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Well... allow me to elaborate. In compliance with the business plan drafted by Star Dream... effective today, you are... terminated!
~ Haltmann engaging his fight against Kirby.
You ungrateful native! You need to be taught your place! Savages! Savages! Savages! SAVAGES! You're all wild savages! Your insolence must be punished! Watch me activate Star Dream, the most powerful machine in existence. And you filthy natives will be... eradicated!
~ Haltmann after losing his fight with Kirby.

President Max Proffit Haltmann is the head of the Haltmann Works Company and the primary antagonist of the 2016 3DS videogame Kirby: Planet Robobot.

He was voiced by Mugihito, who also voiced Sigma in the Mega Man X series.

Appearance

Haltmann has the appearance of a pale egg with disembodied hands and feet. He has solid cyan eyes with lavender colored hair and mustache. He wears a pink suit with a dark blue coat and a maroon tie. His hands are covered with bright purple gloves with gold-encrusted rubies and his feet are covered with brown boots. He also wears a golden radio piece covering his right ear, which he uses to control his golden mech, turning into shades whenever he activates it. When possessed by Star Dream, his eyes turn from cyan to bright yellow.

History

Many years ago, Haltmann began studying the most advanced technology in the world, and stumbled upon an ancient supercomputer known as Star Dream, a machine powerful enough to grant wishes. Tragedy unfortunately strikes when an accident occurred during a test run of the Mother Computer and Haltmann's daughter, Susanna, vanished, leaving Haltmann to believe she perished. Devastated from the loss of his child, Haltmann decided to rebuild Star Dream to make his wish to see his daughter again come true (little did Haltmann know, was that Susanna survived, but by the time the Mother Computer managed to bring her back from Another Dimension, Haltmann used his control helmet to transfer enough of his memories into Star Dream to recognize Susanna as his daughter). Haltmann's obsession with reactivating Star Dream led him to use its control helmet many times, resulting in him losing all memories of Susanna. He had his company begin harvesting the resources of other planets, including Popstar, to use for Star Dream, turning them into mechanical wastelands. Once he had completed the reactivation of the wish granting machine, he was satisfied, but in the middle of all his glory, Haltmann was confronted by Kirby.

What Haltmann didn't know, though, was that Star Dream had been studying the cosmos through the Haltmann Works Company and had secretly grown a mind of its own and a distaste for every organic life form. When Haltmann, after being defeated by Kirby, decides to use the power of Star Dream to obliterate Kirby. Susie attempts to sabotage the procedure by stealing her father's control helmet, planning to sell Star Dream for profit, but she is blasted away by the machine. Star Dream, after taking possession of Haltmann, tells its story and plans to Kirby through the unconscious president, bursts from its pedestal, and out into the cosmos to eradicate all life. Kirby is later able to pursue Star Dream using a combination of his Robobot Armor made by Susie and the Halberd, defeating it in a dogfight throughout outer space. Even when it combines with the Access Ark, Kirby and his Robobot are able to destroy Star Dream by drilling through the two machines (Kirby destroys the metallic heart of Star Dream in the True Arena), destroying them for good. It is unknown if Haltmann survived the explosion or not.

However, during the boss fight with Star Dream Soul OS (the final boss of the True Arena), before Haltmann's mind is erased from the machine's programing, by pausing the screen during the second and third phases of the battle, Haltmann tells Kirby how he ultimately regrets rebuilding Star Dream, saying that no machine is capable of making a wish like his come true, and all he really wanted to accomplish was to see his daughter one last time. When Kirby faces against Star Dream's heart, Haltmann's screams can be heard as each of the thirteen pillars are destroyed, meaning that Kirby is erasing the remnants of Haltmann's soul from the malicious computer. When the heart finally shatters into pieces, Haltmann screams are heard distorted and slowed before suddenly stopping; the last trace of Haltmann is erased from existence.

Personality

Haltmann, before losing his mind from his obsession with Star Dream, was a kind and gentle businessman who put all the love and care in his company with his daughter by his side. However, after the accident that caused the separation between him and Susanna, he became a complete corrupt official, believing everyone who does not believe in Star Dream's power to grant wishes is an obstacle in his way and must be "punished". His maniacal personality is shown in his boss battle when he summons two robots to aid him in his battle against Kirby, only to destroy them himself with the power from his mech while laughing insanely. However, it is shown that Haltmann shows remorse for the protection of his company, as in sealing Star Dream's function to summon Galacta Knight, fearing it may not only destroy the Access Ark, but also a planet or two. It is only after Star Dream possess him when he realized that the machine he spent a majority of his life creating was more evil than him and begs Kirby to destroy it to save the world, even though he will die in the process.

Battle

The boss battle against Haltmann occurs immediately after Kirby defeats Mecha Knight+ in Stage 6 of Access Ark. If Kirby is defeated by Haltmann, he will be able to skip the battle with Mecha Knight+ upon reentering the boss door.

