Kirby: Canvas Curse artwork
|Category||Regular Enemy, Boss|
|“||When that strange light came to steal his colors, Cappy found himself utterly frozen with fear. It was a new kind of fear too—the fear that he wouldn't have a very important role in this new story. He was right.”|
|— Figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|
Cappys are enemies in the Kirby series. They are bouncing mushroom-like foes that grant no Copy Abilities. If Kirby uses his inhale on them, the mushroom cap is inhaled, revealing Cappy's true form. Kirby can then spit the mushroom cap back at Cappy, KO'ing him. If Kirby has a Copy Ability, he can just attack him with that defeating him in one hit.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, these were commonly used as extras and featured a town full of them; Tuff is often seen playing with a trio of Cappy children: Honey, Iro, and Spikehead.
In the Kirby series
Cappys are found in the game's first level Green Greens where they mostly just hop around minding their own business. They are usually seen wearing mushroom caps. When they are wearing hats, Kirby must use his inhale to remove them. This will then reveal the Cappy's true face and they can then be taken out with the inhaled cap. Another method for defeating them is to just spit a puff of air at them while they still have their caps.
Some of the Cappys are stationary and just wiggle in place. These ones are inhaled along with their cap if Kirby tries to eat them.
Sometimes Cappys appear without their mushroom caps. These ones are even weaker than a Waddle Dee but make up for it by appearing in groups of two.
Cappys act like they do in Kirby's Dream Land. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, they use their updated design from Kirby Super Star. Cappys never appear without their caps in these games.
Three Cappys are located on the top stage of Whispy Woods Land. Kirby has to hit each one twice—once to knock off his cap and again to defeat him. If a Cappy loses his cap, he will wait several seconds before he gets another one. When all three Cappys have been destroyed, the item behind Sir Slippy will change to a black Warp Star, which will take Kirby to the boss if he hits it. If he waits too long, however, the Warp Star will disappear and Kirby will have to beat the Cappys again. Hitting a Cappy (with his cap on) earns the player 600 points, while hitting one without his cap yields 1200 points.
A small Cappy appears at the last room of the first stage in this game. After the player hits him four times, the player will move on to the room with the Cappy boss. This boss stays in the middle of the screen, occasionally hopping to the left or right side to hit a side paddle (which will shrink it). Once Kirby has done four damage him, his cap will explode and four small Cappys will surround him. They will slowly move about the screen, rotating and revolving around the boss. Two hits will dispatch a small Cappy, and six hits will dispatch the boss.
Cappys have similar behavior to that in Kirby's Dream Land. However, they have a new technique as well: They will throw their hats off in an attempt to hit Kirby when he is in midair. In Revenge of the King, there is an altered version of Cappy called Poison Mash that is stronger and slightly faster than regular Cappys.
Cappys appear without their caps. Coming in contact with one will not hurt Kirby, but he will bounce off it (this also is the case for Broom Hatter). In Stage 1 of Level 6, Cappys hide inside Jump Holes; after a few seconds, the enemy will pop up, launching Kirby in whatever direction the hole's arrow was facing.
Occasionally, they are seen hopping around in the middle of the track. If Kirby inhales them, their cap will be sucked off. They will freak out and run away. Cappys are common in the Sky Sands level of Air Ride mode. Numerous Cappys also appear in the Kirby Melee stadium, notably in Kirby Melee 2 where a plethora of them gather at the top of the level.
Cappys make an appearance in this game as enemies. Tapping one with the stylus will cause it to lose its cap.
Cappys appear mostly in Cookie Country, the first level.They act exactly as they do in Kirby Super Star. If Kirby swallows a Cappy's mushroom cap, the Cappy will stop jumping around. He will feel his face in surprise and then slump his shoulders in sadness from losing his cap. This makes him even easier to defeat or evade, as he stops jumping around. Some Cappies, however, will continue to bounce around.
Cappy looks and acts exactly as it does in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In Kirby: Planet Robobot, most Cappys have been turned into cyborgs by the Haltmann Works Company. Regular Cappys are extremely rare, appearing only in the Ability Testing Area and a secret room found in Stage 8 of Access Ark.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Cappys play a major role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! as citizens of Cappy Town. However, here they are ironically capless. They also serve as allies to Kirby. They reluctantly live under the rule of King Dedede.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
|“||Think of this mushroom character as a villain with a hat. Kirby can gobble up his hat and then spit it right back at him to cap him off.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||A creature that looks like a walking mushroom at first glance. Inhaling him will strip off only his cap, revealing his true identity. Cappy tends to run around wildly, flailing his arms...and then gently eases back into a relaxed strut as if nothing ever happened.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
- Without his cap, Cappy strongly resembles the modern interpretation of a Haniwa doll or a Gyroid from the Animal Crossing games, in both appearance and motion.
- Cappy, along with Blipper, is one of the only common recurring enemies to not appear in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, not counting bosses.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, if Kirby destroys a Cappy's mushroom cap, the Cappy will put his hands on his face and act dejected. This may indicate that Cappys treasure their caps greatly.
- Cappy's face resembles that of Shy Guy from Super Mario Bros.
- Cappys could possibly be based on the Amanita muscaria mushroom.
- In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Dr. Yabui has a diagram of a Cappy's body hanging on his office wall. According to the diagram, the creature's digestive system looks similar to an intestinal tract with a stomach-like area near the middle. The digestive system begins at the mouth and ends at the the Cappy's underside.