For fighter info, see Kirby (SSB), Kirby (SSBM), Kirby (SSBB) and Kirby (SSBWU/3DS).

Kirby (カービィ, Kābī) is the main character of the Kirby series of games. He was created by Masahiro Sakurai, who also created the Super Smash Bros. series. The series has been running for two decades, and nearly thirty titles have been released under Kirby's name, most of which are developed by HAL Laboratory, Inc.

Character Description

Kirby's round pink form is only 8 inches in height (though in his appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series, also created by Sakurai, his dimensions are obviously enlarged).

Kirby is a resident and the consistent hero of the yellow star-shaped planet Pop Star. He can inhale forcefully, allowing him to swallow enemies in front of him and copy their abilities to fight back (known as a copy ability). He can also store the air he inhales, making himself large and puffy, enabling him to float around. His species, of which himself and Meta Knight are the two most prominent individuals, is not officially named, but is most commonly referred to as "Kirbies" or "Star Warriors".

Kirby (Super Smash Bros. Evolution)

In Super Smash Bros.

As a Playable Character

Main Article: Kirby (SSB)
Kirby - Super Smash Bros

Kirby is a starter character in Super Smash Bros..

He is known for his great recovery, quick attacks, his awesomely fast up tilt, and surprisingly long-range aerials, all of which place him rather high in the original game's Tier list. His trademark move is Swallow, which allows him to suck in enemies and emulate their neutral B attacks.

In-game description

Kirby SSB
The 8-inch high Kirby hails from a distant, peaceful star. Like his simplistic appearance, he is an easily-understood character. True to his instincts, Kirby eats when he gets hungry and sleeps as soon as he grows tired. Nevertheless, Kirby remains a formidable opponent. In addition to his distinct flying and swallowing skills, he also has the ability to copy enemy attacks for ever-changing action.
  • Kirby's Dream Land (GB)
  • Kirby's Pinball Land (GB)
  • Kirby Super Star (SNES)
  • Kirby's Adventure (NES)

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

As a playable character

Main Article: Kirby (SSBM)
Kirby - Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Kirby returns as starter character.

He receives a redesign as a fighter that includes the Hammer Special Move as his new forward-B move. He is still a floaty, lightweight character that can jump five times in midair. However, Kirby has been nerfed, losing most of his power, speed and range compared to his appearance in the original Super Smash Bros. He currently ranks 26th on the Tier List but used to be on the 25th spot. Making him the worst character in Melee.


Kirby is the most extensively represented character in Melee trophies: In addition to having his set of three trophies earned through single player modes, there are five trophies named "Kirby Hat" that provide information about the powers he gains with his in-game Swallow ability. See Kirby Hats (SSBM).

His Classic mode trophy reads as follows:


The Kirby Trophy

A denizen of the far-off, peaceful planet Pop Star, Kirby became a citizen of Dream Land after defeating King Dedede. Even though he's only about eight inches tall, Kirby is an extremely skilled technician. He has the ability to absorb the powers of his enemies, and his elastic body makes him a versatile adventurer.
  • Kirby's Dream Land, 8/92

There are also trophies depicting Kirby in various guises he has taken in Kirby games:

Ball Kirby
When Kirby swallows a ball enemy, he turns into a ball and can bounce off of floors and walls. It's tough to control, but well worth it for the strong attack power it gives Kirby. After his debut in Kirby's Adventure, Ball Kirby has popped up in several more Kirby games, such as Kirby's Pinball Land and Kirby's Block Ball.
  • Kirby's Adventure, 5/93
Fighter Kirby

The Fighter Kirby Trophy

Kirby dons a warrior's headband and becomes a fierce fighter when he swallows an enemy skilled at physical attacks. Fighter Kirby uses many colorful punching and kicking moves as he overpowers his enemies with his sparring skills. The Vulcan Jab is just one of the many techniques Kirby can use thanks to his copying power.
  • Kirby Super Star, 9/96
Fire Kirby

The Fire Kirby Trophy

When Kirby swallows a fire-wielding enemy, he transforms into Fire Kirby. Not only does he breathe fire in this form, but he can also sprout flames on his entire body and damage enemies by crashing into them. Fire Kirby wears the bright red headdress of his enemy Burning Leo. The hat turns into a helpful weapon when thrown.
  • Kirby's Adventure, 5/93

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a playable character

Main Article: Kirby (SSBB)

Kirby returns for his third appearance in the Wii version of the Smash series. He was revealed in all trailers for Brawl' before its release (also being the only character who didn't undergo drastic changes in graphics, as shown by the trailers), and was confirmed on the official website on June 7, 2007.

He rounds out the roster again as a starter character, and is finally not the sole representative character for his series with the inclusion of King Dedede and Meta Knight. He is significantly faster and stronger and has greater range. It may seem that he is a lot closer to his N64 glory days; he may not be as hard hitting as he was in the original, but he is tougher to K.O. In this game Kirby has the ability to inhale and swallow items, but inhaling an explosive item will harm Kirby exploding when swallowed.

As always, Kirby's moves are related to his copy abilities. For example, his combo attack (where he throws out three punches repeatedly) is known as the "Vulcan Jab" from the anime (ep 19) and from the games (Fighter Kirby).


Kirby has a lot of trophy versions of himself in Brawl.

