First you draw a circle, Kirby
Then you dot the eyes,
Add a great big smile
And presto, it's Kirby!
is a pink puffy blobby thing
created by Masahiro Sakurai
subsidiary HAL Laboratory
and the star of his own series of games. He can fly, jump, suck enemies into his mouth, spit them out, or, starting with the second game, Kirby's Adventure
, devour them and absorb their powers
— he takes the old maxim "you are what you eat" quite literally. Throughout most of his adventures, he journeys across the kingdom of Dream Land on the Planet Popstar, squaring off against foes such as the dream-crushing Nightmare
, an ominous Body Snatcher
called Dark Matter
, or the greedy penguin King Dedede
games are designed to be easy for young (or beginner) gamers to complete, but to also provide some extra challenges for experienced players, with one of the earlier challenges being Extra Mode in the first game, Kirby's Dream Land
, which adds more enemies to the levels and replaces some of the ones from the normal one with tougher ones. note
Besides games, Kirby starred in his own anime series, entitled Hoshi no Kirby
in Japanese. It was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment
, so of course, a lot of the darker elements from the Japanese version were Bowdlerised
out, but the dub, retitled Kirby: Right Back at Ya!!
, was still successful, managing to stay on the air for all 100 episodes. There is also an unrelated Kirby gag manga serialized by Korokoro Comics that has not been licensed.
Masahiro Sakurai retained a lot of creative input on the show. Kirby has also been featured as a regular character in the Super Smash Bros..
series (also created by Sakurai), and as of Brawl
, he is joined by recurring series rivals King Dedede (a large bird wielding a hammer who debuted in the very first game, Kirby's Dream Land
, as a villainous character, but later became more of an anti-hero or rival to Kirby) and Meta Knight (an honorable
masked swordsman first appearing as a boss
in Kirby's Adventure
who seeks out strong warriors to fight
but notably refuses to fight an unarmed opponent).
Most of the Kirby
games are Platformers
, but the series has occasionally dipped into other genres
, as well, as highlighted below:
- Kirby's Dream Land (1992, Game Boy)
- Kirby's Adventure (1993, NES; regarded as the series codifier)
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2003, Game Boy Advance, a remake of Kirby's Adventure)
- 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (2011, Nintendo 3DS, a remake of Kirby's Adventure)
- Kirby's Dream Course, known as Kirby Bowl in Japan (1995, Super NES; Golf-like game with some twists)
- Kirby's Avalanche, known as Kirby's Ghost Trap in Europe (1995, Super NES; Falling Blocks Puzzle Game, and a license-based clone of Puyo Puyo)
- Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995, Game Boy; first game in the "Dark Matter Trilogy," whose games feature Dark Matter as the antagonist)
- Kirby's Block Ball (1995, Game Boy; a Breakout-like game)
- Kirby Super Star, known as Kirby's Fun Pak in Europe and Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe in Japan (1996, Super NES; eightnote games for the price of one)
- Kirby Super Star Ultra, known as Hoshi no Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe in Japan (2008, Nintendo DS, an enhanced remake of Super Star; 14 gamesnote for the price of one)
- Kirby's Star Stacker (1997, Game Boy; another Falling Blocks Puzzle Game)
- Kirby no Kirakira Kids (1998, Super Famicom; "Kirby's Super Star Stacker" cancelled outside Japan)
- Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997, Super NES; second game in the "Dark Matter Trilogy")
- Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards (2000, Nintendo 64; final installment of the "Dark Matter Trilogy")
- Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (2000, Game Boy Color; a puzzle-platformer that involves tilting using a sensor built into the cartridge similar to the later Nintendo game WarioWare Twisted!note ).
- Kirby Air Ride (2003, Gamecube; a simple one-button Racing Game)
- Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (2004, Game Boy Advance, Metroidvania Platformer)
- Kirby: Canvas Curse, known as Kirby: Power Paintbrush in Europe and Touch! Kirby in Japan (2005, Nintendo DS)
- Kirby Squeak Squad, known as Kirby: Mouse Attack in Europe (2006, Nintendo DS)
- Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010, Wii, initially planned as an original, non-Kirby game called "Fluff's Yarn"; Prince Fluff ended up being an optional partner for Kirby)
- Kirby Mass Attack (2011, Nintendo DS; here, you control multiple Kirbys at once a la Lemmings or Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011, Wii; Kirby can suck up enemies again, and there are Final Smash-type moves; Dedede, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, and other colored Kirbys are playables in co-op; released in Europe as Kirby's Adventure Wii)
- Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (2012, Wii; an anthology in celebration of Kirby's 20th anniversary. The bundle contains 6 Kirby gamesnote , 3 episodes from the Kirby of the Stars anime, several new challenge stages a la Return to Dream Land, a soundtrack CD, a gallery walk of Kirby's history, some pages from the various Kirby manga, and an artbook.)
- Kirby Triple Deluxe (2014, Nintendo 3DS; a sequel to Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the stages are now layered ala Virtual Boy Wario Land, and Kirby's ability to suck things up can get powered up.)
- Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS; stand alone versions of the mini game in Triple Deluxe.)
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015, Wii U; a sequel/follow-up to Canvas Curse, with a distinct claymation style.)
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It should be noted that four of these games (Kirby's Dream Land 2
, Kirby's Dream Land 3
, Kirby's Star Stacker
, and Kirby 64
) were directed by Shinichi Shimomura instead of series creator Masahiro Sakurai, and Sakurai has not directed a Kirby game since Air Ride
. Shimomura's titles are slower-paced than their counterparts, and various characters introduced in them (Rick, Kine, Coo, Dark Matter, Adeleine) don't appear with major roles in other games.
Not related to Jack Kirby
, or Kirby Morrow
. It's also not related to Kirby vacuums
(or the vacuum named Kirby
), but you're getting closernote
Tropes used in the Kirby series:
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
- Action Bomb: The Bomber and Search enemies. When inhaled, they allow Kirby to use Crash, a one-use move that completely wipes the screen.
- Adipose Rex: King Dedede.
- Affably Evil: King Dedede. When he isn't trying to clobbah that there Kirby, he is actually helping Kirby to protect Dream Land from a bigger threat (Kirby 64, Kirby's Adventure/Nightmare in Dream Land, and Return to Dream Land are excellent examples of this). And sometimes he's just a bystander, too.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The Halberd and the Lor Starcutter.
- All There in the Manual: Many details about certain characters (such as Dark Nebula from Squeak Squad likely being the same kind of creature as Dark Matter) were revealed in "20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen", a Japanese art book. This isn't to be confused with that one that came with Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Trope Namer.
- Averted beginning with Kirby Super Star Ultra. Changes in Nintendo of America's marketing division staff might have had something to do with it... although Return to Dream Land is also a return to form.
- Also averted with Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards, which was released in 2000.
- Presently semi-inverted with Kirby: Triple Deluxe◊
- Averted with the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS games, where Kirby is among the only ones who isn't determined to beat someone up on the American box covers.
- And Your Reward Is Colors: The Spray Paint cans in Amazing Mirror and Squeak Squad.
- Anti-Villain: Both Meta Knight & Dedede. Meta Knight, for being a Worthy Opponent with a strong sense of chivalry, who usually only fights Kirby to keep him from unleashing whatever ancient ungodly horror is potentially about to screw over the universe this week by accident (except for the one time when he tried to take over Dream Land himself, but that was only because he wanted to change it for the better through a benevolent dictatorship); Dedede for being not really that bad and usually just possessed by aforementioned ancient ungodly horror through no fault of his own or trying to contain.
- Hero Antagonist: Occasionally in games, what Meta Knight does isn't villainous at all and is merely mistaken by Kirby as such due to poor communication between them and Kirby's misinterpreting of the situation (Kirby Squeak Squad being a hilariously good example). In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, he comes across as a straight-up hero who went to save the Mirror World until Dark Mind trapped him, with Kirby (who ended up split into four parts by Meta Knight's Evil Twin) coming after him. Later in the game, the Kirbys fight Dark Meta Knight disguised as the real thing, with the real one pointing his sword toward Dark Meta Knight to destroy any doubt that it wasn't really him after the Kirbys appear to be fighting Meta Knight in the eighth section of the game, but tips off the fact that he's really Dark Meta Knight after he forgets to imitate Meta Knight's trait of throwing his opponents a sword to fight fairly.
