List of cultural references in the Kirby universe

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This page consists of a list of references in Kirby media (games, the anime etc). This list does not include internal references to other Kirby series material or general fictional tropes shared between large amounts of media.

General

  • The Fighter ability takes inspiration from moves in the Street Fighter series, including the Hadoken, the Shoryuken, and the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku.
  • The Yo-Yo and ESP abilities are a nod to Ness from Earthbound.
  • The Staff ability is a likely reference to Sun Wukong, from Journey to the West.
  • In many titles, one of Kirby's Stone transformations is a brick block from the Super Mario series.

Games

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Kirby's Dream Land 3

  • Several of the Heart Star-yielding characters are cameos from other video games.
    • In addition, Metroids appear as common enemies in this game.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

  • Goriath is a possible reference to Saiyan warriors from the Dragon Ball franchise.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Kirby Star Allies

  • The Plasma move 'Light-Speed Dash' appears to reference the move Quick Attack, a move commonly associated with the Pokémon Pikachu.
  • Void Termina's first form bears a striking resemblance to Beast Ganon from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

  • In episode 6, there are several TV shows whose title and content are references to real-life shows[1].

Japanese:

  • "Super Dededeman"
  • "It's Dedede, everyone Come On"
  • "DR"
  • "Dedede Mystery Discovery"
  • "Star Trick 9"
  • "Gadzilla 2"
  • "Gone with the Planet of the Apes"

English:

  • "Three-D Man"
  • "Wheel of Headwounds"
  • "DR"
  • "King of the Kitchen"
  • "Snail Hunter"
  • "DeDeDeep Space 9"
  • "Globzilla Destroys Guam"
  • "King Klong Vs. the Houston Astros"

References