Kirby

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Kirby
Kirby from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance Arcana (1992, cameo)
Kirby's Dream Land (1992, Kirby series)
Super Mario-kun volume 5 (1992, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, Kirby series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Super Mario-related media)
Latest portrayal Makiko Ohmoto (1999-present)
“Hiii!!”
Kirby, Super Smash Bros.

Kirby is an inhabitant of Planet Popstar and the protagonist of the Kirby series. He lives in the kingdom of Dream Land, which is ruled by the corrupt King Dedede. The self-proclaimed king frequently causes trouble, leaving it to Kirby to protect his homeland. On his adventures, he runs into many other characters, such as the shady Meta Knight, or the helpful and friendly Bandana Waddle Dee. Kirby defeats Dedede and his many minions by using his signature ability, inhaling items and enemies and spitting them out or copying their abilities.

Aside from some cameos, Kirby has rarely appeared alongside Mario in either of their series aside from a few issues of the Club Nintendo magazine and, most notably, in the Super Smash Bros. titles–all of which are directed by Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Kirby's own series. He is voiced by Makiko Ohmoto, who also voices Ness in the Super Smash Bros. series.

History[edit]

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Kirby from Super Mario-kun.
Kirby's first appearance in the Super Mario franchise.

Kirby made his first Super Mario-relevant appearances in the Japanese Super Mario-kun manga. In volume 5, when Mario and his friends are being chased by Boos, Mario notices a circular character that he mistakes for another Boo. This character turns out to be Kirby, who helps Mario and his allies by swallowing the enemies. Kirby, however, seems to realize that he is not on Game Boy, and runs off. Kirby makes subsequent cameos in later volumes, such as in volume 7 when he shows up to inhale a collector's stolen goods.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Kirby made appearances in the German Club Nintendo comics. He is one of the few non-Super Mario characters to be a recurring character.

"Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland"[edit]

Kirby appeared in the comic "Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland". In this comic, Mario gets to Wunderland by accident, which is a strange land where a wizard, whose name is Crab is said to be able to fulfill desires. Among others, Mario meets Kirby in Wunderland, and mistakes him for a pillow. This annoys Kirby, and since he says he wants to look like Mega Man, he joins Mario on his way to the wizard. When arriving there, however, Kirby just says that he would like to not be a pillow any longer. The wizard then turns him into a toaster.

"Warios Weihnachtsmärchen"[edit]

Kirby in form of a "surprise bomb."

In the story "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen," he is caged for unknown reasons in Wario's Bomb Shop and expresses his anger by commanding Wario to free him. The shopkeeper, however, paints him black and sells him as a "surprise bomb." When the buyer, Kid Klown, finds out about Kirby being the "surprise", both are angry at Wario. At the end of the story, they forgive him, as he gives some cookies to them.

"Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens"[edit]

Kirby makes one more appearance in the comic "Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens," featuring him as Mario's ally in the fight against Abigor. In this story, Kirby lives in a skyscraper together with several other Nintendo characters. In order to fight Abigor, who plans to take over the building, Kirby together with Mario and Link puts on some magic clothes and serums which turn them into aggressive ghostbusters. In this form, Kirby uses his Inhale and temporary fire breath abilities to fight Abigor's allies.

"Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All"[edit]

Kirby's latest relevant, yet very minor Club Nintendo appearance was in the comic "Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All." Kirby was one of the many characters to celebrate the Mario Brothers when they managed to find the then new Nintendo 64 first, before Bowser and Wario.

Mario Kirby Meisaku Video[edit]

Kirby appears in his own story in the educational video Mario Kirby Meisaku Video. During the story, he helps a little lost dog find its mother, who was allegedly kidnapped by King Dedede.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

The Kirby series emblem, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. fighter
Kirby
Kirby from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Special moves
Standard:  Inhale (see Copy Abilities)
Side:  Hammer (Melee, Brawl); Hammer Flip (for 3DS / Wii U onward)
Up:  Final Cutter
Down:  Stone
Final Smash:  Cook Kirby (Brawl)
Ultra Sword (for 3DS / Wii U onward)
Battle entrance
Kirby crashes on to the arena with a Warp Star.
Kirby
Kirby artwork for Super Smash Bros.
SmashWiki article: Kirby (SSB)

Kirby appears in Super Smash Bros., where he is eight inches (20 centimeters) high, though his dimensions were heightened for this game in order to make him viable to fight. Kirby is the second lightest fighter behind Jigglypuff, and like it, though unlike most fighters, has five jumps, referencing his flight abilities in the Kirby series.

Several of Kirby's attacks are based on the various abilities throughout the Kirby series: his standard special move is Inhale, which allows him to suck up any opponents into his mouth and either spit them out as a star or copy them, allowing him to use their standard special move; his down special is Stone, which allows him to slam the ground as a stone; his up special is the Final Cutter, one of the Cutter ability's attacks, which allows him to leap into the air and slice the ground; his standard attack is based on the Vulcan Jab, one of the Fighter ability's attacks; and his side smash is based on the Smash Kick, another of the Fighter's moves. Most of Kirby's grab attacks are all based on moves used by the Backdrop and Suplex abilities, though his up throw is the Air Drop attack used by Ninja. Kirby's up aerial is an original move known as "Twinkle Star", which would later be used in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror as an attack for Kirby's Smash ability.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Kirby (SSBM)
Kirby artwork for Super Smash Bros. Melee

Kirby returns in the game's sequel Super Smash Bros. Melee. He is still a default character, but unlike the previous game, he is lighter and slower. He is also given a side special move, the Hammer, which allows him to swing the hammer once on the ground and spinning vertically in the air. In addition, his dash attack has been changed to the Burning ability. "Twinkle Star" is now Kirby's standard aerial; his up aerial is completely new, being the Moon Somersault Kick from the Fighter ability; his forward aerial is now the Aerial Spin Kick, also from the Fighter ability. His appearance was also altered, becoming smoother due to the GameCube's heightened graphical abilities. His pink hue is also slightly brighter. Otherwise, not much else has changed between his original and Melee appearances.

