Follow TV Tropes

Following

YMMV / Kirby

Go To

YMMV subpages:


  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Kirby:
    • Advertisement:
    • Meta Knight squanders more than one opportunity to let Kirby know what's going on. Is he playing Idiot Ball or does he have some ulterior motive, such as ensuring another rematch between the two of them? If he does, does Meta Knight really crave a rematch so badly that he's willing to risk an Eldritch Abomination escaping into the world? Or alternatively, does he just not view telling Kirby everything as worth it and think Kirby is too stubborn to listen?
    • Galacta Knight has had no information released about him besides being so strong that he was sealed away and possibly having destroyed several planets in the past. Literally every piece of fandom conversation outside those few facts is an ACI.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Some ads and reviews for the Kirby games paint them as being most suitable for young children, largely due to their easiness and cutesy aesthetic. This has a side-effect of turning some people off, as while Kirby has an active and vocal fanbase and is considered a Sacred Cow among Nintendo's series, it has an inherently harder time attracting uninitiated older (in age) fans.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
      Advertisement:
    • Bandana Waddle Dee in Kirby Super Star Ultra. In Revenge of the King, he is the last boss before King Dedede. He's laughably easy. It's the same Waddle Dee that appears in the Arena.
    • Dark Nebula is laughably easy compared to the battle just before it. 02 is also easier than Miracle Matter.
    • Dark Crafter makes the above two bosses look difficult. It only has one, rather easy to dodge, attack and the strategy to defeat it is the same as Whispy Woods.
  • Base-Breaking Character: As Bandanna Waddle Dee has become a Breakout Character and has started to be pushed as the fourth main character, fan opinion has started to become divided on him. Some love him for his adorable design, his use of a spear to round out Meta Knight's sword use and King Dedede's hammer use, his relationship with King Dedede, and for being built as an "underdog story" who was able to train and be on par with Kirby. Others dislike him for his design being little more than that of a generic enemy and having less interesting abilities than the other main characters. His detractors also often feel that his position as the fourth main character would be better given to other characters like Gooey or Adeleine.
  • Broken Base:
  • Canon Fodder: While lots of story is given from Flavor Text, manuals, and Word of God, lots of them are left unexplained and mysterious.
    • Meta Knight. Where did he come from, and what is he trying to do? Why does he look like Kirby? Is he the same species, or even related? Can he inhale or copy abilities? And why is Kirby suddenly content with letting him fly around in the Halberd after what happened last time?
    • What is Dark Matter, and where did it come from?
    • If Gooey is part of Dark Matter, why is he good? Why does he look so much different from all other Dark Matter? How did he meet Kirby?
    • What's the deal with Shiver Star? Why does it look like a frozen Earth? Is it After the End? What was that factory made for? What are the creatures in those tubes? Did the Haltmann Works Company invade the planet?
    • What are the "Soul" Final Bosses? Are they related, or even all possessed by a common threat?
    • Who was responsible for Drawcia's (and Paintra's) painting in Canvas Curse? And how exactly is Vividria related to them (if she's even related in the first place)?
    • How did Dark Nebula get into its chest, and how did Meta Knight (and possibly King Dedede) know about it?
    • Who is Galacta Knight? Why did people fear his power so much?note  How was he sealed up? Where did he come from; where did he go? What happened to him in Star Allies? Did he fuse with Morpho Knight, or was he killed?
    • Why does HR-D3 vaguely resemble King Dedede? How did it "drift in" from Another Dimension?
    • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, what was Magolor talking about when he said that someone on Halcandra may know Kirby? Or, when he said that the Ancients created lots of ancient artifacts? Who are those Ancients? What does "clockwork stars" refer to?note 
    • What is the Master Crown? How was it created, and who created it? How many have worn it before Landia?note 
    • Who is Susie's mother?
    • What other planets did the Haltmann Works Company visit? Did they take over them? Rock Star? Shiver Star? Halcandra?
    • Just what is Void Termina in relation to Dark Matter/Zero? And for that matter, the many connections that it seems to have to other bosses opens up the question of how much of an influence Dark Matter has had on the universe. On top of that, Void Termina seems to link all of these things to Kirby himself.
    • Who or what is Morpho Knight? How powerful is it, and what are its motives?
