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Pop Star in Kirby Super Star
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Stars are a recurring motif throughout the Kirby series, especially the yellow five-pointed star. They represent Kirby himself, since the Japanese titles for the Kirby's Dream Land trilogy and Kirby: Right Back at Ya! are simply Hoshi no Kābī, literally translating to "Kirby of the Stars." Against Nova in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby's Starship is formed from stars themselves.

Stars are a common decoration on most things related to Kirby and objects common in the series, for example, Kirby's Warp Star, Pop Star, King Dedede's Hammer, and Star Blocks, and they have a prominent role in gameplay.

Gameplay

Collectible

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Stars in Kirby: Canvas Curse.

Stars are collectibles introduced in Kirby's Dream Land 2. Whenever Kirby has collected enough, he gets a 1UP. Every time Kirby collects one, a gauge at the bottom of the screen fills up. It takes a varying number of stars before Kirby is granted the 1UP. Getting large numbers of them are possible in the Goal games of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby: Canvas Curse, so the numbers are scaled up.

Stars Title
7 Kirby's Dream Land 2
30 Kirby's Dream Land 3
30 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
100 Kirby: Canvas Curse
100 Kirby's Return to Dream Land

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, stars are collected in pieces, and since each piece is worth 1/5th of a star, essentially Kirby needs to find 30 individual pieces before being granted a 1UP. However, there are larger stars which grant more than 1/5th of a piece.

In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, stars come in several different denominations:

Yellow Stars

Yellow Stars are the most common type of star, and the least valuable. They are worth one point.
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A Yellow Star

Red Stars

Red Stars can only be obtained during the Goal Game, and award the player three points upon getting one.
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A Red Star

Green Stars

Green Stars are similar to Red Stars in that they can only be obtained during the Goal Game. They offer the player five points upon collection.      
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A Green Star

Blue Stars

Blue Stars are only found in place of the Crystal Shards already obtained when repeating a previously-cleared level. They give the player ten points upon collection.
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A Blue Star

It should be noted that when facing a boss, the star gauge is replaced by a health gauge representing the boss's health, and becomes red instead of yellow.

In Kirby's Epic Yarn, since no vitality system is in play, the Star Bead is worth 100 beads instead.

Projectile

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Kirby spits out the star of an enemy.

Upon performing the inhale, Kirby has a choice to either swallow the object in his mouth or spit it back out i.e. the Star Spit attack. Should he decide to spit it out, the object, regardless of what it was, becomes a star projectile. If Kirby inhaled more than one object at once, the resulting star is much more powerful, and can go through enemies and hit larger ones more than once. In Kirby: Squeak Squad, such stars can be manually made using Bubble on ability-neutral enemies and combining the bubbles within the Copy Palette.

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Kirby holding up the star of an ability-yielding enemy.

Star projectiles in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards have a different appearance to the five-pointed yellow variety in every other game. Instead of spitting objects out as stars, Kirby spits out the object as it is. When lifted above Kirby's head, however, if it is an ability-yielding enemy that has been swallowed or any multiple enemies that have been inhaled, they turn into stars; the ones which yield copy abilities turn into 4-pointed stars with the color of the ability and a ring surrounding it, while ability-neutral ones give white, 5-pointed stars. If two enemies are inhaled simultaneously and one is ability-neutral and one is not, the resultant star has a light texture of the color representing the copy ability. If two ability-yielding enemies are swallowed at the same time, the star will have the color of the Copy Ability, eight points, and two rings around it.

Ability Star

Should Kirby be using a copy ability and take (enough) damage, the ability will be lost in the form of the ability star. This star is very fragile and does not survive very long outside of Kirby, and bounces about the stage, but can be re-inhaled if Kirby gets to it in time. Should it be lost in water, it will float slowly upwards towards the surface. It disappears as soon as it touches Spikes or Lava. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby can hold an Ability Star above his head, and can either throw it at another enemy to mix abilities, swallow it, or just dispose of it. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, ability stars have their own unique coloration, and a symbol on the front. There are even ability stars for Super Abilities.

Blue Star

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A Blue Star.

Blue Stars are items exclusive to Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. They look like the Sparkling Stars from Kirby's Dream Land, but are blue. One Blue Star is hidden in each level of the game. If Kirby gets a Blue Star and beats the level he found it in without losing a life, he will leave the level on a Bonus Star, which is a blue version of the Warp Star. From there, the player must choose a sub-game to play.

Red Star

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A Red Star.

Red Stars are also items exclusive to Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. They look exactly like Blue Stars, but are red in color. One Red Star is hidden in each level of the game. Like with Blue Stars, the player does not get any benefit from them unless he/she beats the level without losing a life. To complete the game 100%, the player must collect all of these.

Star Seal

MaxtomatoKAR Main article: Star Seal
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The Five Star Seals.

The Star Seals are items in Kirby: Squeak Squad which unlocks the sealed door at the end of Ice Island leading to Secret Sea and to Meta Knight. Each are found in a different treasure chest in each previous world, and the ones containing a Star Seal glow brightly with an aura.

Sparkling Star

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The five Sparkling Stars are key collectible items in Kirby's Dream Land and in Spring Breeze of Kirby Super Star and its remake. They are recovered from King Dedede's minions in each level and allow Kirby to return all of the stolen food back to everyone on Pop Star.

Heroic heart

MaxtomatoKAR Main article: Heroic heart

The heroic heart is the heart of Kirby that appears after he has been split into ten in Kirby Mass Attack. It acts similarly to the Power Paintbrush of Kirby: Canvas Curse.

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