Waddle Dee are the main inhabitants of Dream Land. Some, but not all, of the Waddle Dee are also affiliated with King Dedede of Dream Land. They are the most common regular enemy in the Kirby Series, first appearing in Kirby's Dream Land they have since become a staple of the franchise. Waddle Dee are noticeable because they have no real form of attacking. They simply walk around and sometimes leap into the air. Because they're so weak, most Waddle Dee stay out of Kirby's way and just walk around peacefully.
For the most part, Waddle Dee behave the same way in each game. However, many variations of the species exist. They are just as peaceful though. In some cases, Waddle Dee exists as a playable character, too.
Waddle Dee have a round body, light-orange/tan shoes, small stubs for arms, and rosy cheeks just like members of Kirby's species. Though, unlike Kirby; Waddle Dee have tan, pear-shaped faces and no mouth. (They have a mouth in the manga.)
Most Waddle Dee appear either burgundy or some shade of red; however, Waddle Dee have been seen in other colors too including green, orange, blue, and light-purple. This suggests that they may come in a wide variety of colors just like Kirby's species.
All Waddle Dee have light-orange/tan shoes and chestnut-colored eyes. Most of the variants look the same and have only small, minor additions and changes. For example, Parasol Waddle Dees look exactly the same but wield umbrellas similar to the kind Parasol Kirby uses.
Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream LandEdit
Waddle Dee and Parasol Waddle Dee appear, acting the same way they did back in Kirby's Dream Land. But this time, if Kirby inhales one holding onto a parasol, he gets the Parasol ability. However eating a Waddle Dee on its own provides no ability.
Adventure also introduces a related species known as the Painted Waddle Dee. Paint Roller, the boss of Ice Cream Island, paints these creatures to life during the battle. After this painted foe steps off the canvas it immediately flees. But If Kirby is fast enough he can inhale it and use it as ammo against Paint Roller. The Painted Waddle Dee and the Kirby painting are the only paintings that don't give an ability if eaten.
Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star UltraEdit
Waddle Dee are once again walking, hopping, and occasionally-parasol-wielding enemies. They now have health bars like the other enemies in the game and have slightly more health than some of the stronger enemies in the game. A Waddle Dee with particularly high stamina is one of the opponents in The Arena, however it can be beaten simply by inhaling it. It is regarded as being one of the easiest bosses of the entire series, but is sometimes joked as being one of the hardest bosses in the series by fans. A card of Waddle Dee (as well as many of its variants) also appears in the mini-game Card Swipe in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
A Parasol Waddle Dee also serves as the Helper for Parasol. The Helper Waddle Dee is the only one in the game that has red skin (besides the one in Revenge of Meta Knight and the Bandanna Dee). The enemy version usually comes in a yellowish-orange color (pink in Milky Way Wishes). The Helper Waddle Dee can do any of the techniques that Parasol Kirby can.
In Revenge of Meta Knight, there is an unnamed Waddle Dee clad in a sailor hat (nicknamed "Sailor Waddle Dee" or "Sailor Dee" by the fanbase) that serves Meta Knight. He stays on board the Halberd, and watches Meta Knight fight Kirby as the other crew members leave. Although this Waddle Dee's fate after the fight is unknown, nor is it known if he survives the plunge into Secret Sea, although it is often considered that he flew away with Meta Knight as the ship crashed. He is also in the manga
In Revenge of the King, there is a Waddle Dee wearing a blue bandanna (nicknamed "Bandanna Waddle Dee" or "Bandanna Dee" by many fans) who serves King Dedede. This Waddle Dee previously appeared in the mini-game Megaton Punch in the original, though this game expands and defines his role. After Kirby destroys King Dedede's best minions, he pits this Waddle Dee against Kirby, much to his dismay. Kirby can simply inhale this Waddle Dee like the one in the Arena. Although Kirby appears to kill him in their confrontation, he will appear later in the sub-game alive and healthy, watching Kirby take on Masked Dedede. He is the only one to witness the fight. An interesting detail is that he waves cheerfully when Kirby or his Helper gets hurt. He also appears walking beside the King in the sub-game's credits.
In Helper to Hero, Parasol Waddle Dee represents Parasol. He is orange with tan shoes and there's orange on his parasol instead of red.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, When Kirby's Grab (Beam, Fighter, Ninja, Bomb, Yo-Yo, Jet, Parasol, Ice, Suplex) some ready to catch that made a Waddle Dee explode and then they damage enemies, killing enemies, damaged bosses.
