- This article is about Kirby as he appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For Kirby as he appears in the games, see Kirby.
Kirby is featured as the main protagonist of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is an inexperienced Star Warrior, and is attempting to hone his skills after crash-landing in Dream Land. He is portrayed as more helpless than in the games, often running from danger rather than attempting to fight it, though this changes once he obtains a Copy Ability, becoming immensely powerful and performing feats that often dwarf his video game counterpart. His best friends are Tiff and Tuff. He is often antagonized by King Dedede and Escargoon.
Kirby is a small pink ball-shaped entity with red feet and beady blue eyes. Although Meta Knight explains that Kirby is hundreds of years old, he is still immature, looking and behaving like a toddler. True to this depiction, Kirby is a fair amount smaller than Meta Knight, as opposed to his video game counterpart who is a tad bit larger than him. Despite his demeanor, Kirby is quite durable, able to take substantial physical punishment, and can even swim in boiling hot water without any issue. Kirby is granted this extensive endurance by his Warp Star, which Meta Knight explains is the source of his power. In Kirby's Duel Role, Kabu explains that Kirby was a failed creation of eNeMeE; a powerful creature that he simply could not control, which is why Night Mare Enterprises seeks to destroy Kirby at all costs.
Though Kirby is a simple-minded character, he has a few important possessions to his name. The most important of these are his Warp Star (which can shrink down to the size of a trinket) and his starship, which allows him to travel through the cosmos. Kirby also has a house in Dream Land which was built for him by the residents of Cappy Town, though Tokkori often takes it over, prompting Kirby to sleep in the nearby tree instead.
Kirby acts much like a small child, unable to speak in full sentences, instead repeating the babble word 'poyo'. The only other words he can muster are characters' names, the names of certain Copy Ability moves when using them, and the names of his favorite things, such as watermelons. Appropriately, Kirby is quite naive, often wandering cluelessly into dangerous situations and as such, requires continuous supervision from Tiff, Meta Knight, and other characters. Despite this, Kirby does have some self-awareness, and is generally able to understand what people say to him.
Kirby lives very much in-the-moment, lacking the ability to truly understand deception or to hold grudges. He only becomes angry when he is being attacked by a monster or is being directly insulted by another character, though this anger quickly dissipates once the conflict ends. By contrast, Kirby also has a very good memory, and can be extremely persistent when given a task to complete, as evidenced in episodes like The Thing About the Ring. Most of the time, he has a cheery disposition, and will stop to help or save someone in need. Indeed, his reputation as a hero is well-deserved, since he has saved Tiff and other characters from certain death many times. Kirby is a lover of food of all kinds, and will cheerfully eat even foods that the other characters find disgusting. As such, he is Chef Kawasaki's best customer.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Kirby's personality is how it shifts depending on what form he takes. When he is in his normal form without a Copy Ability, he is often hesitant to fight, and will run away from pursuing monsters. Upon gaining an ability, however, he becomes bold and determined, and will fight head-on so long as it is clear that he can actually best his opponent.
Kirby's naivete and cheerful demeanor typically results in him being kind to everyone he knows, even if they have had a history of antagonizing him. Due to his temperament, however, Kirby cannot be said to have a particularly deep relationship with any of the other characters.
- Tiff - Despite being his primary supervisor, Kirby often pays little heed to Tiff, and will tend to run off even if she instructs him not to. Regardless, Kirby views Tiff favorably, and will heed her whenever she commands him to inhale something. Meta Knight in particular comments on the strength of the bond between Tiff and Kirby, as he explains only someone who truly cares for him can call upon the Warp Star with success.
- Tuff - Though the bond between Tuff and Kirby is not as strong as that with Tiff, Kirby will still generally listen to Tuff when he commands Kirby to inhale. The two of them generally get along well, but sometimes Tuff's stubbornness and immaturity puts Kirby in danger, particularly in the episode Flower Power.
