|“||The ancient tree has awoken from its slumber to block your path!”|
|— Quest Description • Super Kirby Clash|
Whispy Woods is a recurring boss in the Kirby series. The forest king first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land and is a giant apple tree with a face and a branch-like nose. He attacks by making apples fall on Kirby, blowing air puffs, and occasionally shooting his roots out in some games. The only ways to counterattack without a Copy Ability is to inhale apples and shoot them back at him. Besides apples, Whispy can also attack with his breath. In early games this was seen as him shooting puffs of air similar to the ones Kirby produces, but now he is able to breathe out mini-cyclones.
Whispy is commonly regarded to be one of the easiest bosses in the series. This is because he (in most cases) cannot move and has a shallow range of attacks. As a result, Whispy is usually the first boss to be fought in most of the games he appears in, and is the most recurring boss to be fought in the series, even moreso than King Dedede and Kracko. This has also made him one of the most iconic and recognizable characters in the series.
Whispy evidently isn't the only tree of his kind, a fact explored in in several games following his debut, most heavily in Kirby Mass Attack where similarly-named sentient trees such as Tower Woods, Wobbly Woods, and Floaty Woods appear. In other games, similar trees like Whispy Woods Jr., Twiggy Woods, and Twin Woods make appearances, and in the anime Whispy is shown to be old friends with another talking tree named Acore. Some of the most recent games have also featured other tree bosses alongside or in place of Whispy Woods, namely Flowery Woods from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Clanky Woods from Kirby: Planet Robobot and Yggy Woods and Parallel Woods both from Kirby Star Allies.
Whispy Woods is also capable of some movement (albeit limited), which is revealed in Kirby's Dream Land 3. This may explain how Whispy constantly relocates to different forests from game to game.
|“||Please don't tread on my roots, it would not be a wise decision.”|
|— Whispy Woods • Kirby's Avalanche|
In appearance, Whispy Woods hasn't changed much over the years. His concept always remains the same in every game in which he is present: a light-colored apple tree with a large bushel of leaves on his top branches. He commonly has visible roots and a short, stubby branch on his side, but these details were absent in earlier games. His eyes and mouth are hollow circles and he has a pointy nose. Sometimes he has apples, little round spheres, or even small stars growing from his branches in some appearances (the most common, however, are the apples). He can drop the apples and roll them across the ground as obstacles. Whispy Woods is known for being able to shoot puffs of air from his mouth, and he can exhale vegetables such as eggplants and carrots in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Usually, his nose is rounded and cylindrical. However in some games Whispy is shown to be able to sharpen it and will damage Kirby if he collides with it. In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Whispy's mouth and eyes become jagged and sharp in the second phase of his fight, and this is the only game where Whispy Woods actually walks around and pursues Kirby.
Although his concept is always similar, his final look is sometimes tailored for certain games. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Whispy's bark was plaid, he no longer had hollow eyes, and had a slightly more vibrant color palette. Whispy has identical looks in both Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby: Squeak Squad, where he has ivy growing along his sides and even more detailed bark. This is arguably his most detailed appearance to date. In Kirby Air Ride, Whispy's design was somewhat simplified to match the simplistic style of City Trial.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra’s Revenge of the King sub-game, Whispy Woods isn't present, but rather, Whispy's Revenge takes his place. Whispy's Revenge has a lighter bark color with purple leaves rather than his original green ones.
Later on in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Whispy Woods EX has the same appearance and role as Whispy's Revenge.
Whispy Woods debuts in Kirby's Dream Land as the boss of the game's first level, Green Greens. He is one of the servants Dedede trusts to guard one of the Sparkling Stars. Whispy will try to drop apples on Kirby which Kirby must inhale then spit back, and shoot air puffs which Kirby can't inhale. He later returns near the end of the game in Mt. Dedede when Kirby must fight all of the game's bosses again. His looks in subsequent games are refined versions of this original look.
Though touching Whispy won't hurt Kirby, touching his sharp, pointed nose (or anywhere near it) will take away two HP. This prevents Kirby from jumping while standing next to Whispy.
Whispy returns in this game as the boss of Vegetable Valley, having been given a piece of the Star Rod from King Dedede when Nightmare invades. In Kirby's Adventure, the battle against Whispy Woods is no different than the fight in Kirby's Dream Land, except now Kirby can enter the fight with a Copy Ability, making the fight much easier. Also, Whispy's nose will no longer hurt Kirby if he runs into it.
