Characters / Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
aka: Kirby Of The Stars

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.

Note that all of the episode numbers given are the original Japanese ones unless otherwise stated.

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Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto, Amy Birnbaum (Certain lines in the English dub)


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:
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone in Cappytown loves Kirby. Even King Dedede seems to like Kirby somewhat, seeing him as a Friendly Enemy.
  • Acrophobic Bird: Kirby rarely ever flies in the anime, if at all, subverting his potential advantage of Video Game Flight. He technically still can, though.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His feet are a darker shade of red compared to the games.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Inverted when compared to his game counterpart. Kirby in the game was impulsive and sometimes prone to being manipulated, but was otherwise competent and self-reliant in a fight. Kirby in the anime in comparison, is much more naive, considerably less intelligent, and frequently needs his friends to tell him to inhale enemies or objects (though there are some exceptions).
  • Adaptational Wimp: While Kirby is usually more powerful with a copy ability (except for a joke ability like Sleep), it is still possible to clear some stages and bosses in the games without using a copy ability. In the anime, Kirby is pretty much a punching bag until he gets a copy ability. Also, in the games, Kirby is fully capable of defeating whatever bad guys pop up with little prompting. In the anime, Tiff has to tell him to inhale an enemy before he can actually fight.
  • All-Loving Hero: He has been shown trying to befriend anyone that's not immediately threatening him or his friends, and is even very quick to forgive friends for any wrongdoings they've done to him. There have also been certain monsters that Kirby has befriended like Chilly and Galbo. He is even shown to be one of the few people that genuinely likes King Dedede, of all people.
  • 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. Like pretending to want to eat Tokkori for example. Well, he might have been pretending...
  • 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 immediately 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.
  • Badass Adorable: As with his game counterpart.
  • Berserk Button: If there's just one way to get on his bad side, it's harming or being mean to his friends. He didn't even hesitate to call out Tiff for scolding Chilly, and that's despite the fact that the later was trying to harm him.
    • If Dedede's Monsterpiece is anything to go by, he really doesn't like to be called "lumpy"-
    King Dedede: [Talking the citizens of Cappy Town through his wonky painting] And this here's Kuhbeh. He's bein' chased by me! See, I drawed him all lumpy to express his inner lumpiness!
    Kirby: [Hopping up and down angrily] POYO! POYOOOOO!
    • Even better, the original Japanese version of Dedede's painting shows Kirby shitting himself.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: For a Cheerful Child, he's a tough fighter. It's also very rare to see him even the slightest bit angry, but if you somehow get him to that point, heaven help you.
  • Big Eater: Oh dear.
    • Never invite Kirby to a dinner party.
  • Black Hole Belly: Which contains a pocket dimension, as seen when he swallows a Dedede voodoo doll that corresponds to his movements.
  • Blush Sticker: He has them all the time.
  • Breath Weapon: Kirby's inhale is notably more powerful in the anime than in the games. He can even use it to swallow objects or demon beasts that are tens of times larger than he is.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Poyo!"
  • Cheerful Child: Even when things are at their worst, Kirby's always happy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look like a cute little idiot, but he can take down monsters the size of Godzilla.
  • The Determinator: Make no mistake, Kirby doesn't give up easily.
  • 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.
  • Easily Distracted: If there's food about, you can bet Kirby will follow it. Sometimes this gets him into danger or trouble.
  • Easily Impressed: There are few things in the world of Popstar that aren't able to capture his imagination. Justified because he's just a baby and doesn't know better. Unfortunately, King Dedede often exploits this to lure him into traps.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Implied to be a failed creation of Nightmare that turned good.
  • Everyone Chasing You: Poor Kirby is on the receiving end of this numerous times often because he's been accused of doing something he didn't actually do or a minor misdemeanor, like eating a few watermelons, gets taken out of proportion.
  • Evil Laugh: A benign example when Kirby is trying to scare Dedede while disguised as a pumpkin in the middle of a forest. Also played terrifyingly straight when Kirby is possessed by the infamous Devil/Demon Frog.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can swallow blocks, gloves, hats, etc. He's occasionally used as a waste disposal by the locals and he'll eat Kawasaki's food with relish. Although even Kirby hated the taste of Belly Buster's pies, refusing to suck them up.
  • 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.
    • He'd even quite friendly with Dedede when the latter isn't trying to kill him or humiliate him.
  • Forced Sleep: Swallowing a Noddy makes Kirby instantly fall asleep. Unless one smells the Pukey Flower, a victim can sleep for 100 years.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Kirby seems to be able to spend a whole day sleeping if possible, whether in a bed or tree.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: In 'Kirby Takes The Cake', Kirby thinks that no-one wants to play with him when they are actually secretly preparing a surprise party for their little hero. However, Tokkori, being a Jerkass, tells Kirby that nobody actually likes him and he isn't welcome in Cappy Town anymore. Kirby runs away and it takes Meta Knight and an apologetic Tokkori to convince him to return home as people do care about him.
  • Heroic Mime: Except for his Catch-Phrase and several other little words like "watermelon", he can't say any more than that.
  • Idiot Hero: Of course, his level of intellect varies somewhat between each episode.
    • Justified. He was awoken 200 years too early from his slumber.
  • Idiot Savant: A variation of him not being an idiot, but being very, very young, but having loads of raw talent and potential. See Instant Expert below.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: What prevented him from completely surrendering himself to the Devil Frog when it possessed him in the infamous Devil Kirby episode. As Meta Knight puts it, "controlling one as pure as Kirby is a virtually impossible task."
  • Innocent Aliens: Is considered this in the eyes of the people of Dream Land, though it's justified by the fact he is considered an infant by his species' standards.
  • Instant Expert: Despite the handicap of being very young, Kirby has an instinctual knack for fighting and is able to get the hang of a new ability by the end of a battle.
  • Kid Hero: He's the youngest Star Warrior in the universe.
  • Minor Living Alone: He technically counts as this, since despite being a baby, he largely lives independently, with Tokkori living with him as little more than a roommate, if anything. Somewhat justified though, since Tiff, who's the closest to a parental figure he has in Dream Land, lives in King Dedede's castle and there's no way Dedede would let Kirby live in the castle when he's trying to get rid of him all the time.
  • Nice Hat: Gets one for every ability he copies (except Parasol, like the games, which is literally just the parasol), even with abilities like Crash, which originally didn't have a hat.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the most consistently nice and friendly characters in the show.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The nice one with Tokkori and Meta Knight.
  • Parents for a Day: In two separate episodes, Kirby hatches an egg including Dyna Blade's Chick and a strange, Ugly Cute monster named Galbo. He proceeds to get them food, looks after them both and tries to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, both parents try to attack him anyway.
  • Power Copying: Like the games, his bread and butter.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He is every bit as adorable as his game counterpart.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: As stated in Deus ex Machina above, pretty much nothing could stand up to him once he got an ability. But that's the fun of it all—the excitement from his fights comes not from whether he'll win or not, but seeing what ability he'll use to win it.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Kirby's talented when it comes to using his abilities but as a consequence of being young, he needs to be told when to use an ability. Other times, he doesn't recognize when he's in danger and needs telling when something is a monster.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Watermelons, which replaced the tomatoes from the games.
  • Transformation Sequence: Whenever he copies an ability. It's more elaborate than what's seen in the games.
  • Wingding Eyes: Usually gets X eyes when he's knocked out by monsters, such as Kracko, for example.

