|“||You see it now…don't you? Anyone who interrupts our revival ceremony… We must kindly ask that they… PLEASE DISAPPEAR FOREVER!”|
|— Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
Hyness, also titled as Officiant of Doom, is a character in the Kirby series, debuting as the main antagonist of Kirby Star Allies, but would later become an ally. He is a priest and the leader of the Jambastion Religion.
Hyness wears a white robe that has golden trimmings with ancient symbols printed on them. He wears a white hood that covers his head that also has gold trimmings with ancient symbols printed on them. On the front of his hood is a dark periwinkle version of the Jambastion Religion’s emblem. Hyness also wears a white veil that covers the majority of his face. When he is wearing his hood, his eyes are depicted as small and yellow, which is presumably his pupils glowing. The sleeves of his robe are drastically long, and as such, Hyness’s arms are too short to go through all the way. When his hood and veil are knocked off, it is revealed that Hyness has a blue face with a big, floppy nose, blue and yellow chameleon-like eyes with black pupils, and pointy ears with orange tips.
Before the events of Kirby Star Allies, Hyness was originally a much more kind and caring soul, having saved the Three Mage-Sisters after they nearly died and taking them in to lead them to a bright future. Another example of his kindness is that he constantly apologized for always forgetting Zan Partizanne’s name. He was incredibly intelligent, as he was stated to be a genius among his people, which made him the leader of the religion. He was noble and very charismatic as well. However, The 14th post of the Kirby Star Allies Channel states that Hyness had forsaken his own heart and fell into darkness, becoming trapped in a spiral of loneliness and despair. During this time, presumably when some of him was still left, he even tried to warn Zan Partizanne to do something if he went crazy again, but stopped midway through. Eventually, he became a shadow of his former self, and thus, changed for the worst.
In Kirby Star Allies, Hyness is depicted as completely insane, with incredibly deranged mood swings. He fits the image of a demented cult leader or priest. When Kirby and his friends encounter him, he first talks calmly and somewhat eerily, but then starts to become furious. He begins shaking his head and flailing his arms rapidly while talking very quickly. In his second phase, he starts making strange angry grunting and snorting noises and doing bizzare dances. His battle themes also seem to elaborate on his eeriness and insanity.
According to Zan Partizanne's Pause Screen description, he is said to be abusive to the generals. This is evidenced by the fact that he smacks an incapacitated Zan aside while walking towards Kirby. After his first phase, Hyness summons Zan Partizanne and her two sisters, Francisca and Flamberge, and absorbs their life force to restore his own, rendering them unconscious. In his second phase, he uses their bodies as living weapons; when defeated, he forcefully sacrifices the mages and himself to the Jamba Heart in order to resurrect Void Termina.
After the events of Heroes in Another Dimension, Hyness was reverted to his friendly, kind, original self, as shown in the 100% completion image for Heroes in Another Dimension, where he and the Mage-Sisters can be seen playing around with Kirby while he is asleep.
Before the events of Kirby Star Allies occurred, Hyness was originally traveling throughout various places. During his travels, he encountered the Three Mage-Sisters, each of whom were on the brink of death. He found Francisca nearly freezing to death in a snowstorm, he found Flamberge nearly suffocating in a fire, and he found Zan Partizanne drawing her last breaths after being struck by lightning while desperately climbing a tower after she lost everything. Fortunately, Hyness saved them from departing the world by granting them the powers of ice, fire, and electricity. Thus, they became Hyness’s followers, admiring him for rescuing them. However, Hyness abandoned his own heart and let the darkness in it consume him, which changed him into an insane, abusive leader.
According to Hyness in the Japanese version of Kirby Star Allies, the people of his own clan were powerful wielders of magic, and worshiped the matter of darkness. They used to be friends with unknown people who used the power of science, and together they achieved great prosperity. In the English localization, the science-using people were never described as their friends, and Hyness's people were said to be the "masters of a matter most dark," instead of worshiping it. Regardless, one day, the people of science turned on his clan and banished and sealed them away to the edge of the galaxy in fear of their power. They then subsequently erased all but a sliver of their very existence from history itself. Hyness also says that his clan was responsible for stopping a “galactic crisis,” though it’s unknown what the crisis exactly was. However, it's been noted in interviews that it's unclear how much of Hyness's words can be believed, due to his madness.
