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Tropes relating to characters in the anime Kirby of the Stars.
To clarify where the characters go, characters that are non-specific to the anime go here. The game characters that appear on this page are only for the tropes that are associated to them in the anime. To avoid redundancy, the traits that appear in both works stay on the main Kirby character page.
Please note that for the sake of consistency, the examples below follow the English dub names.
Probably the only person in Dream Land who's openly critical and skeptical of King Dedede and his schemes. Because she loves and cares for Kirby, she's the one to guide him on his way to becoming a full-fledged Star Warrior.
Tropes associated with Tiff:
- Berserk Button: Messing around with nature makes her very mad.
- Catch Phrase: "Kirby! Inhale it!" / "Kirby, suck it up!"
- "Come, Warp Star!" / "Kabu, send the Warp Star!"
- Crack Pairing: In-Universe--one episode involves a fish falling in love with her.
- Cry Cute: Believe it or not, she can actually cry, as shown in "Monster Management" when Knuckle Joe and Masher are tag-teaming their attacks against a progressively-wounded Kirby, "The School Scam" where she's giving a speech and is about to retire from her teaching duties after humiliating Gure / Dirk, Yota / Kirk, and Banchou / Smirk, and "Teacher's Threat" when Mr. Chip says that he'll eventually find a real teaching job soon enough after which she gets a really cute Tearful Smile.
- Damsel in Distress: A lot of the monsters take her captive, which motivates Kirby even more to defeat them.
- Dub Name Change: Fumu to Tiff.
- Granola Girl
- Kid With the Remote Control: Sort of, since Kirby is an infant she has to tell him when to inhale something. Kirby can pretty much take it from there, though.
- Only Sane Person; even more so than Meta Knight, who'll make light of situations.
- Power of Love: The reason Tiff can control the Warp Star is because she truly loves and cares for Kirby.
- Properly Paranoid: Some episodes have her fretting over the event being a trap, like the nightmare-inducing pillows, the figures that turned into monsters later, the TV-Network Dedede made which was later used to brainwash people into attacking Kirby...
- Secret Keeper: In episode 4, Tiff learns from Meta Knight about NME and Kirby's (supposed) origin. As pointed out in English-dubbed episode 14, Tiff and Meta Knight are the only ones who know the whole deal with Kirby and the monster attacks.
- Technical Pacifist: Her responses to violence vary according to the demands of the plot.
- In some episodes, she completely avoids violence and pep-talks people out of it.
- In episode 67, she asks Meta Knight to train her in martial arts because she got bullied at school, and uses her training to teach the bullies a lesson.
- In episode 89, she chases down the Otakings with a hammer because of her portrayal as Fumu-tan in their anime.
- The Smart Girl: Tiff is probably the only person in the village who reads a lot. Even the adults often turn to her for advice on what to do in some situations.
- Soapbox Sadie
- Theme Twin Naming: At least in the 4Kids dub.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Quite easily the most optimistic character in the entire cast (next to Kirby himself), but she gradually becomes a little more cynical towards the end.
Tiff's younger brother. A bit of a brat sometimes, but he too likes Kirby, and helps his sister out in taking care of him...on most occasions.
Tropes associated with Tuff:
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He's generally brattier than Fumu, much to her annoyance.
- Blinding Bangs: You never see his eyes, not even once.
- Dub Name Change: Bun to Tuff.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he does love Kirby (but not nearly as much as his sister does), he's often seen playing soccer with him...and unintentionally kicking Kirby, mistaking him for the ball.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Episode 18, Tuff nearly sends Kirby into an eternal sleep by falling for Dedede's trap of having Kirby inhale a Noddy.
- Shout-Out: In the dentist episode, Tuff gets a cavity, and his mother tells him that if he goes to the dentist, she'll buy him a CubeGame.
- Theme Twin Naming: In the 4Kids dub, despite the fact that he and Tiff aren't twins.
- Totally Radical: Some of his lines in the original.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
King Dedede's Right-hand man. He generally doesn't like Nightmare Enterprises, but he goes along with Dedede's schemes anyway.
