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The primary cast of the various Kirby games, including Kirby and his closest companions

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Trust us, they're all jolly fellows.note 

The main characters of the series. Kirby is our plucky hero, while the roles of his friends vary greatly from game to game. Generally speaking, however, these are the guys who are trying to save the day.

  • Befriending the Enemy: All of them were Kirby's enemies at some point, but Kirby is such a kind soul that he eventually made all of them into his best friends.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Return to Dream Land was their first outing as a team and following that adventure, the four of them are shown to be quite close.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: The four of them are pretty tight, but Meta Knight is rarely shown hanging out with the other three when "off-duty", so to speak, and even when he is, he's shown keeping to himself (such as by reading a book).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Kirby is Sanguine, a happy-go-lucky All-Loving Hero always trying to do the right thing and make friends. However, he is also pretty immature, and his naivety is often exploited by villains such as Marx and Magolor.
    • Bandana Waddle Dee is Choleric, a hard-working Waddle Dee soldier who continuously strives to be as strong as his friends, and on occasion can be quite defiant.
    • Meta Knight is Melancholic, an anti-social warrior who focuses heavily on his work, often not participating in the goofy antics of his partners, and has pretty bad self-image issues. There was also that one time he invaded Dream Land for being too lazy.
    • King Dedede is Phlegmatic, a greedy and sometimes lazy king who doesn't do much "ruling" over his people. However, he's got some Hidden Depths and has been shown to have an ultimately good heart.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Believe it or not, all of Kirby's now best friends had antagonized him at some point.
    • King Dedede is famously Kirby's first rival, being the Big Bad of his first video game outing. However, after years of dealing with Kirby it seems he has grown fond of the little guy, and doesn't antagonize him unless he has been possessed or brainwashed. Unfortunately, that happens more often than you would think.
    • Meta Knight was (and to a small extent, still is) Kirby's rival/mentor. While the two are on pretty good terms nowadays, Meta Knight is still pretty aloof. Still, some Flavor Text suggest that Meta Knight does consider Kirby and co. very good friends.
    • Bandana Waddle Dee is an interesting case. His first appearance was as the first (and weakest) opponent in the Megaton Punch sub-game. When he later reappeared in Revenge of the King, he was Affably Evil at worst, and in subsequent appearances he and Kirby were shown to have struck up a friendship.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kirby Fighters 2 makes it clear that King Dedede and Meta Knight's partnership runs deep; their bond is so strong that it creates a tower that pierces the heavens, leading to the game's story mode. Their boss fight has them work together in perfect harmony, and Dedede even saves Meta Knight's skin by tossing him half of a Maxim Tomato (and later the Mask of Dark Bonds, when his own mask breaks).
  • Odd Friendship: A cute blobby alien thing is best friends with a greedy king penguin, a mysterious masked knight, and a bandana-clad Waddle Dee warrior that loves apple juice. Not exactly a normal group of friends, to say the least, yet they've been through a lot together and have become as tight as can be.
  • True Companions: Despite their quirks, they're all close friends who frequently work together to save their homeland (and the universe/multiverse by extension). The opening of Return to Dream Land shows the four of them engaging in some playful antics, and their Guest Star ending slide and one of the Celebration Pictures in Star Allies shows them chilling under a tree and relaxing at the Fountain of Dreams, respectively.
  • Villain Killer: None of these four have any qualms using aggressive and lethal means to deal with their foes, especially since they tend to be monstrous Eldritch Abominations who would never accept any attempts to reform them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Kirby and King Dedede have been known to fight each other since the very first game, and the latter's greed often causes the former to have to bring him down to earth. When a greater common foe shows up and threatens Dream Land, Popstar, and beyond, the two prove to be two of the True Companions that the four show themselves to be despite their quirks, and they always pull through the tough times they get into in the end. Both Kirby and Dedede are also known to compete good-naturedly in eating contests and mini-games.



Debut: Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy, 1992)

Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto

The Pink Demon. The Super Tuff Pink Puff. The Star Warrior of Infinite Power. The pint-sized puffball who literally eats danger for breakfast, and becomes anything the situation calls for. The judge, jury and executioner of Eldritch Abominations everywhere, and the Sole Survivor of Galeem's assault.

