|“||No doubt. A miracle will happen for sure!”|
|— Taranza • Kirby Star Allies|
Taranza is a character in the Kirby series, debuting as the secondary antagonist of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, but would later become an ally. He is a spider-like magician and a former servant of Queen Sectonia.
Taranza has brown skin and has two orange horns with yellow tips, as well as shiny, silver, curvy hair; additionally, he has two orange fangs protruding from his upper lip, which is lined in white. On the front of his head, Taranza has two orange-yellow eyes in his hair and two white eyes with a slight purple glow on his face, along with four more orange-yellow eyes on the back of his head. He wears a crimson scarf and a jagged, dark green cape with orange lining in a spider-web pattern. The dark green clothing on his body has two silver buttons on its front and crimson circle designs on both sides. Taranza also has a crimson stinger-like appendage on his bottom and six detached hands with white and orange gloves.
In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, Taranza now dresses in a dark color scheme. This is due to being corrupted by the black mirror and possibly being brainwashed by Parallel Nightmare, respectively. His cape and clothing are now black. The spider-web pattern on his cape is now hot pink, and his horns are purple with hot pink tips. He now dons a purple scarf and white and hot pink gloves. The buttons on his clothing are now yellow, and the circle designs have changed to purple. Additionally, his fangs are now white, and the eyes in his hair and on the back of his head are now yellow. When the player has completed Team Kirby Clash Deluxe or defeated him in Super Kirby Clash, Taranza will revert back to his original design, though in the former, he retains the white fangs and yellow eyes.
Taranza is shown to be very resourceful, as he often uses his magic to turn objects into monsters, control other beings, or simply agitate them and pin the blame on Kirby to stop him from getting in his way. After Queen Sectonia’s demise, Taranza was overcome with minor grief. This is shown in a few pieces of the official Twitter artwork, where he is seen associated with things reminiscent of Queen Sectonia, as well as in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, where he is seen holding a flower reminiscent of Queen Sectonia’s flower form. Despite this, Taranza still lives happily and peacefully, such as when he sits atop Magolor’s Shoppe in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, sniffing the flower and twirling around its petals while smiling. His pause screen description in Kirby Star Allies states that he is clumsy and that he is a bit of a smarty-pants. He is also slightly snobby and pretentious, calling the greeting of the Jambastion Religion "ridiculous" in a Twitter post.
In the past, Taranza and Queen Sectonia had a very good friendship, his weapon description in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash states that he even had feelings for her, but never admitted them. However, Queen Sectonia became evil after being corrupted by the Dimension Mirror that Taranza presented to her. She used her beauty to intoxicate Taranza into doing her bidding. This influence was seemingly broken when Sectonia disposed of Taranza by blasting him into the distance. Realizing that Sectonia was a danger to everyone; servants, subjects, and opposers alike, Taranza aided in taking down his former queen. He later tried to call out to help Soul of Sectonia, but his voice didn't reach her due to her insanity and desire for power.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, it is revealed that Queen Sectonia was once of the same species as Taranza prior to her possession of a new body.
The morning after the Dreamstalk lifts Kirby's house and Castle Dedede into the floating kingdom of Floralia, Taranza enters the king's castle, easily dispatches several Waddle Dee guards, and captures King Dedede. He flees the castle with the king in tow, and heads higher into Floralia, followed by Kirby climbing the Dreamstalk in pursuit.
Throughout Kirby's journey through Floralia's six worlds, Taranza attempts to impede his progress by creating or aggravating bosses. He uses spider web-like magic to bring inanimate objects to life, such as a flower into Flowery Woods and a stone statue into Coily Rattler. On the other hand, he spins Paintra's painting and throws a rock at a sleeping Pyribbit, aggravating both into confronting Kirby. Also, during his path, he leads Kirby to Kracko so the latter would attack him. Kirby continuously defeats the bosses and pursues Taranza, intent on saving King Dedede.
Unbeknownst to Taranza, Kirby manages to save the People of the Sky from their cages at Royal Road. With their help, he then follows Taranza and King Dedede into a castle. As Kirby enters, Taranza notes Kirby's persistence, and says he cannot allow Kirby to interfere with Queen Sectonia’s plans. He correctly guesses that Kirby followed him in order to rescue Dedede, whom he calls "the hero of the lower world." He briefly explains that the People of the Sky thought they could use the Dreamstalk to save their world, but he saw right though their plan. He then takes control of Dedede, turning him into Masked Dedede and forcing him to attack Kirby. Kirby defeats King Dedede, breaking his hammer and part of his mask in the process, but Taranza revitalizes him with a stronger dose of his magic. Despite this frenzied state, Kirby defeats the king a second time, and the rest of his mask is destroyed, breaking Taranza's control permanently.
