Doctor Yabui

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Doctor Yabui
Doctor Yabui.png
Artwork of Doctor Yabui from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Details
First episode A Fish Called Kine
Last episode Fright to the Finish
Main role Supporting character
Similar characters Professor Curio, Biblio
Voice actor(s) David Lapkin (English)
Sekine Kazunori (Japanese)
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Doctor Yabui is a supporting character who appears exclusively in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is one of the few non-Cappy residents of Cappy Town, and serves as the town physician, operating a clinic which occasionally sees patients. One of his more notable roles is in the episode A Dental Dilemma, where he offers to drill King Dedede's decaying teeth, much to the fear of the King.

Doctor Yabui is more heavily-dressed than most of the residents of Cappy Town, wearing a full white suit with a blue apron, a stethoscope, and a pair of opaque glasses which hide his eyes. His hairstyle and facial hair give him the look of a mad scientist, which is accented by his eccentric and aloof personality.

Personality[edit]

Doctor Yabui comes off as stereotypically clinical, and has no issues telling people in a straight manner what would otherwise be sensitive and discrete information. This extends beyond physical diagnoses, often touching upon personality traits he observes in his patients. This particularly affects Professor Curio who, while comparable in peerage to Yabui, is much more emotionally vulnerable than him. Naturally, Doctor Yabui is quite intelligent - which makes his observations accurate if not sometimes hurtful - though he tends to take a hands-off approach when it comes to relationships with the other members of the cast, which results in him not taking a particularly active role in any of the episode plot-lines. As is appropriate for a scientifically-minded person, Doctor Yabui is quite curious for his age, and is often seen engaging in some form with the various happenings of the episodes proceedings.

Notably, despite being a doctor, Yabui is terrified of needles, and faints at the sight of them even if he is not the one being injected.

Filmography[edit]

The following is a complete list of all of Doctor Yabui's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:

Doctor Yabui's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Selected quote Notes
A Fish Called Kine
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Tertiary character "I'd like something healthy, like a nice piece of fresh fish!"
Flower Power
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Secondary character "Noddy monsters can put their enemies into a deep sleep. I'm afraid little Kirby could sleep for a very long time. A century at worst."
Here Comes the Son
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Dedede's Snow Job
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
A Spice Odyssey
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Tertiary character "Not to mention the pink color!"
Hatch Me If You Can
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Secondary character "You're too salty too, Curio!"
A Dental Dilemma
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Primary character "They're for patients who try my patience!" This marks Doctor Yabui's first leading role in an episode.
A Novel Approach
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Tertiary character "But I gave up a golf game to read that book!"
Prediction Predicament - Part II
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Tertiary character "Forgive me, Melman! Once I confused you for another patient, and I yanked out your back molars!"
Sheepwrecked
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Tertiary character "Meeeh! Meeeh!" Appears only in the Japanese version.
Cartoon Buffoon
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Tertiary character "Kawasaki! I'm afraid we're out of paint!"
Kirby Takes the Cake
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Tertiary character "Best wishes, Kirby!"
Snack Attack - Part I
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Tertiary character "I've got to admit. Some of those figures are rather interesting...mm...sort of..."
Snack Attack - Part II
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Tertiary character "We never stood a chance of collecting any!"
One Crazy Knight
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Tertiary character "He could probably use a check-up!"
Sweet and Sour Puss
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Secondary character "You should be happy he doesn't get angry."
A Half-Baked Battle
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Tertiary character "It makes for a decent aerobic work-out, too!"
The Meal Moocher
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Tertiary character "I could retire with that kind of dough-re-mi!" This particular pun was previously used by Chief Bookem in the episode Abusement Park.
Fitness Fiend
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Secondary character "It means if he doesn't have chips soon, he's gonna have a chip flip-out! But no matter how bad it gets, we mustn't let him have any more chips! Unless his system normalizes, he'll keep on having these snack attacks!"
Mabel Turns the Tables
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Tertiary character "Curio'll be alright, but he had a close call."
Something to Sneeze At
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Tertiary character "I'm feeling feverish, myself. I can't see any patients today."
The Kirby Quiz
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
The Chill Factor
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Tertiary character "I wish I was a veterinarian."
Delivery Dilemma
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Tertiary character "I can eat and examine my patients at the same time!"
Buccaneer Birdy
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Waddle While You Work
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Tertiary character "Now remember, be calm, this won't hurt a bit!"
Dedede's Raw Deal
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Tertiary character "This one looks good!"
Caterpillar Thriller
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Tertiary character "Try not to breathe too much! In fact, you might try holding your breath entirely until all the pollen is gone!" *sneezes*
Dedede's Monsterpiece
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Goin' Bonkers
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Power Ploy
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Tertiary character "There's no cure...unless you drink this Pump-Up D!"
A Trashy Tale
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Tertiary character "Huh? I'm messy, eh? Just wait 'til I get my hands on ya! I'll show ya messy! My paper's ruined!"
Cooking Up Trouble
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Secondary character "You've got to help us, Sir Ebrum. Our reputations are at stake!"
Teacher's Threat
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Tertiary character "Don't worry about King Dedede!"
A Chow Challenge
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Waste Management
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Tertiary character "It's like I always say: Boating and bird-watching don't mix!"
Shell-Shocked
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Secondary character "It might work, but to apply glue, you'd have to remove the shell temporarily."
Tooned Out
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Tertiary character "It's a rip-off!"
Born to Be Mild - Part I
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Born to Be Mild - Part II
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
D'Preciation Day
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Tertiary character "Happy Mayor Blustergas Appreciation Day!"
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
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Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Cappy Town Down
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Tertiary character "You'll need a medic!"
Combat Kirby
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Tertiary character "Rather dull up here. When I don't have any patients to see, I get rather impatient!"
Fright to the Finish
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Tertiary character "That's where they control the fortress!"

Trivia[edit]

  • Doctor Yabui's name is based on the Japanese term ヤブ医者 (Yabu isha), which means bush doctor or medicine man. The term is often used to describe doctors with little or no formal training.

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