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Tropes relating to characters in the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.To clarify where the characters go, characters that are non-specific to the anime go here. The game characters that appear on this page are only for the tropes that are associated to them in the anime. To avoid redundancy, the traits that appear in both works stay on the main Kirby character page.This page on Kirby's Rainbow Resort has a larger list of all the anime characters, including the ones that appeared in the games first.Please note that for the sake of consistency, the examples below follow the original Japanese names. Note also that all of the episode numbers given are the original Japanese ones unless otherwise stated. Bear with us while the page is under reorganization, as there might be a few name inconsistencies here and there.
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Voiced by: Makiko Omoto
A legendary Star Warrior who crash-lands in Dream Land in the first episode. Eventually, he becomes a well-renowned local hero that is the primary hope for the citizens of Dream Land to keep Dedede's demon beasts at bay.Note: This space is only for the tropes that apply to Kirby in the anime only. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.Tropes associated with Kirby:
Ambiguous Innocence: Kirby's never done anything downright dickish, but there are a few scenes that show the villagers that he's not all jolly laughs and giggles as most expect him to be.
American Kirby Is Hardcore: Compare the Japanese opening to the 4Kids dub version: both of the original openings are happy, upbeat march tunes that show Kirby being happy with his friends, with some horror thrown in for good measure. The 4Kids version immediatley starts with Kirby showing off his angry Kirby eyebrows and all of his special powers. Granted, the Japanese version is far more of an accurate depiction, as Kirby only gets dangerous to kill the Monster of the Week.
Deus ex Machina: Often times, Kirby never actually does anything until the climax of the episode, and once he inhales and copies something, you're flat out done for. On occasion, he even One Hit KOs some demon beasts. This extends even to the finale, where the Big Bad of the entire series is killed in one hit.
Friend to All Living Things: If demon beasts don't immediately try to annihilate him, Kirby will almost always befriend the more timid, less powerful ones. Subsequently, this is used as a setup for Tear Jerkers that involve having to kill the demon beast that he's attached to when it inevitably Turns Red.
The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, with a huge castle, an army of Waddle Dees and his servant Escargon at his disposal.Note: King Dedede appears as a recurring villain in the Kirby games. This spot is for tropes that apply to him only in the anime. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.
Adaptational Wimp: And how. In the game series, Dedede is in all appearances shown to be very combat-capable, and a master in using a hammer. Here, the only time he ever throws down with Kirby is when possessed and hulked out by a demon frog. Really, the difference is from being one of Dream Land's strongest to being virtually helpless.
Although, he did pummel Kirby through a doll. And much later on, he was smacking around Kirby while in the process of making a cartoon with a monster impersonating the Walt DisneyExpy.
Adipose Rex: Played for laughs and Turned Up to Eleven in an episode where he tries to trick Kirby into eating enhanced chips to make him fat. Dedede ends up eating the chips himself, and grows too big to even leave his throne room.
Affably Evil: Aside from ordering monsters to "clobbah dat dere Kirby".
Cool Car: Owns a tank described as a "demon beast on wheels". He later custom-orders a pimped-out limo equipped with hammers, and after using it for the Wacky Racing episode, he keeps it until the end of the series.
Demonic Possession: In episode 95 (97 in the dub), he gets possessed by the Devil Frog after Kirby spits it out.
Evil Is Not a Toy: He learns this the hard way whenever a demon beast he orders attacks him.
For the Evulz: Orders demon beasts like the way a spoiled child would buy toys.
Harmless Villain: Just like in the games. Aside from ordering his Dedede Stone to stomp Fumu / Tiff, of course, he has to rely on his Demon Beasts to attack Kirby (who all fail, every time, of course). He doesn't put up much of a fight on his own, either (unless while under the influence of certain Demon Beasts, of course), and his plans to make money backfire every time as well.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: He has moments where he is somewhat menacing, and he occasionally gains the upper hand. While his own combat prowess leaves a lot to be desired, he can still terrorize the heroes with his Waddle Dee army, his virtual monopoly on weapons, his immense resources, or his monsters. Before Kirby came along, no one could really oppose him because of those factors.
Pet the Dog: In episode 42, Dedede fulfills his promise of building a park for the village kids right before the apocalypse happens. It turns out that the crisis is averted, but the park stays there for the rest of the series.
Shout-Out / Take That: In the 4Kids dub of the Kirby anime, they had King Dedede give a Southern accent as well as uttering Bushisms, similar to a certain former U.S. President.
Sigil Spam: His peace-sign symbol (as shown on the back of his pimped out coat) shows up on a lot of his homemade demon beasts, mimicking Nightmare's own sigil.
"How absurd. I am his Majesty's faithful servant!"