Tropes associated with Escargoon:
- Ambiguously Gay
- Amusing Injuries: He's often subject to King Dedede's abuse.
- Canon Immigrant: Has a cameo in the Kirby Master sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack as part of Dedede's entourage during an attack.
- Catch Phrase: In the original, every time he takes a drive to Cappy Town, expect him to say the phrase "stupid commoners!".
- Cool Car: He's Dedede's chauffeur, first in a military jeep with a tank cannon (making Dedede look like some kind of Third World dictator...) and later in a much snazzier big old fashioned limousine.
- Dub Name Change: Escargon to Escargoon.
- His dub name is actually a Portmanteau of the words 'Escargot' and 'goon', fitting enough.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite what a jerk he can be sometimes, Escargoon loves his mother dearly, even enough to have the entire kingdom pretend he was the king for the sake of not disappointing her.
- Gastropod Confusion: In a scene where Dedede makes escargot in front of him. He refuses to eat it, stating that it would be cannibalism if he did so.
- Ho Yay: A large amount with King Dedede. Episodes 55 and 88 are some of the strongest examples. In the former episode, it's made pretty clear how Escargon feels for the king.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are times when Escargoon can be quite a Jerkass to the citizens of Dreamland, to the point of threatening the death penalty to passerbys in the original. But he mostly acts like this to gain Dedede's favor, and is not a bad person at heart.
- Mad Scientist: In episode 78, he builds a robot in his likeness to work for Dedede in his place, and goes insane because he stays up for nights on end to fix the damage inflicted on the robot by Dedede.
- Near the beginning of the anime, he was called Dr. Escargon in the original, and depicted as the Foil of Dedede's convention of ordering monsters, preferring to build things by himself instead of spending money to order monsters (thus making them fall into debt). Towards the end he becomes just as reliant on the monsters.
- Number Two: To King Dedede.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Escargoon and his mother are nearly identical. Even Meta Knight was amused by this.
- Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he uses "degesu" (a form of "desu") at the end of his sentences.
The front salesman for the Holy Nightmare Co., that sells demon beasts to customers such as Dedede. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: He's not quite as tall as he seems.
Tropes associated with Customer Service:
- Affably Evil: He's so charming and funny at times, that it's easy to forget that he wants Kirby dead, like Nightmare.
- The Cameo / Canon Immigrant: Appears in the game over screen in the SHMUP sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack. Considering Nightmare is the boss of that sub-game, the cameo makes sense.
- Chair Reveal: Played with. When Dedede meets him for the first time face-to-face, he turns his chair around and reveals that he's just about as tall as Dedede, because you don't see anything below his waist on-camera.
- The Confidant: To Nightmare.
- Dan Green
- Dub Name Change: From Customer Service to no name at all--see Fan Nickname below.
- The Dragon: To his boss, Nightmare.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the original, although Customer Service may or may not be his actual name.
- Fan Nickname: As he isn't even named in the dub, some people call him 'Frontman', or 'Salesguy'.
- Honest John's Dealership: The dub even makes him sound like one.
- Oh Crap: He gets one in the finale when Chief Bookem informs him and King Dedede that Kirby has defeated Nightmare and that his space fortress is about to be destroyed, and he makes a run for it. In the original Japanese version, if you listen closely, you can hear him screaming as the fortress explodes, possibly implying that he died in the explosion.
- Rule 34: Is extremely popular with porn artists, for some reason.
- Talking to Himself: In the Japanese dub, Banjo Ginga does the voice of Customer Service and Nightmare.
- Token Human: Until we find out that he's actually just as short as everyone else!
An Action Girl who comes to Popstar seeking revenge against Meta Knight.
First appearance: Episode 60
Tropes associated with Sirica:
- Action Girl
- Best Served Cold
- But for Me It Was Tuesday: Inverted. Sirica thinks that her mother died because Meta Knight left her to die alone. Meta Knight's side of the story is that she sacrificed herself for him.
- The Cameo: She's never mentioned again until the finale, where she appears along with Knuckle Joe.
- Distaff Counterpart: Pretty much a gender flipped version of Knuckle Joe, since they both come to Popstar blaming Meta Knight for killing one of their parents. Just look at all the tropes that they have in common!
