Castle Dedede

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Castle Dedede
Mt. Dedede Allies.jpg
Image of Castle Dedede from Kirby Star Allies.
Details
Game(s) Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Squeak Squad
Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Inhabitant(s) King Dedede, some Waddle Dees, various assortments of other creatures
Mid-boss(es) Various (see details below)
Boss(es) King Dedede
Related Castle Lololo, Dark Castle
Theme Music

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Castle Dedede is a famous structure in Dream Land, home to King Dedede, a retinue of Waddle Dee servants, and a number of other denizens depending on the game or setting it is featured in. Castle Dedede has taken on a number of different appearances throughout the series, but has centered around two essential designs. The first of these is the one that was established in Kirby's Dream Land - being a squared-off two-tiered castle with towers at each corner and a gate and windows which resemble a dour face. The second one is a more elaborate and large castle topped by a massive dome which is featured most prominently in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and a number of games which released shortly after it. Starting with Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the classic look of the castle would return and continue to be used to the present day, last appearing in Kirby Star Allies.

In addition to inconsistencies regarding appearance, Castle Dedede is also often located in a number of different areas within Dream Land. It is most commonly found atop Mt. Dedede, but it can also be located in gentler grassier areas more akin to where Kirby's House is. Castle Dedede is often subject to partial or total destruction throughout the Kirby series, either at the hands of the eponymous pink puffball, or from other villains in the series.

Game Appearances

Castle Dedede appears in the following titles:

Kirby's Dream Land

Main article: Mt. Dedede

The final level of the game takes place inside Castle Dedede. Here, Kirby has to go through a series of doors and re-fight the first four bosses before he may face down King Dedede in a wrestling ring. Once defeated, King Dedede is sent flying out the dome of his castle. From there, Kirby uses the power of the Sparkling Stars to grow into a massive balloon and carry the castle across the land, dropping all of the food that King Dedede had stolen out the bottom to rain down on the hungry inhabitants.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

Main article: The Revenge

As it is a truncated remake of Kirby's Dream Land, Spring Breeze also has its last stage set at Castle Dedede, with the scenario playing out much the same as before (but skipping straight to the fight with Dedede).

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the last stage of Revenge of the King takes place inside Castle Dedede. Here, Kirby travels through more of the castle, and fights off all of King Dedede's minions before facing the king again, now wearing a mask and wielding the powerful jet hammer. Despite this, King Dedede is sent packing once more.

Kirby Squeak Squad

An image of the boss prep room for Prism Plains, which is inside the castle.

The later stages of Prism Plains take place within Castle Dedede. Here, the castle resembles its appearance in the anime.

Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Main article: Castle Dedede (Epic Yarn)

The last stage before facing Yin-Yarn takes place inside Castle Dedede. The innards of the castle here are portrayed as much more dull in character, with the exception of the throne room, which is guarded by a Big Waddle Dee under Yin-Yarn's control.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Taranza assaults King Dedede and his guards in the main throne room of the castle.

Castle Dedede appears in the intro cut-scene. Here, it has been lifted into the air by the Dreamstalk along with Kirby's house. Kirby goes to check in on Dedede when Taranza comes in to steal the king from his Spear Waddle Dees on guard. After making off with Dedede, the castle itself is not seen again until the end of the credits sequence for Dededetour!, where it is safely back on the ground.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

King Dedede's chess game at his castle is interrupted by an alien invasion.

Castle Dedede appears briefly in the intro and ending cut-scenes for this game. King Dedede tries to fire cannons from his castle at the approach of the Access Ark, but a giant laser is fired at the castle which destroys it utterly. Later on, King Dedede and his Waddle Dees are found in the rubble, relatively unharmed.

Kirby Star Allies

Main article: Clash at Castle Dedede

Castle Dedede appears in the intro cinematic. King Dedede is enjoying fair weather and refreshments when a Dark Heart lands on his balcony. King Dedede attempts to get a closer look, but is quickly enveloped in the heart's influence.

Kirby and his squad of star allies visit the castle in one of the stages, due to the king haven stolen all of Dream Land's food yet again. Once they reach the throne room, they see the king gorging himself on a pile of rotting food, and a battle ensues. Here, King Dedede becomes much more muscular, and breaks many floors of his own castle during the fight.

In the anime

Castle Dedede as it appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

Castle Dedede is one of the major landmarks in Dream Land and the home of many of the show's characters. As such, it makes several appearances as a setting for the episodes. Castle Dedede is perched atop a perilously steep cliff face overlooking Cappy Town with a long winding road leading up to it. The castle itself is home to a very large number of Waddle Dees (so many in fact that not even their commander Waddle Doo knows how many there are) who act as servants in exchange for the living space. It is from within the castle that King Dedede and Escargoon call upon NightMare Enterprises to send them more monsters using a teleportation device. These monsters more often than not end up damaging or destroying the castle, though it is always rebuilt by the next episode.

In addition to those mentioned above, Castle Dedede is home to the following characters:

Notably, King Dedede himself inherited the castle from a line of unspecified ancestors. He tells Escargoon in one episode that the castle was built to look older than it really is, in order to enhance the family's perception as an ancient and noble dynasty.

Other castles

Castle Dedede is not the only castle which Dedede has resided in. Other castles he has lorded over include the following:

Trivia

Taranza escapes through the roof with King Dedede in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
  • Whenever the dome atop Castle Dedede is shattered, the 'dour' look on the castle's windows changes to a sadder expression.
  • One notable aspect of the castle is that its interior varies wildly between each depiction, and is often much more extensive on the inside than would be suspected possible given the relatively compact nature of the castle as seen from the outside. Such spatial contortions are common in video games and other visual media (usually referred to with the saying 'bigger on the inside'), and allows for more complex stage design while still allowing for an easy-to-visualize landmark. The only real exception to this is the castle's portrayal in the opening cut-scene of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, where the inside and outside appear to be congruous.