King Dedede

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Dedede Allies.png
Official art from Kirby Star Allies.
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) All (except for Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Team Kirby Clash Deluxe)
Similar Characters Masked Dedede (alter ego);
Shadow Dedede (counterpart from the Dimension Mirror);
Dedede Clone;
King D-Mind (parallel counterpart fusing with Dark Mind);
Parallel Dedede (counterpart from Another Dimension)
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King Dedede (King DeDeDe in some older games) is the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land and a main antagonist and/or anti-hero of the Kirby series. He is a recurring villain, is usually confronted in a boss fight, and serves as Kirby's nemesis. Though he often engages in trouble-making, mostly involving stealing other people's food, he has also done some noble acts, such as trying to seal away Nightmare, helping Kirby battle Queen Sectonia, and accompanying Kirby in a few of his adventures. King Dedede lives in a castle atop Mount Dedede with a retinue of Waddle Dees acting as his servants.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

Main article: Kirby's Dream Land

King Dedede first appears in Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy, where he serves as the main antagonist and final boss. Prior to the game, King Dedede has stolen all of the food in Dream Land and left the population hungry. Kirby sets out to defeat him and give the people back their food. After traveling through the different regions of the land, Kirby finally confronts the king in his castle atop Mount Dedede. The two of them engage in battle in a boxing ring. Kirby manages to defeat him and the food supplies of Dream Land are saved.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Main article: Kirby's Adventure
Main article: Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

In Kirby's Adventure and its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, King Dedede reappears as the apparent final boss of the game. The game begins with him stealing the Star Rod from the Fountain of Dreams, divides it into seven pieces, and gives them to six of his trusted friends while keeping the last one. This causes Kirby to assume ill will from his enemy, and he sets out and tries to restore the broken artifact.

However, unknown to Kirby, King Dedede stole the Star Rod in order to save Dream Land from the clutches of Nightmare. The misunderstanding results in Kirby defeating King Dedede at Rainbow Resort and retrieving all seven pieces of the Star Rod. As Kirby walks towards the Fountain of Dreams to return the Star Rod, King Dedede tries to hold him back and begs him to drop his ambitions. However, Kirby refuses to listen and releases Nightmare as a result. Kirby manages to defeat Nightmare with the Star Rod's help, and at the end, King Dedede's motivations of stealing it are finally revealed. He and Kirby can be seen flying next to each other during the credits.

King Dedede also has minor appearances during some of the game's sub-games and appears on the top of every boss level door.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Dedede does not appear until the final level of Kirby's Dream Land 2, Dark Castle. He acts as the final boss if Kirby has not collected all of the Rainbow Drops yet. If all have been collected and Kirby emerges victorious, the piece of Dark Matter that had possessed Dedede will leave the defeated king's body, enabling Kirby to fight it.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra

King Dedede, as seen in the opening for Gourmet Race.

King Dedede reappears as an antagonist in two main games of Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, namely Spring Breeze and Gourmet Race, as well as Revenge of the King in the remake.

Spring Breeze

Main article: Spring Breeze

Spring Breeze, being a remake of Kirby's Dream Land, features him in his old role as the food-stealing villain. He engages Kirby in a boxing ring inside his castle on Mt. Dedede, acting as the final boss of Spring Breeze. Much like in Kirby's Dream Land, King Dedede attack Kirby with his hammer, as well as by attempting to jump on or inhale the pink hero, requiring Kirby to inhale the stars created by some of his attacks and spit them back or make use of a Copy Ability. As Dedede gets stunned briefly and stops what he is doing whenever he takes damage, using an fast Copy Ability makes it is possible for Kirby to entirely keep him from attacking.

Gourmet Race

Main article: Gourmet Race

In Gourmet Race, Kirby confronts King Dedede in three different stages, Pumpkin Grand, Corn Hall, and Onion Garden, where the two of them then engage in a race for snacks. In order to emerge victorious, Kirby must collect more food than the king and beat him to the finish line.

Revenge of the King

Main article: Masked Dedede

Exclusively in Kirby Super Star Ultra is a game mode called Revenge of the King. It is a spiritual remake of the Extra Mode of Kirby's Dream Land, with the return of those enemies from the original Extra Mode and the Flying Fortress Kabula (who is absent in Spring Breeze). When Kirby enters the ring in Castle Dedede, Dedede challanges him a revenge fight. This time, Dedede wears a mask and is titled Masked Dedede. Instead of wielding his wooden mallet, He fights with a metal hammer that can shoot flames and missiles.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Ado's drawing of King Dedede seen in the ending of Dream Land 3.

