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This boomerang slices grass and vines! If it skims land your friends are burning with fire or drenching with water, it will take on those elements. And if it absorbs wind, it can fly upward. Wreak havoc with your Final Cutter!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies

Cutter is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities, debuting in Kirby's Adventure. It is commonly regarded as the main projectile-based ability in the series.

General Information

Cutter gives Kirby the ability to utilize an infinite amount of curved, boomerang-like blades that appear on the cap he acquires. If the cutter misses Kirby on its return, it will keep going on behind him. Players can uses this tactic to attack enemies behind Kirby without turning around. In later games, Kirby can guide the blade upwards and downwards after throwing it.

In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the "blade" Kirby uses is actually his own face, which peels off his body and travels forward. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Cutter Kirby can charge his cutter to make it larger and more powerful. Doing this also allows it to bounce off of surfaces several times.

Cutter appears as a Mode for Robobot Armor in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

When mixed with an element in Kirby Star Allies, the blade will be held on to at all times.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element Damage 19960321
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Damage 20111024
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Cutter Boomerang B/Y/1 Kirby tosses the blade from his hat in front of him (it reappears immediately). In most games it can be controlled with ↑ or ↓. By causing the cutter to miss Kirby on its way back, enemies behind Kirby can be attacked without him turning around.
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Possession of this ability's Copy Scroll makes the blade larger, more powerful, blue colored, and enables it to pass through enemies, making it able to hit some more than once, and go through certain walls.
None 12 12
Hyper Boomerang Hold 1/B, then release Kirby holds and charges a Cutter Boomerang in his hand until it enlarges and flashes. This cutter is larger and more powerful, and will also bounce off of walls several times before disappearing. None N/A 24 (1st hit), 16 (1st rebound hit), 14 (rebound combo hits); max. damage = 72
Cutter Dash B/Y/1 + Dash Kirby dashes forward, swinging the cutter upward like a sword. None 18 (initial hit), 16 (dash momentum) 16
Sweep Cutter Hold B/Y/1 (Midair) Kirby throws a Cutter Boomerang like normal, but holds out another one while doing so, causing extra damage to anyone in melee range. None 22 22
Cutter Drop Down + B/Y/1 (Midair) Kirby holds his cutter in front of him as he falls down damaging enemies. By dashing in midair the attack goes slightly faster. None 22 22
Cleaving Cutter B/Y/1 (near enemy) Kirby attacks enemies using his Cutter Boomerang as a sword and slashes the enemy
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once or
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twice.
None 6 12 (1st hit), 8 (2nd hit)
Nonstop Cutter/Final Cutter Up/Down/Forward + B/Y/1 (near enemy) or mash 1 near enemy (comboed from Cleaving Cutter) Kirby jumps in the air and brings down his blade in a huge slash, generating an energy wave on the ground that explodes on contact with a wall. This move is sometimes used by Sword, but with the first two slashes removed. None 8 (rising slash), 32 (falling slash and shockwave - only one can hit the enemy); max. damage w/ Cleaving Cutter = 46 7 (rising slash), 8 (falling slash), 35 (shockwave near), 40 (shockwave far); max. damage w/ Cleaving Cutter = 70

Animal Friends

Move Controls Description Element
Rick B Rick throws Kirby like a boomerang. None KDL3 Cutter Rick sprite KDL2 Cutter Rick sprite
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Coo B Coo throws three spinning feathers. One going upwards, one forwards, and one downwards. In the third game he only shoots one feather, but it can be angled. None KDL3 Cutter Coo sprite KDL2 Cutter Coo sprite
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Kine B Kine shoots a large blast out of his mouth that goes a long distance. None KDL3 Cutter Kine KDL2 Cutter Kine sprite
KDL2 Cutter Kine sprite 2
Nago B Nago swings his partner upwards and fires a large purple shock wave that damages aerial enemies. None KDL3 Cutter Nago sprite
ChuChu B ChuChu is swung around by Kirby. It is nearly impossible for the duo to get damaged. None KDL3 Cutter ChuChu sprite
Pitch B Pitch becomes a boomerang that flies around. While Pitch is flying, his partner is left with no way to defend himself. None KDL3 Cutter Pitch sprite

Kirby Battle Royale Moveset

Move Controls Description Damage (Robo Bonkers)
Cutter Boomerang B Kirby tosses a cutter from his hat. Cutter Boomerang is parallel to ground in 3D Battle Modes, but perpendicular in 2D Battle Modes. 120
Jump Cutter B during jump Kirby throws a downwardly-angled cutter. The cutter's spin is perpendicular to the ground instead of parallel, and it does not return to the thrower. 70
Hyper Cutter Hold/release B Kirby holds and enlarges his cutter. The thrown cutter can bounce off walls. Similar to Hyper Boomerang, but does not return to the thrower. Kirby can move while charging. 300
Final Cutter Y Kirby slashes his Cutter upward, followed by a downward slash into the ground, creating a shockwave. Works more like his Smash Bros. variant, being able to activate whenever instead of only when near an enemy. 50 (initial slash), 40 (rising slash), 40 (falling slash), 50 (projectile)

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Robobot Armor Mode

Move Controls Description Element
Whirling Saw Release B The Robobot Armor fires a saw that flies for a short period before coming back in an arc. None
Cutting Shot Hold B, and then release The Robobot Armor releases a saw that flies forward. None
Roaming Saw B + Right The Robobot Armor may walk around before releasing the Cutting Shot. None
Change Shot Angle B + Up/Down Changes the angle of the Cutting Shot move. None

