YMMV / Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

  • Anticlimax Boss: Kirby defeating Nightmare in the final episode. It takes less than a minute after exposing him to the Star Rod to defeat the "Emperor of Darkness" that had terrorized the majority of the universe.
  • Anvilicious: A good number of the episodes with morals are this.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Fumu/Tiff. Some admire the character for her intelligence and for speaking her mind. Others feel that she takes up too much screentime from Kirby and find her to be a know-it-all killjoy.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Kirby's transformation into Kabuki Kirby in the Bonus episode.
    • The original version of "Hatch Me If You Can" had a scene where Kawasaki start's playing with a small egg while the Townsfolk are in the middle of discussing the large one Kirby found. It was likely cut from the dub because of its sheer pointlessness.
  • Broken Base: Similar to Pokémon and Sonic X, there is debate as to whether this is a good adaptation of the games or not. Detractors criticize the amount of screentime given to the Canon Foreigners with the actual game characters mostly being One Scene Wonders, think the Strictly Formula nature is stale and would have preferred a more faithful adaptation of the games, while others say that due to the nature of the cast in the Kirby series, such an adaptation wouldn't work and think the overall experience being the same (a simple story meant for beginners) is good enough. They also point out that even with all the attention given to side characters, the show always makes it clear that Kirby is The Protagonist and that he's able to show proper progress and succeed in his goals compared to Sonic and Ash Ketchum.
  • Cant Un Hear It:
    • Dedede's dub voice can tend to make some people think of the game Dedede with that southern voice, especially since there have been no game appearance that had him speak fully-voiced lines of dialogue so far (his lines were only narrated in Kirby's Epic Yarn).
    • The same goes for Meta Knight, though that depends on whether or not you prefer his deep voice from Super Smash Bros. instead.
  • Complete Monster: The evil Lord Nightmare (eNeMeE in the dub) is the scheming puppetmaster behind Nightmare Enterprises and the ultimate antagonist of the series. Though largely inactive and in the shadows, Nightmare is directly responsible for almost all of the bad things that happen. He's responsible for manufacturing an army of Demon Beasts (Monsters in the dub) en masse in his bid for universal domination, and to this end uses them to terrorize and kill innocents, while at the same time conquering planets through sheer force. He sells these Demon Beasts to corrupt clients; the Demon Beasts are implied to turn on the unlucky customers. In the past, Nightmare twisted Knuckle Joe's father into a Demon Beast and sent him to slaughter his former comrades, forcing Meta Knight to kill him, before making a move to personally slaughter his La Résistance group, leaving few survivors. In the present, Nightmare has Customer Service manipulate King Dedede to his own means, using him to kill the Star Warrior Kirby. One of his crueler acts was speeding up the asteroid Gerath to crash into Popstar for little reason other than his own amusement. In the Series Finale, Nightmare has his Destroya ships completely destroy Cappy Town and leave dozens homeless, has a Demon Beast attack and invade the Halberd when the protagonists invade Nightmare Enterprises, and finally gambles with the young Tiff's life so he can draw Kirby out and lock him into a horrific nightmare. Drunk on his own power and motivated by little else than a sadistic desire to control things lower than him, Nightmare was the epitome of a Big Bad and possibly the darkest villain in the otherwise fluffy Kirby series.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Punishment Heaven, GO GO HEAVEN! Helps that its a remix of Dedede's iconic boss music. It's so catchy it even made it into Kirby Mass Attack as a remix.
    • In a rare instance of 4kids actually making better music than the original, the theme that plays when Kirby inhales something in the dub is an epic-sounding, heroic fanfare that reminds you just how hardcore American Kirby is.
    • Some music from Kirby Air Ride shows up in the Japanese original, as the game came out around the same time the anime was being produced. And any time a track from Air Ride plays, expect the scene to be awesome.
  • Designated Villain: Hardy, The dentist monster, true his patients aren't normally willing to let him check them, but he does his job rather efficiently and painlessly, yet Kirby still offs him without an actual motive.
  • Ear Worm: The opening song of the English dub. It's almost as catchy as the DuckTales theme...
    • The original first opening can still be catchy. As an added bonus, the eye worm is included.
    • Macho-san's "GO-GO HEAVEN" theme, which is a techno remix of Dedede's theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Sirica, in spades. For such an underused character , she sure does have a lot of fans.
    • To a lesser extent, Devil Kirby.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The school episodes teach you that school is bad, unless you go in moderation/only when you feel like it.
  • Fanon: The matter of the anime's placement in the series wide canon is a constant topic of discussion. While some feel that the show is an Alternate Continuity, many others feel that it actually is meant to serve as a Prequel. The many elements from the anime that make their way into the games, especially in Kirby Mass Attack support this theory.
  • Fountain of Memes: Dedede borders on this, in no part thanks to his dubbed southern accent. The episode "Cartoon Buffoon/New Anime Series: Dedede of the Stars" also tends to be memetic due to the Stylistic Suck nature of Dedede Comin' at Ya! and the characters mocking the final product's shoddy quality.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Eric Stuart based his voice of Meta Knight on "Antonio Banderas with a Spanish accent." This was all before Banderas would get the role for a actually play a character that sounded that way.
