Barbar[Japanese title] is a gigantic aquatic eel-like creature who likes to reside in holes in the wall and reach out to try and eat Kirby and his friends if they try to swim past. All Barbars are large, though some are bigger than others, a few much so. Barbar is completely invulnerable to attack, so it must be treated as a course obstacle to avoid rather than something to fight. If Kirby gets sucked into its mouth, the player needs to shake the controller or mash the stick to get Kirby out again.
Barbar first appeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and has since reappeared in a handful of other 2.5-D Kirby games. It has a few relatives, namely the Hypernova-inhalable Land Barbar and the lava-dwelling Iron Barbar.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Barbar can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Barbar locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Barbar also makes an appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, reprising its role from its previous appearance. In that game, it will often lunge further, though slower, and can appear in the background lunging into the foreground.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Barbar can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Barbar locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage 6 EX||Stage 7 EX||Stage 8 EX|
Kirby: Planet Robobot
A Barbar lies in wait, as seen in the Onion Ocean stage of Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Barbar attempts to eat Kirby in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Main Mode credits picture from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, featuring Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee swimming for their lives from Barbar
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Barbar
Names in other languages
Possibly from a partial repetition of「バルキー」(barukī, bulky)