|Hi there! My name is Magolor. I'm from another dimension, but I just love Planet Popstar. I can't get enough of it! Things got a bit hectic when I first arrived, but that's all in the past, thanks to Kirby.|
— Magolor's opening dialogue from New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection
Magolor (sometimes spelled Magalor) is an alien magician who first appeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He hails from the planet Halcandra, located within another dimension, and commands a dimension-crossing starship called the Lor Starcutter. He has since made several appearances in subsequent games in the Kirby series. Magolor is defined by his diminutive stature, his ability to fly and cast magical spells, and his effective (but sometimes deceptive) salesmanship. Notable roles beyond his debut appearance include being the host of both New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition and the courses in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, running the Shoppe in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, and appearing as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies.
In his debut in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Magolor crashes the Lor Starcutter into Dream Land and scatters its parts and Energy Spheres all over Planet Popstar. Kirby and his friends aid Magolor by collecting these pieces to repair the ship, and he thanks them by taking the group to his homeworld, Halcandra. Once there, they are attacked by the guardian angel Landia, and Magolor requests that Kirby and his team defeat the dragon. When Landia is beaten, however, Magolor steals the dragon's Master Crown—revealing that he was after this powerful object the whole time—and uses it to transform into a menacing final boss, aiming to rule over the entire universe. With help from Landia, Kirby and friends defeat him. The crown is destroyed, Magolor returns to his normal state, and he makes amends with Kirby.
- 1 Physical appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Game appearances
- 3.1 Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- 3.2 Kirby's Dream Collection
- 3.3 Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- 3.4 Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
- 3.5 Kirby: Planet Robobot
- 3.6 Team Kirby Clash Deluxe/Super Kirby Clash
- 3.7 Kirby Star Allies
- 3.8 Super Smash Bros. series
- 4 Music
- 5 Etymology
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Video Walkthroughs
- 10 Names in other languages
- 11 References
Magolor is a small, ellipsoid being who possesses disembodied hands, but no feet and can float freely in the air. His face consists merely of two yellow eyes (the rest presumably being covered up by his face belt). The belt itself seems to wrap around his entire body, covering some of his face, and has a small yellow-fringed cape which extends around most of the circumference. Additionally, the rim of his hood as well as the pattern on his body resembles a gear, which matches the motif of the Energy Spheres for the Lor Starcutter.
Atop his head, he has two pointy "ears" which resemble those of a cat to a degree. On the official Japanese Kirby Twitter account, one illustration featuring feline characters implies Magolor is also catlike with his pointed "ears".
When wearing his Shopkeeper outfit, Magolor's cloak bears a simpler woven look, eschewing the gear fringes and yellow accents, and takes on a primarily green and white hue.
There does not appear to be a limit to how high Magolor can float off the ground, but he still prefers to hover only a few inches above it at most times.
|Is he your ally, or is he...all lies?|
— Magolor's Dream Friend introduction in Kirby Star Allies
When Magolor first arrives on Popstar, he appears to be friendly and cordial, and easily convinces Kirby and friends to help him in his plight to recover his ship's Energy Spheres. As revealed later in the story, this act was a charade; he is cleverly able to feign grief and joy in order to get people to do what he wants. This allowed him to take advantage of Kirby's hospitality and lead him to the Master Crown. He is often melodramatic, and even when he is trying to act evil and intimidating (as seen after his Master Crown-induced transformation), he usually can't get the emotion right. He also appears to have an ego about him and is obsessed with challenges, particularly races. He often gloats when he is in the lead, which usually leads to him slowing down and getting passed up, to which he will then get angry and speed up. If he wins a race, he gloats endlessly, but if he loses, he sulks. Finally, he is shown to be a bit of a trickster; for example, he covers the screen with a curtain during segments of "C-R-O-W-N-E-D: Reprise" in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, laughing if King Dedede falls into a pit, and he pretends to betray Team Kirby in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe upon purchasing all of his equipment (though he clarifies that he's only joking).
Magolor isn't entirely without good qualities, though. Though he seems to get caught up in his scheme to take over Popstar, it's implied that this may not be his fault. The pause screen description for Magolor Soul indicates that, at some point, he lost control of his actions and became a "manifestation of the crown itself". After being defeated by Kirby and friends, he seems to have learned his lesson. To make up for his bad deeds, he offers to build Kirby some new challenge courses in New Challenge Stages. In the same game, he seems to have a friendly rivalry with Kirby, as seen during the races with him; the two part ways on amicable terms in the game's credits sequence.
Magolor appears to be a skilled technician and wizard, as he claims that upon initially excavating the Lor from Halcandra, it was in bad shape and he had to repair it. His building and summoning skills are also apparent in New Challenge Stages, as he was the one who built all the courses that Kirby played through, as well as summoning a myriad of foes during the races. His industriousness is also on display when he sets up a Gem Apple cart in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
Outside of the video game series proper, Magolor is often used as a representative for news on Kirby series titles, mainly for Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. Occasionally he interacts with other characters, such as The Three Mage-Sisters, whom he appears to have a rocky relationship with. Magolor is also often depicted in supplementary material associating with Marx, who shares a similar role and personality with him. As the final bosses of their respective games, they share similar attacks, even identical black hole and laser beam attacks. They also appear together in a Stone transformation in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and one title screen animation of Kirby Star Allies, acknowledging the similarities between the two.
|Magolor's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Main antagonist|
|Kirby's Dream Collection||Non-playable character||Appears in New Challenge Stages.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Cameo||Makes minor appearances in various locations.|
|Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe||Non-playable character||Appears as an obstacle in the C-R-O-W-N-E-D stage.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Cameo||Appears in several stickers and a Stone transformation.|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Supporting protagonist||Runs Magolor's Shoppe.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Supporting protagonist and playable character||Appears as a Dream Friend in Wave 3.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Supporting protagonist||Runs Magolor's Shoppe.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Playable character|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||Cameo||Appears as a trophy.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a spirit.|
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Magolor sets the primary objective of Kirby's Return to Dream Land when he crashes into the countryside of Popstar in the Lor Starcutter, shedding most of the ship's pieces in the process. Upon discovering Magolor in the wreck, Kirby and his friends agree to help the stranded alien by scouring the planet collecting the pieces. One-by-one, Kirby and his team restore the pieces to the ship until it is back in working order.
To thank Kirby for this task, Magolor takes him and his friends to his "homeworld", the broken planet Halcandra. After crossing dimensions, the ship prepares to land in a desolate plain on the planet's surface when it is shot down by fireballs. After regaining composure, Magolor identifies the source of the aggression as a giant four-headed dragon named Landia. Magolor begins to despair at this threat, but Kirby reassures him, and agrees to defeat the dragon.
When Landia falls, a mysterious glowing crown falls from one of his heads. As Kirby and his friends celebrate their victory, Magolor appears without warning and congratulates them with a mysterious stillness. He then takes the crown and places it on his head, revealing that he had fabricated the entire scenario in order to obtain this "source of limitless power". Magolor transforms into a frightening ethereal being and promises to conquer the universe, starting with Popstar. He leaves Kirby and his team through a transdimensional portal, intent on stranding them on Halcandra, but Landia assists Kirby and his team by pursuing Magolor through the rift.
Eventually, Kirby and his team catch up to Magolor, and do battle with both him and his ship. The battle is hard, and much magical power is exerted on both sides, but Magolor is eventually defeated, having been mutated into a horrid magical specter in the process. The Master Crown shatters and Magolor vanishes after being restored to his normal form. He is not seen again for the remainder of the game, but he reportedly survives and later makes amends with Kirby.
|Anyway... MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The time has come for your planet... No! The time has come for the ENTIRE UNIVERSE to bow down to me. And for being such a big help in all of this, your planet gets to go first! Prepare to bow, Popstar! Welcome your new overlord!|
— Magolor in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
There is an easter egg foreshadowing his betrayal. The alliterative first letter of every level's name (shown in bold), from Cookie Country to Dangerous Dinner, spelled out in order, is CROWNED. Magolor Soul's theme is named that as well. In addition, when Kirby has collected all 120 Energy Spheres and talks to Magolor in the Lor Starcutter in Extra Mode, he may have one of the following conversations (he doesn't reveal as much in Main Mode):
- Magolor will explain the origin of the Lor (claiming he excavated it) and the power of the Master Crown, and urge Kirby to defeat Landia so he can get the crown to rule the universe.