When Dark Matter takes control of Pop Star during Kirby's Dream Land 3 it possesses several of the planet's denizens, one of which is King Dedede. He serves as the boss fought in level 5, Iceberg, and is simultaneously the last boss of the game if the player didn't complete all of the errands in the numerous stages.

The fight against King Dedede is separated in two different phases: A battle on the ground, and a battle in the air. While being on the ground, Dedede uses his usual strategy of lunging at Kirby, trying to crush him with his mallet, and using his powerful suction attack. After taking several hits, the King switches to the second phase and begins floating in the air. His move pattern strikingly departs from his usual behavior in that phase, and he is capable of performing some bizarre attacks like opening his stomach area like a maw with pointy teeth and chasing Kirby, or shooting black orbs of energy from a giant eyeball in his belly.The battle ends once Kirby manages to defeat King Dedede in this state.

Usually, the game ends at that point, but if Kirby managed to complete all the errands from the previous levels, he will get access to the actual final fight of the game, located in Hyper Zone. King Dedede can then be seen in the Hyper Zone introduction scene, and once Kirby defeats the final boss, Dedede will appear in some of the drawings shown during the credits.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, King Dedede is first fought as a mini-boss, but then ends up becoming an ally of Kirby and Ribbon in their cause to collect the Crystal Shards and save Ripple Star. He is first seen in the game when he finds a Crystal Shard on top of his castle. He snatches it away right before Kirby can pick it up, much to the king's enjoyment. Before the group can convince him to return the shard, however, King Dedede gets possessed by Dark Matter, which forces him to fight Kirby. The battle itself is reminiscent of the two phases of the King Dedede battle in Kirby's Dream Land 3, albeit not as hard to complete. Kirby manages to defeat him, drive out Dark matter, and get back the Crystal Shard, but King Dedede snaps after the battle and refuses to look at the group any further. After they leave, he can be seen visibly struggling, until he makes the decision to follow them along.

After that he becomes playable in some level segments, allowing Kirby to ride him piggyback and to use his hammer to break through obstacles. He is also playable in the Sub-Games that are accessible from the main menu.

Kirby Air Ride

Main article: King Dedede (Air Ride)

King Dedede makes a relatively minor appearance in Kirby Air Ride as an unlockable character. After unlocked, he can be selected as an Air Ride Machine in the game's Air Ride mode. Unlike Kirby, he cannot inhale enemies nor copy their abilities. However, he rides a powerful bike, and is capable of wielding his hammer as an effective weapon at all times.

Aside from his role as a playable character, a larger and more powerful version of the king appears as an antagonist in Vs. King Dedede, a Stadium of the game's City Trial mode.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Eddy Dedede CanvasCurse.png

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, King Dedede appears as a boss painted by Drawcia to engage Kirby in a Gourmet Race-esque fight. Kirby needed to fight Dedede twice on two different worlds in order to move on.

Further, if purchased in the Medal Shop, Dedede can become a playable character, being inflicted with the same curse as Kirby has. As a ball, King DededeEddy Dedede Ball Curse.png moves slower than the other characters, and can use his hammer to attack enemies.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, when Kirby's strawberry shortcake was stolen, Kirby immediately blames Dedede for the theft of his cake. However, upon defeating Dedede, it turns out that he didn't had anything to do with Kirby's cake. Suddenly, the titular Squeak Squad comes in and steal the treasure chest believed to hold Kirby's cake. Suddenly, King Dedede grabs Kirby and throws him at the Squeaks, leading the bunch to a tunnel. Dedede doesn't appear for rest of the story from that point on.

King Dedede serves as the first boss in this title. His moveset is largely the same as it has always been, but he has been weakened, and suffers more recoil from damage, in order to make him a more manageable first encounter.

Kirby's Epic Yarn

King Dedede's battle in Kirby's Epic Yarn.

In Kirby's Epic Yarn King Dedede is initially seen through cut-scenes in Dream Land having his Waddle Dees managing his treasure horde. Yin-Yarn starts making fake Waddle Dees which try to blend in at first, but then start to take over once enough of them appear. They tie up all of the real Waddle Dees, then tie up King Dedede as well. This done, Yin-Yarn captures King Dedede with his Magic Sock and forces the king to serve him.

