|“||I got the sun and moon to fight. I got you to go into space... it was all according to my perfect little plan!”|
|— Marx • Kirby Super Star Ultra|
Marx is the main antagonist and final boss of the Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. He had originally appeared as a small jester, somewhat resembling Mirror Kirby, bouncing on a multicolored beach ball. He asks Kirby to help him end a war between the Sun and Moon. Kirby listens to his plea and does what he suggests, completely unaware of Marx's ulterior motives. The jester then turns up just in time to send the final part of his devious plan into motion and simultaneously reveals that he used Kirby the whole time in order to gain control over Planet Popstar.
Upon gaining power, Marx becomes a strong, bat-like entity with flashing, multicolored "scales" on his recently-acquired wings, as well as endless power. Upon Marx's defeat, he flies out of control and crashes into the broken head of the Galactic Nova, causing the great machine to blow up in the process. Despite being seemingly destroyed in his first appearances, he manages to make frequent cameos later in the series.
In his first form, Marx appears to be a small jester with no legs, arms or hands. He wears brown shoes with small light brown dashes going across them that look like shoelaces. His skin is a light purple/pink color with two big expressive eyes that lie under his hat. His hat is divided into two colors with different shapes on each side. Marx has red with white triangles on the right side and blue with white circles on the left. Marx wears a red bow tie under his mouth, which has a fixed smile. His beach ball is striped with the colors of his hat: red, white, and blue, although artwork shows a yellow stripe on it.
After Marx makes his wish to take control of Popstar, he transforms himself into a fearsome bat-like monstrosity with golden yellow-colored wings with two sharp fang-like claws jutting out from each one. The wings also have flashing mirror-like, multicolored, hexagon-shaped scales under them. Each wing has a red heart on it. His skin retains that purple hue but his eyes are big and black. Marx has a bigger mouth with two small fangs in it. Marx's bow tie is noticeably larger, but it appears to be coming undone. Lastly, his shoe color remains the same, but the shoes themselves are longer and are rounded at the ends. His eyes' pupils are also apart from each other as opposed to being placed central (being somewhat inverse-cross-eyed) which shows signs of slipping sanity, unless he performs certain actions (such as certain attacks).
Marx makes his first appearance in the Milky Way Wishes sub-game in Kirby Super Star. When the sun and moon of Planet Popstar start fighting each other and knocking each other out of the skies, a small jester-like being who goes by the name of Marx tells Kirby that the only way to stop the fight between the two is to gather the power of the surrounding stars and use them to summon Nova, a planet-sized, mechanical "comet" that can grant wishes. Before Kirby hops on the Warp Star, Marx wishes him good luck.
After gathering the power from the seven planets' Fountains and summoning Nova, Kirby goes on to make his wish to save Popstar. Just then, however, Marx knocks Kirby off-screen and makes his own selfish wish -- to take complete control of Popstar. When this happens, he transforms into his monster form and gains new superpowers. It turns out that he actually tricked the Sun and Moon into fighting each other, tricked Kirby into doing his dirty work for him, and revealed that this was all part of a master plan to conquer Popstar. Afterwards, Nova begins looming towards Popstar, leaving Kirby alone in space. The power Kirby had gathered comes together, however, and creates a Starship for him to stop Nova with. Nova's journey to Popstar is suddenly hampered by the sun and moon, giving Kirby the chance to enter him. When Kirby destroys his heart, Nova is injured, making Marx extremely irate, so he then attempts to attack Kirby himself. In spite of Marx's fearsome and deadly new superpowers, Kirby manages to win, and send Marx flying away and into Nova's broken head, seemingly destroying them both in a massive explosion.
While Marx does not appear in the main game, he appears in a graphic depicting several other final bosses; Kirby can assemble this picture by collecting Graphic Pieces from Treasure Chests.
Marx's role in the Nintendo DS remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, is essentially the same as the original game, but there is a slight twist concerning his fate. A clip shown towards the end of The True Arena reveals that he was destroyed after the events of Milky Way Wishes, but his body had began to absorb dark energy and Nova's power, not only reviving him but also transforming him into the even stronger Marx Soul, granting him even more power than ever before. After a series of battles against Kirby's toughest enemies, Marx Soul appears in a colorful but dark and distorted dimension as the final foe. Denied his revenge and overthrown once more, Marx Soul lets out a bloodcurdling scream as he slowly splits in half, turning a deep shade of purple, and blowing up the whole arena in the process.
