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Kirby & The Amazing Mirror artwork
|Dark Meta Knight|
|Debut||Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (2004)|
|Latest Appearance||Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014)|
Dark Meta Knight was created by the power of the Mirror World, and was made in the likeness of Meta Knight himself. When Meta Knight found that the Mirror World was in danger, the mirror created a copy of his dark side, and Dark Meta Knight came to be. In Radish Ruins, he disguises himself as Meta Knight and is called ? ? ? during the Boss battle.
Dark Meta Knight bears a great resemblance to Meta Knight. The main difference between the two is their coloration. While Meta Knight's design is somewhat vibrant, Dark Meta Knight is gray and dark (perhaps in reference to his original design). Dark Meta Knight also possesses a very different mindset, having almost no sense of honor or chivalry. He has a dark gray body and has bright red shoes. His mask is basically the same as Meta Knight's; however, official art shows a large scar on one side. He wears a navy blue cape (torn in artwork) that apparently grants him wings like the original Meta Knight, and has thinner but wider eyes compared to Meta Knight's. His sword is now silver and has a blue sapphire embedded in its hilt.
Dark Meta Knight is responsible for trapping Meta Knight in the mirror and breaking the mirror into eight pieces. He is the boss of both Radish Ruins (under the alias of "? ? ?") and later inside the Dimension Mirror. In neither of the two battles does Dark Meta Knight actually offer Kirby a Sword before the battle, a thing that the real Meta Knight would normally do. However, alongside Cutter, a Sword copy pedestal appears right before the battle (in Radish Ruins). The stars he makes give Sword.
As the boss of Radish Ruins, Dark Meta Knight disguises himself as Meta Knight, and even fights exactly the same way. After Kirby defeats him, Dark Meta Knight's mask is split in half. Just as Dark Meta Knight flees, his disguise begins to fade, revealing his true form. When Kirby encounters Dark Meta Knight in the Dimension Mirror, he uses exactly the same disguise. However, the real Meta Knight watches from above and points out (for Kirby) who the impostor is. When this happens, Dark Meta Knight decides to reveal his true form and begins another fight with Kirby. His attacks are basically the same attacks Meta Knight used in Kirby Super Star, except significantly more powerful and more difficult to avoid. He is defenseless whenever he charges up an attack, however. He parries many of Kirby's attacks and stays on the offensive at all times. After he's defeated for the second time, Dark Meta Knight was destroyed when he shatters into pieces like a broken mirror.
Dark Meta Knight makes a surprise appearance as the final boss of the game's Extra Mode, where King Dedede is playable, and is the implied main antagonist of the subgame. He is closer to his appearance in the original game's artwork, but his cape is not seen, as his wings are always visible.
After Dedede defeats a dark version of himself, known as Black Dedede, he enters a Dimension Mirror that appears. Inside, the Mirror appears again, Dark Meta Knight emerges, and confronts Dedede in Extra Mode's final battle. Dark Meta Knight has many new attacks in this fight, such as raising giant swords from the ground to attack Dedede, throwing mach tornadoes from the background, and splitting into three Dark Meta Knights; only one is the real Dark Meta Knight, and if the clones are attacked, they shatter into glass shards which try to home in on Dedede. When he is finally defeated, the Dimension Mirror appears and sucks Dark Meta Knight into it, and King Dedede proceeds to destroy the mirror with his hammer, locking Dark Meta Knight away inside of it.
Dark Meta Knight is also fought by Kirby as the penultimate boss in The True Arena. Here, Dark Meta Knight uses the same tactics as before, but upon defeat he violently shatters rather than being sucked back into the Dimension Mirror.
- Dark Meta Knight is the only suspected member of Kirby's species to be inherently evil - all other members and suspected members of Kirby's species are either heroes or are neutrals who vary in alignment from game to game.
- Oddly, the real Meta Knight does not appear at all in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, while Dark Meta Knight is a major villain in that game.
- Dark Meta Knight's blade appears to be a version of Galaxia, with a more "blocky" edge to it.
- Although not making an actual appearance in Kirby Super Star Ultra, a card of Dark Meta Knight appears in the sub-game Card Swipe.
- During his boss introduction in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, he slashes his sword as he enters the area. Oddly enough, fresh blood flies off him as he does so, disappearing in different directions. He also bleeds when he reopens his wings right before the second round of the fight, and also whenever him and his mirror duplicates come together during the second half of the fight.