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|“||You're finished, Kirby!”|
|— Maimaigoon to Kirby as he fires his Mai Mai beams. • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
Maimaigoon is a mechanical, snail-like monster version of Escargoon that appears in the 88th episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Shell-Shocked. He was created on accident after Escargoon lost his shell and King Dedede got a new one for Escargoon to use. Even though his concealed form portrays him with glowing green eyes, the Maimaigoon does not have any eyes when his head and arms are exposed. The eyes may actually be inside his shell all the time.
|“||Escargoon! What's gotten into ya!?”|
|— King Dedede • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
King Dedede orders Escargoon a new shell after Tiff demanded that he should, from Nightmare Enterprises. Dedede asks for a trick shell from N.M.E. The N.M.E. Sales Guy then tells Dedede that it will bring a beast out of Escargoon when he puts it on. Dedede likes that he is implying that it could be a way to get rid of Kirby. Earlier in the episode, King Dedede broke Escargoon's shell. Escargoon loves his shell, so he orders everyone in the castle to find a temporary one for him while Tiff attempts to fix his original one with strong glue. Later, some replacements are brought in, but Escargoon doesn't like any of them. Kirby comes in last with a shell, which ironically is the only one that's an actual shell, while the others were various objects. Escargoon instantly likes the shell Kirby brought, saying that Kirby is kind, even commenting that he almost feels bad for all the times he tried to help destroy him. After a grilling mishap, Escargoon is eventually chased by Dedede to the throne room, where the N.M.E. Sales Guy tells Escargoon that he has a present for him, transporting a metallic shell to him. Escargoon loves it and puts it on, gloating at how Dedede can't break this one, but a few minutes later, it turns him into the Maimaigoon. Escargoon loses control and attacks Kirby, attempting to eat him with his large tongue.
Dedede rushes in and Kirby sucks in his hammer. Kirby breaks free and turns into Hammer Kirby. Kirby bashes the Maimaigoon with the hammer but fails to damage him. The monster, on the other hand, is able to continue on beating Kirby. Kirby tries to damage him again with another powerful Hammer Attack but still fails to leave a dent in the Maimaigoon's hard, metal carapace. Kirby attacks him with a Hammer Swing but the Maimaigoon just blasts him away with a powerful laser beam projected from his two horns. Kirby finds a chance to attack again and throws his hammer full force at the shell. The hammer gets lodged in the Maimaigoon's shell. The shell shatters from the impact and the Maimaigoon reverts into a scared and cowering Escargoon. Escargoon then recovers his original shell, which was fixed.
The Maimaigoon is basically a mutated Escargoon. He is a giant snail with a high-tech shell seemingly made of platinum and gold. He has horns on his shell that generate his strongest attack. Almost instantly after donning the shell, Escargoon grows to huge proportions, bears glowing green eyes, and unfurls a long and sticky tongue. Escargoon's upper body looks similar to his original appearance but now has stubby arms with no fingers, no eyes and four horns, two smaller ones on his upper cheeks and two larger ones on the top middle part of his head; Escargoon now sports a pair of razor sharp fangs.
Powers and Abilities
The Maimaigoon can use his long tongue to bash his foes with or use it to wrap his foes in and squeeze them so he can eat them. He possesses a large metal shell that is extremely well armored, being able to withstand powerful blows from Hammer Kirby's Hammer abilities. From the pair of horns on his shell, the Maimaigoon can generate energy and fire white lightning beams.
- In the English dub, Tuff remarks that the Maimaigoon would have tasted good with garlic and melted butter.