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  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, you might wonder what the Dimension Mirror is doing in the final boss's room. It occurred to me later that Kirby and Meta Knight had to fly up into the sky to get to the mirror, which certainly put it into Sectonia's domain and reach, and because Queen Sectonia is so vain, she has probably been using it as a personal looking glass. It may not be why she's so evil, but it could be one explanation for how she became so monstrously vain.
    • The developer's talk in Miiverse basically confirms this, with additions: It was Taranza who gave it to Sectonia as a gift, back when she was a good guy; the thing just happened to contain a vengeful Dark Meta Knight, which corrupted Sectonia and turned her into the evil, vain queen she is now.
  • Throughout the games, Kirby is known to live in a Sugar Bowl world, and the bosses he fights on a regular basis range from Sealed Evil In Cans to Eldritch Abominations. Why are Kirby bosses so nightmare-ish? Because Kirby lives in Dream Land! It makes sense that the bad guys would be the stuff of nightmares.
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  • Why does King Dedede speak with a Southern accent in the English dub? Because he's a penguin! He's from the South Pole!
  • Yarn is another word for tale. Kirby's Epic Yarn = Kirby's Epic Tale.
    • This troper would like to think this one's a given. Nice play on words, though. :P
  • Meta Knight seemed like a strange choice for The Rival in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, given the Metroidvania style. I'd actually say that makes it make sense. In the Castlevania side of Metroidvania, a classic Action Hero usually works as The Rival of some sort, and Heroes Prefer Swords, so a sworded Anti-Hero makes sense as The Rival.
  • Ever wonder what was up with all that blood in the final battle of Kirby's Dream Land 3? That might traumatize/scar children. But the game is filled with so many difficult memory games and other puzzling challenges, the children may either get to the final battle at a later age, so the blood might not traumatize them as much, or Rage Quit to avoid the blood entirely.
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  • The commercial for Nightmare in Dreamland has somebody singing a parody of "Secret Agent Man" with animation fresh from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Turns out that somebody is Ted Lewis, the voice of King Dedede and Escargoon in that anime. Since Ted sounds a bit like his Dedede voice in this ad, it can only be heard as Dedede singing his own hero sucks song about Kirby! Further supporting this theory, notice how, in the brief shot of Dedede, he's not moving his lips, and we don't hear Ted at that bit.
  • Has anyone noticed how Kirby's power has been changing a little bit with each game? In the very first game, he didn't have any copy abilities, while he suddenly has a dozen or so in the next one. For the next few games, each ability is only able to do one thing, which is why he has similar ones like Fire/Burning, Ice/Freeze, Spark/Plasma and so on. Yet, as the games progressed, the redundant abilities are merged and then are further expanded. Then there's other abilities that have been changing over time too; like Backdrop becoming Suplex, both of which are obtained from Bugzzy, then going on into Beetle. And then there's abilities affected by his environment, like Water becoming Poison. On top of all that, Kirby seems to be learning how to copy complex abilities like Doctor and ESP. A sign of Kirby's growth, indeed!
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  • I was wondering why Miracle Matter can only be hurt by its current element, then I realized you hurt it with its own attacks because its shield that blocks all your normal attacks is permeable to whatever element it uses to attack you with. When in fire form, its shields can be passed by fire so it can hit you with fire, but you send the fire right back at it through the shield. The shield still blocks elements, just not the one needed to attack with.
  • Several games where King Dedede, a penguin, was a major boss has him fought in cold environments. We have Rainbow Resort, Iceberg, and some parts of Dedede Resort, to name a few.
  • Why is Tac's "return to Kirby" function on the same button as his "discard power" function? Because Tac is, of course, a thief, and the first rule of thieving is that no score is worth dying or getting caught for — the smart thief knows when to cut his losses and run, so Tac naturally ditches anything that might weigh him down (like, say, Blade Knight's armor, or Sir Kibble's helmet) in his bid to retreat.
  • How come Marx comes back as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies despite the fact we last saw him getting his soul split in half in Super Star Ultra's True Arena? If you look closely in the 100% completion cutscenes of Super Star Ultra, Return to Dreamland, and Triple Deluxe, you can see Marx hidden amongst the crowd each time, as with Magolor, who also had a similar Unexplained Recovery. It turns out Marx somehow survived his last battle with Kirby and decided to lay low until the Jambastion threat gave him no other choice but to team up with Kirby.
