|“||I'll clean the whole world!”|
|— Broom Hatter • Kirby Star Allies|
Broom Hatter is an enemy in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land. Clad in a black witch's hat, this enemy sweeps away the dust wherever it feels necessary. Broom Hatter rarely goes out of its way to attack Kirby, but it does cause damage if Kirby gets in the way.
Few changes are made to Broom Hatter between games in both its actions and character design. It 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, it has no head-body distinction. It has no visible face whatsoever.
This is Broom Hatter's first appearance. It appears all throughout the game and will peacefully sweep 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 is not replaced. Instead, it may now dive off a high ledge in an attempt to crush Kirby.
Broom Hatter appears in the Whispy Woods Bonus Game. Kirby can hit it 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 Stages 1 and 5. It remains in one place, constantly sweeping. It drops food when defeated. Broom Hatter also appears in the "border line cleared" animation. It walks directly behind Waddle Dee, sweeping the floor.
Its design and tactics remain the same from earlier games, and it will simply sweep around the level once more. Unlike other games, however, if Kirby inhales it, he will get the rare Clean ability. With a broom in hand, Kirby can aid it in its 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 was the only game in which Broom Hatter yields any ability prior to Kirby Star Allies.
Like Cappy, Broom Hatter does not 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 does not serve as a major threat to Kirby. Broom Hatter rides around on its broom rather than cleaning, and zooms through the courses.
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In Kirby GCN, it would have reprised its role as the supplier of the Clean ability. It also would have been the Helper for said ability.
Broom Hatter behaves like it does in Kirby: Planet Robobot’s Kirby 3D Rumble sub-game, sweeping back and forth. Like most enemies in the game, scaled-up versions of it appear that can be inhaled for a Blaster Bullet.
Broom Hatters appear as audience members in most game modes.
Broom Hatter also appeared in Kirby's Adventure, its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Course, 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 it. Once again, Broom Hatter provides no ability and simply waltzes about the level sweeping away the dust.
|“||Oh, what a mess! Must I clean up this entire forest?”|
|— Broom Hatter • Kirby's Avalanche|
|“||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)|
|“||This pesky, little character will try to sweep you right off the path to the Dream Fountain Cup.”|
|— The Cast of Characters • Kirby's Avalanche Instruction Booklet|
|“||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|
|“||Dust here, dust there! Broom Hatter just can't stand so much mess. So he takes on the quest of a lifetime: to make the world spotless!”|
|— Guest Star Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||A clean freak who flies through the sky on a broom and sweeps away enemies with a gust of wind. Classic Kirby characters from previous adventures will even pitch in to help!”|
|— Choose your buddy • Play Nintendo|
- In Kirby's Avalanche, its AI is used by Harpy in Puyo Puyo.
- While Broom Hatter's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U refers to it with feminine pronouns, its Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies refers to it with a masculine pronoun.