Kirby (anime character)
- 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, and Meta Knight is shown to be his mentor. 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.
Similarly to his video game counterpart, Kirby has a voracious appetite, and can eat much more than would intuitively fit inside his small body. This is demonstrated in episodes like Watermelon Felon, where King Dedede goads Kirby into inhaling a massive pile of fruits and vegetables which likely weighs several tons as supporting evidence for Dedede's fraudulent case against him. Tiff speculates in Beware: Whispy Woods! that Kirby can do this because his stomach leads to another dimension entirely, and Kirby is later shown in that episode to be able to search his inner stomach void to find things he has swallowed and regurgitate them. If Kirby swallows an object that has a specific power associated with it, he gains a Copy Ability which he can use to fight his enemies. Kirby can also spit objects back out which he inhales with destructive force, as seen in The Flower Plot when he spits King Dedede's cannon volley back at him.
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 naïve, 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 has a habit of mimicking other characters emotional expressions, even if he does not understand the emotion in question. An example of this is in Escar-Gone, where Kirby mimics Escargoon's heady sigh while at the beach with him. Another is in the episodes featuring Knuckle Joe, where Kirby imitates his tendency to rub his nose.
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. Generally, Kirby tends to act obliviously unless he or someone he cares about is faced with a dangerous situation, whereon he will tap into his inborn talents and step in to defend himself and/or others. Kirby's most notable personality flaw is his often mindless gluttony, which is frequently used by his enemies to entrap him in some form or another, and also tends to get him in trouble with the denizens of Cappy Town.
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 is always in often leads to the kids being afraid of being around him.
Role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Being the central protagonist and namesake of the show, Kirby is the one who steps up most often to resolve the conflict of any given episode, usually by defeating the monster(s) of that episode. The overall story of the show revolves around Kirby's journey to learn how to harness his natural talents as a Star Warrior so that he can defeat eNeMeE and free the universe from the tyranny of Night Mare Enterprises. In the process, he regularly trounces the monsters that King Dedede calls in to Dream Land for one reason or another. Despite Kirby's immense power and potential, he is in constant need of guidance and supervision due to his naivete and infantile nature, as well as his gargantuan appetite which often gets him in trouble with the local townsfolk.
As Kirby is unable to speak intelligibly, he is often on the sidelines of the plot for most episodes; when he needs to participate in the story, he will often have another character act as a proxy, usually Tiff. Due to his mysterious and potent abilities, he is most often used as a deus ex machina for other characters, in order to solve their problems in any given episode's story. On the flip-side, Kirby is also often inadvertently the cause of certain problems, which he usually has to fix later on. Throughout the course of the show, he is often the scapegoat of Cappy Town for many of the calamities that happen throughout the series, even if Kirby himself had nothing to do with the disaster. This is most notable in Episode 98: Cappy Town Down, where Kirby is momentarily blamed when a Destroya that was hunting him torched Cappy Town in the process. In these instances, Kirby's nearest friends step in to defend him, and the conflict is usually resolved.
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!|
|Episode||Image||Role||Role details||Selected quote||Notes|
|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Primary character||The story of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! begins when Kirby crashes into Dream Land as a result of his starship detecting eNeMeE's monsters causing havoc there. Kirby is introduced to the denizens of Dream Land, quickly sparking a friendship with the child characters Tiff and Tuff, but drawing immediate ire from King Dedede and Escargoon. At first, Kirby appears to be a helpless alien creature who is causing trouble with his voracious appetite, but Tiff soon discovers Kirby's latent abilities when she finds his Warp Star and uses it to give Kirby the strength he needs to fight off the monster which was eating Mayor Len's sheep. After that, Kirby tries to leave in his Starship, but King Dedede shoots it down, prompting Kirby to stay in Dream Land for the foreseeable future.||"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||In this episode, Kirby's new friends try to find him a job and a place to stay in Cappy Town, but due in part to Kirby's naivete and in part to King Dedede's sabotage, he is rejected at every turn. Instead, the kids decide to build Kirby his own house out in the countryside, but this too is sabotaged by King Dedede, who sends the monster Blocky out to pulverize Kirby. After an initial struggle, Kirby is eventually able to best Blocky using the Stone ability, and a new and more permanent house is built for him under a tree on a hill overlooking the town.||"Poyo!"|
