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Waddle Dees (novel characters)

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Waddle Dees
Novel Waddle Dees Artwork V18.png
Artwork of Waddle Dees from Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?!
First appearance Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!!
Last appearance Kirby: The Dream Onsen is a Good Hot Spring♪
Role Supporting characters
Other appearance(s) their video game counterpart
their anime counterpart
Similar to Waddle Dee
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This article is about Waddle Dee as a species that appears in the novels. For one of the main characters of the novel series, see Waddle Dee (novel character). For Waddle Dees in a more general context, see Waddle Dee.

The Waddle Dees are recurring characters in the Kirby novel series, first appearing in Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!!. Unlike their appearance in the Kirby series, they didn't exist as a species, but instead they were created as copies of Waddle Dee in Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!!. At the end of the novel, King Dedede takes them as servants and from then on, they work for him, mostly serving him food. They also see the original Waddle Dee as their leader, and call him "Bandana-senpai".


King Dedede’s subordinates. They're hard workers and great cooks.
— Unofficial translation of the Waddle Dees' description

Being copies of Waddle Dee, they share many traits with him. They are small orange creatures with tan faces and no visible mouths. They have blush marks and yellow feet. Because they look so similar to the original Waddle Dee, he had to begin wearing a bandana to distinguish himself. They mostly appear in groups, working to serve King Dedede.

The Waddle Dees are loyal and reliable, especially to King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee. They are hard workers and follow every command they get, and can organize and build things quickly. They love food and are great cooks, serving Dedede with all kinds of cuisine. They tend to speak in unison with each other. However, in the end of Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!!, it is mentioned that for all their similarities, the original Waddle Dee is one of a kind.

Volume appearances[edit]

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The following is a complete list of every appearance the Waddle Dees have made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role they play and its details in the plot of each volume:

