Meta Knight (anime character)

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Meta Knight
Anime Meta Knight Artwork.png
Artwork of Meta Knight from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
First episode Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
Last episode Kirby 3D
Main role Major supporting character
Other appearance(s) his video game counterpart
his novel counterpart
Similar characters Kirby
Voice actor(s) Eric Stuart (English)
Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese)
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This article is about Meta Knight as he appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For Meta Knight as he appears in the games, see Meta Knight.

Sir Meta Knight is a major supporting character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is a veteran Star Warrior who has settled in King Dedede's court, feigning to serve the king in order to protect Dream Land from the monsters which are summoned on the regular through Night Mare Enterprises. After Kirby crash-lands in Dream Land, Meta Knight tasks himself with guiding and training the young pink puffball in the art of fighting monsters, though his methods are often extreme, putting Kirby in harm's way. Meta Knight wields the sacred blade Galaxia, though he rarely uses it directly.


Meta Knight has a similar body structure to Kirby, but is deep blue in color and is somewhat more modest; wearing a mask, boots, gloves, shoulder pauldrons, and a cape, which he wraps around himself when not in combat. Despite being roughly the same size as Kirby in the video games, Meta Knight is noticeably larger than him here, which helps to demonstrate that at least in the anime, Kirby is still a child.


Unlike Kirby, Meta Knight has a full speaking role. He takes on the role of a mysterious but dedicated swordsman and mentor, helping both Kirby and Tiff when they are in need. In both the Japanese and 4Kids versions, his presence is announced through the soundtrack with a Latin-style sting with guitar and maracas, and this is complimented in the English version with a stereotypical Spanish accent for the masked swordsman.

Meta Knight is demonstrated to be very wise and experienced, having survived a war against Night Mare Enterprises which defeated nearly every Star Warrior in the universe. He is cautious, extreme, and takes on the attitude of a survivalist, though despite his demeanor, he still cares for the people he has sworn to protect. Despite his usual stoic demeanor, Meta Knight does display a wide range of emotions. His eyes will change color depending on his mood. If he is happy or calm, they are blue. If he is thoughtful, they are green. If he is angry, they are red. If he is amused, they are pink.


Meta Knight has a unique set of relationships compared to most of the rest of the cast. While he does not interact much with the residents of Cappy Town, the few relationships he does have are very strong, often rooted in repeated hardships which were overcome either in the backstory, or throughout the series proper.

  • Kirby - While Meta Knight did not know Kirby personally prior to the first episode of the show, the two of them are of the same order and origin. As such, Meta Knight knows a good deal about Kirby's potential and his temperament. Meta Knight acts as a secret guardian to Kirby, though he is not particularly involved in Kirby's life, only appearing on the scene when the pink puffball is in trouble. Likewise, Kirby does not know Meta Knight very well, but will tend to follow his instruction.
  • Tiff - Following Kirby's crash-landing in Dream Land, Meta Knight places primary responsibility for Kirby in the hands of Tiff, and instructs her whenever she needs help with Kirby or his safety. This slowly grows into a full mentor and pupil relationship between the two, as Tiff begins to see herself as a knight-in-training.
  • Sword Knight & Blade Knight - These two knights are Meta Knight's formal apprentices. In flashbacks, it is revealed that these two used to be roadside bandits until an encounter with Meta Knight resulted in the two dedicating themselves to him. They are often seen at his side and will follow his orders without question, though their intemperance sometimes leads to problems.
  • King Dedede - Meta Knight has no respect for King Dedede, but feigns to be his loyal servant in order to keep the people of Dream Land safe. As such, this rouse leads King Dedede to believe that Meta Knight is an incompetent soldier and to disregard him, allowing Meta Knight to act with the freedom he needs, with little responsibilities to the court.


