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Poppy Bros. Sr.

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Poppy Bros. Sr.
KSSU Poppy Bros Sr artwork.jpg
Artwork of Poppy Bros. Sr. from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Debut game Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Latest game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (cameo) (2014)
Other game(s) Kirby's Adventure
Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby's Avalanche
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Copy Ability Crash, Bomb
Similar to Poppy Bros. Jr.
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He jumps left and right while on screen and throws bombs.
— Description of Poppy Bros. Sr. in the Enemy Characters section of the Kirby Super Star Instruction Booklet

Poppy Bros. Sr. is a Mid-Boss that appears in several games of the Kirby series, debuting in the first installment, Kirby's Dream Land. He resembles Poppy Bros. Jr., but is bigger. He also has slightly longer and more hooked feet than his smaller counterpart and possesses a flat white shirt collar, as well as ligaments connecting his feet.

Game appearances[edit]

Poppy Bros. Sr.'s video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Dream Land Mid-Boss
Kirby's Adventure Mid-Boss Gives the Crash ability.
Kirby's Pinball Land Boss
Kirby's Avalanche Opponent
Kirby's Block Ball Boss
Kirby Super Star Mid-Boss Gives the Bomb ability.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Mid-Boss As this is the remake of Kirby's Adventure, his role doesn't change.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Mid-Boss As this is the remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Cameo His sprite from Kirby's Dream Land appears on a background element in one stage.

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

KDL Poppy Bros Sr sprite.png Poppy Bros. Sr. first appears in Kirby's Dream Land, as the mid-boss in Green Greens. He jumps around mainly in one place, periodically throwing singular bombs at Kirby. On rare instances, he gradually increases the range of his jumps until he reaches the other side of the screen, but always returns to his initial position afterwards. To defeat him, Kirby has to inhale his bombs and spit them back at him three times. In the Extra Game, Poppy Bros. Sr. is able to throw three bombs at a faster rate than normal, and execute an unpredictable dashing attack.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

KA Poppy Bros Sr sprite.png KNiDL Poppy Bros Sr sprite.png Poppy Bros. Sr. reappears in Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Here, he acts mainly the same as he did in his first appearance. However, he is much more likely to perform larger jumps, and if he manages to jump over Kirby, will continue to attack him from the opposite side. To defeat him, Kirby has to spit his bombs back at him or use a Copy Ability. In addition, Poppy Bros. Sr.'s own bombs may hurt him if they explode near him. Inhaling and swallowing Poppy Bros. Sr. after defeating him grants Kirby the Crash Copy Ability.

Although Poppy Bros. Sr. is encountered many times throughout the game (Kirby sometimes having to fight two of them at once), Poppy Bros. Sr. is one of the only three Mid-Bosses in the game to not be fought in any of the Arenas, likely due to giving the player a one-use Copy Ability.


In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Poppy Bros. Sr. can be found in the following levels and stages:

Poppy Bros. Sr. locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No No No No No No
Stage 2 Yes No No Yes No No Yes
Stage 3 No No No No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No No No No
Stage 5 N/A No No No No No No
Stage 6 N/A N/A No No No Yes No

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

Poppy Bros. Sr. (named Poppy Brothers[1] or simply Poppy[1]) appears as the boss of Poppy Brothers' Land. He attacks by bounding between two small platforms and throwing bombs at the flippers to temporarily disable them. Once hit three times, he splits into two Poppies and continues the fight. Each of them must then be hit three more times to defeat them.

Kirby's Avalanche[edit]

KAv Poppy Bros Sr sprite.png
This Happy-Go-Lucky, bomb-slinging boss is your first real Avalanche challenge.
— Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 21

KAv Poppy Bros Sr cutscene sprite.png In Kirby's Avalanche, Poppy Bros. Sr. is the first opponent of the Normal game mode. He plays similarly to Waddle Dee, as he never turns his Puyos. His Puyo Puyo equivalent is Draco Centauros.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

KBBa Poppy Bros Sr sprite.png Poppy Bros. Sr. reappears in Kirby's Block Ball as the boss of Stage 4. His attack pattern and movement is very similar to his fight in Kirby's Pinball Land, though he does not split into two. He is worth 50000 points when defeated.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSS Poppy Bros Sr.png KSSU Poppy Bros Sr Sprite.png Poppy Bros. Sr. reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. Instead of always throwing one bomb, he is also able to throw three bombs at Kirby at once and may attempt to ram into him like in Kirby's Dream Land's extra mode, but not as fast as in said game, in addition to being able to jump over Kirby like in his Kirby's Adventure appearance. Also like in Kirby's Adventure, Poppy Bros. Sr. is vulnerable to his own bombs. In these games, he yields the Bomb ability when swallowed.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Poppy Bros. Sr. is known as Poppy Bros Sr..


In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Poppy Bros. Sr. can be found in the following stages:

Poppy Bros. Sr. locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens Yes RoMK Chapter 4 Yes
Float Islands No RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria No
Mallow Castle No Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh Yes
Candy Mountain Yes Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius Yes
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai Yes
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon No
Crystal Yes ??? No
Old Tower No Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands No
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 No The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 No

Poppy Bros. Sr. also appears as an opponent in The Arena and Helper to Hero, as part of "Mid-Boss All-Stars 2". He is not faced in The True Arena.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The Green Greens tapestry in Kirby: Triple Deluxe which features Poppy Bros. Sr.

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Poppy Bros. Sr. makes a cameo appearance in his Kirby's Dream Land sprite form on the Green Greens tapestry that Kirby unfurls in Lollipop Land - Stage 2.


  • In Kirby's Dream Land, Poppy Bros. Sr. is the only one of the game's Mid-Bosses to have no apparent relation to the boss of the stage he is fought in (Whispy Woods).
  • Despite being a larger and more powerful version of Poppy Bros. Jr., the smaller counterpart was the one who ended up appearing in far more titles. Poppy Bros. Sr. meanwhile has not appeared in any significant capacity since Kirby Super Star Ultra, and has yet to make an appearance in 3D in a released game, although he was meant to appear in the Nintendo 64 version of Kirby's Air Ride.





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポピーブロスSr.
Popī Burosu Shinia
Poppy Bros. Sr.
French Papapoppy From "papa" (dad) and "poppy".
German Papi Peng from "papi" which is sometimes used instead of "papa" (father) + Peng
Italian Bomby Bros. Sr.
Korean 포피브라더스Sr.
Popi-Beuradeosu Sr.
Poppy Brothers Sr.
European Portuguese Poppy Bros. Sr.[2] -
Spanish Bomby Bros. Sr. Pun on the word bomba (bomb)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kirby's Pinball Land Instruction Booklet (American release), Page 15
  2. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (Poppy Bros. Jr. trophy description)