Meta Knight

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Super Smash Bros. Character
Meta Knight
Meta Knight SSB4.png
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Mach Tornado
Side:  Drill Rush
Up:  Shuttle Loop
Down:  Dimensional Cape
Final Smash:  Galaxia Darkness

“Victory is my destiny.”
Meta Knight, Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Meta Knight is a recurring anti-hero character in the Kirby series, making his debut in Kirby's Adventure. He always wears his metal mask in his series, and usually appears as an antagonist or a boss Kirby must fight, but on occasions has had to team up with him. He and Captain Vul are captains of the Halberd ship. In certain games, after Meta Knight is defeated, his mask splits into two, revealing a face near identical to Kirby's; the main difference being his blue skin tone. He made a crossover debut into the Mario series as a fighter in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where his ship, the Halberd, also appears as a stage.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Although he does not appear as a playable character, Meta Knight has a trophy dedicated to him in Super Smash Bros. Melee, which can be randomly obtained. The trophy's title says Meta-Knight, referring to the group rather than the individual, as there is a hyphen.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Meta Knight (SSBB)
Meta Knight Sprite SSBB.png
Meta Knight SSBB.png

Meta Knight appears as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His purple cloak is able to transform into wings, just as his Trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee said. He utilizes his golden sword, the Galaxia, as his main weapon of choice. He can also multi-jump like Kirby and Jigglypuff and, by using his wings, he can glide. His ship, the Halberd, also appears as a stage. Meta Knight's voice actor from the Kirby anime series, Atsushi Kisaichi, provides Meta Knight's voice in the Japanese version Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while Eric Newsome, who did Bowser's voice in Super Paper Mario, in other versions.

Meta Knight's special moves are mostly based on attacks that appear in the Kirby series, his own or otherwise. His neutral special is Mach Tornado, which causes Meta Knight to spin around rapidly to deal damage. His side special is Drill Rush, in which Meta Knight charges forward in a spinning motion. His up special is Shuttle Loop, in which he loops around before flying directly up, dealing two hits afterward. His down special is Dimensional Cape, in which Meta Knight teleports and can attack by holding the button. His Final Smash is Galaxia Darkness, in which Meta Knight traps opponents by swiping his cape then deals a large sword swipe.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Meta Knight's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary.

Meta Knight's story starts before the events of the actual game, trying to defend the Halberd from Master Hand and the Subspace Army, but was unwittingly prevented from doing as such by King Dedede[1]. His actual first appearance is when he runs into Marth, who is investigating the activity going on in the Battlefield Fortress. After a brief duel, they team up to take on the Subspace Army. Afterwards, they are chasing the Ancient Minister when Ike shows up to disarm the Subspace Bomb the Minister had been carrying.

Meta Knight, Marth, and Ike ultimately lose the Ancient Minister near the edge of the Wilds, but they find Galleom in the middle of the desert. After it is defeated, Galleom goes to the Ruined Hall and comes out holding Lucas and the Pokémon Trainer in one hand, with a Subspace Bomb about to go off in its head. Although Lucas manages to free himself and the Trainer, Meta Knight saves them when they almost hit the ground.

Meta Knight prepares to battle Lucario.

Meta Knight finally finds the Halberd fighting the Great Fox above the Glacial Peak, and leaves his team behind to climb the mountain. As he does this, however, the Ice Climbers race him and beat him to the top. At the summit, Meta Knight discovers the Aura Pokémon Lucario, who challenges him to a fight. When Meta Knight gets defeated by Lucario, Lucario revives him by tapping on his trophy. When Lucario gets defeated by Meta Knight, Meta Knight revives him by tapping his trophy.

After the battle, Meta Knight and Lucario agree to team up and enter the Halberd, where they find Solid Snake thanks to the use of Lucario's Aura. The three of them rescue Princess Peach and Princess Zelda from their evil counterparts before heading to the cockpit to find many Mr. Game & Watches controlling the Halberd. Lucario and Snake take care of them while Meta Knight takes the Halberd back.

Eventually, Meta Knight goes into Subspace with everyone else, although the Halberd is destroyed by the Subspace Gunship as they do this. They find Tabuu, who fires his Off Waves at them and turns them into trophies. Kirby, however, is revived by one of King Dedede's badges and saves Meta Knight along with some of the others before going into the Great Maze to stop Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Meta Knight (SSB4)
Meta Knight's artwork, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Meta Knight returns as a playable character for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. He, along with other winged characters, can no longer glide, either normally or at the end of Shuttle Loop, though Shuttle Loop now hits twice instead; aside from this, however, most of his moves are no different from the previous game. His design has been slightly altered for this installment, giving him metal gauntlets over his gloves.

