From WiKirby, your independent source of Kirby knowledge.
Leafan is an enemy that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It resembles a plant-like creature consisting of a bulbous, orange body or head with a pair of round, black eyes surrounded by a lighter shade of orange. Several green leaves are attached to its bottom and act as feet, while several more form a circle atop its head.
When it first appears on the screen, a Leafan is usually located in midair, spinning the leaves on its head like a propeller in order to slowly glide down in a straight, vertical line. Once it has landed, the Leafan becomes an entirely stationary foe (although attacks may move it), choosing to attack Kirby and his allies with projectiles rather than engaging in melee combat; at regular intervals, it forms a bulb with its leaves, which quickly expands until giving way to two small, brown rocks or seeds that are harmful to touch and fly in an arc, eventually landing to the left and right of the enemy.
Leafan possesses little health and is vulnerable to any attack. Inhaling and swallowing one grants Kirby the Leaf ability.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Leafan makes its debut in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It is first encountered in the second stage of the first level, Cookie Country, and continues to appear as a common enemy afterward.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Leafan can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Leafan appears again in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, essentially unchanged in form and function.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Leafan can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Leafan appears the same as it does in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It has not been converted to a cyborg as many other enemies have.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot Leafan can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Leafan appears on a Character Treat, which depicts its art from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Notably, this was the first time Leafan's name was shown in a game, officiating the name that until then was only known through internal data.
Model from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Leafan in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Leafan in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Leafan in Kirby: Planet Robobot
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter, featuring Kirby putting Leafan in a stew
Names in other languages
||Combination of "Feuille" (leaf) and "Saladier" (salad bowl)
||From "Radieschen" (radish)
||Combination of "Ventilador" (fan) and "folha" (leaf)