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Waddle Dee
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Artwork of Waddle Dee from the Kirby Portal website.
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest Game Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Other Game(s) All (except for Kirby's Star Stacker)
Copy Ability None
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This article or section is about Waddle Dees in general. For information about more specific variants of Waddle Dee, see the Varieties of Waddle Dee section.

Waddle Dees are a species of very peaceful creatures that are a common sight in Dream Land, in the wider Popstar region, and on many other planets. Named for their waddling gait, Waddle Dees are about the same size as Kirby and have a roughly spherical brown body, fingerless flaps for arms and two feet which are typically yellow. Their faces are tan and consist of two dark brown eyes, florid cheeks, and no mouth or nose. While most Waddle Dees are red or brown, there also are green, yellow, blue or golden Waddle Dees to be found.

Overall, Waddle Dees are depicted as peaceful denizens of Dream Land that seldom fight actively. Their name is probably derived from their behavior, since they usually just waddle around in levels and leap in the air occasionally, neither paying attention to, nor actively attacking Kirby. While they are generally considered harmless, they usually damage Kirby if they run into him or if he touches them. Many, but not all Waddle Dees seem to have affiliated themselves with King Dedede. Those Waddle Dees show a great amount of respect and loyalty towards their leader. King Dedede often employs them as servants, soldiers, and guards. The most loyal of these is Bandana Waddle Dee, named after his blue bandana, who also happens to be friends with Kirby.

Waddle Dees first appeared in the game Kirby's Dream Land, making them some of the oldest enemies to be found in the whole Kirby series. They have since reappeared in all but one game in the series, becoming the Kirby series equivalent to Goombas from the Super Mario series.

Varieties of Waddle Dee

Being arguably the most ubiquitous creatures in the Kirby series, Waddle Dees come in many varieties, and can be seen in many different roles and contexts. Some Waddle Dees can carry on more than one of these roles at a time. These are as follows:

Distinguished Waddle Dees

The following Waddle Dees are noteworthy as individuals in the series, and usually have some article of clothing to distinguish themselves from others:

Relatives of Waddle Dee

These creatures are not Waddle Dees (arguably), but are very similar in look and/or behavior (and may be biologically related):

  • Waddle Doo - A creature with a similar body shape and behavior to Waddle Dees, but has a face consisting only of a large singular eye and a couple eyelashes. It fires a beam whip from its eye, and provides the Beam ability when swallowed. It can also be seen with a Parasol.
  • Wonkey - Similar in look to a Waddle Dee and is usually gold in color, bearing special face markings and a monkey's tail. They are usually seen carrying something of value, whether that be a Key, a Battery, or another item.
  • Batamon - A pink creature who behaves like a Waddle Dee, but looks more like Kirby. It is debatable whether these creatures are related to Kirby or not.
  • N-Z - A dark grey creature made by Dark Matter. It looks and acts similarly to a Waddle Dee, though it has pointy ears and no arms.
  • Yarn Waddle Dee - These yarn duplicates of Waddle Dee were created by Yin-Yarn. They can be defeated easily using the yarn whip.
  • Beanbon - A seedling creature which acts similarly to Waddle Dees.
  • Horror Tramp - A ghostly creature who behaves much like a Waddle Dee. They are sometimes invisible, being seen only by looking at them through a mirror.
  • Cotta - A small clay creature created by Claycia. It can be found in a number of different roles and varieties.
  • Haltworker - An employee of the Haltmann Works Company who can be seen wielding Spark pistols, and piloting Invader Armor.
  • Labotory - Lab tech personnel for the Haltmann Works Company who wear scuba-like suits and wield flails in combat.
  • Jambeliever - Strange creatures which follow Jammerjab and serve Jambandra in Kirby Star Allies.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land & Kirby's Adventure.

Waddle Dees make their first appearance in the game Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy. Like in most of the games to follow this installment, they are depicted as one of the weakest types of enemies, possessing no means to attack Kirby other than to accidentally bump into him, though they do move more erratically in the Extra Game. The Parasol-wielding variant of the Waddle Dee is also first seen in this game, using its parasol as a parachute to glide down to the ground; as the game contains no Copy Abilities, however, they do not yield the Parasol ability.

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Waddle Dees make another appearance in Kirby's Adventure, as well as in the remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, again serving as one of the weakest foes Kirby faces during his journey. When appearing as Parasol Waddle Dees, they can be inhaled to give Kirby the Parasol ability. Parasol Waddle Dees are one of the common sources for the Parasol ability, the other ones being Parasol Waddle Doo and Parasol Shotzo (only the parasol part). Waddle Dees can also be found in different colors in the remake.

Kirby's Pinball Land

Waddle Dees appear as enemies in this game, and can be found on the "Wispy" board, as well as in the breakout sub-game.

