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Helpers (also referred to as friends) are characters that appear in Kirby Super Star, its remake, and Kirby Star Allies. They physically appear to be regular enemies (and occasionally mid-bosses) that have different color palettes than their enemy equivalents and are summoned by Kirby to help him instead of hurt him. By sacrificing his ability, Kirby can create a Helper. However, in Kirby Star Allies, Kirby will throw a friend heart at an enemy to create a friend. Helpers are normally CPU-controlled, but can also be controlled by another player. Each Copy Ability has a corresponding Helper, excluding limited-use abilities. If the player wants to change out the Helper for another one, he/she can throw an item representing Kirby's current ability to it. Upon touching the item, the Helper will change to the character that corresponds to the ability represented by the item.

Using the Normal Beam (originally called the Suppin Beam, referred to as unfriend in Kirby Star Allies) on a Helper will call it back, transforming it into its respective item.

Unlike Kirby, Helpers can repeatedly double-jump in midair, and so do not have to inflate themselves to fly. Some Helpers, such as Birdon and Capsule J/Capsule J2, have an improved ability to fly. This allows Helpers to attack in midair, as they do not have to spit out air beforehand.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Helpers have a significant role in Helper to Hero, a sub-game where both the first and second players can play as a Helper with the goal of defeating a series bosses, thus proving the Helper to be a true hero rather than just a side character.

Games

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

Kirby-waddledoo-helper

Kirby sacrifices his Beam ability to generate Waddle Doo as his Helper.

Helper loss 2

Kirby gets rid of his Waddle Doo helper.

Kirby-waddledoo

Kirby throwing his ability hat (specifically, a Cutter hat) at Waddle Doo. When Waddle Doo touches it, he becomes Sir Kibble.

The roster of Helpers is identical in both Kirby Super Star and its remake, with the exception of Capsule J, who was replaced by Capsule J2 in the remake, and Sword Knight, who was added in Meta Knightmare Ultra. Helpers with alternate colors appear in Helper to Hero as well. 

Enemy / Helper Copy Ability
Bio Spark Ninja
Birdon Wing
Blade Knight Sword
Bonkers Hammer
Bugzzy Suplex
Burning Leo Fire
Capsule J/2 Jet
Chilly Ice
Gim Yo-Yo
Knuckle Joe Fighter
Parasol Waddle Dee Parasol
Plasma Wisp Plasma
Poppy Bros. Jr. Bomb
Rocky Stone
Simirror Mirror
Sir Kibble Cutter
Starship (Helper) Starship
Sword Knight Also Sword, but with Meta Knight's Upward Thrust (Helper to Hero and Meta Knightmare Ultra Exclusive)
Tac Copy
Waddle Doo Beam

Wheelie

Wheel

Kirby GCN

Tac This section is about an unreleased or cancelled game

Helpers were slated to appear in the cancelled Kirby GCN. In this game, up to three Helpers could be created at once. They could then be controlled by up to three players or by the computer. A stacking system had been revealed in which Kirby and his Helpers could ride on each other's backs (possibly creating new attacks). Looking at screenshots, it is discernible that the Helpers created by the player would have been yellow, green, or blue color variations of their respective enemies. These color variations would have denoted different players. Presumably, yellow denoted Player 2, blue denoted Player 3, and green denoted Player 4. These exact colors were later used to denote the respective Helpers in Kirby Star Allies. New Helpers which have not been named due to the game's cancellation would have appeared as well.

KGCN Helpers

Heat Phanphan, Bonkers, and Golem, all helpers in Kirby GCN

Enemy Copy Ability
Blade Knight Sword
Broom Hatter Clean
Bonkers Hammer
Chilly Ice
Flappy Wing
Golem Stone
Heat Phanphan Fire
Knuckle Joe Fighter
Parasol Waddle Dee Parasol
Sir Kibble Cutter
Waddle Doo Beam
Wheelie Bike Wheel
Plasma Wisp Plasma
New Bomb enemy Bomb
New Tornado enemy Tornado
Pluid-like enemy Water/Bubble

Kirby Star Allies

Helpers make a reappearance in Kirby Star Allies, where they are referred to as friends. Unlike in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby can summon up to three friends instead of one. This is done by having Kirby throw a heart at an enemy that grants a Copy Ability, as opposed to forfeiting his current ability in favor of creating the friend; friends also now wear the Copy Ability hats and use the weapons associated with their Copy Ability. They also take on different color schemes to represent which player they are; Yellow for player 2, Blue for player 3, and Green for player 4. If Kirby wants to be rid of a friend, Kirby can either unfriend them or inhale and swallow them, gaining their respective ability.

Certain doors, marked with friend icons in the game can only be accessed with a certain number of friends.

Special friends, known as Dream Friends, can be accessed by visiting Dream Palaces throughout the game. These include Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede, Meta Knight, the original three Animal Friends, Marx and Gooey, the latter three of which were available after a free update on March 28th. More Dream Friends are planned to be added in future updates. 

Friend Abilities

Kirby with Poppy Bros. Jr., Blade Knight and Bonkers.

Enemy Copy Ability
Beetley Beetle
Bio Spark Ninja
Birdon Wing
Blade Knight Sword
Bonkers Hammer
Broom Hatter Cleaning
Bugzzy Suplex
Burning Leo Fire
Chef Kawasaki Cook
Chilly Ice
Como Spider
Driblee Water
Gim Yo-Yo
Jammerjab Staff
Knuckle Joe Fighter
NESP ESP
Parasol Waddle Dee Parasol
Plugg Plasma
Poppy Bros. Jr. Bomb
Rocky Stone
Sir Kibble Cutter
Vividria Artist
Waddle Doo Beam
Wester Whip

Related Quotes

The icons in the picture on the right indicate the number of friends that you need.
— Get the right number of friends! • Kirby Star Allies loading screen
Press L + Y to select which friend to say good-bye to.
— How to say good-bye to a friend: • Kirby Star Allies loading screen
Inhale friends with B, and then use ↓ to swallow them and get their Copy Abilities!
— Get abilities from friends! • Kirby Star Allies loading screen

Trivia

  • Although the Hi-Jump ability is not available in Kirby Super Star or its remake, if Kirby jumps on top of a helper and presses up on the +Control Pad, he will use the helper like a trampoline and jump up, similarly to Hi-Jump in the sense that he is invincible until he starts falling.
  • Although Kirby GCN was initially revised as Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the latter replaced the Helper system with King Dedede, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, and Kirbys of various colors. The Helper system would then be prominently featured in Kirby Star Allies.
  • In Kirby Super Star and its remake, if a helper loses all health and catches fire, it will become the helper form of any enemy it touches. This will fully restore the helper's HP.
  • In Kirby Super Star, its remake, and Kirby Star Allies, when using the normal beam on a Helper, they will display a pained expression, implying that it hurts.
  • When a Helper is present during a boss battle, the boss' health is slightly higher than normal.

Video

Kirby Star Allies Japanese Helper Video
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