Mumbies is a recurring floating bandage-wrapped spherical enemy in the Kirby series, which made its first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land. It is a somewhat uncommon enemy, and is notable for its relatively high durability, along with its immunity to Kirby's inhale (In some games, their bandages will ruffle a bit when Kirby uses his inhale technique.). Mumbies are characterized by their nearly perfectly round physique and is almost completely wrapped in white or off-yellow bandages, leaving a slit in the front for their single eye, which is either red or yellow depending on the game.
Mumbies typically hold completely still when Kirby is facing in their direction, but will pursue him slowly when he looks away. This makes Mumbies similar to Boo from the Super Mario games in behavior. Although Mumbies is tough, it can still be defeated using any Copy Ability or item attack, Star Bullet, or even by a few Air Bullets if no better options are available.
Kirby's Dream Land
Mumbies first appears and is mainly seen in the Castle Lololo region, often appearing alongside other ghost-like foes like Booler. It does not exhibit much of its later characteristic behavior in this game, instead appearing suddenly and moving more quickly along with the other flying enemies, and also being just as weak as them.
Kirby's Pinball Land
Mumbies (known here as Mummy Ball) appears in this game in the lower-most board of Wispy-Woods Land. Bumping into it confers 360 points. Once bumped into eight times, it is defeated, granting a multiplier to the bonus score and revealing the Warp Star which can take Kirby back to the level hub.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Mumbies are a late-game enemy, not seen until Cloudy Park. In this title, they are capable of moving through walls and blocks in pursuit of Kirby.
Mumbies can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Mumbies locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2|
|Stage||Grass Land||Big Forest||Ripple Field||Iceberg||Red Canyon||Cloudy Park||Dark Castle|
Kirby's Block Ball
Mumbies appears as a common enemy in this game, and must be hit three times to defeat, with each hit worth 600 points. Mumbies drops a Block Flip when defeated.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Once more, Mumbies are not encountered until Cloudy Park. They behave largely the same as they did in Kirby's Dream Land 2.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Mumbies can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Mumbies locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In this title, Mumbies are seen primarily in Rock Star, with their bandaged appearance suiting the scenery. Here is where they began to exhibit their characteristic shyness, and where they lost the ability to move through walls. Mumbies appears on the 78th Enemy Info Card.
Mumbies can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Mumbies locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|Stage||Pop Star||Rock Star||Aqua Star||Neo Star||Shiver Star||Ripple Star||Dark Star|
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
An 11 year gap lies between Mumbies last appearance and their return in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Here is where they gained their modern look and characteristics, which can be seen as a joining of their previous depictions. Mumbies in these titles can exhibit varied behavior, either stopping when Kirby looks at them, pursuing him regardless of his facing, or holding still at all times.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Mumbies can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Mumbies locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Mumbies can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Mumbies locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage 6 EX||Stage 7 EX||Stage 8 EX|
- Main article: Mumbies Madness
|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!|
— Meta Knight, in Mumbies Madness
Mumbies appears as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Mumbies Madness. It is discovered in an archaic-looking urn by Professor Curio, who appears to be influenced by the monster into an uncharacteristic hostility. After freeing Mumbies, however, Curio returns to his normal self, and attempts to seal the creature away when he realizes he was tricked by King Dedede using a forged book about the creature. Due to a misunderstanding and his own apprehension, however, Curio is interrupted in his effort to contain the monster by Tiff and Tuff, and Mumbies is free to antagonize Kirby on two separate nights.
Meta Knight explains that Mumbies are creatures which are specifically made to hunt down and destroy Star Warriors. Since it locked on Kirby, Mumbies will not cease its attacks on him until he is destroyed, halted only by sunlight, which its its biggest weakness and what stopped it from killing Kirby on the first night. During its second attack, Kirby tries and fails to inhale the monster, being forced to spit it back out, and is only given a means to fight back when King Dedede foolishly tosses a bomb at Kirby which he inhales for the Bomb Copy Ability. Despite this new ability, Kirby is once again overpowered by Mumbies, but Kirby manages to turn things around when he uses the Warp Star to carry him and Mumbies high into space, where the monster is unable to evade the rays from the Sun and is reduced to dust.
Mumbies is depicted very differently to its appearance in the games, only sharing its basic appearance. In the anime, Mumbies has many different powers, and is defined primarily by its huge mouth with sharp teeth; a trait it lacks in the games. It attacks by biting and dragging its target around with its mouth, and when this fails, it uses black laser blasts from its eye to blow up its target, making it similar to Dark Matter. Mumbies also possesses a hypnotic gaze, which it uses to both influence Professor Curio and lull Kirby into fatigue during its fight with him. Unlike in the games, Mumbies can be inhaled, but its abilities cannot be absorbed, and Kirby is forced to spit it back out again. Its only weakness is to sunlight - giving it vampiric qualities - and this is how it is ultimately defeated.
