Kirby

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This article is about the main character of the Kirby series. For information about the video game series, see Kirby (series). For the species, see Kirby (species).
Quote1.png This is the main character you control, Kirby. ...He's a pretty jolly guy. Quote2.png
— Kirby Super Star/Ultra Beginner's Show, as Kirby glares at the camera
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Artwork from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Last Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
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Kirby is a small, pink creature of unknown origins. He is often seen riding a Warp Star, and battling enemies. He is notable for possessing one unique ability, differentiating him from other Nintendo characters: being able to suck up enemies and use one of their main attributes.

Name Origin

In a recent Game Informer interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, Miyamoto confirmed rumors that the name Kirby was partially inspired by attorney John Kirby, who defended Nintendo in a lawsuit by Universal City Studios after the release of Donkey Kong, in which Universal claimed that Donkey Kong was illegally based on King Kong. Miyamoto however, explains that the name Kirby existed on a list of potential names for the character, and that the name was partially chosen because of the trend that in Japan cute characters often use 'very soft names with soft sounds in them'. Miyamoto thought that the name Kirby had 'harsh sounds' to it, and that 'the juxtaposition of this cute character with this harsh-sounding name was very funny'. [1]

Characteristics

For a Nintendo character, Kirby is amongst the simplest in appearance. As nothing more than a short, pink, 8-inch tall,[2] charismatic ball with red feet, Kirby uses the malleability and flexibility of his tuft-shaped body to establish his individuality, and traverse the colorful, interactive landscapes around him. Kirby has little physical strength, however his ability to steal his foes' characteristics, known as Copy Abilities, through ingestion adds quite the amount of physical, chemical, and/or electric power to his arsenal. Utilizing these abilities, Kirby can inherit the embodied power of the enemy, and in some titles, can even meld multiple powers together, by swallowing additional foes in succession. In earlier games, Kirby did not undergo any physical changes upon receiving a copy ability; this all changed in Kirby Super Star: Kirby dons a unique hat for almost every Copy Ability he obtains. In games after Kirby Super Star, the ingestion of a Copy Ability always yields a physical change, whether it be a simple hat, or a total body transformation.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land

Kirby makes his debut appearance in Kirby's Dream Land, where he clashes with his nemesis King Dedede for the first time in the series. The game depicts him as a young and agile boy who eagerly helps out his fellow Dream Landers in their crisis with King Dedede.[3] The mischievous king has not only stolen all the food in Dream Land, but also abducted the land's Sparkling Stars. Without further hesitation, Kirby sets out to travel through the four areas of King Dedede's realm, reclaim the Sparkling Stars from the King's castle, defeat King Dedede, and give Dream Land its food and its Sparkling Stars back.

The boxart of Kirby's Dream Land depicts Kirby with white skin, as opposed to his trademark pink color. This is most likely due to the fact that Kirby's color scheme had not been finally decided. The game is also the first to mention Kirby's lack of singing talent, though it is not as exaggerated as in later titles. In this game, the enemies explode from laughter at Kirby's singing off key, as opposed to actually getting physically harmed from his songs.[4]

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

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Kirby from Kirby's Adventure

In Kirby's Adventure and Nightmare in Dream Land, Dream Land starts encountering nightmares, and Kirby once again attempts to come to the rescue. He finds out that King Dedede took the Star Rod, the source of power of Dream Land's good night sleep, and splitted it into 7 pieces, giving a part to each of King Dedede's 6 friends (it is actually seven since Butter Building has 2 bosses), and keeping one for himself. Kirby defeats King Dedede's friends and fights King Dedede. However, upon beating King Dedede, a being known as Nightmare arrives. Kirby now understands that King Dedede took and broke the Star Rod to prevent Nightmare from getting it and faces Nightmare with it. He fights and eventually defeats him, giving Dream Land a good night sleep once again.

Kirby's Adventure is notable for being the first game Kirby can use Copy Abilities for more varied ways to defeat enemies and collect certain items.

Kirby's Pinball Land

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Kirby holding another Kirby with a Parasol

In Kirby's Pinball Land Kirby plays as the ricocheting ball in the traditional game of pinball. However, Kirby plays in three pinball settings, beating Whispy Woods, Kracko, and Poppy Bros. Sr. along the way, which eventually leads him to King Dedede.