King Dedede appears in-game as the boss of Snow Land and as a yarn outline. Here, Kirby and Prince Fluff will have to battle him and try to pull the puppet strings off his back. Meanwhile, King Dedede will be using his hammer attacks as usual to attack with. Once defeated, Kirby and Fluff can obtain the next piece of Magic Yarn and gain access to Space Land. If enough beads were collected during the fight, they can also get the Penguin Patch to unlock Frigid Fjords.

Medal Bead Scores

  • Bronze - 700 points
  • Silver - 1350 points
  • Gold - 2000 points
  • Patch - 2600 points

Video Walkthrough

Flawless fight with King Dedede.

Kirby Mass Attack

Main article: Dedede Resort
Eddy Dedede MassAttack.png

King Dedede appears in Kirby Mass Attack as the boss of his own resort, Dedede Resort, riding a hot air balloon and armed with two types of time bombs. Waddle Dees help by throwing bombs from the sidelines. After being defeated by his own technology, he resorts to the old method of doing it alone. After being defeated, he gives up the key to Volcano Valley.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

King Dedede appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but acts as a playable protagonist rather than an antagonist, controllable by the second, third or fourth player. Alongside Meta Knight and Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede assists Kirby in finding parts to the Lor Starcutter and defeating several bosses, including the final boss.

King Dedede's Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Midair Hammer Swing
1 in midair
Hammer Twirl
↓ + 1
Dedede Hammer Flip
↑ + 1
Triple Dedede Hammer
Hold 1, release
Dedede Hammer Throw
Dash + -
Giant Dedede Swing
Dash + 1
Underwater Hammer Swing
1 underwater

Although King Dedede never appears as a boss per se, a mechanized version can be fought in the Sub-Game Scope Shot.

Kirby's Dream Collection

King Dedede appears in the intro cartoon that carries into the title. When he is transformed from his 2-D sprite from into his 3-D model form, he briefly laments about the belly he was given. From there, he helps launch Kirby into the title screen so he can become part of the emblem.

Dedede does not appear in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game, but naturally can be found in the main titles featured in the collection. The couple of episodes of the anime that are bundled with the collection also feature Dedede to some extent.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Story Mode

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, King Dedede is first shown in the opening sequence, being captured by Taranza, who mistook Dedede as the hero of Dream Land. Throughout the first 5 worlds, he is seen in every boss level, being carried by Taranza. In the final world, Taranza turns Dedede into Masked Dedede. After both his and Queen Sectonia's defeat, Dedede comes back to his senses and helps Kirby defeat Queen Sectonia when she merges with the Dreamstalk as a last resort.


Main article: Dedede's Drum Dash
Main article: Dededetour!

Dedede has his own Sub-Games, Dedede's Drum Dash (a rhythm action game) and Dededetour! (a time attack mode, similar to the Meta Knightmare series).

His moveset in Dededetour! is largely the same as it was in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but he is made larger in size, comparable to Bonkers, and is given a few projectile moves to aid his journey through Dededetour!. Firstly, like Sword Kirby, Dedede can shoot a projectile from his hammer if he has full health just with his normal Hammer Swing. Secondly, he can charge up and release an aimed projectile similar to Archer Kirby that can cut ropes.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe

Main article: Team DDD

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe the standalone spin-off, King Dedede with his smaller clones are fought as Team DDD (the number varies on difficulty, the hardest being Team DDD64) in the Final Round of Single Player mode.

He also serves as a stage hazard in the stage Dedede Arena.

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

Main article: Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

The first spin-off title to feature Dedede exclusively has him bouncing across drums in seven distinct stages to earn as high a score as possible. This is a standalone upgrade to Dedede's Drum Dash the Sub-Game from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

While King Dedede himself does not feature in this title, he is represented by one of the Figurines.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Dedede's chess game is interrupted by a sudden alien invasion.

In the opening cutscene, King Dedede is seen playing a game of chess with his Waddle Dees at his castle when the Haltmann Works Company invasion begins. He orders his Waddle Dees to fire cannonballs at the invading ship, but to no avail. His castle is later destroyed by a laser from the ship.

