I'm not just a pretty face!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Star Allies

Bandana Waddle Dee, otherwise known simply as Waddle Dee or Bandana Dee, is a character in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby Super Star. He is a Waddle Dee who wears a blue bandana. He has gone from being an insignificant, minor character in his first appearances to being a prominent figure who has appeared in almost every Kirby game to date since Kirby Mass Attack.

In his debut, he only made a brief appearance in Megaton Punch, though the remake extends this appearance to Revenge of the King and takes over the role of Arena Waddle Dee. He most often acts as King Dedede's sidekick. He wields a spear as his weapon. When properly equipped, he is one of the few known Waddle Dees depicted to be on par with Kirby, in terms of skill and strength.

Physical Appearance

Bandana Waddle Dee looks identical to that of a regular Waddle Dee. Unlike regular Waddle Dees however, he has more of a maroon-colored skin tone instead of orange. His most noticeable feature is the navy blue bandana he wears on top of his head, which helps to distinguish him from the other members of his species.


In his first major role in Kirby Super Star Ultra’s Revenge of the King sub-game, Bandana Waddle Dee is fiercely loyal to King Dedede, serving as his closest follower. He is always willing to follow the monarch's orders, and even fights Kirby despite not yet having any skills in combat. Since Kirby's Return to Dream Land, however, Bandana Waddle Dee has become one of Kirby's closest allies as well as a skilled spear wielder. He aids Kirby by giving him Assist Stars over the course of Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot. In Kirby Battle Royale, Bandana Waddle Dee acts as a foil to Kirby, being his partner during King Dedede's Cake Royale Tournament, essentially serving as the deuteragonist in the story mode of the game. In this game, he's also revealed to be quite a fan of Meta Knight, sometimes shouting his name when he sees him.

Bandana Waddle Dee is said to be friendly toward Kirby and Dedede's allies, but proves himself to be a "brave warrior" against his opponents, such as when he charged at, attacked, and chased off Grab Hand with no hesitation in the opening of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Despite his courageous nature, Bandana Waddle Dee has been shown to have some insecurities. In Kirby Battle Royale, while smart and cautious, he also appears to be timid and shy. In the Kirby Memorial Arrangement album track titled “The Apple Juice Song,” he expresses his desire to someday become strong, mature, and popular like his allies, giving him somewhat of an underdog role compared to the other protagonists.

He also seems to have an interest in certain types of food. Bandana Waddle Dee is seen fishing in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, shows as much excitement as Kirby at the prospect of the cake of his dreams in Kirby Battle Royale, and, according to "The Apple Juice Song," drinks apple juice daily.


Kirby Super Star

He is first seen in the sub-game Megaton Punch in Kirby Super Star, as the first and easiest of the three opponents, implying he isn't very good at the sport.

When controlled by a CPU, he will get a set score. In Level 1, he scores 151 MT. In Level 2, he scores 160 MT. In Level 3, he scores 167 MT.

Kirby Super Star Ultra

KSSU Bandana Waddle Dee Neutral

Bandana Waddle Dee.

He appears again in Megaton Punch as the first combatant, but he is given a more significant role as King Dedede's adviser in the Revenge of the King sub-game. After Kirby defeats everything else King Dedede threw at him, he sends Bandana Waddle Dee against Kirby, much to his sadness and horror, as he knows he stands little to no chance against the pink puff. Dedede decides to spare him, but he still goes ahead to stop Kirby regardless, out of pure loyalty to the king.

He has higher hit points than a regular Waddle Dee (also replacing its appearance as an Arena-exclusive boss), but he does not offer much in the way of a threat. He jumps and lands in an attempt to hit Kirby. Kirby can defeat him with a single inhale, and he yields no Copy Ability. Later, Bandana Waddle Dee reappears as the sole cheerer for Masked Dedede when Kirby finally reaches him, waving happily whenever Kirby or his Helper gets hurt. His final appearance is walking beside the King in the sub-game's credits.

