Blipper is a common and iconic aquatic enemy in the Kirby series, making its debut in Kirby's Dream Land. It provides no Copy Ability when inhaled, and its modus operandi is to swim through bodies of water or leap out of it to try and collide with Kirby. When it is in the water, it may either swim in fixed patrol paths or try to home in on Kirby. Its swimming speed is generally slow, but in some instances, it may crowd entry points to the water, making it tricky for Kirby to enter without getting hurt. On land, Blipper can only flop about uselessly, but it can still hurt Kirby by collision regardless. In terms of physical appearance, Blipper's upper body is orange, and its lower body is yellow. It sports a white fin on each side, along with a white tail. Regardless of its fish-like anatomy, it wears traditional scuba goggles. Underneath these, it has small black eyes.
Blipper is simple to defeat and can be defeated with any attack while on dry land. While underwater, Kirby's attack is limited to spraying it with the Water Gun, unless he has an ability suited for use underwater, like Sword or Spear. Another aquatic enemy larger in size, Mamatee, very closely resembles Blipper. It is also possibly implied to be the mother of Blippers.
Kirby's Dream Land
Blipper makes its debut appearance in this title. Here is where its characteristic behavior of tracking Kirby in the water and leaping out was established. In the Extra Game, Blipper becomes even more aggressive, and will frequently leap out of water and gain a good deal of height before falling back down again.
Blipper appears in the stages of Float Islands and Mt. Dedede. It is not replaced by any other enemy in the Extra Game.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby swimming toward some Blippers in Kirby's Adventure
Blipper appears for the first time in color here. Its behavior is relatively unchanged, though its speed has been generally toned down in most cases. It can often be seen blocking off the entryways to pools of water, requiring Kirby to dispose of it in some way before taking the plunge.
Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Blippers return in this title, behaving much the way they did in Kirby's Adventure.
Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Block Ball
Blipper appears as a common enemy in this game, and is worth 300 points when defeated. It usually drops a food item.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby navigating past some Blippers on Planet Aqualiss
in Kirby Super Star
Blippers appear in this title, serving the same purpose as before. Here is where they can first commonly be seen flopping around on land.
Blipper is one of the possible cards that can appear in Kirby Card Swipe.
Blipper can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Blippers appear in this game, acting the same as in Kirby's Dream Land 2.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad
Blipper appears in these games, with the same look and behavior that it had in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Blipper is comparatively rare compared to other games where it appears due to a relative lack of substantial watery areas outside of Secret Sea.
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Blipper can be found in the following rooms:
Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby: Squeak Squad:
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Blipper returns in this title, and will pursue Kirby whenever he is submerged in water. They can be stunned with a tap from the DS Stylus or defeated using a Touch Dash.
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Blipper appears in the following locations:
Five Blippers can also be conjured by Drawcia during her boss battle, though these are a dark blue hue.
In Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Blipper is generally more mild in temperament, and is unable to directly harm Kirby, instead only bumping him if they make contact. Blipper is transformed into a standard yarn ball when wrapped up.
Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn:
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
This game marks Blipper's debut appearance in 3-D, though it retains the same behavior it had in Kirby Super Star (Ultra). Blippers can come in various sizes in the Extra Mode though this does not affect their health or other attributes.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Blipper appears in some of the stages in New Challenge Stages, though it is normally found flopping about, since there is scant any water for it to inhabit.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot
Blipper follows its look and behavior from Kirby's Return to Dream Land in these games. It is also accompanied by its larger cousin known as Mamatee.
In the opening cut-scene of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, one of Kirby's day-time activities has him catching a Blipper from a small pond using a fishing rod.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
The Kirby Submarine
blasts his way into a room with four Blippers in it in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
||Are you wondering why sea creatures like Blippers have to wear goggles underwater? The truth is, they've had them on for so long, they're scared to take them off. Or maybe they just forgot they ever had them on in the first place...
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Blippers appear in this game, serving the same role they had in Kirby: Canvas Curse. There are two types: red Blippers swim in fixed patterns, while blue Blippers usually pursue Kirby when they see him. They can be defeated by normal means, conferring 100 points and 3 Point Stars when taken out.
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Blipper appears in the following locations:
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby and friends being ambushed by a trio of Blippers in Kirby Star Allies
Blipper returns in Kirby Star Allies, largely unchanged from its previous appearances.
In Kirby Star Allies Blipper can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby catching a regular-sized Blipper in the Flash Fishing
Blipper returns as an enemy in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, using largely the same set of behaviors as usual. In addition, Blippers of various size are caught in the Flash Fishing sub-game, including the "legendary" Bling-Blipper, which is golden in color.
In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Blipper can be found in the following stages:
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Blipper appears as a sticker which can be used in The Subspace Emissary, to grant +20 to swimming time. It can be used with any fighter.
- The only main-series game which Blipper does not appear in is Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Here, it is replaced by a similar enemy called Flopper.
- Blippers will only leap out of water in specific areas of stages under the appropriate circumstances. Otherwise, their default behavior is to stay in the water. If for whatever reason they fall out of the bottom of water (which is possible in suspended water cubes), they will fall down through the air and be unable to move left or right until they land.
- Starting with its 3D debut in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Blipper's eyes can be seen behind its goggles; they were previously opaque. This property has carried over to most 3D games and newer 2D artwork, though they remain opaque in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse due to the clay artstyle of the game.
Names in other languages
wā jìng yú
- 蛙镜/蛙鏡 (frog-goggles) is a common nickname for swimming goggles in Chinese.
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||From fugu and bulle (bubbles)
||From interjection "glu glu" meaning "gobble gobble".
||From fugu, a borrowed Japanese name for blowfish.