Marx appears in the Special-Edition Blooper Reel movie in Kirby Super Star Ultra. He is seen in the second-to-last last clip. When he tries to tell Kirby and friends how to stop the Sun and Moon from fighting, he slips and falls off his ball and on the ground before he even gets a chance to talk. Marx even appears in the Kirby Master cut scene when Kirby completes a file with 100%, having a front row seat in the audience for Kirby's performance. Strangely, despite his harsh feelings towards him seen in the past sub-games, and the fact that he was defeated three times by him in this version (once in Milky Way Wishes, again in The Arena, and for the last time in The True Arena), he cheers for Kirby after he does his Victory Dance.
|This section contains information that does not coincide with the main series canon.|
Marx makes a surprise appearance as the final boss of the Kirby Brawlball sub-game on a board resembling that of the battlefield's landscape. He is much bigger than he originally appeared, and he uses revamped versions of his original attacks. Illusions of his normal form also occasionally litter the ground, walking on their beach balls. If the player manages to get Kirby to bounce on their heads, the player acquires two additional Kirbys.
Marx makes a few cameos in this game:
- One of Stone Kirby's transformations is a statue of Marx in his normal form on his beach ball.
- Marx appears in the "Kirby Master" video, similar to Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Marx makes several cameo appearances in this game:
- One of Stone Kirby's transformations is a statue of him next to Magolor.
- Marx appears as one of the rare keychains using his Kirby Super Star sprite, along with his soul form from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- Marx appears in the "Kirby Master!" cutscene, sitting next to Magolor and Galacta Knight.
Marx makes some cameo appearances in this game:
- Marx makes a cameo appearance as a rare sticker, while in his original form.
- Marx is also one of the stone forms next to Magolor, much like in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Marx appears as a Dream Friend for the first update to Kirby Star Allies, primarily using his jester form. Apparently, Marx somehow survived the crash into Nova in Milky Way Wishes and sensed danger from afar, coming to Kirby's aid, despite their past history, in order to stop the threat looming over the galaxy. Marx uses most of his attacks from his boss fight in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. He also uses his ball to roll around and attack. His attacks can be enhanced with any element, which changes how some of his moves work.
In the 2.0.0 update, a statue of Marx performing his Black Hole move may be seen when Kirby uses the Stone ability.
|Jester Ball Ride||B (without ball)||Marx summons a Jester Ball, which is functionally similar to Kirby's Bomb. Unlike Kirby's Bomb, it can be ridden indefinitely.|
|Ball Kick||B (on ball)||Pressing B once kicks the ball at a low angle. The trajectory can be adjusted with the ↑ or ↓ buttons when holding B. The ball will ricochet if it hits a wall.|
|Prank Kick||B next to foe (near enemy, without ball)||Marx will trap and trample on the enemy, ultimately kicking them away.|
|Time-Bomb Jester Ball||↓ + B||Places a ball on the ground, which can be left to explode or kicked into a foe.|
|Ball Kick Shot||Dash + B||Summons and kicks a ball at a high speed that initially travels straight, then may bounce if it does not collide with anything.|
|Radiant Flight||A in midair||Marx grows wings and hovers, taking on a more bosslike appearance. The wings can damage enemies.|
|Jester Ball Spit-Drop||B during Radiant Flight||Drops a more powerful ball straight down in a similar fashion to the freeze bomb from his boss phase.|
|Black Hole||B (hold) during Radiant Flight||Inhales a large quantity of nearby enemies, if any, and deals massive damage to bosses.|
|Marx Megaspin||Dash + ↓ + B in midair||Performs a unique dipping motion and spews arrow projectiles on the upswing.|
|Marx Flip Ultima||↓ + B in midair||Marx jumps down into the ground and becomes an invulnerable shadow for up to four seconds. He then blasts upwards in a Shadow Uppercut.|
|Rush||Dash + B in midair||Marx charges forwards surrounded by a rainbow aura. This can be chained in succession with other presses of B, transition into a Marx Megaspin with ↑ + ↓ + B, or transition to a Marx Flip Ultima with ↓ + B.\|