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • Unlike with Mallow and Geno, Shinichi Shimomura's characters are still legally property of Nintendo. There is absolutely nothing stopping them from coming back, and indeed, many of them already have.
    • There's an odd Fanon that Gooey was Killed Off for Real alongside the rest of Dark Matter at the end of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, this despite that Gooey assisted Kirby in destroying Dark Matter in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and nothing bad happened to him then. Gooey's return in Kirby Star Allies seems to have put this one to rest for the time being.
    • Generally, it's best to be skeptical of any fan's "fun fact" if it starts with "In the Japanese version...", the sad thing is that it's often the Japanese fans spreading these.
    • Kirby has red feet, not red shoes.
    • The "Gourmet Race" theme from Kirby Super Star is commonly thought to be the main theme of the series due to its use in Super Smash Bros.. The series' actual theme is most likely Green Greens, which has appeared in nearly every game in some form.
    • It is commonly believed that Kirby is a baby Star Warrior who only communicates in something resembling Pokémon Speak. The only work in the franchise to use this portrayal was the anime adaptation, which takes place in an Alternate Continuity. Also, the term "Star Warrior" has never been used in the games.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: When it comes to Boss Rush modes that offer abilities, many players will stick to only one ability throughout the entire run. Most of the time, they'd stick with abilities that can deal heavy damage as quickly as possible, such as Hammer, Plasma, or Tornado, or abilities with great defensive options such as Stone, Leaf, or Archer.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • King Dedede. He's the king of Dream Land, wears a pimp coat, and fights with a hammer. Also? He is a blue penguin (though the blue part might be a bit mitigated by the fact that penguins are typically depicted as blue & white in Japanese media).
      • Masked Dedede takes this Up to Eleven. Case in point: the fight takes place in an electrified cage.
      • Wait till you see him wield an AX three times bigger than he is.
      • In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, he ups the ante by going with up to 63 smaller versions of himself, and powering his hammer up with the Star Rod.
      • Even his clone is awesome. When it Turns Red, it splits into 3, and even when they're defeated, it's not over — they man a massive, mobile cannon with dynamic attacks.
      • Kirby's Blowout Blast has him become HUGE for the final battle. Taken Up to Eleven with Giant Masked Dedede. Kirby Battle Royale then has him pilot a mech that looks like himself and is capable of summoning copy Kirbys against Kirby.
      • And then there's Kirby Star Allies, which gives him a ripped body when he gets possessed.
    • The final boss of Kirby: Planet Robobot is a wish-granting feline planet-sized machine that summons numbers and random objects to attack you in an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield.
    • Galacta Knight lives by this trope — stated to have such insanely massive amounts of power that he's been sealed away due to it. He is outright stated to be the greatest warrior in the galaxy, can use entire dimensional rifts as attacks, and apparently regularly destroys entire planets on a whim.
  • Cult Classic: Air Ride has been getting more and more popular each year since its release thanks to its sandbox-like City Trial mode. Helps that it was the last Kirby game that Kirby's creator Masahiro Sakurai worked on before leaving HAL Laboratory to start his own company.
  • Designated Villain: Dedede in Squeak Squad actually did nothing wrong, but becomes a boss anyway because Kirby accuses him of stealing his cake. In other games, he's often Brainwashed and Crazy and becomes the "villain figurehead". In fact, the only time Dedede has ever done something openly villainous was stealing all of the citizens of Dream Land's food in the first game.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Many Kirby fans think Dark Matter/Zero is a lonely, sad being that just wants some friends — though this does have some basis in canon, as it was stated that Dark Matter Blade couldn't feel positive emotions and wanted to destroy the world out of jealousy. The awesome battle music probably helps (especially 02's music.)
    • Oh boy, Marx. He's so adorable! Even after he stole Kirby's wish upon Nova, revealing that he manipulated Kirby to do what he wanted, attempts to rule Pop Star, and morphs into a monstrous form. Similar thing happens to Magolor and Taranza, although they do turn good in the end.
    • Happens a lot to Void Termina, mainly due to the Epileptic Trees surrounding his morality and true identity, as well as his connections to both Kirby and Zero.