|Kirby's Duel Role||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is challenged to a sword duel by Meta Knight, who seeks to train Kirby in the art of swordplay while pretending to obey King Dedede. Later on, Dedede sends the monster Bugzzy to attack Kirby, who Kirby defeats using the techniques he learned from his duel with Meta Knight.||"Poyo! Pooiiyooo!" (in response to Meta Knight's letter)|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is menaced by the monster Kracko, who chases him all over Dream Land, causing havoc in the process. Later on, Kirby uses the Warp Star to fly up to Kracko's thunderhead and defeats him using the Sword ability.||"Hiiiii!"|
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is attacked by Whispy Woods over a misunderstanding planted by King Dedede, who uses the opportunity to cut Whispy and his forest down while the elder tree is occupied. Kirby is informed that some of the apples he ate earlier contain Whispy's life essence, so he searches inside himself for a while and finds it, spitting it back out and allowing Whispy Woods to recover.||"Poyo!"|
|Un-Reality TV||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is nearly driven out of Cappy Town when the villagers are mind-controlled using King Dedede's new television program. Kirby and the kids later expose the hoax by showing up on the set during shooting to destroy the immersion.||(hypnotized) "Kiiiiirbyyyy!"|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is nearly tricked into eating Dyna Blade's chick, incurring the wrath of its mother. Kirby later calms the ancient bird by showing her that the chick is alive and well, but is scolded by the others for his initial intentions.||(Kirby's imagination) "Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!"|
|Curio's Curious Discovery||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is tasked with defeating Dedede Stone after it attacks Professor Curio's archaeology site.||"Hup!"|
|The Fofa Factor||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is split into two smaller copies of himself by the monster Slice n' Splice. After being safeguarded from further splitting by Fololo & Falala, they are able to help Kirby re-merge into one, then defeat the monster using the Cutter ability.||"Fofa!"|
|Hail to the Chief||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps Tuff try to build back Chief Bookem's reputation by causing problems for him to solve. Later on, Kirby has to rescue both Bookem and Tuff from the Booma-Dooma Volcano.||"Hooiiii!"|
|The Big Taste Test||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is nearly butchered by Chef Kawasaki and made into a meal for a monster pretending to be the chef's master Chef Shiitake. At the last moment, Kawasaki has a change of heart, and Kirby is spared, allowing him to defeat the monster using the Cook ability.||"Ooh, popoy!"|
|Escargoon Squad||Secondary character||In this episode, Kirby is enlisted to help Escargoon get revenge on King Dedede by scaring him out of his wits. He does this by throwing on a bed sheet and flying through the air, pretending to be a ghost.||"Poyo Pooyooo!"||This episode marks the first time Kirby has not been a primary character in the plot.|
|Cappy New Year||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby participates in a new year's festival, but later has to battle and defeat the monster Sasuke in an elaborate fight involving fireworks.||"Pappy!"||Kirby is attempting to say "Happy".|
|The Pillow Case||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is nearly driven out of Cappy Town again when King Dedede uses pillows stuffed with Noddys to induce nightmares in the citizenry and turn them against the pink puffball. This plot is foiled when Meta Knight and his soldiers reveal the trick.||"Poyo!"|
|Kirby's Pet Peeve||Primary character||In this episode, N.M.E. sends Kirby a robotic toy dog that was programmed to bond with him and then kill him in a self-destruct detonation when he least expects it. This bonding works after some initial hardship, as Kirby becomes enamored with the dog and defends it from his other friends. However, the dog grows too attached to Kirby in turn to carry out the act, and detonates on King Dedede instead, leaving Kirby bereaved.||"Nooo pyuuu!"|
|A Fish Called Kine||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby accompanies Tiff and Kine on their "date". Later, he helps them stop Dedede from destroying the Rainbow coral reef using the Tornado ability.||"Pyyooo!"|
|The Thing About the Ring||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby inadvertently causes Sir Ebrum's ring to be lost, so he spends the rest of the episode hunting it down and finding it again, having to battle Honker Stomper in the process.||(counting) "Poo-yo. Poi-yo. Poi-ah. Poo-yoo!"|
|Flower Power||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is put into a coma when he inhales a Noddy. His friends have to safeguard him as they travel into Babagahara to find the Pukey Flower, which is cited as the cure. The flower turns out to be a monster, however, though its fragrance still wakes Kirby up and allows him to help his friends defeat the beast using the Needle ability.||(sleep-talking) "Picnic...picnic."|
|Here Comes the Son||Primary character||In this episode, Knuckle Joe shows up in Dream Land to try and hunt down Kirby, who he believes is responsible for Joe's father's death long ago. After Kirby takes a severe beating from Knuckle Joe, Meta Knight later corrects the record by telling Joe what really happened to his father, and Kirby helps snap Joe out of his rage using the Needle ability.||"Mmm-poy!"||Kirby is trying to say "Okay!"|
