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 acts as a type of mentor and guardian to the puffball. 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 due to waking up 200 years before he was supposed to, 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 roughly the same size as 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 is quite empathetic and has a habit of mimicking other characters' emotional expressions, even if he does not consciously 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.
- Main article: Kirby (anime character)/filmography
- Despite the fact Kirby is shown to be capable of hovering in several episodes of the anime, such as Kirby Comes to Cappy Town, he acts as if he cannot fly at all throughout the entirety of the series.
- 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.
- Most overseas dubs of the series re-use some combination of Makiko Ohmoto and Amy Birnbaum's voice work. One exception is the Tooniverse Korean dub, which employed Lee Ja-myeong to dub specific lines.
Kirby riding a Warp Star
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