- Magolor will mention he knew about Kirby long before they met. He will also claim he knows somebody who knows Kirby very well. Ironically, he will say "Nothing good comes of fighting" in the end.
- This article is about the first phase of the boss fight with Magolor. For the second phase that emerges after the Ultra Sword swing, see Magolor Soul.
|Magolor deceived Kirby and stole Halcandra's legendary treasure, the Master Crown! It's up to Kirby to save the universe.|
— VS Magolor Special Page, Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Once they catch up to where Magolor has gone, he summons the Lor Starcutter to do battle with them, ironically using each of the parts that were recovered to do various attacks. After the Lor is shot down, Magolor makes his getaway, and the team pursues Magolor himself, who proceeds to knock each one of them out of the air. On the ground, Kirby and his friends then must fight Magolor hand-to-hand in his souped-up form. During this fight, Magolor demonstrates the Master Crown's power with a variety of unending magical attacks, including throwing spheres of dark energy and opening rifts to try and suck Kirby into a realm of pain, even resorting to create a star-shaped Super Shield when his health is nearly depleted. Kirby has to break through the shield by using his various Super Abilities, then finish Magolor off with the Ultra Sword.
Unfortunately, even this is not enough, as the Master Crown pulses, reincarnates, and takes control of Magolor into an even larger ghostly-looking form known as Magolor Soul and they must fight again. Magolor Soul opens up by immediately dispelling Kirby's Ultra Sword ability, and then displays even more ludicrously powerful attacks, including his own versions of the Super Abilities that Kirby had been using throughout the game. Once Magolor Soul is defeated, he finally dispels slowly and reverts to Magolor's original form. The Master Crown levitates off his head and shatters, leaving Magolor to warp inward and disintegrate, ending his role in the game's storyline.
It is shown later on that this did not actually end up killing him, and he seems to have lightened up without the Master Crown's influence or allure, as he is seen in later main-series games.
The following lists all of Magolor's attacks for the first two phases in the Main Game of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Attacks in italics are used in the second phase of the fight only.
|Attacks - Main Game|
|Some attack names listed are conjectural.|
|Magolor stole the Master Crown and the Lor from their sacred resting places on Halcandra. He's a liar and a wizard... Defeat him!|
— VS Magolor EX Special Page, Kirby's Return to Dream Land
In Extra Mode, Magolor attacks more fervently, and most of his moves have new colors and visual effects, but his move-set is largely the same:
|Attacks - Extra Mode|
|Magic Spheres EX|
|Deadly Needles EX|
|Revolution Flame EX|
|Doomer Rift EX|
|Black Hole EX|
|Super Beam EX|
|Attack names listed are conjectural.|
Additionally, during the third phase, Magolor can create gusts of wind, fire orbs from rifts, and different Super Abilities are featured before the Ultra Sword.
According to VS Magolor EX Special Page, Magolor did not originally own the Lor Starcutter, instead having stolen it from Halcandra. Additionally, in the game's ending cinematic, Landia commands the Lor from the outside and then flies back home with it, implying the dragon is the true owner of the ship.
Kirby's Dream Collection
Magolor is the host of the New Challenge Stages section of Kirby's Dream Collection and is apparently friends with Kirby there, pointing out that "things got a bit hectic" the last time he appeared. At the end of each world of this sub-game, Kirby races against Magolor using the ability of his choice, while Magolor summons obstacles for Kirby to try to avoid. Amusingly, even though Magolor set up these races, he still feels sullen if Kirby beats him.
Magolor and Kirby race, as Kirby passes him by while carrying a Parasol.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Magolor does not have a role in this game, but his likeness is seen in several different locations.
- In Stage 3 of Wild World, a portrait of Magolor can be seen in the background during the fight with the Ace Fuwa Rover.
- One of Kirby's Stone transformations depicts Magolor.
- The third-to-last Keychain depicts an 8-bit rendering of Magolor, which is the same rendering as the statue from Kirby's Dream Collection.
