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Starman is a recurring enemy in the Kirby series. It gives the Hi-Jump ability when inhaled, and is the only enemy in the series to do so.

Physical Appearance

Starman is a yellow, featureless, star-shaped creature. It wears a lengthy blue cape, which is secured by a red, gem-like brooch. The top of Starman's head is split into two points.


Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Starman debuts in this game as an enemy. It has two different behaviors: gliding horizontally through the sky along a set path, or walking back and forth, stopping occasionally to jump straight up into the air.

In addition to being a common enemy, one can also be seen in the Butter Building Museum, and others are summoned by Kracko during the boss battle of Grape Garden.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Starman appears in only two stages: Stage 3 of Level 2 and Stage 2 of Level 4. He flies slowly through the air, not posing a threat to Kirby. If the pink puff consumes a Balloon and spits Air Blasts at him, Starman is pushed back but not harmed. The more Air Blasts Kirby hits him with, the more points the player earns, and a long string of hits grants 1UPs.[1] As Balloons appear in the same stages Starman does, this seems to be his only intended purpose.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Starman looks and acts exactly as it does in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. It can also be summoned by Mecha Kracko during the battle against him.

Kirby Mass Attack

Starman appears in the sub-game Kirby Brawlball as an enemy. A group of Starmen will occasionally fly across the board in a zigzag pattern, and Kirby can hit them to score points. The enemy's appearance has not changed since Kirby: Squeak Squad.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Starman acts exactly as it does in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, but is now a much rarer enemy. It also appears in the Hi-Jump Challenge.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2

Starman is found in the Butter Building stage, and attacks by leaping at the Kirbys.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Starman appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The sticker uses Starman's design from Kirby: Squeak Squad, while the trophy uses its model from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The sticker, only applicable by Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight, increases Launch Power by 33.

Related Quotes

Considering his name and that cape on his back, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Starman is the hero. He isn't! That's Kirby's job. Still, he seems to have the courage of a hero, showing no fear when Kirby arrives on the scene and sometimes even jumping right at him!
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


  • The name Starman may reference the enemy of the same name from the Mother series (most notably EarthBound, which HAL also worked on). It also shares a name with a power-up from the Super Mario series (that would later be renamed Super Star) as well as with a boss from the Mega Man series.
  • In the sub-game Megaton Punch in Kirby Super Star and its remake, some Starmen can be spotted in the crowd.



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