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Tropes relating to characters in the fanfiction Kirby of the Stars: The After Story.

To clarify where the characters go, characters that are from the games go here, while characters that are specific to the anime go here. The game and anime characters that appear on this page are only for the tropes that are associated to them in this fanfiction. To avoid redundancy, the traits that appear in all three of these works stay on the main Kirby character page, while the traits that appear in both this story and the anime stay on the anime character page.

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Game Characters in After Story

     Kirby 

A legendary Star Warrior who crash-landed in Dream Land in the first episode of the anime. Though he is young, he single-handedly annihilated many demon beasts, and finally Nightmare. Now he's taking on new adventures, meeting new friends and facing new enemies.

Tropes associated with Kirby:

  • Adaptational Intelligence: Kirby has a higher level of intelligence than he had in the anime - justified since this acts as a sequel to the anime. Examples include using a fork and knife to eat food instead of inhaling the entire table, being able to inhale objects and gain powers without people telling him, and becoming smarter in his strategies when fighting enemies.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Downplayed; see Thou Shalt Not Kill below.
  • All-Loving Hero: Same as the anime.
  • Cheerful Child: Same as the anime.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the first chapter, Kirby shows that he knows how to play tag by tackling Bun to the ground. This comes in handy at the end of Chapter 4, when Kirby is able to capture the mysterious creature in Whispy Woods' Forest by tackling it in a similar way, even shouting "Tag!" while doing it.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Kirby grows teeth in After Story, and he will have a gap between his two front teeth.
  • Determinator: When he has a plan in mind to help people, he will not give up on it easily.
  • Easy Amnesia: After being teleported to Grass Land, Kirby doesn't remember how he got there. It's only after rescuing Rick and hearing him mention Dedede that Kirby gets those memories back.
  • The Heart: Due to him being an innocent All-Loving Hero. It's especially noticeable when Kirby is with Rick, Coo and Kine.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the first chapter, he pretended to have difficulty understanding how to play tag, which caught Bun off-guard long enough for Kirby to tackle him to the ground.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In the beginning of After Story, Kirby retains his dialogue from the anime (in this case, lots of babbling and "Poyo!"). However, he learns how to speak English over the course of the story.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Kirby comes to feel this way towards Unknown over the Dream Land 2 arc.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Since Kirby is trying to free people from Demonic Possession instead of fighting demon beasts, he feels a larger pressure to hold back and control his powers so that nobody gets accidentally injured or killed.

     King Dedede 

The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. Selfish, rude, and bossy, King Dedede isn't well liked among the villagers. Without Nightmare to order demon beasts from, the king has grown bored, but still tries to maintain his rivalry against Kirby without them. Perhaps he needs a little push to become a great king and earn the respect of Dream Land...

Tropes associated with Dedede:

  • Distressed Dude: He is possessed by Unknown, and Kirby is trying to save him along with the Rainbow Islands.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied that he's jealous of Kirby's reputation in Cappy Village.
    Escargon: It's not recommended to anger His Majesty when he's jealous.
  • I've Come Too Far: Dedede's rationale towards any potential redemption at the start of the story.
    Dedede: (thinking) Even if I wanted to change, there's a fat chance of anyone believing me. People like me can't change. All I'm good at is doing bad.
  • Jerkass: Same as the anime - he and Escargon deliberately get Fumu riled up over Kirby being outside on his own at night.
  • Manchild: Same as the anime. After the demon beast transporter has been dismantled, he goes to his room and throws a huge temper tantrum.

     Gooey 

Gooey is an odd young little blob. One day, without any warning, he mysteriously appeared in Dream Land. He was quickly befriended by Kirby, and is adjusting to life in Cappy Village with the help of Fumu, Bun, Sword and Blade.

Tropes associated with Gooey:

