Waddle Dee (JP) are a major species in the Kirby series. They are the most common residents of Dream Land and are typically very carefree and easygoing. Because they are easily bribed by the promise of food and shelter, many work as soldiers and servants for King Dedede and frequently get roped into his mischief.
In the games, they are typically the weakest and most basic enemies encountered, comparable to the Mario series's Goomba. Their main (and only) method of attack without a weapon is merely walking into Kirby, just like a Goomba. Waddle Dee are occasionally seen carrying parasols, allowing them to float down slowly. Unlike Kirby, they are never seen using it as a weapon.
Waddle Dees have appeared in every Kirby video game and in each one their behavior is mostly the same. They walk back and forth, occasionally jumping for no apparent reason. Sometimes they can be seen floating down on a parasol. A friendly Waddle Dee appears in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. One also appears in Kirby: Canvas Curse as a playable character, unlocked by beating the game once.
Super Smash Bros. series
Waddle Dee have appeared in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Waddle Dee is represented by a trophy. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Waddle Dee is used in King Dedede's side B attack Waddle Dee Toss. He is also seen in the Subspace Emissary in a cutscene that involves Luigi, Wario and King Dedede. The following are the trophy descriptions of Waddle Dee in the Super Smash Bros. series:
Super Smash Bros. Melee
- "Many delicate creatures like this one inhabit Dream Land. They generally live carefree lives and have never considered themselves to be followers of King Dedede. Waddle Dees are innocent and generally harmless to man and beast. While they have virtually no offensive or defensive power, they'll sometimes try to wield a parasol."
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "A carefree creature that wanders the hills and dales of Dream Land. Basically harmless to creatures great and small, Waddle Dees sometimes use parasols to float down through the skies. If Kirby swallows a parasol, he'll get one he can use to float or ward off enemy attacks. On the other hand, Kirby can't copy anything by swallowing Waddle Dees themselves."
Parasol Waddle Dee
The second most common form of Waddle Dee. It is a regular Waddle Dee that floats down from the top of the screen while holding a red and white parasol topped with a yellow star. Kirby can get the Parasol ability if he inhales one before it lets go of its parasol (though he can also inhale just the parasol). In Kirby Super Star Parasol Waddle Dee is the helper for the Parasol ability and has the same abilities as Parasol Kirby.