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KSA Ribbon.png
Artwork of Ribbon for Kirby Star Allies.
First appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Latest appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Star Allies
Super Kirby Clash
Cameo appearances Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Similar Elfilin, Elline, Mr. Star, Pirika, Magolor
Theme music

Adeleine & Ribbon's Dream Friend jingle from Kirby Star Allies

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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.

Game appearances[edit]

Ribbon's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
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[edit]

Ribbon, as she appears in 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, , 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[edit]

Ribbon's likeness appears as a sticker, which Kirby can place on the arms of his Robobot Armor. Apart from that, she makes no appearance.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Main article: Adeleine

Ribbon appears in two Celebration Pictures, namely 'A Delicious Picnic' and 'Chasing Our Dreams'. She's also present in one of Stone's gold transformations, along with Susie.

She appears in-person along with Adeleine as a Dream Friend, carrying Adeleine in the air so that she can hover and participating with Adeleine in some of her attacks.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In Super Kirby Clash, Ribbon can be seen watching over her partner Adeleine, who is painting a picture in the Castle Village. She also appears alongside Adeleine as a sticker.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

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[edit]

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.

A gold statue of Adeleine and Ribbon can also be unlocked in Merry Magoland provided the player has completed at least 30 missions.


  • 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).[1]
  • The color of Ribbon's wings is inconsistent depending on her depiction. They are most commonly depicted as a subtly transparent purplish pink, with this being the color used in promotional artwork for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, as well as most of her depictions starting with Kirby Star Allies. They have also been depicted as a transparent blue (such as in the "Kirby Horoscope Collection" merchandise line), a more opaque white (such as her depictions in Find Kirby!! and Kirby JP Twitter artwork), or more clear and colorless (such as her in-game model in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards) at various points in the series.


Main article: Ribbon/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リボン
Traditional Chinese 莉寶
lì bǎo
Simplified Chinese 莉宝
lì bǎo
Dutch Ribbon -
French Ribbon -
German Ribbon -
Italian Ribbon -
Korean 리본
Portuguese Ribbon -
Russian Риббон
Spanish Ribbon -