  • Adaptive Ability: Gooey is able to physically adapt himself to whatever task is required of him, in a striking contrast to Kirby's Power Copying.
  • Blob Monster: But of course!
  • Cheerful Child: Once he was shown some kindness, he becomes one of these.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played straight initially, but is subverted once everyone realizes his true nature.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A Blob Monster is given the name "Gooey". Justified since he got his name from Kirby, who was actually talking about his physical characteristics when saying "gooey" and not meaning to give a name suggestion at all.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: He could barely speak when he was first encountered, but quickly learned the native language and other bits of knowledge in the span of a day, and just kept on going from there.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Like in the games, his tongue can substitute for hands, since he has no limbs unless he shapeshifts them.
  • Must Make Amends: After single-handedly destroying Cappy Village and realizing that it was wrong, Gooey helps the villagers rebuild and works towards gaining their trust.
  • Parental Abandonment: Meta Knight theorizes that Gooey may have been dumped on Pop Star to fend for himself.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Headbutting trees to knock them down, destroying a village overnight... He has a lot more strength than most people think.
  • Reluctant Monster: When Gooey accidentally trashes Cappy Village, he has an angry mob of villagers out to get him. However, Kirby befriends him and helps Fumu and Bun to realize that he's a sentient, intelligent lifeform, which in turn helps the villagers to realize how bloodthirsty they've become.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Over the course of a few days in-story, Gooey goes from being a Nervous Wreck of a blob to being able to handle working with Benjamin with no problems.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: He can form extra limbs from his body and turn into a parachute, among other things.
  • Walking Spoiler: Yeah, he's the creature that appeared in Whispy Woods' Forest and destroyed Cappy Village.
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     Rick 

Rick is an easygoing hamster that lives in the grasslands of Dream Land. He takes it upon himself to be a big brother figure to Kirby and help him whenever needed. Rick helps Kirby out during the Dream Land 2 arc.

Tropes associated with Rick:

  • Ascended Extra: Compared to the anime, at least - here he has a proper role alongside Kirby.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Kirby is one of these for him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Rick invokes this trope by deciding to act as a big brother and a guardian to Kirby while they're traveling through the Rainbow Islands.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: When Rick finds himself supporting Dedede during the confrontation with Unknown at Red Canyon.
    Rick: Listen, I never thought I would be sticking my neck out for Dedede of all people, but...
  • It's Personal: While Rick had already agreed to stay with Kirby when exploring the Rainbow Islands, he becomes much more willing to get to the bottom of the mystery after his friends Coo and Nruff are threatened.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Pulls this on Kirby during a brief argument with Coo at Ripple Field.
  • Oh, Crap!: Rick has one of these when he realizes that he and Kirby are about to run into Grass Land's Whispy Woods.

     Coo 

Coo is a wise and patient owl that lives in the forests of Dream Land. He is very knowledgeable on a great number of subjects, so he is often sought out for advice. Coo helps Kirby out during the Dream Land 2 arc.

Tropes associated with Coo:

  • Ascended Extra: Compared to the anime, at least - here he has a proper role alongside Kirby.
  • Berserk Button: When he gets some feathers sliced off the top of his head during the fight with Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright, Coo loses it, giving a deafening screech before viciously attacking Mr. Shine.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Coo makes several trips to Dream Land to let Kirby's friends know about his progress through the Rainbow Islands.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Same as the anime.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Downplayed; he has a tendency to use longer and more complex sentences than the other animal friends.
  • The Smart Guy: Again, same as the anime.
  • Translator Buddy: Downplayed; he acts as an interpreter if Kirby's having trouble expressing himself properly.

     Kine 

Kine is a very lax ocean sunfish that lives in the oceans of Dream Land. He acts as a guide for traversing under the ocean. He can be a bit spacey at times, but he is still a dependable friend. Kine helps Kirby out during the Dream Land 2 arc.

Tropes associated with Kine:

     Sword Knight and Blade Knight 

Meta Knight's loyal knaves. The two of them are usually seen protecting Dream Land alongside Meta Knight; however, there is much more to both of them than meets the eye.

Tropes associated with Sword and Blade:

  • Ascended Extra: While they did have their own backstory in the anime, they were largely Satellite Characters. However, in this story, they're shown doing many things independent from Meta Knight, and actively help in rebuilding Cappy Village.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sword and Blade develop this towards Gooey, due to his initial reputation with the villagers being Not So Different with their own when they were first serving under Meta Knight.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: While there didn't seem to be much difference between them besides their appearances in the anime, they both have much more developed personalities here.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Downplayed. Sword is the wilder one of the two and tends to speak his mind and show emotions more easily, whereas Blade is more responsible and tries to keep his emotions in check like Meta Knight.
  • Real Men Cook: In Chapter 10, it's revealed that Sword and Blade have both significantly improved their cooking skills, to the point of producing a multitude of tasty dishes for Professor Curio in a relatively short time.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sword's the Red Oni, Blade's the Blue Oni.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Sword's the wise guy, Blade's the straight man.
  • They Call Him "Sword": Both of them.
  • The Un Reveal: Sword and Blade remove their helmets for Fumu and Bun in Chapter 8, but no details about their faces are actually given. Justified in that the action was more important to everyone concerned than details at that point.

