|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 an ocean sunfish and one of Kirby's six Animal Friends, making his first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is distinguished by his bright blue body, wide circular eyes, and gaping mouth, big enough to fit Kirby inside when they travel together. Pairing up Kine with Kirby allows for a number of different methods of attack based on what Copy Ability the pink puffball has, though these vary heavily in effectiveness.
Kine makes his most prominent appearances in Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby Star Allies, where he is a playable character (though always paired up with either Kirby, Gooey, or another Animal Friend). He has appeared in a large number of other games as well, though he rarely makes more than a cameo appearance, and is seldom seen in isolation from Rick and Coo. Kine also has a supporting role in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, where he has the ability to speak in full sentences and develops a crush on Tiff.
Kine bears the distinctive shape of the ocean sunfish: a wide but flat circular blue body, with large circular eyes and a gaping mouth with heavy lips on one side, triangular yellow dorsal and ventral fins, and wide but stubby limbs and tail. This bodily configuration serves him well enough in the water - where he can swim with great speed - but on land, it leaves him clumsy, only able to hop about slowly. This clumsiness is particularly notable when he is paired up with Kirby and the other Animal Friends in cutscenes, where he is often the last in line, and often snubbed in favor of the typically more versatile Rick and Coo, who can sometimes be seen bullying him. Like the other Animal Friends, Kine is always angling to get Kirby to travel with him, and can be seen sobbing when Kirby picks someone else as a companion. Kine is particularly fond of apples, and likes to play with them in cutscenes. He also has a tendency to latch onto Kirby using his mouth, whether Kirby wants him to or not.
|Kine's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Supporting playable character|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy||Supporting character and puzzle element|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Supporting playable character|
|Kirby's Star Stacker for Super Famicom||Supporting character and puzzle element|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Reference||Depicted as one of Stone-Cutter Kirby's transformations.|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Reference||Appears as a drawing in Paint Panic.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Reference||Appears as one of Stone Kirby's transformations and as a card in Kirby Card Swipe.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Cameo||Appears in Kirby Brawlball and Kirby Quest.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Cameo||Appears in one of Stone Kirby's transformations.|
|Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||Various||Appears in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3, and has cameos and references in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby's History.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Cameo||Appears in two of the keychains and as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage in Kirby Fighters.|
|Kirby Fighters Deluxe||Cameo||Appears as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage.|
|Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||Reference||Kirby briefly resembles Kine when Elline is turning him into the Kirby Submarine. Kine also appears in the Secret Diary.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Reference||Kine is depicted in two stickers.|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe||Cameo||Appears in the background in the Village after the player makes sufficient progress through the game.|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Cameo||Appears in the audience in the Stretch Arena of Slam Hockey.|
|Kirby Star Allies||Supporting playable character||Appears alongside Rick and Coo as one of the playable Dream Friends. Also appears in two of the Celebration Pictures.|
|Super Kirby Clash||Cameo||Appears in the background in the Port Village after the player makes sufficient progress through the game.|
|Kirby Fighters 2||Cameo||Appears as a hazard in the Coo's Forest stage.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo||Appears as a support spirit.|
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 latches 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 as his method of "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, and makes 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.|
Kine can be liberated in the following levels and stages:
|Kine locations in Kirby's Dream Land 2|
|Stage||Grass Land||Big Forest||Ripple Field||Iceberg||Red Canyon||Cloudy Park||Dark Castle|
Kirby's Star Stacker
Kine returns in Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy, alongside the other two friends (Rick and Coo) 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 three of the pictures unlocked by completing certain modes. Finishing 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 first 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: Canvas Curse
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 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 Kirbys by spitting the surplus one into the playing field.
Kine also appears in the sub-game Kirby Quest, where he appears alongside Rick and Coo in the "game over" screen.
In Kirby Brawlball, Kine appears as a temporary drain stopper, and shoots Kirby back up should he fall in.
Kine appears alongside Rick and Coo in the game over screen for Kirby Quest.
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). As expected, this result only differs from other Stone forms in appearance and size.
Notably, while not counting as an appearance of Kine himself, his theme song is used in some stages in Onion Ocean.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Kine makes a number of appearances: naturally this includes his roles in the games featured in the collection, but he also appears in places in the Kirby's History hallway, and has a few appearances in the Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book as well.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kine appears as a stage hazard on the Coo's Forest stage of the Kirby Fighters sub-game of Kirby: Triple Deluxe. 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.
