YMMV / Kirby

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Kirby:
    • Dedede has a LOT more friends than Kirby in the games. Kirby's only in-game friends outside of Kirby 64 and the latter two Dream Land games are all created by him somehow. Everybody else has tried to kill him at least once.
    • Meta Knight squanders more than one opportunity to let Kirby know what's going on. Is he playing Idiot Ball or does he have some ulterior motive, such as ensuring another rematch between the two of them? If he does, does Meta Knight really crave a rematch so badly that he's willing to risk an Eldritch Abomination escaping into the world?
    • Galacta Knight has had no information released about him besides being so strong that he was sealed away. Literally every piece of fandom conversation outside that one fact is an ACI.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Waddle Dee. In Revenge of the King, he is the last boss before King Dedede. He's laughably easy. It's the same Waddle Dee that appears in the Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
    • Dark Nebula is laughably easy compared to the battle just before it. 02 is also easier than Miracle Matter.
    • Dark Crafter makes the above two bosses look difficult. It only has one, rather easy to dodge, attack and the strategy to defeat it is the same as Whispy Woods.
  • Awesome Music: There are a massive list of songs from the series that are just plain amazing to hear; a list can be found here.
  • Best Boss Ever: The series has some really fun bosses, considering that the series was the former namer for Easy Levels, Hard Bosses. See this page.
  • Broken Base:
    • The debate over Console vs. Handheld games, and whether or not Nintendo favors one group over the other.
  • Crazy Awesome:
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome:
    • The series has its moments, but above them all stands the Kirby Super Star segment "Revenge Of Meta Knight" in its entirety. Storming the Castle turned Up to Eleven, reaching HSQ levels. Seriously. And you get to hear the bad guys becoming progressively more and more afraid of you, as if you were the goshdang Batman, while you singlehandedly destroy a frickin' airship! Yeah.
    • The whole "storm the castle while your enemies panic" bit is repeated in the final level of "Revenge of the King" in Super Star Ultra.
    • 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 note  Why? For training purposes. Or fun. Or just to prove he could.
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny:
  • Cult Classic: Air Ride has been getting more and more popular each year since its release thanks to its sandbox-like City Trial mode. Helps that it was the last Kirby game that Kirby's creator Masahiro Sakurai worked on before leaving HAL Laboratory to start his own company.
  • Designated Villain: Many games have Kirby attack King Dedede and his forces under the assumption that he's the villain, when in fact Dedede turns out to be trying to STOP the real villain of the game.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many Kirby fans think Zero is a lonely, sad being that just wants some friends - though this does have some basis in canon, as it's stated that Dark Matter can't feel positive emotions and wants to destroy the world out of jealousy. The awesome battle music probably helps (especially the Zero 2 music mentioned above.)
  • Ear Worm: Pick a song, ANY song from the games. Case in point: the Invincibility jingle. It doesn't help that the games have a habit of endlessly recycling/remixing music used from previous games.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Has its own page.
  • Even Better Sequel: The original Kirby game was a fairly standard side-scroller that was pretty enjoyable for what it was, but was laughably short and easy (although the latter is compensated by the unlockable Hard Mode—and it lives up to its name, all right) and didn't even allow you to copy abilities! Kirby's Adventure then came out on the NES and blew the original out of the water by offering more levels, the series-trademark copy abilities, and a save feature! Kirby's Dreamland 2, while not quite as good as Adventure, at least brought these improvements down to a portable level.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Go onto a forum and say "Meta-Knight" or "MetaKnight" is your favorite character. You will not hear the end of it. "His name is Meta Knight, damn it! Meta-Knight is the group of swordsmen and MetaKnight doesn't exist! RAHHHHH, IT MATTERS! YOU'RE NOT A REAL FAN!"
    • Same with calling King Dedede "King DeDeDe".
    • Paint Roller's name is Paint Roller. Not Skainter. It's supposed to be a clever pun. Besides, try saying "Skainter" out loud. It just hurts.
      • Although deliberately provoking somebody by using Skainter would be painful trolling, so it kinda wraps back around in a meta sense.
    • Don't call Kirby a girl just because he's pink. If you're lucky, a fan will just politely correct you.
    • Misspelling the villain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as Daranza instead of Taranza is also a no-no as it's a "Blind Idiot" Translation Fan Nickname. It was less bad before the official localization, though.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Kirby's Power Copying ability technically gives him an unlimited array of potential powers. And with Kirby having abilities that range from martial arts and electricity to ringing bells and parasols, it's quite fun to imagine potential powers for the little guy. And what makes it even more fun is the possibility of them becoming actual powers in an official Kirby game.
  • Fanon:
    • One Japanese guidebook for Kirby's Dream Land 2 claimed Dark Matter was a Tortured Monster that attacked Popstar because it was jealous of all the "happiness" there. Just about every fan accepts this as official canon, but they always flanderize it into applying to 0/02 alone, despite him not being introduced until the sequel (The Tears of Blood likely have something to do with it... and also the fact that 0 is Dark Matter's core).
