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Key Dee

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Key Dee
KSA Key Dee.jpg
Screenshot of Key Dee from Kirby Star Allies
Details
First game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Waddle Dee, Gold Waddle Dee
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Key Dee[1] (known as Carry Dee and Wonkey in internal game data) is a brightly colored enemy that resembles a Waddle Dee and sports a small tail and red swirls on its cheeks. It first appeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and has appeared in all main series installments (and some spin-offs) since then. It is almost without exception seen carrying items, usually Keys. Kirby or another character is often tasked to collect the item in hand before the Key Dee gets away.

Game appearances[edit]

Key Dee's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy Carries a battery instead of a key.
Kirby's Blowout Blast Enemy Carries a golden coin instead of a key.
Kirby Star Allies Enemy

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Key Dee, called Carry Dee in this game's internal files, can be found in many stages in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, usually inside a closed chamber—starting in a place where Kirby cannot reach it. From here, some mechanism can usually be tripped to set the Key Dee free, where it will then run off with its Key. Kirby will have to chase down the Key Dee and intercept it before it falls into a bottomless pit or other hazard, taking the Key with it. Other times, Kirby will have to stop the Key Dee from using the Key on the wrong door.

Key Dees can move at various speeds, and have the ability to jump over certain obstacles when their path is blocked. They tend to fall off cliffs, though, so Kirby may have to make them a path in some instances. In Extra Mode, Key Dees generally move faster, making it harder for Kirby to keep up.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Key Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:

Key Dee locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No Yes No No
Raisin Ruins No No No No No
Onion Ocean No No No No N/A
White Wafers No No No Yes No
Nutty Noon No No Yes No No
Egg Engines No No No No No
Dangerous Dinner Yes No Yes N/A N/A

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Key Dee returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, performing the exact same function as in its previous appearance. However, the Key Dees found in Dededetour! are white instead of gold and move even faster than their regular counterparts. Key Dees can often be seen in the background, being a natural place where Kirby and Dedede would not have immediate access to them.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Key Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:

Key Dee locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No Yes N/A Yes N/A
Wild World Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions Yes No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Royal Road No No No No No N/A No No

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Key Dee makes a few small appearances in Kirby: Planet Robobot, serving the same function as before, though instead of Keys, they carry Batteries. In one particular instance, Kirby and Meta Knight have to guide an aspiring Key Dee through heavy traffic. When encountered in Meta Knightmare Returns, Key Dees are found with the same color scheme and move at the exact same speed as that of its Dededetour! appearance.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Key Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:

Key Dee locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No No No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No No N/A No N/A
Rhythm Route No Yes No No No N/A No N/A
Access Ark No No Yes No No N/A Yes No

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

In Kirby's Blowout Blast, Key Dee holds a golden coin and will attempt to run off an edge, either if Kirby gets too close or takes too long to dispatch it. Defeating it will automatically confer the coin upon Kirby.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Key Dee returns in Kirby Star Allies, where it carries Keys per the usual. To help Key Dee reach its destination, Kirby and his friends can form a Friend Bridge and guide it across gaps. This title features Key Dees who do not have items at first, and is actually the first time they are seen being able to pick up items, instead of just starting with one in their hands.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, Key Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:

Key Dee locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen Yes
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna No
Clash at Castle Dedede No Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge Yes Gabbel Moon Yes
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square No Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base No
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus No
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall Yes Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet No
Heavenly Hall Yes Dimension I Yes
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III Yes
Sector C No Dimension IV No
Planet Earthfall No

Trivia[edit]

  • The internal data and Japanese name of Wonkey is a portmanteau of the words 'wonky' and 'monkey'. It also includes the word 'key', referring to the item it is often associated with.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウォンキィ
Wonkī
Wonkey


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