Bandana Waddle Dee
|You're right, Kirby. We can't give up now. We've come too far!|
— Bandana Waddle Dee, Kirby Battle Royale
Bandana Waddle Dee, abbreviated B.W. Dee and nicknamed Bandana Dee (otherwise known as Red Waddle Dee or simply Waddle Dee) is a major protagonist and supporting character in the Kirby series. He is a Waddle Dee with a blue bandana. His weapon of choice is usually a spear, but sometimes he wields a parasol. Originally shown to be King Dedede's most loyal subject, he is now shown to be Kirby's closest friend and sometimes even assists him in battling the king.
Bandana Waddle Dee debuted in Kirby Super Star as the first opponent in Megaton Punch. His first major role was in Kirby Super Star Ultra, as the secondary antagonist of Revenge of the King. After this, he appeared as one of the four playable protagonists of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and has starred in nearly every game in the Kirby series since.
Additionally, a similar Waddle Dee character appeared as a supporting character in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. While several hints have been made that might suggest the two are the same character, this has not been confirmed.
Bandana Waddle Dee, just like other Waddle Dees, is a round orange creature with a peach circle in it, where the eyes and most of the rest of its body are located. He has also two yellow feet and small stubby arms. What differentiates him from others of his kind, however, is his blue bandana and choice of weapon, the spear. In Kirby Battle Royale, he uses a blue parasol with a star on top of it.
Bandana Waddle Dee is often portrayed as cheerful, as he often waves at Kirby and cheers him by giving him Assist Stars in both Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot. He is also shown to be very determined but also coward in games such as Kirby Super Star and its remake, where in the sub-game Revenge of the King he got more and more scared every time Kirby defeated someone, but even after being spared of fighting Kirby by his king, he still battled him (and failed), what also shows his intense loyalty to King Dedede. In Kirby Battle Royale, Bandana Waddle Dee showed an intense fear before battling Meta Knight and King Dedede but even then still defeated both due to his determination but also trust in Kirby.
|Bandana Waddle Dee's video game appearances|
|Kirby Super Star||Minor playable character||Opponent in Megaton Punch. Can be controlled by player two.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Supporting antagonist and miniboss||Serves as a supporting antagonist and miniboss in Revenge of the King.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Cameo||Appears in the background during Meta Knight's boss battle in Strato Patrol EOS.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Supporting protagonist and playable character|
|Kirby's Dream Collection||Non-playable character||Appears in the opening cut-scene as well as his role in Kirby Super Star.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Supporting protagonist||Tosses Kirby Assist Stars at certain points.|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Supporting protagonist and playable character|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Supporting protagonist||Throws Kirby Assist Stars at certain points.|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Supporting protagonist||Sits by the Gem Apple tree and gives Kirby advice.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Supporting protagonist||While not playable, a standard Waddle Dee with his moveset is.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Supporting protagonist and playable character||Appears as a Dream Friend.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Supporting protagonist||Sits by the Gem Apple tree and gives Kirby advice.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Playable character|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a spirit.|
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Waddle Dee made his debut as a minor appearance in Megaton Punch the Sub-Game, being the first opponent Kirby faces. Waddle Dee starts the battle by winking, waving if he wins, and fainting if he loses.
In The Arena, he replaces the regular Waddle Dee that appears as a joke Mid-Boss in the original Kirby Super Star. He fills a similar role as the original "mid-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 a dialogue with the King concerning Kirby and Mid-Bosses. He can be inhaled but provides no Copy Ability. He is exactly the same as a regular Waddle Dee, except has more HP and has a different sprite.
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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.
|Waddle Dee Moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Spear Thrust||Waddle Triple Throw|
|Back Thrust||Multispear Attack|
|Skyward Thrust||Waddle Copter|
|Moon Drop||Underwater Thrust|
|Waddle Spear Throw||Surface Thrust|
|Waddle Spear Barrage||Underwater Downward Thrust|
Kirby's Dream Collection
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 Bandana 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 Bandana Waddle Dee may even throw a Rare Keychain to Kirby.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Up to three different colored 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 in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Bandana Waddle Dee also appears as several stickers, including a doodle.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe / Super Kirby Clash
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. He explains the basics of the village, as well as the situation. From that point onward, he oversees Gem Apple harvesting, giving Kirby the yield every time it's ready. He assumes the role again in Super Kirby Clash.
