- This article is about the recurring butterfly in various cut-scenes, and should not be confused with Flutter.
The Butterfly is a recurring character in the Kirby series which is typically seen only in cut-scenes and is never directly interacted with in gameplay. It was first seen in the opening cut-scene for Green Greens in Kirby's Dream Land and had its most recent appearance in Kirby Star Allies, where it plays a somewhat more significant role. The butterfly itself is an enigma, though it was commonly seen as just an insignificant entity until its role in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!.
The butterfly is - as its name implies - a butterfly resembling those in the real world. It is rather small, with a total length comparable to one of Kirby's eyes, though it has been shown to be much larger when it goes after Galacta Knight in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!. Its wings are a bright yellow with a set of two thick lines on the rim of its wings; the inner being orange and the outer being red. Sometimes, the wings are depicted with only the red stripes, with an orange gradient leading out from them to the wing interior. The butterfly's body is mainly orange.
The butterfly is usually seen fluttering around Dream Land, and often lands on Kirby when he is unconscious, which is typically enough to wake him up.
Kirby's Dream Land
The butterfly is first seen in the intro cut-scene for Green Greens, though the monochrome nature of the game makes it difficult to distinguish from the others. Kirby attempts to chase it off-screen, and then is blown away as a flock of them follow him.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
The butterfly can be seen in the intro cut-scene, resting on a flower next to Meta Knight while he is reading near the knoll.
It later appears in the final cut-scene, once Kirby and his friends are returned home unconscious by Landia. It lands on Kirby's face and wakes him up.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
The butterfly can be seen briefly at the very start of the opening cut-scene for this game. It lands on Kirby's head as he leaves his house in the morning to go frolicking.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Much like in Return to Dream Land, the butterfly lands on Kirby's head in the final cutscene and wakes him up after Meta Knight deposits him unconscious near a tree.
Kirby Star Allies
The butterfly appears in the Story Mode intro cut-scene, flying around Whispy Woods while the dark heart pieces are raining down on Popstar. It may also appear over the bottom-right waters on the world map of Dream Land on occasion.
It later appears at the end of Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!. Here, after Hyness is defeated at The Divine Terminus, Galacta Knight emerges from the portal and prepares to face down the allies. Just after his title card, the butterfly flutters down, now glowing ominously. It lands gently on Galacta Knight's lance and shortly after, causes this greatest warrior in the galaxy to be vaporized. It then absorbs the vapor and transforms into Morpho Knight before attacking the allies.
The Butterfly also makes a cameo in the Celebration Picture 'A Farewell to Kirby', depicted in monochrome.
- Many fans have speculated on what the true nature of this butterfly is. While many theories abound, it is an utter mystery.
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The intro to Green Greens from Spring Breeze, showing the butterfly in color for the first time.
The butterfly in the ending cut-scene from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
The butterfly in the intro for Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
The butterfly (on left) in the story mode opening of Kirby Star Allies.
The butterfly is depicted in the Celebration Picture 'A Farewell to Kirby'.