|“||Heading straight into battle? I'll cheer you on wherever you go!||”|
— Waddle Dee in Kirby Battle Royale
Waddle Dees are a species of very peaceful creatures that are a common sight in Dream Land, in the wider Popstar region, and on many other planets. Named for their waddling gait, Waddle Dees are about the same size as Kirby and have a roughly spherical red-orange body, fingerless flaps for arms and two feet which are typically yellow. Their faces are tan and consist of two dark brown eyes, florid cheeks, and no mouth or nose. While most Waddle Dees are orange or red, 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 subsequently reappeared in one form or another in every game in the series, becoming arguably just as iconic as Kirby himself. Waddle Dees may be compared to the Goomba species from the Mario franchise as both are considered to be common, ubiquitous, basic enemies who may be found in many roles and varieties, and have individual stand-out members.
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 Blaster 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, its remake, and Kirby Star Allies, and is also a playable combatant in Kirby Battle Royale.
- Waddle Dee Steel Fortress - A group of Waddle Dees in a steel fortress in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. They are battled using the Hypernova ability.
- 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.
- Lumberjack Waddle Dee - Waddle Dees wearing green hats and wielding axes. They linger in the background and chop down large trees which can fall on Kirby.
- 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.
- Swinging Waddle Dee - A Waddle Dee who swings from a rope.
- Puppet Waddle 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 Waddle Dee - A tougher variety of Puppet Waddle 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.
- Toughness 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.
- Block Waddle Dee - A Big Waddle Dee which resides inside of a Star Block. Appears only in Kirby Mass Attack.
- Waddle Dee portrait - A painting of a Waddle Dee that throws bombs at the Kirbys if they go near one. Appears only in Kirby Mass Attack.
- Rolling Waddle Dee - Waddle Dees rolling down slopes, often packed into tight ball formations. Appears in Kirby Star Allies.
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 and Kirby Star Allies, where he wields a Spear, and serves as Kirby's ally in Kirby Battle Royale, where he uses a Parasol.
- Sailor Waddle 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 (from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards) - One of Kirby's good friends, who accompanies him on his journey to collect the Crystal Shards. He is the only Waddle Dee in that game, so he has no distinguishing features.
- Channel PPP Crew - A crew of four Waddle Dees carrying film equipment. They were introduced outside of the games, on Kirby's official Twitter feed, but eventually made their way into a game in Kirby Battle Royale.
- 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.
- Colossal Spear Waddle Dee - A variant of Colossal Waddle Dee that serves as the second encounter at the Seaside in Super Kirby Clash who has a giant spear.
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 provide the Beam ability when swallowed. Parasol-wielding variants also exist.
- Wapod - This creature resembles a ghostly Waddle Dee, but their relationship has not been concretely confirmed.
- Batamon - A pink creature who behaves like a Waddle Dee, but looks more like Kirby. It is debatable whether these creatures are related to Kirby or not.
- Key Dee - Similar in look to a Waddle Dee and is usually gold in color, bearing special face markings and a monkey's tail. They are usually seen carrying something of value, whether that be a Key, a Battery, or another item.
- 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. This creature fills the role of Waddle Dees in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards due to the presence of a distinguished Waddle Dee.
- Yarn Waddle Dee - These yarn duplicates of Waddle Dees are actually impostors created by Yin-Yarn. They can be defeated easily using the yarn whip. Some varieties wield a spear, use a bow and arrows, carry balloons or a parasol, or ride in a truck.
- Beanbon - A seedling creature from Kirby Mass Attack which acts similarly to Waddle Dees. Waddle Dees are less common enemies in this title.
- Halcandle Dee - A gray alien-like creature which inhabits Halcandra and acts similarly to a Waddle Dee.
- 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.
- Sectra Dee - A bug-like creature under Queen Sectonia's rule, which replaces Waddle Dees in Royal Road.
- Cotta - A small clay creature created by Claycia, this creature fills the role of Waddle Dees in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse due to the presence of Bandana Waddle Dee.
- 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.
