- This article is about the character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For his main video game incarnation, see Nightmare.
|“||Heh. It was a mistake to come here, Kirby. As you can see, you and your puny band of Star Warriors pose no threat to me. Challenging me is the last mistake you will ever make!||”|
— eNeMeE in Combat Kirby
eNeMeE is the overarching antagonist of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, and the head of Night Mare Enterprises. Before the events of the show, eNeMeE had managed to dominate the known universe using his monsters and forces, wiping out most of the Star Warriors in the process and creating a galactic empire centered on his floating fortress. Through the N.M.E. Sales Guy, he sends monsters into Dream Land which Kirby must defeat.
Throughout the majority of the show, eNeMeE remains hidden, and has relatively little dialogue. He is much more prominent in the final episode of the main series - Fright to the Finish - where Kirby defeats him using the Star Rod, thus liberating the galaxy from N.M.E.'s clutches.
eNeMeE is a spectral being and a living nightmare who is able to manifest at various sizes. He is invulnerable to all regular physical and energy-based attacks, as they will merely end up being absorbed into the void inside his cloak. He has the power to create monsters (Kabu explains in Kirby's Duel Role that Kirby himself was created by eNeMeE, though he was unable to control him afterward) and hypnotize people with his gaze. His main power is the ability to enter other characters' dreams and cause them to have nightmares, though in this state, he is vulnerable to attacks from the Star Rod, which is his only weakness.
eNeMeE's motives are not clearly known, but he is shown to take pleasure in causing others pain through his monsters and by giving them nightmares. His main objective throughout the show is to hunt down and destroy all of the Star Warriors so that he can conquer the universe. To this end, he set up Night Mare Enterprises in order to develop a network of transmitters which he uses to send monsters to wayward worlds.
In the Japanese version, after Kirby and Tiff defeat eNeMeE, they hear his voice, saying that, since he is a dream that lives in everyone's hearts, he can never truly be vanquished. This implies that he's perhaps still alive in a way, as he says that for as long as he is feared by them, he could appear in their hearts, though it's unknown if this last part is literal or metaphorical.
The following is a complete list of all of eNeMeE's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:
|eNeMeE appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Episode||Image||Role||Role details||Selected quote||Notes|
|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE is seen at the very end, confiding with the N.M.E. Sales Guy after they confirm that Kirby has arrived in Dream Land.||*chuckles*|
|Kirby's Duel Role||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE is depicted in an imaginary scene which Kabu narrates over, moving representations of monsters around a giant chess board.||(no dialogue)|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE is briefly depicted in a flashback sequence while Meta Knight tells Tiff about the Star Warriors.||(no dialogue)||Appears only in a flashback.|
|The Fofa Factor||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE appears in a flashback scene when Slice n' Splice tells Fololo & Falala about their origin.||"Sell him Fofa! Better yet, chop it and charge him double!" *laughs*||This is eNeMeE's first proper line of dialogue in the series.|
|The Pillow Case||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE elaborates on his plans to possess everyone in Dream Land via the means of the dream pillows with Noddys in them.||"Yes, and soon those sleepy-headed simpletons will be doing my work for me!"|
|Here Comes the Son||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE appears in a flashback, implied to have been the one responsible for the capture and possession of Knuckle Joe's father.||"Are you injured?" *laughs* "Then take some of this, and your fading life will be restored!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE can be seen at the very end, observing the fact that Kirby can now pilot his Starship. He only appears in the Japanese version.||"Won't this be interesting." *laughs*||Appears only in the Japanese version. As such, his dialogue is translated from Japanese.|
|Monster Management||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE can be seen at the end, rejecting the N.M.E. Sales Guy's offer to resign after the loss of Masher.||"Forget it! Let those fools think they've beaten us! When they let their guard down, we'll teach them a lethal lesson!" *laughs*|
|Prediction Predicament - Part I||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE can be seen at the very end, listening to the Sales Guy's plan to accelerate an asteroid so that it heads on a collision course with Dream Land, setting up the main crisis for the next episode.||"What a wonderful idea!" *laughs*|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II||Tertiary character||In this episode, eNeMeE can be seen at the end plotting the capture of Kirby's Warp Star.||"It's only a matter of time 'til that Warp Star will be ours for the taking!" *laughs*|
|Combat Kirby||Primary character||In this episode, eNeMeE appears as a giant apparition before the Halberd after it enters eNeMeE's Fortress, directly taunting its crew and setting up the main encounter for the next episode.||"They are growing desperate! They realize I have them beaten! I was hoping they'd be foolish enough to attack, so I prepared a surprise for them!"|
|Fright to the Finish||Primary character||eNeMeE is given primary focus in this episode, as the main villain that Kirby must defeat. After the Halberd tries to attack his spectral image and fails, eNeMeE has all of the guns inside the fortress turn their fire on the ship, forcing it to find cover. Later on, eNeMeE possesses King Dedede and Escargoon in order to get them to kidnap Tiff and bring her to him. They do this, and eNeMeE then takes hold of Tiff himself, using her as bait to lure Kirby away. Kirby follows eNeMeE into his central chamber, which contains his giant chess board. Kirby tries to attack him using the Fire ability, but this has no effect, and Kirby is eventually drained of energy and put to sleep. eNeMeE decides to enter Kirby's dreams in order to torment him and takes Tiff along for the ride. Once inside Kirby's dream, eNeMeE notices how there is basically nothing but food inside, and starts destroying it, making Kirby visibly disturbed. At that moment, Tiff pulls out a secret weapon in the form of Kirby's Warp Star and tosses it to Kirby. He inhales it to gain the Star Rod ability, which he uses to defeat eNeMeE (as it is his only weakness). With this done, eNeMeE dissipates and Kirby and Tiff are able to escape.||"How did Kirby discover the secret?! That pitiful little Star Warrior has found my only weakness! I am helpless against the power of the Star Rod!"|
|Kirby 3D||Secondary character||In this episode, eNeMeE can be seen talking with the N.M.E. Sales Guy at the start, breaking the fourth wall with his dialogue.||"Best-selling video games? An animated series? He's unstoppable!"||In the English dub of this episode, eNeMeE is voiced by Michael Sinterniklaas rather than Andrew Rannells.|
eNeMeE reveals himself fully for the first time in Combat Kirby.
eNeMeE absorbing a volley from the Halberd
eNeMeE abducting Tiff
eNeMeE absorbing Fire Kirby's attack
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