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!|
|Episode||Image||Role||Role details||Selected quote||Notes|
|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight accompanies Blade Knight and Meta Knight out into the countryside to look for Kirby. They find Tiff and Tuff hiding in an abandoned shack and question them about Kirby's whereabouts, but the two are hesitant to reveal anything. Meta Knight steps in and discovers Kirby hiding there with them.||"We're looking for a blob named Kirby!"|
|Kirby's Duel Role||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight is present alongside Meta Knight, holding back and watching him duel with Kirby. At the start of the duel, Sword Knight tosses Kirby a sword so he can defend himself. Aside from this, however, he does not get involved with the duel or the subsequent fight with Bugzzy.||"With a little more time, you could have taught Kirby to master the Sword Beam!"|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight appears beside Meta Knight in a flashback where they swear "loyalty" to King Dedede.||(no dialogue)||Appears only in a flashback.|
|Un-Reality TV||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be briefly seen watching Channel DDD with Meta Knight and Blade Knight.||"It's weird that the monster showed up on the same day as the teles!"|
|Curio's Curious Discovery||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen at King Dedede's coronation anniversary celebration.||(no dialogue)|
|The Pillow Case||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight helps Meta Knight track down the dream pillows and cut them open to reveal the Noddies inside to the people of Dream Land.||"We've got to take back those pillows!"|
|Here Comes the Son||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight and Blade Knight assist Meta Knight in defending Castle Dedede against Knuckle Joe's initial attack.||(no dialogue)|
|Dedede's Snow Job||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can briefly be seen observing the changing weather over Dream Land.||(no dialogue)|
|Escargoon Rules||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen at Castle Dedede when Escargoon and his mother arrive for the party.||"King Escargoon?"|
|Hour of the WolfWrath||Primary character||Sword Knight has a leading role in this episode. He and Blade Knight try to step in to help Meta Knight battle the monster WolfWrath, who is attacking Castle Dedede. In the process, Meta Knight is paralyzed by the monster, and in his last words before freezing up completely, asks Sword and Blade to look after Kirby and the others. Sword and Blade initially ignore this order and try to avenge their master, but WolfWrath forces them to withdraw and get everyone to safety in the castle. Tiff tries to reason with them, reminding them of Meta Knight's orders, and then asks them how they came to be under Meta Knight's tutelage in the first place. The two recount their story, explaining that during the war between the Star Warriors and eNeMeE, they were reduced to becoming roadside bandits in order to survive. They tried to ambush Meta Knight, but ended up getting caught up in his running battle with WolfWrath. Meta Knight saved them from this monster, resulting in the two swearing their loyalty to him.
After telling this tale, WolfWrath escapes the castle out into the countryside, leaving Sword and Blade honor-bound to try and stop it from attacking Dream Land. Kirby joins them using Meta Knight's sword Galaxia, and together, they manage to trap WolfWrath in a large pond, weakening it enough so that Kirby can finish it off using a Sword Beam.
|"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||In this episode, Sword Knight helps Meta Knight rescue Kirby and the kids from King Dedede's trap in the depths of his castle by knocking out the security cameras and destroying some moving statues of Dedede.||"The cameras are all out of commission!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part I||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight and Blade Knight help repair Kirby's Starship so that it can be used for King Dedede's Grand Prix race. Later on, the two can be seen at the race itself.||"We finally got Kirby's Starship ready for the race, Meta Knight."|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight is initially present for the race as part of Meta Knight's pit crew. Later on, however, he and Blade step in as Kirby's pit crew. In the process of fixing up his ship, they sabotage Kirby's brakes on Meta Knight's orders, in order to put Kirby into a dangerous situation where he will need to learn to fly his ship. This plan ends up working when Kirby goes careening off a cliff toward a gaping ravine, and activates his ship's flight to avoid it.||"We're the crew now!"|
|A Novel Approach||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen alongside Meta Knight and Rowlin to help reveal the impostor Rowlin as the monster Broom King.||(no dialogue)|
|Escar-Gone||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight and Blade Knight encounter Erasem as it wanders the castle halls at night, before it implants itself in Escargoon. They later tell Meta Knight of this encounter, allowing him and Tiff to piece together what has happened to Escargoon despite forgetting who he is.||"What was that light?"|
|Monster Management||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen backing up Meta Knight in most of the scenes he is in, doing what he can to help with the mini-monster situation, and later observing the interactions with Knuckle Joe, Kirby, and Masher.||"Look how they fight! Like smoke and fire!"|
|Prediction Predicament - Part II||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight helps Tiff try to divert the course of the asteroid heading towards Dream Land using the castle cannons.||"It's a long shot."|
|Sheepwrecked||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen up in the tower of Castle Dedede with Blade Knight and Meta Knight, observing the invasion of Amon and the sheep without getting involved.||"That talking sheep must be a monster!"|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be briefly seen watching the Waddle Dees leave the castle en masse after they are fired.||"I had no idea there were so many Waddle Dees here!"|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen at Kirby's anniversary party.||(no dialogue)|
|Snack Attack - Part II||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen in the audience for the battle between Kirby and the Martial Arts All-Stars.||"Now it's a fair fight!"|