- Jaharu Believer - Strange creatures which follow Jammerjab and serve Jambandra in Kirby Star Allies.
|Waddle Dee's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land||Enemy|
|Kirby's Pinball Land||Enemy|
|Kirby's Dream Course||Enemy|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Enemy|
|Kirby's Block Ball||Enemy|
|Kirby's Toy Box||Spot target|
|Kirby Super Star||Enemy||Their parasol counterpart can be recruited as Helper.|
|Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)||Playable character||Waddle Dee is controlled by second player in Vs. Mode.|
|Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)||Opponent|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Enemy|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Supporting protagonist and boss||Only a single special Waddle Dee appears in this game. Initially possessed by Dark Matter, but joins Kirby's side when defeated.|
|Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble||Enemy|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Enemy||Waddle Dees reprise their role from Kirby's Adventure.|
|Kirby Air Ride||Enemy|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Enemy|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Playable character and enemy||Waddle Dee is in ball form when playable.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Enemy|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Enemy||Waddle Dees reprise their role from Kirby Super Star.|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn||Enemy|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Enemy|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Enemy|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Enemy|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Enemy|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Playable character||Players 2, 3, and 4 play as different-colored Bandana Waddle Dees, who are simply referred to as "Waddle Dees".|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Enemy|
|Kirby's Blowout Blast||Enemy|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Supporting characters|
|Kirby Star Allies||Enemy|
|Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn||Enemy||Waddle Dees reprise their role from Kirby's Epic Yarn.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Cameo||Two Waddle Dees appear disguised as King Dedede & Meta Knight, being revealed when defeated.|
|Kirby and the Forgotten Land||Supporting characters||It is not yet known if Waddle Dees appear as enemies in this game.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Trophy|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Cameo||Appears in several of King Dedede's animations.|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||Enemy|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears in several of King Dedede's animations.|
Kirby's Dream Land
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. Waddle Dee appears in every stage of the game.
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 the parasol from a Parasol Shotzo. Waddle Dees can also be found in different colors in the remake.
Waddle Dee is ubiquitous throughout the stages in these games, being absent from only a handful. Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land|
|Stage||Vegetable Valley||Ice Cream Island||Butter Building||Grape Garden||Yogurt Yard||Orange Ocean||Rainbow Resort|
Kirby's Pinball Land
Waddle Dee appears in the bonus game of Wispy-Woods Land, as the first enemy patrolling the top of the block line. When collided into, he is defeated and yields 5000 points.
Kirby's Dream Course
Waddle Dees appear in Kirby's Dream Course as common enemies on the courses. They always remain stationary and yield no ability when bumped into. In this game, they function exactly the same as Kabus, Broomhatters, and Squishys.
In Kirby's Dream Course, Waddle Dee can be found in the following courses and holes:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Main Game)|
|Course||Course 1||Course 2||Course 3||Course 4||Course 5||Course 6||Course 7||Course 8|
|Course||Whispy Woods Course||Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course||Kracko Course||Gordo Course|
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Extra Game)|
|Course||Course 1||Course 2||Course 3||Course 4||Course 5||Course 6||Course 7||Course 8|
|Course||Whispy Woods Course||Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course||Kracko Course||Gordo Course|
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 him. 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.
Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2|
|Stage||Grass Land||Big Forest||Ripple Field||Iceberg||Red Canyon||Cloudy Park||Dark Castle|
|“||A sniveling little whiner, you will find Waddle Dee to be the easiest of the bosses to defeat.||”|
— Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 21
In Kirby's Avalanche, a Waddle Dee is the first opponent in Easy mode, never being fought in any other game mode. It is the easiest and seems to simply place Puyos at random and never rotates them.
Kirby's Block Ball
Waddle Dees appear as common enemies in this title. They are worth 300 points when bumped into and defeated and will drop food.
Kirby's Toy Box
A single Waddle Dee appears in the Pinball mini-game as a static target worth 100 points. It can only be hit if Kirby rolls behind Kracko.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. While they retain their usual role as 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 his 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 bandana appears in the Revenge of the King mode of Kirby Super Star Ultra. He 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, he can be seen accompanying a miserable King Dedede on his walk into the sunset, along with dozens of other Waddle Dees.