  • Ear Worm: Pick a song, ANY song from the games. Case in point: the Invincibility jingle. It doesn't help that the games have a habit of endlessly recycling/remixing music used from previous games.
  • Even Better Sequel: The original Kirby game was a fairly standard side-scroller that was pretty enjoyable for what it was, but was laughably short and easy (although the latter is compensated by the unlockable Hard Mode — and it lives up to its name, all right) and didn't even allow you to copy abilities! Kirby's Adventure then came out on the NES and blew the original out of the water by offering more levels, the series-trademark Copy Abilities, and a save feature! It also introduces the Breakout Character Meta Knight. Kirby's Dream Land 2, while not quite as elaborate as Adventure, at least brought these improvements down to a portable level, while also adding the Animal Friends to offer unique variations on Adventure's pre-established gameplay and introducing the concept of multiple endings to the series.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • Don't call Kirby a girl just because he's pink. If you're lucky, a fan will just politely correct you.
    • Don't call Kirby "Jigglypuff" or assume that he's a Pokémon in general.
    • Don't call King Dedede "King DeDeDe" or pronounce his name "King Day Day Day" around certain English-speaking fans.
    • Don't refer to a character by the Fan Nickname they had before they were translated from player's guides, e.g. "Shellatoss" or "Toss Tortoise" for Rolling Turtle or "Skainter" for Paint Roller.
    • Misspelling the villain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as "Daranza" instead of "Taranza" is also a no-no, as it's a Blind Idiot Fan Translation that come about in the months-long release gap between the Japanese and English versions.
    • Like Pokémon, the games and anime take place in separate canons, so refrain from asking where Tiff or Escargoon are. note 
    • Don't refer to Lololo, Lalala, or Nightmare by their 4Kids-changed names, "Fololo", "Falala", and "eNeME", as they were only named that in the American version of the anime and not the games.
    • In light of a certain character with the same name, Zero Two is not to be confused with Zero Two.
    • Kirby has red feet; he doesn't wear red shoes.
    • Kirby being named after a brand of vacuum has as much truth to it as Donkey Kong originally being named "Monkey Kong".
    • It's "Dream Land" not "Dreamland". The Google and YouTube autosearches are the worst offenders of this.
    • Don't assume that the theme for Gourmet Race is the official main theme of the series due to its use in the first Super Smash Bros. title. It was only played in two levels of a single mode in Kirby Super Star and appeared in only eight games after thatnote , not counting the remake Kirby Super Star Ultra or subsequent Smash Bros. remixes. If anything, Green Greens' theme is Kirby's theme song.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Kirby's Power Copying ability technically gives him an unlimited array of potential powers. And with Kirby having abilities that range from martial arts and electricity to ringing bells and parasols, it's quite fun to imagine potential powers for the little guy. And what makes it even more fun is the possibility of them becoming actual powers in an official Kirby game.
    • What would happen if other characters found Nova or another wish-granting machine, and what wishes would they make?
    • What are the Mirror World versions of characters we haven't seen yet?
    • If the Robobot Armor can take the ability of its wearer, what would happen if someone other than Kirby used it? Related is the potential other powers (that don't appear in Planet Robobot but do in other games) that could be a Mode for the mech, and how they'll work; a similar thing happened for the Super Abilities in Return to Dream Land, especially with how a "Super Cutter" was considered but then got Dummied Out.
  • Fanon:
    • One Japanese guidebook for Kirby's Dream Land 2 claimed Dark Matter was a Tortured Monster that attacked Popstar because it was jealous of all the "happiness" there. Just about every fan accepts this as official canon, but they always flanderize it into applying to Zero/02 alone, despite Zero not being introduced until the sequel (the Tears of Blood likely have something to do with it... and also the fact that Zero is Dark Matter's core).
    • People really seem to like the idea that Meta Knight is like a father-figure to Kirby, to the point where the Japanese have their own term for the whole headcanonnote . This stems from his portrayal in the anime, where he's more protective and supportive towards Kirby (though still largely enigmatic).
    • Many fans believe that Meta Knight's mask contains a voice changer/amplifier like Darth Vader, to provide his trademark Badass Baritone, and that his "real" voice would sound more like Kirby's. This ignores the fact that Meta Knight is an adult of Kirby's species.
