Taranza

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Taranza
Taranza Star Allies.png
Artwork of Taranza from Kirby Star Allies
Details
First appearance Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Latest appearance Super Kirby Clash
Other appearance(s) Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
(Dream Friend)
Cameo appearances Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Related character(s) Dark Taranza
Sectonia's original form
Theme music


Taranza, the Master of Puppetry


Clip of Taranza's theme from Kirby: Triple Deluxe

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Taranza is a young wizard with arachnid-like characteristics, who serves as a prominent character in many games in the Kirby series. He first appeared in Kirby: Triple Deluxe when, on orders from Queen Sectonia, he kidnapped King Dedede in order to prevent him from foiling their plans to conquer Floralia. In the end, however, he realized he had captured the wrong target, as Kirby would pursue him all the way to the queen's chambers and defeat them in combat. Taranza would later be betrayed by his queen, and eventually come to Kirby and King Dedede's aid in dispatching her after she had merged with the Dreamstalk. From then on, he would be an ally to Kirby and King Dedede.

Since Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Taranza has made various appearances in subsequent games. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, he serves as one of the principal villains, and is battled directly for the first time in the series (he also serves as a more minor plot element in Super Kirby Clash). This is where he gained the moniker of The Puppeteer Magician. Taranza would become playable for the first time as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, though he does not serve a specific role in the game's story. He has also made minor appearances in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Kirby Battle Royale.

Physical appearance[edit]

In many ways, Taranza is similar in physique to Magolor from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, as both are floating creatures who wear scarfs, have a cape, possess disembodied hands and use magic. Taranza however is distinct in that he bears a red and green color scheme, has three pairs of hands, a mouth with two visible fangs, multiple sets of eyes (one pair on his face, one on his forehead, and two on the back of his head), silver hair and orange horns that resemble pincers. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, Taranza dresses in a dark color scheme due to the Black Mirror which was corrupting him, and possibly Parallel Nightmare's brainwashing, respectively.

The name Taranza is partially based on the name of the large spider family known as the tarantula. This is a possible misnomer however, as tarantulas are generally more passive than other spiders, as well as much hairier.

Game appearances[edit]

Taranza's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Antagonist
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Reference Unlockable mask
Kirby: Planet Robobot Reference and cameo Two stickers of Taranza appear in this title. One of Archer Kirby Camouflage is portrait of him
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Main antagonist
Kirby Battle Royale Cameo Appears as a spectator in Coin Clash
Kirby Star Allies Playable character
Super Kirby Clash Boss

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Taranza ambushes Castle Dedede in the opening cut-scene for Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

In the opening scene of Kirby: Triple Deluxe's Story Mode, Taranza is seen kidnapping King Dedede, mistaking him for the "Hero of Dream Land". Then, Taranza is seen in the opening of every boss battle from Level 1 to 5, running from Kirby and making bosses fight against the pink hero. Taranza's acts include:

Although Taranza is responsible for waking all of those bosses up to the end of the game, he is never fought directly. However, Taranza, known as the "Master of Puppetry", attempts to attack Kirby by puppeteering King Dedede as Masked Dedede at the end of Royal Road. After Kirby bests Dedede, Taranza calls for help from Queen Sectonia, who swats him away for his failures. At this point, Taranza decides to aid Kirby and King Dedede, gaining redemption in the process by tossing Kirby a Miracle Fruit to activate his Hypernova ability at a crucial point during the final battle with the mutant Queen.

An original dot sprite of Taranza also appears as a Keychain.

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe[edit]

In Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Dedede can unlock the Taranza Mask after completing every secret level in the game.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, a portrait and a doodle of Taranza appears as two stickers respectively. Additionally, a portrait of Taranza appears as a Camouflage of Archer Kirby in the game.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

Main Story[edit]

Taranza returns in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe the spinoff title, here serving the role of main antagonist, driving the various monsters to attack the Dream Kingdom. His ultimate triumph is in subduing and bending Landia the Guardian Angel to his will, who continues to fight even after he is defeated. It is later revealed that Taranza was being influenced by a powerful evil object known as the Black Mirror, and to return Taranza to a friendly demeanor, Team Kirby must destroy this mirror, dealing with everything it summons in the process.

Unlike in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Taranza is fought directly as the fourth Ordeal boss in this title. He floats around the battlefield, tossing magic energy at Team Kirby from the foreground and background. He is also capable of ensnaring the Kirbys in a magic net, rendering them useless for a time. His ability to float about and teleport makes him a difficult target for Team Kirby, but like other floating enemies, he is vulnerable to the Beam Mage's Time Beam spell.