The following is a complete list of all of Meta Knight's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:

Meta Knight's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Selected quote Notes
Kirby Comes to Cappy Town
E1 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "It is Kirby's classic defense: inhale!"
A Blockbuster Battle
E2 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Your opponent is made of a super-high-density matter. It is too heavy to be sucked up by Kirby."
Kirby's Duel Role
E3 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Your spirit is willing, my friend, but your pink flesh is weak."
Dark and Stormy Knight
E4 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Kirby's Starship detected the King's monster, but Kirby was not scheduled to awaken for another 200 years! That is why his ship crash-landed. He is totally untrained. He cannot speak! He can barely think!"
Un-Reality TV
E6 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Don't believe everything you see on the television set, my friend."
Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure
E7 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Our deeds bind us to fate as surely as the sun sets."
Curio's Curious Discovery
E8 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "With every battle, Kirby's strength and skills intensify. He truly has the makings of a great Star Warrior!"
The Fofa Factor
E9 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Kirby has transformed! He is now Cutter Kirby! Cutter Kirby can battle his opponents with the cutter on his cap!"
Hail to the Chief
E10 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Tuff believes in the chief. Perhaps we should, too."
The Big Taste Test
E11 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "It can repair itself quickly! You must hurry!"
Escargoon Squad
E12 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "With all due respect, I find it hard to believe that you are not involved with these paranormalities."
Cappy New Year
E13 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "I wanted to wish Kirby a happy New Year...if he makes it to the New Year!"
The Pillow Case
E14 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Everyone in Cappy Town who slept on these pillows is now out to destroy Kirby!"
A Fish Called Kine
E16 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "The King is going to destroy the rainbow coral reef!"
Flower Power
E18 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "He may not be too smart, but his heart is in the right place."
Here Comes the Son
E19 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Your father gave that to me. At the end, something stopped him from fully surrendering himself to eNeMeE. It was the love he had for you."
Dedede's Snow Job
E20 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Yes. Perhaps he is behind this...snow job."
The Empty Nest Mess
E23 Meta Knight & Fololo & Falala.png
Tertiary character "Kirby! The chick is in danger!" Meta Knight is paired with Fololo & Falala in the only scene he is in.
Ninja Binge
E24 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "That ninja may be back some day. You beat him this time, Kirby, but next time, surprise will not be on your side. We must train hard for your next encounter."
Escargoon Rules
E25 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Hmm...Kirby is putting his own spin on the situation!"
Hour of the WolfWrath
E26 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "I will tell you what we must do. We must search for a new warrior. One who will defeat eNeMeE, and bring justice to our galaxy."
Labor Daze
E28 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Sometimes, the best way to learn a the hard way."
A Spice Odyssey
E29 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "No, that's the heartburn from Kawasaki's cooking!"
Hatch Me If You Can
E30 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "He is so fond of the Mini-Galbo that he will not harm the Monster Galbo!"
Abusement Park
E31 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "This attack is far too dangerous! I'm afraid Microphone Kirby's singing...may be his worst attack of all!"
Junk Jam
E33 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "You might call them...long distance dumpers."
The Kirby Derby - Part I
E35 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "That ship was designed to care for new Star Warriors, and programmed to travel through space searching for monsters!"
The Kirby Derby - Part II
E36 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Where Kirby is concerned...nothing is for sure."
Watermelon Felon
E37 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Sometimes the pen is mightier than the sword."
A Novel Approach
E38 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "It is not over, now Broom King will try to give Kirby the brush off!"
E39 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "We must send it away, before it strikes again!"
Monster Management
E40 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Hunting down monsters throughout the universe! Joe, your father would be proud."
Prediction Predicament - Part I
E41 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Kirby! Suck up this torch!
Prediction Predicament - Part II
E42 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Thanks to Kirby, we were able to change its course."
E43 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Perhaps we should, but for the moment, let's wait and see what we can learn."
Scare Tactics - Part I
E45 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Hmm... I wonder who could be behind this nonsense? Take me to this...haunted house."
Scare Tactics - Part II
E46 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "I sense a dangerous force at work here, it must be eNeMeE."
Pink-Collar Blues
E47 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Rushing to judgement is...unwise, sire."
Cartoon Buffoon
E49 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Look! It is Fire Dedede, our hero! I would never say that."
Don't Bank on It
E50 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "But haven't you wondered how all the money got there in the first place?"
