Rick

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Rick
KSA Rick.png
Artwork of Rick from Kirby Star Allies
Details
First appearance Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995)
Latest appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
Kirby Star Allies
Cameo appearances Kirby's Toy Box
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Battle Royale
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Kirby Clash
Related character(s) Pick (girlfriend)
Theme music


Rick's Theme


Clip of Rick's theme song from Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Quote1.png On the ground, Rick's the best. He won't slide on ice! Hop on Rick and get cruisin'! Quote2.png
— Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instruction booklet

Rick is a large hamster and one of Kirby's six Animal Friends, making his first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is distinguished by his orange and white fur, his beady eyes and whiskers, and his bulbous frame with two small feet to carry him and additionally Kirby when the two are paired up with each-other. Pairing up Rick with Kirby allows for a number of different methods of attack based on what Copy Ability the pink puffball has at a certain time, though these vary heavily in effectiveness.

Rick makes his most prominent appearances in Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby Star Allies, where he is a playable character (though always paired up with either Kirby, Gooey, or another Animal Friend). He has appeared in a large number of other games as well, though he rarely makes more than a cameo appearance, and is seldom seen in isolation from Kine and Coo. Rick also has a supporting role in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, where he has the ability to speak in full sentences and lives with other intelligent animals in a big oak tree in an ancient woodland.

Characteristics[edit]

Rick's appearance is that of a large and bulbous bipedal hamster with relatively short arms and stubby pink feet similar to those of Kirby. Despite his rounded features, however, he does have a distinct head and body, unlike the pink puffball who rides on his back. Rick's fur is largely white, with prominent orange splotches covering the top of his head and on his back. His face consists of two small beady eyes spread far apart, with a small snout between them tipped by a pink triangular nose and a set of whiskers, and two small pointed ears on top of his head. He has a small rounded tail which is not always visible due to his bulbous shape.

Rick's forte is his speed and versatility on the ground, being able to walk on icy surfaces with better traction compared to other characters, and being able to jump off the heads of enemies to gain additional height, partially making up for his inability to hover or jump in midair. His swimming speed is also fairly slow. Last but not least in his movement kit is the ability to climb walls, which he does with great effectiveness in stages such as Cloudy Park - Stage 5 in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Unlike the other Animal Friends, Rick will eat enemies directly when paired up with Kirby or Gooey, though he can only inhale in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

Rick can be considered to be the most prominent of Kirby's six Animal Friends, since he is always the first to be introduced, and is usually the one that Kirby pairs up with in artwork and in-game cutscenes. He has also shown up in cameo appearances more often than his two main counterparts Kine and Coo. Like the other Animal Friends, Rick is always angling to get Kirby to travel with him, and can be seen sobbing when Kirby picks someone else as a companion. Rick also has a tendency to occasionally bully both Kine and Coo, particularly in the time-out cutscenes in the Round Clear mode of Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy.

Game appearances[edit]

Rick's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Supporting playable character
Kirby's Toy Box Cameo Appears in the "Star Breaker" and "Cannonball" games (the latter only in likeness).
Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy Supporting character and puzzle element
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Supporting playable character
Kirby's Star Stacker for Super Famicom Supporting character and puzzle element
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Reference Depicted as one of Stone-Cutter Kirby's transformations.
Kirby: Canvas Curse Reference Appears as a drawing in Paint Panic.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Reference Appears as one of Stone Kirby's transformations and as a card in Kirby Card Swipe.
Kirby Mass Attack Cameo Appears in Kirby Quest.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Cameo Appears in one of Stone Kirby's transformations.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Various Appears in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3, and has cameos and references in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby's History.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Cameo Appears in two of the keychains and as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage in Kirby Fighters.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe Cameo Appears as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Reference Kirby briefly resembles Rick when Elline is turning him into the Kirby Tank. Rick also appears in the Secret Diary.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference Rick is depicted in two stickers.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Cameo Appears in the background in the Village after the player makes sufficient progress through the game.
Kirby Battle Royale Cameo Appears in the audience in the Normal Arena of Slam Hockey.
Kirby Star Allies Supporting playable character Appears alongside Kine and Coo as one of the playable Dream Friends. Also appears in two of the Celebration Pictures.
Super Kirby Clash Cameo Appears in the background in the Port Village after the player makes sufficient progress through the game.
Kirby Fighters 2 Cameo Appears as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo Appears as a trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo Appears as a support spirit.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

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Artwork of Kirby riding Rick.
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In-game sprite.

Rick makes his debut appearance as an Animal Friend in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is the first friend Kirby meets on his adventure, appearing in the second stage of Grass Land as well as in the level's intro.

When traveling together with Rick, Kirby rides on his back. Teaming up with the hamster enables him to walk a little bit faster and prevents him from slipping on ice, but makes him unable to fly, which can make certain locations impossible to escape from without leaving the friend behind. Additionally, Rick can inhale, swallow, and spit out enemies like Kirby.

