Tropes relating to Kirby and his friends and foes. For anime-only characters and tropes only present to a character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, go here. Kirby's Return to Dream Land also has its own character page.WARNING: CONTAINS UNMARKED SPOILERS! You Have Been Warned!
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young, pink Waddling Head who likes to eat a lot. His cheerful nature hides surprising strength. With a stretchy mouth and vacuum breath he is able to eat foes even larger than himself and he can copy the powers of the things he has eaten.Tropes associated with Kirby:
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Trope Namer. Nintendo of America loves to put angry eyebrows on his face for the covers and ads of the games.
- Badass: Don't let the fact that he's a puffball deter you, he (in some cases, literally) eats Eldritch Abominations for breakfast.
- Big Eater: Whenever he gets the chance to, such as the Gourmet Race in Kirby Super Star or the "cake mountain" cutscene in Kirby's Epic Yarn.
- Extreme Omnivore: There are a select few things he will not eat, such as the "fuzzy" worms from the Twin Woods boss, but for the most part, he is fine swallowing anything he can get into his mouth.
- Black Bead Eyes: earlier appearances. He now has dark blue irises but his eyes are still bead-like to the extent that Kirby's Epic Yarn outright makes them beads.
- Black Hole Belly: Also the current page picture. Kirby can inhale things much bigger than himself and his mouth stretches to fit them. Kirby: Triple Deluxe gives him the Hypernova ability, which is pretty much this trope taken Up to Eleven.
- Pocket Dimension: His stomach is implied to be one Kirby: Squeak Squad and the anime.
- Blush Sticker: He has them all the time.
- Blow You Away: When flying, Kirby can shoot a burst of air to damage a foe in front of him. Pretty much just an Emergency Weapon. His inhale ability also counts to some degree.
- Breath Weapon: See above.
- Butt Monkey: In any cinematic not related to the current plot, Kirby will get abused. Case in point, the world title cards in Dream Land and Adventure, and the blooper reel in Super Star Ultra.
- Catch Phrase: "Hi!"
- Cheerful Child: He has the mannerisms of one.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Has shades of this, as shown in Kirby 64 and Kirby's Return to Dream Land where his immediate reaction to finding out someone's problem is to offer his aid to them.
- Death Glare: Yes, you read that right. Kirby: Triple Deluxe has him briefly sporting one in Hypernova form right before he vaporizes Queen Sectonia with her own reflected Wave Motion Gun.
- Also shoots a hilarious one at the camera when the tutorial calls him a "jolly fellow" in Super Star.
- Evil Counterpart: Subverted. In Amazing Mirror, which has this for both Kirby and Meta Knight, Shadow Kirby actually just wants to protect the Mirror World, much like Kirby to Dream Land.
- Good Is Not Soft: Ironically, his general behavior in the games outside of Kirby's Avalanche indicate something like this.
- The Hero: In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards alongside Ribbon, Waddle Dee, Adeleine, and Dedede. Also in Return to Dream Land with Bandana Dee, Meta Knight. and Dedede.
- Heroic Mime: In most games, he can't manage more than a "Hi!" or a "Poyo!" He does speak in Epic Yarn, but only with narration. In earlier games, he narrated the instruction manual to the player, and in the Game Boy Advance games, the pause screen descriptions for his copy abilities is delivered in first person.
- Kid Hero: His age is never specifically stated in the games, but his high pitched voice and childish mannerisms suggests he's young.
- The anime outright states that Kirby is an infant.
- Killer Rabbit: Downplayed for the most part, where half of the creatures are cutesy but even the larger fiercer-looking things are likely to be eaten if they cross Kirby's path.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He's rather infamous for unwittingly unleashing unspeakable horrors. Granted, half the time, no one tells him there's an unspeakable evil sealed up in the MacGuffin.
- He can also be rather impulsive when he believes someone has done something wrong.
- One-Track-Minded Hunger: Most of what he does is motivated by his stomach.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Considering how much of a Cheerful Child he is, you know shit's about to get real when he gives a Death Glare to Queen Sectonia right before he blasts her away with a Wave Motion Gun.
- Power Copying: Starting with Kirby's Adventure, Kirby gained the ability to absorb the powers of certain enemies he eats.
- Power Puff Girl Hands: Kirby is able to wield swords, hammers, and umbrellas among other weaponry with his stubby little arms. The official art for Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby & the Amazing Mirror does show his arms wrapped around objects, but most of the time, objects just stick to the end of his arms.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Meta Knight's blue.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Oversized head? He is all head. Big, stubby limbs, a big smile, large eyes... no fur, but close enough.
- Silent Snarker: In Super Star. A few of his reaction shots also have shades of this, such as giving the camera a look when the Tutorial calls him jolly.
- Signature Move: His Inhale ability as well as copying his enemy's powers.
- Skilled, but Naïve: He's one of the strongest people in Dream Land despite still being a child; however, he is also very prone to Nice Job Breaking It, Hero moments and his good nature is sometimes taken advantage of.
- Sky Surfing: Kirby's Warpstar lets him do this. It can go so fast, that he achieves Faster-Than-Light Travel.
- Super Strength: For a small creampuff, Kirby is very powerful. He's capable of shattering planets with his fists, swinging giants swords and hammers with ease, and launched a monster to the sun and back in his anime. They don't call him the super tuff pink puff for nothing.
- Super Toughness: Kirby is not only stronger than he looks but tougher too. His pink, stretchy body allows him to take all manner of punishment. Across the games, he's been flattened, blasted by missiles and cannonballs, burned by jet flames, and more, yet he always comes bouncing back. Kirby: Triple Deluxe took this Up to Eleven. After he defeats Sectonia with Hypernova, the evil wasp queen blows up in an explosion big enough to eclispe Popstar. Kirby's caught right in the center of it, but comes out without a scratch.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Maxim Tomatoes, as well as that one strawberry shortcake he went on a rampage for. In the anime it was watermelon.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Kirby acting in a well-meaning but impulsive way and then having to fix the problems this caused is a recurring theme in the games.
- In Kirby's Adventure, Kirby fights King Dedede and his minions to get the Star Rod back, thinking Dedede was acting selfishly by breaking the Star Rod. King Dedede was actually trying to stop a more powerful and evil entity known as Nightmare from using the rod's power. On the other hand, though King Dedede meant well, his plan was short-sighted and made it impossible for the people of Dream Land to get restful sleep. Kirby came up with a more permanent solution by using the rod's power against Nightmare.
- Most of Kirby: Squeak Squad revolves around Kirby attempting to get back a homemade strawberry shortcake that was stolen from him by a gang of thieving mice, Kirby suspects that King Dedede was behind this somehow for the entire first world before he learns the truth. Afterwards he begins pursuing a strange looking treasure chest that he thinks contains his cake but actually houses the ruler of the underworld, Dark Nebula.
- His impulsiveness is even referenced in the Subspace Emmissary of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where at one point he sees King Dedede in the distance driving a cargo of captured heroes and gives chase. In his haste he leaves behind the princess that he rescued from Petey Piranha earlier in the game, and she, unable to keep up, falls behind and gets kidnapped by Bowser.
- Transformation Sequence: Whenever he copies an ability, although it's quicker than most examples. It's made more elaborate in the anime, as well as with the Super Abilities in Return to Dream Land.
- Nice Hat: Kirby gets one for almost every ability he can copy.
- Unwitting Pawn: In Kirby Super Star's Milky Way Wishes, Kirby arrives at Nova, only for his wish to be stolen by Marx. Also, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Magolor tricks him into defeating a dragon named Landia to obtain the Master Crown for him, only for Magolor to use it to try and take over the universe.
- Vacuum Mouth: His "Inhale" ability.
- Video Game Flight: Achieved by sucking in air and flapping his arms.
- Walking Head: A common trait shared by most creatures on the Planet Popstar.
- You Are Who You Eat: Kirby takes this saying quite literally.
Other Main Characters
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land
Voiced by: Masahiro Sakurai (Kirby 64 and Super Smash Bros.), Shinya Kumazaki (Return to Dream Land, Triple Deluxe)Hammer-wielding penguin (possibly) and self-proclaimed ruler of Dream Land, though he never really does anything related to administration. Usually ends up as the villain through Greed or Demonic Possession.Tropes associated with King Dedede:
- Acrofatic: Depending on the game, he can be pretty agile despite his size.
- Affably Evil: He's not really that bad a guy, he's just vain, extremely greedy, and occasionally mean-spirited. Of course, that doesn't mean he's not affable — in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he hugs Kirby towards the end of The Subspace Emissary when he realizes he's alright.
- Adipose Rex: You would be hard pressed to find a fatter individual in Dream Land, and none of them are claiming to be royalty either.
- Anti-Villain: In Kirby's Adventure, Dream Land 2 and Dream Land 3.
- Arch-Enemy: Most likely due to longevity. He is not Kirby's worst enemy, but he is the most common.
- Authority in Name Only: Besides his soldiers, no one respects his rule. Not even his "friends", if The Revenge of Meta Knight is any indication.
- Bad Ass: In Triple Deluxe he defeats Queen Sectonia DX, a more powerful version of the original. Shadow Dee Dee Dee, a dark doppelganger made by the amazing mirror. And Dark Meta Knight-Who defeated Meta Knight on his own but is now powered by the amazing mirror with a plentiful supply of new abilities. ALL IN A ROW.
- Badass in Distress: In Triple Deluxe, Kirby's mission is to save him.
- Big Bad: Of the original game, Spring Breeze in Kirby Super Star, and Revenge of the King in Ultra. Also is the villain in most spinoffs such as Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby's Dream Course, and most recently Kirby Fighters Deluxe. Appears to be the Big Bad of several other games as well, but actually isn't, for various reasons.
- Big Fun: When he's not doing something bad, anyway.
- Burning with Anger: Occasionally in Kirby's Dream Land 2, he will go into a rage that will make his next attack highly explosive.
- Butt Monkey: If it's not happening to Kirby, it's happening to Dedede.
- Can't Catch Up: He learned to duplicate Kirby's flight after his first defeat, while Kirby learned to run as fast as Dedede and copy powers.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: According to his trophy information in Super Smash Bros. Melee, he underwent training to learn how to float and inhale things like Kirby after his first defeat. As we can see, the training paid off.
- Creator Cameo: Voiced by the creator of the series himself, Masahiro Sakurai.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a greedy, gluttonous bumbler who seemingly exists to either take the blame for what another villain has done or be possessed by them. ...he is also at the same time one of the most powerful individuals in Dream Land, a fighter on the same level as Kirby and Meta Knight, and actually incredibly clever when the situation calls for it.
- Demonic Possession: In Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3 and briefly in Kirby 64, King Dedede is possessed repeatedly by Dark Matter, which endows him with a Belly Mouth (the sash across his stomach will rip open and become its teeth) and sometimes Dark Matter's eyeball will emerge from his stomach and shoot Energy Balls of darkness at Kirby. (Incidentally, King Dedede has his Eyes Always Shut in these cases). After 64, this disappeared for a while, only to catch up with Dedede again in Epic Yarn and in Triple Deluxe. In other words, a lot.
- Demoted to Extra: He only appears as a clay sculpture in Rainbow Curse, having no appearance in the game's story.
- Disc One Final Boss: in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3.
- Distressed Dude: In Triple Deluxe.
- Evil Counterpart: To Kirby.
- Shadow Dedede serves as one to him in Triple Deluxe.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Maybe. He looks an awful lot like one, but is never actually stated to be one (A fact that's lampshaded in Super Smash Bros. Brawl during Snake's codec conversation about him).
- Extreme Omnivore: At least in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where he'll eat almost any item in the game if you make him inhale it.
- Fat Bastard: He has stolen all the food in Dream Land, twice. Though he is fat because he is a greedy over-eater, as in Kirby's Adventure he trained to duplicate Kirby's flight, so he must eat enough to stay fat despite his work.
- A Father to His Men: He seems to actually care very much about his Waddle Dees.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: This is pretty much what Gourmet Race is.
