|“||Back for a new adventure!”|
|— Adeleine & Ribbon • Kirby Star Allies|
Adeleine, also known as Ado, is a character in the Kirby series, appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. She returns in Kirby Star Allies alongside Ribbon as a Dream Friend. She is a gifted young human artist with ability to make pictures she paints come to life.
Adeleine is portrayed as a young girl with short black hair and black eyes, wearing a long-sleeve, bright green (which is shown as teal in official art) collared smock with a single yellow button near the top. She also wears a very short gray skirt, blue knee-high socks and large brown shoes with yellow laces. She also wears a bright red beret that covers most of her hair, and official art seen in the credits portrays her with a light brown hairclip in her hair. She is almost always seen with her blue brush with multi-colored paint on the tip, her dark brown paint palette with red, blue and yellow paint and her large easel. She always appears to be blushing, although this may just be due to the fact that almost all characters have cheeks like this. In sub-games she can wear a lavender smock with a violet beret, a beige smock with a chestnut beret, or a cyan smock with a yellow beret, in addition to her plain green and red outfit. She is quite unique in being one of the only humans to actually live in Dream Land and make an appearance in the series. In Kirby Star Allies, she now has a small, stubby nose, lavender eyes, a single fringe of hair on the left side of her forehead, and five fingers on each hand.
Not much is known about Adeleine's personality. What is known is that she is very artistic and creative due to the fact that she is almost always seen with her art equipment and that she can create various works of art in less than five seconds. Adeleine also has some resourcefulness to her, as she can quickly use her painting abilities in a variety of useful ways, such as painting hints and food for Kirby. She appears to be somewhat hesitant to join Kirby and the gang initially, but eventually begins to warm up to them as seen in the cutscenes. Like Kirby, she appears to be a cheerful soul, as she is noticeably happy most of the time. According to the Kirby Star Allies Channel on Update 11, Adeleine is a little shy about being fed food and hides her face with her hands when done so.
Adeleine, name shortened to "Ado," makes her first appearance as the boss of Cloudy Park. During the battle, Adeleine stands safely behind her large, cloud-constructed canvas and paints enemies to attack Kirby. After Kirby defeats one of her drawings, she will get mad and make another. Her paintings are all old bosses from Kirby's Dream Land 2. They include Ice Dragon, Sweet Stuff, Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright, and Kracko (in that order), none of which spawn enemies/obstacles that grant abilities. After Kirby defeats them all, Adeleine, now in a fit of rage, steps down from her canvas and attacks Kirby. She is defeated in one hit, however. Once Kirby lands just a single slide attack on her, Adeleine rolls off-screen, signifying Kirby's victory.
If all the Heart Stars are collected for Cloudy Park after the boss battle, Adeleine will become friendly and paint a randomly-selected drawing whenever Kirby enters her arena. In Boss Butch, the cloudy battlefield becomes gray and stormy.
Adeleine appears during the credits alongside the rest of the game's bosses as they socialize with Kirby. The game ends with Adeleine dashing across the screen as she swiftly ends the game by painting the word "END" in bright colorful letters in the corner of the screen.
Adeleine reappears in the second stage of the first world, Planet Popstar. She is simply painting a picture when a Crystal Shard falls next to her. She turns and picks it up, when an orb of Dark Matter materializes on her easel and possesses her. Kirby, Ribbon, and Waddle Dee then arrive to find her possessed, and are forced to battle her. In this battle, Adeleine summons a Bronto Burt, an unidentifiable enemy that somewhat resembles both a Gordo and Mariel, and mass of jumbled pixels. After the pixels are defeated, Adeleine summons two stronger enemies; a drawing of Ice Dragon and a drawing of Dark Matter. After the Dark Matter drawing is defeated, Adeleine, just as furious as ever, jumps off of the stump and starts rapidly swiping her brush while charging at Kirby. However, just like in Kirby's Dream Land 3, she can be defeated in one hit.
Throughout various levels of the game, Adeleine will appear and paint items for Kirby. If Kirby enters the area Adeleine is in with full life, she paints a 1UP, otherwise she paints a Maxim Tomato. She may also paint pictures to help Kirby solve puzzles so he can obtain a shard.