- Magolor appears in the audience during Triple Deluxe's Kirby Master video.
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Magolor appears in one of the secret stages, which features the C-R-O-W-N-E-D theme. He acts as an obstacle, covering certain drums.
A Miiverse post explains that, in addition to building the New Challenge Stages, Magolor also built the Drum Dash courses.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
As in Triple Deluxe, Magolor does not appear directly in the game. His likeness can however be found in a Stone transformation, as well as a number of stickers.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe/Super Kirby Clash
- Main article: Magolor's Shoppe
Magolor makes an appearance in this expanded Sub-Game, here wearing a green robe and serving the role of a shopkeeper for Magolor's Shoppe. He sells Kirby various bits of equipment, including new weapons and armor for each role, as well as potions and other items.
Magolor accepts currency in the form of Gem Apples and Fragments, though the latter are only used to purchase and upgrade weapons and armor. He also sells Gem Apples, though these require real-world currency to purchase. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Magolor offers discounts for Gem Apple purchases on Sunday of each week (which he refers to as "Magolor Day"). In Super Kirby Clash, he occasionally offers a few Gem Apples as a free gift instead.
Kirby Star Allies
Magolor's Dream Friend trailer
|This charming rogue magician arrives from Kirby's Return to Dream Land with a wink and something up his sleeve. But he's your Dream Friend, and he's more than willing to help you conquer the galaxy.|
— Pause screen description of Magolor in Kirby Star Allies
In Kirby Star Allies, Magolor makes his playable debut as a Dream Friend in version 4.0.0 and onward. He primarily takes from his appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but possesses several attacks inspired by his boss incarnation, his moves in New Challenge Stages, and even his appearance in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. He also gains a version of the Ultra Sword as one of his attacks.
Magolor is capable of imbuing his allies with the 'Bluster', 'Zap', and 'Sizzle' Power Effects. He also has a unique Friend Ability called Summon Lor, which has him create a replica of the Lor Starcutter which his allies jump into.
|Magolor's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Magic Sphere||Gem Apple Bombs|
|Revolution Flame||Black Hole|
|Double Deadly Needles||Ultra Sword|
|Double Deadly Needles Deluxe||Magic Barrier|
|Magalor Surge||Dimensional Vanish|
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Magolor makes an appearance as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Magolor appears as a primary Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using his official artwork from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. His Spirit is ranked ★★★ Ace, Attack-type, has 3 support slots and no skill. Interestingly, he has higher defense than attack despite being Attack-type, with base stats of 1,730 defense and 931 attack and level 99 stats of 5,205 defense and 2,802 attack. He can be obtained in three ways; battling him in World of Light, battling him in the Spirit Board, or by purchasing him from the Shop.
During the Spirit Battle in World of Light and Spirit Board, Magolor's spirit possesses one male Robin (a magic user) and is fought in the Halberd stage with the theme "CROWNED". In this battle, the screen will occasionally flip upside down, which is a reference to the Magolor boss battle in Return to Dream Land.
Magolor has several musical themes for his different forms.
Magolor, the Distant Traveler
- Main article: Magolor, the Distant Traveler
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Sound Test Music 002: Magolor's Theme when Kirby visits him in the Lor Starcutter. It is titled 彼方からの旅人マホロア (Magolor, the Distant Traveler) in the Japanese soundtrack but has no official title in English so far.
This track has a variation in later games which is titled 異空ヲカケル旅人 (The Traveler Across Another Dimension) in Japanese and "Distant Traveler" in English. This version is used in:
- Magolor Race of New Challenge Stages from Kirby's Dream Collection;
- Extra Level in Dedede's Drum Dash from Kirby: Triple Deluxe;
- Secret Credits in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (acoustic version);
- "Mid-Boss All-Stars 1" in The True Arena from Kirby: Planet Robobot (acoustic version from Drum Dash Deluxe).
Under My Control
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Sound Test Music 103: Magolor's Boss Battle Theme. It is titled 支配してアゲルヨォ (Fall Under My Rule) in the Japanese soundtrack but has no official title in English so far. It's often called "Under My Control" in fan translations.