- Harmless Villain: Dedede's not really bad (except in the anime), he's just big and greedy so Kirby has to bring him down to earth. In fact, he's been known to give Kirby giant hugs.
- Heel-Face Turn: In Kirby 64, to help fight Dark Matter. He's pretty reluctant about the whole thing, though. Also in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, with far less reluctance.
- Jerkass: In the spinoffs and the anime.
- Also in the original game, one of the few games in which he's not possessed or a Well-Intentioned Extremist. He just steals everyone's food for no real reason, apparently, as he's never shown eating it. Okay, he is on the second time around in Super Star.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Crystal Shards, he's still a jerk but ultimately means well.
- Same thing in Kirby's Adventure, where the only reason he was opposing Kirby was to protect Dreamland from Nightmare, who was still sealed in the fountain.
- Jiggle Physics: Played for laughs in the trailer for Kirby's 20th anniversary. After making the jump to the 3rd dimension, Dedede strikes a pose with Kirby and Meta Knight, and notices that his belly jiggles; he then proceeds to look at his stomach crossly, and poke it with the hilt of his hammer.
- Leitmotif: His theme from Kirby's Dream Land is carried to every single game onwards besides Avalanche and Kirby 64; it's also not used for the fight with him in Kirby's Adventure and its remake, but it still gets used for the miniboss tower.
- Large and In Charge: He is not the largest creature in Dream Land (his larger friend, Whispy Woods, is a frequent sight), but he is larger than most of his army and the rest of the creatures he claims to rule over.
- Mask Power: Kirby Super Star Ultra features the unlock-able "Revenge of the King" segment, which is a Hard Mode-style rerun of "Spring Breeze" (remember how Kirby's Dream Land had a Hard Mode?). King Dedede has clearly taken a leaf out of Meta Knight's book for the occasion, going so far as to give himself a steel mask that obscures everything except his eyes. He's a lot harder than he was before.
- This form of Dedede makes a return in Kirby Triple Deluxe, and has been improved even further.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Is it "dee-dee-dee" or "day-day-day"? Seems to depend mostly on region. Most English-speaking territories use the former; Japan as well as Italian-, French-, and Spanish-speaking countries use the latter. It seems both are correct, because the announcer of Super Smash Bros. Brawl pronounces his name BOTH ways depending on your game's region.
- Additionally, if the crowd begins chanting his name, they'll alternate between the pronunciations.
- Not Me This Time: Let's just say that he gets hit with this trope a lot, probably the worst offender being Squeak Squad.
- Oh Crap!: His reaction when things go wrong. Like when Kirby shows up to rescue the trophies in the Subspace Emissary or when Kirby accidentally awakens Nightmare.
- Power-Up Mount: Plays this role for his sections in The Crystal Shards, as well as Return to Dream Land (the other playable characters can also serve as this in said game).
- Puppet King: The last few games seem to like taking this to a literal level as Dedede has had strings attached to him to control him, twice now.
- Reverse Mole: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary, he's on the villains side but is actually the only one in the cast with knowledge of Tabuu and a plan to oppose him.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: While some may question his "King" title from time to time, there's no question that he's quite active when something big happens.
- Training from Hell: King Dedede has always been able to mimic Kirby's Inhale ability but, according to his trophy description in Melee, intense training between Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Adventure was what allowed him to learn to fly like Kirby.
- Weapon of Choice: His hammer, of course, but see below.
- An Axe to Grind: In Triple Deluxe, his hammer winds up being broken during a fight with Kirby when Taranza's using him as a puppet, so he rips of a battle-axe taller than he is off a nearby statue and showcases that he's every bit as proficient with it as he is his hammer.
- Drop the Hammer: Rarely seen without one.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his hammer has a jet engine for the sole purpose of swinging extremely strong hits. In "Revenge of the King" in Kirby Super Star Ultra, Masked Dedede has an even cooler new hammer. It can launch missiles, shoot a gout of flame, and be used for an extreme Spin Attack.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: As of Kirby Mass Attack, he's picked up bombs lately as well.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted continuously by Dedede. Every time he returns to fight Kirby (and isn't being directly possessed by Dark Matter or some such) he always brings something new to the table. Most notably shown in Kirby's Adventure after training himself to learn Kirby's techniques, Revenge of the King with his Masked Dedede state, and in Kirby Fighters Deluxe wherein he empowers himself via the Star Rod.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played this part in Kirby's Adventure, as well as the remake Nightmare in Dream Land, where it seems like he was up to standard villainy by stealing the Star Rod from the Fountain of Dreams, but it is later revealed that he had a very good reason for doing so, as a horrifically evil entity, aptly named "Nightmare", had contaminated the Fountain of Dreams.
- Worthy Opponent: He sees Kirby as this. In Revenge of the King, he even makes sure Kirby is fighting on the same terms as him by refusing to fight until Kirby picks up his old hammer, in the same way Meta Knight does with the sword. Also, in Kirby Fighters Deluxe, when the pause screen description for Team DDD 64 has him speak in first person, he sounds rather menacing and inviting at the same time.
First appearance: Kirby's AdventureA Waddling Head with a mask, bat wings, a sword, and an unknown agenda. His morality is highly ambiguous, but he generally seems to be a Hero Antagonist.Tropes associated with Meta Knight:
Voiced by: Eric Newsome (Super Smash Bros.), Makiko Ohmoto (Return to Dream Land)
- Anti Hero Antagonist: Is typically trying to do what's right/protect Dream Land from evil, though he sometimes goes into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory. Opposes Kirby because he tends to trigger what Meta Knight is trying to prevent.
- Badass: His request when he is granted one wish? To have a duel with the greatest warrior the universe has ever known. He wins!
- Badass Adorable: Made even more adorable by the fact that he tries to hide it with his mask.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Eric Newsome, his voice can occasionally be portrayed as damn deep.
- Badass in Distress: In The Amazing Mirror, he goes off to quell the threat, but is trapped inside the mirror instead.
- Big Damn Heroes: Every once in a while.
- Black Knight: Enigmatic and almost never seen without his armor, though it's dark blue, purple, and grey, rather than black.
- Blade Spam: One of his sword attacks.
- Blood Knight: Towards Kirby in particular.
- Blow You Away/Everything's Better with Spinning: One of his signature moves is Mach Tornado.
- Cape Wings: Most often, although in Kirby's Return to Dream Land he takes off his cape to reveal his wings.
- Char Clone: Lacks the usual color scheme, but embodies most of the other traits.
- Cool Faceship: The Halberd.
- Cool Mask: But he's so cute without it!
- Cool Sword: Galaxia. He also had a sword called Master in Amazing Mirror, which he gives to Kirby as the Eleventh Hour Superpower and then leaves in the Mirror World.
- Master probably is Galaxia, before Nintendo settled on its proper name.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In Super Smash Bros., his Final Smash is called "Galaxia Darkness", but Meta Knight is not evil and does not even take up an antagonistic role in the Subspace Emissary.
- Darth Vader Clone: His Cool Mask and armor/cape, deep voice (mostly in Smash), occasional roles as a Well-Intentioned Extremist and The Dragon, and Star Destroyer-like Halberd are all reminiscent of Vader. This did not go unnoticed in the early days of Brawl, and a Vader-inspired palette swap hack of Meta Knight◊ popped up in the earliest days of Brawl hacking.
- Dashing Hispanic: His voice and mannerisms are suggestive of this. Especially after Kirby Right Back At Ya and Super Smash Bros Brawl gave him a voice. His fighting style and code of honor also invoke this.
- Demoted to Extra: Like King Dedede, he only appears as a sculpture in Rainbow Curse.
- The Dragon: To King Dedede in Kirby's Adventure.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Meta Knight's army in Adventure and Super Star are called the Meta-Knights. Some of them have individual names, such as Captain Vul.
- Evil Counterpart: Two of them: Dark Meta Knight and Galacta Knight, though no one is sure if Galacta is actually evil or not.
- A Father to His Men: In Revenge of Meta Knight, where he tells his crew to abandon the Halberd so they'll be safe. When Axe and Mace refuse, he acts like he doesn't care, but then he apologizes under his breath for forcing them into such a situation.
- Face-Heel Turn: Seemingly in Kirby Super Star, but his actual motive is that he thinks Dream Land would be a better place if he ruled it.
- Grumpy Bear: His response to the relatively-happy Dream Land is to declare war on it with a giant battleship in order to end what he views as the people's lazy lifestyle. Even after that, he is known for keeping to himself.
- Glass Cannon: In his playable appearances, he tends to fill this role. He is faster than Kirby and his sword can be used to break tough blocks that Kirby needs the Hammer for, but he often has half the health of Kirby or Dedede.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: He'll offer you a sword to fight him in one game and be playable in the next.
- Human Resources: In Revenge of Meta Knight the Meta-Knights use wheelies to power the Halberd. After Kirby's activities lead to the Halberd's destruction a wheelie comes to help Kirby escape the plummeting craft, in spite of Meta Knight's protest.
- Knight of Cerebus: He becomes this in the "Revenge of Meta Knight" segment of Kirby Super Star. Not only is the game much, much harder than normal thanks to the time limit, but the graphics of the Halberd levels are extremely dark and moody, more akin to Final Fantasy VI than anything Kirby related.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Often reason why Meta Knight ends up fighting Kirby.
- Playing with Fire: Has a fire attack in Squeak Squad.
- Poor Communication Kills: Though he often fights Kirby because he knows some terrible secret and is trying to keep Kirby from screwing things up, he'll never, ever, ever indicate this in any way until it's too late.
- Hero Antagonist: As a result.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kirby's red.
- Shock and Awe: Sometimes uses electricity-based attacks.
- Silent Snarker: Tends to become this when adjacent to the lighthearted antics of the other heroes. For example, his reactions to the other characters' idle animations on the title screen of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- The Southpaw: Oddly enough, character art of him in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror depicts him as left-handed. In all other games, he's right-handed. It can be because mirrors reflect things. While he was in the mirror world, it changed which hand he uses.
- Stealth Mentor: In Kirby's Adventure. In the original, he's the one who supplies Kirby with the Invincible Lollipops, yet he periodically throws his soldiers, the Meta-Knights, at him and fights Kirby himself. There's no other explanation for these actions except to be secretly training Kirby to defeat Nightmare.
- Sword Fight: Will almost always throw Kirby a sword before their duels.
- Super Speed: In Kirby Super Star Ultra, he's able to fly through the galaxy about as fast as Kirby's warp star which can flies faster than light.
- Teleport Cloak: He retreats by wrapping himself in this cape and flying straight up, Mega Man style!
- The Rival: To Kirby.
- 24-Hour Armor: If his armor breaks, he retreats.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Is often the hardest (or at least second-hardest) boss in the games he's fought in (including Kirby and The Amazing Mirror, as Dark Meta Knight fights exactly like him). It's particularly noticeable in boss rushes such as Helper to Hero.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Especially in Revenge of Meta Knight.
- Worthy Opponent: Always refuses to fight you until you pick up the sword he offers.
- The only time he breaks this pattern is in Revenge of Meta Knight, and even then, he'll wait 30 seconds before jumping into the fray. Which is reasonable, since by that point the Halberd is falling towards the ocean.
- In Squeak Squad — while he doesn't hand you the sword, there is one in the room you're in before you fight him. Additionally, the stars his attacks leave give you the Sword ability if you swallow them... for some reason.
- It should also be noted that he probably doesn't hand you one because he is trying to prevent Kirby from releasing Dark Nebula.
- This is also how you can suspect that the Meta Knight you fought in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror is an evil copy; he doesn't hand you a sword before the fight.
- He eventually gets one in the form of Galacta Knight (see below).
- He also doesn't give you a sword during the fight against him in Kirby's Epic Yarn, though it's justified for two reasons: Not only are there no Copy Abilities in that game, but Meta Knight's being controlled by Yin-Yarn and can't exactly fight honorably in that state.
