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A Hothead, as seen in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (as item) (2014)
Li'l Sparky
Related Species
Lava Bubble

Hotheads are large balls of sparking energy that first appear in the game Super Mario World.


Super Mario World[edit]

Hothead SMW.png

They slowly move around platforms and don't pose much of a threat. These creatures only appear in a few fortresses and castles. They can usually be found in areas with Li'l Sparkys, which are essentially smaller versions of Hotheads.

Super Princess Peach[edit]


The Hotheads reappeared in Super Princess Peach, where they served the same purpose.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Hotheads have made another appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an item. The Hotheads, just like in Super Mario World, will stick to the stage when thrown and burn anyone that touches it. It will also grow larger if it's hit with attacks, but it grows significantly larger when hit by Fire attacks, maxing out at approximately 3 times its original diameter. Hotheads move quickly around the platform they are on, but can also just fall off entirely.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U[edit]

Hotheads return in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, acting the same as Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Trophy information from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Hothead BrawlTrophy520.png SNES Super Mario World An item that, when tossed, sticks to the terrain and moves, causing damage to those it touches. Whoever threw it won't take damage. It will grow larger if it's attacked, which ups its attack range. However, an increase in size corresponds to a decrease in the time it stays on the screen. A really big Hothead will take up the entire screen, and is quite a sight to behold.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パサラン
From ケセランパサラン, legendary Japanese creature.
French Tête Brûlée Fire Head
German Großschein (since Super Princess Peach)
Hothead (Super Mario World)
Big Glow
Italian Sferardente (Brawl)
Sfavillo (Super Princess Peach)
Burning Sphere
Korean 파지직
Onomatopoeia of electric sparkling