|“||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! Now I can cause all the mischief I want! Haha! See you later!||”|
— Marx in Milky Way Wishes, Kirby Super Star Ultra
Marx is a mischievous small round jester-like creature from Popstar who serves as the final boss and main antagonist of Milky Way Wishes from Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. In this role, he feigns to be Kirby's ally and instructs him to summon the Galactic Nova to stop the Sun and Moon from fighting, but then steals Kirby's wish at just the right moment to gain immense magical power, prompting Kirby to battle and defeat Marx before he takes control of Popstar. Since this role, Marx would only make occasional cameos in various Kirby games before becoming playable for the first time as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies.
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 which has a style and color scheme similar to Mirror Kirby's hat in older games. His eyes are rather large and bulbous when compared to his body, and are very rounded. He typically has an open smile on his face, with two small fangs showing if he smiles wide enough. These fangs are more prominent when Marx shows his true form. Marx is often seen balancing and rolling around on an inflatable ball like a clown, and can punt this ball at his enemies to attack them in Kirby Star Allies.
Marx's true form has a large pair of wings made of glowing floating crystals which shift in color, and are supported by two yellow arm-like appendages with claws on them. This form of Marx has a longer bow tie and much more menacing eyes. He also becomes somewhat larger in stature, at least when fought as a boss in Kirby Super Star. In Kirby Star Allies, Marx can assume this form at will in order to fly around and access his more potent moves.
Marx uses a variety of moves in battle. His main ability is teleporting, but he has many other attacks, as detailed below.
|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
|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.
|Marx flashes and 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 the Japanese guide book and Marx's Dream Friend moveset in Kirby Star Allies.|
|Marx's video game appearances|
|Kirby Super Star||Main antagonist and final boss||Marx is the final boss of Milky Way Wishes and doesn't appear anywhere else outside of The Arena.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Cameo||Appears in one of the Graphics along with other Final Bosses.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Main antagonist and final boss||As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Final boss||Marx is the final boss of the Kirby Brawlball Sub-Game.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Cameo||Appears as one of the Stone Kirby transformations. He is also among the audience in the Kirby Master video.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Cameo||Appears as one of the Stone Kirby transformations, paired with Magolor. He is also among the audience in the Kirby Master video. A keychain of his boss form also appears.|
|Kirby Fighters Deluxe||Reference||One of the Rare Outfits for Beam Kirby bears his likeness.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Playable character||Available since Version 2.0.0.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Reference||One of the gear sets is based on him. Additionally, a sticker of him also appears.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Reference||The Rare Hat from Kirby Fighters Deluxe resembling his likeness returns in this game.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Boss|
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Marx makes his debut and most defining appearance in Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra as a character in Milky Way Wishes. Here, he appears before Kirby to inform him that the only way to stop the Sun and Moon from fighting is to gather the stars from each planet surrounding Popstar and use their power to summon the great comet Nova, who can grant the wishes of whoever summons it. While seeming innocent at first, when Kirby carries out this task and calls forth the Nova, Marx boots the pink puffball aside and steals his wish, making it known to Nova his desire to rule over Popstar. From here, Marx assumes his menacing true form and gloats to Kirby about having orchestrated the whole scenario to grab this opportunity at power, then leaves Kirby to float aimlessly in space. However, Kirby is able to rally the stars he collected and chase after Nova and Marx using the Starship.
After the Galactic Nova stage is cleared, Kirby is automatically thrown onto an unknown planet where he must do battle with Marx in his powered-up state. In this fight, Marx uses a variety of outlandish attacks, including dropping seeds that rapidly sprout as spiky vines, shooting lasers from his mouth, and splitting himself in half to create a black hole. Despite these horrific powers, Kirby is able to overcome the traitorous jester and defeat him, sending him careening into the deactivated Nova to obliterate them both and restore peace to the Milky Way. Despite this seeming annihilation, Marx apparently survived, and is now a friend of Kirby's (if his appearance as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies is to be taken at face value).
In addition to his role in Milky Way Wishes, Marx is also fought as the last boss in The Arena. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Marx has a role at the end of The True Arena mode. Here, it is revealed that, after his defeat at the ending of Milky Way Wishes, Marx's inert body began to absorb errant pieces from Nova as flashes of energy. With this new power, Marx is reincarnated as Marx Soul, the final boss of this mode.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Marx (True Form) appears in a Graphic featuring various final bosses.
Kirby Mass Attack
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's Return to Dream Land
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Marx makes two cameo appearances. One of Stone Kirby's transformations is of Marx on his ball. Marx proper can also be seen among the audience in the Kirby Master video.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Marx again appears as a Stone sculpture, again riding his ball, but this time paired up with Magolor. He also appears among the audience in the Kirby Master video. Both Marx and Marx Soul appear as Keychains.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Kirby Fighters 2
In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, the Beam Ability's Rare Outfit is made in Marx's likeness. When being worn, Kirby will wear Marx's Hat and a staff with a purple orb. This outfit returns in Kirby Fighters 2.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
|“||The famous jester from Kirby Super Star has finally arrived to get in on the action! Sure, he's had a diabolical past as a final boss, but he'll be your buddy if you keep him well-fed. It's a dream come true!||”|
— Flavor text of Marx in Story Mode and The Ultimate Choice
|“||"Got a plan? Glad to help!"