|Dedede's Snow Job||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is pursued by Chilly, who pretends to be his friend so he can have an opportunity to assassinate the pink puffball. However, Chilly finds he cannot go through with the act after several failed attempts. Later, Kirby and Chilly work together to defeat the monster Ice Dragon, which causes the climate of Dream Land to return to balmy tropical conditions. Kirby tries in vain to save Chilly from melting, but to no avail.||"Chilly! Chilly! Chilly!"|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby accompanies Tiff and Princess Rona (disguised as Commander Vee) during the latter's visit to Dream Land. Later on, he helps Princess Rona defeat the monster Susshi, which King Dedede sent after them after being rejected by the princess.||"Pooyoo?"|
|Island of the Lost Warrior||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and his friends are stranded on a deserted island, where they meet the half-mad Kit Cosmos. After a very rocky start, where Kit Cosmos immediately believes Kirby to be a monster, Kirby defends Kit Cosmos from the monster Tornadon.||"Paiyo! Po-po-paiyo!"|
|The Empty Nest Mess||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps the kids look for Dyna Blade's chick, who has gone missing. He eventually leads the enraged Dyna Blade to Castle Dedede, where the chick was abducted to in order to be transformed into a monster, and they stop this process in the nick of time.||"Poooyoooooo!"|
|Ninja Binge||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the rest of the Dream Landers get caught up in a ninja fad after discovering a scroll belonging to a failed ninja student named Benikage. Later on, Kirby has to defend this student from the traitor warrior Yamikage using the Ninja ability.||"Poyaaaa?"|
|Escargoon Rules||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the kids help Escargoon pretend to be king of Dream Land to impress his mother who is coming for a visit. Kirby later defends them from an outraged King Dedede who sends an army of Drifters after them.||"Huh? Eyo?"|
|Hour of the WolfWrath||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby battles the formidable monster WolfWrath using Meta Knight's sword Galaxia after its owner was paralyzed. He defeats WolfWrath with the help of Sword and Blade.||"Poyoooooaaaaah!"|
|The Flower Plot||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the kids help Whispy Woods tend to a flower named Lovely, but the flower is stolen and turned into a monster. Kirby later has to defeat the monster Lovely using the Cutter ability.||"Lovely! Lovely! Poyo!"|
|Labor Daze||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby heads to King Dedede's new factory and participates on the assembly line, only to be knocked into the inner machinery and roughed up. Later on, Kirby battles the factory's product - the Ice Dragon Robot - and defeats it by cracking the factory's main boiler, causing the entire complex to light on fire, taking the building and the robot down in a blaze.||"Poyoooohh..."|
|A Spice Odyssey||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby takes part in the restaurant war between Chef Kawasaki and Monsieur Goan by eating the increasingly spicy foods produced. Later on, Monsieur Goan tries to kill Kirby by throwing him into a dry ice bowl, but Kawasaki saves him using his ultimate concoction - the Superspicy Curry - which causes Kirby to breathe gouts of flame that defeat Monsieur Goan and burn his restaurant down.||"Poyoy."|
|Hatch Me If You Can||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is given an egg to take care of, which hatches a baby Galbo. Kirby forms a bond with this small creature, which causes him to hesitate when the larger mother Galbo comes to destroy him. This hesitation is broken, however, when the mother Galbo attacks its child for favoring Kirby over her, leading Kirby to swiftly defeat the beast using the Fire ability.||"Poyooa!"|
|Abusement Park||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the kids head to King Dedede's amusement park built into the castle, but are taken on a dangerous ride through several traps, which ultimately fail to do Kirby in. Later on, a backup plan is hatched to trick Kirby into being teleported directly to eNeMeE's Fortress to be destroyed by N.M.E. through a karaoke contest. This nearly works, but Kirby is sent through with the Mike ability, which promptly defeats all the monsters waiting for him at N.M.E. headquarters and forces the company to send him back.||*singing* "Ohayou! Kirby ha-poyooo!"||This line is part of the lyrics for Kihon wa Maru.|
|A Dental Dilemma||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is present to watch most of the other characters' antics, but does not get directly involved until the monster Hardy appears. After Hardy tries to check Kirby's mouth fruitlessly for teeth, Kirby inhales Hardy's drill to gain the Tornado ability, and sends the monster packing with a quick gust of wind.||"Pooyoooo!"|
|Junk Jam||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby plays around in the increasing piles of garbage dumped over Dream Land. Later on, he has to battle the monster Fire Lion, and uses the Fire Ability to defeat the monster and clean up the trash.||"Poooioooy!"|
