|Debut||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|Main Ability/ies||Copying opponents' powers|
Kirby (Japanese: カービィ Kābī) is a fictional character in the Kirby video game series by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo. Serving as the eponymous protagonist of the series, Kirby has appeared in more than twenty games since his creation in 1992. Kirby, whose appearance is described as a small pink ball, is a citizen of Dream Land on the planet Pop Star, and possesses the ability to inhale objects and then expel them with great force. Kirby can absorb the properties of swallowed objects to temporally gain new magical powers known as "copy abilities." In the Kirby series of video games, Kirby often battles antagonistic forces including Dark Matter and his nemesis King Dedede.
Kirby has been featured in his own anime series, many manga publications in several countries, and even an educational video co-starring Mario. He has his fair share in Nintendo's merchandising from all his appearances, although many of them are only released in Japan.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Kirby was created by video game designer Masahiro Sakurai as the player character of the 1992 game Kirby's Dream Land. The character's design was intended to serve as placeholder graphics for the game's original protagonist in early development, and thus was given a simplistic ball-like appearance. Sakurai switched to the placeholder design for the final character design when he believed that it served the character better. The character was known as Popopo (ポポポ) during development until the name "Kirby" was chosen from a draft list of potential names. Shigeru Miyamoto stated that "Kirby" was chosen because of its similarity to American lawyer John Kirby, who defended Nintendo in the Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. case in 1984 and that the guttural-sounding name contrasted amusingly with the character's cute appearance.
Kirby appears white in Kirby's Dream Land due to the grayscale palette of the Game Boy system. Sakurai intended the character to be pink, though Miyamoto originally wanted the character to be yellow. Kirby appears white in the game's North American promotional materials and artwork to reflect the character's in-game appearance.
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|This character has an amiibo based off them. For information on their amiibo, see Kirby (amiibo).|