King Dedede (written as King DeDeDe or King De De De in certain older games) is Kirby's nemesis and arch-rival and the main antagonist and/or anti-hero in Nintendo and HAL Laboratory's long-running Kirby video game series.
Why He Rocks
- Although Dedede is a primary antagonist, he is not necessarily evil. Several of his deeds are performed when under possession by some other entity — three times by Dark Matter, once by Yin-Yarn, once by Taranza, and once by a Jamba Heart piece that was 'accidentally' dispersed by Hyness.
- Whenever he is the villain of his own volition in the games, it is usually due to selfish mischief, such as stealing food or trying to prove himself better than Kirby.
- Despite his greed and selfishness, he sometimes has pure intentions behind his actions. His role as the antagonist of Kirby's Adventure was ultimately to protect Dream Land from Nightmare by hiding the Star Rod.
- He has willingly helped Kirby in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and the Subspace Emissary story of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- He is sometimes seen to be on friendly terms with Kirby, especially in the more recent games.
- He shows no apprehension towards helping Kirby in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and is visibly very happy to see him towards the end of the Subspace Emissary, even going as far as to run up to hug him.
- It is revealed near of Kirby: Right Back At Ya! that he enjoys their one-sided rivalry to an extent and that he does not actually wish for Kirby to die, which eliminates his role as a villain at the anime's conclusion.
- Like a fellow Nintendo veteran, all-star, and former baddie, Donkey Kong, he is wonderfully animated with numerous cartoonish and goofy expressions that makes up his wacky villain personality.
- Despite his deeds, he is still the main antagonist or the tertiary but more active antagonist that opposes the more innocent and kind-hearted Kirby.
- It is debated whether or not Dedede is the main (or even an) antagonist any longer.
- Nintendo has described Dedede as Kirby's "arch frenemy," as he has helped more than harmed him since Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- He or his likeness has appeared in every game in the series except Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. As such, he is the most recurring major character of the series besides Kirby and Waddle Dee.