|A Recipe for Disaster||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby heads to Chef Shiitake's cooking show, where he eats the Gijira Extract that was being used to adulterate the food and as a result is drugged to the point where he believes everyone to be food and chases after them. He is soon snapped out of this when the monster Cobgoblin attacks him, and defeats the monster using the Cook ability.||(whispering) "Poyo."|
|The Kirby Derby - Part I||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is challenged by King Dedede to a Grand prix race around Dream Land. Tiff tries to keep Kirby out of the race, but Meta Knight insists they give it a go, in order to teach Kirby how to pilot his starship, which was recently repaired. Kirby joins the race with his starship along with Tokkori as a co-pilot.||"Poyaaaaaah!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby races King Dedede around Dream land using his starship. In the process, King Dedede tries to use several course hazards along with the weapons on his Royal Racecar to try and trip Kirby up and make him crash. Instead, however, Kirby learns to pilot his starship to avoid these, and later gain the Wheel ability to finish the race with after trashing King Dedede's vehicle, taking second place after Mayor Len and his wife Hana.||"Poy-eeee!"|
|Watermelon Felon||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is framed by King Dedede for several non-existent crimes and manages to convince the townsfolk of his guilt. Later on, however, Tiff manages to counter this by distributing a newspaper stating the facts, and after a brief media war, Kirby is sent to return all of King Dedede's junk papers to him personally.||"Poyooy..."|
|A Novel Approach||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the rest of Dream Land head to Castle Dedede to participate in a "magic school" set up by Dedede after the whole town became infatuated with a fantasy book called "Pappy Pottey and the Fool's Stone". This turns out to be a trap designed to defeat Kirby, who has to contend with the Broom King, and defeats him using the Cleaning ability.||"Poyo poyooh."|
|Escar-Gone||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby comforts Escargoon after the monster Erasem makes everyone forget who he is. Later, Kirby helps tend to Escargoon while he is undergoing a procedure to force the monster out using as much pain as possible. Once the monster tries to flee, Kirby inhales Erasem, saving Escargoon, but causing everyone to forget who he is instead. Eventually, Erasem leaves Kirby's body voluntarily.||"Pooyyy."|
|Monster Management||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is attacked by the monster Masher, who nearly succeeds in pulverizing the pink puffball into oblivion due to Knuckle Joe's leadership, having apparently turned traitor. However, at the last moment, Knuckle Joe reveals his true intentions and helps Kirby defeat Masher instead by giving him the Fighter ability.||"Pooyo! Hiiiii!"|
|Prediction Predicament - Part I||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby terrifies King Dedede inadvertently because Dedede had a nightmare about Kirby turning into a fireball and chasing after him. To try and stop Kirby, Dedede calls for the ice monster Fridgy to go after him, but Kirby uses the Fire ability to defeat the beast, further frightening Dedede due to his nightmare's portents. This is later resolved by revealing a red star in the sky to be the "true" source of Dedede's nightmare, but Kirby observes that the star is getting closer through Tiff's telescope.||"Pooiiieeee....."|
|Prediction Predicament - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby waits for his and Dream Land's impending doom, seemingly oblivious to it. Just before the end, King Dedede takes Kirby to see a playground built for him and the kids in Cappy Town in an attempt at repentance, but both are shortly swept into the sky by the winds created by the approaching meteor. Using his Warp Star and the cannonballs that were shot out from the castle in an attempt to divert the asteroid's course, Kirby is able to supply enough extra firepower to redirect the meteor, sending it away from Dream Land and saving the world.||"Pooyooo!" *cheerful laughing* "Poyo!"|
|Sheepwrecked||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is attacked by a rogue sheep named Amon, who was turned into a monster by an errant lightning bolt. Kirby tries to use the Needle ability to fight Amon, but is nearly defeated, with Amon only relenting his attack due to other circumstances.||"Awoooooooh!"|
|War of the Woods||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the kids get into a misunderstanding with the creatures that live in the Eastern Forest, which is later resolved when they learn of King Dedede's intention to clear out Acore and the woods. Kirby drives away King Dedede using the Cutter ability, and later helps the others keep Acore safe during a flash flood caused by the King in one more attempt to clear out the woods.||"Poyo!"|
|Scare Tactics - Part I||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby attends a "scare-off" in the woods orchestrated by the people of Cappy Town, which is later sabotaged by King Dedede and Escargoon. Despite this, Kirby ends up scaring these two away, but is later locked with Tiff in a Haunted mansion.||"Heh heh heh heh heh heh eyuuu..."|
