Characters / Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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"No Copy Ability? Then try a Super Inhale! Slide to evade! Press '''A''' to Guard! You can defeat any foe with little skill."
In-game description

Tropes associated with Kirby:
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Like usual, he's an adorable little slayer of armies.
  • Badass Adorable: He's an adorable little slayer of armies and has solo'd Eldritch Abominations.
  • Black Hole Belly: His stomach has been shown to be an entirely separate dimension multiple times.
  • Blush Sticker: He's constantly blushing all the time.
  • Blow You Away: A number of powerups give him wind-based abilities, like Leaf and Tornado.
  • Breath Weapon: His Fire powerup allows him to breathe fire.
  • Extreme Omnivore: One of his main mechanics involves eating enemies.
  • The Hero: He's the main protagonist of the game.
  • Heroic Mime: He's the main protagonist of the game, and he doesn't speak a peep.
  • Killer Rabbit: Again, he's an adorable little destroyer of armies.
  • Mega Manning: He can devour his enemies to take their powers.
  • Nice Hat: Each of his powers comes with a stylish hat (well, mostly).
  • Power-Up Mount: He often does this with Co-op characters or them riding him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: More like Real Men ARE Pink.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: What did you expect from an adorable baby Eldritch Abomination?
  • Unwitting Pawn: Magolor convinces Kirby and friends to help find the missing parts of his ship and help him return to his own planet in order to save it from an evil dragon. In truth, he was the evil figure threatening the world and Landia destroyed his ship to protect the universe from him, and Kirby has just helped him complete his evil plans.
  • Waddling Head: Kirby's body literally consists of his head, feet (no legs) and arm...flipper...thingamajigs.
  • You Are Who You Eat: In classic Kirby fashion, swallowing enemies allows Kirby to copy their abilities and some physical attributes, mostly in the form of a hat.

King Dedede
"The king of Dream Land! This big dude is one tough cookie. With his trusty hammer, it’s aim once, WHAM once!"
In-game description

  • Arch-Enemy: Normally this to Kirby, not so much here.
  • Authority in Name Only: The self-proclaimed King of Dream Land.
  • Big Fun: The biggest member of the team and definitely among the strongest, but is also the most expressive and comedic character besides Kirby himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: If slapstick occurs, it's usually to him.
  • Drop the Hammer: His weapon is his trademark Giant Hammer.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Though is he really a penguin?
  • Fat Bastard: Minus the bastard part, he joins Kirby and co. on his adventure.
  • A Father to His Men: How else can you explain his armies being willing to fight Kirby for him?
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: He's one of the heroes in this game, despite having been an antagonist in the past. The intro even shows him and Waddle Dee chasing Kirby over a piece of strawberry shortcake.
  • Harmless Villain: But don't you dare come across his hammer.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Only for the duration of this game. Although he truly becomes one in future Kirby games.
  • Power-Up Mount: Like with all other Co-op characters.
  • Jaw Drop: His reaction to Magolor's betrayal.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Magolor convinces Kirby and friends to help find the missing parts of his ship and help him return to his own planet in order to save it from an evil dragon. In truth, he was the evil figure threatening the world and Landia destroyed his ship to protect the universe from him, and they have just helped him complete his evil plans.

Meta Knight
"The masked knight cometh! His intense training allows him to soar through the air, swinging his sword with unrivaled speed!"
In-game description

  • Black Knight: Kirby's rival, Master Swordsman by trade, commands a giant airship, and once sought the galaxy's greatest warrior.
  • Cape Wings: Curiously averted here, as opposed to his previous appearances; in the opening cutscene, Meta Knight throws off his cape and reveals his wings underneath. Was he wearing a cape on top of a cape?
  • Cool Mask: Still wears his iconic silver mask- although compared to previous outings, his eyes underneath it become a lot more expressive.
  • Cool Sword: His iconic Galaxia Sword. Kirby (and Magolor Soul) can also wield a giant version of it as part of the Ultra Sword Super Ability.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite having an evil appearance with his expressionless mask, dark colours, sword, deep voice and bat-like wings, he's a good guy - happy to help Kirby and Magolor.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": What did you expect from him wearing an armor and carrying a sword?
  • Grumpy Bear: He appears to be this in the intro, not minding the trio running by.
  • Master Swordsman: His entire schtick. His moveset is based mostly on Sword and Wing, but he has some abilities of his own- including being able to glide out of a Shuttle Loop, much like he could in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Power-Up Mount: Like with all other Co-op characters.
  • Sword Beam: Is capable of firing these from his sword at full health.
  • Spin Attack: In this game, he gains the ability to perform a very Link-like spin attack on the spot by charging up his sword.
  • The Comically Serious: He doesn't really try to be humorous, but ends up being so with some of his mannerisms.
    • In particular, when he's seen reading a book and (unsuccessfully) trying to ignore Kirby and Dedede's cake-related antics in the intro, splashing around in an adorable purple inner-tube on the surface of water (along with wearing another mask on top of his usual one when underwater.), and moonwalking as part of one of his victory dances.
  • The Rival: Usually this to Kirby, but not so much here.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Evident in this game, as he never removes his mask.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Magolor convinces Kirby and friends to help find the missing parts of his ship and help him return to his own planet in order to save it from an evil dragon. In truth, he was the evil figure threatening the world and Landia destroyed his ship to protect the universe from him - and they have just helped him complete his evil plans.

(Bandana) Waddle Dee
"Hey, it's everyone's idol! Don't let the cute fool you! He's 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.
  • Power-Up Mount: Like with all other Co-op characters.
  • Spin Attack: Does one like a helicopter.
  • Super Strength: Never ever trust his almighty spear.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Magolor convinces Kirby and friends to help find the missing parts of his ship and help him return to his own planet in order to save it from an evil dragon. In truth, he was the evil figure threatening the world and Landia destroyed his ship to protect the universe from him, and they have just helped him complete his evil plans.


Sphere Doomers

Tropes associated with the Sphere Doomers:
  • Color-Coded Elements: Ability-less is purple, Fire is red, Spark is green, and Ice is a whitish grey.
  • Dual Boss: You fight the ability-less one alongside 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 Boss: Just with a little bit of a difference in the battlefield and their abilities each time.

King Doo

Gigant Edge

  • BFS: Almost as big as Gigant Edge itself.

Water Galboros


  • Drop the Hammer: Like with his previous appearances.
  • Playing with Fire: Can use Hammer Flip in EX mode, a hammer technique Hammer Kirby and King Dedede could perform themselves. Said hammer technique involves setting their hammers on fire.

Super Bonkers

  • Drop the Hammer: His is a stronger variant of the normal Bonkers.
  • Playing with Fire: Like Bonkers, it can use Hammer Flip in EX mode, a hammer technique Hammer Kirby and King Dedede could perform themselves. Said hammer technique involves setting their hammers on fire. Unlike Bonkers, however, it can use the move in normal mode too.



Kibble Blade

  • Giant Mook: A giant version of the Sir Kibble enemy.


Present for all of the bosses:

  • A.I. Roulette: In fact, if you fight them enough times, you should become aware of their attack patterns.
  • Palette Swap: All of the bosses sport new color schemes in EX mode.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: You're definitely going to having a hard time here.
  • Turns Red: All of the bosses do this when they're halfway down their health.

Whispy Woods

Whispy Woods is the boss of Cookie Country and a recurring character within the Kirby series.
  • Blow You Away: One of his attacks is shooting gusts of wind.
  • Flunky Boss: Drops Bronto Burts, Waddle Dees, Comos, and Gordos from his branches. In EX mode he drops mostly Gordos... and Scarfies!
  • Edible Ammunition: In the form of apples he drops from his tree.
  • Poison Mushroom: In EX mode, don't inhale the purple apples that fall. Those who fought Whispy's Revenge in Kirby Super Star Ultra will remember this.
  • Stationary Boss: Whispy Woods never moves throughout your fight with him, relying on dropping items from his branches to fight Kirby.
  • Took a Level in Badass: You know Extra is hard when even Whispy Woods can mop the floor with you.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Whispy Woods is stationary, all of his attacks are telegraphed and easy to dodge, and he provides plenty of ammo to kill him with should a player lose their power during the fight.
  • When Trees Attack: He's called "Whispy Woods" because he happens to be a ginormous tree.

Mr. Dooter

The boss of Raisin Ruins.
  • Badass Mustache: He gets one along with his EX recoloring to represent him being tougher.
  • Ballistic Bone: He doesn't just throw the skulls, he juggles them. And in EX mode the skulls are on fire.
  • Expy: They way he summons smaller enemies is very similair to how Wiz does it in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
  • Floating Limbs: His hands seem to have minds of their own; as shown when they try to summon the body out of the hat, and begin to hit it frustratedly when it does not appear.
  • Jackass Genie: Not in the fact that he makes wishes backfire, but in the fact that he will whup your ass if you let him.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Well, duh.

Fatty Puffer

The boss of Onion Ocean.


The boss of White Wafers.

Grand Doomer

The boss of Nutty Noon.

