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Meta Knight

Debut: Kirby's Adventure

Voiced by: Eric Newsome (Super Smash Bros., English), Atsushi Kisaichi (Super Smash Bros., Japanese), anonymous HAL Laboratory staff member (Kirby's Return to Dream Land onwards)

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.

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  • 24-Hour Armor: He's never seen without his armor/mask. If it breaks, he retreats.
  • Actually a Doombot: The first encounter with him and King Dedede in Kirby Fighters 2 turns out to be a pair of Waddle Dees in disguise.
  • Ambiguously Related: Removing his mask reveals he look enough like Kirby to suggest they're the same species. What, if any, significance this has is unknown. Similarly, Galacta Knight and Morpho Knight appear even more similar to Meta Knight than they do to Kirby.
  • Another Side, Another Story: The "Meta Knightmare" series are sub-games dedicated to playing the whole game in Time Trial as Meta Knight who wishes to become stronger by undergoing the same challenges Kirby went through. The very first is a sub-game of Nightmare in Dream Land where he fights everyone including himself; he has lower health than Kirby but can run much faster. The second is Meta Knightmare Ultra (sub-game of Super Star Ultra) where he plays in the first 5 sub-games (not including Gourmet Race) as he journeys to become stronger and find a worthy opponent. The third, Meta Knightmare Returns (sub-game of Planet Robobot) is a non-canon What If? scenario where he fends off the Haltmann Works Company's invasion while Kirby takes a nap, and fights stronger enemies and bosses along the way.
  • Anti-Hero: He does a surprising amount of morally questionable things for such an adorable looking guy, but he does mean well most of the time and never really tries anything legitimately evil without some relatively benevolent end goal to it.
  • Art Evolution:
    • In Kirby's Adventure, Meta Knight has a black body with a purple mask. Kirby's Avalanche changed it to the familiar navy and silver, which stuck with Super Star.
    • The design of Meta Knight's armor was highly variable in earlier games; in his sprites, he usually has silver shoulder plates, while in the anime and other official artwork they're a duller blue. In his sprites, his cape has a silver collar, but in the anime and official artwork it's cyan. It wasn't until Super Smash Bros. Brawl that the color scheme was finally standardized (duller blue shoulder plates with the silver collar). Official artwork also occasionally showed armored gauntlets and sabatons that weren't consistently depicted in-game until Smash 4.
    • In earlier games, Meta Knight's eyes were white under his mask due to technical limitations preventing his eyes from being colored yellow. Smash 4 depicted them as yellow in Kirby's Meta Knight-based alternate costume, which were then adopted in the main series from Planet Robobot onwards.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a Waddling Head with the same cute face as Kirby. It's made extra adorable by the fact that he tries to hide said face with his mask, acting extremely shy and running away whenever it gets broken.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Eric Newsome, his voice can occasionally be portrayed as damn deep, which greatly reflects how he's a badass Master Swordsman, but clashes heavily with his cute Kirby-like body.
  • Badass Bookworm: If Kirby's Return to Dream Land is of any indication, as he's seen reading a book during the game's introductory cutscene.
  • Badass in Distress: In The Amazing Mirror, he goes off to quell the threat of Dark Mind and his forces, but is trapped inside the mirror instead when Dark Meta Knight defeats him and shatters the mirror so he can't escape; restoring the mirror frees him.
  • Bash Brothers: With King Dedede in Fighters 2. This is played to a lesser extent in other games where Meta Knight respects Dedede's power and occasional willingness to do what must be done for his people to fight under or alongside the King as needed.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of the Revenge Of Meta Knight mode in Super Star, where he sends out his crew of Meta-Knights to pilot the Halberd and conquer Dream Land so he can end its lazy lifestyle.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and King Dedede team up to take down Kirby in the story mode of Kirby Fighters 2.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Every once in a while he'll show up to save Kirby or assist him in a pinch.
    • In Amazing Mirror he gives Kirby his "Master" Sword so he can fight Dark Mind with it.
    • In Planet Robobot he shows up with the Halberd to help Kirby combat Star Dream and is implied to have helped rescue the pink puffball from getting stranded in outer space.
  • Black Knight: Enigmatic and almost never seen without his armor, though it's dark blue, purple, and grey, rather than black.
  • Blade Spam: One of his sword attacks. Star Allies gives his boss version a new one named Upper Calibur: after slashing the enemy upward with a rising slash, he proceeds to Teleport Spam around the enemy as he slashes them from multiple angles.
  • Blush Stickers: In older games, he had these under his mask, just like Kirby, but from Planet Robobot onwards, they're absent.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Given the chance to wish for anything, Meta Knight's wish is to fight the galaxy's strongest warrior. He does with Nova (who he rebuilds for that purpose) as well as with Star Dream (which more or less reads his mind to grant his silent wish to please him/test him).
    • If an opportunity for fighting and/or training presents itself, Meta Knight will always take it. In Kirby Battle Royale, he joins the tournament purely to test his strength, expressing disappointment with the Kirby copies and states that he knows he will get a worthy battle from Kirby. In Forgotten Land, his capsule description remarks that while he stayed to protect Waddle Dee Town from the Beast Pack, "a swordsman never ignores a chance to train."
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: For many years, he did not have a consistent character or battle theme. While the music for his boss battle in "Revenge of Meta Knight" was used a few times since then, he often ended up sharing King Dedede's battle theme in some later appearances. Planet Robobot eventually established "My Friend and the Sunset", the credits for "Revenge of Meta Knight", as his character theme, with Star Allies giving it a Boss Remix for his battle as the third boss of said game.
  • Boss Subtitles: "The Lone Swordsman, Meta Knight" in Kirby Star Allies, which is reused in Forgotten Land.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • In Epic Yarn Yin-Yarn ambushes, traps and brainwashes him with a special Button Sword he forces on him, then sends him to fight Kirby, who frees Meta Knight of the wizard's control by removing said sword.
    • In Planet Robobot, he is rebuilt into the obedient villainous cyborg Mecha Knight. How does Kirby get him back to normal? Knocking off his mask, of course.
    • Also in Star Allies courtesy of the Jamba Heart. After you Beat the Curse Out of Him, you can add him to your team by either throwing a Friend Heart at him or later at the Dream Palace.
