Official artwork of King Dedede from Kirby Star Allies.
|Debut||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|Smash Bros. appearances||SSB|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)|
|Console/platform of origin||Game Boy|
|Place of origin||Dream Land, Popstar|
|Created by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Designed by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Voice actor||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Article on Wikirby||King Dedede|
King Dedede (デデデ大王 Great King Dedede) is a character from the Kirby series. Following his debut in Kirby's Dream Land as a full-fledged villain, King Dedede steadily transitioned into both an antihero and Kirby's "arch-frenemy" by willingly allying with Kirby on a number of occasions for the greater good while maintaining their rivalry.
After making cameo appearances in Super Smash Bros. as a background character and in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy, King Dedede transitioned into a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and has remained as such since then.
King Dedede is a rotund, blue, penguin-like bird who possesses an egocentric and selfish disposition, which is best exemplified by his status as the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. His signature attire consists of a red, regal coat with white fur trim and his personal emblem, a stylized version of his hand striking the V sign, embossed on the back. He also wears yellow mitten-like gloves, a red tuque with a white fur pom-pom and gold crown-like brim, and a sash featuring blue and white trim with red and yellow tessellated triangles.
King Dedede is most often defined by his gluttony. He lives in a regal castle staffed by Waddle Dee servants, and he enjoys food to the extent of hoarding piles of it. This behavior, however, is contrasted by his incredible athleticism and ingenuity. Like Kirby, King Dedede is able to inhale enemies and spit them out as projectiles (but he cannot copy a foe's ability like Kirby can). After his first defeat at Kirby's hands, Dedede underwent rigorous training to learn how to puff up and fly like him. Outside of this, Dedede wields a large wooden mallet as his signature weapon; this mallet is depicted in some games as having special features built into it, such as a powerful jet engine, or the ability to fire missiles or a chargeable laser.
In early Kirby games and spin-off titles, Dedede is depicted as the central antagonist. King Dedede's misdeeds, driven by greed, range from stealing food from the Dream Land residents in Kirby's Dream Land to stealing all the stars from the sky in Kirby's Dream Course. In other games, such as Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Dedede's antagonism is not of his own volition; he is manipulated by a greater evil through mind control or possession.
In fact, a common misconception about King Dedede is that he is evil. He is merely selfish and mischievous, which renders him too benign to be an outright villain, especially compared to other Kirby antagonists. Beginning with Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, he began being depicted as an anti-hero, possessing a standoffish personality tempered by hidden compassion for others. This depiction is his most consistent portrayal in the series, especially as of Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
However, Dedede's good intentions are occasionally misguided, or undermined by his self-centered nature; in Kirby's Adventure, he breaks the Star Rod (the power source of the Fountain of Dreams) to protect Dream Land from the villain known as Nightmare, but its inhabitants are unable to dream as a consequence, and Kirby later finds him nonchalantly bathing in the Fountain of Dreams' waters.
King Dedede's relationship with Kirby varies from a nemesis to a partner. The king believes himself to be Kirby's "destined rival". Kirby, on the other hand, bears no such grudge. While Kirby regularly foils Dedede's schemes, the duo also partake in friendly speed-eating contests in Kirby Super Star's Gourmet Race sub-game, and Dedede even teams up with Kirby as a playable character in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby Star Allies. In the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, he is much more malicious and determined to defeat Kirby, but he rarely succeeds due to his simple-mindedness. However, he retains a form of respect for Kirby, which he rarely shows.
In the Super Smash Bros. series, King Dedede is voiced by his creator, Masahiro Sakurai, who also voiced him in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. His appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series is primarily influenced by Kirby Super Star. However, there are additional details original to the series, such as his kimono-like robes and mechanically-enhanced hammer. His more elaborate robes would later make an appearance in Kirby Mass Attack, while the idea of an upgraded mechanical hammer is seen multiple times in the Kirby series, starting with Kirby Super Star Ultra.
