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Perhaps the most iconic villian of the Kirby series, King Dedede has been around and in Kirby's way since Kirby's Dream Land, the first ever title to be released; the only game to not feature him as of 2011 is Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. He is a rather portly penguin-like character, wielding his iconic barrel-headed hammer with the star embelm.
While not inherently evil, Dedede causes all sorts of trouble in Dream Land, such as taking a bath in the Fountain of Dreams. While his everyday actions make it seem otherwise, he takes the safety of Dream Land very seriously, and although his plans are not always known by or agreed to by everyone, it is arguably effective, such as Dedede stealing the Star Rod and breaking it up, simply because he wishes it to be outside of Nightmare's hands.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, his character is rather more shallow and dim-witted than depicted in the games, and seeks to straight-out humiliate and defeat Kirby just because he wants him away from Cappy Town. His plans backfire far more often than is healthy for Escargoon and himself, however.
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