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Kirby (species)
Full name Kirby's species (also puffballs, but this is unofficial)
- Meaning Named after Kirby
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SpeciesKirby
AffiliationKirby, possibly Meta Knight

In the Kirby series, Kirby isn't the only member of his kind. Kirby's species consists of small, round creatures with a pair of arms and feet- members of this species also appear to have blush on the sides of their faces. The known members of the species are Kirby himself, Shadow Kirby, Keeby, and the other colored Kirbys. Meta Knight may also be one, and although there has been some, albeit not definitive, evidence that has accumulated since his debut, this has not been proven. In the anime, many of the members of this species are Star Warriors and Galaxy Soldiers, a group of warriors who fight evil throughout the universe. There is no official name for Kirby's species, however, so they are only referred to as such. A Kirby Super Star Ultra commercial calls Kirby a "Pink Puff", though this may just be regarding Kirby and not the species as a whole. Along with that, the Kirby Super Star Ultra manual refers to Kirby as a 'gourmet', but this is probably due to his love of food. In official materials, Kirby is sometimes referred to as a "puff" or "puffball", though this does not necessarily mean either of these are the actual species name.

Appearance

Members of Kirby's species appear to be completely, (or almost completely), spherical in shape, with short "arms" that can double as hands. They stand on two feet, that are rather large in proportion to the rest of their bodies, similar to most creatures in the Kirby games and anime. They have large, oval shaped eyes, with the scleras usually invisible. Beneath their eyes are two markings, also oval in shape, that often are a shade of pink and resemble blushes, but different colorations reveal they may be colors besides pink, leading to the possibility that they are not blushes at all. Each possesses a small mouth, red and pink inside, like humans, with a large tongue and no visible teeth. If Meta Knight and Galacta Knight are members of this species, then it is possible they may also posses wings and/or horns, unless these appendages are merely part of the knights' armor.

Known Members

Unmasked Meta knight

Meta Knight is often speculated to be a relative or a member due to his facial features.

Meta Knight is often assumed to be a member of this species due to his appearance, and this would perhaps suggest that the similar characters of Dark Meta Knight, Galacta Knight, and the Star Warriors Sir Arthur, Sir Galahad, Sir Percival, and Sir Lancelot might be members of this species as well.

Known Coloring

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Kirby's color palettes in Super Smash Bros.

The common colors of the species are pink, yellow, red, and green first appearing in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror which also introduced Shadow Kirby, a dark gray version of Kirby, as well as Spray Paint. All of the colorations shown by this species seem to be vibrant and chromatic for the most part, very rarely taking on a dull shade. The colors for their feet are typically darker than the main color of their bodies. Spray Paint could change Kirby's coloration to many different colors. More Spray Paint was later added in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and Kirby Air Ride introduced additional colors: brown, purple, blue, and white. Different members of Kirby's species can also have different colorations for their feet. As of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, however, the common colored Kirbys are pink, yellow, blue, and green.

Games

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the Kirby species plays a large role. The story begins when Kirby is cut by Dark Meta Knight's sword, causing him to split into four Kirbys each a different color (Pink, Yellow, Red, and Green). The game also features a character called Shadow Kirby, the Mirror World version of Kirby who looks like a gray and black version of Kirby himself.

In any other game, it is either Kirby alone, other known members like Keeby or the "presumable members" (excluding the ones in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!).

Trivia

  • The enemy species known as Batamon bears a great resemblance to Kirby's species, although it is unknown if there's any relation between the two.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and its remake, Anti-Kirbys exist. These opponents have similar abilities and attributes to Kirby.
  • Despite sources claiming Kirby is only 8 inches tall[1][2], in Kirby's Dream Land 3, Samus is shown to be about only twice as tall as Kirby, despite being either 6'3 or 5'5 (depending on the source).
    • Additionally, Ado and Adeleine are both only slightly taller than Kirby despite being humans.
  • In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, one of Kirby's palette swaps resembles Meta Knight without his mask, further implying that Meta Knight may be a Kirby.

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References

  1. Kirby's profile
  2. Super Smash Bros. - Kirby's in-game biography

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