Kirby Battle Royale
Bandana Waddle 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
|Is this Dream Friend making a special appearance? This fella was selected to represent the Waddle Dees as they accept their perfect attendance award for the Kirby series. When asked, he said, "Oh, I couldn't!" But he was practicing his spear moves at the time…|
— Bandana Waddle Dee Pause Screen description in Story Mode and The Ultimate Choice, Kirby Star Allies
|"I'm not just a pretty face!"
He's got stellar attendance in the Kirby series and deserves a prize. That bandana! That spear! With his courage, he sets himself apart from carefree parasol holders!
— Guest Star Bandana Waddle Dee The Legend of Dee Pause Screen description in 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, and a new attack, Ground Thrust (added in Version 4.0.0). He has the same health as Kirby. 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).
In Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, Bandana Waddle Dee's title screen features his Megaton Punch sprites from Kirby Super Star, his 3D artworks from modern titles, and his doodle sticker from Kirby: Planet Robobot (from Version 2.0.0 onward). His Dream Friend jingle is based on the Disc Channel music from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
|Bandana Waddle Dee's moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Spear Thrust||Waddle Spear Throw|
|Back Thrust||Waddle Spear Barrage|
|Multispear Thrust||Waddle Triple Throw|
|Waddle Copter||Underwater Thrust|
|Skyward Thrust||Surface Thrust|
|Moon Drop||Underwater Downward Thrust|
- A stone plate of Bandana Waddle Dee appears in a Friend Train section of the Sector B stage.
- Bandana Waddle Dee appears in two Celebration Pictures: "FIGHT FOR THE CROWN!" and "Friends' Getaway".
- A sculpture of Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede and Meta Knight was added for the Stone ability in Version 4.0.0.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Bandana Waddle Dee's Spirit is Neutral-type, ranked ★★★ Ace, has 3 slots, and the skill of Battering Items ↑, which refers to his weapon of choice. His level 1 stats are 1,808 attack and 1,230 defense, and his level 99 stats are 5,424 attack and 3,692 defense.
Kirby Fighters 2
Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a playable character in Kirby Fighters 2, using his same moveset from Star Allies and thus acting as a substitute for the Spear ability. He is the only Buddy available from the start. Interestingly, in this game the ribbon tied around his spear is colored yellow, while in previous games it was an orange-red shade.
|Bandana Waddle Dee move-set in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Damage (unmodified)|
|Spear Thrust||Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts forward with his spear.||11|
|Back Thrust||Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts behind himself with his spear.||15|
|Multispear Thrust||Bandana Waddle Dee jabs multiple times with his spear, then finishes by whacking his opponent away.||21 (if all hits connect) |
32 (including initial Spear Thrust)
|Waddle Copter||Bandana Waddle Dee charges up, then starts twirling his spear around above his head, using it to take flight. Foes caught by the spear are dragged along for a while, and Bandana Waddle Dee can move in any direction while flying. The copter stops gaining lift after 2 seconds.||8 (initial hit) |
2 (subsequent hits)
|Skyward Thrust||Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts upward using his spear.||21 (if both hits connect)|
|Ground Thrust||Bandana Waddle Dee strikes the ground with his spear, then charges forward a good distance, dragging foes along with him before swinging upward to launch them.||28 (if all hits connect)|
|Moon Drop||Bandana Waddle Dee stops in the air and thrusts his spear below himself, then falls to the floor, knocking any foes away.||18 (if all hits connect)|
|Waddle Spear Throw||Bandana Waddle Dee throws his spear in an arc ahead of him.||13|
|Waddle Spear Barrage||Bandana Waddle Dee throws his spear at an arc diagonally downward and can throw several in rapid succession.||13 (initial hit) |
6 (subsequent hits)
|Waddle Triple Throw||Bandana Waddle Dee charges up, then tosses his spear, which splits into three.||13 (each)|
- In an interview from Nintendo Dream May 2018 Issue, Shinya Kumazaki mentioned that Bandana Waddle Dee was planned to be named バンディ (Bandee) but the developers thought players wouldn't recognize who that was. Kumazaki also confirmed that Bandana Waddle Dee is the same character in his every appearance throughout the Kirby series.
