Captain Stitch

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Captain Stitch
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Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
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Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land 2
Latest Game Kirby's Dream Land 3
Copy Ability Needle
Similar to Gordo
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Captain Stitch is a Mid-Boss appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3. When he is defeated, it can be inhaled for the Needle Copy Ability. His appearance is that of a dark sphere with eyes surrounded by eight spikes, making him resemble a large Gordo. Unlike Gordos, however, he usually sports angry eyes and is not cross-eyed. It is also shown to possess a small mouth, which is only visible when the mini-boss opens his mouth upon being injured.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
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In-game sprite.

Captain Stitch debuts in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Here, it is first encountered in the fourth stage of Red Canyon, holding Rick captive.

Much like his smaller Gordo cousins, Stitch is able to float and — while surrounded by spikes — possesses invincibility. His strategy consists of flying around the room in varying patterns and randomly performing one of two fundamentally similar attacks, which involve launching his spikes at Kirby in a straight line or doing the same with his entire body; both attacks are indicated by the Mid-Boss's briefly pulling back before striking, making it difficult to foresee which maneuver will follow. If he fires his spikes at Kirby, the mini-boss is temporarily left vulnerable to all attacks until he regrows them; the spikes, on the other hand, keep their invincibility and may harm Kirby while travelling through the air, but become compressed into a ball that can be sucked up upon collision with an obstacle. If the Captain launches himself forward, he retains his invulnerability until he slams into a wall, falling down, briefly becoming stunned and losing his spikes, which once more become inhaleable and may be used as ammunition.

Captain Stitch, like other Mid-Bosses, is invincible to sliding, colliding with Kirby and air pellets, but can be harmed with any projectile or Copy Ability while his spikes are detached from his body, requiring three projectiles or a varying number of ability-based attacks to beat.

Kirby's Block Ball

Captain Stitch appears as a common enemy in this title, though with a slight change in design. Instead of spikes, he has four round lumps sticking out of his sides. He is worth 600 points when hit, and takes 3 hits to defeat, netting 1800 points total. When defeated, Captain Stitch drops a Bomb item, which can be used to blow up barrier blocks in the area.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

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In-game sprite.

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Captain Stitch returns, He is virtually unchanged from his previous appearance aside from a more bluish (purplish in his artwork) tint. Apart from the final stage of Iceberg, which features a rematch with all of the game's Mid-Bosses, he is only encountered in the fourth stage of Ripple Field. As is typical for Mid-Bosses in this game, Stitch can only be faced in the latter stage if Kirby takes a specific route through through it and must be defeated and swallowed in order to reach a key item or character required to obtain the stage's Heart Star — in this case, the toad Gamagaeru's child.

Although his behavior mostly remains unchanged, the Mid-Boss now moves more slowly, takes considerably longer to regrow his spikes after tossing them away and is overall more predictable in his movements. Stitch also requires six projectiles to defeat now instead of three, each one subtracting 1.5 units from his health bar.

Anime

Captain Stitch in the pilot.

Although he does not appear in any of the regular episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Captain Stitch can be seen in the anime's pilot, possessing the same appearance as it does in the games, but with pronounced eyelids and a puce tinge. Here, Stitch is among the monsters emerging from the dark clouds — presumably created by Nightmare — near the end of the short and is the first one to be shown.

Unlike in the games, Captain Stitch cannot gain invincibility from his spikes, as Kirby is able to inhale him without giving the monster a chance to act, spitting Stitch at the evil incarnation of Meta Knight that has likewise materialized from a cloud and instantly defeating both. This makes him the only monster in the pilot which Kirby inhales without acquiring a Copy Ability from him. However, this is because Kirby does not swallow Captain Stitch.

Trivia

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャプテンスティッチ
Kyaputen Suticchi
Captain Stitch