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Wheelie
KSSU Wheelie artwork.png
Artwork of Wheelie from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
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First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)
Other game(s) Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (cameo)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Copy Ability Wheel
Similar entities Grand Wheelie
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Wheelie is a recurring enemy who takes the form of a sentient black wheel about the same size as Kirby with a a large, reptilian eye in its center. First appearing in Kirby's Adventure, Wheelie is the most common provider of the Wheel Copy Ability, and serves as the ability's helper in Kirby Super Star and its remake. Uniquely, in this role as a helper, Wheelie can pair up with Kirby to form the Wheelie Rider ability combo.

In early games, particularly sprite-based ones, Wheelie had a simpler design, consisting of only a black tire with the eye in the middle. Following its appearance as a helper in Kirby Super Star, however, it would increasingly be portrayed with the red cover, engine, and handlebars it is seen with in modern titles. There is also a larger version of Wheelie known as Grand Wheelie which serves as a mid-boss. Other variants of Wheelie include the Wheelie Bike, Wheelie Scooter, and Rex Wheelie Air Ride Machines from Kirby Air Ride, and the Blaze Wheelie vehicle from Kirby Battle Royale.

Game appearances[edit]

Wheelie's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Adventure Enemy
Kirby's Dream Course Enemy
Kirby's Block Ball Enemy
Kirby Super Star Enemy and playable character Can be played as when recruited as a Helper. Wheelie can also be mounted for the Wheelie Rider ability.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Enemy As this is a remake of Kirby's Adventure, his role doesn't change.
Kirby Air Ride Vehicle and Enemy Appears as a rideable vehicle and as an enemy.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Enemy
Kirby: Canvas Curse Enemy
Kirby: Squeak Squad Enemy
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy and playable character As this is a remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby Mass Attack Enemy/Cameo Appears as an enemy alongside Heavy Lobster in the Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball. Also appears in one of Kirby's attacks in Kirby Quest.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Kirby contending with a bunch of Wheelies in Kirby's Adventure.

KA Wheelie sprite.png In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Wheelie appears as a regular enemy. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, it also appears in the sub-game Quick Draw as the second opponent Kirby faces off against.

Locations[edit]

Wheelie can be found in the following levels and stages:

Wheelie 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
Stage 1 No No No No No No No
Stage 2 No Yes No No No No No
Stage 3 No No No No Yes No No
Stage 4 No No No Yes No No No
Stage 5 N/A Yes No No No No Yes
Stage 6 N/A N/A No No Yes No No

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

Stone Kirby sliding toward a Wheelie in Kirby's Dream Course.

KDCWheelie.png Wheelie makes an appearance in Kirby's Dream Course as a standard enemy upon the course. Wheelie holds position, and grants the Wheel ability when collided with.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Course, Wheelie can be found in the following courses and holes:

Wheelie locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Main Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 No No No No No No No No
Hole 2 No No No No No No No No
Hole 3 No No No No No No No No
Hole 4 No Yes No No No No No Yes
Hole 5 No No No No No No No No
Hole 6 No No No No No No No No
Hole 7 No No No No No No No No
Hole 8 No No No No No No No Yes
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No Yes No No
Hole 2 No No No No
Hole 3 No No No No
Hole 4 No No No No
Hole 5 No No Yes No
Hole 6 No No No No
Hole 7 No No No No
Hole 8 No No No No
Wheelie locations in Kirby's Dream Course (Extra Game) 
1P Mode
Course Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7 Course 8
Hole 1 No No No No No No No Yes
Hole 2 No No No No No No No No
Hole 3 No No No No No No No No
Hole 4 No No Yes No No No Yes No
Hole 5 No No No No No No No No
Hole 6 No Yes No No Yes No No No
Hole 7 No No No No No No Yes No
Hole 8 No No No No No No No Yes
2P Mode
Course Whispy Woods Course Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright Course Kracko Course Gordo Course
Hole 1 No No No No
Hole 2 No No No No
Hole 3 No No No No
Hole 4 No No No No
Hole 5 No No No No
Hole 6 No No No No
Hole 7 No No No No
Hole 8 No No No No

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Wheelie appears as a common enemy which is worth 600 points on defeat. It drops a Block Flip item.

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In Kirby Super Star, Kirby is automatically given a Wheelie to ride for the final escape sequence of Revenge of Meta Knight, giving Wheelie the most prominent role it's ever had.

