In these dark times, gaming's left with only one character as genuinely pure and innocent as his appearance would suggest: HAL's Kirby. At age 16, Kirby is hardly the pimply, sullen teenager one might expect. He's still bright, happy, and, above all, pink. Most videogame characters his age have a few skeletons in their closets or seem to be trying a little too hard to fit in with the space marines of the world.
But Kirby is as uncomplicated as his physique, which resembles a fat friendly ghost or a stomach on legs -- provided stomachs have stubby little arms and peer at the world through soulful black eyes, that is. Kirby came into his digital world blessedly free of backstory and baggage, and that hasn't changed over the years.