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Kirbycolors This article is about the group of reporters debuting in Kirby Battle Royale. For the television channel in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, see Channel DDD.
Give us the best battle you can. I'll report the results!
— Reporter Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale

Channel PPP is a group of Waddle Dees in the Kirby series. They made their debut as a part of the Kirby 25th Anniversary Twitter account, but first appeared in a video game with the release of Kirby Battle Royale.

Members

Reporter Waddle Dee is the leader of the crew. He wears a red bow tie and holds a microphone. As his name suggests, he is the head reporter.

Camera Waddle Dee is the crew's cameraman who always carries a bulky video camera. He wears a permanent apathetic expression and a backwards green baseball cap.

Microphone Waddle Dee is the crew's boom operator. He wears a pair of magenta headphones and carries a boom mic on a boom pole.

Assistant Waddle Dee is Reporter Waddle Dee's personal assistant. He holds up a notepad with words or images drawn on it, possibly for use as a cue card. He wears a blue beanie.

The group travels in an orange buggy that has a Waddle Dee face mounted on the front, a satellite dish on the back, and blue wheels with star-shaped hubcaps.

Personalities

All four members of the Channel PPP staff work diligently at their positions to get news reports and interviews from around Planet Popstar. Their efforts are shown on Twitter to be fraught with danger or discomfort.

Being a reporter, Reporter Waddle Dee is very outspoken and enthusiastically describes the situations he encounters; he often plays to the audience. His reports on Twitter show him to be excitable. He is shown to be braver and more aggressive than his partners as well. In Kirby Battle Royale, Reporter Waddle Dee roots for all strong fighters equally until Kirby defeats Meta Knight, at which point he shifts his support fully to Kirby.

Camera Waddle Dee is cynical and somewhat gruff to anyone who interrupts his work. He appears to care little about most things, even joyous holiday celebrations. His apathy gives him a higher tolerance for abuse. In Kirby Battle Royale, Camera Waddle Dee does not pay Kirby any mind until he proves himself by rising up the ranks in The Cake Royale. He gains respect for the hero and admits that he wants Kirby to win the tournament before his partners do.

Microphone Waddle Dee does his job like the others. One early report shows his boom mic in-frame during shooting, suggesting that he may be less skilled at his job than the other members. In Kirby Battle Royale, Microphone Waddle Dee implies that he cares about what language the audience hears during his recordings, hoping that Meta Knight "keeps it clean." He hopes Kirby wins the competition, but he is not as zealous in his fandom as the other crew members.

Assistant Waddle Dee is the second-most-common crew member to appear on-screen during reports. He is cowardly, as he flees from scary or threatening characters while his teammates do their jobs. He is shown to get into more uncomfortable situations than his peers. Additionally, he has poor artistic abilities and a habit of sleeping on the job, though he is the only crew member shown to have driving skills. In Kirby Battle Royale, Assistant Waddle Dee is complimentary and encouraging to Kirby as he competes. He is portrayed as more fanatical about the hero than his teammates are, as he considers Kirby an inspiration.

Games

Kirby Battle Royale

The Channel PPP news crew appears exclusively in The Cake Royale. Reporter Waddle Dee and Camera Waddle Dee first show up at the stadium while Kirby is in the Bronze League, and the other two members arrive at the end of the Gold League. None of these characters do or say anything plot-relevant; they merely stand around the stadium hub and deliver flavor dialogue if the player chooses to talk to them. They are given more presence than other non-player characters, however, as the camera zooms in during some of their news reports.

The news crew, usually just Reporter Waddle Dee and Camera Waddle Dee, holds brief interviews with strong tournament participants and viewers. They interview a Blue Kirby and a Waddle Dee fan before turning their attention to the rising star, Kirby. Once he is ready for his Qualifier Battle against Meta Knight in the Gold League, the entire crew appears to interview him. They root for Kirby to win the entire championship after Meta Knight loses.

The reporters are not consistently in the stadium after Kirby first meets them. Their final appearance is at the point when King Dedede appears to threaten Kirby before the Championship Battle.