KSSU Wheelie Sprite.png In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby is able to ride Wheelies, as well as have them as helpers. When befriended as a Helper, instead of changing palette like other enemies, it gains a "saddle" and exhaust pipes reminiscent of a motorbike. In the Revenge of Meta Knight sub-game, Kirby is required to ride one of these helper Wheelies in order to complete the game.

Wheelie also appears as an opponent in Samurai Kirby, and in Kirby Super Star Ultra as one of the playable helpers in Helper to Hero.

Locations[edit]

Wheelie can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Wheelie locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 No
Float Islands No RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 Yes*
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 Yes**
Peanut Plains No Floria Yes
Mallow Castle Yes Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh Yes
Candy Mountain No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon No
Crystal Yes ??? No
Old Tower No Purple Plants No
Garden Yes Illusion Islands No
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 No The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 No *Does not appear as an enemy.
**Appears only as a helper.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

The Wheelie Bike is one of many Air Ride Machines in Kirby Air Ride based on Wheelie.

Wheelies appear as common enemies in this game, can can be seen riding along various tracks in Air Ride mode, as well as appearing in Kirby Melee. They grant Kirby the Wheel ability when swallowed, though this only lasts a short time. In this game, enemy Wheelies use the Helper motorbike design.

Wheelies also appear in the form of Air Ride Machines that can be selected, including the Wheelie Bike, Wheelie Scooter, and Rex Wheelie. King Dedede rides a special Wheelie Bike, named the Wheelie Bike Dedede Custom.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Air Ride, Wheelie can be found in the following places:

Wheelie locations in Kirby Air Ride  
Location Appearance? Location Appearance?
Fantasy Meadows No Beanstalk Park No
Celestial Valley No Machine Passage Yes
Sky Sands Yes Checker Knights Yes
Frozen Hillside No Kirby Melee 1 Yes
Magma Flows No Kirby Melee 2 Yes

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

KNiDL Wheelie sprite.png Wheelie appears in both of these games, taking on its look and function from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Wheelie can be possessed by Ghost Kirby, whereupon it can be made to ride forward, acting much the same as Wheel Kirby would.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Wheelie can be found in every major area of the Mirror World except for Moonlight Mansion and Cabbage Cavern.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Wheelie is a relatively rare enemy, only appearing in a few stages. However, one stage in particular (Secret Sea - Stage 5) is notable in that it only features a single Wheelie as an enemy, whereas no other stage does that with any other enemy. Wheelie can be found in the following levels and stages:

Wheelie locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad  
Stage Prism Plains Nature Notch Cushy Cloud Jam Jungle Vocal Volcano Ice Island Secret Sea Gamble Galaxy
Stage 1 No No No No No No No No
Stage 2 No No No No No No Yes No
Stage 3 No Yes No Yes No No No No
Stage 4 No No No No No No No N/A
Stage 5 No No No No N/A No Yes N/A
Stage EX No No No No No Yes No N/A

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Kirby nearby a Wheelie in Kirby: Canvas Curse.

Wheelie appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse, with similar form and function as in previous games. Although its speed is concerning, Wheelie can be easily stopped by tapping it with the Nintendo DS stylus to stun it.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Wheelie appears in the following locations:

Wheelie locations in Kirby: Canvas Curse  
Reddy Land Arange Gorge Iello Adventure Neo Greo Bloo Hills Omarine Zone Wonder Lilane
No
No
No
No
No

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

While not appearing in the main game, Wheelie cameos in Kirby Quest in one of Kirby's attacks. Wheelie also appears as an enemy in Kirby's Brawlball when fighting Heavy Lobster.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

A Wheelie from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Wheelie returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and grants the Wheel ability once again when swallowed. As in Air Ride, enemy Wheelies use the motorbike design, which carries over to Planet Robobot.

Wheelies also appear in two randomly-obtained Keychains. One is on its own depicting its sprite from Kirby: Squeak Squad. The other is paired up with Kirby as Wheelie Rider from Kirby Super Star.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Wheelie can be found in the following levels and stages:

Wheelie locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land Yes No No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No No No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World No Yes No No No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Royal Road Yes No No Yes No N/A No No

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Wheelies appear again in this title, though the Grand Wheelie does not. In addition to providing the Wheel ability as usual, they also appear out of ducts to grant the Robobot Armor with the Wheel Mode in the appropriate stages.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot Wheelie can be found in the following levels and stages:

Wheelie locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No Yes No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean No Yes No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds No No No No No N/A No N/A
Rhythm Route No No No Yes No N/A No N/A
Access Ark No No No No No N/A No Yes

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

A Blaze Wheelie from Kirby Battle Royale.
Main article: Blaze Wheelie

A special variety of ride-able Wheelie appears in the Attack Riders game mode. Known as Blaze Wheelie, this Wheelie is extra large and takes on the color of its rider's team. It can perform a burst attack which knocks opponents away.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Wheelie appears as a collectible trophy.

