|“||Kirby...just let me know when you need the Star treatment!||”|
— Tiff, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Tiff is the deuteragonist of the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. She is the daughter and eldest child of King Dedede's Cabinet Minister, Sir Ebrum, and Sir Ebrum's wife, Lady Like. She lives with her parents and younger brother, Tuff, in Castle Dedede. Tiff is one of Kirby's closest allies and is mentored by Meta Knight. Tiff is known to be very intelligent for her age, and she is the only one who has the ability to call upon the Warp Star when needed since she is the one who cares about Kirby the most.
Tiff is a pale yellow-skinned young girl who is about twice Kirby's height with long hair that she keeps in an ornate ponytail held by purple and orange clasps and expressive green eyes. She almost always wears a one-piece outfit which is pink on the top with puffy sleeves and green on the bottom that is separated by a zigzag and orange shoes.
Neither Tiff nor her family are Cappies. The only similarity between them is the yellow skin color. Other than that, the design of their heads, eyes, and limbs are completely different.
Tiff is among the most developed and prominent characters in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! due to being the main speaking character of the show and the closest ally of Kirby. She is portrayed as being highly intelligent and resourceful, often outclassing the adults of Dream Land. In addition, she is a fountain of knowledge in all manner of subjects, mainly concerning the natural sciences and mathematics. As such, she is often the one left to explain the various situations that occur in the episodes, and is also often responsible for forming plans to solve the main conflicts of the show, as well as giving Kirby advice in battle. Over the course of the show, King Dedede and Escargoon come to understand how pivotal Tiff is to Kirby's success, and as such, do whatever they can to belittle and hinder her.
Counterbalancing Tiff's intelligence is her short temper and naivete, which demonstrates that despite her knowledge, she is still young and inexperienced. This particularly shows when King Dedede and Escargoon succeed at getting on her nerves, and can sometimes result in putting Kirby in danger, due to not always understanding how to handle him. Tiff is also very prone to making mistakes when she is annoyed or angry, which leads her to sometimes accuse Kirby of things he did not do, an example being in The School Scam. In order to help Tiff regain composure and offer her the wisdom she needs, Tiff frequently receives aid from her main mentor Meta Knight, who tries his best to offer suggestions and hints to Tiff rather than just giving her the answer, in hopes that she will better herself by working it out on her own. Tiff also has a healthy rapport with the other senior members of Dream Land, most notably Professor Curio and Mabel, who she looks up to as role models. Notably, despite their usual animosity toward one another, even Escargoon will sometimes seek Tiff's help when circumstances lead to the two of them sharing a cause or a problem.
Tiff is extremely protective of the people and things she cares about, and can be considered activistic. She is not afraid to berate anybody who she believes to be in the wrong, even if that person is pointing a weapon at her. Due in part to her noble status and in part to her own personal quirks, Tiff is also extremely proud, which is often used against her by her opponents. Despite this weakness, Tiff is typically able to recover quickly, and always tries her best to keep an optimistic point of view. To help her with this, she relies on Kirby's persistent cheerfulness, as well as the strength of her other friendships.
- Kirby: Tiff is the first person that Kirby meets after crashing into Dream Land. She had hoped Kirby would be a tall, dashing knight when she first heard about him, and was disappointed at first to find that he was just a little pink creature. She quickly became Kirby's strongest supporter, and is the only person who can summon his Warp Star from Kabu because she cares for him. They have a relationship somewhat like a mother and child, or older and younger siblings. Tiff tends to be protective of him, and is one of the few characters who tries to keep in mind that he's just a baby. This attitude sometimes causes problems, however, as her coddling can get in the way of Kirby's path to personal development as a hero.
- Tuff: Tiff and Tuff have a stereotypical older sibling/younger sibling relationship. Tiff often scolds Tuff for his rash behavior while Tuff wishes his sister was less strict. Despite their banter, the two are close and are often seen playing together.
