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Kirby of the Stars: The After Story, written by Leer Justice, is a Kirby fanfic that blends the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime and the Kirby video games.

Taking place after the events of the anime, The After Story is essentially a series of story arcs that are in many ways novelizations of the various Kirby games; however, each story arc is expanded and altered significantly to provide justifications for different parts of the story, as well as provide a larger amount of characterization.

And even with the use of story arcs, The After Story has an overarching focus on Kirby and focuses on his development as a hero and his relationships with the friends he has made throughout his adventures.

The first edition of The After Story was started on May 24th, 2014, and ran for roughly two years and 57 chapters. This beta version of The After Story can be found on FanFiction.Net ([1]) and on DeviantArt ([2]).


In September 2016, Leer Justice announced that she would rewrite the entire story from scratch to improve its readability. The first chapter of the rewrite was released on April 27th, 2017. The rewrite of The After Story can be found on FanFiction.Net ([3]) and on DeviantArt ([4]).

This article assumes you have knowledge of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and may contain unmarked spoilers from that anime.

The story arcs that have been written so far:


This fanfiction contains examples of:

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  • Adaptation Expansion: Of the games. Each story arc is moderately altered or expanded from its respective game to either develop characters, include certain characters that didn't appear in the game's version, or give explanation for why certain things happen the way they do. Because of the jump in quality, the first three arcs of the rewrite will be massive expansions of their respective arcs in the beta version.
    • Interestingly, this is also inverted in some places in order to focus more on world-building and characterization. For example, certain miniboss fights in Kirby's Dream Land 2 are either briefly summarized or given a passing reference in the story.
  • Aerith and Bob: Invoked. Most characters that were first introduced in the anime are referred to by their romanized Japanese names (i.e. Fumu, Bun, Escargon), while characters that are present in the games have their regular English names. This also occurs with the names of original characters in the story - for example, we have Alphonse and Iggy.
  • All There in the Manual: While you don't necessarily have to have seen the anime to enjoy this fanfiction, it is recommended by the author that you watch the anime first before reading, as there are plenty of characters and call backs to the anime that show up throughout the story.
  • Ascended Extra: Certain Satellite Characters or characters that were Demoted to Extra in the anime are given much larger roles in this story. Examples include Sword and Blade; Rick, Coo, and Kine; and Iroo, Hohhe and Honey.
  • Character Development: Kirby gets the most of it since he's the star of the show, but practically any main character, such as Fumu or King Dedede, will get some character development at some point in the story.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: One of the goals of After Story is to avert this trope for major characters that had this happen to them in the games.
  • Coming of Age Story: The entire story serves as one for Kirby as he matures and develops as a Star Warrior.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A surprising number of characters have varying degrees of this. After eleven chapters, Unknown is the most prominent example, but Fumu, Bun, Tokkori, Sword, Blade, and Rick all get their moments throughout the story as well.
  • Distant Prologue / Opening Monologue / Previously on…: The story opens with a quick recap of the anime.
  • Divided for Publication: Based on the length, most chapters have been split into two parts on DeviantArt.
  • Doorstopper: While the beta ended with 230,080 words in 57 chapters, the rewrite has cracked the 150,000-word mark with the first eleven chapters, and it shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
  • Easing into the Adventure: The story begins with Kirby and friends enjoying life after Nightmare's defeat, and several events unfold first before the elements of Kirby's Dream Land 2 properly appear in the story.
  • Empathic Weapon / Legendary Weapon: There are many of these weapons spread throughout the galaxy. As of now, the only ones known to exist are Meta Knight's sword Galaxia, and the Rainbow Sword.
  • Language Barrier: True to the anime, most Waddle Dees can only say "wanya", and need to be translated. It's also justified: according to Iggy, their lack of rights in most places prevent them from getting an education and learning the common language. Their knowledge in speaking English ranges from You No Take Candle to full fluency, depending on the Waddle Dee.
  • Named by the Adaptation / O.C. Stand-in: These tropes are in effect for certain characters in both the games and the anime:
    • Iroo's parents are given the names Benjamin and Lilah.
    • The Waddle Doo helper from Kirby Super Star becomes Iggy, the owner of a bed-and-breakfast inn on Iceberg. He's also Commander Waddle Doo's twin brother.
    • Commander Waddle Doo is given the name Ivan.
    • The main villain of the Dream Land 2 arc is first introduced without a name and is Only Known by Their Nickname, Unknown, as of Chapter 10.
  • Original Flavour: This is one of the main goals of this fanfiction, especially in the case of the rewrite. Even when the story moves into more original content, both the canon of the anime and the games are taken into consideration.
  • Patchwork Fic: The After Story sets the events from the Kirby games inside the anime's continuity, specifically after the anime's events, so plenty of anime and game elements are mixed together.
  • The Place: From Chapter 6 onwards, each chapter title is the name of a Rainbow Island.
  • Spoiled by the Manual: If you have played any game in the main Kirby series, you will likely know at least some of the plot twists in that game's story arc in advance, especially if you have fully beaten said game. However, this does not stop Leer from adding extra twists and turns...
  • Story Arc: The entire story is built on these. Each game in the Kirby series will be covered by its own story arc.
  • Suddenly Speaking: 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.
  • Title: The Adaptation
  • Virtual Soundtrack: This story includes optional Background Music in the form of YouTube links. As you might expect, a large part of the music comes from the Kirby series; however, there are musical cameos from other video game franchises, anime, cartoons, indie games, and much more.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed and explored throughout the first arc.