- In Adventure, Dedede was not possessed but trying to keep such a being away, which Kirby messed up due to poor communication. Though, in Dream Land, Dedede had his followers steal all the food for no good reason except to be a dick, and in Kirby 64, he takes the crystal shard Kirby needs to save Ribbon's planet, again to be a dick, even if he does decide to help after being attacked by and freed from Dark Matter.
- Art Attacker: Many bosses; the most well-known is Paint Roller in Kirby's Adventure. In Super Star, Kirby also can be this using the one-time-use Paint ability.
- Art Evolution: Kirby's face has gotten bigger, while Meta Knight's arms have gotten a bit longer and thinner (leading to the derogatory nickname of "Señor Noodle Arms" in some parts of the fan community).
- Art Initiates Life: There's Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3, Adeleine from Kirby 64note , Paint Roller from Kirby's Adventure, Drawcia from Kirby's Canvas Curse, Yin Yarn from Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Paintcia from "Kirby Triple Deluxe."
- Art Shift: Kirby's Epic Yarn features a quirky string/patchwork/fabric-like style, which Kirby utilizes in game (pulling on zippers to reveal new areas, using his arm as a whip, etc).
- Ascended Extra: Bandana Dee first appeared in Super Star as the first opponent in "Megaton Punch". In Ultra, he has dialog and appears as a boss (albeit not much of one) in "Revenge of the King" (plus he's the only spectator in the stands during the Masked Dedede fight), and the Waddle Dee opponent in "The Arena" was changed to be him. Now he's a playable character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He also helps Kirby in Triple Deluxe by giving him healing items. He returns again as a playable character in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse as a multilayer-exclusive character, ironically playing the same way as he did in ''Kirby's Return to Dream Land'' while Kirby's back to being controlled via a stylus like in Kirby: Canvas Curse. It's the first game to introduced his alternate colored counterparts so that up to four players (including Kirby himself) can play the game together.
- Authority in Name Only: Both in the games and the anime, Dedede is noted to have a castle, lots of guards, great wealth, and a fabulous outfit, but no actual claim to the throne.
- Autosave: The games always save like this. The sole exception is "The Great Cave Offensive" game in Kirby Super Star, which has a Metroidvania-like design including Save Points.
- Awesome but Impractical: The Hammer's up+ Y/B move (the Hammer Flip) in Kirby Super Star subverts this. It's the second most powerful attack in the game, but you're unable to move during its (rather lengthy) startup time, making it risky to use on most normal enemies. However, it's perfect for tearing though bosses in seconds — at least once you learn their patterns — turning this into Difficult but Awesome instead.
- A straight example would be Fire's back+Y/B attack, the Fireball Inferno. It's the most powerful attack in the game — same damage as the Hammer Flip, and it deals damage at a much faster speed — but your character's immobility, combined with its lackluster range and how hilariously easy it is to be hit out of the attack, means that the only mileage you're getting out of this is on the Computer Virus and Whispy Woods (and Whispy Woods is a joke anyways).
- Ghost Kirby. You can actually possess enemies; however, it isn't very good for attacking and is completely ineffective against bosses. You can't even climb ladders.
- Back from the Dead: 0, Marx, Drawcia, Queen Sectonia, and Magolor. Only the last one seems to have stuck outside of certain cut-scenes, which only show up at 100% completion.
- Bad Ass: Meta Knight. Come on... that sword? That cape? That mask? How could he be anything but?
- Meta Knight wishes to have released the strongest warrior in the galaxy, locked away for fear of his power, for the sole purpose of kicking said warrior's ass. Which he proceeds to do. * Why? For training purposes. Or fun. Or just to prove he could.
- Badass Adorable: Kirby. A little, bouncy pink ball who charms pretty much any non-enemy he meets, and eats cosmic horrors for breakfast, (Literally).
- Meta Knight, made more adorable by the fact that he tries to hide it.
- Kirby's allies can become this too.
- Badass in Distress: Meta Knight in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror goes off to quell the threat, but is sucked into the mirror world and copied.
- Dedede gets kidnapped in Triple Deluxe setting Kirby off to go rescue him.
- Banging Pots and Pans: Cook Kirby does this, in the "time to eat" variation.
- Battleship Raid: The Revenge of Meta Knight subgame from Super Star and its remake, as well as the penultimate stage from Milky Way Wishes.
- Batman Gambit: Marx and Magolor pull off some rather nice ones in Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Return to Dream Land, respectively. Marx manipulates Kirby to get the wish that grants himself ultimate power. Magolor tricks Kirby into beating Landia so he can obtain the Master Crown.
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Adeleine, in Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards.
- Berserk Button: Do not try to take Kirby's food. He will beat up anyone in his way to get it back.
- Big Eater: Both Kirby and King Dedede; they even race to see who can eat more in the Gourmet Race game in Kirby Super Star.
- Done again during a cut scene with Kirby and Prince Fluff. Together they eat a huge cake, Kirby eats the last cherry, but (possibly the only time) seems to go over his limit.
- Gooey also seems to be one.
- Storo of the Squeak Squad too!
- Parodied in Dueling Analogs here, where Galactus and Unicron (yes, those guys) come together for an intervention to get Kirby to admit he has an eating disorder.
- Black and Gray Morality: You wouldn't think a series this cute would have it, but Kirby and his allies have a talent for making a bad situation worse through their "heroism", and as for the non-supernatural antagonists, see Hero Antagonist and Anti-Villain. There really isn't a perfectly good party. The final bosses, on the other hand, definitely belong on the "black" end of the spectrum. (Marx and Magolor, in particular, are manipulative bastards, and then there's Dark Matter and 0...)
- Black Bead Eyes
- Black Hole Belly: Kirby can swallow many things much larger than him.
- Blackout Basement: Some levels in the main platformers have candles to be lit or carried, or light bulb (or just light) powers to utilize. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, any power with electric or fire properties will extend the range you see in a dark room.
- Bloody Murder: 0 (in all of its forms).
- Blush Sticker: Kirby himself, as well as the Waddle Dees and several other enemies.
- Bootstrapped Theme: The Gourment Race Type 2 music was remixed in the original Super Smash Brothers game and had continued to receive a new remix in some form in the Smash series up until Brawlnote . As such, people started associating said song with the series. That is, until it becomes apparent that the song to "Green Greens" from Kirby's Dream Land is the series' true theme song due to it (or at least snippets of it) being much more common within the games.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: What is now considered King Dedede's theme was originally just the theme to Mt. Dedede and his boss fight. In fact, barring Kirby's Dream Land 2, a different boss theme plays when you fight him within the early games. It was not until Kirby Superstar that firmly established the song as King Dedede's theme, and even then, Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards was the only game post-Super Star not to include the song as his themenote .
- Boss Rush: In every game. Sometimes you have to unlock it or the true version though.
- Bottomless Pits
- Breath Weapon: Spitting out air puffs and spitting out enemies and objects into stars since Kirby's Dream Land. Since Kirby's Adventure, fire and ice powers are that.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Kirby fights Dark Matter three times. The first two times, it just came back even more powerful later.
- Brown Note: Kirby's Mike Ability. Justified because apparently, Kirby's tone deaf.
- Bubbly Clouds: Trope Namer.
- Butt Monkey: Whispy Woods, no matter what game he appears in, and how powerful Hal makes him; gamers always turn him into a Harmless Villain.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: Meta Knight while wearing his mask, as well as Magolor.
- Call Back: In the second game of the series, a minigame let you control a crane machine's claw to snatch multiple Kirbys and gain extra lives. In Kirby Mass Attack, one of the bosses your multiple Kirbys have to fight is... a crane machine's claw!
- Cape Wings: Meta Knight.
- Cartoon Bomb: You have a bomb power in several games, and many enemies like to throw these too. Blocks with bombs in them are common too.
- Cartoon Creature: The main character. He's a pink ball of fluff. There's really no other way to adequately describe him.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
- Chef of Iron: One of the monsters is a fighting cook, and of course, Kirby can assimilate his skill. Also Kirby's Final Smash in Super Smash Brothers Brawl.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kirby, at one point, had a large supporting cast, including his sidekick Gooey and his many animal buddies: Rick, Coo, Kine, Chuchu, Nago, and Pitch. Almost all of them have gone missing from any significant part of the series and are now relegated to minor cameos, and the series is focusing almost entirely on Kirby, Meta Knight, and Dedede. Conversely, Meta Knight is suspiciously absent in the games said characters were introduced. Having a different producer likely has something to with it.
- Collision Damage: Slight change: Minor enemies are also damaged when Kirby runs into them.
- Minor enemies like Waddle Dees in later games die when they bump into Kirby (even un-powered).