In Super Smash Bros., King Dedede makes a cameo in the background of Dream Land. However, according to a page on Smabura-Ken (the game's official Japanese website), King Dedede, alongside Bowser and Mewtwo, was planned to be included as a playable character, but was cut due to time constraints. Aside from this, no other information is available.
Like in the original Super Smash Bros., King Dedede reappears in the background of Dream Land in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
King Dedede also makes an appearance as one of the collectible trophies that can be found through the Trophy Lottery.
- King Dedede
- Dedede's the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. While he says he's king, Dedede performs 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 the vigorous training he undertook after being bested by Kirby.
- Kirby's Dream Land (8/92)
As a playable character
King Dedede is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, making him the third playable character from the Kirby series following Kirby and Meta Knight. 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, Waddle Dee Toss, Super Dedede Jump, and Jet Hammer. Inhale is very similar to Kirby's trademark move, but King Dedede lacks the ability to copy abilities. Waddle Dee Toss lets him 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 dash attack, forward smash, Inhale, and Super Dedede Jump all come from Kirby's Dream Land.
Like other playable characters, King Dedede retains his core design, albeit greatly enhanced graphically; most notably, his usually-exposed girth (other than his patterned waistband) is now covered by fine robes of a similar color, making his overall wear resemble a kimono. Additionally, his alternate costumes not only change the color of his outfit but the design on his waistband, as well.
King Dedede currently ranks 12th on the tier list in C+ tier. King Dedede possesses a powerful chain grab that can perform infinites on most lower-tier characters, which is complemented by his fast and long-reaching grab. He also overcomes his poor speed through his high vertical endurance, boasts one of the best recoveries in the game, and has a strong aerial game (with his back aerial in particular being very useful).
- King Dedede
- 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-naturedly at speed-eating contests and minigames.
- : Kirby's Dream Land
- : Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
|King Dedede & Kirby||Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Attack +21|
|King Dedede||Kirby Super Star||Attack +28|
|King Dedede||Kirby: Squeak Squad||Attack +30|
King Dedede & Kirby
(Kirby Super Star)
(Kirby Squeak Squad)
As a playable character
King Dedede returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. He has a more cartoonish look than his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, reminiscent of his appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, and gained a new Final Smash called Dedede Burst.
King Dedede has seen a large fall from his previous tier list spot for Brawl, now ranking 52nd out of 55 characters for SSB4. While still maintaining his high power and disjointed reach with his hammer, he lost his effective chain grab, a technique removed from SSB4. This removes what made him so effective in Brawl. His back aerial was also changed for the worse, no longer being as versatile as it once was. King Dedede also has a new side special: Gordo Throw. Since he now throws only Gordos, the new move has consistent power compared to the random nature of Waddle Dee Toss. However, this new attack can also be a hindrance for Dedede, as the Gordos are easily sent back to him by reflectors or any attack that does 2% or higher. The combination of his large size and slow mobility also makes him vulnerable to combos and camping.
- King Dedede
- He calls himself the King of Dream Land, but he doesn't have a lot of interest in ruling. He really loves to eat, so it's no surprise he's a heavyweight fighter. Despite his size and low speed, he can easily recover with his four jumps. His Jet Hammer will leave a mark on everyone he meets.
- He calls himself the King of Dream Land, but he doesn't have a lot of interest in ruling. He really loves to eat, so it's no surprise he's a heavyweight fighter. Despite his size and low speed, he can easily recover with his five jumps. His Jet Hammer will leave a mark on everyone he meets.
- Being a self-proclaimed king, Dedede clearly doesn't care too much about the whole "politics" thing. He's just a bit greedy. In this game, his weight and hefty hammer make him slow, but he can still jump four times in mid-air anyway, making it easy for him to get back to the stage. Fully charge his Jet Hammer for ultimate destruction.
- : Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)
- : Kirby: Triple Deluxe (05/2014)
- King Dedede (Alt.)
