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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. 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. series. He is voiced by Makiko Omoto, who also voices Ness in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Kirby made his first Mario-relevant appearances in the German Club Nintendo comics. He is one of the few non-Mario characters to be a recurring character.
"Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland"
Kirby debuted 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 Wonderland, 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.
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"
He 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"
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
Kirby appeared alongside Mario in the obscure educational video Mario Kirby Meisaku Video; however, this video was merely a compilation of their non-intertwining adventures. In Kirby's Mario Kirby Meisaku Video segment, he helps a little lost dog find its mother, who was kidnapped by King Dedede.
Kirby appears as a cameo in Super Mario-Kun in volume 5. When Mario and his friends are being chased by Boos, Mario notices a circular character. This character, Kirby, helps Mario and his allies by swallowing the enemies. Kirby, however, shortly after gets scared by a Boo with worms on its face and runs away.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros.
Kirby appears in Super Smash Bros., where he is eight inches (20 centimetres) 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 neutral 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 neutral special move. His down special is Stone, which allows him to slam the ground as a stone, and 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. Kirby's standard attack is based on the Vulcan Jab, one of the Fighter ability's attacks; his side smash is also based on the Smash Kick, another of the Fighter's moves. Most of his 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.
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. 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.
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
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
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's either fired by Link or Pit.
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
Kirby returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / 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.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Kirby made a cameo in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga in the Yoshi Theater poster. There was a poster in the theater advertising a movie known as Kirby Story, whose artwork featured Kirby riding a Warp Star through the air.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Since the 3.0 update of Mario Kart 8 and available in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Kirby's amiibo is compatible. Placing it on the Wii U GamePad 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
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.
Below is a list of the Copy Abilities Kirby can gain in the Super Smash Bros. series. Kirby will only copy the character's default neutral special move.
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. bios
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Instruction manual bio
A puffball that floats through the sky and boasts a variety of moves.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Solid Snake codec conversation
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
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