     Meta Knight 

A mysterious blue knight who fought in the war against Nightmare. Despite being employed by King Dedede, he aided Kirby and became a mentor-like figure to him. Though he usually acts resided and serious, he might have a more sensitive and vulnerable side.

Tropes associated with Meta Knight:

  • The Chessmaster: The way Meta Knight's mind works is discussed by multiple characters in Chapter 8. Sword invokes this trope, Fumu deconstructs it, and Meta Knight himself reconstructs it.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Meta Knight does not like coffee.
  • Hammerspace: His cape.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Subverted. After Kirby is dragged into a portal by Unknown, Meta Knight boldly states that he's going to find Kirby and starts walking away, only to be stopped by Escargon.
  • Mood Ring Eyes: True to the anime, his eyes change color according to his moods.
  • Mr. Exposition: Same as the anime. However, it's downplayed in After Story - even he has no idea what Gooey is supposed to be.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: This is Meta Knight's reason for letting Kirby continue his quest on the Rainbow Islands.
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     Spoiler Character 

A mysterious shadowy swordsman that serves as the main villain of the Dream Land 2 arc. While people who have played the games may know him as "Dark Matter Swordsman" or "Dark Matter Blade", in this story he goes by the nickname "Unknown".

Tropes associated with Unknown:

  • Affably Evil: Unknown begins using this trope around the main characters from Chapter 10 onwards, in contrast to most of his behavior earlier in the arc. It's also used as a gambit to make the Rainbow Sword unsure of whether Unknown is truly evil or not.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like being referred to as "it", "that thing", or a monster.
  • The Corrupter: His influence can be actively felt by people that aren't possessed... including the main characters.
  • Dark Is Evil: But of course.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has several moments of this.
    Unknown: (to Rick) See, this is why I like you least of all, and why I often elect to ignore your presence.
  • Demonic Possession: Unknown possesses King Dedede and several other creatures over the course of the arc.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Same as the game.
  • Emotion Eater: He needs to feed on emotions in order to survive. He also compares the taste of Dedede's misery to the taste of chocolate.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He cannot understand why Kirby and his animal friends are trying to rescue Dedede when everyone in Cappy Village appears to hate him. Their subsequent defense of Dedede leaves him baffled as well.
    Unknown: I don't understand. I don't understand... I thought we would come to an understanding with each other, but it would seem I was mistaken. I should have expected as much. Is this what's commonly referred to as disappointment?
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold / Evil Is Burning Hot: Unknown manages to pull off both of these tropes back-to-back in Iceberg and Red Canyon, respectively. Justified since he was influencing the beings responsible for both of those environments.
  • Evil Sounds Deep and Raspy
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: His swordsman form is supposed to be this; however, Rick puts it best:
    Rick: If that is supposed to be a form you made so the rest of us would feel comfortable around you... then you missed the mark. By a lot.
  • Hope Crusher: He appears to find plenty of amusement in telling the heroes exactly how and why the Rainbow Sword will no longer work against him.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Lampshaded in Chapter 10.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His first orders of business when he appears in Chapter 5 are possessing King Dedede and teleporting Kirby away from his friends.
  • No Name Given: Unknown claims that he was never given a name, and gives himself his nickname because of that.
  • Not So Different: Lampshaded. He decided to possess Dedede because of their similar reputations as "nuisances".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As of Chapter 10, at least.
  • Spock Speak: He uses enough technical jargon in his speech to rival Coo, especially when referring to the three animal friends.
  • Wicked Cultured: Unknown is smart, sarcastic, and has a certain air of sophistication about him.

Anime-Only Characters in After Story

     Fumu 

A young girl whose life changed when she found Kirby after he crashed on Pop Star. Despite her young age, she is very intelligent and self-reliant. Fumu can be a nag sometimes, suspicious, and quick to judge, but ultimately she is a sweet girl who cares very deeply for Kirby.

