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On land, Kine is, well, a fish out of water! In his element, though, he can navigate through the killer currents with ease.
— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #72)

Kine is a character in the Kirby series, debuting as one of Kirby’s Animal Friends in Kirby's Dream Land 2. He is a sunfish who is best suited for water.

Physical Appearance

Kine is a large light blue (teal in the anime) 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 blue eyes stare vacantly outward at his front above his gaping, thick lipped orange mouth, generally held open.


Kirby's Dream Land 2

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.

Base Ability Description Image
Burning Kine shoots a fireball from his mouth. It disappears upon hitting an enemy, Star Block, or wall. KDL2 Burning Kine sprite.png
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Needle Kine surrounds himself in needles, providing slightly more range than that of Kirby's alone. Called Thorny attack.[1] KDL2 Needle Kine sprite.png
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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. KDL2 Spark Kine sprite.png
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Cutter Kine shoots a crescent wave out in front of him that disappears after traveling a set distance. KDL2 Cutter Kine sprite.png
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Ice Kine surrounds himself in a snow storm while retaining mobility. If held for too long, Kine will freeze, leaving him and Kirby vulnerable. KDL2 Ice Kine sprite.png
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Parasol Kine sticks a parasol out of his mouth, using it as a shield for a period of time. KDL2 Parasol Kine sprite.png
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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. KDL2 Stone Kine sprite.png
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Kirby's Dream Land 3


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 rockets them out from his mouth.

There is a female fish that is introduced in this game, Mine, who is Kine's wife.

Base Ability Name Image
Burning In Kirby's Dream Land 3, the fireballs can now go through Star Blocks. KDL3 Burning Kine sprite.png
Needle The move is unchanged from Kirby's Dream Land 2. KDL3 Needle Kine sprite.png
Spark In Kirby's Dream Land 3, the bulb will not launch out of Kine's mouth. Instead, it will explode after a while, but the broken bulb can still be used to attack enemies with. KDL3 Spark Kine sprite.png
Cutter The move is unchanged from Kirby's Dream Land 2. KDL3 Cutter Kine.png
Ice In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kine will freeze immediately and drop to the ground when using this move. KDL3 Ice Kine sprite.png
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. KDL3 Parasol Kine sprite.png

The move is unchanged from Kirby's Dream Land 2, but Kine is no longer in discomfort.

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Clean A plunger comes out of Kine's mouth and grabs enemies before throwing them. This move acts similarly to Kirby's inhale. KDL3 Clean Kine sprite.png

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Kirby's Stone + Cutter Power Combo 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.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Kine is drawn by Paint Roller in Paint Panic.

Kirby Mass Attack

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.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Sometimes, if Kirby uses Stone, he transforms into a statue of the original Animal Friends.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and Kirby Fighters 2

Kine appears in the Kirby Fighters sub-game as well as in the downloadable Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2. In the Coo's Forest stage, he'll occasionally come out of doors and flop around before going back in the same door.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Kine appears in a cameo. In the main hub, he is seen sleeping on the bench after the player defeats Landia EX. A remix of his theme from Kirby's Dream Land 2, which is based on the composition from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, can be heard in this game.

Kirby Battle Royale

Kine appears in the audience in the Slam Hockey mode in the Stretch Arena. He can be seen to the right.

Kirby Star Allies

Kine appears in Kirby Star Allies as a Dream Friend in the game's first update. He works alongside Rick and Coo as a three-in-one Dream Friend, with each character using different elements. In Kine's case, he uses the Splash and Blizzard elements.

Attack Controls Description Element Damage
Kirby Star Allies
Fish Flop ↓ + B Kine flops on the ground, doing mild damage. Splash 16 per hit
Ice Kine B underwater Kine surrounds himself with frost, freezing enemies. Due to it only being accessible in the water, this ability (alongside Kine Freeze) can only give friends the Blizzard element in specific circumstances where Kine is floating on the water's surface and the friend is standing on nearby land. Blizzard 20 per hit
Kine Freeze Hold B underwater If Kine uses Ice Kine for an extended period of time, he will be frozen into a block of ice. In this state, he can be knocked into enemies by friends. Blizzard 4 (frozen), 16 (freeze end)

Super Kirby Clash

Kine appears as a resident of the Port Village after Frost Kibble Blade has been defeated on the Seaside. He can be seen sleeping on the leftmost bench. He, alongside Rick and Coo, also appears as a sticker, which can be purchased from the Shoppe for 20 Gem Apples.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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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 a cameo near the end of 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 would get his first major role in A Fish Called Kine, where 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 The Kirby Derby - Part II, he said that he'd have preferred to be helping Tiff out instead of Kirby and Tokkori.

