|“||I can stick to ceilings! I can also fly, but not very well.||”|
— ChuChu in the Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instructional Booklet
ChuChu (sometimes spelled as Chuchu) is one of Kirby's Animal Friends, and a frequently reoccurring character in the Kirby series, though most of her appearances are only as cameos. ChuChu is a pink, blob-like octopus, most closely resembling a flapjack octopus, who wears a red bow on her head. Unlike most other Animal Friends, who can carry Kirby or Gooey around in some manner, ChuChu rides on the head of her partner. Kirby appears to have a content or lovestruck expression when ChuChu is on his head, and several of their interactions imply that they may have a romantic interest in each other.
|ChuChu's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Supporting playable character|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Reference||Depicted as one of Stone-Cutter Kirby's transformations.|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Reference||Appears as one of the objects Paint Roller can paint in the Paint Panic Sub-Game.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Keychain|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Sticker|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Cameo||A piece of gear and a weapon based on ChuChu can each be equipped.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Cameo||Appears in one of the Clean ability's attacks. Also appears in one of the Celebration Pictures.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||The same equip-able items from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe return.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Cameo||Appears as a costume and color for Kirby, and also on a Character Treat.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Spirit||Appears as a support spirit.|
Kirby's Dream Land 3
ChuChu debuts in Kirby's Dream Land 3 as one of Kirby's six Animal Friends, first appearing in the second stage of Grass Land. When paired with Kirby, ChuChu is able to use her sticky, extendable "tentacles" to grab enemies in front of her and put them into Kirby's mouth, as well as sticking to and moving along ceilings. Furthermore, if the player presses the B button while the two are falling, she can perform a weak aerial jump, making it possible to slow down their fall if the button is pressed repeatedly. Despite being an octopus, ChuChu has no increased swimming skills when underwater.
Like with the other Animal Friends, ChuChu can help Kirby perform unique team-up moves when using various Copy Abilities. These are outlined as follows:
|Burning||Kirby produces a small constant heat source which causes ChuChu to distend like a hot air balloon when angled up, allowing the two to gain some lift. Kirby can use the fire cone itself to attack enemies.|
|Clean||Kirby and ChuChu equip a large broomstick and are able to fly freely through the air for a moment, leaving a trail of magic dust behind that damages opponents.|
|Cutter||Kirby swings ChuChu around himself like an axe blade, defeating enemies around him. He cannot throw ChuChu, however.|
|Ice||Kirby spits out snowballs which ChuChu grabs and tosses at enemies at various arcs. The snowballs freeze enemies on contact.|
|Needle||ChuChu shoots out five needles around herself which travel a short distance and hurt enemies on contact.|
|Parasol||Kirby and ChuChu get inside an up-side-down parasol and spin forward, defeating enemies on contact.|
|Spark||ChuChu shoots a laser from her tentacle which flies straight forward and can defeat enemies, similar to the Laser ability. Unlike said ability, however, the laser will rebound off of flat walls if charged.|
|Stone||Kirby transforms into a boulder and ChuChu proceeds to start swinging him around. The two can travel back and forth while doing this maneuver, damaging enemies on contact.|
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, ChuChu can be found in the following levels and stages:
|ChuChu locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
A stone carving representing ChuChu appears as one of the possible Stone-Cutter transformations. In this form, Kirby cannot walk, and can only move by hopping once in short bursts.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
ChuChu appears as a Keychain in this title.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash
A set of equipment for Doctor Healmore can be purchased at Magolor's Shoppe called the 'Chuchu Cap' and 'Chuchu Flask'. Both of these items resemble ChuChu, although, since the cap wiggles, it is presumed that the cap is actually ChuChu.
Kirby Star Allies
ChuChu makes a brief cameo appearance when Cleaning Kirby or Broom Hatter uses the attack Clean ChuChu. It is the same attack ChuChu uses when she has the Clean copy ability in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Other than that, her only appearance in the game is in the Celebration Picture "A Dream Above the Clouds".
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby's Dream Buffet, ChuChu (spelled here as "Chuchu") appears as one of Kirby's Costumes. Since she wiggles and blinks on Kirby's head, it's implied that it is actually her, rather than a prop. A color based on Chuchu is also available for Kirby, and she appears on a Character Treat, using her artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
ChuChu appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and can be obtained in World of Light. She is a support spirit who causes the host fighter to start the match with a Super Leaf. This is a reference to her ability to float briefly in the air with continuous jumps while partnered with Kirby.
Artwork of Clean + ChuChu from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Sticker from Kirby: Planet Robobot
ChuChu makes an appearance atop Kirby's head in the Celebration Picture "A Dream Above The Clouds".
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring ChuChu
Kirby JP Twitter art featuring ChuChu making a cookie resembling her yellow friend.
Names in other languages
- "The most unique of Kirby's new friends, ChuChu is based on a certain eight-legged sea creature!" –Kirby's Dream Collection booklet (Nintendo), pg. 23