Tropes associated with Fumu:

  • Badass Bookworm: Same as the anime. She enjoys reading books, particularly her history book.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Acts as this towards Bun and Kirby, as well as Iroo, Hohhe and Honey. Once they established a proper friendship, she took Gooey under her wing as well.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: In Chapter 2, Fumu is about to tell Kirby to inhale a rolling trash can with her Catchphrase from the Japanese version of the anime, "Kirby, inhale it!". However, Kirby starts inhaling before Fumu is able to say it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has some shades of this. It's very apparent when Fumu and Meta Knight are having their chess game in Chapter 8.
  • Death Glare: She gives an impressive one to Tokkori in the first chapter after he insults Kirby one too many times.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While this trope was played straight in the anime (Bun being foolish, Fumu being responsible), it becomes zig-zagged throughout After Story and somewhat reverses these positions during Chapter 4.
  • Granola Girl: Same as the anime, to the point where she gave Kirby a trash can as a gift before the start of After Story to teach him the importance of recycling.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Same as the anime.
  • Mama Bear: If Kirby might be in trouble and you're in her way, watch out. Tokkori learns this the hard way in Chapter 3, and Fumu tries to charge at Unknown with a vase after he drags Kirby into a portal.
  • Moral Dilemma: At the end of Chapter 8, Meta Knight gives Fumu the option to either let Kirby continue his mission on the Rainbow Islands, or have Meta Knight bring Kirby back to Dream Land. She eventually chooses to let Kirby keep going.
  • My Beloved Smother: Downplayed; she watches Kirby from afar to make sure that he gets home safe, and has some trouble coming to terms with Kirby not wanting to return to Dream Land after being teleported to the Rainbow Islands.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Fumu has this reaction after her Rousing Speech to the villagers backfires.
  • Parental Substitute: To Kirby, same as the anime.
  • Silent Treatment: The majority of Chapter 4 has Fumu doing this to Bun after Cappy Village gets wrecked, since Bun fell asleep on watch when it happened.
  • Technical Pacifist: Most of the time, Fumu will avoid violence and try to talk people out of it, with varying levels of success.
  • Tempting Fate: This thought from the first chapter:
    Fumu: This is how it should be, always. Kirby, Bun and I, everyone, here in our peaceful Cappy Village.
  • You Monster!: Says this word-for-word to Unknown after Kirby is teleported away from Dream Land.

     Bun 

Fumu's younger brother, and one of Kirby's first and best friends. Unlike his sister, he prefers physical activity, like sports, over reading or studying. Bun is a bit more reluctant to show affection towards Kirby, but rest assured, he does care for the little Star Warrior and enjoys the adventures that come from being his friend.

Tropes associated with Bun:

Original Characters in After Story

     Iggy 

A friendly and hospitable Waddle Doo who lives in Iceberg. Iggy is the owner of Iceberg's one and only bed-and-breakfast, The Wander Inn.

Tropes associated with Iggy:

  • Cyclops: Since he's a Waddle Doo, he only has one eye.
  • Keet: Downplayed; he can be quite active and chatty.
  • Nice Guy: He's incredibly friendly and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for people in general, not just his guests.
  • Nice Hat: He's a collector of hats.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Being the owner and the host of an inn, he practices this to a high degree.

     Alphonse 

Alphonse (also known as Al) is a gruff purple Waddle Doo who lives in Cloudy Park, and runs the hot air balloon service there.

Tropes associated with Alphonse:

  • Adventurer Outfit: He wears an aviator's hat with goggles.
  • Cryptic Conversation: When Rick asks Alphonse about his knowledge of Star Warriors, he responds with this.
    Alphonse: Most of it ain't nothin' [Kirby] don't already know. ...The rest won't be any problem of his, hopefully. He's got this far with no trouble. No point in gettin' him all worried now over somethin' that might not even happen.
  • Cyclops: Since he's a Waddle Doo, he only has one eye.
  • Hidden Depths: He was a Star Warrior that served in the war against Nightmare. He also has several interests that could be classified as delicate; see Real Men Wear Pink.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may seem to be a grump on the surface, he cares deeply about the people he loves, and hopes that Kirby won't suffer the same things that he went through.
  • Jump Scare: He unintentionally does this to Kirby and friends near the end of Chapter 11.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 11, Alphonse goes on a brief rant about constantly unresolved romantic resolutions in fanfictions, to the confusion of everyone else present.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He enjoys reading romance stories (and fanfictions), listens to opera, and does embroidering, among other things.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. He's rough, but he's definitely a good guy.
  • Retired Badass / Shell-Shocked Veteran: Alphonse served as a Star Warrior in the Skyhigh military during the war against Nightmare. Eventually he was forced to retire due to the mental strain of the job, and the public backlash from this forced him and his siblings to move to Cloudy Park.
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