|Ball Kick, Ball Kick Shot||Blizzard Marx's ball creates a temporary, damaging mass of ice on the floor, wall, or ceiling on which it bounces.||Bluster Marx's ball descends more slowly, giving it more air time.||Sizzle Marx's ball leaves a small blaze.||Splash Marx's ball leaves a small watery burst.||Zap Marx's ball leaves a small spark.|
|Jester Ball Ride||Allows Marx to roll across lava.||If Marx jumps, the ball will lift him up into the air and he will be able to float in any direction.||N/A||Allows Marx to roll across lava.||Leaves a spark trail on water.|
|Explosion of a ball||A larger batch of crystals is formed.||Creates a large whirlwind.||A larger blaze is formed.||A large burst of water is formed and two droplets arc out.||One vertical lightning bolt is summoned.|
|Prank Kick||The enemy or object thrown has the properties of an ice projectile.||The enemy or object thrown has the properties of a wind projectile.||The enemy or object thrown has the properties of a fire projectile.||The enemy or object thrown has the properties of a water projectile.||The enemy or object thrown has the properties of an electric projectile.|
|Radiant Flight||Wings resemble ice crystals.||Wings are pale green.||Wings are red and burning.||Wings are blue.||Wings have green hue and are electrified.|
|Jester Ball Spit-Drop||Two large circular projectiles shoot out to either direction from the site of impact and freeze enemies, similar to those from his Kirby Super Star boss fight.||Summons four cutters of wind like in the Kirby Super Star boss fight. The ball creates a large whirlwind on impact.||Summons two arcing fireballs at the explosion.||A thorny cactus like that of the Kirby Super Star boss fight grows from the site of impact.||Shoots two diagonal lightning bolts from the explosion.|
|Marx Megaspin, Rush||Icicles are formed along the flight path. The icicles fall to the ground, damaging enemies and creating crystals.||A huge cyclone appears at the end of the Megaspin. Creates gusts behind Rush, traveling a wavy path.||Shoots fireballs ahead of Marx.||Water drops are ejected during flight.||Shoots electrified arrows resembling those of the Kirby Super Star boss fight.|
|Marx Flip Ultima||Four huge ice stalagmites are formed on the ground.||Multiple large gusts are left behind as Marx ascends from the ground, which let Marx travel higher.||Four fireballs burst out of the ground with Marx.||Six water drops burst out of the ground.||Four lighting bolts burst out, two of which run parallel to the ground.|
Marx's attacks are generally predictable but very powerful. Marx has five attacks that follow a simple, but very distinct,pattern. He starts out by shooting out four crescent blades at Kirby as soon as he appears. He then flies up, going off the screen, and drops four small seeds that grow into four large, thorny vines that appear in the same spots the seeds fell in. After the vines grow and disappear, an electrified shadow appears and begins to follow Kirby around the floor. After a few seconds, Marx springs up from the ground and flies into the air, but comes back down. Marx teleports off-screen and reappears at the side of the screen, glowing blue at this time, and shoots out a stream of arrows at Kirby. Marx flies off and then reappears above Kirby and soon his cheeks puff out. Marx soon spits out a black ball at the ground, which turns into two ice balls that slide across the screen according to Kirby's height level. Finally, Marx's cheeks puff out again while he's glowing, and spits out a giant white beam. Marx soon teleports himself all over the place multiple times in a row. This pattern starts again, but after taking enough damage, his attack patterns will become more random and unpredictable. His newest attack is that he can split himself in two symmetrical halves and reveal his iconic attack - the black hole. Kirby will take extremely heavy damage if he gets sucked into it. Fortunately, this is his slowest and most predictable attack, although it should be kept in mind that the black hole has a considerable range and guarding is ineffective against it. An interesting fact about the battle is that, in the remake, after Marx has taken sufficient damage, the screen will occasionally start changing between blue, green, and red, possibly an effect of him straining his powers to the maximum in an effort to finish Kirby off for good.
In Other Languages
Marx' name remains largely consistent in other languages, always being variations of the same name. Marx' Japanese name is マルク (Maruku), meaning Mark. His German name is Max, while his Spanish name is Marx, his French name is Max, and his Italian name is Mark.
