|“||This master shoots out balls of energy. Get up close and take him out!”|
|— Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
Dandans are common enemies appearing in the game Kirby's Epic Yarn and its remake, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. They first appear on the Big-Bean Vine level and make many appearances thereafter in other levels, such as Cool Cave and Tube Town.
Dandans are stout, yellow birds with orange beaks. They have white and black button eyes and wear a green headband.
Dandan's only form of attack is spitting a blue ball of energy, and these can be wrapped up into a yarn ball and thrown back at Dandan. He can only attack sideways, however, so the player can stand on Dandan without danger. Dandan takes a long break in between attacks, and only attacks when the player gets fairly close but his projectile can travel a very long distance.
Dandan's name may derive from the Japanese word 団団 (dandan), meaning "round", referencing its round head and its ball attacks. It could also be a corruption of the word 弾丸 (dangan), meaning "bullet". The name may also reference Dan (段), a ranking system in martial arts.
- Dandan's headband and blue energy ball attack may be a reference to the character Ryu from Street Fighter, who is a known user of the Hadouken attack.
- Dandan's name and attack may be in reference to the similar move from Pokémon, Aura Sphere, which is called はどうだん (Hadoudan) in Japanese.