Kirby's Star Stacker artwork
Kine is a fish that appears as one of Kirby's Animal Friends in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3. He can help Kirby traverse through water stages more easily. His name is derived from kai, a Japanese word for the sea. Kine also makes a cameo in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards as a statue while using the Stone Friends combo ability, and in Kirby Super Star Ultra as a statue when Kirby uses the Stone ability. He recently appeared in Kirby's Return to Dream Land as a Stone form; a statue of the three original Animal Friends.
Appearance and Characteristics
Kine is a large blue fish, resembling a stylized sunfish. His body is shaped like a semi-circle, with tall yellow dorsal and anal fins. He has clam-shaped pectoral fins, and a yellow clavus. His eyes stare vacantly outward at his front above his gaping, thick lipped mouth, generally held open.
Kine is laid back and relaxed, typically not showing any emotion outside a blank expression. However, he is very sensitive and can be easily brought to tears when something upsets him.
Kine specializes in underwater travel. He is a strong swimmer and can power through even strong currents to allow Kirby to reach places no one else can. Kine allows Kirby to inhale and spit out enemies even when submerged. While paired with Kine, Kirby will hold his place within water and will not drift to the floor. Outside of water, however, he handles like the proverbial fish and can be awkward. Kirby's Copy Abilities are changed into the following, which typically fare better than other powers underwater, especially the Burning ability, which isn't affected by water as much at other burning-based abilities:
|Burning||Kine shoots a fireball from his mouth. It disappears upon hitting an enemy, Star Block, or wall.|
|Needle||Kine surrounds himself in needles, providing slightly more range than that of Kirby's alone.|
|Spark||Kine pops a lightbulb from his mouth that can be held until the attack button is released. While active, dark rooms can be lit to reveal secrets. Releasing the attack will shoot an exploding lightbulb projectile.|
|Cutter||Kine shoots a crescent wave out in front of him that disappears after traveling a set distance.|
|Ice||Kine surrounds himself in a snow storm while retaining mobility. If held for too long, Kine will freeze, leaving him and Kirby vulnerable.|
|Parasol||Kine sticks a parasol out of his mouth, using it as a shield for a period of time.|
|Stone||Kirby turns into a stone inside of Kine. Kine is invincible for the time Kirby is transformed and will defeat enemies on contact, but is shown to be in a state of discomfort.|
Between games, Kine was improved in terms of mobility. In addition to his strong water mobility, his size allows him to crush smaller foes when jumped upon. Kine can swim against jet streams to reach valuable items. Enemies can still be inhaled and spat out as normal when submerged as when out of the water. When carrying Gooey, his tongue attack is still used in place of suction. Kine's vertical leap reaches four blocks, one higher than Kirby manages on his own. Kine's land speed was increased, making him as fast as any other character. Additionally, when Kirby or Gooey separate from the fish, he would rocket them out from his mouth. In this game, Kirby's Copy Abilities are changed into the following:
|Burning||In Kirby's Dream Land 3, the fireballs can now go through Star Blocks.|
|Needle||The move is unchanged from Kirby's Dream Land 2.|
|Spark||In Kirby's Dream Land 3, the bulb will not launch out of Kine's mouth. Instead, it will explode after a while.|
|Cutter||The move is unchanged from Kirby's Dream Land 2.|
|Ice||In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kine will freeze immediately and drop to the ground when using this move.|
|Parasol||In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kine will stick the parasol upwards, slowing his fall. He is free to move around while he is using this move.|
|Stone||The move is unchanged from Kirby's Dream Land 2.|
|Clean||A plunger comes out of Kine's mouth and grabs enemies before throwing them. This move acts similarly to Kirby's inhale.|
There is a female fish that is introduced in this game, Mine, who is Kine's wife.
When the player mixes the Stone and Cutter abilities, Kirby gains the mix ability Stone Friends, which lets him turn into statues of any of his past animal friends, including Kine. However, the Kine statue is useless, as it can only turn around. It will not even move (besides turning around) in or under water. This is reminiscent of the Stone ability in many Kirby games.
In the Kirby Brawlball sub-game, Kine rests at the bottom of the pinball machine. He saves Kirby from falling into the sink once before disappearing, and he comes back if Kirby activates all the switches along the top of the machine.
Kine also appears in the Kirby Quest sub-game along with the other two original Animal Friends if Kirby loses a battle.
Sometimes, if Kirby uses Stone, he transforms into a statue of the original Animal Friends. Also, a remix of his theme from Kirby's Dream Land 2 plays in Stage 1 of Onion Ocean.
Kine appears in the sub game Kirby Fighters. In the Coo's Forest stage, he'll occasionally come out of doors and flop around before going back in the same door.
|English Voice||Darren Dunstan|
|Japanese Voice||Nobuo Tobita|
Kine has a few appearances in the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. He has a crush on Tiff, mainly because she's near the shoreline a lot. His first appearance was in the 2nd episode, where he bumps into Kirby as Kirby is swimming towards the surface of the lake, causing him to cough up his Stone Ability. He was tricked by King Dedede into revealing the location of the Rainbow Coral Reef to him in exchange to be able to move on land. Dedede kept his promise... somewhat, as Kine was put into a giant fish tank on wheels. When Kine told Tiff that Dedede put him up to this in exchange for the location of the Rainbow Coral Reef, he found out that Dedede was going to destroy the reef to build a new castle. He was played like a fool, and so helped out when Kirby went into the sea to stop him. He also stopped Tiff and Tuff from drowning when their submarine was destroyed (by a torpedo shot from King Dedede's submarine) by creating large air bubbles. In the end, Kine still pines for his next date with Tiff. This would later turn into a running gag with the character. Kine is friends with Joe, who chases King Dedede and Escargoon away when their follies end up with them falling into the sea.
In other appearances, Kine helps Kirby in the water (or rather: out of it) normally when he was pushed or thrown into the sea. He always asks how Tiff is and when their next date will be. In the episode, Tokkori., he said that he'd have preferred to be helping Tiff out instead of Kirby and
- On the pause menu of Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star, there is a fish that resembles Kine in the right side.
- Kine makes a cameo appearance in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, along with Rick and Coo, when Kirby is transforming into Kirby Submarine.
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