Characters: Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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"No Copy Ability? Then try a Super Inhale! Slide to evade! Press ◊ to Guard! You can defeat any foe with little skill."
— In-game description
Tropes associated with Kirby:
"The king of Dream Land! This big dude is one tough cookie. With his trusty hammer, itís aim once, WHAM once!"
— In-game description
"The masked knight cometh! His intense training allows him to soar through the air, swinging his sword with unrivaled speed!"
— In-game description
"Hey, itís everyoneís idol! Don't let the cute fool you! Heís a brave warrior who may be small, but his spear packs a huge wallop!"
— In-game description
- Ascended Extra: His first appearance was as an opponent in Kirby Super Star's Megaton Punch. In Super Star Ultra, he appears as King Dedede's personal helper in Revenge of the King. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, he is now a playable character, aiding Kirby, Meta Knight, and his King.
- Badass Normal: Unlike his allies, he has no real abilities in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In fact, he only wields a spear.
- Blade on a Stick: His spear. He can even twirl it like a helicopter blade to fly.
- Double Jump: Achieves Video Game Flight by constantly jumping on the air.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: He's teaming up with The Hero, The Lancer, and the Big Bad. Naturally, he's getting this treatment.
- No Name Given: All official material refers him simply as "Waddle Dee". Bandana Dee is just his nickname.
- Power-Up Mount
- Spin Attack
- Super Strength
- Unwitting Pawn
"I'm so, so thankful for all of your help! High five, low five, all that."
- Aliens Are Bastards
- Almighty Idiot: After the crown takes over his soul.
- Affably Evil: He's certainly quite friendly, masking his Evil Plan all along with his friendly demeanor.
- Badass Adorable
- Big Bad: He's the villain that drove the plot along by manipulating the four to do his dirty work.
- Bullet Hell: A trademark of his fighting style—he shoots things everywhere.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes
- Call Back: His boss form is similar to that of Marx from Kirby Super Star and its Nintendo DS remake.
- The Chessmaster: His Evil Plan involves Kirby and co. recovering the Master Crown from Landia, who he fought against to get it but lost to it.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: In his final form. And that mouth contains an eye.
- Expy: To 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. Also, his second form is called Magolor Soul, just like how Marx's is called Marx Soul. Another note, his battle forms and styles are clearly intended to draw memories from Nightmare Wizard and Zero
- Heel-Face Turn: In Kirby's Dream Collection, Magolor returns and claims to have built a theme park for Kirby as an apology for what he did in Return to Dream Land. While his credibility might be shot at this point, it's worth considering that he might have been possessed during Return, due to his Dark Matter like eye in his final form, and the fact that he has all kinds of chances for foul play during Dream Collection, but never does anything more malicious than attack him to get the lead during his race challenges.
- Hidden Depths: After getting all of the energy spheres, Magolor will explain the history of the Lor Starcutter. He mentions that the Lor may have a mind of its own and that he hopes that it will speak to him one day.
- He also mentions that he heard of Kirby and the others through a friend, long before he actually met them, and loosely recalls the events of Milky Way Wishes. This has made fans speculate that Magolor's friend was Marx.
- Eldritch Abomination: His final form, the slight variation in EX mode predictably more so.
- Evil Overlord: His dream is to become one.
- Evil Sorcerer: Once he gains magical abilities from the Master Crown.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Compare how he sounds when you speak to him in the Lor Starcutter to when you fight him in the final battle.
- Hand Blast: Which he combines with the portal version of Teleport Spam for a neat power stunt.
- 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.
- Or maybe he just rebuilds everything while you're away and playing through the levels.
- Despite the fact we never see him use any combat abilities outside of his Master Crown forms, Magolor attempted to fight Landia by himself before he enlisted the help of Kirby and his friends. Even though Magolor lost against Landia, it still implies he can fight a bit without the Master Crown.
- The Jester: Looks a lot like one.
- Leitmotif: The theme that plays inside the Lor Starcutter, titled "Magolor the Wayfarer" on KIRBY Wii MUSIC SELECTION. You can hear parts of it in several otherplaces, such as when Magolor turns evil the FINAL final boss theme and when he races you in Kirby's Dream Collection
- Manipulative Bastard
- Non-Indicative Name: Magolor Soul is anything but; it's implied in the pause screen text that you've destroyed the actual Magolor by this point, and what you're fighting is nothing more than the Master Crown's recreation of his body to use as a host to channel its power through. Though there is some remainder of Magolor in there, feeling remorse for his actions.
- Raymanian Limbs
- The Southpaw: Take a good look when he attacks when you fight him, especially in his first form. He favors his left hand.
- Teleport Spam
- Treacherous Advisor: He gives helpful hints to Kirby and co., but is secretly a bad guy.
- Took a Level in Badass: EX Mode turns his second form into a Soul version, which both looks more awesome and is even harder to beat.
- 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: As per the series trademark. He isn't nearly as disturbing as other villains in the series, but he wouldn't be out of place in a TalesSeries game in his Master Crown-enhanced forms.
