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Allies and Playable Characters
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Allies are anyone who has helped Kirby before. Some allies have redeemed themselves and become good after their evil deeds, while others have been friendly to begin with. Some allies are also playable in various games.

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Kirbys
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Sometimes more than one Kirby is seen simultaneously. Kirby was split into four separate beings by Dark Meta Knight in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and two in The Fofa Factor, by Slice n' Splice. In Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby was split into ten smaller versions of himself. In Kirby Battle Royale, King Dedede’s Kirby Printer creates a multitude of clones of Kirby. Sometimes, multiple Kirbys appear without an explanation, leading to a conclusion that Kirbys are a species. In the Super Smash Bros. series, different players can play as Kirby simultaneously and perform a palette swap (color change) so the characters look different from one another.

Keeby is identical to Kirby apart from color, and has only appeared in Kirby's Dream Course. It is not known whether Keeby is Yellow Kirby.

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Animal Friends
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Animal Friends are allies first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land 2 who assist Kirby with puzzle-solving or by making use of his Copy Abilities in certain ways. Gooey, who is seen to Kirby’s left, is not part of the group.

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Helpers
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First featured in Kirby Super Star, Kirby can forfeit further use of his current Copy Ability by summoning a Helper, which usually has similar abilities. In Kirby Star Allies, Helpers are now known as “Friends” and can be created by throwing a Friend Heart at an enemy. Special Friends, known as Dream Friends, can also be summoned using the Dream Rod to tag along.

See Helper article for list of Helpers


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Ribbon
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Ribbon is a Fairy in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. When Dark Matter attacked Ripple Star, her home, the Queen Fairy told her to escape with the Power Crystal. She did so but was attacked by Dark Matter, who shattered the crystal into 74 pieces and caused her to crash-land in Dream Land, right on top of a stargazing Kirby. The two eventually confront the true evil behind the dark matter, . Ribbon flies and carries Kirby while Kirby makes use of Ribbon's Shard Gun against him. Kirby, Ribbon, and the rest of the team are proclaimed heroes and given medals when they went back to Ripple Star, and Kirby parts ways with Ribbon with either a handshake or a peck on the cheek from Ribbon.

Villains and Enemies

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Villains are plot-centric characters who go against Kirby. Some villains don’t have any reasoning for their actions, while others are given backstories as to why they act this way and also for the player to have sympathy for them.

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Monsters
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Monsters are evil creatures seen in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, created by Nightmare to take over the known universe.

Nightmare's operations are funded by his sales team including N.M.E. Sales Guy, his No.2 and right-hand man, who makes Nightmare Enterprises a hefty profit from selling Monsters to clients for their own needs.

Enemies
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Most of the time, enemies in the Kirby series refer to regular enemies. These are any common characters hostile towards Kirby and have less-than-significant role in the plot.

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Enemies by threat: Regular enemy | Large enemy | Mid-boss | Boss | Final Boss


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Masher 2.0 is one of Nightmare Enterprises's most powerful Demon Beasts. It is an upgrade in every way from the already huge and powerful Masher which was defeated prior by a combined effort of Kirby and Knuckle Joe. Easily one of the largest Demon Beasts ever created, it bests Sword Knight, Blade Knight, and Knuckle Joe, before Meta Knight asks Knuckle Joe to amplify and harness the power of his father's locket to destroy Masher 2.0 for good.

Special Roles

The Kirby series is not known for its complicated characters, but there are special ones just the same. These are characters who defy classification into straight hero or villain, and can neither be enemy nor friend to Kirby, or appear to be one or the other.

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The greedy, lazy, self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. He is Kirby’s arch-rival, leading some to believe that he is the main antagonist of the series. While he does have his fair share of evil deeds, King Dedede actually truly cares for Kirby, and has even helped him on some occasions where he knows the main villains are a threat. Most of the fights he had with Kirby were either misunderstandings or times when he was taken control of, however, some fights and actions were on his own accord, such as when he stole all of the food in Dream Land.

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A solitary character and one of few words, he can be friend or foe depending on what he seeks. His plans are as unpredictable as his appearances on the battlefield, which presents a powerful force to be reckoned with. Add in the fact that he zealously guards his true looks and his code of honour, Meta Knight is the character of intrigue that everyone has come to know.

Nova

Galactic Nova is a giant clockwork comet in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. He is summoned by the powers of the Dream Fountains and has the power to grant a wish. Who he grants the wish to is not fixed, however, and Marx took advantage of that to wish for control over Dream Land.