☆ META KNIGHT (メタナイト) is perhaps the most popular Kirby character, especially in the post-anime-years, however, he is just "okay" as far as I'm concerned. I have tried to portray him modestly, in a style most similar with his sprite appearance in Ultra (looking closely, you will notice that his CG portrayal is different), which I believe to be greatly substantial and efficient in arrangement. His most noticeable feature is the large, circular, metal mask he constantly conceals his face with; a pair of yellow-tinted eyes peering through the V-shaped slit in the middle. This trademark also adorns the humongous Battleship Halberd, of which Meta Knight is the figurehead; the mask also doubles as armor, covering 1/3 of his dark blue body. The only other armor he wears are the two shoulder plates over his stubby arms, which apparently change from pointed-to-rounded, from game-to-game. MK wears purple shoes with rectangular plates on the tops, and white gloves without plates (at least, in my preferred design). One fascinating aspect of Meta Knight I find is his cape- I love the flowing nature of it, which allows it to alter length as needed, and the blue collar up top. Super Smash Bros Brawl did it right, making it clear that his cape actually transforms into wings, yet I am saddened when Kirby Wii reverts back to him always having his wings spread-- that would be like if Kirby went around all the time, constantly inflated!
☆☆ It's no wonder that ol' Mets is so popular- for that is exactly the reason for which he was designed. States HAL, "this dude's the coolest-of-the-cool masked knight", is a bit of an overstatement, especially considering the butterfly wings (but still incredibly overall badass) his original pre-Adventure design bolstered. Despite his overwhelming popularity, it is a bit curious when you wonder, what exactly someone as dark and mysterious as Meta Knight is doing in such a cheerfully-colorful world as Dream Land. He additionally has a strict warrior code, (also strange for the undisciplined kingdom), that he will refuse to take part in a mismatched duel (nearly always offers a sword before battle). MK's a very schizophrenic individual, it seems, first working under King Dedede, then trying to overthrow him and dominate Dream Land out of nowhere, and later both helping and hindering Kirby as the progressive games' plots require. Meta Knight is very much a "Sakurai" character- having appeared in every game, besides the original, Masahiro worked on (and later games that follow the Super Star Style/ i.e. not the Dream Land trilogy) and due to his grandiose treatment in Brawl, is clear the creator knows and loves him more than anyone. If there is one thing the anime can vouch for, it's probably good for explaining the motives behind Meta's madness, since Sakurai supervised production. Forgetting all that Star Warrior stuff, but still trying to tie all of Hoshi no Kaabi together, I believe that the game's MK also sees the potential in Kirby, and knows the threat inactivity can have on Dream Land- leading to greater troubles, and perceives the hidden motives behind some of the series villains, and therefore directs his actions based on this wisdom. Though he is no match for Kirby's youth and limitless abilities, he will do whatever it takes to become even more powerful (battling the strongest warrior in the galaxy) to perhaps succeed Kirby, if he is ever to fail.
☆☆☆ With that said, Meta Knight is clearly overpowered, as it is already. He wields a mighty golden sword, of which there are two varieties: Master- the original, classic-shaped, yellow and glowing with aura, which Kirby was able to fight Dark Mind with in Amazing Mirror; and Galaxia- the modern, flame-shaped, with spikes, based on the anime adaption. Both are capable of firing sword beams, sending out shockwaves, and conjuring up tornadoes that rage across the screen. In addition to mastering Sword Ability, it seems MK has trained himself to perform actions from the Wing and Tornado movesets. Meta Knight also commands a crew of underlings, ironically called the "Meta-Knights", who each fight with their own specialized skills and weapons. As stated, MK also owns the Halberd, an airship with an insane amount of guns, cannons, and minibosses/mecha, totally putting the King's Kaboola airship to shame. In many ways, Meta is quite the Yang to Dedede's Yin: the two opposing forces of fast and slow, light and heavy, sharp and blunt, active and slothful. However, both are self-absorbed egoists- the only difference being the frequency they show it: the King wastes no time proclaiming his status and plastering his insignia on everything he owns, while Knight prefers to lurk in the shadows biding his time until it is right to show his true power! Now, time for me to get outta here before this description gets any longer~!
Meta Knight © HAL Labs & Nintendo.