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|“||I'll be the one to keep peace.||„|
|~ King Dedede, Kirby Star Allies|
In his more recent appearances, King Dedede has sometimes helped Kirby in games after Kirby's Return to Dream Land, making him become an occasional anti-hero in the Kirby series.
King Dedede is an obese penguin-like being and the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. He commands a few enemies in Dream Land, such as Waddle Dees and Waddle Doos. King Dedede is a boss in many games from the Kirby franchise created by Masahiro Sakurai. King Dedede is also a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
King Dedede initially came off as very greedy, selfish, conniving and egotistical individual. He is notoriously self-serving and generally never sets out to help Kirby and his allies unless he sees no choice, with exceptions such as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where he teams up with the former to collect Magolor's ship parts so that he can go home. Like most of the other inhabitants of Dream Land (with exceptions such as Meta Knight), Dedede is incredibly lazy as well and not very active most of the time.
Despite this, Dedede has become less malicious and more kind and caring over the years, and is usually a bully when at his worst. He has done his fair share of heroic deeds, such as trapping Nightmare in the Fountain of Dreams and helping stop other villains who threaten Popstar. One of his most kind hearted and selfless moments was in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, where after he, Kirby and some of the Waddle Dees were being ambushed by the incoming Beast Pack after he was freed of his brainwashing (again), he notices one of the Waddles Dees had fallen behind. Rather than escape with the others and ensure his own safety, Dedede helps the Waddle Dee and stays behind to stall the Beast Pack in order for Kirby and the others to escape.
Relationship with Kirby
King Dedede is often pestered by Kirby, who breaks into his palace and takes back Dream Land's food, which the king often steals for himself. King Dedede is shown repeatedly to be an antagonist, but he is one out of greed rather than malice and appears as more of an anti-hero. In most of the games he is fought against, Dedede is controlled by a dark, malevolent force (such as being possessed three times by Dark Matter, and once like a marionette by Yin-Yarn and Taranza, and corrupted by the influence of a Jamba Heart) or it is merely a misunderstanding (like in Kirby: Squeak Squad or Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land).
Deep down, Dedede respects Kirby and views him as a hero, and can be friendly with him when they're not in conflict. He will even set aside his rivalry with Kirby and lend aid or team up with him when an evil entity is threatening Dream Land, Popstar, or all existence in general (such as Nightmare, Dark Matter, Zero, Tabuu, Magolor, Queen Sectonia, and Void Termina). Originally at odds as usual, Dedede begrudgingly joins Kirby's group in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, likely because a part of him wanted to help. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Dedede happily pitched in helping Kirby and Magolor fix the Lor Starcutter. In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Dedede joins forces with Kirby and the People of the Sky without hesitation upon seeing the threat posed by Queen Sectonia to all of Popstar.
The description of his figurine in Kirby and the Forgotten Land states that he believes he and Kirby are "Destined Rivals". It also reveals that Dedede was upset that he initially couldn't find Kirby upon arriving in the Forgotten Land. This shows that, despite their feuds, Dedede enjoys having Kirby in his life and wouldn't have it any other way. Furthermore, after he was freed from the control of the Forgo Mask and noticed Kirby beside him, Dedede warmly smiled at him.
