Kirby is a young Star Warrior.
He is spoken of in legend as Kirby of the Stars. However, Kirby himself is a creation of Nightmare - but he was considered a failure. No one knows for sure what happened afterwards, or how Kirby ended up in the starship that he crashes on Pop Star in. Because a Star Warrior's ship is designed to go wherever monsters are, Kirby's ship detected the creatures Dedede was ordering and he was awakened 200 years before schedule. Because of this, he is still only a baby.
Despite this, he readily fights for his friends. During battle he shows amazing skill, though he needs a little help sometimes.
Otherwise, Kirby is like any other child, though with a much larger appetite. He loves to play and sleep, and can be utterly fascinated by even the most mundane things. He has a strong spirit, and loves to help people - sometimes even his enemies. He even demonstrates a maternal side on occasion.
Since Kirby is only a baby he does not speak much, only saying "poyo". Certain characters such as Kine and Meta Knight have acted as if they understand him, and Kirby uses it quite expressively. Everyone else can only go by his tone and body language. Occasionally he speaks their language, his favorite word being 'suika' (Japanese for watermelon) or repeating snippets people have said. He also commonly announces his own copy abilities or shouts out his attack names. (Of course much of what he says is removed entirely in the English dub.) Like Pikachu from Pokémon, Kirby also retains his original Japanese voice for the dubbed version, and is notable for being the only character who does so.
Kirby often shows that he understands language- he simply doesn't have the motivation to reproduce it himself, though he has the ability. It was stated by Meta Knight that Kirby should have slept in his starship for 200 years, and because he was 'born' too early, he lacks knowledge and training.
The official explanation of why Kirby doesn't speak was that his creator Masahiro Sakurai did not want him to. Characters who don't speak are often created that way to be seen as more endearing and easier to relate to.
The pink puff from Dream Land that can suck up stuff and obtain its power.
Animal - Kirby wears an animal fur. Kirby attacks with a slash attack. Kirby can dig through dirt.
Beam- Kirby wears a jester hat. Kirby attacks by whipping out an electric chain.
Bomb- Kirby wears a blue Santa hat. Kirby can throw bombs or set bombs down on the ground.
Bubble- Kirby has a crown of bubbles. Kirby attacks with a bubble wand that shoots bubbles. The bubbles turn enemies into abilities inside bubbles.
Fireball- Kirby has a crown of flames and flames on his arms. Kirby turns into a fast moving ball of flame. Can break metal blocks.
Cook - Kirby wears a chef's hat . Kirby takes out a pot, and all enemies on screen jump in and are turned into food. Can only be used once.
Copy - Kirby wears a high-tech visor. He sends out a short-range scanning beam that will automatically copy the ability of any enemy it touches for Kirby to use. (If the enemy has no ability to copy, the beam simply destroys them.)
Crash - Kirby flashes white. He turns himself into a smart bomb that destroys every enemy on the screen. One time use.
Cupid- Kirby has a halo and angel wings. Kirby shoots and arrow that can be charged up. Kirby can hover.
Cutter- Kirby wears a helmet with horns. Kirby attacks using boomerangs. Only 2 boomerangs can be thrown at a time. Can cut strings.
Fighter- Kirby wears a red headband. Kirby attacks using various fighting moves, including jabs, uppercuts, and a charged projectile.
Fire- Kirby wears a crown of fire. Kirby attacks by breathing fire. The fire can melt ice or metal.
Ghost- Kirby wears a sheet with eye holes. Kirby attacks by rushing into enemies and possessing them. The player can then control the enemy or release it.
Hammer- Kirby holds a hammer. Kirby attacks by swinging the hammer. He can also throw the hammer for a powerful ranged attack, but he gives up the ability by doing so. Can break metal blocks. Can be used underwater. Can hit pegs.
Hi-Jump- Kirby wears a cape. Kirby attacks by jumping high and landing with a shockwave.
