|“||The face of an angel? Sure...as long as you don't get Scarfy mad!”|
|— Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
Scarfy (plural: Scarfys or Scarfies) is an enemy that appears in many games in the Kirby series. At first glance, Scarfy looks innocent and harmless, but if he becomes upset (usually from Kirby trying to inhale or attacking the Scarfy), he transforms into a more aggressive form. In this form, the Mutant Scarfy (also known as Transformed Scarfy or Angry Scarfy) will begin to chase after Kirby, exploding on contact (Mutant Scarfy will also explode if Kirby avoids him for a few seconds). Scarfy cannot be inhaled, but carries the powerful Crash ability, which must be obtained by other means.
In all games after Kirby's Return to Dream Land (excluding Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition), when a Mutant Scarfy hits Kirby, he not only takes damage but also goes up in flames and has any Copy Ability he is carrying knocked out of him. There is also a pink-colored variant of Scarfies that exist, called Hunter Scarfys, that are more common in the Extra Modes of those games. They only turn into Mutant Hunter Scarfies when a key is obtained.
Scarfy is a small orange cat-like creature. He has two pointed ears (which can occasionally droop down), yellow, rosy cheeks, blue, shiny eyes, and a wide smile. When he becomes agitated, Scarfy's appearance morphs. His mouth opens much more widely, revealing sharp fangs, and he loses his rosy cheeks. Most noticeably, he now sports a single eye, and he has a ghastly, beige coloration. In titles before Kirby's Return to Dream Land, a Mutant Scarfy would adopt a dark orange color.
This was Scarfy's first appearance. Scarfy would explode upon defeat regardless of how they were defeated.
Scarfy behaves as it does in Kirby's Dream Land. In Kirby's Adventure, Scarfy still explodes upon defeat, even to Freeze or Ice, which would usually freeze an enemy in a block of ice. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, however, Scarfy does not explode upon being defeated.
In these games, certain Scarfies turn into their mutant forms while Kirby's back is turned on them, or when Kirby gets too close to them regardless of whether he tried to inhale them or not.
Using the Copy ability on a Scarfy results in Kirby obtaining the Crash ability. However, by exploiting the hitstun mechanics of the game, Scarfy can also be inhaled. Kirby can use a quick attack that does not immediately defeat Scarfy, then quickly drop his ability and inhale Scarfy to gain his ability. He is weak to the Sizzle element.
Scarfy reprises his role from Kirby Super Star.
Scarfies retain their usual role in this game, however, they only turn into their Mutant form when Kirby tries to inhale them.
Because Kirby does not have the ability to swallow enemies in this game, Scarfies will chase Kirby when they get near him. Kirby cannot unravel or roll up a Scarfy, or even beam one up when he is in Saucer form, but the enemy can be defeated either using his Weight form or the Saucer's electricity attack on them. Scarfy is also one of the items to be purchased in the Furniture Shop.
Scarfies appear in this game, acting as they do in other games. Starting here, the enemy's Mutant form changed from a red or dark orange hue to a dark gray, almost like stone. Key-protecting variants of Scarfies known as Hunter Scarfies also make their debut in this game.
Scarfies return, retaining their typical role. Some Scarfies will turn hostile if Kirby passes them or nears one of them, mirroring their behavior seen in Kirby's Epic Yarn. Hunter Scarfies also return, chasing the hero whenever he grabs a key. A Scarfy when in Mutant form is able to pass from the background to the foreground (or vice-versa) in pursuit of Kirby.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, most Scarfies have been turned into cyborgs by the Haltmann Works Company (though their Mutant forms are completely robotic). Aside from the Kirby 3D Rumble sub-game, regular Scarfies only appear in the Ability Testing Area and a secret area found in Stage 8 of Access Ark. Behavior-wise, some Scarfies slowly approach Kirby in their normal forms. No Scarfies transform without provocation unlike in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Hunter Scarfies do not appear in this game.
Scarfy first appears in Stage 3 of Level 2. He behaves like how he does in Kirby 3D Rumble. Because he is one of the few enemies in the game that is immune to inhaling, Scarfies are not necessary to defeat; if Kirby runs out of projectiles when facing Scarfy in a gauntlet, the enemy disappears in a puff of smoke. This prevents the hero from earning an Enemies Defeated bonus, however.
Mutant Scarfies grow larger than usual and are faster in this game, so provoking them is dangerous.
Scarfies appear as audience members in most game modes.
Scarfys reappear in this game, behaving as they did in previous games. Like other normal enemies in the game, the player can throw a Friend Heart at them, but they will not become an ally.
|This section contains information that does not coincide with the main series canon.|
|“||Aww... Ain't my new Scarfy-poos sweet, Escargoony-goon?”|
|— King Dedede • Dedede's Pet Threat|
King Dedede bought four Scarfies as pets in the episode Dedede's Pet Threat, but their Kirby-like appetites made Dedede bankrupt, so he released them. While in the wild, the Scarfies started eating animals and reproducing rapidly. The Scarfies then ate bones sent by Nightmare Enterprises that mutated them, giving them the second, mutated form. The original four became a small army overnight that only Hammer Kirby could stop. They were turned back into themselves by having the NME bones knocked out of their mouths. Even then, Dedede was forced to keep the army of hungry Scarfies.
Just like in the games, the Scarfies will become their mutant forms to protest Kirby's inhale ability.
A running gag in the episode is that Scarfies seem to be fond of Kirby's arm, since they keep biting into it.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Scarfy appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Like several of the other Kirby trophies in the game, Scarfy uses his model from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. A trophy of Scarfy also exists in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Scarfy appears as a Primary, Novice-class Shield spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He can then be enhanced into his Mutant Scarfy form (which is known as Angry Scarfy here), which is a Primary, Advanced-class Shield spirit. His Novice-class spirit sports no effect, but his Advanced-class spirit prevents the fighter it’s equipped to from flinching while performing charged smashes.
Scarfy's name may be related to the word "scarify," which means "to frighten," referencing his transformation into Mutant Scarfy upon Kirby's attempt to inhale it.
It could also retroactively be a play on the verb "scarf," which means eating food fast and voraciously, something that Scarfies are known for doing in the anime.
|“||Scarfy is a deceiving character. He looks like a friendly sort of mutt, but don't try to inhale him—he'll get meaner than a bitin' dog and attack.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||This is what Scarfy looks like after Kirby tries to inhale him. He's mad! Scarfy will explode violently if he's touched by any object.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||At first glance, Scarfy appears to be a gentle cat-like creature. But wait—if Kirby gets too close, Scarfy shows it's huge teeth and chases him. Stay clear. ”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
|“||Wow, guess you guys are pretty picky, aren't ya?”|
|— Rick • Dedede's Pet Threat|
|“||Creatures with cute, catlike faces that float through the sky in a playful, gentle manner. Get close enough, however, and Scarfies take to the offensive in a new, scary form. They can't be inhaled and eventually explode on their own. This is one enemy that you should probably attack as little as possible. That's right--let sleeping Scarfies lie.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|“||They look friendly at first, but just wait...”|
|— Official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website|
|“||He looks almost as cute as Kirby himself, lazily floating in the air... but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. If you try to inhale him, Scarfy will instantly turn into a terrifying, one-eyed monster before ruthlessly chasing you down and exploding! In Return to Dream Land, some kinds of Scarfy only chase you if you're holding a key.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Scarfy's mutant form is gray.
- In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the Scarfies are some of the few monsters that weren't ordered by King Dedede specifically to destroy Kirby; others include Crab and Honker Stomper.
- In the anime, Scarfies can take as much food as Kirby, and would eat anything but cupcakes and apples.