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Dark Matter

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Artwork of Dark Matter from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3.
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First game Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995)
Latest game Super Kirby Clash (2019, cameo)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby Star Allies (Celebration Picture)
Weakness(es) Rainbow Sword (Kirby's Dream Land 2)
Love-Love Stick (Kirby's Dream Land 3)
Mock Matter (Kirby's Dream Land 3)
Relative(s) Gooey, Dark Matter (cloud), Zero, Miracle Matter,
Similar to Void Termina, Dark Crafter, Dark Mind, Dark Nebula
Theme music

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Dark Matter is one of the primary antagonists of the Kirby series, making major appearances in two games to date, namely Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3. It also makes a minor appearance as the final boss of Kirby Quest, a Sub-Game of Kirby Mass Attack. This Dark Matter appears to be a single high-ranking member of a greater species, but it still defers to its master, Zero.

Overview[edit]

Dark Matter has two primary forms; one such form is that of Dark Matter Blade, which gives him a somewhat humanoid appearance with spiky hair, armor, and a cape, as well as a visor with a single eye. Its most common form is that of a shadowy sphere encircled by small orange or purple balls, and sporting a single eye (referred to as Real Dark Matter in Japanese).

It is capable of possessing other life forms and making them bend to its will, an ability that it frequently takes advantage of to possess Kirby's friends and rivals (notably King Dedede), often forcing them to fight him. While being possessed by Dark Matter, some creatures obtain enhanced and sometimes bizarre abilities. It can also control dark clouds that serve the same purpose on a larger scale, doing so in Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Dark Matter also shows up in Chapter 4 of Kirby Quest from Kirby Mass Attack. It's the final enemy encountered in this Sub-Game. Its appearance is similar to that of its Kirby's Dream Land 2 incarnation, but is bigger and has orange balls as opposed to purple.

Game appearances[edit]

Dark Matter's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Main antagonist and final boss
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Final boss Fought in phase 1 of the final fight.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Reference A painting of it appears in Adeleine's fight.
Kirby: Canvas Curse Reference Appears as a possible painting Paint Roller can draw in Paint Panic.
Kirby: Squeak Squad Reference Appears in a graphic depicting various final bosses.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Reference Appears on a card in the Sub-Game Kirby Card Swipe.
Kirby Mass Attack Final boss Final boss of the Sub-Game Kirby Quest.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Two rare keychains of Dark Matter appear.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference A clone of Dark Matter is fought as a boss. Also appears as two rare stickers.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Reference A piece of gear and a weapon based on Dark Matter can each be equipped.
Kirby Star Allies Reference Appears in the Celebration Picture "Bad Boss Brothers".
Super Kirby Clash Reference The same equipable items from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe return.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Main article: Dark Castle - Stage 8#Final Boss: Dark Matter

Dark Matter (referred to here as !? in the game's False Ending) debuted in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Here, it tried to take over Dream Land by breaking the rainbow bridges between the Rainbow Islands and possessing some of its citizens. It can only be fought in this game if Kirby has collected all Rainbow Drops. Otherwise, defeating King Dedede will end the game and lead to the False Ending.

In this game, it first appears in the Dark Matter Blade form. Once this form is defeated, it emerges as its true form, Real Dark Matter, and both combatants begin free-falling. Kirby must defeat Real Dark Matter before reaching the ground, or else he will lose a life. After Dark Matter is defeated, Dream Land goes back to normal.

According to an unofficial Japanese player's guide published by Keibunsha, Dark Matter is lonely, and targeted Dream Land out of jealousy:

Why is Dream Land being targeted?

Dark Matter is a very lonely person. So he gets jealous when he sees a country where everyone is friends, like in Dream Land. He cannot say, "let’s become friends."


— Kirby's Dream Land 2 Japanese player's guide[1]


This guide is not officially published by Nintendo, so it is not necessarily considered canon. However, the January 2019 issue of Nintendo DREAM affirms that, at least in-house, the HAL Laboratory developers considered this to be Dark Matter's backstory.[2]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Facing off against Dark Matter in Hyper Zone, in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Main article: Hyper Zone

After being defeated in Kirby's Dream Land 2, Dark Matter once again tries to take over Dream Land alongside Zero, this time using a dark cloud. The official Japanese guide confirms that this Dark Matter is the same entity from the previous game.[3] It can only be fought in this game if Kirby has collected all Heart Stars. After being defeated, the people possessed celebrate together. Otherwise, defeating King Dedede will end the game and lead to the False Ending.

Dark Matter is faced as the first opponent in Hyper Zone. It fights similarly to its second form in Kirby's Dream Land 2, using dark lasers and projectiles consisting of its orange orbs to attack. After being defeated, Zero appears immediately after as the true final boss of the game.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

While Dark Matter does not directly appear in this title, instead being replaced by the Dark Matter cloud, its "Real Dark Matter" form appears as a painting that Adeleine creates during her boss fight.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Dark Matter appears as a painting in Paint Panic.