King Dedede

The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, with a huge castle, an army of Waddle Dees and his servant Escargoon 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.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody on the show likes him. Meta Knight and Costumer Service are just using him, the Waddle Dees only serve him because he gives them food and a place to stay, Waddle Doo is only loyal to the Waddle Dees. Really, the only exceptions are Kirby and Escargoon, and even then Escargoon makes it clear in several episodes that he sticks around the king to use his position, and thinks King Dedede is actually a rather terrible boss..
  • Accent Adaptation: Gets a Southern accent in the dub.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While he is often antagonistic to Kirby, Dedede in the games is more of an Anti-Villain who is more willing to join Kirby against a more serious threat or genuinely help out. This version of him is just unpleasant by comparison. This is arguably made even worse in the dub, where most Japanese lines that DIDN'T contain personal threats to Kirby now do.
  • 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 Disney Expy.
  • 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. The ending result is they both have to be put on health regiments from the Fitness Fiend.
  • Affably Evil: Aside from ordering monsters to "clobbah dat dere Kirby".
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Episode 93 screams this. He played a nasty trick on Kirby that almost got him killed. When he thought the prank indeed killed him, he didn't take it well, despite not liking Kirby since the very beginning.
  • Arch-Enemy: Taken Up to 11 with Kirby. Dedede wasn't always particularly friendly with Kirby in the games, but he doesn't outright hate him either, and he most certainly didn't want anything to do with Nightmare. Tiff also qualifies to a lesser extent, since she is always suspicious of him and she's Kirby's strongest supporter.
  • Bad Boss: Dedede constantly belittles Escargoon when he isn't hitting him with his hammer. He also tried cutting the food supply to his loyal Waddle Dee army when he found out how much it cost. Needless to say, the populace don't think much of him as a king either, especially when he has occasionally destroyed their festivities in the belief they were plotting against him. Still, he does have his good moments as well.
  • Baddie Flattery: Subverted in the dubbed "Devil Kirby" episode (Frog Wild).
    King Dedede: He done what?!
  • Big Bad: The most active regular villain of the anime.
  • Big Eater: The most extreme example being when he ate what seems the entire throne room's worth of chanced chips.
  • Butt-Monkey: All the bad luck has to happen to him: Only getting a Trooper collectible, losing a school 3 times, being charged massive amounts from NME for everything he buys...
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's referred to himself as evil a few times, in both the original and dubbed anime.
  • Catch-Phrase:
  • 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. Then again, he let the Devil Frog possess him voluntarily.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He learns this the hard way whenever a demon beast he orders attacks him.
  • Evil Laugh: And a very signature one at that which he uses a lot.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Mentioned by Tiff that he buys a lot of highly expensive toys like a giant telescope only to quickly get bored with them. He lavishes lots of attention on Scarfies in one episode only to abandon them when he realizes how much they cost to feed them. About the only things Dedede arguably keeps an interest in are golf, getting rid of Kirby, and pummelling Escargoon.
  • For the Evulz: Orders demon beasts like the way a spoiled child would buy toys. It gets him into lots of debt from Nightmare.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even worse than Tiff. His quick reaction to agitation becomes a plot point in episode 55.
  • Harmless Villain: Just like in the games. Aside from ordering his Dedede Stone to stomp 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. And he gets humiliated more often than not in front of his subjects.
    • 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. And once again, there's the Dedede Stone incident.
  • I Own This Town: He claims that he's the 17,062nd ruler of Dream Land.
  • Irony: For all his unpopularity, not a single one of his subjects seems to want to actually overthrow him. In one episode we find out they see the thought as laughable!