A giant Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Giant Kirby

In Adventure Mode, Kirby appears in Stage 5: Green Greens. The player must battle 18 Kirbys, each with a different copy ability from another character, though sometimes there will be a Kirby with no copied ability. In addition, by defeating every Kirby in under 30 seconds, the player can fight Giant Kirby as an additional opponent.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Kirby
Kirby
Official artwork of Kirby from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
SmashWiki article: Kirby (SSBB)

Kirby returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, along with his rival Meta Knight and archenemy King Dedede. His moveset has been somewhat changed; his Burning ability dash attack in Super Smash Bros. Melee has been replaced with a spinning kick similar to the Break Spin attack used by the Yo-Yo ability in Kirby Super Star, and the aerial Hammer swings horizontally rather than vertically. Kirby's Final Smash attack is called Cook Kirby, based on the Cook ability, debuting in Kirby Super Star, which draws in everything nearby for Kirby to cook it in a pot and release items while damaging enemies.

Stage 5 of Classic Mode always uses characters from the Kirby series, thus Kirby has a chance of appearing in it, either as an enemy or as a partner. Stage 15 of All-Star Mode is also Kirby-based.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Kirby's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary

In the beginning, a trophy of Mario and Kirby are thrown into an arena. The two come to life and fight. The player chooses either Mario or Kirby to play as. After the battle between the two, the winner resurrects the loser with a touch. The Subspace Army attacks the stadium, but Mario, Kirby, Peach, and Zelda oppose them. Mario is blown away by a cannon ball, and Kirby is ambushed by Petey Piranha, who has captured the princesses. Kirby then goes off against Petey. After either Peach or Zelda is freed, Kirby takes her for a ride off into the Sea of Clouds on his Warp Star before taking a hit and landing on the Halberd. Soon, an Arwing is shot down, blowing both the princess and Kirby off the Halberd on the ground below.

After the princess and Kirby land in a grassy area, Kirby runs away, leaving the princess behind. The princess turns around and sees Bowser with a Dark Cannon who immediately shoots her to transform her into a trophy. Kirby hops on King Dedede's Cargo and waits there.

After King Dedede collects the Link and Yoshi (or Mario and Pit) trophies, Kirby hops out. King Dedede then gasps and with his Final Cutter, Kirby destroys the large object that is holding the two trophies. Kirby quickly revives the two, and they all jump off the cargo. King Dedede turns around and leaves, but his cargo ends up blowing an engine from an arrow that is either fired by Link or Pit.

Kirby and Peach on a Warp Star.

Kirby, Mario, Pit, Link, and Yoshi become a team and go to save the other trophies (the other princess, Ness, and Luigi). They reach King Dedede's castle, but they are still unable to rescue the trophies as Bowser escapes with the princess trophy in his Koopa Clown Car while the other trophies are buried under a large pile of stones. While Bowser steals the princess, the badge that Dedede had put on the princess falls. Kirby goes to inspect it and swallows it. The team then leaves because Dedede's Castle is destroyed by another Subspace Bomb. After leaving, they reach a desert below the castle where they follow the Ancient Minister. However the Ancient Minister sends R.O.B.s out to stop them, and he sets another bomb. It explodes, however Mario hops on Yoshi and rides off. Meanwhile, Pit and Link hop on Kirby's Warp Star and fly off. They escape before the explosion can reach them.

Later, Kirby and the others find the Ice Climbers, Marth, Lucas, the Pokémon Trainer, and Ike fighting the Subspace Army and subsequently join the fight. All of the other heroes join up with them afterward. Near the end, when the heroes are all fighting Ganondorf and Bowser in Ganondorf and Bowser's large Subspace Gunship, Kirby ends up destroying the gunship. He comes riding a Dragoon and flies right in the villain's large cannon, destroying not only the cannon but the whole ship itself. Ganondorf and Bowser escape going in the large black hole in the sky. All the heroes follow them inside.

The heroes are all in Subspace itself. Kirby and all the others attempt to fight Tabuu; however, they are all defeated with his Off Waves. The badge that Kirby swallowed turns out to have the power to turn a trophy back to life. Kirby is brought back and goes off to revive Link, Yoshi, Peach, Zelda, the Ice Climbers, Meta Knight, Lucario, R.O.B., Solid Snake, and even Wario, who also had been working with the Subspace Army and ended up in Subspace earlier on. Soon Kirby comes across Ganondorf in his trophy form, but before he could do anything, Bowser suddenly appears and starts attacking Ganondorf, having been betrayed by him earlier. Dedede (who revived Luigi and Ness with the badges) then reunites with Kirby. Kirby, as well as everyone else, fights Tabuu a second time and are able to defeat him (with some extra help).

