|“||Energized by the Fountain of Dreams, the original king is here with his team in tow, ready to cause some ruckus! He's hoping his royal pride and some solid teamwork will help him feel like a final boss once again!”|
|— VS Team DDD24 • Kirby Fighters Deluxe|
Team DDD is a group of opponents fought in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. It is comprised of King Dedede and 23-63 smaller replicas of him called Mini Dededes and Combo Dededes. The team serves as the final boss of the game. Kirby challenges it at the Fountain of Dreams after winning eight matches.
Mini Dedede, as his name suggests, is a small reddish-pink clone of King Dedede which wields a squeaky hammer. He is half the size of the original king. Depending on the difficulty setting, between 21 and 61 Mini Dededes appear to battle. Mini Dededes are very weak and easily defeated in a single hit from most abilities.
Combo Dedede is an orange clone of King Dedede. He is nearly the same size as the original king, and wields a wooden hammer identical to the one King Dedede normally uses in other games. Two Combo Dededes appear alongside the king himself after the Mini Dededes have been dispatched. Combo Dededes are tougher than Mini Dededes, and are able to absorb many more hits, as well as deal more damage with their attacks.
|Main article: King Dedede|
King Dedede's physical appearance from Kirby: Triple Deluxe is reused. Here, however, he wields Star Rod Hammer Dedede Custom, a hammer designed after the Star Rod, rather than his traditional or mechanical hammers. The King is the most powerful member of Team DDD.
Mini Dededes and Combo Dededes both use the same attacks (all of which are copied from Masked Dedede's move set in Kirby: Triple Deluxe). They can float, leap, body slam, and hit Kirby with their hammers. They also have a variation of the body slam attack in which they spin, sliding a greater distance. When used by Mini Dededes and Combo Dededes, these attacks are generally smaller-scale and weaker than Masked Dedede's.
King Dedede himself uses the same attacks as Masked Dedede as well. However, once his Combo Dededes have been defeated, he doubles in size and gains a new destructive move set. He can walk around the stage rapidly pounding the ground with his hammer, leap around repeatedly, and spin around with his hammer (which launches four keychains into the screen, obscuring the player's view of the battle). On Very Hard difficulty, these keychains are Dedede-themed. The higher the difficulty level, the faster King Dedede's attacks will be.
|“||The king is back, looking for a last shot at revenge. His team members may be miniature, but they sure mean business! "Hey! You pesky pink puffball! Are you ready for a team battle? Then let's go!"”|
|— VS Team DDD64 • Kirby Fighters Deluxe|
- Mini Dededes and Combo Dededes use the same voice clips as King Dedede, except they are much higher in pitch.
- The flavor text for the battle, as well as the design and powers of King Dedede's new hammer, seem to imply that the power of the Star Rod itself is channeled through Dedede's hammer, though this has not been confirmed.
- The idea behind King Dedede's team of miniatures came from the splitting of the Star Rod in Kirby's Adventure.
- Along with the unique attacks on Very Hard mode, there is a King Dedede medley theme, titled "History of Dedede," that plays once the Combo Dededes appear.
- Miniature clones of King Dedede that are similar to Mini Dededes appeared in Kirby's Dream Course, known as Chibi Dededes.