|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
|Kirby does two short somersaults and backsaults back to where he started the attack, invincible in the process.|
B + ←
|Kirby somersaults back once, invincible in the process.|
Dash + B
|Kirby jumps through a flaming hoop getting set on fire, invincible in the process.|
↓ + 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||
Press and hold B
|Kirby makes a balloon that harms nearby enemies.|
↑ + 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.|
↑ + B repeatedly
|Kirby's batons catch fire, becoming more damaging and able to light cannon fuses and destroy ice blocks.|
↓, and then ↑ + B
|Kirby jumps on a trampoline while spinning, invincible in the process. This is similar to Hi-Jump.|
During Trampoline, ↑ + B in midair
|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 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: Triple Deluxe||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: Planet Robobot||The citizens of Popstar live to be entertained. This Copy Ability is guaranteed to blow their socks off!|
- 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.
Ability Star from Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot
Banner from the Kirby Personality Quiz
Names in other languages
|Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Characters||Kirby • King Dedede • Meta Knight • President Haltmann • Susie|
|Levels and stages||
Level 7: Mind in the Program
|Bosses||Regular||Gigavolt • Clanky Woods • C.O.G.S. • Holo Defense API • Susie • Core Kabula • Mecha Knight • Dedede Clone • Dedede Clones & D3 • Gigavolt II • Mecha Knight+ • President Haltmann • Star Dream|
|Meta Knightmare Returns||Stock Mecha Knight • Dark Matter Clone • Sectonia Clone • Galacta Knight Returns|
|The True Arena||Star Dream Soul OS|
|Team Kirby Clash||Gigant Edge • Mr. Frosty • Whispy Woods • Pyribbit • Landia • Landia EX|
|Mid-Bosses||Blocky • Bonkers • Dubior • Kibble Blade • King Doo • Invader Armor • Masher • Miasmoros • Security Force • Telepathos|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Archer • Beam • Bomb • Circus • Cutter • Doctor • ESP • Fighter • Fire • Hammer • Ice • Jet • Leaf • Mirror • Ninja • Parasol • Poison • Smash Bros. • Spark • Stone • Sword • UFO • Wheel • Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash • Mike • Sleep|
|Robobot Armor Modes||Beam • Bomb • Cutter • ESP • Fire • Ice • Jet • Mike • Parasol • Spark • Stone • Sword • Wheel • Halberd|
|Team Kirby Clash||Beam Mage • Doctor Healmore • Hammer Lord • Sword Hero|
|Enemies||Bar Waddle Dees • Barbar • Blade Knight • Blipper • Bomber • Bouncy (Kirby 3D Rumble) • Bronto Burt • Broom Hatter • Cappy • Capsule J3 • Chemitory • Chilly • Chip • Chippurus • Clown Acrobot • Como • Covered Looker • Craby • Degout • Dekabu • Dice • Driver Waddle Dee • Elec • Flamer • Flotzo Borg • Foley • Gabon • Galbo • Gigatzo • Glunk • Grand Propeller • Grandy • Grizzo • Haltworker • Hot Head • Iron Ball • Iron Hammer • Kabu • Key Dee • Knuckle Joe • Labotory • Leafan • Mamanti • Metal Acro • Moonja • Mumbies • NESP • Noddy • Pacto • Parasol Waddle Dee • Poppy Bros. Jr. • Prism Ball • Propeller • Rocky • Scarfy • Security Laser • Shelt • Shotzo • Simirror • Sir Kibble • Sleepy Turtle • Soarar • Sparky • Spear Waddle Dee (Kirby 3D Rumble) • Spring Note • Spynum • Squishy • UFO • Venog • Vol • Waddle Dee • Waddle Doo • Walf • Walker Waddle Dee • Walky • Wester • Wheelie • Whippy • Yesman|
|Sub-Games||Team Kirby Clash • Kirby 3D Rumble • Meta Knightmare Returns • The Arena • The True Arena|
|Kirby 3D Rumble levels||Level 1 • Level 2 • Level 3|
|Items and objects||1-Up • 3D Warp Star • Assist Star • Blocks • Cannon • Code Cube • Energy Drink • Food • Fuse • Haltmann fan • Invincible Candy • Key • Maxim Tomato • Point Star • Rope (& Chain) • Stake • Sticker • Switch • Tilt Gondola • Treasure Chest • Warp Star • Wire|
|Extra||Access Ark • Goal Game • Haltmann Works Company • Jukebox (Original Soundtrack) • "The Noble Haltmann" • Theater|