|My flying fortress, the Halberd, will now rule over all of Dream Land.|
— Captain Vul in Revenge of Meta Knight - Chapter 2, Kirby Super Star Ultra
Captain Vul is a character in Kirby Super Star and its remake. He appears in the sub-game Revenge of Meta Knight. He pilots the Halberd and is a friend of Meta Knight, though he seems to think, truly or not, that he owns the flying fortress. He is only seen in dialogue portraits, and the sub-game's introductory cutscene.
Captain Vul is an anthropomorphic bird and, despite his name, appears to be a type of hawk or eagle. He sports blue eyes, thick eyebrows, and a full beard. He wears a captain's outfit, also appropriate to his name. Although most of his sprites only depict his head, his full-body appearance shows that he has round hands (rather than wings), and a squat lower body similar to King Dedede's. He is an expressive character and his emotions are very exaggerated, though somewhat less so in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Vul serves as the captain of the Halberd and the de facto leader of its crew, though he still defers to Meta Knight, whom he refers to as "Lord". Egotistically, he proclaims the Halberd to be "his flying fortress" alone, and often insults and belittles the other members of the crew. In Kirby Super Star Ultra he has a habit of speaking like a pirate, using phrases such as "lubbers" and "scallywag". When Kirby first arrives on deck, Vul appears calm and collected about the situation, but quickly reveals his short temper when Kirby begins infiltrating and destroying the ship. Over the course of the sub-game, he is prone to panicking and making rash decisions with little foresight, such as calling on the Heavy Lobster to destroy Kirby at the expense of damaging the Halberd even further.
Despite his brash demeanor, he is in no way a fighter, unlike the Meta-Knights. As such, he is never seen in the stages themselves. He is also the first one to evacuate once it becomes clear the Halberd is sinking, begging the other crew members not to think badly of him. Though he never physically returns after the events of Revenge of Meta Knight, it is presumed that he safely escaped.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Main article: Revenge of Meta Knight
Captain Vul debuts in Revenge of Meta Knight, though outside of cut-scenes and dialogue boxes, he is never actually seen in-game. Because of this, basically all information about him is gleaned from his dialogue. Captain Vul has six distinct portraits used in his dialogue, making him the most expressive character of the Halberd crew.
Captain Vul's name was never given in the original Kirby Super Star, but was provided in the rewritten script for Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Captain Vul makes another cameo in Kirby Star Allies in a golden Stone transformation, standing alongside Meta Knight. This and his appearances in the pre-rendered cutscenes of Kirby Super Star Ultra mark his only appearances as a 3D model.
|Quotes from Captain Vul in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra|
Names in other languages
|German||Käpt'n Geyer||Pun on "Geier" which means "Vulture"|