Because Whispy Woods is completely immobile during the fight and many of his obstacles can be dispatched before they hit Kirby, coming to the battle equipped with the Spark, Freeze, or Needle ability guarantees victory. Standing right next to Whispy and then by activating the ability, Whispy continuously takes damage and has virtually no way of protecting himself (his apples are taken out as soon as they hit Spark/Needle's barrier and the air puffs pass right over Kirby's head).
Along with Kracko, Whispy Woods appears in Kirby's Dream Course as a course hazard. He has no means of damaging Kirby, but acts as an obstacle to his movement, bumping him away if struck. Like Kracko, he can only be KOed with the Spark ability. Unlike Kracko, Whispy can either help or hinder Kirby, since strategically striking Whispy can save Kirby from falling off the course or bounce him into an advantageous position. Multiple Whispy Woods can appear in a single course, and as he does not count as an enemy, destroying him is not necessary for the hole to appear.
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- Whispy Woods: "Please don't tread on my roots, it would not be a wise decision."
- Kirby: "I feel like some apple pie!"
Whispy is once again the boss of the game's first level, Grass Land. This time, however, he is fought in two rounds. The first round has him with swirled eyes and wearing a surgical mask — likely to protect himself — that ironically makes him unable to shoot air pellets at Kirby. To make up for this, he gains the ability to shoot his spike-like roots at Kirby from below. After being damaged enough, Whispy's eyes go back to normal and his mask falls to the ground as he returns to his traditional attacks and is once again able to shoot out air pellets. In the bonus game for world 1, Whispy shoots out apples and stars; Kirby has to collect the stars, but if he gets hit by an apple the game is lost.
In Japan, during times of high pollination or times when the grass grows relentlessly, residents will often wear surgical masks to avert hay fever and other types of allergies. Thus, the joke is that the tree is attempting to avoid hay fever in the level referred to as "Grass Land." His "swirl-lens"-like eyes reinforce the idea that the tree has "allergies," which are an impairment to his vision.
Whispy Woods serves as the boss of Whispy Woods' stage. A Mini Whispy Woods stands in the upper-middle portion of the Target Shooting Area; hitting him four times causes him to flee and a Warp Star to descend from the ceiling. Touching it takes Kirby to the boss.
During the boss fight, Whispy Woods stands in the upper-middle of the area. He spits Air Bullets and drops Gordos, both of which have the same effect: they shrink whatever panels they hit. Like all normal bosses in the game, Whispy Woods has 12 HP.
In Spring Breeze (an enhanced remake of Kirby's Dream Land) Whispy is once again the boss of Green Greens and is fought similarly as in Kirby's Adventure. Although this game does not have Spark or Needle, Ice Kirby's Freezer Blizzard is identical to the Freeze ability.
In Revenge of Meta Knight (another of Kirby Super Star’s nine sub-games) Kirby encounters a variation of Whispy Woods called Twin Woods just after Kirby defeats the regular Whispy. The Twin Woods are conjoined twins facing each other that must be fought at the same time. They have most of Whispy's attacks as well as some new ones such as spinning to drop bugs from their branches that Kirby can't inhale and trading sections of their trunk.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Whispy and the Twin Woods return the same as they were in the original. A card of the plain Whispy is also found in the sub-game Card Swipe.
In a new sub-game, Revenge of the King, Whispy Woods returns as Whispy's Revenge. He is stronger than how he was previously. He retains all of his normal attacks, such as dropping apples from his branches. However, one of the few apples is a purple, rotten, toxic one, and if Kirby inhales this, it will damage him. Kirby can tell this one apart from the other two from its due to its appearance. He can spin and use a similar attack to the Twin Woods, where the duo would whip up a storm of little brown bugs and Gordos. The difference is, Whispy's Revenge drops bigger, purple bugs, or he drops Gordos. His air puffs point upward, making them much harder to avoid. He can also spew out three small tornadoes that lash out and damage Kirby. He grants 40000 points upon defeat.
As in Kirby's Dream Land 2, Whispy Woods is the boss of Grass Land but this time he has been disturbed by a mysterious cloud's mischief, as are all of the other bosses in the game. His attacks are slightly different this time. Whispy now spits out various fruit and vegetables that Kirby must inhale and shoot back at him, and he may occasionally shoot air puffs at Kirby. Once again, Whispy's nose damages Kirby if he comes in contact with it.
