Taranza

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Debut Game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Last Game Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
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Taranza is an antagonist in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. He serves as second-in-command to the main villain of the story, Queen Sectonia.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

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In the opening scene, he is seen kidnapping King Dedede, mistaking him for the "Hero of Dream Land". He is seen in the opening of every boss fight from levels 1-5, running from Kirby and making bosses for him to fight using what appears to be magic, such as making Flowery Woods out of a flower, and making Kracko out of a cloud.

Although he is responsible for making all of the bosses up to the end of the game, Taranza is never fought directly, though he attempts to attack Kirby while he is distracted fighting Masked Dedede. After Kirby bests him, Taranza calls for help from Queen Sectonia, who swats him away for his failures. At this point, Taranza decides to aid Kirby and King Dedede, gaining redemption in the process by tossing Kirby a Miracle Fruit at a crucial point during the fight with the Queen.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Team Kirby battling with Taranza.

Taranza returns in this spinoff title, here serving the role of main antagonist, driving the various monsters to attack the Dream Kingdom. His ultimate triumph is in subduing and bending the Guardian Angel Landia to his will, who continues to fight even after he is defeated. It is later revealed that Taranza was being influenced by a powerful evil object known as the Black Mirror, and to return Taranza to a friendly demeanor, Team Kirby must destroy this mirror, dealing with everything it summons in the process.

Unlike in Triple Deluxe, Taranza is fought directly as a Boss in this title. He floats around the battlefield, tossing magic energy at Team Kirby from the foreground and background. He is also capable of ensnaring the Kirbys in a magic net, rendering them useless for a time. His ability to float about and teleport makes him a difficult target for Team Kirby, but like other floating enemies, he is vulnerable to the Beam Mage's Time Beam spell.

Taranza serves as the fourth Ordeal. Defeating him unlocks the last series of encounters in all of the lands unlocked up to that point, eventually leading to the fight with Landia EX.

Promotional art for Team Kirby Clash Deluxe featuring Team Kirby battling Taranza.

Appearance

In many ways, Taranza is similar in physique to Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, as both are floating creatures who wear scarfs, have a cape, possess disembodied hands and use magic. Taranza however is distinct in that he has three pairs of hands, bears a redder color scheme, and has a visible mouth with two sets of eyes and horns that resemble pincers.

The name Taranza is partially based on the name of the large spider family known as the Tarantula. This is a possible misnomer however, as tarantulas are generally more passive than other spiders, as well as much hairier.