Taranza approaches the unconscious Dedede, confused how he had lost, as he followed his queen’s orders. He then realizes Kirby is really the hero of the world below. Then, out of desperation, he quickly summons Queen Sectonia, hoping she'll save him. Displeased with his failure and deeming him useless, Sectonia immediately blasts Taranza with a laser, sending him flying out of the castle and into the distance.
After Kirby defeats Sectonia, in her base form and fusion with the Dreamstalk, he is caught off guard and ensnared by one of her vines. Before she can squeeze him to death, Taranza reappears to help. Carrying Dedede, he throws his former captive, who smacks Kirby free of the vine's grip. Dedede then throws Kirby to Taranza, who gives Kirby a Miracle Fruit. Hypernova Kirby then takes on and defeats Sectonia for the seemingly final time by firing back her own laser and vaporizing her. Afterward, the vines rapidly disintegrate, and Kirby and Dedede plummet from the sky. The People of the Sky catch Kirby and his house, while Taranza catches Dedede with minor struggle. Taranza, Kirby, Dedede, and the People of the Sky then admire the fully-bloomed Dreamstalk.
It is not known whether Taranza returned to Floralia or stayed in Dream Land with King Dedede and Kirby, but it can be assumed that he has the ability to travel between the two lands using the Dreamstalk.
|This section contains information that does not coincide with the main series canon.|
In the distant past, a faraway place called the Dream Kingdom is beset by enemies. After Kirby and his team defeat Kracko and Pyribbit, they hear rumors of a mage who invigorates enemies to attack, who turns out to be Taranza. They defeat him, but enemies continue to cause trouble. Team Kirby sets out to defeat Landia EX, the latest threat, and peace is restored after their victory.
A few days later, a dimensional rift opens unexpectedly, releasing Parallel Susie. Team Kirby conquers her and Parallel Landia, and learns that Taranza was the one who conjured the rift. The mage summons the black mirror and Dark Taranza, who in turn summons the king of darkness, King D-Mind. This villain destroys Dark Taranza and assaults Team Kirby. The heroes challenge him and defeat him. However, King D-Mind returns for a second time, but Team Kirby defeat him again, this time sealing him in the black mirror and shattering it, trapping the king in a sealed-off dimension.
With the mirror shattered, it is revealed that Taranza was corrupted by the mirror’s darkness. He comes to his senses and becomes a passive member of the village. Peace returns to the Dream Kingdom and Team Kirby vows to suppress any threats that should emerge.
For the first time in the series, Taranza is fought directly. After being unlocked for 35 Gem Apples, the battle takes place in the Empyrean. He is an Ordeal boss in the Tough category and must be defeated before the player can access the Decisive Battlefield. His magical attacks include firing energy orbs, throwing a giant bouncy orb, firing jewels from the background, dashing across the screen in an energy bubble, and creating a large explosion around himself. He teleports frequently to dodge attacks and assault Team Kirby from different angles. Finally, Taranza uses energy nets to trap the Kirbys. He flies into the background, throws the net, and any Kirbys hit by it will be immobilized. To free the trapped Kirby, the others must attack the net until it breaks (or if the player is trapped, mash the +Control Pad). If not done fast enough, the net will shrink around the trapped Kirby and then explode, dealing massive damage. If the net is broken, however, Taranza will be launched onto the ground, temporarily stunned.
Taranza is not fought again, but his black mirror counterpart, Dark Taranza, uses the same techniques. He is fought in the Decisive Battlefield.
After King D-Mind's defeat, Taranza becomes a resident of the village, occupying the roof of Magolor's Shoppe. His color scheme changes from purple and pink to his traditional one, indicating the end of his curse.
Taranza appears in the audience in the Coin Clash mode in the Party Room stage. He can be seen at the top right.