Bandana Waddle Dee
First appearance: Kirby Super StarA seemingly high-ranking Waddle Dee in King Dedede's army. He always wears a blue bandana, which sets him apart from other Waddle Dees. He often acts as King Dedede's sidekick, despite also being Kirby's best friend.Tropes associated with Bandana Dee:
- A Dog Named Dog: He is a Waddle Dee named Waddle Dee. Fan Nicknames aside, this trend finally ended in Kirby: Triple Deluxe where he's rechristened Bandana Waddle Dee.
- Ascended Extra: His first appearance was as an opponent in Megaton Punch in Kirby Super Star. In Super Star Ultra, he appears as King Dedede's personal helper in Revenge of the King, and takes the place of the Waddle Dee "Boss" in The Arena. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, he is a playable character, aiding Kirby, Meta Knight, and his King. He's also thought to be the Waddle Dee from Kirby 64.
- Badass Normal: He's pretty much the most "normal" of the bunch in Return To Dream Land.
- Blade on a Stick: His spear. He can even twirl it like a helicopter blade to fly.
- Demoted to Extra: In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, he shows up in the background before bosses and minibosses to throw a healing item you can keep in reserve. But considering that Meta Knight doesn't appear at all aside from a small Cameo as one of Circus Kirby's balloons and Dark Meta Knight, which isn't him, Bandana Dee got off easy.
- Elite Mooks: Waddle Dees are King Dedede's minions, but this guy is apparently the top Waddle Dee.
- Friendly Enemy: Fiercely loyal to King Dedede, while at the same time being best friends with Kirby.
- Helpful Mook: His role in Triple Deluxe. Similar to Adeleine, he pops up in certain levels to toss items to Kirby.
- The Lancer: He usually serves as one to King Dedede. But in Rainbow Curse, he's Kirby's lancer.
- Considering his weapon of choice, this trope can be taken literally.
- Mythology Gag: He wields a spear, much like other Waddle Dees in the anime.
- No Name Given: Prior to Triple Deluxe, all official material refers to him simply as "Waddle Dee". Bandana Dee was a common nickname among fans until it became official inTriple Deluxe.
- Number Two: To King Dedede.
- Redemption Promotion: Upon being one of the heroes in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, he becomes much more powerful.
- Spin Attack: To hover with the spear.
- Super Strength: Only shown in Megaton Punch.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was once a joke boss from Kirby Super Star Ultra, but he becomes a capable fighter in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- Undying Loyalty: Implied, towards King Dedede. He usually helps the King with all his schemes.
- Uniformity Exception: He can be told apart from the other Waddle Dee by the fact that he usually always wears his trademark blue bandana.
- The Voiceless: He's the only character not to have any Voice Grunting in Return to Dream Land. He had dialogue in Revenge of the King, so he's not a full-blown Heroic Mime.
- Zero-Effort Boss:
- In Revenge of the King, he's merely a normal Waddle Dee with a lot of health. Kirby can inhale him for a One-Hit Kill.
- In Megaton Punch, Kirby almost has to preform poorly on purpose to lose to him.
First appearance: Kirby's Epic YarnThe prince of Patch Land. He joins Kirby so he can reunite Patch Land and stop Yin-Yarn.Tropes associated with Fluff:
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Considering many characters do not even have eyebrows.
- Brown Eyes: His eyes are brown unlike the black-eyed characters of the overall series.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He hasn't reappeared since his debut.
- Expy: Borrows some elements from Gooey. He's blue, player 2's character, and can lasso objects.
- The Lancer: His debut has him serve as so to Kirby.
- Palette Swap: Fluff is similar enough in appearance to Kirby that if you take away his crown, his Big Ol' Eyebrows, and the whites of his eyes, he'll look exactly like Kirby. He'd almost qualify as a Head Swap if not for the fact that his whole body is the head.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Works to get his land back.
- Tom the Dark Lord: Heroic example. Not too many heroes will go by "Prince Fluff".
- Walking Head: His body is exactly like Kirby's, but his face is completely different.
- Whip It Good: Most of Epic Yarn's game play is based around this.
First appearance: Kirby 64: The Crystal ShardsA fairy from Ripple Star. She is trying to collect all the shards of the Crystal that was shattered by Dark Matter and has the good fortune of meeting Kirby.Tropes associated with Ribbon:
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Though Kirby and Dark Matter have already been established to have this ability, so it probably was not too surprising to people already familiar with the series.
- Crash-Into Hello: After being knocked into Planet Popstar's atmosphere by Dark Matter, she lands on top of Kirby.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: For the final confrontation with 02, she helps Kirby fly and lends him the magic of the Crystal. This turns the fight into an Unexpected Rail Shooter.
- Fairy Companion: A little different than prior Nintendo instances in that Kirby is technically the one guiding her. She does use the crystal shards to fly the group between the planets, though.
- Implied Love Interest: Only character to ever kiss Kirby romantically, and the only character to initiate a (romantic) kiss in the entire series.
- The Pollyanna: Has this kind of personality.
First appearance: Kirby: Squeak SquadA group of mouse bandits traveling the universe in search of treasure, the Squeaks are the Big Bads and titular characters of Kirby: Squeak Squad. Daroach is the leader, Spinni is the speed, Storo is the muscle, Doc is the brains, and the Squeakers are the Team Pets.Tropes associated with the Squeaks:
- Adorable Evil Minions: The Squeakers.
- An Ice Person: Daroach fires freezing beams from his fancy cane.
- Badass Cape: Daroach wears one. No, the cute little bell does not diminish the effect; why do you ask?
- The Casanova: In Mass Attack, Daroach mentions having a history of stealing the hearts of ladies.
- Drop the Hammer: Storo.
- Ethnic Magician: Daroach.
- Eyepatch of Power: Storo.
- Fat Bastard: Storo.
- Five-Bad Band
- Flying Saucer: Doc, which turns into a fake Kracko in World 3.
- Gang of Hats: They're an all-rodent gang and they all wear red.
- Gentleman Thief: Daroach, complete with a top hat and a thirst for treasure chests. He lampshades this in some of his hints in Mass Attack.
- Heel-Face Turn: They stop antagonizing Kirby at the end of Squeak Squad, and they help out Kirby in Kirby Mass Attack.
- Hidden Depths: If you talk to him long enough in Kirby Mass Attack, Daroach will eventually tell you things about himself and his cohorts.
- Inexplicably Tailless: They're all mice or mouse-like creatures, yet nobody has more than a little stub of a tail; Daroach and Storo are completely tailless.
- Metal Slime: In Kirby Quest.
- Mooks/The Goomba: The Squeaks are essentially their Waddle Dees.
- Nice Hat: Daroach sports a pretty stylish one. It's almost an Eye-Obscuring Hat, but not quite.
- Ninja: Spinni.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Doc has a pair, complete with spirals.
- Raymanian Limbs: Daroach has these, although curiously, the other Squeaks do not.
- Recurring Boss: Spinni, Storo, and Doc; the latter is fought most often of all the Squeaks.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: Daroach is pretty big, but Storo dwarfs Dedede.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Spinni wears one.
- She's a Man in Japan: In an inversion of the usual, Spinni is stated to be female in Japan but referred to as male in the translation of Kirby Mass Attack.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Daroach, Storo, and the Squeakers can throw bombs.
- Teleport Spam: Like many a Kirby boss, Daroach favors this tactic.
- Third-Person Person: Daroach, but only briefly in Kirby Mass Attack.
- Title Drop: In their debut.
- Transformation of the Possessed: Daroach undergoes this as Dark Daroach. He turns to a darker color scheme, his fur gets a bit scruffy, his claws grow longer, and he wears a cowbell.
- Triangle Shades: Spinni wears these.
- Unwitting Pawn: Through greed and ambition, Daroach ends up a victim of Dark Nebula.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Daroach has these. It's unknown if the rest of the Squeaks share this trait, as all of them have their eyes obscured one way or another.
First appearance: Kirby's Return to Dream LandA friendly-looking alien who crash-landed on Planet Popstar with his ship, the Lor Starcutter. Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight and Bandanna Dee volunteered to help him recover the parts that broke off the ship. In truth, Magolor wants them to recover a magical item called the Master Crown from Landia so he can use it to become the supreme Evil Overlord of the galaxy. He succeeds in getting the crown and fights Kirby and his friends, but is defeated. He survives.Tropes associated with Magolor:
- A God Am I: He plans to rule the entire universe by wearing the Master Crown.
- Affably Evil: He's certainly quite friendly, masking his Evil Plan all along with his friendly demeanor. Even after his plan is revealed, he still sincerely thanks Kirby and his friends for their help. The "evil" part is dropped in Kirby's Dream Collection, where he returns with the Lor and opens up an amusement park for Kirby, even occasionally engaging in friendly competition.
- A Sinister Clue: Take a good look at how he attacks when you fight him, especially in his first form. He favors his left hand.
- Badass Adorable: He might look cute, but as shown in Kirby's Dream Collection he's an aggressive attacker capable of powerful magic. However, his powered-up Master Crown form in Return to Dream Land is less than adorable, to say the least.
- Big Bad: Of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- Call Back: His first boss form resembles Nightmare, while his second form resembles Marx, and Magolor Soul resembles Dark Mind. He also uses some of Marx's attacks, and his role in the plot is basically similar to Marx's, turned up to eleven...and gets a final form in the same theme naming as Marx's as well!
- Casting a Shadow: He's shown to have shadow magic in Dream Collection, but his powers are amplified after putting on the Master Crown in Return to Dream Land.
- The Chessmaster: His evil plan involves Kirby and co. recovering the Master Crown from Landia, which grants limitless power to the wearer.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite having nearly tried to kill Kirby and conquer the whole universe, Kirby still thinks of him as a friend.
- Evil Overlord: He suggests his dream is to become one, at least in the presence of the Master Crown.
- Evil Sorcerer: His first form, immediately after putting on the Master Crown.
- Expy: Of Marx. Sets Kirby up to go on a quest, collect stuff important to his plot, in order to obtain great power? Marx did it first. Bonus points for the fact that his True Final Boss form is called Magolor Soul. (There's also a bit of Dark Matter and Zero 2 in his final form, with the blood red eye gaping at him from what would otherwise be a smile.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Magolor has a few friendly races with Kirby in Kirby's Dream Collection.
- Heel-Face Turn: As of Kirby's Dream Collection, he seems to have reformed, and truly wishes to be a friend of Kirby. He builds him an amusement park as an apology, does nothing more malicious than attack him during his race challenges, and leaves amicably on the Lor while waving goodbye.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently, Magolor has a knack for building amusement parks, which is shown in both Kirby's Dream Collection and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (as per Word of God).
- Informed Ability: He's the captain of the Lor Starcutter and requires you to find the energy spheres for him, but he never actually repairs the ship. At least not in front of Kirby.
- The Jester: Looks a lot like one, especially in his first powered-up Master Crown form.
- Leitmotif: This one. It gets a sinister remix later on.
- Mr. Exposition: Collect all of the Lor Starcutter parts, and he'll tell you the beginning of his adventure.
- Raymanian Limbs: He seems to have invisible limbs connected to his hands.
- Teleport Spam: Like all Kirby final bosses.
- Treacherous Quest Giver: He gives helpful hints to Kirby and co. but is secretly a bad guy.
- The Trickster: By playing the innocent victim, he tricked Kirby and co. into defeating Landia for him so he could take the Master Crown.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While he isn't nearly as disturbing as other villains in the series, his Master Crown-enhanced forms are unsettling nonetheless.
- Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to talk about Magolor without giving away the big twist of Return to Dream Land.
First appearance: Kirby and the Rainbow CurseA fairy-like being that resembles a paint brush. She appears in Dream Land when the color is drained from world. She revives Kirby and Bandana Dee, and with their help, sets out with them to stop the mysterious force that drained the color.Tropes associated with Elline:
- All There in the Manual: You can get a grasp on her personality by collecting her Diary Pages at the end of each level.
- Ambiguously Gay: It's implied that she and Claycia are more than just friends.
- Art Initiates Life: She recolors Kirby and Bandana Dee, bringing them back to life.