Adeleine is also playable in the multiplayer mode of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. In this mode, she has four different outfits - her normal green and red outfit, a purple outfit, a brown costume, and a blue and yellow costume. It was also revealed through screenshots that she was originally intended to be a playable character in single player, but this was not implemented for unknown reasons.
Adeleine appears in Kirby Star Allies as one of the Dream Friends that came in the second update. She is paired up with Ribbon as a single Dream Friend in a similar manner to Rick & Kine & Coo. Adeleine can create paintings of past enemies and bosses and has a few moves from her boss fights.
|Brush Slash||B||Adeleine swipes her brush.|
|Brush Force||Dash + B||Adeleine charges forward while rapidly swiping her brush, and if she hits an enemy, she gets pushed back a bit.|
|Painter||↓ + press and release B||Adeleine brings out her canvas and creates paintings of various past enemies. She can paint Batamon, Ghost Knight, I³, and even Octacon in his small form from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Batamon walks around, Ghost Knight thrusts its lance forward, I³ crushes anything below it, and Octacon enlarges itself to damage enemies.|
|Ado's Painter||↓ + press and hold B, then release||Adeleine brings out her canvas and creates paintings of past bosses and a past mid-boss. She can paint Waiu, Ice Dragon, and Kracko. Once she has completed the painting of the boss/mid-boss, she can ride and control it.|
|Ribbon's Crystal||Ribbon Flight + B||Adeleine uses Ribbon's Crystal Gun while being carried to shoot Crystal Shards at enemies. She shoots two Crystal Shards each time she uses it, and it can be used in quick succession.|
|Fairy Dance||↑ + B||Adeleine twirls around with Ribbon in the air, damaging nearby enemies. This attack can also be used to grab nearby items.|
|Canvas Cover||L/R||Adeleine and Ribbon hide behind a canvas. Enemies simply pass by instead of hitting the canvas.|
|Al Fresco||Press and hold ↑||Adeleine's exclusive Team-Up Attack. She paints the same picnic minigame from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, in which it then creates a bunch of Food and Point Stars.|
Ado's Painter Movesets
Attack names for this section are conjectural.
|Ice Dragon||Ice Breath||B||Ice Dragon breathes icy wind while moving forward. Can grant friends the Blizzard element.|
|Block Push||↓ + B||Ice Dragon creates a block of ice and pushes it forward.|
|Icicle Drop||↓ + B in midair||Ice Dragon slams down, causing four icicles to fall, two on each side.|
|Kracko||Revolution Beam||B||Kracko creates two beams of electricity around it. Can grant friends the Zap element.|
|Lightning Bolt||Hold B||Kracko shoots a lightning bolt below it.|
|Waiu||Cutter Throw||B||Waiu throws a purple cutter. Can cut down ropes and grass.|
|Vanishing Dash||Dash + B||Waiu vanishes and then quickly moves a distance depending on how long the button is held.|
|Star Stomp||↓ + B in midair||Waiu stomps down on the ground, creating a purple star that bounces along the ground.|
For years, it was unclear whether or not Adeleine and Ado were the same character, given their different names and slightly different appearances--Ado's facial structure is different and her hair is rounded and a lighter color.
However, evidence existed that they were in fact the same character. The fact that Adeleine's Japanese name, Adoreenu, is indeed very close to "Ado" implies a connection. The name box for bosses in Kirby's Dream Land 3 is relatively small; the name Adeleine would have been much too long to fit in anyway, leading some to believe that the name was shortened to "Ado" just to make it fit (just like Whispy Woods is sometimes shortened to just "Whispy"). The 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen book leaves this issue open-ended, although it suggests it is likely that Ado is merely Adeleine's nickname.
Another controversy that surrounded Ado and Adeleine was the genders of the characters. While Adeleine is confirmed to be female in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards’s instruction manual and promotional material, no such distinction was made for Ado in Kirby's Dream Land 3. In Japan, the Kirby manga refers to Ado as a female, but it is not canon to the game continuity and Ado's gender outside of Japan was never actually confirmed. It was thought that Ado is bishōnen, a term which literally translates to "beautiful youth" and is used to describe (usually young) males with feminine features which is a common sight in Japanese media. The Kirby manga was the closest official supplement that confirmed a gender, though the fanbase liked to suggest otherwise in a way to differentiate the character from Adeleine. The Japanese-exclusive 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen eventually confirmed that Ado was a girl, who came to Planet Popstar to improve her art skills (just like Adeleine).