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

Kirby in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
SmashWiki article: Kirby (SSB4)

Kirby returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. His Hammer is replaced with Hammer Flip, making it more similar to the move in Kirby Super Star. His Final Smash was changed to Ultra Sword, a Super Ability from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Kirby's standard attack also gains a finisher in Smash Punch, an attack from the Fighter ability. Kirby's mobility is improved, but his attacks' damage output and knockback are decreased, while some of his moves are slower.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Kirby (SSBU)
Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Kirby's stock icon

Kirby returns as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While many of his moves remain the same, Kirby's dash attack has reverted to his Burning ability tackle from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Kirby's down tilt is called Squish Kick. Kirby has received a significant amount of improvements over the previous installment, receiving higher mobility, higher ability to knock opponents back and damage in some of his attacks, reduced short hop timing and landing lag in his aerial attacks, and reduced startup or ending lag in some of his attacks.

In the World of Light adventure mode, he is the initial playable character and protagonist and the only character to survive an attack from Galeem, who turns everyone in the world into spirits and transports them to the World of Light, leaving Kirby to rescue them. According to Masahiro Sakurai, the presence of puppet fighters from Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Spirits modes is due to Galeem managing to analyze Kirby throughout the story.[1]

Classic Mode route[edit]

At the start of rounds 1-6, multiple foods appear on the stage. By completing Kirby's Classic Mode route, it is possible to unlock Ness, Jigglypuff, Pac-Man, Zelda, Robin, Corrin, Lucas, or Palutena. Kirby's Classic Mode route pits him against characters known for eating.

Gourmet Clash
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Pac-Man Pac-Land PAC-MAN
2 Giant Yoshi Yoshi's Island (Melee) Ground Theme - Super Mario World
3 Donkey Kong Jungle Japes Jungle Hijinxs
4 Giant Wario Gamer WarioWare, Inc.
5 King K. Rool Kongo Jungle Mangrove Cove
6 Giant King Dedede Fountain of Dreams Gourmet Race (64)
Final Marx Vs. Marx

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Kirby Story

Kirby makes a cameo appearance in the original version of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on a poster advertising a movie known as Kirby Story, whose artwork featured Kirby riding a Warp Star through the air in the Yoshi Theater.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Since the 3.0 update of Mario Kart 8 and available from the start in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Kirby's amiibo is compatible. Placing it on the NFC sensor unlocks a custom Kirby-themed outfit for players to equip upon Miis. In fact, Kirby himself appears - merely as a picture - in the Mii Racing Suits menu; this picture stays right near the Mii suit design mentioned before.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Kirby is one of the obtainable Costume Mario costumes in Super Mario Maker, unlocked by tapping the Kirby amiibo onto the Wii U GamePad. The sprite Kirby uses is the one from Kirby's Adventure. This costume also replaces the jumping, landing, and end-of-level sounds, all of which are also taken from Kirby's Adventure. The sound that plays when Mario obtains the costume is also the one that plays when Kirby gets a copy ability in Kirby's Adventure.

Copy Abilities[edit]

Below is a chart of the Super Mario-related Copy Abilities Kirby can gain in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Kirby will only copy the character's default standard special move.

