Captain Stitch

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Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land 2
Latest Game Kirby's Dream Land 3
Copy Ability Needle
Similar Enemies Gordo
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Captain Stitch is a Mid-Boss appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3. Its appearance is that of a dark sphere with eyes surrounded by eight spikes, making it resemble a large Gordo. Unlike Gordos, however, it usually sports angry eyes and is not cross-eyed. It is also shown to possess a small mouth, which is only visible when it opens it upon being injured.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
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In-game sprite.

Captain Stitch debuts in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Here, it is first encountered in the fourth stage of Red Canyon, holding Rick captive.

Much like its smaller Gordo cousins, Stitch is able to float and — while surrounded by spikes — possesses invincibility. Its strategy consists of flying around the room in varying patterns and randomly performing one of two fundamentally similar attacks, which invole launching its spikes at Kirby in a straight line or doing the same with its entire body; both attacks are indicated by the Mid-Boss's briefly pulling back before striking, making it difficult to foresee which maneuver will follow. If Captain Stitch fires its spikes at Kirby, it is temporarily left vulnerable to all attacks until it regrows them; the spikes, on the other hand, keep their invincibility and may harm Kirby while travelling through the air, but become compressed into a ball that can be sucked up once they collide with an obstacle. If the Captain launches itself forward, it retains its invulnerability until slamming into a wall; the latter causes it to fall down, briefly becoming stunned and losing its spikes, which once more become inhaleable and may be used as ammunition.

Captain Stitch, like other Mid-Bosses, is invincible to sliding, colliding with Kirby and air pellets, but can be harmed with any projectile or Copy Ability while its spikes are detached from its body, requiring three projectiles or a varying number of ability-based attacks to beat. Inhaling and swallowing Stitch after its defeat grants Kirby the Needle ability, but no ability can be obtained from its spikes.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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In-game sprite.

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Captain Stitch returns, virtually unchanged from its previous appearance aside from a more bluish (purplish in its artwork) tint. Apart from the final stage of Iceberg, which features a rematch with all of the game's Mid-Bosses, it is only encountered in the fourth stage of Ripple Field. As is typical for Mid-Bosses in this game, Stitch can only be faced in the latter stage if Kirby takes a specific route through through it and must be defeated and swallowed in order to reach a key item or character required to obtain the stage's Heart Star — in this case, the toad Gamagaeru's child.

Although Stich's behavior mostly remains unchanged, the Mid-Boss now moves more slowly, takes considerably longer to regrow its spikes after tossing them away and is overall more predictable in its movements. It also requires six projectiles to defeat now instead of three, each one subtracting 1.5 units from its health bar. As in the previous game, swallowing it after its defeat grants Kirby the Needle ability.

Anime

Captain Stitch in the pilot.

Although it does not appear in any of the regular episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Captain Stitch can be seen in the anime's pilot, possessing the same appearance as it does in the games, but with pronounced eyelids and a puce tinge. Here, Stitch is among the monsters emerging from the dark clouds — presumably created by Nightmare — near the end of the short and is the first one to be shown.

Unlike in the games, the Captain's spikes do not appear to grant it invincibility, as Kirby is able to inhale it before it can do anything, spitting it at the evil incarnation of Meta Knight that has likewise materialized from a cloud and instantly defeating both. This makes it the only monster in the pilot which Kirby inhales without acquiring a Copy Ability from it.

Trivia

  • Captain Stitch is one of numerous Mid-Bosses in the Kirby series that resembles a larger version of a regular enemy; others include Poppy Bros. Sr., Grand Wheelie and Boboo.
  • Apart from being colored, Stitch's sprite in Kirby's Dream Land 3 is almost completely identical to the one used in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャプテンスティッチ
Kyaputen Suticchi
Captain Stitch