Quotes

These battles are being watched by a LOT of viewers!
— Reporter Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
I can't pick a side in your battle against Meta Knight, but good luck.
— Reporter Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
We're working now, so take a step back there.
— Camera Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
That was one great battle. Got some amazing footage.
— Camera Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
I'll be recording your battle cries while you fight. Don't hold back! I hope Meta Knight keeps it clean out there. I'm recording every word!
— Microphone Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
I've recorded you in big battles, but this one will be the biggest. Just be sure I don't pick up any sounds of you getting crushed!
— Microphone Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
Wow! It's been an excellent tournament. Keep it up!
— Assistant Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale
You're tough—and I think you're a total inspiration.
— Assistant Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale

Reports and Interviews

Bronze League

Report

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "This is Waddle Dee, here with news from Dedede's Cake Royale. We're live from the Cake Royale stadium."
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "And what's the latest? Battles with intense limitations! We'll just have to wait and see how this impacts the battlers!"

Interview (Blue Kirby)

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "This is Waddle Dee reporting live, here with a tournament update! We've got the scoop on a battler who's got what it takes."
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "So, blue Kirby! How are you feeling about the Qualifier Battles?"
Blue Kirby KBR Blue Kirby Head (hops)
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Well, that says it all! That wraps up our pre-qualifier interview!"

Silver League

Interview (Spectator Scoop)

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "This is Waddle Dee reporting live, here with a spectator scoop! Tell us—who do you hope wins in the upcoming battles?"
Waddle Dee KBR Waddle Dee Head "Who else? The one-and-only orange Kirby!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Orange, eh? A bold choice—and isn't that what it's all about?"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Who will turn heads in battles next? Stay tuned for more!"

Interview (Kirby)

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Good! You're finally here. How about an interview?"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "This is Waddle Dee, bringing you a big scoop on Qualifier Battles! We're here with a battler who's winning big."
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Ready to fight?"
Kirby KBR Kirby Head (nods)
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "With that kind of gusto, it's no wonder you're winning over fans!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "But it's anyone's game! Who will win the next Qualifier Battles?"

Gold League

Interview (Kirby)

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "This is Waddle Dee reporting live with an exclusive interview."
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "All eyes are now on these two juggernauts. What a team!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "So, do you think Meta Knight will fight fair? Are you scared? Are you fighting for glory or the giant cake at the end?"
Kirby KBR Kirby Head (nods)
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "He appears to be speechless, folks. We'll check back with him later on."

Interview (Kirby, Bandana Waddle Dee)

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Breaking news! Our challengers here will be going head-to-head against Meta Knight!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "So, what's your strategy to avoid getting creamed?"
Kirby KBR Kirby Head (nods)
Bandana Waddle Dee KBR Bandana Waddle Dee Head (panics)
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Wow... I guess that qualifies as a strategy."
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "We'll be keeping up with the action here, so stick around, folks!"

Platinum League

Interview (Kirby, Bandana Waddle Dee)

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "This is Waddle Dee, reporting to you live! I'm speaking to the bold pair that took down Meta Knight!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "How do you two feel after that battle with Meta Knight?"
Bandana Waddle Dee KBR Bandana Waddle Dee Head (hops)
Kirby KBR Kirby Head (hops)
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "And who wouldn't feel like that, making it to the Platinum League?"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Stay tuned for all the latest in Kirby's battles!"

Report

Character Image Dialogue
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Breaking news! King Dedede will be in the Championship Battle! This development has rocked the Cake Royale!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "But are you two ready to win? You want that cake, right?"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "I know everyone's looking forward to a fight they'll never forget. I know I am!"
Reporter Waddle Dee KBR Reporter Head "Now, it's finally time for the battle. Stay tuned!"

Etymology

Channel PPP's name seems to be derived from Pupupu[1], the Japanese name of Dream Land. This name would reference how Channel PPP is presumably the only news station in Dream Land (excluding Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, which has the similarly-named Channel DDD instead).

Trivia

  • Reporter Waddle Dee refers to himself simply as "Waddle Dee." This may imply that his name, as well as the names of his crew members, is simply Waddle Dee in-universe.
  • Camera Waddle Dee does not turn to look at Kirby when they converse until he has made it to the Gold League. This is after he mentions that he hopes Kirby wins the tournament. This suggests that Camera Waddle Dee has gained respect for the pink puff as he started proving himself.
  • When the player first meets Assistant Waddle Dee, his notebook displays a drawing of Meta Knight's mask. When he reappears after King Dedede threatens Kirby, the notebook displays a drawing of a cake.

External Links

References

  1. Offical Kirby Twitter

Artwork

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