Waddle Dee

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This article or section is about Waddle Dees in general. For information about Waddle Dees in more specific contexts, see the 'Varieties of Waddle Dee' section below.


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Artwork of Waddle Dee from the 25th Anniversary website.
Details
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Latest Game Kirby: Star Allies
Other Game(s) All (except for Kirby's Star Stacker)
Copy Ability None
Similar Enemies Waddle Doo, N-Z, CarryDee, Hairy Dee, Horror Tramp, Colossal Waddle Dee
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Waddle Dees are a species of peaceful creatures that are a common sight in Dream Land on the planet Pop Star. Named for their waddling gait, they are about the same size as Kirby and have a roughly spherical brown body, fingerless flaps for arms and two yellow to orange feet. Their faces are tan and consist of two dark brown eyes, florid cheeks, and no mouth or nose. While most Waddle Dees are red or brown, there also are green, yellow, blue or golden Waddle Dees to be found.

Overall, Waddle Dees are depicted as peaceful denizens of Dream Land that seldom fight actively. Their name is probably derived from their behavior, since they usually just waddle around in levels and leap in the air occasionally, neither paying attention to, nor actively attacking Kirby. While they are generally considered harmless, they usually damage Kirby if they run into him or if he touches them. Many, but not all Waddle Dees seem to have affiliated themselves with King Dedede. Those Waddle Dees show a great amount of respect and loyalty towards their leader. King Dedede often employs them as servants, soldiers, and guards. The most loyal of these is Bandana Waddle Dee, named after his blue bandana, who also happens to be friends with Kirby.

Waddle Dees first appeared in the game Kirby's Dream Land, making them some of the oldest enemies to be found in the whole Kirby series. They have since reappeared in all but one game in the series, becoming the Kirby series equivalent to Goombas from the Super Mario series.

Varieties of Waddle Dee

Being arguably the most ubiquitous creatures in the Kirby series, Waddle Dees come in many varieties, and can be seen in many different roles and contexts. Some Waddle Dees can carry on more than one of these roles at a time. These are as follows:

  • Waddle Dee - Standard variety of Waddle Dees who carry no additional equipment. They can be seen holding still, walking, jumping, chasing Kirby, sleeping, fleeing, riding a Nruff, or in more specific situations. They provide no Copy Ability when swallowed.
  • Big Waddle Dee - A larger than usual Waddle Dee. These can also be inhaled, but this typically takes more effort on Kirby's part, and can be spat out as a Penetrating Bullet.
  • Parasol Waddle Dee - Waddle Dees who carry a Parasol. They can be seen in most of the same situations as standard Waddle Dees, but will also float gently through the air. Attacking them can cause them to drop their Parasol, which will then float away. Swallowing them with their parasol grants the Parasol ability. This variety of Waddle Dee is playable as a Helper in Kirby Super Star (Ultra) and Kirby: Star Allies, and is also a playable combatant in Kirby: Battle Royale.
  • Spear Waddle Dee - Waddle Dees who carry spears. Some carry them pointed up, some carry them pointed forward, and some will try to toss them at Kirby. These provide no ability when swallowed, but this will likely change should they appear in a future game with the Spear ability.
  • Soldier Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who, in addition to having a spear, also has a soldier's hat. These guys serve King Dedede, and may partner with him in battles in Kirby: Battle Royale.
  • Raft Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who rides an inflatable raft over water. These can be found only in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • Fluff Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee from Kirby: Canvas Curse who clings to a giant seed of cotton.
  • Rope Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who swings from a rope. Can be found in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • Puppet Dee - A large wooden suit operated by three Waddle Dees, meant to resemble a big Waddle Dee. It can be busted open to reveal the three Waddle Dees inside, or inhaled whole.
    • Armor Dee - A tougher variety of Puppet Dee, made of metal.
  • Walker Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who operates a suit of mechanical legs. The legs have to be destroyed first before the Waddle Dee can be dealt with.
    • Walkers can also be equipped with cannons and/or jets. The missiles the cannons shoot provide the Bomb ability if swallowed.
  • Driver Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who drives a car, bus or other vehicle. These can be seen primarily in Resolution Road and Rhythm Route.
  • Gold Waddle Dee - A rare variety of Waddle Dee with golden fur. They can run very fast, and often carry Treasure Chests.
  • Carry Dee - Another rare type of Waddle Dee, who is usually gold in color, and has special face markings and a tanooki tail. As their name implies, they are usually seen carrying something of value, whether that be a Key, a Battery, or another item.
  • Training Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee made of shining steel. He cannot be defeated or inhaled, and is meant to serve as a dummy for Copy Ability training.
  • Colossal Waddle Dee - A very large Waddle Dee who serves as the first encounter in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. He is quite tough compared to his smaller cousins, but moves very sluggishly.
  • Halcandran Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee from Halcandra, who wears a hood. Otherwise acts the same.
  • Sectra Dee - An insectoid variant of Waddle Dee who serves Queen Sectonia.

