|“||Propellers are ice enemies that attack by chasing Kirby. Attack them before they get too close.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
Propeller, called Propeller Bomb in Kirby's Dream Land 2, is an enemy in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 2. It gives no Copy Ability when inhaled (except in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, where it gives the Ice ability).
Propeller appears to be a raindrop-shaped enemy with a silver propeller, and a happy expression, which changes to an angry expression when Kirby approaches, depending on the circumstances.
If Kirby has an Animal Friend with him when he approaches a Propeller Bomb, it gets angry and tries to chase him. If it touches Kirby outside of invincibility frames, it will self-destruct which will cause Kirby to instantly lose his Animal Friend. However, if it fails to do this for a while, it stops and flies forwards off-screen. It will also explode on its own if it is hit with projectiles enough. Most attacks don't do much to Propeller Bomb in its angry state, but Ice will freeze it instantly, making it a useful ability to use when trying to keep an Animal Friend.
Propeller appears as an enemy in Stages 10 and 11. It remains in one place and drops a Changer item when defeated. It appears in its happy form until Kirby hits it, which causes it to become angry for a few seconds before it is defeated.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Propellers are much different than in past games. They hatch from eggs, can be inhaled, and come in different colors: yellow, blue, brown, black, and red. Whether they chase Kirby or Gooey at a high speed depends on which color hatches out of the egg. Additionally, after they have chased either Kirby or Gooey for an extended period of time, they fly upwards out of view rather than forward as it did in Kirby's Dream Land 2.
In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the Propeller changes almost entirely. Its color is a darkish purple, and on its face is a happy expression, which doesn't change. In this game, it no longer hatches from eggs. If Kirby has a Copy Ability, it will chase him when he approaches. Otherwise, it will float in place. If Kirby inhales a Propeller and holds it above his head, it will fly up for a bit, and then pop. The Propeller now gives the Ice ability when inhaled.
Propeller makes a reappearance in Kirby: Planet Robobot, with yet another redesign. It is now made of metal and retains its happy face expressions from previous titles. If Kirby comes near it, Propeller will change its expression, gets angry, and chases Kirby, regardless of whether or not he has a Copy Ability. Propeller no longer yields a Copy Ability when inhaled in this game.
Propellers return in Kirby Star Allies. Their design was changed once again to much more simplistic one. They are now blue with white propellers. They explode upon contact with the player.
- Propeller resembles Sparky, another raindrop-shaped common enemy. In turn, Foley and Flappon resemble Propeller.