Taranza returns as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies looking to make a bid for the altar in The Divine Terminus in order to reach out to a "bright light" which is implied to be Sectonia. It is also stated that he is in search of ”a queen,” which could be Sectonia, even though she perished after being vaporized. This implies that Taranza is unable to let go of Sectonia, and still believes that she is out there somewhere. However, it could also simply mean that he is searching for someone new to crown his “queen,” as evidenced by one of his character interactions on the title, file select, and menu screens. He uses abilities based on his Team Kirby Clash Deluxe boss fight, as well as new ones based on the Spider abilty.
|This section contains information that does not coincide with the main series canon.|
Taranza returns in Super Kirby Clash as a boss, where he has the same moveset and palette as his boss fight in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
Team Kirby had chased Parallel Nightmare through rumors, and eventually made their way to The Empyrean. There, they mistake Taranza for Parallel Nightmare and do battle with him. They defeat him, and discover that he's not the wizard they were hunting down. Taranza then regains his senses and becomes a resident of the Port Village. He can be seen sitting on top of the Shoppe, holding the same flower he had in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. Taranza also appears as a sticker, which can be purchased from the Shoppe for 20 Gem Apples.
|Magic String Shot||Press and release B||Taranza shoots a web that encases enemies in pods.||None||16|
|Taranza Web Hold||Press and hold B, then move the joystick||Taranza creates a web net that can capture enemies and can be freely controlled like ESP's PK Shift.||None||32|
|Pop Off||Release B during Web Hold||Taranza dispels the net, scattering the held enemy/enemies.||None||24 (explosion)|
|Darling Dreamstalk||↑ + B||Taranza summons a miniature Dreamstalk.||None||32|
|Taranza Burst||↓ + B||Taranza channels energy into a burst around him.||None||32|
|Super Taranza Burst||Hold ↓ + B then release||Taranza channels energy into a bigger burst around him.||None||96|
|Taranza Ball||Press ↑ + B in air||Taranza channels energy into a ball that rebounds off walls.||None||16 (ball), 1 (charging)|
|Super Taranza Ball||Hold ↑ + B in air then release||Taranza channels energy into a bigger ball that rebounds off walls.||None||32|
|Web Sling||Dash + B||Taranza slings three webs forward that encase enemies in pods.||None||18|
|Web Scatter||Dash + B in midair||Taranza scatters three webs forward that encase enemies in pods||None||18|
|Queen's Phantom||↓ ↑ + B||Taranza summons a dark construct of Queen Sectonia that performs her Electric Shock attack.||Zap||16 per hit|
|Pod Kick||When touching pod||Kicks the pod away.||None||48|
|Pod Snatch||B when near a pod||Grabs the pod to perform moves.||None||16|
|Pod Slam||Pod Snatch + B / Pod Snatch + →||Slams the pod forward.||None||48|
|Pod Slamabam||Pod Snatch + ↑, ←, or ↓||Slams the pod forward and back before throwing it.||None||48|
|Magic Guard||L / R||Taranza shields himself with energy.||None||16|
|Bouncy Web||↑||Taranza creates a heart-shaped web.||32|
|Friend Bounce||Jump and touch Bouncy Web||Taranza or any other Friend bounces off the web, damaging opponents and gaining invincibility during the takeoff.||42|
Taranza is shown to be a skilled wielder of magic. He can fire purple balls of energy, possess and strengthen other beings, and use a web-like net of energy to capture and carry others. When possessing King Dedede in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Taranza uses magical strings attached to Dedede's limbs to control him like a puppet.
In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, where he is fought directly, Taranza uses magic to fight, primarily in the form of energy orbs. Aside from those attacks, he can surround himself in a damaging barrier to ram into the Kirbys, trap them with an explosive energy net, or teleport rapidly around the screen.