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  • Battle-Interrupting Shout: Chef Kawasaki of all people gets one of these in Chapter 4 to interrupt rioting villagers in the middle of a fight:
    Kawasaki: I've got it! Let's all go down to my restaurant and talk about this over lunch!
    • Considering his reputation as a Lethal Chef, everyone starts attacking him until he flees, before going back to rioting.
    • Bun uses a Big "SHUT UP!" later in the same scene, which is much more successful.
  • Bedouin Rescue Service: When Kirby and the animal friends are caught in a blizzard on Iceberg, they are rescued by Iggy, who brings them to his inn.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Kine can somehow talk perfectly clearly with Kirby inside his mouth.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sword and Blade develop this towards Gooey, due to his initial reputation with the villagers being no different with their own when they were first serving under Meta Knight. Rick also invokes this trope by deciding to act as a big brother and a guardian to Kirby while they're traveling through the Rainbow Islands.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Bun uses this to get the villagers' attention in Chapter 4.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Rick and Coo both have this reaction when Kine asks Kirby to climb into his mouth.
  • Boss Subtitles: In a similar vein to Kirby Star Allies, Grass Land's Whispy Woods is given the title "Grass Land's Arboreal Protector, Whispy Woods!". It's Played for Laughs since Whispy has the reputation of being a Warm-Up Boss in the games.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "It's like the Nurse Joy situation."
  • Brutal Honesty: When Dedede complains that no one seems to pay attention to him except when he's doing something bad, Bun gives him a dose of this.
    Bun: Well, it's not that we didn't notice, it's just that we didn't care.
  • Canon Character All Along: The mysterious creature that is first found in Whispy Woods' Forest and later destroys Cappy Village is actually Gooey.
  • 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.
  • Chess Motifs: Used to varying effect by the narration, Sword and Meta Knight throughout Chapter 8 to explain how Meta Knight's mind works.
  • Clear Their Name: After Kirby is accused of eating all of Benjamin's crops, Fumu and Bun do some investigating to prove Kirby's innocence. Downplayed in that only Benjamin seems to think that Kirby is guilty, and the incident is wrapped up fairly soon after once it's obvious that Kirby didn't do it.
  • Cold Snap: Thanks to Unknown controlling the Ice Dragon, Iceberg becomes subject to more blizzards than normal.
  • The Corrupter: Unknown possesses King Dedede and several other creatures, and his influence can be felt by people that aren't possessed... including the main characters.
  • Covered in Mud: This happens to Kirby when he is running away from the mysterious creature in Whispy Woods' Forest, along with him twisting his ankle.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played straight at first, but eventually subverted with Gooey. Definitely played straight with Unknown so far.
  • Day in the Life: Most of the first chapter is this for Kirby and his friends.
  • 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.
  • The Door Slams You: Kirby slams his house door on Tokkori at the end of Chapter 2 when running away from the mysterious creature in Whispy Woods' Forest.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
  • 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.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Fumu has one of these in Chapter 11 when she figures out the real reason behind Gooey trashing Cappy Village.
  • Evidence Scavenger Hunt: Most of Chapter 3 is spent learning more about the mysterious creature in Whispy Woods' Forest. The chapter is appropriately titled "Hometown Investigations".
  • 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.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Kirby and the Dream Land 2 animal friends. Rick is the cynic, Coo is the realist, and Kine is the optimist, while Kirby alternates between optimist and conflicted.
  • Foreign Queasine: Kine only orders pickled jellyfish when dining at the Wander Inn. Truth in Television - real ocean sunfish do eat jellyfish as a part of their diet.
