A minor character is a character who, while having a more significant role than simply being an enemy or cameo appearance, is still not a major part of the main story. There are many minor characters in the Kirby series, and their roles typically include appearing in cut-scenes, having dialogue, or even being playable, though only in multiplayer modes or Sub-Games.
List of minor characters by game
The following list covers all minor characters by game, though it should be noted that some characters on this list play more significant roles in other games. It should be noted that this list will not cover characters who appear from other video game franchises or media. Those characters are mentioned on the List of references in the Kirby series page instead. This list will also not cover audiences or crowds, as they also qualify as cameo appearances:
Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
- Blade Knight - Kirby duels a Blade Knight in the intro cut-scene for Vegetable Valley.
- Poppy Bros. Sr. - A Poppy Bros. Sr. harasses Kirby in the opening scene for Butter Building.
- Shark - An unidentified shark swims after Kirby in the opening scene for Orange Ocean.
- Waddle Doo - A Waddle Doo appears out of one of Kirby's thought clouds and hits him with a hammer in the intro cut-scene for Ice Cream Island.
Kirby's Dream Course
- Keeby - A yellow version of Kirby who is controlled by the second player in the 2P Game. Other yellow Kirbys throughout the series cannot be said to be Keeby.
In Kirby's Avalanche, each character Kirby faces in Story Mode, with the exception of King Dedede at the end, can be considered a minor character, since they each have some dialogue to exchange with Kirby. In the order faced, they are as follows:
- Waddle Dee
- Bronto Burt
- Waddle Doo
- Poppy Bros. Sr.
- Whispy Woods
- Broom Hatter
- Lololo & Lalala
- Paint Roller
- Heavy Mole
- Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright
- Meta Knight
Kirby's Dream Land 2
- Girl blob - This character has a chance to appear inside some of the bags, and provides a 1-Up when collected. The Girl blob is only found in the western version and replaces Chao, who is a cameo character in the Japanese version.
- Gooey - This character has a chance to appear inside some of the bags, and provides a unit of health when collected.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Axe Knight - Axe Knight has a fair amount of dialogue in Revenge of Meta Knight, acting as one of the Halberd crewmates.
- Blipper - Kirby fishes out a Blipper in the intro cut-scene for Float Islands in Spring Breeze.
- Bronto Burt - a Bronto Burt appears beside Kirby in the intro cut-scene for Milky Way Wishes.
- Butterfly - Kirby interacts with a peculiar butterfly in the opening cut-scene for Green Greens in Spring Breeze and Purple Plants in Revenge of the King.
- Caterpillar - In the secret outtake reel in the Theater for Kirby Super Star Ultra, a caterpillar falls on a napping Kirby when Dyna Blade passes by, which causes Kirby to panic and then lose consciousness.
- Captain Vul - One of the Halberd's crewmates in Revenge of Meta Knight, appearing only in cut-scenes and dialogue.
- Croucars - A flock which includes some Croucars appears in the intro for Purple Plants in Revenge of the King.
- Dyna Blade's chicks - These are three baby birds who Kirby helps take care of after a misunderstanding with their mother.
- Flotzo - Kirby fishes out a Flotzo which sticks to his face in the intro cut-scene for Illusion Islands in Revenge of the King.
- Galbel - A Galbel falls on top of Kirby and then sneezes in the opening scene for Crash Clouds in Revenge of the King.
- Kabula - Kabula appears in the intro cut-scene for Revenge of the King, and also appears in the scene for Mt. Dedede Sky.
- Koozer - A flock which includes some Koozers appears in the intro for Purple Plants in Revenge of the King.
- Lovely - A pair of Lovelies appear in the opening scene for Dyna Blade.
- Mace Knight - Mace Knight has a fair amount of dialogue in Revenge of Meta Knight, acting as one of the Halberd crewmates.
- Poppy Bros. Jr. - a Poppy Bros. Jr. appears beside Kirby in the intro cut-scene for Milky Way Wishes.
- Rocky - In the Special-Edition Blooper Reel in the Theater for Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby bumps his head into a Rocky while trying to escape from the Great Cave.
- Sailor Waddle Dee - One of the Halberd's crewmates in Revenge of Meta Knight, appearing only in cut-scenes and dialogue.
- Spear Waddle Dee - a retinue of Spear Waddle Dees appear in the intro cut-scene for Revenge of the King.
- The Sun and Moon - two celestial objects whose quarrel in the sky Kirby seeks to stop in Milky Way Wishes. They later help Kirby fend off the Galactic Nova.