- It is strongly implied that Bandana Waddle Dee is the singer of "The Apple Juice Song" from the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert bonus disc, as well as "Green Tree Memories from Kirby" from the credits of Super Kirby Clash.
- Bandana Waddle Dee appeared alongside Susie as the narrator of an overview video for Kirby Battle Royale. For this video, he was given voiced dialogue by Makiko Ohmoto.
Artwork celebrating the 40th anniversary of HAL Laboratory, Inc.
|Quotes from Bandana Waddle Dee in the Kirby series|
Names in other languages
Bandana Wadoru Di
|Bandana Waddle Dee|
tóu jīn wǎ dòu lǔ dí
|Bandana Waddle Dee|
tóu jīn wǎ dòu lǔ dí
|French||Bandana Waddle Dee||-|
|German||Waddle-Dee-Assistent||Waddle Dee Assistant|
|Italian||Waddle Dee aiutante||Waddle Dee assistant|
|Korean||반다나 웨이들 디
Bandana Weideul Di
|Bandana Waddle Dee|
|Russian||Вэдл Ди в бандане
Vedl Di v bandane
|Waddle Dee in bandana|
|Spanish||Waddle Dee pañuelo||Bandana Waddle Dee|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight ・Bandana Waddle Dee ・King Dedede|
|Levels||Planet Popstar||Cookie Country ・Raisin Ruins ・Onion Ocean ・White Wafers ・Nutty Noon|
|Halcandra||Egg Engines ・Dangerous Dinner|
|Bosses||Whispy Woods ・Mr. Dooter ・Fatty Puffer ・Goriath ・Grand Doomer ・Metal General ・HR-D3 (Extra Mode only) ・Landia ・Lor Starcutter ・Magolor ・Magolor Soul|
|True Arena only||Galacta Knight|
|Mid-Bosses||Sphere Doomer ・Gigant Edge ・Bonkers ・Water Galboros ・King Doo ・Kibble Blade ・Moundo ・Super Bonkers ・Dubior|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Hi-Jump ・Ice ・Leaf ・Needle ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Spark ・Spear ・Stone ・Sword ・Tornado ・Water ・Wing ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Super||Flare Beam ・Grand Hammer ・Monster Flame ・Snow Bowl ・Ultra Sword|
|Enemies||Standard||Armor Dee ・Babut ・Barbar ・Barracu ・Blade Knight ・Blipper ・Bouncy ・Bouncy Sis ・Bowby ・Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・Bulby ・Cappy ・Cerulean ・ Clayn ・Chilly ・ Coconut ・Coldtzo ・Como ・Craby ・Degout ・Doomer ・Elec ・Flamer ・Foley ・ Galbo ・Gemra ・Gigatzo ・Glunk ・Gordo ・Halcandle Dee ・Hot Head ・Iron Barbar ・Jackle ・Kabu ・Key Dee ・Knuckle Joe ・Lanzer ・Leafan ・Moonja ・Mopoo ・Mumbies ・Needlous ・Noddy ・Nruff ・Owgulf ・Pacloud ・Pacto ・Parasol Waddle Dee ・Parasol Waddle Doo ・Pierce ・Pluid ・Poppy Bros. Jr. ・Puppet Waddle Dee ・Rocky ・Rope Waddle Dee ・Rope Waddle Doo ・Scarfy ・Searches ・Sheld ・Shotzo ・Sir Kibble ・ Snowl ・Sodory ・Sparky ・Squishy ・Starman ・Super Blade Knight ・Super Chilly ・Super Hot Head ・Super Waddle Doo ・Tick ・Togekuki ・Twister ・Volttzo ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Walf ・Wapod ・Water Galbo ・Whippy|
|Super Ability-Specific||Bomb Machine ・Burner Box ・Drill Machine ・Giant Flotzo ・Merman Statue ・Moai Block ・Strike Box|
|Sub-Games||Ninja Dojo ・Scope Shot ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight|
|Levels||Patched Plains ・Resolution Road ・Overload Ocean ・Gigabyte Grounds ・Rhythm Route ・Access Ark ・Mind in the Program|