  • When you think about it, Void Termina being the creator of the Master Crown explains why Magolor's soul form has a giant eye, making it look like a Dark Matter being. Void Termina is heavily implied to be the progenitor of the Dark Matter race and has his own giant eye form, so the Master Crown turning Magolor into a Dark Matter-looking being makes sense in hindsight.
  • The design of the secret boss of Star Allies, Morpho Knight, may seem familiar to long-time Kirby fans. Well, that’s because it’s the beta design for Meta Knight! “Reborn Butterfly” indeed!
  • The main villain of Star Allies, a game about friendships and love, is the leader of a cult and his three loyal generals. Most cults operate by manipulating and isolating more impressionable people with the end goal of creating a society of obedient, coerced slaves that see the leader as a close friend and call the slow corruption of their lives a form of love. Thus, Hyness and his Mages, in mechanics and their very concept, are a quiet Evil Counterpart of Kirby and his friends.
  • Dark Meta Knight's unique boss theme against Morpho Knight isn't his signature boss theme from previous games. Instead, it's a medley comprised of the Amazing Mirror boss theme followed by Dark Mind's theme during his second phase. Dark Mind's theme is understandable, but why the regular boss theme? Because that's what plays during the first phase of Dark Mind's boss fight; the themes are playing in sequential order.
  • When playing as Daroach through the Guest Star mode in Star Allies, in the room with the guest star's name spelled out in blocks, there's a Key Dee holding a key that you have to take in order to advance further. Fitting, considering that stealing things is Daroach's job. Regardless of how far he's redeemed himself, he's still a thief looking to steal treasure through whatever means necessary at the end of the day.
  • With the fight against Hyness in the main game of Star Allies, he only enters his second phase once the player fully depletes his first health bar, after which he summons the mages and uses them to replenish his life. Because he only summons logs in Heroes in Another Dimension, he's unable to use them to replenish his own life and thus enters his second phase once his life bar is only taken down by half.
  • So one of Kirby's final bosses is named Zero, right? he (or it) is claimed to feel no positive emotions. But think about this: what does "Zero" actually mean in numeric terms? it's a number that has no positive or negative elements, just bridges the gap from negative numbers to positive numbers. This might mean that Zero actually feels nothing at all, or is nothing. But, his second form, 02, takes this a step further. What do you get when you square a zero? you don't get a zero back, but , instead, you get "undefined", or nothing. What he feels is undefined, what he is is undefined, because he simply does not exist. Why? because in math, 02 does not and should not exist! (This will only become Fridge Horror if you think about it too much...)
    • This works on a retroactive level as well - as mentioned above, squaring Zero gives back "undefined," as in nothing. Zit. Nada. Null. Nil. VOID.

Fridge Horror

  • The Kirby series is probably the archetypal Sugar Bowl, a perpetually happy place filled with bright colours and cheerful characters where nothing bad ever happens, the stories merely Excuse Plots for purposes of fun. Except that no, it isn't. Pop Star is constantly assaulted by Eldritch Abominations that corrupt and kill and bring the world to the brink of destruction. The closest thing to an authority figure is a bumbling Authority in Name Only that can barely succeed even in the few times he manages to be competent. The Only Sane Man is a Blood Knight concerned only with combat. And Kirby himself, the protagonist and supposed hero, eats people. Hundreds upon hundreds of people. He is a horrific scale Big Eater on par with the Tyranids, consuming indiscriminately all in his path, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop him.
    • Keep in mind that most of these "enemies" are completely innocent. Most of them just sit there until Kirby either devours them or destroys their souls.
      • Also keep in mind he doesn't actually kill them, as you can later spit them out in Super Star.
    • Kirby eats enemies to gain their powers. Ritual cannibalism is carried out for the same purpose.
  • You know, if Kirby hadn't been around in Episode 39 where Boukyakku made everyone forget who Escargon is, Escargon might have headed to the ocean for a different reason...
  • In Kirby 64, the True Final Boss, oddly, has a band-aid on his head, which you have to hit to expose his weak point. It's the reincarnation of Zero from the previous game, so you'd first think that it's a simple call back... then you remember the whole thing where his iris ripped out of his main body...
