|This critter's body is literally made of flames, and he can spit fire to boot. There's little doubt that he must have a warm heart and a fiery personality, but no one is willing to get close enough to find out.|
— Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
Hot Head is usually depicted as being orange-red, but is also found in other colors. He is about as tall as Kirby, and his physique consists of a main head-body with two stubby feet and no arms. His mouth is funnel-shaped, similar to octopus-like enemies such as Flotzo. He has a bright orange mane which often flickers like fire, making his incendiary nature fairly easy to recognize.
Hot Head attacks Kirby by either shooting a single fireball from his mouth at Kirby, usually done from a distance, or breathing out fire, which is usually done if he is near Kirby. Neither of these attacks are particularly quick, but they can catch Kirby off-guard if he is not paying attention. The fireball attack in particular is capable of being fired at many different angles, making it more potentially accurate than Shotzo fire.
- Press and release B to shoot a fireball;
- Press and hold B to breathe fire.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is a super variant of Hot Head known as the Super Hot Head, which provides the Monster Flame Super Ability.
- In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, there is a giant version called Colossal Hot Head, which fights in a tag-team with Colossal Waddle Dee and Colossal Kabu. In Super Kirby Clash, Colossal Hot Head also fights alongside Colossal Driblee in a few Quests.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Hot Head made his debut appearance in this game and also appears in the remake. Here is where his signature look and abilities were first introduced, giving him both the ability to breathe fire at short range and spit a fireball at long range in Kirby's general direction. Here, they can come in many different colors.
Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Hot Head locations in Kirby's Adventure & Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land|
|Stage||Vegetable Valley||Ice Cream Island||Butter Building||Grape Garden||Yogurt Yard||Orange Ocean||Rainbow Resort|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror & Kirby: Squeak Squad
Hot Head appears in both of these titles, with the exact same look at function as he had in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Hot Head locations in Kirby: Squeak Squad|
|Stage||Prism Plains||Nature Notch||Cushy Cloud||Jam Jungle||Vocal Volcano||Ice Island||Secret Sea||Gamble Galaxy|
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Hot Head makes his debut appearance in 3-D in this game. Here, he can come in various sizes when encountered in Extra Mode.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Hot Head locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5|
Kirby's Dream Collection
Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot
Hot Head appears in both of these games, gaining a slight visual update from his Return to Dream Land incarnation. He gains the ability to shoot fireballs between the foreground and background.
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Hot Head locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage 6 EX||Stage 7 EX||Stage 8 EX|
In Kirby: Planet Robobot Hot Head can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Hot Head locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Stage||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Stage 6 EX||Stage 7 EX||Stage 8 EX|
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Hot Head appears as a common enemy in this game. He once again shoots fireballs at Kirby, though these can be blocked using the Rainbow Rope. Given the nature of this game, this is Hot Head's only appearance where he cannot provide a Copy Ability.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Hot Head makes a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a power-up Sticker for Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary. He can only be equipped on Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight and increase their Flame attack by 10.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Hot Head makes a tiny cameo appearance as a monster in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Cowardly Creature. He is shown briefly training as part of the "Young Monsters of the Future" program run by monster clowns, balancing an aerial ball over his head. Notably, he resembles his artwork from Kirby's Adventure.
Names in other languages
|Kirby: Planet Robobot|
|Playable Characters||Kirby ・Meta Knight|
|Levels||Patched Plains ・Resolution Road ・Overload Ocean ・Gigabyte Grounds ・Rhythm Route ・Access Ark ・Mind in the Program|
|Bosses||Regular||Gigavolt ・ Clanky Woods ・ C.O.G.S. ・ Holo Defense API ・Susie ・Core Kabula ・Mecha Knight ・Dedede Clone ・Dedede Clones & D3 ・ Gigavolt II ・ Mecha Knight+ ・President Haltmann ・Star Dream|
