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List of references in the Kirby series

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This article is about references within the Kirby series to things outside it. For the inverse list, see List of references to the Kirby series.

This page consists of a list of references to outside media in Kirby media (games, the anime, et cetera). This list does not include internal references to other Kirby series material or general fictional tropes shared between large amounts of media. Note that, with some exceptions, the vast majority of these references are not concretely confirmed, and that this list is not exhaustive.

Copy Abilities[edit]

One of Kirby's more common Stone transformations in modern titles is that of a brick block from the Super Mario series.
  • The Doctor ability shares similar moves to Dr. Mario's appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • The ESP ability, along with its associated enemy NESP, is a nod to Ness's psychic powers in EarthBound. The Yo-Yo ability also references Ness's proficiency with yo-yos.
  • The Fighter ability takes inspiration from moves in the Street Fighter series, including the Hadoken, the Shoryuken, and the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku.
  • The Mecha ability's appearance strongly resembles the Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam series, a giant battle robot that is heavily influential in Japanese pop culture. In particular, the design takes from the Gundam's pointed samurai-like helmet, primarily white-and-blue color scheme, blocky robotic fists, and back-mounted laser cannons.
  • The Air Drop technique associated primarily with the Ninja ability is primarily inspired by 飯綱いづなとし (Izuna Drop): a fictional ninjutsu attack from the manga Kamui Gaiden, which is well known as the signature move of the protagonist Kamui. This attack has since become a common homage in Japanese works, Ninja Kirby being one of them.
  • The Smash Bros. ability's name and moveset are based on Kirby's moveset from the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • The Staff ability is a possible reference to Sun Wukong, from Journey to the West.
  • Some of Kirby's rarer Stone transformations are references to other video game series, such as Mario, Metroid, and BoxBoy!.
  • The Sword ability references Link from The Legend of Zelda.
  • The Whip ability is most likely a reference to action-adventure film hero Indiana Jones.
  • The Wrestler ability shares similar moves to Incineroar's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Characters and enemies[edit]

Lololo & Lalala originally hail as Lolo & Lala from Adventures of Lolo, a series from HAL Laboratory that predates the Kirby series.

References by game[edit]

The following are more specific references by game which are not mentioned in the characters section above:

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

  • Many areas of Castle Lololo are decorated with blocks that are marked with question marks, likely referencing ? Blocks from the Mario universe.

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

  • By default, the scores listed on the leaderboard have the names 'ZEPHYRA', 'PHYSALI', 'DENDROB', and 'GERBERA'. These names are references to the Gundam series—specifically, they are abbreviated names of mecha from the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.[2]

Kirby's Avalanche[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

The Sound Test in the Japanese version of Kirby's Dream Land 2 (top) is a near-carbon copy of a similar scene from Yūyūki (bottom).
  • In the Japanese version of Kirby's Dream Land 2, one of the characters that Kirby can rescue from a bag is Chao from the Japanese game Yūyūki. She is replaced with the character Girl blob in international releases.
    • Additionally, the image depicting Kirby, Rick, Kine and Coo inside a tavern in the Sound Test screen is a recreation of a scene from Yūyūki, where Chao reunites with Goku and the other main characters towards the end of Disk 1.

