|“||A fairy from Ripple Star, Ribbon escapes the planet with the fairies' Crystal, only to fall victim to a Dark Matter ambush. When she loses control of the Crystal, she turns to Kirby for help.||”|
— Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards instruction booklet (North America), page 22
Ribbon is a character who made her debut in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. She is a fairy from Ripple Star, serving under the planet's Queen, and watching over the Crystal - an object with the power to dispel Dark Matter. She forms one part of the Ribbon's Crystal ability, and is also paired up with Adeleine in Kirby Star Allies. The duo reappear in Super Kirby Clash, where the former watches as the latter paints as she usually does. Ribbon is rather small, about Kirby's height but much thinner than him. She has messy pink hair with a red ribbon (after which she is named), a red dress, white pants, brown shoes (yellow in Kirby 64), and rosy cheeks. Her eyes are blue, and she is almost always seen with her mouth open.
|Ribbon's video game appearances|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Supporting protagonist|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Appears as a sticker.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Supporting character||Paired with Adeleine as a Dream Friend.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Appears as a background character in the Castle Village after clearing enough Ordeals. Also appears as a sticker with Adeleine.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Cameo||Appears as part of a costume for Kirby, and also appears on a Character Treat.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a golden statue in Merry Magoland as a reward for completing 30 Missions, and her likeness appears in the form of two Dress-Up Masks.|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In the opening cutscene, Ribbon is seen frolicking, but she is soon dismayed when Dark Matter invades the peaceful planet of Ripple Star. The Queen sends Ribbon off with the crystal, to avoid its capture by the invading force. A piece of Dark Matter pursues her well into space, where it succeeds in shattering the crystal into many pieces, the explosion sending an unconscious Ribbon tumbling down to Pop Star. There, she bumps into Kirby, who up until that point had been stargazing. After this fateful encounter, Kirby finds a piece of the crystal, and merges it with the small remnant that Ribbon still had left. From there, Kirby agrees to help Ribbon find the rest of them and save her home world.
Ribbon accompanies Kirby across the six worlds, combining all the shards of the crystal that they find in the process. Once they return to Ripple Star, the reassembled crystal banishes Dark Matter from the planet, causing it to coalesce in space into Dark Star. Ribbon then helps Kirby battle the core of Dark Matter - 0² by carrying him about inside the void where the battle takes place.
Once Dark Matter is finally destroyed, Kirby is awarded a crystal medal by Ribbon. She also gives him a kiss on the cheek, which causes Kirby to blush and stumble, which results in him falling down the ceremony stairs.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
- Main article: Adeleine
Super Kirby Clash
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Ribbon appears as part of the "Adeleine & Ribbon" costume for Kirby. The fact that she flaps her wings and blinks suggests that it is really her holding onto Kirby's hat, rather than just a prop. Ribbon also appears on a Character Treat, depicting her artwork from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, there are two Dress-Up Masks based on Ribbon. Completing card #06 in the Stamp Rally unlocks the regular Ribbon mask, while completing 30 missions unlocks a variation featuring a pigtail-like hairstyle used by one of the fairies, known as "Ribbon (Friend's Hairstyle)". Wearing either mask replaces the wearer's voice with a crystal-like sparkling sound.
- According to the Japanese book "20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia", Ribbon was originally named Kawashima, a Japanese name meaning "river island". She was conceived as a means of switching between the game's multiple playable characters. As this aspect was removed during development, her gameplay role became less prominent.
- Ribbon is sometimes referred to in Japanese as 妖精リボン (Fairy Ribbon or Ribbon the Fairy). On Kirby JP Twitter, Zan Partizanne nicknames Ribbon チビッコ妖精 (Rugrat Fairy).
- Main article: Ribbon/gallery
Names in other languages