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|“||Susie somehow managed to acquire DNA from King Dedede, one of the strongest life-forms on the planet, in order to create this clone. It has the voice and look of the original Dedede...and it may be even more powerful.”|
|— VS Dedede Clone • Kirby: Planet Robobot|
The Dedede Clone resembles King Dedede, but its entire body is various shades of purple, including its blank eyes. The fur trim on its coat and the pom-pom on its hat have a spikier appearance. The peace symbol on the back of its coat has been replaced by the logo of the Haltmann Works Company.
Dedede Clone 2.0 has a cream-colored body instead of purple, except for its eyes, which are a deeper shade of violet.
The Dedede Clone fights more or less exactly like King Dedede himself. It can inhale, jump, fly, and swing its hammer. After it takes a certain amount of damage, the Dedede Clone explodes into three blobs of goo, which reforms into three smaller clones that attack simultaneously. Each clone will also explode after taking enough damage, leaving it out of the fight for a while as it regenerates; each successive regeneration leaves it smaller and less durable. Once the clones' shared health bar is depleted, the second phase of the battle begins.
At the top of the tower the battle takes place in, the three Dedede Clones (now smaller than Kirby himself) man a large machine known as the D3 Cannon that slides around the rooftop on a rail system. The machine has a wide array of functions, including rapid-fire energy turrets, a massive laser, and a flamethrower that can superheat parts of the ground for a while. It can also slide around the rails to dodge Kirby's attacks or to try and ram him. When it is reduced to 50% vitality, it will move to the background and launch a gigantic time-bomb resembling Dedede's head into the center of the battlefield. Kirby has to continuously attack it to send it back at the Dedede Clones or it will explode, leaving a big patch of fire where it was.
When the cannon's health is depleted, it explodes, sending the Dedede Clones tumbling into the air. Each one explodes for the final time, leaving behind sparkles in the shape of a letter "D".
Dedede Clone appears in its 2.0 form in Meta Knightmare Returns.
|“||Something was missing from Dedede's clone -- a weapon of immense power. When Susie realized this, she introduced the D3 Cannon, a tridimensional cannon controlled by three Dedede Clones.”|
|— Vs. Dedede Clones and D3 • Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|“||It has the look and voice of King Dedede, but not his soul. Some things can't be cloned. Some of the trial models were only interested in food, some were fearful of a certain insect, and all were imperfect.”|
|— Vs. Dedede Clone 2.0 • Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|“||This tridimensional cannon is extremely expensive, costing a whopping four times more than Mecha Knight. However, it's still much cheaper than Haltmann's Executive Suit, which is made of pure gold.”|
|— Vs. Dedede Clones and D3 2.0 • Kirby: Planet Robobot|
- The music that plays when fighting Dedede Clones and D3 is a medley of the theme when flying around the Halberd, King Dedede's theme, and My Friend and the Setting Sun (the theme that plays after beating Revenge of Meta Knight and Revenge of the King).
- Unlike the other clones, Dedede Clone takes on the purple (yellow for 2.0) color that the other clones have before materializing; it also splits into three upon taking enough damage, instead of being simply destroyed. This implies that Dedede clone is in an unfinished state compared to the others.
- The D3 2.0's cannons somewhat resemble Poke Balls from the Pokemon series.