- For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede sends a Gordo bouncing with a hammer strike. It bounces off walls—or sometimes gets stuck in them. After a while it'll disappear. If an enemy hits one, it'll bounce back toward you. Use the special again to whack it back at them!
- For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede sends a Gordo bouncing with a hammer strike. It bounces off walls—or sometimes gets stuck in them. After a while it'll disappear. If an enemy hits the Gordo, it'll bounce back toward you. Use the special again to whack it back at them!
- For the Gordo Throw side special, King Dedede hits a Gordo with his hammer, sending it bouncing along the stage. It'll bounce off walls, or sometimes get stuck in them. Then, after a while, it'll disappear. If an enemy hits the Gordo with an attack, it'll fly back towards you. Use the special again to whack it back at them!
- : Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)
- : Kirby: Triple Deluxe (05/2014)
As a playable character
King Dedede returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He once again features a new Final Smash called Dede-Rush, which features him launching an opponent into a steel cage, assuming his Masked Dedede persona, and then attacking any trapped opponents with a barrage of missiles and his Jet Hammer. Unlike Brawl and SSB4, he is an unlockable character instead of a starter character.
|353||Masked Dedede||★★★||2||2835||8550||1531||4617||1304||3933||No Effect||Kirby Series|
Names in other languages
- King Dedede's name is pronounced in two ways: the English, Korean, Dutch, and Russian versions read his name as "Dee-Dee-Dee", while the Japanese, Spanish, German, and Italian versions read it as "Day-Day-Day".
- Additionally, the announcer does not say King Dedede's title in Japanese; he is simply referred to as "Dedede".
- King Dedede uniquely uses two different announcer voice clips in the Chinese versions of Ultimate depending on the setting; the simplified version uses the English "King Dedede" clip, while the traditional version uses the Japanese "Dedede" clip like the rest of the roster.
- King Dedede is one of the two playable characters to appear in every game of the series who was not playable in every iteration, the other being Charizard.
- When counting both versions of SSB4 as the same game, Ridley also shares this distinction.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the Hammer ability received a new move called Hammer Twirl, which is directly inspired by King Dedede's down aerial from Brawl in which he twirls his hammer below himself. Ironically, King Dedede's down aerial was changed in SSB4, which was released after Return to Dream Land.
- King Dedede is one of the four characters to have a different Final Smash across every entry since Final Smashes were introduced; the other three are Pit, Zero Suit Samus, and R.O.B.
- Ever since his debut in Brawl, King Dedede has had the worst air speed of any fighter.
- King Dedede is also the heaviest Brawl veteran as of Ultimate, though Snake was heavier than him in Brawl.
- If King Dedede is present when playing on Dream Land, the sprite of King Dedede in the background will not appear.
- However, in Smash 3DS's Training Mode, it is possible for both of them to appear at the same time.
- King Dedede is the only confirmed cut fighter from Super Smash Bros. who was not added in Melee.
|Fighters||Kirby (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU) · Meta Knight (SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU) · King Dedede (SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU)|
|Assist Trophies||Knuckle Joe · Nightmare · Chef Kawasaki|
|Bosses||Giant Kirby · Marx|
|Stages||Dream Land · Fountain of Dreams · Green Greens · Halberd · Dream Land GB · The Great Cave Offensive|
|Items||Maxim Tomato · Star Rod · Parasol · Warp Star · Apple · Dragoon · Superspicy Curry · Bomber|
|Enemies||Bonkers · Bronto Burt · Gordo · Parasol Waddle Dee · Plasma Wisp · Shotzo · Tac · Waddle Dee · Waddle Doo|
|Other||Gourmet Race · Whispy Woods|
|Trophies, Stickers and Spirits||Trophies (SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Stickers · Spirits|
|Music||Brawl · SSB4 · Ultimate|
|Masterpieces||Kirby's Dream Land · Kirby's Adventure · Kirby Super Star|