- Punny Name: Her name sounds like "a line", something she might paint.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 2A friendly little blob made of the same substance as Dark Matter. He's Kirby's best friend. He and Kirby share many of the same hobbies and abilities.Tropes associated with Gooey:
- Ascended Extra: In his debut game, he's merely a health recovery pickup for Kirby. In Kirby's Dream Land 3, he's the character controlled by player 2.
- The Cameo: He appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Sadly, this is his latest appearance.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being Kirby's best friend, he hasn't appeared in a game since 1997.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He may not seem like Dark Matter material, but it might be trouble if he weren't on Kirby's side.
- Distaff Counterpart: The international versions of Kirby's Dream Land 2 have a female version of Gooey replacing Chao from Yuyuki; while she was never given an official name, Nintendo Power magazine supposedly referred to her as "Blob".
- Expy: Of Hurly and Chuckie, two enemy types in Kirby's Dream Land.
- Multipurpose Tongue: How he snags enemies for Power Copying.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land; as an ally, Kirby 64: The Crystal ShardsWaddle Dees are normally The Goombas of Kirby, but a particular one is an ally in Kirby 64.Tropes associated with Waddle Dee:
- Ascended Extra: Not the first Waddle Dee to stand out (that would be the "Sailor Dee" of the Meta-Knights), nor the last (as the "Bandana Dee" of Kirby Super Star Ultra and Return to Dream Land would come after). Still, his presence leads to there being no other Waddle Dees at all in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- Demonic Possession: It turned him into a Waddle Doo, minus Beam.
- Minecart Madness: He usually shows up for this sort of sequence. River-rapids-boating and snow-sledding are also possible.
- Universal Driver's License: His specialty in Crystal Shards is providing transportation via various vehicles.
First appearance: Kirby 64: The Crystal ShardsOne of Kirby's friends. An aspiring young artist able to bring her drawings to life.Tropes associated with Adeleine:
- Art Attacker: As a boss, she mainly attacks with this. While paint rollers pictures are as simple to beat as regular enemies, Ado/Adeleine's are miniboss material (more so Ado's)
- Art Initiates Life: She'll show up to paint Maxim Tomatoes, One Ups, and sometimes clues for crystal shards.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She hasn't appeared since her debut. Unless she's Ado, which means still means she only got two games.
- Demonic Possession: Her reason for attacking Kirby at first.
- Expy: Of Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3 (if they're not actually the same person). While they have different names in English, her Japanese name is Adorine, which suggest Ado may have just been a nickname, since Whispy Woods was shortened to just Whispy in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: As a boss, she can literally be killed in one hit... But you had to fight her paintings before you can approach her.
- Token Human: Aside from Ado, who may or may not be her, she is the only human character to be seen in the Kirby franchise. That is if you don't count the cameo characters in Kirby's Dream Land 3, most of which were human.
Animal FriendsIn Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3, Kirby may come across his animal friends and hitch a ride from them (sometimes flipped). Typically, they change his copied powers in some way, and have a different sort of movement: for example, Kine has very fast and tight underwater controls (but is a bit awkward on land). All have appeared in the anime, although with very small roles.Tropes associated with all animal friends:
- The Bus Came Back: Rick, Kine, and Coo reappear in Triple Deluxe for the first time together in years. They're only part of Kirby Fighters as stage hazards.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They had a long absence after Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The animal friends get pretty defensive when Kirby opts to choose one over the other.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Broom ability in Dream Land 3 gives a combination of dust rags and plungers to the animal friends. Kine even gets a lightbulb with his spark ability.
- Power-Up Mount: Some of their abilities are more beneficial than others.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Like most everything else on Planet Popstar.
- The Smurfette Principle: ChuChu is the only female.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 2Suitable for land, Rick is a white and brown-spotted hamster that was one of the first three animal friends. He's described as "friendly and energetic". He doesn't skid on ice, can stand rough terrain, and somehow transforms with Kirby for some attacks.Tropes associated with Rick:
- The Cameo: He appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy.
- Distaff Counterpart: Has one in his girlfriend Pick, distinguishable by her Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.
- Goomba Stomp: In Dream Land 3.
- Meaningful Name: Rick's name comes from the word "riku", which means "land" in Japanese.
- Wall Crawl / Wall Jump: Rick can't fly, but he can climb walls just as easily as Kirby can fly.
- He can climb walls more easily than Kirby can fly, if Kirby 64 is to be believed.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 2A blue fish that assists Kirby in the underwater levels, and was one of the three starting helpers. Described as "laid back and relaxed", he shows the least amount of emotions. His special ability is allowing Kirby to swallow enemies underwater and using those there and then.Tropes associated with Kine:
- The Cameo: In Kirby Mass Attack, he appears in Brawl Ball. His first appearance in years.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Subverted. He is indeed better in the water, but he does okay on land. See Fish out of Water.
- Fish out of Water: Literally! Largely averted (after Dream Land 2) though, as he's capable of hopping along at a normal pace and even jumping quite high on land.
- Goomba Stomp: In Dream Land 3.
- Happily Married: To his Distaff Counterpart Mine.
- Joke Character: His statue-expy in Kirby 64 is completely useless. Seriously, the thing can't budge an inch, even when underwater.
- No Pronunciation Guide: His name is pronounced as "KAI-n", rhyming with the English word "shine", rather than "Kee-neh." "Kai" is Japanese for "sea", so that may help.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 2A purple owl and the air specialist and one the first Animal Friends, Coo is able to fly through fast currents like Kine. Originally a guy, the anime implies that he's a she. For some reason, Coo doesn't have any friends, but doesn't seem to mind.Tropes associated with Coo:
- Depending on the Artist: Coo is depicted with purple feathers in the artwork, but in-game, Coo has gray feathers. Kirby Fighters, his first 3D appearance, depicts his feathers as purple.
- Meaningful Name: Coo's name is derived from kuu, which is Japanese for air. "Coo" is also the sound that birds, like pigeons, make.
- Video Game Flight: His flight is faster and more stable than Kirby's.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 3Although Rick appears alongside Nago, this feline is usually far better; he's faster and can Triple Jump, as well as able to climb walls. He has a love interest/girlfriend named Shiro, but a comic shows that the two don't get along as well as you think.Tropes associated with Nago:
- Cute Kitten: Except when upset.
- Eyes Always Shut: Unless you make him mad somehow.
- Goomba Stomp: In Dream Land 3.
- Mega Neko: Compared to common creatures Tac and Burning Leo. Smaller than Fire Lions though.
- Double Jump: Nago goes farther and has a triple jump, making him superior to Rick in most circumstances.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 3A pink octopus-like girl with a red bow. Similar to Kine, when Kirby's paired with ChuChu, he can swallow enemies underwater. Through the moves that she does with Kirby (and the manga), it's implied that she's in love with him (as they hold hands, spin together, etc).Tropes associated with ChuChu:
- Ceiling Cling: Regular flight is reduced when using her, so take what you can get.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Many players think she is a jellyfish. The Flapjack Octopus, which may be her actual species, certainly looks like one.
- Tentacle Rope: She does this to get baddies into Kirby's mouth, rather than him inhaling.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: With a bow and eyelashes.
- Tsundere: A type B.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 3A tiny, green bird that functions like Coo, but can't last as long. Although Coo could be seen as better, Pitch's skills are much more useful, thus the Killer Rabbit trope below.Tropes associated with Pitch:
- Expy: Tokkori is seen as this to Pitch, although all it is in some minor appearance.
- Killer Rabbit: He's the smallest of the animal friends, but he's probably the best. His copied powers are generally highly effective and fun to use. He also handles almost exactly the same as Kirby, so the transition is natural.
- The Stoic: His blank expression never seems to change.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream LandA big, sentient tree who tries to attack Kirby & co. by dropping apples and shooting air blasts.Tropes associated with Whispy Woods:
- Blow You Away: For some reason, he shoots air blasts like Kirby. They're much longer-ranged, though. In Revenge of the King and Return to Dream Land, he can sometimes shoot out small tornadoes, which are stronger.
- Flunky Boss: In Kirby 64, it has a group of Whispy Woods Jr.s accompanying it, tiny little jumping saplings who have air shot attacks.
- Friendly Enemy: He's sometimes shown to be friendly with Kirby.
- Purple Poison: A possible reason why the purple apples hurt to inhale during Whispy's Revenge.
- Recurring Boss: In the platform games, barring Amazing Mirror, Canvas Curse, and Squeak Squad, the select few he does not appear in. Amazing Mirror gives us King Golem anyway, who has almost the same pattern.
- Spikes of Doom: By sending its roots through the ground in Kirby 64. Also, Whispy sometimes displays the ability to turn its nose into a spike.
- Stationary Boss: Incidentally, he is capable of moving but usually just stays put, like the tree that he is.
- The Beast Master: He rips off the Twin Woods' worm dropping during Whispy's Revenge.
- Turns Red: In Dream Land 3 after hitting it enough times, Whispy will come out of the ground and chase after Kirby on its roots. In Kirby 64, it gets steaming mad after all the "Whispy Woods Jr.s" are destroyed.
- Warm-Up Boss: In every game he appears in, without fail. Except for Kirby's Epic Yarn, where he's actually fairly tough. Return to Dream Land improves his abilities a bit, but overall he's comparatively easy.
- When Trees Attack: Mostly by dropping fruit.
Lololo & Lalala
First appearance: Kirby's Dream LandA pair of Waddling Heads who live in Castle Lololo, situated in the islands. Normally hostile, they appear as Kirby's friends in the anime Kirby: Right Back At Ya!.Tropes associated with Lololo & Lalala:
- Battle Couple: They seem to be one, anyway. Though they are based on a couple (see Expy below), they are stated in the Kirby's Dream Land manual to be the "not so famous twins".
- Block Puzzle: They adopt their predecessors' block-pushing gameplay as their main offense.
- Dual Boss: In Kirby's Dream Land, you first encounter Lololo by himself kicking boxes at Kirby. Then you find them both pushing boxes at the end of the castle. All future games always have them together.
- Expy: Of Lolo and Lala from the Eggerland games.
- No Mouth: Like Waddle Dees.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Though not readily apparent in their first appearance, Kirby Super Star makes it clear; it's basically the only thing distinguishing them.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Aside from colors, the only distinguishing feature between them is a ribbon on Lalala's head.
- Waddling Heads: Does this surprise anyone?
First appearance: Kirby's Dream LandA malevolent storm cloud with a large eye, who attacks mostly with lightning. He first appears as Kracko Jr., but quickly matures into his spiky adult form.Tropes associated with Kracko:
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Kracko Jr. in Kirby's Adventure.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Sure, Kracko might be a cloud, but Kracko DX in Triple Deluxe is a green cloud.
- Call Back: Even in games where Kracko Jr. doesn't appear, such as Triple Deluxe, he still grows from a smaller form into a large cloud.
- Determinator: THE most recurring Kirby boss after Whispy Woods. Triple Deluxe's flavor text puts it best: "...as long as the clouds still hang in the sky, Kracko will never give up the fight!"
- Faceless Eye: The eye is usually the last thing that remains before he explodes on defeat.
- Fricking Laser Beams: Like the Waddle Doos, but Kracko uses two at a time.
- Making a Splash: He has a rainfall attack to go with his storm cloud theme.
- Mook Maker: If he didn't do this, you wouldn't be able to beat him without a copied power.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: What he did in the first game.
- Non-Indicative Name: Kracko Jr. is not his son - it's his previous form.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kracko's Revenge and Kracko Jr's Revenge have this in Super Star Ultra, combining it with a dark purple body like a storm cloud. Kracko's eye also Turns Red when he does in Triple Deluxe, in both normal and DX forms.
- Recurring Boss: Expect him to show up in every game in some way, shape, or form. Except in Kirby 64 and Return to Dream Land.
- Shock and Awe: Just touching him has this effect in later games and he is able to sweep across the stage with a lighting bolt, Adventure onward. He can use spark in Canvas Curse and his revenge mode can shoot electricity diagonally.
- Shielded Core Boss: In Canvas Curse.