Dedede himself does not feature in the game after this point, but his genetic information is stolen by Haltmann Works to create the Dedede Clone. By the end of the game, he is shown to have been knocked unconscious the entire time, and wakes up in his castle's rubble after Pop Star is returned to normal.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

King Dedede himself does not feature in this title. However, an alternate universe doppelganger is encountered as the final boss.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

King Dedede is faced as the last Boss of the main series of levels. He battles Kirby using his hammer and other techniques as usual, though in a 3-D space. When defeated, he uses one of the Sparkling Stars to grow giant, and renew his attacks. When defeated again, he returns to normal size.

At the end of Secret Path, King Dedede also dons his mask when he grows giant, for the final encounter.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Main article: Dedede's Cake Royale

King Dedede is the host of the grand tournament featured in the story mode of this title. He oversees the Kirby Printer, which creates copies of Kirby to fight the real thing, and engages Kirby himself at the end of the Platinum League. When Kirby beats him, he pilots a giant robot, the Dededestroyer Z, in a last ditch effort to stop Kirby from claiming his cake.

King Dedede is a playable character in this title, unlockable after completing Dedede's Cake Royale. He fights similarly to Hammer Kirby, but has a unique B charge special.

King Dedede's Moveset in Kirby: Battle Royale  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Dedede Hammer Throw
Hold/release B
Hammer Twirl
B during jump
Giant Dedede Swing

Kirby Star Allies

As a Boss

Buff King Dedede in Kirby Star Allies.

In this title, King Dedede serves as one of the Bosses. Here, possessed by a dark force, he orders his Waddle Dees to start gathering large stockpiles of food. Kirby and co. corner him at his castle, where he's eating the food. From here, the battle begins.

The first phase of the battle plays out as usual, with Dedede attacking using Head Slides, Dedede Jumps, his hammer and inhale.

However, once the second phase begins, Dedede is consumed by the power possessing him, and becomes considerably beefier, his arms becoming huge and ripping through his robe. In the second phase, Dedede will be using his arms to pummel Kirby and friends, as well as toss food, swing around columns, and break the floor away. This form is called macho/buff King Dedede.[1][2]

Main article: King Dedede's Theme#Macho of Dedede

King Dedede's boss battle theme in Star Allies is titled Macho of Dedede in Japan. This version is a remix of his iconic two-section theme, and adds a new section at the beginning.

Once defeated, a sickly purple heart pops out of King Dedede, and he returns to normal (his robe also being inexplicably repaired), then faints. Kirby and co. do their victory dance, then pursue the heart, which flies off.

The following lists all of King Dedede's attacks during his boss battle.

King Dedede's Boss Attacks in Kirby Star Allies  
First phase: King Dedede wields his hammer and attacks in a similar fashion to previous Kirby Games.
Attack Description
Head Slide Dedede runs and dives into Kirby or an ally. He always begins with this attack in this boss battle, similar to many previous Kirby games.
Unlike previous Kirby games, Head Slide leaves a Recoil Star on each side this time.
Hammer Dedede slams his hammer in front of him. This leaves a star from his hammer. He may also jump into the air and slam it down.
Dedede Jump Dedede jumps into the air and attempts to land on Kirby or an ally. He leaves a star on each side when landing.
Big Bang Inhale ~ Spit Dedede inhales in the range of about half the stage. If he captures someone, he will then spit them out as a star.
  • 'Big Bang' is also the Japanese name of Hypernova.
Hover Dedede takes in air and starts flying. Once he is finished, he releases an Air Bullet.
Second phase: When King Dedede's stamina is below about 65%, his hammer is destroyed and lost.
Now his body gets buffed under the influence of the dark heart and he attacks with his giant beefy arms.
Attack Description
Dedede Jump In this phase, Dedede jumps into the air and slams the ground with his beefy arms. He leaves two stars on each side when landing. His hands may get stuck into the floor momentarily.
Desperate Dum Dum Dedede attacks with his beefy arms, slamming the ground in succession. Every slam leaves a star.
At the end of Dedede's combo, a rock is flipped out from the floor, which can be swallowed for the Stone ablity.
  • 'Desparate Dum Dum' has three first letters of D.
Floor Slam Break When Dedede's stamina is lowered to two given moments (about 45% and 25% left), he slams the floor with his beefy arms, causing it to break and sending everyone to a lower level.
Kirby & Friends are separated into different sides of the poles. The bottom of the poles can be destroyed so Kirby can reunite with his allies.
The first level below has one pole and the second level below has two poles.
Dispose Food Dedede collects some rotten food from the pile and tosses it at Kirby or an ally. This food is dangerous if swallowed, but can be cleaned using the Water or Splash-augment ability.
  • This attack also begins with the letter D.
Disaster Guru Guru Dedede spins around the poles, jumping from one to the other.
  • This attack also begins with the letter D.
  • グルグル (guru guru) means "spin"/"twirl" in Japanese. Its synonym can be found in the names of some Copy Ability attacks like ぐりぐりハンマー (Hammer Twirl) and ぐりぐりパラソル (Parasol Twirl).
Attack names are taken from Japanese guide book.

