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|Copy Ability||None, Clean (only in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby GCN)|
|Category||Regular Enemy, Helper|
|“||Oh, what a mess! Must I clean up this entire forest?”|
|— Broom Hatter • Kirby's Avalanche|
Broom Hatter is a relatively harmless enemy found in the Kirby series. Clad in a black witch's hat, this clean freak always sweeps away the dust wherever she feels necessary. Broom Hatter rarely goes out of her way to attack Kirby. But she does cause damage if Kirby gets in the way of her obsession.
Few changes are made to Broom Hatter between games in both her actions and character design. She is typically a nondescript, simple, and powerless foe.
Broom Hatter resembles a stout witch with a broom and a hat with a white band. Like many enemies, she has no head-body distinction. She has no visible face whatsoever.
This was Broom Hatter's first appearance. She appears all throughout the game and will keep to herself as she peacefully sweeps the level clean. As well as moving haphazardly from side-to-side, Broom Hatter may occasionally leap into the air. Unlike most enemies in the extra game, Broom Hatter isn't replaced. Instead, she may now dive off high ledge in an attempt to crush Kirby.
Broom Hatter appears in the Whispy Woods Bonus Game. Kirby can hit her to score points.
- Broom Hatter: "Oh, what a mess! Must I clean up this entire forest?"
- Kirby: "I'd worry more about cleaning up your Avalanche skills first!"
- Broom Hatter: "Dust, dust, sweep...Huh?!??"
Broom Hatter appears as an enemy in Cappy's and Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright's stages. She remains in one place, constantly sweeping. She drops food when defeated. Broom Hatter also appears in the "border line cleared" animation. She walks directly behind Waddle Dee, sweeping the floor.
Her design and tactics remain the same from earlier games, and she will simply sweep around the level once more. Unlike other games, however, if Kirby eats her, he will get the rare Clean ability. With a broom in hand, Kirby can aid her in her endless quest to clean the level, as well as sweep dust at his enemies. Alongside Keke, Broom Hatter is the only enemy that bestows the Clean ability in this game. Not counting the unreleased Kirby GCN, this is the only game in which Broom Hatter yields any ability.
Like Cappy, Broom Hatter doesn't hurt Kirby when the two come in contact. This enemy rarely moves and instead sweeps one area of the ground. The only way Kirby can take damage from it is if he gets caught between two Broom Hatters or a Broom Hatter and a wall.
Broom Hatter is off to the races, but still doesn't serve as a major threat to Kirby. Broom Hatter rides around on its broom rather than cleaning, and zooms through the courses.
In Kirby GCN, she would have reprised her role as the supplier of the Clean ability. She also would have been the Helper for said ability.
Broom Hatter also appeared in Kirby's Adventure, its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, and Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Broom Hatter appears as a very basic enemy in these following games and is nothing special about her. Once again, Broom Hatter provides no ability and simply waltzes about the level sweeping away the dust.
Broom Hatter also makes a cameo in Kirby Mass Attack. She sometimes appears when Marx uses his black hole attack in Kirby Brawlball. She also appears at the end of the New Challenge Stages mode in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition despite not appearing in the rest of the game.
- In Kirby's Avalanche, her AI is used by Harpy in Puyo Puyo.
- Broom Hatter is the most frequently seen female character in the Kirby series, having appeared in over 20 games since her debut in 1992.
|“||The Broom Hatter has high aspirations and thinks it is going to clean up Dream Land. Not so! Kirby has his eye out for this bewitching blob.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||Watch out for this sweepin' machine.”|
|— Official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website|
|“||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...”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|“||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 • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|