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"Kirby, Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Meta Knight solves the cases that occur in Dream Land peaceful enough to make one yawn. There are all sorts of exciting stories like original stories that can only be read at Tsubasa Bunko, novelizations of big hit games, or side stories where Meta Knight is the protagonist!

Kirby is a series of light novel adaptations of the Kirby games series. It features Kirby, Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Meta Knight as the main protagonists.

The series is written by Mie Takase, she is mostly known for her adaptation into novels of video games such as the Shin Megami Tensei series and Ace Attorney series, where the illustrations are drawn by Tau Karino and Poto Karono, both of whom are sisters. Published by Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko, the first volume was released in late 2013 and is still ongoing.

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Kirby provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: A downplayed example, where most of the normal enemies from the games are just normal residents living peacefully.
  • A Day in the Limelight: There are quite a few volumes where Meta Knight takes center stage.
  • Artifact Domination: This is what Malice Crystal turns out to be.
  • Batman Can Breathein Space: Following the footsteps of the game, where for example, the crew of Halberd seem to be fine when they are in the deck while the Halberd is in space.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: If you thought that Kirby get betrayed a lot in the games, the light novel takes it to the next level, where most of the novel-only characters trick or deceive Kirby one way or another.
  • Break the Cutie: Kirby, more often than not. In the sixth novel, Magolor betrays Kirby's trust in the end and brought him to tears. In the eight novel, the Meta Knights and Dedede force him to fight Galacta Knight against his will, making him very much uncomfortable.. In the Super Kirby Clash adaptation, Kirby falls into depression because he starts to miss his friends from Dream Land..
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  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Traveling between planets seem to be no different than driving a car here.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Zig-zagged. Series starts out quite light-hearted and slice-of-life-esque, but somewhere around "Kirby's Labyrinth Rescue!" its direction shifts towards action-adventure stories with higher stakes and much darker moments, but the serious tone is kept balanced with lighthearted moments.
  • Character Development: Entire main cast gets one eventually. Kirby from unreliable and childish kid who only thinks about food all the time becomes much more responsible and stops inhaling others to get copy abilities without their consent, Waddle Dee from helpless sidekick becomes Bandana Waddle Dee and Kirby's true companion. Dedede goes from selfish jerk to much more considerate and friendly ally, Meta Knight learns to respect Kirby and works on taming his wild side.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kirby gives this frequently to the Squeaks. Even while he's asleep!
  • Divided for Adaptation: The Kirby Star Allies adaptation was split into two novels, making it the longest story in this series yet.
  • Food Fight: Happens in the fourth novel, when Princess Marona reunites with Meta Knight.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine for Kirby, Phlegmatic for Waddle Dee, Choleric for King Dedede, and Melancholic for Meta Knight.
  • Friendship Denial: Kirby and King Dedede. They eventually become fire-forged friends.
  • Mind-Control Device: Malice Crystal in the fourth novel.
  • Not His Sled: Since the novels are Pragmatic Adaptations, this is bound to happen.
    • In Save the Rainbow Islands!, Dark Matter, the True Final Boss of Kirby’s Dream Land 2, does not appear at all. note  Instead, Pirika is the mastermind behind the incident there.
  • Novelization: Certain novels are almost straight adaptations of then recently released Kirby games, such as "Kirby and the Great Planet Robobot Adventure!" which is obviously based on Kirby: Planet Robobot. Older games also have adaptations, including "Big Trouble in Patch Land", which appears to be an adaptation of Kirby's Epic Yarn.note 
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Novels that are based on games are usually this. They can't use all the new locations, set-pieces and bosses, so they focus on fleshing out the most important aspects of the game's story. For example, "Kirby and the Great Planet Robobot Adventure!" heavily delves into the relationship between Susie and President Haltmann.
  • Running Gag: Kirby would frequently mistake certain words for food.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Active Blade gives this at the end of the third novel, where she tells that she's from a country full of sweets foreshadowing "Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess".
    • Spear Cotta Knight mentions Seventopia in "Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess", a location which is relevant in the sixth novel "Kirby's Labyrinth Rescue!".
  • Story-Breaker Power: In the eighth novel, Captain Vul buys an assortment of Copy Essences for Kirby. Near the end of the volume, the purple Sphere Doomer takes them with it to Another Dimension, since Kirby being able to use countless abilities whenever he wish would be extremely overpowered.
  • Sugar Bowl: Dream Land is said to be peaceful enough to make others yawn.
  • Totem Pole Trench: In the first novel, Kirby and Dedede disguise themselves into a woman named Dedeby by this technique.
  • True Companions: With Kirby and Waddle Dee.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: In the Kirby: Planet Robobot adaptation, where the Haltmann Works Company turns all the inhabitants into robots and forces them to work for the company.

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