Fire Lion is, as its name suggests, a lion mastering the power of flames, and is a mid-boss that first appeared in Kirby's Adventure. Fire Lion attacks by charging at Kirby in a stream of fire, grabbing Kirby to scratch and munch at him, or trying to pounce on him. A star will appear after Fire Lion's pounce, allowing a normal Kirby to inhale and spit it back at his foe, inflicting damage.
In its original appearance, Fire Lion's artwork and in-game sprite depicts him as a cute, seemingly nonthreatening saber tooth kitty, but can be extremely aggressive in terms of attacking. Kirby: Right Back at Ya! overhauled its design to be less deceptive, being much larger, coated in a flaming yellow and red mane, given demonic glowing eyes with no pupils. This design was carried over in the remake of Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, and later when it was added in Kirby Super Star Ultra. However, while these appearances make it look more imposing, it was slowed down and made far less active, decreasing its challenge significantly.
In the anime, Fire Lion appears in episode 33, Junk Jam. Fire Lion is Nightmare's personal trash-burning monster. Upon being denied by the NME Salesman to have their alien garbage men stop dumping garbage on Dream Land until he pays his bills, King Dedede and Escargoon hack into Nightmare Enterprises' computer and ended up summoning Fire Lion in a plot to burn the trash that has piled up and covered Dream Land, but later fought against Kirby. When Fire Lion was downloaded, it went out of control and attacked King Dedede. It also spewed fireballs everywhere, especially at the trash. Before Fire Lion had the chance to destroy the rest of Cappy Town, Kirby was able to become Fire Kirby and battle it. When Fire Lion shot forth a large stream of fire, Kirby countered and overpowered it with his own fire. Kirby also had the chance to grab Fire Lion and fling him out to the sea. Fire Lion exploded when touching the water, destroying it.
Fire Lion, when not engulfed in flames, is a lion-like creature with tan fur, a red nose, and sports a flaming body. Its eyes are also pure white, with no pupils, a feature it maintains when the Monster is enraged. When it becomes agitated, its entire body is covered in fiery flames.
Powers and abilities
Fire Lion's primary ability is jolting towards its target in an attempt to burn them with its flaming body. While doing so, it also leaves a trail of flames in its wake. It can also spit fireballs from its mouth, or launch a stream of continuous flames from its mouth. Despite lacking wings, it can fly.