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Grab foes—then slam them to the ground!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Backdrop, spelled Back Drop in Kirby's Adventure, is a Copy Ability in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Adventure.


Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Backdrop focuses on grabbing opponents and slamming them with wrestling techniques to deal damage. It is one of the most complex abilities in the game, featuring six separate throws, whereas most Copy Abilities in the game only have one. Backdrop grabs opponents by inhaling them. As such, enemies that cannot be inhaled, such as Scarfys, cannot be grabbed. Backdrop is obtained from the Bugzzy mid-boss.

In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Backdrop now uses a dash grab, the same method used by its successor Suplex. As such, it can grab things that inhaling cannot.

As Suplex features the same mid-boss to obtain the ability, features all of Backdrop's techniques in addition to more, and Backdrop's visual similarity to Fighter, Suplex is viewed as the replacement for Backdrop or even the same ability, although this has not been formally stated; Backdrop was even considered for Kirby Battle Royale as a Copy Ability that could be added into the game.


Move Controls Description
Kirby's Adventure
B Kirby inhales/dashes forward and grabs an enemy/object. This then allows him to initiate one of five throws if on the ground or one in the air. Kirby is invincible after lifting, and enemies that come into contact with Kirby during this will take damage, but after a set period of time, Kirby will automatically perform Back Breaker or Body Slam.
Dash Grab
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Body Slam ↓ after lifting Kirby slams the grabbed object beneath him.
Pile Driver → after lifting Kirby leaps forward and slams the grabbed object onto the ground in front of him.
Rock Drop A after lifting Kirby makes a huge jump, holding the grabbed object over his head. At the climax of the jump, Kirby flips so that the grabbed object is below him, then slams it into the ground. If whatever Kirby is holding collides with a wall or ceiling, it is destroyed and the throw ends. The player can influence how far the jump goes by holding right or left.
Backdrop ← after lifting Kirby flips backwards and slams the grabbed object onto the ground behind him.
Back Breaker ↑ after lifting Kirby makes a small hop in place, slamming the grabbed object over his shoulders.
Air Body Slam Lifting in midair Kirby throws the grabbed object downward toward the ground. This throw occurs automatically if Kirby grabs an enemy/object in the air.

Flavor texts

GameFlavor text
Kirby's Adventure
Kirby can use a powerful wrestling technique, the back drop, to defeat his opponents!
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Whoo-HAAH! Once I grab a foe, throw him with +!

Related Quotes

Kirby can use six tricks to win!
— Intro description • Kirby's Adventure

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese バックドロップ Officially romanized as Back Drop.
English Back Drop
Kirby's Adventure

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
German Back Drop
Kirby's Adventure

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Same as English.
Kirby's Adventure

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
French Jeté
Kirby's Adventure

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Translates to Thrown. The Throw ability has a different name in French.
Kirby's Adventure

Translates to Somersault.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Italian Schianto Translates to Crash or Knockout. The Crash ability has a different name in Italian.
Spanish ¡Kiaaa! Translates to Kiaaa!






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