- This article is about apples in a general context. For the apples used as currency in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, see Gem Apple. For the collectable fruit in Kirby Mass Attack, see Fruit. For food in a general context, see Food.
A blue Kirby carrying three Apples
Apples serve many differing roles within the Kirby series, appearing either as hazards to be avoided, food to be eaten, or in some other capacity. Apples are most commonly associated with Whispy Woods who almost always drops them during fights, but they can be dropped by other entities as well.
When not trying to avoid having them dropped on his head, Kirby is quite fond of eating apples, either inhaling them whole or taking bites out of them in cut-scenes. Despite this, apples do not normally appear as food in most games, particularly in those which feature apples as hazardous objects.
As an enemy/hazard
Apples are inanimate objects about the size of Kirby, usually dropped by Whispy Woods, that can damage playable characters on contact. They yield no Copy Ability when swallowed, nor do they restore stamina. As such, their main use is as ammunition against Whispy Woods or other enemies that use them, such as Poppy Bros. Jr., who can sometimes be seen balancing on them.
Against common expectation, apples appear far more often as hazards to be avoided in the Kirby series than otherwise. This tradition started with Kirby's Dream Land and has persisted throughout the entire series, with only a few games assigning apples to other roles.
Kirby's Dream Land
Apples first appear in this game. They can mainly be seen in the Green Greens stage, either being balanced on by Poppy Bros. Jr. or being dropped from Whispy Woods' canopy. Apples are worth 400 points when destroyed.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Apples return in this game and its remake, serving the same purpose as before.
Kirby's Pinball Land
Apples appear as destructible bumpers in this game, appearing in all three Pinball Lands. They are mainly seen during the fight with Whispy Woods and are worth 1600 points when collided with.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Apples appear in this game, once again associated with Whispy Woods and Poppy Bros. Jr.. They also appear as hazards in the Bonus Chance with Whispy.
Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
Apples reprise their role in this game, once again being associated with Whispy Woods and his variants, along with Poppy Bros. Jr.. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, poisonous apples can also appear, which are not safe to inhale.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Apples appear in this game with Whispy Woods, though this time, they are not the only produce that he drops.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Apples appear in this title, once again associated with Whispy Woods.
Although not strictly treated as enemies in this game, Whispy Woods fires apples as projectiles in the Whispy's Forest stage.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Apples appear in this title along with Whispy Woods. Poisonous apples also make an appearance.
Kirby's Dream Collection
In addition to appearing in the featured games of the collection, apples appear alongside Whispy Woods in the Smash Combat Chamber EX of New Challenge Stages.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Team Kirby Clash, Whispy Woods and his apples make an appearance.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Whispy Woods and his apples serve in two of the battles in this game.
Kirby Star Allies
Apples return alongside Whispy Woods in this game. In addition, for the first time in the series, Whispy can also drop special hot apples on vines which grant the Fire ability when swallowed, or can be struck with an opposing element to produce goodies.
Kirby Fighters 2
In Kirby Fighters 2, apples are sometimes tossed by King Dedede as a hazard in Dedede Arena.
As a non-hazardous object
There are a few instances in the series where apples do not appear as hazardous objects, appearing instead either as food, as usable objects, or as props in cut-scenes.
Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
At the end of the Dyna Blade game, Kirby is seen using Whispy Woods' apples to feed Dyna Blade's chicks.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In the cut-scene which plays after clearing Rock Star, Adeleine paints food for her companions. She paints an apple for Kirby to eat.
A number of Furniture pieces in this game either include or are themed after apples. This includes the Apple Table, the Fruit Bowl and Apple Juice Tower (Extra Epic Yarn exclusive).
Kirby Mass Attack
- Main article: Fruit
Apples appear as common collectable objects in this game. If a Mini-Kirby touches one, he will eat it, gaining a fruit point and 100 score points in the process. Gaining 100 fruit points results in a new Mini-Kirby being created.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
In the opening cut-scene of the game, Kirby can be seen having munched on some apples before taking a nap under a tree.
Kirby Battle Royale
A screenshot of Kirbys carrying stacks of Apples in Battle Royale
In the Apple Scramble game, the objective is to grab as many Apples as possible from Mini Whispy Woods and deposit them in the collection area. Kirby can stack many apples over his head as he runs (up to 20, though this is rarely seen), but other Kirbys can attack him to get his apples. Red apples are each worth 1 point, but golden apples are worth 5. Additionally, apples can be tossed at rival Kirbys to knock them down.
Apples also appear in Crazy Theater, where the goal is sometimes to carry a specified amount of them before opponents do.