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Burning Leo

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Burning Leo
KSA Burning Leo Artwork.png
Artwork of Burning Leo from Kirby Star Allies.
First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Mass Attack (cameo)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (cameo)
Copy Ability Fire
Similar entities Hot Head, Heat Phanphan
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This article is about the standard enemy with the fiery headdress, and should not be confused with Fire Lion.

Burning Leo, originally named Burnin' Leo, is an enemy in the Kirby series, who debuts in Kirby Super Star. He grants Kirby the Fire ability if swallowed.


Burning Leo's physical appearance is similar to that of Kirby's. He has salmon-pink skin, dark eyes (he has blue eyes as of Kirby Star Allies) dark-colored shoes and a dark-colored headband with many flames coming out of it, resembling hair. The headband also has a circular red gem on the middle. His mouth only appears when he exhales fire.

As a Helper in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, his skin becomes blue and his headband and shoes, green. In Kirby Star Allies, Burning Leo can appear in four different colors (normal, yellow, blue, green) depending on which player slot he is occupying.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a green-colored Burning Leo with purple shoes is a playable character in Helper to Hero along with the other helpers.

Game appearances[edit]

Burning Leo's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby Super Star Enemy and playable character Burning Leo can be played as when recruited as a Helper.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy and playable character As this is the remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby Mass Attack Cameo Briefly appears as one of the enemies sucked into Marx's black hole attack in the Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Cameo Appears as a collectible Keychain.
Kirby Star Allies Enemy and playable character Burning Leo can be recruited as a Friend.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSS Burning Leo Sprite.png
KSSU Burning Leo Helper sprite.png

Burning Leos are regular enemies in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. They can be found in stages walking back and forth, and attack in a similar manner to Hot Heads by attempting to shoot fireballs or breathing fire cones at Kirby if he gets close. Burning Leo also serves as the helper for the Fire Ability, gaining access to Fire Kirby's moveset, and also gaining access to the Infinity Jump. Unlike Fire Kirby, Burning Leo as a helper can breathe fire underwater, which is needed for a particular Cannon puzzle in the Old Tower region of The Great Cave Offensive.

Burning Leo's moveset in Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Fire Breath
Aim Fire
Fire Breath + a direction
Fireball Inferno
Hold B + ←
Dash + B
Fireball Spin
B in air
Fireball Roll
B prior to landing


Burning Leo can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Burning Leo locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 Yes
Float Islands Yes RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria No
Mallow Castle No Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain Yes Hotbeat Yes
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon No
Crystal No ??? No
Old Tower Yes Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands No
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds No
RoMK Chapter 2 No The Revenge Yes
RoMK Chapter 3 Yes

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Burning Leo makes a tiny cameo appearance in the Kirby Mass Attack Sub-Game Kirby Brawlball, as one of the enemies that gets sucked into Marx's Black Hole attack. Here, his body color is much more orange than in other games.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Burning Leo is represented in one of the collectable keychains, depicted as his Helper sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Burning Leo in Kirby Star Allies
"You set fire to my heart!"
Burning Leo, proud of his blazing mane, declares from his heart, "I will go on an adventure and share my flames!" But don't get carried away. He might burn you!

— Guest Star Burning Leo Roaring Fire Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies

Burning Leo returns after a long absence in Kirby Star Allies, appearing for the first time in 3D. He acts the same as in the previous games, and is recruitable as a Friend. Additionally, he can mix his own ability with others to create Friend Abilities.

Just like in Kirby Super Star, Burning Leo can breathe fire even while underwater.

Burning Leo's moveset in Kirby Star Allies 
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Fire Breath
Fireball Spin
↓ + B in midair
Target Fire
Fire Breath + a direction
Fireball Roll
↓ + B prior to landing
Fireball Inferno
Press and hold ← during Fire Breath
Fireball Jump
Press A during Fireball Roll
Dash + B
Fireball Climb
Touch a wall during Fireball Roll or Fireball Spin
Searing Burn
A during Burn


Burning Leo can be found in the following places in Kirby Star Allies:

Burning Leo locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Dream Land Far-Flung Starlight Heroes
Green Gardens Yes Planet Earthfall No
Donut Dome No Falluna Moon Yes
Honey Hill Yes Planet Misteen No
Fruity Forest Yes Mareen Moon No
Clash at Castle Dedede Yes Planet Caverna No
Extra Eclair Yes Grott Moon Yes
Planet Popstar Planet Frostak No
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort Yes Planet Towara Yes
Echo's Edge Yes Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel No Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square Yes Sizzlai Moon No
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base Yes
Duplex Dream Yes The Divine Terminus Yes
Jambastion Extra Planet α Yes
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet β No
Eastern Wall No Extra Planet γ No
Longview Corridor Yes Extra Planet δ Yes
Western Outer Wall No Ability Planet Yes
Inner Sanctum No Heroes in Another Dimension
Heavenly Hall Yes Dimension I Yes
Sector A Yes Dimension II No
Sector B No Dimension III Yes
Sector C No Dimension IV Yes

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Burning Leo
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Burning Leo, as he appears in Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?!
First appearance Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?!
Last appearance Kirby: The Dream Onsen is a Good Hot Spring♪
Role Recurring side character
Other appearance(s) his video game counterpart
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In the Kirby novel series, Burning Leo is one of King Dedede's subordinates. Burning Leo is described as a ruffian who is uncontrollable if he gets too worked up. He is shown to spit fire even just out of excitement, and will brush off anyone who opposes him, even if they have a valid reason to do so. Burning Leo is hostile towards Kirby and loyal to King Dedede, despite seeing similarities between the two.

