- 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 is a boss from Kirby's Dream Land 3. She is a human girl who came to Pop Star in order to practice painting. Ado bears a strong resemblance to Adeleine, both in looks and mannerisms, but whether or not they are the same character is currently ambiguous.
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 & Mr. Bright, and Kracko, all of which are bosses in Kirby's Dream Land 2, but with significantly less health and nerfed attacks. 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 three star bullets' worth of damage. The Sweet Stuff can withstand 4 star bullets' worth of damage. Mr. Bright & 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:
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
While not mentioned by name in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Ado is depicted in two keychains: "Sweet Stuff Drawing" and "Boss Butch" (which depicts her along with the rest of the regular Dream Land 3 bosses).
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. In Japanese, Adeleine is spelled "Adorēnu" (アドレーヌ), so "Ado" can be interpreted as simply a shortened version of her full name. The book "20th Anniversary - Hoshi no Kirby: Pupupu Taizen", published by Shogakukan in 2012, addresses the many similarities of the characters, and suggests that Ado could be a nickname for Adeleine, but ultimately states that it is simply unknown if they are the same person or not.
A similar artbook published by Kadokawa in 2017, "Kirby Art & Style Collection", also includes a piece of concept art that appears to have been sent to manga artists after Kirby's Dream Land 3's release. In the artwork, two designs for Ado are shown—one resembling her in-game sprite, and another resembling Adeleine—and guidelines are shown to indicate that artists should draw her in the latter design rather than the former. Because of this, many manga appearances of Ado resemble Adeleine, and some interpreted the two as a singular character after Kirby 64 was released. Early concept art for Kirby 64 also shows Adeleine resembling this design, with a cross-shaped button on her smock rather than a circular one. However, a caption below the artwork states that it only concerns Ado, and notes that "there's a strong resemblance between Ado and Adeleine", gelling with the earlier statement in "Pupupu Taizen". A different book published by Kadokawa in 2019, "Hoshi no Kirby no Character Daishūgōzukan", contains a similar statement about Ado and Adeleine as in the 2012 Shogakukan artbook.
A tidbit worth noting is that both characters are shown in supplementary material to call other characters by the same nicknames, such as "Kir-kun" for Kirby and "Dede no Dan'na" ("Mr. Dede") for King Dedede.
While recent Japanese media has described 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 English UK version of the video. However, this detail is notably absent on both the respective Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Japan equivalents. Additionally, in Star Allies, Adeleine has a move known as Ado's Painter ("Ado Painter" in Japanese), 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 it could simply be referencing Ado while retaining her as a distinct character.
Within Nintendo 3DS eShop and Nintendo Switch titles, internal designations may provide an inside clue as to how the character is at least treated among developers. In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and Kirby's Blowout Blast, a recurring remix of Adeleine's introduction cutscene from Kirby 64 contains the string N64_Ado; furthermore, Adeleine's texture files from Kirby Star Allies DLC and Super Kirby Clash are denoted as Ado, despite the model folder itself being named Adeleine. In the case of Star Allies, the fact that other Dream Friends do not use shorthand makes the usage of Ado for Adeleine seem particularly deliberate, and it is important to note that the vast majority of modern filenames adhere to official transliterations over literal romanizations. Additionally, Japanese Twitter posts by HAL consistently do not mention Ado in text or depict her in artwork; for example, in Adeleine's Dedede Directory post in 2020, King Dedede's introductory statement translates to "The red beret hat is the trademark of 'Adeleine'!", but otherwise does not allude to Ado or Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- 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.
- Ado's appearance in her official artwork noticeably differs from her design shown in larger artwork in-game, such as the credits illustrations. In her official artwork, she is squat with thin, cartoon-like limbs and eyes similar to Kirby's, while her in-game artwork shows her with more realistic proportions and anime-like eyes with white scleras. The artist appears to have used her simplified sprite for reference, and given the excerpt from "Art & Style Collection" seen above, it is likely that the in-game artwork is what she is intended to look like.