The cosmic jester from Kirby Super Star sensed danger from afar and is ready to roll across galaxies on his ball! This final boss is here to help!
— Guest Star Marx Galactic Ambition Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies
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.
|Marx's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Jester Ball Ride||
Press and hold B during Radiant Flight, then release
B during Jester Ball Ride
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
Fly into the ground using Marx Flip Ultima
|Time-Bomb Jester Ball||
↓ + B
Dash + B in midair
B near an enemy
|Flip Ultima Combo|
↓ + B during Rush
A in midair
↑↓ + 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 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 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 a 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 lasers in Kirby Super Star and its remake, complete with a unique sound effect.
Marx appears as a surprise bonus boss in the Happy Ending credits of Heroes in Another Dimension, where he utilizes 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. If he is not defeated by the time the credits come to a close, he flees.
He attacks in a fixed order on loop as follows:
- Shooter Cutter
- Jester Ball Spit-Drop (Splash Ball)
- Rush (Zap)
- Jester Ball Spit-Drop (Blizzard Ball)
- Team Attack laser
- Black Hole
The teleports in-between each attack are random.
- 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 in three Celebration Pictures: "Super Ultra Battle", "Crazy Mischief in the Stars" and "Bad Boss Brothers".
Super Kirby Clash
In Super Kirby Clash, Marx has two gear in his likeness. These items are a weapon named "Marx's Staff" and an armor called "Marx's Hat". Marx also has two stickers, one on his regular form with the caption "Hey heyyy!", and another on his soul form with the caption "Ha-HAAA!".
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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 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, attack: 1,001 base, 4,004 max, defense: 587 base, 2,351 max), which can be enhanced into Marx (True Form) (★★★★ Legend, Grab-type, 3 slots; Skill: Magic Attack ↑, attack: 2,533 base, 6,333 max, defense: 1,654 base, 4,153 max). Later, Marx and the other five bosses of Galeem's and Dharkon's armies are fought again in a boss rush during the final battle.
Additionally, a hat based on the one Marx wears can be worn by Mii Fighters.
According to Masahiro Sakurai during his Mr. Sakurai Presents "Sephiroth" video for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Marx was initially much creepier than in his final appearance, to the point where he "wasn't suitable for all audiences", so changes had to be made to tone him down. It is unclear whether this is referring to his original Kirby Super Star appearance or his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate appearance.
- 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 when fighting Morpho Knight as Marx.
- The Japanese manual of Kirby Super Star describes Marx as a magician (魔法使い). In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Spirit of Marx (True Form) has the Magic Attack ↑ skill, which possibly refers to him being a magician.
- The planet Marx is fought on is referred to as ???, which is the same name as that of the secret planet (which is where Kirby gets the Copy Essence Deluxe of Copy).
- Marx has no hands, so he uses his hat to grab things like Pull Switches in Kirby Star Allies. However, he does have hands in some manga series.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Marx's Black Hole can suck Kirby's dropped Ability Star.
- Some unused data in Marx's boss battle in the Heroes in Another Dimension credits in Kirby Star Allies has been found, including a health bar and unique music. This music is notably the same music that plays when fighting Morpho Knight as Marx. This may indicate that Marx was planned as an actual secret boss at one point.
Doodle Marx drawn by Kirby from Kirby Art & Style Collection
Marx cameos in the "Bad Boss Brothers" Celebration Picture under his boss form
Artwork of Marx's True Form from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Marx (top right) as seen on "Pupupu Times Vol.2" towel from "Pupupu Train" 2018 merchandise. The news headline says "Marx's plan to control Popstar failed!"
Hand-drawn artwork to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Kirby series from Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s Instagram account
Artwork celebrating the 40th anniversary of HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Stone transformation of Marx performing the Black Hole technique in Kirby Star Allies
|Quotes from Marx in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra|
Names in other languages
|An uncommon spelling of the name "Mark" (usually マーク Māku); rendered "Marx" in official romanizations.|
mó lū kù
|Transcription of Maruku|
mó lū kù
- "OK. Next up is Marx, who is creepy in an uncanny sort of way. Actually, this character was initially a lot creepier. He wasn't suitable for all audiences. So we had to soften him. Personally, I wish we could've made him a bit creepier." –Masahiro Sakurai ( (Nintendo. (December 17, 2020)). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Mr. Sakurai Presents "Sephiroth". YouTube.)
- "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 instruction manual (page 26)