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KSSU Meta-Knights artwork.png
Artwork of the Meta-Knights from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Debut game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Sub-Games)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (keychain)
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale (Axe Knight only)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Spirit)
Copy Ability None
Similar to Axe Knight, Javelin Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight, Meta Knight
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This article is about the four types of knight that appear in ambushes. For their masked leader, see Meta Knight.

The Meta-Knights are an enigmatic group of knights who are led by Meta Knight himself. They first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, where they were frequently fought as Mid-Bosses in their own distinctive arenas. However, their biggest role was in Kirby Super Star (and by extension, its remake), in the Revenge of Meta Knight Sub-Game, where they served as the primary antagonists. Outside of the occasional cameo, the Meta-Knights have largely been absent from the series since Kirby Super Star Ultra.

When fought, they typically attack as a group, fighting until their last member is defeated. They possess formidable weapons, but, unlike their leader, are not immune to being inhaled and spat out. Despite their arsenal, none of them yield Copy Abilities when swallowed.


Axe Knight[edit]

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Main article: Axe Knight

Axe Knight's basic appearance is that of a minuscule skull, sporting a viking helmet atop his head and wielding an axe. Axe Knights normally appear in randomized areas. However, one particular Axe Knight assists Meta Knight in the main cabin of his battleship, the Halberd.

Axe Knight typically moves back and forth, and tosses his axe like a boomerang, similar to Sir Kibble. He may also swing his axe in a forward motion as he sweeps across the floor.

Mace Knight[edit]

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Main article: Mace Knight

Mace Knight is the largest in size, sporting heavy blue armor and wielding a large flail. He moves back and forth, swinging the flail above his head, then letting it fly a fair distance. Mace Knight is perhaps the most dangerous of the knights in close range, and has more hit points than the other knights. Like Axe Knight, one particular Mace Knight assists Meta Knight in the main cabin of the Halberd.

Trident Knight[edit]

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Main article: Trident Knight

While somewhat short in stature, Trident Knight is distinguished by his bright purple armor, the crescent on his helmet, and the tridents he tosses toward Kirby. These go for decent range, traveling upward, then downward in a large arc, and will zap Kirby if they hit him. While they can be a nuisance, the tridents' slow speed make them easy to avoid.

Javelin Knight[edit]

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Main article: Javelin Knight

The rarest of the Meta-Knights, this creature resembles a robot more than the others. He bounds across the air, spinning his javelin around in an attempt to hit Kirby with it. He will also toss his javelin on occasion.

Other members[edit]

Captain Vul (left) and Sailor Waddle Dee (right)

While not officially considered part of the Meta-Knights, Captain Vul and Sailor Waddle Dee make up the rest of the Halberd's crew, acting behind the scenes while the other members fight Kirby directly. Because of this, they are commonly grouped together with the Meta-Knights. Furthermore, Sword Knight and Blade Knight are also occasionally associated with Meta Knight; in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime, the duo are his only crew, while in the Kirby novel series, they appear together with the Meta-Knights.

Game appearances[edit]

The Meta-Knights' video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Adventure Mid-Boss
Kirby Super Star Mid-Boss, enemies, supporting characters Meta-Knights are also encountered as standalone enemies. An Axe Knight and Mace Knight share dialogue with the other members of the Halberd Crew in Revenge of Meta Knight.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Mid-Boss As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, they have the same role here as they did in that game.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Mid-Boss, enemies, supporting characters As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, they have the same role here as they did in that game.
Kirby Mass Attack Bosses, enemies Appears only in Sub-Games. They appear as bosses in Strato Patrol EOS, and enemies in Kirby Quest.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Mid-Boss, enemy, supporting characters Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Super Star are ported here, where they have the same role.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Axe Knight appears as a Keychain.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Cameo Appears in a screen-wiping attack in Meta Knightmare Returns. Also appears in the completion screen.
Kirby Battle Royale Opponent Axe Knight appears as Meta Knight's partner in doubles.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference All four members appear on their own separate Character Treats.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit All four appear as one primary spirit.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby battling the Meta-Knights in Kirby's Adventure.

The Meta-Knights made their debut appearance in Kirby's Adventure, later reappearing in its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. They occasionally appear as Mid-Boss-like ambushes summoned by their leader, Meta Knight, to fight Kirby. When doing so, the health meter that appears for them in the heads-up display goes down in fixed increments as each is defeated. They appear in waves - with specific enemies appearing after previous ones are defeated - and each one has its own distinct position and attack pattern.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby facing off against some Meta-Knights in Kirby Super Star.

The Meta-Knights reappear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Here, instead of having distinct attack patterns for each ambush, Meta-Knights merely appear and then attack Kirby like normal enemies would. Outside of the typical ambush scenario, Meta-Knights can also be seen as regular enemies in Revenge of Meta Knight and Milky Way Wishes. In Revenge of Meta Knight, Axe Knight and Mace Knight have dialogue along with the rest of the Halberd's crew.

