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Tac

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Tac
KSSU Tac artwork.png
Artwork of Tac from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Details
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other game(s) Kirby Air Ride
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (Kirby Brawlball)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (reference)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Kirby: Planet Robobot (reference)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a spirit)
Copy Ability Copy
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Tac (also referred to as T.A.C.) is an enemy in Kirby Super Star and its remake. He can empower Kirby with the "Copy" Copy Ability when inhaled. Tac's appearance consists of a dark blue robe with a green bag with a wind-like lines to steal Helpers or Copy Abilities. He has cat ears and visible eyes, but it is unknown what the rest of his face looks like. In Helper to Hero, Tac appears to have a middle tan, white clothing, and a red bag. In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Tac can be used as a Helper by discarding the Copy Ability and is also playable in Helper to Hero.

Tac's name spelled backwards is "cat", referring to both a copycat and a cat burglar, which also fits his appearance.

Game appearances[edit]

Tac's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby Super Star Enemy and playable character Tac can be played as when recruited as a Helper.
Kirby Air Ride Enemy
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy and playable character As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby Mass Attack Enemy Appears in the Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Reference Appears as a keychain.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference Appears as a sticker.
Kirby's Dream Buffet Reference Appears as a Character Treat.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Smash Run enemy Also appears as a Trophy.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Smash Tour enemy Also appears as a Trophy.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby being assaulted by two Tacs on Planet ??? in Milky Way Wishes.

Tac appears as a common enemy in this game, who mainly attacks by running up to Kirby and attempting to steal his ability if he has one. Tac is able to run very quickly, making it easy for him to get away after stealing an ability, though it is easily thwarted by tricky terrain. It may also often be the case that Tac steals Kirby's ability, and then immediately falls into a bottomless pit, thus making the ability irretrievable. In addition, Tac is capable of stealing Kirby's Helper if the Helper is controlled by the CPU.

Compared to the Copy ability Kirby can use, Tac as a helper has a lot of unique attacks, which can be used to damage foes directly. He can also utilize a special Guard that makes him completely intangible. When guarding, only his face and ears are visible.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Tac also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe.

Copy Move-set (Tac)
Skill Button Execution
Steal
Y (B)
Cat Magnum
Hold Y (B) and release
Discard Copy Ability
A (X)
Tac Hide
L/R

Locations[edit]

Tac can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Tac locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 No
Float Islands No RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria Yes
Mallow Castle No Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain Yes Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree Yes Halfmoon No
Crystal Yes ??? Yes
Old Tower No Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands Yes
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 No The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 Yes

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

Tac appearing in Kirby Air Ride's City Trial.

Tac appears as part of a random event in the City Trial mode. Here, he appears in a number of set locations, usually underground, and runs about at random. When he appears, the Kirbys are tasked to find him and smack into him with their vehicles to cause him to drop items he'd 'stolen'. Once enough time passes, or enough items are dropped, Tac takes off using some sort of jet-pack, sometimes dropping more items as he does so.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Tac makes an appearance in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball. Here, it occupies the top of the main pinball board and will occasionally steal items that happen nearby.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Tac appears as one of the randomly-obtained keychains, depicting him as his sprite from Kirby Super Star.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Tac appears as one of the randomly-obtained stickers, using his artwork from Kirby Super Star.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Tac appears as one of the randomly-obtained Character Treats, depicting him as his sprite from Kirby Super Star.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Tacs appear as an enemy in both Smash Run for the 3DS version, and Smash Tour for the Wii U version.

In Smash Run, he functions much like he does in Kirby Super Star, this time stealing stat boosts from players instead of Copy Abilities. Defeating him before he flees the scene gives back all the stat boosts he has stolen from a player.

In Smash Tour, he sometimes appears on the game board and award multiple stat boosts if a player manages to catch one.

Trophy information[edit]
Name 3DS image Wii U image Appears In/Related Games American English description British English description
Tac TacTrophy3DS.png TacTrophyWiiU.png SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
DS Kirby Super Star Ultra (09/2008)
This zippy character appears in the Kirby series. In Smash Bros., he'll appear in Smash Run to try to steal your stat boosts from you. How much he steals depends on how much you've improved your stats. If you can catch him, you can get back whatever he stole. Don't give up! This speedy little guy appears in the Kirby series. In this game, he'll speed up to you, steal your stat boosts, then flee. How much he'll steal depends on your stats. He's hard to catch, but if you take him out, you can get your stat boosts back, so you'd better chase after him!
This speedy little guy is from the Kirby series. In those games, he steals the ability Kirby's using and bolts. If you want it back, you have to chase him down and take it. In Smash Tour, they'll randomly appear on the board. You'll be rewarded with multiple stat boosts if you're quick enough to catch one! This speedy little guy is from the Kirby series. In those games, he steals the ability Kirby's in the middle of using and bolts. If you want it back, you have to chase him down and take it. In Smash Tour, Tacs appear randomly on the board, and you'll be rewarded with multiple stat boosts if you're quick enough to catch one!
  • Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
  • Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タック
Takku
Tac
French Tac -
German Tac -
Portuguese Tac -