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|“||This darkness must meet my sword!||„|
|~ Meta Knight in Kirby Star Allies.|
|“||You have much yet to learn.||„|
|~ One of Meta Knight's victory quotes in the Super Smash Bros. series.|
Meta Knight is a major character and the tritagonist of the Kirby franchise. He is the leader of a group called the Meta-Knights (which consists of himself, Sword Knight, Blade Knight, Axe Knight, Javelin Knight, Trident Knight, Mace Knight, Captain Vul, and Sailor Waddle Dee) and is Kirby's friendly rival.
He started out as the secondary antagonist of the franchise, debuting in Kirby's Adventure. but as he began appearing more and more, he slowly became a protagonist (starting with Kirby and the Amazing Mirror), mostly appearing as an anti-hero before he eventually became a full-on heroic character and one of Kirby's closest friends. Although, he is still portrayed as an antagonist every now and then, even in titles as recent as Kirby Fighters 2.
Meta Knight first appeared as the secondary antagonist in Kirby's Adventure, along with its remake Nightmare in Dreamland and in Kirby Super Star (serving as the titular main antagonist of sub-game called Revenge of the Meta Knight). However, in many games following this, Meta Knight appears as an ally to Kirby. Alongside King Dedede, he is one of the two main antagonists of Kirby Fighters 2.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
Meta Knight makes his first appearance here, although he is never given a proper name. In this game, King Dedede, after splitting the Star Rod into several pieces to prevent the evil Nightmare from wreaking havoc on Dreamland, recruits Meta Knight and the Meta-Knights into his army to protect one of the Star Rod's pieces.
Throughout every world, Meta Knight would send his soldiers after Kirby in order to stop him, although, alternatively, this can be seen as Meta Knight trying to prepare him for Nightmare. He later duels Kirby at the base of his operations, Orange Ocean. When Meta Knight loses, his mask is split in two, revealing his face. He then quickly retreats.
In Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, the "Meta Knightmare" sub-game is unlocked after clearing the game 100%. In it, Meta Knight rushes through the stages to practice his swordplay, ending once King Dedede is defeated. While stronger and faster than Kirby, Meta Knight only has three health bars compared to Kirby's six, and the player is not given the option to save until the sub-game is over.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
In perhaps his most famous role of the franchise, Meta Knight appears as the main villain of the sub-game Meta Knight's Revenge. In this sub-game, Meta Knight plans to end the lazy lifestyle of Dreamland by force by using the Halberd to take it over. However, his plan is foiled by Kirby who defeats him in a duel, destroys the Halberd and escapes on a Wheelie Bike. Besides possibly Kirby's Adventure, this is Meta Knight's only villainous role.
In the remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, Meta Knight once again has his own sub-game. This time, it is a relevant story. After going through Kirby's adventures from the original Kirby Super Star (excluding Gourmet Race), Meta Knight revives the comet NOVA and, to become stronger, he wishes to fight the greatest warrior in the galaxy, Galacta Knight. He defeats Galacta Knight and is thus, the greatest (technically one of the greatest) warrior in the galaxy.
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
In this game, Meta Knight has a more heroic appearance. Right from the get-go he flies to the parallel Mirror World to save it from danger, but is instead kidnapped by his evil Mirror World counterpart, Dark Meta Knight. Dark Meta Knight then proceeds to split Kirby into four separate Kirby's. When the four Kirby's gather all the Mirror Shards, they encounter Meta Knight and his Dark counterpart. The four Kirby's defeat Dark Meta Knight and are sucked into a portal, and Meta Knight tosses his sword after them so they can fight Dark Mind. After Dark Mind is defeated, Meta Knight puts the sword in a pedestal.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Ice Island, after Kirby defeats Daroach and reclaims the chest presumed to hold his Strawberry Shortcake, Meta Knight snatches it away and flees to the Secret Sea. Kirby chases after him and defeats Meta Knight, obtaining the chest. However, Meta Knight was trying to keep the chest away from Kirby, as it held the imprisoned Dark Nebula, which Daroach found out the hard way when he opened the chest and was possessed by the Lord of Darkness.
Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Alongside King Dedede, Meta Knight is ambushed by the yarn sorcerer, Yin-Yarn, and warped into Patch Land. He is the boss of the seventh world, Space Land, where he is controlled by a machine producing magical swords. Once Kirby arrives and defeats Meta Knight by snatching and tossing away all of the swords, he aids Kirby and Prince Fluff by warping them to Dream Land to stop Yin-Yarn from turning everything to yarn. During the final battle, when Yin-Yarn turns into Mecha Yin-Yarn, Meta Knight drops a Tankbot metamortex for Kirby and Prince Fluff to transform and defeat the sorcerer.
In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Meta Knight appears as the protagonist of one of the game's sub-games. In it, the player controls a flying Meta Knight in an endless sidescroller, slashing down enemies in his way.
Kirby Mass Attack
While absent from the actual game, Meta Knight appears in various sub-games as the penultimate boss of Statos Patrol EOS and the boss of Chapter 3 and one of the last opponents of Chapter 4 with Blade Knight and Sword Knight in Kirby Quest.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Meta Knight appears on one of the four playable characters.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Meta Knight retains his roles in both Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Super Star. His 8-bit sprite appears in the History Hall as a golden statue. He may also greet Kirby after clearing the New Challenge stages.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Meta Knight only appears in the 100% cutscene in the crowd. But he does make several cameos, such as one of Stone Kirby's transformations, one of Circus Kirby's balloons, and five Keychains based on his appearances in Kirby's Adventure, Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Night in Dream Land, Kirby: Canvas Curse, and Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
When the Haltmann Works Company invade Popstar and begin mechanizing the landscape, Meta Knight attempts to use the Halberd to fight against the HWC mothership, the Access Ark, but the Halberd is shot down instantaneously. Afterwards, Meta Knight is captured by the alien invaders and mechanized by their Mother Computer, Star Dream, into a cyborg warrior known as Mecha Knight. Kirby encounters Mecha Knight twice in the game, the first encounter in Gigabyte Grounds and later in the Access Ark center where he is upgraded by Susie Haltmann to become Mecha Knight +, but is once again defeated by Kirby. His mechanic mask shatters, breaking him out of his hypnosis and returns to his senses.
Shortly after Kirby defeats President Haltmann and Star Dream flies out to destroy all life in the cosmos, Meta Knight arrives with the Halberd and orders Kirby and his Robobot Armor to hop on. Instead, Kirby uses his Robobot to absorb and copy the Halberd, and uses it to defeat Star Dream in a galactic dogfight. In the last moments, Star Dream fires a laser at the Halberd, damaging it, and Meta Knight ejects Kirby and the Robobot and pilots the Halberd back to Dream Land while Kirby drills Star Dream through the Access Ark, destroying both machines for good. Meta Knight is last seen observing Popstar returning to normal aboard the Halberd.
In the sub-game "Meta Knightmare Returns", unlocked after completing the game, Meta Knight once again rushes through all of Kirby's stages. After defeating Haltmann in the Access Ark, Star Dream, viewing Meta Knight as its new administrator, creates clones of Dark Matter Blade and Queen Sectonia to test the knight's strength. After Meta Knight defeats the two, Star Dream summons a portal containing Galacta Knight to serve as the third and final test. Galacta Knight seemingly destroys Star Dream by slashing it and engages Meta Knight, only to be defeated and resealed back into his dimension.
Kirby Star Allies
Meta Knight is infected by a Jamba Heart caused by Hyness' failed attempt to summon Void Termina, serving as the boss of the second area, World of Miracles - Planet Popstar in the stage Sacred Square. He splits into four clones after taking enough damage, though the real clone takes more damage. After he is defeated and freed from the Jamba Heart, he can join Kirby's team as a Dream Friend, where his moveset is identical to his appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Alternatively, Kirby can befriend Meta Knight right away by throwing a Friend Heart immediately after defeating him.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Meta Knight appears as a minor character in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, appearing in the game's Colosseum mode as the final boss of the Meta Knight Cup and a standard boss in The Ultimate Cup and The Ultimate Cup Z. In the game, it is revealed Meta Knight resisted Fecto Elfilis' brainwashing, staying behind in Waddle Dee Town to protect the Waddle Dees from the Beast Pack.
Kirby's Pinball Land
Meta Knight makes a cameo in the top stage of Kracko's Land, but only if Dedede has been defeated at least once. After defeating Mr. Bright, if Kirby destroys all the stars without defeating Mr. Shine first, Meta Knight will appear in the center of the stage. He does not move nor can be hit.
Meta Knight is the twelfth and penultimate challenger of the main game, after Kracko and before King Dedede.
Kirby Air Ride
Meta Knight appears as an unlockable playable character, unlocked by gliding for half an hour total in the air and by breaking a thousand boxes in City Trial's Free Run mode.
Kirby Fighters series
Meta Knight serves as one of the two main antagonists of Kirby Fighters 2 alongside King Dedede.
Super Kirby Clash
Meta Knight becomes a resident of the Port Village after defeating Pyribbit. He is standing on a ledge behind the Quest Board watching the ocean. He may occasionally take flight.
Kirby Battle Royale
Meta Knight is an unlockable fighter, either by clearing the Cake Royale, or by sending save data from the game's demo to the full version. His moveset is identical to the Sword ability, but his hold B attack is the Dimensional Strike.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Meta Knight makes his debut in the Super Smash Bros. series in Super Smash Bros. Melee, appearing as a collectible trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Meta Knight was one of many newcomers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
In Subspace Emissary, He first encounters Marth and has a brief duel with him, but the two quickly join forces to defeat the Primids attacking them. They later encounter Ike, who becomes their teammate.
Later, the three swordsmen meet a robot known as Galleom and defeat him. After saving Lucas and the Pokemon trainer, Meta Knight and the Ice Climbers climb an ice mountain where he duels with Lucario.
After their duel, they board the Halberd and team up with Snake. After retaking the Halberd by beating Duon Meta Knight joins the other heroes in the battle against the Subspace Army and their leader, Tabuu getting Bowser, Ganondorf, and Wario to help.
He is currently ranked first in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl tier lists, and is notorious in the game due to his extreme power.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Meta Knight returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Meta Knight appears to be heavily reduced than his Super Smash Bros. Brawl counterpart, especially with the removal of his glide ability.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Meta Knight returns as a playable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is slightly faster and stronger than he was in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. He has a new Final Smash called "Darkness Illusion" where he summons a lightning bolt to strike foes in the air, then slashes at them repetitively before launching them sideways.
His Classic Mode campaign is "Two Sides of the Same Coin", where Meta Knight battles two opponents based on characters fighting their evil counterparts, such as battling Samus and Dark Samus. The penultimate match is against two other Meta Knights using the Galacta Knight and Dark Meta Knight costumes.
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Meta Knight appeared as an anti-hero as well as an ally for Kirby in the anime. Originally, he was a Star Warrior alongside Kirby who fought in the war with Nightmare's monsters, as well as one of the only survivors. He assisted Tiff and himself to help Kirby defeat enemies from Nightmare Enterprises that King Dedede has ordered. He is also shown to reveal Kirby's past in Tiff's dream.
Meta Knight wears his trademark attire, including his silver mask, and his blue (or dark purple depending on the game appearance) Dimensional Cape with gold trimmings, as well as a pair of patched or metallic shoes. He also appears to have yellow eyes. 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. Under his mask is a face that closely resembles Kirby's but with a dark tone.
- In Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland, Kirby Super Star Ultra, and Kirby: Planet Robobot, Meta Knight has his own sub-games, known as Meta Knightmare, Meta Knightmare Ultra, and Meta Knightmare Returns, respectively, where he's playable.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl was the first time Meta Knight had a voice in a game. But Kirby's Avalanche was his first speaking role and Kirby Super Star was his first canon speaking role.
- A rearrangement of the track "Revenge of Meta Knight" from Kirby Super Star won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Capella, making it the first leitmotif of a video game character to win a Grammy Award, and the second video game track to the win a Grammy Award following 2011's "Baba Yetu" from Civilization IV. Unlike "Baba Yetu", "Revenge of Meta Knight" is a rearrangement of a video game track, composed by Charlie Rosen of the 8-Bit Big Band, making it the first video game rearrangement to win a Grammy.
- Meta Knight is not actually evil, as most of his roles have him challenging Kirby to a fight or doing good deeds. Even his role in the TV series Kirby: Right Back At Ya! is more heroic than in the games, as he appears as a sort of mentor, helping Kirby and others, though only when he absolutely has to. He also has a habit of appearing seemingly from nowhere, helping Kirby and his friends in times of need.
- In addition, Meta Knight has a lot of knowledge about Kirby's abilities, explaining them to Tiff and Tuff for every ability's debut. This is possibly due to the fact that he looks like Kirby without his mask.
- Meta Knight on the Heroes Wiki.