|Under water, Kine can get the job done. Strong currents are no problem! Kine's a great swimmer.|
— Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instruction booklet
Kine is one of Kirby's original three Animal Friends, where he debuted alongside Rick and Coo in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and returned in Kirby's Dream Land 3. He is a large, blue ocean sunfish with yellow fins, orange lips, and a pair of big, round eyes that are usually wide open. Despite being rarely seen throughout the Kirby series, Kine appears as a recurring character in the anime, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kine makes his first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2 as one of Kirby's three Animal Friends. He is first encountered in the second stage of Ripple Field, where Master Green is guarding him, making him the last of the three friends to be found by Kirby. Apart from appearing in a number of stages, the sunfish is also seen in four level intros: in the Ripple Field intro, he unites with Kirby after being fed an apple; in Iceberg, Kirby leaves him behind in favor of Rick; in Cloudy Park, he lodges onto Kirby while the latter is stuck in a cloud; and finally, in Dark Castle, he apparently falls asleep as Kirby and his friends are preparing to enter the castle.
When teamed up with Kine, Kirby is contained inside the sunfish's mouth. Being a fish, the latter is at a disadvantage on land, where he moves slower than other friends and continuously makes small hops while "walking"; despite this, his jumping skills are equal to those of Rick. Kine's main strengths become apparent underwater, however: while paired up with him, Kirby may inhale foes while underwater and is also capable of swimming much faster than usual by repeatedly pressing the A button while diving. This increased swimming speed lets Kirby and Kine bypass strong currents, enabling them to reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible, as well as making certain sections of stages easier to survive.
Like other Animal Friends, Kine will enhance any Copy Ability that Kirby possesses while the two are traveling together, turning it into a new, unique power. Unlike other abilities in the game, all of Kine's combination abilities can be used underwater to their full extent.
|Burning||Kine spits large fireballs from his mouth, which slowly travel in a straight line.|
|Cutter||Lets Kine spit a crescent-shaped laser from his mouth, which grows as it travels further.|
|Ice||Freezes enemies around Kine. Using the power for too long temporarily turns Kine into an ice cube, paralyzing him.|
|Needle||Using this power causes Kirby and Kine to grow spikes all around them.|
|Parasol||A large parasol appears from Kine's mouth, which can be used as a shield for a limited time.|
|Spark||A light bulb appears from Kine's mouth, which can harm foes and illuminate dark areas, revealing hidden doors. Letting go of the B button launches it forward, exploding when it collides with something or the button is pressed again.|
|Stone||Lets Kirby assume his stone form inside Kine, making him sink downwards and defeat enemies.|
Kirby's Star Stacker
Kine returns in Kirby's Star Stacker, alongside the other two friends from the previous game. Just like the other animals, he appears as one of the three types of Friend Blocks essential for destroying the various other kinds of blocks. As such, it acts identically to the other two Friend Blocks but requires other Kine blocks for a reaction to take place.
Apart from being an integral gameplay element, the sunfish is also seen in the various "time out" cutscenes between rounds, where he makes small hops while moving like in Kirby's Dream Land 2, as well as in two of the pictures unlocked by completing certain modes. Finishing Very Hard! mode shows him and Kirby riding across the sea in pirate costumes, and he is seen together with the other Animal Friends in the pictures awarded for completing Super Hard and Insane!.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kine makes a reappearance, once again acting as an Animal Friend for Kirby to unite with. He is located in the third stage of Grass Land alongside Coo, once more making him one of the final friends to be found. The fish is also seen in the intro of Ripple Field, where he quarrels with ChuChu over which of the two gets to stay united with Kirby, as well as the Hyper Zone intro, where he, together with the other friends and King Dedede, watches as Kirby ascends into space.
Up to and including his ability to bypass water currents, Kine acts the same in this game as he does in his debut appearance, but possesses a slightly different array of combination abilities. He is the preferred target of the blue Propeller enemy, causing it to move faster. Abandoning Kine in favor of a different friend causes him to look devastated, tears appearing in his eyes.
