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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
Last episode Kirby 3D
Main role Supporting character
Relative(s) Buttercup (wife)
Voice actor(s) Jerry Lobozzo (English, episodes 1-75)
Andrew Rannells (English, episodes 76-100)
Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese)
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I can speak for myself, thank you!
— Chief Bookem in Kirby Comes to Cappy Town

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. His name is likely a reference to the phrase "Book 'em, Danno!" from Hawaii Five-O.


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 gray 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.

Chief Bookem is known to be a hobbyist singer, though his lack of talent shows whenever he tries, as evidenced in Abusement Park. This particular aspect of Chief Bookem is explored slightly further in the episode eNeMeE Elementary, where he is appointed to be the music teacher.


Main article: Chief Bookem/filmography

Chief Bookem appears in a majority of episodes in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, though his role is usually incidental. For a full list of Chief Bookem's episode appearances along with details of his role in each one, see his filmography page.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボルン署長
Borun Shochō
Chief Borun
Brazilian Portuguese Chefe Bookem Chief Bookem