After four hits, Whispy becomes enraged and begins to chase Kirby by using his roots to walk across the ground just as the screen starts to scroll automatically. Now Kirby has to run away from Whispy while fighting him. In his angry state, the fruit Whispy spits out takes on a rotten and bruised appearance but can still be inhaled and spit out in the same manner as the regular fruit. Once again, another 4 hits will end the fight with Whispy Woods.
If Kirby gets all of the Heart Stars after fighting Whispy the first time, he will no longer attack Kirby if he enters the boss stage again. In Boss Butch, Whispy's arena looks as if it takes place in autumn.
In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Whispy Woods is the boss of Planet Popstar, and is fought in an entirely different way from earlier games. Kirby travels a circular path around Whispy inhabited by three Whispy Wood Jrs. Whispy Woods himself drops apples that Kirby can inhale and spit. Whether he uses apples or a power, Kirby must defeat the 3 seedlings by hitting each of them two times.
After all three of them are defeated, Whispy becomes enraged and makes his roots travel through the ground to stab at Kirby, while still dropping apples. Whispy still spits air pellets at Kirby, but these are easy to dodge. To defeat Whispy in his second phase, Kirby must quickly attack his roots before they burrow back underground.
This is the first boss encounter in the Kirby series to take place on a circular, looping track where the camera follows Kirby's movement. This format would be reused for several other bosses in later 3D Kirby games, including the second phase of Clanky Woods in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Whispy Woods makes a small cameo appearance in the background in Waddle Dee's battle cutscene. He later makes another cameo appearance in the last cutscene of the game (excluding Gryll's cutscenes), along with Kirby and Kine, saying goodbye to Mr. Star.
Whispy Woods is not a boss in this game—in fact, finding him is beneficial to Kirby. He appears in Stage 1 of Level 3 and Stage 1 of Level 6. The pink hero can take a hidden Warp Star and discover a secret area where Whispy grows. In the former stage, he'll transport Kirby to Stage 1 of Level 6 if the player so chooses; in the latter stage, he can transport Kirby to Stage 1 of Level 8.
In Kirby Air Ride Whispy Woods makes a cameo in the City Trial Mode, nestled around other trees in the small, peaceful forest in the West sector of the city.
As a decorative element, he has no qualms with Kirby in this game, and doesn't attack any of the players in this game, instead opting to peacefully ignore anything in his immediate surrounding. If Kirby rams into him with an Air Ride Machine enough times, Whispy becomes exhausted and shows his "beaten" pose, just as when he was defeated in previous games. After this point he will no longer react to being hit.
Whispy makes a small cameo appearance by showing up on the game's title screen, although much of his face is obscured by the game logo. Whispy Woods' appearance as well as the area that he stands in look the same as in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
As the majority of this game takes place in the foreign realm of Patch Land, Whispy is absent for the first three-quarters of the game. He is not encountered until Kirby's journey brings him back to his home world of Dream Land (albeit still afflicted with Yin-Yarn's magic).
For the first time in the series, Whispy Woods is faced as a late-game "boss," where he is seen near the end of Whispy's Forest. He uses his usual abilities to throw apples and blow puffs of wind at Kirby. Kirby fights him in his Tankbot form. There are three smaller versions of him called Twiggy Woods which appear earlier in the level, though all they do is occasionally release Gordos to hinder Kirby's progress, and they are part of the mechanic to allow Kirby to reach higher ground.
A miniature Whispy can also be obtained earlier in the level to be used as a decoration for Kirby's Pad.
Whispy Woods appears as the boss of Green Grounds, the first of the Popopo Islands. The Kirbys exit a door onto a grassy incline sloping downward toward the tree. In his first phase, Whispy begins by roaring and dropping a small, red spiked ball from his branches. Any Kirby hit by this takes damage, though the projectile breaks when it hits the ground and can be sidestepped. The boss leaves a wide window for the Kirbys to retaliate; it is expected that the player will rapidly flick six Kirbys him, doing heavy damage and ending the first phase. If he/she does not, Whispy cycles through his other attacks. He can charge up and spit a gust of wind at the Kirbys, catching and stunning its targets—this move strikes the center of the screen, so the heroes can dodge it by hiding on the left of the stage or right up against Whispy. The tree can also drop one small, green spiked ball that bounces across the ground or a quintet of small red ones, with the latter being very infrequent.