Burning Leo gives Kirby the Fire ability, and is the first character in the entire novel series to provide a Copy Ability.

Volume appearances[edit]

The following is a complete list of every appearance Burning Leo has made in the Kirby novel series, along with the role he plays and its details in the plot of each volume:

Burning Leo's appearances in the Kirby novel series  
Volume Image Role Role details Notes
Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?! V1 Illustration 8.png Secondary antagonist In this volume, Burning Leo is sent by King Dedede to destroy a stove that Kirby is setting up. He gets excited about this, and leaves with Waddle Dee tagging along. Burning Leo successfully destroys the stove, but the fire spreads to the nearby trees. Waddle Dee extinguishes the flames, which initially angers Burning Leo. He then gains the idea of having Waddle Dee extinguish a match that Kirby is holding. Waddle Dee does so with Kirby's approval, and Burning Leo celebrates. His delight is cut short as Kirby immediately inhales Burning Leo, and gains the Fire ability. Burning Leo makes his escape when Kirby loses the ability, and is later seen complaining to King Dedede about what happened. Dedede quickly blames Burning Leo for it, and angrily kicks him away.
Kirby and the Big Panic in Gloomy Woods! V2 Burning Leo Illustration.png Tertiary character In this volume, when Kirby and Waddle Dee set out to make inquiries, Burning Leo is the first person they find. Kirby immediately asks if he and King Dedede are really alike. Burning Leo admits that he thinks so, which shocks Kirby. He prepares to inhale Burning Leo, but is quickly stopped by Waddle Dee.
Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land! V5 Illustration 12.png Tertiary character In this volume, Burning Leo is one of the many contestants in the big race held in Dream Land. When the racers are choosing their vehicles, Burning Leo chooses the Formula Star. Right when he mounts it, the Formula Star dashes forward at an incredible speed, and Walky points out that it is hard to control. Burning Leo is shocked at this and accidentally crashes into a tree, which scares the contestants. Throughout the rest of the race, Burning Leo is usually grouped with the other contestants without standing out. When the group encounters the monstrous Peperon, Burning Leo attacks it first, which inspires everyone else to do the same.
Kirby Clash Team Unite! V9 Burning Leo Illustration.png Tertiary supporting character
Kirby's Decisive Battle! Battle Royale!! V10 Illustration 11.png Tertiary character In this volume, Burning Leo is one of the participants in Dedede's Cake Royale. After he is beaten by the Kirby copies, he wants revenge. Not realizing that they are copies, he thinks that Kirby learned to duplicate himself. When he meets Kirby, he wants to start a fight with him. Waddle Dee explains to him the situation and Burning Leo drops his guard. When Kirby chooses Waddle Dee to be his partner, Burning Leo tells him that he shouldn't, because Waddle Dee's weakness will cause him to lose. However, Kirby doesn't agree, and proceeds with Waddle Dee.
Kirby: Uproar at the Kirby Café?! V18 Burning Leo Illustration.png Supporting character In this volume, Bandana Waddle Dee tries to recruit Burning Leo for the staff of the Dedede Café, since his fire would help to bake dishes. At first, Burning Leo laughs him off, saying that he would rather eat than cook. Waddle Dee offers him to taste all the food from the Dedede Café, but that makes him laugh even more, refusing to eat anything cooked by King Dedede. He is only convinced to join after Waddle Dee tells him that he and the Waddle Dees would cook the food, and that they would make for him his favorite desserts. After King Dedede greets the staff, Burning Leo complains about him, but he doesn't hear it. Later, at the first round of the cooking competition, Burning Leo helps cook the main dish by heating the iron pot and grilling on it the meat and vegetables. When the Kirby Café is declared the winner of the round, he is disappointed. When Waddle Dee offers to make matcha mousse for the last round, Burning Leo thinks that it is too plain of a dish. When Kirby and Dedede return with the Green Spider Grass, Burning Leo is skeptical that they will be able to heal Whispy Woods before the last round, but they don't listen to him. However, after they cure Whispy, he is glad that he healed.


  • Burning Leo is one of the few friends in Kirby Star Allies that doesn't wear a Kirby-styled hat, the other two being Plugg and Parasol Waddle Dee. This is because Burning Leo's mane is already essentially the same as Kirby's Fire hat, Plugg can generate electricity, and Parasol doesn’t give Kirby a hat. He does, however, gain the Fire hat's spiraling golden headband and blue gem, Plugg gains the headband for Plasma, and Parasol Waddle Dee gains Kirby’s parasol.
  • Alongside Chilly, Burning Leo is one of two enemies in Kirby Star Allies that doesn’t use his helper palette from Kirby Super Star.


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バーニンレオ
Burnin' Leo
Traditional Chinese 燃燒鬃冠
rán shāo zōng guān
Burning Mane Crown
Simplified Chinese 燃烧鬃冠
rán shāo zōng guān
Dutch Burning Leo -
French Léo Laflam "Laflam" is a diminutive for la flamme ("flame")
German Leo Loder Blazing Leo ("Loder" comes from "lodern" which means blaze)
Italian Fiammelleo From "Fiammella" (small flame) and "Leo"
Korean 버닝레오
Burning Leo
Latin American Spanish Leo Flama Flame Leo
European Spanish Burning Leo -