- Spikes of Villainy: A Faceless Eye surrounded by a cloud which is itself surrounded by the spikes. He is not always villainous, but usually has no good reason to be antagonizing Kirby.
- In Triple Deluxe, Kracko DX has two spikes that act as horns.
- Staying Alive: According to Triple Deluxe he simply reforms himself from clouds every time Kirby defeats him.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Triple Deluxe, Kracko has become MUCH harder than ever before, being able to use Kracko's Revenge's lightning bolts. He can now also enlarge himself and let loose a DEVASTATING rain of thunder which does a massive amount of damage, and has learned a few attacks that seem similar to that of the Beam and Spark abilities combined...
- Wake-Up Call Boss: First-time Kirby players slam into a brick wall when they meet Kracko.
First appearance: Kirby's AdventureAn artist on the go who attacks Kirby by drawing enemies.Tropes associated with Paint Roller:
- Action Bomb: Has them chasing after Kirby in Canvas Curse.
- Art Attacker: Its paintings come to life.
- Art Initiates Life: It can make a paintings Kirby, though it is inferior to the original. This makes sense in hindsight, when Dreamland three introduced Batamon, which looked just like Kirby but were as weak as waddle dees.
- Expy: Wiz in Amazing Mirror has many similar patterns to Paint Roller.
- Marathon Boss: In a mercifully optional encounter for 100% completion in Kirby: Canvas Curse. Specifically, the third time.
- Mook Maker: Via art, of course.
- No Mouth: Like waddle dees.
- Outside-the-Box Tactic: Kirby can inhale their paintings with his standard attack.
- Rollerblade Good: Well, roller skates, but the effect is the same.
- Spikes of Doom: Its course in Canvas Curse ends with a spike in case Kirby manages to get through it but takes too long to crack the final code.
- Wall Jump: In Kirby's Adventure.
Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright
First appearance: Kirby's AdventureMr. Shine is the moon, and Mr. Bright is the sun. While they don't seem to have actual control of the weather, they nonetheless attack Kirby using solar and lunar-themed attacks.Tropes associated with Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright:
- Dual Boss: One fights on the ground while the other floats in the sky and rains down star shaped projectiles.
- Fusion Dance: In the Kirby Mass Attack's "Strato Patrol" minigame, not destroying them in the "right" order will eventually cause them to do this.
- Light 'em Up: Both of them.
- Playing with Fire: Mr. Bright even uses burning.
- Ramming Always Works: Mr. Bright.
- Rolling Attack: Mr. Shine.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 2Dark Matter is the villain of the "Dark Matter Trilogy" arc of the Kirby series, whose games are Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards. Dark Matter is a black, malevolent cloud, usually depicted with a single red eye and a ring of orange spheres around the back.Tropes associated with Dark Matter:
- Arc Villain: For the "Dark Matter Trilogy".
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: If he hasn't gotten the "Super Weapon" yet, this is Kirby's only way of freeing the possessed.
- Big Bad: Dark Matter is the main antagonist of Dream Land 2, and wouldn't reappear as the final boss until Kirby Quest.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark Matter possesses people and covers planets for no adequately described reason, although the Japanese Kirby's Dream Land 2 guide suggests it is out of severe jealousy and crippling loneliness.
- Demonic Possession: The perpetrator of the "Dark Matter Trilogy".
- Eldritch Abomination: No idea where it came from, lots of unanswered questions about how it works, no idea why it does what it does, and Dark Matter does not resemble any familiar life forms too closely. Kirby 64 in particular seems to show Dark Matter as more of a thing rather than an individual creature, capable of splitting at least three miniature identical minions from itself, although most appearances consider it a more tangible character in its own right.
- Eye Beams: Always shot diagonally.
- Galactic Conqueror: After failing to conquer Planet Popstar, it eventually sets its sights on Ripple Star.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: It goes around attacking planets for no apparent reason, despite quite a bit of fanon about it.
- High-Altitude Battle: In Dream Land 2, outside of the atmosphere, and even though you do not seem to be falling very quickly, guess what happens if you take too long?
- Homing Projectile: When Dedede is under its influence in Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64. Also, the purpose of the orange things on its back is to shoot them off at Kirby.
- Implacable Man: One of the Dark Matter fragments chasing Ribbon slams through an asteroid without blinking.
- Oculothorax: Not so much in the first form it is fought in, however.
- Pulling Themselves Together: In Dream Land 2 it explodes after its first form is defeated but then the pieces come back together.
- Sword Beam: First form in Dream Land 2.
- That's No Moon!: In Kirby 64, 100% completion leads to Kirby flying out to a planet sized mass of Dark Matter.
- The Night That Never Ends: Dark Matter can cover entire worlds like storm clouds, as seen on as it starts to do on Pop Star in Kirby's Dream Land 2 before its defeat. With no Kirby around it successfully does so to planet Ripple Star, in Kirby 64.
- Transformation Of The Possessed: The effects of Dark Matter possession vary; Adeleine gains red eyes and a Slasher Smile; Dedede's eyes become slits, and in later games suffers outright Body Horror with an eye and a mouth on his belly; most bizarrely, the Waddle Dee that Kirby befriends is turned into a Waddle Doo. None of the common enemies and bosses change at all, including Ado and the other waddle dees.
- The Unfought: In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, although enemies related to it do show up as final bosses.
First appearance: Kirby's Dream Land 3 (0) / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (02)
A huge, white mass with a red eye implied to be capable of controlling even the forces of Dark Matter. Revived in Kirby 64 as 02 (pronounced "Zero Two"), with wings, a halo, and a freaky green tail.Tropes associated with 0 and 02:
- Back from the Dead: Implied, but Word of God states that 0 and 02 have an unknown connection.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Played with, as 02 usually keeps its stinger retracted and will only involuntarily pull it out when stunned, after which Ribbon will fly Kirby in position to shoot it. All the same, it leaks deadly clouds that can damage them if not careful.
- Bloody Murder: This comes out of left field, as there had not been anything like it before in Kirby, and beyond reappearances of 0, there has not been anything like it since.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Not the physical character, but rather through 02's possession of the queen of Ripple Star in Kirby 64. In the bad ending, after the celebration went brief but swimmingly, the camera focuses on the queen of the fairies beside the waving Ribbon, who turns directly to the player with an evil smirk and the glare from her glasses instantly transforming into a snarky expression, serving as a quick reminder that all is not as it seems.
- Camera Abuse: Sometimes 0's shots splatter on the screen.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Beating it is required to get the good ending in both games.
- Eldritch Abomination: By association with Dark Matter.
- Eye Scream: Inflicts it to itself when fighting Kirby.
- Fallen Angel: Invoked with 02.
- Gamebreaking Injury: In Kirby 64, you can aim directly at its wings. It does not damage its life bar, but it can stunt them. Damaging both wings will take away its ability to aim at you, so you can freely avoid most of its shots and go straight for its halo.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Aside from its eye peering from the Hyper Zone in Kirby's Dream Land 3, there is not even the slightest hint of its existence until its actual battle. The same goes for Crystal Shards.
- Go for the Eye: Subverted by 0, where attacking his eye will do no more damage than attacking anywhere else on his body. Played slightly more straight by 02, where you don't have to go for the eye but doing so will temporarily make it stop shooting and hang stationary so you can hit its halo and tail.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of Kirby's Dream Land 2
- Holy Halo: As 02.
- Hive Queen: 0 and 02 are the cores of the Hyper Zone and Dark Star, respectively. Due to its appearance, it is also believed that Dark Matter itself is an instrument of its will.
- Knight of Cerebus: The only things that visibly bleed red blood, Zero attacks with blood.
- Lack of Empathy: Attacks completely innocent planets without a care in the world.
- Light Is Not Good: It's white, and in Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards, it's got angelic wings and a halo.
- Man Behind the Man: Seems to be this to Dark Matter, although this was not officially confirmed until the 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen.
- Mini Mook: 0 is able to spawn miniature Dark Matter clouds as an attack.
- Mood Whiplash: Dark Matter was pretty bad, but this...
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: If My Hero Zero is any indication...
- No Pronunciation Guide: The official pronunciation of the name of 02 is "Zero Two", although that hasn't stopped people from pronouncing it as "Zero-Squared", "Oh-Two", "Oh-Squared", and even Oxygen (which is O2).
- Poisonous Person: Appears to be leaking some kind of poison from its tail in Kirby 64.
- Put on a Bus: Apart from not having its own key chain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, it's missing from the Boss Butch keychain as well, despite him clearly being in the original Kirby's Dream Land 3 image.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its eye is bloodshot, geddit?
- The Sociopath: All it wants is the death of light and innocence, and it will do anything in its power to get what it wants.
- The Spook: Despite appearing as the final boss in two games, virtually nothing is known about 0 other than its status as the leader of Dark Matter. Its motives, backstory, and even its exact goals are all unclear.
- The Big Bad: Hidden in Dreamland 3 and 64
- Spread Shot: In Kirby 64.
- Surprise Creepy: Dark Matter sort of was already, so 0 had to take it to another level.
- Tears of Blood: Which it uses as a weapon.
- True Final Boss: Of Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: One of the more well known video game examples. Whenever somebody tells you Kirby is "kiddy", show them a picture of this guy.
- The Walrus Was Paul: 02 displays a beady-eyed blissfully-happy expression for merely a moment before you fight him.
First Appearance: Kirby 64: The Crystal ShardsA 20-sided die with a red eye on each side. Miracle Matter is a creature of Dark Matter appearing in Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards as the Final Boss. But not the True Final Boss.Tropes associated with Miracle Matter:
- All Your Powers Combined: Can use each of 64's seven basic Copy Abilities.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Where you fight it.
- Barrier Change Boss: One for each of the seven basic Copy Abilities of Kirby 64.
- The Dragon: To 02
- Final Boss: Though there is a True Final Boss if you get all of the Crystal Shards.
- Final Exam Boss: You don't need all of the Copy Abilities, but you at least need to fire projectiles of the same property as each.
- Final Boss, New Dimension: Its arena has shades of this, most likely being some sort of dimensional rift.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: One of the few major antagonists not foreshadowed in any way except at the very end of the preceding level.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: How it's defeated.
- Puzzle Boss: Each form can only be hit using a copy ability of projectile of the same ability it's using, being the only boss in a main series game since the first to effectively cancel out the Copy Abilities.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Multiplied by twenty, with one eye on each of its sides.
- Sinister Geometry: Miracle Matter is an icosahedron (20-sided solid).
- Tactical Suicide Boss: If you don't copy and attack him with the ability it's currently using, it would be impossible to defeat it. Of course, it can't really attack outside of them...
First appearance: Kirby's AdventureThe Final Boss of Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. A Nightmare that tried to enter Dream Land through the Fountain of Dreams to physically harm its citizens; to counteract this, King Dedede broke the Star Rod and gave the pieces to his friends. Kirby ends up releasing Nightmare after restoring the Star Rod and placing it back in the fountain, but then uses the Star Rod to defeat him once and for all.Tropes associated with Nightmare:
- Deface of the Moon: His defeat causes it.
- Eldritch Abomination: Subverted, Dedede somehow knew exactly what he was and how to keep him away
- Final Boss: In Kirby's Adventure, its remakes, and Kirby Mass Attack's Strato Patrol ROS mode.
- Greater Scope Villain: The plot is caused by King Dedede trying keep him sealed.
- High-Altitude Battle: In his first form, after Kirby is shot at him by King Dedede. You have to complete the phase before Kirby hits the ground and dies. Happens on the ground... on the moon!
- Living Dream: The Fountain of Dreams is where people's dreams come from on Planet Popstar.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: And is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Kirby frees him by defeating King Dedede and re-forming the Star Rod.
- Obviously Evil: Definitely.
- Ret Canon: His appearance in Nightmare in Dream Land is closer to the anime, despite him still behaving the way he did in Kirby's Adventure rather than the way he did in the show.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Thanks to King Dedede removing his method of entry into Dream Land, at the price of there being no dreams at all in Dream Land.
- Sunglasses at Night: In his wizard form.
- Throat Light: In Nightmare in Dream Land.