|Scare Tactics - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and Tiff avoid the hazards present in the haunted mansion as the other principal characters later join them. Another scheme is hatched to have Kirby sent to N.M.E. headquarters to be dispatched, but this is thwarted by Meta Knight, leaving N.M.E. to throw Gabon at Kirby as a plan B. Gabon is quickly defeated by the Fire ability, however, and the flames take the haunted mansion with them as everyone escapes.||*ghostly laughter*|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Primary character||In this episode, after the Waddle Dees are forced out of Castle Dedede en masse, Kirby is sent disguised as one to try and see what was in the box they took with them to the beach, but fails to get any good pictures. Later on, Kirby helps the Waddle Dees defeat the Domestic Servant Robot that replaced them by using the Stone ability, and dances with the Waddle Dees when they get their jobs back.||"Pooyeee?"|
|Tourist Trap||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby attends the tour of Dream Land hosted by King Dedede and Escargoon and watches as it turns into a disaster. Later on, he is tasked with defeating the monster Flame Feeder at the Booma-Dooma Volcano using the Ice ability, putting on a good show for the tourists in the process.||"Poa-nya-nyow!"|
|Cartoon Buffoon||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby participates in the production of the cartoon that King Dedede wants to air for Night Mare Enterprises. His particular contributions come at the end of the airing, consisting of several crudely-made drawings.||"Hah! Poyo! Poooiiyooo! Poooyooo!"|
|Don't Bank on It||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is attacked by a Dedede Doll after King Dedede's plans go belly-up. Kirby retaliates by inhaling the doll, thus causing King Dedede himself to wind up in Kirby's stomach dimension.||*hiccups* "Poyooo..."|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Primary character||In this episode, through a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, Kirby comes to believe that he is no longer welcome in Dream Land, and prepares to leave. Just before heading out, however, his friends catch wind if the misunderstanding and bring him to a party set up specifically for him to celebrate his first year in Dream Land. King Dedede nearly ruins the party by sending the monster Danger to attack him, but Kirby swiftly defeats this monster using the Bomb ability.||"Pao-yah!"|
|Snack Attack - Part I||Secondary character||In this episode, Kirby eats the choco-capsules that are tossed out by the kids who want the toys inside. Later, he is harassed by the toys in the capsules when they turn into monsters.||"Choco-poyo...?"|
|Snack Attack - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is challenged by King Dedede to battle his five most powerful choco-capsule monsters - the Martial Arts All-Stars - in a public arena spectacle. Using the Fighter ability, Kirby takes out each one in a pitched battle.||"...Poy?"|
|One Crazy Knight||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby tags along with the others as they try to deal with the quixotic knight Sir Gallant. Later on, Kirby helps Sir Gallant by defeating the Windwhipper which was antagonizing him using the Mirror ability.||"Poyo-phi?"|
|Sweet and Sour Puss||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby partakes with the other townsfolk in antagonizing King Dedede when they learn he can no longer get angry at anything. When the monster Togeira emerges from King Dedede fueled by the pent-up anger that was not being expressed, Kirby has to defeat it using the Needle ability and his Warp Star.||"Ai?"||This is the Japanese word for "Love". Kirby says this word even in the 4Kids version.|
|Dedede's Pet Threat||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is antagonized by the Scarfies that King Dedede ordered as pets and then abandoned to go feral. Kirby later has to use the Hammer ability to pacify them.||"Pooyoooouu..."|
|A Half-Baked Battle||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby participates in the pie war started by King Dedede. He is later engulfed by the awful-tasting pie monster Belly Buster, and uses the Bomb ability to free himself, along with Dedede and Escargoon who were also trapped inside the beast.||"Poyo poyo poyo."|
|eNeMeE Elementary||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby tags along with the kids to attend the Dedede Academy, where he is roundly abused by whoever puts on the teacher's cap. This cap is later revealed to be the monster Teacher Creature, who Kirby defeats using the Fighter ability, taking the school with it.||"Po-ie-you."||Kirby may be attempting to say "I don't know."|
|The Meal Moocher||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is invited to have dinner with various Cappy Town residents, which prompts King Dedede to start a tasting show out of jealousy. Kirby later has to save King Dedede from a Crab Monster after a series of foolish decisions from the King which led to the incident, defeating it using the Cook ability.||"Kani!"||This is the Japanese word for "crab". Kirby says this word even in the 4Kids version.|
|Crusade for the Blade||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is present for the night raid of Castle Dedede by the revenge-driven Sirica, who is after Meta Knight. Later on, Kirby has to battle the monster Kirisakin using the Sword ability, but is beaten back. After learning the truth about her mother's death, Sirica helps Kirby defeat Kirisakin by tossing him the Galaxia, which was knocked out of Meta Knight's hands during the fight.||"Poyo! Poyo! Bye-bye!"|
