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'''King Dedede''' (デデデ大王, ''Dedede Daiō'') is a main reacurring villain of the ''[[Kirby]]'' series and the archenemy of Kirby. He is an obese, penguin-like monarch carrying a large wooden mallet and is known to be self-centered; furthermore, Dedede causes many problems for the inhabitants of Dream Land through selfish mischief, such as stealing Dream Land's food supplies for a midnight feast in Kirby's Dream Land, taking all of the stars from the sky, or merely just wanting revenge on Kirby. Despite this, he is not truly evil and does care for Dream Land. As shown in ''Kirby's Adventure'' and ''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'', he and Kirby do not hesitate to team up against a common enemy. A recurring motif of the series is the assumption that Dedede has performed an act which is essentially benevolent, such as sealing away the villainous Nightmare from ''Kirby's Adventure'', which is misinterpreted as malevolent. Dedede often pats his belly in a jolly manner, and has many of the same abilities as Kirby himself does, such as being able to inhale objects and spit them back out with tremendous force, and the ability to suck in air and fly. He is voiced by his creator, Masahiro Sakurai in ''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'' and ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl''.
 
'''King Dedede''' (デデデ大王, ''Dedede Daiō'') is a main reacurring villain of the ''[[Kirby]]'' series and the archenemy of Kirby. He is an obese, penguin-like monarch carrying a large wooden mallet and is known to be self-centered; furthermore, Dedede causes many problems for the inhabitants of Dream Land through selfish mischief, such as stealing Dream Land's food supplies for a midnight feast in Kirby's Dream Land, taking all of the stars from the sky, or merely just wanting revenge on Kirby. Despite this, he is not truly evil and does care for Dream Land. As shown in ''Kirby's Adventure'' and ''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'', he and Kirby do not hesitate to team up against a common enemy. A recurring motif of the series is the assumption that Dedede has performed an act which is essentially benevolent, such as sealing away the villainous Nightmare from ''Kirby's Adventure'', which is misinterpreted as malevolent. Dedede often pats his belly in a jolly manner, and has many of the same abilities as Kirby himself does, such as being able to inhale objects and spit them back out with tremendous force, and the ability to suck in air and fly. He is voiced by his creator, Masahiro Sakurai in ''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'' and ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl''.

Revision as of 04:30, 12 November 2011

King Dedede
Dedede.jpg
Series Kirby
First game Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Created by Masahiro Sakurai
Designed by Masahiro Sakurai
Voiced by (English) Masahiro Sakurai (Kirby 64, SSBB)
Ed Paul (anime)
Voiced by (Japanese) Masahiro Sakurai (Kirby 64, SSBB)
Kenichi Ogata (anime)

King Dedede (デデデ大王, Dedede Daiō) is a main reacurring villain of the Kirby series and the archenemy of Kirby. He is an obese, penguin-like monarch carrying a large wooden mallet and is known to be self-centered; furthermore, Dedede causes many problems for the inhabitants of Dream Land through selfish mischief, such as stealing Dream Land's food supplies for a midnight feast in Kirby's Dream Land, taking all of the stars from the sky, or merely just wanting revenge on Kirby. Despite this, he is not truly evil and does care for Dream Land. As shown in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, he and Kirby do not hesitate to team up against a common enemy. A recurring motif of the series is the assumption that Dedede has performed an act which is essentially benevolent, such as sealing away the villainous Nightmare from Kirby's Adventure, which is misinterpreted as malevolent. Dedede often pats his belly in a jolly manner, and has many of the same abilities as Kirby himself does, such as being able to inhale objects and spit them back out with tremendous force, and the ability to suck in air and fly. He is voiced by his creator, Masahiro Sakurai in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

King Dedede makes a return in Kirby Super Star Ultra. There is a new mode called "Revenge of the King", which is basically a harder version of the original "Spring Breeze". For the final battle between himself and Kirby, he sports a mask and an improved version of his hammer. This new hammer features new attacks, such as shooting missiles, flames, or spinning extremely fast. In addition, the arena is now caged and electrified.

King Dedede was originally intended to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros., but was cut due to time constraints; he does, however, appear in the background in the Dream Land stage and later as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He was finally added as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl due to being one of the most requested characters to be playable in Japan. In that incarnation, his main weapon, the "Jet Hammer", is a mechanized version of his usual mallet. Possibly as a result of this, he plays a large role in the Subspace Emissary storyline, capturing petrified heroes and placing badges on them that will activate when they are sucked in Subspace and unfreeze them, which proves to be a fruitful endeavor, when only he, Luigi, Kirby, and Ness are left to fight.

In the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, King Dedede is presented as the supreme and incompetent ruler of Dream Land, with a castle atop a hill, overlooking Cappy Town. King Dedede appears to be more "evil" than in the games. This version of the character is more rude and malicious, but ultimately ignored by the unimpressed populace. Dedede's main cause of inconvenience is his constant purchasing of demon beasts from Holy Nightmare (or Nightmare Enterprises) to enforce his laws, create chaos, or to get rid of Kirby, whom he feels is a threat to his popularity and authority. King Dedede is voiced by Kenichi Ogata in the original Japanese version and Ted Lewis in the English dub.