Kirby's Dream Course

Waddle Dees appear in this game as common enemies on the courses. They yield no ability when bumped into.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, two basic types of Waddle Dees exist, both of which walk in a straight line and turn around when reaching an obstacle. The difference between them is that one type is able to jump and walk up and down slopes, while the other is unable to do either of these things.

A less common, very fast moving type of Waddle Dee can also be found in a few locations; this form appears behind Kirby once he reaches a certain point in a level, attempting to dash into him but stopping when he faces it. Furthermore, some Waddle Dees can be seen holding Floaty the Drifters, Kirby's Dream Land 2's equivalent of Parasols, enabling them to slowly glide down from above.

Waddle Dees can be defeated instantly by hitting them with any attack or colliding with them. They award Kirby with 100 points when inhaled, and 200 points when destroyed in any other way.

Kirby's Avalanche

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Kirby's Avalanche "Face" picture.

In Kirby's Avalanche, Waddle Dee is the first opponent in Easy mode, never being fought in any other game mode. He is the easiest, and seems to simply place blobs at random.

Kirby's Block Ball

Waddle Dees appear as common enemies in this title. They are worth 300 points when bumped into and defeated.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

Artwork of Parasol Waddle Dee from Kirby Super Star

Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. While they retain their usual role of a common enemy, a Parasol Waddle Dee also serves as the Helper that can be created from the Parasol ability. The Helper is much more capable during battle than its enemy counterparts, being able to use the same moveset as Parasol Kirby. A Waddle Dee in a sailor garb also gets introduced as one of Meta Knight's henchmen during his conquest to take over Dream Land. Yet another Waddle Dee appears in The Arena as a joke opponent; this Waddle Dee has more health than regular ones, but does not move, instead walking in place until defeated.

Aside from the introduction of spear-wielding Waddle Dees, another Waddle Dee character wearing a blue bandana appears in the Revenge of the King stage of Kirby Super Star Ultra mode. It first is fought as a Mid-Boss, and later can be spotted alone in the audience during Kirby's fight with Masked Dedede. After Kirby wins the fight, it can be seen accompanying a miserable King Dedede on his walk into the sunset, along with dozens of other Waddle Dees.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Waddle Dees are once more encountered as common foes throughout the game. Here, they possess two basic types of movements: they are either found pacing back and forth in a predefined area, or moving in a straight line until they run into an obstacle, jumping occasionally. As the game does not assign health meters to enemies, they, like most other adversaries, can be defeated in a single hit from any attack or by colliding with them.

Besides walking around, Waddle Dees can occasionally be found riding on Nruffs, though they are thrown off when their steed slams into a wall. Furthermore, a few Waddle Dees can be seen rowing orange paddle boats back and forth on water in certain areas; attacking these specimens destroys their boat, causing them to fall into the water and be defeated. Kirby's Dream Land 3 is notable for being one of the few games in which Waddle Dees never hold a Parasol, due to the enemy being absent from the game.

Apart from regular Waddle Dees, the game also features Wapods, ghost-like enemies that strongly resemble Waddle Dees in looks, but not in behavior.

Kirby's Super Star Stacker

Waddle Dee serves as the first opponent in the story mode series of games. Naturally, it is the easiest to defeat.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Main article: Waddle Dee (64)
Artwork of Waddle Dee from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

While Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards does not feature Waddle Dees as enemies like usual - N-Z assumes the role as the weakest type of enemy - a single Waddle Dee appears as a character in that game. After it gets possessed by Dark Matter (temporarily turning it into a Waddle Doo) and defeated and released by Kirby, it gladly joins Kirby's and Ribbon's quest and becomes their ally. From that point on it sometimes appears in various levels and helps Kirby out, often by providing vehicles and opening paths. It can also be seen at the end of every level during the Picnic.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Waddle Dees appear as common enemies in this game, and typically only walk back and forth. Apart from getting in the way, they are not particularly threatening, and can be defeated easily.

Kirby Air Ride

Waddle Dees appear in Air Ride mode as enemies on the race tracks, where they can be seen either on foot or riding in mine carts. The ones on foot will attempt to run out of the way when racers approach. Waddle Dees also appear as enemies in Kirby Melee.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Waddle Dees once again take their role as enemies in the game Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. These Waddle Dees do not live in Dream Land however, but in the Mirror World. Aside from regular Waddle Dees, a bigger version of them known as Big Waddle Dee can also be found. Aside from their size, though, they do not possess any more strength or health than the smaller Waddle Dees and can easily be defeated in one hit.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, regular Waddle Dees, along with two new variants appear. The first, called Fluff Waddle Dee, floats down on a fluff, similarly to Parasol Waddle Dee, with the difference being that the fluff version does not give a Copy Ability due to Parasol's absence in this game. The second variant, called Spear Waddle Dee, holds a spear, which it can throw at Kirby. Spear Waddle Dees usually appear as a type of Mid Boss. Both variants, as well as the regular version, have the same appearance when stunned. A Waddle Dee Ball can be playable if the game is beaten once. It has the same stats as Kirby without Copy Abilities, except for health, like every other playable character besides Kirby.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Waddle Dees appear as common enemies and can be controlled by using the Ghost ability. However, the only thing they can do is jump. In addition to this, a golden variant appears, giving a treasure chest if defeated.