Exclusive to Kirby Super Star Ultra, clones of the Meta-Knights can also be summoned by Galacta Knight during his battle in Meta Knightmare Ultra.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

The Meta-Knights appear as bosses in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Strato Patrol EOS in the Level 4, protecting the Halberd from the Kirbys.

They also appear in Kirby Quest, where they are fought in Stage 28.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Axe Knight appears as a randomly-obtained keychain, depicting his sprite from Kirby Super Star. None of the other Meta-Knights appear in this manner.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the four knights appear in the Sub-Game Meta Knightmare Returns, where they participate in the screen-clearing special attack Meta Knightmares alongside Meta Knight himself. They can also be seen when completing said Sub-Game, celebrating Meta Knight's victory with him. They also appear as stickers for the Robobot Armor with notably different colors from the ones they are usually portrayed with.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

In the Dedede's Cake Royale mode of Kirby Battle Royale, Meta Knight's doubles partner is Axe Knight, who plays identically to Cutter Kirby. The other three Meta-Knights do not appear.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, the Meta-Knights each appear on their own separate Character Treats, with each one depicting their artwork from Kirby Super Star.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Meta-Knights appear as a primary Ace-class neutral spirit.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

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The Meta-Knights, as they appear in Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!
First appearance Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!
Last appearance Kirby: The Dream Onsen is a Good Hot Spring♪
Role Recurring side characters
Other appearance(s) their video game counterparts
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In the Kirby novel series, the Meta-Knights are Meta Knight's trustworthy servants who work as the main combatants of the Battleship Halberd. They are overwhelmingly stronger than Dream Land's laid-back citizens. The four are lower-ranking and weaker than Sword Knight and Blade Knight, but they are just as loyal to their master as those two are.

Volume appearances[edit]

The following is a complete list of every appearance the Meta-Knights have made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role they play and its details in the plot of each volume:

The Meta-Knights' appearances in the Kirby novel series  
Volume Image Role Role details Notes
Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land! V5 Illustration 6.png Tertiary supporting characters In this volume, the Meta-Knights compete in the big race that is held in Dream Land. They are first seen when Walky calls Meta Knight to ask him to commentate with him in the race. Meta Knight has no interest in the race, but just before he can hang up, the Meta-Knights chime in. The Meta-Knights want him to commentate because they all want to compete in the race. Meta Knight reluctantly accepts the offer, which makes everyone immensely happy. Throughout the race, the Meta-Knights are part of the many contestants, and they are usually grouped with the other racers without standing out.
Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!!
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Tertiary supporting characters In this volume, the Meta-Knights come to Dedede's Cake Royale to root for Meta Knight in his matches, with Axe Knight being his partner in the competition. During the round of Flagball against Kirby, they cheer after Meta Knight hits the flag. They are sad when Meta Knight loses the round but cheer up after Captain Vul tells them that winning the match was not Meta Knight's goal, rather it was testing his strength. During the finals, the Meta-Knights observe the match, wondering who will win. After Kirby spits out Sword Knight, the Meta-Knights are relieved to find that he did not abandon them.
Kirby: Save the Rainbow Islands!
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Tertiary supporting characters In this volume, the Meta-Knights go to get cake for themselves from Chef Kawasaki. When Kirby asks about their intentions, Captain Vul tries to keep it a secret, but Trident Knight and Mace Knight tell him. They become mad at Kirby after learning that he ate all the cakes and scold him. Kirby and his friends tries to convince them to tell Meta Knight about the situation in the Rainbow Islands, but the Meta-Knights deny their request. Later, Captain Vul steps in again to tell them that he is going to report to Meta Knight the situation, as much for their confusion. The Meta-Knights start to envision a vacation like the one that King Dedede wants, implying that they want to save the Rainbow Islands only to get a vacation. When Meta Knight returns from the adventure, the Meta-Knights misinterpret Meta Knight's disclaim of accomplishment as modesty.
Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?!
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Tertiary supporting characters In this volume, after Meta Knight agrees to be the judge, the Meta-Knights are excited by the thought of trying the desserts of the cooking competition. Meta Knight agrees to let them taste the dishes, but only if they think of it as part of their training. On the day of the competition, they come with Meta Knight. They wonder what he will choose as the winner of each round of the competition, and in the second round they are surprised that he picked the cute au lait.


  • The Meta-Knights are the first Mid-Bosses to not provide Copy Abilities when swallowed.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタ・ナイツ
Meta Naitsu
Meta Naito Gundan

Meta Knight Army (alternate; Super Smash Bros. series)
Traditional Chinese 魅塔騎士團[1]
Mèitǎ Qíshìtuán
Simplified Chinese 魅塔骑士团[1]
Mèitǎ Qíshìtuán
Dutch Meta-Knights -
French Méta-minnions (Kirby Super Star Ultra)
Meta Knights
Meta Minions
German Meta-Knights -
Italian Tirapiedi di Meta Knight Minions of Meta Knight
Korean 메타 나이츠[1]
meta naicheu
Russian Метанайты
Spanish Meta secuaces Meta minions