    • The two-parter "Snack Attack" revolves around mini-figures of characters from the series that become insanely popular, with plenty of frustration among collectors who miss out on the rare figures. A little over a decade later, Nintendo introduces amiibos, and... (Bonus points for Meta Knight being a rare mini-figure, which is almost a situation in his Amiibo form)
  • Ho Yay: Dedede and Escargoon. See episode 55.
    • And then the ep where Tiff crushes on a Bifauxnen or when Dedede crushes on a Bishōnen.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Meta Knight seems to show signs of this, even leaning more towards being a Guile Hero than in the games. Basically, he manipulates Kirby into getting pushed to his limits because he wants him to grow stronger that way. As he puts it, "Only then can he learn the true meaning of his power and turn the tides of battle." And what makes him even more magnificent? He's so charismatic that even the Cappies love him that much.
    • Despite only appearing in one episode, Amon, the rogue sheep who thinks he's a wolf, proved how badass he was as he took control of the sheep and took over both Pupu Village / Cappy Town and Castle Dedede. He can be considered perhaps one of Kirby's most dangerous opponents, shrugging off Needle Kirby's needles and having his own Near Villain Victory moment just before the whistle was blown to call back the sheep he had taken control of, plus he's one of the only villains not to lose his composure, even when his plans are foiled.
  • Memetic Mutation
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • While Nightmare was already pure evil from the beginning, he crosses the line when he speeds up Gerath's course to crash into Dreamland. What he does to Cappy Town in the five-part series finale is even worse; he sends his Destroya ships to completely obliterate the village and leave dozens of townspeople homeless.
    • As for King Dedede, he crosses the line in episode 8. Holding three small children hostage to stop them from revealing his plot was bad enough, but you'd have to be a real sick bastard to almost crush one of those children with a giant stone monster. Lampshaded by Meta Knight.
    Meta Knight: "You have done a lowdown thing, Your Highness. Holding these kids captive because they wanted the truth."
  • One-Scene Wonder: Macho-San/Max Flexer. He even got a cameo in Kirby Mass Attack, complete with the "GO GO HEAVEN" theme.
  • Recycled Script: The basic plot of the episode "Check it out! Channel DDD" ("Un-Reality TV" in the dub) is more or less a rehash of the Super Mario World episode "Rock TV". It's probably a coincidence, though.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Kirby and Fumu are supposed to have a mother-and-child relationship, but many of their scenes together can be taken in a romantic way.
    • Fumu is also accidentally hinted to have a Precocious Crush on Meta Knight on many occasions.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: The 4Kids dub has a Love It or Hate It reputation; some find its script and voice acting gloriously hammy (especially from the likes of Dedede, Escargoon, Meta Knight and the NME Salesguy), while others find that they make the show too hard to take seriously and dislike the moderate dose of Bowdlerization that 4Kids gave the show.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Professor Curio's Leitmotif in the 4Kids dub sounds like Pomp and Circumstance. Somewhat fitting in that he's a historical figure.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In episode 8, with the reveal of the Monster of the Week the (fake) ancient relic of Dedede becoming a giant statue of mass destruction. This would have been perfect if the relic's true form was revealed to be Wham-Bam Rock, another giant destructive monster designed as an ancient relic. Could also double as They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character.
    • In episode 14, everyone in Cappy Town was given pillows by Dedede supposedly in an act of good will, but in Tiff's words, "they make you dream about Kirby, and they hypnotize you somehow and make you want to get rid of him." However, beyond just going to his house, none of the affected victims have ever taken any action against Kirby before the rest of the good guys snapped them out of it. What's more, Tiff was the first seen to fall under the pillows' spell...but she snaps out of it on her own within seconds, presumably because she loves Kirby too much. Imagine the emotional response that all of Kirby's friends setting off to destroy him would convey. It's especially egregious in the 4Kids dub, where Tiff was talking about destroying Kirby in a trance right before the commercial break, leaving the audience in suspense and thinking "Oh no, is she gonna kill the little puffball she loves?". But then, once it cuts back to the show, she's back to normal pretty much instantly.
    • Similarly, in Episode 6 Dedede brainwashes the Cappies into attacking Kirby, but it barely lasts a minute before Tiff easily distracts them and they go back to obediently sitting in front of the TV. What's more, Tokkori and Tiff's family were unaffected for no explained reason.
    • Episode 39 has Kirby becoming an Un-Person after he makes the incredibly stupid decision of inhaling Erasem. This could have been a compelling twist, but the episode was already spent helping Escargoon and thus it's resolved quickly via Erasem having a sudden Hazy Feel Turn.
    • King Dedede and Bun/Tuff actually have more in common than one might think. Episodes 32 and 81 show how terrible their dental and trash habits are (respectively), and generally just how childish they can act, making you wonder why Dedede never pulls a We Can Rule Together with Bun/Tuff.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Some of the name changes may be controversial, but admit it - Wolfwrath is a cooler name for a monster than Chilidog.
    • While 4Kids Entertainment dubs are always controversial, many agree that giving Dedede a thick southern accent was an absolutely wonderous decision.

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