A mysterious knight who claims to serve Dedede, but his true allegiances seem to fall elsewhere. He takes the role of Kirby's mentor, training him to fight against the demon beasts and to eventually defeat Nightmare.Note: This space is only for the tropes that apply to Meta Knight in the anime only. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.
Acrophobic Bird: Subverted and justified—he doesn't have the Cape Wings that are in the games, putting him at a disadvantage in many of the battles he fights.
He did in the pilot episode, however.
Adaptational Wimp: Meta Knight isn't as powerful as he is in the game, he lacks most of his abilities, including the aforementioned Cape Wings. For most of the series, he lets Kirby do the work, so he can get stronger, he does try to interfere when the Giant Mook Masher is trying to kill Kirby, but MK is just backhanded, and lets Kirby finish him. He also loses against Chilidog, and Sirica (after she almost broke his arm).
Possibly justified. In the 4th episode, he elaborated on Nightmare, the corporation and the war between him and the Star Warriors. Meta Knight was the last one, describing being 'alone, injured, but alive'. We also don't know how old he is, but considering Kirby was supposed to start duty at 200 years age, perhaps Meta Knight is simply reaching his limits from all his years at war.
Beat the Curse Out of Him: He does this to Escargon in the episode where he gets possessed by a demon beast that makes him forgotten by everyone, insisting that torture would get the demon beast out.
A darker example, in his flashback from episode 19: He Mercy Killed his best friend after he was posessed by Nightmare. And this was the only person in the entire series, game or anime, that was ever stated to be Meta Knight's friend.
There's another moment of this in episode 26, where he jumps in front of Kirby and Bun to challenge Wolfwrath, and later in the flashback, where he saves Sword and Blade by wrestling Wolfwrath off a cliff.
Dynamic Entry: Has a habit of appearing out of nowhere on high places to announce something relevant to the plot.
Eldritch Abomination: Depending on your sources, some people speculate that Meta Knight, not Kirby, is the demon beast-turned-good that's mentioned as the only creation to ever turn against Nightmare. If this is true, then it adds another dimension to his Anti-Hero complex.
It gets worse when Meta Knight himself, when told about it, laughs, pointing out... something; YMMV on if his laughing was because of how stupid it was, if he liked the idea more than he let on, a combination of both, or something else entirely.
In the dub, at least, he enjoys his fame, responding to it with a laugh and a "Yes, I like this."
Give Me a Sword: Throws Kirby a sword before their duel in episode 3, akin to the way he does in the games.
Kaleidoscope Eyes: Green (thoughtfulness or seriousness), blue (pride or happiness), bright yellow (determination), red (anger or fear), pink (amusement), orange (surprise or fear) and silver (unknown - it's seen only once and we don't know what he's feeling). When he's sleeping or unconscious, they're a dull, dark yellow.
Sweet Tooth: Fans noticed that, in the episode where Meta Knight is seen enjoying Channel DDD, there's a jar of sweets in the corner. He's never shown eating sweets, but a lot of people get this trope from just that.
The Stoic: Although he laughs several times in the series: when he notices that Escargon and his mother look exactly alike, when he's seen watching Channel DDD, and when Fumu tells him to complain to the company that made an action figure of him.
This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Towards the end of the series, he discusses this with his subordinates, stating that this is his reason for not helping out Kirby as much. It makes sense, because he's still testing Kirby's power as an individual, doing so by drawing further and further into isolation from him during his battles.
We Meet Again: Said to Wolfwrath near the beginning of episode 26.
The Worf Effect: Usually what happens whenever Meta Knight does get into a battle — hence why the only instances in which he's been overpowered in a fight are with Chilidog, Masher, and the Pyukii plant.
"They are growing desperate. They'll realize I'll have them beaten. I was hoping they would be foolish enough to attack. So I've prepared a surprise for them."
The true Big Bad of the anime series, and owner of Nightmare Enterprises. In the past he's staged a full-scale war against a number of resistance movements, but for now, all he does is make the demon beasts that Dedede uses to 'get' Kirby.
First appearance: Episode 1
Tropes associated with Nightmare:
Achilles' Heel: As revealed in the finale of the anime, Nightmare's just a bad dream, meaning he can only be defeated in dreams. Not to mention, his only weakness is the Star Rod, which Kirby can take control of and use against him by swallowing his own Warp Star. Of course, with his As Long as There Is Evil gig, Nightmare can't truly be destroyed forever so long as there's fear and nightmares in everyone's hearts.
Bigger Bad: He creates the demon beasts that make Kirby's life miserable, but he never fights him one-on-one until the finale. The closest thing to an active antagonist for Kirby is probably Dedede, although he doesn't have any affiliation with Nightmare, other than ordering his demon beasts for the heck of it.