Distinguished Waddle Dees

The following Waddle Dees are noteworthy as individuals in the series, and usually have some article of clothing to distinguish themselves from others:

  • Bandana Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee distinguished by his blue bandana. He is one of King Dedede's most loyal subjects, but is also good friends with Kirby, forcing him to sometimes choose between the two. He is playable in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where he wields a Spear, and serves as Kirby's ally in Kirby: Battle Royale, where he uses a Parasol.
  • Sailor Dee - A Waddle Dee who wears a sailor's cap. He is one of the crew members of the Halberd, and was the last of Meta Knight's crew to jump ship. He was last seen in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, though only as a cameo.
  • Waddle Dee (64) - One of Kirby's good friends, who accompanies him in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. He is the only Waddle Dee in that game, so he has no distinguishing features. It could be argued that this Waddle Dee and Bandana Waddle Dee are one and the same.
  • Waddle Dee Film Crew - A crew of four Waddle Dees carrying film equipment. They were introduced outside of the games, on the Kirby 25th Anniversary Twitter feed, but eventually made their way into a game in Kirby: Battle Royale.

Relatives of Waddle Dee

These creatures are not Waddle Dees (arguably), but are very similar in look and/or behavior (and may be biologically related):

  • Waddle Doo - A creature with a similar body shape and behavior to Waddle Dees, but has a face consisting only of a large singular eye and a couple eyelashes. It fires a beam whip from its eye, and provides the Beam ability when swallowed. It can also be seen with a Parasol.
  • Batamon - A pink creature who behaves like a Waddle Dee, but looks more like Kirby. It is debatable whether these guys are related to Kirby or not.
  • N-Z - A dark grey creature made by Dark Matter. It looks and acts similarly to a Waddle Dee, though it has pointy ears and no arms.
  • Yarn Waddle Dee - These yarn duplicates of Waddle Dee were created by Yin-Yarn. They can be defeated easily using the yarn whip.
  • Horror Tramp - A ghostly creature who behaves much like a Waddle Dee. They are sometimes invisible, being seen only by looking at them through a mirror.
  • Cotta - A small clay creature created by Claycia. It can be found in a number of different roles and varieties.
  • Haltworker - An employee of the Haltmann Works Company who can be seen wielding Spark pistols, and piloting Invader Armor.
  • Labotory - Lab tech personnel for the Haltmann Works Company who wear scuba-like suits and wield flails in combat.

Game Appearances

Kirby's Dream Land

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Waddle Dees make their first appearance in the game Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy. Like in most of the games to follow this installment, they are depicted as one of the weakest types of enemies, possessing no means to attack Kirby other than to accidentally bump into him, though they do move more erratically in the Extra Game. The Parasol-wielding variant of the Waddle Dee is also first seen in this game, using its parasol as a parachute to glide down to the ground; as the game contains no Copy Abilities, however, they do not yield the Parasol ability.

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Waddle Dees make another appearance in Kirby's Adventure, as well as in the remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, again serving as one of the weakest foes Kirby faces during his journey. When appearing as Parasol Waddle Dees, they can be inhaled to give Kirby the Parasol ability. Parasol Waddle Dees are one of the common sources for the Parasol ability, the other ones being Parasol Waddle Doo and Parasol Shotzo (only the parasol part). Waddle Dees can also be found in different colors in the remake.

Kirby's Dream Land 2

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, two basic types of Waddle Dees exist, both of which walk in a straight line and turn around when reaching an obstacle. The difference between them is that one type is able to jump and walk up and down slopes, while the other is unable to do either of these things.

A less common, very fast moving type of Waddle Dee can also be found in a few locations; this form appears behind Kirby once he reaches a certain point in a level, attempting to dash into him but stopping when he faces it. Furthermore, some Waddle Dees can be seen holding Floaty the Drifters, Kirby's Dream Land 2's equivalent of Parasols, enabling them to slowly glide down from above.

Waddle Dees can be defeated instantly by hitting them with any attack or colliding with them. They award Kirby with 100 points when inhaled, and 200 points when destroyed in any other way.

Kirby's Avalanche

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Kirby's Avalanche "Face" picture.