  • Foreshadowing: Once the mob of villagers realize how obsessed with revenge they've become, they are immediately apologetic, with Benjamin commenting that "it was like some dark haze took over or something." Later in the same chapter, Unknown possesses King Dedede in a very similar manner, and it is revealed later that this is his regular method of possessing people.
  • Good Morning, Crono: After the prologue, the story opens with Kirby being woken up by Fumu and Bun.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Fumu attempts to give a mob of villagers a Rousing Speech to unite them in protecting themselves against the mysterious creature in Whispy Woods' Forest. It works... then the now-united mob heads off to kill the creature.
  • High-Voltage Death: Averted twice with Kine in Chapter 8. First, Kirby and Coo save Kine from Electric Torture at the hands of Master Green. Later, Kirby uses his Spark ability inside Kine's mouth which, instead of electrocution, lights the two of them up like a lightbulb with no other problems.
  • Homage: The movie that Kirby, Rick, Coo and Kine watch at the Wander Inn in Chapter 9 is a Kirbyfied version of Howl's Moving Castle.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Alphonse goes on a rant about romance fanfictions in Chapter 11, Rick is adamant about dropping that subject, in what would essentially be a move to preserve the fourth wall. This is coming from the same hamster that nicknamed Kirby "Gilligan" and referred to Whispy Woods and his relatives as "the Nurse Joy situation from Pokémon" in Chapter 6.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Whispy Woods and his relatives, lampshaded by Rick as being similar to "the Nurse Joy situation". This is both justified and Played for Laughs in order to differentiate the anime version of Whispy Woods from the game versions. This trope is also applied to Kracko.
  • 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The appearance of Unknown in Chapter 5 definitely darkens the atmosphere, especially since his first orders of business are possessing King Dedede and teleporting Kirby away from his friends.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • This exchange from Chapter 1 where the anime is concerned:
      Dedede: And [Fumu's] saying that like a Demon Beast showed up every week! How many times could it have been anyway?!
      Bun: (under his breath) Close to one hundred, I think...
    • In Chapter 11, Alphonse goes on a brief rant about constantly unresolved romantic resolutions in fanfictions, to the confusion of everyone else present.
  • The Legend of Chekhov: In Chapter 2, Fumu reads from her history book about the Rainbow Islands, including a legend about the existence of stones called Rainbow Drops and a powerful weapon called the Rainbow Sword. Needless to say, this legend is true, and Kirby plans to use the drops to recreate the Rainbow Sword and take on Unknown.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: When Kirby and the animal friends are about to head into Red Canyon, they realize that its environment is not well-suited for Kine in any way. After some discussion, Kirby, Rick and Coo continue into Red Canyon, while Kine heads back to the Wander Inn with Iggy and regroups with the trio at Cloudy Park.
  • Made of Indestructium: Anything coated with an alloy of Gordo spikes falls into this trope, including Kirby's trash can. According to Gus, only something like a Demon Beast could do significant damage to an item with this alloy.
  • Mood Whiplash: A number of chapters include this; however, Chapter 4 has this in spades.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Fumu has this reaction after her Rousing Speech to the villagers backfires. The villagers themselves have this reaction later once they realize how far they've gone off the deep end.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Out of all the places in the Gamble Galaxy Kirby could have been teleported to, Unknown's portal brought him to Grass Land, which is still on the same planet and fairly close to Dream Land.
