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 (Ultra), in the Revenge of Meta Knight sub-game, where they served as the primary antagonists.
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.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot's Meta Knightmare Returns, Meta Knight summons them in his "Meta Knightmares" attack, which deals massive damage to all enemies on the screen. They also appear on the results screen after the mode is completed.
Axe Knight basic appearance is that of a minuscule skull, sporting a viking helmet atop its head, and, respectively, wields an axe. Axe Knights normally appear in randomized areas. However, one particular Axe Knight assists Meta Knight in the main cabin of his starship, the Halberd.
Axe Knight typically moves back and forth, and tosses its axe like a boomerang, similar to Sir Kibble. It may also swing its axe in a forward motion as it sweeps across the floor.
Mace Knight is the largest in size, sporting heavy blue armor and wielding a large mace, true to its namesake. It moves back and forth, swinging the mace above its head, then letting it fly in the direction it wants to 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.
While somewhat short in stature, Trident Knight is distinguished by its bright purple armor, the crescent on its helmet, and the tridents it tosses toward Kirby. These go for decent range, traveling upward, then downward in a large arc. While they can be a nuisance, the tridents' slow speed make them easy to avoid.
The rarest of the Meta-Knights, this creature resembles a robot moreso than the others. It bounds across the air, spinning its javelin around in an attempt to hit Kirby with it. It will also toss its javelin on occasion.
Often, Blade Knight and Sword Knight are considered to be Meta-Knights as well, and even serve under Meta Knight in the TV show. However, they have never been specifically identified as Meta-Knights in any of the games.
Additionally, creatures who resemble knights but are not Meta-Knights include Sir Kibble, Ghost Knight, Masher, Lanzer, Kibble Blade, Gigant Edge, and most notably, Dark Meta Knight, Galacta Knight, and Morpho Knight.
Put simply, there are a lot of knights in the Kirby universe, and several seem to have their own separate factions. The Meta-Knights simply have the distinction of being the most well-known one.
The Meta-Knights appear during Meta Knight's 'Meta Knightmares' attack in Meta Knightmare Returns.
|Kirby Super Star (Ultra)|
|Characters||Bandana Waddle Dee ・ Captain Vul ・ Dyna Blade ・ Galactic Nova ・ King Dedede ・ Kirby ・ Marx ・ Meta Knight ・ Sailor Waddle Dee|
|Games||Original game||Spring Breeze ・ Dyna Blade ・ Gourmet Race ・ The Great Cave Offensive ・ Revenge of Meta Knight ・ Milky Way Wishes ・ Samurai Kirby ・ Megaton Punch ・ The Arena|
|Ultra only||Revenge of the King ・ Kirby Card Swipe ・ Kirby on the Draw ・ Snack Tracks ・ Meta Knightmare Ultra ・ Helper to Hero ・ The True Arena|
