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KSA Rick.png
Artwork of Rick from Kirby Star Allies.
First appearance Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995)
Latest appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Toy Box
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby Star Allies
Cameo appearances Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
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 one of Kirby's original three Animal Friends, first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is a round, plump hamster with pink feet and big, orange spots on his white fur. Along with the other Animal Friends, Rick had a major role in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and in Kirby's Dream Land 3, though until Kirby Star Allies, he only appeared as a minor character in the anime, as well as making several smaller appearances and cameos in other games of the Kirby series.

Game appearances[edit]

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 2nd stage of Grass Land as well as 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.


Base Ability Appearance Description
KDL2 Rick Burning sprite.png
Rick breathes flames with a low range while the B button is held.
KDL2 Rick Cutter sprite.png
Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang into the direction he is facing.
KDL2 Rick Ice sprite.png
Freezes enemies around Rick while the B button is held. Rick cannot move while using this power.
KDL2 Rick Needle sprite.png
Rick extends quills from his back, but leaves his front vulnerable.
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.
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Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, like the Beam ability seen in other games.
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Kirby balances on top of Rick as the hamster turns into a rolling boulder, crushing all enemies in their path.

Kirby's Toy Box[edit]

In the Star Breaker mini-game, 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.

They make another appearance in the Cannonball mini-game, where players operate large mechanical robots which resemble Ricks.

Kirby's Star Stacker[edit]

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Rick and Kirby having a picnic in Star Stacker.

In Kirby's Star Stacker, Rick, along with Kine and Coo, aids Kirby by eliminating any star blocks and devaluing hard blocks to star blocks between pairs of tiles.

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.


Base Ability Appearance Description
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Rick breathes flames with a low range while the Y button is held.
KDL3 BroomRick.png
Rick briefly cleans the area directly in front of him with a blue feather duster, harming opponents.
KDL3 CutterRick.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.
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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.
KDL3 NeedleRick.png
Rick extends quills from his back, but leaves his front vulnerable.
KDL3 ParasolRick.png
Rick balances a parasol on his nose and a ball-shaped Kirby on top of it, harming enemies above him.
KDL3 SparkRick.png
Enables Rick to use a whip of electricity, not unlike the Beam ability seen in other games.
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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]

The Rick statue from The Crystal Shards.

Although Rick does not appear in person in 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 being capable of wall-jumping like the hamster 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]

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.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Rick cameos once more as a random Stone transformation. Instead of being given his own, seperate statue, however, he is part of a sculpture consisting of all of Kirby's original Animal Friends (Rick, Coo and Kine). This result differs from other results of using the Stone ability only in appearance and not functionality.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe[edit]

As with the original Sub-Game, Rick cameos in this title, serving as a stage hazard in the forest stage.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

Rick does not appear directly in this game. 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.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

Rick cameos in this title, appearing in the background of the main village area, sitting on a bench.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Rick can be seen in the audience in the Slam Hockey battle mode.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Main article: Rick & Kine & Coo

Rick appears as a Dream Friend in this title, 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 element), and can roll up into a stone ball. While in stone form, Rick can participate in Curling, Geokinesis, and Rock Painter.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Within the Super Smash Bros. series, Rick only appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and only as a random trophy.

Trophy Information[edit]

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.

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

Artwork of Rick for Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
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.


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 Selected quote Notes
A Blockbuster Battle
E2 Rick.png
Secondary character "Hi, mate! You must be Kirby! My name's Rick. I believe you're heading this direction. G'day!"
Beware: Whispy Woods!
E5 Rick.png
Secondary character *sigh* "That Kirby could drive a dingo dingy!"
Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure
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Tertiary character "Yeah! He was crafty as a croc' and this grub was too tempting for Kirby!"
The Fofa Factor
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Secondary character "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 "It's rainin' cats and dogs, but I never thought an egg would rain on me' 'ead!"
The Kirby Derby - Part II
E36 Rick.png
Tertiary character (no dialogue)
War of the Woods
E44 Rick.png
Primary character "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
E51 Rick.png
Tertiary character (no dialogue)
Dedede's Pet Threat
E56 Rick.png
Tertiary character "Wow, guess you guys are pretty picky, aren't ya?"
Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I
E96 Rick.png
Tertiary character (no dialogue)


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."



Names in other languages[edit]

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