- Some Copy abilities in Super Star even let Kirby shield himself and damage enemies, even bosses, if they touch him.
- Blocking damages enemies, even bosses. (It doesn't hurt them very badly, but still!)
- In Kirby's Epic Yarn, there is no collision damage to enemies and other things unless it's sharp, made out of fire, or their projectiles.
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: Air Ride, Nightmare in Dream Land, The Amazing Mirror (as long as certain spray paints aren't used), and Return to Dream Land all have color-coded Kirbys available in multiplayer.
- Continuity Nod: In Revenge Of Meta Knight, Kirby caused the Halberd to crash into an ocean. In Squeak Squad, the "Secret Sea" is one of the worlds, and you eventually enter the flooded wreck of the Halberd, still at the bottom of the sea. And then Meta Knight reveals that he's repaired it and flies it into space.
- Crapsaccharine World: Popstar is a bright and colorful place, but gets invaded by nightmarish entities on a regular basis.
- Cut Scene: Adventure along with Dream Land 2&3 have one introducing each level. After defeating King Dedede in the first, a much longer one depicts King Dedede desperately trying to prevent Kirby from putting the Star Rod back because doing so would unleash Nightmare.
- Cute and Psycho: Scarfy starts out cute, but if Kirby tries to eat it, it goes psycho, as in showing off an ugly cyclopean face. Brrr...
- A very common alternate character interpretation of Kirby himself. The fact that Nintendo stated that a lot of the Waddle Dees Kirby encounters and kills in his quests are harmless and not even affiliated with King Dedede does not help to disprove this.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: Evident when switching between the Game Boy and SNES games in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition.
- It's even worse in Squeak Squad. Every player would expect A to use Kirby's powers and B to jump, but the game inverts the controls. It's not difficult to play like that, but it's very jarring when you first play the game.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark Matter. Amazing Mirror later brings us Dark Meta Knight and Dark Mind, while Squeak Squad gives us Dark Nebula and Dark Daroach (the latter being possessed by the former).
- Dark Is Not Evil: Gooey. Despite being made of Dark Matter substance, he's just a good-natured goof ball. Also, Shadow Kirby from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror.
- Death from Above: Kirby's Stone ability.
- Defeat by Modesty: Meta Knight just can't keep fighting once his mask is broken.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In Kirby Super Star, you can relinquish Kirby's powers and reform them into an enemy that uses those powers, who can then be controlled by a second player. This is extremely helpful in getting 100% Completion, but the AI is marginally intelligent enough to do the job.
- Your entire party (sans Ribbon) in Kirby 64 is also gained this way through mini-boss battles while on Pop Star.
- Demonic Possession: Dark Matter really likes doing this. Yin-Yarn pulls it off twice in ‘’Kirby's Epic Yarn’’.
- Detonation Moon: At the end of Kirby's Adventure.
- Development Gag: Kirby Mass Attack takes place on the Popopo Islands in southern Dream Land. Popopo was Kirby's planned name.
- Difficult but Awesome: Using Kirby's throwing attacks (Circus Throw, Yo-Yo grab, Ice Suction) is overkill against enemies that are defeated in one hit anyway, and hard to pull off against most bosses, since the objects you can shoot back at them are often too fast, small, or erratic to grab. Manage to pull them off, though, and it can shave huge chunks off of any boss's health in one hit.
- Digital Destruction: The Virtual Console release of Kirby's Dream Land 3 changes the background colors in Dark Matter/0's Boss Rush stage from yellow, red, and blue to a less-pleasant yellow, orange, and green. Most other games with noticeable graphics edits (i.e. Super Mario RPG) had this done because of increased seizure awareness, but this doesn't seem to have been done for any particular reason.
- Directionally Solid Platforms: They're present and throughout the whole series, more so in some levels than others. Some you can drop back through again, others you can't.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Wham Bam Rock in Kirby Super Star and Wham Bam Jewel in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Squeak Squad starts with Kirby's slice of cake being stolen. Cue him going on a rampage through the entire country, killing (or at least maiming) everything on his path to retrieve it. Starting with Dedede's castle, just because Kirby thinks Dedede might have taken it.
- Door to Before: After beating the final boss of the Great Cave Offensive segment in Kirby Super Star, one ends up running from the cave up to the original entrance.
- The Dragon: Dark Matter, to 0. Also, Meta Knight played this role to Dedede in Kirby's Adventure; he reprised this role in the anime, becoming a definitive example of a Dragon with an Agenda.
- 0's true nature is theorized to be the core organism of Dark Matter; therefore, Dark Matter and all related entities spawned from it (save exceptions like Gooey) are controlled by it. Its Dragon is essentially a physical extension of it with a limited degree of free will to operate outside of its direct control. This has interesting implications.
- Dramatic Unmask: Meta Knight tends to lose his mask upon defeat. He's so cute! And he looks exactly like Kirby, only with white (sometimes gold) eyes, purple feet, and blue skin.
- Dreadful Musician: Kirby is such an awful singer that he kills with his Mike voice.
- Dream Land: It's named for being home of the fountain where dreams come from. A nightmare tries to come through the fountain in Kirby's Adventure, but King Dedede removes the fountain's power source, the Star Rod, to stop it. As a consequence, no one can dream until Kirby puts the Star Rod back.
- Drop the Hammer: Dedede and Bonkers the gorilla, the latter of which Kirby can inhale for (what else?) the Hammer ability. Hammer is used as one of Kirby's B-button moves in the various Super Smash Bros. games.
- Dual Boss: Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright.
- Dub Name Change: Several over the years, including but not limited to the characters Dark Nebula (from Dark 0), Galacta Knight (from Galactic Knight), and Magolor (from Mahoroa).
- Duel Boss: Meta Knight, of course. With few exceptions, he even gives you a sword if you don't already have one. He refuses to start the fight until you pick it up, in every game except Revenge of Meta Knight. And even then, he'll wait for half a minute, which is very chivalrous of him considering you're both on an airship currently plummeting towards the ocean.
- In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, the way you can tell you're not fighting the real Meta Knight is because the impostor doesn't throw you a sword.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The original Kirby's Dream Land was very different from the later games — Kirby couldn't dash or slide, and while he could suck up, then swallow or spit out enemies, he wasn't able to copy abilities. It also included some bizarre enemies that have not been seen since. That, and the North American cover art for the game shows him being whitenote . He would take on his trademark pink colouring (in-game) by the second game, Kirby's Adventure.
- Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: The bosses are much harder than the levels. In fact, the Kirby series was once the Trope Namer for this variety of Boss Dissonance.
- Eat the Bomb: What Kirby can do to disarm just about any bomb outside of minigames. And he can probably use it against whoever was throwing explosives around to begin with.
- Eldritch Abomination: Many final bosses, especially Dark Matter. In a Sugar Bowl setting, it's as odd and jarring as it sounds.
- 0 is essentially an already Eldritch Abomination's One-Winged Angel form. That's in Kirby's Dream Land 3, whereas in Kirby 64, you skip fighting Dark Matter and go straight to 02. In other words, you're fighting "Zero Squared" (although technically pronounced "Zero Two"), or the embodiment of nothingness given an extra dimension. It's white, has blood red wings and gives you a fantastic little moment of Mood Whiplash when you first see the smiley face it aims at you and then watch the mouth open into a blood red eye. Have fun!
- Kirby himself can be considered one, albeit a small scale and rare heroic one.
- The variety of Soul bosses have designs that will give you the creeps.
- Elemental Powers/Weapon of Choice: Here's a good list of the powers Kirby has copied.
- An Ice Person: Ice and Freeze
- Human Snowball: Snow Bowl and Ice + Ice
- Attack Reflector: Mirror
- Battle Boomerang: Cutter. Pitch's Burning power also behaves much like a boomerang, only with a bird turning into a fireball.
- Battle Tops: Top
- The Beastmaster: The animal friends.
- Be the Ball: Ball
- Blade on a Stick: Spear
- Art Attacker: Paint
- Blow You Away: Tornado, and he can blow puffs of air at enemies without a power.
- Cool Bike: Being a Wheelie Rider in Super Star.
- Cool Sword/Heroes Prefer Swords: Sword
- Chef of Iron: Cook. Ice + Spark turns Kirby into a refrigerator that shoots food at enemies, which he can then pick up and eat for health.
- Circus of Fear: Circus.
