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 Breaker: 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 and a Canon Sue. It doesn't help that she is kinda like an anime version of Lisa Simpson, who is also a Base Breaker.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Kabuki Kirby.
  • Canon Sue: Fumu, to many.
  • Can't Unhear It: Dedede's dub voice can tend to make some people think of the game Dedede with that southern voice.
  • 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 forcefully twisted Knuckle Joe's father into a Demon Beast and forced 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.
  • Ear Worm: The opening song of the English dub. It's almost as catchy as the DuckTales 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.
  • Fountain of Memes: Dedede borders on this.
  • 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
    • Fumu-tan of the Stars shows up a lot in videos.
    • King Dedede and Escargoon's "anime" Off Model selves from the Dedede of the Stars Show Within a Show. This gets a lot of fanart, especially the realistic Art Shift version.
    • "AH NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBAH DAT DERE KIRBEH!"
    • "Suck up this torch!"
      • And pyromaniac Meta Knight in general.
    • "Looks like an alien invaduh!" (Dedede's line from the first episode of the dub)
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It's Kirby, so several cases of this are to be expected.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Quite a few, surprisingly. It is heartbreaking when Kirby is genuinely sad.
    • The "little brother" robot puppy and Chilly. In both cases, someone who was sent to kill Kirby and ends up befriending with him instead, then dies because of Kirby, to save him in the case of the former, indirectly because of Kirby's actions in the latter.
    • In the beginning of the The End of the World as We Know It two parter, the villagers were complaining to Dedede for not building a town park and instead building a statue. Later, when the meteor was within spitting distance, Escargoon scolds Dedede for it, so then Dedede decides to take down the statue and build a park in order to redeem himself. After he builds it he grabs Kirby and brings him there. Kirby then jumps in joy and goes to play on the swings, then Dedede goes to join him.
    • The episode "Sentimental Kirby" ("Kirby Takes the Cake" in the dub). Kirby actually cries.
  • 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.
  • Woolseyism: Some of the name changes may be controversial, but admit it - Wolfwrath is a cooler name for a monster than Chilidog.