YMMV / Kirby

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  • 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 those few facts is an ACI.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Some ads and reviews for the Kirby games paint them as being most suitable for young children, largely due to their easiness and cutesy aesthetic. This has a side-effect of being an Audience-Alienating Premise, and while Kirby has an active and vocal fanbase and is considered a Sacred Cow among Nintendo's series, it has an inherently harder time attracting uninitiated older fans.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Bandana Waddle Dee in Kirby Super Star Ultra. 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.
    • 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.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Similar to Yoshi's Island, the Kirby games' saccharine reputation can be offputting to some older fans, who arbitrarily consider Kirby to be for children in comparison to Nintendo's other cartoonish and family-friendly series such as Super Mario Bros., which are more overt about their all-ages appeal. Kirby games therefore have a harder time attracting adult fans; as such, fans tend to latch on to "cool", "edgy" or "adultlike" elements like Meta Knight because they provide a nice counterbalance to Kirby's and his world's copious cuteness.
  • 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?
    • 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 them are 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 is part of 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? What happened to him in Star Allies? Did he fuse with Morpho Knight, or was he killed?
    • 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? Who are those Ancients? What does "clockwork stars" refer to?note 
    • What is the Master Crown? How was it created, and who created it? How many have worn it before Landia?note 
    • Who is Susie's mother?
    • What other planets did the Haltmann Works Company visits? Did they take over them? Rock Star? Shiver Star? Halcandra?
    • Just what is Void Termina in relation to Dark Matter/Zero? And for that matter, the many connections that it seems to have to other bosses opens up the question of how much of an influence Dark Matter has HAD on the universe. On top of that Void Termina seems to link all of these things to Kirby himself.
    • Who or what is Morpho Knight? How powerful is it, and what are its motives?
  • Common Knowledge:
    • Unlike with Mallow and Geno, Shinichi Shimomura's characters are still legally property of Nintendo. There is absolutely nothing stopping them from coming back, and indeed, many of them already have.
    • There's an odd Fanon that Gooey was Killed Off for Real alongside the rest of Dark Matter at the end of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, this despite that Gooey assisted Kirby in destroying Dark Matter in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and nothing bad happened to him then. Gooey's return in Kirby Star Allies seems to have put this one to rest for the time being.
    • Generally, it's best to be skeptical of any fan's "fun fact" if it starts with "In the Japanese version...", the sad thing is that it's often the Japanese fans spreading these.
    • Kirby has red feet, not red shoes. He also wasn't named after a brand of vacuum cleaner.
  • 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.
      • Kirby's Blowout Blast has him become HUGE for the final battle. Taken Up to Eleven with Giant Masked Dedede. Kirby Battle Royale then has him pilot a mech that looks like himself and is capable of summoning copy Kirbys against Kirby.
      • And then there's Kirby Star Allies which gives him a ripped body when he gets possessed.
    • 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.
    • Galacta Knight lives by this trope - stated to have such insanely massive amounts of power that he's been sealed away due to it. He is outright stated to be the greatest warrior in the galaxy, can use entire dimensional rifts as attacks, and apparently regularly destroys entire planets on a whim.
  • 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: Dedede in Squeak Squad actually did nothing wrong, but becomes a boss anyway because Kirby accuses him of stealing his cake. In other games he's often Brainwashed and Crazy and becomes the "villain figurehead". In fact the only time Dedede has ever done something openly villainous was stealing all of the citizens of Dreamland's food in the first game.
  • 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:
    • Calling King Dedede "King DeDeDe" or pronouncing his name "King Day Day Day" around English-speaking fans.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Don't call Kirby "Jigglypuff" or assume that he's a Pokemon in general.
    • Like Pokémon, the games and anime take place in separate canons, so refrain from asking where Tiff or Escargoon are. note 
      • Also, don't refer to Lololo, Lalala, or Nightmare by their 4Kids-changed names, "Fololo", "Falala", and "eNeME", as they were only named that in the American version of the anime and not the games.
