- This article is about Adeleine from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. For the character from Kirby's Dream Land 3 who might possibly be Adeleine herself, see Ado.
|“||Adeleine, an aspiring young artist, comes to Pop Star to study art but finds herself in the middle of a Dark Matter mess.||”|
— Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards instruction booklet, pg. 22
Adeleine is the young painter that joins forces with Kirby in his quest to rid Dark Matter from his realm in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. She is a humanoid girl, which causes her to stand out greatly from many other Kirby series characters, particularly due to the fact that she stands at roughly twice the height of Kirby. Her name is a Germanization of the French "Adeline", which is diminutive for "Adele" (nobility).
Always seen with her easel by her side, she, with her art, regularly bridges the second and third dimensions; her paintings literally morph off of the page, ranging from enemies that Kirby can fight and defeat, to items like 1-Ups and Maxim Tomatoes that Kirby can actually use. In terms of dress, Adeleine most frequently dons a large red beret, green smock, and simple brown shoes, an appearance that changes in color only when playing the mini-games in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards or recruiting additional Adeleines as Dream Friends in Kirby Star Allies.
Adeleine is not native to Popstar, having come from another world to study art. Her homeworld is left unspecified.
Being a young painter girl, Adeleine is not particularly hardy of constitution, and prefers to avoid fighting whenever possible. In Kirby Star Allies, this is emphasized by the fact that she has the lowest health of any playable character, and her guard has her hiding behind her easel with Ribbon.
Like other characters in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Adeleine does not speak. She seems to be peppy and upbeat from what is seen from her, and always seems to be happy even when times are tough. When Kirby sees her in a stage, she is more than eager to paint some food for him or help him find a Crystal Shard.
Similarities to Ado
- Main article: Ado#Relation to Adeleine
It has long been speculated that Adeleine is the same character as Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3, as both are young painter girls who can make living illustrations. While much has been said regarding the matter, their exact relationship has only been noted in a select few comments from HAL Laboratory, and even then, they tend to not draw any hard conclusions either way.
|Adeleine's video game appearances|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Supporting protagonist, playable character, and boss||Initially possessed by Dark Matter, but joins Kirby's side when defeated. She is playable in the sub-games.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Playable character||Rolled into one character with Ribbon.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Appears as a background character in the Castle Village after clearing enough Ordeals.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Referenced by a costume and color for Kirby, and also appears on a Character Treat.|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Like all of Kirby's eventual partners in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Adeleine is first met on Pop Star doing what she does best: painting a landscape. Right before Kirby enters the scene, a Crystal Shard had interrupted her painting session, and like Waddle Dee before her, she bends down to pick it up, intrigued. Meanwhile, a piece of Dark Matter has invaded her canvas, and while she's distracted, it launches a surprise attack and possesses her; at this point, Kirby runs onto the screen, only to see Adeleine painting up various enemies for him to fight. After Kirby defeats the all the paintings, she tries to attack him herself, but to no avail. The Dark Matter is exorcised from her, and Kirby, Waddle Dee, and Ribbon are then able to retrieve the Crystal Shard she had been holding. From this point on, Adeleine accompanies the group in finding the remainder of the Crystal Shards hidden across the realm.
During Phase 1, Adeleine paints a multitude of enemies. These are:
- An N-Z
- A Bronto Burt
- A Mariel
- A Mumbies
- An unidentifiable pixelated object
- The Ice Dragon
- Dark Matter's true form.
Upon defeating Dark Matter, Adeleine enters Phase 2.
During this phase, Adeleine charges in Kirby's direction while flailing her paintbrush, turning only if she hits a wall. Although she has a full health bar, any attack will finish her off in one hit, including a Slide Attack or an Air Bullet. When defeated, she flies off-screen, leaving behind a Crystal Shard.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
|“||The wait is over! This clever artist and her fairy companion from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards are back on Planet Popstar! They may not be the galaxy's most powerful duo, but their perilous paintings and shiny crystals are nothing to scoff at.||”|
— Adeleine & Ribbon Pause Screen description in Story Mode and The Ultimate Choice
|“||"Back for a new adventure!"
