Like many games in the Kirby series, Kirby: Triple Deluxe has some surprisingly dark elements. While much of it is told through Flavor Text and Word of God rather than the main story, its sad content is still enough to warrant its own page from the rest of the series.
Unmarked spoilers below.
- Make sure you have a box of tissues handy when you read the pause menu descriptions in The Arena and The True Arena; you'll learn the heartwrenching stories of:
- Paintra being separated from her sister — presumably Drawcia, Claycia, or Vividria — at birth, and vowing revenge.
- Dark Meta Knight becoming a ronin who has been utterly consumed by vengeance and bloodlust after being sealed inside the Dimension Mirror for aeons.
- Queen Sectonia once being a good queen until her own vanity and the influence of the Dimension Mirror corrupted her.
- The worst has to be the pause description for the Final Boss, Soul of Sectonia, which explains some story. It tells of how there was one voice, presumably Taranza, constantly calling out to the Queen to try to help her, but she's rejected it at every turn, and now the voice is gone. It calls her a pitiable husk and pretty much tells you to put her out of her misery — worded along the lines as her 'final beauty sleep'. All of the Taranza × Sectonia pictures on the Internet do not help this situation.
- The original Japanese text is even worse; Sectonia has gone off the deep end, although she hears Taranza's voice calling for her. She keeps rejecting it because she doesn't recognize who she is or who her friends are anymore, and begs Kirby to kill her so her misery can end.
- Taranza goes through a lot.
- When Sectonia blasts Taranza off the balcony, you can practically feel the betrayal in his voice when he asks this question.
- The backstory explains that Queen Sectonia was once a kind ruler who was on pretty good terms with the People of the Sky, especially Taranza until she had her FaceHeel Turn. But even then, Taranza still remained by her side, following her every command even if it meant hurting the People of the Sky. It wasn't until Sectonia tried to kill him that he finally acknowledged the painful truth: that the Queen he once faithfully served was no longer the Queen he knew and was now a monster that threatened both worlds who had to be stopped. In other words, he had to help Kirby put down his best friend. Take note that this all happens in a Kirby game!
- Word of God puts one last dagger in the coffin: Taranza, although he didn't mean to, was the one responsible for Sectonia's corruption when he gave her the Dimension Mirror. Basically, Sectonia going crazy was all because of a gift he gave her that happened to contain a revenge-driven ronin.
- And then they pull an entirely new knife out by having one of the statues in Star Allies portray Sectonia and Taranza, and making a point of using Sectonia before she was transformed.
- Kracko has a unique pause description in Kirby Fighters Deluxe that's found on Very Hard mode. It's written from his POV. What they had him say almost makes him sympathetic in a way, which could explain why he's such a Wake-Up Call Boss in most of his appearances.