Mumbies being summoned by Professor Curio
Names in other languages
- Name taken from Kirby's Pinball Land Instruction Booklet (American release), Page 9
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight ・Bandana Waddle Dee ・King Dedede|
|Levels||Planet Popstar||Cookie Country ・Raisin Ruins ・Onion Ocean ・White Wafers ・Nutty Noon|
|Halcandra||Egg Engines ・Dangerous Dinner|
|Bosses||Whispy Woods ・Mr. Dooter ・Fatty Puffer ・Goriath ・Grand Doomer ・Metal General ・HR-D3 (Extra Mode only) ・Landia ・Lor Starcutter ・Magolor ・Magolor Soul|
|True Arena only||Galacta Knight|
|Mid-Bosses||Sphere Doomer ・Gigant Edge ・Bonkers ・Water Galboros ・King Doo ・Kibble Blade ・Moundo ・Super Bonkers ・Dubior|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Hi-Jump ・Ice ・Leaf ・Needle ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Spark ・Spear ・Stone ・Sword ・Tornado ・Water ・Wing ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Super||Flare Beam ・Grand Hammer ・Monster Flame ・Snow Bowl ・Ultra Sword|
|Enemies||Standard||Armor Dee ・Babut ・Barbar ・Barracu ・Blade Knight ・Blipper ・Bouncy ・Bouncy Sis ・Bowby ・Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・Bulby ・Cappy ・Cerulean ・ Clayn ・Chilly ・ Coconut ・Coldtzo ・Como ・Craby ・Degout ・Doomer ・Elec ・Flamer ・Foley ・ Galbo ・Gemra ・Gigatzo ・Glunk ・Gordo ・Halcandle Dee ・Hot Head ・Iron Barbar ・Jackle ・Kabu ・Key Dee ・Knuckle Joe ・Lanzer ・Leafan ・Moonja ・Mopoo ・Mumbies ・Needlous ・Noddy ・Nruff ・Owgulf ・Pacloud ・Pacto ・Parasol Waddle Dee ・Parasol Waddle Doo ・Pierce ・Pluid ・Poppy Bros. Jr. ・Puppet Waddle Dee ・Rocky ・Rope Waddle Dee ・Rope Waddle Doo ・Scarfy ・Searches ・Shelt ・Shotzo ・Sir Kibble ・ Snowl ・Sodory ・Sparky ・Squishy ・Starman ・Super Blade Knight ・Super Chilly ・Super Hot Head ・Super Waddle Doo ・Tick ・Totenga ・Twister ・Volttzo ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Walf ・Wapod ・Water Galbo ・Whippy|
|Super Ability-Specific||Bomb Machine ・Burner Box ・Drill Machine ・Giant Flotzo ・Merman Statue ・Moai Block ・Strike Box|
|Sub-Games||Ninja Dojo ・Scope Shot ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight|
|Levels||Patched Plains ・Resolution Road ・Overload Ocean ・Gigabyte Grounds ・Rhythm Route ・Access Ark ・Mind in the Program|
|Bosses||Regular||Gigavolt ・ Clanky Woods ・ C.O.G.S. ・ Holo Defense API ・Susie ・Core Kabula ・Mecha Knight ・Dedede Clone ・Dedede Clones & D3 ・ Gigavolt II ・ Mecha Knight+ ・President Haltmann ・Star Dream|
|Meta Knightmare Returns||Stock Mecha Knight ・Dark Matter Clone ・Sectonia Clone ・Galacta Knight Returns|
|The True Arena||Star Dream Soul OS|
|Team Kirby Clash||Gigant Edge ・Mr. Frosty ・Whispy Woods ・Pyribbit ・Landia ・Landia EX|
|Mid-Bosses||Blocky ・Bonkers ・Dubior ・Kibble Blade ・King Doo ・Invader Armor ・Masher ・Miasmoros ・Security Force ・Telepathos|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Archer ・Beam ・Bomb ・Circus ・Cutter ・Doctor ・ESP ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Jet ・Leaf ・Mirror ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Poison ・Smash Bros. ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・UFO ・Wheel ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Robobot Armor Modes||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・ESP ・Fire ・Ice ・Jet ・Mike ・Parasol ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・Wheel ・Halberd|
|Team Kirby Clash||Beam Mage ・Doctor Healmore ・Hammer Lord ・Sword Hero|
