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Kirby: Triple Deluxe artwork
|Parasol Waddle Dee|
|Category||Regular enemy, Helper|
|“||Attack a Waddle Dee to make it let go of its parasol. As the parasol floats into the air, it can snag you and carry you with it. Watch out!”|
|— Hint • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
Parasol Waddle Dees are the second most common form of Waddle Dee - a relatively harmless variant that hold a red and white Parasol. It is the only Waddle Dee that bestows an ability (Parasol) to Kirby when inhaled. Inhaling the parasol after it is let go of gives the same effect, but inhaling the Waddle Dee that has already dropped the parasol gives no ability.
Parasol Waddle Dees aren't the only enemies that can possess a parasol; Waddle Doos can also hold them, though Parasol Waddle Doos are uncommonly seen in the series. They will give Kirby Parasol ability instead of Beam ability, unless the parasol is released.
Parasol Waddle Dees mainly look the same like their common cousins, the regular Waddle Dees, the only difference being that Parasol Waddle Dees are carrying a parasol. These enemies also swap their color palette to the appearance of the Waddle Dees in the area.
Parasol Waddle Dees often float down slowly from the sky. Once they reach the ground, they usually let go of their parasols and stay in place or walk around, but sometimes they hold hold onto the parasol upon reaching the ground. They do not attack Kirby, regardless.
In Kirby Super Star and its remake, this particular type of Waddle Dee is the Helper for the Parasol ability. The Helper can use all the attacks that Parasol Kirby can use, whereas the plain enemy version is devoid of attacks aside from coming in contact with Kirby as it calmly floats down. The exception to this is the rare "Parasol Spear Waddle Dee", which is a relatively new variant exclusive to the Revenge of the King sub-game, which can attack Kirby with a spear upon landing.
In Kirby's Epic Yarn, these Waddle Dees can permanently float in the air and act as midair platforms for Kirby and Prince Fluff to stand on. Some walk on the ground holding the parasol sideways, and these can deflect yarn whip attacks against them.
Parasol Waddle Dee appears alongside regular Waddle Dee in all games except Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Canvas Curse, and most spin-off games. In some rare cases, a Waddle Doo may hold a parasol as well and float down from the sky.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Parasol Waddle Dee is first introduced in Raisin Ruins. He appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition as well. He appears in the Parasol Challenge.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Parasol Waddle Dee appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS's Smash Run mode. He floats down from the sky as he does in the Kirby series, and he'll jump back into the air shortly after landing. His parasol protects him projectiles and bounces players who try to land on him.
|“||This citizen of Dream Land falls gracefully from the sky clutching a parasol. Waddle Dee itself is fairly harmless, but the parasol can deflect anything. Don't hurt yourself accidentally! Also, be careful if one releases its parasol—that floating umbrella can really sting!”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|