- Dub Name Change: From Silica to Sirica, although it's just a different romanization.
- Dynamic Entry: She jumps through a window at one point.
- Gundamjack: Pilots one of Nightmare's Destrayers in the series finale.
- Hotblooded Sideburns
- Little Miss Badass: As Tiff, the prominent girl in the series, always has to be rescued by someone, Sirica stands out for being able to fight back.
- Missing Mom
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She went on one against Meta Knight that would have made The Bride proud.
- So Proud of You: At the end of episode 60, in the Japanese version Meta Knight tells her that she's surpassed her mother in skill. The dub leans more towards "Your mother would have been proud."
- Spell My Name with an "S": See Dub Name Change above.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother.
- Swiss Army Gun / Swiss Army Weapon: Wields a five-in-one sword/grappling hook/flamethrower/missile launcher/machine gun manufactured by NME.
- Unnamed Parent: Averted, as her mother is the only backstory character to have an official name.
- Violence Is the Only Option: Instead of trying to explain to Meta Knight that she thought Meta Knight had stolen Galaxia from her mother, she heads straight to Dedede's castle and guns him down.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl
- You Killed My Mother: A rare Gender Flipped example. Initially, Sirica blames Meta Knight for doing this, but it turns out that her mother pulled off a Heroic Sacrifice to save Meta Knight's life.
Game characters in the anime
A legendary Star Warrior who crash-lands in Dream Land in the first episode. Eventually, he becomes a well-renowned local hero that is the primary hope for the citizens of Dream Land to keep Dedede's monsters at bay.
Note: This space is only for the tropes that apply to Kirby in the anime only. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.
Tropes associated with Kirby:
- Acrophobic Bird: Kirby rarely ever flies in the anime, if at all, subverting his potential advantage of Video Game Flight. He technically still can, though.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Kirby's never done anything downright dickish, but there are a few scenes that show the villagers that he's not all jolly laughs and giggles as most expect him to be.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Compare the Japanese opening to the 4Kids dub version: both of the original openings are happy, upbeat march tunes that show Kirby being happy with his friends, with some Nightmare Fuel thrown in for good measure. The 4Kids version immediatley starts with Kirby showing off his angry Kirby eyebrows and all of his special powers. Granted, the Japanese version is far more of an accurate depiction, as Kirby only gets dangerous to kill the Monster of the Week.
- Badass Adorable
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Eater: Oh dear.
- Black Hole Belly: Which contains a pocket dimension, as seen when he swallows a Dedede voodoo doll that corresponds to his movements.
- Blue Eyes
- Blush Sticker: He has them all the time.
- Breath Weapon: Kirby's inhale is notably more powerful in the anime than in the games. He can even use it to swallow objects or monsters that are tens of times larger than he is.
- Catch Phrase: "Poyo!"
- Cheerful Child
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Deus Ex Machina: Often times, Kirby never actually does anything until the climax of the episode, and once he inhales and copies something, you're flat out done for. On occasion, he even One Hit KOs some monsters. This extends even to the finale, where the Big Bad of the entire series is killed in one hit.
- Eldritch Abomination: Implied to be a failed creation of Nightmare that turned good.
- Extreme Omnivore
- Friend to All Living Things: If monsters don't immediately try to annihilate him, Kirby will almost always befriend the more timid, less powerful ones. Subsequently, this is used as a setup for Tear Jerkers that involve having to kill the monster that he's attached to when it inevitably Turns Red.
- The Hero
- Heroic Mime: Except for his Catch Phrase and several other little words like "watermelon", he can't say any more than that.
- Idiot Hero: Of course, his level of intellect varies somewhat between each episode.
- Idiot Savant: For his level of responsibility, he has a rather childish demeanor...until his instincts kick in. See Instant Expert below.
- Instant Expert: Even if he's never used a copy ability before, Kirby has an instinctual knack for fighting and is able to get the hang of a new ability by the end of a battle.
- Kid Hero
- Last Starfighter: Along with Meta Knight, he's one of the last Star Warriors in the universe.
