Marx

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Marx Allies.png
Artwork of Marx from Kirby Star Allies
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Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Last Game Kirby Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack
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Marx is a Boss encountered during the events of Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. He is fought twice in the game, once as the final boss of Milky Way Wishes and a second time as the final boss encountered in The Arena.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a stronger, ghostified form of Marx known as Marx Soul appears as the last boss encountered in The True Arena. Marx also makes a cameo appearance on one of the puzzles Kirby can put together in Kirby: Squeak Squad, as a Keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and as a Sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

In Kirby Star Allies, Marx has become a playable Dream Friend.

Physical Appearance

When Kirby first encounters Marx in the intro for Milky Way Wishes, he appears to be a small purple head with large eyes, wooden clogs and a blue and red jester hat.

After being mutated by the Galactic NOVA, he grows larger and gains two large "wings" made of glowing crystals, which are supported by two yellow arms, and a longer bow tie and much more menacing eyes.

Battle Style

Marx before being mutated by Galactic Nova.

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.
Attacks names are taken from Japanese guide book and Marx's Moveset in Kirby Star Allies.

Game Apperances

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)

A still from the battle with Marx.

Marx is a major character in Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star and its remake. He first appears in the beginning to alert Kirby that the Sun and the Moon were fighting, and tells Kirby to gather the power of the surrounding stars and awaken the Galactic NOVA.

After Kirby manages to awaken NOVA, Marx appears and asks it for the ability to rule Popstar. The NOVA then causes him to get larger and grow crystal wings. Kirby then goes after the NOVA, and after successfully stopping it he goes after Marx. Kirby then beats Marx, who is sent flying into the Galactic NOVA, causing it to explode.

It is learned in Kirby Super Star Ultra that after Marx is blown up, his body begins taking in the remaining energy from the NOVA, which brings him back to life in the form of a ghost-like mutant known as Marx Soul.

Kirby Mass Attack

Marx appears in the sub-game Kirby Brawlball as the fourth and final boss in the game. He appears much bigger than he does in any other game. 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. His original form also appears in the field. Kirby can defeat him for two extra Kirby balls, though this can only be done up to five times.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Marx makes two cameo appearances in this game. He appears as a statue (in his "cute" (original) form) Kirby can get with the Stone ability. He can also be seen among the audience in the last cutscene.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Marx again appears as a Stone form sculpture, again riding his ball, but this time he is also paired up with Magolor, a similar character from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He also appears in the audience in the "Kirby Master!" cutscene, obtained by getting a 100% completion rate.

Kirby Star Allies

Marx firing the Team Attack laser with Kirby riding Piggyback.

Marx appears as a Dream Friend in this title, 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 series. Marx's attack style revolves around his ability to kick balls at his opponents and - while flying - use several attacks from his boss form. He is able to receive Elemental Augments from other allies which can further boost his arsenal.

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

  • Using 'Jester Ball Spit-Drop' with Splash element causes spiky vines to shoot out of the ground, resembling his 'Seed Attack' as a 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 Blizzard causes ice shockwaves to spread out after the ball is dropped, resembeling his 'Ice Ball' as 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 in Star Allies, as he has never used any fire element attack as a Boss before.

When Marx performs the Team Attack with his allies, it resembles the strange expression with which he fires laser in Kirby Super Star and Ultra.

Music

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 Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! of Kirby Star Allies.

Gallery

Video Gallery


Marx's Dream Friend trailer for Kirby Star Allies

Trivia

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マルク
Maruku
Mark. Romanized as Marx in Japan.
Spanish Marx -
French Max -
Dutch Marx -
German Max -
Italian Mark -
Russian Маркс
Marks
Marx
Chinese 魔噜酷 (chs)
魔嚕酷 (cht)
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.