- This article is about the character in general. For other uses, see Kirby (disambiguation).
Kirby, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
|First appearance||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|MG appearance(s)||Super Smash Flash|
Super Smash Flash 2
|Gender||Gender-neutral (in Japan)|
|Created by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Voiced by||Mayumi Tanaka (Mario Kirby Masterpiece)|
Makiko Ōmoto (1999-present)
Kirby (カービィ) is the protagonist of the colorful Kirby series. Though usually a citizen from his home world Dream Land, Kirby is the hero who protects this land and the vicinity using his trademark ability to inhale his enemies and, if swallowed, copy their powers to use them against them. Kirby so far has made two appearances in the McLeodGaming media: his appearance as a 2-in-1 character in Super Smash Flash and as a solo character in Super Smash Flash 2.
During his early development, Kirby was originally named Popopo, and his model was created as a blob placeholder sprite during the development of what would be the first Kirby game, originally titled 'Twinkle Popopo' instead of the current Hoshi no Kābī (星のカービィ). After a while, creator Masahiro Sakurai started to prefer Kirby's placeholder design over the original conception. He later stated that he envisioned Kirby as a 'game for beginners'.
As Kirby's first appearance was on the monochrome screen of the Game Boy, his "true" color could not be represented in-game. Sakurai intended Kirby to be pink. However, Shigeru Miyamoto had envisioned him as yellow. Because of this ambiguity, Nintendo of America was left with some confusion when the game was ported to the West. The American box art, cartridge label, instruction booklet, and even the television commercial for Kirby's Dream Land features Kirby entirely white in color. The Japanese box art, however, depicts Kirby as pink.
Kirby appears a small pink spherical creature with two stubby arms, two red feet and two oval-shaped eyes with black pupils. His pupils gained a faint shade of blue at the bottom starting with Kirby Super Star, which was brightened in later appearances. Kirby's cheek-blushes weren't introduced until his second game, Kirby's Adventure, later becoming red ovals in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. As his appearance implies, Kirby is rather child-like and has persistent cheerfulness. He is incapable of speech in any of the main-series games (barring Kirby's Avalanche, where he speaks coherently), mostly only able to say an elongated "Hi!" or "Poyo", though it has been established that he is fully capable of comprehending language.
There is a debate on the origins of Kirby's name. One widespread view is that Kirby adopted his Western name from the Kirby Corporation, a vacuum cleaner manufacturer, leading to the belief the name is a play on Kirby's ability to inhale just about anything. The other possible explanation is that Kirby was named in honor of Nintendo's legal counsel, John Kirby of Latham & Watkins LLP, who represented them in the courtroom during a copyright infringement lawsuit over Donkey Kong filed by Universal Studios. However, Masahiro Sakurai has been quoted as saying he does not remember how Kirby got his name.
Kirby has been shown to be gluttonous, which makes his rivalry with King Dedede more understandable, but as long as he is well-fed, he is an altruistic hero who jumps at the chance to help those in need. Kirby is very brave, often tackling problems head-on with an unbreakable determination, but is heroic to a fault. When not adventuring, Kirby spends most of his time sleeping and otherwise just relaxing in his homeland, Dream Land. When encountering new situations, Kirby is shown to be a quick learner, best demonstrated with his Copy Abilities obtained when inhaling characters who possess such a power.
In the Super Smash Flash series
In Super Smash Flash
- Main article: Kirby (Super Smash Flash)
Kirby appears in Super Smash Flash as a starter character. He is considered a "2-in-1 character", as he is able to switch mid-match with another character, Meta Knight. He notably lacks his trademark and signature attack Inhale, along with other special attacks from the original Super Smash Bros. games. He uses his Kirby Super Star sprite sheet.
In Super Smash Flash 2
- Main article: Kirby (Super Smash Flash 2)
Kirby returns in Super Smash Flash 2, this time including copy abilities. He is now an individual character along with Meta Knight. His sprites are now custom-made. His moveset is taken directly from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while his voice clips come from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He is ranked 44th of C-tier on the current tier list.