|Bandana Waddle Dee|
Artwork of Bandana Dee from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
|First appearance||Kirby Super Star (1995)|
|MG appearance(s)||Super Smash Flash 2|
|Created by||Mashiro Sakurai|
Bandana Dee, officially known as Bandana Waddle Dee (バンダナワドルディ) or simply Waddle Dee (ワドルディ), is a recurring character in the Kirby series. He is one of the Waddle Dee species, and can be distinguished from other Waddle Dee by his distinctive blue bandana. He first appeared in the sub-game Megaton Punch from Kirby Super Star. He has become a playable character in Super Smash Flash 2.
Bandana Waddle Dee first appeared as an opponent in the Kirby Super Star mini-game Megaton Punch. However, Bandana Dee's first major appearance was in Kirby Super Star Ultra, as said game expands and defines his role in the sub-game Revenge of the King. He most likely acted as the second-in-command during Kirby's re-infiltration of Dedede's Castle. He was shown to be very loyal to King Dedede and shows his lord a lot of respect, even to the point of telling him not to fight Kirby for Dedede's security. After Kirby defeated King Dedede's best minions, he pits Bandana Dee against Kirby, much to Bandana Dee's dismay. Although Kirby appears to kill him in their confrontation, he would later appear 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. He later reappeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land as a playable character where he helped Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Magolor repair the Lor Starcutter. He used a Spear for a weapon just like Spear Kirby. Bandana Dee acts as Kirby's main ally in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, being a playable character for a second and third player, he can assist Kirby by picking him up and tossing him up to the other player, allowing him to overcome obstacles.
In the Super Smash Flash series
In Super Smash Flash 2
- Main article: Bandana Dee (Super Smash Flash 2)
Bandana Dee was revealed a playable character during the Day 3 stream at Super Smash Con 2016. His appearance and moveset are partially inspired from his playable appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, carrying a spear as his main weapon. He also references regular Waddle Dee enemies, carrying a parasol and a beam rod. His bandana dons the emblem of King Dedede, indicating his affiliation towards him. His sprite design is based on his appearances in Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby's Return to Dream Land, with some added touches.
- Bandana Dee is the only character in the SSF series to use a fan-coined name as opposed to the official name given to him by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.
- Bandana Dee was initially implemented as an Assist Trophy character in SSF2, carrying very similar sprites.
- Bandana Dee, Sandbag, Chibi Robo, Black Mage, Mega Man, PAC-MAN and Bomberman are currently the only true "silent characters" in the game.
- Following his confirmation as a playable character, Bandana Dee became the second character to be "promoted" from Assist Trophy to playable character after PAC-MAN.