- Drop the Hammer: Hammer
- Extra Ore Dinary/Made of Iron/Elemental Shapeshifter: Metal and Iron
- Flying Saucer: UFO
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Laser, UFO, Spark, and Plasma
- Functional Magic/Death Dealer/The Beastmaster: Magicnote
- Green Thumb: Leaf
- Ground Pound/Elemental Shapeshifter: Stone
- Holy Hand Grenade/The Power of Love: Angel and the Love-Love Stick from Dream Land 3.
- In a Single Bound: Hi-Jump
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Ninja, complete with Stock Ninja Weaponry and a cherry blossom attack. And Bomb + Cutter is an exploding shuriken.
- Jet Pack: Jet
- Killer Yoyo/Dance Battler: Yo-Yo
- Sonic Stunner: Balloon
- Kung Fu Fighting/Ki Attacks: Fighter
- Light 'em Up: Light, although it doesn't actually damage enemies and is instead used to light up dark rooms. Interesting variations are Bomb + Spark from 64 and Kine's Spark power. The former turns Kirby into an exploding light bulb and the latter has Kine hold out a light bulb that damages enemies that touch it, with the option to shoot it at them. Both of these can also be used to see in the dark.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Mike
- Making a Splash: Water, Bubble, Kirby's default water gun that he usually uses underwater and clean with Pitch
- Mind Control: Baton and Ghost
- Parasol of Pain: Parasol (natch)
- Playing with Fire: Burning and Fire
- Power Gives You Wings/Feather Flechettes/Use Your Head: Wing
- Dishing Out Dirt: Clean sends out dust
- Rolling Attack: Wheel and Rick's Stone power.
- Shock and Awe: Beam, Spark, UFO, and Plasma
- Simple Staff: Baton
- Soul Power: Ghost
- Spikes of Doom/Spike Shooter: Needle, and Cutter + Cutter is a spiky boomerang.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Bomb, Crash, and Missile
- Taken for Granite/Elemental Shapeshifter: Stone. Whether he can move or not depends on the game, as well as the specific power you have.
- This Is a Drill: Animal (specifically, a mole), and Stone + Needle.
- Whip It Good: Beam, Whip, and UFO
- Wrestler in All of Us: Backdrop, Throw, Suplex, and Fighter
- In addition, Kirby 64 allows you to combine powers, resulting in things like snowman bombs (Ice + Bomb); Dream Land 2/3 give you animal helpers that each put their own spins on whatever power you have when you use them; Squeak Squad has a few ability combos like Fire + Sword; and Return to Dream Land has super abilities: powered-up versions of regular abilities that can be used to kill enemies in one hit, destroy scenery, and solve puzzles. As well as...
- Eleventh Hour Super Power: If the game features a nightmarish true final boss, Kirby usually manages to acquire a special weapon just in time to face it. An exception happens in Canvas Curse, where it doesn't show up until after Kirby couldn't stop the mysterious evil of the month from cursing Dream Land. And then you get to use it for the entire game.
- Eternal Engine: Mecheye/Mekkai, the Halberd, NOVA, the final levels of Shiver Star, and Egg Engines.
- Evil Laugh: In Super Star's Revenge of Meta Knight:
Ax Knight: Kirby is getting close to the twin cannon.
Captain Vul: Kirby will be torched! Wahahahahahaha!
Sailor Dee: Hahahahahaha!
Captain Vul: Wahahahahahaha! Gahahahahahahaha! Hum.
Ax Knight: Kirby is now approaching Main Cannon #2.
Captain Vul: He'll be burnt to a crisp. Hahahaha!
Sailor Dee: Ahahaha!
Captain Vul: Bwahahaha! Gahaha! ...Hm.
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- Expy: The twins Lololo & Lalala are versions of the Battle Couple Lolo and Lala from the Eggerland/Adventures of Lolo series, another popular series created by HAL Laboratory in the NES days. Gooey from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3 is an expy of Hurly and Chuckie from Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Pinball Land.
- Excuse Plot: Squeak Squad. Your reason for playing the whole game? To get your cake back. Even after Daroach lets Dark Nebula out of its prison, this is still Kirby's primary motivation.
- Extreme Omnivore: Kirby, Gooey, Rick the hamster, and King Dedede (the latter without Power Copying).
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Subverted with Bonkers, as he's a miniboss.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Dedede.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Rainbow Sword.
- One of Water's attacks from Return to Dream Land (hold down, then press up + 1) produces a rainbow.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Even a knocked-out miniboss can hurt you if you touch him.
- Eye Scream: 0 in Kirby's Dream Land 3 rips out its iris to attack you.
- Faceless Eye: Kracko. Big Bad Dark Matter, Dark Mind, Dark Nebula (I'm sensing a pattern here), and Drawcia all also apply.
- Miracle Matter in Kirby 64 cranks this Up to Eleven, being a twenty-sided dice with eyes on every side. 0 also qualifies.
- 0/02 is suggested to be the "eye of the eye" of Dark Matter.
- Waddle Doos have this as well.
- Faceship: The Halberd, which has Meta Knight's mask at the bow.
- A Father to His Men: Meta Knight.
- Feather Flechettes: Kirby's Wing ability in Kirby Super Star, as well as its remake.
- Final Boss of the Week: Nightmare, Marx Soul, Dark Mind, Drawcia, Darouche, Dark Nebula, Yin-Yarn, Necrodeus and Magolor. Dark Matter/0 is a subversion, being the main antagonist for an entire trilogy of games.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Kirby's Dream Land, as well as a episode of the anime.
- Flaming Sword: Kirby 64's Burning + Cutter ability. It's also a BFS that's about thrice Kirby's size.
- And Squeak Squad's Fire + Sword. Do not use Final Cutter with it in Cushy Cloud, or you'll burn the ground you're falling on (with predictable results).
- Flunky Boss: Whispy Woods in Kirby 64, and Kracko in most others.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Laser, UFO, and the Chuchu + Spark combination in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Instead of the usual Dark Matter-esque Eldritch Abomination, Marx, the final boss of Kirby Super Star, is just one of the tiny, marshmallow-like denizens of Dream Land, who manages to gain ultimate power with an Evil Plan involving Kirby and the wish-granting comet Nova.
- There's also Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, a seemingly hapless but friendly alien whose ship crash lands on Pop Star — which turns out to have been part of his plan to control the universe.
- Gameplay Roulette: Super Star.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar : This level layout from Kirby's Dream Land 2, Level 5-5. The blocks and enemies in the level are placed to resemble a crudely drawn naked woman. It is very similar to a similary shaped level layout in Yoshi's Island, Level 4-1. Maybe the same pervert/bored programmer?
- The True Final Boss 0, in Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Who reappears in Kirby 64) is basically a giant eye attacking you with bloody gibs from its limbs, then later explode in a gory fashion (It took 15 years for the ESRB to catch on!). All the other final bosses have some sort of horror, for that matter.
- The Camel Pillow description in Kirby's Epic Yarn is a bit suggestive; considering Prince Fluff's appearance in the Co-Op Multiplayer mode.
- Giggling Villain: Marx, Drawcia, and Necrodius.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Kirby and Dedede.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Played with and subverted. Meta Knight's cape doubles as your typical evil bat wings, but Meta Knight isn't evil, just the Worthy Opponent. On the other hand, 02. has feathered angel wings. He's a very clearly evil Eldritch Abomination. So does Galacta Knight, presumably also evil.
- The Goomba: Any Waddle Dee that isn't an ally of Kirby, such as the ones in Kirby 64 and Return to Dream Land. In the former, the friendly Waddle Dee is the only one in the game as opposed to also being enemies in the latter; in it the Goomba is a different creature called N-Z.
- Goomba Stomp: Although, unlike in Mario games, Kirby has to fall from a very great height to do this.
- Gotta Catch Them All: The Crystal Shards, Rainbow Drops, treasures, sunstones and keychains...
- Guide Dang It: Collecting some of the shards in Kirby 64 are a bit unintuitive the first time around, even though the game itself does try to give you some hints.
- One particularly unintuitive shard to retrieve involves using a skill combination that transforms you into stone versions of the Animal Friends from Dream Land 3, keep using it until it transforms you into Rick the hamster, and then climb a wall up towards the shard that is too high to reach it via regular flight. Not something easy to figure, since nothing tells you that said form can climb walls that are rare to begin with. Guide Dang It indeed.
- The location of the secret planet ??? in Milky Way Wishes could pretty much be found only if you look it up, or just fly around aimlessly for no particular reason.
- Gusty Glade: The series has quite a few places with this, especially in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- Hailfire Peaks: Halfmoon in ‘’Super Star’’'s Milky Way Wishes is Jungle Japes in space. Also, Hotbeat is Underground Level mixed with Lethal Lava Land.
