Clawroline

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Clawroline
KatFL Clawroline artwork.png
Artwork of Clawroline from Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Details
First appearance Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Related Phantom Clawroline
Similar Leongar
Theme music

Music for the battle with Clawroline in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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Clawroline tried to cut your adventure short at the Wondaria circus. She normally acts as a point of contact for the Beast Pack's boss, but she couldn't resist the chance to track Kirby down herself. Her grace and speed are quite impressive, so the rest of the pack think of her as an idol. She has lots of fans!
— Clawroline's figure description in Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Clawroline, titled Lethal Leopard and known as Carol in short, is a character in the Kirby series, appearing in Kirby and the Forgotten Land as a member of the Beast Pack's council. She is an agile anthropomorphic leopard entity with extended eyelashes and eyeshadow, along with nail polished claws, which are able to be greatly extended. She is famed by many, and according to the "Leon & Carol" figure description, she can only speak through meows. She is firstly fought as a boss, but once the main game is completed, she becomes an ally to Kirby and his friends.

According to Shinya Kumazaki, her name is a mix of "cat", "claw", "line" (representing the limberness of her body lines)[1] and the name "Caroline", hence her nickname being "Carol". It could also be a pun including the word "feline".

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Bomb Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee mid-battle with Clawroline

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Clawroline is fought in the last stage of Wondaria Remains as its boss, at first under the cover of a cloak. She is later fought again in the Gathering of the Beast Council stage of Redgar Forbidden Lands, and is also battled in the Meta Knight Cup and The Ultimate Cup in the Colosseum. After Elfilin uses the rest of his power to stop Popstar from crashing into the New World at the end of the game's main story, Clawroline saves him off-camera, and shows up in Waddle Dee Town. Here, she notices that all of the Beast Pack except for Leongar had been accounted for after things had returned to peace, and requests Kirby's assistance. Speaking to her at first will lead Kirby to a small rift that sucks him and Elfilin up into the game's Extra ModeIsolated Isles: Forgo Dreams, where Clawroline is replaced by a stronger doppelgänger known as Phantom Clawroline in the Forgo Park stage.

According to several figure descriptions, Clawroline was referred to by Carol and was closely partnered with Leongar—also referred to differently as Leon—before the Beast Pack was formed, as the two were the renowned leaders over the animal kingdom. Leon came across a long forgotten specimen known as "ID-F86" one day and set his sights on the power offered by it. This resulted in the forming of the Beast Pack, and caused Leon to grow distant as he began speaking in a new language that Carol was unable to understand. She shifted her identity per what was preferred in the pack, becoming Clawroline instead, and joined in the scheme to stick by Leon, in the hopes that he would eventually change back to normal.

Completing the Extra Mode by defeating Forgo Leon in the end will role a cutscene where Clawroline and the rest of the Beast Pack return several wayward soul pieces to Leon, returning him back to his old self and allowing Clawroline to reunite with him.

Attacks[edit]

Clawroline has a few different moves as follows (attack names are conjectural unless otherwise stated). Attacks in italics are only used in Phase 2.

Clawroline's attacks in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Attack Description Variants
Claw Swipe Clawroline takes out her claws and slashes twice in front of her, leaving a Drop Star with each slash. She may finish with a third swipe with both claws, leaving three Drop Stars.
Feline Dash Clawroline takes out her claws, gets into position, and dashes at high speed towards Kirby, leaving a Drop Star wherever she created an afterimage of herself.
Knife Toss Clawroline takes out five knives before throwing them at Kirby, leaving one Drop Star once they reach the edge of the arena. Inhaling her knives will give Kirby the Sword ability.
Falling Claw Slam Clawroline leaps toward Kirby and then falls straight downward with her claws out, creating a shockwave on landing and producing several Drop Stars.
Acrobat Dive Clawroline jumps to one of the metal structures surrounding the arena before taking out her claws and diving towards Kirby's current location, leaving six Drop Stars in a hexagonal pattern on impact with the ground.
スリルエッジ[2]
Thrill Edge
Clawroline jumps to one of the metal structures surrounding the arena before taking out seven knives and throwing them at Kirby in rapid succession, leaving a Drop Star on impact. She may repeat this move once, twice or three more times before following up with an Acrobat Dive. Clawroline always begins with the second phase with this attack at least once.
Vanishing Act Clawroline gets on all fours and vanishes in a puff of smoke. After a drum roll and swiveling lights hint to where she might appear, she reappears and uses a finisher Claw Swipe on Kirby, leaving three Drop Stars.

Trivia[edit]

  • It is implied that the language Leongar learned that could not be understood by Clawroline was English (or whatever language the game is set to). However, Elfilin communicates with her using this language and is understood without any issues. The most likely possibility is that Elfilin speaks another language that is translated for the player's benefit.
  • Clawroline's voice is sampled from a male pet cat currently owned by Shinya Kumazaki, who is called Sora-kun.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Video gallery[edit]

Video playthrough of Kirby battling Clawroline in the Colosseum.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 女爪豹めそうひょう キャロライン
Mesōhyō Kyarorain
Clawed Leopardess, Caroline
The title is a pun on 女豹めひょう (mehyō, leopardess) and 女爪めそう (mesō, women's nails).
Traditional Chinese 女爪豹 卡洛凌
Nǚzhuǎbào Kǎluòlíng
Clawed Leopardess, Caroline
From 卡洛琳 (Kǎluòlín, Caroline) and 凌 (líng, to climb high and also to bully)
Simplified Chinese 女爪豹 卡洛凌
Nǚzhuǎbào Kǎluòlíng
Dutch Linke luipaard, Klauwdia Dangerous leopard, Clawdia
Klauw (Claw) + Klaudia (girl's name)
French Panthère furieuse, Mistigrif
Misti
Furious leopardess, Mitsigrif
Griffe (claw) + Mitsi (girl's name); pun on Mistigri (informal word for a cat)
German Listige Leopardin, Tatzandra Cunning Leopardess, Tatzandra
Tatze (paw) + Sandra (girl's name)
Italian Leopardessa feroce, Grinfiolina
Grinfy
Ferocious leopardess, Grinfiolina
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Korean 강철 손톱 케롤라인
Gangcheol Sontop Kerollain
Steely Nails, Caroline
Spanish Leoparda letal, Zarparina Lethal leopardess, Zarparina
Zarpa (paw) + Carolina (girl's name)


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