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

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In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, characters from the Mario franchise appear in the audience in both Mt. Dedede and Megaton Punch.
  • Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Wario make a cameo appearance in Spring Breeze, as part of the audience watching Kirby battle King Dedede. Several of these characters can also be seen in Megaton Punch.
  • The world map in Dyna Blade functions very similarly to the world maps in Super Mario Bros. 3. Furthermore, the moving "E" symbol behaves similarly to the latter's Hammer Bros. Enemy Course symbol on the map.
  • The first room in Peanut Plains is structured in a similar vein to the opening room of the first level in Super Mario Bros. 2, as both have the player descend down a mountain-like set of platforms before entering a door on the bottom of the room. The resemblance is made more noticeable in Kirby Super Star Ultra, as the colors of the terrain bear more of a resemblance to those found in Super Mario Bros. 2.
    • Additionally, in Kirby Super Star, the second room in ??? bears resemblance to Subspace as it appears in the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 2, with the terrain entirely set in silhouette against a solid-color background. This resemblance is less noticeable in Kirby Super Star Ultra, as it now uses a nighttime version of the grassland tileset.
  • 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.
  • Statues of Mario and Samus Aran appear as very rare forms for the Stone ability. Kirby Super Star Ultra also features a Stone form based on a Brick Block from the Mario series, which reappears in several subsequent games.
  • The ending theme of Revenge of Meta Knight - My Friend and the Sunset - is partially based on the traditional folk song "The House of the Rising Sun", particularly the 1964 blues cover by British rock band The Animals. The credits sequence, which features Wheelie Rider Kirby riding through a barren desert at sunset, appears to be a reference to the credits sequence of the 1971 anime Lupin the Third Part I.
  • In the Milky Way Wishes stage Halfmoon, one of the background decorations in the starry areas is an image of Saturn's moon Mimas.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Many of the characters that Kirby meets at the end of stages in Kirby's Dream Land 3 come from other video game franchises. Here, in Sand Canyon - Stage 6, Kirby rendezvouses with Professor Hector and R.O.B., from Gyromite and Stack-Up.
  • Several of the friendly characters that Kirby helps are cameos from other video games. More details can be found on the Heart Star page.
  • Metroids appear as enemies in this game, as part of a mission involving Samus Aran.
  • Hyper Zone shares its name with HyperZone, an earlier Super NES title made by HAL Laboratory.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

  • The planet Shiver Star, which serves as one of the levels in the game, bears a striking resemblance to Earth, albeit frozen over.
  • The Spark-Cutter Power Combo gives Kirby a staff with blades of light extending from both ends. This weapon looks nearly identical to that of the MS-14S sword from Mobile Suit Gundam, but it could also likely be a reference to the double-bladed lightsaber first seen in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace—which came out a year before Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards released—and elsewhere in the Star Wars franchise.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

  • The way levels are structured in this game is strikingly similar to the layout of the original Super Mario Bros., with eight levels consisting of four stages each, each fourth stage being a castle setting with a boss at the end, and two hidden places where the player can skip levels, similar to Super Mario Bros.' three Warp Zones.
    • Kirby's use of the Balloons to puff up and fly for 15 seconds may also be inspired by the P-Balloons from Super Mario World. Both feature a capital letter on each, with the item from this game having a "G" while the one from the Mario series, hence its original name, has a "P" on it.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

  • The North American commercial for Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land used a parody of "Secret Agent Man" as its music, with the lyrics altered to describe Kirby instead.[3]

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn[edit]

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

The title screen for the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Quest is a direct reference to an older HAL Laboratory game called Arcana, which also happens to be the first game Kirby ever appeared in (albeit as a cameo).
  • The core gameplay concept of Kirby Mass Attack is very similar to that of the Pikmin games, though more heavily focused on action and platforming rather than strategy.
  • The Kirby Mass Attack sub-game Kirby Quest has several references to media outside the Kirby series, as follows:
    • The title screen and logo are a direct reference to a 1992 video game produced by HAL Laboratory called Arcana. The sub-game's Japanese and Korean name, "Kirby Master", is a reference to Arcana's own Japanese name, Card Master.
      • The game over screen is a direct reference to a scene from the opening of Arcana, with Dark Matter in place of the wizard Galneon. This scene was the same one in which Kirby made a cameo appearance a month before his official debut.
    • One of Kirby's "Excellent" attacks calls on a horde of 66 Gators to attack the enemies. This is a reference to the 1989 Game Boy game Revenge of the 'Gator (ピンボール66ひきのワニ大行進だいこうしん, Pinball: The Great 66-Alligator Parade), also produced by HAL Laboratory.
    • Another "Excellent" attack has Kirby ride a Moto Shotzo while being chased by a mechanical dragon with boxing gloves that highly resembles a boss from HAL Laboratories' 1991 game Trax. As mentioned above, Moto Shotzo itself greatly resembles Trax's main protagonist.
  • Similarly to how Kirby Quest references Arcana, Strato Patrol EOS and its name, logo, title screen, and gameplay are a wholesale reference to 宇宙うちゅう警備隊けいびたい SDF (Uchū Keibitai SDF, "Space Defense Force SDF"), a vertically-scrolling shooter released by HAL Laboratory for the NES in 1990.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