- A level in Dream Land 3 takes you through an apparently arctic volcano.
- The fourth world of Kirby Mass Attack starts as a Lethal Lava Land, followed by a few graveyard-themed levels, then two levels that ultimately take the Kirbys to Outer Space, then back to the graveyards, and finally to the volcano for the boss.
- Most of the Orange Ocean zone in Adventure is a mix of tropical islands and underwater levels. The last few levels, however, are cold and have lots of mystical-looking crystals, probably as a prelude to the next zone, Rainbow Resort.
- In Triple Deluxe Everlasting Explosions is in essence a giant volcano. Two levels have giant pools of water inside of it.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: If Kirby tries to inhale a Scarfy, they get angry and turn into their One-Winged Angel forms to chase him.
- Happy Dance: Where Kirby often gains an ability to clone himself.
- Harder Than Hard: "Insane!/Ouch!" difficulty in Star Stacker.
- The True Arena from ‘’Super Star Ultra."
- Heel-Face Turn: Kirby's allies in Kirby 64 are an ex-enemy, an ex-boss, and King Dedede himself. They were all just possessed by Dark Matter though, and returned to normal after they were defeated.
- Helpful Mook: Zebon in Dream Land 3 (and later Kirby 64) is classified as an enemy, but all he does is blast you up to reach places you normally wouldn't be able to.
- Hero Antagonist: Meta Knight. Considering that his motives for opposing Kirby are almost always to stop a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero scenarionote . Since the skittishness is highly justified on Meta Knight's part, seeing as Kirby does that sort of thing a lot, this trope is a more accurate description of Meta Knight than Anti-Villain.
- Hive Mind: A certain episode of the anime heavily implies that Waddle Dees are this. The games not so much.
- Human Cannonball: In large part of the games, Kirby can enter cannons to be shot away.
- Human Snowball: Kirby 64's Ice + Ice ability.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: All of Kirby's healing power-ups appear as food.
- Idiot Hero: In Kirby's Adventure (and its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land), Kirby thinks that King Dedede is responsible for Dream Land's lack of dreams, but doesn't know that Nightmare was behind all the problems in the land.
- In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby thinks the treasure chest the Squeaks stole contained his strawberry shortcake, but he didn't know (although Meta Knight did) that the chest was actually the prison of Dark Nebula.
- This is as much a case of Idiot Hero Antagonist as Idiot Hero. People have a problem with telling Kirby exactly what's going on, instead deciding that it would be better to pick a fight to prevent his passage. Meta Knight at least can be argued to be training Kirby for the inevitable Final Boss; King Dedede, not so muchnote .
- Improbable Use of a Weapon:
- Bandana Dee along with Kirby with the Spear Copy Ability can spin their spears above their heads and hover in the air like a helicopter (with the spear acting as the helicopter blades), hurting any enemies that hit the part of the blade overhead (like a helicopter, going sideways changes the position of the blade as well).
- Less improbable, but in Super Star and other newer games (except The Amazing Mirror) the Cutter ability, which is typically used as a ranged attack since it uses what are essentially bladed boomerangs, can also be used melee-style to slice up enemies multiple times while tapping the attack button repeatedly while next to it, with the last blow involving jumping into the air and slamming the blade on the enemy. (The jumping slash ability still appears in Amazing Mirror even though Cutter only has its basic attack in that game; it is the Sword and Smash abilities' up+A move.)
- The modes where you play as Meta Knight in Nightmare in Dream Land and Super Star Ultra let you trigger switches that Kirby can only press with Hammer or Stone. You can also light fuses with it, which seems improbable, until you remember the fire and lightning based attacks he sometimes uses as a boss.
- In Kirby Triple Deluxe, King Dedede gains a new attack just so that he can cut things using his hammer. It's also possible for him to whirl his hammer in such a way he can cool down fire blocks with them, which he needs to do if he wants to solve puzzles. He can also use it to melt ice blocks and light fuzes, but this is a downplayed example as the moves King Dedede needs to do so explicitly involves lighting the hammer on fire - moves Kirby can also do if he has the Hammer ability on him.
- Indy Escape: In a few parts of Kirby's Dream Land 3, you have to outrun several rocks going downhill, although it's one of the slowest examples of this trope.
- Invincibility Power-Up: The "hyper candy" or "invincibility lollipop" item.
- Invincible Minor Minion: The Shotzo cannons could be destroyed in the first game by colliding with them after eating a Lolipop but in every game afterwards they simply do not hurt Kirby but remain intact. Gordos are an odd example as they could be destroyed in the first game but the method for doing so has been left out of every sequel since. Gordos will explode if they are onscreen when the boss that tossed them out was defeated though.
- It's All Upstairs from Here: The third stage of Kirby's Adventure, the Butter Building.
- Single-level example: the last stage of Ripple Star from Kirby 64.
- Another single-level example: the miniboss towers in Adventure/Nightmare in Dream Land in Rainbow Resort and a Continuity Nod and Call Back to it in Return to Dream Land in Nutty Noon and Triple Deluxe's Everlasting Explosions.
- Jerkass: Dedede is this, rather than outright evil.
- Joke Weapon: Sleep Kirby. The "ability" freezes you in place for four seconds with no way to defend yourself, and you lose the ability afterwards. The only reason to even consider getting it is to see Kirby's sleeping face, which is pretty darn adorable.
- Kappa: There's an enemy based on them. They're Cutter-type.
- Karakasa: Kirby's Dream Land 2 features enemies based on Karakasa called Drifters, although they look more like regular umbrellas who happen to have an eye. There's also a Mini-Boss in both Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3 called Jumpershoot who looks more the part.
- Kawaisa: ...until the Mood Whiplash kicks in!
- Kid Hero: Kirby in the anime is pretty much a baby. His age in the games is rather unclear, but is referred to as a "little boy" in some manuals.
- Killer Rabbit: Scarfies, they go One-Winged Angel on you after you try to inhale them.
- Plus Kirby himself, as an extent.
- Killer Yoyo: Some enemies in some games have them. It's also one of the many things Kirby can use for himself.
- Knight of Cerebus: Kirby Mass Attack introduced us to the first (and so far only) Eldritch Abomination that came close to completely killing Kirby (at the beginning of the game, of course), Necrodeus.
- Koosh Bomb: Almost all explosions are drawn this way.
- Laser Blade: In Kirby 64, Kirby's Spark + Cutter power is a bright yellow double lightsaber.
- Laughably Evil: Dedede.
- Leave Him to Me: In Super Star, Meta Knight makes everyone abandon ship so he could take on Kirby alone, in one of the hardest boss battles in the series. Then, after he escapes, he comes back after you in a last-ditch attempt to stop Kirby from taking down his ship.
- Levels Take Flight: The Halberd.
- Light Is Not Good: Galacta Knight might count, if we actually knew whether he was good or evil.
- 02 is pure white, and in The Crystal Shards, he goes as far as to have angelic wings and a halo. Although unconfirmed, it's believed 02 is the spirit of 0, back from the dead to antagonize Kirby once more, a fact enforced by the Band-aid marking where 0's eye used to be before it tore itself out of 0's body, spraying blood everywhere.
- Lost Forever: In Kirby 64, you're only allowed to fight the Waddle Doo, the possessed Adeleine, and the possessed King Dedede once and only once. After you beat them, these battles do not reappear when revisiting their levels. The only way to fight them again is to start a new file.
- Thankfully the the same game subverts it in another case. You can miss collecting the bad ending cutscene in the theater by collecting all the crystal shards before fighting the first final boss, but the cutscene will be added to the theater anyway after beating the True Final Boss.
- Manipulative Bastard: Given that Kirby has the mind of a child, it's not very surprising that several villains would try to take advantage of him.
- Mask Power: Masked Dedede in Kirby Super Star Ultra. Rocket-fueled hammer sold separately.
- Mega Neko: Nago, the
obese large calico cat.
- Metroidvania: Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, and the "Great Cave Offensive" game in Kirby Super Star.
- Mini-Boss (Try naming a Kirby platformer that doesn't have at least one.)
- Mini-Game Credits: A very odd example in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. When you give Dark Mind the final hit in his third and final phase, do you expect him to blow up and the ending to play? No. Instead, the credits roll while you continue to shoot at the boss, and the game keeps track of how many hits you give him. After the credits finish, Dark Mind finally explodes and the epilogue kicks in.