Faux Affably Evil: He created Nightmare Enterprises and sells demon beasts to customers, pretending to pass them off as useful everyday objects (that eventually turn red). He even prefers to amuse himself by watching Kirby fighting his demon beasts.
Obviously Evil: He has a dark aura, giant demon horns, and an evil toothy grin. And he makes Evil Minions in the form of demon beasts that his trusted employee, Customer Service, sells for him. His official title is even Emperor of Darkness.
Orcus on His Throne: Does absolutely nothing himself until the cast gets near his fortress. Justified since Kirby, at best, could likely only prove to be a minor nuisance, and he seemed to enjoy watching the events involving him.
Underestimating Badassery: He believes that Kirby and the rest of the Star Warriors would be of little threat to him. He was wrong considering about the amount of monsters Kirby easily defeats, but his opinion of him did not improve.
A brash and impulsive kid who comes to Popstar seeking revenge against the Star Warrior that killed his father. Dedede and Escargon take this as a chance to 'get' Kirby, and they tell him that Kirby's the Star Warrior that he's looking for. Later it's revealed that it wasn't Kirby, but Meta Knight that did, indeed, Mercy Kill his father after he was possessed by Nightmare.
First appearance: Episode 19
note:He appears in the games as a regular enemy, and also as a helper character in Kirby Super Star. Being only a minor character in the games with no personality, he was given one in the anime, hence the reason why he's on the anime's character page instead of the main character page.Tropes associated with Knuckle Joe:
Adaptation Expansion: The anime gives him a personality and a backstory, which wasn't present in the Kirby games.
An Aesop: The moral of episode 19 can be summed up as "Don't let revenge consume you."
Fan Nickname: His unnamed father has a few, the most popular being Jecra.
Foe-Tossing Charge: He does this to the townspeople in episode 19 when he goes to look for Kirby.
Heel-Face Turn: Actually pulls it off twice—He turns good at the end of episode 19 note and changes color as a Mythology Gagto the games , and then reappears in episode 40 as an employee of NME, convincing them to bring out their most powerful demon beast, ultimately siding with Kirby to defeat it.
The second one was more of an example of being The Mole. He convinced them to bring out Masher (the strongest monster) specifically so he and Kirby could defeat it.
Mugging the Monster: Subverted. During their first encounter with Meta Knight they intend to rob him, but they're interrupted by Wolfwrath.
Mythology Gag: In the flashback, Sword and Blade are seen wielding a mace and an axe respectively, which many fans believe to be a Shout-Out to Mace Knight and Axe Knight from the games, as they were part of the Halberd's bridge crew in Kirby Super Star.
Satellite Character: Whenever they show up, it's usually because it has something to do with Meta Knight. This could be justified because it's revealed in the finale that most of their time was spent building the Halberd in preparation for the Final Battle.
Probably the only person in Dream Land who's openly critical and skeptical of King Dedede and his schemes. Because she loves and cares for Kirby, she's the one to guide him on his way to becoming a full-fledged Star Warrior.Tropes associated with Fumu:
Crack Pairing: In-Universe—one episode involves a fish falling in love with her.
Cry Cute: Believe it or not, Fumu can actually cry, as shown in episode 40 / episode 37 when Knuckle Joe and Masher are tag-teaming their attacks against a progressively-wounded Kirby, episode 67 where she's giving a speech and is about to retire from her teaching duties after humiliating Gure / Dirk, Yota / Kirk, and Banchou / Smirk, and episode 83 when Mr. Chip says that he'll eventually find a real teaching job soon enough after which she gets a really cute Tearful Smile.
Damsel in Distress: A lot of the demon beasts take her captive, which motivates Kirby even more to defeat them.
Power of Love: The reason Fumu can control the Warp Star is because she truly loves and cares for Kirby.
Properly Paranoid: Some episodes have her fretting over the event being a trap, like the nightmare-inducing pillows, the figures that turned into demon beasts later, the TV-Network Dedede made which was later used to brainwash people into attacking Kirby...
Secret Keeper: In episode 4, Fumu learns from Meta Knight about NME and Kirby's (supposed) origin. As pointed out in the English-dubbed episode 14, Fumu and Meta Knight are the only ones who know the whole deal with Kirby and the demon beast attacks.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he does love Kirby (but not nearly as much as his sister does), he's often seen playing soccer with him...and unintentionally kicking Kirby, mistaking him for the ball.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Episode 18, Bun nearly sends Kirby into an eternal sleep by falling for Dedede's trap of having Kirby inhale a Noddy.
Shout-Out: In the dentist episode, Bun gets a cavity, and his mother tells him that if he goes to the dentist, she'll buy him a CubeGame.
Catch Phrase: In the original, every time he takes a drive to Cappy Town, expect him to say the phrase "stupid commoners!".