    • Forgotten Land provides the first subversion; Fecto Forgo attempted to possess him, but his own strength of will completely expelled them out of himself. His fight with Kirby in the Colosseum is considered training for him as he takes up the duty of guardian of the Waddle Dee Town for most of the game.
  • Breakout Character: Originally he was just a boss in Kirby's Adventure, but he was so popular that not only has he been one of the main recurring bosses in the series, but also Promoted to Playable in some games.
  • Cape Wings: Most often his cape shapeshifts into his wings, although in Kirby's Return to Dream Land he takes off his cape to reveal his wings.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his second major appearance — Revenge of Meta Knight — he comes off as far more hostile than his mysterious ally/rival characterization in later games. It helps that he's working to subjugate Dream Land to put it under a better leadership; he presumably just stops doing so after his defeat at Kirby's hands.
  • Char Clone: Lacks the usual color scheme, but embodies most of the other traits.
  • The Comically Serious: Whenever he's playable, he can be subjected to the same slapstick that happens to Kirby, and he'll shrug them all off like it's everyday business.
  • Cool Airship: The Halberd. It has Meta Knight's mask in the front.
  • Cool Mask: He's nearly always seen wearing a mask that covers his face.
  • Cool Sword: Galaxia, his golden serrated sword that can fire energy beams. He also had a sword called Master in Amazing Mirror, which he gives to Kirby as the 11th-Hour Superpower and then leaves in the Mirror World. Master could be Galaxia, before its proper name was decided upon, as it is the same color, though it lacks Galaxia's jagged edges. He also keeps his basic sword from Kirby's Adventure as a backup in case he loses Galaxia such as during his Colosseum battle in Kirby and the Forgotten Land if Kirby manages to knock it away and steal it, but this doesn't hinder his abilities at all.
  • Counter-Attack: He gains a Smash Bros. style counter move in Star Allies following the 4.0 update.
  • Crazy-Prepared: An Easter Egg in Forgotten Land reveals that he keeps his old sword from Kirby's Adventure on hand in case he somehow loses Galaxia.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Mecha Knight has a single robotic eye stuck in the middle of his mask. It can shoot Eye Beams.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In Super Smash Bros., his Final Smash is called "Galaxia Darkness", but Meta Knight is not evil and does not even take up an antagonistic role in the Subspace Emissary. He's also generally this in the games; gloomier than most things in Popstar, but he will try to save it from any kind of threat coming at him.
  • Dashing Hispanic: His voice and mannerisms are suggestive of this. Especially after Kirby Right Back At Ya and Super Smash Bros. Brawl gave him a voice. His fighting style and code of honor also invoke this.
  • Death or Glory Attack: In Forgotten Land, his Upper Calibur attack can deal a massive amount of damage to Kirby, but it can be dodged. If Kirby has the Sword ability, he can instead enter a Blade Lock and should Kirby succeed, it'll end up with Meta Knight stunned for a while and disarmed of Galaxia, and Kirby can inhale it to gain the Meta Knight Sword ability.
  • Defeat by Modesty: A rare non-sexual example. Meta Knight can't keep fighting once his mask is broken, apparently since he's embarrassed that he looks so similar to Kirby.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: His request when he is granted one wish? To have a duel with the greatest warrior the universe has ever known. He wins!
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • He's just one of the possible keychains and Circus Kirby's balloon creations in Triple Deluxe.
    • Like King Dedede, he only appears as a sculpture and a drawing (in Elline's diary) in Rainbow Curse, as well as being an amiibo costume.
    • In Forgotten Land, he mostly stays out of the plot, instead acting as Waddle Dee Town's guardian off-screen, and his battles are relegated to the optional arena as friendly matches.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: In Star Allies, after he Turns Red, he can manipulate giant rocks to fall onto the arena in stacks. He then proceeds to Sword Plant through the rocks. Destroying the rocks before he could do so will have his sword stuck on the ground after he descends. He keeps this attack in Forgotten Land.
  • Don't Look At Me: During his time as a willing antagonist, the only thing that could make Meta Knight back off and flee from Kirby was breaking his mask, exposing his face that looks like a blue-skinned yellow-eyed Palette Swap of the little guy, seemingly disliking people seeing him in such a non-threatening form.
  • The Dragon: To King Dedede in Kirby's Adventure, acting as the boss of the penultimate level.
  • Dramatic Unmask: When he's beaten, it tends to break his mask, dramatically revealing that he looks identical to Kirby. Of course, it's a Late-Arrival Spoiler to anyone who has seen this in a previous game.
  • Dual Boss: He and King Dedede fight alongside each other in Kirby Fighters 2, complete with team attacks that they perform together.
  • Duel Boss: Most of the time, he hands Kirby a sword to battle him with, facing him on equal footing. If he doesn't hand Kirby a sword, it's probably a sign that something is very wrong.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In Adventure Meta Knight lacks his cape, has a black body, round hands and a purple mask, and lacks his shoulder armor. Kirby's Avalanche marks the debut of his more recognizable design; the silver mask, black shoulder armor, blue body and purple feet. Later on, Super Star gives him his trademark cape, and Smash Bros. series gives more details to his armor, including the "M" sigil on his shoulder armor, armored gauntlets, and purple sabatons covering his feet.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • In Kirby's Adventure he works under King Dedede. The anime runs with this interpretation, but besides that and Kirby's Avalanche (which is dubiously canon), him being a subordinate of King Dedede is never brought up again, and when they work together it's more as equals. Their history together is at least acknowledged in Kirby Fighters 2, where they're referred to collectively as "The King and His Knight".
    • Kirby Super Star, while introducing his classic look and iconic battleship, also has Meta Knight play the straight villain role by attempting to conquer Dream Land. He would never be this antagonistic again, with his other fights either being misunderstandings, the result of him being brainwashed, or simply low-stakes fights that have more to do with honor than anything else. It's suggested that this is partially due his repressed narcissism, and partially due to a benevolent motive of protecting Dream Land, both aspects that remain consistent traits of his character.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: His subordinates are called the Meta-Knights.
  • Evil Counterpart: Two of them: Dark Meta Knight and Galacta Knight, though no one is sure if Galacta is actually evil or not.
  • Evil Knockoff: In Meta Knightmare Returns, he faces off against a mass-production version of Mecha Knight, called Stock Mecha Knight.
  • Fair-Play Villain: He's not evil, but he'll give you a sword before you fight him in a boss battle.
