Helpers are characters that appear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. Appearing as regular enemies (and occasionally mid-bosses), they have altered color palettes and are summoned by Kirby to help him instead of hurt him. They are normally controlled by CPUs, but can also be controlled by another player. Each copy ability has a specific one, excluding the limited-use abilities Crash, Mike, Paint, Cook, and Sleep. If the player wants to change the Helper, he or she can throw the hat of the ability to it. Using the Normal Beam will call it back, transforming it back into the ability that Kirby once had.
Helpers are similar to Kirby in how they are capable of flying, despite the fact that they slowly float down over time (except for Capsule J/2, Plasma Wisp, and Birdon, who can fly without Kirby's help). Another quality that they have in common with Kirby is that they have limited health. If a Helper's health runs out, it will burst into flames and eventually explode.
GamesEditKirby Super Star and its remake, Helpers are the same from both games, except for Capsule J, who was replaced by Capsule J2 in the remake, and Sword Knight and Blade Knight can be used as helpers in Meta Knightmare Ultra. Also, in the sub-game Helper to Hero, all the helpers are playable, including Sword Knight. The only change is the color scheme, for example, a helper Waddle Doo is normally red, while the one in this particular sub-game is green (the one that's played by Player 1; Player 2 plays as a red Waddle Doo, if it is on two-player mode).
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- 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 D-pad, he will use the helper like a trampoline and jump up, similar to Hi-Jump in the sense that he is invincible until he starts falling.
- Although Kirby GCN was revised as Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the latter removed the helper system, replacing them with King Dedede, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee, and other color Kirbys.
- In Kirby Super Star and its remake, if a helper loses all health and catches fire, he/she has a chance to become the helper form of any enemy he/she touches. This will fully restore the helper's HP.