Ice- Kirby wears a crown of ice crystals. Kirby attacks by breathing ice, turning enemies into ice cubes which can be kicked. The ice can freeze water or lava.
Laser- Kirby wears an eye gadget. Kirby attacks with a laser that bounces off walls.
Magic- Kirby wears a magician’s top hat . Kirby attacks by making doves appear, shooting playing cards and making a jack-in-a-box appear. The cards can cut strings.
Master Hand- Can only be obtained by beating and inhaling Master Hand. Kirby can use the hammer, stone, a cutter attack and a punching attack.
Metal- Kirby becomes covered in metal. Kirby cannot be damaged by regular enemies, but moves slower. Kirby can turn into a ball, allowing him to roll down slopes.
Mini- Kirby becomes tiny. That’s it.
Mirror - Kirby wears a red and blue jester's cap. He can attack by sending out a short-range stream of mirror shards with his wand, or by making a quick mirror image of himself. Both techniques reflect enemy projectiles. Can cut strings.
Missile- Kirby has a target on the top of his head. Kirby attacks by turning into a rocket that the player can guide . Can break metal blocks.
Mike - Kirby goes through three different appearances: wearing headphones and yelling into a radio microphone, wearing a white cap and yelling into a megaphone, and wearing a mohawk and yelling into a rock concert mic. Each instance has the same effect: Kirby yells so loudly that all enemies on the screen explode. After the third use, this ability disappears.
Needle- Kirby wears a spike cap. Kirby attacks by encasing himself with spikes.
Ninja- Kirby wears a helmet with Japanese style hair. Kirby can throw shuriken or create an explosion . Kirby can also walk on water and cling to walls. The explosion changes to water type if Kirby is on water.
Paint - Kirby wears a gray cap backwards. He grabs a paint bucket and paintbrush and fills the whole screen with colors, damaging every enemy on the screen. Also used in the boss fight with Chameleo Arm in Kirby Super Star to counteract his camouflage. One time use.
Parasol- Kirby holds a parasol. Kirby attacks by whacking people with the parasol. He can also use the parasol to slow his descent in mid-air and to shield himself from the front.
Plasma- Kirby wears a crown of green electricity. Kirby creates a circle of electric energy around him. Can send electricity on certain surfaces. He builds up power by quickly moving back and forth (a technique intended to replicate the act of building up static electricity by rubbing your feet against a carpet).
Sleep- Kirby wears a sleeping cap. Kirby cannot attack for a few seconds while he sleeps. Sometimes sleeping will heal Kirby.
Stone- Kirby wears a helmet that looks like the ninja cap. Kirby can turn into a stone. Can hit pegs.
Suplex- Kirby wears a blue headband, and his skin tone turns slightly darker. He can dash forward to grab objects or enemies, then toss or slam them in various ways like German suplexes and piledrivers. It works very similarly to the Throw ability from Kirby's Adventure, but Suplex is the name given to this ability in Kirby Super Star.
Sword- Kirby holds a sword . Kirby attacks using sword slashes. Can cut strings. Can be used underwater.
Throw- Kirby wears a blue headband. Kirby can suck enemies toward him, then throw them. Can break metal blocks.
Tornado- Kirby has a crown of swirling air. Kirby can turn into a tornado which the player can guide.
UFO- Kirby is in a UFO . Kirby attacks using a charge laser, or the Beam power. Kirby can hover. Can be used underwater.
Wheel- Kirby wears a red cap. Kirby attacks by turning into a wheel and rolling across the ground. In Kirby Squeak Squad, if the wheel rolls onto ice or electricity, the element will change.
Wing - Kirby wears Native American feathers on his head as well as some red facepaint. He sends out small feathers as a weak projectile attack, but he can also perform powerful aerial diving attacks. This ability also fundamentally changes the way Kirby's flight mechanics work: he gains more horizontal velocity and doesn't need to inhale before taking flight.
Yo-Yo - Kirby wears a blue cap backwards. He attacks by swinging a yo-yo and by breakdancing.
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