- Walking Spoiler:
Present for all of the bosses:
Whispy Woods is the boss of Cookie Country
and a recurring character within the Kirby
The boss of Raisin Ruins
The boss of Onion Ocean
The boss of White Wafers
- An Ice Person
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: In this case, a yeti.
- Disney Villain Death: He gets this in a cartoonish fashion and explodes into many stars upon hitting the ground when you defeat him, knocking him off the platform.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: He climbs walls just like a monkey would for trees.
- Expy: Seems to be that of Son Goku.
- He can also be considered one of Donkey Kong; his arms stretch, much like Donkey Kong when he reaches for bananas in Jungle Beat, and Ground Pounds to get to new parts of the arena.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: His defeat animation involves this.
- Kamehame Hadoken
- Oh, Crap: Upon being knocked off the platform after his defeat, he strikes a pose but then gets this face when he realizes that he's no longer on solid ground, and thus achieves his cartoon-style Disney Villain Death.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Shout-Out: He's heavily inspired by Dragon Ball Z, going Super Saiyan when he Turns Red and even using Kamehameha wave and spirit bomb attacks.
- The Kamehameha also looks specifically like a Hadouken, and he has the ability to stretch his arms to ridiculous proportions to hit you. Remind anyone else of Dhalsim?
The boss of Nutty Noon
Metal General and HR-D3
of Egg Engines
- Bonus Boss: HR-D3 is only fightable in Extra Mode and the True Arena.
- Development Gag: HR-D3 originally sported a King Dedede theme in the original Gamecube prototype, Kirby's Dream Course, and the Kirby Quest sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack (in that game, it looked like it does in this game, but had King Dedede's Insignia on it and not the one it has in this game) although it looked more like King Dedede in Dream Course. The D3 part of the name is undoubtedly a reference to that.
- Expy: HR-D3 shares numerous traits with Kirby 64's boss HR-H.
- Metal General has many moves that are similar to Meta-Knight's, possibly making it a sort of mecha-Meta Knight.
- Mini-Mecha: Metal General is only slightly larger than Kirby. HR-D3 is a Humongous Mecha, though.
- Punny Name: HR-D3
- Shows Damage: Played with: Metal General flashes small, electronic numbers when hit, indicating how much damage it has taken. Then it's played straight at its halfway mark when it starts to spark and twitch. In EX mode HR-D3 loses armour, and at the very end, its arms, as it takes damage.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the regular mode, the Metal General was a regular boss who came in between the tense, climactic fights between the Grand Doomer and Landia. In Extra Mode, not only does he take control of Dedede's Humongous Mecha, but Kirby and his friends cannot directly defeat him. He is only stopped when HR-D3 collapses and explodes, with the Metal General still piloting it. No other boss in the game can boast this.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what becomes of Metal General EX after HR-D3 is beaten, though one could assume that it simply shut down.
The boss of Dangerous Dinner
- Blow You Away
- Bullet Hell
- Create Your Own Villain: Literally! Well, the Lor hardly counts as a villain since it's just a shipnote but you did bring back all the pieces to build it with.
- Evil Costume Switch
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: As Lor EX, in Extra mode.
- Shout-Out: The symbol on the mast looks an awful lot like the Dark Star from Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Even more, in EX mode, it looks like the Dark Star X, the Dark Star's Bonus Boss Palette Swap.
- Unexpected Shmup Level: Interesting case here. Most Kirby Shmup levels have you riding/using the item you've assembled during the game in order to fight a foe who has only recently been revealed (Or only recently shown to be an enemy, at least). This fight inverts it, by having you ride on the previous boss and fight against the item you assembled during the game!
- Bonus Boss
- Evil Counterpart: Do you really need to be told who he is this to?
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Starts off the fight grounded and using simple sword swipes. After a certain point, he starts using his wings and gets a lot more dangerous.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sealed Badass in a Can: Starts out the fight trapped in a crystal, similar to how we saw him in Super Star Ultra.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Though he is a returning character, one can help but wonder if he was mainly added to fill in the Meta Knight type boss role that was left open when Meta was playable in this game.
- The Metal General already fights similarly to Meta Knight with a few twists, making people who realize this think the Metal General is his replacement.
- Theme Song Power Up: Possibly the biggest Oh, Crap moment in the game is when the music stops for a moment then changes to his theme from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
The Sphere Doomers
Tropes associated with the Sphere Doomers:
- Color-Coded Elements: No ability is purple, Fire is red, Spark is green, Ice is a whitish grey.
- Dual Boss: When you fight the no ability one with the fire one in 7-3.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Three of the four variants, but the ice appears after the lightning.
- Lovecraft Lite: Not nearly as noneuclidean as the Grand Doomer, but they still are what you'd expect for a creature from a foreign dimension.
- Recurring Miniboss: Just with a little bit of a difference in the battlefield each time.
- BFS: Almost as big as Gigant Edge itself.
- Giant Mook: A giant version of the Sir Kibble enemy.