Bounder is a relatively uncommon enemy which first appeared in Kirby's Adventure and most notably reappeared in Kirby Super Star. Its method of attacking is by grappling on to walls and throwing stars at Kirby.
Bounder's first appearance is in a black jumpsuit and its face has only two black eyes. In Kirby Super Star, it is now pale white instead of tan and it has a backpack, a blue suit, and red shoes; its eyes are now blue and it has a tuft of hair on it.
Bounder is commonly seen climbing up and down walls slowly, stopping for a moment in order to attack Kirby by throwing a star at him in an arc. Bounder can also be seen walking along the ground, though this is more often an occurrence in Kirby Super Star than anywhere else.
In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Bounder was replaced by Gip, a flying pig head. It was one of four characters to be replaced (the others being Togezo, who was replaced by Needlous in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Rolling Turtle, who was replaced by Phan Phan in the same game, and Capsule J, who became Capsule J2 in Kirby Super Star Ultra), and the only enemy to be replaced in two remakes. Like with the other replacements, it is not clear why Bounder was replaced in this manner.
|Bounder’s video game appearances|
|Kirby's Adventure||Enemy||Bounder is replaced by Gip in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.|
|Kirby's Pinball Land||Hazard|
|Kirby's Dream Course||Reference||Appears as one of the five placeholder icons for the default rankings in the game.|
|Kirby's Block Ball||Enemy|
|Kirby's Toy Box||Hazard|
|Kirby Super Star||Enemy||Bounder is once again replaced by Gip in Kirby Super Star Ultra.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Cameo||Bounder appears in the background of the Sub-Game Megaton Punch.|
Bounder made its debut appearance in this title. Unlike most of the other enemies in this game, Bounder does not appear in the remake, being replaced in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land by Gip wherever Bounder was originally found.
Bounder can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Bounder locations in Kirby's Adventure|
|Stage||Vegetable Valley||Ice Cream Island||Butter Building||Grape Garden||Yogurt Yard||Orange Ocean||Rainbow Resort|
Kirby's Pinball Land
Bounder appears as a bumper on the uppermost standard floor in Wispy-Woods Land, and can be seen crawling up and down the walls on each side. Bounder cannot be defeated in this game, but is worth 480 points when bumped into.
Kirby's Dream Course
In Kirby's Dream Course, Bounder appears as one of the five placeholder icons on the scoreboards for each course.
Kirby's Block Ball
Bounder appears as a common enemy in this game, though it is considerably tougher than usual, requiring three hits to defeat. Bounder is worth 600 points on defeat and drops the Crash item.
Kirby's Toy Box
Bounder appears in the Pinball mini-game, where it climbs up and down on one of the walls and halts Kirby's movement if hit, which adds 30 points to the score. It does not attack by throwing stars at Kirby but simply serves as one of the targets.
Kirby Super Star
Bounder makes its fifth appearance in the series here, though it is not present in very many locations. Much like before, it is also replaced by Gip in the remake of Kirby Super Star Ultra, with one notable exception mentioned in the next section.
Bounder can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star:
|Bounder locations in Kirby Super Star|
|Green Greens||RoMK Chapter 4|
|Float Islands||RoMK Chapter 5|
|Bubbly Clouds||RoMK Chapter 6|
|Mt. Dedede||RoMK Chapter 7|
|Trial Room 1||Cavius|
|Trial Room 2||Mekkai|
|RoMK Chapter 1|
|RoMK Chapter 2|
|RoMK Chapter 3|
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Despite being replaced by Gip everywhere else, Bounder can still be seen in the background of the Sub-Game Megaton Punch. This cameo appearance can be considered Bounder's most recent appearance in any official capacity in the series.
Scoreboard icon from Kirby's Dream Course
Bounder appears uncommonly as an enemy in Kirby's Block Ball.
Bounder latched on the left side of the Kirby's Toy Box - Pinball board
Names in other languages
- Name taken from Kirby's Pinball Land instruction manual (page 9, American release)