As a Dream Friend

King Dedede also appears as a Dream Friend, recruitable from a Dream Palace. In this form, he can help Kirby, and travel with him using a moveset similar to the one he had in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, he is now able to use the Head Slide attack, which formerly could only be seen in his boss battles.

King Dedede can also be recruited as an ally right after his defeat as a Boss if a Friend Heart is tossed at him at the right moment in Story Mode and Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!.

King Dedede's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Move While Charging
During Dedede Hammer Flip ↔
Hammer Twirl
↓ + B
Dedede Hammer Throw
Dash + Y
Giant Dedede Swing
Dash + B
Head Slide
Dash + ↓ + B, release
Giant Swing
B in midair
Underwater Hammer Swing
B underwater
Ultra Giant Swing
Dash + B in midair
A in midair
Dedede Hammer Flip
↑ + B
Air Bullet
B during Hover

King Dedede as the playable Dream Friend can deal more damage than Hammer Kirby and Bonkers when using the same moves.[3] What's more, King Dedede has a larger attack range than those two characters thanks to Dedede being taller (i.e. better aerial range).

King Dedede is the fastest character to beat The Ultimate Choice on his own (i.e. solo with no Friend) so far (World Record: 8:36.37 on 'Soul Melter').[4] This is achieved by the lag cancel technique of performing 'Giant Swing' when almost landing. (This technique also works on other moves like 'Super Ice Sprinkle' of Ice Kirby/Chilly, and was first introduced in Kirby: Planet Robobot since which the invincible frames of bosses have been drastically reduced.)

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros.

King Dedede makes a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros.. In the background of Dream Land, a King Dedede sprite can be seen flying around. In addition, King Dedede was planned to be a playable character but was scrapped later in development.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

King Dedede makes another cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, appearing as a random trophy and reprising his previous role as a sprite in Dream Land.

Trophy Information
King Dedede's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee  
Name Image Appears In Description
King Dedede DededeTrophyMelee.png Kirby's Dream Land (08/92) Dedede's the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. While he says he's king, Dedede performs no administrative functions and the citizens of Dream Land continue to live as they always have. He's able to suck in air and fly like Kirby does, but only as a result of the vigorous training he undertook after being bested by Kirby.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a Playable Character
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King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

King Dedede makes his first appearance as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl alongside Meta Knight, who is also a new fighter, and Kirby, who has been a fighter since the first game. His attacks are especially strong, particularly his side Smash Attack, though the fact that he is slow can greatly lower the player's chance of winning. Like Kirby, he has the ability to jump multiple times.

In the current tier list, King Dedede is ranked 12th, in the C+ tier. King Dedede has very powerful moves, good recovery in his four jumps, which, when coupled with Super Dedede Jump, provides him one of the least punishable recoveries in the game. In addition to that, Dedede has many options of scoring KOs, with his good range on his attacks, particularly his side tilt, and he has an amazing grab game, which can effectively reduce two-thirds of the cast's stocks quickly due to his down throw's set knockback. However, he lacks speed compared to other fighters, as his aerial movement is low and his dashing speed is the third slowest in game, with only Ganondorf and Jigglypuff having slower dashes. He also is vulnerable to chain throws and combos himself due to his high weight and falling speed. However, his pros overshadow most of his cons, which is why he is ranked 12th on the tier list. Dedede has seen great tournament results, especially in tournaments that ban Meta Knight.

Role in The Subspace Emissary
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In the Adventure Mode of Brawl, The Subspace Emissary, King Dedede plays a major role in the story.

