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"Hi, Link! This house belongs to Kukiel. Pssst--by the way, that's ME. I'm gonna go play with my special friend today! It's going to be so much fun!"
— Kukiel

Kukiel is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The five year-old daughter of Jakamar and Wryna, Kukiel is a friendly girl--described as inherently trusting and without any level of prejudice, even for a child--and a resident of Skyloft. She is the sole human friend of the demon Batreaux, whom she affectionately refers to as her "Uncle Bats".

Biography

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

If approached early on in the game, Kukiel will make references to playing with an unnamed friend. After Link has placed the Ruby Tablet into the platform inside the Statue of the Goddess, he will encounter Wryna, who is calling her daughter's name, at the south end of the Isle of the Goddess. Wryna tells him that Kukiel has disappeared, and asks Link to help find her. Spurred on by rumors of Kukiel having been abducted by a demon, Link uncovers the hidden entrance leading to a mysterious house under Skyloft's graveyard.

Upon approaching the house, screams are heard from inside, and Link promptly enters. Inside, he encounters what is assumed to be the aforementioned demon and attacks, only for Kukiel to make herself known, and reveal the "monster" to be her friend, Batreaux, with whom she had been playing the "scream-as-loud-as-you-can" game. She explains that she had been rescued by Batreaux after falling from Skyloft, and they became fast friends. Kukiel promises to return home the next morning.

When subsequently spoken to, although she does not seem to entirely understand the situation, she asks Link to aid Batreaux in finding Gratitude Crystals, which she humorously refers to as "grabitude crackles", so that Batreaux may be transformed into a human. After Batreaux finally achieves his life-long dream, however, Kukiel expresses disappointment, remarking on how much she liked his "flappy bat wings."

Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.

Etymology

As many residents of Skyloft seem to be named after birds, it is possible that Kukiel is named after the cockatiel given the fact that her hair resembles the plumes on top of the cockatiel's head. Her name may also take inspiration from the Greek "kukla", meaning doll.

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