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|“||Victory... is my destiny.||„|
|~ Meta Knight's victory quote in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4.|
|“||This Darkness must meet my Sword!||„|
|~ Meta Knight - Kirby Star Allies.|
Meta Knight is a major character and the tritagonist in the Kirby series appearing in most of the games, manga, as well as the anime. The intrigue and popularity surrounding Meta Knight within the Kirby fandom largely lies in his shrouded motives and his striking likeness to Kirby himself.
Due to Meta Knight's way of doing things and his oft-hidden intentions, the relationship between Kirby and Meta Knight is unpredictable in nature, and ranges from anywhere between being bitter rivals to being steadfast allies to one another and can change at a moment's notice.
He respects a code of honor, and always offers Kirby a sword whenever he fights against him. Meta Knight is a playable character in many spin-offs, and is presented in many of the newer games as a "friend or foe" character. Meta Knight is a fictional character in Nintendo's Kirby video game series created by Masahiro Sakurai and developed by HAL Laboratory.
Meta Knight first appeared in the 1993 video game Kirby's Adventure. He also appears in several merchandising, Kirby comic books, in the 2001 anime series, and in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Meta Knight is a masked swordsman that travels Dream Land searching for worthy opponents to hone his strength. He follows his own personal code of honor, a rarity among the residents of Dream Land, and commands his own army from his flying battleship the Halberd. His cape can transform into bat wings allowing him to fly, and he wields a blade with incredible skill and speed. While his morality is highly ambiguous, he generally seems to be an anti-hero, and while he resembles Kirby without the mask, his exact relationship with Kirby remains a mystery.
Powers and Abilities
A gifted warrior, Meta Knight is an expert swordsman, who is able to fight and give Kirby (assuming he has the Sword Ability) a hard time. His blade appears to be very powerful, as he is able to generate electricity, whip up tornadoes, and can shoot sword beam attacks. Whenever he is playable in some of the games, his attacks deal a lot more damage than Kirby's.
He also has a legion of followers, such as the other trained knights and his own personal platoon. Many characters (including his own soldiers) respect his strength, although some villains wish to covet his power for their own purposes.
His Dimensional Cape cape can manipulate space and can transform into wings, allowing flight and when airborne, he moves in an aerodynamic fashion. It also has the power of teleportation, as seen when he is defeated; he will cover himself up before jumping away off-screen.
Meta Knight first appeared in the NES game Kirby's Adventure (1993) as a recurring secondary antagonist and the boss of the Orange Ocean level, where he fights Kirby to keep him from taking a piece of the Star Rod to keep it out of Nightmare's hands.
Kirby Super Star
He is the main antagonist of the Revenge of Meta Knight mode in Kirby Super Star (1996), in which he attempts to take over Dream Land in order to put an end to the inhabitants' lazy lifestyle.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Meta Knight is a playable character in the special mode Meta Knightmare of Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002).
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (2004), Meta Knight fought his Mirror World counterpart, Dark Meta Knight, to protect Dreamland. However, he ends up trapped inside the Dimensional Mirror for a majority of the game until the Kirbys repaired the mirror to enter it themselves. Meta Knight would then help the Kirbys fight against Dark Mind by giving them his sword to use in battle.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
He appears as a boss who works to keep the chest containing Dark Nebula out of Kirby's hands in Kirby: Squeak Squad (2006).
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008), he appears as a playable character in Meta Knightmare Ultra, in which he fights his way across the land to become stronger.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Meta Knight also appears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011) as one of the main protagonists along with Kirby, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee, and as a playable character in multi-player mode.
Kirby Star Allies
Meta Knight appears as a boss, and later a playable character in Kirby Star Allies (2018). He became possessed by a Jamba Heart, and if a player throws a friend heart at him before he can escape, he will join Kirby's crew.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- A rearrangement of the track "Revenge of Meta Knight" from Kirby Super Star won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Capella, making it the first leitmotif of a video game character to win a Grammy Award, and the second video game track to the win a Grammy Award following 2011's "Baba Yetu" from Civilization IV. Unlike "Baba Yetu", "Revenge of Meta Knight" is a rearrangement of a video game track, composed by Charlie Rosen of the 8-Bit Big Band, making it the first video game rearrangement to win a Grammy.