Like the other Animal Friends, teaming up with Rick while possessing a Copy Ability grants Kirby access to new skills, which combine Rick's powers with the attributes of Kirby's ability. When Rick is with Kirby, his theme music also plays.

Combinations[edit]

Base Ability Appearance Description
Burning
KDL2 Rick Burning sprite.png
Rick breathes flames with a low range while the B button is held, much like the Fire ability seen in other games.
Cutter
KDL2 Rick Cutter sprite.png
Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang in the direction he is facing. Compared to the default Cutter, it has greater range but slower speed.
Ice
KDL2 Rick Ice sprite.png
Freezes enemies around Rick while the B button is held, much like the Freeze ability. Rick cannot move while using this power.
Needle
KDL2 Rick Needle sprite.png
Rick extends quills from his back, but leaves his front vulnerable.
Parasol
KDL2 Rick Parasol sprite.png
Rick balances a parasol on his nose and a ball-shaped Kirby on top of it, harming enemies above him.
Spark
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Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, like the Beam ability seen in other games.
Stone
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Kirby balances on top of Rick as the hamster turns into a rolling boulder, crushing all enemies in their path.

Locations[edit]

Rick can be released in the following levels and stages:

Rick locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2  
Stage Grass Land Big Forest Ripple Field Iceberg Red Canyon Cloudy Park Dark Castle
Stage 1 No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Stage 2 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Stage 3 No No No No Yes No No
Stage 4 N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes No
Stage 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A No No Yes
Stage 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No
Stage 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No

Kirby's Toy Box[edit]

In the Star Breaker mini-game of Kirby's Toy Box, which is similar to Kirby's Block Ball, two Ricks appear in place of a paddle. Together they hold a trampoline for Kirby to bounce off, and therefore are the characters controlled by the player. When a stage is cleared (or idle) they look at the screen, and if Game Over is reached, one is seen nose bumping the other on the head.

In the Cannonball mini-game, players operate large mechanical robots which resemble Rick.

Kirby's Star Stacker[edit]

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Rick and Kirby having a picnic in Kirby's Star Stacker.

Rick returns in Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy, alongside the other two friends Kine and Coo. Just like the other animals, he appears as one of the three types of Friend Blocks essential for destroying the various other kinds of blocks. As such, it acts identically to the other two Friend Blocks but requires other Rick blocks for a reaction to take place.

Apart from being an integral gameplay element, the hamster is also seen in the various "time out" cutscenes between rounds, where he can often be seen toying with the other two friends, as well as in several of the pictures unlocked by completing certain modes. Finishing Normal mode shows him and Kirby having a picnic in a woodland, and he is seen together with the other Animal Friends in the pictures awarded for completing Super Hard and Insane!.

Rick also shows up in the Super Famicom remake of Kirby's Star Stacker, where he appears in the story mode cutscenes and has the same role as a Friend Block in gameplay.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Artwork of Rick from Kirby's Dream Land 3

Rick returns as a friend for Kirby to team up with in Kirby's Dream Land 3, alongside the other Animal Friends from the game's predecessor. Although his design remains mostly the same, the spots of his fur have become brighter, particularly in his in-game sprites, where they are almost yellow. He appears together with Nago in the first stage of Grass Land, and can once again be seen in the intro of the level.

Although Rick still does not slip on ice like in the previous game, his other powers have changed greatly; the hamster is now able to wall-jump, allowing him to climb walls that would otherwise not be passable, but is considerably slower and has lost the ability to inhale. Instead, Rick opens his mouth while the Y button is held and is able to eat enemies he walks into. Once an opponent is in his mouth, however, he can spit it out or swallow it as if he had inhaled it. The Propeller enemy moves faster in his presence if it possesses a yellow coloring.

Just like other Animal Friends, the hamster once again grants Kirby access to different skills if the pink hero possesses a Copy Ability, although a few of these combinations differ slightly from those of the previous game.

Combinations[edit]

Base Ability Appearance Description
Burning
KDL3 Rick Burning sprite.png
Rick breathes flames with a low range while the Y button is held, much like the Fire ability seen in other games.
Clean
KDL3 Rick Cleaning sprite.png
Rick briefly cleans the area directly in front of him with a blue feather duster, harming opponents.
Cutter
KDL3 Rick Cutter sprite.png
Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang, making him slowly fly through the air and attempt to return to the hamster. If Rick moves just right, it is possible to prevent Kirby from returning to his back, causing him to repeatedly orbit his friend instead.
Ice
KDL3 Rick Ice sprite.png
While the Y button is held, small snowballs appear above Kirby, which can freeze enemies. Rick cannot move while using this power, although he slides a bit if he is already in motion while activating it. It acts similarly to the Freeze ability, though somewhat less so than its previous appearance.
Needle
KDL3 Rick Needle sprite.png
Rick extends quills from his back, but leaves his front vulnerable.
Parasol
KDL3 Rick Parasol sprite.png
Rick balances a parasol on his nose and a ball-shaped Kirby on top of it, harming enemies above him.
Spark
KDL3 Rick Spark sprite.png
Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, not unlike the Beam ability seen in other games.
Stone
KDL3 Rick Stone sprite.png
Kirby balances on top of Rick as the hamster turns into a rolling boulder, crushing all enemies in their path.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

