Bandana Waddle Dee

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Bandana Friend Allies.png
Official artwork of Bandana Waddle Dee
from Kirby Star Allies
Details
Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Battle Royale
Cameo Appearances Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Dream Collection
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Bandana Waddle Dee (otherwise known as Bandana Dee or Waddle Dee) is both an antagonist and a playable protagonist in the Kirby series.

Overview

Bandana Waddle Dee is a Waddle Dee with a blue bandana. His weapon of choice is usually a spear, but sometimes he wields a parasol. He is loyal to King Dedede, but also a good friend with Kirby.

Game Appearances

Kirby facing the bandanna-wearing Waddle Dee.

Kirby Super Star

Bandana Waddle Dee made his debut as a minor appearance in Megaton Punch the Sub-Game, being the first oppenent Kirby faces. Bandana Waddle Dee starts the battle by winking, waves if he wins, and faints if he loses.

Kirby Super Star Ultra

MidbossdeeSSU.png Kirby Super Star Ultra was Bandana Waddle Dee's first major appearance. He appears only in two modes: The Arena and Revenge of the King.

In The Arena, he replaces the regular Waddle Dee that appears as a joke boss in the original Kirby Super Star. He fills a similar role as the original "boss", but, unlike the latter, can move around.

Waddle Dee is battled in Level 5: The Revenge in Revenge of the King, and also has dialogue with the King concerning Kirby and Mid-Bosses. He can be inhaled, but provides no Copy Ability. He is exactly the same as regular Waddle Dee, but has more HP and has a different sprite.

Kirby Mass Attack

Bandana Waddle Dee makes a cameo in the Meta Knight battle of the Strato Patrol EOS sub-game. He is seen cheering for him alongside Sailor Dee from Revenge of Meta Knight.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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Artwork of Waddle Dee from Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Bandana Waddle Dee (here referred to as just Waddle Dee) got an even bigger role in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, this time as a playable character.

Waddle Dee can use his spear to attack, identically to the way Spear Kirby can. Waddle Dee has the same 40 HP as Kirby. Unlike Kirby, Meta Knight or King Dedede, Waddle Dee doesn't fly, but he can make Infinity Jumps to keep up.

In the first Theater movie, he is seen helping King Dedede steal some cake.

Waddle Dee Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Spear Thrust
1
Waddle Triple Throw
Dash + Hold 1, release
Back Thrust
1, then Back, 1
Multispear Attack
1 repeatedly
Skyward Thrust
↑ + 1
Waddle Copter
Hold 1 + release
Moon Drop
↓ + 1 in midair
Underwater Thrust
1 underwater
Waddle Spear Throw
Dash + 1
Surface Thrust
↑ + 1 underwater
Waddle Spear Barrage
Dash + 1 repeatedly in midair
Underwater Downward Thrust
↓ + 1 underwater

Kirby's Dream Collection

Bandana Waddle Dee appears during the intro cinematic for the game, to present the title screen along with King Dedede, Meta Knight and Kirby.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in stages to give Kirby healing items to store on the player's touch screen. These items appear in Assist Stars. He usually gives them prior to boss fights or mid-boss fights. If the player has streetpassed with someone before they meet Bandanna Waddle Dee, he will give better items. These include more powerful healing items, such as Energy Drinks or Maxim Tomatoes, and even Keychains. If the player has streetpassed with that person multiple times, the quality of the healing items get even better, and Bandanna Waddle Dee may even throw a Rare Keychain to Kirby.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Up to three differently colored Bandana Waddle Dees are playable in this game, and can assist Kirby by carrying him and tossing him, as well as spearing enemies that get in the way. They are controlled normally, unlike Kirby, who remains in ball form and must follow the stylus ropes.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Bandana Waddle Dee performs the same function here as in Triple Deluxe, offering Kirby food items he can store at various points in the stages. Using Streetpass will improve the quality of the items as it did before.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Bandana Waddle Dee can be found in the village, overseeing the Gem Apple Tree. He is the first character that Kirby talks to in the game, and explains the basics of the village, and the situation. From that point onward, he oversees Gem Apple harvesting, giving Kirby the yield every time it's ready.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Artwork of Bandana Waddle Dee from Kirby: Battle Royale.
A still from the introduction, as Kirby bumps into Bandana Waddle Dee.

Bandana Dee serves a prominent role in the single player mode, Dedede's Cake Royale. Kirby meets up with him on the way to the arena, finding him exhausted, having 'walked all night long' to get there. As such, Kirby agrees to carry him for a while down the trail. After Kirby deals with an enemy ambush, including another blue Kirby, the Warp Star appears to take them both to the arena.

From here on, Bandana Waddle Dee serves as an ally to Kirby in team matches. Unlike in previous incarnations, Bandana Dee uses a Parasol instead of a Spear.

While the player cannot play as Bandana Waddle Dee, a hatless Waddle Dee is available who plays much the same.

Kirby Star Allies

In Kirby Star Allies, Bandana Waddle Dee appears as the first available Dream Friend, recruitable from a Dream Palace without the need to unlock him. His moveset appears to be largely the same as it was in Kirby's Return to Dream Land but with a few tweaks, including the ability to have his spear receive elemental powers from allies. He has the same health as Kirby.

Bandana Waddle Dee is also playable in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! and The Ultimate Choice once he and the other Dream Friends are unlocked for that mode. Kirby, Bandana Waddle Dee and the other Dream Friends will also take turn to play as 1P in Heroes in Another Dimension.

Since Kirby cannot obtain the Spear ability in this title, Bandana Waddle Dee is the only user of this Copy Ability. (Zan Partizanne of the Three Mage-Sisters, the Dream Friend, has a different style of spear combat.)

Bandana Waddle Dee's move-set for Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Spear Thrust
B
Waddle Spear Throw
Dash + B
Back Thrust
After pressing B, press ← + B
Waddle Spear Barrage
Dash + B repeatedly in midair
Multispear Thrust
B repeatedly
Waddle Triple Throw
Dash + hold B, release
Waddle Copter
Press and hold B, and then release
Underwater Thrust
B underwater
Skyward Thrust
↑ + B
Surface Thrust
↑ + B underwater
Moon Drop
↓ + B in midair
Underwater Downward Thrust
↓ + B underwater

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Trivia

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バンダナワドルディ
Bandana Wadoru Di
Bandana Waddle Dee
Traditional Chinese 頭巾瓦豆魯迪
tóu jīn wǎ dòu lǔ dí
Bandana Waddle Dee
Simplified Chinese 头巾瓦豆鲁迪
tóu jīn wǎ dòu lǔ dí
Dutch Bandana-Waddle Dee -
French Bandana Waddle Dee -
German Waddle-Dee-Assistenten Waddle Dee Assistant
Italian Waddle Dee aiutante Waddle Dee assistant
Russian Вэдл Ди в бандане
Vedl Di v bandane
Waddle Dee in bandana
Spanish Waddle Dee pañuelo Bandana Waddle Dee