According to a Nintendo Dream magazine, Hyness seemingly founded the religion seen in Kirby Star Allies sometime after these events, with The Three Mage-Sisters, the Jambelievers, and the Jammerjabs being among his followers. His beliefs are based on the fact that he once had a vision in which a god was speaking to him, inviting him to a new and peaceful land, and due to this vision of his matching up with the book of legend’s writing about Void, Hyness thought Void was this very god. Afterwards, Hyness somehow obtained the vessel of Void, the Jamba Heart, in order to revive him as Void Termina so he can use his power restore his clan as described in said book. It could be presumed that Hyness’s clan wrote this book, as it stated that they would be restored, and Hyness stated that everyone else thought it was a fairytale. Hyness initially worshiped and revered Void with genuine feelings, but he eventually became obsessed with worshiping him, as well as taking revenge. Hyness chose to pursue a path of destruction by avenging his clan with the power of Void Termina, while in the process neglecting his people and religion. This is likely what caused Hyness to forsake his own heart and fall into darkness.
At the start of Kirby Star Allies, Hyness proceeded to attempt to resurrect Void. However, since he did not fully understand how to break the seal, the ritual went wrong, causing the Jamba Heart to shatter and spread its negative influence across the galaxy. The Three Mage-Sisters chase after the fragments while Hyness stays behind, continuing the ritual in their absence.
By the time Kirby and his allies reach Hyness, the villain is summoning Jamba Hearts from across the galaxy to restore Void; however, he has not yet accrued enough power to revive the religion’s god. After Zan Partizanne fails to stop the heroes, Hyness bats her unconscious body aside and confronts them personally; although Kirby and the Star Allies manage to triumph, he simply sacrifices himself and the Three Mage-Sisters to complete the Jamba Heart. The negative energy gathered by them allows Void to reincarnate into Void Termina, who then sets out to destroy the universe, forcing Kirby and his friends to pursue him in the Star Allies Sparkler.
During the battle with Void Termina, Hyness and the three Mage Generals are seen trapped in cocoons near the monster's core. Freeing them causes them to drop food. In Hyness's case, he drops a bottle of milk. When the second phase is completed, the villains are ejected out of Void Termina’s body and aren’t seen again until Heroes in Another Dimension.
It is implied in the sub-game that at some point after the fight against Void Termina, Hyness fell into a dimensional rift, where he became entirely consumed by the evil in his heart, which transformed into a Jamba Heart and absorbed him. He is later encountered by Kirby and his Friends. Using the Heart Spears they collected, they shatter the Jamba Heart and release a corrupted Hyness, who they then must fight. Much like in his fight in story mode, Hyness’s hood is knocked off and he flies into a rage. However, rather than summoning the Three Mage-Sisters, he summons three wood stumps with their outfits to use as weapons. Nonetheless, his efforts prove useless, as he is defeated. Before the heroes could celebrate, Zan Partizanne and her sisters arrive from out of nowhere. They lament Hyness’s current state, and then direct their rage at the heroes. They then fight them in a last attempt to end their long-lasting battle, but the heroes prove victorious. After the battle, all of the Friend Hearts the heroes collected come together to form a giant Friend Heart, which Kirby then throws at the sisters. The sisters then wake up with their original colors restored. After some thinking, they nod their heads in agreement and presumably say a prayer of sorts, turning the dark battlefield into a brightly-lit arena. The Warp Star then descends from the sky, and Kirby and friends hop on. Before leaving, Kirby waves goodbye to the sisters and the Warp Star takes off, leaving behind a small heart that slowly floats onto Hyness. Hyness then wakes up, restored to his former glory, and the sisters run up to him in joy and presumably tell him what had happened as the screen fades to black. It is unknown if the sisters and Hyness decided to live on Planet Popstar with Kirby, but the 100% completion picture for Heroes in Another Dimension shows that they are now on good terms with each other.
