Sleep is a Copy Ability that first appeared in Kirby's Adventure. It is usually acquired from Noddy. When Kirby receives this ability, he stops and dons a night-cap, his eyelids grow heavy, and he falls asleep in the very spot he stands, then wakes up after a few seconds. Unlike other abilities, Sleep is almost universally a detriment to Kirby rather than a benefit, and its recurrence in the series can be seen as a joke (though some games give it some utility, with Kirby Battle Royale in particular granting it a full fighting moveset). In most Kirby series games, Sleep Kirby also appears in the Game Over screen, either waking up, or continuing to sleep depending on whether the player chooses to continue, or quit.
In the debut game, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby did not change appearance when obtaining this ability. He merely fell asleep. Starting with Kirby Super Star, Kirby would obtain a spotted green cap, which he would take off once he woke up again.
Regardless, the green sleeping cap reappears in some later games after the switch to purple was made. In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the green sleeping cap makes a reappearance in the intro cutscene, when Kirby is sleeping in his house; the model was reused from Kirby Super Star Ultra. Green caps also appear in Kirby Battle Royale as a weapon for putting other fighters to sleep.
As Kirby is immobile during the sleep ability, there are no skills obtained when receiving it in most games. In Kirby: Squeak Squad however, if Kirby gets the Ability Scroll for it, it will heal his damage a little bit during his slumber. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby may prematurely wake up from sleep if the player shakes the Wii Remote or rapidly pushes the +Control Pad in different directions. This also works in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, though only by mashing the Circle Pad or +Control Pad. Doing so causes a bubble to grow on his face, which will wake him up when popped. In Kirby Star Allies, shaking the controller or waggling the control stick will wake Kirby up like in past entries, but a Friend can also wake Kirby up by popping the bubble on his face.
There are also Sleep Copy Essences that exist in Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Some of these appear as a joke ability to restrict the typical choice of two copy abilities before a boss battle (such as in The True Arena). In other cases, they appear as an obstacle in areas with strong winds or currents, forcing Kirby to make difficult maneuvers to try to prevent touching the Copy Pedestals, as touching one will cause Kirby to fall asleep and return to the beginning of the area (or possibly fall to his death). Unlike other Pedestals, helpers/friends will not be changed by touching them (since there is no helper for Sleep), allowing them to easily bypass such segments.
|Sleep Kirby's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Adventure||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy and Heavy Mole's red missiles.|
|Kirby Super Star||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy and Heavy Mole's red missiles.|
|Kirby Air Ride||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
Can be upgraded using an Ability Scroll.
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Cameo||Appears on the Game Over screen.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Playable character||Added to the game as free DLC, given a proper fighting moveset.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Reference||Appears on two stickers.|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||Copy Ability||Obtainable from Noddy.|
Can be evolved into Deep Sleep.
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Copy Ability||Has the same source and function as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Reference||Sleep Kirby appears as a trophy.|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||Reference||Sleep Kirby appears as a trophy.|
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Sleep made its first appearance in Kirby's Adventure, and is obtained by inhaling Noddy or a red missile when fighting Heavy Mole. When gaining this ability, Kirby falls asleep for a few seconds and cannot be moved by the player until he wakes up. This ability is largely a novelty and does not aid Kirby in any meaningful way, and may hinder him if it happens during the Heavy Mole fight.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Sleep returns as an ability in Kirby Super Star, here granting Kirby his spotted green cap for the first time. In addition to being obtainable from Noddy, Kirby can also get this ability by touching certain Copy Essences. Some stages turn this into an obstacle by creating challenges where Kirby has to avoid touching the Sleep Copy Essences or be forced to take a nap as he is pushed back to the start by gentle wind.
Kirby Air Ride
Sleep appears in Kirby Air Ride and can be obtained from Noddy, from a Copy Panel, or by using a Copy Chance Wheel or Mix. This appearance marks the first time the modern purple sleeping cap was seen. While sleeping, Kirby's Air Ride Machine will continue moving forward, but the player will be unable to input any directions, and any other racer that Kirby bumps into while snoozing will also be put to sleep. Mashing the Control Stick will cause Kirby to wake up faster.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby's Return to Dream Land and most subsequent main-series games
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and subsequent main-series titles up to Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (but excluding Kirby and the Forgotten Land), Sleep appears as a regular ability provided by Noddy. In all of these games, while Kirby is snoozing, the player can mash directions (or shake the controller where applicable) to cause a nose bubble to grow in size on Kirby's face. If that bubble pops, Kirby will wake up earlier than he otherwise would have. The pop also deals damage to enemies and breaks blocks within range.