- Tacs - Tacs can be seen in the intro cut-scene for Green Greens helping King Dedede steal Dream Land's food.
- Waddle Dees - Waddle Dees appear in the intro scene for Green Greens helping King Dedede steal the food from Dream Land. They also march alongside King Dedede as he walks sullen through the desert at the end of Revenge of the King. Lastly, a Waddle Dee appears beside Kirby in the intro cut-scene for Milky Way Wishes.
- Waddle Doos - Waddle Doos can be seen in the intro cut-scene for Green Greens helping King Dedede steal Dream Land's food.
- Wheelie - A Wheelie appears at the end of Revenge of Meta Knight which Kirby rides to escape the Halberd as it crashes.
- Whispy Woods - Kirby uses Whispy Woods' apples to feed Dyna Blade's chicks in a cut-scene.
Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)
Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Main article: Heart Star
All of the minor characters in this game are residents of (or visitors to) Popstar, who require some assistance in the stages and reward Kirby with a Heart Star when he performs a specific task for them. Some of these characters are cameo characters and will not be listed here, and many of the others do not have localized names, or names at all. They are listed here in order of appearance:
- red tulips
- a green springy creature
- a blue round creature with a baseball cap
- Mine the sunfish
- an egg-shaped clown who can juggle
- a yellow egg-shaped creature with a parasol for a hat
- a black Elieel
- a parent and child frog
- Pitch Mama
- a yellow creature shaped like a pixelated diamond
- brown mushrooms
- a yellow ball-shaped creature with a white bandana and a broomstick
- a yellow egg-shaped creature with a crack along its waist
- Nyupun the octopus
- orange oval flowers
- a tiny chick on a balloon and its mother hen
- a floating creature made of a red, yellow, and blue ball fused together
- an orange lain atop a kagami mochi (mirror rice cake)
- Pick the hamster
- a pink creature shaped like a squaroid goblet
- Chef Kawasaki
- a large snail
- Shiro the cat
- an angel
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
The Story Mode of Kirby's Star Stacker for Super Famicom features a number of characters on the way to King Dedede and eventually Gryll who exchange small amounts of dialogue with Kirby. They are as follows, in order encountered:
In addition, Tick-Tock Jr. appears for the Time Attack game mode.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Queen - The queen of Ripple Star, who sends Ribbon off with the crystal to try and protect it from Dark Matter, and who later gets possessed by the dark cloud. Kirby and friends free her from possession using the reassembled crystal, and she thanks them for saving Ripple Star by giving them all medals.
- Fairies of Ripple Star - Aside from Ribbon and the Queen, there are a multitude of other fairies who fly around in some of the cut-scenes. Some of them catch the Queen as she falls after Dark Matter leaves her body.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
- Waddle Dees - In the intro scene for the game, Kirby sees Waddle Dees helping King Dedede steal the Sparkling Stars.
Kirby Air Ride
- Broom Hatters - In the opening scene for the game, Kirby is pursued by two Broom Hatters riding their brooms. Kirby uses the Fire ability to dispatch them.
- Heat Phanphan - In the opening scene for the game, Kirby inhales a Heat Phanphan to obtain the Fire ability. The poor creature is seen for only a fraction of a second before it enters Kirby's mouth.
- Sword Knights - In the opening scene for the game, after obtaining the Sword ability, Kirby slashes and defeats two Sword Knights on hover boards who had been pursuing him.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Daroach's henchmen - the Squeaks - play various minor roles as opponents for Kirby, as well as appearing in cut-scenes. The three most prominent are as follows:
- Spinni - An agile yellow mouse with a red cape and sunglasses who can throw ninja stars and attack with a metal claw.
- Storo - A big blue mouse with an eyepatch who attacks with his girth and a hammer.
- Doc - A small elterly mouse with mad scientist goggles who pilots a UFO and controls the bosses Mecha-Kracko and Yadgaine.
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
- An unknown silhouette of a vaguely humanoid character appears in the very first cut-scene of the game, who is turned into a yarn outline by Yin-Yarn.
- Angie - A small yellow winged creature who can save Kirby and Fluff from dangerous situations, such as bottomless pits.
- Beadrix - One of Kirby's neighbors, who mediates Beadrix's Run.
- Buster - One of Kirby's neighbors, who mediates Buster's Training.
- Carrie - One of Kirby's neighbors, who mediates Carrie's Transport.
- Chaise Woole - The owner and operator of the Furniture Shop.
- Dom Woole - the landlord of Quilty Court, who offers Kirby a room and who Kirby helps expand his enterprise.
- Lickeur - In the cut-scene that plays after clearing Patch Castle, Kirby and Prince Fluff are ambushed by a giant purple blob of yarn who yields the first piece of Magic Yarn on defeat.
- Loomis Woole - The owner and operator of the Fabric Shop.
- Mara - One of Kirby's neighbors, who mediates Mara's Race.
- Uniclod - In the first cut-scene for the game, Kirby rescues Prince Fluff from a Uniclod who had been chasing him.
- Waddle Dees - In the cut-scenes featuring King Dedede, Waddle Dees appear who do chores for him around the castle. They are eventually captured along with their king by yarn imposters.
- Zeke - One of Kirby's neighbors, who mediates Zeke's Hide-and-Seek.
Kirby Mass Attack
Like in Kirby: Squeak Squad, Daroach is accompanied by his Squeaks. He has a few things to say about them, and they can appear in the background in Daroach's Airship.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- Butterfly - the recurring butterfly appears in the first cut-scene for the game on a flower next to Meta Knight, and flies off when the Lor Starcutter appears. It also appears in the final cut-scene for the game, where it lands on Kirby's face and wakes him up.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Blipper - Kirby catches a Blipper in the opening cut-scene for the game.
- Butterfly - the recurring butterfly appears in the first cut-scene for the game and lands on Kirby's face as he strolls outside his house. It also lands on some apples later in the scene.
- Spear Waddle Dees - A troop of Spear Waddle Dees attempt to defend King Dedede from Taranza in the opening cut-scene for the game.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Butterfly - the recurring butterfly appears in the final cut-scene for the game, once again landing on Kirby's face and waking him up.
- King Dedede - King Dedede appears in the opening cut-scene of the game playing chess with his Waddle Dees. He tries in vain to defend the castle from the Haltmann Works Company invasion. In the ending cut-scene, King Dedede emerges from the rubble of his castle.
- Invader Armor - Several Invader Armor pilots appear in the opening scene for the game as part of the Haltmann invasion.
- Robobot Armor - The last suit of Robobot Armor that Kirby uses to battle Star Dream appears to have a mind of its own, as it lifts an unconscious Kirby out of its seat before being vaporized along with the rest of the computer's creations.
- Waddle Dees - A retinue of Waddle Dees appear in the opening and closing cut-scenes for the game, attempting to assist King Dedede.
Kirby Battle Royale
- Channel PPP Crew - Four Waddle Dees with reporting equipment who track the progress of the contestants in Dedede's Cake Royale. They originated from the Kirby JP Twitter.
- Knuckle Joe - Knuckle Joe can be found in the lobby for Dedede's Cake Royale and comments on Kirby's currently-equipped ability.
- Soldier Waddle Dees - Aside from the soldier at the gate in Dedede's Cake Royale, there are several others who perform different roles.
- Waddle Dees - A number of Waddle Dees can be talked to in the lobby for Dedede's Cake Royale, and also take part in some of the cut-scenes.
- Waddle Doo - A Waddle Doo appears in the Dedede's Cake Royale lobby and helps Kirby select battles to participate in.
Kirby Star Allies
- Waddle Dees - As per usual, King Dedede is attended to by a retinue of Waddle Dees who perform various tasks for him. They appear in the intro cut-scene for Story Mode.
- In the ending scene, whichever Friends were recruited for the final fight against Void Termina will appear alongside Kirby and ride away with him on the Warp Star. This is the first case in the series where a scene can feature different characters depending on the player's actions.
Kirby Fighters 2
In Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, a pair of Waddle Dees disguise themselves as King Dedede & Meta Knight and do battle with Kirby and his buddy at the end of Chapter 2. They are not revealed to be Waddle Dees until after they are defeated, and forced to flee the scene.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
There are several named Waddle Dees in Waddle Dee Town, who can provide varying services for Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee. These include the following:
- Café-Manager Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who manages the Waddle Dee Café, allowing Kirby to take on a part-time job.
- Café-Staff Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who works at the Waddle Dee Café, allowing Kirby to purchase takeaway food.
- Commentator Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who narrates battles at the Colosseum.
- The Deedly Dees - A band of Waddle Dees who perform music at the Corner Stage.
- Delivery Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who works at Waddle Dee-liveries, allowing Kirby to redeem Present Codes for items.
- Item-Shop Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who works at Waddle Dee's Item Shop, allowing Kirby to purchase upgrades that boost his stats.
- Game-Shop Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who operates the Tilt-and-Roll Kirby game.
- Minion Waddle Dee - One of King Dedede's servants who speaks on his behalf.
- Trader Waddle Dee - Appears in Gotcha Machine Alley late into the game, and offers to trade a figure Kirby doesn't yet have for a Rare Stone.
- Usher Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who works at the Waddle Dee Cinema.
- Weapons-Shop Waddle Dee - A blacksmith Waddle Dee who can upgrade Kirby's Copy Abilities into evolved abilities.
- Wise Waddle Dee - A knowledgeable Waddle Dee who wears a scholar's hat and glasses and gives Kirby general advice.
In addition, the following Beast Pack bosses are slightly more distinguished than other enemies, but do not play a huge role in the story:
- Gorimondo - A giant gorilla who serves as part of the Executive Council for the Beast Pack. His main job is to gather food and capture Waddle Dees.
- Sillydillo - A large bipedal armadillo-like creature who serves as part of the Executive Council for the Beast Pack. His main job is to produce the wanted posters depicting Kirby and Elfilin and try to seek them out directly, though he often gets distracted by shiny things.
Minor characters in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
The following are characters who do not serve a particularly plot-important purpose in the various episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Any character who does have an episode devoted to them, even if they are a minor character for any others they appear in, will not be listed here:
|Minor characters in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Junk Jam||The Aliens are vaguely humanoid figures who pilot the flying saucer responsible for dumping massive mounds of garbage on Dream Land in the episode Junk Jam. Their actual species name and where they come from is not known, but they appear to be affiliated with Night Mare Enterprises. Their flying saucer is similar in appearance to that of a Destroya, but is not the same design.|
|Goin' Bonkers (flashback)||Bonkers' Keeper is not identified by name, and his appearance is not fully seen. He appears to be a circus clown and was responsible for keeping and training Bonkers while the ape was captive in the circus act. He is a fan of the show Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, and would watch it while off-duty.|
|Various||In addition to the recurring Cappy characters, there are many Cappies who do not have names or distinct roles who occupy Cappy Town. They can be seen with various hairstyles and/or articles of clothing, but are rarely as distinct as more prominent Cappy characters.|
|Buccaneer Birdy||A famous dread pirate who lived 200 years before the events of the show. Only his skeleton is seen in the episode proper. He is only named in the Japanese version.|
|A Dental Dilemma||The Cavities are an anthropomorphization of tooth decay, and can be seen "mining away" the teeth of both King Dedede and Tuff in order to create cavities. They are named as such by King Dedede while he is suffering from toothache.|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Commander Vee is Princess Rona's bodyguard and lady-in-waiting. She spends most of the episode disguised as the Princess, while she pretends to be Vee.|
|Flower Power||Como makes a cameo appearance in the episode Flower Power.|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Princess Rona's grandfather. His name is conjectural.|
|Escargoon Squad||A swarm of Flappers make a small appearance in the episode Escargoon Squad.|
|A Fish Called Kine||A Flotzo makes a minor appearance in the episode A Fish Called Kine.|
|Don't Bank on It||Honey's father is a slim Cappy with black hair similar to Samo's, a small bushy mustache, and a brown vest who goes nameless. He does not speak until Don't Bank on It.|
|Watermelon Felon||Honey's mom wears a green scarf and a pink bonnet with brown tufts of hair, and goes nameless (only being referred to as "Honey's mom" by Tiff in Watermelon Felon). Her only significant role is in the episode Watermelon Felon, where she acts as one of Tiff's witnesses for Kirby.|
|Prediction Predicament - Part II||Iro's father is a rather portly Cappy who goes nameless. He does not speak until Prediction Predicament - Part II, and only in the Japanese version.|
|Hunger Struck||Iro's mother wears an orange apron and a bonnet, and goes nameless.|
|A Fish Called Kine, Island of the Lost Warrior, Buccaneer Birdy||Joe makes minor appearances in various episodes, where he antagonizes King Dedede and Escargoon. He is a pal of Kine, and helps to protect the ocean's natural environs.|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Kany makes a minor appearance in the episode Pink-Collar Blues.|
|War of the Woods||Kittsuu is a woodpecker who lives in Acore along with the other animals. It is named only in the Japanese version.|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Captain Kick's bird, stolen from a royal family. Presumed to be the great grandfather of Tokkori, until it is shown he was not the same species. He is only named in the Japanese version.|
Mayor Len Blustergas's butler
|Un-Reality TV||Mayor Len's butler wears a fancy brown tuxedo, and goes nameless. He is sometimes seen with a small blue cap.|
Mayor Len Blustergas's grandchildren