  • Goriath is a possible reference to Saiyan warriors from the Dragon Ball franchise. This includes the change in hair colors similar to the Super Saiyan transformation and the beam attacks being a nod to the Kamehameha Wave and Spirit Bomb. Additionally, Goriath's primate traits are connected to the Saiyans themselves (hinted at by their long tails resembling those of Goku's inspiration, Sun Wukong, from the 16th Century Chinese novel Journey to the West), especially their Great Ape transformations on nights of a full moon.
    • Relatedly, Hydriath's facial hair and association with water may be inspired by the Greek god Poseidon. Also, during some of Hydriath's attacks, it teleports as a form of a fake-out, with the teleportation method also being a nod to the "Instant Transmission" technique from the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • The Stomper Boot item appears to be based on the Goomba's Shoe from the Super Mario series, as it functions in much the same way.
  • In some areas throughout the game, a variant of Scarfies known as Hunter Scarfies appear. The actions of these Scarfies are similar to those of the Phanto enemies from Super Mario Bros. 2, as they only attack when Kirby or one of his friends picks up a Key.
  • The name Halcandra may be a reference to the naming scheme of planets in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy novels, such as "Malacandra" (Mars).
  • The star visible on the mast of the Lor Starcutter during the Lor & Magolor and Lor EX & Magolor boss battles strongly resembles the Dark Star and Dark Star X from the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
  • The "Hidden Magolors" that can be found in Merry Magoland in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe are likely a parody of Hidden Mickeys from the Disney Parks, which are symbols of Mickey Mouse hidden in the architecture or landscaping.
    • Magolor's description of Merry Magoland as "the funnest place in the whole universe" is also a possible reference to the slogan of Disneyland, "the happiest place on earth".

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

  • The first area in the New Challenge Stages stage Smash Combat Chamber features a layout similar to the Battlefield stage in the Super Smash Bros. series. In addition, the distinct ability-providing enemies that appear in sequence to fight Kirby there is likely a reference to Multi-Man Smash.
  • The Kirby's History hallway makes numerous mentions of real world events that coincided with the release of certain Kirby games.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Old Odyssey - Stage 5 in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby reenacts the story of The Three Little Pigs, playing the part of the "Big-Bad Wolf".

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Star Dream - the sentient computer at the heart of the Access Ark - has a single "eye" and a manner of speaking which is very similar to that of the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe / Super Kirby Clash[edit]

  • In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, one of the Hammer Lord's purchasable weapons - the Lucky Mallet - is directly based on a common luck symbol in Japan. Likenesses of the mallet can be seen in the real world as decoration, as well as charms and trinkets.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

  • One of Kirby's headgear for the Bomb ability is based on Qbby, unlocked with the Japan-exclusive Qbby amiibo.
  • One of Meta Knight's headgear, the Party Mask, may be a reference to Tuxedo Mask from the Sailor Moon series.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

  • The Plasma move 'Light-Speed Dash' functions similar to that of Quick Attack, a move commonly associated with the Pokémon Pikachu.
  • Yggy Woods is named after Yggdrasil, an ancient and sacred tree in Norse legends.
  • Hyness shares several similarities with Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, as both have violent mood swings, are dressed in a cloak and seek to restore a higher being that was once sealed away. Both Hyness and Zant also turn out to be more insane than they initially appear.
  • Void Termina's first form bears a striking resemblance to Beast Ganon from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Qbby cameos in one of Kirby's rare Stone transformations.
  • Morpho Knight may be based upon valkyries, deities in Norse legends who choose those who live and those who die in preparation for Ragnarök ("judgment day"). Its Japanese name appears to incorporate the words "valkyrie" and "Freyja", a Norse goddess sometimes depicted as the leader of the valkyries.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

The anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya! is packed full of references to other media and events, with several episodes being directly based on other media or even real world events. Characters also make frequent references to other media through their dialogue.