In Kirby Star Allies, there is a special action referred to as "Friend Wake-Up Call", which involves a Friend popping the nose bubble while Kirby is sleeping to wake him up early.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby Battle Royale
Having won the second Copy Ability poll, Sleep was added to the roster of battle abilities. As such, this appearance is the first to give Sleep Kirby a proper fighting move-set.
Attacks include hitting opponents with a pillow, blowing huge bubbles, and putting opponents to sleep by placing a cap on their heads. Sleep Kirby wobbles when he moves like he's sleepwalking, and when holding still, will dream of cake, slowly recovering HP in the process.
|Sleep Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
Don't move for a while
|Spinning Pillow Dive||
B during jump
Super Kirby Clash
While Sleep is not an ability in Super Kirby Clash, two stickers depicting Sleep Kirby are available for use. One of them uses the LINE artwork, while the other depicts Kirby sleeping next to a sleeping Waddle Dee, taken from Kirby no Copy-toru!.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Sleep returns as an ability in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, but it behaves slightly differently than to previous appearances. Here, when Kirby gains the ability, the player can still control him to a limited extent for a moment: Kirby becomes drowsy and can only walk slowly, becoming slower and slower until he nods off, at which point the ability behaves as usual. However, unlike most previous games, sleeping will gradually heal health as Kirby sleeps, healing up to half a full health bar (12.5% times 4). There is also an Evolved Copy Ability based on Sleep called Deep Sleep. It allows Kirby to sleep in a bed, which fully heals him as he sleeps and gives him a random temporary bonus upon waking up, equivalent to the "Life Up", "Attack Boost", or "Speed Boost" items. Unlike Sleep, Deep Sleep allows the player to choose when to sleep, by pressing the attack button, rather than it being automatic. It also doesn't restrict Kirby's movement in any way, and the bed even deals a small amount of damage to enemies colliding with it when it appears.
It is also worth noting that the bubble that Kirby blows in his sleep now properly comes from his mouth, as opposed to coming from his nonexistent nose in previous games.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Main article: Flower Power
While the Sleep Copy Ability does not appear in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, something comparable does happen when Kirby inhales a Noddy in the episode Flower Power. He is put into a coma, and cannot be roused until he smells the pollen of the Pukey Flower. Despite being similar in most aspects to the Sleep Copy Ability, this instance should not be confused as such, since there is no transformation sequence, Kirby does not gain a hat, and none of the characters refer to it as an ability.
|Kirby's Adventure||...Please... ...Let me sleep... ...A little more... ...Please...|
|Kirby Super Star||Just take a little break and let Kirby sleep!|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad||-DO NOT DISTURB-
I need my beauty rest.
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Just a li'l while longer... ...Please. Let me sleep...|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Just...five more...minutes. Please...just let me sleep. If you must...wake me... Just...shake me... Zzz...zzz...zzz...|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Just...three more minutes, Mom. I'm just so...yawwwwn...sleepy. If you gotta...wake me up... Just...mash the...+Control Pad. Zzzzzz... Zzzzzzz...|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Sleep is definitely important, but it can be dangerous if you doze off in the wrong place! Luckily, you can wake up quickly by button mashing.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Doze off to fight back! This sleepy-time ability will surprise your rivals!|
|Kirby Star Allies||Zzz... Just a...few more...minutes... ...Please...I mean...just lemme sleep... Zzz...If you need...to wake me up... ...just ask...a friend...to...hit...me...zzz...|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||Figure description:|
Zzz... Just one more minute, please... Zzz... Oh, c'mon... I'm too sleepy... Zzz... Just let me recover some health with a bit of rest... Zzz... Zzz... Zzzzz...
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Just...five more...minutes. Please...just let me sleep. If you must...wake me...just...shake me... Zzz...zzz...zzz...|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
- The fact that Kirby blows nose bubbles in his sleep seems to prove that he actually does have a nose (even if it cannot be seen).
- Interestingly enough, in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, one of Jigglypuff's alternate colors has it wearing Kirby's original green Sleep cap. This is likely a reference to its Sing and Rest moves, which both involve sleeping.
- Kirby sleeping on the Game Over screen predates the actual ability, most likely being the inspiration for it.
- Main article: Sleep/gallery
Names in other languages
- "You can't do anything until Kirby wakes up. Good night..." –Sleep Power summary (Super Star Ultra)
- Nintendo Poland - Kirby and the Forgotten Land