Additionally, Dark Matter was originally set to appear as a ball character, along with other bosses from previous games, like Lololo & Lalala, Zero, and Nightmare's Power Orb. However, the idea was scrapped, and it doesn't appear in the final game.[4]

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Dark Matter Blade appears in a Graphic featuring various final bosses. Notably, the artwork used in it is brand new.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Dark Matter Blade appears in Kirby Super Star Ultra as a card in the Sub-Game Kirby Card Swipe.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Main article: Kirby Quest#Chapter 4

Dark Matter is the Final Boss of Kirby Quest, being fought in Chapter 4, Stage 40.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Sprite art of Dark Matter Blade from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Real Dark Matter from Kirby's Dream Land 3 are present as rare keychains for the player to collect.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Dark Matter appears as two stickers using its artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3. A clone made in its likeness also appears, being summoned by Star Dream to test Meta Knight.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe / Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Dark Matter makes a cameo in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and in Super Kirby Clash, where a set of Swordsman Dark Matter-themed weapon (Dark Matter Blade) and armor (Dark Matter Gear) for Sword Hero is sold in Magolor's Shoppe. The sword is covered with purple aura and the armor resembles the appearance of the dark swordsman, even with its living single eye.

In Super Kirby Clash, Dark Matter also appears as a sticker, represented in his swordsman form.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Dark Matter Blade appears in the Celebration Picture "Bad Boss Brothers" alongside many other final bosses. Additionally, Void Termina's Final Core, Void Soul and Void transform into a Dark Matter-like form for some attacks.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dark Matter appears as a ★★★★ primary spirit in its Blade form. Its type is attack, and it possesses 3 support slots. It has level 1 stats of 2,159 attack and 1,876 defense, along with 5,398 attack and 4,691 defense when leveled up to level 99. It can be obtained either by battling it in World of Light, battling it in the Spirit Board, or purchasing it from the Shop.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Dark Matter
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Dark Matter as it appears in Kirby of the Stars Pilot.
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Debut episode Kirby of the Stars Pilot
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While not appearing in the anime itself, Dark Matter makes a brief appearance in the Kirby of the Stars Pilot as one of the enemies which Kirby must battle, taking on its appearance from Kirby's Dream Land 3. It is quickly dispatched using the Ice ability.

Relatives of Dark Matter[edit]

There are many other creatures and objects which are either similar to or directly related to Dark Matter. They are as follows:

Confirmed[edit]

In Japanese, these entities belong to a group called the Dark Matter Clan (ダークマター族).

  • Dark Matter (cloud) - A cloudy mass of Dark Matter beings that is controlled by Dark Matter, Zero, and 0².
  • Gooey - A friend of Kirby's who is made of Dark Matter.
  • Zero - A huge white sphere that appears after Dark Matter is defeated in Kirby's Dream Land 3, with the ability of summoning smaller Dark Matters.

These entities do not belong to the Dark Matter Clan, but are confirmed to be related to Dark Matter:

Suspected[edit]

  • Miracle Matter - A mysterious 20-sided foe which utilizes many Copy Ability elements in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. While suspected to be part of the Dark Matter family, there has been no official confirmation of this.
  • - Thought to be the successor to Zero, fought in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. The Japanese-exclusive Hoshi no Kirby 20th Anniversary Pupupu Taizen states that its relationship to Dark Matter and its true intentions are unknown.
  • Dark Mind - A powerful foe who resided in the Dimension Mirror and was able to influence other characters. Much like Dark Matter, he has a humanoid "false" form and a true form with a cycloptic eye.
  • Dark Nebula - A star-shaped being who was confined to a treasure chest, fought in Kirby: Squeak Squad. The Japanese-exclusive Hoshi no Kirby 20th Anniversary Pupupu Taizen states that Dark Nebula (known in Japanese as Dark Zero) may be related to Dark Matter, but their exact relationship is unknown. This relationship has never been stated in the games or any localized English source.
  • Master Crown - An object of immense power which is stolen by Magolor in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. When worn by Magolor, it causes him to take an appearance very similar to Dark Matter's true form.
  • Dark Crafter - The color-stealing main antagonist of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, with some similarities to the Dark Matter line.
  • Void Termina - A giant monster with various aspects of the Dark Matter family, summoned by Hyness in Kirby Star Allies. Void Termina's core is notably similar to Kirby in appearance and demeanor.

Music[edit]

Main article: Dark Matter Blade (theme)
Main article: Real Dark Matter (theme)
Main article: VS. Dark Matter

Dark Matter has various boss battle themes for its different forms.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, the final boss, Dark Matter, shares similar qualities with Dark Matter from the Kirby series, such as having the same name in English, French, Spanish and Japanese, being a main antagonist, and having the ability to control the minds of other characters.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークマター
Dāku Matā
Dark Matter
Traditional Chinese 闇物質
àn wù zhì
Dark Matter
Simplified Chinese 暗物质
àn wù zhì
French Matière Noire Dark Matter
German Dark Matter -
Korean 다크 매터
Dakeu Maeteo
Dark Matter
Spanish Materia Oscura Dark Matter


References

  1. Kirby's Dream Land 2 Player's Guide (Japan)
  2. 最初に登場したダークマターには、友達が欲しくてちょっと寂しがりやなのでは…という設定も『星のカービィ2』開発当時の社内にあったようですので、今回のフレンズとハートの物語と親和性があるのではとも考えましたが、さすがにダークマターには今はまだ悪役を貫いてほしく (It seems that, when Dark Matter first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 2, the developers had the idea that he was lonely and wanted to have friends. I thought there might be a link between this and the idea of "friends" and "hearts", but I'd like for Dark Matter to remain a villain for now.)
    — Nintendo DREAM, January 2019

  3. "前作でカービィに倒されたゼロの手下。今度は親分といっしょにやってくる。 (Zero's servant, who was defeated by Kirby in the previous game. This time, he brought his master.)" –Kirby's Dream Land 3 Official Nintendo Guidebook (Nintendo), pg. 8
  4. 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kābī Pupupu Taizen, page 125