Kirby's Dream Course

Kirby in a screenshot of Kirby's Dream Course

Kirby appears as a ball again in the fusion of golf and billiards called Kirby's Dream Course, which is the first 3D game he appeared in. He can use Copy Abilities to aid in defeating enemies so he can get inside the hole. If a second player competes, that player controls a yellow Kirby named Keeby.

Kirby's Avalanche

In Kirby's Avalanche, a puzzle game based on a popular Japanese puzzle game, Puyo Puyo, Kirby is shown to talk in full sentences. However, Kirby's personality is different from his usual games, since he is depicted as arrogant. After defeating various Kirby enemies, including the penultimate Meta Knight, Kirby fights King Dedede at the end.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Kirby riding on Rick


Dark Matter disrupts Dream Land in Kirby's Dream Land 2 by stealing the valuable rainbows that connect to the Rainbow Islands by possessing King Dedede. Kirby must collect all seven Rainbow Drops scattered through the land to rescue Dream Land from Dark Matter. Once Kirby defeats King Dedede and collects all Rainbow Drops, Dark Matter escapes. Meanwhile, the Rainbow Drops fuse into the Rainbow Sword, an important weapon for defeating Dark Matter and restoring tranquility to Dream Land.

In this game, Kirby is introduced to Animal Friends, who are Rick the hamster, Coo the owl, and Kine the sunfish; that can use Kirby's Copy Abilities in a new and helpful way. Kirby can use them if he frees them from a bag.

Kirby's Block Ball

Kirby yet again serves as the ball in the Breakout-based game, Kirby's Block Ball. However, the player can set Kirby to be in ball form or normal form. As in many spin-off games with a Kirby twist, Kirby can use Copy Abilities to help him break blocks and defeat enemies.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

Kirby with the newly introduced costumes; this one is the Beam ability.

In Kirby Super Star, Kirby, for the first time, receives a costume whenever he obtains an ability. Also, he can guard in this game. Kirby Super Star is split into several games, while its remake has a few more. In Spring Breeze, Kirby follows the storyline of his first game, Kirby's Dream Land. In Dyna Blade, Kirby must investigate why Dream Land is in a food shortage until he realizes that Dyna Blade must feed her chicks. In The Great Cave Offensive, Kirby treks into a dungeon where he collects as much treasures as he can before exiting the cave.

In Revenge of Meta Knight, Kirby must infiltrate in the Halberd inside of a certain time because Meta Knight is threatening the stability of Dream Land. Despite multiple (some backfiring) attempts to stop Kirby, Kirby manages to destroy the Halberd and flee it on a Wheelie Bike.

In Milky Way Wishes, Marx tells Kirby to stop the sun and moon from fighting. Kirby, deprived of his ability to take the enemies' abilities, has to collect Copy Essence Deluxes instead. At the Galactic NOVA, he asks for a wish, but Marx takes advantage of the opportunity and wishes that he is the ruler of Dream Land. However, his plots are foiled when Kirby later defeats him.

Gourmet race is an interesting game in which Kirby races DeDeDe and gathers food in the process

The Arena Is a Challenging game in which Kirby fights multiple bosses

In the remake, more modes are added. King Dedede shows his revenge in Revenge of the King and even drastically powers himself up, calling himself Masked Dedede, but Kirby still manages to defeat him. The True Arena is a much more difficult version of The Arena, with different bosses and items that restore much less HP.

Kirby's Star Stacker/Kirby Super Star Stacker

Mr. Star and Kirby

Kirby receives a puzzle game that is not a remake of another puzzle game: Kirby's Star Stacker. In this game, he must place a star between two matching blocks of his Animal Friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2 to remove them and receive points.

This game receives a remake for the SNES. In the remake, there is story involving King Dedede blasting Mr. Star into pieces and scattering them throughout Dream Land. Kirby decides to help Mr. Star find his pieces. Although Dedede is the antagonist of the game, Grill is the final opponent in the game.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Kirby and his group with a Crystal Shard.

