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ChuChu (sometimes written as Chuchu) is one of Kirby's Animal Friends. She appears as a playable character in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and has made several cameo appearances throughout the series.

Appearance and personality

ChuChu is a pink octopus with a large red bow on the back of her head, has rosy cheeks, and has purple eyes (silver in the opening of Kirby's Dream Land 3 and blue in Kirby Star Allies). She is infatuated with Kirby and it is implied that she is a romantic interest. Although sweet to Kirby, she is shown to be very short tempered with the other animals.


Kirby's Dream Land 3


ChuChu, as well as all the other animal friends, have the ability to share and enhance whatever ability Kirby currently has. When Kirby is paired with ChuChu, she can swallow enemies while underwater, and ChuChu has her unique ability to stick onto ceilings and "walk" on them, but she can't do the same with walls. Her best friend is Nyupun.

Base Ability Description
Burning Kirby will spray a highly focused jet of flame that barely extends in front of him. While breathing flame, pressing the jump button causes Kirby to use ChuChu as a hot air balloon. KDL3 Burning ChuChu sprite.png
Needle ChuChu develops and fires off needles in five directions. These needles are weak and have a very small range. KDL3 Needle ChuChu sprite.png
Spark Similar to the Laser ability from Kirby's Adventure, but continues after damaging an enemy or block. ChuChu charges up electricity in one arm, eventually releasing it. This beam will bounce off hills and walls if it is charged, with the number of bounces being determined from the charge time. KDL3 Spark ChuChu sprite.png
Cutter ChuChu becomes the cutter and Kirby then swings her around. KDL3 Cutter ChuChu sprite.png
Ice ChuChu uses Kirby's ice breath to make snowballs and toss them at enemies. KDL3 Ice ChuChu sprite.png
Parasol Kirby and ChuChu ride atop a spinning parasol. Both seem to be laughing while this ability is being used. KDL3 Parasol ChuChu sprite.png
Stone ChuChu grabs Stone Kirby and swings him around. Movement while performing this is possible. This is also one of the few variations of the stone ability that have no effect in the downward direction. KDL3 Stone ChuChu sprite.png
Clean ChuChu and Kirby fly on a broom. This ability only damages enemies who come into contact with the rear end of the broom. ChuChu seems to be covering Kirby's face. KDL3 Clean ChuChu sprite.png

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Kirby's Stone + Cutter Power Combo lets him turn into statues of any of his past animal friends, including ChuChu. Kirby can hop around when becoming this statue.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

ChuChu appears as one of Paint Roller's drawings in the sub-game Paint Panic.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

ChuChu appears as a collectible sticker.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash

ChuChu's likeness is used for one of the sets of Gear Doctor Healmore can obtain. Kirby can purchase and use the Chuchu Flask and Chuchu Cap from the Shoppe; the cap implies to be ChuChu herself, as it even moves and blinks (although the game jokingly states this is "a trick of the light").

Kirby Star Allies

ChuChu appears as a part of Cleaning's ability sets, flying on a broom in the same manner as Kirby's Dream Land 3. She also appears on the celebration picture "A Dream Above the Clouds".

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Spirit battle

ChuChu appears as a Novice-class support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which can be obtained after fighting Jigglypuff on the Dream Land 64 stage with sticky floors. When applied to a fighter, the fighter will have a Super Leaf equipped.


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Onion Ocean - Remixed 1st theme in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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Silver Submarine - Remixed 1st theme in Kirby: Canvas Curse
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Unused track - 2nd theme in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
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Kine and Chuchu - Different (2nd) theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3
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Original theme in Kirby's Dream Land 2
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Kine is one of Kirby's Animal Friends. He is the specialist when moving in water. He and Chuchu share the same musical theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3, but it is different to the one Kine debuted with in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

The new theme is among the more prominent of the unused tracks in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, available in the Sound Check as track No. 2, but not used in-game. Kine's original theme, however, is remixed for Silver Submarine in Kirby: Canvas Curse. Another remix of Kine's original theme is used for Stage 1 of Onion Ocean in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.


ChuChu's name may be derived from the Japanese onomatopoeia chu, the sound of a kiss; it may also be derive from tutu, a short skirt worn by ballerinas. These could be in reference to her femininity, with the latter also referencing her general shape and possibly color.

Related Quotes

A flask that calls to mind a mysterious girl. The power of love that it holds heightens a number of abilities.
— Weapon Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Modeled on a stalwart companion from another adventure. If it seems to move on its own, that's just a trick of the light.
— Armor Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe


  • While never specified, ChuChu appears to most closely resemble a flapjack octopus.
  • Many of ChuChu's abilities revolve around either Kirby and her holding hands, or spinning while looking in each other's eyes, as well as the duo constantly giggling as if content with each other's presence. This is used to imply a romantic relationship, which is a running gag in the manga where she is shown to have a crush on Kirby. In addition, one of the level intros shows ChuChu and Kine fighting over Kirby's companionship, and another shows Gooey flirting with ChuChu and her reacting violently.
  • Unlike other Animal Friends, who inhale enemies or have Kirby inhale them, ChuChu reaches out her arm and if she catches an enemy, she drags it into Kirby's mouth; essentially, using ChuChu gives Kirby Gooey's lick in place of an inhale.
  • ChuChu has teeth, as can be seen in the intro scenes of Sand Canyon and Iceberg.
  • ChuChu is the only female Animal Friend, and the only Animal Friend to wear any form of clothing.
  • ChuChu has the same color scheme as Kirby.
  • ChuChu appears both as a sticker and as a stone statue via the use of Kirby's Stone ability (or Smash Bros. stone move) in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • On February 13, 2017, ChuChu appeared in artwork on the official Kirby 25th anniversary Twitter account, alongside Drawcia, Susie, Ribbon, Queen Sectonia, Elline, Claycia, Bouncy, and Adeleine. This marks the first time she has made an official appearance in Kirby media since Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • ChuChu's Needle attack became a standard Needle move in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and later games. Kirby's Needle + Bomb ability from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards also seems to be based on this attack.
  • ChuChu shares her name with jelly-like creatures of The Legend of Zelda series.



Sprites and Models


  1. Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book