In every Super Smash Bros. game, Kirby's neutral special attack allows him to inhale the opponent and obtain their neutral special move as a Copy Ability, which also changes his appearance to include features of the inhaled character. In some cases Kirby will also produce exclusive vocalizations.
The transformation is generally unaffected by alternate costumes of either player and will always copy the standard version of the move even if the character has custom moves selected.
This page shows all the Kirby transformations in the Super Smash Bros. series, specifying notable features.
When a transformation returns unchanged from one Super Smash Bros. game to the next that's not considered a cross-series reference, therefore only new or altered transformations are listed here.
Super Smash Bros.
- Link: unlike Link's, the Kirby's a yellow stripe on its edge, resembling Sword Kirby.
- Pikachu: Kirby says "Pikachu" when performing Thunder Jolt.
- Captain Falcon: Kirby says "Falcon Punch" when performing the move.
- Ness: Kirby wears the hat backwards rather than sideways, resembling Yo-Yo Kirby, Wheel Kirby, and Paint Kirby.
- Jigglypuff: the copied Pound attack differs slightly from the original, most notably by letting Kirby fall off edges.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Link: the yellow stripe is no longer there to more accurately match Link. Also, due to Link's neutral attack being changed to Bow, Kirby's copied attack is also changed to the same.
- Samus: the visor is now translucent rather than opaque.
- Captain Falcon: the visor is now translucent rather than opaque.
- Ness: due to Ness's neutral attack being changed to PK Flash, Kirby's copied attack is also changed to the same.
- Jigglypuff: due to Jigglypuff's neutral attack being changed to Rollout, Kirby's copied attack is also changed to the same.
- Bowser: When using the Fire Breath attack, Kirby assumes a pose similar to the one used by Fire Kirby's basic move.
- Zelda: Kirby wears the hat worn by the younger version of Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- Ice Climbers: Kirby doesn't get a partner with the Copy Ability, so he can only throw one ice block at a time.
- Pichu: like the original character, Kirby takes damage when performing Pichu's Thunder Jolt.
- Mewtwo: Kirby gets Mewtwo's horns, tail and the tube from the head to the back.
- Mr. Game & Watch: Kirby changes his entire appearance to match Mr. Game & Watch, but he remains a tridimensional model.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
(This game features a more realistic style than the previous, so all Kirby transformations have an updated look; here are only listed those with significant design differences)
- Link: due to Link's appearance being changed to match his look from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kirby's hat in his Link transformation is also changed to match.
- Yoshi: Kirby now makes a vocalization when extending his tongue. Additionally, the Yoshi hat is changed slightly, now fitting more upright.
- Captain Falcon: due to Captain Falcon's helmet including some designs that weren't in the previous game, Kirby's helmet in his Captain Falcon transformation is also changed to match.
- Zelda: while Zelda in this game is redesigned to match her appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kirby's respective transformation remains unaltered, still being based on Zelda's cap from her appearance as a child in Ocarina of Time.
- Sheik: due to Sheik's appearance being slightly altered to match her look from concept art for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kirby's mask in his Sheik transformation is also changed to match, appearing lighter in color.
- Ganondorf: due to Ganondorf's appearance being changed to match his look from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kirby's hair and headpiece in his Ganondorf transformation is also changed to match.
- Falco: the Falco transformation keeps the "mohawk" from Melee, despite him receiving a different design in Brawl; this is retained in subsequent games as well.
- Mr. Game & Watch: while the look of Game & Watch Kirby remains unchanged, the move now produces various food other than sausages, matching Mr. Game & Watch's move.
- Meta Knight: Kirby always keeps Meta Knights's wings, rather than them turning into a cape. Also, The mask's eyes are green rather than yellow.
- Pokémon Trainer: Kirby retains the copied ability after Pokémon Trainer uses Pokémon Change.
- Squirtle: Kirby obtains a hat including Squirtle's shell and tail.
- Ivysaur: Kirby can hold Bullet Seed for significantly longer than Ivysaur.
- R.O.B.: Kirby says "Beep" when using Robo Beam.
- Olimar: since the Pikmin Pluck move would be useless on its own, Kirby's version of the move also incorporates Olimar's Side Special, Pikmin Throw: as soon as Kirby has plucked a Pikmin, he throws it forward, damaging the opponent and then it dies as soon as it touches the ground. Pikmin are still plucked in the same order as Olimar, and Kirby can only have three out at a time.
- Lucario: Kirby's Aura Sphere is not linked to his current damage, due to not copying Lucario's aura. As a result, Kirby's Aura Sphere acts as though Lucario were using it at 75%.
- Snake: some of Kirby's animations also change to mimic Snake's.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U
(This game features a less detailed style with more vibrant colors than the previous, so all Kirby transformations have an updated look; here are only listed those with significant design differences)
- Samus: due to Samus's appearance being changed to match her look from Metroid: Other M, Kirby's helmet in his Samus transformation is also slightly changed to match.
- Yoshi: while the Yoshi hat is always green, the color of the laid egg matches that of the swallowed Yoshi.
- Marth: due to Marth's appearance being changed to include elements from his look in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow, Kirby's hair and headpiece in his Marth transformation are also changed to match, most notably by the headpiece no longer including a blue gem.
- Meta Knight: the color of the eyes of the mask is changed to yellow, now matching Meta Knight's.
- Ike: due to Ike's appearance being changed to match his look from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Kirby's hair in his Ike transformation is also slightly changed to match.
- Rosalina: to perform the Luma Shot, a Luma momentarily appears and is launched forward, and then disappears as soon as it stops.
- Robin: like Robin, Kirby says the specific variation of Thunder he's performing. Once the tome is exhausted, Kirby loses the Copy ability entirely.
- Palutena: Kirby says "Autoreticle" when performing the move.
- Little Mac: Kirby doesn't get Little Mac's Power Meter, so he can only perform the Straight Lunge, not the KO Uppercut. While the appearance of the transformation is the same regardless of Little Mac's costume, if Little Mac has one of the wireframe costumes, then the sound effects of the copied ability will be different.
- Shulk: like Shulk, Kirby says the specific Monado Art he activates. The Jump Art doesn't affect his Final Cutter move.
- Mii Fighter: Kirby wears a headpiece with the face of the swallowed Mii and is uneffected by their specific headgear or outfit. The copied move is Shot Put for Mii Brawler, Charge Blast for Mii Gunner, and Gale Strike for Mii Swordfighter, regardless of the Mii's specific moveset.
- Bowser Jr.: even if Kirby inhales one of the Koopalings, Kirby always wears Bowser Jr.'s bandana.
- Lucina: Kirby wears Lucina's mask, which she only wears during her stage entrance and down taunt in this game.
- Ryu: Kirby says "Hadouken" when performing the move; like Ryu he's able to perform a powerful version of the move, or the Shakunetsu Hadoken by using the Street Fighter style inputs.
- Cloud: Kirby can only perform the regular version of the Blade Beam, since he lacks Cloud's Limit Gauge.
- Corrin: Kirby wears Corrin's helmet, which he/she wears only during specific moves.
- Bayonetta: like Bayonetta, Kirby alternates between the handguns and heelguns when performing the Bullet Climax, but the shots from his hands are lower than those from his feet, unlike Bayonetta's.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Inkling: Similar to Inkling’s Splattershot, there is a limited amount of ink he can use. Unlike the Inklings, he cannot create more ink to fill the gauge.