Kirby Super Star Ultra artwork
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As a Helper, he has dark violet-blue skin, green shoes, and small blue hands. He wears a green headband which holds a bright red gem in the middle of it. Both the headband and his flaming hair resemble Fire Kirby's hat. As an enemy, Burning Leo is a salmon-pink color with black colored accessories.
Burning Leo draws inspiration from lion spirits of traditional Chinese Kabuki. Burning Leo's hair vaguely resembles the hair of a lion spirit, and his name also reflects his relation to them. In addition, the way he twirls his hair while moving is indicative of them.
Burning Leo first appears in Kirby Super Star as an enemy and a Helper. The enemy version spits out large fireballs that slightly home in on Kirby, and will occasionally spew a small stream of fire. He first appears at Float Islands in Spring Breeze. Burning Leo's attacks are weaker than those of other helpers, but his vitality is great. Burning Leo possesses all the attacks Fire Kirby can use. He can perform Fire Breath, albeit with shorter range. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a green-colored Burning Leo with purple shoes is playable in Helper to Hero.
Burning Leo appears in a very minor cameo as one of the enemies Marx draws into his black hole attack and then spits out in the Kirby Brawlball sub-game. This Burning Leo seemingly uses the enemy coloration from Kirby Super Star but is a bit more orange-looking. His sprite is also a shrunken and slightly simplified sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.