One of Kirby's alternative palettes is identical to what Meta Knight looks like without his mask (though the palette has yellow eyes), armor and cape in the early Kirby games. In addition, two of Meta Knight's alternate costumes are based on Dark Meta Knight and Galacta Knight.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]


Name Image Game Description
Meta-Knight Trophy240.PNG Kirby Super Star
The mysterious head of the Meta-Knights, he wields his sword with dignity. He delivered his sword to Kirby and demanded single combat in a show of knightly honor; his strict adherence to his code of ethics makes him a rarity in Dream Land. Sometimes he throws off his cape in battle. It occasionally transforms into wings.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Snake: Mei Ling, there's a mysterious masked man flying around here with a sword...
  • Mei Ling: That's Meta Knight. He's a knight from Dream Land. They say his sword swings can break the sound barrier. Whatever you do, don't get caught in one of his furious barrage attacks. He also commands the Halberd, a flying battleship.
  • Snake: Mm, I've seen it. The bow looks like his mask. What kind of weirdo puts his face on the bow of a ship, anyway?
  • Mei Ling: Umm, maybe he's a little narcissistic. Kind of like someone else I know.
  • Snake: Really... And who would that be?
  • Mei Ling: Use your imagination...


Name Image Game Description
Meta Knight BrawlTrophy027.png NES Kirby's Adventure The head of the Meta-Knights, and something of a rival to Kirby. He's quite an accomplished swordsman. Following his code of knightly ethics, he once delivered his sword to Kirby and demanded single combat. His giant cape transforms into wings, giving him the power of flight. He's shown his face briefly before, but his relationship to Kirby is still a mystery.
SNES Kirby Super Star

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophies (Both Versions)[edit]

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Meta Knight SSB4TrophyMetaKnight.png NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
NA: Kirby's mysterious rival, this masked swordsman appears in several Kirby games. His cape transforms into wings to grant him flight. In Smash Bros., his quick sword skills and aerial agility set him apart. He can jump up to five times in a row, and he has a special move to soar higher.

PAL: A mysterious masked swordsman from the Kirby series. His cape can turn into wings, which gives him the ability to fly. His swift swordplay and ability to stay in the air give him an edge in this game. He can combine five mid-air jumps with a special move to make recovering a cinch. If you use him, try to keep battle airborne.

Meta Knight (Alt.) MetaKnightAllStarTrophy3DS.png
NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
NA: Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape lets you teleport, changing where you'll reappear with directional inputs and attacking by holding the button! His Mach Tornado special can draw in and attack multiple opponents. Rise by pressing the button repeatedly, and press left or right to move.

PAL: Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape lets you teleport. After vanishing, you can move to reappear somewhere else. You can also keep holding the button to turn it into an attack! His Mach Tornado special can mix up multiple opponents in the fray. Press the button repeatedly to rise up, and move left and right to create extra havoc.

(Wii U)

Trophies (Wii U version)[edit]

Name Image Description
Galaxia Darkness
Meta Knight swings his cape to ensnare foes. Darkness falls, enveloping them in an empty void and then a giant sword slash cleaves the blackness. If the cape doesn't capture anyone, this Final Smash will fail. It has more range than you might think, though and you only have to catch one foe to deal damage to everyone!

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: I wonder what Meta Knight looks like under that mask.
  • Viridi: Apparently quite similar to Kirby.
  • Pit: If he took off his mask, could he inhale things too?
  • Viridi: Maybe. And maybe he has Kirby's Copy Ability as well.
  • Pit: So if a maskless Meta Knight copied a masked Meta Knight...
  • Viridi: Well, then he'd just be back where he started.
  • Palutena: Anyway, be careful of his quick blade and his spinning attacks. They don't have a lot of power, so use your shield until you see an opening.


  • "Fight me." - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "Come!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "Come back when you can put up a fight." - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "You have much yet to learn." - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "Know my power!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "Behold!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "Victory… is my destiny." - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタナイト
Meta Naito
German Meta-Knight
Russian Метанайт
Korean 메타 나이트
Meta Naiteu
Chinese 梅塔骑士
Méitǎ Qíshì


  • Meta Knight is also in both versions of Nintendo Monopoly, where he takes the position of St. Charles Place, and costs $140.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Meta Knight is the only character who does not share a victory theme with the other characters from his series. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, other characters shared this trait as well, such as Bowser, Rosalina and Dark Pit.
  • Meta Knight is the only Kirby series character in the Super Smash Bros. series that speaks in full dialogue. In addition, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the first game in which Meta Knight has a voice actor.


  1. ^ Mysteries of the Subspace Emissary (Smash Bros. DOJO!!)