|Fitness Fiend||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby becomes morbidly obese after eating chips that were sent to him by Night Mare Enterprises specifically to fatten him up. Since Dedede also foolishly ate these chips, he calls for the fitness monster Max Flexer to help him and Kirby get back into shape. In the process, Max Flexer tries to kill Kirby by squishing him flat, but this only causes Kirby to spit out the chips he ate and return to his normal size. From there, Kirby uses the Mike ability to defeat Max Flexer,and also causes Castle Dedede to collapse.||"Poy, poy, poy, poy, po-yo, po-yo..."|
|Mabel Turns the Tables||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps Mabel teach the people of Dream Land a lesson about superstition and blind faith by using the Tornado ability to put on a show of parting the water of the sea on Mabel's command. He later uses the ability to punish King Dedede and Escargoon for trying to attack Mabel after the fact.||"Poyo po-poyo."|
|Something to Sneeze At||Primary character||In this episode, King Dedede uses a shrink ray to shrink Kirby down to the size of a pill so Kirby can enter King Dedede's body and rid him of the Head Cold Monsters that he ingested due to a vain misunderstanding. Kirby goes along with this and tries to inhale the viruses, but King Dedede accidentally interrupts the process, forcing Kirby to spit them back out and ejecting the pink puffball from his body in the process, leaving Dedede to suffer the consequences of his bad decisions.||"Poyooo..."|
|The Kirby Quiz||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and Tiff team up in a quiz show run by N.M.E. During the show, King Dedede tries to cheat by distracting Kirby with a watermelon while he adjusts the scores, but Kirby ends up accidentally exposing the trick by revealing the Waddle Dee responsible for the tampering.||"Suika!"||This is the Japanese word for "watermelon". Kirby says this word even in the 4Kids version.|
|Masher 2.0||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and Knuckle Joe team up to defeat Masher 2.0. Kirby lends his strength to Knuckle Joe using the Fighter ability and braces Joe while he delivers the finishing blow to the monster using a power-amplification gauntlet.||"Poyo poyaoo!"|
|The Chill Factor||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the kids try to stop the Pengys' takeover of Dream Land once their intentions are revealed. After a few setbacks, they manage to head into the castle and confront Master Pengy in a pitched duel, but Kirby is unable to overcome the Pengy leader on his own. Instead, he is given a bottle of hot sauce and uses it to cause the Booma-Dooma Volcano to erupt, reversing the climate change brought on by the Pengys giant air conditioner and forcing them to move on to another land.||"Yuki payo!"||"Yuki" is the Japanese word for "Snow". Kirby says this word even in the 4Kids version.|
|The School Scam||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby attends Dedede Academy for a second time, but is bullied by Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk, sent there as "transfer students". Later on, after Tiff tries to deal with these delinquents personally, they turn into a monster and ensnare her, prompting Kirby to step in and defeat the three using the Fighter ability, blowing up the school a second time in the process.||"Wha? Ooh, POYO!!"|
|Delivery Dilemma||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is tasked to help Chef Kawasaki's faltering restaurant by delivering ramen noodles to King Dedede, but he has difficulty controlling his inborn desire to eat the food and is forced to sit in struggle with himself all night, failing to make the delivery in a timely manner. Assuming Kirby ate his delivery, King Dedede calls on the monster Delivery Man to do the job instead, and Kirby later has to battle the Delivery Man, defeating him using the Jet ability. After this, Kirby uses the ability to finish his delivery, but by now, the food has gone stale, so King Dedede lets Kirby have it.||"Pooyayaeee!"|
|Trick or Trek||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby joins Tiff's nature tour which was hijacked by King Dedede and Escargoon for their own purposes. Later on, Kirby uses the Tornado ability to put out a massive forest fire which was accidentally started by Dedede and Escargoon, thus saving everyone trapped in the woods.||"Suika poyo!"|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby tags along as the people of Cappy Town hunt for the lost pirate treasure said to be buried in the area. In the process, he is forced to battle against the Mole Monster sent after him to buy Dedede some time as he tries and fails to get away with the treasure. Kirby defeats this monster using the Mirror ability.||"Poy!"|
|A Whale of a Tale||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is present during King Dedede's whaling tour which goes horribly awry. He later helps the stranded whale reunite with its mother.||"Sushi poyo!"|
|Waddle While You Work||Secondary character||In this episode, King Dedede paints Kirby as a Waddle Dee and sells him to Mayor Len, who is none-the-wiser. Later on, Kirby shows up when King Dedede is being attacked by Dyna Blade and helps the Waddle Dees rescue their foolish King.||*licks lips* "Poyo, poyo, poyo!"|