  • Jerkass: Taken Up to 11, but he softens as the episodes go by, ultimately siding with Kirby for the final fight against N.M.E. His plans eventually go from "majorly harm Kirby" to "humiliate Kirby".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite what Tuff wants to believe, episode 10 is one of the few episodes where King Dedede's actions are entirely justified. While attempting to fire Chief Borun/Bookem just because he was responsible for a car crash may seem like Disproportionate Retribution since nobody appeared to be hurt, the chief was still sleeping on the job while directing traffic, and the cars themselves were dented pretty badly. One of the headlights are missing on the mayor's car, and Escargo(o)n presumably had to repair a lot of damages on Dedede's tank. Plus, what if there were people who were hurt in that crash? It's highly doubtful that the Cappies were willing to take that chance, since not too many of them looked happy with the chief when they caught him sleeping on the job (especially the mayor, his presumed best friend). This is proof that a king that's tough on crime (his words) is better than no king at all.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does care about his citizens a little, and he's shown to love taking care of pets like Scarfies. He even builds a park which, while done out of guilt and when everyone thought they would be struck by a meteor, the park actually stayed for future episodes.
  • Just Fine Without You: In almost every episode of the show, Dedede tries to destroy Kirby, or some other dirty trick, with the help of a monster sent from Nightmare Enterprises. Almost. Sometimes Dedede will try to finish Kirby through some other means as well, without the help of Nightmare Enterprises. Take a look at "Un-reality TV", where he hypnotizes the Cappies to kick Kirby out of town. Or "Kirby's Egg-celent Adventure", where he tries to tempt Kirby into eating Dyna Blade's egg so she will get angry and kill him. However, these mostly apply to earlier episodes before the king suffered Villain Decay, and later episodes have him relying more and more on monsters for other purposes than attacking Kirby.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: WHY he's the Butt-Monkey.
  • Laughably Evil: Just like his game counterpart. For a cruel dictator, he's pretty hilarious.
  • Malaproper: Has quite a habit of this, probably at least Once per Episode.
  • Manchild: Many viewers point out he acts like a spoiled kid. It's been said that he's experienced some trauma that caused his mental development to stop, so...yeah.
  • Narcissist: His castle has statues of him all over the place, and he even puts up a statue in the village just so he can admire it.
  • Never Learned to Read: He's revealed to be illiterate in "A Novel Approach", where he feels left out when everybody else is reading Pappy Potty and the Fool's Stone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Really, Dedede, did you have to explain Meta Knight's entire plan to Customer Service?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In episode 76 after dinosaur Kirby ate the torchlight, he could just sit back and enjoy, how it destroys everybody, but no, he had to throw a bomb so Kirby can inhale it and fight back. Genius!
    • Not to mention that - unless it's Kirby 64 - there is no way Kirby can use two different abilities at once, but even then, he has to "fuse" it first by temporarily getting rid of the ability he currently has.
    • Another instance of this happens in episode 84. Kirby is fighting Mumbies, assassins of Star Warriors, and losing. Dedede appears and wraps up a bomb as a "farewell present" to Kirby. He sucks it up, becomes Bomb Kirby, and defeats Mumbies. Lampshaded by Escargoon.
    Escargoon: And whose fault is that?
    • Mind you, the expression on his face before he throws the bomb suggests that he threw it on purpose, perhaps indicating that deep down, he really does like Kirby.
  • 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: Surprisingly, he manages to get one in the 4Kids dub during the Grand Finale.
    Dedede: Hey, what is that damn thing?
  • Shout-Out: 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.
  • Signature Laugh: "Bwuh heh heh heh heh!" in the dub. "Dyeh heh heh heh" in the original.
  • Slouch of Villainy: When he sits on his throne.
  • Stylistic Suck: His homebrew anime, entitled Dedede: Comin' At Ya in the dub and Dedede of the Stars in the original.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His catchphrase in the Japanese version.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he adds "zoi" at the end of his sentences. This carries over to the Japanese version of Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • Villain Decay: He's gotten less malicious as the episodes go by.
  • Villain Love Song: When he tries to propose to Princess Rona.
  • Villain Protagonist: While Kirby is still often the center focus, a lot of screentime is given to Dedede in many episodes, with Dedede at many times initiating or driving the plots.
  • Villain Song: His twisted version of "Old McDonald had a Farm" in the dub of episode 7 must be heard to be believed.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ignoring for a minute that Kirby's a baby, Dedede's attempts to "clobber that there Kirby" have put the lives of Tiff and Tuff in danger as well. Him being aware that they are in danger doesn't help. He even tried crushing Tiff with a statue once and would have succeeded too if not for Meta Knight.
  • Worthy Opponent: King Dedede admits in episode 93 that he actually does like Kirby being around, even though the entire reason is having an enemy means he isn't bored.

Meta Knight
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (JP), Eric Stuart (EN)

"I am a loyal servant of the king. Why would I help Kirby?"
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.