|“||Hey, hey, hey. Can you make peace between the Sun and Moon? You need to ask the giant comet Nova for help! But first, there's something we must do. To ask Nova, we must gather power from all the stars around us. It will be difficult, Kirby, but you can do it! We are counting on you. Good luck!”|
|— Marx to Kirby • Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|“||Well, I want to control Pop Star!”|
|— Marx to Nova • Kirby Super Star/Ultra|
|“||WOW! It worked. The Sun & Moon are fighting. Go find Nova. All my plans worked! Popstar is all MINE! Now, I can do anything! I must be going now. Hahahahahahahah....”|
|— Marx to Kirby • Kirby Super Star|
|“||I did it! It all went according to plan!”|
|— Marx • Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|“||Now I can cause all the mischief I want! Haha! See you later!”|
|— Marx to Kirby • Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|“||Got a plan? Glad to help!”|
|— Marx • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Marx has shown his true form! Fly in and protect Pop Star! Do it, Kirby, our Super Star!”|
|— Marx's Pause Screen description • Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|“||Marx from Kirby Super Star has popped in! A final boss here to help? Unbelievable!”|
|— Marx • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||The cosmic jester from Kirby Super Star sensed danger from afar and is ready to roll across galaxies on his ball! This final boss is here to help!”|
|— Guest Star description • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||The famous jester from Kirby Super Star has finally arrived to get in on the action! Sure, he's had a diabolical past as a final boss, but he'll be your buddy if you keep him well-fed. It's a dream come true!”|
|— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies|
- Despite Marx's Japanese name translating closer to "Mark", the Japanese version of The Arena and Kirby Mass Attack renders it Marx.
- Marx wears a hat near identical to the original hat worn by Mirror Kirby, which also debuted in Kirby Super Star. The two colors on the hat are reversed on Marx's hat and the blue part on Mirror Kirby's hat is more of a teal color. This coincides with the colorful mirror-like panels that stream down Marx's wings, or him splitting in half like Mirror Kirby to perform the Black Hole move.
- Marx's laugh was changed in the remake; it was a warped sound effect in the original, but he was given a demented high-pitched laughter in the remake. In Kirby Mass Attack, his laugh is similar to the remake, but the actual board design is closer to the original version.
- A remix of the theme that plays during the battle against Marx, along with the song from his defeat, appears as a track in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- A portrait of Marx alongside some other final bosses is shown in Kirby: Squeak Squad in one of the collectible pieces of artwork obtainable from Treasure Chests.
- A split second before Marx is powered up by Nova, he looks similar to Marx Soul. This is true even in the original SNES game.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it is possible that Marx had a hand behind the scenes. When Kirby acquires all 120 Energy Spheres in Extra Mode, Magolor tells Kirby that he knows someone who knew Kirby quite well, and implies that this person may have been a former enemy. Magolor also mentions that the ancients of Halcandra who crafted the Lor Starcutter also was "the same power that gave rise to clockwork stars that soar the cosmos," and "mysterious items that can bring dreams to life." These signs most strongly point to Marx, as these are prominent elements of Milky Way Wishes.
- Coincidentally, both were villains who deceived Kirby, and their use of elemental attacks is similar. The black hole attacks used by both villains have the same visual effect: if Kirby is sucked in, he is transported briefly to an alternate dimension where he takes severe damage. Both Marx and Magolor shoot out giant beams that cause heavy damage, and they both teleport themselves all over the place and launch projectiles at Kirby.
- In Kirby Super Star, Marx has pointed arrows at the tips of each wing. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the tips are more rounded like hearts.
- Strangely, the surface of the arena that Kirby fights Marx and Marx Soul on appears to scroll rapidly from the right, even though Kirby may appear to be standing completely still. The same effect was seen in Nightmare's battle in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
- In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby wears Marx's hat as Beam's alternate costume.
- In the manga, Marx is depicted to have hands, unlike his game counterpart.
- Two balloons appear in the background of the highest level of Kirby Star Allies' Goal Game. One is blue with white dot patterns and the other is red with white triangle patterns; they are held together with a red bow tie. These appear to be a reference to Marx.
- When Marx's ball is enhanced with an element in Kirby Star Allies, the hexagon pattern on his wings will change to a single color.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Marx's Pause Screen mentions that he will help Kirby as long as he is "well-fed", but there is no drawback for the player if Marx does not use his black hole attack.
- King Dedede and Marx are the only two true final bosses that are playable in the Kirby series.
- In Kirby Star Allies, on the title, file select, and menu screens, Kirby, Marx, and his friends might reenact the opening cutscene of Milky Way Wishes.
- Marx's yellow alternate palette in Kirby Star Allies has similar, if not identical, colors to Beam Kirby in Kirby Super Star.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Marx is the only friend who has a different animation for the team-up laser attack, which is the face he makes when firing his laser in his boss fight from Milky Way Wishes.