Episode titles[edit]

Many of the titles of episodes directly reference other media, as follows:

References by episode[edit]

Beware: Whispy Woods![edit]

In the Japanese version of Beware: Whispy Woods!, King Dedede remarks after building his country club that though Whispy Woods is gone, Tiger Woods is now here, in reference to the name and occupation of the famous golf player.

Un-Reality TV[edit]

There are numerous references to other T.V. shows and media in Un-Reality TV, mainly revolving around the show titles for Channel DDD. Specific references include the following:

More references exist in the Japanese version, as follows:

  • "Super Dededeman" references the American comic book franchise Superman.
  • "It's Dedede, Everyone Come On!" references a Japanese T.V. show called 8時だョ!全員集合 (It's 8 O' Clock, Everyone Come On!).
  • "Dedede Mystery Discovery" references a Japanese T.V. show called 世界不思議発見 (World Mystery Discovery).
  • "Gone with the Planet of the Apes" is a portmanteau of Gone with the Wind and the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Curio's Curious Discovery[edit]

The overall plot of Curio's Curious Discovery is likely a reference to the Japanese Paleolithic hoax, in which an archaeologist made famous for stone age tool discoveries was eventually ousted as a fraud when he was caught planting artifacts at dig sites.

Cappy New Year[edit]

In the Japanese version of Cappy New Year, Escargoon refers to his rocket as the "Teppoudon", which is a reference to the North Korean ballistic missile called "Taepo Dong". Additionally, while Kirby is being flung around by the robotic arm, King Dedede says he'll "have Kirby depart on his 2,001-year space odyssey", explicitly referring to the science fiction story of the same name (while also making reference to the year that the episode first aired).

Labor Daze[edit]

In the Japanese version of Labor Daze, Tiff remarks that the pollution from King Dedede's factory is severely damaging the environment of Dream Land, which could result in a "Silent Spring". This is a reference to the famous environmental science book of the same name, published in 1962.

Abusement Park[edit]

In the Japanese version of Abusement Park, when the Dream Landers are fighting over the Walky in the karaoke contest, Mayor Len attempts to sing "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People but gets the acronym wrong, singing "Y.W.C.A." instead. Sir Ebrum later tries to sing Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

A Dental Dilemma[edit]

In the Japanese version of A Dental Dilemma, Lady Like promises Tuff a "CubeGame" if he goes to the dentist, which is likely a reference to the Nintendo GameCube; the newest Nintendo console out at the time.

Watermelon Felon[edit]

In the Japanese version of Watermelon Felon, an advertisement appears on Channel DDD promoting "DDDLAND", which is a reference to Disneyland.

A Novel Approach[edit]

The episode A Novel Approach features a fictional fantasy book which bears a striking resemblance to the first book in the Harry Potter novel series.

The premise of A Novel Approach revolves around characters reading a new bestselling novel called Pappy Pottey and the Fool's Stone, which is a direct reference to the 1997 fantasy novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Likewise, the story also features Castle Dedede stylized as a "magic school" similar to Hogwarts, and a character called Rowlin appears, who is a stand-in for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Prediction Predicament - Part II[edit]

In the Japanese version of Prediction Predicament - Part II, the asteroid heading towards Dream Land is called Phantom Star Gerath, which is a reference to the Japanese film Gorath, which involves a white dwarf star heading directly toward Earth. Additionally, in the Japanese version, King Dedede sings a song on the swings that translates to, "Life is short... Fall in love, Dedede..." This references the ending of the 1952 Akira Kurosawa film Ikiru, in which terminal cancer patient Kanji Watanabe sings "The Gondola Song" to himself while playing in the playground that he built.[4] Dedede's song likewise riffs on the opening of "The Gondola Song", replacing "otome" ("maidens") with "Dedede."

Scare Tactics - Part II[edit]

In Scare Tactics - Part II, King Dedede and Escargoon recreate the "shower scene" from the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.