In Kirby's Avalanche, Waddle Dee is the first opponent in Easy mode, never being fought in any other game mode. He is the easiest, and seems to simply place blobs at random.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

Artwork of Waddle Dee from Kirby Super Star

Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. While they retain their usual role of a common enemy, a Parasol Waddle Dee also serves as the Helper that can be created from the Parasol ability. The Helper is much more capable during battle than its enemy counterparts, being able to use the same moveset as Parasol Kirby. A Waddle Dee in a sailor garb also gets introduced as one of Meta Knight's henchmen during his conquest to take over Dream Land. Yet another Waddle Dee appears in The Arena as a joke opponent; this Waddle Dee has more health than regular ones, but does not move, instead walking in place until defeated.

Aside from the introduction of spear-wielding Waddle Dees, another Waddle Dee character wearing a blue bandanna appears in the Revenge of the King stage of Kirby Super Star Ultra mode. It first is fought as a Mid-Boss, and later can be spotted alone in the audience during Kirby's fight with Masked Dedede. After Kirby wins the fight, it can be seen accompanying a miserable King Dedede on his walk into the sunset, along with dozens of other Waddle Dees.

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Waddle Dees are once more encountered as common foes throughout the game. Here, they possess two basic types of movements: they are either found pacing back and forth in a predefined area, or moving in a straight line until they run into an obstacle, jumping occasionally. As the game does not assign health meters to enemies, they, like most other adversaries, can be defeated in a single hit from any attack or by colliding with them.

Besides walking around, Waddle Dees can occasionally be found riding on Nruffs, though they are thrown off when their steed slams into a wall. Furthermore, a few Waddle Dees can be seen rowing orange paddle boats back and forth on water in certain areas; attacking these specimens destroys their boat, causing them to fall into the water and be defeated. Kirby's Dream Land 3 is notable for being one of the few games in which Waddle Dees never hold a Parasol, due to the enemy being absent from the game.

Apart from regular Waddle Dees, the game also features Wapods, ghost-like enemies that strongly resemble Waddle Dees in looks, but not in behavior.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Main article: Waddle Dee (64)
Artwork of Waddle Dee from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

While Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards does not feature Waddle Dees as enemies like usual - N-Z assumes the role as the weakest type of enemy - a single Waddle Dee appears as a character in that game. After it gets possessed by Dark Matter (temporarily turning it into a Waddle Doo) and defeated and released by Kirby, it gladly joins Kirby's and Ribbon's quest and becomes their ally. From that point on it sometimes appears in various levels and helps Kirby out, often by providing vehicles and opening paths. It can also be seen at the end of every level during the Picnic.

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

Waddle Dees once again take their role as enemies in the game Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. These Waddle Dees do not live in Dream Land however, but in the Mirror World. Aside from regular Waddle Dees, a bigger version of them known as Big Waddle Dee can also be found. Aside from their size, though, they do not possess any more strength or health than the smaller Waddle Dees and can easily be defeated in one hit.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, regular Waddle Dees, along with two new variants appear. The first, called Fluff Waddle Dee, floats down on a fluff, similarly to Parasol Waddle Dee, with the difference being that the fluff version does not give a Copy Ability due to Parasol's absence in this game. The second variant, called Spear Waddle Dee, holds a spear, which it can throw at Kirby. Spear Waddle Dees usually appear as a type of Mid Boss. Both variants, as well as the regular version, have the same appearance when stunned. A Waddle Dee Ball can be playable if the game is beaten once. It has the same stats as Kirby without Copy Abilities, except for health, like every other playable character besides Kirby.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Waddle Dees appear as common enemies and can be controlled by using the Ghost ability. However, the only thing they can do is jump. In addition to this, a golden variant appears, giving a treasure chest if defeated. This variant is also different in the fact that they cower in fear much of the time, with that being their only move other than jumping if controlled through Ghost.

Super Smash Bros. Series

Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Waddle Dees only appear as a trophy.

Trophy information

Many delicate creatures like this one inhabit Dream Land. They generally live carefree lives and have never considered themselves to be followers of King Dedede. Waddle Dees are innocent and generally harmless to man and beast. While they have virtually no offensive or defensive power, they'll sometimes try to wield a parasol.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King Dedede can toss Waddle Dees at opponents as one of his special moves, as well as his Final Smash. In addition, a lone Waddle Dee can be seen in a cutscene with Luigi during the Subspace Emissary, who cowers in fear of it. They also have a trophy in the game.

Trophy information

A carefree creature that wanders the hills and dales of Dream Land.
Basically harmless to creatures
great and small, Waddle Dees
sometimes use parasols to float down through the skies. If Kirby swallows a parasol, he'll get one he can use to float or ward off
enemy attacks. One the other hand,
Kirby can't copy anything by swallowing Waddle Dees themselves.