Hyness attacks with a variety of magic spells. He begins the battle by shooting balls of dark energy from his sleeves; the balls will briefly arc through the air before homing in on the player. He will then summon a rune resembling the Jambandra emblem (the symbol on his hood and the Mage Generals' hats) to fire sharp picks to the sides of the arena. He can also summon pillars of fire at the sides of the arena, followed by a pillar of lightning that releases shockwaves across the ground. His final attack summons multiple Jambandra emblems around himself; after a moment, they will release freezing winds around themselves. However, if attacked by the fire element, the symbols will disappear.
After Hyness's health is depleted, his hood and veil are knocked off his head and he summons the Mage-Sisters, draining their energy to restore his own. In his second phase, he keeps his moveset from his first phase, but mainly attacks with the unconscious bodies of the sisters. He can throw them at Kirby and Co., causing them to create small rock projections imbued with their unique elements when they land. Kirby can inhale these to get their respective abilities or remove the elemental attribute and get the Stone ability. Alternately, Hyness can grab one of the mages and swing them like a club, dealing elemental damage to anyone he hits. When he gets to half health, he forces the mages to create a Friend Circle; they then roll all over the arena, on the floor, up the walls, and on the ceiling. They then float in the center where Hyness sends the mages flying in different directions, embedding them in the ground as obstacles while dropping elemental stars to their sides; this attack leaves him dizzy for a time. Each of the mages deal damage of their respective element as they impact on the floor in this manner. Once he recovers, he forces the Mage-Sisters to become a shield; he hides behind him while they float around, occasionally throwing dark orbs. The shield can be broken, and if so, leaves Hyness stunned.
|“||Hyness has fallen into a hole leading to another dimension. The darkness left its master, transforming into a giant Jamba Heart and swallowing him whole. Is there hope for escape? Friends in another dimension offer a sliver of hope...”|
|— VS Corrupt Hyness (Phase 1) • Kirby Star Allies|
Corrupt Hyness, titled Fell Officiant, is the fifth and penultimate boss of the Heroes in Another Dimension sub-game. He is Hyness after being consumed by the darkness that resided within his heart.
Corrupt Hyness sports a dark maroon robe with black trimmings that have golden symbols imprinted on them. Likewise, his hood and veil are the same. his eyes are red when wearing his hood, and the symbol on his hood has become maroon as well. When his hood is removed, it is revealed that Corrupt Hyness maintains most of his original features, but his color scheme has been altered; his face is now dark maroon, his ears now have red stripes, and his eyes are now black and yellow with red pupils.
Corrupt Hyness moves around much faster than in his previous battle. He now throws three dark orbs at a time instead of just one, and when summoning the emblem of his religion to fire sharp picks, he creates two at the top corners, and then one in the middle, or vice versa. When damaged enough, Corrupt Hyness will begin using his elemental attacks. He creates two pillars of lightning instead of just one, and he now creates six pillars of fire instead of four, leaving space only in the middle. When using his ice attack, he creates six emblems, leaving room only at the top corners. He also now sometimes uses his lightning and ice attacks together, in which he moves to one side of the arena, creates three emblems on the opposite side at the top, bottom, and top again, and he creates two pillars of lightning as the emblems create freezing winds.
In his second phase, rather than using the Three Mage-Sisters as weapons, Corrupt Hyness uses what appear to be three logs bearing the mages' hats, clothing, and wigs resembling their hair in their place. However, the logs function the same way. Corrupt Hyness can toss the logs at the player the same as his previous battle. When using the logs as clubs, there are some alterations. When slamming the Francisca log into the ground, Corrupt Hyness creates two emblems around him that create freezing winds, when slamming the Flamberge log into the ground, it creates two pillars of fire around it, and when slamming the Zan Partizanne log into the ground, it creates two electric shockwaves that travel along the ground. When he is brought down to one-third of his health, Corrupt Hyness will use his Friend Circle attack. He now immediately rolls up the wall and ceiling instead of rolling along the ground three times first, and he is faster as well. When throwing the logs at the end, they each now create two rock projections of their respective elements to their sides. Corrupt Hyness is also dizzy for a shorter amount of time. When using the logs as a shield, he occasionally throws five dark orbs, or one giant one, and when the shield is broken, he drops a milk bottle. Much like at the end of his Friend Circle attack, Corrupt Hyness is also stunned for a shorter amount of time.