Locations

Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:

Waddle Dee locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
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Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

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Yarn Waddle Dee artwork from Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Waddle Dee re-appears in Patch Land, however according to an in-game interlude, the Waddle Dees made made of yarn are not actually Waddle Dees (servants of King Dedede), but rather creations of Yin-Yarn. Unlike Waddle Dees from other games, running into yarn Waddle Dees will not hurt Kirby. However, sometimes Waddle Dees do try to attack Kirby through the use of arrows (Bow Waddle Dee) and spears (Spear Waddle Dee). In some levels of the game, Waddle Dees appear riding dune buggies (in this appearance they are called Truck Monster) in a race between them and Kirby in his truck form. Waddle Dees also appear in numerous levels as hapless foes and bystanders, can appear asleep, or carry Parasols (Parasol Waddle Dee) and Balloons (Balloon Waddle Dee). Waddle Dees also make a small appearance in the Squashini boss fight as an audience. In addition to this, a single Waddle Dee is seen burning in the Hot Wings fight, and King Dedede's Waddle Dees can be seen in some cutscenes.

In Castle Dedede, a Big Waddle Dee can be seen guarding the throne room. This Waddle Dee is not mentioned in the Patch Plaza.

Patch Plaza descriptions

Patch Plaza descriptions of Waddle Dee varieties in Kirby's Epic Yarn  
Name No. Image Description
Waddle Dee 10
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Yin-Yarn made these
impostors! They look
just like the real ones!
Spear Waddle Dee 12
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This fake Waddle Dee
recklessly twirls around
a spear. Look out!
Parasol Waddle Dee 19
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This yarn Waddle Dee's
parasol keeps him safe
from rain, sun, or foes!
Bow Waddle Dee 23
Bow Waddle Dee.jpg
This fake Waddle Dee
has a bow and some
odd aiming skills.
Balloon Waddle Dee 24
Balloon Waddle Dee.jpg
This yarn Waddle Dee
has lots of balloons.
He wants to fly high!
Truck Monster 35
Truck Monster.jpg
Don't let this crazy hot
rod win! Show him who's
the king of the road!

Kirby Mass Attack

In Kirby Mass Attack, Waddle Dees throw small bombs. Sometimes they throw nuts (and Fruit) from palm trees. They also throw bombs while inside paintings, or behind fake walls. There is a single Gold Waddle Dee, which runs away from the Kirbys like in Squeak Squad; unlike the golden Waddle Dees in that game, however, defeating it is necessary to clear the Checklist.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

In-game appearance of a Waddle Dee in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, exhibiting similar behavior to the Waddle Dees in other games. Waddle Dees come in different sizes, ranging from small to large ones. Larger ones need to be super inhaled in order for Kirby to inhale them, and resemble Big Waddle Dees from previous games. Waddle Dees often come in Puppet Waddle Dees, a large Waddle-Dee shaped container with three Waddle Dees in it. Waddle Dees can also be sometimes seen riding Nruffs.

There is a similar enemy in Halcandra who boasts a gray color scheme and wears a hood. These are called Halcandle Dees and can also come in large, Parasol-wielding and armor varieties.

Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a playable character in this game.

Kirby's Dream Collection

Waddle Dees, along with the rare Golden Waddle Dee, appear in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game as enemies to be plowed through.

Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee, along with other normal Waddle Dees are present in the game's intro movie.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Waddle Dee appears again as a common enemy in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. They also appear as lumberjacks who cut down trees in the background, operate roving tanks, and there are large and woolly, ghostly and insectoid variants.

Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee appears at many points to give Kirby or King Dedede an Assist Star that they can hold onto and use when necessary.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Waddle Dees appear in a number of different roles in this game. There are two main enemy types; the first being a ground-based Waddle Dee who wears a hard hat and holds a cannon over its head, and another who takes the shape of a submarine (but is still just called 'Waddle Dee') and chases Kirby down in underwater areas. Three different shades of Bandana Waddle Dee also appear to help Kirby out.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Waddle Dees returned as per usual in Kirby: Planet Robobot. In addition to the standard ones seen thus far, the following new and notable varieties are seen:

Aesthetically, Waddle Dees can also be seen with hard hats, or cyborg eyepieces. They can also be seen carry spiked bars and doing other things that are generally annoying to Kirby.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

While no standard Waddle Dees appear in this game, Bandana Waddle Dee and Sailor Waddle Dee appear as characters. Additionally, Team Kirby has to fight a Colossal Waddle Dee on several occasions.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Waddle Dees are among the enemies that Kirby will need to eat in this spin-off title. Some can be seen wielding spears, and will try to toss them at Kirby. Others will appear, then immediately run toward Kirby.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in this title, helping Kirby out in the story mode of the game - Dedede's Cake Royale. Other Waddle Dees can be seen at the arena, including soldiers, spectators, servants, and the Channel PPP Crew.

