Marx

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Marx

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Artwork of Marx in various forms
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First appearance Kirby Super Star
Latest appearance Kirby Star Allies (Kirby series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (overall)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack
Cameo appearances Kirby: Squeak Squad
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
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Marx is the final boss and main antagonist of Milky Way Wishes from Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. He also appears in Kirby Star Allies as a Dream Friend.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)[edit]

Marx wishing to Nova for control over Popstar

In Milky Way Wishes of Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Marx first appears in the beginning, where he initially seems to be a friendly character. He alerts Kirby that the Sun and the Moon of Popstar are fighting. He sends Kirby on an adventure to gather the power of the surrounding stars and awaken Nova.

After completing the levels, Kirby manages to awaken Nova. Just as Kirby wishes for the Sun and Moon to stop fighting, Marx appears and knocks Kirby out the way. In an act of betrayal, Marx wishes to rule Popstar, and reveals that he started the fight between the Sun and Moon, as part of his plot to rule Popstar. Nova accepts his wish and transforms Marx into a more powerful form, complete with a pair of two large wings. Marx sends Nova on a collision course into Popstar. After destroying Nova, Kirby goes after Marx, and the two engage in a final boss fight. Like most other bosses, Kirby must continue to hit Marx until he gets defeated.

Boss fight against Marx in Kirby Super Star (left) and Ultra (right)
Boss fight against Marx in Kirby Super Star (left) and Ultra (right)
Boss fight against Marx in Kirby Super Star (left) and Ultra (right)

During battle, Marx teleports around a lot and taunts Kirby with his high-pitched laugh. He uses many other attacks including:

  • Throwing purplish-white crescents at Kirby
  • Flying above to drop seeds that rapidly grow into spiked vines
  • Appearing on the ground as a black and then suddenly springing out under his true form
  • Spewing black balls that turn into spheres of ice when get near Kirby
  • Firing arrows from either side of the screen
  • Spewing out a massive, large beam taking up most of the screen
  • Splitting into two halves and forming a black hole in the center to; if Kirby is sucked in appears, he gets slammed into the ground, sustaining serious damage.

As Marx is defeated by Kirby, he is sent flying into Nova, causing it to explode.

Marx is fought as one of the bosses in The Arena. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Marx has a role near the end of The True Arena mode. It is revealed that, after his destruction in the ending of Milky Way Wishes, Marx's body began to absorb remaining energy from Nova. With the power, Marx brought back his evil soul as Marx Soul, the final boss of The True Arena.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

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In Kirby Mass Attack, Marx appears in the sub-game Kirby Brawlball as the fourth and final boss. He is much bigger than in his previous appearances. His Quad Cutter and Arrow Flurry attacks serve as objects that can push Kirby down. His Light Beam can freeze Kirby for a few seconds if he's caught in it. With his Black Hole attack, he will suck up random enemies, then shoot them out of his mouth. These enemies can't touch Kirby, but he can be sucked by the attack as well, which may cause the player to lose sight of him. His Vines appear as obstacles in the field. Copies of his original form, known as the Minimarx[from internal data], also appear in the field. Kirby can defeat him for two extra Kirby balls, though this can only be done up to five times.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Marx fires the Team Attack laser with Kirby Piggybacking on him.

Marx appears as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, added with Version 2.0.0 of the game on March 28th, 2018. His appearance here marks the first time he is playable in the Kirby series.

Marx's attack style revolves around his ability to kick jester balls at his opponents and - while flying - use several attacks from his boss form. He is able to receive elemental powers from other allies which can further boost his arsenal.

