For the most part, Waddle Dees behave the same way in each game, wielding spears and parasols most of the time. A similar enemy known as the Waddle Doo are just as peaceful, though they fire a beam from its eye for self-defense. In other Kirby games, Waddle Dees can appear as friendly allies, or even playable characters.
Waddle Dee appear as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Many delicate creatures like this one inhabit Dream Land. They generally live carefree lives and have never considered themselves to be followers of King Dedede. Waddle Dees are innocent and generally harmless to man and beast. While they have virtually no offensive or defensive power, they'll sometimes try to wield a parasol.
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Waddle Dees are the projectile used in King Dedede's Side Special Move (Waddle Dee Toss), and in his Final Smash, Waddle Dee Army. After being thrown, they "waddle" across the stage, and will do one of three things while they walk: trip in place, stumble forward, or jump upwards. When a Waddle Dee jumps, any opponent in its jumping path will receive a small amount of damage and knockback (similar to when a thrown Waddle Dee hits an opponent). During King Dedede's Final Smash, the Waddle Dee Army, the Waddle Dees will fall then quickly run across the stage, knocking any opponent in their path in the direction that they were running. Four Waddle Dees carry King Dedede on a palanquin during his entrance.
In the Subspace Emissary, Waddle Dees appear in the last scene of the Battlefield Fortress, where Luigi is frightened by their presence. Suddenly, Luigi is attacked from behind by King Dedede, making him become a trophy. King Dedede places Luigi on the road as a bait for Wario, who is coming down the road. Wario is ambushed by several Waddle Dees while Dedede steals his Cargo and the trophies.
Waddle Dee also has as a trophy and two stickers.
A carefree creature that wanders the hills and dales of Dream Land. Basically harmless to creatures great and small, Waddle Dees sometimes use parasols to float down through the skies. If Kirby swallows a parasol, he'll get one he can use to float or ward off enemy attacks. On the other hand, Kirby can't copy anything by swallowing Waddle Dees themselves.
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Hacking in the enemies file package of the Brawl disc has revealed data that appears to have been made for Waddle Dee, suggesting that he was planned to be included in the Subspace Emissary as an enemy.
Similar to King Dedede's on-screen appearance in Brawl, four Waddle Dees are seen carrying the king on a podium before King Dedede jumps off the podium as the Waddle Dees disappear along with the podium. This is the only time they appear in the Wii U version.
Although King Dedede's Waddle Dee Toss has been exchanged to Gordo Toss, Waddle Dee makes a return as a common enemy for Smash Run, exclusive to the 3DS version. They appear in two various forms, one as a normal type Waddle Dee which walks around, another as a Parasol Waddle Dee which floats slowly from air. If a Parasol Waddle Dee is defeated, the parasol itself will hover into the air dealing rapid minor damage to fighters who touch it.
Parasol Waddle Dee
This citizen of Dream Land falls gracefully from the sky clutching a parasol. Waddle Dee itself is fairly harmless, but the parasol can deflect almost anything. Don't hurt yourself accidentally! Also, be careful if one releases its parasol--that floating umbrella can really sting!