Kine also appears in two keychains. The first depicts him with Kirby in Kirby's Dream Land 2, and the other shows him and Kirby performing the combination Spark attack in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Lastly, the Stone sculpture featuring Kine from Kirby's Return to Dream Land returns in this game.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe / Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kine's cameo in the Kirby Submarine transformation.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kine makes an appearance on two stickers in Kirby: Planet Robobot. One is based on artwork of him with Kirby from Kirby's Dream Land 2, and the other is artwork of his Friend Block from Kirby's Star Stacker on Game Boy.
Additionally, the Stone sculpture featuring Kine from Kirby: Triple Deluxe returns in this game.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe / Super Kirby Clash
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
- Main article: Rick & Kine & Coo
Kine appears as a Dream Friend in Kirby Star Allies, 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 Power Effect and put out fires. When underwater, he can use his "Ice Kine" power to supply the Blizzard effect, though being able to position properly to grant it to allies can be tricky.
Kine also appears in two of the Celebration Pictures, namely "A Dream Above the Clouds" and "Crazy Mischief in the Stars".
Lastly, Kine appears alongside Rick and Coo in one of Kirby or Rocky's Stone transformations, contained inside a Protective Bag. This particular form is always the result when Rock Painter is used on Rick & Kine & Coo.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kine appears as a ★★ support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using his artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3. He supplies the "Toss & Meteor" bonus and takes up one slot. He can be purchased from the vault shop for 1000G or via battling on the Spirit Board. In the spirit battle, the player is pitted against a blue Kirby and Squirtle, the latter of whom represents Kine.
Role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- 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. Unlike in the games, Kine has very little to do with Kirby directly, and is unable to survive for long on land, as would be expected for a fish. He is also somewhat smaller than he is in the games.
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!|
|Episode||Image||Role||Role details||Selected quote||Notes|
|A Blockbuster Battle||Tertiary character||Kine shows up briefly in an underwater scene, watching as Kirby swims back to the surface after defeating Blocky.||(No dialogue)|
|Kirby's Egg-Cellent Adventure||Tertiary character||Kine shows up when Kirby is being chased by Dyna Blade near the seaside. He tells Kirby to get in the water to evade Dyna Blade, though this does not ultimately end up working.||"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||This is Kine's first proper role in the series. In it, he attempts to express his deeply-held affection for Tiff to her, but is rebuffed when she points out that she can't breathe water, and he can't go on land, making a relationship difficult. Kine finds a way around this by making a deal with King Dedede to give him a mobile fish tank in exchange for revealing the location of the Rainbow Coral Reef. Seeing Kine in the tank, Tiff is forced by her own promise to go on a date with Kine through Dream Land, but this ends up not going well for the fish, as he is nearly killed multiple times due to various mishaps. Later on, when learning of King Dedede's true intentions for the reef, Kine leads Kirby and his friends to it in order to put a stop to Dedede's demolition.||"A lot of fish are very educated because we spend so much time in schools!"|
|The Kirby Derby - Part II||Tertiary character||In this episode, Kine shows up in order to rescue Kirby and Tokkori after their vehicle plunges into the sea.||"No offense, but I sure wish it was Tiff I was rescuing instead of you guys!"|
|Escar-Gone||Tertiary character||When Escargoon and Kirby are at the beach, Kine shows up to visit Kirby, and asks him who he is sitting with (due to having forgotten who Escargoon is along with everyone else).||"Hey, Kirby! Who's that guy?"|
|Pink-Collar Blues||Tertiary character||In this episode, Kine shows up briefly to comment on the Waddle Dees as they march to the beach upon being expelled from Castle Dedede.||"Huh? Where are they going?"|
|Tourist Trap||Tertiary character||In this episode, King Dedede takes some tourists to the beach and spots Kine out in the water. Hoping that Kine will entertain the tourists, he tosses Kirby into the sea as a "ball", but Kine just ends up chatting with Kirby as the two float in place.||"Kirby, does Tiff ever ask about me?"|
|Kirby Takes the Cake||Tertiary character||Kine shows up briefly at Kirby's anniversary party.||(no dialogue)|
|Buccaneer Birdy||Tertiary character||Near the end of the episode, Kine shows up with Joe to stop King Dedede and Escargoon from getting away with Captain Kick's treasure. He later offers to rescue the sunken treasure for Tiff, but she declines.||"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||In this episode, Kine joins in with Kirby and his friends to help locate the lost whale's missing family. He and Kirby ultimately end up succeeding in reuniting the whale calf with its mother.||"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||In this episode, Kine can be seen reacting with horror upon spotting Mosugaba approach Dream Land from the sea.||*screaming*|
Kirby's Dream Land 2
- Manual bio: "Kine the fish is a great swimmer. With Kine, Kirby can swallow while in water."
- 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."
- 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.
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
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby JP Twitter commemorative illustration
Names in other languages