Kirby is called to action in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards after Ribbon, a young fairy, tells him about the shattered state of the Power Crystal, the symbol and source of the realm's unity. Ribbon manages to safeguard one of the pieces of the Power Crystal and reveals to Kirby that he must embark on a quest to recover all the remaining Crystal Shards before the game's antagonist, Dark Matter not only takes over the seat of government at Ripple Star, but the entire realm.

Unique to this title, Kirby can obtain two copy abilities at once, by swallowing two foes in succession. The varying mixes of copy abilities are not just aesthetically interesting, they do have a purpose: specific combinations can break barricades that hide Stars, 1-Ups, and most importantly, Crystal Shards. After traveling through the six worlds, defeating the bosses and collecting the 72 Crystal Shards scattered across the realm, Kirby and Ribbon team up to take on Dark Matter's source, Zero Two, the final obstacle between them and realm-wide peace.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Kirby appears in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, a game where tilt sensors are used to move him around. In the story, Kirby discovers that King Dedede is once again behind robbing Dream Land of its stars.

Kirby Air Ride

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Kirby against three other colored Kirbys


In Kirby Air Ride, Kirby uses Air Ride machines, including the familiar Warp Star, to race and battle against fellow Kirbys or even Meta Knight and King Dedede. There are three modes: in Air Ride, Kirby races his opponents in a course, facing familiar enemies along the way. In Top Ride, Kirby drives on a simple course with items helping or hindering him. In City Trial, he can customize a vehicle he finds by finding power-ups while attacking opponents if they get too close.

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

Dark Meta Knight splitting Kirby into four

In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Meta Knight discovers that Dark Mind attacked the Mirror World and leaves to attempt to stop the disorder from spreading. Meanwhile, Dark Meta Knight ambushes Kirby, splitting him into four. Then, after a fight, Dark Meta Knight seals Meta Knight into a mirror, splitting the mirror into eight pieces. Once Dark Meta Knight escapes, Shadow Kirby follows. To retrieve these shards, the Kirbys must defeat bosses of each world.

Once all the pieces are recovered, the Kirbys fight Dark Meta Knight, who is with Meta Knight, eventually defeating him. However, a vortex opens and the Kirbys enter it. Meta Knight meanwhile throws his sword, the Master, to assist Kirby fight Dark Mind. Also, if the sword is lost, Shadow Kirby throws another sword.

After defeating Dark Mind and saving Meta Knight, the Kirbys realize that Mirror World Kirby is a protector of the Mirror World.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

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Kirby from Kirby: Canvas Curse

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, an evil witch named Drawcia appears and tries to turn Dream Land into a portrait. Kirby goes after her to stop her, but ends up being pulled into her world and is turned into a ball. He goes after her again, this time however to break the canvas curse put on him and Dream Land. In this form, he can no longer fly, but can now use an attack known as a Dash Attack and can use this take an enemy's power. He can also ride lines created by the Magic Paintbrush.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Kirby is about to eat the cake before the Squeaks steal his cake.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, it is snack time and Kirby is about to have a slice of cake, but a shadow arrives and takes it. Kirby suspects that King Dedede is responsible for the theft. He goes there, but realizes that King Dedede does not have it. He then sees a group of bandit mice, known as the Squeaks stealing one of King Dedede's treasure chests, and then finds out that they stole his cake. He begins another journey through Dream Land, and confronts Daroach the leader of the Squeaks. He beats him, but Meta Knight swoops in and steals the treasure chest. After confronting and defeating Meta Knight, Kirby sees Daroach take the chest. However, it did not contain the cake, but the Dark Nebula, who possesses Daroach. He then has to defeat a possessed Daroach and then Dark Nebula himself to save the galaxy. After defeating Dark Nebula, he receives his cake as an apology from the Squeaks.

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Kirby carrying his companion, Prince Fluff, in a level

In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby is once again the protagonist of the game with his companion Prince Fluff. At the beginning of the game, Kirby is walking through Dream Land when he spots a Metamato made out of yarn. Kirby quickly gulps down the Metamato before the eyes of its owner, Yin-Yarn. In revenge, Yin-Yarn uses his magic sock to suck Kirby into Patch Land - a world where everything, (characters, backgrounds, enemies) is made out of different materials. Kirby is made of yarn, and because of that, his usual powers to fly and inhale are missing.