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The Rick statue from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

Although Rick does not appear in person in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, he makes a cameo as one of the statues Kirby can turn into by using the Stone-Cutter Power Combo. As the Rick sculpture, Kirby can walk slowly and make small jumps, as well as jump off walls like Rick can in Kirby's Dream Land 3. As with the other results of Stone-Cutter, Kirby is invincible in this form and may end the transformation at any time by pushing the ability button again, causing the statue to crumble and harm nearby enemies with its debris.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Rick makes a minor appearance as a painting created by Paint Roller in the sub-game Paint Panic.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

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Rick statue sprite.

Rick makes another indirect cameo in Kirby Super Star Ultra, an enhanced remake of Kirby Super Star, where a statue of him is one of the objects Kirby can turn into by using the Stone ability. It should be noted that this statue does not appear in the original game, instead being exclusive to the remake.

Rick also cameos in the sub-game Kirby Card Swipe alongside the other Animal Friends.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

In Kirby Mass Attack, Rick appears in the sub-game Kirby Quest, where he can be seen alongside Kine and Coo in the "game over" screen.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

The sculpture from Kirby's Return to Dream Land that depicts Rick along with Kine and Coo.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Rick cameos once more as a random Stone transformation. Instead of being given his own separate statue, however, he is part of a sculpture consisting of all of Kirby's original Animal Friends (Rick, Kine, and Coo). This result differs from other results of using the Stone ability only in appearance and size.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Rick makes a number of appearances: naturally this includes his roles in the games featured in the collection, but he also appears in places in the Kirby's History hallway, and has a few appearances in the Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book as well.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Rick appears as a stage hazard on the Coo's Forest stage of the Kirby Fighters sub-game in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. In this appearance, Rick walks out of one of the doorways and breathes fire in a cone in front of him which deals 32 damage to fighters. Colliding with Rick does 16 damage to the fighters like with other Animal Friends that appear on the stage.

Rick also appears in two keychains. The first depicts him with Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land 2, and the other shows him and Kirby performing the combination Parasol attack in Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Lastly, the Stone sculpture featuring Rick from Kirby's Return to Dream Land returns in this game.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe / Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

As with the original Sub-Game, Rick cameos in Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2, serving as a stage hazard in Coo's Forest.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

Rick does not appear directly in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. However, whenever Elline transforms Kirby into the Kirby Tank, she briefly sculpts him to resemble Rick before finishing the transformation. This is a reference to Rick's primary focus on ground-based maneuvering.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Rick makes an appearance on two stickers in Kirby: Planet Robobot. One is based on artwork of him from Kirby's Dream Land 2, and the other is artwork of his Friend Block from Kirby's Star Stacker on Game Boy.

Additionally, the Stone sculpture featuring Rick from Kirby: Triple Deluxe returns in this game.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe / Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Rick cameos in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, appearing in the background in the Village, sitting on a bench. He appears there after clearing the ordeal against Taranza for the first time.

In Super Kirby Clash, Rick appears again, this time in the background of the Port Village after clearing the first Parallel Nightmare Story Quest.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Rick can be seen in the audience in the Slam Hockey battle mode in Kirby Battle Royale, but only appears in the Normal Arena.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Main article: Rick & Kine & Coo

Rick appears as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, being tied with Kine and Coo into a single playable character. Rick is the one on-screen most of the time, performing all ground-based attacks and being in the forefront when using objects or participating in Friend Abilities. Rick can use his Stomp to bounce off of enemies while damaging them, can breathe fire (which provides the Sizzle Power Effect), and can roll up into a stone ball. While in stone form, Rick can participate in Curling, Geokinesis, and Rock Painter.

Rick also appears in two of the Celebration Pictures, namely "A Dream Above the Clouds" and "Crazy Mischief in the Stars".

Lastly, Rick appears alongside Kine and Coo in one of Kirby or Rocky's Stone transformations, contained inside a Protective Bag. This particular form is always the result when Rock Painter is used on Rick & Kine & Coo.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Rick appears as a randomly-obtained trophy.