Defeating Taranza unlocks the last series of encounters in all of the lands unlocked up to that point, eventually leading to the fight with Landia EX.

In this game, Taranza's model was updated from Triple Deluxe. Most notably, his mouth is now part of his model rather than a texture, meaning he can freely open and close it. His hair is similarly fully-modeled, and his scarf is longer, details which carry over to his future appearances. His color scheme is also altered to be primarily red and purple, though he returns to his original palette once he has been subdued.

Magolor's Shoppe also sells a Doctor Healmore hat modeled after Taranza.

Postgame Story[edit]

Main article: Dark Taranza

The story is not over yet after Landia EX is defeated and the credits roll. Two invaders from Another Dimension strike the Dream Kingdom, namely Parallel Susie and Parallel Landia. After the two parallel invaders are defeated, the Black Mirror brings Taranza's evil counterpart, Dark Taranza. Team Kirby will fight Dark Taranza and his master in the true final battles.

As Team Kirby win the true final battles and eventually bring peace back to the Dream Kingdom, the friendly Taranza will stay in the town and sit on Magolor's Shoppe, looking at a flower in his hand in memory of his queen.

Attacks[edit]

The following are all of Taranza's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. Note that attack names are conjectural:

Taranza's attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash  
Attack Description Variants Notes
Taranza Ball Taranza charges and releases a series of dark energy orbs which spread out somewhat after firing.
Taranza Web Hold Taranza flies into the background, then readies his aim toward a random Kirby target. He then casts a large magic net at that Kirby. If caught, the Kirby will need to mash to escape. If successful, Taranza will fall to the ground and become dazed for a moment.
Super Taranza Ball Taranza flies into the background, then conjures and tosses a giant energy orb into the arena, which he does either to the left or right. The orb bounces across the stage for a while before dissipating.
Crystal Volley Taranza flies into the background, then conjures and tosses a series of large purple gems into the arena. These gems resemble the crystal platforms found in Royal Road from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Taranza Burst Taranza charges energy, then releases a large burst around himself.
Super Taranza Burst Taranza flies into the middle of the stage and charges energy, then releases a very large burst around himself.
Taranza Ball Ring Taranza conjures eight orbs which surround him. He then sends them outward one-by-one.
Magic Field Taranza conjures an orb of energy around himself, then flies forward.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

In Kirby Battle Royale, Taranza appears as a spectator in the Coin Clash Battle type.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, Taranza makes his playable debut as a Dream Friend in Version 4.0.0 of the game.

Taranza borrows much of his moveset from the Spider ability--including the Friend Bounce--but his webs are distinctly pink in color. In addition, he has many unique magic moves: Some are taken from his attacks in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (e.g. Taranza Web Hold, Taranza Burst, Taranza Ball), and he can summon the illusion of Queen Sectonia dropping lightning bolts which can imbue his allies with the Zap element. Despite being based on an arachnid, his description refers to him as an insect.

Taranza hovers via flying rather than Infinity Jump, similar to NESP, Vividria, Marx, Adeleine & Ribbon, Magolor, Francisca and Zan Partizanne.

Moveset[edit]

The following table lists all of Taranza's moves in Kirby Star Allies:

Taranza's Dream Friend Moveset in Kirby Star Allies  
when facing right
Skill Button Execution Description Damage
(Star Bullet=52)
Magic String Shot
Press and release B
Taranza shoots a string that can turn common enemies into cocoon pods.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's String Shot.
16→4 (2nd hit onward)
Taranza Web Hold
Press and hold B, move the analog stick
Taranza creates a web ball that can capture common enemies. 32 (hold)
24 (release)
Pop Off
Release B while holding an enemy in your web
Taranza pops off the enemies captured by Taranza Web Hold. 60 (launched enemy)
Darling Dreamstalk
↑ + B
Taranza summons a replica of the Dreamstalk.
  • There can be only one Dreamstalk on the field. Using this repeatedly will make the previous Dreamstalk vanish.
32
Taranza Burst
↓ + B, then release
Taranza creates a magic burst around himself.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
32
Super Taranza Burst
Press and hold ↓ + B, and then release
Taranza creates a bigger and stronger magic burst around himself.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
96
Taranza Ball
Press ↑ + B and release midair
Taranza tosses a magic ball than bounces off walls and platforms.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
1 (charging)
16 (ball)
Super Taranza Ball
Press and hold ↑ + B midair, then release
Taranza tosses a bigger and stronger magic ball than bounces off walls and platforms.
  • Taranza can move while charging.
1 (charging)
32 (ball)
Web Sling
Dash + B
Taranza dashes and shoots a web that can turn common enemies into cocoon pods.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
  • The web can be used for Friend Bounce.
  • Taranza is invincible during Web Sling.
8 (string)
18 (web)→9 (2nd hit onward)
Web Scatter
Dash + B in midair
Taranza shoots three small webs that can turn common enemies into cocoon pods.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
  • The webs can be used for Friend Bounce.
8 (string)
18 (web)→9 (2nd hit onward)
Queen's Phantom
↓, and then ↑ + B
Taranza summons the illusion of Queen Sectonia dropping lightning bolts.
  • This provides the Zap element.
16
Pod Kick
When touching pod
Taranza kicks the cocoon pods made by his attacks.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
48 (kicked pod)
36 (idle pod)
Pod Snatch
B when near a pod
Taranza snatches a cocoon pod to prepare for Pod Slam or Pod Slamabam.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
16 (if the pod is touched)
Pod Slam
Pod Snatch + B or →
Taranza slams the snatched pod once.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
48
Pod Slamabam
Pod Snatch + ↑, ←, or ↓
Taranza slams the snatched pod repeatedly.
  • This is similar to the Spider ability's same attack.
48
Magic Guard
L/R
Taranza guards with a magic shield, which releases spikes if touched by any enemy.
  • As a special form of guard, Taranza takes no chip damage.
  • Unlike the Spider ability's Pod Guard, Taranza cannot use Magic Guard in midair, but can dodge freely.
16 (no damage to bosses or mid-bosses)

Cameos[edit]

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Taranza's in-game appearance from Super Kirby Clash.

Taranza returns in Super Kirby Clash, his attack style and appearance carried over from his fights in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. He serves as the fifth Ordeal of the game, though this time, he does not have quite as large a role in the story. Team Kirby battles him in the Empyrean, confusing him for Parallel Nightmare at first. Once Taranza is beaten, he appears in the Port Village and sits atop Magolor's Shoppe. Taranza is fought two more times in Party Quest encounters.

This time, Dark Taranza does not appear alongside Taranza.

Profiles[edit]

Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe logo.png Team Kirby Clash Deluxe The Magician reveals himself! Break his web of spells and restore peace!
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies As a Dream Friend:

This clumsy smarty-pants stumbled his way here from the heights of Kirby: Triple Deluxe. He's a lonely insect on a journey in search of a queen, and he's one of your new Dream Friends!

Guest Star:
"No doubt. A miracle will happen for sure!"
Hoping for a true miracle, the boy with silver hair from Kirby: Triple Deluxe is making a bid for the altar. Deep in his heart, he already knows the outcome. But if he could just reach that bright light…

Super Kirby Clash Logo.png Super Kirby Clash This teleporting trickster will try to confuse Team Kirby with its magic, but stay focused and you'll beat him!

Trivia[edit]

  • In an official Twitter post, Taranza is given the nickname インテリ坊ちゃん刈り ("Bowlcut Intellectual") by Zan Partizanne.
  • Super Taranza Burst from Kirby Star Allies (96 damage) is one of the most powerful single attacks in the Kirby series, even stronger than Hammer Flip (80 in many cases).
    • Super Taranza Burst's power is three times as much as Taranza Burst.
    • Sometimes if the attack button is released too early but the charge complete sound effect still plays, Taranza Burst will be used instead of Super Taranza Burst.
  • Unused data of the Net Work and Skyward Web attacks from the Spider ability can be found in Taranza's moveset files, possibly due to straight copying.
  • Taranza's voice was first heard in Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe and was provided by the game's composer, Hirokazu Ando. According to Shinya Kumazaki on Miiverse, his voice was digitally altered and designed with "the image of an androgynous young spider".[1]

Gallery[edit]

Video gallery[edit]


Taranza's Dream Friend trailer

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タランザ
Taranza
Derived from tarantula
Chinese 塔狼蛛
tǎ láng zhū
塔 ("ta-") + 狼蛛 (tarantula)
Dutch Taranza -
French Taranza -
German Taranza -
Italian Taranza -
Korean 타란자
Taranja
Taranza
Spanish Taraña Tarantula and Araña (spider).


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