Unlike in the games, Kine is shown to have eyelids in the anime.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Kine appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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Onion Ocean - Remixed 1st theme in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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Silver Submarine - Remixed 1st theme in Kirby: Canvas Curse
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Unused track - 2nd theme in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
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Kine and Chuchu - Different (2nd) theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3
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Original theme in Kirby's Dream Land 2
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Kine is one of Kirby's Animal Friends. He is the specialist when moving in water. He and Chuchu share the same musical theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3, but it is different to the one Kine debuted with in Kirby's Dream Land 2.

The new theme is among the more prominent of the unused tracks in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, available in the Sound Check as track No. 2, but not used in-game. Kine's original theme, however, is remixed for Silver Submarine in Kirby: Canvas Curse. Another remix of Kine's original theme is used for Stage 1 of Onion Ocean in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Related Quotes

Kine the fish is a great swimmer.
With Kine, Kirby can swallow while in water.
— Kirby's Three Friends • Kirby's Dream Land 2 Instruction Booklet


Kine's name is derived from the onyomi pronunciation for Japanese word for the sea, 海 (kai).

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese カイン Officially romanized as Kine.
English Kine
Traditional Chinese 海恩 Translates to Kine.
Korean 카인 Translates to Kine.
Russian Кайн Translates to Kine.
German Kine Same as English
Dutch Kine Same as English
French Ken
Italian Kine Same as English
Spanish Kine Same as English



  • 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.
  • While he is stated to be a sunfish in games, in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode A Fish Called Kine Professor Curio identifies him as Atlantic blue tang. The reasons for this change of species are unknown.
  • There appears to be a running gag about Kine in the games in which he is frequently disliked, made fun of, or considered to be useless in some way. This is most prominent in Kirby's Dream Land 2, but examples also appear in Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby: Triple Deluxe’s Kirby Fighters sub-game, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and Kirby Fighters 2.
    • In Kirby's Dream Land 2’s cutscene for Iceberg, Kirby is shivering and has to decide which Animal Friend to ride: Kine or Rick; he decides to ride Rick, presumably due to his warm fur. In the cutscene for Cloudy Park, Kirby gets stuck while playing in the clouds, and asks Coo to help him out; Coo pulls Kirby out of the clouds, revealing that Kine has latched onto Kirby and was weighing him down. In the cutscene for Dark Castle, Kirby and his Animal Friends look at the castle before journeying over to it; as Coo starts to fly away to the castle, Kirby gets on Rick, who proceeds to bump Kine as a way of telling him to back-off; Kine reacts in an offended manner before slowly following.
    • In Kirby's Dream Land 3’s cutscene for Ripple Field, Kirby is walking along the beach with ChuChu, in which Kine decided to take Kirby away from her; the two of them keep fighting for Kirby, but then Kine closes his mouth with Kirby inside, making ChuChu's methods fruitless and causing her to get visibly upset.
    • In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the Stone + Cutter Power Combo allows Kirby to transform into a statue of his Animal Friends; Rick can jump and climb walls, Coo can flap his wings to fly, Nago can triple-jump, Pitch can fly and roll, and ChuChu can jump. Kine, however, cannot do anything besides being able to turn around; he doesn't have any special abilities underwater either.
    • In Kirby Fighters, Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2, the Animal Friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2 appear in the Coo's Forest stage; they appear and disappear rather frequently, with Coo being the most common, Rick being fairly common, and Kine being fairly uncommon. Coo uses his Cutter technique, shooting off three feathers twice. Rick uses his Burning technique, shooting a stream of fire from his mouth. Kine, however, just flops around uselessly, comparably to the attack of the Assist Trophy Goldeen in the Super Smash Bros. series. However, he can do damage by physical contact, although this is not unique to him.
  • Kine's theme was rearranged as the music for Swept Out to Sea in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and in stage 1 of Onion Ocean in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The theme was reused in Stage 7 of Wild World in Kirby Triple Deluxe.
  • In the American TV advertisement for Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kine alongside Coo and Rick were depicted unusually. In particular, aside from his characteristic blank expression is changed to having angry eyes as well as having his mouth form a scowl before turning into a menacing grin, he was also shown using his tail to repeatedly slap a biker in the face hard enough to leave him dazed.
  • In Kirby Star Allies, fighting Morpho Knight in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! with Rick & Kine & Coo replaces the normal theme with a remixed version of True Dark Matter's theme, referencing the Animal Friends' original appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2.




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