Trophy Information[edit]

Image Description
SSBB Wheelie Trophy.png
"A real speed demon. Once the Wheelie gets going, he can't be stopped. Wheelies are sometimes known to run in packs too. Kirby can copy the Wheel ability, turn into a tire, and run over enemies. The momentum will keep him rolling until he runs into an obstacle such as a wall."

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Wheelie appears as a collectible trophy.

Trophy Information[edit]

Image American English description British English description
WheelieTrophy3DS.png
"Pop quiz! What do cars have four of, bikes have two of, and this enemy would blend right in with? That's right! Tires! Your prize is...more info! Wheelie likes to charge ahead, and Kirby can ride on top when he's a helper. If Kirby inhales him, he can even turn into a tire!" "The most memorable characteristic of Wheelies is their tendency to speed right into Kirby. If Kirby inhales one, he can turn into a tyre too! Sometimes, though, they find it in their hearts to help Kirby out by adding handlebars and a seat to their frames to become Wheelie Bikes that Kirby can ride! Nice!"

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Wheelie
Anime Wheelie.png
Screenshot of Wheelie from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
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Debut episode Born to Be Mild - Part II
Similar entities Fang
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Wheelie appears as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Born to Be Mild - Part II. The character Fang transforms into this monster as a last resort to try and finish the race against Kirby and Gus. In the anime, Wheelie is much larger than its in-game incarnation, but its powers and appearance are largely the same.

Wheelie attacks by trying to ram into its targets on the road. Unlike most other monsters, Wheelie is not defeated by Kirby directly, but rather defeated by falling into the traps that King Dedede set on the racetrack to get Kirby. These traps cause Wheelie to crash into the walls of the raceway stadium repeatedly, causing the whole arena to collapse with Wheelie inside it.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

In the Kirby novel series, Wheelie is the primary source of Kirby's Wheel ability. He is described to have unmatched speed, and he takes great pride in this. Wheelie is depicted with a timid personality, and is a subordinate of King Dedede who fears the king's wrath.

Wheelie appears as a secondary character in Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?!, where he is one of the three thieves who kidnaps Mrs. Parfaitski, with the other two being Sir Kibble and Walky. Wheelie is the first one to be caught by Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight. He is first seen as a shadowy figure with a hood and black cape. King Dedede tears the hood and cape off, and forces Wheelie to tell them where Mrs. Parfaitski is. He tells them that she was taken to a cave in a forest. The three heroes then notice that Meta Knight's airship was sabotaged, and believe that Wheelie was responsible. Kirby then inhales Wheelie to gain the Wheel ability, and pulls the airship with a rope. When the group later fights Sir Kibble, Kirby releases Wheelie by dropping the Wheel ability so he can inhale Sir Kibble. After this, the three force Wheelie to lead them to the cave where Mrs. Parfaitski is. When Walky shows up with his painfully loud voice, Wheelie silences him and requests that Kirby releases Sir Kibble. Wheelie and Sir Kibble then explain that they kidnapped Mrs. Parfaitski because she was cruel to her chefs and locked them up due to her picky and unnecessary dissatisfaction with their food. The group then heads to where an angry Mrs. Parfaitski is tied up. Kirby inhales Walky to gain the Mike ability and sing an ear-splitting song, much to everyone's displeasure. This causes the cave to eventually collapse, and the group rushes out. With Mrs. Parfaitski finally giving in, the group returns to her mansion to free the locked away chefs.

Wheelie also makes a brief, unillustrated cameo in Kirby Meets the Squeak Squad!. When Kirby, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee take the egg back to the temple, Kirby is pulling the cart with the Wheel ability. Meta Knight, who is spying on them with Daroach, comments that Kirby copied it from Wheelie, one of King Dedede's subordinates. When the three finally reach the temple, Kirby drops his ability, and Wheelie heads back to Castle Dedede, having finished his work.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウィリー
WirĪ
Wheelie
German Wheelie -
Korean 타이어맨
Taieomaen
Tireman