|“||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 complex in terms of personality. She at first appears carefree, but is later seen to be easily depressed by Ripple Star's destruction. Ribbon also has a brave side to her, as seen when she goes to protect the Ripple Star Queen and then gets away with the crystal when the queen tells her to do so. Her wide range of emotions serve to convey her feelings and motives in absence of any proper dialogue, as the cut-scenes in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards do not feature any speech or text whatsoever.
Ribbon is rather small, about Kirby's height but much thinner than him. She has messy pink hair with a red ribbon which gives her her name, a red dress, white pants, brown shoes, and rosy cheeks. Her eyes are blue, and she is almost always seen with her mouth open.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In the opening cut-scene, 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
Ribbon appears alongside the other Kirby Star Allies Dream Friends in Wave 2
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Ribbon
Hand-drawn artwork to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Kirby series from Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s Instagram account
Artwork celebrating the 40th anniversary of HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Ribbon next to the Queen from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Ribbon assisting Kirby in the battle against 0² in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Stone transformation of Ribbon holding a heart next to Adeleine in Kirby Star Allies
- 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.
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