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Axe Knight
KSSU Axe Knight Artwork.png
Artwork of Axe Knight from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
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First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Sub-Games)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (as a keychain)
Kirby: Planet Robobot (cameo)
Kirby Battle Royale
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Javelin Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight, Butch
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This article is about the axe-wielding member of the Meta-Knights, and should not be confused with Butch from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
I will stay until the bitter end.
— Axe Knight in Revenge of Meta Knight - Chapter 7, Kirby Super Star Ultra

Axe Knight is a recurring enemy throughout the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Adventure and making its most recent appearance in Kirby Battle Royale. Along with Javelin Knight, Mace Knight and Trident Knight, Axe Knight is part of a small group of combatants, led by Meta Knight, appropriately named the Meta-Knights. As such, it is one of the enemy types encountered during a Meta-Knights Mid-Boss fight, and normally must be destroyed at least once, in order to win the battle. On very rare occasions, it can also be found outside of a Mid-Boss encounter, portrayed as a regular enemy.

Characteristics[edit]

The way Meta Knight's attendant used an axe was SUPERCOOL!
— Waddle Dee in Kirby Battle Royale

Axe Knight is, relatively, a Kirby-sized creature, sporting a large, purple & gold, spike-ridden helmet with curved horns, and a small, skull-like body. It has unusually hollowed eyes, with red pupils, and wears small, oval, blue-hued slippers and round, white gloves. As its name indicates, Axe Knight is armed with a battle-axe.

Axe Knight's appearance as an axe-wielding warrior with a horned helmet may be a nod to the popular depiction of the Vikings.

Game appearances[edit]

Axe Knight's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Adventure Mid-Boss Appears in ambush rooms alongside the other Meta-Knights.
Kirby's Pinball Land Easter egg Appears in Poppy Brothers' Land after beating the game once and performing a specific set of actions.
Kirby Super Star Mid-Boss, enemy, supporting character Also encountered as standalone enemies. An Axe Knight shares dialogue with the other members of the Halberd Crew in Revenge of Meta Knight.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Mid-Boss As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, it has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Mid-Boss, enemy, supporting character As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, it has the same role here as it did in that game.
Kirby Mass Attack Boss, enemy Appears only in Sub-Games. Appears as a boss in Strato Patrol EOS, and an enemy in Kirby Quest.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Mid-Boss, enemy, supporting character Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Super Star are ported here, where he has the same role.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a Keychain.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Cameo Appears in a screen-wiping attack in Meta Knightmare Returns. Also appears in the completion screen.
Kirby Battle Royale Opponent Appears as Meta Knight's partner in doubles.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears as a Character Treat.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Grouped with the other three Meta-Knights as one primary spirit.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby fighting a wave of Axe Knights in Kirby's Adventure.

Axe Knight debuts along with the other Meta-Knights in Kirby's Adventure and reappears in the remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. He appears in ambush encounters along with other members of the Meta-Knights, and has two different ways of attacking. He can either continuously strike with his axe while stepping forward, or throw his axe like a boomerang. His axe can be an issue, but he is easy to defeat.

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

In Kirby's Pinball Land, Axe Knight appears as an Easter egg in the upper board of Poppy Brothers' Land if Kirby frees all the Chicks without letting any Junior Poppy Brothers touch them, accompanied by the Mike scream sound effect and 77700 points. This only happens when revisiting the board after defeating King Dedede, and Axe Knight himself cannot be interacted with after appearing.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Axe Knight returns as an enemy and member of the Meta-Knights in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. In addition to appearing as part of an ambush, he may also be found in some stages as a regular enemy.

One particular Axe Knight assists Meta Knight inside the main cabin of the Halberd in Revenge of Meta Knight, and shares dialogue with the other members of the Halberd Crew. Most of his dialogue involves reporting Kirby's status to Captain Vul and Meta Knight as the pink puffball slowly destroys their ship.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Axe Knight also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Axe Knight appears alongside the other Meta-Knights in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Games Strato Patrol EOS and Kirby Quest. In Strato Patrol EOS, he is fought as a boss alongside Trident Knight. In Kirby Quest, Axe Knight is fought as an enemy with the other three Meta-Knights, where he has 420 HP.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Instead of making a formal appearance, Axe Knight can be found as a collectable keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Axe Knight with the rest of the Meta Knights

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Axe Knight cameos in Meta Knightmare Returns along with the rest of the Meta-Knights as part of Meta Knight's "Meta Knightmares" move.

Axe Knight also appears as a sticker, taking his art from Kirby Super Star.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Axe Knight is forming a team with Meta Knight, isn't he?
— Waddle Dee in Kirby Battle Royale

In Kirby Battle Royale, Axe Knight serves as Meta Knight's partner for the Gold League Qualifier Battle in Dedede's Cake Royale. He has the same moveset as Cutter Kirby, and is not playable. This role gives Axe Knight the distinction of being the only member of the Meta-Knights who makes a physical appearance separate from the others.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Axe Knight appears on a Character Treat, depicting his artwork from Kirby Super Star.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Axe Knight
Novel Axe Knight Artwork V17.png
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First appearance Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!
Last appearance Kirby: The Dream Onsen is a Good Hot Spring♪
Role Recurring side character
Other appearance(s) his video game counterpart
Similar to Mace Knight, Trident Knight, Javelin Knight
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In the Kirby novel series, Axe Knight is one of the four members of the Meta-Knights, a group of loyal servants who work for Meta Knight as the main combatants of the Battleship Halberd. Axe Knight's job is to manage communications with the Halberd. He is the only member to have a specific job besides fighting for Meta Knight.