- Mood Whiplash: Kirby is cute. The world is cute. Even the enemies are cute. And then you run into a final boss that's a giant eyeball. That shoots its own blood at you. And then it tears out its own iris and launches said iris at you like a kamikaze pilot on crack in a last-ditch attempt to take you down. That's just the worst of the Kirby end bosses who look a lot more, well, evil than the rest of the game...
- Meta Knight's very existence in Dream Land seems to be a perfect example. Then there's his airship that has more weapons than the Death Star.
- Speaking of Nightmare Fuel, Marx Soul. The scream. Good lord.
- Kirby Canvas Curse's final level looks like a mixture of something Salvador Dali would puke up and something Picasso would have a nightmare about, rather than the cute, interesting levels expected of a Kirby game. Oh, and the final boss turns into a five eyed screaming ball of paint that can tear pieces off of itself to attack you.
- Speaking of the other type of Mood Whiplash, you'll get one for beating masked Dedede in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- The Crystal Shards has a notable example; the first level of Ripple Star basically mimics the first level of Pop Star. However, as soon as you begin the second stage, you'll be greeted by the darkness-shrouded palace and that creepy music...
- Monster Is a Mommy: Dyna Blade.
- Morality Pet: King Dedede may be greedy and jerkish, but in spite of it all, he seems to genuinely care about his Waddle Dee servants.
- Musical Assassin: One of the regular enemies and one of the minibosses. Their powers can be taken.
- New Game+: Kirby's Dream Land has an extra game mode after beating the regular game once, that turns the game Nintendo Hard by making enemies deadlier, adding a whole lot of new ones, and cutting your health to three hits.
- Kirby's Adventure also had an extra mode where you couldn't save, and you only had three life max. The rest of the game was unchanged. In the remake, Nightmare in Dream Land, you can play through the game as Meta Knight, again with a 3-hit life bar and the inability to save. This is made up for by Meta Knight being an awesome Badass.
- Kirbys Returnto Dream Land has an EX mode that is unlocked after beating the main mode of the game. While the levels remain largely unchanged, the bosses have been made considerably more difficult. Kirby's health is also reduced by one-third.
- Nice Hat: Kirby's current ability is often denoted by one of these, ranging from a crown of flames to a pointed hat very similar to another famous swordsman.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Kirby has a bad habit of letting the final boss out by stopping the one before it.
- Which is not, strictly speaking, a character flaw in Kirby so much as it's a character flaw in everyone else. Meta Knight, who really should know better, often declines to tell Kirby what's up so they can rematch instead (which may suggest a corollary: he's afraid Kirby would give up or not fight him if he knew too much) and often scampers after the fight. King Dedede will often skewer his credibility in these matters; even his noble actions (sealing Nightmare away in the Fountain of Dreams and breaking the Star Rod to make it last) are colored by his vices (lounging around in the Fountain as though it were his private pool).
- Nintendo Hard: Think the original Kirby's Dream Land is too easy? Then try playing Hard Mode on it — even the most seasoned gamers will be given a run for their money. That's still too easy for you? Try changing the options to giving you no lives and a max of one point of vitality. If you get hit even once, you'll have to redo the entire level over again. Kirby's Adventure followed suit by having an extra mode which cut Kirby's health down to three hit points and took out the save feature — although its remake Nightmare in Dream Land gave you a save feature in its extra mode, it compensates with Meta Knightmare mode, which does not have a save feature. That said, neither of them can touch the original game's hard mode in terms of just how insanely frustrating it is. Also, The Arena from Kirby Super Star and The True Arena from Super Star Ultra — the latter is almost as hard as the original Kirby's Dream Land's hard mode, even with the trusty hammer at your side! Helper to Hero in that game can also get downright nightmarish to play with the weaker characters.
- Believe it or not, minigames can be like this. Take "Super NES MG 5", for instance. You have to go through all five of the memory-based minigames consecutively. If you get one wrong, then you have to do all five completely over again if you want to get 100% Completion.
- Shockingly, the majority of Canvas Curse can be classified as this as the environmental hazards turn Up to Eleven by Level 4, and God help your soul if you are going for 100%... getting all of those medals is just as bad (if not worse) than the True Arena.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: Dyna Blade.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Wham Bam Rock in Kirby Super Star is claymation-style, unlike other characters. His design is more conventional in the remake.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Is King Dedede's name pronounced "Dee-dee-dee", "Day-day-day?" or "Deh-deh-deh"?
- Dee-dee-dee! Day-day-day? Dee-dee-dee! Day-day-day?
- The reason for this is that it's supposed to sound like "DDD" — the letter D is pronounced as "dee" in English but as "day" in Japanese.
- Also, 02. "Zero Two" (Zero Tsū) is the official pronunciation, however.
- Nostalgia Level: Kirby's Adventure's penultimate level reminisces about Kirby's Dream Land.
- Also, Kirby 64 intentionally has a lot of things in common with Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- The entire "Spring Breeze" sub-game of Super Star is a cut-down version of Dream Land. Revenge of the King from Super Star Ultra is a slightly less-stripped down version of Dream Land's Extra Mode.
- The final world of Kirby's Epic Yarn is Dream Land transformed by Yin-Yarn, featuring arts-and-crafts versions of classic Kirby game elements such as star blocks and Shotzos.
- The final non-boss level of Nutty Noon in Return to Dream Land is a tower filled with minibosses much like the one in Rainbow Resort in Adventure and its remake Nightmare in Dream Land. Both towers have a hidden entrance above the main one and the expanded soundtrack in Nightmare in Dream Land made King Dedede's theme from Dream Land the level music instead of simply the miniboss theme as in the original version, and this carried over in ''Return to Dream Land.
- No Sell: Kirby can't inhale Scarfies. If you try, the results can be horrendous.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: In Nightmare in Dream Land, Dedede propels Kirby sky-high to chase after Nightmare. Kirby won't stay up there forever, and if you're not fast enough, you will actually see the ground rise into view...
- Not Me This Time: Kirby often goes after King Dedede for whatever evil plot is going on, whether or not he had anything to do with it. Most notable in Squeak Squad (granted, stealing a cake is the sort of thing that Dedede would do - and has done in the past - so Kirby can't really be blamed for blaming Dedede in that case.)
- Not Using the Z Word: Dedede is generally considered a penguin by the fandom, and looks a lot like one, but this has never actually been confirmed.
- Oculothorax: A lot of the bosses in the series follow this pattern. There's Kracko, Dark Matter, Dark Nebula, 0, 02, Drawcia Soul, and Dark Mind's second form.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: In the original Kirby's Dream Land, it's possible to turn Kirby into this via the hidden Configuration Menu. For added "fun," you can also give him one life as well, so that a single hit sends him back to the beginning of the game, and activate Extra Mode.
- 100% Completion: Required in Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Rainbow Drops), Kirby's Dream Land 3 (hearts) and Kirby 64 (crystal shards) to unlock the true last boss and the best endingnote .
- One-Winged Angel: Almost every Final Boss has had one since Kirby's Dream Land 2. As of Kirby Triple Deluxe, there are four Final Bosses with "Soul" in their name. Kirby Super Star Ultra also features a handful of "upgraded" boss fights in its "Revenge of the King" and "The True Arena" segments.
- Only One Name: Every single character!
- Only Sane Man: Arguably Meta Knight, for (usually) being one of the only people who isn't either an idiot or incompetent (or both).
- Oxygen Meter: In Mass Attack, the Kirbys do not have their normal scuba masks and the game makes use of this.
- Palette Swap: The Spray Paint cans and Dark Meta Knight.
- Milky Way Wishes and Nightmare in Dream Land.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Whispy Woods in Dream Land 2.
- Pinball Spinoff: Kirby's Pinball Land
- Platformer: Most of the games, though they break from traditional platforming in that Kirby can usually fly.
- Player Mooks: In Squeak Squad.
- Playing Tennis with the Boss: Dark Matter's first form in Dream Land 2. Also Drawcia in Kirby Canvas Curse.
- Point of No Return: In The Amazing Mirror, when you first started a file, there was a series of rooms that contained a few treasure chests and a giant chest that contained the world map. The door that brings you to the main area is a one-way door, and once you enter it, you can't go back again.
- Poor Communication Kills: C'mon, guys — especially you two, Meta Knight and Triple-D. If you want to stop the Eldritch Abomination, you really ought to know better than to not tell Kirby and then pick fights with him.