- Nice Hat: Gets one for every ability he copies, even with abilities like Crash, which originally didn't have a hat.
- Real Men Are Pink
- Power Copying: A trait inherited from the games.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Trademark Favorite Food: Watermelons, which replaced the tomatoes from the games.
- Transformation Sequence: Whenever he copies an ability. It's more elaborate than what's seen in the games.
- Walking Head
"Ah need a monstah ta clobber dat dere Kirbeh!"
The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, with a huge castle, an army of Waddle Dees and his servant Escargoon at his disposal.
- Accent Adaptation: Gets a Southern accent in the dub.
- Adaptational Villainy: While he is often antagonistic to Kirby, Dedede in the games is more of an Anti-Villain who is more willing to join Kirby against a more serious threat or genuinely help out.
- Adipose Rex: Played for laughs and Turned Up to Eleven in an episode where he tries to trick Kirby into eating enhanced chips to make him fat. Dedede ends up eating the chips himself, and grows too big to even leave his throne room.
- Affably Evil: Aside from ordering monsters to "clobbah dat dere Kirby".
- Catch Phrase: In the original, "This is unforgivable!"
- Cool Car: Owns a tank described as a "demon beast on wheels". He later custom-orders a pimped-out limo equipped with hammers, and after using it for the Wacky Racing episode, he keeps it until the end of the series.
- Demonic Possession: In episode 95 (97 in the dub), he gets possessed by the Devil Frog after Kirby spits it out.
- For the Evulz: Orders demon beasts like the way a spoiled child would buy toys.
- I Own This Town: He claims that he's the 17,062nd ruler of Dream Land.
- Jerkass: Taken Up to Eleven, but he softens as the episodes go by, ultimately siding with Kirby for the final fight against N.M.E.
- To clarify: what does Dedede do when he first meets Kirby? He throws him off a cliff.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Narcissist: His castle has statues of him all over the place, and he even puts up a statue in the village just so he can admire it.
- Pet the Dog: In episode 42, Dedede fulfills his promise of building a park for the village kids right before the apocalypse happens. It turns out that the crisis is averted, but the park stays there for the rest of the series.
- Shout-Out / Take That: In the 4Kids dub of the Kirby anime, they had King Dedede give a Southern accent as well as uttering Bushisms, similar to a certain former U.S. President.
- Sigil Spam: His peace-sign symbol (as shown on the back of his pimped out coat) shows up on a lot of his homemade monsters, mimicking Nightmare's own sigil.
- Stylistic Suck: His homebrew anime, entitled Dedede: Comin' At Ya in the dub and Dedede of the Stars in the original.
- This Is Unforgivable!: His Catch Phrase in the Japanese version.
- Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he adds "zoi" at the end of his sentences.
"How absurd. I am his Majesty's faithful servant!"
A mysterious knight who claims to serve Dedede, but his true allegiances seem to fall elsewhere. He takes the role of Kirby's mentor, training him to fight against the monsters and to eventually defeat Nightmare.
Note: This space is only for the tropes that apply to Meta Knight in the anime only. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.
- Acrophobic Bird: Subverted and justified--he doesn't have the Cape Wings that are in the games, putting him at a disadvantage in many of the battles he fights.
- Adaptational Villainy: Inverted. Meta Knight, while usually portrayed as a Hero Antagonist in the games, fights Kirby in several instances and sometimes enters Well-Intentioned Extremist territory. In the anime, he is one of Kirby's allies.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the games he's a mysterious figure with an ambiguous morality. The anime clears that up, expands on that, and elaborates it, making him an Enigmatic Minion for Dedede, a Stealth Mentor to Kirby, and the Hero of Another Story in his own recollections.
- Badass Spaniard: In the dub.
- Beat the Curse Out of Him: He does this to Escargoon in the episode where he gets possessed by a monster that makes him forgotten by everyone, insisting that torture would get the monster out.
- Big Brother Mentor / The Obi-Wan: Once he stops being a Jerkass to Kirby.