Volume appearances[edit]

The following is a complete list of every appearance Axe Knight has made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role he plays and its details in the plot of each volume:

Axe Knight's appearances in the Kirby novel series  
Volume Image Role Role details Notes
Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land! V5 Illustration 14.png Tertiary supporting character In this volume, Axe Knight is one of the many contestants in the big race held in Dream Land, along with the other three Meta-Knights. When the racers are choosing their machines, Axe Knight goes for the Shadow Star because it looks like Meta Knight's cape. The other knights get jealous, and they board the machine too. The four of them fight over the machine as it unstably cruises along. Throughout the rest of the race, Axe Knight is usually grouped with the other contestants without standing out. When the group encounters the monstrous Peperon, Axe Knight yells at Kizario for having them fight it as their last challenge.
Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!! V10 Meta-Knights Illustration.png Supporting character In this volume, Axe Knight serves as Meta Knight's partner during Dedede's Cake Royale. During their match of Flagball against Kirby, while Axe Knight chases the ball and follows the rules of the game, Meta Knight only tries to fight Kirby. As he questions Meta Knight's actions, Captain Vul tells him to not be dependent on Meta Knight and to play the game like he is alone. While Kirby and Meta Knight fight, Axe Knight and Waddle Dee fight too over the ball. As much as he tries, he and Meta Knight still lose the round. During the finals, Axe Knight comments on the match that there is no way for the tired Kirby to win it. After Kirby spits out Sword Knight, Axe Knight comes to see him again.
Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?! V18 Axe Knight Illustration.png Tertiary supporting character In this volume, like the other Meta-Knights, Axe Knight is excited by the thought of trying the desserts of the cooking competition. Meta Knight agrees to let the Meta-Knights taste the dishes, but only if they think of it as part of their training. Axe Knight comes on the day of the competition with Meta Knight and wonders with the others what dish will win each round.

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Quotes[edit]

The following are all of Axe Knight's lines of dialogue from Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. For greater context, see the Revenge of Meta Knight chapter pages:

Quotes from Axe Knight in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
  • "K...Kirby's here! He's heading towards us!"
  • "Kirby's in the rocket valve!"
  • "OK! Main engine ignition!"
  • "Kirby's been blown to the ocean!"
  • "Kirby is flying back toward us!"
  • "We got him! He fell into the forest."
  • "We shot down Dyna Blade!"
  • "Kirby is getting close to the twin cannon."
  • "Kirby is heading toward the left wing."
  • "Serious damage to the left wing! Approx.74%!"
  • "Kirby is moving into the duct."
  • "Is this OK, Sir?"
  • "Oh no, our battleship is being destroyed..."
  • "Kirby's outside! He's going under the ship!"
  • "Kirby's entered from underneath the ship."
  • "I'm afraid of heights!"
  • "Kirby is heading toward the reactor!"
  • "Bad news! The reactor's been damaged!"
  • "We are losing power! Engine No.3! Engine No.5!"
  • "No, I want to stay with you, Sir!"
  • "Wait, Kirby!!"
  • "Sir Meta-Knight, you're on your own!"
  • "Kirby's here! He's flying this way!"
  • "Captain Vul, Kirby's infiltrated the rocket valve!"
  • "Ready for takeoff now! She can fly at any time!"
  • "OK! Main engine ignition!"
  • "Looks like Kirby was blown into the ocean."
  • "Kirby is flying after us!"
  • "Kirby is hit! He's fallen in the woods."
  • "Dyna Blade has been shot down!"
  • "Kirby is now approaching Main Cannon #2."
  • "Ahh! Main Cannon #2 was destroyed!"
  • "Kirby is now heading for the left wing!"
  • "The left wing is destroyed! Damage to 74% of the wing!"
  • "We got him on radar! He's in the ducts!"
  • "Are we really doing this?"
  • "Ahh... Looks like our ship is falling apart..."
  • "Kirby is climbing around the outside of the ship, heading for the helm."
  • "Kirby is moving along the base of the ship."
  • "And it's high."
  • "Kirby is headed for the reactor!"
  • "The reactor has been destroyed!"
  • "All systems failing! No.3 and No.5 engines are gone!"
  • "I will stay until the bitter end."
  • "Wait, Kirby!!"
  • "Lord Meta Knight, please take care!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アックスナイト
Akkusu Naito
Ax Knight
Chinese 斧头骑士
Fǔtóu qíshì
Ax Knight
Dutch Axe Knight -
French Sieur Lahache Sir Axe
German Lord Beilchen Lord Axe (-chen can refer to something small in some cases)
Italian Cavalier Ascia Axe Knight
Korean 액스 나이트
Aekseu Naiteu
Axe Knight
Portuguese Cavaleiro machado Axe Knight
Spanish Axe Knight -