Blipper is a common and iconic aquatic enemy in the Kirby series. They usually reside in water and swim lazily in any given direction, though they have a habit of leaping out to hit Kirby as he passes by. Some Blippers will also attempt to home in on Kirby when he is in or near the water, making them a surprisingly effective nuisance. When they are not in water, they flop around on the ground, and are more-or-less helpless. Blippers do not provide any Copy Ability when inhaled.
Blippers are simple to defeat. Kirby can use any attack to defeat a Blipper while on dry land. While underwater Kirby's attack is limited to spraying them with the Water Gun, unless he has an ability suited for use underwater, like Sword or Spear.
Blipper's upper body is orange, and its lower body is yellow, and it sports three white fins on its side, and its back. It has small black eyes behind the goggles. It wears traditional scuba goggles, regardless of its fish-like anatomy.
A different species of another aquatic enemy, Mamatee, resembles a bigger Blipper.
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
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
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 stamina 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
||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
In Kirby Star Allies Blipper can be found in the following levels and 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.
Kirby's Dream Land & Kirby's Adventure
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Promotional banner for "Hoshi no Kābyi Fuwafu Wa Collection 2020" merchandise series
Figurine from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Names in other languages
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- 蛙镜/蛙鏡 (frog-goggles) is a common nickname for swimming goggles in Chinese.
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||From interjection "glu glu" meaning "gobble gobble".
||From fugu, a borrowed Japanese name for blowfish.