- Sir Ebrum & Lady Like: Tiff has a positive relationship with her parents, but has little in common with them, aside from sharing a temper with her mother. Perhaps most notable is the fact that neither of her parents appear to be very responsible for her, often leaving Tiff to fend for herself.
- Meta Knight: Meta Knight serves as a crucial mentor and ally to Tiff, particularly when she is in trouble with something that involves Kirby or King Dedede. His extremist methods of teaching and discipline often rub Tiff the wrong way, however, and sometimes she becomes upset with him over his more cold-hearted remarks. Despite this, his hints are often crucial to Tiff solving an issue she is faced with, particularly when it comes to understanding Kirby's needs and how best to assist him.
- King Dedede: There is no character Tiff dislikes more than King Dedede. She is openly critical of his goals, and knows perfectly well that most of the things Dedede does are schemes to harm Kirby or the environment of Dream Land. Dedede also knows that there is little that Tiff can do directly to stop him most of the time, and so he regularly taunts and teases her.
- Escargoon: Tiff and Escargoon have a particularly antagonistic relationship, as Escargoon seems to see Tiff's intellect as a rival to his own. As such, Tiff regularly has to put up with Escargoon's demeaning and jeering remarks. Despite this, the two are occasionally of the same mind when a common issue arises, as in A Dental Dilemma.
- Kine: Tiff's biggest fan is Kine the sunfish. Despite being a completely different species, he has a huge crush on her. Even though they can't feasibly be together, Kine asks about her whenever he gets the chance. He always calls her 'Fumu-san' (Miss Fumu) in the Japanese version.
- Cappy Town: The villagers of Cappy Town respect Tiff's opinion, even the adults, but they don't always listen when she warns them about Dedede's schemes. She often tries to teach the other Cappy children in a makeshift school, but they don't share her love of learning.
The following is a complete list of all of Tiff's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding her role in each episode:
|Tiff's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Primary character||"Impossible, Falala! Warriors are big and strong, not pink and puffy!"|
|A Blockbuster Battle||Primary character||"Do what you want to, but you're not gonna run Kirby out of Cappy Town!"|
|Kirby's Duel Role||Primary character||"The creature must be...Kirby!"|
|Dark and Stormy Knight||Primary character||"Kirby...just let me know when you need the Star treatment!"|
|Beware: Whispy Woods!||Primary character||"I never really thought about where all the food and stuff that Kirby sucks up goes. The only thing I can think of is that it goes into another dimension!"|
|Un-Reality TV||Primary character||"WE USED TO HAVE LIVES BEFORE TELEVISION!!"|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Primary character||"I think it was Dyna Blade's egg! Kirby must have came along and ate it!"|
|Curio's Curious Discovery||Primary character||"Remember what you always say. The most important thing isn't to show your theories right, but to dig all the way to the truth!"|
|The Fofa Factor||Secondary character||"King Dedede sticks his beak into everybody's business, doesn't he?"|
|Hail to the Chief||Secondary character||"I'm reading all about Cappy history, and the chief's story doesn't make sense! We never even had a war!"|
|The Big Taste Test||Secondary character||"Wow! Somebody actually taught you to cook like this?"|
|Escargoon Squad||Secondary character||"But I saw it, too! I heard footsteps, like somebody was following me!"|
|Cappy New Year||Secondary character||"We can create our own celebration. We can do whatever we want to!"|
|The Pillow Case||Primary character||"I'm not gonna listen to King Dedede make fun of my friend Kirby!"|
|Kirby's Pet Peeve||Primary character||"Just cause you look like a ball doesn't mean they can kick you around!"|
|A Fish Called Kine||Primary character||"See those are my lungs working, Kine, but they don't work very well underwater! We're from such totally different worlds that we don't even breathe the same way!"|
