Waddle Dees are a species native to the Planet Popstar. As some of the most common inhabitants of Dream Land they appear as both enemies and friendly NPCs. Many, but not all, Waddle Dees loyally serve King Dedede, the self-proclaimed ruler of Dream Land, and he often involves them in his schemes. As an enemy, they are both the most basic and most common regular enemy, and a staple of the Kirby series, appearing in most games since the first ever Kirbytitle, Kirby's Dream Land. Waddle Dees are notable for their docile, carefree nature, even as foes, mostly walking around aimlessly and never going too far out of their way to attack. However, some pilot vehicles or wield weapons to increase their abilities somewhat.

By themselves, they do not give any Copy Abilities if inhaled unless an item carried by one bears an ability.

Many variations of Waddle Dees exist, but for the most part, they are simply Waddle Dees holding different accessories. One notable exception is a related enemy, the cycloptic Waddle Doo, which fires an electric beam from its single eye when threatened.

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