|Regular Enemies||Original game||Apple ・ Bio Spark ・Birdon ・Blade Knight ・Blipper ・Bomber ・Bounder ・Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・Burning Leo ・Cappy ・Capsule J ・Chilly ・Coconut ・Gator ・Gim ・Glunk ・Gordo ・Grizzo ・Jungle Bomb ・Knuckle Joe ・Kabu ・Laser Ball ・Lovely ・Magical Sweeper ・Moto Shotzo ・Noddy ・Parasol ・Plasma Wisp ・Poppy Bros. Jr. ・Rocky ・Scarfy ・Shotzo ・Simirror ・Sir Kibble ・Sir Slippy ・Squishy ・Tac ・Tookey ・Twizzy ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Walky ・Wheelie |
|Ultra only||Anglep ・ Blatzy ・ Capsule J2 ・ Cawcun ・ Croucars ・ Flotzo ・ Galbel ・ Gip ・ Grumples ・ Koozer ・ Perot ・ Poison Apple ・ Poison Mash ・ Rosely ・ Spear Waddle Dee ・ Sword Knight|
|Mid-Bosses||Original game||Bonkers ・Bugzzy ・Chef Kawasaki ・Iron Mam ・Jukid ・Kracko Jr. ・Meta-Knights (Axe Knight ・Javelin Knight ・Mace Knight ・Trident Knight) ・Mr. Frosty ・Poppy Bros. Sr. ・Waddle Dee|
|Ultra only||Fire Lion ・ Grand Wheelie ・ Kracko Jr.'s Revenge ・ Mr. Tick-Tock ・ Phan Phan|
|Bosses||Original game||Chameleo Arm ・ Combo Cannon ・ Computer Virus ・ Dyna Blade ・ Fatty Whale ・ Galactic Nova Nucleus ・ Heavy Lobster ・ King Dedede ・Kracko ・ Lololo & Lalala ・ Marx ・ Meta Knight ・ Reactor ・ Twin Woods ・ Wham Bam Rock ・ Whispy Woods|
|Ultra only||Galacta Knight ・ Kabula ・ Kracko's Revenge ・ Lololo & Lalala's Revenge ・ Marx Soul ・ Masked Dedede ・ Wham Bam Jewel ・ Whispy's Revenge|
|Copy Abilities||Beam ・Bomb ・Cook ・Copy ・Crash ・Cutter ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Jet ・Mike ・Mirror ・Ninja ・Paint ・Parasol ・Plasma ・Sleep ・Stone ・Suplex ・Sword ・Wheel ・Wing ・Yo-yo|
Starship ・Wheelie Rider
|Kirby Mass Attack|
|Characters||Kirby • Daroach • Hero's Heart|
|Levels||Green Grounds • Sandy Canyon • Dedede Resort • Volcano Valley • Necro Nebula|
|Enemies||Awadron • Awasuki • Banishback • Battybat • Beanbon • Big Beanbon • Big Blucko • Big Ice Blucko • Big Mummbon • Big Schnoz • Big Soarar • Big Stactus • Big Stickle • Big Tappy • Big Waddle Dee • Big Zombon • Birdee • Blipper • Blucko • Blamboom • Blish • Bombot • Bombpeller • Boubou • Boufu • Cake Floof • Clanksprout • Colossal Beanbon • Crazy Stactus • Cryball • Dekabu • Eelongo • Flail • Flapbon • Flickerfloof • Floaty Woods • Floof • Fufu • Geg • Glutbulb • Gobchomplin • Gold Beanbon • Gold Waddle Dee • Gondolus • Gordo • Gravy • Grindarr • Gruegloom • Guruga • Helmee • Ice Blucko • Icedas • Igamog • Illgate • Jellifrizz • Kyuin • Little Woods • Magoo • Mech Geg • Mega Grindarr • Missile Roller • Mogmet • Mogmole • Mono Soarar • Moogy • Mosomoso • Mummbon • Nory • Oohroo • Palt • Petit Soarar • Posula • Prickle Geg • Pricklebat • Puff • Rock Hand • Sand Geg • Schnoz • Schwarz • Scoopy • Shellmic • Skullion • Skully • Snoozroot • Soarar • Space Oohroo • Spideroo • Squister • Stactus • Stickle • Stoneik • Stumpee • Tacotzo • Tappy • Tower Woods • Tsuri • Waddle Dee • Waddle Doo • Warwiggle • Wicky Woods • Zombon|
|Mid-Bosses||Big Birdee • Big Warwiggle • Block Waddle Dee • Buzzybat • Colossal Stactus • Freezy Rex • Giant Clanksprout • Great Gear • Hamsturr • Iron Jam • King Eelongo • Moley • Oohroo Spaceship • Quad Gun • Shadowbite • Skullseer • Tortletummy|
|Bosses||Whispy Woods • Lady Ivy • King Dedede • Skullord • Necrodeus|
|Sub-Games||Field Frenzy • Kirby Brawlball • Kirby Curtain Call • Dash Course • Strato Patrol EOS • Kirby Quest • Survival Rush|