|The Thing About the Ring||Secondary character||"How come you always act so weird on your anniversary? I don't get it! It's the same thing every time!"|
|Flower Power||Primary character||"His heart's in the right place, but I wonder where his brain is."|
|Here Comes the Son||Secondary character||"Knuckle Joe. What we do makes us monsters...and look what you've done to Kirby!"|
|Dedede's Snow Job||Primary character||"I should have known all along! When moisture freezes, it crystallizes and becomes snow!"|
|A Princess in Dis-Dress||Primary character||"Is that so? Well before I met Commander Vee, I thought boys were like you! But now I know they can be gallant and handsome!"|
|Island of the Lost Warrior||Primary character||"I'm thinking! It takes time to come up with great ideas!"|
|The Empty Nest Mess||Secondary character||"Well, Kirby...you're the hero again! I know Dyna Blade's real grateful!"|
|Ninja Binge||Secondary character||"That's true, but you don't think it was a ninja who tried to steal that scroll?"|
|Escargoon Rules||Primary character||"It's his job to act crazy! Dedede's the court jester!"|
|Hour of the WolfWrath||Secondary character||"Really? So how come you didn't keep your promise to him to protect Kirby?"|
|The Flower Plot||Primary character||"Let's see. What's a good name for a flower...? Hey! Why don't we call it Lovely?!"|
|Labor Daze||Primary character||"We all learned that you shouldn't mess around with nature, right Kirby?"|
|A Spice Odyssey||Primary character||"Maybe Kawasaki could wash dishes here..."|
|Hatch Me If You Can||Primary character||"Stay up there, then! You can turn into a bird, for all I care!"|
|Abusement Park||Primary character||"Papa, isn't it suspicious that the King's acting so nice all the sudden?"|
|A Dental Dilemma||Primary character||"Your teeth are totally disgusting, Tuff! Go and brush them right away!"|
|Junk Jam||Primary character||"Pretty soon, Cappy Town will be totally buried under garbage!"|
|A Recipe for Disaster||Primary character||"But Tuff, Kawasaki serves all this stuff in his restaurant! I wonder why this tastes so much better?"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part I||Primary character||"This dumb race is just a scam! So...I'm tagging along to watch out for Kirby!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Primary character||"I'm sorry I doubted you, Meta Knight! I shoulda known you were trying to help Kirby!"|
|Watermelon Felon||Primary character||"But it's our word against theirs! I sure could use a little bit of help right now, Meta Knight! You've always helped me before, but now, I don't know if I can fight!"|
|A Novel Approach||Primary character||"The trick I wanna learn is how to make those two disappear!"|
|Escar-Gone||Primary character||"Escargoon, you're so silly! In our family album, we have this picture of you and Kirby playing!"|
|Monster Management||Secondary character||"You were like a double-agent, Joe!"|
|Prediction Predicament - Part I||Primary character||"Well...Dedede buys lots of expensive toys, but then he always gets sick of 'em!"|
|Prediction Predicament - Part II||Primary character||"If I can figure out exactly how fast it's going and where it's coming from, we can fire at it and throw it off course!"|
|Sheepwrecked||Primary character||"I guess the point of the story is: Don't go around telling people lies if you want people to believe you when it really counts!"|
|War of the Woods||Secondary character||"Kirby's pretty powerful, but not even a Star Warrior can stop nature!"|
|Scare Tactics - Part I||Primary character||"Well, Tuff, I guess Kirby doesn't have enough imagination to think about ghosts and ghouls attacking us in these woods."|
|Scare Tactics - Part II||Primary character||"Wow! You did great, Kirby!"|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Primary character||"Huh? You mean they travel in flocks like birds do?"|
|Tourist Trap||Primary character||"Kirby's a warrior, not a garbage collector!"|
|Cartoon Buffoon||Primary character||"They got rid of my whole storyline! All they do now is talk to each-other!"|
|Don't Bank on It||Secondary character||"Now that's embarrassing!"|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Primary character||"Happy first anniversary, Kirby! We're all very happy that you came to Dream Land! Kirby, we love you!"|
