Qbby

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Qbby Sticker.png
Sticker depicting Qbby from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
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Debut Game BOXBOY!
Last Game BYE-BYE BOXBOY!
Other Game(s) BOXBOXBOY!
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Qbby is a small box-shaped entity who serves as the main protagonist of the BOXBOY! series. His defining power is the ability to generate boxes from his body, which can be carried or laid down around him in different patterns to solve puzzles. These boxes can also come with powers of their own, further adding to Qbby's arsenal.

Description

Qbby is extremely simple in look, being little more than a white cuboid box with two black dots for eyes and two small lines for legs. He appears to be flat in his world, but is actually a cube, hence his name. Apart from his ability to generate boxes from his body, Qbby is capable only of walking, swimming and jumping short distances.

Qbby's special ability to generate boxes from his body can take on many forms and functions. He has to concentrate in order to do so, and can create up to five at a time, which emerge one-out-the-other. From there, Qbby can either carry them or toss them in order to surmount various obstacles. The boxes on their own can be used as stepping stones, to weigh down switches, or to act as a shield. Qbby can also slide up cliffs by re-merging with boxes that he is carrying. Qbby would gain further box-related abilities down the line, from being able to generate two sets of boxes in BOXBOXBOY! to making boxes with special properties of their own, (including bearing rockets, teleportation devices, and the ability to move autonomously) in BYE-BYE BOXBOY!.

Qbby has a significant other known as Qucy, who looks just like him, but she has a bow and eyelashes to distinguish her from Qbby's simpler look. Qbby also has several children, referred to as 'Qbabies'. They are also white cubes, but are slightly smaller and have more distinguishing characteristics, like cheek blush and a colored upper corner. They can help Qbby solve puzzles by being secondary actors.

Relation to the Kirby series

While both Qbby and Kirby were created by HAL Laboratory, they are not of the same franchise or universe. However, there has been some amount of cross-over in terms of reference materials.

On the BOXBOY side of things, using Kirby series amiibo in BYE-BYE BOXBOY! will give Qbby a makeover to resemble the character portrayed by the amiibo in question (which includes Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight or Waddle Dee). Using any of these costumes will also cause the boxes he generates to resemble Star Blocks.

On the Kirby side, Qbby's likeness appears as a Sticker in Kirby: Planet Robobot. A special costume for the Bomb ability representing Qbby can also be unlocked using Qbby's amiibo in Kirby: Battle Royale. All of this material is purely cosmetic, and certainly not Canon to either series.

Trivia

  • Qbby's name is very similar to that of Kirby's. This is probably not a coincidence.
  • As a bit of a joke, while Kirby was celebrating his 25th anniversary in 2017, Qbby celebrated his 2.5th.
  • Qbby appears as part of the Stone transformation representing HAL H.Q. in Kirby Star Allies.

External Links

Qbby's official site (JP)