Meta Knight (メタナイト, Meta Naito) is a main character and anti-hero in the Kirby series. He's a chivalrous masked swordsman that follows his own code of honor. Sometimes appearing as a mentor of Kirby and other times as a rival. He seems know a lot about Kirby's abilities and origins and also has a vested interest in Kirby's powers, however he prefers to have Kirby figure things out on his own rather than explain them. Meta Knight wields the legendary sword Galaxia with superhuman speed and his cape possesses many unusual abilities including the ability to change its shape and size and transform into a pair of bat wings. While he appears to be of the same species as Kirby, his exact relation to Kirby is not known for certain.

Meta Knight is the leader of a group of soldiers known as the Meta-Knights (note the hyphen) which includes Axe Knight, Mace Knight, Trident Knight, Javelin Knight and Sailor Dee. He first appeared in Kirby's Adventure, though his name was not known until Kirby's Avalanche for the SNES. He appeared as a playable character for the first time in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land as part of the Meta Knightmare bonus mode.


Kirby's Adventure

Meta Knight's first appearance. He is leader of the Meta-Knights, a group of mercenaries hired by King Dedede to guard one of the pieces of the Star Rod. An enigmatic character, Meta Knight appears throughout the game, sometimes helping Kirby by tossing useful items to him and other times to summon his Meta-Knights to fight him.

He appears in certain levels to aid Kirby by throwing Invincibility Candy to him, usually just before an area with a large number of enemies. Starting with World 2 Ice Cream Island he will also appear at least once per world to summon his minions, the Meta-Knights, to fight Kirby.

Meta Knight himself is fought at the end of World 6 Orange Ocean inside of the Meta-Knights' base. Before starting the fight, Meta Knight will toss Kirby a sword that gives him the Sword ability so that the two of them can duel as equals. He will refuse to start the boss fight until Kirby picks up the sword. Once the player defeats him, his mask is sliced in half, briefly revealing his face (which resembles Kirby's, but with dark blue skin and white eyes) before Meta Knight covers his face with his cape and teleports away. Even after being defeated, Meta Knight shows up one last time in the final world to help Kirby through a particularly dangerous area.

Meta Knightmare

In the GBA remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, Meta Knight is unlockable as a playable character if the player gets 100% completion in both Normal and Extra mode. Meta Knight comes with his own time attack mode called Meta Knightmare that has the player attempting to beat the entire game as quickly as possible with him. As a playable character, Meta Knight has half the HP of Kirby and a shorter jump height, but runs much faster, falls faster, has stronger attacks and is heavier than Kirby and so isn't as affected by strong wind.

Kirby Super Star

Meta Knight next appears as the main antagonist of the sub game Revenge of Meta Knight in Kirby Super Star Ultra. He appears in his huge Halberd battleship. The crew of the Halberd includes an eagle like captain, a sailor Waddle Dee, and the Meta-Knights. Kirby eventually destroys the core of the Halberd, destroying it. Kirby fights Meta Knight at the end of the sub game in a battle that resembles the fight in Kirby's Adventure. This time, however, Meta Knight gives Kirby a sword. As Kirby flees the falling Halberd, Meta Knight attacks him one last time, flying with new wings while Kirby is on a Wheelie. The Halberd then crashes into the ocean, though it would return in Kirby: Squeak Squad. 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 Air Ride

In the game's intro Meta Knight appears towards the end, in his winged mode, racing and dueling with Sword Kirby on his Warp Star on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Meta Knight is an unlockable racer, unlocked by gliding for thirty minutes, though not necessarily in the same sitting. Meta Knight has both the Wing and Sword abilities by default but lacks the ability to gain others. Instead of riding a vehicle, he flies around the track using his wings, and while he can't charge-boost, he has nearly instantaneous acceleration and a high top speed.

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror


Meta Knight attempts to stop an evil force in the parallel Mirror World, but is stopped by the evil Dark Meta Knight. Dark Meta Knight is the parallel Meta Knight from Mirror World. He resembles the original but with a gray body, red shoes, a scar on his mask and a tattered cape. He then traps Meta Knight and disguises himself as the original. During the fight with Dark Meta Knight he does not give Kirby a sword to use. During the fight he can use the Magic ability, however. Magic cause many random things to happen, one of which is the original Meta Knight flying in and attacking enemies. Meta Knight's sword is called "Master". Meta Knight gives it to Kirby to fight the final boss, Dark Mind.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Meta Knight is an unlockable character that can be purchased at the shop for 25 medals after unlocking King Dedede. Like Kirby, he's been turned into a ball by Drawcia's curse and teams up with the Magical Paintbrush in order to get his body back and save Dream Land. He is the fastest character in the game, but with the lowest health. When he attacks enemies, sword slashes appear over them and a sword slash sound effect is heard, suggesting that Meta Knight is swinging his blade faster than the human eye can follow.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

After Kirby defeats Daroach, boss of the Squeaks, Meta Knight appears and takes the treasure chest Daroach believes has an amazing power hidden within, while Kirby believes it houses his missing cake in it. He escapes through a door sealed with five Star Seals. If Kirby collects them, he can follow through to the Secret Sea, where Meta Knight is on the Halberd hidden beneath the sea.

As the Halberd arises and flies to the Gamble Galaxy, Kirby battles Meta Knight once again. Daroach claims the treasure, but finds out that it contains a villain called Dark Nebula. It is then revealed that Meta Knight had only stolen the chest to stop Daroach, Kirby, or anyone else from awakening Dark Nebula.

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Meta Knight appears in Kirby's Epic Yarn as a boss, but not intentionally. A cutscene shows that he is noticing some strange happenings on the Halberd, but is kidnapped by Yin-Yarn the sorcerer and turned into yarn before he can do anything about it. He is then brainwashed and becomes the boss of Space Land. After being defeated, he appears in the next cut scene apologizing to Kirby and explaining that he was being controlled. He later appears again when Kirby is battling Yin-Yarn, where he drops the patch needed for Kirby to turn into Tankbot.

Kirby Mass Attack

Meta Knight does not appear in the main game, though he does appear as a boss in two of the sub-games, namely Kirby Quest and Strato Patrol EOS.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Meta Knight appears as one of the four playable characters of Kirby's Return to Dream Land alongside Kirby, Waddle Dee and King Dedede. Here he uses sword Kirby's moveset, with shuttle loop and hover flap from Wing Kirby's arsenal added.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Meta Knight is one of the first people to notice Haltmann Works Company's invasion of Pop Star and intercepts in the Halberd, but is shot down along with the Halberd, later, he is captured after he is overpowered by the Access Ark's superior technology. Susie impressed by his fighting skills transforms him into Mecha Knight, a cyborg general to serve her as the boss of Gigabyte Grounds. After this defeat, he is upgraded and acts as the first boss of Access Ark as Mecha Knight+ but is defeated a second time and freed from Susie's control. In the final fight with Star Dream, Meta Knight teams up with Kirby, fusing the newly repaired Halberd with Kirby's Robobot armor which the two pilot. In Meta Knightmare Returns, Meta Knight progresses through the same stages as the main game, testing his skills. Star Dream tests him against various sword using including clones of Queen Sectonia and Dark Matter as well as Galacta Knight.

Kirby Star Allies

Meta Knight is seen to become possessed by one of the Jamba Hearts and is then fought as the boss of World 2, Planet Popstar. During the fight, he is seen to have gained the ability to split his body in 4 version of himself. After he's defeated, whenever you reach a Dream Palace and use the Dream Rod, he can be selected as a Dream Partner to assist you.

Super Smash Bros. series

Meta Knight in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Meta Knight is a playable character. He is a lightweight fighter who primarily uses his sword Galaxia in high speed, but low damage, attacks. His moves include using his Dimensional Cape to disappear and teleport a short distance, creating Mach Tornadoes, and using Shuttle Loop wings to glide. His Final Smash is called Galaxia Darkness, seemingly renaming the Master after the sword he used in the anime. Galaxia Darkness has him use his cape on an opponent. If it connects, the screen will go dark and Meta Knight will then slash them heavily. If it misses, the attack fails entirely. In the competitive scene, Meta Knight was banned due to his speedy attacks and fantastic recovery.

He is also available for play in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, with an altered up special due to the change in flight mechanics and attacks relatively slower. His appearance is similar to his in Brawl with slightly more vivid colors in the overall clothing.

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.

It should also be noted that he was a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Trophy description

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee: The mysterious head of the Meta-Knights, he wields his sword with dignity. He delivered his sword to Kirby and demanded single combat in show of his knightly honor; his strict adherence to his code of ethics makes him a rarity in Dream Land. Sometimes he throws off his cape in battle. It occasionally transforms into wings.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Normal): The head of the Meta-Knights, and something of a rival to Kirby. He's quite an accomplished swordsman. Following his code of knightly ethics, he once delivered his sword to Kirby and demanded single combat. His giant cape transforms into wings, giving him the power of flight. He's shown his face briefly before, but his relationship to Kirby is still a mystery.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Final Smash): Meta Knight's Final Smash. He flips his cape, and the darkness within envelops his foes and plunges the world into shadow. He then unleashes a series of sword strikes that do terrible damage and launch his foes. In the darkness, Meta Knight can also reach and attack distant enemies. One can imagine Meta Knight zipping back and forth at high speed to accomplish this.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (Normal):
    • EU: A mysterious masked swordsman from the Kirby series. His cape can turn into wings, which gives him the ability to fly. His swift swordplay and ability to stay in the air give him an edge in this game. He can combine five mid-air jumps with a special move to make recovering a cinch. If you use him, try to keep battle airborne.
    • North America: Kirby's mysterious rival, this masked swordsman appears in several Kirby games. His cape transforms into wings to grant him flight. In Smash Bros., his quick sword skills and aerial agility set him apart. He can jump up to five times in a row, and he has a special move to soar higher.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (alt):
    • EU: Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape lets you teleport. After vanishing, you can move to reappear somewhere else. You can also keep holding the button to turn it into an attack! His Mach Tornado special can mix up multiple opponents in the fray. Press the button repeatedly to rise up, and move left and right to create extra havoc.
    • North America: Meta Knight's Dimensional Cape lets you teleport, changing where you'll reappear with directional inputs and attacking by holding the button! His Mach Tornado special can draw in and attack multiple opponents. Rise by pressing the button repeatedly, and press left or right to move.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (Final Smash):
    • EU: Meta Knight swings his cape to ensnare foes. Darkness falls, enveloping them in an empty void, and then a giant sword slash cleaves the blackness. If the cape doesn't capture anyone, the Final Smash will fail. It has more range than you might think, though, and as long as it catches at least one foe, everyone will take damage!
    • North America: Meta Knight swings his cape to ensnare foes. Darkness falls, enveloping them in an empty void, and then a giant sword slash cleaves the blackness. If the cape doesn't capture anyone, this Final Smash will fail. It has more range than you might think, though, and you only have to catch one foe to deal damage to everyone!
Neutral Special Mach Tornado
Up Special Shuttle Loop
Down Special Dimensional Cape
Side Special Drill Rush


Meta Knight is a master swordsman, one of the greatest in Kirby's universe. He is one of the only beings, other than Kirby that is capable of wielding the legendary sword Master/Galaxia. Meta Knight's swordplay is so fast that he is able to break the sound barrier with each swing according to the Super Smash Bros. series.