Kirby & The Amazing MirrorEdit
Waddle Dees also appear in the Mirror World with the same abilities like their real-world counterparts. A new sub-species of Waddle Dee called Big Waddle Dee also appears, starting in Moonlight Mansion and appearing in all levels afterwards. They have the same abilities and health of a normal Waddle Dee but they have to be Super Inhaled because of their weight.
Kirby: Squeak SquadEdit
Waddle Dee appear once again as common enemies. Some Waddle Dee hide in wooden barrels and are released if the barrel is broken. King Dedede will also summon Parasol Dee to his side during the boss battle of Prism Plains. Big Waddle Dee also appears in this game.
These are regular Waddle Dee, but do things besides just walk around.
Parasol Waddle DeeEdit
The second most common form of Waddle Dee, and usually appears in every game that features plain ones. It's just a Waddle Dee holding a red and white parasol above their bodies- and Kirby can get the Parasol ability if he manages to eat one before it lets go of its Parasol (though in most cases however, the Parasol can also be inhaled for the same effect after being let go of). In some cases, a Parasol Waddle Dee may hold on to its parasol even upon reaching the ground. Parasol Waddle Dee often times fall from the sky. While doing so, their parasols slow their descent. Once they reach the ground they usually let go of their parasols and stay in place, but tend not to attack Kirby. Although in some instances it may begin to walk around. Parasol Waddle Dee is the only variant of Waddle Dee that bestows an ability, but if he eats one after it lets its parasol go free, it doesn't provide an ability.
In Kirby Super Star and its remake, this particular type of Waddle Dee is the Helper of the Parasol ability. The Helper can use all the attacks that Parasol Kirby can use. However as a plain enemy, a Parasol has no means of attacking and simply floats down. The exception to this is the "Parasol Spear Waddle Dee", which is a relatively new variant exclusive to the Revenge of the King sub-game which can attack Kirby with a spear upon landing. Parasol Waddle Dee appears alongside regular Waddle Dee in all games except Kirby 64, Kirby: Canvas Curse and most spinoff games. In some rare cases, a Waddle Doo may hold a parasol as well. A parasol Waddle Doo behaves the same way. However in Canvas Curse there are Fluff Waddle Dee that behave the same way (but don't give an ability).
Spear Waddle DeeEdit
Appearing so far only in the games Kirby Canvas Curse, and Kirby Super Star Ultra, these Waddle Dees wield sharp spears to throw at Kirby. They seem to be a reference to the anime series in which many of the the Waddle Dees positioned around Dedede's Castle (perhaps the more experienced) usually wield with spears.
The Spear Waadle Dees debuted in the games in Kirby Canvas Curse, where they jump up and throw their spears down in an arch-like position at Kirby, usually with very precise aim (much like Yarikos from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards). These Waddle Dee are stationary; the stay in one place to throw their spears and never move.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Spear Waddle Dee appear in Revenge of the King. They still toss their spears at Kirby from afar (but now much more rarely), and instead tend to quickly jab at him with them. They are also seen seen standing beside King Dedede in the Revenge of the King intro movie. Spear Waddle Dees do not remain stationary in this game and will now walk around. In addition, a card of them also appears in the mini-game Card Swipe.
Kirby Super Star Ultra also introduces a very rare varient of the Spear Waddle Dee known as the "Parasol Spear Waddle Dee". So far only appearing in this game, a Parasol Spear Waddle Dee is a very special type of Waddle Dee that is equipped with, as its name indicates, both a parasol and a spear at the same time. They only appear in a few levels of Revenge of The King and have the same behavior as a Parasol Waddle Dee combined with a Spear Waddle Dee; meaning they float down from the sky and then proceed to attack with thier spears. They give the Parasol ability when eaten.
Swinging Waddle Dee Edit
Only appearing in Revenge of the King, a swinging Waddle Dee just swings from side to side on a strand of blue beads, seeming to completely ignore Kirby. Regardless, their wild swinging does tend to make them a hazard. They are based on Swining Waddle Doos, which are seen in other subgames. To date, these varients are among the rarest versions of the Waddle Dee.
- Waddle Dee make it explode when grab only in Kirby Super Star Ultra.