First appearance: Kirby Super StarA huge bird responsible for stealing all of the crops in Dream Land. She was only doing it to feed her babies, though.Tropes associated with Dyna Blade:
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In Air Ride, Dyna Blade is inexplicably the size of a skyscraper.
- Big Bad: Of the titular Dyna Blade sub-game.
- Breath Weapon: Air shots that light Kirby on fire.
- Giant Flyer: Kirby is roughly the size of her talon.
- Heel-Face Turn: In Revenge of Meta Knight. She wasn't really that evil to begin with though.
- Leitmotif: Starting in Air Ride, her theme seems to be Castle Lololo.
- Monster Is a Mommy: The food crisis she caused was to feed baby birds.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: Though she is wrecking crop fields.
- Razor Wings: Can go right through a tree and two hills!
First appearance: Kirby Super StarA friendly-looking Walking Head who wants Kirby to ask the wish-granting comet Nova to stop the sun and moon's fighting... except he's actually evil and is just using Kirby as a pawn in order to wish for control of Pop Star.Tropes associated with Marx:
- Back from the Dead: The Ultra-exclusive Marx Soul might be this.
- Badass Adorable: His combat form is not really adorable. He's standard Dream Land cute before his transformation, however.
- Big Bad: Of Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seems like an ordinary citizen of the country concerned that day and night have been thrown into chaos. He is actually the perpetrator.
- Breath Weapon: He has a fairly impressive beaming grin. The recoil is so great it blows him off screen.
- The Cameo: A statue of him is one of Stone's forms in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He also shows up in the Kirby Master cutscene, and the friend that Magolor says told him about Kirby (as well as the person on Halcandra whom Kirby has fought before) is widely speculated to be him.
- The Chessmaster: The entire plot of Milky Way Wishes is entirely his Evil Plan.
- Cute and Psycho: Marx's boss form is sort of cute with its big eyes and valentine symbols, but you can tell from his expression that something is wrong with him.
- Dub Name Change: His katakana is closer transcribed as "Mark", although Japanese versions still romanize it as "Marx".
- Fangs Are Evil: He gets them when he goes One-Winged Angel.
- Faux Affably Evil: His helpfulness is an act.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: There was nothing to distinguish him from anyone else on Planet Popstar prior to his wish to Nova.
- Green Thumb: He has an attack where he flies out and drop seeds which quickly sprout thorny tendrils.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: When defeated, Marx Soul falls into two pieces down the middle before exploding.
- Hell Gate: His most powerful attack is one of these, revealed when he splits in half.
- The Jester: Looks like one. A particularly dangerous one at that.
- Laughing Mad: In his boss fight, Marx is always laughing.
- Manipulative Bastard: Kirby, the Sun and the Moon were all doing his bidding unwittingly.
- One-Winged Angel: Presumably caused by Nova. How he knew to turn Marx into such a form is anyone's guess.
- Purple Eyes: Not mismatched, as commonly depicted in fan art.
- The Sociopath: Manipulated the sun and moon into fighting, stole Kirby's wish so he can cause all the mischief he wants, and abandoned Kirby to die in space, all with a big smile.
- Super Spit: He can spit freeze bombs.
- True Final Boss: Marx Soul is this in Ultra.
- Walking Spoiler: His only non-spoiling details come from the intro to Milky Way Wishes.
Dark Meta Knight
First appearance: Kirby & the Amazing MirrorThe Mirror World counterpart of Meta Knight and the initial antagonist of Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, he's the one that draws Kirby into the Mirror and splits him into four bodies, and also the one that shatters the Dimensional Mirror, forcing the Kirbies to go on a quest to re-assemble it. He serves Dark Mind. Seemingly survives his master's destruction, and returns seeking revenge in Triple Deluxe's extra mode.Tropes associated with Dark Meta Knight.
- Big Bad: At first, seemingly. Notably, he might have taken up the role for real in Triple Deluxe, as it has been confirmed that the Dimension Mirror is what corrupted Sectonia.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of the biggest tells that it's not the real Meta Knight is that both times you fight him, he ambushes without any prior warning and refuses to give you a sword to even the odds.
- The Dragon: To Dark Mind.
- Dragon Ascendant: After Dark Mind is gone, he takes control of the Dimension Mirror.
- Evil Twin: To the real Meta Knight, obviously.
- Final Boss: Is the first part of the final battle. He's also the third and final boss of the extra mode of Triple Deluxe, Dededetour!.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Evil, obviously; it's not so much a bodily scar as it is a scar across his mask, around his left eye (Whether it continues down to his face is unknown). Not visible on his game sprite, but is present in his official artwork and finally seen in-game in Triple Deluxe.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of Triple Deluxe, possibly. After Dark Mind's defeat, he seems to be the being in control of the Dimension Mirror, now. His intense hatred and desire for revenge are likely to be the cause of the mirror's corrupting influence on Queen Sectonia, which would make him responsible for her insanity.
- Literally Shattered Lives: After Dark Meta Knight is defeated again, he breaks apart into pieces like a mirror. After Dark Meta Knight Revenge's defeat in Triple Deluxe, King Dedede smashes the Dimension Mirror to pieces with him in it; his fate is unknown.
- My Name Is ???: In the first battle with him, he's disguised (read: palette swapped) as the real Meta Knight, and is identified as "? ? ?"
- Ronin: Dark Mind is dead, but Dark Meta Knight lives on.
- Took a Level in Badass: As of Triple Deluxe, he seems to have picked up some of his former master's proficiency with mirrors, using them for doppelganger attacks and to create massive swords from the ground.
The Big Bad and Final Boss of Kirby & the Amazing Mirror; was trying to conquer the Mirror World until Kirby defeated it.
First appearance: Kirby & the Amazing MirrorTropes associated with Dark Mind:
- Big Bad: of Amazing Mirror.
- Clipped Wing Angel: The last part of the battle has its mind shrunken to a smaller size, clearly unstable, and is very easy to beat. Appropriately enough, the cutscene before you fight it indicates that it's trying to run away.
- Creative Closing Credits: Once you deal enough damage to the aforementioned Clipped Wing Angel, the credits start rolling. Meanwhile, you can continue to beat on the boss (Without any health bars, for you or him), and the game will count the number of hits you land!
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: You destroy everything but the eye, which is Dark Mind's core. The eye then lights itself on fire and triples in size for the next phase of the final boss fight.
- Shows a clear resemblance to both Dark Matter and Nightmare.
- Its final form looks like a flaming version of 0, and/or immediately brings to mind the Eye of Sauron.
- Eye Beams: After its eye grows.
- Faceless Eye: His second form.
- Final Boss: A tenacious six phase one, though the boss rush cuts it down to its three distinct phases, rather than the four first near identical four.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Like most Kirby villains, he took over the Mirror World and wants to take over Pop Star, and that's all we know about him.
- Go for the Eye: Especially since that ends up being all that is left. You can attack his mirrors, too, but that is likely to get you hurt and will not result in as much damage or as much attack interruption. It's also best to attack when the pupil is open to attack the core For Massive Damage.
- Improbable Weapon User: Mirrors; though he is not the first in this series, Simmirror never did so to this degree.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Dark Meta Knight.
- Not Quite Dead: This boss takes 6 phases to defeat, and once you beat 5 of them, the final one is during the credit roll.
- Reflecting Laser: Invokes this by bouncing its eye beams off of its mirrors.
- Sequential Boss: It's fought 4 times in its standard form, then twice as its mind. To date, this is the boss with the highest number of times you're supposed to fight it in the series, though the battles against the standard form are relatively short in length and have little variance beyond the arena.
- Teleport Spam
- Before he degenerates into a giant eyeball.
- It still teleports around quite a bit in the giant eyeball form, but it doesn't ever go into a "teleport once per second" pattern like the previous form did.
First appearance: Kirby: Canvas CurseThe Big Bad and Final Boss of Kirby: Canvas Curse, she's a Wicked Witch who wanted a land of paint and carried out her wish by turning Dream Land into a painting. Her true form is that of an unknown painting that she was created from.Tropes associated with Drawcia:
- Art Initiates Life
- She creates clones of Paint Roller, Kracko, and King Dedede to serve her as part of boss mini-games at the end of the seven levels before her.
- Her main mode of attack in her first boss form is through drawing paintings of enemies that you're forced to defeat.
- Battle Boomerang: Drawcia Soul opens up to shoot out several boomerangs of paint which then return inside her.
- Big Bad: Of Canvas Curse.
- Deflector Shields: As a sorceress.
- Eldritch Abomination: Subverted; she's said to be a painting that came to life, which is not too strange in this setting. The fact that it isn't may actually be worse.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Surprisingly. Kirby: Triple Deluxe has a boss named Paintra, whose pause screen description implies her to be Drawcia's sister. (The Japanese version outright says that Paintra is Drawcia's sister. The English version implies that Paintra is trying to avenge Drawcia's defeat.)
- Evil Laugh: Frequently in cutscenes. She also does it during the battle against her sorceress form.
- Flunky Boss: In addition to the ones she paints to life, Drawcia can also spawn Para Sorceresses (which freeze Kirby on contact). Drawcia Soul can spawn Para Matters, which will also try to freeze Kirby on contract, catch him in a fiery explosion, or sweep the screen with lasers.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Again, she wants to take over Pop Star, but doesn't have much character beyond that.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She conjures up paintbrushes for most of her magic; said paintbrushes usually disappear once she is done with her spell. However, one of those brushes did not disappear and instead flew to the player so it could help direct Kirby against Drawcia.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: The first phase of her fight has this.
- One to Million to One: Drawcia Soul's "rain of paint".
- One-Winged Angel: After her initial defeat, she transforms into her soul, which is a giant multi-eyed screeching ball of paint.
- Reality Warper: Much more powerful than Ado/Adeleine or Paint Roller from previous games. Not only does she start by turning Dream Land into a painting, but the game's penultimate level implies her influence is starting to spread past the region, even beyond the planet of Pop Star, as it takes place in outer space.
- Spikes of Doom: Will cause them to sprout from the ground after painting a single spike.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: If she had just stuck to simple collision damage instead of paint magic and such your brush could interrupt, undo, or otherwise ruin, she would have been unbeatable. This is less true of Drawcia Soul, but by then it's too late.
- Teleport Spam: Drawcia Soul will attempt this, though you can stop it cold with the brush.
- Wicked Witch
- Officially, Drawcia is an evil sorceress in her initial form, but her design and mannerisms seem more in line with this trope. Her high-pitched cackle is more than enough to creep you out.
- The game usually refers to Drawcia as a witch, except when you're fighting her.
First appearance: Kirby: Squeak SquadThe Bigger Bad and Final Boss of Kirby: Squeak Squad. It was sealed away in a chest until the Squeaks opened it and were possessed by it. Meta Knight knew the secret of the chest and therefore fought Kirby to prevent it from being released.Tropes associated with Dark Nebula:
- Bigger Bad: Of Squeak Squad.
- Dark Is Evil: At first as Dark Daroach and then just as itself.
- Dub Name Change: Named "Dark 0" in Japan. Presumably the name change was to avoid confusion with the existing 0. This is thought to be a rogue being of Dark Matter, not the original 0.
- Demonic Possession: It did this to Daroach and the Squeaks until Kirby freed them.
- Final Boss: Though not as hard as the one right before it. Well technically that boss IS him.
- That's as long as you fight it with the Triple Star. Without it is a different story.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: It's three main attacks besides simply ramming Kirby are a giant exploding fireball, a stream of ice, and a square of green electricity.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: We have no idea what any of its motives are; it's only seen in one late-game cutscene and then the final battle.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Its appearance isn't hinted on until late into the game.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Of a sort. The 20th Anniversary Encyclopedia lists it among Dark Matter's relatives.
- Oculothorax: Which makes as much sense as anything, considering its origin.
- Sealed Evil In A Treasure Chest: That got mixed up with several others.
