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Taranza, the Master of Puppetry

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Taranza, the Master of Puppetry
Various arrangements of "Taranza, the Master of Puppetry".
Debut appearance Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)
Last appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other appearance(s) Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Taranza, the Master of Puppetry"[2] is a musical piece associated with Taranza. This leitmotif plays during situations that involve him, such as cutscenes.


"Taranza, the Master of Puppetry" is a slow-paced, minor-key theme set in 4/4 time. It bears a great resemblance to King Dedede's Theme, fitting the relationship between the two characters, but it diverges further as its melody progresses. It also includes aspects of "Floral Fields", one of Kirby: Triple Deluxe's main themes.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The theme first appears in Kirby: Triple Deluxe during the music for the opening cutscene, "Waking to a flowery coup!", in which it plays while Taranza abducts King Dedede. For this cutscene, the song has a driving, synthetic bassline and uses brass instruments primarily. It is later seen in a more elaborate, fleshed-out manner in the cutscene titled "Taranza, the master of puppetry", which plays prior to the Masked Dedede fight. This version begins with a focus on strings and woodwinds, but introduces a heavy brass section near the end, increasing the tension. This version is titled "Taranza, the Master of Puppetry" on the Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack, titled similarly to the cutscene where it plays.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

A rearrangement of "Taranza, the Master of Puppetry" based on its appearance in the "Waking to a flowery coup!" cutscene is used as Dark Taranza's battle theme in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. It includes an original refrain with "Green Greens" so as to distinguish it as a standalone track.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, a rearrangement of "Taranza, the Master of Puppetry" is used as Taranza's personal Dream Friend jingle, which is titled タランザが、おみとおしなのねっ! (Taranza Sees Right Through You!) on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack. Another arrangement is also used as the theme for his Pseudo HAL Room, which is titled あやつりの魔術師まじゅつしタランザ/スターアライズ アレンジ ver. (Taranza, the Master of Puppetry/Star Allies Arrangement ver.) on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack. In both cases, the theme is rearranged by Jun Ishikawa[3] and features accordion and viola, giving it a somewhat more refined air.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

A rearrangement of the theme plays during the battles with Shadow Kirby on the Easy, Normal and Hard difficulties of Single-Handed Mode, and on Chapter 4 of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals. It is named 参戦!シャドーカービィ (Enter the Battle! Shadow Kirby) and arranged by Yuki Shimooka.[4]

Other appearances[edit]

An arrangement of Taranza's theme appears on the Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack as part of the track "Dreams and Disappearing Kings", which is largely a rearrangement of "Waking to a flowery coup!"

The theme also appears in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert as part of the track "Kirby: Triple Deluxe Medley", where it's used to precede "Fatal Blooms in Moonlight". The orchestral version of this song is very similar to the "Taranza, the Master of Puppetry" variation, and was arranged by Shogo Sakai.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あやつりの魔術師タランザ
Ayatsuri no majutsu-shi Taranza
The Puppeteer Magician, Taranza
あやつりの魔術師 is used as Taranza's title in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash.