Popon is an enemy in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It is a monster which resembles a green blob with two eyes, able to grow into a tall stack of blobs when Kirby approaches. A Popon attacks by separating individual segments from its body and tossing them at Kirby, causing itself to shrink again. These segments can be inhaled and spat back at it. Attacking a Popon that is more than one segment in height only causes it to shrink instead of defeating it immediately. Once only a single segment is left, however, it can be inhaled or destroyed by any attack.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Popon can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Popon locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby Star Allies
Popon makes a cameo in the Goal Game for this title, serving as a de-facto spring for the platform which bounces Kirby and his friends upward. But besides this, Popon does not appear anywhere else.
- Main article: The Big Taste Test
|Popon? That's a wacky name!|
— Tuff, in The Big Taste Test
Popon makes an appearance as a monster sent by Night Mare Enterprises in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode The Big Taste Test. Initially, it is disguised as a different character called Chef Shiitake, who was once Chef Kawasaki's instructor. In this disguise, it sends advance notice to King Dedede that it is coming to Dream Land to rate its food. Taking advantage of this, King Dedede sabotages Kawasaki's cookbook by placing a sticker of Kirby over Zebon's image, making Kawasaki believe that he must cook Kirby and present him to his mentor.
Ultimately, Kawasaki 'prepares' Kirby in a dish and presents it to the false Shiitake, but could not bring himself to slaughter Kirby for the meal, instead leaving Kirby asleep in the garnish. Just as the fake Shiitake is about to eat Kirby, however, Kawasaki pushes Kirby off the table, resulting in the false Shiitake losing its temper and blowing its disguise. From there, the Popon gives up the act and transforms into its massive true form.
This Popon is characterized in the anime as much more massive and dangerous than its in-game counterpart. When it tosses its bodily globs, they turn into pools of boiling hot goop on the floor, thus making Popon unsuitable for Kirby to inhale directly. Additionally, the Popon can not be defeated by standard attacks such as Meta Knight's sword slashes, able to regenerate quickly even if sliced clean into pieces. Popon is eventually defeated by Cook Kirby, who tosses it on a giant frying pan out into space to be fried by the Sun. Dedede ends up enjoying this 'fried Popon', appointing Kirby as the new court chef (which Kawasaki finds to his dismay because he worked hard), though ultimately nothing comes of this.