|Dedede's Raw Deal||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby participates in the revolving sushi bar craze, eating as much sushi as he can when King Dedede sends the conveyor belt through his house. Among these dishes is a Sweet Potato sushi which gives Kirby the hiccups, preventing him from inhaling properly. In this moment of weakness, Dedede sends the monster Squishy after Kirby to attack him, but Tiff manages to scare Kirby out of his hiccups so he can defeat Squishy using the Spark ability.||"Po-pooyoooo!"|
|Caterpillar Thriller||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is disturbed by the appearance of the giant monster Mosugaba, who shoots him away using streams of silk. Later on, when Mosugaba transforms into its final moth form, Kirby is onset by intense allergies due to Mosugaba's shed scales, but eventually, the issue is resolved when Kirby reunites the Island Sisters with the giant moth so they can go home in peace.||"Poyo! Poyoy! Ehh...poyye, poyooyo!"|
|Fossil Fools - Part I||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps Professor Curio dig up some dinosaur fossils. Later, Kirby comes along with Tiff to Doctor Moro's laboratory to help collect samples for genetic experiments. After Doctor Moro mysteriously vanishes with the dinosaur eggs that were produced, Kirby goes to King Dedede's dinosaur park and gets on the tour boat with the other characters.||"Poouuh... Uhh, poyo! Pooyo!"|
|Fossil Fools - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby and the other principal characters are attacked by Doctor Moro's Chimera Dinosaurs. In the process, Kirby's DNA is stolen and used to make the Kirby-saurus, which Kirby later defeats along with the other dinosaur hybrids using the Crash ability.||"Yaaaiie suikaa poyoo!"|
|Dedede's Monsterpiece||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby attends the grand opening of the Royal Acadddemy of Arts, and in particular is enamored by a painting of a fruit bowl. He is later attacked by Paint Roller and his paintings, and fights back using the Paint copy ability, destroying the Acadddemy when defeating Paint Roller.||*angrily* "Poyo! Poyooo!"|
|Right Hand Robot||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby interacts with the Escar-droid a few times, mainly being attacked by it. He later defeats the Escar-droid using the Bomb ability.||"Poyo!"|
|Goin' Bonkers||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is bothered by Bonkers, who is tricked into trying to attack Kirby to prove his mettle as a Star Warrior by King Dedede. Kirby later has to use the Hammer ability to pacify Bonkers after he was turned into a monster by N.M.E.||"Poyo!"|
|Power Ploy||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby causes a mess when he is given some Pump-Up D by transforming into Stone Kirby and rushing through the town and forest. Later on, Kirby is accidentally given some Power-Down E, making him too weak to fight against the Red Viper. Before Kirby is done in, however, he is given more Pump-Up D, and uses the energy from it to toss Red Viper into the Sun.||"Poyo pooyooo!"|
|A Trashy Tale||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby tags along with the kids when they expose the adults of Cappy Town as being hypocrites and slobs, keeping untidy houses. Later on, Kirby has to deal with and defeat the monster Trash Basher using the Cleaning ability, then later uses the ability to clean up the town.||"Poyao?"|
|Cooking Up Trouble||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby participates in King Dedede's cook-off, inadvertently helping Dedede assemble the robotic menace SlicerDicer. Kirby later defeats this robot using the Spark ability.||*impatiently pacing* "Poyo...poymm....poyo... Poyo!"|
|Teacher's Threat||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby attends the Dedede Academy for a third and final time, where he is bullied by King Dedede and Escargoon, who are also students. He later has to battle the monster Rekketsu, defeating him with the Sword ability and blowing up the school for a third and final time.||"POOOOYOOO POYO!!"|
|Mumbies Madness||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is hunted down by the persistent killer-monster Mumbies. Kirby is eventually able to overcome this monster by exposing it to the sunlight.||"Poooyoooo...?"|
|A Sunsational Puzzle||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is badly sunburned when the monster Ozomashii creates a hole in Dream Land's ozone layer. He is later tasked with defeating the monster by using the Bomb ability.||"Ooh...? Oh. Poyo!"|
|A Chow Challenge||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby sits on the sidelines for the most part, but is later tasked with battling Ebifryer, defeating it using the Cook ability.||"Poooy-yooy!"|
|Waste Management||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps Dyna Blade overcome the crow army led by Crowemon using the Wing ability.||"Poyooyoo!"|
|Shell-Shocked||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps Escargoon find a temporary replacement shell after King Dedede gets a little too curious about what Escargoon would look like without one and breaks his old one. Later on, Kirby has to battle Maimaigon - the monster which Escargoon transformed into after being given a new shell by N.M.E. - and defeat him using the Hammer ability, returning Escargoon to normal.||"Poya-kku! Poyo, poyo!"||Kirby is attempting to say the work "snack".|
|Tooned Out||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby merely tags along with the other characters in their escapades, at one point trying to propose his own cartoon ideas to Biggy, Boney, and Sleepy. Later on, Kirby is drafted into making a cartoon by Dis Walney, who later reveals himself to be the monster Anige trying to destroy Kirby using motion capture control. Kirby is freed from Anige's influence and defeats the monster using the Spark ability.||"Poya pa-poyah! Poyo! Poohyo, poh! Peeyo pah poh! Poyo!"|