|”Taranza, Master of Puppetry"|
|“||To think that you've made it this far. Aren't you a persistent little thing? But even you will kneel before us. I, Taranza, cannot allow you to interfere with Queen Sectonia's plans. Let me guess: you're here to save the hero of the lower world. The people of this land thought they were clever. They thought they could use the Dreamstalk to save their world. But I saw right through their plan. Well, since you're already here... I'll give you your precious hero back. But he may be a little more...hostile than you remember him!”|
|— Taranza • Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|“||Wh-what is the meaning of this?! I did just as Her Majesty commanded. The lower world should fall to its knees before me! Could...Could you be the true hero of the lower world? Curses! If that's true... Majesty! Your Majesty Sectonia! Oh, glorious Sectonia! Please come to my resc-- Glaaaugh! Wh-why...?”|
|— Taranza • Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|“||This mysterious baddie kidnaps the king and takes him up the Dreamstalk and to the floating islands of Floralia. What is his evil plan?”|
|— Official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website|
|“||As Team Kirby continues its treacherous climb, the puppeteer mage at last shows his face. With the creatures he controls, this powerful foe threatens the kingdom. You must defeat him! Go, Team Kirby!”|
|— Quest Opening • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|“||The magician reveals himself! Break his web of spells and restore peace!”|
|— Quest Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|“||A flask that resembles the puppeteer magician. It is said that his feelings never touched the queen he served.”|
|— Weapon Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|“||Its appearance echoes a notable silver-haired henchman. The glasses add a touch of intellectualism.”|
|— Armor Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|“||This clumsy smarty-pants stumbled his way here from Kirby: Triple Deluxe! He’s a lonely insect on a journey in search of a queen, and he’s one of your new Dream Friends!”|
|— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||Hoping for a true miracle, the boy with silver hair from Kirby: Triple Deluxe is making a bid for the altar. Deep in his heart, he already knows the outcome. But if he could just reach that bright light...”|
|— Guest Star Description • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||This teleporting trickster will try to confuse Team Kirby with its magic, but stay focused and you'll beat him!”|
|— Quest Description (Tougher) • Super Kirby Clash|
|“||The decisive battle between the final form of the puppetmaster magician and the heroes of Team Kirby!”|
|— Quest Description (Super) • Super Kirby Clash|
- Taranza, with his simple, floating body, dark brown skin, and limbless hands, somewhat resembles Magolor.
- A painting of Magolor appears in the background of Stage 3 of Wild World, hanging near a painting of Taranza. This suggests that they may be related in some way.
- Despite having speaking lines in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is the first time Taranza has been shown to be able to open his mouth.
- Similarly, two pieces of artwork from the official Twitter are the first times Taranza has been seen to make other shapes with his mouth rather than just a smile. These aforementioned pieces of artwork feature Taranza with a frown.
- Taranza's voice, provided by Hirokazu Ando, was first heard in the downloadable Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe sub-game. It can be heard when King Dedede hits a backbeat while wearing the Taranza mask. In a Miiverse post, director Shinya Kumazaki stated that the voice was "designed with the image of an androgynous young spider."
- Taranza's keychain, like Magolor's, depicts his skin as black rather than brown.
- When the Sectonia Clone in Kirby: Planet Robobot is defeated, the last entity which the shape-shifting liquid turns into before exploding is a being that resembles Taranza. The main differences between this entity and Taranza are that the entity has longer hair, different horn shapes, and pronounced eyelashes. This shows that Taranza and Sectonia were once members of the same species, as stated on Miiverse.
- Before Taranza throws his energy net during his battles in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, he will move one hand around in a fashion that suggests he is deciding who to throw the net at before launching it at the Kirby he ended up on.
- In Kirby Star Allies, Taranza is one of the transformations of the Stone Copy Ability, being part of a duo with Queen Sectonia's original form and holding the same flower he had in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
- Taranza's intro menu in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! is based on the box art of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, being identical apart from missing Kirby.
- Taranza's intro menu pose is based on the pose he makes in his intro for his battle in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
- Taranza's quote on his Guest Star Pause Screen in Kirby Star Allies marks the first time he has spoken in the games since Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- In Kirby Star Allies on the title, file select, and menu screens, Taranza can sometimes be seen carrying King Dedede with Kirby chasing after him. This is a reference to the opening of Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Taranza can also sometimes be seen paired with Kirby and King Dedede as they strike a pose, which is another reference to Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- In Kirby Star Allies on the title, file select, and menu screens, Taranza can sometimes be seen readying himself to talk to Adeleine, Ribbon, and Susie while they are talking with each other. However, before he gets a chance, they run off in the opposite direction as Taranza then turns around and chases after them. This suggests that Taranza is trying to move on from Sectonia.
- The battle theme that plays during the fight with Taranza in Super Kirby Clash is a remix of "Revenge of the Enemy" from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and the battle theme that plays during his Super category fight is a remix of the theme that plays while fighting Morpho Knight as Taranza in Kirby Star Allies.
- Taranza's theme "Taranza, Master of Puppetry" is a heavily remixed version of King Dedede's theme.