|“||Back for a new adventure!”|
|— Adeleine & Ribbon • Kirby Star Allies|
Adeleine, also known as Ado, is a character in the Kirby series, appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. She returns in Kirby Star Allies alongside Ribbon as a Dream Friend. She is a gifted young human artist with ability to make pictures she paints come to life.
Adeleine is portrayed as a young girl wearing a long-sleeve, bright green (teal in artwork) collared smock and a bright red beret that covers most of her hair. She also wears a gray skirt, blue socks and large shoes with yellow laces. She is almost always seen with her blue brush with multi-colored paint on the tip, her dark brown paint palette with red, blue and yellow paint and her large easel. She always appears to be blushing, although this may just be due to the fact that almost all characters have cheeks like this. In sub-games she can wear a lavender smock with a violet beret, a beige smock with a chestnut beret, or a cyan smock with a yellow beret, in addition to her plain green and red outfit. She is quite unique in seemingly being the only human to actually live on Planet Popstar and make an appearance in the series.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, she has a full head of brown hair, beady black eyes, two buttons on her shirt, and black shoes; in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, her hair is jet black and shorter with the bangs removed, and she has big black eyes, one button on her shirt, and brown shoes. Kirby Star Allies is closer to the latter appearance except she now has a single fringe of hair on the left side of her forehead, violet eyes, a small, stubby nose, and five fingers on each hand. She is also currently depicted with dark brown hair, merging the hair color from her first two games.
Not much is known about Adeleine's personality. What is known is that she is very artistic and creative, and as such she is almost always seen with her art equipment with which she can create various works of art in less than five seconds. After being freed from Dark Matter's control in her second appearance, she eagerly joins Kirby and the gang. In some parts of the game, and in cutscenes, she usually renders assistance to Kirby and the others by painting food or hints. Like Kirby, she appears to be a cheerful soul, as she is noticeably happy most of the time. According to the Kirby Star Allies Channel on Update 11, Adeleine is a little shy about being fed food and hides her face with her hands when done so.
Adeleine, name shortened to Ado, makes her first appearance as the boss of Cloudy Park. During the battle, Ado stands safely behind her large, cloud-constructed canvas and paints enemies to attack Kirby. After Kirby defeats one of her drawings, she will get mad and make another. Her paintings are all old bosses from Kirby's Dream Land 2. They include Ice Dragon, Sweet Stuff, Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright, and Kracko (in that order), none of which spawn enemies/obstacles that grant abilities. After Kirby defeats them all, Ado, now in a fit of rage, steps down from her canvas and attacks Kirby. She is defeated in one hit, however. Once Kirby lands just a single slide attack on her, Ado rolls off-screen, signifying Kirby's victory.
If all the Heart Stars are collected for Cloudy Park after the boss battle, Ado will become friendly and paint a randomly-selected drawing whenever Kirby enters her arena. In Boss Butch, the cloudy battlefield becomes gray and stormy.
Ado appears during the credits alongside the rest of the game's bosses as they socialize with Kirby. The game ends with Ado dashing across the screen as she swiftly ends the game by painting the word "END" in bright colorful letters in the corner of the screen.
Ado, name lengthened to Adeleine, reappears in the second stage of the first world, Pop Star. She is simply painting a picture when a Crystal Shard falls next to her. She turns and picks it up, when an orb of Dark Matter materializes on her easel and possesses her. Kirby, Ribbon, and Waddle Dee then arrive to find her possessed, and are forced to battle her. In this battle, Adeleine summons a Bronto Burt, an unidentifiable enemy that somewhat resembles both a Gordo and Mariel, and mass of jumbled pixels. After the pixels are defeated, Adeleine summons two stronger enemies; a drawing of Ice Dragon and a drawing of Dark Matter. After the Dark Matter drawing is defeated, Adeleine, just as furious as ever, jumps off of the stump and starts rapidly swiping her brush while charging at Kirby. However, just like in Kirby's Dream Land 3, she can be defeated in one hit.
Throughout various levels of the game, Adeleine will appear and paint items for Kirby. If Kirby enters the area Adeleine is in with full life, she paints a 1UP, otherwise she paints a Maxim Tomato. She may also paint pictures to help Kirby solve puzzles so he can obtain a shard.