First appearance: Kirby's Epic YarnThe Big Bad of Kirby's Epic Yarn, Yin-Yarn appears in Dream Land one day out of nowhere and begins turning people into yarn before tossing Kirby into patch land and attempting to take over the world. Yin-Yarn is seemingly the two sewing needles he uses as wands, and the magician he appears as is just an easily-replaced fake body.Tropes associated with Yin-Yarn:
- Affably Evil: Despite going through a very ambitious plan to take over a kingdom by kidnapping and mind-controlling its de facto leaders and succeeding in doing so with virtually no effort, Yin-Yarn has no idea what to do with the kingdom once he has it and seems to have no real motive.
- And Then What?: 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.
- Art Initiates Life: Crocheting things to life.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: "Yin-Yarn" is actually the two knitting needles.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Performs this by turning people into yarn.
- Evil Overlooker: He does this in the box art for the game.
- Macross Missile Massacre: One of his attacks in mecha form.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Kung-fu wizard weaver.
- One-Winged Angel: After his first defeat, the knitting needles rebuild him as a Humongous Mecha tank.
The Big Bad of Kirby Mass Attack. He's the leader of the Skull Gang and he split Kirby into ten smaller versions of himself in the beginning, setting off the story for the game.
First appearance: Kirby Mass AttackTropes associated with Necrodeus:
- Big Bad: Of Mass Attack. His main target is just Kirby, though. See Dark Is Evil for why.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers this to Kirby while he's still sleeping by zapping him and splitting him into 10 completely defenseless Kirbys and then proceeding to murder almost every Kirby except one that follows his heart.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Can possibly be seen as the most Genre Savvy villain in the series. Upon arriving at the outset of the game, he knows how much of a threat Kirby is and immediately attacks Kirby. He would have killed him right then and there had one stray Kirby not followed his heart. When he realizes that Kirby is still alive, he has his Skull Gang patrol the areas in search of him, the gang capturing nine of the ten Kirbys every time they enter a new area. And when the Kirbys finally reach his hideout and find his staff, the only thing that can turn them back to normal? He swallows his staff to keep it out of their hands.
- Dark Is Evil: He despises beings of light such as Kirby, and will not hesitate to kill them dead the instant an opportunity to do so presents itself.
- Dem Bones: Leads a skull gang of similar bony creatures. He seems to have no skin or anything similar, unless that seeming aura surrounding the bones is in fact something more sinewy or that nose is cartilage/flesh.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Evil Laugh
- Expy: His appearance is strikingly similar to Nightmare.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He attacks Kirby because Kirby is a "champion of light", and Necrodeus wants a world covered in darkness.
- Giant Hands of Doom: Fighting them is the first phase of his fight.
- Knight of Cerebus: Kirby was almost completely killed when this guy showed up at the beginning of the game. After that, the game seemed like a trip through Hell for the poor, then-severely-weakened pink spud.
- Monster Clown: The comically large purple nose gives off this visualization.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: It literally translates to death god.
- Obviously Evil: The appearance of a Physical God? Check. Skull motifs everywhere? Check. Deep evil laughter whenever he appears on-screen? Check. Technically killing Kirby nine times before the game even starts? Check.
- Raymanian Limbs: Has hands that work despite the lack of accompanying arms.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or glowing red eye lights take warning, as he does not seem to have actual eyes.
- Skull for a Head: And a skull necklace around it.
First appearance: Kirby Super Star UltraGalacta Knight is the greatest warrior in the galaxy, but was sealed away for fear that he was too powerful. He first appears as the Final Boss of the Meta Knightmare Ultra sub-game in Kirby Super Star Ultra, where Meta Knight unseals him in order to challenge him to a fight. He also shows up out of nowhere in Return to Dream Land's True Arena, as the third-to-last boss.Tropes associated with Galacta Knight:
- Ambiguously Evil: It's never made quite clear that he's evil. All we know is that his strength was such that he was sealed away.
- Badass: The only Kirby foe to have a rock song for his battle theme, and it shows.
- Bonus Boss: Of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- Cool Mask: It has a cross-shaped slit in the front, matching the design on his shield.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Meta Knight. His design is basically an angelic version of Meta Knight's, interestingly enough. He may or may not be evil, however.
- Flunky Boss: In Ultra, he can summon his own version of Meta-Knights.
- Jousting Lance: Despite this, he gives the sword ability.
- Light Is Not Good: There is no way of knowing if he is "bad", but the player never has a peaceful encounter with him.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His armor is white with pink accents, and he has a pink body as well.
- Shock and Awe: in Return to Dream Land, he can summon columns of lightning.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: Galacta Knight was sealed in a crystal for fear of his immense power.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Galacta Knight in the English and Galactic Knight in Japanese. His introductory video in Kirby Super Star Ultra still calls him Galactic Knight, however.
- Sword Beam / Storm of Blades: Becomes a signature technique of his in Return to Dream Land, in the form of his lance leaving behind sword-shaped energy beams that he can fire off, sometimes in huge numbers.
First appearance: Kirby: Triple DeluxeAn arachnoid mage who kidnaps King Dedede as part of Queen Sectonia's plot to take over all of Pop Star.
Voiced By: Hirokazu Ando
- Affably Evil/Punch Clock Villain: Really, working for Sectonia is the only thing that makes him evil. When Sectonia tries to off him, he immediately betrays her and helps Kirby finish her off.
- All Webbed Up: Has distinct web-like patterns on his cape.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Is a humanoid spider with webbing patterns on his cape.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Well, not that big but still...
- Big Damn Heroes: Both he and Dedede come to Kirby's rescue when he's caught by Sectonia.
- Casting a Shadow: Fires dark energy blasts.
- Cute Little Fangs: Has fangs like most spiders.
- The Dog Bites Back: Decides to help Kirby defeat Sectonia after she tries to kill him. Still think trying to kill your loyal Dragon was a good idea?
- The Dragon: To Queen Sectonia. At least, until she tries to off him for failing her.
- Energy Ball: Tosses these to assist Masked Dedede.
- Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction to Queen Sectonia's attempt to kill him.
- Evil Sorcerer: Starts off as one. Drops the evil part upon his Heel-Face Turn.
- Expy: He shares similarities with Kamek due to being powerful sorcerors who serve as The Dragons to their respective bosses and who have a habit of irritating or magically enhancing bosses to impede the heroes.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Has four eyes in the back of his head and two extra eyes on his forehead, though they're presumably secondary to his primary two eyes (Like with most real spiders).
- Fangs Are Evil: Subverted with his Heel-Face Turn.
- Flight: Can fly through the air. Justified as he has no legs.
- Heel-Face Turn: Turns on Sectonia after she tries to kill him.
- Horned Humanoid Has two small horns on his head.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's really not that good at being a bad guy.
- Mind Control: Uses this on Dedede, turning him into Masked Dedede.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Begins helping Kirby after his boss decides You Have Failed Me.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Six of them.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Even when Sectonia made a Face-Heel Turn, Taranza still followed her orders even if it meant hurting the Floralians. It's ultimately subverted when Sectonia tries to kill him, at which point he betrays her.
- Oh Crap!: He gets this kind of reaction when he finally realizes (in the first world's boss stage, of course) that Kirby has been chasing him for a short while, seconds before he sics Flowery Woods on Kirby.
- People Puppets: How he controls Dedede during the boss fight. For bonus points, if one looks close enough, Dedede is shown to have strings on him.
- Perpetual Smiler: Though it may just be a marking rather than a mouth, as it doesn't change when he becomes distraught after Kirby takes down Masked Dedede or when he gets punted away by Sectonia.
- Raymanian Limbs: Six of them.
- Spider People: Has a distinct spider motif.
- Squishy Wizard: A sorceror with powerful Black Magic, but goes down in one hit. Which is probably the reason he's never fought in game.
- Suddenly Voiced: After spending most of the game as a Silent Antagonist, Taranza finally speaks during the Royal Road level.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The similarities between him and Magolor are just too obvious to ignore.
- Undying Loyalty: Tragically deconstructed. Sectonia was once a kind ruler of Floralia before making her Face-Heel Turn, but even then he still stuck by her. It wasn't until Sectonia tried to kill him does he realize that Sectonia is too dangerous and had to be stopped.
- The Unfought: He's never fought directly, though he does assist the Brainwashed Dedede by firing Energy Balls.
- We Used to Be Friends: To Queen Sectonia.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Initially. Subverted when Sectonia tries to kill him, at which point he helps Kirby defeat her.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: The People of the Sky planted the Dreamstalk to summon a hero to save them from Queen Sectonia. On her orders, Taranza was sent to kidnap this hero, but mistook Dedede for the hero and kidnapped him instead of Kirby. It isn't until near the end of the game that he realizes his mistake, and by that time, Kirby has him cornered, so he summons Queen Sectonia to help him. Queen Sectonia was not amused.
First appearance: Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Voiced By: Makiko OhmotoA giant wasp who is the ruler of Floralia and the Queen of the Sectras. She is the master behind Taranza.
- A God Am I: In the Japanese version, she declares herself the Goddess of Pop Star upon her appearance. The English version has her declaring herself the ruler of the heavens.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Sectonia Soul has blue skin.
- Attack Drones: When fused with the Dreamstalk, she can spawn flowers on any vine that allow her to see in any area. The flowers can also float in midair, fire lasers, and turn into swords or buzzsaws to attack others from a distance. She can also use them to form barriers.
- Back from the Dead: Sectonia Soul.
- Badass Boast: Loves giving these out.Sectonia: Now then, hero of the lower world. You would risk your life for this land? You would stand against me, the ruler of the heavens? Very well... You will bow before the great Queen Sectonia! My beauty rivals the divine... and my power will crush all that you hold dear!Sectonia: Bah...Aha... I...see. I expected as much from the hero chosen by the Dreamstalk. But I wonder... How will you handle this? You see, true beauty...is control. The Dreamstalk has guided you thus far. But its bloom will be your doom! Floralia, Dream Land, and this entire planet! You should all feel honored. You will serve as my sustenance... for eternity!
- Bad Boss: It's pretty much her Establishing Character Moment when she tries to off Taranza for failing her. It even extends into her boss fight. She'll summon Sectra enemies to assist her during the fight, and if they are still on the field when she attacks, then she'll uncaringly attack them as well.
- Battle Boomerang: One of Sectonia Soul's attacks.
- Beauty Is Bad: She is as evil as she is beautiful and being driven mad by the Dimension Mirror has made her obsessed with beauty.
- Big Bad: Of Triple Deluxe.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant bee.
- Call Back: Many of Sectonia Soul's attacks are taken directly from Drawcia Soul.
- Some are taken from Marx too,.
- Deadly Disc: Fires golden discs during the boss fight.
- Determinator: Oh, hell yes. If we place the True Arena after the main game, she was defeated by Kirby, went One-Winged Angel by fusing with the Dreamstalk, was beaten again in a long battle that ended with a giant laser to the face, survived that long enough to get 4 Miracle Fruits, went against Kirby a third time, and when that failed, she ripped her own head off of the Dreamstalk, just so she could fight Kirby one last time. Damn.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two Magic Staffs and two Royal Rapiers.
- Eldritch Abomination: Although this tends to occur in Kirby fashion, this version isn't quite so visually horrifying as its connotations are. Sectonia, after being defeated, merges with the Dreamstalk, which she also sends into overgrowth and begins visibly choking the life out of Planet Popstar. Not only that, she's content to consume her own kingdom as well, almost immediately burying her castle in a tangle of vines. Beyond that, she can spawn eyes from any flower on any vine to personally see in that area.
- Evil Former Friend: To Taranza.
- Evil Overlord: Not always. She was once a kind ruler until her obession with beauty corrupted her. Specifically her frequent gazing into the Dimension Mirror, which corrupted and twisted her. Her rule eventually got so bad that the Floralians planted the Dreamstalk in hopes of summoning Kirby to help defeat her.
- Face-Heel Turn: She used to be a kind queen, especially around Taranza, but then she became obsessed with beauty due to the Dimension Mirror's influence, which lead to her newfound cruelty towards the Floralians.