|Bosses||Regular||Gigavolt ・ Clanky Woods ・ C.O.G.S. ・ Holo Defense API ・Susie ・Core Kabula ・Mecha Knight ・Dedede Clone ・Dedede Clones & D3 ・ Gigavolt II ・ Mecha Knight+ ・President Haltmann ・Star Dream|
|Meta Knightmare Returns||Stock Mecha Knight ・Dark Matter Clone ・Sectonia Clone ・Galacta Knight Returns|
|The True Arena||Star Dream Soul OS|
|Team Kirby Clash||Gigant Edge ・Mr. Frosty ・Whispy Woods ・Pyribbit ・Landia ・Landia EX|
|Mid-Bosses||Blocky ・Bonkers ・Dubior ・Kibble Blade ・King Doo ・Invader Armor ・Masher ・Miasmoros ・Security Force ・Telepathos|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Archer ・Beam ・Bomb ・Circus ・Cutter ・Doctor ・ESP ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Jet ・Leaf ・Mirror ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Poison ・Smash Bros. ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・UFO ・Wheel ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Robobot Armor Modes||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・ESP ・Fire ・Ice ・Jet ・Mike ・Parasol ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・Wheel ・Halberd|
|Team Kirby Clash||Beam Mage ・Doctor Healmore ・Hammer Lord ・Sword Hero|
|Enemies||Bar Waddle Dees ・Barbar ・Big Chip ・Big Propeller ・Blade Knight ・Blipper ・Bomber ・Bouncy (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・Cappy ・Capsule J3 ・Chilly ・Chip ・ Clown Acrobot ・ Como ・ Covered Looker ・ Craby ・ Degout ・ Dekabu ・ Dice ・ Driver Waddle Dee ・ Elec ・ Esper ・ Flamer ・Foley ・Gabon ・Galbo ・ Gigatzo ・Glunk・Grandy・Grizzo ・ Haltworker ・ Hot Head ・ Iron Ball ・ Iron Hammer ・ Kabu ・ Key Dee ・ Knuckle Joe ・ Labotory ・ Leafan ・ Mamanti ・ Mech Acro ・ Mech Flotzo ・ Moonja ・ Mumbies ・ Noddy ・ Pacto ・ Parasol Waddle Dee ・ Chemitory ・ Poppy Bros. Jr. ・ Prism Ball ・ Propeller ・ Rocky ・Scarfy ・ Security Laser ・ Sheld ・Shotzo ・Simirror ・ Sir Kibble ・ Sleepy Turtle ・ Soarar ・ Sparky ・ Spear Waddle Dee (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Spring Note ・ Spynum ・ Squishy ・ UFO ・ Venog ・ Vol ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Walf ・Walker Waddle Dee ・ Walky ・ Wester ・Wheelie ・Whippy ・Yesman|
|Sub-Games||Team Kirby Clash ・Kirby 3D Rumble ・Meta Knightmare Returns ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby Star Allies|
|Characters||Kirby • Bandana Waddle Dee • King Dedede • Meta Knight • Francisca • Flamberge • Zan Partizanne • Hyness|
|Levels||World of Peace - Dream Land • World of Miracles - Planet Popstar • Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion • Far-Flung Starlight Heroes • Kirby Star Allies|
|Stages||Green Gardens • Donut Dome • Honey Hill • Fruity Forest • Clash at Castle Dedede • Extra Eclair • Friendly Field • Reef Resort • Echo's Edge • Nature's Navel • Sacred Square • Inside Islands • Duplex Dream • Gatehouse Road • Eastern Wall • Longview Corridor • Western Outer Wall • Inner Sanctum • Heavenly Hall • Sector A • Sector B • Sector C • Planet Earthfall • Falluna Moon • Planet Misteen • Mareen Moon • Planet Caverna • Grott Moon • Planet Frostak • Blizzno Moon • Planet Towara • Gabbel Moon • Star Lavadom • Sizzlai Moon • Jambandra Base • The Divine Terminus • Extra Planet α • Extra Planet β • Extra Planet γ • Extra Planet δ • Ability Planet • Dimension I • Dimension II • Dimension III • Dimension IV • Final Dimension|