Waddle Dee can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|Green Greens||RoMK Chapter 4|
|Float Islands||RoMK Chapter 5|
|Bubbly Clouds||RoMK Chapter 6|
|Mt. Dedede||RoMK Chapter 7|
|Trial Room 1||Cavius|
|Trial Room 2||Mekkai|
|Old Tower||Purple Plants|
|RoMK Chapter 1||Crash Clouds|
|RoMK Chapter 2||The Revenge|
|RoMK Chapter 3|
Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy)
Player 2 controls a Waddle Dee in the Vs. Mode of Kirby's Star Stacker on the Game Boy.
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 the 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. Waddle Dees can also be found riding in rafts in bodies of water.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
|*appears in drawing form|
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
A Waddle Dee serves as the first opponent in the Story Mode in the SNES version of Kirby's Star Stacker. Naturally, it is the easiest to defeat.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Main article: Waddle Dee (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 he gets possessed by Dark Matter (temporarily turning him into a Waddle Doo) and defeated and released by Kirby, he gladly joins Kirby's and Ribbon's quest and becomes their ally. From that point on he sometimes appears in various levels and helps Kirby out, often by providing vehicles and opening paths. He can also be seen at the end of every level during the Bonus Game.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
|“||This little guy will be found throughout the courses. Each time Kirby touches him, some of Kirby's vitality will be taken away.||”|
— Description from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble North American instruction booklet
Waddle Dees appear as common enemies in this game, and typically only walk back and forth. Apart from getting in the way, they are not particularly threatening and can be defeated easily by popping the Game Boy Color up to turn them into star pieces. When groups of four Waddle Dees are together, they can be flipped into blue star pieces.
In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble|
|Stage||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6||Level 7||Level 8|
*Only appears in Extra Game
Kirby Air Ride
Waddle Dees appear in Air Ride mode as enemies on the race tracks, where they can be seen either on foot or riding in mine carts. The ones on foot will attempt to run out of the way when racers approach.
In Kirby Air Ride, Waddle Dee can be found in the following places:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby Air Ride|
|Fantasy Meadows||Beanstalk Park|
|Celestial Valley||Machine Passage|
|Sky Sands||Checker Knights|
|Frozen Hillside||Kirby Melee 1|
|Magma Flows||Kirby Melee 2|
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, and can be commonly found in every major area of it. 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 he 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 playable Waddle Dee ball is unlocked if the game is beaten once. He has the same stats as Kirby without Copy Abilities, except for health, like every other playable character besides Kirby.
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse|
|Reddy Land||Arange Gorge||Iello Adventure||Neo Greo||Bloo Hills||Omarine Zone||Wonder Lilane|
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.
Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad|
|Stage||Prism Plains||Nature Notch||Cushy Cloud||Jam Jungle||Vocal Volcano||Ice Island||Secret Sea||Gamble Galaxy|
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Waddle Dee re-appears in Patch Land, however according to an in-game interlude, the Waddle Dees made of yarn are not actually Waddle Dees (servants of King Dedede), but rather creations of Yin-Yarn. 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 hapless foes and bystanders, can 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 part of 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.
In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
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 Gold Waddle Dee, which runs away from the Kirbys like in Kirby: Squeak Squad; unlike the golden Waddle Dees in that game, however, defeating it is necessary to clear the Checklist.
Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages in Kirby Mass Attack (note that this does not include variants such as Big Waddle Dee):
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby Mass Attack|
|Stage||Green Grounds||Sandy Canyon||Dedede Resort||Volcano Valley||Necro Nebula|
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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.
Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a playable character in this game.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Stage||Cookie Country||Raisin Ruins||Onion Ocean||White Wafers||Nutty Noon||Egg Engines||Dangerous Dinner|
|*appears in alternate form only|
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Waddle Dees, along with the rare Golden Waddle Dee, appear in the New Challenge Stages 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 woodcutters who cut down trees in the background, operate roving tanks, and there are large and woolly, ghostly, and insectoid variants.
Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee appears at many points to give Kirby or King Dedede an Assist Star that they can hold onto and use when necessary.
In Kirby Triple Deluxe, Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby Triple Deluxe|
|Stage||Fine Fields||Lollipop Land||Old Odyssey||Wild World||Endless Explosions||Royal Road|
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Waddle Dees appear in a few levels of Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe as standard enemies. King Dedede can also wear a mask resembling a Waddle Dee, obtained if the game detects Kirby: Triple Deluxe StreetPass data on the system.
After clearing C-R-O-W-N-E-D (Reprise), the secret staff credits show that the hand puppets seen in various parts of the game are actually being puppeteered by a Waddle Dee.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
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 and notable varieties are seen:
- Driver Waddle Dee: Waddle Dees who drive vehicles. They can be knocked away using the Robobot Armor's attacks.
- Walker Waddle Dee: The robotic walker must be destroyed first in order to get at the Waddle Dee itself.
- Rocket Launcher 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 can also be seen carrying spiked bars and doing other things that are generally annoying to Kirby.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Waddle Dee can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Waddle Dee locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Stage||Patched Plains||Resolution Road||Overload Ocean||Gigabyte Grounds||Rhythm Route||Access Ark|
|Stage 6 EX||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Stage 7 EX||N/A||N/A|
|Stage 8 EX||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|*appears in alternate form only|
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
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 the Channel PPP Crew.
Outside of Story Mode and after clearing the Bronze League, the player can play as a Parasol Waddle Dee.
Kirby Star Allies
Waddle Dees return as standard enemies in this title. They can appear in various sizes, and may also be found in Puppet Dee formation, or packed up into giant boulders. Additionally, Parasol Waddle Dee and Bandana Waddle Dee also appear, and can become part of Kirby's Star Allies team.
In Kirby Star Allies, Waddle Dees can be found in every world of the game except for Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion. This is because Jambastion has Jaharu Believers, which are similar to Waddle Dees in that they have no attack and provide no copy ability. Here is a table of every appearance of Waddle Dee in Kirby Star Allies:
Super Kirby Clash
Much like its predecessor, no standard Waddle Dees appear in this game, but Bandana Waddle Dee, Parasol Waddle Dee and Colossal Spear Waddle Dee make an appearance. Waddle Dee stickers are also usable.
Kirby Fighters 2
In Kirby Fighters 2, two Waddle Dees appear in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals as the bosses of Chapter 2: Secret of the Substitutes. They take the appearance of King Dedede & Meta Knight and are referred to as "substitutes" of those characters, though their attack patterns are noticeably different. Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a playable character, and the Dedede Arena and Waddle Dee Train Tracks stages return from Kirby Fighters Deluxe. Waddle Dees also appear to toss food and other items at the fighters in the new Gourmet Go Go stage and signify the start of "races" where King Dedede appears as a stage hazard.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Waddle Dees can be found trapped in gold cages, which Kirby can break open. It is not yet known if they appear as enemies.
Super Smash Bros. Series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a Waddle Dee only appears as a trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King Dedede enters the stage on a palanquin carried by four Waddle Dees, and he is accompanied by a Waddle Dee in one of his victory poses. He can toss Waddle Dees at opponents as his side special move (Waddle Dee Toss), as well as summon them as part of his Final Smash (Waddle Dee Army).
In the Subspace Emissary, a lone Waddle Dee acting as King Dedede's bait can be seen in a cutscene with Luigi who cowers in fear of him, and several Dedede's Waddle Dees ambush Wario later in the cutscene.
There are two stickers featuring Waddle Dee. The first is the Waddle Dee from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, who grants 32 bonus damage for head-based attacks for any fighter. The other is the playable Waddle Dee Ball from Kirby: Canvas Curse, who grants 5 bonus damage for arm attacks for any fighter.