  • 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? Related is the potential other powers (that don't appear in Planet Robobot but do in other games) that could be a Mode for the mech, and how they'll going to work; a similar thing happened for the Super Abilities in Return to Dream Land, especially with how a "Super Cutter" was considered but then got Dummied Out.
  • 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 . This stems from his portrayal in the anime, where he's more protective and supportive towards Kirby (though still largely enigmatic).
    • Many fans believe that Meta Knight's mask contains a voice changer/amplifier like Darth Vader, to provide his trademark Badass Baritone, and that his "real" voice would sound more like Kirby's. This ignores the fact that Meta Knight is an adult of Kirby's species.
    • Did Bandana Waddle Dee appear in Kirby 64, minus the blue bandana? Some fans think so.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Super Smash Bros., as both series were minded by Masahiro Sakurai and share many mechanics. Many older Kirby fans (and some younger fans) were introduced to the series via Smash, and without Smash, Kirby would have a much harder time attracting fans of all ages.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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; by Dream Land 3 Dark Matter is basically a Late-Arrival Spoiler.
    • 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. His pause screen description in Star Allies outright states that "this final boss is here to help".
  • 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; Kirby has to save it by defeating him.
    • 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 plan 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 at least ten 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. Became Hilarious in Hindsight thanks to Kirby Star Allies, where the allied characters are known as "friends".
    • Kirby's regular description in Planet Robobot, which describes him as possessing "infinite power", has caused more than a few people to start referring to him as a god.
    • Buff Dedede, which took off within MINUTES of its reveal in the September 13 Nintendo Direct.
    • Hyness, the villain of Star Allies, goes well with many kind of jokes, but especially after his hood goes off. Helps that he's quite nuts himself.
    • "Have you met a knight?"
    • The idea that whenever Nintendo doesn't know what to do with an idea, they just throw Kirby into it and it suddenly becomes fun and charming. This led to the creation of titles such as Kirby Does His Taxes/DELUXE (there are ton of fake Kirby boxart memes like these), Yoshi Commits Tax Fraud, Luigi Goes To T-Mobile To Upgrade His Data Plan...
    • Dedede's line "I need a monster to clobber that there Kirby!" has become infamous since it played in the anime's intro. See for yourself.
    • This image was posted by Shenanigansen in response to backlash by people after he dared try to call Kirby the worst Nintendo character even after he apologized and retracted his statement.
    • The Kirby of Disappointment™ is gaining some traction, requiring you to stare at Kirby for a minute every time you sin. While originating from Tumblr, the meme had also grown into other websites since.
    • Thanks to this comic by KC Green, "Borb" has become Meta Knight's biggest Fan Nickname.
    • This hilariously derpy-looking Kirby plush commonly referred to as "Kirb".
  • 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.
  • 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; in fact, their easiness and cuteness can be therapeutic for many people, and provide nice breaks for people who play "heavier" games.
  • 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.
    • It's practically impossible to even criticize Kirby as a character. Shenanigansen once put down on his twitter site claiming that Kirby was the worst Nintendo character. After severe backlash from fans he immediately apologized and withdrew his statement. Later he posted this picture. The series' other characters, such as Meta Knight and Dedede, also have such a reputation due to their unique, charming designs and personalities and lack of controversial character traits, particularly for those who find Kirby to be boring in comparison.
  • 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. This is joked a lot in fanarts.
  • Surprise Difficulty:
  • 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:
    • He's pink and his name's Kirby, this was a given.
    • Adeleine is confirmed female, but for the longest time, fans considered her Kirby's Dream Land 3 incarnation (there called "Ado") male. This is largely in part to differentiate her from her Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards iteration, who was seen as a separate character up until design documents from Kirby 64 were published in 2017 clarifying that Ado and Adeleine were one and the same.
  • Vindicated by History:


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