At the beginning of the gameplay, he is seen turning other protagonists into trophies and putting his badges on them. However, it turns out Dedede is actually on the good side.

In the prologue, he has noticed the precense of Tabuu, the final boss of the story who can turn any character into a trophy with his Off Waves. Dedede has then developed these badges called Dedede Brooches, which can revive the character trophies at a set time.

The protagonists later face Tabuu, but all get knocked out and turned into trophies by his Off-Waves. Thanks to the Dedede Brooches, they revive one after another, and they reunite for the final battle with Tabuu.

Trophy Information
King Dedede's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl  
Name Image Appears In Description
King Dedede DededeTrophyBrawl.png GB Kirby's Dream Land
N64 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
The self-styled king of the amazingly peaceful Dream Land. He continually does things unbecoming a king, like stealing the kingdom's food supplies or all the stars from the sky. He's not all bad, though, and sometimes performs good deeds. While he and Kirby often battle, they've been known to compete good-naturedly at speed-eating contests and minigames.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

As a Playable Character
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King Dedede SSB4.png
King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

King Dedede was confirmed during the Super Smash Bros. Direct on April 8, 2014 as a veteran fighter. As his creator Masahiro Sakurai stated, the king is now more expressive. Another major difference is that he throws Gordos instead of Waddle Dees. However, the Waddle Dees and Parasol Waddle Dees appear as enemies in Smash Bros 3DS' Smash Run, and the Gordos the king throws can be deflected back by his enemies.

Additionally, his Final Smash was changed to Dedede Burst, which involves him trapping his opponents using his Inhale, then hitting them with a giant bomb that pops out of his hammer.

Once again, King Dedede reprises his role from Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee in Dream Land, which has been reintroduced as DLC content. However, if King Dedede is present in the battle, then the King Dedede sprite will not appear.

On the tier list, King Dedede is ranked 52nd out of 55 characters, in the G tier. Dedede received the second-largest drop on the tier list (behind Falco). Dedede's notable strengths are that he is very hard to KO, he has a very large disjointed range because of his hammer, good edgeguarding moves in his back and down aerials, good punishing moves courtesy of his forward and down smashes, and the aforementioned back and down aerials.

Despite this, Dedede suffers from the removal of chain grabbing, his back aerial going through a complete overhaul, which weakened it, getting a slower air speed from Brawl, in addition to already being a slow walker and dasher. His new side special, Gordo Throw, is capable of being reflected by any attack that deals at least 2%, meaning that it can be countered by most jabs, in addition to Waddle Doos, which used to shoot a beam, being removed, makes his side special weak. He also has some of the slowest frame data of all the characters in the game, with only a few attacks coming out before frame 9, which, when coupled with his large stature great weight, and high falling speed, gives Dedede one of the worst defensive and offensive options in the game. Last, his disproportionately weak strength is laughable, as his fastest moves are unable to KO until very high percentages, and his strongest attacks come out very slowly, making them very easy to punish. Overall, his tournament results, which in contradiction to his Brawl tournament placings, are poor, although the European tournaments have Dedede mains placing somewhat better. King Dedede still maintains a decent amount of players dedicated to him, meaning that good advancements in his playing game have been introduced, although he is mainly considered unviable by most of the Smash community, and is claimed to be either one of the worst Super Smash Bros. characters by some, or, in a few cases, the worst of them all.

Trophy Information
King Dedede's Trophies in Super Smash Bros. 4  
Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
King Dedede
DededeTrophyWiiU.png GB Kirby's Dream Land (8/1992)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (5/2014)
He calls himself the King of Dream Land, but he doesn't have a lot of interest in ruling. He really loves to eat, so it's no surprise he's a heavyweight fighter. Despite his size and low speed, he can easily recover with his four jumps. His Jet Hammer will leave a mark on everyone he meets. Being a self-proclaimed king, Dedede clearly doesn't care too much about the whole "politics" things. He's just a bit greedy. In this game, his weight and hefty hammer make him slow, but he can still jump four times in mid-air anyway, making it easy for him to get back to the stage. Fully charge his Jet Hammer for ultimate destruction.
King Dedede (Alt.)
DededeAltTrophyWiiU.png GB Kirby's Dream Land (8/1992)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (5/2014)
For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede sends a Gordo bouncing with a hammer strike. It bounces off walls—or sometimes gets stuck in them. After a while it'll disappear. If an enemy hits one, it'll bounce back toward you. Use the special again to whack it back at them! For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede hits a Gordo with his hammer, sending it bouncing along the stage. It'll bounce off walls, or sometimes get stuck in them. Then, after a while, it'll disappear. If an enemy hits the Gordo with an attack, it'll fly back towards you. Use the special again to whack it back at them!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Physical Appearance