|Snack Attack - Part I||Primary character||"I stopped them from dumping their old stuff on Cappy Town, but now they're dumping this new stuff on Cappy Town."|
|Snack Attack - Part II||Primary character||"I was only trying to help Tuggle and Gengu. This is all my fault."|
|One Crazy Knight||Secondary character||"Mabel! How did it feel to be a real-life princess?"|
|Sweet and Sour Puss||Secondary character||"I bet Kirby's cheerful outlook finally showed the King that it's more rewarding to be nice!|
|Dedede's Pet Threat||Secondary character||"How can you stand there and laugh? You set those Scarfies free, didn't you?!"|
|A Half-Baked Battle||Secondary character||"Dedede! Pie throwing isn't just a waste of time, it's a waste of food! You should be ashamed of yourself!"|
|eNeMeE Elementary||Primary character||"Listen up you ratty bunch of hooligans! If you think you can get away with that kind of behavior in my class, you've got another thing comin'!"|
|The Meal Moocher||Secondary character||"Not even Kirby gets hungry enough to gobble up a giant monster for dinner! Kirby! NOOO!!"|
|Crusade for the Blade||Primary character||"I didn't know your sword was so powerful...but there's one thing that still bothers me. What really happened to Garlude?"|
|Fitness Fiend||Primary character||"This situation is extremely dangerous for both you and Kirby. If you get any bigger, you'll burst!"|
|Mabel Turns the Tables||Secondary character||"I know exactly what you're doing! Samo, you should be ashamed of yourself!"|
|Something to Sneeze At||Secondary character||"We better get you to bed, Kirby. Somebody as smart as you needs a lot of rest, cause those cold germs won't wanna leave your head!"|
|The Kirby Quiz||Primary character||"I get shivers just thinking about that thing."|
|Masher 2.0||Secondary character||"You're in trouble, aren't you Joe?"|
|The Chill Factor||Primary character||"Just yesterday, it was warm enough to go swimming, then all of a sudden you came and it got cold! How could the weather change so quickly? I think it's quite peculiar."|
|The School Scam||Primary character||"Maybe...but teachers are supposed to solve problems with their heads, not their hands. I wish I could figure out a way to reach even those three guys. To help 'em see learning's really interesting. When you goof off in school, you could be missing something really great and never even realize it. The most important job of the teacher is to help your students want to learn. It's really sad when you don't succeed. There are so many great things to discover in this world. School gives you the tools that can help you learn. But the most important tool of all is the curiosity inside us. Promise me that you guys will never give up trying to learn new things. Promise! That's...all, I guess."|
|Delivery Dilemma||Primary character||"Kawasaki. I'm...I'm sorry my business plan didn't work out so well."|
|Trick or Trek||Primary character||"That isn't true! It's even more fun because it's educational!"|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Primary character||"I guess Tokkori will always be Tokkori after all!"|
|A Whale of a Tale||Primary character||"This isn't a tour boat! It's a whaling ship!"|
|Waddle While You Work||Primary character||*sighs* "Looks like the Waddle Dees are here to stay."|
|Dedede's Raw Deal||Secondary character||"Kirby! Listen up! If you don't get rid of those hiccups, you'll never be able to eat again!"|
|Caterpillar Thriller||Primary character||"I only wish we could come up with a cure for those two!"|
|Fossil Fools - Part I||Primary character||*reading* "Lots of folks say that dinosaurs is extunct[sic], but I say the proof is in the pictures." *laughs*|
|Fossil Fools - Part II||Primary character||"A big bite; that's just what they took! Those weird suckers that stuck us in the tunnel: Moro sent them to get DNA samples from everybody!"|
|Dedede's Monsterpiece||Primary character||"What could possibly be subversive about an art lesson? Here! It's just a sketch pad!"|
|Right Hand Robot||Primary character||"You tried, Escargoon. Maybe you can't build a robot that can survive Dedede."|
|Goin' Bonkers||Primary character||"Kirby's in big trouble if that gorilla can track him down before we do."|
