- This article is about the character from Kirby's Dream Land 3. For a similar character who appears in other games and might possibly be Ado herself, see Adeleine.
Ado bears a strong resemblance to Adeleine, both in looks and mannerisms. A few statements in the English canon imply that the two are the same character, but their relationship in the Japanese canon has been left ambiguous.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3
Ado is faced down at the end of Cloudy Park
Ado has two phases. Using her giant canvas, she paints enemies that will battle Kirby for her in Phase 1. She summons Ice Dragon, Sweet Stuff, Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright, and Kracko, all of which are bosses in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and attack the same way, but with significantly less health. Kirby can use his Inhale technique to swallow their projectiles and spit the projectiles back at the paintings, or attack them with abilities. The Ice Dragon Painting can be destroyed in 3 star bullets' worth of damage. The Sweet Stuff can withstand 4 star bullets' worth of damage. Mr. Bright and Mr. Shine can withstand damage equal to 6 star bullets' worth in total (3 per painting). The Kracko painting can withstand damage equal to 8 star bullets' worth.
After Kirby uses the Heart Stars to purge the area of Dark Matter's influence, he can come back to see Ado, who will be much friendlier. She will paint a number of different things at random, then erase them. These paintings include:
Ado or Adeleine
After the release of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for the Nintendo 64, there was much debate about Ado's relationship to Adeleine, a similar character who appears in said game, with pre-release material suggesting they were likely meant to be the same character during a point in development. The book"20th Anniversary - Hoshi no Kirby: Pupupu Taizen", first released in 2012, addresses the many similarities of the characters, and suggest Ado could be a nickname of Adeleine, but ultimately states that it is simply unknown if they are the same person or not.
While recent Japanese media has treated them as separate characters that only might possibly be the same, both Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Russia have stated that Adeleine appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 3, via the descriptions of their YouTube videos featuring the trailer for Adeleine & Ribbon's appearance in Kirby Star Allies. Specifically, it seems that all of these were translated from the UK version of the video. However, this detail is notably absent on both the respective Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Japan equivalents, so it could have possibly been an error. Additionally, in Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine has a move known as Ado's Painter, allowing her to paint the same bosses as Ado could in Kirby's Dream Land 3. This can either be seen as evidence supporting the two as the same character, or the idea could be that the separate names exist in the move-set are meant to differentiate them while still referencing Ado.
- Her battle system is similar to the Holo Defense API from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- The way she tumbles upon defeat is similar to the Keke enemy in the same game.