  • Accent Adaptation: He's Spanish in the dub. Eric Stuart apparently chose the accent as a nod to Zorro.
  • 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 Silica (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.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the games he's a mysterious figure with an ambiguous morality. The anime clears that up, expands on that, and elaborates it, making him an Enigmatic Minion for Dedede, a Stealth Mentor to Kirby, and the Hero of Another Story in his own recollections.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Meta Knight, while usually portrayed as a Hero Antagonist in the games, fights Kirby in several instances and sometimes enters Well-Intentioned Extremist territory. In the anime, though he works with King Dedede, he is one of Kirby's allies.
  • Badass Cape: He has it wrapped around him most of the time, probably to cultivate the mysterious image, but it looks cool and is very cool when unfurled as well.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: He does this to Escargoon 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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Once he stops being a Jerkass to Kirby.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Taken Up to 11 in episode 18 (episode 16 in the dub), which proves that everyone would be dead without him. He follows Tuff and his friends into a jungle, saving them a grand total of three times without revealing his presence every single time their lives are endangered. At the end, he nearly gets killed trying to save Tuff from a giant Venus Flytrap-like plant by forcing its jaws open with his bare hands, gets bitten and nearly chewed to a pulp, and later burns the plant down. No one thanks him for this.
    • There's another moment of this in episode 26, where he jumps in front of Kirby and Tuff to challenge Wolfwrath, and later in the flashback, where he saves Sword and Blade by wrestling Wolfwrath off a cliff.
    • Any time Meta Knight randomly shows up to throw Kirby something that he can copy to save the day.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Wall of Weapons in his room, which belong to Sword and Blade, his assistants.
  • Combat Commentator: He comments on most of Kirby's transformations.
  • Combat Pragmatist: More so in the anime than in the games. In this continuity, he also places reason in higher priority than honor.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Why else would Meta Knight have a whip to snag the bathtub that Kirby, Tiff and Tuff were in from sliding down a rubbish heap when looking out for aliens?
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He killed his best and only known friend long ago, and when his craft crashed fleeing from Nightmare, he ended up in the employ of Dedede. He copes with it fine though.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's said to serve King Dedede, but barely ever does anything for him. Lampshaded by Escargoon in the original with the following line from episode 60:
    Escargoon: "At least do your job once in a while!"
  • Dwindling Party: Discussed in episode 4. In the initial conflict with Nightmare, the demon beasts killed everyone that tried to resist his conquest of the universe, leaving only Meta Knight alive - or so he thinks.
  • 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.
  • Famed In-Story: People like him so much that in the episode with the collectible figures, after someone finds a Meta Knight figurine the whole town goes nuts trying to find another one. Including King Dedede, who grabs every single candy off the shelf in hopes of finding one. Which is pretty stupid, considering that the real Meta Knight was there the whole time.
    • He can't own Meta Knight but King Dedede can own a collectible!
    • 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.
  • Great Offscreen War: Fought in one, saw many of his comrades die, and believes the rest dead, they're not.
  • Hero of Another Story: A very different story. The most we get to hear about it is through miscellaneous flashbacks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Yes, Meta Knight was the victim of this trope in episode 14... Or at least he pretended to be one... You'll never know...
    Tiff: I just know King Dedede is plotting something! Those pillows sounds spooky to me!
    Meta Knight: You're maybe right Tiff. But just because King Dedede has tried to trick us in the past, does not mean he is trying to trick us now. Perhaps he is turning over a new leaf. Why don't we try these pillows and see?
  • I Have the High Ground: A favorite pose of his. Most fans think that it's because he has a height complex, or simply wants to see everything going on from a higher vantage point.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: He wields one named Galaxia, which was Forged by the Gods. Somehow, as long as it's in his possession, Nightmare cannot take over the entire universe.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: He's the knight, while both Sword and Blade are his knaves.
  • La Résistance: The Sole Survivor of one, or so he thinks.
  • Leitmotif: In the Japanese and English versions, he's often accompanied by a Spanish guitar like riff, reminscent of Zorro. Possibly the reason 4Kids decided to give him a Spanish accent.
  • Master Swordsman: Of course, it's Meta Knight! He even teaches Kirby the Sword Beam!
  • Mood Ring Eyes: His eyes change color to reflect his mood, being the only indicator given his mask, though some are seen more often than others:
    • Green indicates him being in thought or problem-solving, such as in Escargoon Squad.
    • A darker grass-like green is used when he is very serious, such as in Blockbuster Battle.
    • Blue implies pride or joy, given we see them primarily upon reflecting how much Kirby has grown during the one year anniversary of his arrival to Dreamland.
    • His Yellow eyes becomes brighter whenever he's determined.
    • Dark Red implies anger, hostility or fear. First seen when Tuff took him to a mysterious haunted house and he failed to slash the door with Galaxia. They glow when he realizes that the dark force at hand is Nightmare in Scare Tactics Pt II.
    • Pink implies he's amused, given that we first see it when he learns he has a mini-figurine of himself and a very rare sought-out one at that. He even voices his approval of it before chuckling good naturedly in Snack Attack Pt I.
    • Orange appears to be fear or surprise, as seen in his surprise of seeing Kirby in Episode 1.
    • Silver/White is unknown, but it appears to further seriousness in a subtle difference from the darker green.
    • When he's sleeping or unconscious, they're a dull, dark yellow.
  • Mr. Exposition: Justified. Who else would inform us about Star Warriors and Kirby's abilities?
  • Mysterious Protector: Towards Kirby and his friends.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Due to his habit of appearing out of nowhere to say something plot-relevant to the characters, this led to the speculation that he stalks Kirby and his friends on a regular basis.
    • Even does so in the episode about GHOSTS. Cue Scare Chord when Tuff and Kirby see his glowing eyes emerge from the forest, only for the camera to zoom out and reveal that it's just Meta Knight.
  • Named Weapons: His sword, Galaxia.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The in-between one with Kirby and Tokkori.
  • Not So Stoic: He is The Stoic most of the time though he does indicate when he's feeling amused on a number of occasions. Also, it's hard to be stoic when you get hit by a load of pie.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In episode 3, while training Kirby. He Hand Waves it by saying that Kirby can only awaken his powers when he's put in life-or-death situations. Though he could have beaten Kirby thoroughly if he didn't give him a chance to waken his powers.
  • Only Sane Man: Meta Knight is a sane person in an insane world. Or maybe, he's an insane person in an even crazier world.
  • Pet the Dog: To Sword and Blade, and occasionally Kirby in some of the later episodes.
  • Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: "I am his majesty's loyal servant." before he kicks Escargoon's and Dedede's tank down a cliff.
    • the dub version was just as great of a retaliation: "It pains me to do this, sire, but I must".
    • And it's safe to say 30% of his lines are this. Another 30% are jokes and the last 40% is him being (non-)helpful.
  • Pungeon Master: Yes, Meta Knight is this. Chance are, if he's in an episode, he'll make some pun relating to the situation at hand or whatever monster Dedede's ordered.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Combined with Stealth Mentor.
  • So Proud of You: He never really tells Kirby this outright but Meta Knight is undoubtedly proud of Kirby's progress and maturation, best seen when his eyes glow blue.
  • 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 sweet jar appears in Meta Knight's room in a couple of other episodes as well so he probably does like sweets. He may also like tea as well.
  • The Stoic: Meta Knight rarely lets anything ruffle him even when a demon beast is currently in destruction mode. Although he does laugh several times in the series: when he notices that Escargoon and his mother look exactly alike, when he's seen watching Channel DDD, and when Tiff 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.
  • Training from Hell: Meta Knight's methods of training Kirby usually involve him fighting for his life. Tiff might object to this but Meta Knight's reasons are that Kirby will only grow stronger if he is made to exceed his limits and that he will mature faster because of said harsh methods.
  • 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 Wolfwrath, Masher, and the Pyukii plant. This is probably justified due to having gone past his prime after all his years at war.

