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Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork
|“||These funky fish wear goggles. Is it fashion? Come on, they're fish.”|
|— Blipper's Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
Blipper is a fish-like enemy that wears goggles and appears in most of Kirby's games. They are the most common aquatic enemy in the series. Blippers are similar to Waddle Dees on land—very common, very weak enemies, but they are found underwater instead. Some just swim around back and forth, some try to chase Kirby, and others will jump out of the water in an attempt to hit him. Being fish, Blippers just flop around helplessly if they end up on land. Just like Waddle Dees, there are small variations and larger variations.
Blippers are very fish-like in appearance—they have orange underbellies and have a red hue on their upper section. They have two blue fins on either side of them and have one back fin with the same coloration. Every Blipper sports a large, blue-rimmed pair of goggles with a black strap. In most games, it is impossible to see through a Blipper's goggles, but when they are visible they are seen to be beady and black. Finally, Blippers have a small mouth.
Blipper appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the stickers players can earn. The Blipper sticker raises a character's swim time by 20 allowing them to swim for longer periods without drowning. It uses Blipper's design from Kirby: Squeak Squad. In Kirby Mass Attack, Electro Blipper exist. These are capable of producing electric shocks.
Blipper appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition as well. It appears in the Normal Challenge.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Blipper's actual eyes can be seen behind its translucent swimming goggles. Kirby GCN was slated to show this as well, but it never saw release.
- While Electro Blippers appear in Kirby Mass Attack, there are also unused sprites for the normal variation of Blipper; its sprites indicate that it would attack by chewing up a Kirby and spitting it out.