The attack artist from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and her pal Ribbon have returned! And with Adeleine's newly improved painting skills, these two are ready to be in the mix!
— Guest Star Adeleine & Ribbon Artful Adventures Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies
Adeleine returns in Kirby Star Allies as a Dream Friend added as a part of Wave 2 on July 27th, 2018 alongside Daroach and Dark Meta Knight. She is paired up with Ribbon as Adeleine & Ribbon, and uses her to hover. One of her attacks includes painting a variety of enemies from Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, including Batamon, Ghost Knight, and I³. She can also charge up this attack to paint Waiu, Kracko, or Ice Dragon and ride upon it. She is able to do her flailing attack from the end of the battle against her as well. She can also use the Shard Gun from the final boss of Kirby 64 while flying in the air with Ribbon. She can also paint scenery on her canvas to hide behind it. She can also use a Friend Ability similar to Still Life, but instead of painting the refrigerator of Ice-Spark Kirby, she paints the Picnic from the bonus stages of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
The Story Mode pause screen description for Adeleine & Ribbon states that they left Planet Popstar, presumably after the events of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and just came back. This would explain their disappearance after said game. The Japanese pause screen caption for Guest Star Adeleine & Ribbon Artful Adventures adds to this, saying that they came back from a trip to far-away. However, where they went or why is not explained.
A couple of the character interactions in the main menu of Kirby Star Allies has Adeleine either hiding from or trying to attack Gooey. Presumably, this is because she is mistaking Gooey for Dark Matter, who had possessed her in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
According to the January 2019 issue of Nintendo DREAM, the developers had originally considered giving Adeleine a voice, but ultimately decided against the idea, as they felt "it wasn't the right time for that" and wanted to avoid her feeling like a different character.
Adeleine & Ribbon has the lowest health of all playable characters in Kirby Star Allies. In addition, Adeleine is tall and thus considered a big character, i.e. easier to get hit. However, Ice Dragon and Kracko from Ado's Painter can deal massive damage, making Adeleine & Ribbon one of the fastest characters to beat The Ultimate Choice solo.
|Adeleine & Ribbon moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
|Adeleine swipes her brush forward.||Brush: 24|
Dash + B
|Adeleine charges forward while rapidly swiping her brush, and if she hits an enemy, she gets pushed back a bit.||24|
↓ + Press and release B
|Adeleine brings out her canvas and creates paintings of various past enemies.
She can paint in random Batamon, Ghost Knight, I³, and even Octacon from Kirby: Right Back at Ya! in his small form.
The painting moves/disappears: 24
I3 attacks: 36
Ghost Knight attacks: 32
Octacon attacks: 16→4→2 (3rd hit onward)
↓ + Press and hold B, then release
|Adeleine brings out her canvas and creates paintings of two past bosses and a past mid-boss.
She can paint Kracko, Ice Dragon, and Waiu in order.
Once she has completed the painting of the boss/mid-boss, she can ride and control it.
The painting disappears: 24
A in midair
|Ribbon carries Adeleine in the air while flying, at the same speed of dashing.|
Ribbon Flight + B
|Adeleine uses Ribbon's crystal gun while being carried to shoot Crystal Shards at enemies. She shoots two Crystal Shards each time she uses it, and it can be used in quick succession. This is directly based on Ribbon's Crystal from Kirby 64.||14+2|
↑ + B
|Adeleine twirls around with Ribbon in the air, damaging nearby enemies. This attack can also be used to grab nearby items.
||Summon Ribbon: 8|
Dance: 12+3+2 (3rd hit onward)
Final hit: 26
|Adeleine and Ribbon hide behind a canvas. Enemies simply pass by instead of hitting the canvas. Paintings on the canvas include:
When released, paint is sprayed around Adeleine to deal damage. By tapping both the direction and L/R buttons, Canvas Cover can be repeated very quickly and deal massive damage to enemies nearby.