Elemental Attributes in Kirby Star Allies

Move Blizzard Bluster Sizzle Splash Zap
Cutter Boomerang, Hyper Cutter Blizzard Cutters create a mass of damaging crystalline ice on any surface they hit. Bluster Cutters shoot straight upwards after traveling forward for a certain distance. If they hit a surface, wall, or ceiling, they release a small whirlwind. Sizzle Cutters create a blaze on any surface, wall, or ceiling they impact. Splash Cutters create a burst of water on any surface, wall, or ceiling they impact. Zap Cutters create a spark on any surface, wall, or ceiling they impact.
Final Cutter Kirby shoots out a shockwave of icicles. Kirby slashes the enemy repeatedly, constantly rising, before doing a spinning slash and slamming the enemy into the ground, creating a burst of wind. Kirby shoots out a shockwave of flame pillars. Kirby shoots out a shockwave consisting of a large water wave. Kirby calls down a bolt of lightning at the apex of the move, and when he lands, he creates an electric blast with a large radius, shooting out a shockwave consisting of a large spark.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Final Cutter is Kirby's Up Special Move. Kirby slices upwards and then downwards, blade in front of him. Upon landing, he will create a shockwave. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Kirby can change his Final Cutter using Custom Moves. He can now also use Wave Cutter or Upper Cutter. Wave Cutter acts the same as Final Cutter, albeit the blade can't damage opponents, but upon landing, he will send powerful rocks flying. Upper Cutter allows Kirby to initiate a powerful slice upward, but no slice downward, putting Kirby into his helpless state. This move is similar to Marth's Dolphin Slash.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Cutter Kirby in the anime

Cutter Kirby in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! uses the same duck hat as the later games, and appears whenever Kirby manages to inhale things like blades and saws (anything that's sharp except for an actual sword). It is revealed here that the Cutter that Kirby uses is stored on the hat when it isn't in use. This version of Cutter is based on the Kirby Super Star version, but with new attacks. Cutter Boomerang is the primary attack, but Kirby often uses Final Cutter to finish off enemies.

Transformation Sequence

In the transformation sequence, the Cutter cap lands on Kirby's head and spins before bouncing and coming to a stop in the proper position. The Cutter appears and flies around Kirby, then lands on his cap from behind.

Flavor Texts

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Kirby can throw a series of cutters that return like boomerangs!
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The Cutter can cut anything in it's [sic] path. Use it to cut down enemies, as well as ropes that get in your way.
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The Cutter Boomerang is coming right back at ya!
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Throw the Cutter farther by holding B. Aim up or down with the +Control Pad.
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Remote Cutter BOOMERANG!
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Throw a boomerang all over! Slash! Jab! Strike! You can even cut ropes!
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Cut through ropes with the blade of a well-aimed boomerang. Aim up or down, or charge up for a Hyper Boomerang!
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A boomerang that returns to your hand after being thrown. You can charge it up, steer its flight path upward or downward, and use it to cut ropes!
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A razor-sharp ability that is effective at both close and long range!
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This boomerang slices grass and vines! If it skims land your friends are burning with fire or drenching with water, it will take on those elements. And if it absorbs wind, it can fly upward. Wreak havoc with your Final Cutter!

Related Quotes

The blade of justice cleaves the sky in two! High-speed Whirling Saw!
— In-game description for the Cutter Mode of Robobot Armor • Kirby: Planet Robobot
Attack foes with boomerang blades!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
Ah, the Cutter ability! Those slashes sure are satisfying. There's nothing like a good charge session...and a Hyper Cutter!
— Knuckle Joe • Kirby Battle Royale

In Other Languages

The meaning of the Cutter ability varies vastly from language to language. Its Japanese name, カッター (Kattā), meaning Cutter, is the same as its English name; however, it is the only name to mean that. The German name, Bumerang, means Boomerang; the Spanish name, Cuchillo, means Knife; the French name, Trancheur, means Slicer; the Italian name, Lama, means Blade; and the Chinese name, 弯刀 (Wān dāo) means Scimitar.

Trivia

  • The design of Cutter from Kirby Super Star onwards may have been inspired by the Eye Slugger, an iconic fictional weapon used by the superhero Ultraseven in the 1967 tokusatsu TV series of the same name. This is especially apparent in how the blade attaches to Kirby's hat like a mohawk hairstyle, and is removed before being thrown.
  • Cutter's hat seems to draw inspiration from Arale Norimaki’s baseball hat design-wise, as well as Chi-Chi's helmet from the early seasons of Dragon Ball in terms of usage.
  • The flavor text in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, as well as the ability icon, is a reference to the anime, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
  • In Kirby Super Star, the Cutter Boomerang was blue whenever it was in use. In every subsequent game afterwards, it remained yellow when used (except for Kirby: Squeak Squad upon obtaining the Ability Scroll; Kirby Super Star Ultra only retained this when used as a sword).
  • In most games, Kirby can throw multiple cutters, but in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, he can only fire one at a time because he uses his own face as the cutter. Though humorous, it leaves Kirby vulnerable; he is unable to fly or attack again until his face returns to his body.
  • Kirby could use Link's boomerang after swallowing the latter in the original Super Smash Bros., similar to the Cutter ability. In later Super Smash Bros. games, Link uses a bow and arrow as his neutral B, therefore Kirby gained a bow after swallowing him instead of a boomerang.
  • The bill of Cutter Kirby's hat in the games is white, but it is yellow in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there was originally going to be a super version of the Cutter ability, but it did not appear in the final version.
  • Cutter, along with AnimalCircus, and Spider, are the only abilities to include eyes as part of their design.
  • Pre-release screenshots of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards reveal that the colors of Cutter and Needle's ability icons were swapped; Cutter was originally orange and Needle was originally green.[1]
  • In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Cutter's alternate costume is Sir Kibble's helmet.

Artwork

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References

  1. Pre-release screenshot