Kirby Mass Attack

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Bandana Waddle Dee makes a cameo in Strato Patrol EOS cheering for Meta Knight, along with Sailor Waddle Dee.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Waddle Dee is a playable character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and is controllable by players 2, 3, or 4. He was first revealed in the official trailer, running with King Dedede behind Kirby, who is carrying his Strawberry Shortcake. While back to being simply called "Waddle Dee", he wields a versatile spear, which he can throw, jab with, or perform a charge attack where he twirls it above his head like a helicopter blade, which makes him fly as well. In general, his form of attack is basically the same as the Spear copy ability. He is also prominent in cutscenes, similar to his counterpart in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Waddle Dee can be used by Player 1 in The Arena and The True Arena after Kirby has beaten each once.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Bandana Waddle Dee functions very similarly to how Adeleine did in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: he periodically tosses an Assist Star containing an item (typically food or an Energy Drink, or occasionally a Maxim Tomato or Reviving Tomato) from the background for Kirby to catch in the foreground. He only appears prior to boss and mid-boss battles. If the Nintendo 3DS system StreetPasses another person, Bandana Waddle Dee will toss a better item, such as a Maxim Tomato. If a copy of Kirby: Triple Deluxe is in the system when it is StreetPassed, Bandana Waddle Dee will toss Kirby a keychain as well. If two systems StreetPass multiple times, Bandana Waddle Dee will throw three items, often including a rare keychain.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Bandana Waddle Dee offers the same service he does in Kirby: Triple Deluxe: throwing Assist Stars to Kirby from the background. Instead of throwing keychains for StreetPass bonuses, he throws normal and/or rare stickers. Additionally, Bandana Waddle Dee serves as the basis for many stickers. Bandana Waddle Dee throws Meta Knight eight Meta Points in the Meta Knightmare Returns sub-game.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse as a playable character alongside two identically dressed, but differently colored, Waddle Dees. While Kirby is in his ball form, Bandana Waddle Dee controls normally in traditional platformer style, and can assist Kirby as he plays through stages. He can perform actions such as picking Kirby up and tossing him to other players. He also can thrust his spear in different directions to attack enemies. This is required when fighting Grab Hands, who appear as mid-bosses regularly throughout the game when more than one player is present. Aside from during the final boss battle, they do not appear in single-player mode, because Kirby has no means of defeating them alone. When entering the game and taking damage, one is able to hear his voice clips through the speakers on the Wii Remote.

Bandana Waddle Dee's abilities change when Kirby has a transformation. When the hero transforms into a tank, Bandana Waddle Dee gains a hat with a cannon mounted on it, enabling him to shoot projectiles. When Kirby transforms into a submarine, Bandana Waddle Dee transforms into one himself. However, he cannot change into rocket form alongside Kirby, and is absent for the full duration of the segments of stages in which it appears. However, Bandana Waddle Dee players still have a limited form of control during these sequences, as they can send speed boosts to Kirby Rocket from offscreen.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash

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Bandana Waddle Dee sits near the Gem Apple Tree. Kirby can talk to him to receive tips and other information. Every 12 hours, he can harvest Gem Apples that are growing on the tree, giving them to the player.

Kirby Battle Royale

Bandana Waddle Dee appears in the story mode of this game, and has a plot-important role. He first shows up in the tutorial, acting as an item to be picked up and carried. He claims that he has been walking all night to get to King Dedede's Cake Royale Tournament. He, again, along with other members of his species, is given the same voice as in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. It's revealed that he seems to be terrified of riding the Warp Star, looking panicked when he and Kirby ride it, as well as invigorating him to get his strength back. Once there, he becomes partners with Kirby, and follows him around as an ally, as well as being Kirby's ally in team battles. He uses a parasol to fight instead of the usual spear; this parasol has the same design as the custom Parasol obtained from using the Waddle Dee amiibo in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

He shows skepticism when King Dedede challenges him and Kirby to a fight, and panics when Kirby chases King Dedede to his throne room, and then to the basement of the castle. He then runs off and finds a cannon, which he tosses to Kirby, who uses it the final battle. Once the boss is defeated, he and Kirby emerge victoriously from the basement, where they are hailed as the winners of the cake royal. They then run towards the cake happily. After the credits, an image of he and Kirby enjoying the cake is shown, and he has a kiwi cut in the shape of a star, which was taken from the cake.

Kirby Star Allies

Bandana Waddle Dee appears as a Dream Friend and retains his moveset from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and he is capable of imbuing his spear with an element. He is the only character in the game to use the Spear ability's moveset, as neither Kirby nor any friend can obtain the Spear ability. In the third update releasing on November 30, 2018, Bandana Waddle Dee received a new attack; Ground Thrust, in which he charges at enemies with his spear pointed forward.


Move Controls Description Damage
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Spear Thrust 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts his spear forward. 18 20
Back Thrust Thrust, then face opposite + 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts his spear the other way. 18 22
Skyward Thrust ↑ + 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts his spear upwards. 18 (1st hit far), 12 (1st hit near), 15 (2nd hit (near only)) 12 (1st hit) 20 (2nd hit)
Ground Thrust
↓ + B Bandana Waddle Dee rushes his spear forward along the ground, then flicks it upward. Pressing A before the flick will cause him to pole-vault instead, dropping his spear. This attack was added in the 4.0.0 Update. N/A 32
Moon Drop (midair) ↓ + button 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee flashes the spear and twirls it downwards towards the ground. 20 (1st hit), 17 (2nd hit) 22 (1st/2nd hits)
Waddle Spear Throw Dash + 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee throws one spear a short distance. 24 24
Waddle Spear Barrage Dash, then while midair press 1/B repeatedly Bandana Waddle Dee throws multiple spears in succession while slowly descending. During this descent, he can glide left or right, but will not change the direction he faces. 24 per spear 24
Waddle Triple Throw Dash + Hold 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee throws three spears at once in a spread. 30 32
Multispear Attack 1/B repeatedly Bandana Waddle Dee unleashes a flurry of forward jabs with the spear before finishing with a powerful thrust, the Pinpoint Thrust. Comboed from Spear Thrust. 8 (1st hit not comboed), 7 (1st hit comboed, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th hits), 28 (6th hit near), 32 (6th hit far) 10 (Rapid Jabs), 48 (Pinpoint Thrust)
Waddle Copter Hold Button 1/B, then release Bandana Waddle Dee twirls the spear above his head and hovers like a helicopter. Anything touching the spinning spear takes damage. The hover ends after six seconds, and Bandana Waddle Dee slows the twirling and lands. 7 (1st hit), 6 (repeat hits) 20
Underwater Thrust (underwater) 1/B Same as Thrust, but executed underwater. 18 20
Surface Thrust (underwater) ↑ + 1/B Same as Skyward Thrust, but executed underwater. 18 20
Underwater Downward Thrust (underwater) ↓ + 1/B Bandana Waddle Dee thrusts his spear downward.. 18 20

Elemental attributes in Kirby Star Allies

Move Blizzard Bluster Sizzle Splash Zap
Multispear Thrust Crystalline ice spikes are created behind the thrust. The thrust sends Bandana Waddle Dee rocketing farther. An explosion is created on the spearhead during the thrust. Thrust sends three water droplets splashing down behind Bandana Waddle Dee. Three electrical explosions are created behind Bandana Waddle Dee after the thrust.
Ground Thrust Three ice crystals are tossed from the spear flick. A gust of wind is tossed from the spear flick. Three fireballs are tossed from the spear flick. Four water droplets are tossed from the spear flick. Lightning strikes the spear head during the flick, causing an electrical explosion. Performing a pole vault will cause lightning to strike the dropped spear on contact with the ground.
Moon Drop Four ice spikes, two on each side, are created on impact. A gust of wind is kicked up around the impact. Fire coats the ground around the impact. Four water droplets, two on each side, splash down on impact. An electrical explosion strikes the impact spot.
Waddle Spear Throw The ground where the spear is thrown is covered in ice temporarily. Spears curve upward when thrown. The ground around the thrown spear is set ablaze. The impacted spot of the thrown spear is splashed with water. A lightning bolt strikes the thrown spear on impact.
Waddle Spear Barrage
Waddle Triple Throw
Waddle Copter Icicles are dropped below the spear as Bandana Waddle Dee flies. Bandana Waddle Dee gains a massive amount of lift at the start due to a tornado. This tornado damages anything in it. Fireballs are scattered around Bandana Waddle Dee as he flies. Water droplets are scattered everywhere as Bandana Waddle Dee flies. Lightning strikes the spearhead as Bandana Waddle Dee flies.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Bandana Waddle Dee appears as an Ace-class primary neutral spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When applied to a fighter, the fighter's battering items are boosted. He is the enhanced form of a Waddle Dee spirit.

In Other Languages

Bandana Waddle Dee's name changes depending on the language. In Japanese, his name is バンダナワドルディ (Bandanawadorudi), meaning Bandana Waddle Dee. His German name is Waddle-Dee-Assistent, meaning Waddle Dee Assistant. His Spanish name, Waddle Dee Pañuelo, is the same as his English one, meaning Bandana Waddle Dee. His French name is Bandana Waddle Dee. His Italian name is Waddle Dee Aiutante, meaning Waddle Dee Helper, similar to his German name. His Arabic name, باندانا وادل دي (Bandana Wadl Di), means Bandana Waddle Dee. Finally, his Russian name is Уоддл Ди в бандане (Uoddl Di v bandane), meaning Waddle Dee in the Bandana.


It's [day], [month]/[day]/[year]! Wait a second... That's odd! The village clock changed! You might notice that the time looks a little wrong, but don't worry... It'll be fixed after a single day passes! Remember, if you change the time on your Nintendo 3DS, the town clock changes too.
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Here's something you ought to know...
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
If you buy Gem Apples, the tree will grow. That means more apples with every harvest!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
If you complete Heroic Missions, you'll receive rewards! Want to know what you'll get? Check before you start a quest or in your profile. It'd be nice if I could get a reward, too...
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
You can capture an image of the screen by holding down X and pressing L + R. I want to take lots of pictures and show them off to my friends!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
When you call on Wandering Adventurers, your Nintendo 3DS friends might come visit. What kinds of weapons and armor will they have? I can't wait to see!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Thank you for protecting everyone in the kingdom when Landia EX went berserk! Things may look peaceful now, but tough times are always around the bend... I suspect that more challenging battles are in your future! The only one who can save the you! I believe in you, Kirby! Good luck!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
It's time to torch Tuesday! You'll get double the Fire Fragments from each quest.
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Have a watery Wednesday! You'll get double the Water Fragments from each quest.
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Fridays are phosphorescent! You'll get double the Light Fragments from each quest.
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Urgh... H-huh? Kirby? What are you doing here? Never mind. Don't have time. I'm late enough as it is! Oooh... Can't take another step. I walked all night long. But, I have to get to the cake of my dreams! All I can THINK about is that tasty, tasty cake!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
Are you OK, Kirby? What a relief! Huh? What's in that bush? He looks just as tough as you, Kirby! Be careful!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
Yikes! That crazy blue guy just attacked us out of the blue! If he was pink, he could have been your identical twin! There's something strange about all this, don't you think? Well, let's keep moving. We've got to get to that stadium!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
Hey! I bet that blue Kirby in the woods came from that printer!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
Get started by tilting ↑ in front of the Quest Board!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Super Kirby Clash
Woah! Welcome back, Kirby! I'm so relieved you made it back safe! You beat the ancient hero, strongest warrior in the galaxy! I guess that makes you the strongest now! Do you think, maybe, in some far-flung future, the ancient hero might somehow come back? Well, if he did, I'll bet some young person like you would just step up and save the world again! Thanks SO much for everything you've done, Super Team Kirby!
— Bandana Waddle Dee • Super Kirby Clash

Related Quotes

Hey, it’s everyone’s idol! Don't let the cute fool you! He’s a brave warrior who may be small, but his spear packs a huge wallop!
— In-game description • Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Unlike his fellow Waddle Dees, Bandana Dee likes to help his pal Kirby.
— Official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website
This is Kirby's faithful companion during this adventure. He likes to poke enemies with his trusty spear, and he can even pick up and throw Kirby! To be honest, he's just happy getting his fair share of the spotlight...
— Figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
When one's not enough, we've got a second Waddle Dee right here! This fellow and his other Waddle Dee buddies like to throw Kirby around. He's scared of heights, so if he climbs up high, he refuses to look down.
— Green Waddle Dee figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
This little guy is the third Waddle Dee. He's made the bold decision to pick up his spear in defense of Dream Land. His biggest thrill is running along the rainbow rope just as it begins to fade, but he'd rather keep that a secret.
— Yellow Waddle Dee figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Waddle Dee has a water transformation that's a lot like Kirby's. His bandanna turns into a propeller, which is great. But afterward he has a wet bandanna, which isn't much fun to wear.
— Waddle Dee (Submarine) figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Is this Dream Friend making a special appearance? This fella was selected to represent the Waddle Dees as they accept their perfect attendance award for the Kirby series. When asked, he said "Oh, I couldn't!" But he was practicing his spear moves at the time...
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
He's got stellar attendance in the Kirby series and deserves a prize. That bandana! That spear! With his courage, he sets himself apart from carefree parasol holders!
— Guest Star description • Kirby Star Allies



The Bandana Waddle Dee hat in StreetPass Mii Plaza.

  • Bandana Waddle Dee was simply called "Waddle Dee" in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, despite being a more defined character instead of a regular Waddle Dee. In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, however, he is officially named "Bandana Waddle Dee."
  • On the American website for Kirby: Triple Deluxe, he is referred to as Bandana Dee within his character summary, even though the header refers to him with his proper name. This is the only time this name was used and may be a localization error.
  • Bandana Waddle Dee is the only boss in Revenge of the King that didn't appear in The True Arena and instead appeared in The Arena.
  • Despite Bandana Waddle Dee being defeated by Kirby earlier in The Revenge, he comes back when Kirby battles Masked Dedede, even if Kirby has inhaled him, which is the easiest way to defeat him.
  • The color variants of Bandana Waddle Dee in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse have unexplained origins. Promotional materials simply call them Waddle Dees. [3]
  • A cyan Bandana Waddle Dee was shown in promotional artwork at E3 2014. This Waddle Dee, which was presumably meant to be a fifth player at one point, was left unused in the final game.
    • Coincidentally, all four Bandana Waddle Dee color variants (red, yellow, green, and cyan) are playable in Kirby Star Allies, though with differently colored feet (and a different colored bandana in cyan's case).
  • Bandana Waddle Dee makes a cameo appearance as a purchasable hat in the Nintendo 3DS built-in game StreetPass Mii Plaza.
  • In Waddle While You Work, a Waddle Dee is seen using a move alike to Spear Copter, but with a broom.
  • Bandana Waddle Dee is the only major character from Kirby's Return to Dream Land who doesn't appear as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In addition, he is the only playable character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land not to be playable in any game in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Bandana Waddle Dee acknowledges when the internal Nintendo 3DS clock is changed.

The mural in Sector B depicting Bandana Waddle Dee.

  • A mural of Bandana Waddle Dee can be seen in Sector B, during the Friend Train section.
  • In the overview trailer for Adeleine & Ribbon, Bandana Waddle Dee takes the place of the Waddle Dee from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards with the rest of that game's protagonists.
  • In a Nintendo Dream magazine interview with Shinya Kumazaki, he stated that Bandana Waddle Dee was originally going to be called “Bandee.” However, the staff thought that players would not recognize who he was from his name, so it was scrapped in favor of his current one. This was also done because he wanted Bandana Waddle Dee not to appeal too much as his own individual character, but instead as a representative of the Waddle Dees as a whole.[4]




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  1. Kirby: Triple Deluxe website
  2. Twitter post
  4. Nintendo Dream Interview (Japanese)
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