A round, pink ball of cuteness from a distant, peaceful star. He can swallow anything with his gigantic mouth, then spit it out as ammo. He has the handy ability to copy powers and use them as his own. His hovering ability lets him fly through the air with ease. He's so round, he's sometimes treated like a ball.
  • Kirby's Dream Land
  • Kirby Super Star
Cook Kirby
Main Article: Cook Kirby
Beam Kirby
Kirby in a jester cap...and a supercute Kirby at that. Beam Kirby features a Beam ability, acquired by inhaling Waddle Doo, that allows him to shoot a whiplike beam at his enemies. With a wide attack range, this ability is extremely easy to use, especially for taking out enemies in bunches. In Kirby Super Star, this beam can also be charged and fired.
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kirby: Squeak Squad
Needle Kirby
A Kirby ability made when Kirby inhales a spiked enemy. When attacking, the needles on Needle Kirby's body extend, giving him a porcupine-like look. This ability provides both offensive and defensive measures against nearby enemies. Plus, needles which extend on Kirby's underside when jumping eliminate any threats on landing.
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
Sword Kirby
A Kirby ability made when Kirby inhales a sword-wielding foe or a sword itself. Doing so provides Kirby with a rapid sword slash, a jumping sword spin, or even the energy-beam blast of the Final Cutter. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this is the #1 Copy Ability in terms of accessibility.
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kirby: Squeak Squad
Sleep Kirby
Kirby after he copies the ability to sleep peacefully. Kirby takes on this form when he inhales Noddy or other such enemies. Kirby cannot move at all while sleeping, so extra care should be taken not to use this ability when enemies are near. Kirby, in his slumber, tends to drool, and in his panicked awakening, isn't it cute how he forgets to wipe off the drool?
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kirby: Squeak Squad
Wing Kirby
Kirby when he inhales a winged enemy and copies its flying ability. This ability can be used to proceed through strong winds that would otherwise be too tough to overcome. Wing Kirby can also perform a plethora of attack moves, such as the Bomber Head, where Kirby dive-bombs onto enemy heads.
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby Air Ride
Fighter Kirby
Kirby when he is skilled in martial arts, especially close-quarters combat. Inhaling brawny challengers like Knuckle Joe will transform Kirby, allowing him to use a bunch of fight moves like Rising Break, the heroic uppercut. His Mega Power Shot in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, which used charged energy to take out faraway enemies, is another Fighter Kirby highlight.
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
Fire Kirby
Kirby when he inhales an enemy who uses fire. Shooting fire from his mouth, Fire Kirby can cook enemies from afar. This ability also allows Kirby to light explosive blocks, fuses, and so on. In Kirby Super Star and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Fire Kirby can roll his burning body into enemies as an attack move.
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
Ice Kirby
Kirby when he copies an enemy with chilly abilities. Ice Kirby can blow an icy wind from his mouth and freeze enemies solid. These frozen enemies can then be knocked into other enemies as an additional means of attack. These blocks are not only effective against enemies but can also be used on terrain such as magma or water.
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse
Plasma Kirby
Kirby when he inhales Plasma Wisps, which glow with a neon green flame. Plasma Kirby can charge the plasma strength up to a maximum level of 5. In Kirby Super Star, your attack--be it a Plasma Laser or a Plasma Wave Cannon--varies with the length of time you charge it.
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby Air Ride
Tornado Kirby
Kirby when he inhales enemies that fly around like twisters through the sky. When in tornado form, Kirby can spin freely through the air for short amounts of time, clearing out groups of enemies. Tornado Kirby will continue spinning and bouncing violently off of obstacles until he comes to a stop. One drawback of Tornado Kirby is the control difficulty.
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Kirby Air Ride

In Super Smash Bros (Wii U and 3DS)


Kirby in SSB4

As a playable character

Main article: Kirby (SSBWU/3DS)

Kirby returns as a playable character in SSB4, with some changes. His Final Smash has been replaced by Ultra Sword. He also has a new special move: Hammer Flip, which allows him to charge up his hammer and deal a powerful attack, depending on how long it has been charged for.


  • Kirby is the only character to have a different dash attack in every Super Smash Bros. game. In the original Super Smash Bros., he performed a diving tackle. In Melee, he performed "Burning Kirby" (an ability seen in some Kirby games, and merged with the Fire ability in others), while in Brawl, he performs Yo-Yo Kirby's "Break Spin" from Kirby Super Star.
  • In Brawl, Kirby can inhale Meta Knight and King Dedede and copy their special moves. In Kirby's own series he cannot inhale bosses (except mini-bosses once they're weakened).
  • Kirby's movesets are derived from the various copy abilities he could acquire. As such, Kirby's moveset in the Super Smash Bros. series is a merger of several abilities, though he has no hat to start with.
    • The specific abilities that have been represented in his normal moveset (excluding neutral B attacks) are Yo-Yo, Burning, Fighter, Suplex, Ninja, Cutter/Sword (depending on game), Hammer, Stone, and Cook.
    • Based in this principle, the Smash ability in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror is a merger of moves from several abilities, as it is actually a scaled down version of Kirby's Melee moveset. He uses all his specials (except Inhale), as well as his neutral ground attack and neutral aerial.
  • In both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby holds the record of having the most trophies of himself in any incarnation.
  • Kirby is very similar to Jigglypuff, which let the staff reuse Kirby's model base to make Jigglypuff from SSB to SSBB.
  • Kirby's Amiibo has his picture from [1]. However, his SSB4 Moveset strangely seems to lack representation from that game, which came out 8 months earlier in Japan.
First Appearance: Kirby's Dream Land
Year: 1992
Platform: Game Boy
Series: Kirby

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