  • Famed In-Story: Later games show Meta Knight as being highly famous in Dream Land with quite a number of fans amongst the residents, who gush about how cool, strong and mysterious he is. In Kirby Battle Royale, the Waddle Dees get very excited upon hearing Meta Knight entering the tournament, with some even hoping he'll thrash Kirby. In 'Kirby and the Forgotten Land, having heard of Meta Knight's efforts in keeping Waddle Dee Town safe, Elfilin also starts gushing about the masked warrior.
  • A Father to His Men: In Revenge of Meta Knight, where he tells his crew to abandon the Halberd so they'll be safe. When Axe and Mace refuse, he acts like he doesn't care, but then he apologizes under his breath for forcing them into such a situation.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's willing to fight to the bitter end no matter what... except when his mask comes off. Once it does, he'll immediately retreat until he can hide his face again. Seems one of Popstar's greatest warriors suffers from self-image issues.
  • Fingerless Hands: It's not immediately obvious because of his gloves, but — presumably — being a member of Kirby's species, he has no fingers; as shown in Kirby's Super Star Stacker.
  • Glass Cannon: In his playable appearances, he tends to fill this role. He is faster than Kirby and his sword can be used to break tough blocks that Kirby needs Hammer for, but he often has half the health of Kirby or Dedede.
  • Heal Thyself: He can heal himself to full in Meta Knightmare Ultra and Returns by spending some Meta Points.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He'll offer you a sword to fight him in one game and be playable in the next.
  • Hero Antagonist: In at least two games:
    • Adventure has him going with Dedede's scheme of breaking the Star Rod. He also secretly helps Kirby in-between.
    • In Squeak Squad, he steals Kirby's chest (supposedly containing his cake) with good intentions, as it actually contains Dark Nebula. This leads to Kirby chasing after him and then fighting him for said chest.
  • Heroic Willpower: According to Phantom Meta Knight's figure, Meta Knight managed to resist Fecto Forgo's control just through sheer force of will.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • Human Resources: In Revenge of Meta Knight, the Meta-Knights use Wheelies to power the Halberd. After Kirby's activities lead to the Halberd's destruction, a Wheelie comes to help Kirby escape the plummeting craft, in spite of Meta Knight's protest.
  • Immune to Mind Control: In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Phantom Meta Knight's figure description mentions that he was able to overcome Fecto Forgo's influence through sheer force of will, thus preventing him from being recruited into the Beast Pack like Dedede was. As a result, Phantom Meta Knight is also outside of Forgo Dreams' control. However, his willpower only makes him resistant rather than outright immune, as the Jamba Heart and Yin-Yarn were successfully able to possess him, while Susie was able to control him by converting him into a cyborg in Planet Robobot. Also, like all other friends, Void and Morpho Knight are able to take control of him if he's a friend during their respective boss battles (though the latter is suggested to be distorting his senses and perception rather than actively controlling him).
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Inverted; Meta Knight appeals to older players in this adorable, beginner-focused series through his cool design and mature personality. In the Super Smash Bros. games, he fits right in with the cast of Fire Emblem as seen when he teams up with Marth and Ike, and nobody bats an eyelid at his cartoony design or diminutive stature. And there's also his voice, which is one of the deepest in any Nintendo franchise.
  • The Killjoy: His response to the relatively happy and peaceful Dream Land is to declare war on it with a giant battleship in order to end what he views as the people's lazy lifestyle. Even after that, he is known for keeping to himself.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He becomes this in the "Revenge of Meta Knight" segment of Kirby Super Star. Not only is the game much, much harder than normal thanks to the time limit, but the graphics of the Halberd stages are extremely dark and moody, more akin to Final Fantasy VI than anything Kirby related.
  • Lazy Artist: Prior to the 3D games, his sword is rendered in gameplay as a normal straight sword and not the jagged one it's always seen as in the artworks. In the 3D games Galaxia is rendered more accurately. Forgotten Land makes it so that these are two completely different and distinct swords in an easter egg.
  • The Leader: Of the Meta-Knights. He becomes the Rebel Leader during Revenge of Meta Knight.
  • Left-Handed Mirror: Oddly enough, character art of him in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror depicts him as left-handed. In all other games, he's right-handed. It can be because mirrors reflect things. While he was in the mirror world, it changed which hand he uses.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Meta Knight has no relation to the Beast Pack at all, and only fights Kirby in the spirit of good-natured competition. This also makes him an Optional Boss.
  • Magic Knight: He already exhibited the ability to generate fire from his sword and create cyclones with either his sword or wings, but the eventual reveal in Star Allies that he also has Mind over Matter powers officially confirms that he possesses a high level of magical prowess to compliment his Master Swordsman skills.
  • Mana Meter: In Meta Knightmare Ultra and Returns, the Meta Points act like this for his Special Skills. It is filled by defeating foes, or by collecting them when they're floating in the wild.
  • Mask Power: Not usually, but in Kirby Fighters 2 his regular mask breaks at the end of story mode's final chapter, causing Dedede to hand him a "Mask of Dark Bonds" that increases his and Dedede's power.
  • Master Swordsman: He's completely dedicated to the purity of combat and swordsmanship and often seeks out opportunity to further hone his skills and increase his strength. Given his fierce fighting skills both in the Kirby games and the Super Smash Bros. series, it's safe to say that he's definitely earned the title.
  • Me's a Crowd: The influence of the Jamba Heart in Star Allies gives him the ability to clone himself into up to four duplicates.
  • Mind over Matter: Star Allies and Forgotten Land establish Meta Knight to have the power of telekinesis, using it in his boss fight to rip several giant boulders out of the earth, and hurl them down at Kirby and friends. In Star Allies, he will also use his duplicates to slash them apart and send smaller pieces down that cover more ground.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: He's a major Blood Knight constantly seeking stronger opponents to fight, and he has a bit of a vain streak that's exhibited through his Faceship the Halberd and the Egocentric Team Naming of the Meta-Knights, but even at his worst he was an Anti-Villain with Well-Intentioned Extremist goals, while following his Heel–Face Turn he tries to focus his fight-happy tendencies into keeping Popstar safe from major threats. That said, when the right opportunity arises he'll go back to picking fights with increasingly stronger enemies, as demonstrated by his personal extra modes in various games, and that vain streak was still prominent enough for him to get Brainwashed and Crazy by the Jamba Heart.