|Enemies||Bar Waddle Dees ・ Barbar ・ Blade Knight ・ Blipper ・ Bomber ・ Bouncy (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・ Cappy ・ Capsule J3 ・ Chilly ・ Chip ・ Chippurus ・ Clown Acrobot ・ Como ・ Covered Looker ・ Craby ・ Cyborg Flotzo ・ Degout ・ Dekabu ・ Dice ・ Driver Waddle Dee ・ Elec ・ Esper ・ Flamer ・Foley ・ Gabon ・ Galbo ・ Gigatzo ・ Glunk ・ Grand Propeller ・ Grandy ・ Grizzo ・ Haltworker ・ Hot Head ・ Iron Ball ・ Iron Hammer ・ Kabu ・ Key Dee ・ Knuckle Joe ・ Labotory ・ Leafan ・ Mamanti ・ Metal Acro ・ Moonja ・ Mumbies ・ Noddy ・ Pacto ・ Parasol Waddle Dee ・ Chemitory ・ Poppy Bros. Jr. ・ Prism Ball ・ Propeller ・ Rocky ・ Scarfy ・ Security Laser ・ Shelt ・ Shotzo ・ Simirror ・ Sir Kibble ・ Sleepy Turtle ・ Soarar ・ Sparky ・ Spear Waddle Dee (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Spring Note ・ Spynum ・ Squishy ・ UFO ・ Venog ・ Vol ・ Waddle Dee ・ Waddle Doo ・ Walf ・ Walker Waddle Dee ・ Walky ・ Wester ・ Wheelie ・ Whippy ・ Yesman|
|Sub-Games||Team Kirby Clash ・Kirby 3D Rumble ・Meta Knightmare Returns ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Recurring characters||Blade Knight • Captain Waddle Doo • Chef Kawasaki • Doctor Yabui • eNeMeE • Escargoon • Fololo & Falala • Kabu • King Dedede • Kirby • Lady Like • Meta Knight • N.M.E. Sales Guy • Sir Ebrum • Sword Knight • Tiff • Tokkori • Tuff • Waddle Dees|
|Cappies||Biblio • Buttercup • Chief Bookem • Doron • Gengu • Gus • Hana • Honey • Iro • Mabel • Mayor Len Blustergas • Melman • Professor Curio • Samo • Spikehead • Tuggle|
|Side characters||Acore • Air Riders • Benikage • Biggy, Boney, and Sleepy • Bonkers • Chef Nagoya • Chef Shiitake • Coo • Dyna Blade • Dyna Chick • Escargoon's mother • Fang • Island Sisters • Joe • Kine • Kit Cosmos • Knuckle Joe • Mr. Chip • Pengy (and the Pengys) • Princess Rona • Rick • Rowlin • Sir Gallant • Sirica • Star Warriors • Whales • Whispy Woods • Minor characters|
(excluding those from the Pilot or other small appearances)
|Amon • Anige • Belly Buster • Blocky • Broom King • Bugzzy • Chilly • Chimera Dinosaurs • Chuckie • Cobgoblin • Crab Monster • Crowemon • Danger • Dedede Doll • Dedede Stone • Delivery Man • Demon Frog • Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk • Doctor Moro • Domestic Servant Robot • Drifter • Ebifryer • Electronic Pet • Erasem • Escar-droid • Fire Lion • Flame Feeder • Fridgy • Fryclops • Gabon • Galbo • Ghost Monster • Great Sea Slug Monster • Hardy • Head Cold Monsters • Heavy Anaconda • Heavy Lobster • Honker Stomper • Ice Dragon Robot • Ice Dragon • Kirisakin • Kracko • Lobzilla • Lovely • Maimaigon • Martial Arts All-Stars • Masher • Masher 2.0 • Max Flexer • Mole Monster • Monsieur Goan • Mosugaba • Mumbies • Noddy • Octacon • Ozomashii • Paint Roller • Phan Phan • Popon • Pukey Flower • Red Viper • Rekketsu • Sasuke • Scarfy • Slice n' Splice • SlicerDicer • Squishy • Susshi • Teacher Creature • Togeira • Tornadon • Trash Basher • Walky • Wheelie • Whippy • Windwhipper • WolfWrath • Yamikage|
|Copy Abilities||Baton • Bomb • Cleaning • Cook • Crash • Cutter • Fighter • Fire • Hammer • Ice • Iron • Jet • Kabuki • Mike • Mirror • Needle • Ninja • Paint • Parasol • Spark • Star Rod • Stone • Sword (Galaxia) • Throw • Top • Tornado • Water • Wheel • Wing|
|Places||Babagahara • Booma-Dooma Volcano • Castle Dedede • Cappy Town • Dedede Academy • Dream Land • Dyna Blade's Nest • Eastern Forest • eNeMeE's Fortress • Haunted mansion • Island of Kit Cosmos • Kabu Canyon • Kawasaki's • Kirby's house • Royal Acadddemy of Arts • Whispy Woods Forest|
|Extra||Armored Vehicle • Channel DDD • Destroya • Dream Land Princess • Galaxia • Grasshopper Eavesdropper • Kihon wa Maru • Kirby: Fright to the Finish • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (song) • Kirby! (opening theme) • Kirby ★ March • Kirby ☆ Step! • Kirby of the Stars ending skits • Kirby's Starship • Halberd • Night Mare Enterprises • Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter • Phantom Star Gerath • Royal Racecar • Watermelon • Warp Star|