HAL Laboratory occasionally referenced Adeleine in games following the 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen, but very rarely did Ado appear from Kirby's Dream Land 3. Ado appeared as a collectible keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, but was not named; the keychain is titled "Sweet Stuff Drawing."
In 2017, a Japanese artbook was released to commemorate Kirby's 25th anniversary. In it, one page showed scans of documents from the development of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, specifically documents regarding the character of Adeleine. The document explicitly states that Adeleine was the artist in Kirby's Dream Land 3, and that the artists and graphic designers for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards should refer to her then-new redesign as opposed to how she appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Additionally, the document refers to Ado/Adeleine using gender-neutral pronouns, which could imply that the character was initially intended to be androgynous, despite "Adorinu" (アドレーヌ) being a feminine name.
Additionally, Adeleine in Kirby Star Allies has a move called "Ado's Painter". In light of this evidence, Ado and Adeleine are now considered the same character.
The name Adeleine is is a variation of the name Adeline. It originates from France and means 'noble' or 'nobility.'
Given the pronunciation of the name, it's likely a pun on the phrase "Add a line."
|“||Adeleine, an aspiring artist, comes to Pop Star to study art but finds herself in the middle of a Dark Matter mess.”|
|— Instruction manual • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|“||The wait is over! This clever artist and her fairy companion from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards are back on Planet Popstar! They may not be the galaxy's most powerful duo, but their perilous paintings and shiny crystals are nothing to scoff at.”|
|— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||The attack artist from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and her pal Ribbon have returned! And with Adeleine's newly improved painting skills, these two are ready to be in the mix!”|
|— Guest Star Description • Kirby Star Allies|
- A pre-release screenshot of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards shows that Adeleine was playable at one point in development.
- In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Adeleine's battle theme can be heard from Copy Ability selection screen in the Kirby Fighters sub-game. It was remixed in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
- Adeleine makes a cameo as a keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Adeleine used to be the mascot of the "Galería CN" (CN Gallery) section of the 1991 Mexican Club Nintendo magazine. The section was incorporated late in 2000 and was then named "Galerie d' Adeleine" (Adeleine's Gallery). Subscribers of the magazine could send their own drawings and paintings to the editors with a select few being featured in one issue of the magazine. The gallery's name has since been changed to its current name and removed Adeleine from the section.
- On February 13, 2017, Adeleine appeared in artwork on the official Kirby 25th anniversary Twitter account, alongside several other prominent female characters in the series. This marks the first time she has made an official appearance in Kirby media since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Since then, she's made multiple appearances in the account's tweets, and a tweet commemorating its 100,000 followers states that she's the one illustrating the account's artwork.
- The Artist ability, introduced in Kirby Star Allies, is based on Adeleine. Kirby wears a red beret that looks similar to Adeleine's, and one of his moves has Kirby paint characters on an easel to aid him, similar to Adeleine's actions during her boss fights.
- Kirby also uses his paintbrush to swipe at enemies, which is similar to a beta screenshot of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards showing Adeleine attacking a Mariel in a similar manner.
- Adeleine and Ribbon are the first two female Dream Friends in Kirby Star Allies.
- The canvas that Adeleine and Ribbon hide behind in Kirby Star Allies depicts the same paintings used for the first stages of Pop Star, Rock Star and Shiver Star on the stage select in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- In addition to this, the canvas will rarely depict Adeleine's self-portrait that appears in the game's end credits after the good ending.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine's move Ado's Painter creates paintings from a canvas on top of a stump instead of an easel. This is a reference to the big canvas she used in her boss fight in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- When Adeleine takes a hit in Kirby Star Allies when using her Brush Force attack, her knockback animation matches the tumble animation she goes into after being defeated in Kirby Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine & Ribbon take more damage from enemies and obstacles than Kirby and other Friends.
- Adeleine's Al Fresco Friend Ability is a double entendre: alfresco is Italian, referring to the outdoors; it is typically used in context with dining, referencing the move's ability to produce food, but can also refer to painting on a blank slate, which is what Adeleine does during this move.