Image Description Found in
SSBM Rick Trophy.png "Rick made his debut alongside Kirby's other friends, Coo and Kine. He looks like a meek hamster, but when he puffs himself up, he's bigger than Kirby. When he's carrying Kirby on his back, he can mimic Kirby's copy powers with some special moves of his own. Rick's claim to fame is his exceptional traction on icy surfaces." Kirby's Dream Land 2

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rick appears as a ★★ support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using his artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3. He supplies the "Stats ↑ after Eating" bonus and takes up one slot. He can be purchased from the vault shop for 1000G or via battling on the Spirit Board or in the Adventure Mode: World of Light. In the spirit battle, the player is pitted against a yellow Kirby and Pikachu, the latter of whom represents Rick.

Role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Rick
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Artwork of Rick from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Details
First episode A Blockbuster Battle
Last episode Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
Main role Supporting character
Similar characters Kine, Coo
Voice actor(s) Andrew Rannelis (English)
Makiko Ohmoto (Japanese)
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Rick is a recurring character in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is an intelligent animal native to Dream Land who is capable of talking to the residents of Cappy Town. He often takes interests in the affairs of the children, and will sometimes try to defend them. He has no special relationship with Kirby, but will still help the pink puffball when he can. Rick lives with many other animals in the Eastern Forest, taking shelter in the gnarls of Acore.

In the English 4Kids dub, Rick is portrayed with a strong Australian accent, and the sound of didgeridoos can sometimes be heard when he is in a scene. In the Japanese version, he is voiced by Makiko Ohmoto, the same actress who voices Kirby.

Filmography[edit]

The following is a complete list of all of Rick's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:

Rick's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Role details Selected quote Notes
A Blockbuster Battle
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Secondary character Rick appears out in the fields outside Dream Land, and helps Kirby build his wooden treehouse. "Hi, mate! You must be Kirby! My name's Rick. I believe you're heading this direction. G'day!"
Beware: Whispy Woods!
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Secondary character In this episode, Rick spots Kirby following a trail of apples into Whispy Woods Forest, and later tells Tiff and Tuff where Kirby had gone off to. *sigh* "That Kirby could drive a dingo dingy!"
Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure
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Tertiary character In this episode, Rick sees King Dedede lure Kirby away, and goes to tell Kirby's friends about the incident. "Yeah! He was crafty as a croc' and this grub was too tempting for Kirby!"
The Fofa Factor
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Secondary character In this episode, Rick and Tokkori get their heads swapped with each-other by Slice n' Splice, and their situation alerts Kirby's friends to the danger. Rick and Tokkori then follow the others into Castle Dedede, where Cutter Kirby returns them to normal after defeating the monster. "Have a gander at me, mate! A mammal's gotta be bats to want wings!"
Hatch Me If You Can
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Tertiary character In this episode, Rick gets mixed up with Kirby when the latter's egg comes crashing into the former. Rick sees Kirby having issues with the egg and teaches him how to incubate it. "It's rainin' cats and dogs, but I never thought an egg would rain on me' 'ead!"
The Kirby Derby - Part II
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Tertiary character In this episode, Rick can briefly be seen watching the race take place. (no dialogue)
War of the Woods
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Primary character In this episode, Rick is shown to be the leader of the group of intelligent animals that live within Acore, and leads the effort to defend the old tree from all its attackers, both perceived and real. After a misunderstanding with Tuff and his friends, the groups join together to defend the tree from King Dedede and Escargoon. "But he's been asleep for five years! You can't talk to 'im!" This marks Rick's first leading role in an episode.
Kirby Takes the Cake
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Tertiary character Rick can be seen in the crowd at Kirby's anniversary party. (no dialogue)
Dedede's Pet Threat
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Tertiary character In this episode, Rick runs into the feral Scarfies and tries to show them some hospitality, but only ends up being menaced by them. "Wow, guess you guys are pretty picky, aren't ya?"
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
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Tertiary character Rick is only barely visible as part of the crowd watching the Destroya fly into Dream Land. (no dialogue)

Profiles[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

  • Manual bio: "Rick the hamster carries Kirby on his shoulders. Rick doesn't slip on ice!"
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "This brave hamster carries you on his shoulders. He can move on ice without slipping, but while you're riding on Rick's shoulders, you won't be able to fly."

Trivia[edit]

  • Due to his appearance in Kirby's Toy Box, Rick has appeared in more Kirby games than any other Animal Friend.
  • In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Rick's favorite food is Swiss cheese, as shown in the episode War of the Woods.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リック
Rikku
Rick
  • Derived from the Chinese character/kanji 陸 (land), which can be read riku in kan-on.
Traditional Chinese 陸庫
lù kù
Rick
  • Contains the character 陸/陆 (land).
Simplified Chinese 陆库
lù kù
Dutch Rick -
French Rick -
German Rick -
Italian Rick -
Korean
Rik
Rick
  • Direct reference to the Chinese character 陸/陆.
Russian Рик
Rik
-
Spanish Rick -