- Big Damn Heroes: Taken Up to Eleven in episode 18 (episode 16 in the dub), which proves that everyone would be dead without him. He follows Tuff and his friends into a jungle, saving them a grand total of three times without revealing his presence every single time their lives are endangered. At the end, he nearly gets killed trying to save Tuff from a giant Venus Flytrap-like plant by forcing its jaws open with his bare hands, gets nearly bitten and chewed to a pulp, and later burns the plant down. No one thanks him for this.
- There's another moment of this in episode 26, where he jumps in front of Kirby and Bun to challenge Wolfwrath, and later in the flashback, where he saves Sword and Blade by wrestling Wolfwrath off a cliff.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Wall of Weapons in his room, which belong to Sword and Blade, his assistants.
- Combat Commentator
- Combat Pragmatist: More so in the anime than in the games. In this continuity, he also puts reason in higher priority than honor.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dragon with an Agenda: He's said to serve King Dedede, but barely ever does anything for him. Lampshaded by Escargoon in the original with the following line from episode 60:
Escargoon: "At least do your job once in a while!"
- Dwindling Party: Discussed in episode 4. In the initial conflict with Nightmare, the monsters killed everyone that tried to resist his conquest of the universe, leaving only Meta Knight alive - or so he thinks.
- Dynamic Entry: Has a habit of appearing out of nowhere on high places to announce something relevant to the plot.
- Eldritch Abomination: Depending on your sources, some people speculate that Meta Knight, not Kirby, is the monster-turned-good that's mentioned as the only creation to ever turn against Nightmare. If this is true, then it adds another dimension to his Anti-Hero complex.
- Famed in Story: People like him so much that in the episode with the collectible figures, after someone finds a Meta Knight figurine the whole town goes nuts trying to find another one. Including King Dedede, who grabs every single candy off the shelf in hopes of finding one. Which is pretty stupid, considering that the real Meta Knight was there the whole time.
- It gets worse when Meta Knight, when told about it, laughs, pointing out... something; YMMV on if his laughing was because of how stupid it was, if he liked the idea more than he let on, a combination of both, or something else entirely.
- In the dub, at least, he enjoys his fame, responding to it with a laugh and a "Yes, I like this."
- It gets worse when Meta Knight, when told about it, laughs, pointing out... something; YMMV on if his laughing was because of how stupid it was, if he liked the idea more than he let on, a combination of both, or something else entirely.
- Give Me a Sword: Throws Kirby a sword before their duel in episode 3, akin to the way he does in the games.
- Great Offscreen War: Fought in it.
- Hero of Another Story: A very different story. The most we get to hear about it is through miscellaneous flashbacks.
- I Have the High Ground: A favorite pose of his. Most fans think that it's because he has a height complex, or simply wants to see everything going on from a higher vantage point.
- Infinity+1 Sword: He wields one named Galaxia, which was Forged by the Gods. Somehow, as long as it's in his possession, Nightmare cannot take over the entire universe.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: Green (thoughtfulness or seriousness), blue (pride or happiness), bright yellow (determination), red (anger or fear), pink (amusement), orange (surprise or fear) and silver (unknown - it's seen only once and we don't know what he's feeling). When he's sleeping or unconscious, they're a dull, dark yellow.
- Knight, Knave, and Squire: He's the knight, while both Sword and Blade are his knaves.
- La Résistance: The Sole Survivor of one, or so he thinks.
- Last Starfighter Until Kirby shows up; and later, a few other survivors.
- Master Swordsman
- Mysterious Protector: Towards Kirby, Fumu, and Bun.
- Mysterious Watcher: Due to his habit of appearing out of nowhere to say something plot-relevant to the characters, this led to the speculation that he stalks Kirby and Tiff on a regular basis.
- Even does so in the episode about GHOSTS. Cue Scare Chord when Tuff and Kirby see his glowing eyes emerge from the forest, only for the camera to zoom out and reveal that it's just Meta Knight.
- Named Weapons: His sword, Galaxia.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In episode 3, while training Kirby. He Hand Waves it by saying that Kirby can only awaken his powers when he's put in life-or-death situations.
- Only Sane Man:
"Meta Knight is a sane person in an insane world. Or maybe, he's an insane person in an even crazier world."