Adeleine is also playable in the multiplayer mode of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. In this mode, she has four different outfits - her normal green and red outfit, a purple outfit, a brown costume, and a blue and yellow costume. It was also revealed through pre-release screenshots that she was originally intended to be a playable character in single player, but this was not implemented in the final version for unknown reasons.
Adeleine appears in Kirby Star Allies as one of the Dream Friends that came in the second update. She is paired up with Ribbon as a single Dream Friend in a similar manner to Rick & Kine & Coo. Adeleine can create paintings of past enemies and bosses and has a few moves from her boss fights.
|Brush Slash||B||Adeleine swipes her brush.|
|Brush Force||Dash + B||Adeleine charges forward while rapidly swiping her brush, and if she hits an enemy, she gets pushed back a bit.|
|Painter||↓ + press and release B||Adeleine brings out her canvas and creates paintings of various past enemies. She can paint Batamon, Ghost Knight, I³, and even Octacon in his small form from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Batamon walks around, Ghost Knight thrusts its lance forward, I³ crushes anything below it, and Octacon enlarges itself to damage enemies.|
|Ado's Painter||↓ + press and hold B, then release||Adeleine brings out her canvas and creates paintings of past bosses and a past mid-boss. She can paint Waiu, Ice Dragon, and Kracko. Once she has completed the painting of the boss/mid-boss, she can ride and control it.|
|Ribbon's Crystal||Ribbon Flight + B||Adeleine uses Ribbon's Crystal Gun while being carried to shoot Crystal Shards at enemies. She shoots two Crystal Shards each time she uses it, and it can be used in quick succession.|
|Fairy Dance||↑ + B||Adeleine twirls around with Ribbon in the air, damaging nearby enemies. This attack can also be used to grab nearby items.|
|Canvas Cover||L/R||Adeleine and Ribbon hide behind a canvas. Enemies simply pass by instead of hitting the canvas.|
|Al Fresco||Press and hold ↑||Adeleine's exclusive Team-Up Attack. She paints the same picnic minigame from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, in which it then creates a bunch of Food and Point Stars.|
Ado's Painter Movesets
Attack names for this section are conjectural.
|Kracko||Revolution Beam||B||Kracko creates two beams of electricity around it. Can grant friends the Zap element.|
|Lightning Bolt||Hold B||Kracko shoots a lightning bolt below it.|
|Ice Dragon||Ice Breath||B||Ice Dragon breathes icy wind while moving forward. Can grant friends the Blizzard element.|
|Block Push||↓ + B||Ice Dragon creates a block of ice and pushes it forward.|
|Icicle Drop||↓ + B in midair||Ice Dragon slams down, causing four icicles to fall, two on each side.|
|Waiu||Cutter Throw||B||Waiu throws a purple cutter. Can cut down ropes and grass.|
|Vanishing Dash||Dash + B||Waiu vanishes and then quickly moves a distance depending on how long the button is held.|
|Star Stomp||↓ + B in midair||Waiu stomps down on the ground, creating a purple star that bounces along the ground.|
For years, it was unclear whether or not Ado and Adeleine were the same character, given their different names and slightly different character designs. However, the fact that the Japanese romanization of Adeleine's name is "Adorēnu" at least implies a connection. The Japanese manga adaptation of Kirby's Dream Land 3 features a character redesign very similar to Adeleine's, with Ado's name and color palette; in addition, it is the first source confirming that the character is female, which would later be the case in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. The Japanese-exclusive 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen leaves this issue open-ended, although it suggests it is likely that Ado is merely Adeleine's nickname as both girls came to Popstar to improve their art skills. HAL Laboratory occasionally referenced Adeleine in games following the book, even including Ado as part of the collectible "Sweet Stuff Drawing" and "Boss Butch" keychains in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
In 2017, a Japanese artbook known as Kirby Art & Style Collection was released to commemorate Kirby's 25th anniversary. In it, one page showed scans of documents from the development of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, specifically documents regarding the character of Adeleine. The document explicitly states that Adeleine was the artist in Kirby's Dream Land 3, and that the artists and graphic designers for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards should refer to her then-new redesign as opposed to how she appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Additionally, the document refers to her using gender-neutral pronouns, which could imply that the character was initially intended to be androgynous. It has also been discovered that "N64_Ado" is the internal label for the remixed track of Adeleine's introductory cutscene from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, found in the four Nintendo 3DS eShop games, further supporting the idea that Ado is simply shorthand for Adeleine.
In Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine has a move called Ado's Painter, referencing her debut appearance where she only painted bosses instead of enemies. Certain promotional material such as Nintendo of Europe's YouTube video descriptions for the Adeleine & Ribbon DLC reconfirm the notion that Adeleine first appeared as Ado in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
The name Adeleine is is a variation of the name Adeline. It originates from France and means 'noble' or 'nobility.'
Given the pronunciation of the name, it's likely a pun on the phrase "Add a line."
|“||Adeleine, an aspiring artist, comes to Pop Star to study art but finds herself in the middle of a Dark Matter mess.”|
|— Instruction manual • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|“||The wait is over! This clever artist and her fairy companion from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards are back on Planet Popstar! They may not be the galaxy's most powerful duo, but their perilous paintings and shiny crystals are nothing to scoff at.”|
|— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||The attack artist from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and her pal Ribbon have returned! And with Adeleine's newly improved painting skills, these two are ready to be in the mix!”|
|— Guest Star Description • Kirby Star Allies|
- A pre-release screenshot of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards shows that Adeleine was playable in the main game at one point in development.
- In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Adeleine's battle theme can be heard from Copy Ability selection screen in the Kirby Fighters sub-game. It was remixed in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
- Adeleine makes a cameo as a keychain in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Adeleine used to be the mascot of the "Galería CN" (CN Gallery) section of the 1991 Mexican Club Nintendo magazine. The section was incorporated late in 2000 and was then named "Galerie d' Adeleine" (Adeleine's Gallery). Subscribers of the magazine could send their own drawings and paintings to the editors with a select few being featured in one issue of the magazine. The gallery's name has since been changed to its current name and removed Adeleine from the section.
- On February 13, 2017, Adeleine appeared in artwork on the official Kirby 25th anniversary Twitter account, alongside several other prominent female characters in the series. This marks the first time she has made an official appearance in Kirby media since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Since then, she's made multiple appearances in the account's tweets, and a tweet commemorating its 100,000 followers states that she's the one illustrating the account's artwork.
- The Artist ability, introduced in Kirby Star Allies, is based on Adeleine. Kirby wears a red beret that looks similar to Adeleine's, and one of his moves has Kirby paint characters on an easel to aid him, similar to Adeleine's actions during her boss fights.
- Kirby also uses his paintbrush to swipe at enemies, which is similar to a pre-release screenshot of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards showing Adeleine attacking a Mariel in a similar manner.
- Adeleine and Ribbon are the first two female Dream Friends in Kirby Star Allies.
- The canvas that Adeleine and Ribbon hide behind in Kirby Star Allies depicts the same paintings used for the first stages of Pop Star, Rock Star and Shiver Star on the stage select in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- In addition to this, the canvas will rarely depict Adeleine's self-portrait that appears in the game's end credits after the good ending.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine's move Ado's Painter creates paintings from a canvas on top of a stump instead of an easel. This is a reference to the big canvas she used in her boss fight in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- When Adeleine takes a hit in Kirby Star Allies when using her Brush Force attack, her knockback animation matches the tumble animation she goes into after being defeated in Kirby Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Adeleine & Ribbon take more damage from enemies and obstacles than Kirby and other Friends.
- Adeleine's Al Fresco Friend Ability is a double entendre: alfresco is Italian, referring to the outdoors; it is typically used in context with dining, referencing the move's ability to produce food, but can also refer to painting on a blank slate, which is what Adeleine does during this move.
- According to a Nintendo Dream magazine, the staff of Kirby Star Allies had originally meant for Adeleine to be voiced in her appearance as a Dream Friend, and even found a staff member to voice her, but scrapped the idea later on.