  • Mysterious Past: A major facet of Meta Knight's character is that his past and his possible relationship to Kirby is frequently teased but never elaborated on.
  • Mythology Gag: In Forgotten Land, if Kirby steals the Galaxia during their boss fight, he'll pull out his old sword and use it instead.
  • Narcissist: It's not explicitly stated often, but it's shown that he's a very subtle example with the pause screen Flavor Text of his boss fight in Star Allies stating that deep down he has a vain streak, which the Jamba Heart corrupting him enhanced. Mei Ling in Solid Snake's codec call in Super Smash Bros. Brawl also brings up the possibility of him being a little narcissistic in response to Snake questioning why the Halberd has the design of his mask on the front. Not to mention the time he decided he was the only one suited to rule Dream Land and end its lazy lifestyle.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Three in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. First, Elfilin mentions that he defends Waddle Dee Town from the Beast Pack while Kirby's away. Second, one of the figure descriptions notes that he fought thirty duels with Gorimondo and won every single one. And third, Phantom Meta Knight's figure description reveals that he managed to resist Fecto Forgo's attempt to brainwash him through sheer force of will.
  • People Puppets: Gets controlled by Yin-Yarn using four colored swords with possessing properties and made to fight Kirby and Prince Fluff in Epic Yarn. Meta Knight can be seen trying to resist it in between each phase of the battle — evidenced by his eyes flickering rapidly between yellow and purple — and snaps out of it once all the swords are pulled away from him and destroyed.
  • Playing with Fire: Has a fiery attack in Squeak Squad, involving him swinging his sword to launch a homing crescent of flame. He also gets one in Epic Yarn with the purple and red swords; holding them up to transform the blade into a tall pillar of flames, then bringing it down for a long-range burning slash.
  • Rage Helm: His mask makes it look like he's glaring, but thankfully, it's not indicative of what he (usually) acts like.
  • Rated M for Manly: Believe it or not. Between his Cool Mask, Badass Baritone, cool moves and intense competitive spirit, Meta Knight qualifies for this trope despite being a cute puffball living in a saccharine world.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The Kirby Café menu reveals that he surprisingly enjoys eating rather indulgent sweets... when no one is looking, that is.
  • Recurring Boss Template: When he doesn't appear as a boss (and/or he gets playable), some other boss might appear mimicking him: Dark Meta Knight, Galacta Knight, Metal General (and later Security Force), Mecha Knight and all its variations, Morpho Knight, Parallel Meta Knight, and Phantom Meta Knight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kirby's red; it's even reflected in their colors. Kirby is the younger, cheerful, innocent and (at times) impulsive one, while Meta Knight is the (presumably) older, colder and more serious one.
  • Ret-Canon:
    • Meta Knight's sword, Galaxia, was given its name from the anime; the jagged design also comes from there. Amazing Mirror, in 2004 (2 years after the anime aired), uses the name "Master" as his sword, although his official artwork and the in-game logo shows the jagged design; his artwork for Super Star Ultra and the design for Meta Points' meter also used said design (although the sword in gameplay still looks smooth). Epic Yarn onward uses both the Galaxia name and design.
    • Return to Dream Land has him gain the Shuttle Loop, a no-grapple-needed version of the Wing Kirby attack that he first had in Smash Bros. series. Planet Robobot also gives him the Galaxia Darkness, his original Final Smash.
    • Meta Knight's wings being a transformation of his cape was an idea introduced in the Smash Bros. series; first stated in his Melee trophy description, and stated again and showcased in Brawl, before being showcased in Planet Robobot. Prior to that, his wings would only be seen when he threw his cape off.
  • The Reveal: Beating him in Kirby's Adventure, and most games thereafter, implies that he's another member of Kirby's species, though nothing conclusive has been said thus far.
  • The Rival: To Kirby, at least from his point of view. In Kirby Super Star Ultra Meta Knight gets his own rival in the form of Galacta Knight, who is a more legitimate example thanks to his similar Blood Knight personality.
  • Self-Duplication: In Star Allies, due to the Jamba Heart's influence, Meta Knight can split into 2-4 copies of himself after he Turns Red. He can also do it when fought as a boss in the Strato Patrol EOS mini-game in Kirby Mass Attack.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain: Galaxia officially is designed like this, although the game may not always show it in such a form.
  • Shadowed Face, Glowing Eyes: Meta Knight wears a face mask that covers his face. Only his eyes glow underneath. Under the mask, he looks like Kirby.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In Battle Royale, one of his unlockable costumes gives him an opera-like mask, a white top hat and a Classy Cane. It's a reference to both his appearance at the Kirby Café and how he was drawn by Elline in her Secret Diary.
  • Shock and Awe: Sometimes uses electricity-based attacks, such as in Epic Yarn.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His shoulder armor is pretty cool, especially in the later versions where it has his logo on it. Mecha Knight has an oversized pair that can shoot missiles.
  • Silent Snarker: Tends to become this when adjacent to the lighthearted antics of the other heroes. For example, his reactions to the other characters' idle animations on the title screen of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Sphere of Power: Mecha Knight can emit a spherical aura around him that damages Kirby whenever he comes near. He's still vulnerable to long-ranged attacks, though, and he moves slower and leaves stars as he moves.
  • Spin Attack: As a boss he has an attack where he spins around in midair, creating a tornado around himself while slowly falling down, trying to strike Kirby from above. In a variant, he can also do a vertical slash spin attack, both as a boss and playable character.
  • Stab the Sky: His Up Thrust move where he directly stabs up. It's exclusive to him, i.e. Kirby cannot use it (except when he's wielding the "Master").
  • Stealth Mentor: In Kirby's Adventure. In the original, he's the one who supplies Kirby with the Invincible Lollipops, yet he periodically throws his soldiers, the Meta-Knights, at him and fights Kirby himself. There's no other explanation for these actions except to be secretly training Kirby to become stronger.
  • The Stoic: Unlike his friends, Meta Knight doesn't engage in light-hearted or silly antics and maintains a calm, no-nonsense attitude to most situations, with the majority of humor involving him being of The Comically Serious type. That said, there are a few times that he gets Not So Stoic, like whenever his mask breaks.
  • Super Speed: In Kirby Super Star Ultra, he's able to fly through the galaxy about as fast as Kirby's warp star, which can fly faster than light. In Meta Knightmare Ultra and Meta Knightmare Returns one of his skills is 'Meta Quick', which temporarily boosts his speed—and he's already considerably quicker than Kirby.
