Large enemy

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A large enemy is any standard inhalable enemy in the Kirby series which requires more than an instant to inhale (regardless of whether or not they are actually large). Enemies of this nature are typically larger in size than other foes, and are usually bigger variants on common enemies, examples including Big Waddle Dee as an analogue to Waddle Dee and Giant Rocky compared to Rocky. Large enemies are typically larger versions of smaller and more common foes, but not all of them have this sort of relationship.

Distinctions[edit]

As mentioned, the only defining characteristic of a large enemy is how long it takes to begin inhaling said enemy. Though other characteristics such as a larger than usual size, higher stamina, or greater power are often included, these are not necessarily present features. Given that the ability to inhale these enemies is also a requirement, extra large enemies which cannot be inhaled are omitted from this definition. Additionally, large enemies are not to be confused with Bosses or Mid-Bosses, as these have unique characteristics and typically cannot be inhaled at all unless defeated first. Thirdly, large enemies should not be confused with enemies that serve as stage hazards such as Barbar or Mech Flotzo, despite the considerable size of these foes. Finally, enemies that are defeated using Hypernova are also omitted from this category.

In the extra modes of several Kirby games, enemies can appear larger (or smaller) than usual. Despite these size changes, their properties remain the same, so the larger ones do not count as large enemies by this definition.

One other notable example of enemies which take some time to inhale are the Meta-Knights, who first appeared in Kirby's Adventure. However, since these guys are generally classified as Mid-Bosses rather than as standard enemies, they are omitted from this list.

Appearances[edit]

Large enemies first appeared in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, with prior titles having all inhalable enemies done so at the same rate. In this game and most which followed, Kirby has to initiate a Super Inhale to eat them. Since then, distinctly large enemies have appeared in the following titles:

List of large enemies[edit]

The following is a list of every large enemy in the main Kirby series, in alphabetical order:

Large enemies in the main Kirby series  
Name Image Game appearances Description Notes
Acchi Acchi SS.png Kirby: Squeak Squad A large and mostly stationary salamander-like creature which spits lingering embers.
Antler Antr 3.jpg
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Kirby: Triple Deluxe Of the four varieties of Antler summoned by Queen Sectonia, the latter two are considered large enemies. The third is capable of firing beam attacks, and grants Spark when swallowed.
Armor Dee KRtDLArmorDee.PNG Kirby's Return to Dream Land
New Challenge Stages
This enemy consists of a metallic shell, inside of which three regular Waddle Dees operate. Destroying the shell in any way other than a Super Inhale or freezing move throws these Waddle Dees out.
Big Chip Big Chip.jpg Kirby: Planet Robobot A two-tailed frazzled variant of Chip which bounds more slowly.
Big Propeller Big Propeller.jpg Kirby: Planet Robobot A two-turbined version of Propeller which is usually found in Robobot Jet Mode areas.
Big Waddle Dee Big Waddle Dee.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
A larger-than-usual Waddle Dee which is bulkier than its regular cousins, but is otherwise just as listless. Not to be confused with Grandy or Colossal Waddle Dee.
Bouncy Sis SisterBoundModel.png Kirby's Return to Dream Land
New Challenge Stages
A decorated version of Bouncy who usually cannot jump as high. Also appears in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
Bun Bun SS.png Kirby: Squeak Squad A big-eared creature which can use its ears to toss Kirby away.
Coconut Big Coconut RtDL.png Kirby's Return to Dream Land Some coconuts in Kirby's Return to Dream Land are quite large, and can create massive explosions.
Dekabu KSA Dekabu.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
A large moai-like entity which is capable of spitting out smaller Kabus indefinitely. Prior to its Triple Deluxe incarnation, Dekabu was inhaled just as easily as a regular Kabu, or it was considered a Boss, depending on the game.
Giant Rocky KatAMGiantRocky.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror A big Rocky that wears a hard hat. Its leaps are proportionally larger than those of a standard Rocky.
Golem KatAMGolemYellow.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror A stony figure who can release big punches or roll up into a ball. It comes in up to three different colors and can yield several different abilities.
Grandy Grandy.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
A larger woolly variant of Waddle Dee who otherwise acts the same. Not to be confused with Big Waddle Dee.
Grizzo Grizzo TD.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
A big yellow bear who wears a headband and will charge when angered. Not considered a large enemy until its appearance in Triple Deluxe.
Heavy Knight KatAMHeavyKnight.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Squeak Squad
A large and imposing swordsman who moves very slowly, but can make big lunging swipes with its sword.
Mamanti Mamanti.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
A manta ray-like blue variant of Blipper which moves somewhat more slowly.
Metalun KSqSMetarun.png Kirby: Squeak Squad A chunk of metal with eyes and feet which can roll down slopes very noisily. Big Metalun is a Mid-Boss.
Metal Guardian KatAMMetalGuardian.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror A big floating robotic foe who can shoot lasers and phase through walls. Considered the large version of Laser Ball.
Puppet Waddle Dee Puppet Dee.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land
New Challenge Stages
Kirby Star Allies
This enemy consists of a paper mâché shell, inside of which three regular Waddle Dees operate. Destroying the shell in any way other than a Super Inhale or freezing move throws these Waddle Dees out. In Kirby Star Allies, a fire-based attack will immediately defeat the Waddle Dees inside as well.
Shield Enemy Fire Shield.jpg Kirby Star Allies This enemy carries either a burning or frozen shield which it uses to defend itself. The shield is easily broken by an opposing elemental attack, or can be inhaled separately.