The Badass Adorable Hero.

Kirby is a young, pink alien from the Planet Popstar. Cheerful and carefree, he lives by his basic instincts, eating whenever he is hungry and sleeping as soon as he gets tired. However this childlike nature hides surprising strength and bravery that shows itself whenever his home is threatened. With a stretchy mouth and vacuum breath, he can consume anything including his enemies and he can absorb the abilities of certain things he has eaten.

    King Dedede 

King Dedede

Debut: Kirby's Dream Land

Voiced by: Masahiro Sakurai (Kirby 64 and Super Smash Bros.), Shinya Kumazaki (Return to Dream Land, Triple Deluxe, Star Allies)
Click to see Masked Dedede 

Hammer-wielding penguin (possibly) and self-proclaimed ruler of Dream Land, though he never really does anything related to administration. Usually ends up as the villain through Greed or Demonic Possession.

    Meta Knight 

Debut: Kirby's Adventure

Voiced by: Eric Newsome (Super Smash Bros., English), Atsushi Kisaichi (Super Smash Bros., Japanese)

A masked swordsman that travels Dream Land searching for worthy opponents to hone his strength. He follows his own personal code of honor, a rarity among the residents of Dream Land, and commands his own army from his flying battleship the Halberd. His cape can transform into bat wings allowing him to fly, and he wields the legendary blade Galaxia with incredible skill and speed. While his morality is highly ambiguous, he generally seems to be an Anti-Hero, and while he resembles Kirby without the mask, his exact relationship with Kirby remains a mystery.

    Bandana Waddle Dee 

Debut: Kirby Super Star

A seemingly high-ranking Waddle Dee in King Dedede's army. Distinguished by his blue bandana, which sets him apart from other Waddle Dees. He often acts as King Dedede's sidekick, despite also helping out Kirby from time to time. While initially a minor antagonist, later games feature him as one of Kirby's best friends, as well as being much stronger.