Image Character Description Game(s) Obtainable
Kirby with Bowser's ability Bowser Kirby receives Bowser's hair and horns and gains his special: Fire Breath. Kirby can breath out fire, which can be angled up or down starting in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, the flame diminishes after being used for too long and must recharge. Melee / Brawl / Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Bowser Jr.'s ability Bowser Jr./Koopalings Regardless of which of the characters Kirby inhales, he will receive Bowser Jr.'s tuft of hair and a bandana resembling the one worn by Bowser Jr. He gains the ability Clown Cannon, which will cause a cannon to appear in Kirby's mouth upon pressing the special button. How far the cannonball travels depends on how long the special button is held. Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Daisy's ability Daisy Kirby receives the crown Daisy wears on his head and gains the special move Toad. If Kirby pulls the Toad out while he is being attacked, Toad will release damaging spores. Ultimate
Kirby with Diddy Kong's ability Diddy Kong Kirby receives Diddy Kong's hat and his special move, Peanut Popgun. Using the move will have Kirby take out his version of the popgun. Holding the special button will charge the popgun and releasing will fire a peanut. The distance the peanut is launched depends on how long the button was held. Holding the button for too long, however, will cause the popgun to explode, dealing slight damage to Kirby and those around him. Brawl / Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Dr. Mario's ability Dr. Mario Kirby obtains a doctor's head mirror and Dr. Mario's special move, Megavitamin. Pressing the special button will have Kirby launch a Megavitamin forward, which will bounce around off the ground and walls for a time, disappearing either when it travels far enough or after dealing damage to an opponent. Due to Kirby's lower height, the Megavitamins do not bounce as high compared to when Dr. Mario launches them. Melee / Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Donkey Kong's ability Donkey Kong Kirby obtains a suit that resembles Donkey Kong's fur and his special move, Giant Punch. Upon pressing the special button, Kirby will begin charging the move by swinging his arm around. Pressing the button again will unleash the move and the amount of damage it does is based on how long it was charged. Using this move in the air will put Kirby into a helpless state. All
Kirby with King K. Rool's ability King K. Rool Kirby will receive a hat resembling the top of King K. Rool's head along with his crown upon inhaling him. Kirby also receives the Blunderbuss, a special move where a rifle shoots a Kannonball projectile forward. Unlike K. Rool, Kirby does not don a pirate hat when performing this attack. Ultimate
Kirby with Luigi's ability Luigi Kirby will obtain Luigi's green cap as well as his Fireball special move. Pressing the special button will send a green fireball forward, traveling a short distance forward and bouncing off of obstacles. The fireball does not touch the ground, so the momentum does not get lost as it continues. The fireball will dissipate after hitting an opponent or after enough time has passed. All
Kirby with Mario's ability Mario Kirby will obtain Mario's red cap as well as his Fireball special move. Pressing the special button will send a red fireball forward, bouncing along the ground and off of obstacles. The fireball will dissipate after hitting an opponent or after enough time has passed. However, due to Kirby's height, the fireballs do not bounce as high as Mario's. All
Kirby with Princess Peach's ability Peach Kirby receives the crown Peach wears on his head and gains the special move Toad. If Kirby pulls the Toad out while he is being attacked, Toad will counter the move in Melee or release damaging spores in Brawl and onward. Melee / Brawl / Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Piranha Plant's ability Piranha Plant Kirby will don a full-body outfit resembling Piranha Plant's head, with Kirby's arm's and face peeking out through the mouth. Kirby will also receive the special move Ptooie which allows Kirby to spit out a spike ball and keep it airborne by blowing on it. This damage dealing ball can be launched either left/right or swallowed by Kirby if the move is canceled. Ultimate
Kirby, while he's wearing Rosalina's crown. Rosalina & Luma Kirby receives Rosalina's silver crown and her special move, Luma Shot. By holding the special button, Kirby will receive a wand similar to Rosalina's and a Luma will appear in front of him. Releasing the button will send the Luma flying forward, damaging opponents in its way. How far it goes and how much damage it deals depends on how long it was charged. Unlike Rosalina's move, the Luma does not stick around or return to Kirby, instead disappearing after it reaches the end of the launched distance. Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Wario's ability Wario Regardless of what palette of Wario's Kirby inhales, Kirby will receive Wario's biker helmet and gain the move Chomp. Pressing the special button will make Kirby open up his mouth wide, followed by clamping down on opponents who get close. Repeatedly pressing the button will deal damage to the captured opponent and Kirby will throw the opponent away after some time has passed. Kirby can also use this move to eat certain items and projectiles. Brawl / Nintendo 3DS / Wii U / Ultimate
Kirby with Yoshi's ability Yoshi Kirby obtains a cap resembling the top of Yoshi's head and his large nose, along with his special move, Egg Lay. When the special button is pressed, Kirby will send out a long tongue, which he will use to grab opponents and pull them within him, trapping them in eggs.

Interestingly, Kirby obtains Yoshi's tongue to use rather than his own, making Kirby appear to have two tongues in Melee and Brawl.

All
Kirby's Inhale in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Kirby Inhaling another Kirby will not do anything if the other Kirby doesn't have an ability. If the other Kirby does have an ability, it can be stolen, essentially swapping the abilities the Kirbys had. All

The gallery below shows the non-Super Mario characters Kirby can copy:

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. bios[edit]

  • Instruction manual: An 8-inch high creature from a distant star. He may look harmless, but using his Copy ability, Kirby becomes a formidable opponent.
  • Website: Kirby, the little pink puffball of fun, has come all the way from Dreamland to put his opponents to sleep with some nightmarish moves. He has the ability to swallow his opponents and take on their attributes. You can tell which persona Kirby has assumed by seeing which enemy's hat he has stolen.
  • In-game description: The 8-inch high Kirby hails from a distant, peaceful star.
Like his simplistic appearance, he is an easily-understood character.
True to his instincts, Kirby eats when he gets hungry and sleeps as soon as he grows tired. Nevertheless, Kirby remains a formidable opponent. In addition to his distinct flying and swallowing skills, he also has the ability to copy enemy attacks for ever-changing action.
Works
Kirby's Dream Land (GB)
Kirby's Pinball Land (GB)
Kirby Super Star (SNES)

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Instruction manual bio[edit]

A puffball that floats through the sky and boasts a variety of moves.

Trophies[edit]

