Kirby has a canon, and it’s horrifying

kirby's terrifying canon

Please note this article contains extreme spoilers for a variety of Kirby games including in-depth spoilers for the recently released Kirby Planet Robobot (and yes, spoilers are important for a Kirby game), so read at your own risk. There’s also a bit of theorycrafting I try to keep to the end.

There’s a bit of a running not-quite-joke with Kirby that it’s a surprisingly dark series, and while true, most mentions of this situation don’t quite dive deep enough. Everyone points to the blood in Dream Land 3 and 64 final boss fights. And who could forget Marx Soul’s scream? And it’s true, these are pretty grim, and Kirby games have a trend of pulling a heel turn towards the end, which is interesting on it’s own. But things go deeper.

Zero Two from Kirby, crying blood.

Hidden Layers

First I’d like to point out I really love how Kirby games go about adding their particular type of drama. Beating the main story of a Kirby game has rarely been “the end” since Kirby’s Dream Land 1 for Game Boy. There’s almost always a true ending and true final boss that requires enough extra effort that many kids probably never see these extra endings or modes.

And that’s by design, it seems. Zero, lurking in Kirby’s Dream Land 3 for people who collect all heartstars is one of the simplest yet most disturbing bosses of the 16 bit era. He appears with a chilling cord, flinging his own blood at Kirby, his eye violently errupting out of his body in a fountain of blood as he dies. But it’s hard to do, so a lot of kids won’t see it, they’ll see the simpler normal ending (though even that hints that it’s not the end). Lately the EX mode pause descriptions for bosses add a lot of grim flavor to the characters as well.

Taranza's final words and offering can no longer reach her ears. The former queen has become a pitiable husk in the throes of madness after losing everything. She has consumed the world, and all she has left to cling to is her vanity.
“Taranza’s final words and offering can no longer reach her ears. The former queen has become a pitiable husk in the throes of madness after losing everything. She has consumed the world, and all she has left to cling to is her vanity.” – Kirby Triple Deluxe pause screen description.

The higher difficulty mode is there for fun too not just to hide the story elements—ever since Kirby’s Dreamland there’s been a harder second mode in most Kirby games, something that seeks to satisfy those who consider the main game too easy. In recent years this has coalesced into the now-expected “speedrun” mode (MetaKnightmare or DeDeDetour) and the True Arena which is trick even for a Kirby veteran.

It’s unfortunately not something that reviews well however—most reviewers seem to stop after the main game, calling kirby games “easy” and “simple”. Which in a way they are, if you don’t play the extra content. But that’s actually a strength—younger children can enjoy “beating” a Kirby game with a light happy fun game with a simple ending, and more dedicated, skilled, and attentive fans will notice the rather grim details hidden throughout the higher difficulty modes and hidden in pause screen descriptions.

This layering lets Kirby have his cake and eat it too, it’s just a shame non-Kirby fans don’t seem aware of that aspect at all.

Kirby Robobot is a classical tragedy

So here’s the part where I spoil the coolest reveal in Planet Robobot that takes some piecing together. Flee now if you don’t want spoilers (you were already warned!).

Haltmann, the main antagonist, is creating Star Dream, a massive machine capable of granting wishes. In the main story he’s just presented as a greedy jerk, then when he activates the machine Susie steals the helmet that allows control of Star Dream. This results in Haltmann’s mind being taken over by Star Dream, which then decides to eradicate all life and rejects Susie’s attempts at orders. Star Dream (and presumably Haltmann) fall to Kirby’s hand.

It’s a little sad when we see how Haltmann apparently dies, taken over by a mad machine, but it’s a pretty standard good vs evil story with only a slight twist in Susie’s betrayal, and then Star Dream’s double betrayal as it goes mad and tries to destroy literally everything, as most Kirby final bosses do.

But once we start playing EX mode and reading the pause screen descriptions  of the bosses you star to see the reality of the situation is a lot darker. You see,Susie was involved in an accident during a Star Dream experiment and went missing. The same description casts some suspicion onto why she has joined the company “after all this time”, stating her full name is Susanna Patrya Haltmann. In the normal story, Susie states she “just wanted to get back at the old man,” referring to Haltmann.

Then Haltmann’s own description states “Ever since losing his only child in an accident long ago, he’s dedicated his life to the company. However, his only wish is to see his daughter once again.” Haltmann wants to activate Star Dream to get his daughter back…a daughter who he doesn’t know is actually his “secretary”, Susie.