Metal General and HR-D3

The boss(es) of Egg Engines.
  • Background Boss: HR-D3 starts out as this, before leaping into the foreground to attack the party directly.
  • Bonus Boss: HR-D3 is only fightable in Extra Mode and The True Arena.
  • Expy:
    • Metal General has many moves that are similar to Meta Knight's, possibly making it some sort of mecha-Meta Knight.
    • HR-D3 shares numerous traits with HR-H in combat.
    • HR-DR is/was loosely based on other King Dedede robots, such as Robo Dedede in the Scope Shot sub-game and Mecha Dedede from Kirby's Dream Course.
  • Front Line General: If Metal General's name is anything to go by, it's this.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Metal General's Cyber-Katanas. Not only can it perform a Dash Attack and fence with them incredibly quickly in a similar manner to Meta Knight, it can also spin them incredibly quickly in front of itself to block projectiles.
  • Mini-Mecha: Metal General is only slightly larger than Kirby. However, HR-D3 is a Humongous Mecha.
  • Plasma Cannon: Metal General uses one of these as a sidearm, whilst HR-D3 has a much bigger one mounted inside its face.
  • Punny Name: HR-D3, as in DeDeDe.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Metal General's EX color scheme, as well as HR-D3's paintjob.
  • 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. HR-D3 loses armour, and at the very end, its arms, as it takes damage.
  • This Is a Drill: HR-D3 wields a giant drill on one of its arms, along with a giant fist on the other.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Metal General can not only lay down explosive mines, but also launch volleys of giant homing missiles that explode into flames upon contact with the ground. For extra fun, it rides the last one and crashes it into the ground to return to the stage.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Main mode, 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 HR-D3, but Kirby and his friends cannot directly defeat him. He is only stopped when HR-D3 collapses and explodes, with Metal General EX still piloting it. No other boss in the game can boast this.
  • Turns Red: Literally. Metal General EX swaps out its standard blue paintjob for a red one.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: HR-D3's Wave Motion Gun is located inside its face.
  • 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.

    Spoiler Bosses 

The boss of Dangerous Dinner.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Once it splits apart, the dragon wearing the Master Crown takes more damage than the other three.
  • Big Bad: Or so Magolor wants you to believe...
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end, the dragons give Kirby and co. a lift out of the dimension.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Possibly. It's a little ambiguous whether or not it was actually possessed by the Master Crown during its battle or guarding it of its own accord.
  • Cool Crown: It wears the Master Crown.
  • The Cameo: Paintra summons copies of Landia through her magic painting in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Yes, they pulled this twice in the same game.
  • Enemy Mine: If it weren't necessary to save the universe, you'd think Landia would be hesitant to team up with the heroes who just beat it up.
  • Final Boss: In Team Kirby Clash.
  • Good All Along: Landia is the guardian of the Master Crown and its "rampage" was in response to Magolor attempting to seize it. Magolor falsely claimed it was a destructive beast to manipulate Kirby and friends into dealing with it for him.
  • Hero Antagonist: They only seek to keep the power of the Master Crown out of the wrong (i.e. Magolor's) hands.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Well, what did you expect? Other than them giving you a ride across Another Dimension?
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Landia starts out with green eyes. Then, when it Turns Red, it gets red eyes. Finally, after its defeat, it is depicted with blue eyes for the remainder of the game.
  • Me's a Crowd: By splitting from one four-headed dragon into four one-headed dragons.
  • Multiple Head Case: It appears to have four heads at first.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: It's a hydra-like beast at first, before they split in four.
  • Power-Up Mount: What's the only thing cooler than defeating a dragon? Riding on its back in the next level!
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: You might think it was a baby based on how large its eyes are.
  • Walking Spoiler: Wherever Landia goes, spoiler tags follow.

Lor Starcutter

  • Blow You Away: Does this in Another Dimension.
  • Bullet Hell: Hoo boy.
  • 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.
  • 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 & 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!

Galacta Knight

    The Final Boss (Walking Spoiler) 

"I'm so, so thankful for all of your help! High five, low five, all that."
  • Aliens Are Bastards: He did trick Kirby onto getting the crown for him.
  • 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: He may be cute, but he packs quite a punch.
  • 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.
  • Call-Back: His boss form is similar to that of Marx from Kirby Super Star and Ultra.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: He borrows various elements and movesets from previous bosses.
  • Demonic Possession: However, even with his repute of being the "bad guy", he was ultimately not. It was the Master Crown.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • In Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, 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.
    • He also makes an appearance in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, this time as a green-clad humble merchant who runs the shoppe and freely gives out advice and tips to the player. No indication of ever being a bad guy here.
  • 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.
    • He's also revealed to be really good at building amusement parks in Kirby's Dream Collection, and building things in general.
  • 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.
    • 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. This is proven in Kirby's Dream Collection where Magolor uses his magic against Kirby while racing him.
  • The Jester: Looks a lot like one. Espicially in his Master Crown form.
  • 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 the collection.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He tricks Kirby and his friends into getting the Master Crown from Landia.
  • 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.
  • Power Copying: In his final form, he uses your Super Ability to fight against you. And how did he copy your attack? By using his star shield to record them whenever you smash him.
  • The Southpaw: Take a good look when he attacks when you fight him, especially in his first form. He favors his left hand.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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.
  • Teleport Spam: In his form when wearing the Master Crown.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He nay have been this to the Master Crown itself, even before the crowning.
  • 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 Tales Series game in his Master Crown-enhanced forms.
  • Walking Spoiler: He had to be put into his own folder just because of the number of spoilers related to him.


Waddle Dee

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