Kabu (anime character)

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Kabu
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Screenshot of Kabu from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Details
First episode Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
Last episode Kirby 3D
Main role Supporting character
Other appearance(s) Cameo in Kirby Air Ride
Voice actor(s) Jim Napolitano (English)
Nobuo Tobita (Japanese)
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This article is about the character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For the video game enemy, see Kabu.
Quote1.png Kabu can see da future! Quote2.png
— Kabu in Kirby Comes to Cappy Town

Great Sage Kabu is a supporting character who debuted in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is a massive stone idol who resides in the aptly named Kabu Canyon and is worshiped by the residents of Cappy Town, who often come to the canyon in large congregations to seek his council. Kabu is able to predict the future, and will relay this information to the people when they approach him. Kabu is often threatened by King Dedede and Escargoon, since the people respect him more than they do them.

Kabu is hollow, with his inside acting as a sanctuary. It is here that Kirby's Warp Star is eventually kept for safekeeping, and whenever Tiff calls for it, it flies out of Kabu's mouth to Kirby's aid, then returns when the crisis is over.

Characteristics[edit]

Kabu is a giant inanimate stone statue which somewhat resembles a Moai head, though more rounded and with a blockier face. The only part of Kabu that can move is his mouth, which also acts as an upper doorway through which Kirby and the Warp Star can pass through. Kabu sits at the heart of the precipitous Kabu Canyon surrounded by carved stone pillars and a deep pit, with brick walkway leading up to a large brazier lit in front of him. Inside Kabu is a chamber which acts as a sanctuary for Star Warriors, and comes complete with a small pedestal which the Warp Star can be set into, where it can be repaired by Kabu whenever it takes damage. When the Warp Star is called for by Tiff, it flies out of Kabu's mouth toward Kirby, and returns to Kabu once the crisis is over.

Kabu assists the people of Dream Land by providing them with knowledge about both past and future events, though he does not provide this assistance to King Dedede due to his antagonistic nature towards the great sage. Kabu also has the ability to telepathically communicate with anyone inside his sanctuary, having the power to show them visualizations and alter the content of their dreams. In Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I, the N.M.E. Sales Guy explains that there are thousands of Kabu statues across the universe, and their primary function is to act as places where Star Warriors can rest and recover.

Filmography[edit]

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

(appearances which only reuse the Warp Star scene are not counted)

Kabu's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Selected quote Notes
Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
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Secondary character "I predict you will not push it." (in response to King Dedede's threat)
Kirby's Duel Role
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Secondary character "But eNeMeE made one grave mistake. One creature was produced that would not obey his orders, and eNeMeE fears it may defeat him."
Dark and Stormy Knight
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Tertiary character "Do not speak! We are not alone."
Cappy New Year
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Tertiary character "Warp Star!" Kabu makes a small appearance after the re-used Warp Star cut-scene.
Prediction Predicament - Part II
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Tertiary character "I have seen the burning star you speak of! Its approach brings much destruction! I see wind storms and earthquakes! Fire and darkness!" This marks Kabu's first original speaking role in thirty episodes.
Tourist Trap
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Tertiary character "I could use some moisturizer, too."
Kirby Takes the Cake
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Tertiary character "Wait! Do not go! You are troubled, my friend, and your heart is filled with sorrow. One year has passed since you came to Dream Land!"
Crusade for the Blade
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Secondary character "I, Kabu - the All-Knowing - shall show. Let us travel back into a time long-forgotten! Thousands of years ago, when the universe was young, Photron - the mighty ruler of the fire people - began to forge a great sword! He called this sword Galaxia. This was no ordinary sword, for it was created with a will and life of its own, and glistened with great mystical powers. eNeMeE sent the monster Kirisakin to steal the Galaxia sword. It was hidden in a dark cave and a great beast guarded it for years. Much time passed. Meta Knight and Garlude found themselves in the cave of Kirisakin. The mighty warriors had been sent to retrieve the sacred sword. Meta Knight saved Galaxia, and the evil empire of eNeMeE no longer possessed the power to control the universe!"
Buccaneer Birdy
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Tertiary character "As I recall, dere was a pirate ship dat was caught in a terrible storm! Da ship was wrecked, and most of da crew and cargo lost. Among da debris dat washed ashore, was a chest with a skull and crossbones. It was hidden by a man with a little yellow bird.[sic]"
Mumbies Madness
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Tertiary character "Kirby! You must be careful! That monster will never stop attacking you!"
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
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Secondary character "The Warp Star will need time to recover."
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II
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Secondary character "Kirby must learn to fly not just Warp Stars but other battle vehicles as well."
Cappy Town Down
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Tertiary character "Warp Star!" Kabu makes a small appearance after the re-used Warp Star cut-scene.
Kirby 3D
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Tertiary character "Warp Star!" He only appears in the Warp Star scene, but it was reanimated especially for this episode.

Episodes which only use the Warp Star scene[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Kabu appears on the right on the Water course in Top Ride.

Kabu makes an appearance as a decoration on the Water Top Ride course in Kirby Air Ride. He can be seen to the right just off the course.