- Main article: CROWNED
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Sound Test Music 105: Magolor Soul's Boss Battle Theme. It is titled "C-R-O-W-N-E-D" or simply "CROWNED".
This track has been remixed twice as the Bonus Level music in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe the standalone spin-off.
- The first remix for the normal level remains the same title "'C-R-O-W-N-E-D";
- The second remix for the secret level is titled "C-R-O-W-N-E-D (Reprise)".
Another remix of this track can be found in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
Magolor's name is derived from the word "magic" or "mage", as well as the name of his ship, the Lor Starcutter. This is true for his Japanese name, as well; マホロア (Mahoroa) is taken from 魔法 (mahou, magic) and the Lor's Japanese name, ローア (Rōa). According to the developers on a Miiverse post, his name is also taken from the Japanese term まほろば mahoroba, meaning "wonderful place". 
There is another in-universe meaning for Magolor's name, as well. During the second stage of the Corrupt Hyness fight in Heroes in Another Dimension in Kirby Star Allies, the Boss Description page in the pause menu states that Mafo means "lie" in Hyness' language, while Lor means "paradise". While not identical, it can be assumed that Magolor's name derives from these two terms and translates to something along the lines of "false paradise".
- Magolor's voice is sampled from that of Hirokazu Ando the sound composer himself.
- On October 23, 2015, Satoshi Ishida revealed in a Miiverse post that the Master Crown "took control of" Magolor after Kirby hit him with the Ultra Sword, and that Magolor's final defeat and "liberation from his crimes" was envisioned as a bonus scene that would only play if all "special items" (presumably Energy Spheres) were collected. In the end, it was decided that this wouldn't be left out of the main storyline.
- Magolor is officially acknowledged as egg-shaped by the developers at HAL Laboratory, and he is given the nickname イカサマたまご ("deceptive egg") by Zan Partizanne. In retaliation, he calls the Three Mage Sisters 信号機三人娘 ("traffic light trio girls"), and Zan "Parmesan cheese".
|Quotes from Magolor in the Kirby series|
Artwork of Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Splash screen for Magolor from Kirby Star Allies
Photo to celebrate Super Kirby Clash's release in Japan from Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s Instagram account
Artwork to celebrate the 40th anniversary of HAL Laboratory, Inc.
No damage fight against Magolor in his initial form.
No damage fight against Magolor EX.
Names in other languages
|From 魔法 (magic) and Lor Starcutter. Also derived from まほろば mahoroba (wonderful place).|
mó fǎ luò yà
|魔法 (magic) + 洛亚 (Lor)|
mó fǎ luò yà
|From 마법 (magic) and Lor Starcutter.|
|Spanish||Maglor||Similar to English name|
- "As a token of my gratitude, I'll let you in on a little secret about this ship.
The Lor is a legendary Halcandran vessel crafted by the ancients.
It's said that an incredible power was used to construct it.
This same power gave rise to clockwork stars that soar the cosmos...
mysterious items that can bring dreams to life...
and countless other legendary creations.
I excavated this ship from the volcano where Landia dwells and repaired it.
But there's another ancient artifact there, one that lets you rule the universe!
And I have a feeling Landia isn't willing to part with it quite so easily.
So hurry up and defeat that dragon for me, Kirby!" —Magolor (in the Lor Starcutter when Kirby has collected all 120 Energy Spheres, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Extra Mode)
- "By the way, I knew about you long before our fateful meeting.
Kirby, the happy-go-lucky hero with the bottomless stomach.
I even know somebody who knows you quite well!
Even on this world, you're incredibly popular!
There may even be some folks here who have fought with you before.
If everybody would just get along, it would make things so much easier.
Nothing good comes of fighting. Let's always stay friends, Kirby!" —Magolor (in the Lor Starcutter when Kirby has collected all 120 Energy Spheres, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Extra Mode)
- "そう、まずハ 手ハジメに キミらの星 ポップスターから 支配してアゲルヨォ！" —Magolor (JP Theater movie "Let Me Explain Everything", Kirby's Return to Dream Land)
- Miiverse - イシダ's post
- Miiverse post celebrating Kirby's Return to Dream Land 4th anniversary (archive)