|“||I wonder if Claycia and I will be friends again. I have my doubts... But when I'm with Kirby, I can do anything!||”|
— Elline's Secret Diary Page 21 in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Elline is a magical paintbrush fairy who debuted in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. She is friends with Claycia, and they both preside over the clay-based world of Seventopia. She encounters Kirby when Claycia goes mad and tries to kidnap her using Grab Hands, and they both set out to return Claycia to normal.
Elline is responsible for painting the Rainbow Rope which Kirby uses to get about in Seventopia. She can also transform Kirby into one of three different forms: the Kirby Tank, Kirby Submarine, and Kirby Rocket. Since her debut appearance, she has appeared via cameos in various other Kirby games.
Elline is essentially an anthropomorphized paintbrush with wings and disembodied hands. Her torso is colored magenta and she has peach skin. She can use her brush hair to paint things and, when necessary, can transform herself into a more ordinary-looking paintbrush.
According to her concept art, Elline was planned to have feet with red shoes.
Elline is very child-like, and only truly wants to paint things that Claycia sculpts. She keeps a Secret Diary which can be collected in pieces in the Goal Game of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. She considers Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee to be friends, having had to save them from petrification when all the color was stolen from Dream Land. They in turn saved her by driving off the Grab Hands that were after her.
|Elline's video game appearances|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Supporting protagonist|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Cameo||Appears as a Sticker|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Appears as a Sticker|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Reference||One of the Rare Outfits for Artist Kirby bears her likeness.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Appears as a Character Treat.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a spirit|
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Elline is one of the primary protagonists of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. She first appears in the introductory cutscene after Claycia drains all of the color from Dream Land, appearing from a wormhole in the sky. Unfortunately for her, two Grab Hands have given chase. She is able to use her paint to revive Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee. Kirby rescues her from being grabbed once he is revived, and then Bandana Waddle Dee uses his spear to send the Grab Hands packing. She explains the situation to Kirby as he forlornly looks over the colorless apple he was about to eat. The three of them decide to head to Seventopia to catch up with Claycia and retrieve Dream Land's stolen color.
For most of the game, Elline takes the form of an ordinary paintbrush who can paint rainbow ropes for Kirby to ride upon. She accompanies Kirby during map screens and cutscenes, and at certain points, she will paint a new form for Kirby to transform into: Kirby Tank, Kirby Submarine, and Kirby Rocket. Pages of her Secret Diary can be unlocked during the Goal Game, which reveal various insights into her personality and feelings. She reveals she used to be friends with Claycia, but the latter recently began acting "strange", leading to a rift between them. She expresses a desire to become Claycia's friend again, with help from Kirby.
In The Final Battle, when Claycia finally reveals herself, Elline appears to be distraught and attempts to talk her out of her diabolical deeds, but Claycia merely smacks her away with one of her Grab Hands, leading Kirby to battle her. After the fight, her "sunglasses" are knocked off and she returns back to normal; Elline and Claycia embrace as Kirby celebrates. However, the "sunglasses" reveal themselves to actually be Dark Crafter, who was possessing Claycia all along to take the color for himself. Realizing his plan is foiled, he attempts to flee with the color in tow; while Elline panics, Claycia thinks quickly and crafts a canvas, allowing Elline to summon the Kirby Rocket and accompany him to chase after Dark Crafter.
When Dark Crafter is defeated, he relinquishes his stolen color, and Kirby and Elline return triumphant to a nervous Claycia. The three of them celebrate their real victory, and craft a Warp Star that allows them to fly home. At the end of the credits, Claycia returns Dream Land's color, and the game closes out as Elline and Claycia gift Kirby with a surplus of apples.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Artwork of Elline appears as an unlockable Sticker. She is one of the ordinary, randomly-obtained Stickers.
Super Kirby Clash
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Elline makes her Super Smash Bros. debut as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and is obtainable in World of Light. Her location is on a ribbon-like strip south of where Galeem, the Lord of Light, makes his lair before the player defeats him. She is an Advanced rank support spirit who provides the host fighter with a Fairy Bottle at the start of battles, likely a reference to her spritely nature. In the Spirit Battle, she is portrayed by a tiny Palutena, and several, round, ball-shaped items spawn on the battlefield, probably referring to Kirby's ball-like appearance in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Elline's spirit can also be obtained by summoning her with the spirits or cores of Smeargle and Wanda.
- According to Shinya Kumazaki, Elline was considered as a Dream Friend for Kirby Star Allies, along with other characters such as Drawcia, Shadow Kirby, and Galacta Knight, but ultimately wasn't chosen due to a rule that was established soon after, which excluded characters from spin-off games.
Self-portrait from her Secret Diary
Concept artwork of Elline from the Kirby Art & Style Collection
Miiverse illustration commemorating Kirby's 23rd birthday
Elline using a canvas to transform Kirby into the Kirby Tank
The Elline Clay Style Rare Hat in Kirby Fighters 2
Elline in the book It's Kirby Time: Thank You
Kirby JP Twitter illustrations
Names in other languages
From「塗り絵」(nurie, coloring) spelled in backwards
ài lì nī
Transliteration of the Japanese name.
Transliteration of the Japanese name.
- "There were other characters that we wanted to make special guest appearances, like Drawcia, Elline, Shadow Kirby, Galacta Knight, and so on. But we established a certain rule for our selection process. The rule was to select one character from each title in the main action games over the years, the so-called core Kirby games, the equivalent to numbered sequels." –Shinya Kumazaki (Kotaku interview)
- From Super Kirby Clash