# Name Image Game/Moves Description
16 Kirby
(Classic)
Kirby
Kirby's Dream Land
08/92
A denizen of the far-off, peaceful planet Pop Star, Kirby became a citizen of Dream Land after defeating King Dedede. Even though he's only about eight inches tall, Kirby is an extremely skilled technician. He has the ability to absorb the powers of his enemies, and his elastic body makes him a versatile adventurer.
17 Kirby [Smash]
(Adventure)
Kirby
B Button: Swallow
Smash B Button: Hammer
Kirby's small size lets him dodge many attacks, but his light weight makes him fly far when struck. Using his ability to inflate, he can jump five times. His Swallow attack creates wild combos; not only can he copy foes' moves, but he'll also put on special hats and mimic their voices. His Hammer is unwieldy but powerful.
18 Kirby [Smash]
(All-Star)
Kirby
Up & B Button: Final Cutter
Down & B Button: Stone
Because of his light weight, Kirby is always in danger of being sent flying, but his ability to puff up and fly allows him to come back from amazing distances. His Final Cutter strikes on the way up and on the way down, and it sends out a beam of force upon landing. Kirby transforms into various objects and crashes down when he uses his Stone technique.
157 Kirby Hat 1
Kirby
Super Smash Bros. Melee
12/01
Here's Kirby sporting several results of his Copy ability. In Link's hat he can shoot arrows, while Mario's cap gives him access to Fireballs. The Donkey Kong suit offers up a Giant Punch, while Samus's helmet allows Kirby to fire off charged-up energy shots. Finally, while wearing the Yoshi hat, Kirby can swallow enemies and turn them into eggs.
158 Kirby Hat 2
Kirby
Super Smash Bros. Melee
12/01
Kirby's got several of his finest hats on here. In Ness's baseball cap, he can use the power of PSI to unleash PK Flash, while Captain Falcon's visor gives him the ability to unleash a huge punch. His adorable Pikachu cap comes complete with stored-up electric charges, allowing him to shock his foes, and the Fox ears come with a matching blaster.
159 Kirby Hat 3
Kirby
Super Smash Bros. Melee
12/01
With all of these hats, Kirby could open his own haberdashery! Peach's crown lets him use Toad, while the Ice Climber parka allows him to shoot ice blocks. Kirby has Fire Breath in the Bowser horns, and he can copy Zelda in both her forms. In Zelda's headdress he can use Nayru's Love, while Sheik's wrap gives him a needle arsenal.
160 Kirby Hat 4
Kirby
Super Smash Bros. Melee
12/01
Looks like Kirby's copied a bunch of hidden characters! In Luigi's hat, he can shoot green Fireballs, while copying Mewtwo gives him the power to throw Shadow Balls. Copying Mr. Game & Watch lets Kirby hurl sausages, and doing the same to Jigglypuff earns him a Rollout move. Marth's hair comes complete with a powerful Shield Breaker move.
161 Kirby Hat 5
Kirby
Super Smash Bros. Melee
12/01
Secret hats galore! In Pichu's hat Kirby can shoot out electricity, while Dr. Mario's headgear gives him Megavitamins. When Kirby wears Falco's beak, he gets to use Falco's powerful Blaster; by the same token, he can fire arrows when in Young Link's cap. When Kirby copies Ganondorf he gets the Warlock Punch, and copying Roy produces a Flare Blade.
233 Fire Kirby
Kirby
Kirby's Adventure
5/93
When Kirby swallows a fire-wielding enemy, he transforms into Fire Kirby. Not only does he breathe fire in this form, but he can also sprout flames on his entire body and damage enemies by crashing into them. Fire Kirby wears the bright red headdress of his enemy Burning Leo. The hat turns into a helpful weapon when thrown.
234 Fighter Kirby
Kirby
Kirby Super Star
9/96
Kirby dons a warrior's headband and becomes a fierce fighter when he swallows an enemy skilled at physical attacks. Fighter Kirby uses many colorful punching and kicking moves as he overpowers his enemies with his sparring skills. The Vulcan Jab is just one of the many techniques Kirby can use thanks to his copying power.
235 Ball Kirby
Kirby
Kirby's Adventure
5/93
When Kirby swallows a ball enemy, he turns into a ball and can bounce off of floors and walls. It's tough to control, but well worth it for the strong attack power it gives Kirby. After his debut in Kirby's Adventure, Ball Kirby has popped up in several more Kirby games, such as Kirby's Pinball Land and Kirby's Block Ball.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Bios[edit]

  • Instruction manual: A flying resident of Dreamland who can copy the moves and appearances of foes.
  • Website: This is Kirby, Warp Star-riding citizen of Dream Land who can suck up anything. His copy abilities allow him to steal the powers of other characters!
Yeah... He’s the only character who really hasn’t changed much from his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He’s round, pink, and soft.

Trophies[edit]

