Kirby: Squeak Squad artwork
|First appearance||Kirby's Adventure (1993)|
|Latest appearance||Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (2012)|
Hot Head is a peculiar orange creature with a small trunk which he can use to blow out a stream of fire. His shoes are a shade of orange slightly lighter than the rest of him. His back is always covered in coalescent flames.
In all appearances prior to Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Hot Head's back wasn't covered in flames. Instead, Hot Head's back is pale yellow with small tentacle-like protrusions coming from it and two large flipper-shaped horns. his face retains the trunk but is dark orange instead of the lighter hue used in later games. The last time this design was used was in the anime.
This was Hot Head's first appearance. He merely walks around occasionally stopping to blow a flurry of fire at Kirby if he is in range. If he is at a distance, the Hot Head spit will spit out a fire ball towards Kirby instead. This behavior was used in every following game. He is also the only enemy that gives Kirby the basic Fire ability upon inhalation, whereas the other fire-based enemy (Flamer) gives Burning.
Hot Head is exactly the same in the remake, however his newer, more fiery design is used.
Hot Head also appears in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad but his behavior is no different from his earlier appearances. Squeak Squad introduces the Bubble Head species, which is virtually the Bubble equivalent of Hot Head, and Acchi, a larger-looking and stronger version of Hot Head. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Hothead appears as a sticker, using his artwork from Kirby: Squeak Squad.
Hot Head appears in the Whip and Water Challenges of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. He appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition as well. He appears in the Smash Combat Chamber and Magolor Race 1.Cowardly Creature". Other members include Mr. Frosty, Yaban, Boomer, Whiskers, Jukid, Dogon, and Poppy Bros. Jr..
When Phan Phan escapes, Customer Service turns to Dedede to help return him. Dedede is angry at him, and tells him that he should be ashamed for letting him escape. However, Customer Service says that he wasn't in his care at the time. He goes on to explain that he was at the "Monster Training School." Hot Head is one of the few monsters to be shown in the training school. He, along with Poppy Bros. Jr., is a member of the Snow Class, which is the strongest of the whole school. He is shown bouncing a small pink basketball on his head. It is not known what becomes of him after Nightmare is destroyed, neither is it known if he even finishes training school and becomes a full-fledged monster by the end of the series.
Unlike many of the other characters of the anime, Hot Head is shown with his design from the games he appears in. However, his design was changed in his next appearance, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
- Kirby's Adventure (debut)
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (remake of Kirby's Adventure)
- Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Kirby Super Star Ultra (possible cameo with a head ribbon in Megaton Punch audience)
- Kirby Mass Attack (cameo in Kirby Brawlball)
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (latest appearance)
- Hot Head shares the same name to an enemy in Super Mario World, who looks like a fireball and scales walls, floors, and ceilings.
- In Kirby's Adventure, Hot Head's artwork shows ears or hands on its head. In the game, it doesn't have these.