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Captain Vul

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Captain Vul
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Screenshot of Captain Vul (left) in the introductory cutscene of Revenge of Meta Knight.
Details
First appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (reference)
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Listen, you lubbers! I want you all after that Kirby!
— Captain Vul in Revenge of Meta Knight - Chapter 4, Kirby Super Star Ultra

Captain Vul is a character in Kirby Super Star and its remake. He appears as the secondary antagonist in 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.

Characteristics[edit]

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.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Main article: Revenge of Meta Knight

Captain Vul debuts in Revenge of Meta Knight, though outside of cutscenes 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[edit]

One of Captain Vul's portraits from Kirby Super Star makes an appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as a Keychain.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

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.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Captain Vul
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Captain Vul, as he appears in Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess
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First appearance Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess
Last appearance Kirby: The Dream Onsen is a Good Hot Spring♪
Role Supporting character
Other appearance(s) his video game counterpart
Similar to Meta-Knights
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In the Kirby novel series, Captain Vul is the commander in charge of the Battleship Halberd. He is one of Meta Knight's dedicated subordinates who leads the Meta-Knights.

Volume appearances[edit]

The following is a complete list of every appearance Captain Vul has made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role he plays and its details in the plot of each volume:

Captain Vul's appearances in the Kirby novel series  
Volume Image Role Role details Notes
Kirby: Meta Knight and the Puppet Princess V4 Captain Vul Illustration.png Tertiary character After Meta Knight and co. board the Halberd to set out for Chiffon Star, the ship is abrubtly jolted from an impact. Everyone is scared, but Meta Knight knows what happened. Captain Vul comes out of the cockpit and proudly announces that the Halberd has completed its warp, allowing the ship to immediately reach the far-away Chiffon Star. Meta Knight tells Captain Vul to warn everyone next time he makes the ship warp.
Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land! (Unillustrated) Tertiary character During Meta Knight's tea time at the Halberd, Captain Vul comes in to tell him that they are receiving a call from Walky. Walky asks Meta Knight to commentate in a big race that will be held in Dream Land. Meta Knight refuses, but the Meta-Knights quickly come in, begging him to say yes. Captain Vul is quick to point out that they are asking this because they want to compete in the race. Because of this, Meta Knight agrees to be in the race. Walky gets so excited that he screams with joy. Captain Vul rushes to turn off the screen, but he is a moment too late, and the Halberd's communication screen shatters from Walky's painfully high scream.
Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!! V10 Meta-Knights Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, Captain Vul comes to Dedede's Cake Royale to root for Meta Knight in his matches. During the round of Flagball against Kirby, he cheers after Meta Knight hits the flag. He tells Axe Knight to not depend on Meta Knight during the match, after Meta Knight doesn't help him. When Meta Knight loses the match, he explains to the Meta-Knights and Blade Knight that it doesn't matter, since the real purpose of the match was to test Meta Knight's strength. During the finals, Captain Vul observes that Kirby has grown tired from the tournament and moves slower than usual. When Kirby and King Dedede try to destroy the Kirby Printer, Captain Vul asks Meta Knight if they should help, but Meta Knight tells him that there is no need.
Kirby: Big Trouble in Patch Land! (Unillustrated) Tertiary character In this volume, Captain Vul briefly appears when Meta Knight is watching a transformed Dream Land from the Halberd. He tells Meta Knight that everyone in Dream Land was transformed into yarn, as Meta Knight had suspected, and also points out that he hasn't seen any sign of Kirby and King Dedede. Vul's whereabouts afterwards are unknown, as Meta Knight is then soon ambushed and captured by Yin-Yarn, and Vul isn't mentioned at all later in the novel.
Kirby: Save the Rainbow Islands! V14 Captain Vul Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, Captain Vul, Mace Knight and Trident Knight go to get cake for themselves from Chef Kawasaki. When Kirby asks about their intentions, Captain Vul tries to keep it a secret, but the others tell him. He becomes furious at Kirby after learning that he ate all the cakes and grabs him. Kirby and his friends tries to convince him to tell Meta Knight about the situation in the Rainbow Islands, but he denies their request. Later, Captain Vul steps in again to tell them that he is going to report to Meta Knight the situation, as much for their confusion. He and the Meta-Knights start to envision a vacation like the one that King Dedede wants, implying that he wants to save the Rainbow Islands only to get a vacation. When Meta Knight returns from the adventure, Captain Vul misinterprets Meta Knight's disclaim of accomplishment as modesty.
Kirby and the Search for the Dreamy Gears! (Unillustrated) Tertiary character In this volume, Captain Vul is called Butler Vul. He is the butler of Meta Knight and oversees the guests in his mansion. When Butler Vul finds out that Daroach sneaked into Meta Knight's mansion without his knowledge, and complains about it, until being dismissed by Meta Knight. When Magolor visits Meta Knight's mansion, Vul tells Meta Knight that he came. Vul gets mad at Magolor for not waiting at the door, but Meta Knight dismisses him. When Magolor comes again to receive the gear from Meta Knight, Vul becomes annoyed because he didn't wait at the door again. He gets even more furious when he finds out that Daroach has sneaked into Meta Knight's mansion again. To stop him from interfering, Meta Knight pushes Vul out of the room. Later, Vul leads the guests to the garage behind the mansion. This story takes place in an alternate universe.
Kirby: Meta Knight and the Knight of Yomi V17 Captain Vul Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, Captain Vul is shown to be responsible of the Galaxia's safekeeping. At the start of the story, he brings it to Meta Knight, unaware that it was replaced by a fake one. Tigether with the rest of the crew, they investigate when they find this out, and find the shopkeeper who repairs the sword tied up. They learn that an impostor had him make the replica. Later on the Halberd, said impostor, Beryl, calls and tries to pass himself off as the real Captain Vul, but Meta Knight doesn't buy it. The crew heads over to Planet Magnus to settle the situation, but Meta Knight falls into Beryl's lethal trap. Captain Vul watches over Meta Knight throughout the next three days, regularly calling Kirby's search crew. At the end of the third day, Meta Knight disappears from the Halberd, instead arriving at the battlefield, which leaves Captain Vul in panic. When all is resolved, he and the Meta-Knights have a tea party at the Halberd and hypothesize about this occurrence.
Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?! V18 Captain Vul Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, Captain Vul tries to convince Meta Knight to be judge of the cooking competition by telling him that Chef Kawasaki will put his all into making the best dessert. He tells Meta Knight that it would be good to his training since it will require concentration to differentiate what is the best dessert, making him agree to be the judge. Captain Vul is excited to try the dishes at the competition. On the day of the competition, he comes with Meta Knight and acts as the announcer. When he calls for the third round, he is interrupted by the return of Kirby and King Dedede. At the end of the story, when Meta Knight says that the Kirby Café is another reason to visit Dream Land, Captain Vul continue to say that it is all part of his training, but Meta Knight calms him down.