King Dedede resembles an obese blue penguin creature, wearing a kingly red coat and a red hat with a yellow brim and a pompom, though Nintendo Power has referred to him on at least one occasion as an eagle[5]. The red coat itself sports a white hem and a portrait of King Dedede himself on the back. King Dedede himself is rather portly, is blue-skinned and has a yellow mouth (which has always been depicted as more of a beak). In most appearances, he wears a yellow tunic under his robe, which is also spanned by a sash with a triangular pattern on it resembling sharp teeth.

When he is possessed by Dark Matter, this sash will actually open up like a big mouth to fire projectiles. King Dedede, like Kirby, is able to inhale and float by distending his belly. He can swallow Kirby and other things, but cannot copy their abilities. To make up for this, King Dedede carries a large wooden mallet, which he uses for most of his attacks. When that is not enough, he can use his portly size to perform body slams and stomps.


Dedede squishes Kirby's face when Kirby loses the Gourmet Race.

King Dedede is portrayed as egocentric, egoistic, and also gluttonous. This is evidenced by the fact that he crowned himself as Dream Land's supreme ruler and occasionally steals food without caring for the victims. He also has a tendency to act stubborn. He sees Kirby as his rival and often competes with him for food and other reasons.

Despite his egoistic nature, King Dedede is not evil. On occasions he is shown to be a caring character who tries to save Dream Land from greater foes like Nightmare and Dark Matter.

King Dedede seems to have a passion for wrestling matches, since his battlefield of choice is a boxing ring.


King Dedede is often associated with the following musical themes:


  • In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and in both Super Smash Bros. Brawl and for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, King Dedede is voiced by Masahiro Sakurai.
  • In the Japanese version of the anime, King Dedede ends most of his sentences with "zoi".
  • King Dedede's appearance in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is the only one in which he does not wear gloves in-game, though his artwork for Kirby's Dream Land 2 also depicts him without gloves.
  • HR-D3 bears King Dedede's V-sign insignia in its debut in Kirby Mass Attack's Kirby Quest sub-game, which may imply that D3 is a reference to Dedede's name's pronunciation in Japanese and English. However, for unknown reasons, when it appeared as a proper Kirby platformer boss in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it had a different insignia and was actually Dedede's enemy and showed no ties to him, despite having the D3 part of its name intact.
  • King Dedede is often subject to possessions and other forms of mind control. In every game in the Dark Matter trilogy, he is possessed by the subject matter. Additionally, Dedede has been puppeted and controlled by both Yin-Yarn and Taranza.
  • While often depicted as greedy and self-centered, King Dedede can be heroic. This is first demonstrated in Kirby's Adventure, wherein he shatters the Star Rod in order to prevent the main villain of the game (Nightmare) from using it. To this end, he tries to stop Kirby from placing the Star Rod onto the fountain, as that would free Nightmare.
  • In the anime, King Dedede is sometimes called "Triple D" or "Three D" by N.M.E, obviously because Dedede is pronounced like three D's in a row.
  • Since Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the inhale attack of King Dedede (including his other forms) has got a significantly increased range, and has been titled ビッグバンすいこみ (Big Bang Inhale, Big Bang being the Japanese name of Hypernova) in the Japanese version.
  • King Dedede became the "Osaka Station Master", the icon for the Osaka fair of Japan's Pupupu Train merchandise event during June 15-25, 2018.[6]


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デデデ大王
Dedede Daiō
Great King Dedede
Spanish Rey Dedede King Dedede
French Roi DaDiDou King Dadidou
Dutch Koning Dedede King Dedede
German König Dedede (games)
King Dedede (anime)
König Nickerchen
King Dedede
King Snooze
Italian King Dedede -
Korean 디디디 대왕
dididi daewang
Dididi the great
Russian Король Дидиди
Korol' Dididi
King Dididi
Chinese 帝帝帝大王
dì dì dì dà wáng
Great King Dedede
  • The character 帝 also means "king" or "emperor".