Kirby's Epic Yarn

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Yarn Waddle Dee artwork from Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Waddle Dee re-appears in Patch Land, however according to an in-game interlude, the Waddle Dees made made of yarn are not actually Waddle Dees (servants of King Dedede), but rather creations of Yin-Yarn.[1] Unlike Waddle Dees from other games, running into yarn Waddle Dees will not hurt Kirby. However, sometimes Waddle Dees do try to attack Kirby through the use of arrows (Bow Waddle Dee) and spears (Spear Waddle Dee). In some levels of the game, Waddle Dees appear riding dune buggies (in this appearance they are called Truck Monster) in a race between them and Kirby in his truck form. Waddle Dees also appear in numerous levels as passing by-standers that you can defeat, appear asleep, or carry Parasols (Parasol Waddle Dee) and Balloons (Balloon Waddle Dee). Waddle Dees also make a small appearance in the Squashini boss fight as an audience. In addition to this, a single Waddle Dee is seen burning in the Hot Wings fight, and King Dedede's Waddle Dees can be seen in some cutscenes.

Patch Plaza description

Waddle Dee

Yin-Yarn made these
impostors! They look
just like the real ones!

Spear Waddle Dee

This fake Waddle Dee
recklessly twirls around
a spear. Look out!

Parasol Waddle Dee

This yarn Waddle Dee's
parasol keeps him safe
from rain, sun, or foes!

Bow Waddle Dee

This fake Waddle Dee
has a bow and some
odd aiming skills.

Balloon Waddle Dee

This yarn Waddle Dee
has lots of balloons.
He wants to fly high!

Truck Monster

Don't let this crazy hot
rod win! Show him who's
the king of the road!

Kirby Mass Attack

In Kirby Mass Attack, Waddle Dees throw small bombs. Sometimes they throw nuts (and fruit) from palm trees. They also throw bombs while inside paintings, or behind fake walls. There is a single golden Waddle Dee, which runs away from Kirby like in Squeak Squad; unlike the golden Waddle Dees in that game, however, it is used for achievements.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

A Waddle Dee from Halcandra.

Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, exhibiting similar behavior to the Waddle Dees in other games. Waddle Dees come in different sizes, ranging from small to large ones. Larger ones need to be super inhaled in order for Kirby to inhale them, and resemble Big Waddle Dees from previous games. Waddle Dees often come in Puppet Waddle Dees, a large Waddle-Dee shaped container with three Waddle Dees in it. Waddle Dees can also be sometimes seen riding Nruffs. Golden variants known as CarryDees carry Keys.

There is a similar enemy in Halcandra who boasts a gray color scheme and wears a hood. These are also referred to as Waddle Dees and can also come in large, Parasol and armor varieties.

Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a playable character in this game.

Kirby's Dream Collection

Waddle Dees, along with the rare Golden Waddle Dee, appear in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game as enemies to be plowed through.

Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee, along with other normal Waddle Dees are present in the game's intro movie.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Waddle Dee appears again as a common enemy in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. They also appear as lumberjacks who cut down trees in the background, operate roving tanks, and there are hairy, ghostly and insectoid variants (known officially as Sectra Dees). CarryDee also makes an appearance.

Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee appears at many points to give Kirby or King Dedede a food item that they can hold onto and use when necessary.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Waddle Dees returned as per usual in Kirby: Planet Robobot. In addition to the standard ones seen thus far, the following new varieties are seen:

  • Mech Waddle Dee: The mech must be destroyed first in order to get at the Waddle Dee itself.
  • Cannon Mech Waddle Dee: Same as above, but also wields a cannon. Provides the Bomb ability if swallowed. Some varieties also fly.
  • Spear Waddle Dee: Appearing in Kirby 3D Rumble, they are slightly more yellow in color and toss spears at Kirby, which create stars when they hit the ground.

Aesthetically, Waddle Dees can also be seen with hard hats, or cyborg eyepieces. They also drive cars, carry spiked logs, and do other things that are generally annoying to Kirby.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

While no standard Waddle Dees appear in this game, Bandana Waddle Dee and Sailor Dee appear as characters. Additionally, Team Kirby will have to fight a Colossal Waddle Dee on several occasions.

Kirby's Blowout Blast

Waddle Dees are among the enemies that Kirby will need to eat in this spin-off title. Some can be seen wielding spears, and will try to toss them at Kirby. Others will appear, then immediately run toward Kirby.

Kirby: Battle Royale

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in this title, helping Kirby out in the story mode of the game - Dedede's Cake Royale. Other Waddle Dees can be seen at the arena, including soldiers, spectators, servants, and a camera crew representing the ones from the 25th anniversary Twitter feed.

Kirby: Star Allies

Waddle Dees return as standard enemies in this title. While not all details are known about what other roles they might serve, Puppet Dee makes an appearance as well.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Russian Вэдл Ди
Vedl di
From English name


Gallery

Artwork

In-game appearance

References

  1. [1] Official Website; "Yin-Yarn Made these impostors! They look just like the real ones!"