- Pet the Dog: To Sword and Blade, and occasionally Kirby in some of the later episodes.
- Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: "I am his majesty's loyal servant." before he kicks Escargoon's and Dedede's tank down a cliff.
- And it's safe to say 30% of his lines are this. Another 30% are jokes and the last 40% is him being (non-)helpful.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: Combined with Stealth Mentor.
- Shrouded in Myth
- Sweet Tooth: Fans noticed that, in the episode where Meta Knight is seen enjoying Channel DDD, there's a jar of sweets in the corner. He's never shown eating sweets, but a lot of people get this trope from just that.
- The Stoic: Although he laughs several times in the series: when he notices that Escargoon and his mother look exactly alike, when he's seen watching Channel DDD, and when Tiff tells him to complain to the company that made an action figure of him.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Towards the end of the series, he discusses this with his subordinates, stating that this is his reason for not helping out Kirby as much. It makes sense, because he's still testing Kirby's power as an individual, doing so by drawing further and further into isolation from him during his battles.
- We Meet Again: Said to Wolfwrath near the beginning of episode 26.
- Zen Survivor
The true Big Bad of the anime series, and owner of Nightmare Enterprises.
First appearance: Kirby's Adventure
Tropes associated with Nightmare:
- Achilles Heel: As revealed in the finale of the anime, Nightmare's just a bad dream, meaning he can only be defeated in dreams. Not to mention, his only weakness is the Star Rod, which Kirby can take control of and use against him by swallowing his own Warp Star. Of course, with his As Long as There Is Evil gig, Nightmare can't truly be destroyed forever so long as there's fear and nightmares in everyone's hearts.
- Adaptational Badass: While he doesn't do much fighting, in the games he was just a Giant Space Flea From Nowhere whose only threat was spreading bad dreams, but here, he's a Physical God that poses a threat to the entire universe.
- As Long as There Is Evil: He gives this kind of speech in the finale.
"True to my name, I am but a dream that lives in your heart. Therefore, I am immortal. For as long as there is fear in your heart, I will someday return."
- Astral Checkerboard Decor: In his lair, complete with a few monsters that look like chess pieces.
- Bigger Bad: He creates the monsters that make Kirby's life miserable, but he never fights him one-on-one until the finale. The closest thing to an active antagonist for Kirby is probably Dedede, although he doesn't have any affiliation with Nightmare, other than ordering his monsters for the heck of it.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Classic Villain: Representing Ambition, Wrath, and Sloth, and quite possibly the Devil himself.
- Contemplative Boss: He is rarely seen before the Series Finale, but whenever he appears before it, he is shown in this pose.
- Evil Overlord
- Faux Affably Evil: He created Nightmare Enterprises and sells monsters to customers, pretending to pass them off as useful everyday objects (that eventually turn red). He even prefers to amuse himself by watching Kirby fighting his Demon Beasts/monsters.
- Fun with Acronyms: Often in the dub his company's name (NightMare Enterprises) is abbreviated as 'NME'. It sounds like 'enemy' when read aloud.
- Lazy Bum: He embodies the Deadly Sin of Sloth really well, as in the anime, he prefers to spend his time in his chessboard-like lair and amuses himself with watching Kirby battle his Demon Beasts/monsters.
- Nightmare Fuel: In-universe. Obviously.
- Obviously Evil: He has a dark aura, giant demon horns, and an evil toothy grin. And he makes Evil Minions in the form of monsters that his trusted employee, Customer Service, sells for him. His official title is even Emperor of Darkness.
- Orcus on His Throne: Does absolutely nothing himself until the cast gets near his fortress. Justified since Kirby, at best, could likely only prove to be a minor nuisance, and he seemed to enjoy watching the events involving him.
- Pet the Dog: To Customer Service.
- Pimped-Out Cape: His Hammerspace cape is decked out with an independently scrolling star field not unlike a Windows screensaver.
- Physical God
A brash and impulsive kid who comes to Popstar seeking revenge against the Star Warrior that killed his father. Dedede and Escargoon take this as a chance to 'get' Kirby, and they tell him that Kirby's the Star Warrior that he's looking for. Later it's revealed that it wasn't Kirby, but Meta Knight that did, indeed, Mercy Kill his father after he was possessed by Nightmare.