Moveset[edit]

Marx's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Jester Ball Ride
B
Black Hole
Press and hold B during Radiant Flight, then release
Ball Kick
B during Jester Ball Ride
Marx Megaspin
Dash and press ↓ + B in midair
Change Kick Angle
Press and hold B + (direction) during Jester Ball Ride
Marx Flip Ultima
↓ + B in midair
Ball Kick Shot
Dash + B
Shadow Uppercut
Fly into the ground using Marx Flip Ultima
Time-Bomb Jester Ball
↓ + B
Rush
Dash + B in midair
Prank Kick
B near an enemy
Flip Ultima Combo
↓ + B during Rush
Radiant Flight
A in midair
Spin Combo
↑↓ + B during Rush
Jester Ball Spit-Drop
Press and release B during Radiant Flight

When given a certain element, many of Marx's attacks take on additional effects which are reminiscent of some of his boss moves:

  • Using Jester Ball Spit-Drop with Blizzard causes ice shockwaves to spread out after the ball is dropped, resembling his 'Ice Ball' as boss.
  • Using Jester Ball Spit-Drop with Bluster causes him to shoot out 4 cutters all around himself, resembling his 'Shooter Cutter' as a boss.
  • Using Jester Ball Spit-Drop with Splash causes spiky vines to shoot out of the ground, resembling his 'Seed Attack' as a boss.
  • Using Rush with Zap causes him to shoot numerous lightning arrows forward, resembling his arrow barrage attack as a boss.
  • Using Rush with Sizzle causes him to shoot numerous fireballs forward. This is an new move for Marx because he has never used any fire element attack before.

In addition, when Marx performs the Team Attack with his allies, it resembles the strange expression with which he fires laser in Kirby Super Star (Ultra).

Cameos[edit]

  • Since Version 2.0.0, the Stone ability can transform into Marx's true form splitting in half.
  • Since Version 2.0.0, a hidden stone plate of Marx's true form can be found after activating the Pull Switch at the end of Extra Planet β.
  • Marx appears as a surprise bonus boss in the Happy Ending credits of Heroes in Another Dimension, where he'll utilize all of his moves from the original boss fight. Interestingly, he is given his laugh from Kirby Super Star Ultra while the playable Marx uses his Kirby Super Star laugh.
  • Marx appears in three Celebration Pictures: "Super Ultra Battle", "Crazy Mischief in the Stars" and "Bad Boss Brothers".

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Marx retains his role as a boss and his moveset from Kirby Super Star (except the arrow attack), but has three new attacks which can greatly weaken the fighter's shield:

  • Marx's eyes turn dark and black bouncy balls appear, which deal darkness damage.
  • Marx goes into the middle of the arena, retracts his wings and causes veins to come out and spread across the arena, which deal fire damage.
  • Marx's eyes grow into the size of a kinball and his pupils multiply, causing him to shoot out multiple purple lasers out of his eyes, which deal electric damage.

Marx's cutters and ice balls can be inhaled or reflected. After beating Marx, he bounces on the stage sporadically while screaming before he lands on the floor with his wings separated.

In Classic Mode, the only characters to fight Marx so far are Kirby, Rosalina & Luma and Inkling.

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, Marx is one of the three bosses of Dharkon's army in The Dark Realm, first fought at the end of Mysterious Dimension. Defeating him in Mysterious Dimension rewards the Primary Spirit of Marx in his small form (★★ Advanced, Grab-type, 3 slots; Skill: none), which can be enhanced into Marx (True Form) (★★★★ Legend, Grab-type, 3 slots; Skill: Magic Attack ↑). Later, Marx and the other five bosses of Galeem's and Dharkon's armies will be fought again in a boss rush during the final battle.

Cameo appearances[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

In his default form, Marx is light purple and round with large eyes, no arms, a red bow tie, brown shoes, and a jester hat. He often moves around on a jester ball of blue and red.

Marx's true form has a large pair of wings made of glowing crystals, which are supported by two yellow arms. His true form has a longer bow tie and much more menacing eyes. He is somewhat larger in his true form, and is about as big as his smaller form as a Dream Friend.

Battle style[edit]

Marx uses a variety of moves in battle. His main ability is teleporting, but he has many other attacks, as detailed below.