Nightmare (eNeMeE)
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), Andrew Randells (EN)
"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.

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 (least in the Japanese version. It's implied that Kirby defeated him for good in the English dub..
  • Adaptational Badass: While he doesn't do much fighting, in the games he was just a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere whose only threat was spreading bad dreams, but here, he's a Physical God that poses a threat to the entire universe.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the game series, he really only appeared once (although the game in which he appeared later got remade), and was a relatively minor threat compared to many villains Kirby has faced (only wanting to spread bad dreams as opposed to, say, feeding off of the inhabitants of Popstar for all eternity or eradicating all organic beings in the multiverse, among others). Here's he's the Big Bad, and the direct cause of many minor bosses that in the games were unaffiliated with the main antagonist, with ambitions to conquer the universe.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Nightmare was already a villain in the games, but the extend of his villainy was basically spreading bad dreams. Here, he threatens to conquer the entire universe, creates Demon Beasts to terrorize people for the hell of it, is implied to have murdered people in cold blood, and is generally far more sadistic than his game counterpart.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has grey skin.
  • As Long as There is Evil: He gives this kind of speech in the finale (least in the original Japanese).
    "True to my name, I am but a dream that lives in your heart. Therefore, I am immortal. For as long as there is fear in your heart, I will someday return."
    • Subverted in the English dub. He's screaming in fear as he disappears into nothing.
  • Astral Checkerboard Decor: In his lair, complete with a few demon beasts that look like chess pieces.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the beginning of the Kirby 3D special when he and Customer Service are talking about Kirby:
    "Best-selling video games?! And animated series?! He's unstoppable!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He knows he's evil and relishes every second of it.
  • Classic Villain: Representing Ambition, Wrath, and Sloth, and quite possibly the Devil himself.
  • Contemplative Boss: He is rarely seen before the Series Finale, but whenever he appears before it, he is shown in this pose.
  • Cool Shades: Much like his game counterpart.
  • Deader Than Dead: Heavily implied in the 4Kids Dub fo all things. While the Japanese has him give a final speech about being immortal, the dub just has him screaming in agony while he's fading into nothing.
  • Dub Name Change: Inconsistently called "eNeMeE" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this every time he's on screen.
  • Evil Overlord: Leader of Nightmare Enterprises and threatens to take over the universe.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He seems like a pretty cool and laid-back kind of guy at first glance. 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. Underneath it all, however, he's a total psychopath.
  • Fangs Are Evil: His teeth are serrated.
  • For the Evulz: Pretty much his reason for doing anything, but one particular example was speeding up the comet Gerath to crash into Popstar.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Often in the dub his company's name (NightMare Enterprises) is abbreviated as 'NME'. It sounds like 'enemy' when read aloud.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once Nightmare enters the scene, things get deadly serious.
  • Lazy Bum: He embodies the Deadly Sin of Sloth really well, as in the anime, he prefers to spend his time in his chessboard-like lair and amuses himself with watching Kirby battle his demon beasts.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's arrogant enough that his beliefs that Kirby won't be able to take him down won't change despite the huge amount of monsters he's easily taken down, but he immediately becomes frightened instantly when Kirby uses the Star Rod against him.
  • Mind Rape: Attempted with Kirby and backfires spectacularily.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe. Obviously.
  • No-Sell: From Kirby's Fire ability to the Halberd's main cannon, anything he's attacked with passes harmlessly through him. That's because he's a living nightmare and can only be harmed in a dream.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Kirby gains the Star Rod, the perpetually smug and arrogant Nightmare practically soils himself.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Aside from sending a meteor towards Cappy Town, he 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.
  • Pet the Dog: To Customer Service. He doesn't yell at him or beat him up like Dedede does Escargoon, and the relationship between these two almost looks like a Villainous Friendship.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: His Hammerspace cape is decked out with a perpetually-moving night sky that all attacks pass through harmlessly.
  • Physical God: Is all but outright stated to be one. He's virtually immortal, cannot be destroyed by any means, can create countless monsters, take control of other beings and turn them into monsters, and he has conquered entire planets.
  • Shock and Awe: Can fire lightning from his hands.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression.
  • Smug Smiler: Is never seen without that cocky grin.
  • Smug Super: Arrogant and condescending, but being a Physical God and all, he has every right to be smug.
  • 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. Then Kirby gets the Star Rod and he utterly crumbles.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The anime is a slice-of-life adventure series that is every bit as lighthearted and fun-loving as the mainstream games and doesn't have any real menacing villains aside from the occasional Demon Beast as King Dedede and Escargoon are bullies at worst. Once Nightmare takes center stage though, everything becomes much more serious.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes from cocky to terrified in a split second when Kirby gains the Star Rod.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kidnaps Tiff in the finale to lure Kirby to his lair.

