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Elline KatRC artwork.png
Artwork of Elline from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
First appearance Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015)
Latest appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot (as a Sticker)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a Spirit)
Super Kirby Clash (as a Sticker)
Kirby Fighters 2 (reference)
Similar Adeleine, Elfilin, Mr. Star, Pirika, Ribbon
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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.

Physical appearance[edit]

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's personal profile, from her Secret Diary.

Elline is very child-like, and only truly wants to paint things that Claycia sculpts. While not much can be gleaned from her personality in-game, she keeps a Secret Diary which can be collected in pieces in the Goal Game, which sheds some light on her inner thoughts. After rescuing Kirby and Waddle Dee from petrification (and being rescued from the Grab Hands that were pursuing her), she considers them her friends.

Game appearances[edit]

Elline's video game appearances  
Kirby series
Game Role Notes
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[edit]

Elline meeting up with Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee after Popstar's colors are stolen.

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.

Elline and Claycia reuniting after Claycia is freed from Dark Crafter's influence.

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[edit]

Artwork of Elline appears as an unlockable Sticker. She is one of the ordinary, randomly-obtained Stickers.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

Artwork of Elline appears as a Sticker purchasable from Magolor's Shoppe. It costs 20 Gem Apples and is unlocked from the start. The caption for her sticker reads "Together!"

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

One of the Rare Hats for Artist Kirby, "Elline Clay Style", is based on her likeness.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Elline appears as a Character Treat, using her artwork from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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.



Kirby JP Twitter illustrations[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エリーヌ
From「」(nurie, coloring) spelled in backwards
Chinese 艾莉妮[2]
ài lì nī
Transliteration of the Japanese name.
Dutch Elline -
French Éline Eline
German Eline Eline
Italian Elline -
Korean 엘린
Transliteration of the Japanese name.
Portuguese Eline Eline
Russian Эллин[3]
Spanish Eline Eline


  1. "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)
  2. From Super Kirby Clash
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate