Minor characters are characters from the Kirby series who never play more than an insignificant role in the games or story-lines they appear in, but serve a more significant role than simply being a cameo appearance. More specifically, a minor character is a character who lacks all of the following qualities:
- having plot-significant dialogue or interacting directly and repeatedly with Kirby or another prominent character in the story, through cut-scenes or otherwise.
- making multiple appearances as a distinct individual entity in a game. (i.e. a trait lacking in most common enemies, though they will not be listed here)
- having a larger role than simply as an opponent. (i.e. a trait lacking in most common enemies, bosses and mid-bosses, though again they will not be listed here)
- 1 List of minor characters by game
- 1.1 Kirby's Dream Land
- 1.2 Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
- 1.3 Kirby's Dream Land 2
- 1.4 Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
- 1.5 Kirby's Dream Land 3
- 1.6 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- 1.7 Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
- 1.8 Kirby Air Ride
- 1.9 Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn
- 1.10 Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- 1.11 Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- 1.12 Kirby: Planet Robobot
- 1.13 Kirby Battle Royale
- 1.14 Kirby Star Allies
- 2 Minor characters in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
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 Cameo characters 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 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 stamina when collected.
Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
- 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.
- 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.
- Poppy Bros. Jr. - a Poppy Bros. Jr. appears beside Kirby in the intro cut-scene for Milky Way Wishes.
- Rocky - In the secret outtake reel in the Theater for Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby bumps his head into a Rocky while trying to escape from the Great Cave.
- 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 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 64: The Crystal Shards
- Fairies of Ripple Star - Aside from Ribbon and the Fairy Queen, there are a multitude of other fairies who fly around in some of the cut-scenes. Some of them catch the Fairy 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'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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- A number of characters appear in the opening animation for the game. These include the following:
- 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.
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!|
|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.|
|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.|
|Un-Reality TV||Honey's mother wears a green scarf and a pink bonnet with brown tufts of hair, and goes nameless.|
|Un-Reality TV||Iro's father is a rather portly Cappy who goes nameless.|
|Un-Reality TV||Iro's mother wears an orange apron and a bonnet, and goes nameless.|
|A Fish Called Kine, Island of the Lost Warrior||Joe makes a minor appearance in the episodes A Fish Called Kine and Island of the Lost Warrior.|
Mayor Len Blustergas's butler
|Un-Reality TV||Mayor Len's butler wears a fancy brown tuxedo and small blue cap, and goes nameless.|
Nruff and Nelly
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||Nruff and Nelly cameo in a couple episodes.|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Alongside Elder Pipi are a number of nondescript bodyguards who have no dialogue.|
Pon & Con
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||Pon & Con cameo in a couple episodes.|
|Various||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.|
|Un-Reality TV, Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Spikehead's father wears a vest and small green beret and sports a brown mustache, and goes nameless.|
|Un-Reality TV||Spikehead's mother wears a pink chef hat and apron, and goes nameless.|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||In addition to the named Star Warriors, there are several nondescript ones who appear in some scenes, mainly flashbacks.|
Trees of Whispy Woods Forest
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||All of the trees surrounding Whispy Woods are descendants of him, and can speak.|