- Meta Knight - Meta Knight can be said to be a harsh teacher toward Kirby, often putting him in tough situations in order to shape Kirby up as a Star Warrior. Despite this, Kirby seems to trust Meta Knight more than any other character, perhaps due to them both sharing a common origin.
- King Dedede and Escargoon - Despite continuously wanting to attack Kirby or even kill him on many occasions, Kirby still treats these two with the same level of kindness he would toward anyone else, even going so far as to help them on occasion. This demeanor of Kirby's slowly causes first Escargoon, and then even the jealous King Dedede to gradually turn toward Kirby's favor as the series progresses.
- Fololo & Falala - Fololo & Falala are very fond of Kirby, and will always move to help him. Kirby in turn gets along very well with these two, and can sometimes be seen flying around with them.
- Tokkori - Tokkori is generally antagonistic toward Kirby, but secretly cares about him. The two live together in Kirby's house which - while an odd match - does not usually cause problems.
- Chef Kawasaki - Kirby and the town chef initially got off on a rocky start after Kirby tried to work for him as a waiter but was sabotaged. The events of The Big Taste Test - where Kawasaki nearly turned Kirby into a meal for his master - turned things around for the two, and Kawasaki now feels obliged to help Kirby whenever he can, particularly because the pink puffball is his best customer.
- Honey, Iro, and Spikehead - The Cappy kids will often be seen playing with Kirby, though they tend to not understand how best to interact with him. Kirby's power combined with the danger he's always in often leads to the kids being afraid of being around him.
The following is a complete list of all of Kirby's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:
|Kirby's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Primary character||"Oooh! Kirby! Kirby!"||In the 4Kids version, Kirby has one changed line of dialogue when saying the names of the characters he meets. This line was done by voice actress Amy Birnbaum, while Kirby remains voiced by Makiko Ohmoto for the rest of the series.|
|A Blockbuster Battle||Primary character||"Poyo!"|
|Kirby's Duel Role||Primary character||"Poyo! Pooiiyooo!" (in response to Meta Knight's letter)|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||Primary character||"Hiiiii!"|
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||Primary character||"Poyo!"|
|Un-Reality TV||Primary character||(hypnotized) "Kiiiiirbyyyy!"|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Primary character||(Kirby's imagination) "Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!"|
|Curio's Curious Discovery||Primary character||"Hup!"|
|The Fofa Factor||Primary character||"Fofa!"|
|Hail to the Chief||Primary character||"Hooiiii!"|
|The Big Taste Test||Primary character||"Ooh, popoy!"|
|Escargoon Squad||Secondary character||"Poyo Pooyooo!"||This episode marks the first time Kirby has not been a primary character in the plot.|
|Cappy New Year||Primary character||"Pappy!"||Kirby is attempting to say "Happy".|
|The Pillow Case||Primary character||"Poyo!"|
|Kirby's Pet Peeve||Primary character||"Nooo pyuuu!"|
|A Fish Called Kine||Primary character||"Pyyooo!"|
|The Thing About the Ring||Primary character||(counting) "Poo-yo. Poi-yo. Poi-ah. Poo-yoo!"|
|Flower Power||Primary character||(sleep-talking) "Picnic...picnic."|
|Here Comes the Son||Primary character||"Mmm-poy!"||Kirby is trying to say "Okay!"|
|Dedede's Snow Job||Primary character||"Chilly! Chilly! Chilly!"|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Primary character||"Pooyoo?"|
|Island of the Lost Warrior||Primary character||"Paiyo! Po-po-paiyo!"|
|The Empty Nest Mess||Primary character||"Poooyoooooo!"|
|Ninja Binge||Primary character||"Poyaaaa?"|
|Escargoon Rules||Primary character||"Huh? Eyo?"|
|Hour of the WolfWrath||Primary character||"Poyoooooaaaaah!"|
Transformed Stone Kirby
Kirby is stretched out by the trees of Whispy Woods Forest.
Kirby when split into two smaller copies, similar to Fololo & Falala