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R.O.B. & Professor Hector

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R.O.B. & Professor Hector
ROB peripheral photo.png
Professor Hector origin sprite.png
The original R.O.B. peripheral and Professor Hector's sprite from Gyromite
First appearance Kirby's Dream Land 3
"R.O.B. & Professor Hector" on other NIWA wikis:
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R.O.B. (short for Robotic Operating Buddy) and Professor Hector are guest characters that appear in Kirby's Dream Land 3. R.O.B. is a gray robot that debuted as a physical peripheral for the Nintendo Entertainment System, which is used to play Stack-Up and Gyromite. Professor Hector is a human with a white mustache and balding head who debuted as the player character in Gyromite.

R.O.B. had different color schemes when released in Japan (where it matches the tan and red colors of the Famicom) and when released internationally (where it matches the gray colors of the NES). Its appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3 has a unique design that incorporates elements from both color schemes, featuring a gray body with red accents, so that it would not need to be changed for international releases.

The two are found in Sand Canyon - Stage 6, where Professor Hector will give Kirby a Heart Star if he retrieves all of R.O.B.'s parts in the stage.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Kirby with the R.O.B. copy ability in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

R.O.B. appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In all three games, Kirby can copy R.O.B. to gain a visor that looks like its face and gain the ability to shoot laser beams that can bounce off of floors and ceilings. The laser beam charges passively and has three levels of charge:

  • At no charge, short-range and low-damage electricity is discharged from the visor
  • At normal charge, the laser is a thin red line that resembles the laser from the Laser ability
  • At high charge, the laser is a wide yellow arrow and does higher damage


Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロボット

Professor Hector[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハカセ