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On the day of judgment, this fluttery fiend will fly into action. Brought into existence by "the greatest warrior in the galaxy" and reborn as a knight of doom through years of adversity—now begins an epic battle with a pure being twisted by a dark past.
~ Morpho Knight's description in Kirby Star Allies.

The unnamed Butterfly, better known under the form of Morpho Knight, is a recurring antagonist in the Kirby franchise. Mainly serving as a background character in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot, it later serves as both the final boss of the "Guest Star" of Kirby: Star Allies and the penultimate antagonist of Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Introduced as a seemingly innocuous butterfly seen fluttering in the background of Planet Popstar, upon possessing Galacta Knight and later Soul Forgo, it takes the form of a warrior similar to Meta Knight before attacking any nearby opponents, apparently foretelling the "Day of Judgement".

Appearance

As a butterfly, Morpho Knight is an imago with bright yellow and orange markings on its wings.

In its main form, Morpho Knight closely resembles characters like Meta Knight and his initial host Galacta Knight, and could be assumed to resemble Kirby when unmasked. It is a black sphere armored with an orange horned helmet with black markings, as well as golden boots and orange wings that grow yellow at its edges. It wields an sword with a golden wing-pattern hilt, an orange razor blade, and a blue gem in it's center.

As Morpho Knight EX, he takes on a black and red color scheme, with his sword's gem now colored yellow.

Biography

Pre-Star Allies

The Butterfly was first introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where it mainly appears in cutscenes of Kirby and his friends on Planet Popstar. It continued this role in every mainline Kirby video game following this.

Kirby: Star Allies

Morpho Knight debuts in the game's "Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!" as the final boss. When Galacta Knight emerges through a portal in the Jambandra Base created by Hyness, the Butterfly appears and rests upon his sword, absorbing him into its body (much to the shock of route's protagonists) and transforming into its main form before attacking the protagonists. Upon its defeat, it levitates in the air before fading away in a burst of butterflies.

Morpho Knight later reappears in the Soul Melter and Soul Melter EX difficulties of "The Ultimate Choice", once again as the penultimate boss before Void Termina.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Morpho Knight returns (and canonically debuts) as the final boss of the "Forgo Dreams" world. It first appears in its butterfly form as Fecto Elfilis becomes Soul Forgo, where it rests on its nose and absorbs it into its body before becoming Morpho Knight and then attacking Kirby. Upon its defeat, it again levitates and disappear into a burst of butterflies. However, Fecto survived being assimilated by it and retained its DNA to become Chaos Elfilis.

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Trivia

  • Morpho Knight reuses concept art of a design that was intended to be an original character introduced in the canceled Kirby game for the GameCube. It was originally believed to be Meta Knight's original design as it was featured in his section in the Japanese 20th Anniversary booklet, but director Shinya Kumazaki confirmed this was not the case.
  • Morpho Knight's name may have been taken from the Butterfly species known as "Morpho."
  • Morpho Knight's battle music changes if any of the Dream Friends are played, the music is replaced with a remixed theme of the final boss theme from their debut game.
    • The only exceptions to this rule are Daroach, playing Dark Daroach's theme instead of Dark Nebula's, and The Three Mage-Sisters, playing their theme from "Heroes in Another Dimension" instead of Void Termina's.
    • Prior to version 4.0.0, playing as Bandanna Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, or King Dedede played Morpho Knight's regular theme. The music is now replaced with a remix of Lord Nightmare's theme.
  • Morpho Knight is the Butterfly after absorbing Galacta Knights power. The Butterfly was originally going to send Galacta Knight to the depths of the underworld, but due to his endless cries and protests, it set him free, and giving birth to Morpho Knight. The Butterfly is the embodiment of fate and death that rules the underworld. It controls fate and judges mortals when the die. It is awaiting something called "Judgment Day."

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Main Antagonists
King Dedede | Zero (Dark Matter) | Void Termina | Galacta Knight

Recurring Bosses
King Dedede | Whispy Woods | Kracko | Meta Knight | Dark Meta Knight | Galacta Knight | Morpho Knight

Final Bosses
King Dedede | Lord Nightmare | Dark Matter Blade | Meta Knight | Marx | 0 | | Dark Mind | Drawcia | Dark Nebula | Galacta Knight | Necrodeus | Yin-Yarn | Magolor | Queen Sectonia | Dark Crafter | Star Dream | King D-Mind | Void Termina | Morpho Knight | Fecto Elfilis

Other Bosses
Whispy Woods | Kracko | Bonkers | Mr. Frosty | Bugzzy | Gigant Edge | Fire Lion | Master Hand | Crazy Hand | Grand Doomer | Coily Rattler | Pyribbit | Claycia | Phantom Bosses

Other Enemies
Waddle Dees | Waddle Doos | Bronto Burts | Blade Knights | Poppy Bros. Jrs | Scarfys | Doomers | Gordos | Shotzos

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0 | Dark Matter Blade | Miracle Matter | Dark Mind | Dark Nebula | Master Crown | Dark Crafter | Void Termina

King Dedede's Army
King Dedede | Meta Knight | Waddle Dees | Whispy Woods | Kracko | Bonkers | Mr. Frosty | Bugzzy | Mumbies | Fire Lion | Gordos | Shotzos

Meta-Knights
Meta Knight | Captain Vul | Axe Knight | Javelin Knight | Mace Knight | Trident Knight | Sailor Waddle Dee

Mirror World
Dark Mind | Dark Meta Knight | Shadow Dedede | Parallel Bosses | Dark Taranza | King D-Mind | Parallel Nightmare

Squeaks
Daroach | Spinni | Storo | Doc | Squeakers

Yin-Yarn's Forces
Yin-Yarn | Fangora | Hot Wings | Squashini | Capamari | King Dedede | Meta Knight

Sectra Clan
Queen Sectonia | Taranza

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President Haltmann | Susie Haltmann | Star Dream | Holo Defense API | Mecha Knight | Clanky Woods

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Hyness | Void Termina | The Three Mage-Sisters (Francisca | Flamberge | Zan Partizanne)

Beast Pack
Fecto Elfilis | Leongar | Clawroline | Gorimondo | Tropic Woods | Sillydillo | King Dedede | Fleurina | Awoofys

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