In his second phase, Whispy's leaves turn yellow as he produces two logs under himself. The player must destroy at least one of these logs to drop Whispy down to an elevation where he can be hit. The segments occasionally grows green mushrooms that harmlessly deflect Kirbys, though only segment one produces them at a time. The logs can also shake back and forth to deflect attackers. Whispy continues using his four previous techniques. He only drops a series of six spiked balls when a segment has been destroyed, and he cannot spit air streams until he is back on the ground. After nine hits from the Kirbys, Whispy's leaves turn orange.
In his third phase, the tree grows three logs. He now drops medium-sized spiked balls, both red and green; groups now comprise eight rather than five or six. Additionally, the log segments grow spikes to hurt the Kirbys rather than bouncy mushrooms. As before, he spins air when on ground level. After taking ten hits to his body, Whispy Woods is defeated. He spits an orange flame that explodes, removing the yellow clouds around Sandy Canyon.
Whispy Woods appears zombified in Stage 1 of Necro Nebula. Here he has purple bark with darker purple leaves. The battle is unchanged with one exception: Because the player can enter the stage with one Kirby, the boss drops fruit to help the player amass a larger group. When defeated, the first flame on Necrodeus' altar ignites, bringing the player closer to the final boss.
Whispy Woods also serves as the first boss for two of Kirby Mass Attack’s sub-games, Kirby Brawlball and Strato Patrol EOS, receiving aid from Little Woods and Giant Beanbon, respectively. He appears in the Field Frenzy sub-game as well, in which he emerges from holes in the ground. He earns the player 60 points when tapped.
Whispy Woods returns as a boss in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He serves as the boss of Cookie Country and holds the Lor Starcutter's oars. He has the same attacks as before, but when his health is brought to 50%, he will grow bigger and be able to attack Kirby by sucking him up. He also has bigger air puffs in this form.
Whispy's main attack is dropping three apples from his branches. These can be sucked up and used against him. Whispy may also spit out between two or four clouds that can be easily avoided. Occasionally, he may drop down some Comos that the players can use against him.
After Whispy's health is depleted to half his original health, he will grow twice his size. He can drop down five apples of different sizes. Whispy can also drop random enemies from his branches; these enemies are Gordos, Bronto Burts, Waddle Dees, and Comos. Whispy can also spit out three clouds at the same time. The boss also gains the ability to inhale the crew. Whoever is inhaled takes moderate damage from Whispy chewing on them and lose their copy ability upon release. The player needs to shake the Wii remote for the characters to escape.
After Whispy is defeated, he shrinks and releases the oars.
Whispy Woods looks a lot like how he did in Kirby Super Star Ultra’s Revenge of the King, having purple leaves and a darker bark color. Whispy can now spit four fast purple clouds. He can also spit out three tornadoes in a rising arc and can drop poisonous purple apples (that hurt Kirby if inhaled) from his branches. Occasionally, he may drop some small and Big Gordos and large apples. Whispy Woods can also attack using his roots, using four of them as large spikes that protrude directly in front of him and retract a few seconds after.
After losing half his health and growing twice his size, Whispy will attempt to inhale the crew once again. This time, though, he will drop apples to make the players stumble and lose balance. Whispy can now drop Scarfys as well as more apples and Gordos. His tornado attack is much faster and his roots protrude a lot quicker. Whispy can also spit out three purple clouds.
Whispy will release the oars when defeated, just like in the Main Game.
Whispy Woods appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, at the end of the Smash Combat Chamber EX. He acts like Whispy Woods EX, but loses his root attack. His apples are red, and he has gained the ability to lower Comos from his branches.
Whispy Woods is first fought in the stage The Forest of Whispy Woods. He attacks by spawning spike balls, dropping mines from his branches, and blowing gusts of wind to push the pink puff back. Kirby can attack him with Tap Dashes and Star Dashes; the former becomes nearly impossible when Whispy summons armored Bronto Knights to protect his face. The player can deal heavy damage by rapidly tapping Kirby when he has Star Dashed into the boss. To earn a Star Dash, the player must collect 100 Point Stars that Whispy creates on his vines. Alternatively, the Kirby amiibo figure can be used to achieve this effect.
Whispy Woods reappears in the stage Sky-High Whispy Woods. He has changed dramatically since his first encounter—the most significant change is his metallic trunk which repels Tap Dashes. He retains his wind, spike ball, and mine-dropping attacks, now spawning more spike balls and dropping more mines across the area. He can also summon chains of Barampas to pursue Kirby. The player's only effective method of counterattack is to collect Whispy's Point Stars (or use the Kirby amiibo figure) and smash into him with a Star Dash. Once again, the player can deal heavy damage by rapidly tapping Kirby when he has Star Dashed into the boss.
