Shadow Dedede

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Shadow Dedede
Shadow Dedede.jpg
Shadow Dedede,
just after emerging from the Dimension Mirror.
Details
First game Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Relative(s) King Dedede
Similar to Masked Dedede
King D-Mind
Parallel Dedede
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Shadow Dedede (Black Dedede in Japanese) is the penultimate boss in Dededetour! of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and appears as the second of the Nightmare Four from The True Arena in that game.

Overview

Shadow Dedede appears to be an evil doppelganger of King Dedede, though his pause description describes him as a miserable automaton, lashing out in anger because he knows nothing else. Shadow Dedede looks more or less the same as King Dedede, but with an obviously darker color scheme, and a different symbol on his coat and hammer, resembling a monochrome bulls-eye.

Shadow Dedede comes out of the Dimension Mirror after King Dedede defeats Queen Sectonia DX in Level 5 of Dededetour!.

Attacks

This fight effectively serves as the DX version of the fight with Masked Dedede in the Story Mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe. However, there are a couple key differences. Firstly, Shadow Dedede only has one life bar, and he switches to the axe portion after it is halfway depleted. Secondly, he possesses some oddly different attacks, including one where his belly sash opens up into a mouth, and fires out orbs of dark energy.

Once defeated, Shadow Dedede turns into a silhouette, then bursts into shards of glass.

Trivia

  • Shadow Dedede very much represents what Mirror World King Dedede would have been had such a being existed in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
  • The English flavor text misinterprets the last sentence. According to the original Japanese text, it should be "King Dedede's true opponent is the darkness in his own heart." The Japanese text also calls him ブラデ (Burade) in short (abbreviation of his full Japanese name ブラックデデデ Black Dedede).[1]
    • The Japanese abbreviation could be a parody of Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising (Black Pit in Japan), who is officially called ブラピ (Burapi) in short.
  • Due to similarities in look and source code name, King D-Mind can seen as the souped-up version of Shadow Dedede, despite them being different characters.
  • When Shadow Dedede opens up his belly sash to reveal a mouth, he spurts off blood. This is one of the few Kirby bosses with the depiction of blood. The others are Dark Meta Knight, Zero, , Star Dream Soul OS and Void Termina (Phase 2).

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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラックデデデ
Burakku Dedede
Black Dedede
French DaDiDou Ombre Shadow Dedede
German Shadow-Dedede -
Italian Dedede Ombra Shadow Dedede
Korean 블랙 디디디
Beullaek Dididi
Black Dedede
Spanish Dedede Oscuro Dark Dedede

References

  1. "女王の間に かざられていた なぞのカガミ。
    そこに うつしだされた ブラックなデデデ、
    りゃくして ブラデ があらわれた!
    大王が のりこえるべき あいて…
    それは、大王じしんの 心のカゲだった。
    " —VS Shadow Dedede (Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Japanese version)