- 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.
|“||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.
|Axe Knight's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Adventure||Mid-Boss||Appears in ambush rooms alongside the other Meta-Knights.|
|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, he has the same role here as he did in that game.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Mid-Boss, enemy, supporting character||As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, he has the same role here as he 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
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 Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
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
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
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Axe Knight also appears as a sticker, taking his art from Kirby Super Star.
Kirby Battle Royale
|“||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 move-set 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
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Axe Knight
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Axe Knight gifting Meta Knight with a new mask
Card from Kirby Card Swipe in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Axe Knight in Kirby Battle Royale
Towels from Lawson's Kirby's 30th Anniversary Campaign, featuring an 8-bit sprite of Axe Knight on one of the towels
|Quotes from Axe Knight in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra|
Names in other languages
|French||Sieur Lahache||Sir La-axe|
|German||Lord Beilchen||Lord Axe (-chen can refer to something small in some cases)|
|Italian||Cavalier Ascia||Axe Knight|
|Portuguese||Cavaleiro machado||Axe Knight|