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
11 Kirby
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GB Kirby's Dream Land
SNES Kirby Super Star
A round, pink ball of cuteness from a distant, peaceful star. He can swallow anything with his gigantic mouth, then spit it out as ammo. He has the handy ability to copy powers and use them as his own. His hovering ability lets him fly through the air with ease. He's so round, he's sometimes treated like a ball.
12 Cook Kirby
BrawlTrophy012.png
Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Kirby in chef's garb. When Kirby throws on his chef's hat, a giant pot appears in the center of the screen. All characters, items, and even long-distance weapons are sucked into the pot. Once they've simmered a bit, food items equal to the number of things in the pot appear. Characters in the mix get blasted straight up out of the pot.
393 Beam Kirby
BrawlTrophy393.png
NES Kirby's Adventure
DS Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby in a jester cap...and a supercute Kirby at that. Beam Kirby features a Beam ability, acquired by inhaling Waddle Doo, that allows him to shoot a whiplike beam at his enemies. With a wide attack range, this ability is extremely easy to use, especially for taking out enemies in bunches. In Kirby Super Star, this beam can also be charged and fired.
394 Needle Kirby
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NES Kirby's Adventure
DS Kirby: Canvas Curse
A Kirby ability made when Kirby inhales a spiked enemy. When attacking, the needles on Needle Kirby's body extend, giving him a porcupine-like look. This ability provides both offensive and defensive measures against nearby enemies. Plus, needles which extend on Kirby's underside when jumping eliminate any threats on landing.
395 Sword Kirby
BrawlTrophy395.png
NES Kirby's Adventure
DS Kirby: Squeak Squad
A Kirby ability made when Kirby inhales a sword-wielding foe or a sword itself. Doing so provides Kirby with a rapid sword slash, a jumping sword spin, or even the energy-beam blast of the Final Sword. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this is the #1 Copy Ability in terms of accessibility.
396 Sleep Kirby
BrawlTrophy396.png
NES Kirby's Adventure
DS Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby after he copies the ability to sleep peacefully. Kirby takes on this form when he inhales Noddy or other such enemies. Kirby cannot move at all while sleeping, so extra care should be taken not to use this ability when enemies are near. Kirby, in his slumber, tends to drool, and in his panicked awakening, isn't it cute how he forgets to wipe off the drool?
397 Wing Kirby
BrawlTrophy397.png
SNES Kirby Super Star
GCN Kirby Air Ride
Kirby when he inhales a winged enemy and copies its flying ability. This ability can be used to proceed through strong winds that would otherwise be too tough to overcome. Wing Kirby can also perform a plethora of attack moves, such as the Bomber Head, where Kirby dive-bombs onto enemy heads.
398 Fighter Kirby
BrawlTrophy398.png
SNES Kirby Super Star
GBA Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Kirby when he is skilled in martial arts, especially close-quarters combat. Inhaling brawny challengers like Knuckle Joe will transform Kirby, allowing him to use a bunch of fight moves like Rising Break, the heroic uppercut. His Mega Power Shot in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, which used charged energy to take out faraway enemies, is another Fighter Kirby highlight.
399 Fire Kirby
BrawlTrophy399.png
SNES Kirby Super Star
DS Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby when he inhales an enemy who uses fire. Shooting fire from his mouth, Fire Kirby can cook enemies from afar. This ability also allows Kirby to light explosive blocks, fuses, and so on. In Kirby Super Star and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Fire Kirby can roll his burning body into enemies as an attack move.
400 Ice Kirby
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NES Kirby's Adventure
SNES Kirby Super Star
Kirby when he copies an enemy with chilly abilities. Ice Kirby can blow an icy wind from his mouth and freeze enemies solid. These frozen enemies can then be knocked into other enemies as an additional means of attack. These blocks are not only effective against enemies but can also be used on terrain such as magma or water.
401 Plasma Kirby
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SNES Kirby Super Star
GCN Kirby Air Ride
Kirby when he inhales Plasma Wisps, which glow with a neon green flame. Plasma Kirby can charge the plasma strength up to a maximum level of 5. In Kirby Super Star, your attack--be it a Plasma Laser or a Plasma Wave Cannon--varies with the length of time you charge it.
402 Tornado Kirby
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NES Kirby's Adventure
GCN Kirby Air Ride
Kirby when he inhales enemies that fly around like twisters through the sky. When in tornado form, Kirby can spin freely through the air for short amounts of time, clearing out groups of enemies. Tornado Kirby will continue spinning and bouncing violently off of obstacles until he comes to a stop. One drawback of Tornado Kirby is the control difficulty.

Stickers[edit]

Name Image Game Effect
Cook Kirby Cook Kirby Sticker Kirby Super Star Flinch Resistance +140
Cupid Kirby A Sticker of Cupid Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Brawl Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Carry Star Rod
King Dedede & Kirby Sticker of Kirby and King Dedede. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards [Specials: Direct] - Attack +21
Usable by: Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede
Kirby A Sticker of Kirby diving. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Swim Time +40
Kirby A sticker of Kirby in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards [Body, Spin] - Attack +22
Usable by: Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede
Kirby A sticker of Kirby in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby Air Ride [Arm, Leg] - Attack +17
Usable by: Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede
Needle Kirby A Sticker of Needle Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards [Head] - Attack +29

Solid Snake codec conversation[edit]

  • Otacon: Snake! Watch out!
  • Snake: For what? That pink marshmallow?
  • Otacon: That's Kirby, also known as "Kirby from Dream Land." He's from another planet--in other words, an extraterrestrial. He's got a powerful stomach that lets him swallow and digest anything. And he also has a "Copy Ability" that allows him to mimic opponents, steal their moves, and use those moves against them. On top of that, he has the power to fly around the stage, so once he's got you in his sights, there's no place to run.
  • Snake: ...Huh? Yeah, got it. I'll... keep an eye out.

