Ensemble Darkhorse / Kirby

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 Adventure
  • 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 Dreamland), both in his home series and in Super Smash Bros. He's absent from Triple Deluxe ( though Dark Meta Knight returns as the final boss of Dededetour), but finally returns in full glory for Planet Robobot.

Kirby's Dream Land 2
  • 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 cameos throughout the series. They even got to appear in the anime even though they were not created by series creator Masahiro Sakurai.

Kirby Super Star
  • Bandana 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 Team Kirby Clash Deluxe 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.
  • 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.

Kirby's Dream Land 3
  • 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).

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • 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.
    • Ribbon's popularity is probably due to her Implied Love Interest status with Kirby.
    • Adeleine became a recurring character in the webcomic Brawl in the Family.
    • 02 may mainly have been popular due to being surprisingly symbolic for a Kirby game (he has an angelic appearance and spits out blood) and due to his awesome battle music. 02 even got a remix of his theme music in Brawl.

Kirby Super Star Ultra

Kirby's Return to Dream Land
  • 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: Triple Deluxe
  • 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.

Kirby: Planet Robobot
  • 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.

Characters exclusive to Kirby: Right Back at Ya!:

  • 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 Escargoon, Customer Service, Chef Shiitake, and 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.

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