Characterization Marches On: In the first few episodes of the original, he was referred to as 'Dr. Escargon', possibly implying that the producers were going to make him off to be a sophisticated guy rather than just Dedede's lackey. Shades of this characterization do come back when he develops robots, vehicles, and even a NME-equivalent injection that turns ordinary creatures into demon beasts. See Mad Scientist below.
Cool Car: He's Dedede's chauffeur, first in a military jeep with a tank cannon (making Dedede look like some kind of Third World dictator...) and later in a much snazzier big old fashioned limousine.
His dub name is actually a Portmanteau of the words 'Escargot' and 'goon', fitting enough.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite what a jerk he can be sometimes, Escargon loves his mother dearly, even enough to have the entire kingdom pretend he was the king for the sake of not disappointing her.
Gastropod Confusion: In a scene where Dedede makes escargot in front of him. He refuses to eat it, stating that it would be cannibalism if he did so.
Homoerotic Subtext: A large amount with King Dedede. Episodes 55 and 88 are some of the strongest examples. In the former episode, it's made pretty clear how Escargon feels for the king.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are times when Escargon can be quite a jerkass to the citizens of Dreamland, to the point of threatening the death penalty to passerbys in the original. But he mostly acts like this to gain Dedede's favor, and is not a bad person at heart.
Mad Scientist: In episode 78, he builds a robot in his likeness to work for Dedede in his place, and goes insane because he stays up for nights on end to fix the damage inflicted on the robot by Dedede.
Near the beginning of the anime, he was called Dr. Escargon in the original, and depicted as the Foil of Dedede's convention of ordering demon beasts, preferring to build things by himself instead of spending money to order demon beasts (thus making them fall into debt). Towards the end he becomes just as reliant on the demon beasts.
Chair Reveal: Played with. When Dedede meets him for the first time face-to-face, he turns his chair around and reveals that he's just about as tall as Dedede, because you don't see anything below his waist on-camera.
Fan Nickname: As he isn't even named in the dub, some people call him 'Frontman', or 'Salesguy'.
Friend in the Black Market: Sometimes has shades of this, usually when there's an outside threat that would disrupt him being able to still sell demon beasts to Dedede. He will of course still charge an arm and a leg even if he is kind of helping out, though.
Keigo / Japanese Politeness: In the original however, he's rather polite indeed; he's the most formal with Nightmare, less so with Dedede and Escargon. He's the least polite with underlings in the company.
Large Ham: He loves having an audience, and is at his loudest and most energetic when in front of a huge crowd. For example, the quiz show, and the second Dedede Race.
Oh, Crap: He gets one in the finale when Chief Borun informs him and King Dedede that Kirby has defeated Nightmare and that his space fortress is about to be destroyed, and he makes a run for it. In the original Japanese version, if you listen closely, you can hear him screaming as the fortress explodes, possibly implying that he died in the explosion.
Rule 34: Is extremely popular with porn artists, for some reason.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: Her Dub Name Change. Her original name, Silica, was supposed to refer to a nonmetallic element of the same name. Changing the L to an R threw the name's meaning out the window. It's a pretty minor case of the trope because her namesake ultimately isn't important at all, but it is surprising that 4Kids didn't appear to realize what she was named after.
The Cameo: She's never mentioned again until the finale, where she appears along with Knuckle Joe.
Distaff Counterpart: Pretty much a gender flipped version of Knuckle Joe, since they both come to Popstar blaming Meta Knight for killing one of their parents. Just look at all the tropes that they have in common!
Chekhov's Gun: His pendant, which was eventually passed down to Joe, serving as his Tragic Keepsake before Joe used the power-amplification device to defeat Masher 2.0 and intentionally destroyed it during the battle.
Disappeared Dad: Implied, but it was bound to happen. When he was still alive and off fighting demon beasts somewhere, Joe would've definitely been without his father for a time.
Fan Nickname: Seeing as he was never named in-story, fans have taken to calling him 'Jecra'. Nowadays in fanworks, he's rarely ever called anything else, but most of his other fannames tend to start with the letter J.
Hero of Another Story: A ''very'' different story, much like Meta Knight. Meta Knight mentioned in the original that on top of being a Star Warrior, he was a well-respected member of the GSA, and many soldiers looked up to him as a leader and a mentor.
Although he never had a single line of dialogue and only appeared in 3 episodes (one of them in only a flashback note (Episode 19), the second appearance less than a minute long in total note (Episode 65), and the third in a blink-and-miss cameo note (Episode 52)), we're given enough canon about him through the words of other characters to put together a tropeable, rough understanding as to what he actually did.
Only Friend: To Meta Knight. And this is counting both continuities, the games and the anime.