- Flunky Boss: She sometimes summons antlike Sectras called Antrs in her fights. These Sectras grant either Fire, Ice, or Spark depending on the color of the enemy (red, blue, and green respectively).
- Frickin' Laser Beams: In her One-Winged Angel forms.
- Fusion Dance: With the Dreamstalk.
- Gemstone Assault: Summons a large diamond when down to half health. Though it only serves as another arena.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Downplayed in that she's given a backstory (see Face-Heel Turn), but her motives for conquering Pop Star are never revealed.
- Giggling Villain: Frequently lets out a Noblewoman's Laugh during the boss fight. Soul of Sectonia upgrades this into Marx-like laughter.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She used to be a kind ruler, especially towards Taranza. But the Dimension Mirror corrupted her mind and turned her into the tyrant she is now.
- Green Thumb: Upon combining with the Dreamstalk. The limitlessness of this kind of power is played straight, with her threatening to choke out and devour all of Planet Popstar.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard/Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Sectonia, if you didn't try to kill Taranza, maybe he wouldn't have betrayed you.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Though as a wasp, this makes sense.
- Insect Queen: Seems to be the queen of the Sectra enemies in the Royal Road world.
- Just Eat Him: One attempted on the planet's entirety, at that; she merges with the Dreamstalk and declares her intent to feast on the planet and its populace for the rest of her potentially-endless life.
- Knight of Cerebus: In true Kirby villain fashion, the game takes a darker turn when she takes center stage.
- Lady of War: A Magic Knight version of one. And, uh, a bee.
- Light Is Not Good: In a surprisingly stark contrast to previous Kirby villains, whose appearances and forms are themed after evil and chaos, Queen Sectonia is themed after bees and flowers, which signify birth and rejuvenation, especially in her final forms, and she is impressively more elegant than prior final bosses. Unfortunately, for someone with such a motif, Sectonia is definitely not one of the good guys.
- Macross Missile Massacre: In her One-Winged Angel form.
- Made of Iron: For one example, she took a deflected Wave Motion Gun to the face and still remained alive long enough to eat four Miracle Fruits to come Back from the Dead.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Played during some notes of the music played in the cutscene before fighting her when she makes her appearance, and the battle theme played in her first phase (which also contains heavy metal in it).
- One to Million to One: Sectonia Soul's rain of nectar attack, much like Marx and Drawcia's souls before her.
- One-Winged Angel: She combines with the Dreamstalk upon being defeated by Kirby in her normal form.
- Planimal: After combining with the Dreamstalk.
- Raymanian Limbs: Much like Taranza, she has these, though only two.
- Royal Rapier: She can convert her staves into rapiers to stab with.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's got no problems getting her hands dirty if the situation calls for it.
- Sanity Slippage: Sectonia Soul's pause-screen descpritions imply this. Stating that Kirby's defeat and her hunger for power has left her insane, the only thing she can cling to is her vanity.
- Staff of Authority: She holds one in each hand.
- Teleport Spam: Does this during the boss fight.
- The Man Behind the Man: Or woman, in this case.
- Tragic Villain: A formerly kindhearted ruler who was slowly corrupted into a monstrous tyrant by the Dimension Mirror.
- Vain Sorceress: She wields two magical staves, a lot of magic, and she is completely obsessed with her own beauty.
- Villainous Breakdown: The entirety of the second battle with her is basically one long Villainous Breakdown. For the majority of the fight, she remains as calm and elegant as usual, but after being beaten back the first time, she attempts to squeeze the life out of Kirby in a rage. Then Dedede and Taranza pull their Big Damn Heroes moment and give Kirby the Hypernova ability, at which point she pretty much snaps and tosses every attack she can throw at Kirby as the pink puffball tears through her defenses and eventually defeats her.
- Villainous Valor: Sure, she's a villain, but one can't help but admire her determination. First, she faces off against Kirby herself, and though beaten, she stays alive long enough to fuse with the Dreamstalk. And when her One-Winged Angel form is beaten, she remains alive long enough to eat four Miracle Fruits to revive herself just so she could fight Kirby again. This girl's got guts.
- Not tho mention that despite being beaten again, she detaches from the dying Dreamstalk to keep on fighting. And by "detaching", we mean ripping off her own head.
- Walking Spoiler: Especially about Soul of Sectonia.
- Wave Motion Gun: In her One-Winged Angel form. It's what ultimately does her in.
- We Have Reserves: She can kill any Antr that she's just summoned through the use of her attacks, plus she can summon as many more as she wants just so she can wipe them out again if she feels like it.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: After being beaten the first time, Sectonia Soul rips herself off the Dreamstalk, leaving her with nothing more than her head and wings.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Fires black lightning from the gold staff and orbs of light from the silver staff.
- You Have Failed Me: Attempts this on Taranza. It bites her in the ass later.Sectonia: Pitiful, Taranza... I have no use for a fool who cannot follow orders.
First Appearance: Kirby and the Rainbow CurseA sorceress character who appears to have sucked all color and life out of Dream Land. She can create various clay constructs to fight for her in battle.
- Dark Action Girl: Very much so, until she's released from Dark Crafter.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The two huge hands on her scarf have eyes in the palms, though it's tough to notice.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: She will sometimes literally excuse herself from battle during her fight, reading a book in the background while clay construct cannons fire away at you.
- Purple Is Powerful: Most of her wardrobe is various shades of purple.
- Wicked Witch: In similar vein to the other art based witches Drawica and Paint Though, not as wicked as one is led to believe...she's under Dark Crafters' influence after all.
- Villain Teleportation: Surprisingly, she doesn't utilize Teleportation Spam like other Kirby bosses, she mainly does it to start her background attacks.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
First Appearance: Kirby and the Rainbow CurseA huge, bulgy, mound of Technicolor clay that possessed Claycia to steal color and life from everything. Its hard to tell if this is another Dark Matter spawn or something else entirely, but it is certainly very destructive.
- Cool Shades
- Demonic Possession: Does this to Claycia.
- Eldritch Abomination: A lighter-looking example than most until you start thinking about what this thing actually is. It's a gigantic sentient clod of clay with an eye in its mouth that sucks the color out of everything in sight, turning people and places into lifeless grey husks. meanwhile, it stores everything its collected in its body as a swirling mix of life and colors for some unknown purpose.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Its single eye is inside of its mouth, below the "goggles". It also has eyes on its hands.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Why it wanted to drain the color and life from everything has not been made clear.
- Get Back Here Boss: Immediately flies off the planet its on, and Kirby has to fly after it in a rocket.
- Giggling Villain: Whenever it hits Kirby, it lets loose a creepy, mocking giggle.
- Light Is Not Good: It's a living, rainbow-colored clod of clay, and very destructive.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Its main attack is firing tons of mines as Kirby chases it down.
- Near Villain Victory: It almost made off with the colors it still had while everyone else was simply stunned at its manifestation.
- Nonstandard Character Design: It is by far the most smoothly animated character in the game — which, given the choppy clay look, makes it look almost completely out of place.
- Punny Name: It's name appears to be a pun relating to it's Dark Matter inspirations.
- Purple Is Powerful: Its hands.
- Raymanian Limbs: Like with most Kirby characters.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Or maybe it's Know When to Fold 'Em, but immediately after being beaten out of its host, it runs off with the color it still has.
- Shows Damage: Becomes increasingly black and without color as it is damaged.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: It's basically a rainbow-colored Dark Matter with hands.
- Technicolor Death: Appropriately enough, its flashes between its various stages of damage, goes up in colorful flames, and explodes in a flashy light.
- The Man Behind the Man: It had possessed Claycia to drain the color out of the world.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking about him is impossible without spoiling he game's big twist. Especially since he shows up only at the end of the game.
First appearance: Kirby Super StarThe wish-granting comet in Milky Way Wishes, also known as Galactic Nova. Kirby sought it out to help stop the sun and moon fighting each other before Marx interferes and sends it in a Colony Drop, but Kirby managed to stop it. In Meta Knightmare Ultra, Meta Knight sought it out to give himself a Worthy Opponent.Tropes associated with Nova:
- All-Powerful Bystander: It works on a such a scale that the sun and moon have to team up to hold Nova back (coincidentally resolving Kirby's intended wish), yet it will grant the wish of anyone able to activate enough star fountains on enough planets to call it.
- Back from the Dead: In Ultra, he (mostly) pulls himself back together when Meta Knight activates the stars to make his wish.
- Cat Smile: Seemingly his default expression, and a lot of people's first exposure to this trope.
- Cores and Turrets Boss: In what is more or less the mechanical equivalent of a Womb Level.
- Magic from Technology: A technological wish granter.
- Make a Wish: Its main function.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Only with parts of random artifacts instead of animal organs.
- Unexpected Shmup Level: You get to ride a Starship made from the same star fountains that called it in order to destroy its Nucleus.
The Meta-KnightsThe Meta-Knights are a group of warriors led by Meta Knight, They are incredibly loyal to their master and would do anything to help him in his endeavours. Originally, the name referred to a small group of footsoldiers Meta Knight led, Axe Knight, Mace Knight, Javelin Knight and Trident Knight. However, since Kirby Super Star and its remake this has expanded to include, Captain Vul, an albatross, a Waddle Dee wearing a sailor's hat (nicknamed Sailor Dee) and finally a Blade Knight and Sword Knight. Captain Vul, Sailor Dee, alongside Axe Knight and Mace Knight make up the Halberd crew.Tropes related to the Meta-Knights:
- Undying Loyalty: The Knights (except Vul) chose to stay behind even after the Halberd was about to crash into the Orange Ocean in order to finish off Kirby with their master.
- Ambiguous Species: Mace Knight, Axe Knight, Trident Knight, Blade Knight and Sword Knight are this (considering the fact they wear armour, or in Axe Knight's case a mask, unless of course that's not a mask.
- Unexplained Recovery: During their boss battles, you can inhale them, torch them, blow them to smithereens, and they'll be back again to have another try at you.
- The Unfought: Captain Vul and Sailor Dee are never fought at all in either their début appearance in Kirby Super Star or its remake.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're basically all named after what they do or their weapon of choice.
Captain VulA short-tempered bird-like creature who serves as the captain of the Halberd and oversees the crew.
- Evil Laugh
- Talk Like a Pirate: Downplayed, but he'll throw around terms like lubber and scallywag in the remake.
- The Dragon: To Meta Knight.
- Miles Gloriosus: Captain Vul is the most dedicated of Meta Knight's men to killing Kirby, even sacrificing the ship's well being when he releases Heavy Lobster. However, he never goes after Kirby himself, and when the ship begins crashing, he's the first one to escape.
- No Name Given: Originally, but got one in the remake which stuck around.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As soon as Meta Knight gave the the order to evacuate ship, Vul immediately left.
- Villainous Breakdown: Over the course of the Revenge of Meta Knight sub-game, going as far as to damage his own ship with his rebuilt Heavy Lobster just to take down Kirby.
Axe Knight & Mace KnightThese two appear as part of the four original warriors of the Meta-Knights, and were originally depicted in various media as being Meta Knight's sidekicks. They make up half of the Halberd crew. Axe Knight wields a axe and wears a skull mask, and Mace Knight wears violet armour and wields a flail.
- Ironic Fear: In the original Kirby Super Star, Axe Knight mentioned he was afraid of heights even though he works in an airship.
- Demoted to Extra: The duo had dialog as Meta Knight's sidekicks... now they're just two of the Meta-Knights.
Sailor Waddle DeeA Waddle Dee wearing a sailor's cap. He's part of of the Halberd crew and is constantly nervous and neurotic, though he's also loyal to his captain.
- No Name Given: Unlike Captain Vul, he didn't receive one in the remake either. The Japanese 20th anniversary book refers to him as "Waddle Dee (Sailor)".
- The Generic Guy: Compared to the rest of the knights.
- The Cameo: Makes an appearance in Kirby Mass Attack as part of Stratus Patrol EOS.
- What Ever Happened To The Mouse?: His fate on the Halberd was never actually confirmed in the game alongside the other Knights leading to some fan speculation. This was cleared up when it's revealed in Mass Attack that he's alive and well.