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.
- 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.
- Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Wario make a cameo appearance in the Spring Breeze sub-game. Several of these characters can also be seen in Megaton Punch.
- Many of the treasures in the Great Cave Offensive are also references to other Nintendo franchises, such as Mario, Metroid, Earthbound, Fire Emblem, and Donkey Kong.
- Several of the Heart Star-yielding characters are cameos from other video games.
- In addition, Metroids appear as common enemies in this game.
- One of the objects that Paint Roller can paint in Paint Panic is the Triforce from The Legend of Zelda.
- Goriath is a possible reference to Saiyan warriors from the Dragon Ball franchise.
- The Dreamstalk is a nod to the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.
- In addition, the Waddle Dee Steel Fortress is a reference to The Three Little Pigs.
- The battle with Ace Fuwa Rover may be a reference to Luigi's Mansion.
- 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.
- In episode 6, there are several TV shows whose title and content are references to real-life shows.
- "Super Dededeman"
- "It's Dedede, everyone Come On"
- "Dedede Mystery Discovery"
- "Star Trick 9"
- "Gadzilla 2"
- "Gone with the Planet of the Apes"
- "Three-D Man"
- "Wheel of Headwounds"
- "King of the Kitchen"
- "Snail Hunter"
- "DeDeDeep Space 9"
- "Globzilla Destroys Guam"
- "King Klong Vs. the Houston Astros"