    • Did Bandana Waddle Dee appear in Kirby 64, minus the blue bandana? Some fans think so.
    • Ado and Adeleine are two different characters, with Ado being male. Unless you think that "Ado" is merely how Kirby pronounces Adeleine's name.
    • People really seem to like the idea that Meta Knight is like a father-figure to Kirby, to the point where the Japanese have their own term for the whole headcanonnote .
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why are the Big Bads of the games usually so nightmarish? Because it's Dreamland, it's only fitting that the antagonists inspire nightmares.
  • Fridge Horror: Jim Sterling gives a lecture on the Fridge Horror of the Kirby franchise in this episode of the Jimquisition.
  • Game Breaker:
    • You can destroy The Arena (and later The True Arena) with Hammer and Plasma, the former having Hammer Flip, which does one of the highest damages of a non one-time-use ability in the game, and the latter of which provides an extra shield when fully charged.
    • If you master the quick charge trick, the aforementioned Plasma power from Kirby Super Star becomes the most broken power the series has ever seen. Due to this, it was slightly nerfed in the DS version, requiring more charge-up time.
    • There's also Tornado, which has the amazing ability to kill almost every boss in the series. In fact, every boss in Squeak Squad can be killed very easily with it, including the final boss. It's an even better choice for the final boss than the Eleventh Hour Superpower! Cranked Up to Eleven in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where stronger moves were made avaliable. You can annihilate Magolor Soul pretty easily with Tornado. Yep, an Infinity–1 Sword in comparison to Super Abilities.
    • Also Hi-Jump, at least in Kirby's Adventure, which not only does high damage to bosses, but makes you invincible while doing so and sending you out of harm's way. Not always useful outside bosses, however.
    • The Copy helper (TAC) in the original Kirby Super Star on the SNES. Normally, it allows the helper to copy abilities like Kirby himself. But if there's no power to copy (mostly on bosses), it just does massive damage! And it's spammable! See for yourself, especially 2:52. It completely heals every time you copy a power, and when it guards, you become immune to all damage as well.
    • In Dreamland 2, Coo + Parasol can rip apart everything including the angry Propeller Bombs. The whole thing got a well deserved nerf in 3.
    • Chu Chu's Clean power trivializes any midair segment (short of those that require quick movement).
    • Stone in every game it's in is Boring but Practical incarnate. Upon using it, you turn into a Nigh Invulnerable rock. It deals a lot of contact damage, and you can sustain your rock form for a long time. You can turn even the hardest bosses into jokes if you utilize it well.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One look at this commercial for Kirby's Adventure and suddenly the concept of Kirby's Epic Yarn becomes all the more hilarious.
    • Also, Marx's mouth laser attack. Imma Firin Ma Lazah!
    • Rick the Hamster. With the Stone ability, he can roll.
    • "Mago" means "wizard" in some languages, and "lor" means "dirty" in others (and he does fit the name of Dirty Wizard). This would be a Meaningful Name if the two meanings came from the same language, but since they don't, it's just a funny coincidence.
  • Idiot Plot: Squeek Squad features one of the silliest Excuse Plots in franchise history — Kirby's trying to get his cake back. Once he confuses the chest with his cake in it for the one Meta Knight is guarding, does Meta Knight sit Kirby down and explain things? No! He makes off with it, and Kirby starts chasing after him! Five minutes of rational conversation would've completely shut down the last section of the game.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks: The games may be easy, but this is generally averted - they were actually designed to be very easy yet nobody seems to have any problem. This becomes quite weird when you hear this trope being invoked elsewhere, since how many other games allow you to fly over most of the stage without even having to find a power-up?
  • It Was His Sled: Meta Knight's identity as another member of Kirby's race is technically a spoiler on the grounds that you don't know anything about him until his defeat. The fandom's been talking about it for years, so nevermind about that.
  • Love It or Hate It: You'll either love the slower paced gameplay, Gooey, Animal Friends and scribbly graphics of Dream Land 3 or hate it for just the same reasons. The most hardcore of the fanbase generally like it, though.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Without a doubt, Meta Knight. In fact, even leaning more towards being a Guile Hero in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
    • Marx, who arranged for the sun and moon to fight and used Kirby to summon Nova so he could wish to take over Popstar.
    • Yin-Yarn lands himself right in this spot since he demonstrates his plan to take over Dreamland by having his fake Waddle Dees capture the real ones and then capturing and brainwashing Dedede and Meta Knight and sending them to Patch Land to fight Kirby under his control so he can have Dreamland all to himself. And, unlike most other villains, Yin-Yarn actually succeeds in taking over Dreamland.
    • Magolor, you magnificent bastard, we read your BOOK!