Press and hold ↑
|Adeleine's exclusive Friend Ability, similar to Still Life of the Artist ability. She paints the same Picnic minigame from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, in which it then creates a bunch of food and Point Stars.|
|Reference: A Star Bullet deals 52 damage.|
|Ado's Painter moveset in Kirby Star Allies |
*Attack names for this section are conjectural.
*Kracko can move freely in the air while attacking.
Press and release B
|Kracko creates two beam whips of electricity around it.
||32→16 (2nd hit onward)|
Press and hold B
|Kracko shoots a lightning bolt below it.
||16→4 (2nd hit onward)|
|Kracko moves upward. Has the same effect as pressing ↑.|
|Ice Dragon breathes icy wind while moving forward and wagging his tail.
||32→24→11→10 (4th hit onward)|
↓ + B
|Ice Dragon creates a block of ice and pushes it forward.
↓ + B in midair
|Ice Dragon slams down, causing four icicles to fall, two on each side.
A in midair
|Ice Dragon waggles his tail to hover for a limited amount of time.|
*Waiu cannot Infinity Jump or hover.
Press and release B
|Waiu throws a purple cutter, which can be fired in quick succession.
||16→8 (2nd hit onward)|
Press and hold B
|Waiu vanishes and then quickly moves a distance depending on how long the button is held.
↓ + B in midair
|Waiu stomps down to throw a star bomb that bounces three times on the ground and then rises into the air.||Star: 32|
Super Kirby Clash
Adeleine and Ribbon appear in the Castle Village after clearing the Toughest: Pres. Parallel Susie Story Quest. Here, the former is painting as the latter watches. Adeleine and Ribbon also appear as a sticker, available for purchase from Magolor's Shoppe for 20 Gem Apples.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Adeleine is referenced by a costume and color for Kirby, the former of which also includes Ribbon. Adeleine also appears on a Character Treat, depicting her artwork from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- In the Japanese media, Adeleine calls Kirby by the nickname カーくん (Kā-kun).
- Adeleine sees King Dedede as a brother. In the Japanese media, she calls him デデのだんな (Master/Mister/Sir Dede).
- Adeleine is a little shy about being fed items, so she hides her face a little while doing Face-to-Face.
- In the Chinese version of Kirby Star Allies, the button execution of Painter and Ado's Painter was incorrectly shown as ↑ + B until this error was fixed in Version 4.0.0.
- Adeleine slightly resembles Satsuki Kusakabe from the Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro in body proportions and hair color, but their color scheme and interests are different.
Adeleine finding a Crystal Shard in a cutscene
Sketch of Adeleine from the False Ending credits of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Hand-drawn artwork to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Kirby series from Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s Instagram account
Artwork celebrating the 40th anniversary of HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Adeleine
Names in other languages
ā duǒ lái ní
ā duǒ lái ní
|From English name|
- 「ただいま！ また いっしょに 旅をしようよ！」
おかえりなさい！ ゴメンね 今まで ちょっと遠くへ 旅に
出てたの… けど、絵も もっと上手になって リボンちゃんと
(Translation: "We’re back! Let’s travel together again!"
Welcome Adeleine & Ribbon back from "Kirby of the Stars 64"! Sorry, up until now we went on a trip a bit far-off... but, my paintings have gotten even better, and I’ve come back with Ribbon. Also, let us participate too! )
- ドリームフレンズの声は、原作再現にできるだけ重きを置いています。アドレーヌの声優さん候補も考えましたし、演技上手なスタッフボイスで対応することもできたのですが…、それは今のタイミングではないかと。あの頃のキャラが帰って来る久々の復活で「別の子」に感じられてしまう要素を軽減したく思いそうし --Nintendo DREAM (January 2019)
(Translation: For the voices of the Dream Friends, we put as much emphasis as possible on recreating the originals. We considered candidates for Adeleine's voice actor, and we could have handled it by selecting a staff member with good voice acting skills, but... we thought it wasn't the right time for that. Since this character is returning from a long absence, we wanted to reduce the element of her feeling like a "different girl".)
- zhanghm11111 on Twitter
- Kirby 64 Japanese official website - Character introduction
- Nintendo Switch News Channel - Kirby Star Allies Channel #11