- In Kirby's Adventure, at least in the manual, it's mentioned that Dedede had tried to tell Kirby why he broke the Star Rod into pieces, but Kirby wouldn't listen to him due to 1) Dedede having caused trouble before in the first game, and 2) Dedede lounging around in sacred waters as if it were his private bath. The fact that Dedede was also answering Kirby in a very nonchalant manner led Kirby to believe the King was just being selfish again.note
- Power Copying: He didn't start with this power like the former Trope Namer did, and some games drop it from his arsenal, but he certainly gets a lot of mileage out of it when he does have it. He even gets it in Super Smash Bros. (although in that series, Kirby usually has to inhale characters rather than items to acquire their power).
- Power-Up Food: Lollipops make Kirby invincible.
- The original Kirby's Dream Land also had "Spicy Food," which lets him spit fireballs.
- And it had the Mint, which showed up only once and allowed him to shoot an infinite number of air-puff-blasts while still flying. Which turned that boss into a shmup.
- Powerpuff Girl Hands: Kirby has them.
- Power-Up Mount: Rick the hamster, Kine the fish, and Coo the owl in Dream Land 2; joined by Nago the cat, Pitch the bird, and Chuchu the octopus in Dream Land 3. Also, the helper Wheelie in Super Star.
- Also, Dedede in 64.
- Also, all of your co-op partners in Return to Dream Land.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Kirby 64's Cutter ability.
- In Kirby's Dream Land 3, having the Burning ability and Pitch as a partner allows you to use him as a boomerang fireball!
- Prepare to Die: Meta Knight says this to Kirby in the English version of the original Kirby Super Star before their duel, which was replaced with "Come meet your doom!" in its Nintendo DS remake.
- Psychotic Smirk: During the fake Ending of Kirby 64; by the ruler of Ripple star, behind Ribbon's back.
- Punny Name: Planet Popstar and Rock Star. Plot mover Yin-Yarn.
- Rick, Coo, and Kine's names are plays on the Japanese characters for their respective terrains: 陸 (riku; land), 空 (kuu; sky), and 海 (kai; sea).
- Puzzle Boss: The Halberd's Reactor in the Revenge of Meta Knight segment in Kirby Super Star.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Meta-Knights.
- Real Men Are Pink
- Recurring Boss: Many.
- King Dedede and Meta Knight are the most well known, being major characters, and appearing in nearly every game since their debut, including spinoffs. They are in Brawl for a reason.
- Whispy Woods and Kracko, who were two of the five bosses in the original game, are right behind those two in number of appearances. Even when the characters themselves don't appear, an Expy probably will, such as King Golem and Mecha-Kracko (duh), respectively.
- Recurring Boss Template: Half of the bosses in Amazing Mirror are blatantly Alternate Universe counterparts to previous bosses. King Golem is Whispy Woods, Dark Meta Knight is obvious, and the final boss starts off as an expy of Nightmare before ending up as an expy of 0.
- Recurring Riff: Gourmet Race and Green Greens.
- Reflecting Laser: "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. (And it bounces off walls, too!)". Also, the Halberd's Reactor Core. (You may have to take advantage of this to get the laser to strike the Reactor itself, which is the only way you can damage it.)
- In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby gains a chargable beam that bounces off walls when he has both the Spark ability and Chuchu as his partner.
- Remilitarized Zone: The Halberd and Mecheye/Mekkai.
- Respawning Enemies: Usually the scrolled-offscreen varation. It's useful for grabbing an ability that you want if you accidentally kill an enemy who has that ability.
- Ret Canon: Happens several times with material that showed up in the anime. For example, Plasma Kirby (from Super Star) was originally pink, a la Spark Kirby; the anime portrayed Plasma Kirby as having green skin, so when the time came for Super Star Ultra (and Air Ride before it), Plasma Kirby was given green skin.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Kirby and just about everything else that isn't a final boss. Subverted by minor enemy Scarfy, which turns One-Winged Angel when provoked. Defied by Meta Knight, who hides his cute face with a mask and Badass attitude.
- Riding into the Sunset: Kirby after sinking the Halberd. In Revenge of the King, Dedede does his walk-of-shame into the sunset accompanied by his still-loyal Waddle Dee subjects.
- RPG Elements: Parodied in Kirby Super Star with the Computer Virus boss.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: Featured in these ads for Kirby's Adventure and Kirby's Dream Land 2.
- Rule 34: Sadly, not even Kirby is immune to it.
- Running Gag:
- A minor one, but still one nonetheless. Kirby has a knack for chasing/interacting with butterflies (or Flutters, according to Kirby 64), and being interrupted by something.
- In Kirby's Dream Land, the Green Greens intro shows Kirby chasing butterflies but then being carried of into the wind. Same with Kirby Super Star.
- In Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards, Kirby and Ribbon are chasing a butterfly before noticing the possessed Waddle Dee.
- In Kirby Squeak Squad, Kirby is eating his cake (with butterflies in the background) before it gets stolen.
- In the epilogue of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, a butterfly lands on Kirby before he notices King Dedede is stuck in a hole in the ground.
- In Kirby Triple Deluxe, playing with a butterfly is one of the things Kirby does the morning before the Dreamstalk grows.
- Heck, this even made its way into the anime. In episode 95, Kirby is chasing a butterfly before he's attacked by the Demon/Devil Frog.
- In the original Kirby's Dream Land, there was an easter egg at the end of Bubbly Clouds where you could enter the moon, where the following room would be a long fall filled with goodies. Games would often have a moon with these same properties near the end of the game. A lot of the time, its surrounding environment would even be Bubbly Clouds.
- Sacred Bow and Arrows: Some games have the copy ability Angel that comes with a pair of wings, a Holy Halo, and a bow and arrow.
- Samus is a Girl: Inverted from the trope namer in that rather than the manual hiding the trope and the game giving it away, the trope is All There in the Manual instead of in the game, and the game doesn't make it obvious. Unless you read the manual (or the 3DS Virtual Console release's digital manual), it's more or less impossible to know that Kaboola is female. However, in Kirby Super Star Ultra's Revenge of the King game, she has a face with feminine eyes (as well as a fanged smile).
- Savage Setpiece: Scarfy, though in some games they will chase you like any other enemy if you get too close to them.
- Scenery Porn: Kirby games, which are often produced late into a system's lifespan, will try to use the color palette at its greatest, resulting in some very impressive-looking backgrounds.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Tac.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Besides the previous mention of Dark Matter, there's Dark Nebula from Kirby Squeak Squad, and Nightmare from Adventure and Nightmare in Dream Land.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Doing a single ability run of any game's Boss Rush is popular among fans. Although doing one on Squeak Squad's Boss Rush is almost impossible because the game actually forces the Eleventh Hour Super Power on you, destroying your current ability! You can keep the ability by quickly spitting it out, getting the triple star ability, spitting that out, and sucking the old ability back while it's bouncing around but it can fail and/or you may not think of it.
- Sequential Boss: The worst offender is the final boss in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, which has you fight against the second-last level's boss again but with more attacks, then the same Warlock-ish form of Dark Mind four times, with the only reason being to have a different area to fight him in and some power-ups, then a giant eye form of Dark Mind, and then a smaller version of that eye flying away, with you trying to finish it off during the credits. Although, once the credits start, you've already won, and are just playing a scored game of No Kill Like Overkill.
- Shotoclone: The Fighter ability turns Kirby into one.
- Shout-Out: Kirby's Sword ability has him donning Link's cap, with a puffball on the tip. And he can shoot beams with it at full health, in a further Shout-Out to The Legend of Zelda. In some games, the sword that comes with it looks almost exactly like the Master Sword.
- Showdown at High Noon: The Quick Draw minigame from Adventure.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Parodied in the "Samurai Kirby" minigame in Kirby Super Star and the Quick Draw minigame in Adventure and Nightmare in Dream Land.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Nearly every single game has one.
- Snowlems: Chilly.
- Sociopathic Hero: Kirby has shades of this. As an example, look at what happens when his cake gets stolen. Instead of asking around, he just devours/beats the shit out of everything in his path just because he wants his goddamn cake.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Many. Dedede/DeDeDe, Fireball/Burning/Burn, Backdrop/Back Drop, U.F.O./UFO, Broom/Clean, Nightmare/Nightmares, Mr. Frosty/Mr. Flosty, T.A.C./Tac, Combo Cannon/Main Cannon #2, Kaboola/Kabula, Aqualiss/Aquarius, Cavios/Cavius, Mecheye/Mekkai, Pop Star/PopStar/Planet Popstar, etc. There's also some confusion on whether or not Ado and Adeleine are supposed to be the same person.
