Official artwork of King Dedede from Kirby Triple Deluxe
|Debut||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|Console of origin||Game Boy|
|Hair color||Light Blue|
|Eye color||Black (Blue in SSBB)|
|Created by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Designed by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|English voice actor||Masahiro Sakurai (Kirby 64, SSBB)|
Ted Lewis (anime)
|Japanese voice actor||Masahiro Sakurai (Kirby 64, SSBB)|
Kenichi Ogata (anime)
King Dedede (デデデ大王 Dedede Daio?) is a major recurring antagonist (and anti-hero) from the Kirby series. He is a giant penguin-like being who wields a large wooden mallet, and has been the apparent main antagonist of the Kirby series since its beginning. His powers are vaguely similar to Kirby's; he is able to puff himself up and float (although he only got this ability through rigorous training after his first defeat at Kirby's hands), and suck up enemies and spit them out as high-speed projectiles (unlike Kirby, he cannot copy a foe's ability). He can use both of these abilities in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
King Dedede is the selfish, self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. He has appeared as Kirby’s rival and nemesis in every Kirby game (with the exception of Kirby and the Amazing Mirror) since Kirby’s Dream Land. He is a hammer-wielding penguin with fine robes and a greedy disposition. While his more heinous actions are influenced by being possessed by Dark Matter, he is usually considered to be the main villain of the Kirby series. However, a common misconception about King Dedede is that he is an "evil" character. He seems to be more selfish than evil, and appears to otherwise have a good heart. Most of the games where Dedede is evil is where he is being possessed. He was possessed three times by Dark Matter, one by Yin-Yarn and once by Daranza. King Dedede's actions range from stealing food from the Dream Land residents in Kirby's Dream Land to breaking the Star Rod, source of power in the Fountain of Dreams, into seven pieces in Kirby's Adventure (although this latter was to protect Dream Land from an evil it did not know about). However, he is not above teaming up with Kirby as a friendly rival on occasion, such as in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Canvas Curse, or Kirby's return to Dream Land. King Dedede's relationship with Kirby is more along the lines of friendly competition, begrudging admiration, and annoyance on both sides than flat-out hatred or villainy.
King Dedede also makes an appearance as a major character in the animated TV series, Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (known as "Hoshii no Kaabii" in Japan), once again as the self-proclaimed king. He is usually accompanied by his snail-like sidekick, Escargoon (Escargon in Japan), and has an army of Waddle Dees at his command, akin to the games, with a single Waddle Doo as the commander. While he is the king, he appears to take no administrative role for the kingdom, and most of the characters simply ignore his rule. His role in the anime is much more comical, but also more mean-spirited and evil. He is also much less intelligent than he appears in the games, and his bumbling attempts to cause Kirby to become less popular usually end up failing very miserably.
In Super Smash Bros.In the original Super Smash Bros, King Dedede made a mere brief cameo in the background of the Dream Land stage. He was once planned to be a playable character, but space and technical limitations caused him to only have the aforementioned cameo.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
King Dedede only reappeared in the Dream Land stage once again, and also making another appearance as a trophy. Once again, he was planned to be a playable character, but was cut because of time restraints (the same reason that kept him out of SSB64).
As a trophy
King Dedede makes an appearance as one of the 100+ collectible trophies in the game that can be found by "typical" means - either through the Trophy Lottery or picking it up during one of the single-player Regular Matches. Its trophy reads like so:
- Dedede is the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. While he says he's king, Dedede prefers no administrative functions and the citizens of Dream Land continue to live as they always have. He's able to suck in air and fly like Kirby does, but only as a result of vigorous training he undertook after being bested by Kirby.
- Kirby's Dream Land 9/92
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
King Dedede finally becomes a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, making him the third playable character from the Kirby series. He wields his trademark hammer, swinging it in most of his standard attacks, like the Ice Climbers, and has very powerful hammer-based attacks. His special moves are Inhale (Neutral Special), Waddle Dee Toss (Side Special), Super Dedede Jump (Up Special), and Jet Hammer (Down Special). Inhale is very similar to Kirby's trademark move, except King Dedede lacks the ability to copy abilities. Waddle Dee Toss lets the king throw his minions at foes, sometimes producing not only Waddle Dees but also more deadly Waddle Doos and Gordos. It is also possible for Dedede to throw out capsules containing items. Super Dedede Jump is an effective recovery move, sending King Dedede high into the air, then crashing into the ground to damage foes. He can also cancel out of doing this. Finally, King Dedede mechanizes his hammer with Jet Hammer. The hammer's power is charged up by holding the special attack button, and then released for a mighty swing. King Dedede incurs damage after charging for too long, however. His "trip" attack and Super Dedede Jump come from Kirby's Adventure.
Like other playable characters, King Dedede appears visually similar to his canon incarnations, but greatly enhanced graphically - for example, his usually uncovered girth (other than his patterned waistband, that is) is now covered by fine robes of a similar color, making his overall wear resemble a kimono. He also has several interesting costume colors, which not only change the color, but the design on his waistband too, including a sepia toned one. His voice is also provided by Masahiro Sakurai himself.
King Dedede first appears in the Subspace Emissary after he smacks Luigi into the sky. He then leaves the trophy as bait for Wario as he drives by with his cart full of trophies. When Wario stops to pick up the trophy an army and Waddle Dees crowd around him. The trophy flies up into the air and Dedede grabs it and takes off in Wario's vehicle, leaving Wario trophy-less. He later joins the party after Ness and Luigi get revived by his Dedede Brooches. They both turn him back, later in the level. Then you have to grab character trophies and add them to your party. Finally he will battle Bowser and join your party.
- The self-styled king of the amazingly peaceful Dream Land. He continually does things unbecoming a king, like stealing the kingdom's food supplies or all the stars from the sky. He's not all bad, though, and sometimes performs good deeds. While he and Kirby often battle, they've been known to compete good-natured at speed-eating contests and minigames.
- Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
In Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS
- King Dedede was once planned to be a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for the N64 but was cut from the final roster due to time constraints.
- In the Kirby anime, there are frequent references to King Dedede's aversion to stars, but in most of his appearances, he has a very large star on either side of his hammer.
- Outside of the anime and with the exception of a few sparse references (such as Snake's codec message about him), King Dedede's dubious authority is never mentioned.
- Between his cameo in SSB and his appearance as a playable character in Brawl, King Dedede was redesigned. In Kirby games released at the same time as SSB he was a penguin because his head was very large compared to the rest of his body, and his beak was a lot bigger. In more recent games, King Dedede is less like a penguin (and not a penguin at all). His head is now more proportional to his body, and his beak is less prominent. However, in the Smash series he has always looks more similar to the old design than to the new one, with a large head and beak.
- If one looks closely at his official art in each Smash game he appears in, he grows more torpid with each entry.
- King Dedede along with Mewtwo and Bowser were the only characters to be planned to be in all versions of the game but appeared in later games.
- In the fourth Super Smash Bros. title, if King Dedede is an active fighter on the Dream Land (64) stage, the King Dedede sprite will not appear flying in the background.