Kirby (species)

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Four colors of Kirbys from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror and Meta Knight, a suspected Kirby.

Kirby is not the only one of his kind in his universe. Many Kirbys have appeared throughout the series, and outside of the series too. Even though some of these appearances are only cameos, some of them are actually playable.

Examples

Kirby

Kirby is the most notable and famous of his species. He is usually also seen as its representative. However, his ability to inhale and copy has not yet been confirmed to be a species trait or simply something unique to Kirby.

Meta Knight

Meta Knight's status as a Kirby has for a long time been under debate. In his very first appearance in Kirby's Adventure, his true form under his mask was revealed to look exactly like Kirby, except black. In Kirby Super Star, that color was changed to dark blue. However, also in Kirby Super Star, Meta Knight was shown to possess wings, something no other Kirby has been shown with. Very few games attempted to show more light on the matter after this, as though Meta Knight is often shown to drop his mask after battles, he is usually only seen like this for a second or two at a time. Notably, though, a Japan-only game called Kirby's Star Stacker revealed many more details about Meta Knight, including similar hands and feet. Finally, a crucial argument on behalf of those who argued against Meta Knight being a Kirby, the argument noting his wings, was proven false in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where Meta Knight's wings were revealed to merely be products of his cloak. Because of this, he is generally considered to be a Kirby.

Kirby clones

A somewhat obvious example, shown in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror and recently in Kirby Mass Attack, makes use of Kirby being split into several versions of himself. In Amazing Mirror, these clones shared Kirby's ability to inhale and copy, and at the end went off to become heroes in their own right. In Kirby Mass Attack, the clones are much smaller versions of Kirby, and cannot inhale. Also, the ending of that game has the clones merge back into Kirby.

Prince Fluff

In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's primary helper is Prince Fluff, a resident of the world transformed into Yarn. Prince Fluff, like Kirby in his yarn state, is unable to inhale or float, though he is capable of transforming himself into other creatures made of yarn.

Keeby

The player 2 character in Kirby's Dream Course is a yellow version of Kirby officially known as Keeby. In the game, he serves as player 2, competing against Kirby. Like Kirby, he is able to copy abilities from enemies, though it is unknown whether he can float or inhale. It is also unknown whether he is merely the yellow Kirby from Amazing Mirror or a completely separate character.

Batamon

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, mysterious enemies known as "Batamon" are seen in locations impossible to access. These enemies look exactly like Kirby, including color. It is unknown whether they can inhale or float, and it is also unknown whether Batamon is the official name of the species or merely the name of the individual that Kirby sees.

Shadow Kirby

Shadow Kirby, as his name suggests, is a grey/black version of Kirby that appears in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. He appears to share the ability to copy and float.

Other

In many Kirby games like Kirby Air Ride, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the Kirby Fighters mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and the Team Kirby Clash mode of Kirby: Planet Robobot, players 2-4 can play as alternately colored Kirbys.

Possible members

Dark Meta Knight

Only seen for a brief moment after he is defeated at Radish Ruins in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Dark Meta Knight's unmasked form resembles a black Kirby, darker than even Shadow Kirby. However, it is unknown whether he is an actual evil Kirby working for Dark Mind or merely a replica of Meta Knight created by Dark Mind.

Galacta Knight

At the end of the Meta Knightmare Ultra subgame of Kirby Super Star Ultra, Meta Knight battles Galacta Knight, the greatest warrior in the galaxy. Galacta Knight in many ways resembles Meta Knight and therefore Kirby in shape and size. However, Galacta Knight's maskless form is never seen, even when he is destroyed. In addition, his wings appear to be make out of flesh and feathers, rather than the cloak that comprises Meta Knight's.