  • Not Me This Time: After Cappy Village's destruction, plenty of people blame King Dedede, who has been suspiciously absent during those events, and Fumu and Bun believe that he's been using his demon beast transporter again. When Dedede reappears in Chapter 5, they interrogate him, only to discover that he was busy buying real estate on Iceberg at the time... and Escargon has the deeds to prove it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kirby himself utilized this trope by pretending to have difficulty understanding how to play tag, which caught Bun off-guard long enough for Kirby to tackle him to the ground.
    Kirby: (to Bun) Tag.
  • Parental Abandonment: Meta Knight theorizes that Gooey may have been dumped on Pop Star to fend for himself.
  • Pun-Based Title: The Wander Inn.
  • Rest-and-Resupply Stop: The Wander Inn functions as this for Kirby and the animal friends in Iceberg.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Bun does this when Kirby charges and tackles him to the ground during a game of tag.
  • Self-Guarding Phlebotinum: The Rainbow Drops have this ability, as Kirby discovers during his first fight against Unknown.
  • Shaming the Mob: When a mob of villagers are blaming each other for the chaos that took place the previous night, Bun gets them to realize what they're doing.
    Bun: Look at yourselves! Look at what you've become! Haven't we all gone through much worse than this? ...Well, okay, I admit this is pretty much as bad as it gets when accounting for property damage, but nobody got hurt! Are all of you so upset over losing some... stuff, that you're willing to change that?
  • Smart People Play Chess: Fumu and Meta Knight have a game of chess at the end of Chapter 8.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Most interactions between Rick and Unknown turn into this.
  • The Stakeout: Fumu and Bun try doing this during the night at the end of Chapter 3 to get more information on the mysterious creature in Whispy Woods' Forest; however, it ends up failing when Bun falls asleep on watch duty.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Chapter 10 ends with Kirby, Rick and Coo looking at a mass of storm clouds close to Cloudy Park.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: Near the end of Chapter 11, Alphonse's radio plays the chorus of "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre" by Georges Bizet (also known as "The Toreador Song"), and its translation is briefly discussed. Since it's in French, it doubles as a Bilingual Bonus.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Used word-for-word as the title of Chapter 2.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: When Kirby, Rick and Coo arrive at Ripple Field, they quickly discover that none of them can swim well, which is a problem when they realize that the next Rainbow Drop is likely to be underwater. Conveniently, this is when they find and rescue Kine the ocean sunfish.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The entire village becomes an angry mob in Chapter 4. They get better, though.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: From Chapter 6 onwards. While Kirby and the animal friends are traveling through the Rainbow Islands, everyone else is rebuilding Cappy Village and trying to figure out what happened to Kirby and King Dedede.
  • 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.
  • Unusual Animal Alliance: It's hard to say if the puffball species can be classified as an "animal" species, but Kirby teaming up with a hamster, an owl, and a fish to save Dream Land and the Rainbow Islands certainly counts.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: Unknown drags Kirby into a portal, and he wakes up in Grass Land, one of the Rainbow Islands.
  • War Is Hell: Lampshaded by Alphonse in Chapter 11.
    Alphonse: I did my duty back during the war against Nightmare. I fought demon beasts, I made and lost some friends, and now I'm ready to settle down. War ain't no game. It's terrifyin', and I wanna put all that behind me.
  • Wham Line:
    Bun: Sis, Cappy Village is trashed!
    • Chapter 7:
    Sword: Fumu... Sir Meta Knight found Kirby.
    • Chapter 10:
    Kirby: (to Unknown) You... want to talk?
    • Chapter 11:
    Alphonse: Just thought I'd give the little hero some advice. Ya know, from one Star Warrior to another.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In Chapter 2, Professor Curio mentions a collapse that happened in the ruins that even he thinks is bizarre. However, the cause of the collapse is never discovered, and it is never mentioned again, even when Fumu, Bun, Gooey and company are helping Curio out later in the arc.