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Kirby the Vacuum Cleaner
The Kirby
Background information
Feature films The Brave Little Toaster
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Thurl Ravenscroft (English)
Jacek Czyz (Polish)
Mario Adorf (German)
Hisashiro Ogura (Japanese)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Chrome-dome
Carpet Breath
Sir Vac
The Gruff(/Crotchety Old/Vacuous) Vacuum (Cleaner)/Hoover)
(Ol') Baggy (Eyes)
Personality Grouchy, stubborn, good-hearted, brave, negative, cynical, pessimistic, reluctant
Occupation Household appliance
One of Toaster's gang members
Alignment Good
Goal To find the master
Home Cottage
Allies His boss Toaster, Lampy, Blanky, Radio, his "master" Rob, Chris, Ratso, Microwave
Enemies Elmo St.Peters, Cutting-Edge Appliances (sometimes), Giant Magnet, the Crane, Crusher, Mack
Likes Being alone (sometimes), music
Dislikes Being annoyed, dust, cat litter
Powers and abilities Can make his face disappear when spotted by humans, hinted to be the strongest of the group
Fate Rides off with the master with the others.
Quote "Oh, boy. You're tellin' me."
"I just know I'm gonna regret this."
"Ah, you're all a bunch of junk."

(The) Kirby is an upright Kirby vacuum cleaner from Disney's 1987 film The Brave Little Toaster based on the Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80 vacuum cleaner from 1969. He is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft in the first film and its sequels.


In the first film, Kirby reluctantly joins the appliances on a mission to find Rob, who is referred to them as "the Master." While although seemingly cantankerous and bossy towards the others, he actually cares very much about them, and risks his life to save them more than once. Kirby cannot help but keep up the appearance that he is independent and being held back by the others.


Being grumpy and stubborn, Kirby doesn't hang around much with the other appliances until near the very end of the first movie. He utterly despises Blanky and his overly emotional personality. Kirby starts to soften up as the film progresses. In the movie's sequels, he is more laid-back and closer to his fellow appliances.


  • Kirby is named after the brand "Kirby," but when in the novel, he is named after the brand "Hoover."
  • In Disch's original novella The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, the Kirby and Lampy stayed behind while Toaster, Radio and Blanky went on the mission. In the film, they join them on the quest.
  • There is a cameo of Kirby and friends in the series The Oz Kids in the episode "Christmas in Oz".


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