HnK MetaKnight 2
Vital statistics
Position Antagonist
Age  ???
Physical attributes
Height 3.3 - 4.6
Weight  ???
Alias/Nicknames Unknown
Allies: Kirby [Sometimes]
Enemies: Kirby [sometimes]
Family:  ???
Likes: Battling Kirby
Dislikes Losing a battle
Debut Unknown
Meta Knight is a major character in the Kirby Series appearing in most of the games, manga, as well as the anime. The intrigue and popularity surrounding Meta Knight within the Kirby fandom largely lies in his shrouded motives and his striking likeness to Kirby himself.


Meta Knight is the leader of an army of soldiers known as the Meta knights, and captains a large airship called Battleship halberd which may accompany him into the heat of battle. Although Meta Knight first appeared in Kirby's Adventures in 1993, his true name was not known in the U.S. until the game Kirby's Avalanche was released in 1995.

Physical DescriptionEdit

Meta Knight wears his trademark attire, including his silver mask and his blue or dark purple Dimensional Cape with gold trimmings, as well as a pair of patched or metallic shoes. He has retractable bat-like wings and flies with them in the games. The wings' first prominent use is in Kirby Super star, where Meta Knight chased Kirby near the end of Revenge of meta knight. In Kirby air ride, he can fly with them whenever he takes part in a race. Meta Knight's weapon of choice is usually the Galaxia Sword, which is a spiked golden sword with an embedded ruby in the hilt. Meta Knight's most well-known trait is the fact that he is very rarely seen with his mask off. In a few games, his mask is split into two upon defeat, revealing a blue face near-identical to Kirby's with misty white eyes, a mouth, and bright pink cheeks. In the event that he is ever unmasked, he immediately departs the field of battle. His similarity to Kirby has led to speculation that he is a member of Kirby's species. This is further implied in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U  where Kirby is given an alternate palette that makes him look like Meta Knight. Furthermore, at Palutena's Temple, Pit and Viridi can converse about Meta Knight; they discuss his resemblance to Kirby and question if he also has inhale and copy abilities. InKirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, he was made bigger than Kirby and given a yellow strap to hold his mask in place. Since Kirby Air Ride, official artwork shows his sword reflecting Galaxia's design in the anime. Since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Meta Knight was again re-sized to Kirby's height and the yellow strap was often removed.


Meta Knight's insignia

His pauldrons always have a yellow lining and often gray in color, but are sometimes dark blue. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Kirby's return to dream land, his left pauldron bears a version of his insignia, which is an "M" in front of a downward-pointing sword. Meta Knight's cape is blue in all instances except Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where it is purple. The blushes on his face are almost always clearly pink, though they were toned very light in Kirby Super Star

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, he wears silver mitten gauntlets over his gloves, and has black shoes with violet sabatons over them instead of plain violet shoes, giving him a much more complex and well-armored appearance. His armor also has a number of small but noticeable cuts, nicks and other signs of battle-scarring compared to his appearances in the main series.

Meta Knight's mask apparently gives a yellowish tint to the wearer's eyes. Meta Knight's white eyes turn yellow, and Kirby's blue eyes become light green (first seen in Super Smash Bros. Brawl). His eyes also change color with his emotions in the anime. When they are blue, he feels happy or content; pink, he is amused, or something grabbed his attention; green, he is in deep thought, focused on something, or solving a problem. When they turn dark red, he is angry, or possibly disturbed or suspicious. If they ever flash a mix of colors, he feels all the emotions that he is flashing.


Due to Meta Knight's way of doing things and his often-hidden intentions, the relationship between Kirby and Meta Knight is unpredictable in nature, and range from being bitter rivals to being steadfast allies to one another and can change at a moment's notice. Meta Knight is a playable character in many spin-offs, and is presented in many of the newer games as a "friend or foe" character. As a knight, he respects a code of chivalry, and always offers Kirby a sword whenever he fights against him. he is shown trying to become the greatest warrior in the galaxy, suggesting he prides himself in his strength and skill, yet wishes to continue to grow stronger. Meta Knight abhors laziness, to the point where he was willing to start a war and take over Dream Land just to end what he perceived as a "lazy lifestyle." This is only seen in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, and it may have only been included for the purpose of having Meta Knight be perceived as an antagonist. Interestingly, he never seems to want his face revealed, immediately retreating via his dimensional cape when his mask is broken and falls off.
Meta Knight
The reason for this is never explained. 
In the anime, his personality is much different than in the games. It is much clearer that he is on Kirby's side here, because they are both Star Warriors, and Meta Knight needs to help him for the greater good. He is shown to passively observe events, and only interfere when needed. However, his training methods are often harsh and dangerous, often putting Kirby's life in danger, but they always manage to make Kirby stronger. Unlike in the games, he does not seem to hold any opinion towards the laziness of others, and is much less mysterious, as his motives in the anime are rarely ever hidden.

In both the games and the anime, he is often seen standing on high areas, platforms, tree branches, and statues. This may be a strategical move to prevent being attacked before the battle or to get a better view, but the reason is never officially explained.


Dimensional CapeEdit

Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape (as named in Super Smash Bros. Brawl) allows him to manipulate space, and is a powerful weapon in its own right. His signature cape never received its official name, until relatively recently, much like Galaxia. Meta Knight most commonly wraps it around himself to teleport away. This tends to happen whenever his mask is destroyed and face is revealed, or when he knows he has been defeated. The cape allows him to warp and teleport short distances, and it can be used to surpise an opponent, catching them off guard by teleporting and attacking from behind.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Meta Knight can also use it to ebb out of reality for a short time. In his Final Smash Attack, the cape is used to petrify his enemies and cover the surrounding area in complete darkness, leaving them open to attacks from his sword.


The sword Galaxia is a solid gold blade with a ruby embedded in its hilt, with anywhere between zero to six spikes protruding from its sharp edges. In earlier games, the spikes were absent from Meta Knight's then-unnamed sword.

In the games, Galaxia is capable of shooting out sword beams and standard sword moves. In Meta knightmare ultrA, it absorbs the energy of a defeated foe, allowing Meta Knight to use special actions like the Mach Tornado, Meta Quick and Heal.

In the anime the sword has sacred origins, having been created by a race of light and a fire god.





  • A trophy of Meta Knight in Super Smash Bros. Melee makes a mistake in saying that Meta Knight debuted inKirby Super Star.
  • While his wings appeared purple in the escape sequence during Revenge of Meta Knight, his wings are blue inMeta Knightmare Ultra.
  • Meta Knight's Up Special (The Shuttle Loop) from Super Smash Bros. Brawl makes a re-appearance as one of Meta Knight's moves in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, even having a similar Button Set in order to use (Up + Special in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Down, Up + Attack [In quick succession] in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.)
  • In the anime, when Meta Knight is asleep, his eyes appear dark orange. However, in the games, when Meta Knight blinks or briefly closes his eyes his visor becomes pitch black. This is true in some episodes in the anime as well.
    • However, when he closes his eyes in Kirby's Return to Dream Land (or otherwise being knocked out), there are two small yellow dashes representing his eyes, rather than his visor being blacked out.