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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 Susie's boss (and father). He is the main antagonist of the 2016 3DS videogame Kirby: Planet Robobot.

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 dark blue suit with a pink collar 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 atop of his head, which he uses to control his golden mech. 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, is that Susanna survived, but never took his time off the development of the Star Dream to realize his secretary Susie was actually is daughter). Haltmann became so obsessed with completing Star Dream, he lost his mind. He had his company begin harvesting the resources of other planets, including Popstar, to use for Star Dream. Once he had finished the creation 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 any other life form. When Haltmann, after being defeated by Kirby, decides to use the power of Star Dream to obliterate Kirby, the machine corrupts Haltmann and possesses him. Susie attempts to sabotage the procedure by grabbing her father's control helmet, but she is blasted away by the machine. Star Dream, after telling its story and plans to Kirby through Haltmann, 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 and defeats it in a dogfight through the cosmos. Even when Star Dream combines with the Access Ark, Kirby and his Robobot are able to destroy Star Dream and Access Ark 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 soul is erased from the machine's memory, by pausing the screen during the first two phases of the battle, Haltmann tells Kirby how he ultimately regrets rebuilding Star Dream, saying that the "perfect" dreams are never meant to 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 helping Haltmann put himself out of his misery. 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. 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". 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.

Upon losing a fifth of his health, he lowers the central column in the battlefield, changing the arena into a straightforward one. Haltmann 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 two of the holes opposite of each other, 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.

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, and fires six Susie drones at the beginning instead of four.

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Trivia

  • Haltmann has similarities to a majority of other Kirby villains:
    • Queen Sectonia: Seeks 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.
    • 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: Uses the power of a wish to get what they want. Also, the 3rd 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: Seeks ultimate power for their own personal reasons, only to get possessed by a dark entity (Dark Nebula to Daroach, Star Dream to Haltmann).
    • 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's first and middle name, Max Profitt, is an obvious play on "maximum profit", which refers to his obsession with expensive machinery and focusing to make the highest profit possible.
  • In a secret cutscene unlocked upon completing the game 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.
  • The helmet Haltmann uses to control Star Dream is believed to feed off of his worst memories, explaining why he never recognized Susie as his daughter once she returned.
  • Haltmann is so rich he has his own type of currency, with his and Susie's faces implanted on dollars.
  • Haltmann is voiced by Mugihito, who is known for voicing Sigma in the Mega Man X series.
  • Haltmann is presumably the only Kirby villain to not only die, but to be erased from existence.

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