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Prince Fluff

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Prince Fluff
Prince Fluff KEY artwork.png
Artwork of Prince Fluff from Kirby's Epic Yarn
Details
First appearance Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010)
Latest appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Cameo appearances Kirby: Planet Robobot
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Voice actor(s) Tomoko Nakamura
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Thanks for saving me! What's that? You say you're from another world?! Wow! Welcome to Patch Land! You just stick with me, and I'll show you the ropes!
— Prince Fluff in Kirby's Epic Yarn

Prince Fluff (sometimes shortened to just Fluff) is the prince of Patch Land and the secondary main character in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. When Yin-Yarn splits Patch Land into seven distinct parts, Prince Fluff travels with Kirby to collect strands of the Magic Yarn and stitch the land back together. In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Prince Fluff serves as the second player character and has the same abilities as Kirby. In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Prince Fluff is instead relegated to a non-playable supporting role, and helps Kirby by finding beads and other items for him in stages.

Physical appearance[edit]

Prince Fluff has all of the same abilities as Kirby in Kirby's Epic Yarn. Here, Kirby has grabbed Prince Fluff, who takes on the form of a baseball and can be tossed.

Prince Fluff has very similar proportions to Kirby, being small, round, and having large glossy brown eyes. Fluff has a cyan body and orange feet made entirely from strings of yarn and he wears a yellow felt crown which denotes his royal title. Unlike Kirby, Fluff has large felt eyebrows and no cheek blush, and the scleras of his eyes are visible. His facial expression is often confident and determined.

Personality[edit]

Prince Fluff is friendly and helpful throughout his adventure with Kirby. When Kirby arrives at Patch Land, Prince Fluff welcomes him and shows him around Patch Castle so that he does not feel lost. When Kirby grows hungry, Fluff teaches him how to forage for food in Patch Land. Fluff is also noble and courageous, demonstrated by his determination to defeat Yin-Yarn and bring peace to the inhabitants of Patch Land. Though he is brave, Prince Fluff is also somewhat prideful. When Kirby saves a helpless Prince Fluff from a monster, Fluff thanks Kirby for his help but states that it was not needed, although in the original Japanese text, he instead simply thanks Kirby, making this trait unique to some translations.[1]

Game appearances[edit]

Prince Fluff's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Epic Yarn Playable character and supporting protagonist
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference Appears as a sticker
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Supporting character Due to removal of co-op in this game, Fluff is no longer playable.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears as a Character Treat.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit

Kirby's Epic Yarn[edit]

Kirby and Prince Fluff become friends.

In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Prince Fluff is first seen being terrorized by a monster at the beginning of the game. Kirby, who was recently sucked into Patch Land by Yin-Yarn's magical sock, turns into a car to save him. After Kirby saves Fluff, the latter reveals his name and position as the ruler of Patch Land. From this point onwards, he can be controlled by the second player of the game. Prince Fluff takes Kirby to his castle to help get him acquainted with the way things work in Patch Land. After Kirby learns the ropes in Patch Castle, Prince Fluff is attacked by a giant blob of yarn called Lickeur who tries to swallow him, and Kirby defeats it, finding the first piece of Magic Yarn. The Magic Yarn stitches Quilty Square and Grass Land back together. Prince Fluff reveals that Yin-Yarn had stolen the Magic Yarn, and that he has to collect the remaining strands to save Patch Land and its inhabitants. Kirby decides to join him, and they begin their journey.

Along the way, Prince Fluff and Kirby engage in a few frivolous activities. For instance, after clearing Grass Land, Kirby gets hungry and tries looking for apples in a tree. Seeing this, Prince Fluff shakes the tree to show Kirby how it's done, but this makes Kirby fall off, and he angrily chases Fluff around in response. Additionally, after clearing Treat Land, the two engage in a no-holds-barred giant cake-eating contest, but the monstrous cake collapses on them in the process due to a poor eating strategy. Despite this, Kirby still emerges victorious after Fluff declares he cannot eat another bite.

Kirby and Prince Fluff join together for some of the Metamortex transformations, such as the Tankbot shown here.

Once seven pieces of Magic Yarn are collected, Patch Land is saved, and Kirby presumes his work finished. However, Meta Knight explains that Yin-Yarn transformed Dream Land into yarn while Kirby was away. Prince Fluff reveals that he owns the matching pair to Yin-Yarn's magic sock, and now that Patch Land is restored, it can be used to travel between the two lands. Kirby and Prince Fluff set off to save Dream Land, and defeat Yin-Yarn in two distinct battles, the latter of which involves the Tankbot transformation. Upon seeing Dream Land and Kirby return to normal, Fluff has to return to his own kingdom, but gives Kirby the magic sock so that they can see each other whenever they wish.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Prince Fluff appears as a sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn[edit]

Fluff still retains his presence in the cutscenes and the Kirby Dance in this title. However, he is no longer available as a playable character. Instead, he will occasionally appear in stages to help Kirby find a star bead or a Ravel Ability.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Prince Fluff appears on a Character Treat, using his artwork from Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Prince Fluff appears as a Primary Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is ranked ★ Novice, Grab-type, has one slot and the skill of Weight ↓. In the Spirit Board battle, he is portrayed as a blue Kirby.

