Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk
|“||This crew looks like they know more about doin' time than doin' homework.||”|
— Escargoon describing Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk in The School Scam
Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk are three juvenile delinquent monsters from the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode The School Scam. They are sent by Night Mare Enterprises in order to torment the teachers and students at Dedede Academy using various pranks and attacks. They bully and attack Tiff in particular, who was trying to teach them mathematics, and she responds by learning self-defense from Meta Knight and returning to beat them down by parrying their attacks. Shortly after, Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk retaliate by combining into a single monstrous form and attacking Tiff and Kirby, but Kirby defeats them after a tough battle using the Fighter Copy Ability.
|A grape-shaped creature with a spiky orange mohawk and tattoos of a red star on his right eye and a white lightning bolt on his left. He wears only a tight pair of dark blue pants, gloves, and shoes, and carries a wooden sword, though he does not use it to fight.||Dirk is voiced by Maddie Blaustein.|
|A bean-shaped creature with a long purple mohawk and a pair of stylized sunglasses. He also wears black pants, studded blue shoes, a black vest and undershirt, and a pair of headphones with lightning insignia on them. He wields a golden chain with baubles on the ends, making it similar to a pair of nunchucks.||Kirk is voiced by Marc Thompson.|
|A burly creature with a face resembling that of a bulldog. He wears a black outfit which looks somewhat like that of a military officer, though with modifications to make it resemble a gangster's outfit. His shoes have sharp red accents and he wears heavy shoulder pads which are similar to spiked collars. He attacks using his brute strength, and can be considered the leader of the group.||Smirk is voiced by Andrew Rannelis.|
Once they combine together, Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk become a totem pole-like monster which merges several of their individual aspects together, while removing a lot of extra features. In this form, they consist of three spherical segments with their faces on them and no arms. Smirk's face takes up the top-most segment and is the largest, followed by Kirk who is slightly smaller, and Dirk who is smaller still. Aspects of their appearance are also greatly simplified, with only Smirk retaining any sort of mouth. Each segment is separated using a golden spiked collar, and all six of their feet are relegated to the bottom sphere. Kirk's mohawk moves up to occupy Smirk's section and becomes much longer. Using this mohawk, they can grab their opponent and grip them like a tentacle. Their eyes turn to a featureless red, like many other monsters.
When transformed like this, Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk attack by charging forward by propelling using their feet, using the mohawk to grab, throw, and swipe, and spitting junk out of Smirk's mouth. This junk can be inhaled by Kirby to gain the Fighter Copy Ability. In this form, only Smirk can speak, though in the Japanese version, all three of them can be heard speaking simultaneously and in unison.
Role in The School Scam
- Main article: The School Scam
|“||You ain't such a bad brawler for a teacher. Too bad I gotta clobber ya!||”|
— Smirk to Tiff, in The School Scam
Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk appear in the episode The School Scam. They are called in as transfer students by King Dedede in order to liven up and torment the students and teachers of the Dedede Academy, and they get to work right away after antagonizing King Dedede and Escargoon. After being set up by King Dedede, Tiff heads to the academy to teach mathematics, but is immediately assaulted by Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk's pranks, which they do in a manner which disallows Tiff from retaliating without ruining her reputation. Despite this, the pranks reach a point where Tiff finally loses her nerve, though she mistakenly takes out her frustration on Kirby, who is being puppeteered by Kirk using a fishing rod.
Tiff's reputation thus ruined, Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk proceed to terrorize the other weaker-willed teachers while bullying Kirby and the students at their pleasure. To get her revenge, Tiff proceeds to train in self defense techniques with the help of Meta Knight. She returns to the school, though in an unofficial capacity and challenges the three bullies to a fight. They take her on, and are each bested in turn as Tiff turns their attacks onto themselves. They appear to be defeated at this point, but shortly afterward, they merge into their monster form and target Tiff once again.
From here, Kirby steps in and inhales the projectiles spewed by Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk to gain the Fighter ability. Using this, Kirby battles the monster using his various fighting techniques, but the monster proves to be a formidable opponent, and puts Kirby on the ropes several times during the battle. Regardless, Kirby manages to finish them odd by using his Rising Break technique to launch them into the sky. They then come crashing down into the roof of the academy and explode, taking the school with it and launching King Dedede and Escargoon away with the bell.
- In the Japanese version, Gure, Yota, and Banchou repeat their names when formed together as a monster, though Banchou's name is repeated the most. This had led to the monster form being conjecturally referred to simply as Banchou in the Japanese version.
Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk emerge from the Monster Delivery System.
Kirby uses the Rising Break technique to finish off the monster.
Names in other languages
|Gure (Dirk); from「グレる」(gureru, to turn delinquent)|
Yota (Kirk); from「与太者」(yotamono, hooligan)
Banchou (Smirk); from「番長」(banchō, leader of a group of juvenile delinquents)