  • Super Strength: Meta Knight isn't shy when it comes to strength either. His attacks generally hit hard and in Meta Knightmare Returns in Kirby: Planet Robobot, he can use Galaxia to cleave through giant wooden beams, steel chains and other metal obstacles that Kirby cannot without his Robobot Armor and an appropriate ability. His skills "Mach Tornado" (at least in Super Star), "Meta Knightmares" and "Galaxia Darkness" are significantly powerful against foes, with the former two quite able to take out mini-bosses in one go and even Star Dream recognises that Meta Knight "possesses incredible power" and is "mighty indeed." Additionally, if you manage to disarm Meta Knight of Galaxia in Forgotten Land, he will fetch out his old sword from Kirby's Adventure and hits every bit as hard, showing his immense power doesn't come from wielding a fabled blade.
  • Sweet Tooth: Keeps a jar of candy in his room in the anime, and all of the menu items at the Kirby Café that are themed after him are sweet-based.
  • Sword Beam: He has a crescent sword beam attack in many of his fights; in Star Allies he spams it more. He can also do it when he's playable, mimicking Kirby. In a variant, his Galaxia Darkness skill (in Planet Robobot) has him do a quick slash that launches a beam that hits to the both sides of him.
  • Sword Fight: Will almost always throw Kirby a sword before their duels. That is, when he's his normal self.
    • In Kirby Super Star (and its remake), he'll attack you if you don't take the sword for 30 seconds (because the ship they're in is about to fall down). You can also "trick" him if you don't want to use the sword, by making a helper (or discarding your power and let your helper take it), then take the sword, then lose the Sword ability and turn your helper back into an ability-producing item.
    • In Meta Knightmare Returns, the fight between him and Stock Mecha Knight becomes this by definition. Also, in the end, all of Star Dream's constructs/summons are swordsmen in some way or another; the program used for it is even called "Sword_Master.EXE".
    • In Kirby Star Allies, this is his intention. Waiting a few seconds or attacking the platform he's stood on will cause him to leap to the arena and kick the sword away. You can also carefully time your sword swings against Meta Knight's and, if you're lucky, it'll interrupt his attacks.
  • Sword Plant: One of his moves, used both as a boss and playable character. In Squeak Squad he can do this to discharge electricity around him while in Super Star (Ultra) he does this for either his ground wave attack or his giant tornado attack. Also used in Kirby: Planet Robobot to disconnect Kirby's Robobot Armor off the Halberd for the final phase against Star Dream.
  • Sword Sparks: Meta Knight's sword Galaxia can be used to light fuses or even charge up batteries and plugs, as evidenced in Meta Knightmare Returns.
  • Tail Slap: Mecha Knight+ can grow a long mechanical tail after he Turns Red and then attack with it. He can even do a Spam Attack with it. Stock Mecha Knight also has one.
  • Teleport Cloak: He retreats by wrapping himself in this cape and flying straight up, Mega Man style!
  • Three-Strike Combo: One of his moves as a boss is a three slash attack with his sword. In his playable 3D appearances he can also do the same, though he then subverts it by adding a Blade Spam right after the third attack.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His motives were somewhat ambiguous in Kirby's Adventure, but his actions in Revenge of Meta Knight were outright malicious, right down to directly threatening Kirby's life. It's toned down somewhat in Ultra, and following games proceeded to invert this and instead have him become more supportive towards Kirby. Star Allies implies this is due to Meta Knight having a streak of narcissism which he's learned to supress.
    Meta Knight: (Kirby Super Star) Kirby, this is it! Prepare to die!
    Meta Knight: (Ultra) This is the end. Kirby! Come meet your doom!
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Following that one bout of getting a jerkassery boost in Revenge of Meta Knight, he turned around and noticeably became more of a genuine ally to Kirby and Popstar as the games progress, though still tending to act on his own, often getting brainwashed in the process. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is where his growing niceness and supportiveness really becomes notable, with him willingly staying in Waddle Dee Town to protect the residents, trusting Kirby to save their friends without him.
  • Tornado Move: He has two moves like this: Mach Tornado, where he spins in a tornado in midair while slowly descending, trying to hit Kirby, and Tornado Slash, where he charges energy in his sword and then summons a tall tornado that moves forward, covering most of the screen. Both are combined into one "Mach Tornado" skill in Meta Knightmare Ultra.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meta Knight, despite being so serious, is surprisingly fond of coffee and chocolate. He's also got a real sweet tooth, with his favourite desserts being parfait and affogato.
  • Trauma Button: If the intro screen animations in Star Allies are to be believed, what happened to him in Planet Robobot makes him very uncomfortable around Susie.
  • True Companions: His Star Allies description reveals he feels this way about the other three heroes; even though he acts cold and stoic, he still appreciates the company and greatly values their friendship.
  • The Unfought: In Kirby Air Ride. Whereas Dedede is unlocked in a battle, you unlock Meta Knight by staying airborne for thirty minutes or more in the Air Ride mode.
  • Unknown Rival: His rivalry with Kirby borders on this, Meta Knight is shown to be eager to best the pink puffball to prove his strength, yet Kirby never really goes out of his way to fight or challenge Meta Knight treating him as a simple friend when not having his hand forced.
  • Unmanly Secret: Possibly the reason why he usually keeps his adorable face hidden behind a mask at all times. The Kirby Café menu also suggests that he tries very hard to keep it a secret when he indulges his Sweet Tooth, describing him "sneaking" a chocolate cake out of his cloak and hurriedly eating affogato in the early morning.
  • Unreveal Angle: Strangely, despite his face showing showing up several times in previous games (albeit briefly), Kirby Fighters 2 keeps his face concealed after his mask falls off in the True Final Boss fight. A more humorous example occurs earlier in the game; when Dedede throws Meta Knight a Maxim Tomato, he turns away from the camera so that we can't see how he eats it with his mask on.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: In Planet Robobot, he is captured by the Haltmann Works Company and converted into a cyborg soldier known as Mecha Knight, who Susie controls to do her bidding.
  • Video Game Flight: He can fly around the stages with his wings. Due to being based on Wing Kirby, he flies faster than normal Kirby.