|This section contains information that does not coincide with the main series canon.|
Hyness appears as a resident of the Castle Village after Aeon Hero (Dark) is defeated. He can be seen floating through the air in the background. He also appears as a sticker, which can be purchased from the Shoppe for 30 Gem Apples after being unlocked.
|”La Follia d’amore"|
|“||Hyness worships a deity of destruction whom he plans to bring back to life. However, a rite gone wrong has led to the dark power he needs being scattered across the galaxy. Now he seeks to gather this power at an altar. Stop him, Star Allies!”|
|— VS Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||His once carefully concealed face now exposed, Hyness is on the rampage! Tossing the three unconscious sisters around like rag dolls, it’s clear he’s lost his grip on reality. It’s up to the Star Allies to bring an end to this nightmare, and save…everything!”|
|— VS Hyness (Phase 2) • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Hyness did not fully grasp how to completely break the seal. All that was written about Void Termina in the ancient scrolls was the progenitor of darkness was vanquished by four heroes of yore, using four spears of the heart. After that, they were never seen again.”|
|— VS Hyness (The Ultimate Choice) • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Bonjam = Greeting Jambuhbye = Goodbye
Jamblasted = Anger Juh? = Huh? Vun = Very
|— VS Hyness (The Ultimate Choice, Phase 2) • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Jes = yes. Janno = no. Jhappy = happy.
Majicious = tasty. Jawaii = cute. Mafo =lie.
|— VS Corrupt Hyness (Phase 2) • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||The Jambastion Mages, who are the boss Generals, are referred to as "three sisters" in one of the pause screens. So are they actually siblings or members of a sisterhood of mages? Just like Kirby and Meta Knight's secrets, this is another mystery that stirs the imagination! In the Japanese version of the game, a pause screen says Zan Partizanne was taken in by Hyness, and had sworn loyalty to Hyness after she had received powerful magic. Comparing Hyness's true face and hers, it looks like they're from different races though.”|
|— Kirby Star Allies Channel Update 5|
|“||Juh? What is this…interference? You… You seem to be in my way. Well then… It seems… we do not have enough energy… to revive our Dark Lord… Must we… allow ourselves… to fall… into oblivion? No. NO! No no no no no no! NONONONONONONONONO!!! NOOOOO, I SAAAAY!!!”|
|— Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||We are the masters of a power driven to the far reaches of the universe, and we have but one desire! Can one such as you possibly fathom how dearly we have clung to this dream across the aeons? How could you! You couldn’t! Never ever ever! We who once faced those who were in such fear of our power that they sealed us away and banished us to the edge of the galaxy! US! As if THAT loveliness wasn’t enough, they tried to erase our very existence from history! RUDE! Only through our magic were we able to overcome their science and achieve great prosperity! We alone were responsible for stopping that repulsive nightmare of a galactic crisis, yet this is how you repay us! This won’t stand! It won’t be forgiven! It won’t be forgotten! Never ever EVER! Those who called us mad, are you listening? You left us at the edge of the galaxy to be forgotten, then went along your merry way, probably living somewhere pretty and peaceful! But know this! Your future is a farce! You have none! We, masters of a matter most dark, vow to be restored, as foretold in the book of legend, which everyone thought was just a fairy tale! It WASN’T! We have already obtained the vessel that contains our Dark Lord, and he will soon awaken and shower us in compassion! Look! The vessel of our Dark Lord is filling up even as we speak! Now the time for his greatness to enter our world has come! Welcome to a new history! A new age! The age of awesome! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DARK LORD! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”|
|— Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Grace us, Gloriously Dark Looooooord! Huff... Hah... Huff... Hah...”|
|— Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Juh? JUH… JUH! JUHYAMBAVITRIGOKOPOKOJAAAH!!”|
|— Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Youuuuu… How could you defeat me… THE Lord Hyness… An offering to our Dark Lord… Perhaps if there is…an offering… What should I do… Only one option remains… Those who harbor the greatest of magic, I call upon you… Make it so… Accept my aid… I pledge myself to you… Dark Lord of Destruction… I do this so that… our Dark Lord… may be rebooooorn… Rise, Destroyer of Worlds… RISE, VOID TERMINA!!”|
|— Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Juh? JUH… JUH! VUNMAJICIOUSEVITIRIGGAMAPOP---!”|
|— Corrupt Hyness • Kirby Star Allies|
Hyness's name appears to be a corruption of "highness," befitting his position as the leader of his faction.
- Hyness has several similarities to Zant, a villain from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Both have violent mood swings, are dressed in a cloak, and seek to restore a higher being who was sealed away. They also both wind up being more insane than they initially appear.
- The music that plays when Kirby and friends encounter Hyness is a slowed down remix of the main leitmotif in Friendly Field.
- Hyness's music incorporates strong influences from gamelan, a form of traditional percussive music native to the islands of Bali and Java in Indonesia. Gamelan became more well known in Japan following its use in the soundtrack of the 1988 anime film Akira, and has appeared in the music of other video games, such as Squaresoft's Secret of Mana.
- Hyness drains the life force of The Three Mage-Sisters and uses their unconscious bodies to help him in the second phase of his fight, adding in some of his own attacks occasionally. This method of battle is similar to Taranza's fight in Kirby: Triple Deluxe while taking control of Masked Dedede.
- During Hyness's second phase, The Three Mage-Sisters can be heard grunting in pain whenever Hyness hits them against the ground, or when using his own "Friend Circle."
- Hyness appears to be left-handed. This is seen when he pushes Zan Partizanne away, and when he tries to grab one of the Mage-Sisters during his second phase.
- Each of Hyness's dances signifies which attack he will use: swaying his head side to side means that he'll throw The Three Mage-Sisters or summon symbols that will create small blizzards, bouncing his head and shoulders means that he will throw giant dark orbs and summon symbols which fire giant needles to the sides, tilting his body while raising his arms means that he will swing around the mages like clubs, shaking his head and raised arms means that he will summon pillars of fire and a pillar of lightning from both sides of the arena, spinning his head once means that he will use the mages as a shield, spinning his head twice means that he will use all three elemental attacks in the center of the arena, and jolting his arms side to side means that he will throw small dark orbs.
- Hyness's second battle theme, La Follia d’amore, can be translated from Italian as “The Madness of Love.”
- Hyness uses Coily Rattler's roar when his hood is knocked off and his face is revealed.
- Whenever Hyness begins to float to a different part of the arena, a slightly slowed down version of the sound effect Holo Defense API uses when it moves around can be heard.
- During Zan Partizanne’s rematch, Hyness can sometimes be seen peeking over his shoulder to look at the ongoing battle while performing the ritual.
- When the battle with Hyness begins, flowers around the arena bloom.
- In the Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! sub-game in version 4.0.0., Hyness can be seen sinking into the pool upon defeat instead of being sent flying off of the arena, likely referencing the events of Heroes in Another Dimension.
- It is stated in the 17th news report of the Kirby Star Allies Channel that Hyness's appearance is “reminiscent of a mage from another galaxy.” The mage the statement speaks of could likely be Magolor, who is known for both using magic and hailing from Halcandra, a planet in another galaxy. While both characters have vastly different body shapes, the statement could most likely be referring to their ears, as they’re both very similar.
- The model for Hyness is located with the other playable characters of Kirby Star Allies, and he has different, unused colored textures that have the same color scheme as characters when in the Player 2, Player 3, and Player 4 slots as well. He also has different eye expressions that are not used, but match those of other playable characters. This could possibly imply that Hyness was originally meant to be a Dream Friend in one of the updates, but was scrapped later on.
- While the rest of the stickers in Super Kirby Clash use artwork and sprites from other games and media, Hyness is the only character whose sticker is technically new, as while it does use his render from the 100% completion picture for Heroes in Another Dimension, Francisca was originally in front of him and parts of him were cut off by the border of the picture, essentially making it a new render made just for the sticker.
|This box contains speculation that should not be taken as fact.|
|End of speculation|