|This article is about the group referred to as Dark Matter. For other uses, see Dark Matter (disambiguation).|
The Dark Matter species is a race of beings that are often characterized by having a single eye. Most members and speculated members appear as a major antagonistic force in various games of the Kirby series. Although their goal may vary between individuals, most of them attempt to invade planets and cover them in darkness. Presumably being made of darkness and negative energy, some members are weak to light and positive energy, as shown with the Rainbow Sword and the Love-Love Stick. Members of the species also have the ability to possess and control others’ bodies to do their bidding. In the past, Hyness’s clan worshipped the “matter of darkness.” This implies that the Dark Matter species (or the material they’re made of) was worshipped by them.
Regular Dark Matter are the most common members of the species. They can be seen as the grunts of the species. A Dark Matter has two forms: Dark Matter Blade, and its true form, Real Dark Matter. In their Blade form, Dark Matter have a more knight-like appearance and wield a sword as their main weapon. In their true form, Dark Matter can shoot lightning from their eyes and fire the orbs around their bodies at foes. According to a Miiverse post by Shinya Kumazaki, Dark Matter have the ability to materialize their memories, which was how the Dark Matter Clone created by Star Dream was able to wield the Rainbow Sword. It is unknown if other members or speculated members have this ability.
Unlike other members of the Dark Matter species, Gooey is a docile being that is friends with Kirby. Also unlike other members, he has two eyes and a mouth with a long tongue. Being made of the same material as the Dark Matter species, Gooey can float and shoot lightning via a form that resembles Real Dark Matter, although his binocular face is retained.
Zero is the leader of the Dark Matter species, or at least the leader of most members. Zero is shown to have the ability to create Dark Matter, meaning that it is the source of them. Zero mainly attacks by shooting blood at its opponents, and can also detach its eye from its socket as a last resort. It was destroyed by Kirby and Gooey in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Dark Rimuru, Dark Rimura, and Dark Rimuro are a trio of Dark Matter that appeared in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. They were the ones who shattered Ripple Star’s crystal and forced Kirby and friends to gather the Crystal Shards. They are not technically fought directly, instead possessing a Waddle Dee, Adeleine, and King Dedede and making them fight. After Kirby defeats and frees the victims, the trio fly off and are never seen again, leaving their fate unknown. Their appearance is vaguely similar to a Real Dark Matter, and much like regular Dark Matter, they look identical to each other. However, it’s unknown if they are the same kind of Dark Matter as that.
Miracle Matter is a supposedly elite member of the Dark Matter species. Not much is known about Miracle Matter, as there is not much information about it. Unlike other members, Miracle Matter's body is covered with eyes. It is shown to have the ability to take on different forms that have the same powers as Kirby’s Copy Abilities in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
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The following beings listed below are not confirmed to be a member of the Dark Matter species. Rather, they are speculated to be members or at least related due to having similar characteristics to members of the species.
N-Z is an enemy in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, seemingly replacing the Waddle Dees. Despite not looking anything like Dark Matter, N-Zs can be seen falling out of the dark cloud that Miracle Matter presumably resides in at the end of Stage 3 of Ripple Star. Additionally, they are the only enemies to appear in Dark Star apart from 0².
0² is the main antagonist and true final boss of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. 0² was also the leader of the Dark Matter in the game. Its appearance and name seem to suggest that it is a revived form of Zero. However, it is unknown if this is the case. In the 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen, 0² is brought up due to its similarities. However, it is then stated that its true connection to the Dark Matter species is unknown, despite its name, appearance, and it leading the Dark Matter (however, the case of the latter is present only in English version, as in Japanese sources the antagonistic force is simply called the "Black Cloud" (
Dark Mind is the main antagonist and final boss of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. Dark Mind’s true form is an orange, fiery orb with a single, vertical eye. His appearance in this form has lead many to believe that he is a Mirror World version of Zero. As King D-Mind, the final boss of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Dark Mind resides within the stomach, which is where the Dark Matter reside when they possess King Dedede in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. His mirror and reflecting laser attacks are also used by Void, another presumed member.
Dark Nebula is the final boss of Kirby: Squeak Squad. Having been sealed away in a chest, it was released by Daroach, who thought the chest contained treasure. Dark Nebula has similar characteristics to the Dark Matter species, such as having a single eye and having the ability to possess others. In the Japanese version of the game, Dark Nebula is named “Dark Zero,” possibly referencing Zero. Like 0², Dark Nebula is brought up in the 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen because of these similarities. However, it is also stated that its true connection to the species is unknown.
The Master Crown is a seemingly sentient crown that was crafted by the ancients that grants its wearer limitless power. After Kirby and friends defeat Magolor for the first time, the crown takes control of him and turns him into a manifestation of itself. During the fight with Magolor in this state, one can sometimes see an eye with a red iris and a black pupil in his mouth. This eye resembles that of a Dark Matter’s (and to a lesser extent, Zero’s), leading some to believe that the crown may be related to the species in some way. Additionally, in both phases of the fight with Magolor, the Master Crown has the design of an eye, which the Dark Matter species is mostly known for. Also, the music that plays against the fight against Magolor's first form when he wears the Master Crown is a heavily remixed version of Hyper Zone, the place Dark Matter is fought in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Void Termina, a reincarnation of Void, another presumed member, also uses swords that have hilts that are nearly identical to the Master Crown, and even uses a replica of it to fire lasers.
Dark Crafter is the true main antagonist and final boss of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Dark Crafter has many similarities to the Dark Matter species, such as having a single eye and having the ability to possess others. His name has the same vowel sounds as “matter” as well. He also is dark in color, as shown after he is rammed by Kirby with the Star Dash and loses his color, although it’s unknown if this is his true color.
Void is the god of the Jambastion Religion. He has many different references to other members and speculated members, such as having Miracle Matter’s needle attack and making 0²‘s false face. Like Gooey, Void even has a form resembling that of Real Dark Matter, though Void actually has a single eye in that form. Void also has the Boss Butch version of Hyper Zone as his splash screen. In the Japanese version of Kirby Star Allies, Void is implied to have been created from Dark, along with the other chaos and possibilities, Dream, Soul, and Heart, gathering together in a substance of sorts. It is also stated that he was born as the ancestor of the “origin.” Given that Zero is the only known source of Dark Matter, it could possibly mean that Void is the ancestor of Zero, although it’s not confirmed. Likewise, Void Termina and Void Soul, a reincarnation and variation of Void, are also heavily implied to be related to the Dark Matter race.
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