Knuckle Joe
Voiced By: Kevin Kolack (EN), Minami Takayama (JP)

A brash and impulsive kid who comes to Popstar seeking revenge against the Star Warrior that killed his father. Dedede and Escargoon take this as a chance to 'get' Kirby, and they tell him that Kirby's the Star Warrior that he's looking for.

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."
  • Anime Hair: He's got long spiky hair.

Sword Knight and Blade Knight

Voiced by: Hikaru Tokita (Sword Knight, JP) Chiro Kanzaki (Blade Knight, JP), Eric Stuart (Both of them, EN)
Meta Knight's subordinates. They don't do much except for reinforcing Meta Knight's combat commentary.

Dyna Blade

A giant bird that has a nest on a mountain far away from Cappy Town. According to legend, she appears once a century to lay eggs and nurture the chicks until they grow up. Kirby, King Dedede, and the other residents of Cappy Town cross paths with her several times during the series.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Subverted. Although she is still big enough to carry King Dedede and Escargoon, she is not as big as it was in the games.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Played with. In some of her appearances, Dyna Blade attacks Kirby, but only because she's trying to protect the chick. She also attacked King Dedede when he tried to eat the chick when he had been driven insane by starvation.
  • Mama Bear: Do NOT try to turn her chick into a monster or try to eat it. King Dedede and Escargoon found this out the hard way.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: She will only attack you if you threaten her chick.

     Anime-only characters 

Tiff (Fumu)
Voiced by: Kerry Williams (EN), Sayuri Yoshida (JP)
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 Tiff:
  • Arch-Enemy: King Dedede, since Kirby is too young and too much of an All-Loving Hero to really show as much resentment to his evil deeds as his game counterpart. All that has been passed on to the other main characters after Kirby, with almost no moment of Dedede's schemes going by without her freaking out over it.
  • Badass Bookworm: She enjoys reading books.
  • Berserk Button: Disrespecting the environment is a reliable way to bring out her sharp temper and one of the reasons why she butts heads with the reckless Dedede alot. Her temper is enough to make the Cappies try and avoid her when they end up screwing the environment (like dumping trash into the woods and fleeing when they get caught.)
    • When the anime-based episode had her redrawn to be a bit more... er... risque, she really didn't like that.
  • Big Sister Mentor: She's tried to play this role toward the other children of Dreamland (though mainly Kirby and Tuff) with mixed success (generally Depending on the Writer)
  • Catch-Phrase: "Kirby! Inhale it!" / "Kirby, suck it up!"
    • "Come, Warp Star!" / "Kabu, send the Warp Star!"
  • Crack Pairing: In-Universe—one episode involves a fish falling in love with her.
  • Cry Cute: Believe it or not, she can actually cry, as shown in episode 7, where (though hard to see) she sheds a tear of joy when we see that Kirby didn't eat Dyna Blade's egg after all, episode 40 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. There's also the dub of episode 37, where it sounded like she was about to cry when it looks like she can't defend Kirby.
  • Damsel in Distress: A lot of the demon beasts take her captive, which motivates Kirby even more to defeat them. Nightmare also captures her and takes her to his lair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, she was shown to be this.
  • Dub Name Change: Fumu to Tiff.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to her brother's foolish.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's a nice girl, but she can get rather easily irritable. Lampshaded in the dub.
    "Yeah, I'm short alright...AND SO'S MY TEMPER!!!"
  • Kid With The Remote Control: Sort of, since Kirby is an infant she has to tell him when to inhale something. Kirby can pretty much take it from there, though.
  • Only Sane Woman: Even more so than Meta Knight, who'll make light of situations.
  • Parental Substitute: To Kirby.
  • Power of Love: The reason she 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... she's usually right when it comes to these sort of shannigans.
  • Secret Keeper: In episode 4, She learns from Meta Knight about NME and Kirby's (supposed) origin. As pointed out in the English-dubbed episode 14, she and Meta Knight are the only ones who know the whole deal with Kirby and the demon beast attacks.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: While Kirby is still the main protagonist and the hero of Dream Land, a lot of Tiff's antics in regards to protecting the environment, catching criminals, and what have you take up a good chunk of the show.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: In episode 67 he asks Meta Knight to help her defend herself against the bullies of the school and boy, she sure pulls up a fight! True she regrets it later, because she learns a teacher should work out problems with her mind instead of her fists (though given the bullies were monsters, literally, a case of exception is made.}
  • Technical Pacifist: Her responses to violence vary according to the demands of the plot.
    • In some episodes, she completely avoids violence and pep-talks people out of it.
    • In episode 67, she asks Meta Knight to train her in martial arts because she got bullied at school, and uses her training to teach the bullies a lesson.
    • In episode 89, she chases down the Otakings with a hammer because of her portrayal as "Fumu-tan" in their anime.
  • The Smart Girl: She's probably the only person in the village who reads a lot. Even the adults often turn to her for advice on what to do in some situations.
  • Theme Twin Naming: At least in the 4Kids dub.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Quite easily the most optimistic character in the entire cast (next to Kirby himself), but she gradually becomes a little more cynical towards the end.
  • Woman Scorned: In the dentist episode, King Dedede pretends to be her commanding Kirby to inhale the dental demon beast, and Kirby completely falls for it, much to her dismay.
    Tiff: You're helping Dedede? note 

