Red Kirby looks the same as Kirby, but is colored red instead of pink and has magenta feet instead of red. He has appeared in some Kirby games and in the Super Smash Bros. series, and most of his appearances have been as a palette swap or Spray Paint variation of Kirby. In multiplayer sub-games, he is usually controlled by player three.
In Kirby Air Ride, he was an available default character that was selectable as a palette swap. In both Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, he was playable via multiplayer. In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Dark Meta Knight attacked Kirby, splitting him into four separate beings, one of which was Red Kirby. After obtaining the Red Spray Paint in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, the player can recolor Kirby to resemble Red Kirby. He appears in Kirby Super Star Ultra in the multi-player sub-games.
- If Red Kirby gets the Fighter ability in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror or Kirby: Squeak Squad, he gets a white bandana instead of a red one, most likely to make his bandana visible on his red body.
- In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Kirby Star Allies, player three controls Blue Kirby instead of Red Kirby.