|The Kirby Derby - Part I||Mayor Len's grandchildren are three small Cappies who live with him in his villa. They are differentiated with red, green, and blue clothing and each have slightly different hair styles, but are otherwise interchangeable and go nameless.|
|War of the Woods||This monkey can be seen in many episodes, but only has a significant role in War of the Woods. It lives in Acore along with the other animals.|
|War of the Woods||Nruff and Nelly cameo in a couple episodes, but appear most prominently in War of the Woods.|
|Crusade for the Blade (in a flashback)||Described as the ancient King of the Fire People. Photron is said to be responsible for forging the Galaxia many thousands of years ago. This character does not appear in the present storyline.|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Alongside Elder Pipi are a number of nondescript bodyguards who have no dialogue.|
|War of the Woods||Pon & Con cameo in a couple episodes, but appear most prominently in War of the Woods. Here, they are able to speak, unlike their video game counterparts.|
|One Crazy Knight||Princess Zaia is a fictional Cappy who resembles Mabel. Sir Gallant believes Mabel to be her after meeting her in Cappy Town. In the Japanese version, she is called Princess Raia.|
|Born to Be Mild - Part I||Rip is a member of the biker gang led by Fang. He wears a mask over his face, but is otherwise similar to Fang and Turbo. In the Japanese version, he is called "Accel".|
|Sheepwrecked||The sheep appear in a number of different episodes, but they do not serve a significant purpose in the plot aside from their role in the episode Sheepwrecked.|
|Sheepwrecked||The shepherd is a nameless Cappy villager who is responsible for tending to the sheep out in the countryside, though he tends to not handle them very well. He is distinguishable by his rough green vest, and can be seen wearing one of two different hats. One of these hats has a feather in it, while the other is more cylindrical. He has a wife and two kids, seen in Prediction Predicament - Part II.|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Spikehead's father wears a vest and small green beret and sports a mustache, and goes nameless. His hair is sometimes brown, and other times gray.|
|Hunger Struck||Spikehead's mother wears a pink chef hat and apron, and goes nameless.|
|War of the Woods||This squirrel can be seen in many episodes, but only has a significant role in War of the Woods. It lives in Acore along with the other animals and can speak.|
|Here Comes the Son||In addition to the named Star Warriors, there are several nondescript ones who appear in some scenes, mainly flashbacks.|
|Born to Be Mild - Part I||Turbo is a member of the biker gang led by Fang. He has buck teeth and a small mustache, but is otherwise similar to Fang and Rip.|
|Tourist Trap||The tourists are a large group of Cappy-like creatures who wear floral shirts, dark sunglasses, and all carry cameras. Some of them also wear straw hats. They speak a foreign language (which is in reality gibberish) and tend to trash and vandalize any area they visit. Their skin color is pale lavender, which makes them similar in hue to Poison Mash.|
|Beware: Whispy Woods!, The Flower Plot||All of the trees surrounding Whispy Woods are descendants of him, and can speak.|
Minor characters in the Kirby novel series
The following are characters who make minor appearances in the Kirby novel series, whether that be because they are not majorly plot-significant, and/or because they only appear in a single volume. These are as follows:
|Minor characters in the Kirby novel series|
|Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods!||Fire Lion appears as a cameo in the Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods! volume.|
|Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods!||Grizzo briefly makes a cameo appearance in the Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods! volume.|
|Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods!||Ringle appears as a cameo character in the Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods! volume, where his duty is to guard a sacred crystal with his friend Broom Hatter.|
The following are minor characters in the Kirby novel series who do not receive illustrations, and therefore lack much detail:
- Mrs. Parfaitski's chefs — A large group of top-class chefs who were hired to cook for Mrs. Parfaitski for her birthday celebration in the Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?! volume. They end up locked away by her due to her dissatisfaction with their cooking, but eventually are freed. The only one named out of these and shown in an illustration is Chef Kawasaki, who is not considered a minor character.
- Mr. Tick-Tock — Mr. Tick-Tock very briefly appears as a cameo in the Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods! volume as a resident of Dream Land.
- The master — An ancient rumored beast who was greatly feared and supposedly guarded the sacred crystal within the "Gloomy Woods" area of Dream Land. Before his abrupt disappearance, the sound of a bell would resound in the woods upon his awakening. He is mentioned in the Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods! volume, primarily by the Woodkeeper who continuously frets about him, but he does not physically appear.