YMMV: Kirby Super Star

  • Awesome Music: The whole. Damn. Soundtrack. Check it out here.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • We have Galacta Knight, who was so powerful and dangerous that he had to be sealed away. Sounds like some horrible villainous character, right? Exactly! That is why every other fangirl draws him as an overly-cutesy, baby-faced sweetie that loves to tickle Meta Knight. There's also the popular fan theory that he's a grown-up version of Kirby, so in that case it might be justified...
    • And, of course, there's Marx. Okay, so he did incite conflict between the sun and moon just to trick Kirby into summoning NOVA, granting him the power to rule Pop Star and do whatever he pleases, but...but he's so cute! There have been a number of fanfics either attempting to redeem him or altogether ignoring that he was evil in the first place. He's also often shown being buddies with Magolor, a similar character from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Galacta Knight immediately gained a huge fanbase after Ultra was released.
    • Marx is generally agreed to be the most popular villain in the series after Zero Two and Magolor.
    • Among regular bosses, Heavy Lobster proved popular enough to get his own theme in the remake, appear in the anime, and appear as a boss in the Kirby Brawlball subgame in Kirby Mass Attack.
    • This was the game that introduced Bandana Dee, whose popularity became significant enough fast enough that he had several cameos before being Promoted to Playable.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Meta Knight telling Kirby "prepare to die" was changed to "come to meet your doom" in Ultra. This appears to be Bowlderization on the premise of Never Say "Die" at first, but maybe he's saying it because he's only an Anti-Villain and doesn't want Kirby to truly die?
  • Game Breaker:
    • Stone Kirby in Ultra completely annihilates the otherwise Nintendo Hard True Arena if you're willing to fight cheaply and spend a lot of time in rock form to keep from being hurt.
    • The Plasma and Hammer Ability can count as this as well. Plasma by virtue of being the only power with a projectile that goes across the whole screen (provided you've done at least a little charging), and Hammer because it's just so damn powerful.
    • Hammer's greatest strength is unlocked for Kirby in Milky Way Wishes; when using the Hammer Throw technique, Kirby sacrifices his Hammer ability For Massive Damage, but because of how abilities work in MWW, you can just re-equip Hammer and do it again almost immediately.
    • In Milky Way Wishes, the Copy ability, which is ordinarily pointless for Kirby to have, becomes this by allowing Kirby to bypass the gimmick of Milky Way Wishes and get his ability to copy back. Consequently, the Copy ability is very well hidden. TAC, the ability's Helper, is similarly helpful. His attack is lightning fast, does surprisingly high damage, and his guard makes him completely unhittable. Also, he fully heals when copying an ability.
    • Jet is by far the best ability in the game for speedrunning. Kirby moves extremely fast with the ability and can even bypass some minibosses due to how high the Jet can fly, causing it to completely fly over the usual area that would trigger the miniboss battle. Its only weakness is that it isn't very effective against bosses compared to, say, Plasma or Hammer.
    • Any ability that offers a flexible throw attack, such as Fighter, Suplex, Yo-yo, etc. This is mainly since if you can get your hands on any object/enemy the boss or enemy throws out, you can toss it right into them For Massive Damage.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • Combining this with Most Annoying Sound gives you the final phase of "Revenge Of Meta Knight". Those sirens...
    • Marx Soul's death cry, which is a mixture of agony, sorrow, and insanity, all to make a loud cacophony.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the levels in Dyna Blade is called Candy Mountain.
  • Ho Yay: Kirby and his helper seem to "kiss" when one of them grabs a food item and then touches the other party. Most of the possible helpers are male. Guess what's implied? And yes, the tie-in manga acknowledged this.
  • It Was His Sled: Marx as a villain was doomed to be spread to many. Galacta Knight, even more so.
  • Last Lousy Point: The Ultra remake is technically 100% finished without doing this, but if you actually want to get everything in the game (meaning video 00 in the Theater), you have to beat Helper to Hero using all twenty helpers. Not only is that incredibly tedious, but a select few of them really don't make it easy.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Marx, who tricks the Sun and the Moon into fighting, manipulates Kirby into summoning the Galactic Nova, then steals his wish to gain enough power to become the ruler of Planet Popstar.
  • Magnum Opus: Still to this day, many fans consider this and Kirby's Adventure the finest games in the series.
  • Memetic Badass: Waddle Dee, destroyer of worlds.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The cry of Marx Soul when you finally defeat him.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Marx Soul's death cry. Dear gods. Even scarier when you consider this: that scream emulates his rage at losing again to Kirby after who knows how long of burning in the pit, his fear of death, his pain as he dies. Definitely Nightmare Fuel.
    • The cutscene preceding the Marx Soul battle can be pretty chilling as well, seeing as it shows Marx's corpse drifting through space, eyes staring blankly and skin drained of color. Then he's engulfed in darkness and transformed into a monstrous revenant. Brr.
    • Some found Wham Bam Rock (especially his original design) sort of creepy looking. His new design looks like a floating mask, his old design looked like a bunch of organic facial features floating in the dark.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: You can't get rid of your ability by simply pressing Select like in all other Kirby games. You have to create a Helper and un-create that Helper to do so, which gets tedious after a while. The Ultra remake restores the ability.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending of Revenge of the King. Poor King Dedede. At least, it starts off that way, but becomes a heartwarming moment when his Waddle Dees come up to console him.
  • That One Boss:
    • Meta Knight. He's incredibly fast, has a lot of hard-to-dodge attacks, has a good A.I. and is a small target. In The Arena, you can count on him to be the one to kill you (if you're just starting out) or force you to use a Maxim Tomato (if you're already experienced). Not to mention if you plan to do this without an ability, the original game pretty much has him scarce in spawning any projectiles to suck in and spit back out at him.
    • Fatty Whale counts as well due to his massive size taking up most of the screen, and his tendency to bounce around.
    • Jukid, for being the only boss that has Kirby lose his current ability with one hit, when other enemies and bosses don't require the specific number of times that Kirby is hit in order to lose his ability.
    • Galacta Knight, especially in The True Arena where Kirby isn't able to heal so easily and projectiles are rare. Like Meta Knight in The Arena (especially as aforementioned like in the original Super Star), he'll usually be the one to kill you or force you to use healing items.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In the Ultra remake of The Great Cave Offensive, a few of the treasures are changed. Most notably, all 4 Seasonal Hearts are mashed into one treasure (Summertime, Autumntime, and Wintertime were replaced with the Power Paintbrush, Triple-Star Cane, and Gold Watering Can respectively). However, replacing some of the more generic items with Shout Outs (such as the Sword with the Falchion and the Dud with the Cell Phone from Kirby and The Amazing Mirror) is usually considered a good decision.