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Waddle Dees are a species of peaceful creatures that are a common sight in Dream Land on the planet Pop Star. They are about the same size as Kirby and have a roughly spherical brown body, fingerless flaps for arms and two yellow to orange feet. Their faces are skin colored and consist of two dark brown eyes, florid cheeks, and no mouth or nose. While most Waddle Dees are red or brown, there also are green or golden Waddle Dees to be found.
Overall, Waddle Dees are depicted as peaceful denizens of Dream Land that seldomly fight actively. Their name is probably derived from their behavior, since they usually just waddle around in levels and leap in the air occasionally, neither paying attention to, nor actively attacking Kirby. While they are generally considered harmless, they can damage Kirby if they run into him or if he touches them. Some Waddle Dees possess Parasols, which they cling to in order to glide down from the sky more slowly. The two enemies can be inhaled, giving Kirby the Parasol ability. Upon landing, a Parasol Waddle Dee usually lets go of its Parasol. Once separated from it, it turns into a normal Waddle Dee. A close relative of the Waddle Dee seems to be the Waddle Doo, which looks just like a Waddle Dee, only with one big eye replacing its face.
Many, but not all Waddle Dees seem to have affiliated themselves with King Dedede. Those Waddle Dees show a great amount of respect and loyality towards their leader. King Dedede often employs them as servants, soldiers, and guards. Some Waddle Dees under Dedede's command also wield a spear.
Kirby's Dream Land
Waddle Dees make their first appearance in the game Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy. Like in most of the games to follow this installment, they are depicted as one of the weakest types of enemies, possessing no means to attack Kirby other than to accidentally bump into him, though they do move more erratically in the Extra Game. The Parasol-wielding variant of the Waddle Dee is also first seen in this game, using its parasol as a parachute to glide down to the ground; as the game contains no Copy Abilities, however, they do not yield the Parasol ability.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Waddle Dees make another appearance in Kirby's Adventure, as well as in the remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, again serving as one of the weakest foes Kirby faces during his journey. When appearing as Parasol Waddle Dees, they can be inhaled to give Kirby the Parasol ability. Parasol Waddle Dees are one of the common sources for the Parasol ability, the other ones being Parasol Waddle Doo and Parasol Shotzo (only the parasol part). Waddle Dees can also be found in different colors in the remake.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
In Kirby's Dream Land 2, two basic types of Waddle Dees exist, both of which walk in a straight line and turn around when reaching an obstacle. The difference between them is that one type is able to jump and walk up and down slopes, while the other is unable to do either of these things.
A less common, very fast moving type of Waddle Dee can also be found in a few locations; this form appears behind Kirby once he reaches a certain point in a level, attempting to dash into him but stopping when he faces it. Furthermore, some Waddle Dees can be seen holding Floaty the Drifters, Kirby's Dream Land 2's equivalent of Parasols, enabling them to slowly glide down from above.
Waddle Dees can be defeated instantly by hitting them with any attack or colliding with them. They award Kirby with 100 points when inhaled, and 200 points when destroyed in any other way.
In Kirby's Avalanche, Waddle Dee is the first opponent in Easy mode, never being fought in any other game mode. He is the easiest, and seems to simply place blobs at random.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra. While they retain their usual role of a common enemy, a Parasol Waddle Dee also serves as the Helper that can be created from the Parasol ability. The Helper is much more capable during battle than its enemy counterparts, being able to use the same moveset as Parasol Kirby. A Waddle Dee in a sailor garb also gets introduced as one of Meta Knight's henchmen during his conquest to take over Dream Land. Yet another Waddle Dee appears in The Arena as a joke opponent; this Waddle Dee has more health than regular ones, but does not move, instead walking in place until defeated.
Aside from the introduction of spear-wielding Waddle Dees, another Waddle Dee character wearing a blue bandanna appears in the Revenge of the King stage of Kirby Super Star Ultra mode. It first is fought as a Mid-Boss, and later can be spotted alone in the audience during Kirby's fight with Masked Dedede. After Kirby wins the fight, it can be seen accompanying a miserable King Dedede on his walk into the sunset, along with dozens of other Waddle Dees.
Parasol Waddle Dee's moveset
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Waddle Dees are once more encountered as common foes throughout the game. Here, they possess two basic types of movements: they are either found pacing back and forth in a predefined area, or moving in a straight line until they run into an obstacle, jumping occasionally. As the game does not assign health meters to enemies, they, like most other adversaries, can be defeated in a single hit from any attack or by colliding with them.
Besides walking around, Waddle Dees can occasionally be found riding on Nruffs, though they are thrown off when their steed slams into a wall. Furthermore, a few Waddle Dees can be seen rowing orange paddle boats back and forth on water in certain areas; attacking these specimens destroys their boat, causing them to fall into the water and be defeated. Kirby's Dream Land 3 is notable for being one of the few games in which Waddle Dees never hold a Parasol, due to the enemy being absent from the game.
