YMMV / Kirby

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Kirby:
    • 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? Or alternatively, does he just not view telling Kirby everything as worth it and think Kirby is too stubborn to listen?
    • Galacta Knight has had no information released about him besides being so strong that he was sealed away and possibly having destroyed several planets in the past. 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • The series has a bit of a broken base concerning the quality of the games after Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, like whether an abundance of single-move Copy Abilities or a limited amount of multi-move abilites is the way to go (or the "happy medium" in the GBA and DS games), and whether the games should stay fresh with new characters or bring back the old ones like Ribbon, Gooey, the Animal Friends, and Adeleine. There are also debates on the anime version, especially whether the English or Japanese version is better.
    • There has been a debate over the different kinds of Kirby games ever since Kirby: Squeak Squad. While not the the extent of the Zelda franchise's They Changed It, Now It Sucks/It's the Same, Now It Sucks, there are similarities at its core. Which Kirby experience is better? The Classic style platformers where Kirby absorbs enemies to gain their abilities, or the ones that innovate (the likes of Kirby: Canvas Curse or Kirby's Epic Yarn) where the gameplay is given an overhaul. Critics of the former feel the formula grows stale, whilst critics of the latter feel that it's too gimmicky. Of course quite a few fans like both and want to see what Nintendo comes out with next.
    • The debate over Console vs. Handheld games, and whether or not Nintendo favors one group over the other.
    • Should the series stay a sidescroller or should it have 3D platformer titles?
    • Are Ado and Adeleine the same character or not?
    • What director Shinya Kumazaki said about the canonicity of events in extra modes and Arena, i.e "not everything is true" and "they're what-if scenarios". Some fans would say it's a given because some things happening in the extra modes would contradict what happened in the main story, while some others lament that the events in those are too awesome not to be true.
  • Canon Fodder: While lots of story is given from Flavor Text, manuals, and Word of God, lots of it's left unexplained and mysterious.
    • Meta Knight. Where did he come from, and what is he trying to do? Why does he look like Kirby? Is he the same species, or even related? Can he inhale or copy abilities?
    • What is Dark Matter, and where did it come from?
    • If Gooey a Dark Matter, why is he good? Why does he look so much different from all other Dark Matter? How did he meet Kirby?
    • What's the deal with Shiver Star? Why does it look like a frozen earth? Is it After the End? What was that factory made for? What are the creatures in those tubes? Did the Haltmann Works Company invade the planet?
    • What are the "Soul" Final Bosses? Are they related, or even all possessed by a common threat?
    • Who was responsible for Drawcia's and Paintra's painting in Canvas Curse?
    • How did Dark Nebula get into its chest, and how did Meta Knight (and possibly King Dedede) know about it?
    • Who is Galacta Knight? Why did people fear his power so much?note  How was he sealed up? Where did he come from; where did he go?
    • Where did Grand Doomer come from? Was it from Another Dimension? If so, how did it get to Pop Star?
    • Why does HR-D3 vaguely resemble King Dedede? How did it "drift in" from Another Dimension?
    • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, what was Magolor talking about when he said that someone on Halcandra may know Kirby? Or, when he said that the Ancients created lots of ancient artifacts? What does "clockwork stars" refer to?note 
    • What "countless hosts" did Soul of Sectonia feed on? Also, in Planet Robobot, why was Sectonia's data spread across 1,000 years?
    • Who is Susie's mother?
    • Has the Haltmann Works Company traveled to other planets in the series? If so, what planets? Did they take over them? Rock Star? Shiver Star? Halcandra?
    • In Planet Robobot, in the Flavor Text for the Dark Matter Clone, what does it mean by "full potential"? Will Dark Matter make a full return?