Waddle Dee's appearances in the Kirby novel series  
Volume Image Role Role details Notes
Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!! V10 Illustration 10.png Supporting characters In this volume, the Waddle Dees are created as a test run for the printer, from the recorded data of Waddle Dee which Tron captured in his camera. When Kirby encounters the Soldier Waddle Dee, he is shocked by its similar appearance to Waddle Dee. Waddle Dee tells him that his copies just appeared recently, and that he doesn't know from where they came. At first Kirby thinks that the other Waddle Dees will be friendly, but it quickly gets disproven by Soldier Waddle Dee's aggressiveness. Whispy Woods tells Kirby that the Waddle Dees planted him in the arena because they wanted apples. The Waddle Dees are put in control of the Kirby Printer, continuing to create more Kirby copies under King Dedede's and Tron's command. Since the final battle between Kirby and Dedede is on the top floor and cannot be seen, a team of four Waddle Dees called the Channel PPP Crew gets a permission to commentate it to the audience. Because Tron has made a mistake handling the printer and didn't process Waddle Dee's data, even after the printer is destroyed and all the Kirby copies disappear, the Waddle Dees cannot be erased. Cron suggests trying and finding a way to erase them, but Dedede objects, seeing the Waddle Dees as helpful. He offers the Waddle Dees free food in exchange for their work, and they agree. After the victory ceremony, Dedede orders the Waddle Dees to demolish the Battle Castle. At the end of the story, King Dedede is satisfied with his new subordinates.
Kirby Star Allies: The Great Friend Adventure! V11 Illustration 9.png Supporting characters In this volume, the Waddle Dees serve King Dedede by carrying food platters to him. Dedede tells them that instead serving him food, they need to make something cool. The Waddle Dees notice the Jamba Heart crushing to Castle Dedede. Being corrupted by the dark heart, Dedede barks at the Waddle Dees to get him all the food in Dream Land, and they rush off to do his bidding. Kirby notices that a line of Waddle Dees wind up to Mt. Dedede with platters of food. He thinks that Dedede is holding a party, so he decides to follow them. The Waddle Dees return to Castle Dedede with the food, but Dedede demands that they bring more. After Dedede returns to normal and feels sick from eating all the rotten food, the Waddle Dees come and bring him medicine. The Waddle Dees give Bandana Waddle Dee a parasol that he can use in battle. They encourage him and call him the representative of all the Waddle Dees, until Dedede complains about the noise. By the end of the story, the Waddle Dees continue to serve King Dedede food.
Kirby Star Allies: The Universe is in Trouble?! V12 Waddle Dees Illustration.png Supporting characters In this volume, the Waddle Dees tell King Dedede about a call from the Battleship Halberd. They convince him to answer the call and one of them carries the communication screen. After Dedede refuses to contact Kirby, Bandana Waddle Dee gives his bandana to another Waddle Dee to switch places. The Waddle Dee happily agrees to help, since he wants to wear his bandana. When the Waddle Dees ask the fake Bandana Waddle Dee for help with their troubles, he panickes and confuses his tasks. His behavior is noticed by the Waddle Dees, who start gossiping about him. Dedede also notices this behavior, so he tests him by asking for a lot of snacks. The fake rushes to bring him the snacks, which is not according to Bandana Waddle Dee's behavior, since he berates Dedede for eating too many snacks. Dedede picks up the Waddle Dee as he tries to escape and tells him that he will throw him out if he doesn't tell the truth. The fake confesses and apologizes. He tells King Dedede that Waddle Dee probably had a good reason to leave, but it doesn't calm Dedede. The rage of Dedede makes Waddle Dees fall. At the end of the story, King Dedede hosts a party in Castle Dedede, and the Waddle Dees help to prepare the venue.
Kirby: Big Trouble in Patch Land! V13 Waddle Dees illustration.png Tertiary characters In this volume, the Waddle Dees are captured by Yin-Yarn and replaced with imposter Yarn Waddle Dees knitted by the villain; the fake Waddle Dees end up capturing both Bandana Waddle Dee and King Dedede as well. They are later saved by King Dedede, once he and the other protagonists go back to Dream Land to save it from Yin-Yarn. After he is finally beaten, the Waddle Dees help repair Castle Dedede, and with the party thrown to celebrate Kirby's victory. As this volume is an adaptation of Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Waddle Dees' role is largely the same as the one in the game.
Kirby: Save the Rainbow Islands! (unillustrated) Tertiary characters In this volume, the Waddle Dees cross path with Kirby while escorting King Dedede to a vacation and carrying his stuff. They chase Dedede to the Rainbow Islands after he and Kirby run off. They help Dedede search for the culprit at the south of the Rainbow Islands. When King Dedede returns from the cloud, the Waddle Dees come to greet him and celebrate his accomplishments.
Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?! V18 Waddle Dees Illustration.png Supporting characters In this volume, before the events of the story, King Dedede has fallen ill, causing him to not eat the food prepared by the Waddle Dees, which made them worry. The Waddle Dees search for medicine in Castle Dedede and eventually find the cure. After Dedede recovers they are happy and make breakfast for him. After the argument between King Dedede and Whispy Woods, Dedede doesn't allow any of the Waddle Dees to eat his fruits. When Dedede gets the idea of building a competitor café, he forces all the Waddle Dees to join the staff. At the cooking competition, the Waddle dress up as café clerks and help to cook. The competition ends in a tie and the Waddle Dees help Chef Kawasaki to bring the audience the dishes they have made. Dedede chooses to cancel the Dedede Café because the Waddle Dees will be too distracted managing the café instead of working in the castle.
Kirby Fighters: The Destined Rivals!! V19 Waddle Dees Illustration.png Supporting characters In this volume, the Waddle Dees begin to build a villa in the place of the shooting star. King Dedede notices that while building the villa, the Waddle Dees are more enthusiastic and aggressive than ever. When Dedede changes his mind and decides to build a fighting tower instead, the Waddle Dees agree to build the tower without a doubt. They set a camp around the construction area since they don't want to return to the castle. Later, when Kirby and Waddle Dee arrive at the Buddy Fighters Tower, two Waddle Dees disguise themselves as Meta Knight and King Dedede to make themselves look strong. Bandana Waddle Dee notices that they sound cuter than usual and that the Galaxia shines like aluminum foil, making him doubt their legitimateness. They fight each other until the Waddle Dees costume drops. Bandana Waddle Dee is mad at them, and they apologize and explain the rules of the tower. Later, inspired by the synced construction work of the Waddle Dees, Dedede gets the idea to create the Waddle Dee Train as a gimmick. When the train approaches the Waddle Dees, they freeze in fear. King Dedede and Meta Knight save them by grabbing them and jumping into the lake. The Waddle Dees cry in fear and thank them. When Meta Knight calls the Waddle Dees useless, Dedede gets defensive and talks about their good qualities. At the end of the story, the Waddle Dees make peach desserts for the party.