- This article is about Waddle Dees as they are portrayed in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For Waddle Dees in a general context, see Waddle Dee.
In the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, 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.
In the episode Hunger Struck, King Dedede and Escargoon find out how Waddle Dees eat by giving one of them a cookie. The Waddle Dee eats it by "absorbing" it through his face where his mouth would be, causing both onlookers to recoil in shock.