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: When it comes to Boss Rush modes that offer abilities, many players will stick to only one ability throughout the entire run. Most of the time they'd stick with abilities that can deal heavy damage as quickly as possible such as Hammer, Plasma or Tornado, or abilities with great defensive options such as Stone, Leaf or Archer.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • King Dedede. He's the king of Dream Land, wears a pimp coat, and fights with a hammer. Also? He is a blue penguin (though the blue part might be a bit mitigated by the fact that penguins are typically depicted as blue & white in Japanese media).
      • Masked Dedede takes this Up to Eleven. Case in point: the fight takes place in an electrified cage.
      • Wait till you see him wield an AX three times bigger than he is.
      • In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, he ups the ante by going with up to 63 smaller versions of himself, and power his hammer up with the Star Rod.
      • Even his clone is awesome. When it Turns Red it splits into 3, and even when they're defeated, it's not over - they man a massive, mobile cannon with dynamic attacks.
    • The final boss of Kirby: Planet Robobot is a wish-granting feline planet-sized machine that summons numbers and random objects to attack you in an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield.
  • 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. And in some other games, he's Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Many Kirby fans think Dark Matter/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 02's music.)
    • Oh boy, Marx. He's so adorable! Even after he stole Kirby's wish upon NOVA, revealing that he manipulated Kirby to do what he wanted, attempts to rule Pop Star and morphs into a monstrous form. Similar thing happens to Magolor and Taranza, although they do turn good in the end.
  • 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.
  • 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! It also introduces the Breakout Character Meta Knight. Kirby's Dream Land 2, while not quite as elaborate as Adventure, at least brought these improvements down to a portable level, while also adding the Animal Friends to offer unique variations on Adventure's pre-established gameplay and introducing the concept of multiple endings to the series.
  • 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" or pronouncing his name "King Day Day Day" around English-speaking fans (as his name is intended to be pronounced "D.D.D.", with "day" being the Japanese pronunciation of "D" and "dee" being the English one).
    • 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. Even in Japan with its Gender-Neutral Writing practically none of the fanbase considers Kirby female; the divide is entirely between gender neutral and male.
    • 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.
    • What would happen if other characters found NOVA or another wish-granting machine, and what wishes would they make?
    • What are the Mirror World versions of characters we haven't seen yet?
    • If the Robobot Armor can take the ability of its wearer, what would happen if someone other than Kirby used it?
  • 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 Zero/02 alone, despite Zero not being introduced until the sequel (The Tears of Blood likely have something to do with it... and also the fact that Zero is Dark Matter's core).
    • 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 .
    • Ado and Adeleine are two different characters, with Ado being male. Unless you think that "Ado" is merely how Kirby pronounces Adeleine's name (as the latter's name is pronounced "Adorinu" in Japanese). The idea of Ado being male was eventually jossed in a 20th-anniversary booklet, which confirmed that Ado's a girl. Whether Ado and Adeleine are the same person, however...
    • Did Bandana Waddle Dee appear in Kirby 64, minus the blue bandana? Some fans think so.
  • Game-Breaker: has its own page.
  • 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.
    • 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; his pause screen description in Extra Mode outright calls him "a liar and a 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.
    • Kirby's Tilt and Tumble involves you rolling a round object through increasingly ridiculous and difficult (to the point of being hair-pulling) mazes via tilting the world around it. Fast forward to the 5th Generation of Consoles.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Various reviewers including GameXplain and IGN panned Kirby's Dream Course when it was on the SNES classic, some even calling it unnecessary filler. Needless to say, some fans were not pleased and even called them out on it.
  • Idiot Plot: Squeak 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. You can always expect Meta Knight to be enigmatic, even to Kirby, but this game is where it gets disastrous.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks: The games may be easy, but this is generally averted - they were actually designed to be very easy (as the first game was developed at a time when Nintendo had a trope-naming reputation for publishing difficult titles) 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 never mind about that.
    • The existence of Dark Matter and Zero as they're supposed to be True Final Bosses.
    • Practically everyone knows about Marx being a Treacherous Quest Giver. Later games wouldn't even try to hide it, showing his Final Boss form in cameos.