|One Crazy Knight||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight accompanies Meta Knight out into Cappy Town when they encounter Sir Gallant attacking King Dedede and Escargoon. He and Blade decide to step in and see what kind of fighter Sir Gallant is. After a brief bout, the two realize that Sir Gallant has no skill in martial combat, so they leave him to tire himself out. Later on, the two of them accompany Tiff and Meta Knight to inspect Sir Gallant's ship, and the two set to work repairing it for him so he can leave. They are later present to watch Sir Gallant's encounter with Windwhipper. They pull him back after his psyche is broken by the monster's mirror reflection.||"Easy there, pops!"|
|Dedede's Pet Threat||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen at Castle Dedede trying to fight off the feral Scarfies.||(no dialogue)|
|Crusade for the Blade||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword Knight helps to defend Meta Knight against Sirica when she attacks Castle Dedede, and also accompanies him to Kabu Canyon to defend him there after Meta Knight is injured.||"We'll handle this, Meta Knight!"|
|Mabel Turns the Tables||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen overlooking the crowd of Cappies that follow Mabel to the sea from the castle walls.||(no dialogue)|
|The Kirby Quiz||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen watching The Kirby Quiz Show on Channel DDD.||"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||In this episode, Sword Knight and Blade Knight help Kirby and Knuckle Joe out by distracting Masher 2.0 out in the craggy wastes in Dream Land. They gauge its strength and buy Knuckle Joe some time so that he can use his father's medallion and power gauntlet to defeat the monster.||"There's something creepy about this storm..."|
|The Chill Factor||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be seen standing outside watching the weather turn to snow, much like he did in Dedede's Snow Job.||(no dialogue)|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be briefly seen at the castle observing Moggy, the mole monster heading to the coast from the castle.||"That monster!"|
|Waddle While You Work||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight helps Tiff try to find Kirby in the castle, but with little success, as Kirby was captured by King Dedede and sold as a Waddle Dee.||"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||In this episode, Sword Knight is watching the announcement of Chef Kawasaki's new revolving sushi bar on Channel DDD with Blade Knight and Meta Knight. He asks if they could go there, but Meta Knight declines.||"That looks great, can we take a lunch break?"|
|A Trashy Tale||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be briefly seen observing the situation with the monster Trash Basher from the castle walls.||(no dialogue)|
|Cooking Up Trouble||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword and Blade can be seen observing the cooking that Sir Ebrum makes for his family, and become interested in learning how to cook as well. Later on, behind Meta Knight's back, they take some time to watch a cooking show and practice. Later on, they can be seen at the cooking competition using their own pieces of the SlicerDicer, inadvertently contributing to the trouble Kirby has to later face once all the pieces are assembled.||"First, we need a tablespoon of oil."|
|A Sunsational Puzzle||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword and Blade help Meta Knight, Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby tackle the Ozomashii and the ozone hole it created by building them a hot air balloon they can use to rise up to the stratosphere.||"We're buildin' a balloon!"|
|Born to Be Mild - Part I||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can be briefly seen watching the race set up between Fang and the Dream Landers alongside Meta Knight and Blade Knight.||(no dialogue)|
|Born to Be Mild - Part II||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight is present at the race. Later on, he and Blade report to Meta Knight, telling him that based on their analysis of Fang's fuel, he was sent by Night Mare Enterprises.||"We snuck[sic] a sample of Fang's fuel!"|
|Hunger Struck||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword, Blade, and Meta Knight defend Kirby, Tiff, and Tuff from the Waddle Dees in revolt so they can make it into the cafeteria.||"The rest of you run!"|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I||Tertiary character||In this episode, Sword Knight can briefly be seen observing King Dedede driving back to the castle with Tiff in tow.||"That's weird."|
|Cappy Town Down||Secondary character||In this episode, Sword and Blade are seen inside the Halberd, getting the ship ready for takeoff and elaborating on their plan to attack eNeMeE's Fortress. Once the ship is ready to go, the two man the controls, liftoff the ship, fire at the Destroyas over Dream Land, and then takeoff towards the fortress.||"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||In this episode, Sword and Blade continue their role from the previous episode as part of the Halberd Crew. Once the ship is set to coast at hyperspeed, the two are free to follow the other crew members around the ship, as they get used to their stations and train for the attack on the fortress. When the monster Heavy Lobster attacks the ship, Sword and Blade are on the front lines doing their best to try and fend off the robotic menace. Sword Knight in particular tries to attack it using a missile launcher, but it unable to dent its armor. When the group are forced to fall back into the engine room, Kirby gains the Ice ability and uses it to freeze Heavy Lobster, allowing Sword Knight to finish it off with one more missile. After this, the two man the command deck once more for the assault on eNeMeE's Fortress.||"Don't worry, she'll be fine. This ship's made to move at hyper-speeds!"|
|Fright to the Finish||Secondary character||In this episode, after attempting to fire on eNeMeE to little avail, Sword and Blade are ordered to try and retreat as the fortress's internal defense systems attack the ship. Their escape route is ultimately cut off, forcing them to land the ship in a large metal crevasse inside the fortress. From here, Sword and Blade follow the rest of the crew, eventually being forced to abandon the ship when it is beset and destroyed by some Destroyas. They have no further particular role from here, eventually escaping with the others through the Monster Delivery System back to Dream Land after eNeMeE is defeated by Kirby and the fortress set to explode.||"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.
Names in other languages
|Brazilian Portuguese||Cavaleiro Sword||Sword Knight|