Whispy Woods appears in a mechanized form known as Clanky Woods, who serves as the boss of Patched Plains. Clanky Woods in-game description reveals that he is actually a modified and mechanized Whispy Woods. Unlike Whispy Woods, Clanky Woods has drill-legs which grant him mobility and has a more menacing appearance.
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Whispy Woods appears as a boss in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, using Flowery Woods's moveset from Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Whispy is the only boss in the games to employ the use of regular enemies, such as Gordos and bugs, in combat. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Whispy Woods is fought as a normal Ordeal boss in the Ruins, and as a Tougher category boss, which is also in the Ruins.
In Super Kirby Clash, Whispy Woods is never fought as an Ordeal boss. In Story Quests, he is fought as a Tough category boss in the Ruins, and as a Tougher category boss, which is also in the Ruins. In Party Quests, he is only fought as a Tougher category boss in the Ruins.
Whispy Woods once again appears as the first boss in Kirby Star Allies, with the boss title of Guardian of the Forest. He is fought in the stage Fruity Forest. His first phase consists of dropping apples and shooting puffs of air. He can also use his inhale attack from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He is also able to drop enemies from his bush of leaves and lower yellow Burst Fruits from vines, which can be extinguished with a Copy Ability imbued with Splash to gain food and stars or inhaled for the Fire ability. If they aren’t destroyed or inhaled, they will drop to the ground and explode shortly after, creating a small patch of fire. He transitions to his second phase by leaping high into the air and landing in the center of the battlefield, followed by a flash of purple energy. The resulting shockwave sends Kirby and his friends flying, causing them to land in pairs on either side of Whispy. Whispy Woods now spits bigger air puffs with a purple aura, as well as dropping countless apples, all of which can be countered by attacking them or can be simply avoided by moving to the far sides of the area. He also retains his Burst Fruit attack. He can occasionally jump in the air, allowing Kirby to reunite with his friends. Once he's defeated, the Jamba Heart piece possessing him is expelled from his body and flies away, leading Kirby and friends chase after it. Before Kirby and friends can do the Kirby Dance, Kirby can throw a Friend Heart at Whispy to befriend him. Doing this will make him drop tons of food and point stars before the dance occurs.
Whispy reappears on Falluna Moon, serving as the eighth boss. In his second phase, his attack pattern was changed. Now he uses Burst Fruits attack first instead of dropping countless apples. Also, his puffs of air are no longer purple, as he is not possessed by a Jamba Heart piece, but he is corrupted by one. After defeating Whispy a second time, a fight against Yggy Woods soon takes place. Yggy Woods serves as a harder version of Whispy Woods, with an attack pattern that is slightly from that of Whispy's.
Whispy is specifically vulnerable to attacks with the Sizzle element; his second phase can be effectively skipped if multiple players have Fire or a weapon imbued with the Sizzle element. Defeating him this way will result in him having a charred appearance, with smoke billowing from his mouth; his health bar's name also turns orange. Despite this, Whispy can still be befriended with a Friend Heart as normal in the first encounter.
An even harder version of Whispy Woods is fought at the end in Dimension I of Heroes in Another Dimension named Parallel Woods, which was added in the 4.0.0 update. His attack pattern is a mix of both Whispy's and Yggy's boss fight.
Whispy Woods also appears in the game's boss rush mode, The Ultimate Choice, in the first five levels of difficulty (Sweet Breeze, Mild Stroll, Zesty Expedition, Spicy Adventure and Sizzling Threat), he then gets replaced by Yggy Woods (Fiery Showdown, Infernal Crisis and Soul Melter) and Parallel Woods (Soul Melter EX) on the harder difficulties.
Whispy Woods starts with five different attacks. He can drop three apples. He can shoots air bullets, first two, followed by four; these are aimed at the player's current position, and produce stars. He can try to inhale the player, similarly to in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He can lower three vines with Burst Fruits, two near the ground and one halfway down. He can drop four enemies down from his foliage, which include Waddle Dees, Blade Knights, Burning Leos, and Chillys.