    • Did Bandana Waddle Dee appear in Kirby 64, minus the blue bandana? Some fans think so.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Super Smash Bros., as both series were minded by Masahiro Sakurai and share many mechanics. Many older Kirby fans (and some younger fans) were introduced to the series via Smash, and without Smash, Kirby would have a much harder time attracting fans of all ages.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiot Plot: Squeak Squad features one of the silliest Excuse Plots in franchise history — Kirby's trying to get his cake back. Once he confuses the chest with his cake in it for the one Meta Knight is guarding, does Meta Knight sit Kirby down and explain things? No! He makes off with it, and Kirby starts chasing after him! Five minutes of rational conversation would've completely shut down the last section of the game. You can always expect Meta Knight to be enigmatic, even to Kirby, but this game is where it gets disastrous.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: The games may be easy, but this is generally averted — they were actually designed to be very easy (as the first game was developed at a time when Nintendo had a trope-naming reputation for publishing difficult titles), yet nobody seems to have any problem. This becomes quite weird when you hear this trope being invoked elsewhere, since how many other games allow you to fly over most of the stage without even having to find a power-up?
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Meta Knight's identity as another member of Kirby's race is technically a spoiler on the grounds that you don't know anything about him until his defeat. The fandom's been talking about it for years, so never mind about that.
    • The existence of Dark Matter and Zero, as they're supposed to be True Final Bosses; by Dream Land 3, Dark Matter is basically a Late-Arrival Spoiler.
    • Practically everyone knows about Marx being a Treacherous Quest Giver. Later games wouldn't even try to hide it, showing his Final Boss form in cameos. His pause screen description in Star Allies outright states that "this final boss is here to help".
  • Jerkass Woobie: King Dedede. Considering practically every game involves him being possessed, mind controlled, or duped into fighting Kirby and getting his ass kicked it's hard not to feel bad for him
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Kirby himself is this. There are Nintendo fans who firmly believe the pink puff's badassery is only rivaled by Captain Falcon. The fact that Planet Robobot described him as having infinite power (which would technically make him god-like) and the fact that Mass Attack concludes with Kirby killing the implied Death God has only amplified this. The Super Smash Bros. community usually hype Kirby, Shulk and Bayonetta as the three strongest characters due to them all canonically killing gods in their home series. It got an extra boost with the reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Story Mode, which involves every single character apparently dying at the hands of a Light Is Not Good Eldritch Abomination...except for Kirby.
    • King Dedede. He's Crazy Awesome incarnate, and only gets crazier with every new game. To quote a tip from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Dedede doesn't need to copy abilities like Kirby because he "is already perfect".
    • Meta Knight, from his introduction, has been seen as really, really kickass. Two things have solidified it: him summoning Galacta Knight just to prove that he can beat him, and his complete Game-Breaker status in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • During the Boss Rush in Super Star, you will have to fight a Waddle Dee with at least ten times the health of a normal Waddle Dee. It's still a Curb-Stomp Battle Zero-Effort Boss (he doesn't move, and you can still inhale him). A video on the internet portrayed him as an unstoppable god of destruction (via a player who thought it would be hilarious) and the fandom's pumped him up ever since. In case anyone wants to argue, here is Waddle Dee proving his point. Contains spoilers!
  • Memetic Loser: Dark Nebula tends to be a running joke among Kirby fans, due to how pathetically easy he is compared to other final bosses in the series.
    • Also, Dark Crafter, who dies in three hits and has one attack.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Kirby himself, since many of his enemies, especially Waddle Dees, are mostly harmless so long as you leave them alone.
  • Moe:
    • Kirby, obviously. His baby-like voice in the anime also helps. Many other characters, even a lot of the enemies, are also cute.
    • As the rather large amount of Fan-Art would show, Ribbon seems to get a lot of attention for her cuteness. She's a pink-haired fairy girl, after all.
