|This article is about the insect appearing in main series Kirby games from Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward. For the butterfly appearing in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, see Flutter.|
Butterflies are recurring characters in the Kirby series, appearing mostly during cutscenes.
Their appearance remains similar to each other throughout the Kirby series. Their wings have red, orange, yellow, and white coloration. The butterfly that appears in Kirby Star Allies near the end of Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! distinguishes itself from the rest, possessing a trail of a glowing dust-like substance, as well as a notable glow in general. It also has larger ventral hindwings.
As Kirby is chased by King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee in the opening, a butterfly is seen on a flower near Meta Knight. Much later, during the ending cutscene, a butterfly flutters around Kirby and lands on his stomach before he immediately wakes up.
In the opening, a butterfly flies by as Kirby is yawning and proceeds to land on his head. One flies by again later as Kirby is sleeping after having eaten apples.
In the ending, a butterfly flies around Kirby and lands on his forehead just as Meta Knight flies off. Three more identical butterflies can also be seen fluttering past and around King Dedede in the ending.
During the opening cutscene, a butterfly briefly appears as it flutters past Whispy Woods while Jamba Heart shards were raining from the sky. A butterfly also might randomly appear on the overworld map of Dream Land near Fruity Forest, fluttering above two hills in the water.
In the Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! sub-game, a butterfly plays an important role. After Galacta Knight emerges from a dimensional rift, a butterfly flutters down from the sky and lands on his lance. The butterfly then absorbs Galacta Knight's power, seemingly disintegrating him in the process, and transforms into Morpho Knight, serving as the final boss of the sub-game. According to Morpho Knight's Japanese pause descriptions, this particular butterfly is a "butterfly of paradise" that has the ability to cross dimensions, and has arrived in the present time from another dimension after something has "ceased to be." The butterfly is also heavily implied to be a divine being of judgement.
After the 2.0.0 update with the new Dream Friends, if Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! is beaten with Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede, or Meta Knight, there will be a screenshot after the credits showing King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee sleeping while Meta Knight sits under a tree. A glowing butterfly appears on a flower while Meta Knight seems to be staring at it. It is unknown if this is the same butterfly that became Morpho Knight.
As of the 4.0.0 update, in one of the Celebration Pictures ("A Farewell to Kirby"), a butterfly appears, fluttering over Kirby as he waves goodbye.