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Hero Overview

Poyo!
~ Kirby's catchprase.
Hi!
~ Kirby's greeting the player.

Kirby (カービィ, Kābī in Japan) is a pink puffball and the titular main protagonist of the eponymous franchise by Nintendo with the same name. He is known well for his ability to vacuum up his enemies and copy their powers.

The franchise has been running for over two decades, and nearly thirty titles have been released under Kirby's name, most of which are developed by HAL Laboratory Inc. or published by HAL for co-developing studios.

Kirby is voiced by Makiko Ohmoto, who also voices Ness.

Biography

Pop Culture

Kirby has been featured in his own anime series, many manga publications in several countries, and even an educational video co-starring Mario. He has his fair share in Nintendo's merchandising from all his appearances, although many of them are only released in Japan.

Kirby lives in his dome-shaped home in Dream Land, a country on his home planet Pop Star. His adventures take him throughout Dream Land and occasionally into local star systems for various reasons, and he has saved his homeland several times.

The Kirby series is one of Nintendo's many well-known game franchises, spanning nearly twenty games since 1992. His first appearance took place in the 1992 video game Kirby's Dream Land, where he was portrayed by a two-dimensional sprite; since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for the Nintendo 64, he has made several appearances in 3-D. He has been featured in other video games from Nintendo, on Nintendo's merchandising, on comic books, and even on a television show.

Kirby is described in his games as a small pink puffball, who is a citizen of Nihongo on the planet Pop Star. In the main game, he almost always has the same abilities; he can walk, run, jump, float, slide, and inhale, spit out, or devour his enemies.

Kirby often journeys across the planet Pop Star, defeating antagonistic forces such as the greedy King Dedede or the evil Dark Matter. On other occasions, he encounters the enigmatic Meta Knight. To defeat his foes, he uses his signature ability to inhale large objects and spitting them out with great force.

From Kirby's Adventure onward, Kirby was able to gain the abilities of the enemies he swallowed, better known as his Copy Abilities. In several games in the series, he obtains a mystical weapon during the climax of the battle against his enemy; this weapon is usually required to defeat the final boss.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland

Kirby was present with Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Bandana Waddle Dee when the majestic Lor Starcutter was broken and its enigmatic pilot Magolor inquired their assistance in repairing it, leading to five worlds of adventure. He promised the quartet a tour of his alleged homeworld, Halcandra, when the ship was fixed. Kirby vanquished the Grand Doomer and the ship's reparation was complete. During the vacation, however, the dragon Landia brought down the Lor once again, prompting Kirby to seek out the dragon by navigating a series of factories and defeating his vanguard, the Metal General. Arriving in a volcanic realm, he incapacitated Landia and wrenched the Master Crown from its four heads, all of which had sprouted small torsos and appendages after Kirby unintentionally severed them, but Magolor claimed it as his own, arrogantly confessing he had been using Kirby to accomplish the coming of a star-spanning empire. Before he could launch his conquest, Kirby realized his battle with Landia was a misunderstanding and climbed on its back, with its other heads being ridden into space by his comrades. They defeated Magolor in direct combat, but his malevolent soul manifested in the crown's power, so when Kirby forced the crown from his form the entire surrounding dimension began to collapse. Landia and the Lor swooped in and rescued everyone, and they returned to the Material Plane, happily awakening on Planet Popstar.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros. Series

Super Smash Bros.

Kirby appears as one of the main 8 fighters alongside Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus Aran, Yoshi, Fox McCloud, and Pikachu.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Kirby returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a initial character, he's also the actual protagonist of the Subspace Emissary.

In the beginning, Kirby and Mario have a friendly duel in Midair Stadium. The player can choose either Kirby or Mario to play as. If the player chooses Kirby, Kirby beats Mario but later resurrects him. Later, the Subspace Army attacks the stadium, but Kirby and Mario, with the help of Peach and Zelda, were able to stop them. After their battle, the Ancient Minister appears and his R.O.B. minions place a Subspace Bomb in Midair Stadium.

Mario ran to stop the bomb, but gets blown away by a cannon ball. Kirby is ambushed by Petey Piranha, who has captured Peach and Zelda. Kirby then battles 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 sees Bowser and runs away. The princess tries to stop him, but gets turned into a trophy by Bowser. Kirby hops on King Dedede's Cargo (which is the cargo he stole from Wario) and waits there.

After King Dedede collects the Mario and Pit/Link and Yoshi trophies, Kirby hops out. 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 Kirby didn't save, 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 sees the badge and swallows it. The team then leaves because Dedede's Castle got absorbed into Subspace 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, but the five were able to escape the explosion.

Later, all of the other heroes join up with them afterward. Near the end, when the heroes are all fighting Ganondorf and Bowser in their large Subspace Gunship, Kirby destroys the gunship with his Dragoon. 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. Later, the badge that Kirby swallowed turned him 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 Wario. Alternatively, the player can choose not to revive them, although doing this will not let the player play as these characters in the Great Maze.

Soon Kirby comes across Ganondorf in his trophy form, but before he revive him, Bowser suddenly appears and starts attacking Ganondorf, having been betrayed by him earlier. Dedede then reunites with Kirby. Kirby and the heroes, fight Tabuu and defeat him.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kirby returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as one of the original eight initial characters. Kirby again plays a prominent role in World of Light. He is the only playable character at the start of the game, as all other fighters were annihilated by Galeem's beams of light. Kirby alone managed to escape this attack by pushing his Warp Star to the very limit. The captured fighters are then used by Galeem to create evil clones, which are in turn populated with the spirits of other captured characters from an assortment of game universes.

Kirby is then faced with the monumental task of defeating these puppet fighters, in order to free both his allies and the trapped spirits from Galeem's control. Mario is always the first fighter to be rescued. However, once he has joined the party, the player is no longer obligated to use Kirby at any point.

Anime

Main article: Kirby (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!)

Trivia

  • In his There Will Be Brawl incarnation, Kirby underwent radical personality changes, becoming insane and evil. This may have been a message of the video's creator's expression of anger against Kirby devouring others.
  • Some of Kirby's Copy Abilities can make him change color, some examples include:
    • Fire - Red
    • Ice - Blue
    • Mirror - White
    • Ninja - Purple
    • Needle - Yellow
    • Plasma/Spark - Green
    • Stone - Gray
    • Water (in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!): Translucent blue
    • Hypernova - Rainbow
  • In the Super Smash Bros. series, many of Jigglypuff's attacks and abilities are similar to Kirby's.
    • However, as of recent Smash games, Kirby and Jigglypuff received enough changes that Jigglypuff is no longer considered any sort of clone.
  • The way Kirby flips off the stage once his health is drained is similar to how Mario flips off upon defeat in the New Super Mario Bros. saga.
  • Kirby's early name is "Popopo", which can be seen on the early japanese ad of Kirby's Dreamland.
  • Kirby was named after the American attorney, John Kirby.

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