  • Never Live It Down: In Kirby Squeak Squad, the Idiot Plot leads Kirby to go on a quest (read: rampage) for his stolen piece of cake. In every other platform game, his goals are more noble, but some fans hang on to this one instance and insist Kirby is a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right; While few would say there's any outright bad game in the series, the games that aren't primarily developed by HAL Laboratory are held in less regard than the ones that are.
  • Periphery Demographic: Though the games are and remain mostly geared for people beginning to play video games, a good chunk of the fanbase are experienced gamers who grew up playing them and who gleefully return to each new installment, no matter how short or easy it is. It helps that the games tend to be well-made, and make up for the easiness by putting the difficulty into 100% Completion; in fact, their easiness and cuteness can be therapeutic for many people, and provide nice breaks for people who play "heavier" games.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Magolor is a Played for Laughs victim of this, since despite turning good after his defeat in Return to Dream Land, fans enjoy painting him as a deceitful Token Evil Teammate. The interpretation especially took hold after Team Kirby Clash Deluxe made him a shopkeeper; him managing microtransactions is joked to be a far greater evil than deceiving Kirby and pals so he could gain immense power with the Master Crown ever was. It also helps that he can be quite The Gadfly in later games.
  • Sacred Cow:
    • While Kirby may not be as popular as other Nintendo franchises, it has an extremely good reputation, and it's rare to find a Nintendo fan that outright hates the games. Furthermore, while some may call a few games "lacking", the opinion that Kirby has never had a truly "bad" game is common, which is a rarity among Nintendo series.
    • It's practically impossible to even criticize Kirby as a character. Shenanigansen once put down on his twitter site claiming that Kirby was the worst Nintendo character. After severe backlash from fans, he immediately apologized and withdrew his statement. Later, he posted this picture. The series' other characters, such as Meta Knight and Dedede, also have such a reputation due to their unique, charming designs and personalities and lack of controversial character traits, particularly for those who find Kirby to be boring in comparison.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Attacks that knock the ability out of you. It's been a mainstay for most games and can lead to a pretty bad cycle of getting hit over and over trying to recover the star, only for it to get knocked back out. Made worse by the fact that there's never actually any indication as to what will or will not, as even basic enemies can do it with contact damage occasionally. How often Kirby loses his ability from attacks varies by game. Recent games have many different enemy and boss attacks programmed to always knock out Kirby's ability, and in Kirby's Adventure, Amazing Mirror, and Squeak Squad, every means of taking damage will make Kirby drop his ability. This can get truly aggravating when going for the fastest possible times in Boss Rush modes, as you can't afford to get hit too much or you'll waste time.
  • Squick: In Super Star (and a few other games with co-op), a player can share the effects of a recently consumed food item by walking up to their ally at which point the two get face to face for a second. There's really no other way to interpret this animation as anything but player 1 spitting up what they had just eaten into player 2's mouth... Or they share the health gain with a kiss. Since healing items are food, Kirby's giving the chewed up remains to his sidekick. Meta Knight can do it too, through his mask. Somehow. If Kirby Super Star's manga adaptation is any indication, the creators are fully aware of this. This is joked a lot in fanarts.
  • Surprise Difficulty:
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Whether intentional or coincidental, the Kirby series has some pretty interesting motif similarities to other songs in them.
    • In Kirby Super Star, the Revenge of Meta Knight ending theme bears similarities to The Animals' rendition of "House of the Rising Sun".
    • The game over screen in Kirby Super Star has a similar tune to the chorus of Queen's "You're My Best Friend".
    • Last but not least is the Kirby Dance theme, which sounds like a part of "The Walrus and the Carpenter".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The entire series, until Mood Whiplash kicks in and you fight the final boss. Kirby: Planet Robobot starts off Darker and Edgier than most other games, though.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • He's pink and his name's Kirby, this was a given.
    • For the longest time, many non-Japanese fans considered Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3 to be male. However, Japanese material, mostly manga adaptations, has always referred to her as female. A slightly more accessible confirmation reached the English-speaking fanbase in 2012, in the form of the 20th Anniversary guidebook Pupupu Taizen.
  • Vindicated by History:

Top

Example of:

/
/

Feedback