Sword Knight (anime character)
- This article is about the character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For the enemy from the video games, see Sword Knight. For the Copy Ability, see Sword.
Sword Knight (Sword for short) is a recurring supporting character in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is one of Meta Knight's apprentices, along with his companion Blade Knight; whom he is almost always seen standing nearby. Sword Knight greatly resembles his appearance from the video games; wearing pale green armor at all times and never showing his face. He typically wields a golden sword and is decently skilled with it, though he and Blade also have other interests and skills.
In the 4Kids dub, Sword Knight speaks with a British cockney accent, which sets him aside from his partner Blade Knight who is usually unintelligible. In the Japanese version, his voice is high-pitched, though slightly deeper than Blade Knight's, and the two often finish each-others' sentences, similar to Fololo & Falala.
Sword Knight is a stout and disciplined soldier, but he is somewhat inexperienced, particularly when compared to his sworn master Meta Knight. Sword Knight takes his role as an apprentice seriously, though almost to a fault, since he treats the other residents of Dream Land as little more than entities to be protected, rather than people to engage with socially. He does tend to speak more often to the people he protects than Blade Knight, however, though that may be primarily due to his speech being more understandable. Since Sword and Blade Knight have known each-other longer than they have any other member of the cast, they trust each-other implicitly and work well together. However, this leads them to being largely interchangeable in personality, much like Fololo & Falala.
In the episode Hour of the WolfWrath, Sword Knight and Blade Knight are revealed to have once been road-side bandits and attempted to rob Meta Knight once before he saved them from WolfWrath. It was this act that led them to swear loyalty to him. Because of this history and despite their loyalty, both Sword and Blade are somewhat temperamental and undisciplined, which sometimes leads them into trouble. However, they have permanently left their criminal pasts behind, and do not disturb the people of Cappy Town.
The following is a complete list of all of Sword Knight's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:
|Sword Knight's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Secondary character||"We're looking for a blob named Kirby!"|
|Kirby's Duel Role||Secondary character||"With a little more time, you could have taught Kirby to master the Sword Beam!"|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)||Appears only in a flashback.|
|Un-Reality TV||Tertiary character||"It's weird that the monster showed up on the same day as the teles!"|
|Curio's Curious Discovery||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|The Pillow Case||Tertiary character||"We've got to take back those pillows!"|
|Here Comes the Son||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Dedede's Snow Job||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Escargoon Rules||Tertiary character||"King Escargoon?"|
|Hour of the WolfWrath||Primary character||"The struggle turned the whole galaxy into a wasteland! To survive, we became bandits!"||This marks Sword Knight's first leading role in an episode.|
|Abusement Park||Secondary character||"The cameras are all out of commission!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part I||Secondary character||"We finally got Kirby's Starship ready for the race, Meta Knight."||This is the first episode that showcases Sword and Blade's expert engineering skills.|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Secondary character||"We're the crew now!"|
|A Novel Approach||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Escar-Gone||Secondary character||"What was that light?"|
|Monster Management||Secondary character||"Look how they fight! Like smoke and fire!"|
|Prediction Predicament - Part II||Tertiary character||"It's a long shot."|
|Sheepwrecked||Tertiary character||"That talking sheep must be a monster!"|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Tertiary character||"I had no idea there were so many Waddle Dees here!"|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Snack Attack - Part II||Tertiary character||"Now it's a fair fight!"|
|One Crazy Knight||Secondary character||"Easy there, pops!"|
|Dedede's Pet Threat||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Crusade for the Blade||Secondary character||"We'll handle this, Meta Knight!"|
|Mabel Turns the Tables||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|The Kirby Quiz||Tertiary character||"I'm simply shocked."||Sword Knight has lines only in the Japanese version, so his dialogue is translated from that version.|
|Masher 2.0||Secondary character||"There's something creepy about this storm..."|
|The Chill Factor||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Tertiary character||"That monster!"|
|Waddle While You Work||Tertiary character||"Tiff can't seem to find Kirby, so we thought we'd check out the castle. No luck so far."|
|Dedede's Raw Deal||Tertiary character||"That looks great, can we take a lunch break?"|
|A Trashy Tale||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Cooking Up Trouble||Secondary character||"First, we need a tablespoon of oil."||This episode reveals Sword and Blade's long desire to become chefs.|
|A Sunsational Puzzle||Tertiary character||"We're buildin' a balloon!"|
|Born to Be Mild - Part I||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Born to Be Mild - Part II||Tertiary character||"We snuck[sic] a sample of Fang's fuel!"|
|Hunger Struck||Tertiary character||"The rest of you run!"|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I||Tertiary character||"That's weird."|
|Cappy Town Down||Secondary character||"It's a flying fortress built just for battle! Look closer... See them saucers flying 'round? They're all Destroyas, just like the ones that attacked Cappy Town!"|
|Combat Kirby||Primary character||"Don't worry, she'll be fine. This ship's made to move at hyper-speeds!"|
|Fright to the Finish||Secondary character||"Here we go!"|
- Both Kirby Super Star Ultra's Meta Knightmare Ultra and Kirby Mass Attack's Kirby Quest feature Meta Knight with a Sword Knight and Blade Knight at his side. These two supporting knights are very likely meant to represent Sword and Blade from the anime.
- Eric Stuart only took the role of voicing Sword Knight in episode 82 and onward. Sword Knight's voice actor before then is unknown.
- In the Japanese version of the anime, Sword Knight is voiced by a female voice actor, Hikaru Tokita.
Screenshot of Sword Knight and Blade Knight from Kirby's Duel Role
Flashback scene where Sword and Blade are swearing loyalty to Meta Knight from Hour of the WolfWrath
Sword Knight in action, from Abusement Park.