Cameo characters are those which make an appearance in the Kirby series of video games, but who originate from outside the Kirby series proper. Usually, these are other video game characters from Nintendo.
List of cameo characters by game
The following list covers all cameo characters by game. It should be noted that on many occasions, characters from within the Kirby series will cameo on other games (famously the Animal Friends Rick, Kine, and Coo), but these appearances will not be mentioned here. Additionally, this list will include direct references to characters outside the Kirby series, but only to those referenced by name or direct likeness (as such, Copy Abilities like Sword and ESP will not be mentioned here). For a list of more indirect references, see this page. Lastly, recoverable items such as the Treasures in The Great Cave Offensive will not be listed here.
Kirby's Dream Land
- Main article: Lololo & Lalala
Though largely incorporated as proper Kirby characters, Lololo and Lalala originate from outside the series as the characters "Lolo" and "Lala" from the Eggerland franchise, which includes games like Adventures of Lolo.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
- Main article: Chao
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
A couple enemies in this game are based on characters from other video games:
- Gator - based on the Gators from the HAL Laboratory game Revenge of the 'Gator.
- Moto Shotzo - based on the playable tank from the HAL Laboratory game Trax.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Several of the characters which offer Heart Stars are from other video game franchises. These include the following:
- Chao and Goku - characters from the game Yūyūki who appear in Grass Land - Stage 4.
- Donbe & Hikari - characters from the game Shin Onigashima who appear in Sand Canyon - Stage 4.
- R.O.B. and Professor Hector - characters from the games Gyromite and Stack-Up who appear in Sand Canyon - Stage 6.
- Samus and Metroids - characters from the Metroid games who appear in Iceberg - Stage 2.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies