|Is this for real? You bet it is! Jump through a flaming hoop, and show off your finest Acrobatics! After the curtains close on your foes, they'll know the clown arts are no joke.|
— Kirby: Triple Deluxe pause caption
Circus is an ability that gives Kirby an odd hat that is made to look like a traditional "big-top" circus with a clown-like face on it. It can only be obtained from the Clown Acrobot. The ability gives Kirby several different weapons based around circus acts. These include throwing juggling pins, balancing on a ball, jumping on a trampoline, doing somersaults, jumping through a flaming hoops (this attack can destroy ice blocks), and creating balloon animals. These balloon animals form many things such as flowers, Meta Knight, and even Nightmare's Power Orb. It was introduced in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, along with Beetle, Bell, Archer, and Hypernova, and, along with Archer, returned in Kirby: Planet Robobot. This copy ability can also be obtained by scanning in a Mr. Game and Watch amiibo in Kirby Planet Robobot.
|Circus Kirby's Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot|
while facing right
|Somersault||Kirby does two short somersaults and backsaults back to where he started the attack, invincible in the process.|
|Backsault||Kirby somersaults back once, invincible in the process.|
|Fire-Hoop Jump||Kirby jumps through a flaming hoop getting set on fire, invincible in the process.|
|Ball Balance||Kirby balances on a spinning ball harming enemies that stay too close.|
Similar to 'Hammer Twirl' and 'Parasol Twirl', Kirby is invincible during this attack.
|Balloon Pop Art||Kirby makes a balloon that harms nearby enemies.|
|Baton||Kirby juggles 3 batons in the air while near useless against enemies on the same level as him. It is best with airborne enemies.|
|Fire Baton||Kirby's batons catch fire, becoming more damaging and able to light cannon fuses and destroy ice blocks.|
|Trampoline||Kirby jumps on a trampoline while spinning, invincible in the process. This is similar to Hi-Jump.|
|Acrobatics||Kirby performs a second invincible trampoline jump in midair (for once only). The falling trampoline also hurts enemies.|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
|Circus is a new acrobatic copy ability that enables Kirby to attack enemies with circus routines. His basic attacks, Somersault and Backsault, will hit enemies who are right in front or behind Kirby. There are trickier moves such as Fire-Hoop Jump, where Kirby attacks by jumping through a ring of fire, and Ball Balance, where he attacks by walking on a big ball. To enable the Circus ability, inhale a Clown Acrobot before you get too intrigued by its routine!|
— Satoshi Ishida, Miiverse post on 05/28/2014 9:16 AM
Circus makes its debut in this game, and is provided by the enemy Clown Acrobot. The Circus ability has a large array of goofy clown-related moves, including juggling, diving through hoops, balancing on balls, and blowing balloon animals. This is one of the few abilities which causes Kirby to smile while using several of the moves. Some of the attacks create fire, which can be used to light fuses and break icy blocks, though these moves are impractical compared to more standard fire-based abilities.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
|The citizens of Popstar live to be entertained. This Copy Ability is guaranteed to blow their socks off!|
— Kirby: Planet Robobot pause caption
- Circus is one of the few abilities that can break ice blocks. The others include Fire, Fighter, Hammer, Smash and Doctor.
- Similar to the Stone ability, many hidden images are in the Balloon Pop Art attack. These include Meta Knight, Nightmare's Power Orb, Magolor, and the HAL Laboratory Logo.
- The Meta Knight balloon is actually one of Meta Knight's only references in Kirby: Triple Deluxe (along with a Stone Kirby transformation, and in the crowd during the "Kirby Master!" video).
- The Meta Knight balloon is replaced by a Dark Meta Knight one in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
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