First appearance: Episode 19
note: He appears in the games as a regular enemy, and also as a helper character in Kirby Super Star. Being only a minor character in the games with no personality, he was given one in the anime, hence the reason why he's on the anime's character page instead of the game's character page.
Tropes associated with Knuckle Joe:
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime gives him a personality and a backstory, which wasn't present in the Kirby games.
- An Aesop: The moral of episode 19 can be summed up as "Don't let revenge consume you."
- Anime Hair
- Awesome McCoolname
- Badass Adorable
- Best Served Cold
- Calling Your Attacks: In spades.
- The Cameo: In the finale, along with Silica.
- Chekhov's Gun: His father's pendant contains the blueprints for a power-amplification device that helps him to defeat Masher 2.0. The only way for it to fire is to put the pendant itself into the device, and after it's used, the pendant is destroyed.
- Darker and Edgier: Episode 65 (Masher 2.0), where Joe makes his third appearance, is one of the darkest episodes of the entire series, with blood in the fight scene and use of the word 'die'. The fansubs even add some Obligatory Swearing.
- Surprisingly, the blood in said fight scene remains unedited in the 4Kids dub.
- Disappeared Dad
- Fan Nickname: His unnamed father has a few, the most popular being Jecra.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: He does this to the townspeople in episode 19 when he goes to look for Kirby.
- Heel Face Turn: Actually pulls it off twice--He turns good at the end of episode 19 . He then reappears in episode 40 as an employee of NME, convincing them to bring out their most powerful monster, and ultimately sides with Kirby to defeat it.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Discussed by Meta Knight--he gets carried away with revenge, and Nightmare takes advantage of this by turning him into a monster, like he did to his father.
Meta Knight: "Anyone who abandons his reason, and lives only by hatred is a monster!"
- Kamehame Hadoken: His Signature Moves, Vulcan Jab and Smash Punch.
- Memetic Hand Gesture: Joe often rubs his nose with the side of his index finger, but there's no reason given as to why he always does this.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To Kirby in episode 19. It's what makes him realize that he was being controlled by Demonic Possession.
- Again to Kirby in episode 40.
- No Name Given: Joe's father, although it doesn't stop people from coming up with Fan Nicknames.
- Pointy Ears: The only humanoid character in the anime that's drawn with ears, which makes this even more unusual.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Revenge Before Reason
- Shoryuken: Rising Break, which also doubles as his Finishing Move.
- Sir Swearsalot: To the point of calling his own father a bastard. Of course, this was removed in the dub.
- Though as mentioned above, how much of his Japanese dialogue you actually regard as swearing is up to the individual.
- Spear Counterpart: To Sirica, although it helps that he comes first.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks a lot like his father.
- Violence Is the Only Option: Like Sirica, he would rather punch through someone than try to reason with them.
- You Killed My Father: Believed Kirby did this. It was really Meta Knight.
Sword and Blade
Meta Knight's subordinates. They don't do much except for reinforcing Meta Knight's combat commentary.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the game they're just regular enemies, but in the anime they're given more depth and are made servants of Meta Knight. This carries over to Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby Mass Attack.
- A Day in the Limelight: See episode 26 of the original (and to an extent, the former half of episode 82).
- Badass Cape: Sword used to wear one in the time before he met Meta Knight.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason behind why they chose to follow Meta Knight.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In the Japanese version, since they're supposed to be teenagers.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Right where you would least expect it!
- Knight, Knave, and Squire: Both of them are said to be knights, but in technicality, they're knaves.
- Mugging the Monster: Subverted. During their first encounter with Meta Knight they intend to rob him, but they're interrupted by Wolfwrath.
- Satellite Character: Whenever they show up, it's usually because it has something to do with Meta Knight. This could be justified because it's revealed in the finale that most of their time was spent building the Halberd in preparation for the Final Battle.
- They Call Him "Sword": Both of them.
- The Unintelligible: Blade, in the dub.