Chief Bookem

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Chief Bookem
Chief Bookem.png
Artwork of Chief Bookem from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
First episode Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
Main role Supporting character
Similar characters Buttercup
Voice actor(s) Jerry Lobozzo (English, episodes 1-75)
Andrew Rannelis (English, episodes 76-100)
Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese)
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Chief Bookem is a recurring supporting character in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is a Cappy and the chief of police for Cappy Town. His wife is Buttercup, and Tuff looks up to him as a role model. Chief Bookem appears in most episodes of the series, though he does not play a leading role in one until Episode 10: Hail to the Chief.


Chief Bookem is a hefty and elderly Cappy who wears a police hat and coat with a satchel (and sometimes a pistol) at his side. He sports a large grey mustache which covers his mouth. Chief Bookem speaks and behaves like a stereotypical cop, with most of his lines revolving around his occupation as the chief of police. He sometimes gets into spats with Mayor Len Blustergas, but the two are not actually enemies.

Chief Bookem is a dutiful officer, but his age sometimes gets in the way, leaving him to often be exhausted. In Hail to the Chief, it is revealed that he had lied to Tuff about once being part of the Rough Rangers; a military commando squad which Tiff insists never existed. Despite this, Tuff and Bookem come to an understanding by the end of the episode, while Bookem is rescuing him from the Booma-Dooma Volcano.


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The following is a complete list of all of Chief Bookem's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:

Chief Bookem's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Selected quote Notes
Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
E1 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character "I'd like to lock both of 'em up!" (describing King Dedede and the power which sent Octacon)
A Blockbuster Battle
E2 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character "Yeah, it's out of town!" (in response to Mayor Len's remark about Kirby's tree house)
Kirby's Duel Role
E3 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "A challenge?"
Dark and Stormy Knight
E4 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "I just heard from the D.A. He's handing down new charges!" (right before getting "charged")
Beware: Whispy Woods!
E5 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "This'd make a real pretty spot for a new prison!"
Un-Reality TV
E6 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character "Looks like somebody's been feeding Kirby steroids!"
Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure
E7 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "A tornado?"
Curio's Curious Discovery
E8 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character "Ah! A thingamajig!"
The Fofa Factor
E9 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "King Dedede! Body snatching's illegal!"
Hail to the Chief
E10 Chief Bookem.png
Primary character "The Rough Rangers Squad is the toughest fighting force on the planet! My buddies and me got stuck in some real jams on the battlefield, but we never gave up! It's like us Rangers always say, Tuff: "Always try!""
Cappy New Year
E13 Chief Bookem.png
Primary character "I call this "Prisoner on Parade"! It's a light-hearted way of saying crime doesn't pay!"
The Pillow Case
E14 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "I'm glad those little bed bugs are gone!"
The Thing About the Ring
E17 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character "And then you lost the ring when Kirby crashed into ya! Is that your story?"
Here Comes the Son
E19 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character " you allege that the citizens of Cappy Town are conspiring against you. Hmm...and why exactly do you want to meet with Kirby?"
Dedede's Snow Job
E20 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "Whoa...this is some heat wave, huh, Curio?"
A Princess in Dis-Dress
E21 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "We're gonna have Cappy gridlock if royalty shows up!"
The Empty Nest Mess
E23 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "Hmmm... Wonder what's up. Dyna Blade seems restless!"
Ninja Binge
E24 Chief Bookem.png
Secondary character "Hey! No eating the evidence!"
Escargoon Rules
E25 Chief Bookem.png
Tertiary character "Thanks to your son, crime is pretty low here...course our taxes are pretty steep!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボルン署長
Chief Borun