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KSA Adeleine.png
Artwork of Adeleine from Kirby Star Allies.
First appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Latest appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Star Allies
Super Kirby Clash
Cameo appearances Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Theme music

Clip of "Art Attack" from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

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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 (/ˈæ.də.laɪn/)[1] 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 human 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).

Adeleine is not native to Popstar, and instead visits the planet to study art. Her homeworld is left unspecified. She bears a strong resemblance to Ado, both in appearance and mannerisms, but whether or not they are the same character is left ambiguous.


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, a green smock with a simple grey skirt under it, and brown shoes with dark blue socks, 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. 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[edit]

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. Both are young painter girls who can make living illustrations, and the boss fights against them feature Kirby fighting these drawings before defeating the artists in a single hit. 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.

Game appearances[edit]

Adeleine's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
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's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Reference Appears as a golden statue in Merry Magoland as a reward for completing 30 Missions, and her likeness appears in the form of two Dress-Up Masks.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

K64 Adeleine scene 4.png
Adeleine, after being possessed by Dark Matter.
Debut game Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Copy Ability None
Similar to Ado, Holo Defense API
Theme music

Clip of Adeleine's battle theme

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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 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.


Phase 1[edit]

During Phase 1, Adeleine paints a multitude of enemies. These are:

  1. An N-Z
  2. A Bronto Burt
  3. A Mariel
  4. A Mumbies
  5. An unidentifiable pixelated object
  6. The Ice Dragon
  7. Dark Matter's true form.

Upon defeating Dark Matter, Adeleine enters Phase 2.

Phase 2[edit]

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[edit]

Adeleine's sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

After 16 years of complete absence, Adeleine makes a cameo appearance in Kirby: Planet Robobot as a collectible sticker.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

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 . 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. 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.[2] It is unknown where they went, or why, but this is likely meant to explain their disappearance from the series until this game.

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.[3]


Reflecting Adeleine's frailty in her boss fights, Adeleine & Ribbon have the lowest health and highest damage knockback of all playable characters in Kirby Star Allies. In addition, Adeleine is tall and thus has a bigger hitbox than most characters. However, the paintings of Ado's Painter have high mobility and deal massive damage, and Canvas Cover allows the duo to become completely intangible while guarding. Al Fresco can also be used to generate food to make up for their low health. As a result, Adeleine & Ribbon are a high-risk, high-reward character.

Adeleine & Ribbon moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Description Damage[4]
Brush Slash
Adeleine swipes her brush forward. Brush: 24
Paint: 16
Brush Force
Dash + B
Adeleine charges forward while angrily 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, , and even Octacon from Kirby: Right Back at Ya! in his small form.
  • Batamon walks around.
  • Ghost Knight thrusts its lance forward, which can cut down ropes and grass.
  • I³ crushes anything below it, which can pound stakes.
  • Octacon enlarges itself to damage enemies.
Canvas: 16
The painting moves/disappears: 24
I3 attacks: 36
Ghost Knight attacks: 32
Octacon attacks: 16→4→2 (3rd hit onward)
Ado's Painter
↓ + 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.
  • Press Y/L/R to drop from the paint boss/mid-boss.
  • The paint boss/mid-boss has only 1 HP and can be destroyed by one hit.
Canvas: 16
The painting disappears: 24
  • For the damage of painting bosses, see the table below.
Ribbon Flight
A in midair
Ribbon carries Adeleine in the air while flying, at the same speed of dashing. No
Ribbon's Crystal
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
Fairy Dance
↑ + B
Adeleine twirls around with Ribbon in the air, damaging nearby enemies. This attack can also be used to grab nearby items.
  • Adeleine & Ribbon are invincible during this attack.
Summon Ribbon: 8
Dance: 12+3+2 (3rd hit onward)
Final hit: 26
Canvas Cover
Adeleine and Ribbon hide behind a canvas. This causes them to become intangible; enemies and attacks simply pass by instead of hitting the canvas. Paintings on the canvas include:
  • World maps from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards;
  • Adeleine's self-portrait from the staff credits of Kirby 64.

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.