- Apple Dropping
- Air Gun
- Burst Fruit
- Enemy Dropping
- Air Gun
Upon reaching half health, Whispy Woods will jump into the middle of the arena, separating Kirby and friends. He has one new move, and his previous moves are upgraded. He now drops down a bunch of apples that can only be avoided by attacking them or staying at the edges of the arena. For his Air Gun attack, he shoots three Air Bullets, then shoots four pairs of Air Bullets. For his Burst Fruit attack, he drops three on each of his sides. He can jump back up into the air, allowing Kirby and his friends to reunite, before falling back down.
- Great Harvest Apple Festival
- Dark Air Cannon
- Burst Fruit
- Dark Air Cannon
- Jump Press
In Falluna Moon, Whispy uses mostly the same attacks, but has a different attack pattern after reaching half health. When summoning enemies after reaching half health, he drops six enemies, three on each side, instead of four; the enemies themselves are the same as before. His attack pattern after jumping into the middle of the arena and separating Kirby and his friends is as follows:
- Burst Fruit
- Dark Air Cannon
- Enemy Dropping
- Dark Air Cannon
- Jump Press
Whispy is a boss in Kirby's Pinball Land (where he is referred to as Wispy-Woods), fought using pinball flippers to thrust Kirby at him while he uses his air bullets, apples, and Gordos to try to throw Kirby off course.
Whispy does not appear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. However, Flowery Woods, a flower-covered tree boss does appear in Kirby Triple Deluxe, and bears a strong resemblance and similar attack pattern to Whispy — however, as stated in the Flowery Woods' Vs. text, the relationship between the two is unknown.
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In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Whispy is an ally of Kirby, Tiff and Tuff and is the ruler of Whispy Woods Forest. He is shown to be wise, protective, caring, and even vengeful at times. King Dedede and his protegé, Escargoon, oftentimes, try to turn Whispy to a pile of lumber, so they can clear out the rest of the forest and turn the forest into a golf park for Dedede. Whispy is often a step ahead of them, however (and when he isn't, he relies on Kirby, Tiff, and Tuff). He always outsmarts them, and, somehow, avoids being cut down. He is adored by the many creatures of the forest, and is close with Acore, the oldest tree in the woods. One time, Whispy sensed a threat to Acore and asked Kirby, Tiff, and Tuff to protect the eldery tree. Whispy is also shown to have a love of flowers, as seen the The Flower Plot, where he fell in love with Lovely, who tried to suck the energy out of him. In his final appearance in the series, Whispy, along with Phan Phan and the other wildlife, watched the Halberd's ignition in Cappy Town Down.
His breath weapon is absent.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Whispy Woods cameos in all Super Smash Bros. games where he appears as an element in the background of the stages Dream Land in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Green Greens in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He interferes with the fight by blowing the characters around with a gust of wind, and in the Green Greens stage he also drops apples that can either be picked up and thrown or occasionally be eaten to recover damage (granted the food item is turned on in the settings).
Strangely, the trophy for the Apples in Super Smash Bros. Brawl states that the apples that fall out of Whispy are not produced by him. Whispy Woods also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Whispy Woods appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
|“||Wispy Woods spits out a couple of air blasts to try to ward you off. Crouch down or jump and float upward to avoid them. Inhale the apples which fall from the top of the screen and then spit them out to give this tall timber the axe. This tree is also known as "The Larkspur Liar."”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||It's really pitiful that Wispy Woods thinks he can stop Kirby. He failed miserably in his first attempt. Just pelt the temperamental timber with apples again and move on.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||A contemplative, age-old enemy of Kirby, Whispy Woods will prove to be the mightiest oak you have ever encountered.”|
|— The Cast of Characters • Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet|
|“||A gigantic tree that attacks by dropping apples or spitting air bullets.”|
|— Enemy Characters • Kirby Super Star Instruction Booklet|
|“||The final boss of Pop Star, Whispy Woods attacks with apples, roots, and Whispy Woods Jrs.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
|“||You can warp to LEVEL 8.”|
|— Whispy Woods • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble|
|“||A boss enemy from Kirby's Dream Land. Whispy Woods is a big tree that shoots whirlwinds at Kirby. It isn't the toughest enemy: all Kirby has to do is avoid the occasional whirlwind, suck in apples that fall down, and then shoot them back at the tree. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Whispy Woods is quite the blowhard.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|“||This forest king has lived in Dream Land for ages. He's always in Kirby's way.”|
|— Whispy Woods' Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
|“||I feel like I've seen the boss of this island somewhere before... If you're trying to cut him down to size, I'd say you should attack the hard parts of his body. Watch out for the spiked balls though. Keep your eyes peeled for attacks from above. After he drops those, I bet he'll get tired and stop moving for a little while. That's the time to strike!”|
|— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack|
|“||Whispy Woods lives deep in the forest, waiting patiently for Kirby to stop by so he can share his delicious apples with the pink hero... That's not true at all, actually. Instead, he drops apples on Kirby, trying to cause him injury. He may look friendly, but remember what they say: don't judge a tree by its bark.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|“||Whispy Woods will blow air at whichever side of the stage has more fighters. If both sides have the same number of fighters, Whispy Woods will randomly decide.”|
|— Tips • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|“||When most people think Whispy Woods, they think apples! But this Whispy can't grow apples, so he simply drops bombs instead. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but I don't think the same can be said for bombs.”|
|— Figurine description • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|
|“||Fell the Ancient Tree who lives in the ancient ruins. But watch out for worms and falling apples!”|
|— Team Kirby Clash Quest description • Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|“||The ancient tree has awoken from its slumber to block your path through the Ruins!”|
|— Quest Description • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|“||The canopy of foliage blots out the night sky. Smash the fruits of destruction!”|
|— Quest Description (Tougher) • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|“||Kirby's familiar foe Whispy Woods is back—bright eyed, bushy headed, and dropping more apples than should even be possible! Use your Friend Abilities with ↑, and cut him down to size!”|
|— VS Whispy Woods • Kirby Star Allies|
"Whispy" is likely derived from the word "whisper," referring either to how Whispy's leaves rustle in the air or to Whispy's habit of exhaling puffs of air as an attack. "Woods" refers to the fact that Whispy Woods is a tree, and it was likely chosen for its alliteration with "Whispy."
- Issue 39 of Nintendo Power states that Whispy Woods is also known as "The Larkspur Liar." This was mentioned in their guide covering Kirby's Dream Land around its release, however, the nickname never caught on in North American game localizations.
- In Kirby's Avalanche, his AI is used by Suketoudara in Puyo Puyo.
- Almost every episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! featuring Whispy contains an environmental message.
- In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, a boss named King Golem bears a great resemblance to Whispy, except he is actually a stone pillar instead of a tree. He also acts similarly by dropping rocks onto the floor in a similar fashion to Whispy's apples.
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby's Blowout Blast are the only four games in the series in which Whispy Woods does not appear.
- Though Whispy Woods does not appear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, a similar boss, Flowery Woods, does appear. Whispy Woods is also mentioned in Flowery Woods DX's VS. description.
- In the American commercial for Kirby Mass Attack, a boy says "You again!?" upon encountering Whispy. This may reference how Whispy Woods is a recurring character throughout the series.
- Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby Mass Attack, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse are the only main games that feature Whispy Woods as a boss where he does not attack the player by dropping apples from his branches.
- Whispy's Revenge's icon in The True Arena has a small branch on its right side. In-game, however, this branch is absent.
- When Whispy's Revenge drops Gordos, their bouncing uses one of Jet's sound effects.
- Upon defeating Whispy's Revenge in The True Arena, there is a delay before his actual defeat animation.
- In the E3 2014 trailer for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, it was shown that Kirby could damage Whispy by firing himself out of a cannon and hitting the tree in the face. This cannon is not present in the final game.
- In Access Ark's second extra stage, when Kirby in his Robobot Armor screws off an object with electric wires and gets the second Code Cube of the stage, it reveals two Waddle Dees playing Kirby's Adventure on the Famicom, during the fight with Whispy Woods.
- In Kirby Star Allies, if Kirby and his friends set fire to Whispy and then throw a Friend Heart at him after the battle, he will drop roasted chicken, hot dogs, and takoyaki; this is in contrast to if he is befriended without being charred, in which case he only drops fruit.
- Although Whispy can be burned on Falluna Moon like normal, he will no longer be affected by a Friend Heart.
- In a trailer for Kirby Star Allies, Coily Rattler's roar was reused for Whispy's. This was not seen in the final game.
- Whispy Woods is typically among the first few bosses Kirby battles in each game, usually the first. Despite this, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition is a game in which Whispy appears the latest, as the Smash Combat Chamber EX is unlocked after the credits roll.
- Although Whispy Woods is consistently referred to as male, the official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate blog referred to him as an "it" when describing the Green Greens stage.