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Kikwi

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Kikwi
SS Machi.png
Machi from Skyward Sword, a notable Kikwi
Game(s)Skyward Sword
Habitat(s)Faron Woods
Notable Member(s)Bucha
Erla
Lopsa
Machi
Oolo
Yerbal

The Kikwis are a race in Skyward Sword. They are small creatures that live in the Faron Woods of the Faron Province. They have plantlike material on their bodies, with which they use to camouflage themselves in their woodland habitat.

Characteristics

The Kikwis are small, furry creatures that are a mix between animal and plant.[1] Their bodies are a rotund, bottom-heavy pear shape, with their fur being a contrasting dark and light brown. They have short, white arms and stubby, black feet. Their faces consist of variously shaped black eyes and a short beak. On their posteriors is what looks like a bushy tail, but is actually a bud that blooms into a leafy bush under which a Kikwi can attempt to hide themselves. In addition, Kikwis also have a leafy plumage on the top of their heads resembling hair. Likewise, Kikwis can also grow facial hair, as is the case with the elders Bucha and Yerbal. The average size of a Kikwi is usually no more than half of Link's height. A notable exception to this is Bucha, who is much larger and towers over Link. Kikwis are said to be herbivorous.[2]

The Kikwis are a peaceful race who do not resort to violence, and instead do the opposite by hiding themselves at any sign of danger. Many of them are in fact quite cowardly, even believing Link and Fi are monsters when they first meet.[3][4][5]

History

The Kikwis were among the five races of the Surface who joined the Goddess Hylia in the war against the evil forces of Demise. During the Sky Era, the Kikwis live in the Faron Woods. Their patriarch is the Kikwi Elder Bucha, an older and much larger Kikwi.

Shortly after Link first arrives to the forest, his Sword's Dowsing ability leads him to a pack of Bokoblins surrounding a frightened, hiding Kikwi. Link fights off the monsters, but the Kikwi runs away thinking he is one of them. The Kikwi, named Machi, relaxes once he realizes that Link is not a Bokoblin. Machi explains that he had encountered Zelda before him, who escaped with the elder Bucha as they were chased by the Bokoblins.[6] Fi hypothesizes that the Dowsing ability led Link to the Kikwi due to a false-positive caused by Machi interacting with Zelda, and believes the ability should likewise lead them to Bucha.[7] Link eventually finds Bucha, who confirms that he had indeed been with Zelda. However, Bucha is more worried about his tribe who have all gone missing during the monster panic.[8] He asks that Link find the rest of his Kikwis, and he may remember Zelda's whereabouts once he is at ease. Fi upgrades Link's Dowsing ability to search for the remaining three Kikwis, all of which are hiding somewhere around the Woods from the monsters.

After Link finds all of the missing Kikwis and reports back to Bucha, the Kikwi Elder remembers that Zelda had went into the Deep Woods, heading towards the Skyview Temple. He also rewards Link for all his help with the Kikwi heirloom, a Slingshot stored in the bud on his back.[9] Bucha lets Link take the item, saying that it will help him go further into the forest where the Temple lies.

Much later, after link completes Farore's Silent Realm, he is led to the Great Tree where at the top he meets the Kikwi Hermit, Yerbal. Yerbal had left the other Kikwis long ago to climb the Tree and never came down, becoming a hermit.[2] Yerbal helps Link by telling him the way to Lake Floria, where the Water Dragon Faron dwells.

Trivia

  • The Kikwis are named after several varieties of tea.
  • Erla and Yerbal both reference "It's a secret to everybody." Yerbal says it after he tells Link about Farore's Flame,[10] while Erla says it when Link discovers his hiding place after the flooding of Faron Woods.[11]
  • Upon completing the Gratitude Crystal quest that requires Link to deliver Oolo the Kikwi to Owlan in Skyloft, Owlan does not know whether to classify the creatures as flora or fauna.[1] Fascinated, he observes that the Kikwi may very well be a new species altogether.[12]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Japan Japanese キュイ (Kyui)
Canada FrenchCA Kikwi
French Republic FrenchEU Tikwi
Federal Republic of Germany German Kyu
Italian Republic Italian Kyuri
Republic of Korea Korean 큐이
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Kyu
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Kyu

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Hmm... Fascinating! Should this actually be classified as flora or fauna... I mean, plant or animal?" — Owlan (Skyward Sword)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "He is a hermit of the herbivorous Kikwi race. He climbed a tree and never came down, thus becoming a hermit." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "Kwee-koo! Now there's a green one! I didn't know they came in green! Don't hurt me, koo-weep!" — Machi (Skyward Sword)
  4. "You really spooked me, kwee... You keep some very strange company, friend." — Machi (Skyward Sword)
  5. "What WAS that just now, kwee? Don't scare me like that!" — Oolo (Skyward Sword)
  6. "That's weird, kee-koo. A little while ago I ran into another funny animal like you, but that one was a girl. [...] She seemed to be in big trouble when I saw her. She a friend of yours, kwee? A pack of those mean red guys were after her, kwee, but she escaped with the Kikwi elder." — Machi (Skyward Sword)
  7. "Furthermore, my analysis suggests that this Kikwi most likely produces a false-positive dowsing reaction due to previous direct contact with Zelda. Using this hypothesis, I theorize there is an 85% chance that the Kikwi elder will also generate a dowsing reaction for the same reason." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  8. "Hmmm... Yes. At one point during the monster panic here, I did speak with a blonde girl of your kind, kweee. But now is not the time for such talk. The forest is full of monsters, and I am worried about my missing tribe." — Bucha (Skyward Sword)
  9. "As a reward for finding all my fellow Kikwis, I will give you a precious Kikwi heirloom." — Bucha (Skyward Sword)
  10. "All right, I'll tell you. But remember--it's a secret to everybody." — Yerbal (Skyward Sword)
  11. "Don't forget, it's a secret to everybody." — Erla (Skyward Sword)
  12. "Hmm... You know, this may very well mark the discovery of a new type of species altogether!" — Owlan (Skyward Sword)