In multiplayer modes, the player can play as a Parasol Waddle Dee.

Kirby Star Allies

Waddle Dees return as standard enemies in this title. They can appear in various sizes, and may also be found in Puppet Dee formation, or packed up into giant boulders. Additionally, Parasol Waddle Dee and Bandana Waddle Dee also appear, and can become part of Kirby's Star Allies team.

Super Smash Bros. Series

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Waddle Dees only appear as a trophy.

Trophy information
Image Description Found in
Waddle Dee Trophy Melee.png "Many delicate creatures like this one inhabit Dream Land. They generally live carefree lives and have never considered themselves to be followers of King Dedede. Waddle Dees are innocent and generally harmless to man and beast. While they have virtually no offensive or defensive power, they'll sometimes try to wield a parasol." Kirby's Dream Land - 8/92

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King Dedede enters the stage on a palanquin carried by four Waddle Dees, and he is accompanied by a Waddle Dee in one of his victory poses. He can toss Waddle Dees at opponents as his side special move (Waddle Dee Toss), as well as his Final Smash (Waddle Dee Army).

In the Subspace Emissary, a lone Waddle Dee acting as King Dedede's bait can be seen in a cutscene with Luigi who cowers in fear of it, and several Dedede's Waddle Dees ambush Wario in another cutscene.

Waddle Dee also has a trophy in the game.

Trophy information
Image Description Found in
Waddle Dee - Brawl Trophy.png "A carefree creature that wanders the hills and dales of Dream Land. Basically harmless to creatures great and small, Waddle Dees sometimes use parasols to float down through the skies. If Kirby swallows a parasol, he'll get one he can use to float or ward off enemy attacks. On the other hand, Kirby can't copy anything by swallowing Waddle Dees themselves." Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby: Squeak Squad (NTSC), Kirby: Mouse Attack (PAL)
Stickers

There are two stickers featuring Waddle Dee. The first is the Waddle Dee from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, who grants 32 bonus damage for head-based attacks for any fighter. The other is the playable Waddle Dee Ball from Kirby: Canvas Curse, who grants 5 bonus damage for arm attacks for any fighter.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Waddle Dees no longer appear in King Dedede's moveset, but one of his new alternative costume features a Waddle Dee pattern. They still appear in his entrance animation and a victory pose.

Waddle Dees and Parasol Waddle Dees appear as enemies in the Smash Run mode.

Interestingly, while no standard Waddle Dee trophy appears in either game, a Parasol Waddle Dee and Waddle Doo trophy can be found.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Waddle Dees still appear in King Dedede's entrance animation, a victory pose, and an alternative costume.

Spirit

Waddle Dee (artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra) appears as a Primary Spirit (★★ Advanced, Neutral-type, 3 slots), which can be enhanced into Bandana Waddle Dee. To obtain this spirit, a spirit battle must be fought, involving four orange Kirbys on the Dream Land GB stage.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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In Kirby: Right Back at Ya! the anime, all Waddle Dees are King Dedede's servants and they are led by Captain Waddle Doo. Waddle Dees in the show cannot speak but they can eat food despite not having a visible mouth.

It is shown in the episode "Waddle While you Work" that they will work for anyone who gives them orders, but are ultimately loyal to Captain Waddle Doo.

Gallery

Main article: Waddle Dee/gallery

Trivia

  • In most games, Waddle Dees are the first enemies to be seen by Kirby when traversing the first stages. If this distinction belongs to another enemy, then their appearance or function is similar to a Waddle Dee.
  • On April 1 2018, Kirby's Japanese official website released a special page called "Waddle Dee 25th Anniversary" as the April Fool's Joke. (WiKirby article: Waddle Dee 25th Anniversary. Official website: https://www.kirby.jp/waddledee/)

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワドルディ
Wadorudi
Waddle Dee
Traditional Chinese 瓦豆魯迪
wǎ dòu lǔ dí
Transliteration of Waddle Dee
Simplified Chinese 瓦豆鲁迪
wǎ dòu lǔ dí
Dutch Waddle Dee -
French Waddle Dee -
German Waddle Dee -
Italian Waddle Dee -
Russian Вэдл Ди
Vedl di
Transcription of Waddle Dee
Spanish Waddle Dee -