Tuff (Bun)
Voiced by: Kayzie Rogers (EN), Rika Komatsu (JP)
Tiff's younger brother. A bit of a brat sometimes, but he too likes Kirby, and helps his sister out in taking care of him...on most occasions.

Tropes associated with Tuff:
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He's pretty hot-headed, impulsive and a bit bratty, which annoys his sister.
  • Berserk Button: While not to the extent of Tiff, he also doesn't like it when nature is messed with and usually accompanies his sister in protecting the land, including spying when the Cappies try dumping their trash into Whispy Woods.
  • Blinding Bangs: You never see his eyes, not even once.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He acts like quite the brat sometimes.
  • Dub Name Change: Bun to Tuff.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to his sister's responsible.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be an impulsive fool, but he's still a good person at heart and is usually at his sister's side to help her out whule also protecting Kirby.
  • Meaningful Name: His dub name likely comes from his typical "little boy who's trying to act tough" attitude.
  • Not So Different: From King Dedede. Episodes 32 and 81 show just how terrible their dental and trash habits (respectively) are, and just how childish they can act.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Episode 18, he nearly sends Kirby into an eternal sleep by falling for Dedede's trap of having Kirby inhale a Noddy. Also, in the movie finale, he accidentally let it slip where the Warp Star was located.
  • Shout-Out: In the dentist episode, he gets a cavity, and his mother tells him that if he goes to the dentist, she'll buy him a CubeGamenote .
  • Theme Twin Naming: In the 4Kids dub, despite the fact that he and Tiff aren't twins.
  • Totally Radical: Some of his lines in the original.

Lady Like (Memu)
Voiced by: Kayzie Rogers (EN), Yuko Mizutani (JP)
The mother of Tiff and Tuff. She's almost as suspicious towards King Dedede as her daughter, but is still fooled by him a few times.

Tropes associated with Lady Like:

  • Accent Adaptation: She has a German accent in the 4Kids dub.
  • Adults Are Useless: She and the Minister aren't really much help in drastic situations.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She tends to backtalk to Dedede while retaining her lady-like composure.
  • Drama Queen: Has shades of this. She has a habit of overdramatically fainting.

Sir Ebrum (Parm)
Voiced by: David Lapkin (EN), Takashi Nagasako (JP)
The father of Tiff and Tuff and Cabinet Minister of Dream Land. He always freaks out when his wife or children question King Dedede.

Tropes associated with Sir Ebrum:

  • Accent Adaptation: Has a British accent in the dub. Then again, he does seem like the type who would have such an accent, high class and all.
  • Adults Are Useless: He and Lady Like aren't really much help in drastic situations.
  • Bumbling Dad: Lampshaded in the dub.
    Tiff: Dad, if you watch this junk, it'll rot away your brain cells!
    Sir Ebrum: Well, I haven't been using my brain cells very much anyway.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Much like Meta Knight, when it comes to serving King Dedede, we don't see him do his job very much.
  • Punny Name: His dub name is a play on the word cerebrum, the part of the brain that is responsible for voluntary actions in people and most animals.

Escargoon (Escargon)
Voiced by: Ted Lewis (EN), Naoki Tatsuta (JP)
King Dedede's Right-hand man. He generally doesn't like Nightmare Enterprises, but he goes along with Dedede's schemes anyway.

