Sorry it took me so long to have colored art of several of the OCs I’ve had for a while, I still have a bunch to go but I got pretty much all of Matt’s group done!
Clockwise from top left: Shmoo, Annie, Flinn & Charo, Josh, and Matt.
I know I technically have colored art of Shmoo already but it’s a rushed meme I did digitally so I decided to do something more “official”. Also, Flinn was technically done already by Tawns (credit to her for the original design, by the way). Also, as the title suggests, I’ll be doing a bit of a loredump for my AU that these characters are a part of as well as a bit of Charo’s backstory since I don’t think it’s a really good idea to make a full story out of that one.
So, I’ll start off with explaining a bit about my Puffball characters. You know how Matt has no powers that other Kirbys have? He can’t inhale, fly, get or use Copy Abilities or even Ability Essences. He’s also into swordfighting though, but in this case it’s different from the Sword ability because he can’t get it or drop it like the ability, he has to have the weapon itself and it doesn’t work the same because he doesn’t have access to the full range of attacks such as Sword Beam. In other words, it works similarly to how real swords do in real life, though Matt still has the endurance that other Kirbys have, so he won’t get severely injured as easily. Also, Matt can use in-universe rides such as Warp Stars and Air Ride Machines, though they are quite rare in my AU which I’ll be explaining next.
As I mentioned, these characters are unsurprisingly part of an alternate universe for Kirby. In this AU, characters like Kirby, Meta Knight, and King Dedede still exist, but they’re treated as great heroes or celebrities of sorts and as such Kirby and Meta Knight in particular are seldom seen other than on TV shows or when something really bad has happened like the Dark Matter incident that killed Sunnie’s mother. Better/more modern technology is more widespread on Pop Star because some members of Magolor’s species settled on there hundreds of years ago and shared some of their technological skills to help Pop Star’s inhabitants. As a result, threats such as Dark Matter have mostly been kept at bay, but situations occasionally arise when it’s too much for the general public to handle, so they do sometimes need major canon characters to help get rid of the threat. This also means that Zero has not been killed yet, so it does fequently send its minions to Pop Star to try and take over, and the threat of it coming to Pop Star looms and grows increasingly as its minions are exterminated one by one by Pop Star’s inhabitants.
On the subject of this AU, the way Copy Abilities work with Kirbys is that most Kirbys have at least five or so Abilities they can use, and it’s almost entirely dependant on genetics for which ones they get. For example, all of Josh’s family members can use the Leaf and Stone Abilities. Kirbys are far more common in this AU, but they’re significantly weaker in general and the only Kirby with all of the Abilities is Kirby himself. Additionally, all of the “standard enemy”-type creatures have lives in this AU, so if they are inhaled or otherwise killed, they will respawn in their beds/nests (just like Minecraft...), so don’t worry about that Hot Head. Sadly, everything else dies forever if it’s killed with the exception of Kirby, who’s essentially immortal.
As I promised, here’s a bit more background info about Charo. Charo’s full name is Charo Candella, and his father and Polara’s younger brother is a famous and powerful magic performer named Kozmo Candella. When Charo was in kindergarten, his father left to “run errands” when in reality he felt “weighed down” by his wife and child and decided to pursue endeavors that he believed would get him more money. Kozmo didn’t come back or contact Charo or his mother at all for ten years, leading to Charo having mental health issues and becoming very lazy and generally unkind towards others. Flinn saw this one day, and decided to become attached to Charo to try and help Charo realize his problems in a sense, though the way he’s doing this... is to be as irritating as he possibly can towards Charo and mocking him constantly. Charo has tried almost everything he can think of to get Flinn away, such as burying him, trying to get a Kirby to eat him, and many other ideas to no avail. Much to Charo’s dismay, everyone around him knows about Flinn. Not even Matt is especially intimdated by Flinn anymore because no one takes Flinn seriously since he’s just that weird thing that Charo shoves into a bag and keeps in his locker all day, singing horribly or spouting a ton of dad jokes whenever someone walks by the locker. Charo’s parents have both tried to get rid of Flinn to no avail, so it seems Flinn is here to stay until Charo finally gets the memo. Who knows, maybe Flinn will attach to Kozmo when he’s done harassing Charo since Kozmo is pretty bad as well?