|Power Ploy||Primary character||"Glu-gly-cero-poly-carbo-phosphate... This health drink is totally unhealthy!"|
|A Trashy Tale||Secondary character||"I guess even Kirby won't eat garbage!"|
|Cooking Up Trouble||Primary character||"Listen everybody! You're going about this thing the wrong way. Those machines can't cook for you because the most important ingredient is missing. You can't make great food unless you use your heart. Cooking isn't about using all the latest technology. Your food will always be mediocre unless you care about what you make."|
|Teacher's Threat||Primary character||"Well of course I do! If Mr. Chip could stay here in Cappy Town, I'd be the happiest girl alive! Mr. Chip is a wonderful man!"|
|Mumbies Madness||Primary character||*reading* "Mumbies are a good luck monster! Whoever finds one will become rich! Mumbies dwell underground by day, and know where many fabulous treasures are buried!"|
|A Sunsational Puzzle||Primary character||"Switching night and day around isn't going to solve the real problem. I think something weird is happening here!"|
|A Chow Challenge||Primary character||"Wonder if he cooks like Kawasaki?"|
|Waste Management||Primary character||"The one with the mark on his eye must be the leader!"|
|Shell-Shocked||Primary character||"I guess you can't judge a slug by his cover!"|
|Tooned Out||Primary character||"Yeah, I'm short alright...AND SO'S MY TEMPEEER!!"|
|Born to Be Mild - Part I||Primary character||"That biker gang could strike again at any time! We've got to have a plan to defend ourselves!"|
|Born to Be Mild - Part II||Primary character||"Mr. Melman was Steppenwolf all the time, and Gus never even knew!"|
|Hunger Struck||Secondary character||"Okay, but you better serve healthy meals or the Waddle Dees'l let you have it!"|
|D'Preciation Day||Primary character||"I know Dedede can be mean and nasty and selfish, but deep down, he really just wants to be loved. If we gave him a present, maybe he'd feel loved, and change his ways."|
|Cowardly Creature||Primary character||"I wish I knew why Phan Phan's so frightened all the time. I've never seen a monster act like this before."|
|Frog Wild||Primary character||"There has to be some misunderstanding... Kirby's a Star Warrior, not a juvenile delinquent!"|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I||Primary character||"Of course it's weird! Everything about Kabu is weird!"|
|Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II||Primary character||"They may be faster, but Kirby's way smarter!"|
|Cappy Town Down||Primary character||"I'm proud of you, Kirby!"|
|Combat Kirby||Secondary character||"Kawasaki may not be bright, but he did help save the engine room."|
|Fright to the Finish||Primary character||"So Kirby saved the galaxy, and proved himself to be the greatest Star Warrior of all...and life in Dream Land went back to normal! But I suppose with Kirby around, life will always be an adventure! Isn't that right, Kirby?"|
|Kirby 3D||Primary character||"Kirby! Suck up the babies!"|
- Main article: Dream Land princess
While it is not confirmed, viewers have suspected that the Dream Land princess in the Kirby of the Stars Pilot is an early design of Tiff. As they have the same color of skin and basic body design, as well as being Kirby's primary friend and being royalty. Additional similarities include the princess's strong emotional reactions and the manner in which she meets Kirby.
Despite all this information, little else can be determined, due primarily to the sparse nature of the cartoon the Dream Land princess appears in; particularly the lack of spoken dialogue.
- Tiff is one of the five recurring characters who appears in every episode of the main anime series. The other four are Kirby, Tuff, King Dedede, and Escargoon.
- In the Kirby 30th Anniversary group artwork, Tiff alongside her brother Tuff make a cameo appearance as small plushies being held by a Kirby copy. This is the two's first official cameo appearance outside anime material.
Baby Tiff, from The Fofa Factor
Tiff conversing with Samo at his bar
Tiff bites Bonkers' hand to help Kirby defeat him.
Tiff sitting with Mr. Chip and complimenting him
Tiff and Kirby riding the Winged Star to safety after defeating eNeMeE
Names in other languages