Ensemble Darkhorse / Kirby
has had his self-titled series' own fair share of characters, and several of the minor characters happen to have been unexpectedly popular with fans, as shown on this page.
Characters introduced in the games:
Kirby's Dream Land
- Lololo and Lalala gathered a following over the years due to many reasons: having a simple yet likable design, a game they came from "Eggerland" better known as "Adventures of Lolo" and (most likely the biggest reason) them being Kirby's lovable allies in the anime.
- Kracko, due to being a Wake-Up Call Boss and various weather-based attacks. The fact that he's one of the most Recurring Bosses in the franchise is proof of it.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
- Meta Knight has been in absolute command of the fandom's attention from his debut, not only as both Dedede's Dragon with an Agenda and The Captain of the Meta-Knights but also as the only other known member of (maybe) Kirby's species for over a dozen years, until Super Star Ultra introduced Galacta Knight. Following his debut, he immediately became an Ascended Extra and the Big Bad of one of Super Star's mini-games, and then a series of major plot roles and occasionally playable appearances (starting with Nightmare in Dream Land), both in his home series and in Super Smash Bros. He's absent from Kirby: Triple Deluxe (though Dark Meta Knight returns as the final boss of Dededetour) and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (but he appears as a figurine and a terrible drawing in cameos), but finally returns in full glory for Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby Star Allies.
Kirby Super Star (and Ultra)
- Rick, Kine, and Coo are beloved by the fanbase, enough that in spite of only being part of the gameplay in their debut game and its sequel, they make multiple cameos throughout the series, before being Promoted to Playable as a single unit in Kirby Star Allies. They even got to appear in the anime even though they were not created by series creator Masahiro Sakurai.
- Dark Matter's iconic form may be a shadowy eyeball, but the real star of the show for many is Dark Matter Blade, the wild-haired, one-eyed swordsman form it takes in the first phase of the True Final Boss fight. It got another chance to shine when (Planet Robobot brought in a clone of Dark Matter Blade as an extra mode boss.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Bandana Waddle Dee, who went from one-shot opponent in a minigame, to the confirmed identity of the Waddle Dee boss in the remake (with speaking parts!), to a playable character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, is gaining in popularity lately. Some Fanon even holds that he's the same Waddle Dee who partnered with Kirby in Kirby 64, just without his Iconic Item.
- His Flavor Text in Return to Dream Land seems to notice this by starting off with "Hey, it's everyone's idol!"
- In the time between Return to Dream Land and Star Allies he made more appearances than both Meta Knight and King Dedede, both of which series staples who debuted in the first two games of the franchise.
- He's become a very popular request for Super Smash Bros., and given how important he is nowadays, it's easy to see why some people thought he might have been a candidate to be put in.
- Dyna Blade, from the minigame of the same name, has a pretty robust fanbase, no doubt due to being a giant rainbow-colored armor-clad bird who moves at sonic speeds and puts up a mean fight as well as simply trying to feed her new family. She helps Kirby board the Halberd in the "Revenge of Meta Knight" minigame, and she's had her own mission in Kirby's Air Ride, a trophy and sticker and Ridley borrowing her signature attack in Super Smash Bros Brawl, and two major appearances in the Kirby anime.
- "Revenge of Meta Knight" provides several.
- The Meta-Knights are popular for their banter over the course of the sub-game and (for most of them) their Undying Loyalty to Meta Knight. Sailor Waddle Dee stands out for the humor he provides, which eventually netted him a cameo in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
- Heavy Lobster, the Halberd's signature Humongous Mecha. It has a cool design, it gets featured in memorable scenes throughout the sub-game, it has a fun boss fight, and it gets its own awesome music track in Ultra. Many fans were upset when it didn't show up in Planet Robobot despite the game's technological focus.
- The Halberd counts in itself. Kirby only ever explores it in its entirety in "Revenge of Meta Knight" and it mostly makes cameos in later games, but it's still considered a defining part of Meta Knight's character. It playing a large role in The Subspace Emissary is a major contributor for this, while Kirby: Planet Robobot escalated it by turning it into Kirby's 11th-Hour Superpower for the Star Dream fight.
- Marx is one for appearing as the Final Boss in what is generally regarded as one of the best games in the series by the fans, playing Kirby like a fiddle up until the climax, and being one of the series' earlier examples of a Surprise Creepy despite (or because) of being an Ax-Crazy Waddling Head Magical Clown. He eventually returned in a playable role in Kirby Star Allies, returning from the dead.
- Galacta Knight, who, despite merely being a Bonus Boss for the Video Game Remake, gained huge popularity with the fandom, particularly in the area of speculation regarding his relation to Meta Knight and Kirby. Having a heavy metal battle theme doesn't hurt, either. The higher-ups were savvy enough to pick up on this, as Galacta Knight returns as a Bonus Boss in The True Arena of Kirby's Return to Dream Land and later as the Final Boss of Meta Knightmare Returns in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Kirby's Super Star Stacker
- Nago, Chuchu, Pitch, and Gooey, the animal friends from Kirby's Dream Land 3, are also quite popular for similar reasons as Rick, Kine, and Coo.
- Pitch grew on fans for having some of the best copy ability variants in the game.
- Chuchu gained some extra leverage for the amount of Ship Tease she had with Kirby.