Marx's Attacks
Attack Description
Shooter Cutter Marx appears to teleport, but instead shoots out four cutter boomerangs.
This attack has since appeared on many later final bosses in Kirby series.
Seed Attack Marx flies off the screen, dropping four damaging seeds in random places in the arena.
About a second later, thorn vines spring up from locations of the seeds.
Shadow Uppercut Marx appears as a flashing circle on the ground that follows Kirby.
After a few seconds, he springs up in an attempt to ram into Kirby.
Marx Laser Marx assumes a strange expression, then attempts to fire an enormous, damaging beam out of his mouth.
Cannot be guarded at all.
Jester Ball Spit-Drop
(Ice Ball)
Marx assumes a strange expression, then drops a bomb out of his mouth.
After reaching Kirby's height, it explodes into two icy shockwaves that may freeze Kirby in the air or on the ground.
Rush
(with arrows)
Marx flashes, then releases hundreds of damaging arrows from his body.
After the arrow barrage, he swoops off the stage.
Black Hole Marx splits in half, creating a black hole. If Kirby is sucked in, he is transported to an alternate dimension in which he takes massive damage.
Cannot be guarded but can be avoided by dashing to one end of the stage. The dimension appears to be a maelstrom of energy.
Attacks names are taken from Japanese guide book and Marx's Moveset in Kirby Star Allies.

Music[edit]

Main article: Vs. Marx

Marx's theme song is "Vs. Marx" (also titled "Meddlesome Marx"). Originally his boss battle theme in Kirby Super Star and its remake, his theme is remixed to make a surprise appearance in Kirby Star Allies.

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]


Marx's Dream Friend trailer for Kirby Star Allies

Quotes[edit]

Quotes from Marx in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
  • "Hey, hey, hey."
  • "Can you make peace between the Sun and Moon?"
  • "You need to ask the giant comet NOVA for help!"
  • "But first, there's something we must do."
  • "To ask NOVA, we must gather power from all the stars around us."
  • "It will be difficult, Kirby, but you can do it!"
  • "We are counting on you. Good luck!"
  • "Well, I want to control POPSTAR!"
  • "WOW! It worked."
  • "The Sun & Moon are fighting. Go find NOVA."
  • "All my plans worked!"
  • "POPSTAR is all MINE!"
  • "Now, I can do anything! I must be going now."
  • "Hahahahahahahah...."
  • "Hey, hey, hey."
  • "Can you make peace between the Sun and Moon?"
  • "You need to ask the giant comet Nova for help!"
  • "But first, there's something we must do."
  • "To ask Nova, we must gather power from all the stars around us."
  • "It will be difficult, Kirby, but you can do it!"
  • "We are counting on you. Good luck!"
  • "Well, I want to control Pop Star!"
  • "I did it! It all went according to plan!"
  • "I got the sun and moon to fight. I got you to go into space..."
  • "It was all according to my perfect little plan!"
  • "So now Pop Star is mine! All mine!"
  • "Now I can cause all the mischief I want! Haha! See you later!"
  • "Ho ho ho ho! Ohh ho ho ho! Ho ho ho ho ho! Ohh ho ho ho...!"

Trivia[edit]

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マルク
Maruku
An uncommon spelling of the name "Mark" (usually マーク Māku); rendered "Marx" in official romanizations.
Traditional Chinese 魔嚕酷
mó lū kù
Transcription of Maruku
  • The character 魔, while having many meanings, here means "demon" considering Marx's characteristics. There is a "Demon" Kanji sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • The character 酷 can mean "cruel" or "cool" in different contexts.
Simplified Chinese 魔噜酷
mó lū kù
Dutch Marx -
French Max -
German Max -
Italian Mark -
Korean 마르크
Mareukeu
Mark
Russian Маркс
Marks
Marx
Spanish Marx -

References

  1. "魔法使いのマルクは、ポップスターのそばにある星々をつなげることで大彗星を呼べば解決することを教えてくれました。" (Japanese Kirby Super Star manual, pg. 26)
  2. https://youtube.com/watch?v=9y-i-TIEKH8