|Mid Bosses||Big Bouncy • Bonkers • Bugzzy • Chef Kawasaki • Mr. Frosty • Vividria|
|Bosses||Story Mode||Whispy Woods • King Dedede • Meta Knight • Pon & Con • Francisca • Flamberge • Zan Partizanne • Yggy Woods • Goldon & Silvox • Grand Mam • Kracko • Twin Kracko • Hyness • Void Termina|
|Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!||Galacta Knight • Morpho Knight • Morpho Knight EX|
|Heroes in Another Dimension||Parallel Woods • Parallel Twin Kracko • Parallel Big Kracko • Parallel Meta Knight • Parallel Dedede • Corrupt Hyness • The Three Mage-Sisters|
|The Ultimate Choice||Void Soul • Void Termina - True Destroyer of Worlds • Void|
|Copy Abilities||Artist • Beam • Beetle • Bomb • Cleaning • Cook • Crash • Cutter • ESP • Festival • Fighter • Fire • Hammer • Ice • Mike • Ninja • Parasol • Plasma • Sleep • Spider • Staff • Stone • Suplex • Sword • Water • Whip • Wing • Yo-Yo|
|Friend Abilities||Power Effects||Blizzard • Bluster • Sizzle • Splash • Zap|
|Ability Combos||Chumbrella • Cook Potluck (& Supper Party) • Crash Rush • Curling • Fatal Chorus • Festival Dance • Friend Bounce • Friend Super-Vac • Friend Throw • Geokinesis • Icicle Lance • Rising Sizzler • Rock Painter • Sister Circle • Still Life • Summon Lor • Thundersplash • Zap Splasher|
|Friend Actions||Friend Bridge • Friend Circle • Friend Star • Friend Train • Star Allies Sparkler|
|Enemies||Anger Masker • Beetley • Bio Spark • Birdon • Blade Knight • Blado • Blipper • Bomber • Bouncy • Bronto Burt • Broom Hatter • Burning Leo • Cappy • Chilly • Chip • Como • Coner • Dekabu • Don Puffle • Driblee • Electro Saw • Floaty the Cellcore • Gabon • Gim • Glunk • Gordo • Grizzo • Jamaharu Believer • Jammerjab • Kabu • Key Dee • Knuckle Joe • Mamanti • NESP • Noddy • Parasol Waddle Dee • Plugg • Poppy Bros. Jr. • Propeller • Puppet Dee • Rocky • Rolling Waddle Dee • Scarfy • Shield Enemy • Shotzo • Sir Kibble • Squishy • Two Face • Waddle Dee • Waddle Doo • Walky • Wester|
|Friends||Standard Friends||Beetley • Bio Spark • Birdon • Blade Knight • Bonkers • Broom Hatter • Bugzzy • Burning Leo • Chef Kawasaki • Chilly • Como • Driblee • Gim • Jammerjab • Knuckle Joe • NESP • Parasol Waddle Dee • Plugg • Poppy Bros. Jr. • Rocky • Sir Kibble • Vividria • Waddle Doo • Wester|
|Dream Friends||Adeleine & Ribbon • Bandana Waddle Dee • Dark Meta Knight • Daroach • Gooey • King Dedede • Magolor • Marx • Meta Knight • Rick & Kine & Coo • Susie • Taranza • The Three Mage-Sisters|
|Sub-Games||Chop Champs • Star Slam Heroes • Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! • Heroes in Another Dimension • The Ultimate Choice|