Kirby Takes the Cake
E51 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Kirby, you have indeed grown in many ways this year. I cannot wait to see what changes next year brings."
Snack Attack - Part I
E52 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character " they think my mini figure will be popular, hmm...I like that."
Snack Attack - Part II
E53 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "In order to mature, Kirby must be pushed to his utmost limits. Only then will he learn to exceed them!"
One Crazy Knight
E54 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "This man lived for his dreams. Now that his dreams have been destroyed, he has no go on."
Sweet and Sour Puss
E55 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "The King accidentally turned it on himself. It is charged up with his own anger!"
Dedede's Pet Threat
E56 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Some monsters cannot be inhaled!"
A Half-Baked Battle
E57 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "I feel...dirty." *sigh*
eNeMeE Elementary
E58 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "If my intuition is correct, this book contains the secret behind the teachers' strange behavior."
Crusade for the Blade
E60 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Those who are not chosen, will only bring evil upon themselves."
Fitness Fiend
E61 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "The King fell into his own trap." *chuckles* "But Kirby is almost certain to eat those snacks, unless we stop him. Where is he?"
Mabel Turns the Tables
E62 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Something to Sneeze At
E63 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character *coughs* "Sorry." Meta Knight has dialogue only in the Japanese version, so this line is translated from that version.
The Kirby Quiz
E64 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Well, it's the New Year. Maybe it'll be entertaining." Meta Knight has lines only in the Japanese version, so his dialogue is translated from that version.
Masher 2.0
E65 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Sword Knight, Blade Knight! We must prepare our defenses!"
The Chill Factor
E66 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "This is going to get frosty!"
The School Scam
E67 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "It may be a mistake, but it would be a greater mistake...not to try."
Delivery Dilemma
E68 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "He is using jet propulsion!"
Buccaneer Birdy
E70 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "We must let Kirby face it...alone."
Waddle While You Work
E72 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Hello."
Dedede's Raw Deal
E73 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "My instinct tells me there is something fishy about that sushi!"
Caterpillar Thriller
E74 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "If that cocoon can withstand the flames for just a bit longer!"
Fossil Fools - Part II
E76 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "It's incredible! Fire Kirby-saurus!"
Dedede's Monsterpiece
E77 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Whatever it paints comes to life; even the most dangerous things!"
Right Hand Robot
E78 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "No, you won't!"
Goin' Bonkers
E79 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "His spirit has proven to be as noble as any Star Warrior's!"
A Trashy Tale
E81 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Kirby! Catch!"
Cooking Up Trouble
E82 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "This is strange...why must they use these large machines?"
Teacher's Threat
E83 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "I hope you are right...for your sake."
Mumbies Madness
E84 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "The Mumbies are vicious monsters sent throughout the universe to hunt down and exterminate Star Warriors. When the containers that hold them are discovered, they are automatically unsealed, and they begin looking for Star Warriors to destroy!"
A Sunsational Puzzle
E85 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Perhaps the getting weaker."
Waste Management
E87 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "That crow must have found it in the trash, now it is controling all the other birds. It must be stopped!"
Tooned Out
E89 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "The King is forcing them to work day and night on his cartoon!"
Born to Be Mild - Part I
E90 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Born to Be Mild - Part II
E91 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "I fear we are dealing...with a monster!"
Hunger Struck
E92 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "You mean this uprising is over food?"
Cowardly Creature
E94 Meta Knight.png
Tertiary character "Kirby! Use the weapon against him! Quickly!"
Frog Wild
E95 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "Kirby responded to you, Tiff. He is trying to resist the Demon Frog!"
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
E96 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "They are not monsters, Tuff. Something tells me they are much worse!"
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II
E97 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "We must not let them destroy Kabu!"
Cappy Town Down
E98 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "I should have known. Cappies are peaceful. Fighting is not in their nature."
Combat Kirby
E99 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "We will not retreat, we must enter the fortress...and fight to the finish!"
Fright to the Finish
E100 Meta Knight.png
Primary character "Wrong, it will not be easy, but we can escape! We can use the monster delivery system deliver us home."
Kirby 3D
E101 Meta Knight.png
Secondary character "The enemy's weapon... it must be used against him."


  • One of Meta Knight's recurring shticks is to toss a torch at Kirby to give him the Fire Copy Ability or to throw one at a monster to defeat it.