Haltmann starts the battle by firing four Susie-shaped drones that home in on Kirby. He then attaches his mech to the central platform and spins repeatedly around it before summoning more drones.

Upon losing a fifth of his health, Haltmann lowers the central column in the battlefield, changing the arena into a straightforward one. He then rises into the air, into a spot where he is invulnerable to Kirby's attacks, and summons a large robot minion to deal with Kirby. After the robot is destroyed, Haltmann comes down, charges up, then performs a spin dash across around the circumference of the stage several times, then plows straight through the middle. He does this several times, occasionally leaving stars behind for Kirby to inhale and spit back at him. Then he jumps into the air and fires a laser from the ruby attached to the bottom of his mech onto the ground, leaving a stain of fire wherever it hits. This attack repeats several times before Haltmann charges another spin attack.

When Haltmann is down to half health, he smashes a hole in the middle of the arena, making it circular again. He then fires a multitude of drones, which bombard the arena one by one in a counter-clockwise wave. Haltmann then fires a multitude of dollar bills into the air, which some partially obscure the screen, then follows up by doing a spin dash around the arena, occasionally jumping across the hole and leaving stars on impact where he lands. Afterwards, Haltmann performs a series of bounces across the arena, leaving stars wherever he lands.

When Haltmann is down to the last fifth of his health, he conjures a large hollow cube to appear in the middle of the arena. He summons two robots into the arena and jumps into the cube, causing it to fire two large beams from the two holes the robots stand before, then two more from the other two, and then all four. Haltmann then fires his mech like a drill through the cube to the opposite side of where he first drilled through. After that, he fires a multitude of drones, which bombard the arena in a counter-clockwise wave. Once his health bar is fully deplete, his mech explodes and rains down burning cash.

In the "Meta Knightmare Returns" and the "True Arena" subgames, Kirby or Meta Knight fights against Pres. Haltmann 2.0, who fights the same style as his regular form, except he moves faster, has more health, fires six Susie drones at the beginning instead of four, and the hollow cube points toward Kirby or Meta Knight whenever he drills through it.

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Trivia

  • Haltmann has similarities to a majority of other Kirby villains:
    • Queen Sectonia: Seek galaxy domination for their own personal reasons, only to be betrayed by their most trusted servant (Taranza to Sectonia, Susie to Haltmann).
      • Sectonia, however, betrayed Taranza for he outlived his purpose.
      • Also, both have portraits and statues of themselves decorating the first stage of the final area.
    • Claycia: Originally started out good, but an accident causes them to go hungry for power and possessed by a darker figure (Dark Crafter to Claycia, Star Dream to Haltmann). Claycia, however, only turned crazy after she was possessed by Dark Crafter.
    • Marx: Use the power of a wish to get what they want. Also, the third phase of Star Dream's boss fight looks strikingly similar to Nova, the wish making machine Marx used to try to control the universe, only to be stopped by Kirby. Star Dream may actually be a reconstructed Nova since it was destroyed after Marx crashed into it.
    • Daroach: Seek ultimate power for their own personal reasons, only to get possessed by a dark entity (Dark Nebula to Daroach, Star Dream to Haltmann). Daroach, however, redeemed himself after Dark Nebula is destroyed, which Haltmann does not.
    • Yin-Yarn, Zero, Dark Matter, Dark Mind, Lord Nightmare, Magolor: Seek to conquer the entire galaxy and killing/possessing every person who refuses to obey them. They appear to almost succeed, only to be defeated by Kirby before any harm could be done.
  • Haltmann shares similarities to other Nintendo villains:
    • Count Bleck: Both originally were ordinary civilians turned corrupted by the loss of their most beloved special figure and attempt to destroy everything that took them away (Haltman for Susanna, Bleck for Tipani).
    • Lusamine: Both are wealthy presidents of their companies who lose a special figure from their life to an alternate dimension while conducting experiments (Haltmann lost his daughter while Lusamine lost her husband). Both but were eventually controlled by the same thing that took their loved ones away (Star Dream for Haltmann, Nihilego for Lusamine) and eventually grew to treat it as their loved ones. By the end of the game, both fuse with the thing they valued so much, which then serves as the game's final boss.
  • Haltmann's first and middle name, Max Profitt, is an obvious play on "maximum profit", which refers to his obsession with expensive machinery and focus to make the highest profit possible. In Japanese, his name translate to "Gaines Income Haltmann".
  • In a secret cutscene unlocked upon completing a save file 100%, Haltmann is seen happily listening to Susie sing the company's theme song. It is unknown whether this took place before or after Kirby destroyed Star Dream, meaning Haltmann may have had his wish of seeing his daughter again come true.
  • Haltmann is so rich he has his own type of currency, with his and Susie's faces implanted on dollars.
  • Haltmann is presumably the only Kirby villain to not only die, but to be erased from existence.

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