16 (release)
Al Fresco
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. No
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.
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
Beam Whip
Press and release B
Kracko creates two beam whips of electricity around it.
  • This can grant Friends the Zap element.
32→16 (2nd hit onward)
Lightning Bolt
Press and hold B
Kracko shoots a lightning bolt below it.
  • This can grant Friends the Zap element.
16→4 (2nd hit onward)
Kracko moves upward. Has the same effect as pressing ↑. No
Ice Dragon
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
Icy Wind
Ice Dragon breathes icy wind while moving forward and wagging his tail.
  • This can grant friends the Blizzard element.
  • Ice Dragon can jump or change his moving direction.
  • This attack can be canceled by tapping B so only the first blow always hits and deals maximum damage.
32→24→11→10 (4th hit onward)
Block Push
↓ + B
Ice Dragon creates a block of ice and pushes it forward.
  • This can grant friends the Blizzard element.
Icicle Drop
↓ + B in midair
Ice Dragon slams down, causing four icicles to fall, two on each side.
  • This can grant friends the Blizzard element.
Icicle: 16
Stomp: 36
A in midair
Ice Dragon waggles his tail to hover for a limited amount of time. No
*Waiu cannot Infinity Jump or hover.
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
Cutter Throw
Press and release B
Waiu throws a purple cutter, which can be fired in quick succession.
  • This can cut down ropes and grass.
16→8 (2nd hit onward)
Vanishing Dash
Press and hold B
Waiu vanishes and then quickly moves a distance depending on how long the button is held.
  • Waiu is invincible during this move.
  • Waiu can teleport horizontally only.
Star Stomp
↓ + 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
Stomp: 24

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Adeleine's likeness appears in two Dress-Up Masks. Her regular mask is unlocked by completing card #05 of the Stamp Rally, while completing 30 missions unlocks a variation based on her focused expression when using the Brush Force move in Kirby Star Allies known as "Adeleine (Focused)". Wearing either mask replaces the wearer's voice with a crystal-like sparkling sound.

A gold statue of Adeleine and Ribbon can also be unlocked in Merry Magoland provided the player has completed at least 30 missions.


  • In the Japanese media, Adeleine calls Kirby by the nickname カーくん (Kir-kun).[5] She also refers to King Dedede as デデのだんな (Master/Mister/Sir Dede), and sees him as a brother.[6]
  • On Kirby JP Twitter, Zan Partizanne gives Adeleine the nickname でこっぱちアーティスト (Big-Forehead Artist).[7]
  • Adeleine is a little shy about being fed items, so she hides her face a little while doing Face-to-Face.[6]
  • In the Chinese versions of Kirby Star Allies, the button execution of both Painter and Ado's Painter were incorrectly shown as ↑ + B in Version 3.0.0.
  • 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.


Main article: Adeleine/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アドレーヌ
Traditional Chinese 阿朵萊妮
ā duǒ lái ní
Simplified Chinese 阿朵莱妮
ā duǒ lái ní
Dutch Adeleine -
French Adeleine -
German Adeleine -
Italian Adeleine -
Korean 아들레느
The second transliteration listed here was only given for the earliest appearance of Adeleine's name in Korean media, which was material accompanying the 2008 Korean release of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for the Wii's Virtual Console. Subsequent appearances consistently use the first, starting with Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Portuguese Adeleine -
Russian Аделин
From English name
Spanish Adeleine -


  1. It's Kirby Time, Read-Along #6 - A Hug from Kirby (archive)
  2. 「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
    帰ってきたよ。また、あたしたちも まぜてね!

    (Translation (Wayback Machine snapshot): "We’re back! Let's travel together again!"
    Welcome Adeleine & Ribbon back from "Kirby 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. So, let us join, too! )
  3. 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".)
  4. Twitter link @zhanghm11111 Twitter favicon.png (Wayback Machine snapshot)
  5. Kirby 64 Japanese official website - Character introduction (Wayback Machine snapshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nintendo Switch News Channel - Kirby Star Allies Channel #11
  7. Twitter link Twitter favicon.png (Wayback Machine snapshot)
  8. Kirby 64 Wii Virtual Console guide (Wayback Machine snapshot)