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

Trophies[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in American English Description British English Description
Kirby KirbyTrophy3DS.png Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GB Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Round little Kirby lives on the peaceful Planet Popstar, in Dream Land. He can inhale things with his big mouth, either copying their abilities or spitting them out again. In Smash Bros., Kirby can inhale opponents and copy their standard specials. He gets launched easily but recovers well. A roly-poly little fella from Dream Land on Planet Popstar. He can inhale pretty much anyone or anything with that big gob of his, then spit them out or copy their abilities. He can copy opponents' standard specials in this game, too! His light weight means he gets launched easily, but with a series of mid-air jumps, recovering's not too tricky.
Pudgy, little Kirby lives in the peaceful hills of Dream Land on the Planet Popstar. He can inhale things with his big mouth, either copying their abilities or spitting them out again. In Smash Bros., Kirby can inhale opponents and copy their standard specials. He gets launched easily but recovers well.
Kirby (Alt.) KirbyAllStarTrophy3DS.png Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GB Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Holding the special button and left or right will charge up Kirby's Hammer Flip attack. Charging too long hurts Kirby! The hammer strikes twice in the air, but landing the single blow on the ground is more powerful. Kirby's up special Final Cutter slices up and down, firing a shock wave upon landing. Charge up Kirby's Hammer side special to unleash Hammer Flip, a move with serious launch power. Charge it too much, though, and you'll get hurt! The move hits twice in mid-air, but does more damage on the ground. Final Cutter slices up and down before sending out an energy wave. Move Kirby mid-jump to change where he lands.
Ultra Sword N/A Ultra Sword's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U For Kirby's Final Smash, he swings a sword that's waaay bigger than he is. If the first swing hits, he'll keep going with a combo of lightning-fast slices, dealing tons of damage. For the last swing, the sword grows even larger and launches any victims. Make sure that first swing hits, though, or nothing else will happen! For Kirby's Final Smash, he swings around a sword that's waaay bigger than he is. If the first swing hits, he'll keep going with a combo of lightning-fast slices, dealing tons of damage. For the last swing, the sword grows even larger and launches its target. It's great, so make sure that first swing hits, or none of the rest will happen!
Plasma Kirby PlasmaKirbyTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A What does the aurora borealis have in common with lightning? Plasma! And what does Plasma Kirby have in common with them? Hrm. Maybe that was too easy... Anyway, Plasma Kirby can build up plasma using the +Control Pad and fire it with the B Button. You can look up more about plasma if you want, but firing plasma is what's important here. In the Kirby series, Plasma Kirby is Kirby, but with the ability to fire plasma, and mashing the +Control Pad charges him up! "But what exactly is plasma?" you ask. Well, that's a very good question. Maybe you should look it up yourself. Can't be giving you all the answers, you know.
Sword Kirby N/A Sword Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (05/2014)
That green cap sure does make Kirby look heroic, doesn't it? Maybe wearing it just inspires Kirby, but while he's wearing it, he gets all kinds of neat moves, like Spin Slash, Multisword Attack, and Sword Dive. He's even able to pull off these moves in the air, on the ground, or underwater! Kirby looks like a pretty courageous hero in that green cap, doesn't he? Indeed, this Kirby is a master of sword-swishing, fending off enemies with the powerful Spin Slash, the rapid Multisword Attack and the stylish Sword Dive. If that wasn't impressive enough, he can also use these moves on land, in mid-air AND underwater. Beautiful!
Beam Kirby N/A Beam Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Waddle Doo can fire beams from his eye. Does that make you green with envy? Then inhale him and copy that ability! You'll then be able to shoot beams from a wand, and the attack can even be charged up for greater effectiveness. You can also use a beam to push switches or to grab and toss your foes. Ever felt jealous of a Waddle Doo's ability to fire beams from its eye? Well, if you're Kirby, there's really no need - swallow one and you, too, can swing energy beams to your heart's content! Charge them up to plough through multiple enemies at once, use them to grab and throw enemies, and even press switches through walls! Yeah!
Fire Kirby N/A Fire Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
When Kirby first copied the Fire ability he was only able to breathe fire. Nowadays, he can do all sorts of neat things! For example, he can engulf himself in flames and roll forward, burning grass, lighting fuses, melting ice, and so on. What we'd really like him to do, though, is help us make the perfect s'more. Mmmmm. Once upon a time, all Fire Kirby could do was shoot flames from his mouth, but he's come a long way since then. Now he can roll along the ground as a blazing fireball, burn up grass, light fuses, melt ice and so on. That's great and all, but what we really want to know is...can he help us get a barbecue going?
Ice Kirby N/A Ice Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
The perfect ability to copy in the summer--Kirby gains freezing breath when he copies the Ice ability. Enemies frozen by his arctic blasts can be launched at other foes too. Perfect for a tough fight or when you need some ice for your iced coffee. Kirby isn't busy saving Dream Land or anything... When Kirby has the Ice ability, he can blast enemies with glacial gales to freeze them. He can then kick them into other enemies to take them all out at once! It's the perfect ability for a tough fight...or for when you need some ice to keep a glass of fruit juice nicely chilled. Not everything has to be about saving Dream Land, you know!
Needle Kirby N/A Needle Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (05/2014)
Kirby normally looks as tasty as a big ol' marshmallow, but he's significantly less appetizing when he's copied the Needle ability. Those pokey spikes won't add any flavor at all. With this ability, Kirby can bash into enemies or launch the spikes at them. A great, easy-to-use ability! Kirby's soft, fluffy and just...so huggable! Except when he's got the Needle ability, that is - then it's like there's a hug-free zone all around him. Being covered in spikes comes in handy, though, for rolling into enemies, and even shooting at them! However, whether that really makes up for his loss of huggableness is hard to say...
Tornado Kirby N/A Tornado Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)
Who needs hats when you can have an actual tornado coming out of your head? That's our Kirby - always the trendsetter. And with the Tornado ability, he can go one step further, turning his whole body into a cyclone to go on a wild rampage. His rapid spinning isn't exactly easy to control, but that's all part of the fun!
Mike Kirby N/A Mike Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)
Curious what Kirby's singing voice sounds like? Then track down and inhale Mr. Tick-Tock or a Walky! Kirby can copy the Mike ability and then use a mike or megaphone to really let 'er rip. Sometimes he sounds as cute as he looks, but he can also hit those low notes when he wants to rock. Kirby isn't much of a talker, but if you ever do want to hear his voice, here's a simple solution: swallow a Walky or Mr. Tick-Tock, and you'll be rewarded with an ability called Mike! Watch in awe as Kirby pulls out a microphone (or a megaphone) and shakes your soul with his dulcet tones. For some reason, his enemies can't stand the sound!
Sleep Kirby N/A Sleep Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
You don't get to see sleeping heroes very often. They're so busy rescuing princesses or saving the world, they just don't have time for a little nap. Not so with Kirby! The moment he inhales the snooze-prone enemy Noddy, he pops on his sleeping cap and dozes right off. Ah, Kirby, what dreams might you be having today?
Bomb Kirby N/A Bomb Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe (05/2014)
When he copies the Bomb ability, Kirby gets to don a stylish hat just like Poppy Bros. Jr. The hat's appearance varies a little from game to game, but the ability itself is always pretty much the same: pull out a bomb, throw it, BOOM! Careful, though--if you hang on to the bomb for too long, you'll go BOOM yourself!
Fighter Kirby N/A Fighter Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)
"Show me your moves!" Wait-that's not Kirby's line! Regardless, he's really fired up and ready to become a fighting machine with that red headband. He knows the basics, like kicking and tossing, but he can also muster his fighting spirit to blast distant foes. With his red headband and fierce attitude, Fighter Kirby is ready to take on anything. Like a real martial artist, he can kick and throw his foes into submission. And like a...not-so-real martial artist, he can fire his fighting spirit as an energy blast to hit faraway enemies. The only weapon this Kirby needs is his burning heart!
Wing Kirby N/A Wing Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)
Kirby doesn't need to copy abilities to bop through the air, but actually having wings gives his aerial skills a definite boost. They even let him use some extra attacks, like the acrobatic Shuttle Loop and the mighty Condor Head. He can also fire at foes with his Feather Gun! Thought Kirby was just a squishy puffball? Surprise! Kirby doesn't need to copy abilities to bop through the air, but actually having wings gives his aerial skills a definite boost. They even let him use some extra attacks, like the acrobatic Shuttle Loop and the mighty Condor Head. He can also fire at foes with his Feather Gun! Thought Kirby was just a squishy puffball? Think again!
Ninja Kirby N/A Ninja Kirby's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U SNES Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)
Making his debut in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the Moonja enemy looks about as ninja as you can get. If you copy its ability, Kirby can become a master of the ninja arts! With a variety of useful skills like Knife Throw and Blossom Storm, you might want to remain a ninja forever! Making its debut in Kirby's Adventure Wii, the Moonja enemy looks about as ninja as you can get. Swallow one, and Kirby will become a master of the ninja arts too! Knife Throw, Wall Cling, Smoke Screen and Blossom Storm - with such a variety of useful skills, you might never want to let this Copy Ability go!

Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: It's always easy to pick Kirby out of a crowd.
  • Viridi: Aww! He's so squishy and adorable!
  • Palutena: True, but he's still a formidable foe.
  • Pit: He's got all kinds of moves, and he's top notch at recovering! Does this guy have ANY weaknesses?
  • Viridi: Just what you'd expect: his weight. Or rather, his lack of weight.
  • Pit: So, it shouldn't be hard to send him flying, huh?
  • Palutena: Right. The question is how to do that.
  • Viridi: Oh, that part's easy. Just keep wailing on him. Then we'll see who's stronger: that little puffball... or Kirby!

amiibo[edit]

  • Round, pink and surprisingly powerful, Kirby is one of the most iconic heroes in video game history. A denizen of the peaceful planet Pop Star, Kirby became a citizen of Dream Land after defeating King Dedede. He can inhale things with his big mouth, either copying their abilities or spitting them out again.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • Kirby's ability to copy other fighters is totally unique! While he is light and can be launched easily, he can also jump up to five times in the air, so he has great recovery. Look for his new Stone transformation, too.

Spirits[edit]

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
323 Kirby Kirby spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kirby Series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Kirby N/A N/A N/A N/A
326 Warp Star Warp Star spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kirby Series Support (1) Advanced Super Launch Star Equipped Funky Kong's Shack N/A N/A N/A N/A
327 Star Rod Star Rod spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kirby Series Support (2) Ace First-Strike Advantage World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board Kirby ×4
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Star Rod
Fountain of Dreams Gourmet Race (Melee)
328 Ultra Sword Artwork of Ultra Sword's Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Kirby Series Support (2) Ace Chance of Double Final Smash Sheldon's Place N/A N/A N/A N/A
329 Robobot Armor Artwork of the Robobot Armor's Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Kirby Series Support (1) Advanced Weapon Attack ↑ Sheldon's Place; Spirit Board Metal Kirby ×4 Rule: Item: Drill
  • Stamina battle
  • The enemy is metal
Halberd Pink Ball Activate!

Audio samples[edit]

Audio.svg Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - "Hi!" - One of Kirby's taunts. (Makiko Ohmoto, 2014)
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Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カービィ
Kābī
Kirby

Chinese 卡比
Kābǐ
Kirby

Dutch Kirby
Birky (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening)
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Anagram of Kirby
French Kirby
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German Kirby
Birky (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening)
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Anagram of Kirby
Italian Kirby
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Korean 커비
Keobi
Kirby

Portuguese Kirby
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Russian Кирби
Kirbi
ирбик (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening)
irbik

Kirby

Anagram of Kirby

Spanish Kirby
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Trivia[edit]

Stone Kirby as a Brick Block in Kirby: Triple Deluxe
The Brick Block transformation in Kirby: Triple Deluxe

References[edit]

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