I'm not just a pretty face!
~ Bandana Waddle Dee in Kirby Star Allies

Bandana Waddle Dee, also known as Bandana Dee or simply Waddle Dee, is the deuteragonist of the Kirby franchise. He is a Waddle Dee who is Kirby's best friend. He is also the unnamed Waddle Dee who wears a blue bandana.

Bandana Waddle Dee debuts in Kirby Super Star and it’s remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, as the first opponent in the sub-game Megaton Punch. He then appears in the latter as the secondary antagonist of Revenge of the King and redeemed himself later on.

He also is the one of the main characters of Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Kirby Star Allies, a supporting character in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, and the deuteragonist of Kirby Battle Royale and Kirby Fighters 2 as well as a playable character.


Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

He debuted in Kirby Super Star as the first opponent in Megaton Punch.

He also appeared in Kirby Super Star Ultra as a mini-boss (replacing the "Arena Waddle Dee" in Kirby Super Star) and the secondary antagonist of the Revenge of the King Sub-Game, where he is given a much larger role.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

There's theories and rumors that state that the Waddle Dee in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is actually Bandana Dee.

Kirby Mass Attack

Bandana Waddle Dee makes a cameo in the sub-game Strato Patrol EOS, cheering for Meta Knight, along with Sailor Dee.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland

Bandana Waddle Dee's playable debut. He joins Kirby, Meta Knight and King Dedede to help Magolor recover his gears called Energy Spheres to the ship, defeat Landia and later defeat Magolor Soul.

Kirby & the Rainbow Curse

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse as a playable character alongside two identically dressed, but differently colored, Waddle Dees. While Kirby is in his ball form, Bandana Waddle Dee controls normally in traditional platformer style, and can assist Kirby as he plays through stages. He can perform actions such as picking Kirby up and tossing him to other players. He also can thrust his spear in different directions to attack enemies. This is required when fighting Grab Hands, who appear as mid-bosses regularly throughout the game when more than one player is present. Aside from during the final boss battle, they do not appear in single-player mode, because Kirby has no means of defeating them alone. When entering the game and taking damage, one is able to hear his voice clips through the speakers on the Wii Remote.

Bandana Waddle Dee's abilities change when Kirby has a transformation.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot

He appears as an ally in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, giving Kirby a special item before facing a boss or mini-boss.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Bandana Waddle Dee sits near the Gem Apple Tree. Kirby can talk to him to receive tips and other information. Every 12 hours, he can harvest Gem Apples that are growing on the tree, giving them to the player.

Kirby Battle Royale

In this game, he appears as the main deuteragonist of the Story Mode. He joins Kirby to reach and win together Dedede's Cake Royale. He is Kirby's ally during the whole Story Mode, and helps him to defeat the Kirby Clones (in some battles), the Meta-Knights, and King Dedede.

Kirby Star Allies

He returned in Kirby Star Allies as a playable Dream Friend.

Kirby Fighters

Bandana Waddle Dee is one of the starting playable characters in Kirby Fighters 2.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros.

Bandana Waddle Dee appears as an enchanced primary spirit of Waddle Dee in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.




  • Bandana Dee was also nicknamed simply Waddle Dee.
  • In Kirby Battle Royale, he uses an umbrella instead of his usual spear.
  • He is playable in Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Kirby & the Rainbow Curse, Kirby Star Allies, and Kirby Fighters 2.


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