In Scare Tactics - Part II, King Dedede and Escargoon reenact the murder in the shower scene from the 1960 horror film Psycho, directed by English filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

Don't Bank on It[edit]

The ending of Don't Bank on It references the final scene in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Snack Attack - Part II[edit]

Some of the Martial Arts All-Stars that Kirby faces in Snack Attack - Part II are references, as follows:

  • Kung-Fu Lee is a reference to Chinese-American martial artist Bruce Lee, who is credited with popularizing kung fu in the United States.
  • Boxer Dyson is a reference to American boxer Mike Tyson.
  • Karate Kid is named after the American martial arts film franchise of the same name.

One Crazy Knight[edit]

The guest character of One Crazy KnightSir Gallant – is a reference to the main character of the 1605 novel Don Quixote by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. Likewise, the monster that features in this episode – the Windwhipper – references a scene from the novel where Don Quixote attacks a row of windmills, mistaking them for giants.

Mabel Turns the Tables[edit]

The scene in Mabel Turns the Tables where Mabel and Kirby part the sea is a reference to the biblical Book of Exodus, where the Abrahamic prophet Moses parts the Red Sea with Yahweh's power to help the Hebrews escape the Egyptian army.

The Meal Moocher[edit]

In the Japanese version of The Meal Moocher, after Cook Kirby defeats the Garnie by frying it to death, Dedede admits that he doesn't feel like eating crab anymore, slipping into a Kansai dialect as he does so. The accent's use in this context acts as a reference to Kani Dōraku, a famous seafood restaurant in Osaka (a city in the Kansai region) distinguished by the giant animatronic crab above the front door.

The Kirby Quiz[edit]

In The Kirby Quiz, the N.M.E. Sales Guy reveals that the winners of the game show will receive a trip to "Planet Hawahu". This is a reference to the real-world location of Hawaii, and the image shown appears to be that of the city Honolulu.

Waddle While You Work[edit]

In Waddle While You Work, the scene where King Dedede eats a turnip and cries out that he will never go hungry again is a reference to Gone with the Wind.

Caterpillar Thriller[edit]

This episode revolves around a giant moth-like monster called Mosugaba who lives on a remote island with two tiny fairy twins called the Island Sisters. These are direct references to the equivalent characters from the Japanese monster film Mothra.

Fossil Fools[edit]

In both parts of Fossil Fools, numerous references to both the science fiction film Jurassic Park and the H.G. Wells story The Island of Doctor Moreau are made, with the latter primarily taking the form of the villain Doctor Moro.

Dedede's Monsterpiece[edit]

The episode Dedede's Monsterpiece features recreations of several real-world famous paintings, which the characters view in a museum.

The episode Dedede's Monsterpiece revolves around the Dream Landers looking at several examples of real-world famous paintings and sculptures.

Right Hand Robot[edit]

In Right Hand Robot, the scene where Escargoon empowers the Escar-droid using lightning is a reference to the 1931 film adaptation of the 1818 science horror novel Frankenstein by English writer Mary Shelley. In the film, Victor Frankenstein uses lightning to bring the Creature to life; the process of making and animating him was left deliberately vague in the original book.

Goin' Bonkers[edit]

In the English version of Goin' Bonkers, several characters have lines that reference the 1968 science-fiction movie Planet of the Apes. Additionally, while Bonkers is in his monster form, his actions mimic scenes from the 1933 monster movie King Kong. Lastly, in the Japanese version, when Bonkers first shows up, Chef Kawasaki speculates that Bonkers might be a Terminator.

Cooking Up Trouble[edit]

In the Japanese version of Cooking Up Trouble, the monster SlicerDicer is named "Cookinger Z", a clear reference to the influential super robot series Mazinger Z and its titular mecha.

Waste Management[edit]

The premise and progression of the birds of Dream Land being influenced to become hostile to the Dream Landers is a reference to the 1952 story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, as well as the 1963 film adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock which helped popularize the story.

Shell-Shocked[edit]

In Shell-Shocked, when King Dedede is imagining what Escargoon would look like without his shell, he pictures the famous painting The Birth of Venus with modifications to make Venus resemble Escargoon.