  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is one for him, being the first game that puts him in the spotlight as a playable character over King Dedede and Meta Knight, both of whom only appear as figurine cameos in the game.
    • Kirby Battle Royale can also be seen as one for him, where he is a major character in the Story Mode, playing the role of Kirby's partner throughout the Cake Royale.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He is a Waddle Dee named Waddle Dee. This trend finally ended in Kirby: Triple Deluxe where he's rechristened Bandana Waddle Dee.note 
  • Affably Evil: In Revenge of the King. He's not really that bad of a guy, he's just very devoted to his boss. As a matter of fact, a majority of recent games seem to have dropped the "evil" part entirely, often depicting him hanging out more with Kirby than King Dedede, and in Kirby Battle Royale, where he and Kirby worked together in the Cake Royale tournament to gain the prize; he ends up helping Kirby defeat his boss.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • His first appearance was as an opponent in Megaton Punch in Kirby Super Star. In Super Star Ultra, he appears as King Dedede's personal helper in Revenge of the King, and takes the place of the Waddle Dee "Boss" in The Arena. After a cameo in Mass Attack, he is a playable character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, aiding Kirby, Meta Knight, and his King.
    • He's also thought to be the Waddle Dee from Kirby 64 as further supported by standing in for him in Adeleine's Star Allies trailer.
    • He also appears as Kirby's player two partner in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, along with two differently colored Bandana Waddle Dees. In Kirby Battle Royale he's again Kirby's partner for the Cake Royale tournament.
    • His impressive attendance recordnote  is lampshaded in his Star Allies description.
    "He's got stellar attendance in the Kirby series and deserves a prize. That bandana! That spear! With his courage, he sets himself apart from carefree parasol holders!"
  • Badass Adorable: As lampshaded almost word-for-word by his Flavor Text in Return to Dream Land, don't let his cute appearance fool you. Though he may be a Waddle Dee, this little guy has helped Kirby fight vicious monsters and even the occasional tyrannical overlord from time to time. In Kirby Battle Royale, he even assists Kirby in the final battle by tossing him a cannon that he must use to destroy the Dededestroyer Z. There's also some points in the aforementioned game's story where he and Kirby must part ways and attend their own tournament battles. While the player doesn't get to see him partake in any of his own matches, the fact that Bandana Waddle Dee continues through the ranks alongside Kirby greatly implies that he can certainly hold his own in battle (against other Kirbys, at that).
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He wears a blue bandana and he's certainly more badass than most other Waddle Dees.
  • Badass Normal: He's pretty much the most "normal" of the bunch in Return To Dream Land.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Battle Royale, it's probably safe to say that if Bandana Waddle Dee hadn't tossed Kirby a cannon to shoot the Kirby copies spawned by the Dededestroyer Z back at it, Kirby would have no way to even hit the Final Boss.
  • Big Eater: It would appear that hanging out with King Dedede and Kirby long enough seems to have caused him to develop quite an appetite. Most prominent in Kirby Battle Royale, where he admits to entering King Dedede's Cake Royale Tournament for the sole sake of winning the big cake prize at the end of it.
  • Blade on a Stick: His spear, taken from the spear-wielding Waddle Dee mooks from the anime, Canvas Curse, Super Star Ultra, and Epic Yarn. He can even twirl it like a helicopter blade to fly.
  • Blade Spam: One of his attacks with his spear involve him stabbing in front of himself multiple times in rapid succession.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Averted. Unlike the other base game Dream Friends in Star Allies, he was spared the negative effects of the Jamba Heart, and as such is the only Dream Friend available from the start of the game. It should be noted that the shockwaves unleashed by Void Termina (as well as Morpho Knight) can turn Bandana Waddle Dee (like every other other playable character) against Kirby, causing this trope to play straight for him. Kirby simply needs to either Beat the Curse Out of Him or throw a Friend Heart at him to free him from their control.
  • Breakout Mook Character: From a one-shot appearance (in a minigame, no less) into one of the more prominent characters. His pause screen descriptions in Return to Dream Land and Star Allies lampshade his popularity.
  • Characterization Marches On: Disregarding his time as a non-speaking background character, when he joined the main cast in Return to Dream Land his only real schtick was that he was The Generic Guy compared to the other heroes. As the games went by, however, he gained more of a distinct personality, being the least reluctant of the heroes with a desire to be as strong as his pals. He's also grown out of just being "King Dedede's Number Two" into explicitly being one of Kirby's best (and consistently appearing) friends and sometimes downright defiant such as when he sticks by Kirby's side in Battle Royale even after being intimidated by Dedede. Compare the quote at the top of this folder to his timid nature seen in Return to Dream Land.