Apart from regular Waddle Dees, the game also features Wapods, ghost-like enemies that strongly resemble Waddle Dees in looks, but not in behavior.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
While Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards does not feature Waddle Dees as enemies like usual - N-Z assumes the role as the weakest type of enemy - a single Waddle Dee appears as a character in that game. After it gets possessed by Dark Matter (temporarily turning it into a Waddle Doo) and defeated and released by Kirby, it gladly joins Kirby's and Ribbon's quest and becomes their ally. From that point on it sometimes appears in various levels and helps Kirby out, often by providing vehicles and opening paths. It can also be seen at the end of every level during the Picnic.
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
Waddle Dees once again take their role as enemies in the game Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. These Waddle Dees do not live in Dream Land however, but in the Mirror World. Aside from regular Waddle Dees, a bigger version of them known as Big Waddle Dee can also be found. Aside from their size, though, they do not possess any more strength or health than the smaller Waddle Dees and can easily be defeated in one hit.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, regular Waddle Dees, along with two new variants appear. The first, called Fluff Waddle Dee, floats down on a fluff, similarly to Parasol Waddle Dee, with the difference being that the fluff version does not give a Copy Ability due to Parasol's absence in this game. The second variant, called Spear Waddle Dee, holds a spear, which it can throw at Kirby. Spear Waddle Dees usually appear as a type of Mid Boss. Both variants, as well as the regular version, have the same appearance when stunned. A Waddle Dee Ball can be playable if the game is beaten once. It has the same stats as Kirby without Copy Abilities, except for health, like every other playable character besides Kirby.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Waddle Dees appear as common enemies and can be controlled by using the Ghost ability. However, the only thing they can do is jump. In addition to this, a golden variant appears, giving a treasure chest if defeated. This variant is also different in the fact that they cower in fear much of the time, with that being their only move other than jumping if controlled through Ghost.
Super Smash Bros. Series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Waddle Dees only appear as a trophy.
Many delicate creatures like this one inhabit Dream Land. They generally live carefree lives and have never considered themselves to be followers of King Dedede. Waddle Dees are innocent and generally harmless to man and beast. While they have virtually no offensive or defensive power, they'll sometimes try to wield a parasol.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King Dedede can toss Waddle Dees at opponents as one of his special moves, as well as his Final Smash. In addition, a lone Waddle Dee can be seen in a cutscene with Luigi during the Subspace Emissary, who cowers in fear of it. They also have a trophy in the game.
A carefree creature that wanders the hills and dales of Dream Land.
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Waddle Dee re-appears in Patch Land, however according to an in-game interlude, the Waddle Dees made made of yarn are not actually Waddle Dees (servants of King Dedede), but rather creations of Yin-Yarn. Unlike Waddle Dees from other games, running into yarn Waddle Dees will not hurt Kirby. However, sometimes Waddle Dees do try to attack Kirby through the use of arrows (Bow Waddle Dee) and spears (Spear Waddle Dee). In some levels of the game, Waddle Dees appear riding dune buggies (in this appearance they are called Truck Monster) in a race between them and Kirby in his truck form. Waddle Dees also appear in numerous levels as passing by-standers that you can defeat, appear asleep, or carry Parasols (Parasol Waddle Dee) and Balloons (Balloon Waddle Dee). Waddle Dees also make a small appearance in the Squashini boss fight as an audience. In addition to this, a single Waddle Dee is seen burning in the Hot Wings fight, and King Dedede's Waddle Dees can be seen in some cutscenes.
Patch Plaza description
Yin-Yarn made these
This fake Waddle Dee
This yarn Waddle Dee's
This fake Waddle Dee
This yarn Waddle Dee
Don't let this crazy hot
Kirby Mass Attack
In Kirby Mass Attack, Waddle Dees throw small bombs. Sometimes they throw nuts (and fruit) from palm trees. They also throw bombs while inside paintings, or behind fake walls. There is a single golden Waddle Dee, which runs away from Kirby like in Squeak Squad; unlike the golden Waddle Dees in that game, however, it is used for achievements.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Waddle Dees reappear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, exhibiting similar behavior to the Waddle Dees in other games. Waddle Dees come in different sizes, ranging from small to large ones. Larger ones need to be super inhaled in order for Kirby to inhale them, and resemble Big Waddle Dees from previous games. Waddle Dees often come in Puppet Waddle Dees, a large Waddle-Dee shaped container with three Waddle Dees in it. Waddle Dees can also be sometimes seen riding Nruffs.
The Waddle Dee with the blue bandanna appears as a playable character in this game.