Tropes associated with Escargoon:
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the dub, he's almost as cruel as Dedede, at least when you have him say things like "I've been tormenting your town for ages" and "Even my evil genius was pushed to the limit".
  • Ambiguously Gay: Alot of his interactions and words with Dedede could be seen as this.
  • Amusing Injuries: He's often subject to King Dedede's abuse.
  • Butt-Monkey: Shares his Bad Luck with Dedede.
  • Canon Immigrant: Has a cameo in the Kirby Master sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack as part of Dedede's entourage during an attack.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in the dub, which fits the Paul Lynn allusion.
  • The Dragon: To King Dedede.
  • Dub Name Change: Escargon to Escargoon.
    • 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, he loves his mother dearly, even enough to have the entire kingdom pretend he was the king for the sake of not disappointing her.
  • Furry 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.
  • Gratuitous English: A lot of it in the original, especially in the later episodes.
  • 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 he feels for the king.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Regularly takes plenty of physical abuse and punishment from King Dedede, being pretty much a punching bag.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are times when he can be quite a Jerkass to the citizens of Dreamland, to the point of threatening the death penalty to passerby 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His dub voice was clearly based on Paul Lynde.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Is nearly identical in appearance to his mother. Even Meta Knight was amused by this.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he uses "degesu" (a form of "desu") at the end of his sentences.
  • Villain Protagonist: Just like Dedede, there were a certain number of episodes that focused on him, such as when he pretended to be king to please his mother, or when everyone forgot who he was.

Customer Service

Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), Dan Green (EN)

The front salesman for NightMare Enterprises (aka Holy Nightmare Co.), that sells demon beasts to customers such as Dedede. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: He's not quite as tall as he seems.

Tropes associated with Customer Service:
  • Affably Evil: He's so charming and funny at times, that it's easy to forget that he wants Kirby dead, like Nightmare.
    • Enough that he was the MC for the Kirby Quiz Challenge episode.
  • Berserk Button: Being told he's bad at his job; this pretty much ensures that he'll rip someone off even worse than he may have originally intended to.
  • The Cameo: Appears in the game over screen in the SHMUP sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack. Considering Nightmare is the boss of that sub-game, the cameo makes sense.
  • Chair Reveal:
    • Played for laughs. When Dedede meets him for the first time face-to-face, he turns his chair around and reveals that he doesn't have human legs, just a pair of feet similar to the other characters, because you don't see anything below his waist on-camera.
    • Subverted in that he actually did appear to show his full body in a previous episode, "The Kirby Quiz". However, he was shown wearing a Japanese robe and sitting down. This outfit made him appear to be sitting on his knees, but what looked like his knees were actually the tips of his feet.
  • The Confidant: To Nightmare.
  • Dub Name Change: From Customer Service to not having a name at all, or at least not one that's ever mentioned.
  • The Dragon: To his boss, Nightmare.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the original, although Customer Service may or may not be his actual name.
  • 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.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The English dub plays this up tremendously, especially with his interactions with Dedede and Escargoon. Given just how much he keeps hustling and ripping of Dedede, this works quite well as a source of laughs.
  • Keigo: In the original however, he's rather polite indeed; he's the most formal with Nightmare, less so with Dedede and Escargoon. 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.
  • Token Human: Until we find out that he's actually just as short as everyone else!

Voiced by: Kevin Kolack (EN), Fujiko Takimoto (JP)
A selfish, somewhat whiny and cowardly bird that tried getting rid of Kirby after he accidentally crashed into Tokkori's tree before later stealing Kirby's house and becoming Kirby's roommate.

Tropes associated with Tokkori:

  • Dirty Coward: Has a tendency to hide behind Kirby and berate him what he's not immediately taking action to fight whatever he's got to fight.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared at the beginning of the first episode.
  • Hate Sink: He's just the kind of bird who tends to be dickish to other characters just for the heck of it, and his cowardice knows no bounds when he hides behind Kirby. Unsurprisingly, he's not that well-liked by the fanbase, either.
  • Jerkass: He not only sabotages Kirby's efforts to find a home in Episode 2, he also moves himself into the home built for Kirby and makes Kirby do menial chores like making his bed for him. He does eventually get better though.
  • Jerkass Ball: He does have a handful of selfish moments. Like in Episode 51, he told Kirby that nobody wants to play with him because nobody likes him and he even tried to get rid of Kirby.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Episode 84, he opens the door to Kirby so he can escape from the Mumbies... or, so he can sleep in quiet.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The mean one with Kirby and Meta Knight.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks he's better than everyone else, but in truth, he's just an annoyingly overconfident jerkass whose arrogance annoys both other characters and the audience.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to call Kirby by a variety of names including 'Gumball', 'Goofball', 'Pinkie', 'Junior' and more.

Silica (Sirica)
Voiced by: Veronica Taylor (EN), Tomoe Hanba (JP)
Comes to Popstar seeking revenge against Meta Knight.

First appearance: Episode 60

Tropes associated with Silica:

  • "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.
    • In Japanese, the L and R sounds are interchangeable in romanization, so it's sort of a mix of this trope and Spell My Name with an "S".
  • 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!
  • Dub Name Change: From Silica to Sirica, although it's just a different romanization.
  • Dynamic Entry: She jumps through a window at one point.

Knuckle Joe's Father
Meta Knight's close friend and fellow Star Warrior from the Galaxy Soldier Army during the initial conflict with Nightmare.

First appearance: Episode 19

Tropes associated with Knuckle Joe's father:

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Nightmare possessed him and turned him into a demon beast, forcing Meta Knight to kill him when he couldn't be turned back.
  • 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.
  • Dying as Yourself: He only gained back his senses once Meta Knight dealt him a mortal blow during their duel.
  • 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 , the second appearance less than a minute long in total note , and the third in a blink-and-miss cameo note ), 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.
  • Posthumous Character: Long dead by the events of the story, he still looms large over both Knuckle Joe and Meta Knight.
  • Unnamed Parent: As much as he's referred to throughout the course of the story, Joe's father was never given an official name.

Alternative Title(s): Kirby Of The Stars