Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork
|First game||Kirby's Adventure|
|Created by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Voiced by (English)|| Eric Stuart (TV)|
Eric Newsome (SSBB)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Atsushi Kisaichi|
Meta Knight (メタナイト, Meta Naito) is a character in the Kirby series of games. He is a mysterious masked swordsman who wields a sword known as Galaxia (or "Master" as it is called in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror). He appears to be of the same species as Kirby, though this is not known for certain.
Meta Knight is the leader of a group of knights known as the Meta-Knights (note the hyphen) which includes Axe Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight, and Javelin Knight . He first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, though his name was not known until Kirby's Avalanche for the SNES. His mysterious nature has lead him playing more of a "friend or foe" role and less of an actual playable character throughout the Kirby series.
Meta Knight first appeared in this game. He is the boss of the Orange Ocean level, though his Meta-Knights attack Kirby throughout the game. He also aids Kirby at some points by giving him invincibility candy. During the fight with him, you must use the sword ability. When you defeat him, you briefly see his face under the mask. He resembles Kirby, except he is dark blue. He is easier to beat in the GBA remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland. He is also playable when you get 100% complete in Normal and Hard mode.
Meta Knight next appeared in the sub game Revenge of Meta Knight in Kirby Super Star Ultra. He appears in his huge Halberd battle ship. The crew of the Halberd includes an eagle like captain, a sailor Waddle Dee, and the Meta-Knights. Kirby eventually destroys the core of the Halberd, destroying it. Kirby fights Meta Knight at the end of the sub game in a battle that resembles the fight in Kirby's Adventure. This time, however, Meta Knight gives Kirby a sword. As Kirby flees the falling Halberd, Meta Knight attacks him one last time, flying with new wings while kirby is on a Wheelie. The Halberd then crashes into the ocean, though it would return in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
In the racing game Kirby Air Ride, Meta Knight is an unlockable character. He is unlocked for gliding for thirty minutes, though not necessarily in the same sitting. Meta Knight has both the Wing and Sword abilities by default, but lacks the ability to gain others. He glides on wings, much like in Kirby Super Star.
Meta Knight attempts to stop an evil force in the parallel Mirror World, but is stopped by the evil Dark Meta Knight. Dark Meta Knight is the parallel Meta Knight from Mirror World. He resembles the original but with a gray body, red shoes, a scar on his mask and a tattered cape. He then traps Meta Knight and disguises himself as the original. During the fight with Dark Meta Knight he does not give Kirby a sword to use. During the fight he can use the Magic ability, however. Magic cause many random things to happen, one of which is the original Meta Knight flying in and attacking enemies. Meta Knight's sword is called "Master". Meta Knight gives it to Kirby to fight the final boss, Dark Mind.
During the final fight with Drawcia in Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby can use Meta Knight's sword. Here it is once again called the "Master". Meta Knight can also be unlocked. He is the fastest character in the game, but with the lowest health.
After Kirby defeats Daroach, boss of the Squeaks, Meta Knight appears and takes the treasure chest Daroach believes has an amazing power hidden within, while Kirby believes it houses his missing cake in it. He escapes through a door sealed with five Star Seals. If Kirby collects them, he can follow through to the Secret Sea, where Meta Knight is on the Halberd hidden beneath the sea.
As the Halberd arises and flies to the Gamble Galaxy, Kirby battles Meta Knight once again. Daroach claims the treasure, but finds out that it contains a villain called Dark Nebula. It is then revealed that Meta Knight had only stolen the chest to stop Daroach, Kirby, or anyone else from awakening Dark Nebula.
Meta Knight appears in Kirby's Epic Yarn as a boss, but not intentionally. A cutscene shows that he is noticing some strange happenings on the Halberd, but is kidnapped by Yin-Yarn the sorcerer and turned into yarn before he can do anything about it. He is then brainwashed and becomes the boss of Space Land. After being defeated, he appears in the next cut scene apologizing to Kirby and explaining that he was being controlled. He later appears again when Kirby is battling Yin-Yarn, where he drops the patch needed for Kirby to turn into Tankbot.
Meta Knight does not appear in the main game, though he does appear as a boss in two of the sub-games, namely Kirby Quest and Strato Patrol EOS.
Meta Knight appears as one of the four playable characters of Kirby's Return to Dream Land alongside Kirby, Waddle Dee and King Dedede. Here he uses sword Kirby's moveset, with shuttle loop and hover flap from Wing Kirby's arsenal added.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Meta Knight is one of the first to notice the invaders but, he is captured after he is overpowered by the Access Ark's superior technology. Susie transforms him into Mecha Knight, a cyborg warrior that acts as the boss of Gigabyte Grounds. He is upgraded and acts as the first boss of Access Ark as Mecha Knight+. In the final fight with Star Dream, Meta Knight calls upon the Halberd to help Kirby. In Meta Knightmare Returns, Meta Knight progresses through the same stages as the main game, testing his skills. Star Dream tests him against various sword using including clones of Queen Sectonia and Dark Matter as well as Galacta Knight.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Meta Knight is a playable character. He is a lightweight fighter who primarily uses his sword Galaxia in high speed, but low damage, attacks. His moves include using his Dimensional Cape to disappear and teleport a short distance, creating Mach Tornadoes, and using Shuttle Loop wings to glide. His Final Smash is called Galaxia Darkness, seemingly renaming the Master after the sword he used in the anime. Galaxia Darkness has him use his cape on an opponent. If it connects, the screen will go dark and Meta Knight will then slash them heavily. If it misses, the attack fails entirely. In the competitive scene, Meta Knight was banned due to his speedy attacks and fantastic recovery.
He is also available for play in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, with an altered up special due to the change in flight mechanics and attacks relatively slower. His appearance is similar to his in Brawl with slightly more vivid colours in the overall clothing.
It should also be noted that he was a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
|Neutral Special||Mach Tornado|
|Up Special||Shuttle Loop|
|Down Special||Dimensional Cape|
|Side Special||Drill Rush|
|Kirby series characters|
|Main characters||Kirby • King Dedede • Meta Knight • Bandana Waddle Dee|
|Main villains||Zero/Zero Two/Dark Matter • Nightmare • Dark Mind • Daroach • Dark Nebula • Drawcia • Marx • Marx Soul • Yin-Yarn • Taranza • Queen Sectonia • Claycia • Dark Crafter|
|Supporting characters||Adeleine • Dyna Blade • Gooey • Keeby • Knuckle Joe • Prince Fluff • Ribbon • Elline|
|Enemies||Chef Kawasaki • Galacta Knight • Knuckle Joe • Kracko • Kracko Jr. • Kabula • Lololo and Lalala • Meta-Knights • Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright • Paint Roller • Poppy Bros. Jr./Poppy Bros. Sr. • The Squeaks • Waddle Dee • Waddle Doo • Wham Bam Jewel • Whispy Woods • Flowery Woods • Paintra • Coily Rattler • Pyribbit • Hooplagoon • The Claykken|
|Anime-exclusive characters||Tiff • Tuff • Sir Ebrum • Lady Like • Escargoon • Mayor Blustergas • Chief Bookem • Customer Service|