In the True Arena Star Dream fight, we see a quote from Haltmann saying “I wanted to see her just one last time.” In the final phase of the fight the description reads:

“All of Haltmann’s memories have been deleted from the OS. Even his soul–the last trace of Haltmann–has vanished. Star Dream has gone from a near-perfect being to a cold, mindless machine.”

In the end Haltmann was killed by a machine created to bring his daughter back, a daughter he didn’t realize had returned to him all along.

Establishing a Kirby Canon

With the exception of the Dark Matter Trilogy (wherein games still function fairly stand-alone), Kriby games have largely been entirely standalone with no apparent canon linking games together. DeDeDe’s slowly become a friendly character somewhere between Kirby’s Adventure and Kirby 64, but that’s about it.

It seems modern Kirby writers plan to change this. Kirby games have always had callbacks to prior games in the series, but in Triple Deluxe the Dimensional Mirror from Amazing Mirror suddenly appeared in the DeDeDetour route, containing Dark Meta Knight. Far from being a fluke, it was explained by a series writer that Sectonia went made from gazing into the Dimension Mirror which Taranza stole for her.

DeDeDe smashing the Dimensional Mirror in Kirby Triple Deluxe DeDeDeTour
DeDeDe smashes the Dimensional Mirror, sealing Dark Meta Knight.

Kirby Robobot takes things even farther—the Final Boss is a Galactic Nova, possibly hinting at the creation of the original Galactic Nova from Kirby Super Star. It’s possible that the Mother Computer, the top of Star Dream, is actually the crown of Nova from Kirby Super Star, blown off in the explosion. The True Arena makes it even clear that the Nova in Robobot had the potential to be the same as the old Nova, showing the same colors and “heart” core (Star Dream’s normal fight also heavily references the original Nova of course, with hearts, a coutdown and “let’s go”, and the random depris that seems to be part of the Super Star Nova).

Robobot also brings back clones from Triple Deluxe, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, Kirby’s Dreamland 2 and Kirby 64, all with little hints in their pause menu description suggesting this isn’t a fluke or separate creature—these were real clones or copies from the creatures Kirby fought in the past.

But how could all of these creatures so coincidentally have been gathered?

How deep does the rabbit hole go?

I’ll just warn this part’s speculation beyond what the above is—I could be wrong, but there’s some very interesting threads here.

From the Holo Defense API and Clone boss descriptions, it seems clear that Susie’s army of clones aren’t just things she found on Pop Star during Robobot–the Sphere Doomers are from Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, PIX is from Kirby 64, the machine even had data from Sectonia from Triple Deluxe.

The completed Star Dream, looking like a baby Nova.
The completed Star Dream, looking like a baby Nova.

It seems most references to early Kirby games start at Kirby’s Dreamland 3, which I think is no coincidence. Susie went missing in a Star Dream accident. Star Dream seems to create Galactic Novas…like the one seen in Kirby Super Star. It seems possible that Kirby destroying Nova in Super Star was the very accident in which Susie went missing, which could explain Susie’s insistence on the invasion plan and the particular enemies she uses–almost all harvested from Kirby’s prior adventures.

The original Nova with all it’s debris.

However, there is a clone of Dark Matter from DKL2, which is arguably before Super Star so maybe Susie’s bosses simply are call backs to prior games rather than some vendetta explicitly started after Super Star—but it’s possible release order isn’t chronological order and the Dark Matter Trilogy takes place after Milky Way Wishes.

If this seems reachy, read the boss descriptions again. The Holo Defense API was “based on a blueprint found on another planet”—that’s Shiver Star from Kirby 64. (Shiver Star also happens to seemingly be Earth’s frozen corpse.) (Edit—Oops, Pix is from Rock Star, which has less interesting implications. Still, it’s in the same game as Shiver Star.)

The Sphere Doomers’ description points out “where and when did she encounter the original monsters from another dimension?” to point out how strange and thorough it is for Susie to have access to some of the more exotic life in her arsenal.

Not related to this theory, but it’s interesting to note how the Holo Coil Rattler 2.0’s description notes the “People of the Sky” actually “still exist” because “It seems the mechanization invasion has not reached them due to their remote location”. That seems to suggest it is unusual for this species to have survived the mechanization, implying that many others have fallen prior to the Pop Star invasion. Sectonia’s description also suggests the murderous queen has been at it for 1000 years and has taken over a wide variety of hosts (but Triple Deluxe already suggested the latter).

What games are Canon?

Considering only references in Robobot and explicit callouts on Miiverse, we can consider the following games canon for the following reasons:

Kirby’s Dream Land: DeDeDe’s clone description mentions a defective clone only being interested in food—that’s the whole plot of Kirby’s Dream Land aka Spring Breeze.

Kirby’s Dream Land 2: The Dark Matter clone in Robobot is the final boss of this game. Ice Dragon was also cloned from this game.

Kirby’s Dream Land 3: This one’s more tenuous, but 02/Zero 2 from Kirby 64 seems to be Zero from KDL3 resurrected, and presumably the whole Dark Matter trilogy is canon if one of them is.

Kirby’s Adventure: Grape Gardens and Orange Ocean are directly referenced in Revenge of Meta Knight from Kirby Super Star. This is also the first game where DeDeDe is less than evil, leading to his present role as Jerk-But-Kinda-Friendly.

Kirby Super Star: Magolor in Kirby’s Return to Dreamland’s EX mode mentions that the same technology that made the Lor Starcutter was used to make “clockwork stars”—that seems to refer to Galactic Nova (and Star Dream). Meta Knight’s Halberd was also first shown in this game. A stray line from Marx Soul’s pause screen description also hints that there’s more than one Nova, though at the time it was just assumed to be a typo. This could mean Kirby’s “canon” has been planned to surface since at least Kirby Super Star Ultra in 2008. Finally, Super Star Ultra first showed Galacta Knight who has become a recurring character (but only in potentially non-canon Extra modes).

Kirby 64: Pix from Rock Star was imperfectly recreated by Susie from blueprints.

Kirby and the Amazing Mirror: A Miiverse post states Taranza from Triple Deluxe stole the Dimensional Mirror from the Mirror World to give to Sectonia. It eventually drove the queen mad. It also resulted in DeDeDe fighting Dark Meta Knight and Shadow DeDeDe. The mirror was finally smashed by DeDeDe.

Kirby Canvas Curse: Paintra from Triple Deluxe is strongly implied to be Drawcia’s separated-at-birth sister, a painting-themed sorceress come to life from a painting. Paintra EX’s pause description also mentions her being painted with a “mysterious brush,” possibly the Magical Paintbrush Drawcia uses. It’d also explain why Paintra is much weaker than Drawcia, she doesn’t have the power of the Magical Paintbrush herself, she’s just made from it’s paint.

Kirby Squeak Squad: Secret Sea is the location the Halberd sunk (and still lies) from Revenge of Meta Knight. The Halberd rises in this game, suggesting a certain order for this game and later games that feature Meta Knight as a friendly and the resurrected Halberd.

Kirby Mass Attack: A Miiverse post suggests that the Sun Stones in Triple Deluxe might have been created by a character who hates light. Necrodeus is the only major villain to clearly fit that bill (It could be Dark Matter/Zero, but Necrodeus explicitly wants to extinguish light while Dark Matter seems to simply take over everything and coincidentally is black).

Kirby’s Return to Dreamland: Holograms of Sphere Doomers exist in Planet Robobot, it’s even mentioned how strange it is Susie managed to copy them from another dimension. A ship similar to the Lor Starcutter is seen in the background of Galacta Knight’s “dimension slash” beam in the True Arena of Robobot as well.

Kirby Triple Deluxe: Sectonia is cloned from the corpse of a flower from the Dreamstalk, the People of the Sky are mentioned, and a hologram of the Coily Rattler exists in Planet Robobot.

Kirby Planet Robobot: Most clearly establishes canon by linking most of these games together.

That’s…almost every Kirby platformer! Only some side games are missing, and with the inclusion of Mass Attack, it’s possible some side games are canon as well.

More to come?

There’s a few good hints that more Dark Matter is about to be expanded on—both the Pix (Kirby 64) and Dark Matter Clone descriptions talk about them respectively not matching their full potential, Dark Matter in particular says it hasn’t reached it’s final form yet, possibly suggesting we’ll see Zero next time.

The writers have taken to posting a bit of lore on Miiverse now (that’s where the bit about the Dimension Mirror came from), so it seems this isn’t a fluke and they are now crafting a more deliberate and consistent Kirby canon. And it’s tragic and horrifying. …but if you’re a kid, you won’t see the scary bits. Isn’t that fascinating?

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33 thoughts on “Kirby has a canon, and it’s horrifying”

  1. Dark Zero / Dark Nebula (whichever you prefer) is actually one of the coolest and most powerful beings we have come across in Kirby lore. Which makes it even more sad that the fight was so pathetically easy. Seriously, he is the ruler of the underworld, and is a dark version of Zero. Plus he is like an Anti-Kirby. He is a being with star power and copy abilities.
    I really hope they do something else with him. Since he was a tragic misuse of such an awesome concept.

  2. I believe that the most crucial piece of the story is Void Termina. He creates replicas of the Master Crown during his battle, which is a major plot point in Return To Dream Land. Void Termina is referred to in game as the embodiment of chaos, so it makes sense that an artifact it created would turn people evil. Void Termina’s core also has a dark matter form, and its neutral expression bears a striking resemblance to Kirby. Void Soul’s pause description also states that it has been reincarnated many times as beings both good and bad, and Void Termina itself has many powers similar to Milky Way Wishes Kirby and Miracle Matter in that he can summon weapons and abilities from nothing. Gooey also shares a similar trait to Kirby in that he can lick enemies to gain Copy Abilities, and Gooey is confirmed to come from Dark Matter yet displays none of the destructive impulses that Dark Matter is known for and is even outright friendly. Based on all of this, I think that Kirby may be a good incarnation of Void Soul and Dark Matter, and that in a past life he may have created the Master Crown. As for where Dark Matter came from, Lord Hyness states in his speech(for those who read quickly enough) that he and his cult have mastered “control over matter dark”. So its possible that Hyness is either directly or indirectly responsible for the entire Dark Matter trilogy. As for the “Great Tragedy” Hyness also mentions, it should be noted that Galacta Knight was sealed away because of his immesne power, and Hyness does successfully summon him during Guest Star Mode. So he may be referring to Galacta Knight.

  3. Magalor is confirmed to normally be a good guy, along with Landia, so I think the master crown contains a dark being, and both characters were only evil because exposure to it caused them to become obsessed with obtaining and/or keeping it. Also, Magalor probably was more powerful with the master crown then Landia was with it because Magalor is well-versed in sorcery, a power which the being trapped in the master crown could amplify.
    (EDIT: OH MY GOSH I JUST REALIZED THAT MAGALOR SOUL’S MOUTH LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE DARK MATTER’S EYE! Does that mean Dark Matter is not dead and is trapped inside the Master Crown?

    1. you, good sir, bring up a good point. maybe, that was NOT Magalors’s soul, but rather, a corrupted Magolor. his “eye” seems to be dripping…. ink(?) & the being itself resembles 0 itself & its knight form. it has the blades of the knight form, has the overwhelmingly mono-shade design & screen flipping effect (burn in hell) of dark mind final form, the actual design itself of the first form, the big, bulging eyes the dark invaders have trademarked, the false eyes of he knight form, and the over-all depressingness of a lot of final bosses due to the fact all it’s efforts where to send the world to hell. why did the dark invaders, haltmann, and all those other invaders want to take over dreamland? did something happen to them….?

  4. Magolor seems to have stolen the Lor Starcutter. So I’m doubting if he’s actually native to Halcandra or if he was just there for the Master Crown.

    But the “ancients” seem to be the backbone to all of the lore. They created the Master Crown, Lor Starcutter, and NOVAs and are implied to have been very advanced in technology to be able to cross dimensions.

    Haltmann found the blueprints for NOVA, probably in Halcandra where he made Egg Engines (HR=Haltmann Robot, or y’know he kinda looks like an egg). I don’t think Star Dream makes NOVAs, he may be what NOVAs actually look like while the cat face is just a shell that houses the heart.

    Kirby games keep fascinating me in every entry. I thought Sectonia and the Mirror was mind blowing, but Robobot takes the cake. I’m hoping the next entry explains Zero a bit more, especially since Dark Matter made a reappearance and Star Dream’s first form had concept art that looked really similar to that Zero picture you showed.

    1. I really, really hope the next game goes back to the Dark Matter situation. Can’t wait for whatever Kirby Switch is regardless really.

      1. dark nebula was so underwhelming, he needs to come back. also, its kirby star allies. im psyched they brought back allies & elemental weapons.

        1. Dark Zero / Dark Nebula (whichever you prefer) is actually one of the coolest and most powerful beings we have come across in Kirby lore. Which makes it even more sad that the fight was so pathetically easy. Seriously, he is the ruler of the underworld, and is a dark version of Zero. Plus he is like an Anti-Kirby. He is a being with star power and copy abilities.

  5. How I look at it, the HWC originated from Halcandra. Haltmann has the same kind of limbs as Magolor.

    From there, you have the whole wish-granting clockwork stuff, implying an origin for Galactic Nova.

    The Dark Matter and Sectonia clones confirm that Dream Lands 2 and 3, Kirby 64 and Triple Deluxe all happened. The latter confirms Amazing Mirror.

    The Halberd sinks in the Secret Sea, likely to be near Orange Ocean, at the end of Revenge of Meta Knight. It rises from the ocean during Squeak Squad.

    As for Haltmann himself, its likely that he transformed Shiver Star into what it currently is, gained data of Pix, as well as Acro (There are enemies based on Acro in Robobot), and most likely built the whole Egg Engines stage from Return to Dreamland, especially when you consider that Metal General, the Egg Engines boss, looks like the new Security Force miniboss.

    1. Floating bodies/hands seem to be pretty common in Kirby (Taranza), but I could see Halcandra being a connection, since there were so many machines. But I’m not sure if that ties with Haltmann potentially making the Nova we see in back in Super Star, unless Magolor/his people had come to the Pop Star universe before.

      Right, I forgot the Secret Sea bit when writing this. I forget about Squeak Squad tbh.

  6. Then what about the Soul bosses aka Drawcia Soul, Marx Soul, Magolor Soul, Soul of Sectonia and Star Dream Soul OS? I mean, the easter egg in Triple Deluxe’s 100% completion where you see Marx and Magolor in the crew? Could be another terrifying plot for Kirby, another big story like the one behind the Darl Matters and Zero/Zero2.

    1. A powerful creature’s “soul” coming back seems to just be a natural thing in the Kirby universe, not necessarily part of the same process either. Marx Soul somehow consumed Galactic Nova, Drawcia Soul simply emerges when Drawcia dies, while the other True Arena/EX mode “soul” bosses arent’ as well explained.

      Haven’t seen the Kirby Master cutscene in 3DX yet, but I’m not sure those post-credits scenes would be considered canon, it feels more like when the cast returns to take a bow after a play.

      1. For the Magolor soul, I know it’s because he’ve became totally possessed by the Crown, Soul of Sectonia is revived from Miracle Fruits and because of her vanity, and Star Dream Soul OS is because Haltmann reactived it to see Susy again, but it instead killed everything about him, as all said in the bosses descriptions. Yes, the true stories of the games are telled by the bosses descriptions.
        And about Marx and Magolor in some cutscenes of the games that they aren’t from, and Magolor returning in the 20 anniversary game as well as Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe is maybe a sign. Yes they could be non-canon but hey, I think the tought of having to beat them and a big plot twist for a whole game could be freaking awesome.

  7. Two things:
    1. Mass Attack has the Squeak Squad in that flying ship thing
    2. Where did you get Pix is a recreated Susie, out of your butt?

    1. Not sure how you read “pix is a recreated susie”. It says “Pix from Rock Star was imperfectly recreated by Susie from blueprints” which is clearly implied in Holo Defense API 2.0’s pause screen text.

  8. frankly, i’ve always thought that Dark Matter was ALWAYS there, crated from dedede’s actions in the first game, nightmare wizard was created, after his destruction came dark matter, and after it’s destruction it still lives on, corrupting those who would do evil for whatever reason. but i have to say a little more of the series is starting to make sense now that you point out the other similarities. And now i see i was right, mass attack had an evil darkness that attacked kirby for seemingly no reason, but if that was another dark matter life form, then the attack made sense

    so much theory, so little time

    1. Not really convinced Dark Matter has much to do with characters who are inherently evil—DeDeDe is the only person it’s possessed so far that was actually evil (maybe Waddle Dee since they’re “enemies” but even that’s a stretch). DeDeDe’s actions in KDL seem pretty in-character even if he is less of a jerk now.

      And Necrodeus had his own motivations. Dark Mind and Dark Nebula seem more likely related to Dark Matter (not just the names, but the eyes and their sealed powers). They could potentially link these to Dark Matter, but Dark Matter has never been subtle before. Hopefully the next main game focuses on Dark Matter and we’ll know for sure.

  9. god, i’ve been screaming internally about the implications of an actual connectivity between the games (other than the dark matter trilogy) ever since i got to the final bosses of dededetour, thank you for writing this up

    also joke question would this mean kirby finding and then selling the triforce is canon

    1. It seems like it’s been planned for a while, at first I thought Robobot was the first, then from the miiverse post it seems like 3DX had it planned, and heck, assuming Marx Soul’s description isn’t a typo, they might have been planning it since way back then. It jives with Magolor’s clockwork star thing too.

      That’d be hilarious, but yeah, Great Cave Offensive is probably non-canon or at least the treasures.

  10. After playing robobot, I always got the impression that the the factory n the last stage of Shiver Star in Kirby 64 was a Haltmann factory. It just seems fitting since shiver star seems to have been taken over by robots. Also the giant pyramid factory that appears in both Rock Star and in Kirby Dreamland 3 gave me the same vibe. I’m probably wrong but I just think their is a connection there…

    also I thought I read something that the “ancients” were the ones that created the clockwork stars…the Lore Star Cutter…the star rod and the master crown…I believe Magolore mentions it if you collect all 120 of the gears in the game…

    1. Robobot states Susie reclaimed the blueprints of Pix (rock star’s boss) so it was probably there before them. Not sure about Shiver Star, though a level in Robobot clearly references it, and the pyramid.

      I might have missed the lines about the star rod and master crown, I know he mentions clockwork stars though.

      Related to the Starcutter, you can see a ship just like it in Galacta Knight’s beam attack (which seems to come from another dimension), but only in True Arena.

      1. You are talking about how it looks like the Pyramid where Pix was located is in Level 4-5 of robobot (the room before the catapult puzzle) …it looks like the were taking it apart or something of that sort…
        Also there are connections between triple delux and Canvas curse…I have the Japanese version and the pause screen says that Paintra is Drawcia’s sister…also that they were created by a mystery brush…which I think is implying the magical paintbrush…
        (as a side note…one of the stone abilities show the triple star…Magical painbrush and star Rod together…it might be a stretch but maybe its implying that they are part of the same group…meaning the ancients made those too…)
        Also…for more stretching…Drawcia has a lot of referances to dark mater…with her horrifying final form and eyeball under her dress…and her concept art…in Paintra’s pause descrption it says they were created by one artist with the magical paintbrush…the only other character that I think uses the magical paintbrush is Adelein from Kirby dreamland 3 and 64…my theory is maybe when Adelein was under the control of dark matter that she may have created the sisters…its a stretch but hey food for thought…

        my last minor theory is that since the magic mirror has a mirror form of Kirby…Dedede and Meta Knight…Dark mind is probably Zero’s reflection…

        1. Yeah, I added the bits about Paintra and Canvas Curse. As for Adelein I dunno about that, it’s probably just the Magical Paintbrush from Canvas Curse, and Paintra is just weaker because she doesn’t have it andr Drawcia did. It’s possible though, but no strong evidence. Ado/Adelein’s not the only one who can paint things to life either, there’s Paint Roller, so there could be more.

          The Stone call backs are neat but I can’t say they suggest order/canon since they include Mario and Samus (then again, samus was in KDL2…)

          Almost forgot about Drawcia’s eye under her dress. I love how it turns into a mouth in her Soul form. Kirby final bosses really love the mouth -> Eye and eye->Mouth thing.

          Yeah, Dark Mind’s always seemed related to Dark Matter…but he’s a cartoon villain next to Zero. Maybe he’s just normal Dark Matter. Or maybe it was just a more kid-safe period. Dark Mind/Nebula are pretty tame next to even Magolor.

  11. You know, Susie had data from THAT other dimension. I’m starting to wonder if the accident was actually Susie going to that dimension, and somehow came back much later. Much later as in… Kirby’s Return To Dream Land.

    EDIT: You know what, I have more clues about exactly what I’m saying:
    Star Dream, during Meta-Knightmare Returns, when it brings back Galacta Knight:
    “This was prohibited by the previous admin…”
    And then:
    “Preparing to boot the Space-Time Transport program…”
    This was the thing Haltmann prohibited. Not Galacta Knight. This is the cause of the accident. He did not want to use it again after Susie disappeared.
    EDIT2: Maybe he prohibited Galacta Knight when that went really bad at first? Either way it was about that other dimension.

    1. Seems likely that Galacta Knight was the forbidden thing since Star Dream knew about it, she even commented on his power. A Nova’s already called Galacta Knight before though in KSSU, so it’s sort of interesting.

      I still think Susie’s just been spying on Kirby though. It’s an insane coincidence she’d manage to find the remains of Seconia, KDL2 Dark Matter, Sphere Doomers AND Pix’s blueprints on accident.

      Also speaking of this, I wonder what the heck is canon concerning EX/Meta Kinghtmare/True Arena bosses. A LOT of this cool backstory is only revealed in those extra modes, yet they often conflict the actual events of the main games. Like Star Dream is possibly dead after Galacta Knight cuts it’s “head” down in Meta Knightmare Returns, Marx returning as a soul, DeDeDe and the mirror in 3DX. The DeDeDe mirror bit seems to be canon, but in the main story DeDeDe shouldn’t have had time to do that…

  12. This reminds me of a video from a WHILE ago by this YouTuber I watch (named LuizPrower) where he hypothesized a Kirby “conspiracy” and connected RtDL with the earlier games. I don’t remember every detail, but he went over how it was heavily implied that Marx and Magalor know each other, that he felt Halcandra was Earth before a nuclear winter (or volcanic winter due to volcanoes in Dangerous Dinner) turned it into Shiver Star (he brought up the HR robots, and how closely Egg Engines mirrored Shiver Star in terms of abandoned cities and factories), as well how crowns and “_____ Soul” final bosses are recurring elements. His theories coupled with yours are beginning to make me feel these aren’t mere coincidences and that this canon is indeed forming (and if so, it’s just gonna get better from here on out).

    1. Not sure about Marx knowing Magalor, but Magalor is very much a reference to Marx (and several other Kirby final bosses), and he does mention that the Lor Starcutter is made from the same tech as “clockwork stars” which sound like Novas.

      Not sure how that ties to Marx though. Marx clearly needed Kirby to call for Nova for a wish.

      1. I don’t think Marx is necessarily connected to him, especially since he may have been dead by that point. (Though given that Magolor survived his defeat, maybe not, though that death was more ambiguous than Marx)

        I think it may be more likely that Susie is who may be the missing link, especially since the Haltmann company had been messing with similar tech to what made the Lor, and that their grunts have a similar appearance to Magolor, and as if that wasn’t enough, their security drones are almost identical to the Boss in Egg Engines. If Susie had been keeping an eye on Kirby, she may have told Magolor, and she may gathered intel on the Sphere Doomers while keeping an eye on him. (Especially if the Haltmann co did build the Lor)

        I mean, there’s nothing saying that the one who talked to Magolor had been revealed yet, and there’s a lot of possible connections between the company and Magolor.

        1. In one of the last froms of Star Dream OS, Haltmann mentions “why did I restart this terrible machine” or such–since the first Mother Computer seems to be the crown of a Nova, I’m wondering if Susie’s accident wasn’t Galactic Nova, and/or that Haltman recovered the crown from Galactic Nova after KSS to attempt to make another Nova.It’s clearly seen flying off Nova after Marx impacts it.

          Haltman’s “restarting” line makes it sound like either he has used the machine or the machine was used before by someone and Marx’s misuse would fall in line with what he says.

  13. Interesting read. I certainly am a fan of Kirby’s tighter canon as of late.
    I was personally under the impression that Haltmann Works created the Access Ark with NOVA technology, and Star Dream merely made use of that for that final battle. I don’t know what the source is, but I read somewhere that Magolor implied in one sidegame that his race was responsible for creating NOVAs.

    1. Apparently it’s in Kirby’s Return to Dreamland EX mode but I don’t know the exact line. The wiki just says the Lor Starcutter is made from the same tech as “Clockwork Stars” which readily fits both Galactic Nova and Star Dream. Whether the “accident” was Nova’s destruction in KSS, I feel like the Mother Computer core we see is the crown of the original Nova (the top of the stop watch).

      Also interesting is the new Nova in Robobot seems to “hatch” from an “egg” as Kriby blasts away the Access Ark.

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