- Is it Meta Knight or Meta-Knight? The most-often-used spelling in the games is Meta Knight, but his trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed as Meta-Knight (the "Meta-Knights" are his forces). And of course, it's written as one word (Metanaito) in Japanese, since the Japanese language doesn't use spaces.
- There's a myriad of spelling variations for "Zero Two". The most common variation is "02".
- The name of the minor enemy Foley was obviously a mistransliteration of "Fallie" or "Fally" from English to Japanese and back because said enemies, you know, fall on Kirby.
- But it still makes sense since it's a type of foliage.
- Spike Shooter: The Needle ability.
- Spiritual Successor: Kirby & the Amazing Mirror to Kirby Super Star's Great Cave Offensive segment.
- And Kirby: Squeak Squad to that game.
- Kirby: Mass Attack to Kirby: Canvas Curse.
- The story mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl plays a lot like Super Star and 64 - which makes sense, as they were all designed by the same team.
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is one to Kirby: Canvas Curse
- Spike Balls of Doom: Gordo is a lively example of it.
- Spikes of Doom: They make appearances here and there.
- Stalactite Spite: Explosive coconut variety.
- Some icy areas (Kirby's Dream Land 2 & 3) also have falling ice stalactites.
- Played straight in Return to Dream Land with actual stalactites.
- Stealth Pun: Bubbly Clouds, located just above the (ice cream) Float Islands.
- Story Arc: Kirby Dream Land 2, 3, and Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards make up the "Dark Matter Trilogy" which spans two console and a handheld.
- Suddenly Voiced: Star Stacker is probably the only game where Kirby talks (In complete sentences)
- Sugar Bowl: Pop Star and the other stars in its general area.
- Super Drowning Skills: A large part of the enemies cannot stand water, since it makes them die almost instantly.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Kirby. In later games, he gains a scuba mask when he is under water.
- Surprise Creepy: In a series where almost everything is cutesy, the final bosses will catch you off guard.
- Suspicious Videogame Generosity: In many modes in Kirby Super Star, you'll know you're about to hit a boss room when you reach a single room with nothing but Copy abilities and a Maximum Tomato (Convenient, isn't it?).
- Tears of Blood: 0 and 02. Enough said.
- Teleport Spam: Some final bosses tend to do this.
- Thief Bag: Tac enemies have these.
- This Cannot Be!: Captain Vul says this in Kirby Super Star Ultra when he reacts to his fellow crew members reporting that Kirby destroyed Main Cannon #2. In the original Super Star, his reaction? "Holy cow! What happened?"
Mace Knight: The main cannon has been destroyed!
Captain Vul: Holy cow! What happened?
Axe Knight: Ahh! Main Cannon #2 was destroyed!
Mace Knight: The cannon's a wreck! We can't use it!
Captain Vul: What?! How could this be?
- This Means War!: King Dedede says this at the beginning of the Normal mode in Kirby's Star Stacker.
- Throw The Mook At Them: For obvious reasons, the games frequently feature bosses that spawn mooks for the player to hurl back at them using Kirby's default powers, most notably Kracko. Some of the games where Kirby steals enemies' abilities use a variant in which some bosses that spawn enemies with especially suitable powers. However, there are plenty of subversions featuring bosses who spawn mooks that give the player useless powers like Sleep or powers that are utterly ineffective in that particular battle.
- Kirby's bread and butter abilities include inhaling an enemy and spitting it to another (when he doesn't copy that enemy).
- Too Dumb to Live: Kirby. Kirby. Think for a second... Why would freakin' Meta Knight steal a chest containing cake!?
- Meta Knight counts too, mostly for deciding to fight Kirby instead of bothering to let him know that the chest contained the Monster of the Week.
- Meta Knight again in his version of Milky Way Wishes, for wishing to unleash the most powerful warrior in the universe, locked away specifically because people were afraid of it, just so he can kick its ass to prove he's stronger. Then again, if he weren't such an overconfident, arrogant badass, he wouldn't be Meta Knight. And he did win.
- Kirby falls for the "help me take over the world!" scheme again in Return to Dream Land.
- Took a Level in Badass: King Dedede in his "Masked Dedede" incarnation in Kirby Super Star Ultra. It shows in the difficulty level of the fight as well.
- Everything about the normal King Dedede fight took a level in badass. His appearance, his weapon, his attacks...
- Tornado Move: A recurring Copy Ability in the series is one called "Tornado", which allows Kirby to turn into a tornado for a short while. Meta Knight also has a attack called "Mach Tornado", which allows him to create a huge tornado from his sword.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Maxim Tomatoes. Watermelons in the anime.
- Transformation Sequence: Every time Kirby absorbs a monster with a special power. Averted in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. More elaborate in the anime.
- Trash Talk: In Kirby's Avalanche, where he is shown to speak full sentences, Kirby loves insulting whatever opponent he is facing, sometimes throwing incredibly lame puns in the mix.
Kirby: You couldn't even hit a barn-sized lightning rod, Kracko!
- Underground Level
- Unexpected Shmup Level: A recurring pattern for the final bosses in the series.
- The last normal stage of Milky Way Wishes (from Super Star and Ultra) is a side-scrolling shooter, as are the boss fights against Kabula in Kirby's Dream Land (and the Revenge of the King segment of Super Star Ultra), the first form of Nightmare in Adventure, Dark Matter and 0 in Dream Land 3, and 02 in Crystal Shards.
- The final boss of Amazing Mirror is fought in a vertical Shmup style during the credits.
- Kirby's Epic Yarn features two levels that are partly shmups, and two levels that are fully shmup.
- Kirby Mass Attack features a sub-game called SHMUP. Guess what the gameplay format is?
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land gives us the Landia segments.
- Updated Re-release: 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure in the Nintendo 3DS.
- Victory Cake: Kirby can be seen snacking on foods in celebration at the end of some games (and at the end of every stage in others).
- Literal Victory Cake at the very end of Squeak Squad, as a gift/apology from the Squeaks.
- Video Game 3D Leap: Kirby 64 was a presentation upgrade; the game still played on a 2D plane.
- Video Game Flight: Kirby is one of the few characters who can generally fly anywhere, any time. Don't think you can just fly over everything, though - there are enemies in the skies, and some levels are pretty tight. A few games also have a time limit on how long you can fly, namely Crystal Shards and the Smash Bros. games.
- Video Game Remake:
- Super Star Ultra. Also, the Spring Breeze mode of Super Star is a condensed remake of the original Kirby's Dream Land, while Revenge of the King in Super Star Ultra is a somewhat more faithful remake of the original game's hard mode.
- Nightmare in Dream Land, which is a remake of Kirby's Adventure.
- The Super Famicom version of Kirby no Kira-Kira Kids (better known as Kirby's Star Stacker).
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: This series uses this trope all the time.
- Villainous Glutton: King Dedede.
- Visible Sigh: Whenever Kirby's flight ability is canceled, either manually or automatically by touching the ground. You can hurt enemies with the puff it makes.
- Visual Pun: Tacs are cats with the ability to steal your current power-up. They're cat burglars.
- In Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, there's nothing but a bright light after the latest entry at the end of the timeline's hallway. Kirby's future is looking bright!
- Walking Head: Kirby, Meta Knight, and most of the enemies are nothing more than heads with feet and arms attached.
- Wall Master: Fake doors in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- Inverted with the Mirra from Amazing Mirror: it resembles a mirror (which are functionally identical to doors in the game), but won't attack when you draw near it, and in fact will actually escape if you don't kill it quickly enough — which you don't want it to do, since it will not leave an actual mirror behind unless you defeat it before it escapes.
- Warm-Up Boss: Whispy Woods in every game, with the exception of Amazing Mirror which has an expy in King Golem.
- He and those in his likeness manage to put up a surprisingly good fight in a few games.
- Weird Moon
- Weirdness Magnet: Dream Land, in its entirety.
- When Trees Attack: Whispy Woods.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Dark Matter can't feel positive emotions and is jealous of Dream Land's happiness, reasoning that if it can't be happy, nothing will be.
- The Worf Effect: Galacta Knight loses the title of the most powerful being in the universe to Meta Knight during his first appearance. Later, he loses that title again, to Kirby. And later, to both Meta Knight and Kirby.
- Worthy Opponent: Meta Knight.
- Your Size May Vary: King Dedede in Kirby Air Ride. He's huge when you first encounter him as a boss in the Event Mode, but when you unlock him as a playable character he's barely taller than Kirby!