    • And now we have our newest one; Queen Sectonia, who saw through the Floralia residents' plan to bring the hero of Dreamland to their rescue and sent Taranza to kidnap him in order to keep him from interfering with her gambit to rule Popstar as its goddess, even though she didn't count on him kidnapping Dedede instead of Kirby like she wanted him to.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • During the Boss Rush in Super Star, you will have to fight a Waddle Dee with five times the health of a normal Waddle Dee. It's still a Curb-Stomp Battle Breather Boss (he doesn't move, and you can still inhale him.) A video on the internet portrayed him as an unstoppable god of destruction (via a player who thought it would be hilarious) and the fandom's pumped him up ever since.
    • In case anyone wants to argue, here is Waddle Dee proving his point. Contains spoilers!
    • Kirby himself is this. There are Nintendo fans who firmly believe the pink puff's badassery is only rivaled by Captain Falcon.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Gourmet Race has become one of the most remixed songs on YouTube. Sand Canyon and Candy Mountain/Skyhigh are hot on its tail. Stupid Statement Dance Mixes of Lucky Star voice clips to the tune of various Kirby Super Star tracks are also quite popular.
    • One rather famous remix is a mashup between Gourmet Race and Snoop Dogg's Drop It Like It's Hot, after the creator found that the two sync up perfectly.
    • There was also a YouTube fad involving Dedede screaming random things after getting beaten at the end of Spring Breeze.
    • INVINCIBLE CANDY! (A running gag on Something Awful Let's Play of any Kirby game, second only to...)
    • DELICIOUS! (Whenever any food item is eaten, but especially Maximum Tomatoes.)
    • The "Kirby ASCII Dance": (> ")> <(" <) (^ ")^ (v ")v
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn brings us Kirby's arrival in Patch Land and his observation that the grass feels like... pants.
    • Rick's Stone ability in Dream Land 3 has been dubbed the "Rickroll".
    • The title screen music of Kirby's Pinball Land has become synonymous with a well-known copypasta where an Anon walked in on his parents having sex while the music was playing on his Gameboy.
    • "Kirby is shaped like a friend". This phrase originated from an online chat which was then made into an adorable piece of fanart.
  • Moe: Kirby, obviously. His baby-like voice in the anime also helps.
  • Never Live It Down: In Kirby Squeak Squad, Kirby went on a rampage over a piece of cake. In every other platform game, his goals are more noble, although some fans hang on to this one instance and insist Kirby is a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The series is placed in Dream Land, so it's obvious that the enemies are related to nightmares. And you WILL have them.
  • Periphery Demographic: Though the games are and remain mostly geared for children just beginning to play video games, a good chunk of the fanbase are experienced gamers who grew up playing them and who gleefully return to each new installment, no matter how short or easy it is.
  • Squick:
    • In Super Star (and a few other games with co-op) A player can share the effects of a recently consumed food item by walking up to their ally at which point the two get face to face for a second. There's really no other way to interpret this animation as anything but player 1 spitting up what they had just eaten into player 2's mouth...
    • Or they share the health gain with a kiss. Since healing items are food, Kirby's giving the chewed up remains to his sidekick. Meta Knight can do it to, through his mask.
    • If Kirby Super Star's manga adaptation is any indication, the creators are fully aware of this.
  • Surprise Difficulty:
    • The Arena and The True Arena in any game it appears.
    • Some of the more experimental games like Mass Attack and Rainbow Curse can become this due to the unusual control scheme.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Whether intentional or coincidental, the Kirby series has some pretty interesting motif similarities to other songs in them.
    • In Kirby Super Star the Revenge of Meta Knight ending theme bears similarities to The Animals' rendition of "House of the Rising Sun".
    • The game over screen in Kirby Super Star has a similar tune to the chorus of Queen's "You're My Best Friend".
    • Last but not least is the Kirby Dance theme which sounds like a part of "The Walrus and the Carpenter".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The entire series, until Mood Whiplash kicks in and you fight the final boss.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending of Revenge of the King in Super Star Ultra. Poor Dedede. See here for more.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Kirby's gender is actually a mystery in the Japanese games, and the original developers refuse to designate an official gender. Averted in most translations since gender-neutral pronouns don't always work out (especially in English, which usually defaults to the masculine form).
    • Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3 is confirmed female however for the longest time fans considered her male. This is largely in part to differentiate her from Adeleine.
  • Vindicated by History: Kirby's Dream Land 3 was one due to coming after the Tough Act to Follow Kirby Super Star, and undoing many of the new mechanics from that game, such as multi-attack abilities, minigames, and a more elaborate Boss Rush. Instead, the slow-paced gameplay and Animal Friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2 made a comeback. This was because the games were made by different development teams. It also was overshadowed by the release of the Nintendo 64, and the "coloring book" art style. Now, it's seen as much of a classic as that game, especially due to it improving the Kirby series' Minimalist Cast with Gooey and the Animal Friends, and being surprisingly Darker and Edgier to most games in the series.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: We've got a whole page for it here.

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