|Burning||Kine spits a ring of fire from his mouth, which slowly travels in a straight line and breaks Star Blocks without stopping.|
|Clean||While the Y button is held, a plunger protrudes from Kine's mouth. All enemies touched by the plunger will stick to it; these can be pushed into other enemies to harm them or launched as projectiles by letting go of the button.|
|Cutter||Lets Kine spit a crescent-shaped laser from his mouth, which destroys Star Blocks without stopping and shrinks as it travels further until it has fully disappeared.|
|Ice||Temporarily turns Kine into an immobile, invincible block of ice that slams onto the ground and freezes all enemies it touches. Using the power while dashing causes him to slide until he thaws.|
|Needle||Using this power causes Kirby and Kine to grow spikes all around them.|
|Parasol||Kine turns to face upwards as a large parasol appears from his mouth, which guards him against attacks from above and slows his fall.|
|Spark||A light bulb appears in Kine's mouth while the Y button is held, which can harm foes and briefly illuminate dark areas, revealing hidden doors and symbols. The bulb breaks after a few seconds, keeping it from giving light; letting go of the button and then activating the ability again fixes it.|
|Stone||Lets Kirby assume his stone form in Kine's mouth, making the fish face downwards and slam onto the ground.|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Although Kine does not appear in person in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, using the Stone-Cutter Power Combo sometimes causes Kirby to transform into an invincible sculpture of him upon activating the ability. Unlike the other statues, the Kine form is immobile apart from being able to turn around, both on land and in water. Using the ability again while transformed shatters the sculpture, returning Kirby to his regular form.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kine, alongside the other friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2, appears as a statue once more, this time being one of the possible results of using the Stone ability. The Kine sculpture is completely immobile and behaves identically to all other Stone forms, differing from them only in looks.
Kine also cameos in the sub-game Kirby Card Swipe alongside with the other Animal Friends.
Kirby Mass Attack
Kine makes a cameo in the Kirby Mass Attack sub-game Kirby Brawlball, a Pinball game with Kirby elements. The sunfish acts as the "stopper" between the flippers at the bottom of the main playing area, serving as a "safety net" by catching Kirby (the ball) in his mouth and spitting him out again when he would otherwise have fallen through the drain. Afterward, Kine disappears and can only be reactivated by hitting all three mole-like targets on each side of the lower area. Kine is also responsible for bringing a second Kirby into play if the slot machine stops on three Kirbies by spitting the surplus one into the playing field.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kine once more cameos as a Stone transformation in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Instead of receiving his own, separate statue, however, he is part of a sculpture consisting of all three of Kirby's original Animal Friends (Kine, Rick and Coo). Expectably, this result only differs from other Stone forms in appearance.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kine appears as a stage hazard on the Coo's Forest stage of the Kirby Fighters subgame. In this appearance, Kine just flops on the ground, having no special attack that can harm the fighters. Colliding with Kine does 16 damage to the fighters as per with other Animal Friends that appear on the stage.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kine's cameo in the Kirby Submarine transformation.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kine cameos in this title, appearing in the background in the hub area, sleeping on a bench.
Kirby Battle Royale
Kine can be seen in the audience in the Slam Hockey battle mode.
Kirby Star Allies
- Main article: Rick & Kine & Coo
Kine appears as a Dream Friend, rolled together with Rick and Coo into a single playable character. Kine appears when swimming, and can use ice powers in the water, though doing this for too long will freeze him. Kine is a much faster swimmer than the other characters, though, on land, he can only flop around. When flopping around on land, he can provide the Splash element and put out fires.
- Main article: A Fish Called Kine
Kine is a recurring character in the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He is shown to have a crush on Tiff, one of Kirby's friends, with the episode A Fish Called Kine particularly focusing on this. Kine is portrayed as being somewhat dim-witted and stubborn but also loving and determined.
The following is a complete list of all of Kine's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:
|Kine's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|A Blockbuster Battle||Tertiary character||(No dialogue)||Kine appears only briefly during the underwater scene where Kirby is swimming back up after defeating Blocky.|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Tertiary character||"Kirby, hurry, dive into the water! It can't get ya if you stay under!"||This is Kine's first speaking role in the series.|
|A Fish Called Kine||Primary character||"A lot of fish are very educated because we spend so much time in schools!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Tertiary character||"No offense, but I sure wish it was Tiff I was rescuing instead of you guys!"|
|Escar-Gone||Tertiary character||"Hey, Kirby! Who's that guy?"|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Tertiary character||"Huh? Where are they going?"|
|Tourist Trap||Tertiary character||"Kirby, does Tiff ever ask about me?"|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Tertiary character||(no dialogue)|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Tertiary character||"Hey, Tiff! This is a friend of mine, and I asked him to catch these guys for ya!"|
|A Whale of a Tale||Primary character||"Don't talk to me that way, Tiff! It frightens me! I have nightmares about waking up with a side order of fries!"|
|Caterpillar Thriller||Tertiary character||*screaming*|
Kirby's Dream Land 2
- 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "This fish is a very strong swimmer. When you ride in his mouth, press A to increase his swimming strength and pass through even the strongest currents without being swept away. With Kine's help, you are able to inhale while underwater."
- A remix of Kine's theme song from Kirby's Dream Land 2 can be heard in the first stage of Onion Ocean in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- In the anime, Kine is the only frequently-recurring character who does not appear in Kirby: Fright to the Finish or any of its constituent episodes.
Burning + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
Cutter + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
Ice + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
Needle + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
Parasol + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
Spark + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
Stone + Kine artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
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