Other appearances[edit]

A yarn-knitted Prince Fluff hat appears as a collectible hat that the player's Mii can wear in the Nintendo 3DS's pre-installed StreetPass Mii Plaza. It can be obtained at the Exchange Booth for Plaza Tickets that are earned in one of the plaza's purchasable DLC games.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Prince Fluff
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Artwork of Prince Fluff from Kirby: Big Trouble in Patch Land!
Details
First appearance Kirby: Big Trouble in Patch Land!
Role Deuteragonist
Other appearance(s) his video game counterpart
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The prince of Patch Land. He is not good at battling, but he is very knowledgeable.
— Unofficial translation of Prince Fluff's description from Kirby: Big Trouble in Patch Land!

In the Kirby novel series, Prince Fluff appears as a guest character and the deuteragonist of Kirby: Big Trouble in Patch Land!. As that volume is an adaptation of Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, his role is similar to that of that game, but with some minor differences.

Prince Fluff first appears as he's being chased by a horned monster, and he is eventually saved by Kirby. After the two make their way to Patch Castle, he formally introduces himself and asks Kirby for help putting Patch Land back together and defeating Yin-Yarn, as Kirby agrees and they set off on an adventure. Notably, unlike in the games, Fluff is unable to undergo any sort of transformation, explained by the fact that only Kirby ate a Metamato. As such, he mostly takes a support role in the story, which is more in line with his role in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn compared to Kirby's Epic Yarn; however, he is still able to help Kirby pilot his Tankbot transformation. As a resident of Patch Land, he guides Kirby across the many places they visit, and he also explains many elements such as the Devils and the Ravel Abilities, as the two make their way through the continents of his world, defeating their bosses, retrieving the pieces of the Magic Yarn they hold, and stitching them back together.

After Patch Land is put back together, Fluff decides to go with Kirby to Dream Land to also save it, as Kirby helped saving his world. While initially he doesn't battle Yin-Yarn due to his lack of abilities, when Kirby is in a pinch battling Mega Yin-Yarn, he jumps into the Tankbot's cockpit to help him, and his help is key to Yin-Yarn's defeat. After Dream Land goes back to normal, he gives Kirby a Magic Sock, and explains that they can help each other if their worlds are ever in danger again. He says goodbye and jumps into the sock, going back to Patch Land.

Fluff's status as royalty is explored more thoroughly than in the games. His castle, Patch Castle, is greatly expanded; it is home to chefs and at least one minister. Fluff also at one point in the novel talks about the ministry of his country, and how it uses Ravel Abilities to do all sorts of things. Moreover, a Spear Soldier recognizes him as the prince later in the story, and apologizes for his behavior earlier when he didn't recognize Fluff.

Trivia[edit]

  • Prince Fluff was originally intended to be the main character of the game that would eventually become Kirby's Epic Yarn, Fluff's Epic Yarn (Japanese: Keito no Fluff, lit. "Fluff of Yarn"), but he was relegated to being the deuteragonist when the project became a Kirby game.
  • Prince Fluff temporarily became the news presenter on Kirby JP Twitter to promote Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn.
  • On Kirby JP Twitter, Zan Partizanne gives Prince Fluff the nickname ふとまゆプリンス (Big-Eyebrows Prince).[3]

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Quotes from Prince Fluff in Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn  
  • "Somebody help me!"
  • "Thanks for saving me! What's that? You say you're from another world?!"
  • "Wow! Welcome to Patch Land! You just stick with me, and I'll show you the ropes!"
  • "This is my castle, so feel free to look around here as much as you want."
  • "Thanks for your help,"
  • "...Not that I needed it."
  • "I'm Prince Fluff."
  • "Ever since Yin-Yarn the Sorcerer ripped Patch Land into seven pieces, you just can't go anywhere without running into these horrible--"
  • "Ew! Gross! Stop it!"
  • "That's it! That's the magic yarn!"
  • "What about the other pieces...?"
  • "I've got to find the rest of them!"
  • "We did it! We got the magic yarn!"
  • "THIS is how we get food in Patch Land!"
  • "Look at all that!"
  • "I declare a cake-eating duel!"
  • "WHHOAAA!"
  • "Eughh... I can't eat another bite!"
  • "Thanks, Kirby!"
  • "I couldn't have done it without your help!"
  • "I've got it!"
  • "He'll be fine!"
  • "After all, I'm going with him!"
  • "Well, I guess this is goodbye,"
  • "Buck up, Kirby!"
  • "As long as you have this magic sock, you can visit me anytime!"
  • "Until then!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フラッフ
Furaffu
フラッフ王子おうじ
Furaffu Ōji
Fluff

Prince Fluff
Chinese 毛毛
Máomao
Fluff
Dutch Prins Fluff Prince Fluff
French Prince PonPon Prince Ponpon
German Prinz Plüsch Prince Plush
Italian Principe Batuffolo Prince Wad
Korean 플러프왕자
Peulleopeu-Wangja
Prince Fluff
Portuguese Pompom Pom-pom
Russian Принц Флафф[4]
Prints Flaff
Prince Fluff
Spanish Príncipe Hilván Hilván comes from the omonymous sewing technique, the name is also similar to the Spanish name Iván


References

  1. "「さっきは 助けてくれて ありがとう!  ボクは フラッフって いうんだ」", translation: "Thanks for saving me just now! I am Fluff."
  2. An Interview with Game Composer Tomoya Tomita - Hey Poor Player
  3. Twitter link Twitter favicon.png (Wayback Machine snapshot)
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate