|“||When that strange light came to steal his colors, Cappy found himself utterly frozen with fear. It was a new kind of fear too—the fear that he wouldn't have a very important role in this new story. He was right.”|
|— Figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|
Cappy (plural: Cappies) is an enemy in the Kirby series. It is a bouncing mushroom-like foe that yields no Copy Ability when inhaled. If Kirby uses his inhale on it, the mushroom cap is inhaled, revealing Cappy's true form. Kirby can then spit the mushroom cap back at Cappy, KO'ing him. If Kirby has a Copy Ability, he can just attack him with that defeating him in one hit.
Cappys are found in the game's first level Green Greens where they mostly just hop around minding their own business. They are usually seen wearing mushroom caps. When they are wearing hats, Kirby must use his inhale to remove them. This will then reveal the Cappy's true face and they can then be taken out with the inhaled cap. Another method for defeating them is to just spit a puff of air at them while they still have their caps.
Some of the Cappys are stationary and just wiggle in place. These ones are inhaled along with their cap if Kirby tries to eat them. Sometimes Cappys appear without their mushroom caps. These ones are even weaker than a Waddle Dee but make up for it by appearing in groups of two.
Cappys act like they do in Kirby's Dream Land. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, they use their updated design from Kirby Super Star. Cappys never appear without their caps in these games.
Three Cappys are located on the top stage of Whispy Woods Land. Kirby has to hit each one twice—once to knock off his cap and again to defeat him. If a Cappy loses his cap, he will wait several seconds before he gets another one. When all three Cappys have been destroyed, the item behind Sir Slippy will change to a black Warp Star, which will take Kirby to the boss if he hits it. If he waits too long, however, the Warp Star will disappear and Kirby will have to beat the Cappys again. Hitting a Cappy (with his cap on) earns the player 600 points, while hitting one without his cap yields 1200 points.
A small Cappy appears in the Target Shooting Area of Stage 1. After the ball hits him four times, the player moves on to the room with the Cappy boss. This boss stays in the middle of the screen, occasionally hopping to the left or right side to hit a side paddle (which shrinks it). Once Kirby has done six damage him, his cap explodes and four small Cappys surround him. They slowly move about the screen, rotating and revolving around the boss. Two hits dispatch each small Cappy, and six hits dispatch the boss.
Cappys have similar behavior to that in Kirby's Dream Land. However, they have a new technique as well: They will throw their hats off in an attempt to hit Kirby when he is in midair. In Revenge of the King, there is an altered version of Cappy called Poison Mash that is stronger and slightly faster than regular Cappys.
Cappys appear without their caps. Coming in contact with one will not hurt Kirby, but he will bounce off it (this also is the case for Broom Hatter). In Stage 1 of Level 6, Cappys hide inside Jump Holes; after a few seconds, the enemy will pop up, launching Kirby in whatever direction the hole's arrow was facing.
Occasionally, they are seen hopping around in the middle of the track. If Kirby inhales them, their cap will be sucked off. They will freak out and run away. Cappys are common in the Sky Sands level of Air Ride mode. Numerous Cappys also appear in the Kirby Melee stadium, notably in Kirby Melee 2 where a plethora of them gather at the top of the level.
Cappys make an appearance in this game as enemies. Tapping one with the stylus will cause it to lose its cap.
Cappys appear mostly in Cookie Country, the first level. They act exactly as they do in Kirby Super Star. If Kirby swallows a Cappy's mushroom cap, the Cappy will stop jumping around. He will feel his face in surprise and then slump his shoulders in sadness from losing his cap. This makes him even easier to defeat or evade, as he stops jumping around. Some Cappies, however, will continue to bounce around.
Cappy looks and acts exactly as it does in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In Kirby: Planet Robobot, most Cappys have been turned into cyborgs by the Haltmann Works Company. Regular Cappys are extremely rare, appearing only in the Ability Testing Area and a secret room found in Stage 8 of Access Ark.
Cappy behaves like he typically does, though he cannot shoot his cap into the air. Like most enemies in the game, scaled-up versions of him appear that can be Inhaled for a Blaster Bullet.
A Cappy appears as an audience member in the last car of the train in the Ore Express mode.
Cappys appears in Kirby Star Allies as an enemy. They act exactly as they did in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Cappys play a major role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! as citizens of Cappy Town. However, here they are ironically capless. They also serve as allies to Kirby. They reluctantly live under the rule of King Dedede.
Cappys are shown to be cowardly and mistrusting of new ideas, especially ones involving monsters or Kirby. Their cowardice makes them easy victims for monsters and King Dedede, as they never seem to want to do anything about problems until Tiff tells them to, or monsters start attacking; Meta Knight even states in Cappy Town Down that Cappys are peaceful and fighting isn't in their nature.
Their relationship with Kirby is shown to be mixed; while they do appear to enjoy his company at times, they often use him for their own convenience. Examples of this are found in episodes Tourist Trap, where the Mayor suggests Kirby inhale all the garbage left by tourists, and The Meal Moocher, where they rely on Kirby to finish their leftovers (and Tuggle’s entire selection of expired food). In Watermelon Felon, one of Dedede’s tricks turns them against Kirby, and it is only when Tiff reminds them about how many times Kirby has saved them that they begin to rethink their opinions. In Cappy Town Down, they once again turn against Kirby after he fails to save their town from destruction. The topic of him saving them is brought up again, though because "he didn't protect [them that] time", they are much more reluctant to forgive him. Despite this, some episodes reveal that they do care for Kirby, such as Kirby Takes the Cake where they agree to celebrate one year of Kirby’s arrival in Dream Land.
Although Cappy Town is home to many Cappys, only a few are named and given personalities.
- Chief Bookem
- Mayor Len Blustergas
- Professor Curio
Although Cappys have defining features such as solid black eyes, stubbed arms, and flat undersides, other characters such as Fang and Sir Ebrum share some of these traits, and given their unknown species may be related or somewhat similar.
Cappy Town is not home to the only Cappys, as in Curio's Curious Discovery, King Dedede makes a comment about Cappys "show[ing] up" in Dream Land (suggesting that they are from another country), and in the comics in One Crazy Knight a Cappy character is clearly depicted, despite the fact that the comics are foreign to the town and possibly even the planet.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
|“||Think of this mushroom character as a villain with a hat. Kirby can gobble up his hat and then spit it right back at him to cap him off.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||A creature that looks like a walking mushroom at first glance. Inhaling him will strip off only his cap, revealing his true identity. Cappy tends to run around wildly, flailing his arms...and then gently eases back into a relaxed strut as if nothing ever happened.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|“||This enemy looks rather like a mushroom...until Kirby tries to inhale him, that is—then his cap comes off and reveals the true form he's so cunningly been concealing. It might not be much of a surprise these days, though—Cappy's been around since the very first Kirby game. He's more like an old friend than an enemy at this point.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
- Without his cap, Cappy strongly resembles the modern interpretation of a Haniwa doll or a Gyroid from the Animal Crossing games, in both appearance and motion.
- Cappy, along with Blipper, is one of the only common recurring enemies to not appear in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, not counting bosses.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby Star Allies, if Kirby destroys a Cappy's mushroom cap, the Cappy will put his hands on his face and act dejected. This may indicate that Cappys treasure their caps greatly.
- Cappy's face resembles that of Shy Guy from Super Mario Bros.
- Another possible Super Mario reference is that Cappys share their name with the anthropomorphic cap from Super Mario Odyssey, Cappy.
- Cappys could possibly be based on the Amanita muscaria mushroom.
- In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Dr. Yabui has a diagram of a Cappy's body hanging on his office wall. According to the diagram, the creature's digestive system looks similar to an intestinal tract with a stomach-like area near the middle. The digestive system begins at the mouth and ends at the the Cappy's underside.