|This article is about Kirby's species. For other uses, see Kirby (disambiguation).|
|“||But, King Dedede! Who are all these Kirby look-alikes?”|
|— Bandana Waddle Dee • Kirby Battle Royale|
In the Kirby series, Kirby is usually depicted as the only member of his kind; however, there are exceptions in some games. Kirby's species consists of small, round creatures with a pair of arms and feet- members of this species also appear to have blush on the sides of their faces. The only known members of the species are Kirby himself, Shadow Kirby, Keeby, and the other clones of Kirby. Meta Knight, Galacta Knight, and Morpho Knight may also be Kirbys, and although there has been some, albeit not definitive, evidence that has accumulated since their debut, this has not been proven.
There is no official name for Kirby's species, however, so they are only referred to as such. A Kirby Super Star Ultra commercial calls Kirby a "Pink Puff", though this may just be regarding Kirby and not the species as a whole. Along with that, the Kirby Super Star Ultra manual refers to Kirby as a 'gourmet', but this is probably due to his love of food. In official materials, Kirby is sometimes referred to as a "puff" or "puffball", though this does not necessarily mean that either of these are the actual species name.
Outside of Keeby and possibly Meta Knight, all depicted Kirbys are offshoots or clones of the original Kirby in some way.
Kirby's species appear to be completely, (or almost completely), spherical in shape, with short "arms" that can double as hands. They stand on two feet, that are rather large in proportion to the rest of their bodies, similar to most creatures in the Kirby games and anime. They have large, oval shaped eyes, with the scleras usually invisible. Beneath their eyes are two markings, also oval in shape, that often are a shade of pink and resemble blushes, but different colorations reveal they may be colors besides pink, leading to the possibility that they are not blushes at all, though this is unlikely. Each possesses a small mouth, red and pink inside, like humans, with a large tongue and no visible teeth. If Meta Knight and Galacta Knight are members of this species, then it is possible they may also possess wings and/or horns, unless these appendages are merely part of the knights' armor.
- Keeby: Player 2 in Kirby's Dream Course
- Yellow Kirby: A yellow clone of Kirby
- Red Kirby: A red clone of Kirby
- Green Kirby: A green clone of Kirby
- Blue Kirby: A blue clone of Kirby
- Purple Kirby: A purple clone of Kirby
- White Kirby: A white clone of Kirby
- Brown Kirby: A brown clone of Kirby
- Orange Kirby: An orange clone of Kirby
- Shadow Kirby: Kirby's counterpart in the Mirror World
Meta Knight is often assumed to be a member of this species due to his appearance, and this would perhaps suggest that the similar characters of Dark Meta Knight, Galacta Knight, Morpho Knight, and the Star Warriors Sir Arthur, Sir Galahad, Sir Percival, and Sir Lancelot might be members of this species as well as they have round bodies, but they show no other traits. In the anime, it is hinted Kirby might be a rebellious creation of Nightmare, but this is not canon to the main series.
The common colors of the species are pink, yellow, red, and green, first appearing in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Kirby Air Ride introduced additional colors: blue, purple, brown, and white. Kirby Battle Royale introduced orange. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror also introduced Shadow Kirby, a dark gray version of Kirby, as well as Spray Paint. All of the colorations shown by this species seem to be vibrant and chromatic for the most part, very rarely taking on a dull shade. The colors for their feet are typically darker than the main color of their bodies. Spray Paint could change Kirby's coloration into many different colors. More Spray Paint was later added in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and different members of Kirby's species can also have different colorations for their feet. As of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, however, the four main colored Kirbys are pink, yellow, blue, and green.
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the Kirby species plays a large role. The story begins when Kirby is sliced by Dark Meta Knight's sword, causing him to split into four Kirbys, each a different color (Pink, Yellow, Red, and Green). The game also features a character called Shadow Kirby, the Mirror World version of Kirby who looks like a gray and black version of Kirby himself.
In Kirby Battle Royale, King Dedede uses a machine called the Kirby Printer to produce a plethora of Kirbys. He holds a fighting competition with them in the hopes of humiliating his rival, though this ultimately fails. The colored Kirbys are identical to real members of the species, though their creation is artificial. Of the five clone colors (Yellow, Green, Blue, White, and Orange), Orange Kirby's creation is the most noteworthy, as this character has never appeared prior to this game.
- Given that the only games in which the Kirbys play a role in the story, outside of Keeby and possibly Meta Knight, portray them as clones of the original Kirby in some fashion, it is unknown if Kirby's species is a naturally occurring race.
- However, there are some exceptions, such as the Kirbys in Kirby Air Ride; it may still be possible that Kirby's race occurs naturally.
- The enemy species known as Batamon bears a great resemblance to Kirby's species, although it is unknown if there's any relation between the two.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and its remake, Anti-Kirbys exist. These opponents have similar abilities and attributes to Kirby.
- Despite sources claiming Kirby is only 8 inches tall, in Kirby's Dream Land 3, Samus is shown to be about only twice as tall as Kirby, despite being either 6'3 or 5'5 (depending on the source).
- In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, one of Kirby's palette swaps resembles Meta Knight without his mask, further implying that Meta Knight may be a Kirby.
- Void Termina may be related to this species because his roars are actually slower and distorted versions of Kirby's voice and he constantly uses Kirby's neutral expression. However, it is unknown if Void Termina is truly related to the species or not.