|Majū Tsuinberosu (Magic Beast Twinbellows)
Twinbellows (ツインベロス Tsuinberosu), is a large, two-headed dog that is a recurring boss of the Kid Icarus series. Its body is engulfed in flames and is the very first boss that Pit faces in the series. It is referred to as "the Underworld's faithful watchdog".
Twinbellows is a large, demonic dog that lives within the dark caverns of the Underworld. In Kid Icarus, it was bright red in color, with yellow spikes running along its back (which are missing in its artwork). It also had a fiery mane, which was not visible in-game. In Kid Icarus: Uprising, its body is darker red, with much of its fur engulfed in flames. It is shown that the beast was formerly chained down since it has a large, metal brace with a broken chain attached to its left paw. Both of its heads also wear similar-looking spiked collars with chains dangling down from them. In addition, Twinbellows wears bone armor along its back, with funnel-like spouts that shoot flames running along its spine.
In the first Kid Icarus, Twinbellows is the Gatekeeper of the Underworld Fortress and the Three Sacred Treasures' Sacred Casket that lies within. Twinbellows travels slowly, spewing fireballs at Pit; these fireballs generally pass overhead and Pit's opening to attack is when Twinbellows is readying another shot.
The Gatekeeper of the Underworld fortress. A devil dog with two heads. Its body is wrapped in fire, and spits out bullets of magma energy.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pit fights Twinbellows in a colosseum within a town of the first chapter, The Return of Palutena. Twinbellows is much larger compared to its previous appearance, and reprises its role as the first boss of the game. Its attacks include a swipe, a charge (if this misses, it is stunned for a moment from the collision with the colosseum wall), and various fire breath attacks.
A two headed dog (hence the name) that guards the Underworld. Medusa unleashes Twinbellows during an assault on a human city, using magic to supersize the bicephalous puppy. But, for Pit, the louder they bark, the harder they fall.
NES Remix 2
Twinbellows appears as a boss in a Kid Icarus challenge in NES Remix 2.
Super Smash Bros. series
NA Version: Twinbellows is a flame-engulfed, demonic, doglike beast unleashed by Medusa during her attack on a human city. Its roar heralds a crimson fire that consumes everything in its path. If you hear both heads roaring, prepare yourself—this beast is definitely drawing near.
PAL Version: Unleashed by Medusa during an assault on a human city, the Underworld's fiery guard dog is a fearsome creature. People associate the sound of its roar with the sight of cities being burned to the ground. If you hear two roars at the same time, stay on your toes - it might be nearby.
In a CoroCoro magazine one-shot manga used to promote Uprising, Twinbellows is in a colosseum commanding Underworld monsters. It is able to talk, use its fiery armor to negate Pit's attacks, and use its sharp sense of smell to detect Pit when its eyes are filled with rubble. Pit counters it by using the First Blade's shots to launch himself onto the air to dodge Twinbellows’s attacks, causing the dog to damage the colosseum and become trapped in the rubble.
Twinbellows artwork from Kid Icarus
A full CG version of Twinbellows from the North American commercial of Uprising
- Twinbellows appears to be take inspiration from both Orthrus, the double-headed guard dog owned by Geryon, and its brother, Cerberus, the three-headed hellhound that guarded the gates of Hades.
- Twinbellows's Japanese name appears to be a portmanteau of the words, "twin" (ツイン tsuin), and "Cerberus" (ケルベロス Keruberosu).
- Of all the returning bosses from the original NES game, Twinbellows is the only boss not to receive a speaking voice in Uprising.
- Official descriptions such as Twinbellows's Idol call the monster an "it", while in-game dialogue from Uprising refers to Twinbellows as a "he".
- Twinbellows's Idol description possibly references the size of his sprite in the original Kid Icarus (where he was around Pit's height), as it mentions that Medusa resized him when she attacked the town.
Names in other languages
|From Cerbére, French form of Cerberus
|From Flamm (flame) and Cerberus
|The prefix bi- and Cerberus
|From Ortro, Spanish form of Orthrus
|Classic Kid Icarus series enemies and bosses
|Collin • Commyloose • Daphne • EelEye • Eggplant Wizard • Erinus • Ganewmede • Girin • Hewdraw • Holer • Keepah • Keron • Kobil • Komayto • McGoo • Medusa • Mick • Minos • Moila • Monoeye • Monolith • Nettler • Octos • Pandora • Pluton • Pluton Fly • Reaper • Rokman • Shemum • Shulm • Snowman • Specknose • Syren • Tamambo • Tanatos • Totem • Tros • Twinbellows • Uranos • Zuree
|Of Myths and Monsters
|Bat • Big Toe • Busy Bee • Cyclops Hopper • Cyclops Skull • Eggplant Wizard • Fire Serpent • Fireball • Fuzz Ball • Globe • Gruff • Gubble • King Krab • Komayto • Lunus • Merc • Minotaur • Monolith • Octus • Orcos • Putt • Pythagoras • Reaper • Shadow Mask • Skullwing • Slime • Snake • Spitball Blob • Spunky • Sticky Talon • Stone Golem • Totem • Wormser