Tooned Out[edit]

There are several references to cartoons and other subjects related to animation and film in Tooned Out, as follows:

  • In the Japanese version, King Dedede mentions that his animation aspirations had "gone with the wind" while the recap montage shows the scene in Waddle While You Work, which references Gone with the Wind.
  • The monster Anige is initially disguised as "Dis Walney", who is an amalgamation of American animator and businessman Walt Disney and Japanese manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka. In the Japanese version, he is named "Owalt Dezney", making the portmanteau more obvious.
  • Several of the ideas that the townsfolk come up with are references to other popular cartoons and films.
    • Gangu proposes a cartoon where a space hero fights monsters only to find out that he is actually a toy. This references the plot of the 1995 animated film Toy Story.
    • Professor Curio proposes "Curio Jones", which is inspired by Indiana Jones.
    • Some references exist only in the Japanese version:
      • Mayor Len proposes a character called "Wooltaro". This is a reference to the popular anime series Hamtaro.
      • Doctor Yabui proposes an idea for a medical anime called "White Jack". This refers to the medical suspense manga Black Jack, which has received numerous adaptations as Osamu Tezuka's second most famous work after Astro Boy.
      • Iro proposes a robot character called "Ovangelidan". This is a reference to the 1995 anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
      • Honey proposes a cartoon idea similar to the 1989 animated film Kiki's Delivery Service.

Born to Be Mild[edit]

Melman's alter-ego "Steppenwolf" is a reference to the band of the same name.

Hunger Struck[edit]

In the Japanese version of Hunger Struck, when King Dedede and Escargoon are being chased by the Waddle Dees, Escargoon says a line that translates to "This is a revolt! No... it's a revolution!" This may be a reference to the famous line offered to King Louis XVI of France when the Bastille was stormed in 1789.

Cowardly Creature[edit]

In the Japanese version of Cowardly Creature, when King Dedede is hammering Phan Phan, he repeats a line that translates to "Defense only!" This is a reference to Japan's policy that its armed forces are for self-defense only.

Frog Wild[edit]

In Frog Wild, the way Mabel reacts after Devil Kirby cracks her crystal ball in two is a reference to the 1893 painting The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

Cappy Town Down[edit]

In the Japanese version of Cappy Town Down, when King Dedede and Escargoon first see the Halberd, they reference the anime Space Battleship Yamato, which the Halberd itself was based on. The composer for the Japanese version of the anime, Akira Miyagawa, has worked on the Space Battleship Yamato franchise and is the son of the series' original composer, Hiroshi Miyagawa.

Kirby 3D[edit]

The monster Lobzilla is named after the film monster Godzilla in English; his name is エビゾウ (Ebizō) in Japanese, after a famous family line of kabuki actors, Ichikawa Ebizō. Fittingly, he gives Kirby the Kabuki ability. Kabuki Kirby's human form resembles warrior-monk Saitô Musashibô Benkei (西塔武蔵坊弁慶) from feudal Japan, specifically his appearance in the Japanese dance-drama Kanjinchô. Notably, Benkei was portrayed by Ichikawa Ebizô V, which ties further into the reference.

Other references[edit]

Other media[edit]

  • In Kirby Manga Mania Volume 1, there is a comic strip named "Mario Kirby" in which Kirby dresses as Mario, and says he will rescue "Princess Peaches". King Dedede tries to correct him, but with no success. At the end, Princess Peach herself shows up, saying it might be easier to just go with "Peaches".
  • In Kirby Manga Mania Volume 2, Chapter 4: Hero Kirby Appears! contains numerous parodies of tropes found in RPGs such as the Dragon Quest series. Similarly, Chapter 5: Operation Secret Kirby Agents! contains numerous references to media such as the James Bond and Mission: Impossible film series.
  • In Hoshi no Kirby: KiraKira Pupupu World Volume 1, two of the 4koma strips feature Kirby meeting Qbby. Kirby compliments Qbby on his ability to make boxes. Qbby then asks Kirby what his special ability is, and Kirby answers by saying that he can inhale. Afterwards, Kirby ends up inhaling Qbby and the nearby boxes created by him.

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