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Quotes from Captain Vul in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
  • "Reactor 1, output normal."
  • "Adjust the balancer to ...0003!"
  • "Let's raise the anchor."
  • "Check anti-gravity plant. 1, 2, 3 OK!!"
  • "Release the sails, solar level 288!"
  • "Sir Meta-Knight, what shall we do?"
  • "Release Heavy Lobster! Quickly! Quickly!"
  • "Take off!"
  • "I'll conquer Dream Land with the Halberd!"
  • "All right. Shoot him!"
  • "Good. He will never catch up."
  • "All soldiers! Get Kirby. Now!"
  • "Now you get a taste of our power."
  • "Direct him to the front of the twin cannon."
  • "Oh no! He found it."
  • "Kirby will be torched! Wahahahahahaha!"
  • "Wahahahahahaha! Gahahahahahahaha! Hum."
  • "Holy cow! What happened?"
  • "Gu.....u!!"
  • "What is he trying to do?"
  • "Wait....I have an idea. Hee hee hee."
  • "Ready?"
  • "Be quiet! This is our only chance!"
  • "Don't fail again! Release Heavy Lobster!"
  • "Hee hee hee hee! Get Kirby!"
  • "That's not important now! Go ahead!"
  • "Don't worry! We've regained our balance."
  • "The bottom's weak... the wind is too strong."
  • "You chickens!"
  • "You idiot! You hid those?"
  • "Relax. The reactor can't be defeated!"
  • "Shhh! That's a SECRET!"
  • "Urgggh! Do SOMETHING!"
  • "Waaah! The ship's going down!"
  • "I'm not staying. I'm evacuating!"
  • "Reactor 1, output normal."
  • "Adjust the balancer to ...0003!"
  • "Let's raise the anchor."
  • "Check anti-gravity plant. 1, 2, 3 OK!!"
  • "Release the sails, solar level 288!"
  • "Lord Meta Knight, what is your command?"
  • "Whaat?! Throw the Heavy Lobster at 'im!"
  • "Hurry it up! Where's Heavy Lobster?!"
  • "Now! Take off!"
  • "My flying fortress, the Halberd, will now rule over all of Dream Land."
  • "Fire away! FIIIIRE!"
  • "All right. That should take care of him now."
  • "Listen, you lubbers! I want you all after that Kirby!"
  • "Now you will know the power of Meta Knight!"
  • "Well then, let's guide him in front of one of the cannons."
  • "Have we been found... ?"
  • "He'll be burnt to a crisp. Hahahaha!"
  • "Bwahahaha! Gahaha! ...Hm."
  • "What?! How could this be?"
  • "Everyone! We need to keep Kirby away from the left wing!"
  • "Arggh!"
  • "Hey! Where's Kirby now?"
  • "What's he doing there?!"
  • "Wait... I thought of something. Heeheehee."
  • "Has he made it into the armory?"
  • "Are we all ready?"
  • "Shut it! Now is our only chance to finish him!"
  • "This time we will succeed! Heavy Lobster, away!"
  • "Bwahahahaha! Crush him! CRUSH HIM!"
  • "Don't worry about it! Just press on!"
  • "Hm. Hmm. Having both wings destroyed may be just what we needed..."
  • "Not much we can do to him there... But the wind is strong."
  • "...All right, you lot."
  • "So you were the one hoarding them! You scallywag!"
  • "Never fear. I don't think Kirby can do anything to the reactor."
  • "Eeeyah! Don't even say things like that!"
  • "Ahhh! What are you idiots doing?!"
  • "Ahhh! This ship is done for! I gotta get out of here!"
  • "I'm escaping now! Don't think badly of me!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バルかんちょう
Baru Kanchō
Captain Vul
French Capitaine Condor Captain Condor
German Käpt'n Geyer Pun on geier (vulture)
Italian Capitan van Vol Derived from volo (flight) and avvoltoio (vulture)
Korean 벌 함장
Beol Hamjang
Captain Vul
Spanish Capitán Bui Derived from buitre (vulture)