  • Composite Character:
    • Super Star Ultra reintroduced him to the franchise by combining his original appearance (a throwaway opponent in Megaton Punch) with the otherwise undistinguished Waddle Dee from The Arena that was only notable for its massive HP. Return to Dream Land adds in the Spear Waddle Dee element from the aforementioned game, which had previously appeared in the anime and Canvas Curse.
    • His Flavor Text in Star Allies also implies that the reason HAL keeps using him is because he's a sort of stand-in for Waddle Dees in general, since they're very popular for their cute design but have never really been acknowledged despite the fact that they've been in the series since the first game. Supporting this is that, unlike every other Dream Friend, he isn't credited as debuting in a singular game.
    • In promotional material pertaining to Adeleine and Ribbon being Promoted to Playable in Star Allies, one scene includes the whole gang from 64, with Bandana Waddle Dee in the role of 64's mostly nondescript Waddle Dee (unless Bandana Waddle Dee and that Waddle Dee were one and the same the whole time); however, one of the in-game "title screen interactions" has all of them appear, except that Bandana Waddle Dee is instead replaced with Parasol Waddle Dee.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, he shows up in the background before bosses and minibosses to throw a healing item you can keep in reserve. Considering that in Triple Deluxe, Meta Knight doesn't appear at all aside from a small cameo as one of Circus Kirby's balloons and Dark Meta Knight, which isn't him, Bandana Waddle Dee got off easy. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe he only manages the Gem Apple Tree, not being playable. Yet again does he still get the better end of the deal compared to Meta Knight and even Dedede, who do not make any proper appearances in the game.
  • Double Jump: Exaggerated in his flight animation, which is just him jumping in midair to stay afloat, taken from how most helpers behave from Super Star.
  • Elite Mooks: Waddle Dees are King Dedede's minions, but this guy is apparently the top Waddle Dee. That being said, he's much more independent (not to mention stronger) than the other Waddle Dees, often aiding Kirby in his adventures and, in one case, he sided with Kirby against his boss.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: He wears a blue bandana, but that's about it.
  • Friendly Enemy: Fiercely loyal to King Dedede, while at the same time being best friends with Kirby. Unlike King Dedede, Bandana Waddle Dee is more of a "friend" than "enemy" to Kirby, especially later on.
  • The Generic Guy: Before character development set in, he was this, being the least quirky of the main cast. However, see Characterization Marches On above.
  • Hard Head: Just like his allies, he can crush blocks and damage minor enemies above him simply by jumping beneath them. He can also damage enemies by falling headfirst (i.e after a long jump).
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Rainbow Curse implies this; he's really yearning for his fair share of the spotlight with the rest of the cast.
  • Image Song: Song of Apple Juice, which goes more into detail about Bandana Waddle Dee's desire to be as brave and as strong as his allies.
  • Javelin Thrower: As part of Spear's moveset, he can throw his spear at enemies after running or dash-jumping; he seems to freely summon new spears out of nowhere. The running spear throw can be charged to make him throw 3 spears in a Spread Shot, while the dash-jump spear throw can be repeated multiple times before he lands.
  • Jumped at the Call: In both Return to Dream Land and Rainbow Curse, he jumps at the first opportunity to save the day with Kirby. In Battle Royale, he even went ahead of Kirby to the Cake Royale tournament once he heard news of it. In Star Allies, he's available as a Dream Friend as soon as you complete the second stage.
  • Killer Rabbit: He looks as cute and harmless as any other Waddle Dee, but make no mistake, this little guy is very brave and quite strong, despite his size.
  • The Lancer: He usually serves as one to King Dedede. But in Rainbow Curse and Battle Royale, he's Kirby's lancer. Considering his weapon of choice, this trope can be taken literally.
  • Leitmotif: The "Apple Scramble" theme from Kirby Battle Royale became that for him, especially after the lyrical version ("The Apple Juice Song") from the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert "Memorial Arrange" CD.
  • Me's a Crowd: In Rainbow Curse, there are at least two other versions of Bandana Waddle Dee that assist Kirby and Elline. A 4-koma comic strip released by Nintendo seems to provide an in-universe justification for why: Elline supposedly created them to assist the trio on their adventure.
  • Mook–Face Turn: He wasn't really all that evil to begin with, but he's gone from only being Dedede's Number Two to one of the series' main protagonists and Kirby's friend.
  • Mythology Gag: He wields a spear, much like other Waddle Dees in the anime.
  • No Mouth: Like all Waddle Dees. As such, he mostly expresses emotion through his eyes or body language.
  • No Name Given: Prior to Triple Deluxe, most official material refers to him simply as "Waddle Dee".
  • Number Two: To King Dedede, and Kirby in the later games.
