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Circus

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Circus
KTD Circus artwork.png
Artwork of Circus Kirby from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Details
First game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot
Usage type Unlimited use
Obtained from Clown Acrobot
amiibo (Planet Robobot): Mr. Game & Watch
Power(s) Attacks with circus-themed moves; Fire-Hoop Jump and Fire Baton can light cannon fuses and destroy ice blocks.
Similar to Fire, Burning, Hi-Jump
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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 American English pause text

Circus is a Copy 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 hoop (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.

Moveset[edit]

Circus Kirby's Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot  
while facing right
Skill Image Button Execution Description
Somersault
KPR Somersault clip.png
B
Kirby does two short somersaults and backsaults back to where he started the attack, invincible in the process.
Backsault
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B + ←
Kirby somersaults back once, invincible in the process.
Fire-Hoop Jump
KPR Fire-Hoop Jump clip.png
Dash + B
Kirby jumps through a flaming hoop getting set on fire, invincible in the process.
Ball Balance
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↓ + B
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
KPR Balloon Pop Art clip.png
Press and hold B
Kirby inflates a balloon that quickly pops, damaging enemies around him.
Baton
KPR Baton clip.png
↑ + B
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
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↑ + B repeatedly
Kirby's batons catch fire, becoming more damaging and able to light cannon fuses and destroy ice blocks.
Trampoline
KPR Trampoline clip.png
↓, and then ↑ + B
Kirby jumps on a trampoline while spinning, invincible in the process. This is similar to Hi-Jump.
Acrobatics
KPR Acrobatics clip.png
During Trampoline, ↑ + B in midair
Kirby performs a second invincible trampoline jump in midair (for once only). The falling trampoline also hurts enemies.

Balloon Pop Art forms[edit]

The Balloon Pop Art move creates a randomly-selected type of balloon.

Balloon Pop Art forms  
Form Name Description Form Name Description
KPR Balloon Pop Art 1.png
ドッグ
Dog
A blue balloon dog
KTD Balloon Pop Art Meta Knight.png
Meta Knight[conjectural title] Meta Knight holding Galaxia
(Kirby: Triple Deluxe exclusive)
KPR Balloon Pop Art 2.png
Flower[conjectural title] An orange flower with a yellow center
KPR Balloon Pop Art 4.png
ダークメタナイト
Dark Meta Knight
Dark Meta Knight
(Kirby: Planet Robobot exclusive)
KPR Balloon Pop Art 3.png
ハート
Heart
A large pink and red heart,
with two small red hearts beside it
KPR Balloon Pop Art 5.png
ナイトメア パワーオーブ
Nightmare's Power Orb
Nightmare in his Power Orb form
KPR Balloon Pop Art 7.png
マホロア
Magolor
Magolor. This is a very rare form.
KPR Balloon Pop Art 6.png
Inutamago[conjectural title] The HAL logo. This is a very rare form.
Japanese names taken from Kirby: Planet Robobot Official Nintendo Guidebook. English names and translations are unofficial.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

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[edit]

The Circus ability returns in this title, along with its provider, Clown Acrobot. It is almost completely unchanged from its appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe; the only major difference is that Balloon Pop Art's Meta Knight balloon is now a Dark Meta Knight balloon.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Circus Kirby appears on a Character Treat, using his artwork from Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Circus does not appear in Kirby's Dream Buffet as an ability.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Circus
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Kirby obtains the Circus ability in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!
Details
First volume Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!
Obtained from Clown Acrobot
Power(s) Attacking with various circus-like moves
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In the Kirby novel series, the Circus ability appears in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!, where Kirby obtains it from Clown Acrobot. Unlike most Copy Abilities in the novel series, Kirby makes use of many different moves he can do with Circus. Kirby uses Baton, Ball Balance, Somersault, Backsault, and Balloon Pop Art. The flower and dog balloon forms each make an appearance. The balloons are known to make an impact so big that it can make stone crack.

In Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!, Kirby and co. end up in an underground room of an ancient temple, where they meet Clown Acrobot. He appears friendly at first, but then starts attacking them with his juggling balls. Kirby inhales him in retaliation, and gets the Circus ability. Batons appear in Kirby's hands, and he starts juggling them. Kirby is amazed at his new copy ability, and a ball appears under him as he taps his feet. As Kirby balances on it, Waddle Dee is amazed at Kirby's acrobatics, but King Dedede is unimpressed and thinks it's a silly ability. After doing multiple somersaults, Kirby decides to follow a mine cart track on his own while balancing on a ball.

After fleeing from a mine cart and subsequently falling off the track, Kirby and co. land in a large room. Here, Wham Bam Gaia appears. Wham Bam Gaia starts attacking, and a flower-shaped balloon appears in Kirby's hands when he waves them. This puzzles him at first, but when Kirby attacks Wham Bam Gaia's hand, the balloon causes a damaging explosion. This makes Kirby realize how powerful the Circus ability truly can be. Kirby continues to throw more balloons at his hand. After an intense battle, Kirby deals the finishing blow on Wham Bam Gaia with a puppy-shaped balloon. Once Kirby and co. return to the surface, Kirby drops his Circus ability to free Clown Acrobot who is happy to be back at the surface.

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe American English:
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.
British English:
Is this for real? You bet! 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.
KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot The citizens of Popstar live to be entertained. This Copy Ability is guaranteed to blow their socks off!

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Circus

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サーカス
Sākasu
Circus
Traditional Chinese 馬戲團
mǎ xì tuán
Circus
Simplified Chinese 马戏团
mǎ xì tuán
Dutch Circus Circus
French Cirque Circus
German Zirkus Circus
Italian Circo Circus
Portuguese Circo Circus
Russian Цирк
Tsirk
Circus
Spanish Circo Circus