|Meta Knightmare Returns||Stock Mecha Knight ・Dark Matter Clone ・Sectonia Clone ・Galacta Knight Returns|
|The True Arena||Star Dream Soul OS|
|Team Kirby Clash||Gigant Edge ・Mr. Frosty ・Whispy Woods ・Pyribbit ・Landia ・Landia EX|
|Mid-Bosses||Blocky ・Bonkers ・Dubior ・Kibble Blade ・King Doo ・Invader Armor ・Masher ・Miasmoros ・Security Force ・Telepathos|
|Copy Abilities||Standard||Archer ・Beam ・Bomb ・Circus ・Cutter ・Doctor ・ESP ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Jet ・Leaf ・Mirror ・Ninja ・Parasol ・Poison ・Smash Bros. ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・UFO ・Wheel ・Whip|
|Limited Use||Crash ・Mike ・Sleep|
|Robobot Armor Modes||Beam ・Bomb ・Cutter ・ESP ・Fire ・Ice ・Jet ・Mike ・Parasol ・Spark ・Stone ・Sword ・Wheel ・Halberd|
|Team Kirby Clash||Beam Mage ・Doctor Healmore ・Hammer Lord ・Sword Hero|
|Enemies||Bar Waddle Dees ・ Barbar ・ Blade Knight ・ Blipper ・ Bomber ・ Bouncy (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・ Cappy ・ Capsule J3 ・ Chilly ・ Chip ・ Chippurus ・ Clown Acrobot ・ Como ・ Covered Looker ・ Craby ・ Cyborg Flotzo ・ Degout ・ Dekabu ・ Dice ・ Driver Waddle Dee ・ Elec ・ Esper ・ Flamer ・Foley ・ Gabon ・ Galbo ・ Gigatzo ・ Glunk ・ Grand Propeller ・ Grandy ・ Grizzo ・ Haltworker ・ Hot Head ・ Iron Ball ・ Iron Hammer ・ Kabu ・ Key Dee ・ Knuckle Joe ・ Labotory ・ Leafan ・ Mamanti ・ Metal Acro ・ Moonja ・ Mumbies ・ Noddy ・ Pacto ・ Parasol Waddle Dee ・ Chemitory ・ Poppy Bros. Jr. ・ Prism Ball ・ Propeller ・ Rocky ・ Scarfy ・ Security Laser ・ Shelt ・ Shotzo ・ Simirror ・ Sir Kibble ・ Sleepy Turtle ・ Soarar ・ Sparky ・ Spear Waddle Dee (Kirby 3D Rumble) ・ Spring Note ・ Spynum ・ Squishy ・ UFO ・ Venog ・ Vol ・ Waddle Dee ・ Waddle Doo ・ Walf ・ Walker Waddle Dee ・ Walky ・ Wester ・ Wheelie ・ Whippy ・ Yesman|
|Sub-Games||Team Kirby Clash ・Kirby 3D Rumble ・Meta Knightmare Returns ・The Arena ・The True Arena|
|Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
|Recurring characters||Blade Knight • Captain Waddle Doo • Chef Kawasaki • Doctor Yabui • eNeMeE • Escargoon • Fololo & Falala • Kabu • King Dedede • Kirby • Lady Like • Meta Knight • N.M.E. Sales Guy • Sir Ebrum • Sword Knight • Tiff • Tokkori • Tuff • Waddle Dees|
|Cappies||Biblio • Buttercup • Chief Bookem • Doron • Gengu • Gus • Hana • Honey • Iro • Mabel • Mayor Len Blustergas • Melman • Professor Curio • Samo • Spikehead • Tuggle|
|Side characters||Acore • Air Riders • Benikage • Biggy, Boney, and Sleepy • Bonkers • Chef Nagoya • Chef Shiitake • Coo • Dyna Blade • Dyna Chick • Escargoon's mother • Fang • Island Sisters • Joe • Kine • Kit Cosmos • Knuckle Joe • Mr. Chip • Pengy (and the Pengys) • Princess Rona • Rick • Rowlin • Sir Gallant • Sirica • Star Warriors • Whales • Whispy Woods • Minor characters|
(excluding those from the Pilot or other small appearances)
|Amon • Anige • Belly Buster • Blocky • Broom King • Bugzzy • Chilly • Chimera Dinosaurs • Chuckie • Cobgoblin • Crab Monster • Crowemon • Danger • Dedede Doll • Dedede Stone • Delivery Man • Demon Frog • Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk • Doctor Moro • Domestic Servant Robot • Drifter • Ebifryer • Electronic Pet • Erasem • Escar-droid • Fire Lion • Flame Feeder • Fridgy • Fryclops • Gabon • Galbo • Ghost Monster • Great Sea Slug Monster • Hardy • Head Cold Monsters • Heavy Anaconda • Heavy Lobster • Honker Stomper • Ice Dragon Robot • Ice Dragon • Kirisakin • Kracko • Lobzilla • Lovely • Maimaigon • Martial Arts All-Stars • Masher • Masher 2.0 • Max Flexer • Mole Monster • Monsieur Goan • Mosugaba • Mumbies • Noddy • Octacon • Ozomashii • Paint Roller • Phan Phan • Popon • Pukey Flower • Red Viper • Rekketsu • Sasuke • Scarfy • Slice n' Splice • SlicerDicer • Squishy • Susshi • Teacher Creature • Togeira • Tornadon • Trash Basher • Walky • Wheelie • Whippy • Windwhipper • WolfWrath • Yamikage|
|Copy Abilities||Baton • Bomb • Cleaning • Cook • Crash • Cutter • Fighter • Fire • Hammer • Ice • Iron • Jet • Kabuki • Mike • Mirror • Needle • Ninja • Paint • Parasol • Spark • Star Rod • Stone • Sword (Galaxia) • Throw • Top • Tornado • Water • Wheel • Wing|
|Places||Babagahara • Booma-Dooma Volcano • Castle Dedede • Cappy Town • Dedede Academy • Dream Land • Dyna Blade's Nest • Eastern Forest • eNeMeE's Fortress • Haunted mansion • Island of Kit Cosmos • Kabu Canyon • Kawasaki's • Kirby's house • Royal Acadddemy of Arts • Whispy Woods Forest|
|Extra||Armored Vehicle • Channel DDD • Destroya • Dream Land Princess • Galaxia • Grasshopper Eavesdropper • Kihon wa Maru • Kirby: Fright to the Finish • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (song) • Kirby! (opening theme) • Kirby ★ March • Kirby ☆ Step! • Kirby of the Stars ending skits • Kirby's Starship • Halberd • Night Mare Enterprises • Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter • Phantom Star Gerath • Royal Racecar • Watermelon • Warp Star|