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KNiDL Backdrop artwork.png
Artwork of Kirby using Backdrop on a Waddle Dee.
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002)
Type(s) Unlimited uses
Obtained from Bugzzy
Power(s) Grabbing and smashing enemies.
Similar to Suplex, Throw, Wrestler
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This article is about the ability from Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. For the similar move from later games, see Suplex.

Backdrop (also spelled Back Drop[1]) is a Copy Ability from Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, obtainable by swallowing Bugzzy. It is similar to the Throw, Suplex and Fighter abilities. With it, Kirby can grab an enemy or other object, and then use one of four different types of wrestling-style slams to defeat them, depending on which way the player taps on the D-pad. He is very strong with the ability, being able to stop bullets and lift defeated mid-bosses. Additionally, Kirby appears with the ability on the North American game cover of Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.


Backdrop does not have names for its attacks. However, the following moves can be performed with this ability:

  • B - Lunge forward and grab an enemy or object. Kirby will stagger for a bit if he misses. (uses an inhale to grab enemies in Kirby's Adventure)
  • (after grabbing opponent or object)
    • B or - Jumps forward and slams the opponent into the ground.
    • A - Does a big leap before slamming the opponent into the ground.
    • - Jumps upward and performs a "back breaker" technique on the enemy.
    • - Dives backward with the enemy and slams them to the ground.
    • - Jumps high into the air and then slams the opponent to the ground.
    • (in mid-air) - Tosses the enemy diagonally downward and forward to the ground. This happens automatically after grabbing.

Backdrop cannot be used to grab Bosses or Mid-Bosses unless the latter have been downed. It can be used to grab Drop Stars however, which can then be used to attack these foes by collateral collision.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Pause caption
Kirby can use a powerful wrestling technique, the back drop, to defeat his opponents!
Demo reel
Kirby can use six tricks to win!
KNiDL box artwork.jpg Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Whoo-HAAH! Once I grab a foe, throw him with + (Control Pad)!


  • Backdrop and Suplex are extremely similar, though the latter has more moves, and is also provided by Bugzzy.
  • The look that Kirby has when he possesses the Backdrop ability in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is similar to the one he has with the Fighter ability.
  • Kirby's forward and back throws in the Super Smash Bros. series appear to be based on the Backdrop ability (although in the original Super Smash Bros., his forward throw is based on the Ninja ability).





Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Backdrop

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バックドロップ
Dutch Achtergreep Backdrop
French Culbute Somersault
German Knockout Knockout
Italian Schienata Fall
Russian Backdrop
Spanish ¡Kiaaa! Hi-yaaa!


  1. Demo reel for Kirby's Adventure