Mike (called Microphone in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!) is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. It is often shown with three different hats, which only appear when the ability is activated. Otherwise, when simply moving around, Kirby periodically pulses with light if there are still charges of the ability left. Mike is the only three-use ability that has appeared in the Kirby series to date.
Kirby loves to sing, but his voice only serves to annihilate all enemies on-screen, which find the singing to be too loud and horrendous. Kirby does not seem to mind his own singing, however, as he is wearing earphones. Mike can be used three times with increasing power, unlike other limited-use abilities that can be used only once.
In Kirby's Dream Land, there is a Mikeitem that can be inhaled. When the mike is spat out, Kirby will screech into it, destroying all enemies on screen. The item reappeared years later in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble and could be activated simply through touch, eliminating Kirby's need to spit it out. This was not the true Copy Ability, however, as Copy Abilities did not exist in Kirby's Dream Land. It could also only be used a single time.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the ability is slightly altered. A visible sound wave is seen every time the move is used, and the area of effect grows progressively larger with each use. Only enemies caught in the sound wave will be damaged; the ability no longer damages everything on screen. However, the third use (Stand Mike or Encore) has a much wider range that surrounds Kirby. In addition, Mike can now destroy blocks.
In the anime, it is perceived as the most dangerous of Kirby's abilities, as it cannot distinguish between friend or foe, often destroying everything nearby (in both of its appearances, it even wrecked most of Castle Dedede). Otherwise, the ability does not change from the games. Mike Kirby can take down several monsters at once, and perhaps almost all of eNeMeE's creations. Not even Tiff can stop him once he starts singing. It also reveals that Kirby is tone deaf and has a terrible singing voice. Mike Kirby will not stop singing until he finishes his song.
During the transformation sequence, Kirby grabs headphones and dances to music while also grabbing a microphone. Instead of just shouting down the microphone, Kirby sings. In fact, the first time it is used, Kirby sings the ending theme from the Japanese version, "Kihon wa Maru" (First you draw a circle), though he sings very badly. Abusement Park
Kirby can sing his favorite song three times! I wonder why that song hurts enemies...
When Kirby sings, everybody plugs their ears! You're able to use the Mike three times.
Uwaaahhh! Oooooh yeahhhh! Un-hunhhh! Baaaaby! Rock on!! *Can only be used three times.
Owowow! Ooh, yeah-ah! Yabba jabba yeah yeah yeah! Sing 3 times to silence all...
Whoa oh oh ahee ahee! Dur dur yeah yeah yeah! Charge up for more power! If you sing three times, you'll be super happy!
Whumwhuummm screeeeeee! Microphone check, one two. Build up your power to crank up the volume. Kirby's three-song set list is more than enough to rock the house!
Music can have a comforting effect, but that depends on who's singing. Luckily, Kirby only has enough energy to sing three songs.
Yeah! Yeah! Whooooa-oh-oh-oh! There are three songs to sing with resounding enthusiasm! Store up power to pump up the volume. Sing with friends for explosive harmony. Gather multiple singers for a glorious chorus.
I am not sure what ability he is trying to use. Perhaps he is... eh... Microphone Kirby.”
Curious what Kirby's singing voice sounds like? Then track down and inhale Mr. Tick-Tock or Walky! Kirby can copy the Mike ability and then use a mike or megaphone to really let 'er rip. sometimes he sounds as cute as he looks, but he can also hit those low notes when he wants to rock.”
Mike is the only Copy Ability that has three different icons and appearances in the same game. In Kirby's Adventure, he uses a stand mike, while in its remake, he instead uses a modern cordless mike. In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Mike Kirby has three hats, which are (in order): a megaphone and a white baseball cap (with a red star on it in Kirby Super Star Ultra), earphones and an old-fashioned radio microphone (the most commonly represented Mike form) and a green (multi-colored in Kirby Super Star Ultra) mohawk and a stand mike.
The white baseball cap Kirby dons while using Mike the first time in Kirby Super Star Ultra is a Hanshin Tigers cap (used from 1982 to 1999).
In the anime, this ability seems to be the few Meta Knight doesn't know about, the other being Throw. When it first appeared, he called a few other names in a rather confused manner, before settling for "Microphone Kirby". This name has been used ever since.
A glitch in Kirby's Adventure allows Kirby to get many more than three mikes – 255, to be exact, displayed as P5. He needs to time his third mike correctly, and it can be done while defeating Kracko or Paint Roller, or while hitting a switch.
In many games, Mike is a rare opportunity to hear Kirby's voice, though this varies greatly. In Kirby Super Star and its remake, the third mike gives Kirby an unfitting, very low-pitched human voice, which was provided by Masahiro Sakurai himself. He exclaims "Chesuto!" in Sakurai's voice, an expression originating from a southern dialect of Japanese, which is associated with the exertion of swinging a sword.
In Kirby Super Star and its remake, the first attack uses the same sound as the one in Kirby's Adventure.
In both Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, when Kirby's third attack is charged, he emits a noise that sounds similar to his Kirby Super Star Ultra noise.
In addition, Mike's Robobot Armor Mode is not limited-use, unlike the base Mike ability.
Mike is the only ability whose Copy Essence can effectively be re-acquired while Kirby already has it, however, this is only when Kirby has already used it at least once. The re-acquirement recharges the number of uses left.