  • Vigilante Man: Whenever something threatens Dream Land, he's usually the first to try and stop it, even if he doesn't always succeed (see Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Planet Robobot). This even applies to his villainous role in Revenge of Meta Knight, as his actions stemmed from the belief that Dream Land's lazy lifestyle would result in its downfall. His Kirby and the Forgotten Land figure mentions that his initial priority upon landing in the new world was to find a way back to Popstar, but after seeing the danger Waddle Dee Town was in, he decided to stay put and guard the town from the Beast Pack, showing that this behavior extends outside of Dream Land.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: The closest he's had to a villainous portrayal (Revenge of Meta Knight) had him act to take over Dream Land thinking it would be better under his rule. More heroic portrayals have him acting ahead of Kirby, only to come off as a foe due to a lack of communication. His fully heroic moments come when he is reacting as much as Kirby.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Despite being a round, tiny Waddling Head of the same species as Kirby, all his voiced appearances give him a manly Badass Baritone in the English versions, which only adds to his appeal; in the Japanese version he doesn't quite sounds as manly but still has a voice that you wouldn't expect a Kirby-faced character to have.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He's often among the hardest boss in the games he's fought in (including Amazing Mirror, as Dark Meta Knight fights exactly like him). It's particularly noticeable in boss rushes such as the Arena and Helper to Hero.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Especially in Revenge of Meta Knight. He thinks that the Dream Landers are lazy and/or unorganized and he feels that it'll become a better place if he ruled it.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Whenever he gets playable, he'll be able to solve all the puzzles in the game with just his sword, while Kirby would often need the more appropriate powers, one at a time. When Kirby acquires it (in form of "Master") in Amazing Mirror, Kirby can do the same.
  • The Worf Effect: In Amazing Mirror, The Subspace Emissary, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Kirby: Planet Robobot, he has been defeated and/or compromised before the events of the game by the Monster of the Week.
  • Worthy Opponent: He almost always refuses to fight you until you pick up the sword he offers.
    • The first time he breaks this pattern is in Revenge of Meta Knight, and then, he'll wait 30 seconds before jumping into the fray. Which is reasonable, since by that point the Halberd is falling towards the ocean.
    • In Squeak Squad — while he doesn't hand you the sword, there is one in the room you're in before you fight him. Additionally, the stars his attacks leave give you the Sword ability if you swallow them... for some reason. It should also be noted that he probably doesn't hand you one because he is trying to prevent Kirby from releasing Dark Nebula.
    • This is also how you can suspect that the Meta Knight you fought in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror is an evil copy; he doesn't hand you a sword before the fight.
    • In Star Allies, you can skip getting the sword by flying up to Meta Knight's perch and landing on it (or, like in Super Star, just wait for half a minute), causing it to collapse. This annoys Meta Knight enough to kick the sword away and fight you anyway.
    • Whenever he's brainwashed to attack Kirby, such as in Planet Robobot, he also won't give Kirby a sword. The only exception is in Star Allies, which is because this particular type of brainwashing exaggerated his vain streak, meaning he was desperate to prove that he is stronger than Kirby. Even then, he’ll eventually kick it offscreen if you take too long to grab it.
    • His reason for joining the tournament in Kirby Battle Royaleis to have a battle against one of these. He finds the Kirby clones rather pathetic and trusts that only the original Kirby can give him the battle he desires (which he does).

    Right Back at Ya!
Voiced by: Eric Stuart (EN), Atsushi Kisaichi (JP)

"I am a loyal servant of the king. Why would I help Kirby?"
A mysterious knight who claims to serve Dedede, but his true allegiances seem to fall elsewhere. He takes the role of Kirby's mentor, training him to fight against the monsters and to eventually defeat Nightmare.

Tropes associated with Meta Knight

  • 24-Hour Armor: He's never seen without his mask or armour, even while sleeping or unconscious. Also, unlike the games, he's never seen without his mask off either, presumably because this would have led to a lot of questions about his similarity to Kirby.
  • Accent Adaptation: He gets a Spanish accent in the English dub. Eric Stuart apparently chose the accent as a nod to Zorro.
  • The Ace: Kit Cosmos called him the "Pride of the Star Warriors" and given that he's one of the few survivors of the army, he's got the skill to back up his reputation.
  • Acrophobic Bird: Subverted and justified—he doesn't have the Cape Wings that are in the games, putting him at a disadvantage in many of the battles he fights. He did in the pilot episode, however.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the games he's a mysterious figure with an ambiguous morality. The anime clears that up, expands on that, and elaborates it, making him an Enigmatic Minion for Dedede, a Stealth Mentor to Kirby, and the Hero of Another Story in his own recollections.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Meta Knight, while usually portrayed as a Hero Antagonist in the games, fights Kirby in several instances and sometimes enters Well-Intentioned Extremist territory; with spin-offs even showing him being willing to go to extreme lengths such as employing dark artifacts of power just to beat Kirby such as in Fighters 2. In the anime, though he seemingly works for King Dedede, he actually is one of Kirby's allies who often disobeys the King to do the right thing; and his more arrogant and aggressive personality traits are downplayed in favor of his Stealth Mentor and protective tendencies which are less pronounced in the games.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Meta Knight isn't as powerful as he is in the game, he lacks most of his abilities, including the aforementioned Cape Wings and only seems to have skilled swordsmanship as his means of offense. For most of the series, he lets Kirby do the work, so he can get stronger, he does try to interfere when the Giant Mook Masher is trying to kill Kirby, but MK is just backhanded, and lets Kirby finish him. He also loses against Wolfwrath, and Sirica (after she almost broke his arm). Possibly justified. In the 4th episode, he elaborated on Nightmare, the corporation and the war between him and the Star Warriors. Meta Knight was the last one, describing being 'alone, injured, but alive'. We also don't know how old he is, but considering Kirby was supposed to start duty at 200 years age, perhaps Meta Knight is simply reaching his limits from all his years at war.
  • Badass Cape: He has it wrapped around him most of the time, probably to cultivate the mysterious image, but it looks cool and is very cool when unfurled as well.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him:
    • He does this to Escargoon using methods such as a mechanized fist and rapid spinning in the episode where he gets possessed by a monster that makes him forgotten by everyone, insisting that the methods would get the monster out. It works.