King Dedede can also inhale enemies like Kirby, but he cannot steal their powers. It is said that Kirby learned his Hammer Ability from King Dedede's skills with his.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Prior to the events of the game, King Dedede managed to stop Nightmare from invading Dream Land by sealing him within the Fountain of Dreams. To ensure the villain does not escape, King Dedede took the key required to free Nightmare, the fountain's Star Rod, and gave parts of it to each one to his trusted colleagues. However, Dedede's actions also stopped people from having dreams as they slept, causing Kirby to venture across the land to restore the Star Rod and return it to the Fountain of Dreams. After Nightmare is unwittingly freed and then defeated by Kirby, the misunderstanding over King Dedede's actions is explained as he and Kirby soared across the sky.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
King Dedede is possessed by an incarnation of Dark Matter and forced to fight Kirby, but was defeated and freed of the Dark Matter. Dedede then reluctantly gave up the Crystal Shard and Waddle Dee asks him to come with the group in their quest. Dedede refuses vehemently at first, but eventually relents. Dedede eventually accompanied the group to Dark Star and helped Kirby reach 0² so he could defeat it. They all succeeded and were given medals by the fairies of Ripple Star.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
The King joins forces with Kirby, Meta knight and Waddle Dee to help Magolor. They agreed to help him by getting the missing pieces back and succeeded in doing so. Magolor then brought Dedede and the others to his home planet of Halcandra, where they were attacked by Landia. Magolor told them that the dragon was running rampant on Halcandra and Dedede and the others agreed to defeat it for him. But when they succeeded, Magolor revealed that he had been manipulating them to obtain Landia’s Master Crown so as to gain infinite power. He headed off to conquer Popstar and Dedede and the others followed with help from Landia, successfully defeating Magolor and making it back to Popstar.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
King Dedede was one of the people who were possessed by a Jamba Heart, which transformed him into a muscular brute when Kirby and his allies confronted him at Castle Dedede. Fortunately, Kirby managed to restore King Dedede to normal and can befriend him with a Friend Heart.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
King Dedede was one of the many Dream Land inhabitants pulled through a mysterious vortex into the Forgotten Land. He is possessed by an alien life-form referred to as 'Specimen ID-F86' and is forced to assist the Beast Pack in capturing Waddle Dees. However, he eventually regains his senses at Lab Discovera thanks to Kirby and was about to follow him inside a nearby elevator to enter the facility, but instead decides to stay behind to fend off the Beast Pack pursuing them. After defeating the final boss, King Dedede will appear in Waddle Dee Town and one of the Waddle Dees will give Kirby a Masked Hammer Blueprint on the king's behalf.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
King Dedede is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl who is playable by default. King Dedede is classified as a heavy and slow character. King Dedede is known for his ability to chain grab many many members of the cast because of his long grab range and short knockback throws.
King Dedede also appears in the story mode The Subspace Emissary as the tritagonist. He obtains the fighter trophies of Ness, Peach/Zelda, and Luigi from Wario. King Dedede had witnessed the power and intentions of the evil Tabuu when the Battleship Halberd was taken, and worries that if there are no fighters left, Tabuu will take over the world. King Dedede then puts a Dedede badge on the three trophies, guaranteeing that if King Dedede was turned into a trophy, the three other fighter trophies would be revived into fighters, which comes in handy when Bowser invades his castle and he gets crushed/knocked out by a big piece of falling debris, turning him into a trophy as well, after which Bowser goes on to kidnap Peach/Zelda('s trophy). After time passes, Luigi and Ness turn back into fighters, spot Dedede's trophy and return him to normal as well. He thanks them both with a hug and several pats on the back before they set off to save the other fighters, who had all been turned into trophies by Tabuu. Later, they come across Bowser, who challenges them to a battle but gets defeated into a trophy, though Dedede turns him back into a fighter once more. He roars in another challenge, but Dedede simply swats him on the nose and gestures to Master Hand, who lay defeated on the ground due to Tabuu, and the stairs to the Great Maze.
Bowser gives up and agrees to work with them to save the Smash universe. Eventually, they come across Kirby, who had eaten one of Dedede's badges and turned back into a fighter (either that or, judging by the cutscene's name, was awakened by his own hunger), and Ganondorf's trophy. Bowser attacks Ganondorf's helpless trophy, as he had been betrayed by the king earlier, and walks away while Dedede hugs Kirby out of relief to see the puffball. Returning to the staircase before the Great Maze, Wario spots Dedede and kicks him, knocking him over and laughing at him, because Dedede had stolen Ness, Peach/Zelda, and Luigi's trophies from him. Ness and Luigi immediately help Dedede up, shocking Wario, before explaining what's at stake. At first, Wario seems to not care, but when they start to go up the stairs, he darts onto his motorcycle and speeds ahead of them. Now having reunited with all the other fighters, they all encounter Tabuu and challenge him to a battle, which ended in the blue being's demise and the restoration of the Smash Bros. universe.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
King Dedede returns as a playable character, but his extraordinary chain grabbing ability has been removed, and his side special now always throws a Gordo, and his back aerial attack has been changed as well. His Final Smash has also been replaced with the "Dedede Burst", where he will inhale everyone around him and smash them with his hammer before launching a powerful bomb from his hammer.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
King Dedede returns as a playable character for the 3rd time, and is one of the many unlockable characters in the World Of Light story mode.