- Gooey has his own group of fans for his quirky design, characterization, and unique backstory (he's a specimen of Dark Matter who took a Heel–Face Turn and befriended Kirby). It took him until Kirby Star Allies to make his return. Said return did wonders for Gooey's popularity as Star Allies had much more exposure than Dream Land 3 did at launch, and many fans were drawn in by Gooey's cute yet dopey design. The same can be applied to Nago, Chuchu and Pitch but to a lesser degree since they're cameos.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Gryll is the most obscure True Final Boss in the entire series, only appearing in Kirby's Super Star Stacker (a game that's exclusive to Japan) and only fighting Kirby if the player uses no continues. Despite their lack of appearances, they've become very popular for their Cute Witch design, and they often get grouped together with the other "mage" characters (Marx, Magolor, and Taranza) in fan works. While Gryll still has yet to appear in another game, they have made a cameo in 25th anniversary art and as a Stone transformation in Kirby Star Allies (where they're featured alongside Brobo, another forgotten Kirby boss from Kirby's Block Ball).
Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Kirby 64 is a Darkhorse game for the series. Aside from starring the aforementioned characters, it's a great aversion of Polygon Ceiling, opting for a 2.5D presentation that keeps the gameplay unchanged, while providing some of the best animations and background art for the console. It possesses a fair amount of challenge while not being unfairly hard, and the popular mechanic of combining powers hasn't been seen since. Nowadays any game featuring character cameos or remixed music from the game is typically met with enthusiasm by fans.
- The one-shot characters from this game have a ton of fanart for them.
- The Fairy Queen, while a minor cutscene-only character, is popular for being absolutely adorable and for having a Surprise Creepy moment in the game’s bad ending.
- Plugg was just another generic baddie exclusive to this game for a long time. Then he got a surprising inclusion in Star Allies as the new Plasma Friend, letting him get plenty of attention for his simple, cute design.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- While the game is a bit of a contention point for most Kirby fans, many admit to really liking Spinni, thanks to being a Badass Adorable ninja mouse.
- Daroach, the leader of the Squeak Squad, is also popular. His popularity would lead to the Squeak Squad returning in Kirby Mass Attack as allies, and being playable in Kirby Star Allies (albeit as DLC).
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Much like Marx, Magolor plays Kirby like his pawn for the entire game, has several awesome theme songs, and ends up actually learning and using Kirby's own Super Abilities against him. He ended up becoming so popular that HAL Laboratory brought him Back from the Dead, complete with a Heel–Face Turn.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Taranza's backstory (being devoted to Queen Sectonia, and unknowingly giving her a gift that would later corrupt her) as well as his choice to become good at the end made him The Woobie to many in the fandom.
- Paintra has quite a bit of fan art due to her cool and unique design. Her (highly implied) connection with Drawcia also helps a lot.
Kirby Star Allies
- Susie from Kirby: Planet Robobot earned some love for her backstory, Affably Evil nature and being the first villain in the series to help Kirby but not turn good as a result.
- President Haltmann himself may qualify, if his prominent role within SiIvagunner's videos is any indication.
- Vividria, the new mid-boss introduced this game. Her popularity comes from her being the Friend for the new, beloved Artist ability, her cute Drawcia/Paintra-like design, and her Guest Star bio, which mentions that she’s trying to impress her sisters (who may or may not be Drawcia and Paintra) by getting into a good art school.
- Francisca, one of the three Jambastion Mages, quickly became a fan favorite due to her Badass Adorable design, as well as her cool weapon, all in a way that would possibly make Susie jealous. Likewise, the same can also be said of her sisters, Flamberge and Zan Partizanne.
- Lord Hyness is also liked by fans due to the lore surrounding him, his unique boss fight where he uses Friend Abilities against you and being one of the darkest character in the entire Kirby franchise, draining the life from the (likely unwilling) Jambastion Mages, using their bodies as bludgeons during the boss fight and outright sacrificing them to the dark god he worships.
- A lot of fans have noticed that certain characters from the anime have made cameos in Kirby Mass Attack, and fans of said anime naturally squeal with joy upon seeing them again. These characters include Escargo(o)n, Customer Service, Cook Osaka/Chef Shiitake, and Macho-San/Max Flexer.
- For such an underused character, Sirica, the daughter of the legendary Galaxy Soldier Garlude who appeared in Episode 60, happens to be insanely popular with fans of the anime. She earned her love for being a badass Action Girl with a transforming weapon, and for being able to put up a decent fight as a contrast from main character Tiff (who often ends up being a damsel in distress). She was even popular enough so that she herself even reappeared alongside Knuckle Joe, Sir Arthur and his three knights in the five-part series finale.
- The Flame Demon Beast Wolfwrath was also met with lovely reception for being a badass, fire-breathing wolf monster and for having a part in Sword Knight and Blade Knight's pledging of allegiance to Meta Knight for saving them from it. It's become the first Demon Beast to actually injure Meta Knight (in this case, paralyze him by embedding one of its own fangs into his forehead), and it even helps that it looks delightfully terrifying in appearance. Some of its fanart would depict it as either scarier or cuter, even to the point where some fans draw a baby Wolfwrath puppy.
- All the Star Warriors and Galaxy Soldiers, including but not limited to the aforementioned Garlude (Sirica's mother), Knuckle Joe's father, and even the traitorous Yamikage, have also been met with lovely reception. Especially Garlude and Knuckle Joe's father, the latter of who was even given the fan name of "Jecra".
- Devil Kirby has become this to a lesser extent. He's basically what Kirby himself would be like if he was a bad guy, which happens to have instantly made him a fan-favorite. Memes have also been spawned revolving around Devil Kirby, and he even had a cameo on the difficulty select section of Kirby Star Allies' Boss Rush mode.