    • A darker example, in his flashback from episode 19: He Mercy Killed his best friend after he was posessed by Nightmare. And this was the only person in the entire series, game or anime, that was ever stated to be Meta Knight's friend.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Once he stops being a Jerkass to Kirby.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Episode 18 (episode 16 in the dub) proves that everyone would be dead without him. He follows Tuff and his friends into a jungle, saving them a grand total of three times without revealing his presence every single time their lives are endangered. At the end, he nearly gets killed trying to save Tuff from a giant Venus Flytrap-like plant by forcing its jaws open with his bare hands, gets bitten and nearly chewed to a pulp, and later burns the plant down. No one thanks him for this.
    • There's another moment of this in episode 26, where he jumps in front of Kirby and Tuff to challenge Wolfwrath, and later in the flashback, where he saves Sword and Blade by wrestling Wolfwrath off a cliff.
    • Any time Meta Knight randomly shows up to throw Kirby something that he can copy to save the day.
  • Big Good: He doesn't always make it obvious, but he's the closest this series has to one.
  • Bond One-Liner: Gets one when he stops Escargoon, (who is pretending to be a robot to trick Dedede), from attacking Kirby.
    Escargoon: I'll get you this time, Kirby!
    Meta Knight: No, you won't! (Slide tackles Escargoon, causing him to crash into a tree)
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Wall of Weapons in his room, which belong to Sword and Blade, his assistants.
  • Combat Commentator: He comments on most of Kirby's transformations.
  • Combat Pragmatist: More so in the anime than in the games. In this continuity, he also places reason in higher priority than honor.
  • The Comically Serious: Meta Knight maintains a serious demeanor, but it doesn't stop him from having funny dialogue.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Why else would Meta Knight have a whip to snag the bathtub that Kirby, Tiff and Tuff were in from sliding down a rubbish heap when looking out for aliens?
    • Ever since his arrival in Dream Land, alongside Sword and Blade, Meta Knight has been secretly constructing the Halberd in order to take the fight to Nightmare, long before Kirby was on the scene.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Meta Knight was one of many Star Warriors who fought in a war against Nightmare. However, they ended up losing in the long run, with most of the Star Warriors being killed. That's not all either. He had to witness one of said comrades, Garlude, giving her life against Kirisakin so he could take the legendary sword Galaxia, with Meta Knight unable to save her. He later had to kill his best and possibly only friend (Knuckle Joe's Father) when said friend was corrupted into a monster after being captured by Nightmare's forces, and when his craft crashed fleeing from Nightmare, he ended up in the employ of King Dedede. He copes with it fine though and soldiers on so Kirby can do what he and his comrades failed at, defeating Nightmare.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He is technically King Dedede's closest servant besides Escargoon, but barely ever does anything for him and even when he does, he is quick to switch to helping Kirby and co. stop him. This even gets pointed out by Escargoon in the Japanese version with the following line from episode 60:
    Escargoon: "At least do your job once in a while!"
  • Dramatic High Perching: A favorite pose of his is to appear in high places overseeing the events going down and only coming down to interfere and help Kirby in a pinch.
  • Dwindling Party: Discussed in episode 4. In the initial conflict with Nightmare, the endless hordes of Demon Beasts killed everyone that tried to resist his conquest of the universe, the Star Warriors included, leaving only Meta Knight alive – or so he thinks.
  • Dynamic Entry: Has a habit of appearing out of nowhere on high places to announce something relevant to the plot.
  • Eldritch Abomination: There are some slight implications that he might actually be the Demon Beast that Nightmare created but failed to make obedient and rose up to face him, given that said monster is depicted in Kabu's tale as wielding a sword, in addition to Meta Knight's own otherwordly abilities occasionally seen.
  • Expressive Mask: In the pilot when Kirby spits a Gordo at him, Meta Knight's mask is turned upside down for a second, giving him a desperate expression. This is something that never happens again in the anime, nor in another game.
  • The Faceless: Unlike in the games, Meta Knight's face is never seen.
  • Famed In-Story: People like him so much that in the episode with the collectible figures, after someone finds a Meta Knight figurine the whole town goes nuts trying to find another one. Including King Dedede, who grabs every single candy off the shelf in hopes of finding one. Which is pretty stupid, considering that the real Meta Knight was there the whole time.
    • While Dedede hates when the knight disobeys him to stop his schemes, even he can't resist the temptation to have a figurine of Meta Knight at any cost due to how popular he is.
    • It gets worse when Meta Knight himself, when told about it, laughs at the fact that not only is there a toy figure of himself for sale in chocolate eggs, but it is the most sought-after figurine of the bunch to boot.
      • In the dub, at least, he enjoys his fame, responding to it with a laugh and a "Yes, I like this."
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Meta Knight is shown to be very knowledgeable about engineering in general. He fixes up Kirby's broken Starship and also modifies it for use in a grand prix, as future preparation for Kirby's piloting skills. He is also revealed to have had a Starship of his own back in his days of fighting against Nightmare. Furthermore, he, along with Sword and Blade have been secretly constructing the Battleship Halberd, which is capable of travelling light years via wormholes, ever since their arrival in Dream Land, beneath Castle Dedede.
  • Give Me a Sword: Throws Kirby a sword before their duel in episode 3, akin to the way he does in the games.
  • Great Offscreen War: Fought in the Star Warrior army against the forces of Nightmare during their glory days which is only partially depicted in flashbacks, he saw most of his comrades die in the battle and believed for a long time that he was the only survivor. Luckily for him, turns out there are a few other scant Star Warriors left and they resurface eventually.
  • Hero of Another Story: A very different story where he was a part of the Star Warrior Army (and implicitly the best warrior of them all) and fought for years against Nightmare's forces until he was the only member left or at least he thought he was before fleeing to Popstar. The most we get to hear about it is through miscellaneous flashbacks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Yes, Meta Knight was the victim of this trope in episode 14... Or at least he pretended to be one... You'll never know...
    Tiff: I just know King Dedede is plotting something! Those pillows sound spooky to me!
    Meta Knight: You may be right, Tiff. But just because Dedede has tried to trick us in the past, does not mean he is trying to trick us now. Perhaps he is turning over a new leaf. Why don't we try these pillows and see?
  • Infinity +1 Sword: He wields one named Galaxia, which was Forged by the Gods. Somehow, as long as it's in his possession, Nightmare cannot take over the entire universe.
  • Knight, Knave, and Squire: He's the knight, while both Sword and Blade are his knaves.
  • La Résistance: The Sole Survivor of one, or so he thinks.