Waddle Dee also has a trophy in the game.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Waddle Dees no longer appear in King Dedede's moveset, but one of his color changes features a Waddle Dee pattern. They still appear in his entrance animation and a victory pose.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Waddle Dees still appear in King Dedede's entrance animation, a victory pose, and as part of a color change.
Waddle Dee (artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra) appears as a Primary Spirit (★★ Advanced, Neutral-type, 3 support slots, level one stats: 922 attack, 507 defense, level 99 stats: 3,691 attack, 2,031 defense), which can be enhanced into Bandana Waddle Dee (★★★ Advanced, Neutral-type, 3 slots, trait: Battering Items ↑, level 1 stats: 1,808 attack, 1,230 defense, level 99 stats: 5,424 attack, 3,692 defense). This spirit can be obtained by battling it in the Spirit Board or in World of Light, where it possesses four orange Kirbys. The spirit battle takes place on the Dream Land GB stage. It can also be obtained by purchasing it from the Shop or by scanning the Waddle Dee amiibo.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Main article: Waddle Dee (anime character)
In the anime series, Waddle Dees are portrayed as indistinct servants of Castle Dedede, and are charged with tending to any/all of the needs of the King and his court. Unlike in the game series, Waddle Dees in the anime do not speak, although they do seem to communicate silently to each-other; a notion that is implied by Captain Waddle Doo in the episode Pink-Collar Blues when the Waddle Dees are forced en-mass out of the castle. It is also during this episode that Dedede and the rest of the court realize just how many Waddle Dees have taken up residence in the castle, as their procession out creates a line miles long.
Castle Dedede's Waddle Dee servants are presumed to have been living in the castle since long before King Dedede himself took ownership of it. They work as servants without pay in exchange for the food and lodgings which the castle provides. They are also for unstated reasons obligated to do whatever King Dedede says, even if that means being put up for sale in vending machines; as is done in the episode Waddle While You Work.
At the end of Pink-Collar Blues, when the Waddle Dees return, they perform the first instance of the Kirby Dance in the show, which is something that Kirby himself had not yet been doing. Once Kirby joins them, the implication is that the Waddle Dees had taught him this dance.
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Touch to charge. Bounce!|
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
|Patch Plaza descriptions of Waddle Dee varieties in Kirby's Epic Yarn|
|Waddle Dee||10||Yin-Yarn made these|
impostors! They look
just like the real ones!
|Spear Waddle Dee||12||This fake Waddle Dee|
recklessly twirls around
a spear. Look out!
|Parasol Waddle Dee||19||This yarn Waddle Dee's|
parasol keeps him safe
from rain, sun, or foes!
|Bow Waddle Dee||23||This fake Waddle Dee|
has a bow and some
odd aiming skills.
|Balloon Waddle Dee||24||This yarn Waddle Dee|
has lots of balloons.
He wants to fly high!
|Truck Monster||35||Don't let this crazy hot|
rod win! Show him who's
the king of the road!
Dream Land is filled with these little fellows, strolling from place to place.
Generally peaceful, their slow pace can be a problem when Kirby’s in a hurry. Waddle Dees take on all kinds of jobs around the kingdom, from guard to lumberjack. Talk about talented!
Kirby Portal bio
- Waddle Dees are the most common inhabitants of Dream Land. While mostly harmless, some Waddle Dees have been known to loyally serve King Dedede.
- In most games, Waddle Dees are the first enemies to be seen by Kirby when traversing the first stages. If this distinction belongs to another enemy, then their appearance or function is similar to a Waddle Dee.
- On April 1st, 2018, Kirby's Japanese official website released a special page called "Waddle Dee 25th Anniversary" as an April Fool's joke.
- Main article: Waddle Dee/gallery
|Quotes from Waddle Dee in the Kirby series|
*Quotes from a fake yarn Waddle Dee created by Yin-Yarn.
Names in other languages
wǎ dòu lǔ dí
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华多鲁Dee (Super Mario Odyssey amiibo function)
wǎ dòu lǔ dí
Huá duō lǔ Dee (Super Mario Odyssey amiibo function)
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