  • 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 Dream Land 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 Dream Land all to himself. And, unlike most other villains, Yin-Yarn actually succeeds in taking over Dream Land.
    • Magolor manages to trick four people into traveling to all five corners of Pop Star, defeating a dragon on a distant volcanic planet, and giving him massive power as a result.
    • Queen Sectonia, who saw through the Floralia residents' plan to bring the hero of Dream Land 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:
    • Kirby himself is this. There are Nintendo fans who firmly believe the pink puff's badassery is only rivaled by Captain Falcon. The fact that Planet Robobot described him as having infinite power (which would technically make him god-like) and the fact that Mass Attack concludes with Kirby killing the implied Death God has only amplified this. The Super Smash Bros. community usually hype Kirby and Shulk as the two strongest characters due to both of them canonically killing gods in their home series.
    • King Dedede. He's Crazy Awesome incarnate, and only gets crazier with every new game. To quote a tip from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, Dedede doesn't need to copy abilities like Kirby because he "is already perfect".
    • Meta Knight, from his introduction, has been seen as really, really kickass. Two things have solidified it: him summoning Galacta Knight just to prove that he can beat him, and his complete Game-Breaker status in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • 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 Zero-Effort 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!
  • 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 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. It's even used in ROBLOX as one of the quickchat messages.
    • 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 2 and 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.
    • Buff Dedede, which took off within MINUTES of its reveal in the September 13 Nintendo Direct
    • "Have you met a knight?"
  • Memetic Psychopath: Kirby himself, since many of his enemies, especially Waddle Dees, are mostly harmless so long as you leave them alone.
  • Moe:
    • Kirby, obviously. His baby-like voice in the anime also helps. Many other characters, even a lot of the enemies, are also cute.
    • As the rather large amount of Fan Art would show, Ribbon seems to get a lot of attention for her cuteness. She's a pink-haired fairy girl, after all.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • In Kirby Squeak Squad, the Idiot Plot leads Kirby to go on a quest (read: rampage) for his stolen piece of cake. In every other platform game, his goals are more noble, but some fans hang on to this one instance and insist Kirby is a Sociopathic Hero.
    • Kirby suffers a reputation for Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! when he's actually a victim of Poor Communication Kills, because nobody tells him what's going on until it's far too late to do anything about it, or he's being a gullible Unwitting Pawn for the real baddie, and the good guys still won't talk to him.
  • Periphery Demographic: Though the games are and remain mostly geared for people 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. It helps that the games tend to be well made, and make up for the easiness by putting the difficulty into 100% Completion.
  • Sacred Cow: While Kirby may not be as popular as other Nintendo franchises, it has an extremely good reputation, and it's rare to find a Nintendo fan that outright hates the games. Furthermore, while some may call a few games "lacking", the opinion that Kirby has never had a truly "bad" game is common, which is a rarity among Nintendo series.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Attacks that knock the ability out of you. It's been a mainstay for most games and can lead to a pretty bad cycle of getting hit over and over trying to recover the star, only for it to get knocked back out. Made worse by the fact that there's never actually any indication as to what will or will not, as even basic enemies can do it with contact damage occasionally. How often Kirby loses his ability from attacks varies by game. Recent games have many different enemy and boss attacks programmed to always knock out Kirby's ability, and in Kirby's Adventure, Amazing Mirror and Squeak Squad, every means of taking damage will make Kirby drop his ability. This can get truly aggravating when going for the fastest possible times in Boss Rush modes as you can't afford to get hit too much or you'll waste time.
  • 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 too, through his mask. Somehow. 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. Kirby: Planet Robobot starts off Darker and Edgier than most other games, though.
  • 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 and Spanish, which usually default to the masculine form).
    • Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3 is confirmed female, but for the longest time, fans considered her male. This is largely in part to differentiate her from Adeleine.
  • Vindicated by History:

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