In Patch Land, Kirby quickly spots a blue character being chased by an enemy. He saves him and then learns that his name is Prince Fluff. Prince Fluff decides to show Kirby around Patch Land. While Prince Fluff is explaining how Patch Land has been ripped into seven pieces, a slug comes and attacks them. Kirby quickly decimates it and the magic yarn comes down. Prince Fluff explains that the Magic Yarn can be used to stitch the pieces of Patch Land back together. Then Kirby and Prince Fluff embark together on a quest to get the rest of the pieces of the Magic Yarn to return Patch Land to its former glory.

Kirby Mass Attack

Kirby has lost the power to inhale once again in Kirby Mass Attack. Necrodeus has split Kirby into ten weaker ones that he is able to easily destroy. However, one Kirby escapes. Kirby's heart comes out him and starts to guide him to restore Dream Land from Necrodeus.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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Kirby and his companions from Kirby's Return to Dream Land


In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby, as well as his friends Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, and King Dedede find a mysterious starship, the Lor Starcutter, crash land into Pop Star, thereby losing five of its parts, and all 120 Energy Spheres. Kirby must help the owner of the starship, Magolor, retrieve the missing parts and the Energy Spheres. Once the Lor Starcutter is repaired, Magolor takes Kirby to Halcandra, Magolor's homeworld. There Kirby must help Magolor defeat Landia, a bird-like creature, only to find that Magolor was a power-greedy villain determined on taking over the universe. Kirby then must fight Magolor and his soul in Another Dimension to preserve Pop Star and the universe.

Super Smash Bros. series

Cook Kirby, Kirby's Final Smash.

Kirby has appeared in every game of the Super Smash Bros. series, and is joined by Meta Knight and King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For his basic special move, he can suck up other characters, and copy one of their special moves, replacing his Inhale ability with it. If he does so, he also copies one of their more distinctive clothing features (if he copies Mario, for example, he will also wear Mario's red cap). If one Kirby inhales another, he can steal his Copy Ability. His Inhale ability can also be used to suck up almost anything else, such as items, food, and projectiles fired at him, though explosives will cause him a little damage from inside. His Final Smash is Cook Kirby, where he puts all nearby characters and items into a pot and starts cooking them. After he is done cooking, the enemies and some food items come out.

Melee trophy information

A denizen of the far-off, peaceful planet Pop Star, Kirby became a citizen of Dream Land after defeating King Dedede. Even though he's only about eight inches tall, Kirby is an extremely skilled technician. He has the ability to absorb the powers of his enemies, and his elastic body makes him a versatile adventurer.

Smash 1:

Kirby's small size lets him dodge many attacks, but his light weight makes him fly far when struck. Using his ability to inflate, he can jump five times. His Swallow attack creates wild combos; not only can he copy foes' moves, but he'll also put on special hats and mimic their voices. His Hammer is unwieldy but powerful.

Smash 2:

Because of his light weight, Kirby is always in danger of being sent flying, but his ability to puff up and fly allows him to come back from amazing distances. His Final Cutter strikes on the way up and on the way down, and it sends out a beam of force upon landing. Kirby transforms into various objects and crashes down when he uses his Stone technique.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カービィ
Kābī
Kirby
Spanish Kirby -
French Kirby -
German Kirby -
Italian Kirby -
Chinese 星之卡比
xīng zhī kǎ bǐ
Combination of "star" and the pronunciation of Kirby.


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References

  1. Miyamoto Talks Wii, Zelda And Nintendo's Past - GameInformer
  2. "Even though he's only about eight inches tall, Kirby is an extremely skilled technician" -Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
  3. "Suddenly a spry little boy named Kirby happened along and said, "Don't worry, I'll get your food and your Sparkling Stars back!"." (Kirby's Dream Land manual, pg. 4)
  4. "I'm not a very good singer and I sometimes sing off key, but King Dedede's bullies can't stand to hear me sing and will just explode with laughter when I puff out the microphone." —Kirby (Kirby's Dream Land)