Broom Hatter (alternatively spelt Broomhatter) is a reccuring enemy in the Kirby series. Since her debut in Kirby's Dream Land, the first installment of the series, she has continued to make constant appearances. Broom Hatter typically does not provide any Copy Ability; but in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby Star Allies, she gives Kirby the Cleaning ability.
Broom Hatter's basic appearance is that of a short, yellow creature with no visible face, wearing a black, pointed hat (similar to that of a stereotypical witch) and brown shoes. She always carries a broom, which she usually uses for sweeping the ground. She is a relatively harmless and basic foe, whose behavior does not change much between games. She is often seen sweeping the letter "L" in the HAL Rooms.
Broom Hatter is described as an apprentice witch. She is frequently referred to with feminine pronouns, which can be seen in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. However, the Guest Star description for Kirby Star Allies instead uses masculine pronouns. The Play Nintendo website for said game still refers to Broom Hatter as female.
Kirby's Dream Land
In this game, Broom Hatters behave noticeably differently than in most of their later appearances. They walk left and right rather quickly while sweeping the ground with their brooms and occasionally jump. Kirby can defeat them using any of his standard attacks. Broom Hatters are not replaced by any other enemy in the Extra Game.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
In-game sprite (Kirby's Adventure)
In-game sprite (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land)
Broom Hatter appears in Kirby's Adventure and its remake as a standard enemy who provides no copy ability. Broom Hatter typically sweeps back and forth along the ground, but may also be found standing completely still, doing nothing in particular.
Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Pinball Land
Broom Hatter appears in the bonus game on Wispy-Woods Land, appearing after Waddle Dee is defeated. She is worth 10000 points when collided with.
Kirby's Dream Course
Broom Hatter, spelt Broomhatter in the manual, appear as one of the four basic enemy types in Kirby's Dream Course, the others being Kabu, Waddle Dee and Squishy. Much like the latter three, Broom Hatter do not move or possess any special abilities, simply waiting on the ground instead for Kirby to hit them and transform them into a star.
In Kirby's Dream Course, Broomhatter can be found in the following courses:
||This pesky,[sic] little character will try to sweep you right off the path to the Dream Fountain Cup.
— Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet (North American print), page 22
Broom Hatter acts as the first opponent in Hard mode in Kirby's Avalanche. She starts the match by filling up her left and right-most columns with Puyos.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kine and Kirby approaching a Broom Hatter in Kirby's Dream Land 2
Broom Hatter returns as a common enemy in this title, behaving the same way she has in prior titles. She once again provides no Copy Ability.
Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby's Block Ball
Broom Hatter appears as a common enemy in this game, worth 300 points when defeated. She also drops a food item on defeat.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star and its enhanced remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Broom Hatters move slower than in their original appearance and cannot jump, instead simply walking back and forth on a platform while cleaning. They periodically speed up their movements a little and then slow down again in accordance with the sweeping motion of their brooms.
Broom Hatter can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby spotting a Broom Hatter in Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Broom Hatters are first encountered in the fifth stage of Grass Land. Unlike in previous installments of the Kirby series, they yield a Copy Ability in this game—by inhaling and swallowing a Broom Hatter, Kirby can acquire the Clean ability, which, in its basic form, allows him to use a broom very similar in appearance to that used by these enemies. Apart from this, their behavior remains mostly the same as in Kirby Super Star, although they move slightly faster and cover a greater distance with each sweep.
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Broom Hatters make an appearance as enemies in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. They are often found holding position or sweeping along back and forth and will hurt Kirby on contact. They can be easily defeated by flipping the Game Boy Color to turn them into star pieces.
In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Air Ride
Broom Hatter appears as a neutral enemy in Kirby Air Ride, where she is regularly seen in Air Ride courses riding her broomstick along the track. She typically tries to ignore the racers, but frequently finds herself as fodder for the Kirbys to inhale.
In Kirby Air Ride, Broom Hatter can be found in the following places:
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Some Broom Hatters sweeping Star Blocks in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Broom Hatters once again appear as a common enemy, appearing in the very first stage and in many other locations. They do not provide any Copy Abilities, and will simply sweep their brooms across the ground where they patrol.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Broom Hatters return in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, though they remain identical in form and function to their appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Broom Hatter in the intro movie
||Broom Hatter didn't see the strange light in the sky because of that big hat--and didn't even notice going from unfrozen to frozen and back again to unfrozen. Maybe it's better that way.
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
A Broom Hatter appears in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. She is seen in the intro along with Cappy and Waddle Doo, where she and the two have their color taken away when Claycia steals Popstar's colors.
While not appearing in the game's roster of enemies, Broom Hatter does make an appearance as a collectable Figurine.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
A Broom Hatter can be spotted sweeping the carpet outside the casino in Kirby: Planet Robobot
Broom Hatter returns again in Kirby: Planet Robobot, acting like in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Broom Hatter makes a cameo appearance in this game, sweeping the floor of the village in the background after the first Ordeal is passed.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Broom Hatter makes an appearance as an enemy in Kirby's Blowout Blast, where she can be seen sweeping the ground in some stages, and can be inhaled and spat at for points.
Kirby Battle Royale
Broom Hatter does not appear as an enemy in Kirby Battle Royale, but she does appear in many of the battle modes as part of the audience.
Kirby Star Allies
Menu image of Broom Hatter from Kirby Star Allies
Broom Hatter returns once again in Kirby Star Allies. He now grants the Cleaning ability once again, and is the Friend for that ability. Once recruited, Broom Hatter can perform all of Cleaning Kirby's attacks, including the Animal Friend cameo ones.
In Kirby Star Allies, Broom Hatter can be found in the following levels and stages:
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description
||"Broom Hatter is an apprentice witch with the hat to match. She uses her trademark broom to fly through the-- Wait. No, she just sweeps the floor with it. Maybe she's just a bit of a clean freak. Or maybe she hasn't learned to fly yet. After all, she's only an apprentice. Except...in Kirby Air Ride, she DOES fly, so there goes that theory..."
||Kirby's Dream Land |
Kirby Air Ride
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land
Artwork from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Artwork from Kirby Air Ride
Screenshot from Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Figurine from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Screenshot from Kirby: Planet Robobot
Artwork as a friend in Kirby Star Allies
Screenshot from Kirby Star Allies
Dedede Directory about Broom Hatter
Names in other languages
mó sào bǎ
- The character 魔, while having many meanings, here means "magic" considering Broom Hatter's appearance of a witch.
mó sào bǎ
||Derived from chapeau ("hat") and balai ("broom")
||Derived from blitzblank ("spick-and-span" in German)
- Derived from sombrero ("hat" in Spanish) and escoba ("broom" in Spanish)