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Want to greet a friend or react to something surprising? Press + to use four different emotes!
— Tasty Tidbit from Kirby's Dream Buffet, describing emotes

Emote is an action that can be performed by Kirby and other characters in games, starting with Kirby and the Forgotten Land, which allow them to display certain audio-visual expressions when using auxiliary directional inputs, similar to how taunting works in the Super Smash Bros. games. By default, there tend to be four Emotes, one for each direction, though the specific emotes used vary depending on the game and/or circumstance. These actions are distinct from Idle animations, which happen automatically and have been in the Kirby series for much longer.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Emotes made their first appearance in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Here, Kirby has access to four when the +Control Pad is pressed in each direction, and Bandana Waddle Dee can make use of these as well. In addition, a number of Mouthful Modes have their own unique emotes. The following table lists every emote in the game, along with details on them:

Emotes in Kirby and the Forgotten Land  
Emote Direction Description Notes
Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee
KatFL Kirby emote 1 screenshot.png
Kirby stands on the tips of his feet and waves enthusiastically while calling out "Hiii!". The exact voice clip used for this emote varies.
Bandana Waddle Dee does not have a vocalization.
If Kirby uses this emote near Elfilin or most of the Waddle Dees in Waddle Dee Town, they will wave back at him.
KatFL Kirby emote 2 screenshot.png
Kirby smiles, then gets up on one foot while raising his arm upward while shouting "Hi!" with his eyes tightly closed. Bandana Waddle Dee does not have a vocalization.
If Kirby uses this emote near Elfilin or most of the Waddle Dees in Waddle Dee Town, they will react excitedly.
KatFL Kirby emote 3 screenshot.png
Kirby looks to his right and then his left with a curious expression. This is also one of Kirby's idle animations in the game.
KatFL Kirby emote 4 screenshot.png
Kirby sits down and taps his feet gently with a smile on his face, than gets back up shortly afterward. This was an idle animation in previous games.
Mouthful Modes
KatFL Car-Mouth Kirby emote 1 screenshot.png
or (Car Mouth)
Elfilin pops out and rubs the top of Car-Mouth Kirby's hood, making him relaxed from the massage until seemingly asleep. Then he pops back to attention as Elfilin disappears again. This emote can only be used when Elfilin is with Kirby. Otherwise, the other Car Mouth emote is used.
KatFL Car-Mouth Kirby emote 2 screenshot.png
or (Car Mouth)
Car-Mouth Kirby bobs back and forth on his wheels a couple times.
KatFL Cone-Mouth Kirby emote screenshot.png
Any direction (Cone Mouth)
Cone-Mouth Kirby does a headstand and spins for a while, then gets back upright.
KatFL Ring-Mouth Kirby emote screenshot.png
Any direction (Ring Mouth)
Ring-Mouth Kirby does a sitting spin, and then nearly loses his balance when getting back up from it.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Kirby has access to four different emotes, which he can use any time during normal gameplay, as well as on the results screen. When on the Home Table or in Free Rolling mode, Kirby will orient himself toward the camera before using his emote. In online play, the emote comes with a caption that displays above the head of the Kirby that uses it. The following are all of the emotes in the game:

Emotes in Kirby's Dream Buffet  
Emote Direction Description Notes
KDB Kirby emote 1 screenshot.png
Kirby waves with one hand while vocally greeting with his eyes closed tightly. The exact voice clip used for these emotes varies.
KDB Kirby emote 2 screenshot.png
Kirby wiggles his limbs about while giving an ecstatic expression and a longer happy shout.
KDB Kirby emote 3 screenshot.png
Kirby gives an exaggerated shocked expression and vocalization as his eyes enlarge in cartoonish fashion.
KDB Kirby emote 4 screenshot.png
Kirby waves both hands and feet while giving a greeting.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

One of the new features added to Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe over the original game was the addition of Emotes, which are activated using the right control stick. Each playable character has access to four emotes. When playing single-player, the camera will zoom in a bit on Kirby when he uses one in most cases.

Emotes in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Direction Description Kirby King Dedede Meta Knight Bandana Waddle Dee
Waving (or saluting in Meta Knight's case) with one hand while vocally greeting.
KRtDLD Kirby up Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Dedede up Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD MK up Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Bandee up Emote screenshot.gif
Looking around, becoming excited at the sights in the latter half of the motion.
KRtDLD Kirby left Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Dedede left Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD MK left Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Bandee left Emote screenshot.gif
Putting on a dour expression and raising one hand into the air, giving a determined shout.
KRtDLD Kirby right Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Dedede right Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD MK right Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Bandee right Emote screenshot.gif
Stretching exercises varying by character.
  • Kirby takes a moment to stretch his back, wearing a grin as he then rolls his arms down to his feet.
  • King Dedede does side stretches on each side.
  • Meta Knight twists to each side.
  • Bandana Waddle Dee stretches forward and then back.
KRtDLD Kirby down Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Dedede down Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD MK down Emote screenshot.gif
KRtDLD Bandee down Emote screenshot.gif

In Merry Magoland, inputting any direction on the right stick causes the character to pose in one of two emotes at random while riding the Warp Star. If they do this near anyone on the grounds, they will wave back.

Emotes from the Warp Star in Merry Magoland  
Kirby King Dedede Meta Knight Bandana Waddle Dee
KRtDLD Kirby Magoland Emote 1.gif
KRtDLD Dedede Magoland Emote 1.gif
KRtDLD MK Magoland Emote 1.gif
KRtDLD Bandee Magoland Emote 1.gif
KRtDLD Kirby Magoland Emote 2.gif
KRtDLD Dedede Magoland Emote 2.gif
KRtDLD MK Magoland Emote 2.gif
KRtDLD Bandee Magoland Emote 2.gif

The Magolor Epilogue also introduces emotes for Magolor.

Emotes in the Magolor Epilogue 
Direction Description Emote
Magolor looks up and around.
KRtDLD Magolor up Emote screenshot.gif
Magolor looks crestfallen and wipes his eyes.
KRtDLD Magolor left Emote screenshot.gif
Magolor scratches his head with a nonplussed look.
KRtDLD Magolor right Emote screenshot.gif
Magolor looks down at his hands with a nonplussed look, and then appears to sigh as he closes his eyes.
KRtDLD Magolor down Emote screenshot.gif


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エモートアクション
emōto akushon
Emote Action

See also[edit]