|Born to Be Mild - Part I||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby participates in the battle race against Rip and his minions, mounting a scooter that resembles the Wheelie Scooter.||"Poyooo. Pooyooo?"|
|Born to Be Mild - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby races against Rip, and eventually defeats him after he transforms into the monster Wheelie.||"Poyooo..."|
|Hunger Struck||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is attacked along with the other denizens of Castle Dedede by the Waddle Dees when they start to starve. Later on, Kirby has to do battle with and defeat the monster Fryclops.||"Pooyooyoo!"|
|D'Preciation Day||Primary character||In this episode, King Dedede is snubbed by Kirby accidentally when Kirby brings him a watermelon that had already been mostly eaten on Dedede's "D'Preciation Day". As revenge, King Dedede tricks Kirby into eating a cartful of watermelons with bombs inside them, causing Kirby to rocket away as the bombs explode in his stomach. To retaliate for this, Tiff tricks Dedede into thinking he had just killed Kirby by doing this, and Kirby plays dead for a while until he is roused by a watermelon. He later has to battle and defeat the monster Chuckie, which was a gift from Dedede that was not intended to be a monster.||"Suika poyo!"|
|Cowardly Creature||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby defends the unwilling monster Phan Phan from Dedede's abuse. Later on, he has to battle the monster Whippy to free Phan Phan from its control.||"Poya!"|
|Frog Wild||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is possessed by the Demon Frog and forced to cause havoc in Dream Land by destroying as many things as possible. Eventually, Tiff is able to call out to Kirby and free him from the frog's influence. From there, Kirby has to battle the monster Heavy Anaconda which was sent to eat whatever the Demon Frog was controlling (which eventually turned out to be King Dedede).||*evil laughter*|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is attacked by the Destroya and his Warp Star is damaged in the process of his escape. Later on, Kabu instills a dream in Kirby while he is recovering, teaching him how to use Air Ride Machines.||"Oh...poyooo..."|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby learns how to pilot Air Ride Machines by defeating the Air Riders in a dream induced by Kabu. After this, Kirby uses his mostly-recovered Warp Star to fly up to the Destroya and defeat it using the Crash ability.||"Poyo!"|
|Cappy Town Down||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby has to defeat another Destroya that is attacking Dream Land, but is too late to stop Cappy Town from burning down. The people of Cappy Town initially blame Kirby for the attack, but they are eventually brought to heel and recruited to help Meta Knight launch a retaliatory attack on Night Mare Enterprises. Kirby and his closest allies come with Meta Knight as they fly out to eNeMeE's Fortress using the Halberd.||"Poyoa?"|
|Combat Kirby||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby helps to defend the Halberd from the invading Heavy Lobster as the ship approaches eNeMeE's Fortress.||"Poyo!"|
|Fright to the Finish||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby does battle with eNeMeE's Air Riders in the fortress, and later flies after eNeMeE directly when he kidnaps Tiff. Kirby tries to attack eNeMeE but cannot harm him, instead being lulled to sleep. eNeMeE infiltrates Kirby's dreams and starts to torment him from inside, but Tiff throws the Warp Star to Kirby, giving him the Star Rod, which he uses to defeat eNeMeE once and for all. Later on, Kirby and his allies escape the fortress as it is set to explode, destroying Night Mare Enterprises. Kirby is left to live in peace with his friends in Dream Land, as King Dedede no longer has any means to call monsters to create problems.||"Mmm...Pooyo!"|
|Kirby 3D||Primary character||In this episode, Kirby is harassed by the monster Lobzilla. Kirby eventually defeats this enemy by using the Kabuki ability.||"Paayoh! Pai! Wah, poyyy!"|
- In the anime, Kirby only rarely uses his ability to Hover in the air, and often acts as if he cannot fly.
- Kirby is one of the five recurring characters who appears in every episode of the main anime series. The other four are Tiff, Tuff, King Dedede, and Escargoon.
Fire Kirby riding a Warp Star
Transformed Kabuki Kirby
Transformed Stone Kirby
Transformed Wheel Kirby
Star Rod Kirby
Kirby is stretched out by the trees of Whispy Woods Forest.
Kirby when split into two smaller copies, similar to Fololo & Falala
Kirby dreams he is a bird in Hatch Me If You Can.
Kirby while under the effect of a Gijira Extract overdose in A Recipe for Disaster
Kirby as he appears in King Dedede's nightmare from Prediction Predicament - Part I
Kirby with a Jack-o-lantern over his body in Scare Tactics - Part I
Kirby dressed up as a ghost in Scare Tactics - Part II
Kirby is embraced by Tiff during his one year anniversary in Kirby Takes the Cake.
Kirby eating a bag of chips left for him as a trap in Fitness Fiend
Kirby shows off his painting of his favorite food.
Kirby using his inhale
Kirby being ensnared in Mosugaba's silk
Kirby ferrying Tiff out of danger using the Winged Star