  • Oh, Crap!: Like most of the cast, this is his reaction when things go wrong or he gets very startled. Some notable examples include Magolor showing off his newly-acquired powered-up form via the Master Crown's power, and the reveal of his plan to take over the universe, or whenever he comes across an angry King Dedede.
    • In the opening to Rainbow Curse, he briefly flips out trying to warn Kirby of the impending doom before having his color drained. After he and Kirby are revived by Elline, he's obviously much more collected.
  • One-Track-Minded Hunger: In Kirby Battle Royale, Bandana Waddle Dee explains to Kirby that he spent all night traveling to King Dedede's castle in order to register for his Cake Royale tournament, in order to win his deluxe cake prize, at the cost of not getting any sleep.
  • Parasol of Pain: In Battle Royale, he wields a parasol instead of a spear. Perhaps a reference to how using the Waddle Dee amiibo in Planet Robobot modifies Parasol Kirby's appearance, allowing Kirby to gain Bandana Waddle Dee's orange/maroon skin tone and even don his trademark blue bandana (as Spear isn't in that game).
  • Redemption Promotion: Upon becoming one of the heroes in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, he becomes much more powerful.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: For the most part, he seems to be the blue to Kirby's red in Battle Royale.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Oversized head? He is all head. Big, orange/maroon colored, stubby limbs, large eyes... no fur, but the chubbiness and softness more than makes up for it.
  • Signature Headgear: As noted by his very name, the biggest difference between him and other Waddle Dees, and the thing that makes him most stand out through Uniformity Exception, is the tied blue bandanna he wears as a hat. In fact, there's implications that he's been a character through the series even before gaining the bandanna, but it's only once he started wearing it that he became notable enough to act as a specific individual separate from his species.
  • Slide Attack: Just like his allies who can also utilize it, one of his basic moves is a quick sliding kick. It works as an attack and for an evasive maneuver.
    • He also gained a unique one through the Star Allies 4.0 update, planting the tip of his spear into the ground and plowing through foes while completely invincible.
  • Spin Attack: To hover with the spear. In Star Allies, this move can be modified with different elements, giving it different properties.
  • Suddenly Voiced: From being either The Voiceless or Heroic Mime...
    • He constantly converses with his king in Revenge of the King, commenting on Kirby's progress through Castle Dedede.
    • He speaks quite a bit in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, being an NPC that Kirby can talk with.
    • In Kirby Battle Royale, he gives Kirby advice in the tutorial level and becomes his partner in Dedede's tournament. A Japanese accolades trailer for the aforementioned game even has him speak in audio for the very first time.
    • He also has his own Image Song (Song of Apple Juice), which he himself sings.
  • Stab the Sky: One of his moves with the spear is to stab upward, hitting airborne enemies.
  • Super Strength: Only seen in Megaton Punch (and even then, he's the weakest of the contestants). Everywhere else, he's about on par with Kirby.
  • Super Toughness: His soft, rubbery body is surprisingly durable in a fight allowing him to take all manner of punishment. Across the games where he's playable, he's been flattened, blasted by missiles and cannonballs, shot out of cannons, taken energy blasts to the face, burned by jet flames, DBZ level Wave Motion Guns, planet eclipsing explosions, and more, yet he always comes bouncing back.
  • Sword Plant: One of his moves with the spear is him falling down from the air spear-first.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was once a joke boss from Kirby Super Star Ultra, but he becomes a capable fighter in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Also, while the player doesn't actually see Bandana Waddle Dee participate in any solo battles of his own, Kirby Battle Royale strongly implies that he can certainly hold his own in battle without Kirby's assistance.
  • Undying Loyalty: Implied, towards King Dedede. He usually helps the King with all his schemes. The anime states that Waddle Dees in general are extremely loyal creatures to whomever treats them nicely (which is why so many follow King Dedede). If he is the same Waddle Dee from 64, it would explain why he's loyal to Kirby as well.
  • Uniformity Exception: Provides the current page image. He can be told apart from other Waddle Dees due to the fact that he usually always wears his trademark blue bandana and has slightly redder skin than most Waddle Dees. He's also the first Waddle Dee to knowingly oppose King Dedede, in Battle Royale. Well, he's technically the second Waddle Dee to do this, if one wishes to count Sailor Waddle Dee in Revenge of Meta Knight.
  • Unique Enemy: Not an enemy, but with Spear cut from the list of Copy Abilities Kirby can obtain in Star Allies, he's the only playable character that can use Spear's moveset in the aforementioned game.
  • The Voiceless:
  • Waddling Head: Well, he IS a Waddle Dee.
  • Zero-Effort Boss:
    • In Megaton Punch, Kirby almost has to perform poorly on purpose to lose to him.
    • In Revenge of the King, he's merely a normal Waddle Dee with a lot of health. Kirby can inhale him for a One-Hit Kill.