though the show has tons of Conspicuous CG.
  • Take Up My Sword: A non-lethal example—In episode 26, Meta Knight falls unconscious and Kirby takes his sword in order to defeat the Monster of the Week.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The monster delivery system.
  • Terrible Artist: In one episode, Dedede recruits the entire cast to make an anime. Half the episode is actually an interesting insight into how cartoons are made, but once it's actually completed, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Kirby sings the first opening when he transforms into Mike Kirby, a parody of it also shows up in the episode where King Dedede makes his own anime series.
    • The second opening appears as a ringtone for Dedede's cellphone in the Series Finale.
    • At one point in the original, Bun and his friends paint graffiti on Dedede's castle walls while singing the Ending Theme.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Fumu and Bun, localized as Tiff and Tuff (they aren't even twins!). Lololo/Fololo and Lalala/Falala may also be examples (also not twins, but two halves of the same being.).
  • This Cannot Be!: Sirica utters this when, to her horror, she sees Kirisakin appear in the Valley of Kabu and make its way towards her and Kirby and co. Escargoon also screams this in an earlier episode when he finally realizes that nothing is making Dedede stop acting nice and get angry, despite not knowing that Togeira took away his ability to get angry.
  • This Is Unforgivable: King Dedede, of course, has this as his Catchphrase.
  • Those Two Guys: King Dedede & Escargoon.
    • Sword and Blade are straight examples.
  • Too Dumb to Live: More of a mild example, but the residents of Cappy Town have shades of this. King Dedede also has moments.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Watermelons for Kirby. Exploited in the two-part race episode; in order to get Kirby to participate, 2nd place prize is literally a pile of watermelons.
  • Training from Hell: In episode 3, Meta Knight speed-trains Kirby to wield a sword... by beating the crap out of him and pointing out all his mistakes.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: Discussed in the Series Finale.
  • The Unintelligible: Blade Knight in the dub.
    • It seems the person doing the dub was trying to impersonate Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In an episode where Bun decides to go on a crime spree to prevent the only cop in town from being fired.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: A trait inherited from the games. See Lovecraft Lite.
  • Voodoo Doll: The Dedede Dolls. Destroying one of them will actually cause King Dedede to fly up into space and past a planet shaped like him.
  • Wacky Racing: In a two-parter.
  • Wall of Weapons: Meta Knight has one in his room; they are Sword and Blade's former weapons, which they hold to remind them of the day they met Meta Knight.
  • Weakened by the Light: Exagerrated in the episode where the Mumbies appear—they're only active at night, but when the sun rises, they get vaporized when the sunlight hits them.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In the finale, Kirby uses the Star Rod to reduce Nightmare to a scared, panicking coward and obliterate him, causing him to disintegrate. As the cute pink spud himself does so, Nightmare complains that the Star Rod is his only weakness and that he is helpless against its overwhelming stellar power.
    • Chilidog/Wolfwrath, one of the Demon Beasts/monsters made by Nightmare (and one of his most ferocious and powerful ones), also has one main weakness - naturally, since he's a fire monster said to be born in the Fires of Hell, his main weakness is water. Needless to say, once submerged in it, pretty much anything can finish him off. Kirby still slices it in half for good measure.
    • Pretty much the exact opposite of Wolfwrath above, the monster called Reizou/Fridgy will melt into a huge pile of water if he gets burned enough by fire.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Dedede's kingdom as a whole.
    • Kirby's Starship has a built-in monster sensor, causing him to crash-land in Dream Land in the first episode.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: While Kirby isn't Meta Knight's son, the latter sometimes praises him for getting progressively stronger. Less often, he'll show pride in Knuckle Joe or Fumu.
  • We Will Meet Again: A lot of the guest characters say this to Kirby near the end of the episode. Barely any of them come back.
  • Whip It Good: Meta Knight uses a whip once, to save Kirby, Fumu, and Bun from falling. It is never shown or mentioned again.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Meta Knight's reaction to Dedede's homebrew anime script.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Sushi Shop.
  • Wise Tree: Kabu, although he's more of an oracle. For actual trees, there's Whispy Woods.
  • Wishful Projection: Tiff assumes that, when this legendary Star Warrior Kirby steps out from his containment pod, he will be a tall prince with a slender figure and a sword, only for it to reveal it is actually a pink puffball that can't even speak. This literally shatters her mental image.
  • World of Pun: Most of the dub's episode names are pun-based, and quite a bit of the dialogue is pun-heavy.
  • You Killed My Father: Both Knuckle Joe and Silica initially blame Meta Knight for killing one of their parents and come to Pop Star to hunt him down.
  • You Monster!: Knuckle Joe was consumed by hatred in his quest to avenge his father, which led him to do terrible things, such as trying to kill poor Kirby who wouldn't even fight back. That was more than enough reason for Meta Knight to call him a Demon Beast/monster. And that's not all - it's also possible to become a full monster yourself, as this was the perfect opportunity for Nightmare to turn him into a monster that could fire spikes at the cute pink spud.

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