  • Leitmotif: In the Japanese and English versions, he's often accompanied by a Spanish guitar-like riff, reminscent of Zorro. Possibly the reason 4Kids decided to give him a Spanish accent.
  • Living Mood Ring: His eyes change color to reflect his mood, being the only indicator given his mask, though some are seen more often than others:
    • Green indicates him being in thought or problem-solving, such as in Escargoon Squad.
    • A darker grass-like green is used when he is very serious, such as in A Blockbuster Battle.
    • Blue implies pride or joy, given we see them primarily upon reflecting how much Kirby has grown during the one year anniversary of his arrival to Dream Land.
    • His Yellow eyes becomes brighter whenever he's determined.
    • Dark Red implies anger, hostility or fear. First seen when Tuff took him to a mysterious haunted house and he failed to slash the door with Galaxia. They glow when he realizes that the dark force at hand is Nightmare in Scare Tactics Pt. II.
    • Pink implies he's amused, given that we first see it when he learns he has a mini-figurine of himself and a very rare sought-out one that even King Dedede is desperate to get as well. He even voices his amused approval of it before chuckling good-naturedly in Snack Attack Pt I.
    • Orange appears to be fear or surprise, as seen in his surprise of seeing Kirby in Episode 1.
    • Silver/White is unknown, but it appears to further seriousness in a subtle difference from the darker green.
    • When he's sleeping or unconscious, they're a dull, dark yellow.
  • Master Swordsman: Of course, it's Meta Knight! He even teaches Kirby the Sword Beam!
  • Mr. Exposition: Justified. Who else would inform us about Star Warriors and Kirby's abilities?
  • Mysterious Protector: Towards Kirby and his friends.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Due to his habit of appearing out of nowhere to say something plot-relevant to the characters, this led to the speculation that he stalks Kirby and his friends on a regular basis. He even does so in the episode about GHOSTS, resulting in a Scare Chord when Tuff and Kirby see his glowing eyes emerge from the forest, only for the camera to zoom out and reveal that it's just Meta Knight.
  • Named Weapons: His sword, Galaxia.
  • Not so Above It All: He likes watching Dedede's channel and was amused when he hears a collectible of him was made, especially since it was highly sought after and rare.
  • Not So Stoic: He is The Stoic most of the time though he does indicate when he's feeling amused on a number of occasions. Also, it's hard to be stoic when you get hit by a load of pie.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In episode 3, while training Kirby. He Hand Waves it by saying that Kirby can only awaken his powers when he's put in life-or-death situations. Though he could have beaten Kirby thoroughly if he didn't give him a chance to waken his powers.
  • Only Sane Man: Meta Knight is a sane person in an insane world. Or maybe, he's an insane person in an even crazier world. Whichever case it is, he's almost always the more level-headed person in the room besides Tiff.
  • Pet the Dog: To Sword and Blade, and occasionally Kirby in some of the later episodes.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • In the Japanese original, "I am his majesty's loyal servant." before he kicks Escargoon's and Dedede's tank down a cliff.
    • The dub version was just as great of a retaliation: "It pains me to do this, sire, but I must".
    • And it's safe to say 30% of his lines are this. Another 30% are jokes and the last 40% is him being (non-)helpful.
  • Pungeon Master: Yes, Meta Knight is this. Chance are, if he's in an episode, he'll make some pun relating to the situation at hand or whatever monster Dedede's ordered.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: Combined with Stealth Mentor.
  • Sole Survivor: At first he thought he was the only Star Warrior with all the other ones dying in the war against Nightmare. However, more Star Warriors start to show up who Meta Knight didn't know were still alive.
  • So Proud of You: He never really tells Kirby this outright but Meta Knight is undoubtedly proud of Kirby's progress and maturation, best seen when his eyes glow blue.
  • Sweet Tooth: Fans noticed that, in the episode where Meta Knight is seen enjoying Channel DDD, there's a jar of sweets in the corner. He's never shown eating sweets, but a lot of people get this trope from just that. The sweet jar appears in Meta Knight's room in a couple of other episodes as well so he probably does like sweets. He may also like tea as well.
  • The Stoic: Meta Knight rarely lets anything ruffle him even when a monster is currently in destruction mode. Although he does laugh several times in the series: when he notices that Escargoon and his mother look exactly alike, when he's seen watching Channel DDD, and when Tiff tells him to complain to the company that made an action figure of him.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Towards the end of the series, he discusses this with his subordinates, stating that this is his reason for not helping out Kirby as much. It makes sense, because he's still testing Kirby's power as an individual, doing so by drawing further and further into isolation from him during his battles.
  • Training from Hell: Meta Knight's methods of training Kirby usually involve him fighting for his life. Tiff might object to this but Meta Knight's reasons are that Kirby will only grow stronger if he is made to exceed his limits and that he will mature faster because of said harsh methods.
  • We Meet Again: Said to WolfWrath near the beginning of episode 26.
  • The Worf Effect: Usually what happens whenever Meta Knight does get into a battle — hence why the only instances in which he's been overpowered in a fight are with Wolfwrath, Masher, and the Pukey plant. This is probably justified due to having gone past his prime after all his years at war.

    Light Novels 

Meta Knight

"A true warrior is capable of using every attack at his disposal!"
The mysterious masked swordsman

  • Adaptational Jerkass: His arrogance and agressivity is much more pronounced here for most of the Novels, to the point of him being perfectly willing to attack some of his allies such as Kirby and King Dedede, when he feels frustrated enough. After some Character Development, he slowly dials back on this, taming his own worst tendencies.
  • A Father to His Men: Meta Knight deeply cares for Captain Vul, Sword Knight and Blade Knight, and the Meta-Knights, where his men are very zealous for him.
  • Blood Knight: While implied in the games to an extent, Meta Knight is much more heavily shown to be one in the light novels. This is most clearly shown in Meta Knight and the Galaxy's Strongest Warrior; when Galacta Knight seemingly vanishes in the middle of their fight, Meta Knight turns on Kirby and King Dedede despite the former's pleading, dissatisfied with the abrupt end of the fight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Starts being this to Kirby and King Dedede in the sixth volume.
  • It's Personal: Upon his desire to put a stop to Baron Gallic's scheme.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Waddle Dee in terms of being the most levelheaded in regards to his dynamic with Kirby and King Dedede.