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Grab foes—then slam them to the ground!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Backdrop (spelled Back Drop in Kirby's Adventure) is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities.

General Information

Backdrop has only appeared in Kirby's Adventure and its remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land to date. With this ability, Kirby is able to grab onto enemies by inhaling (or, in the GBA remake, a lunging dash) and perform various powerful moves on them using the +Control Pad and jump button. Backdrop can also be used to throw projectiles, such as Sir Kibble's cutters or Shotzo's bullets.

Backdrop has a near-identical function as Suplex, though its similarity to Suplex was increased when Backdrop appeared in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Backdrop's hat (which has appeared only in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land), a red headband, is also very similar to that of the Fighter ability, the only difference being that Backdrop's headband is slightly darker in color than Fighter's.

Kirby's various directional throws in the Super Smash Bros. series are mostly based on the moves he can perform with Backdrop and Suplex. Backdrop's main weakness is the fact that, in some games, Kirby may jump off stage and lose a stock while executing the throw.

Backdrop has only appeared in two games. Suplex, a similar ability, is considered its replacement because it comes from the same enemy and is basically a more advanced version of the ability.

Move Set

Attack Name Controls Description Element
Capture B Kirby
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inhales /
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dashes, and will grab whatever gets in the way.
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Throw/Drop Capture + Do nothing / ← / → / ↑ / ↓ / + or - distance by pressing ← or → with A By pressing up, down, left, or right while holding an object, Kirby will flip the enemy, item, or mid-bosses (when defeated) in the pressed direction; though, after a period of time, if the player doesn't choose which button, Kirby will automatically choose without the player's interference. Also, if the jump button is pressed while Kirby is grounded and holding something, Kirby will jump very high in a forward direction and land his captured object to the ground (pressing left or right also affects the jump's distance while he travels through the air. If he grabs an object in mid-air, Kirby will fall through the air downwards - though in the remake, Kirby throws his captured object to the ground without having to go down himself with it. None


Flavor texts

GameFlavor text
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Kirby can use a powerful wrestling technique, the back drop, to defeat his opponents!
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Whoo-HAAH! Once I grab a foe, throw him with +!

Related Quotes

Kirby can use six tricks to win!
— Intro description • Kirby's Adventure

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