  • The creation of most beings in Dreamland is through one's heroic heart (as shown in Kirby Mass Attack) which is aptly shaped like a star, so what happens when you spit them back out? You are spitting the heart of your enemies or objects.
    • Also concerningly, the Game Over animation in Mass Attack if you lose all your Kirbys has the star representing Kirby's heroic heart puff into smoke. So he doesn't just die, his soul completely ceases existence.
  • Kirby's Adventure involves a Nightmare trying to come through the fountain of dreams to hurt the denizens of dream land. King Dedede removes and destroys the fountain's power source, which keeps the Nightmare on the other side but prevents anyone in Dream Land from dreaming. Kirby fixes the star rod, defeats the Nightmare and restores the ability to dream, so all is good, right? Well, in Kirby Super Star it is shown that most of the planets in Pop Star's solar system have similar fountains. Another Nightmare could easily come through any of them and Kirby alone can't defend them all. Furthermore, the backlash from one Nightmare's defeat was strong enough to blow up 1/4th of Pop Star's moon. At any point, another Nightmare could creep out of any number of places in the cosmos and cause a disaster.
  • In Kirby's Dreamland 2, Dark Matter comes to Pop Star and makes mischief in Dream Land. Kirby gets a special weapon and defeats it, problem solved? Kirby's Dreamland 3 sees Dark Matter come back and engulf the entire planet of Pop Star. Kirby manages to defeat it with another special weapon, though, and even destroys its core, Zero. Yet in Kirby 64, Dark Matter successfully conquers another planet and would have been in position to take over many more had Kirby not gotten involved by coincidence. Turns out the controller, Zero, had somehow revived, but Kirby finding another weapon to put back down solved everything, right? No, Dark Matter engulfing two planets as well as forming another one out of its own mass is just a drop in the bucket. Even if Zero Two is taken down and Dark Star is no more, the fact that Dark Nebula from Squeak Squad was later revealed to be part of Dark Matter shows this plot point has not been forgotten either.
    • And then there's Void Termina from Star Allies... destroyer of worlds, indeed!
  • In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, there are two planets out of the six or seven depending on whether or not you gathered all the titular Crystal Shards that have a post-apocalyptic theme to them...
    • The first is Level 2, Rock Star, which is nothing more than huddled masses of rock, only kept together by the planet's overall gravity. Looking at its Japanese name, "Horobita Star," meaning "Ruined/Perished/Destroyed Star," gives some implications that the planet was destroyed by something. Then Kirby finds an ancient spaceship that was embedded within Rock Star....
    • The second is Level 5, Shiver Star. It looks more like a real planet than the other 6 planets and upon further examination, one can see that it has the outline of Earth's continents visible on it's surface, suggesting that it's a post-apocalyptic Earth. The entire planet is frozen over and at one point Kirby explores an underground factory filled with monsters floating in glass tanks.
      • This makes Adeleine's presence on Pop Star especially disturbing. She's one of the only humans in the series (a few more appear in Kirby's Dreamland 3), meaning she may very well be one of the last of her kind.
      • What's worse, most of the human characters from Dreamland 3 are children. Meaning they've likely been separated from their parents or orphans.
      • Somewhat mitigated by the presence of Samus in 5-2, suggesting that there are more humans out there somewhere.
      • Though, you've gotta admit that it's not entirely uncommon to just use earth if you don't wanna waste time coming up with different land masses, even if the planet isn't supposed to be earth.
  • In Kirby Super Star and Super Star Ultra, after successfully manipulating you into summoning Galactic Nova for him, Marx literally leaves you to die alone in freezing space. In a kid's game.
  • Kirby Star Allies opens with Hyness messing up the ritual to summon Void Termina on the Jambandra Base, which results in the giant purple Heart shattering into multiple pieces that are scattered through out the universe. Some of these heart pieces land on Planet Popstar, causing multiple inhabitants to turn evil and motivating Kirby to investigate what's happening. Keep in mind that Kirby usually doesn't know about the villainous forces until they start threatening Popstar. And since the Jambandra Base is established to be incredibly far away from Popstar, he wouldn't have known what was going on there until the heart pieces fell from the sky. Imagine what could've happened if Hyness had successfully completed the ritual....
  • It's probably a really good thing that our heroes always defeat Galacta Knight whenever he gets freed, or else a maniac who can apparently destroy planets as collateral damage in his fights would be running loose in the galaxy.
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