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Copy Ability
Kabuki Kirby
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! screenshot
Name (JP) カブキ (Kabuki)
In Games
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Kirby Quest cameo
In the anime#J101/-
TypeWeaponry / Transformational / Elemental
AppearanceA Kabuki fighter's outfit and hat with a long rod
PropertiesSkill type
Other PowersPowerful illusory skills, fires lasers from forehead and rod, uses rod to smack enemies
Regular enemiesLobzilla
A ninja blessed with magical powers passed on from generations before!
— Tiff • Kirby 3D

Kabuki is a special Copy Ability that first appeared in Kirby 3D, a short based off of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

Kabuki makes a surprise appearance as one of Kirby's attacks in Kirby Quest, a sub-game in Kirby Mass Attack. This makes it the first anime-exclusive ability to crossover into the game series, debuting before Water Kirby. The difference between the two versions is that Kirby fires the red lightning beam from his forehead in the anime, while in the game, it is emitted from his staff. However, this ability has yet to appear as a Copy Ability in the main game of a Kirby title.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Kabuki Kirby at first appears to have fully transformed into a glowing human Kabuki fighter on his Warp Star. In actuality, this is simply an illusion and Kirby is merely imitating that appearance; his true form is shown when he destroys Lobzilla. Kabuki Kirby is dressed in a Kabuki fighter's outfit and hat and carries a rod to smack enemies with. He has a brief reappearance in the ending scene of the short.

Kirby's Kabuki attire resembles Freeze Kirby in Kirby Air Ride and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.


  • In his "human form", he seems to wear Kabuki eye paint in line with Kabuki cultural practice.
  • Kabuki is Japanese for "Japanese Classical Drama."


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