Hothead

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Hothead
Hothead in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Artwork from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Variant of Lil Sparky

Hotheads are large balls of sparking energy that first appear in Super Mario World. Hotheads travel slowly on platforms.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Hotheads first appear in Super Mario World. They slowly move around platforms and can be defeated by Invincible Mario or Caped Mario's Body Press. They are found in #6 Wendy's Castle and Front Door, specifically in rooms with Lil Sparkies.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Hotheads are enemies in the World-e expansion of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They are encountered in A Sky-High Adventure and Puzzling Pipe Maze. Hotheads can be defeated by Statue Mario or from hammers thrown by Hammer Mario.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Screenshot of a Hothead from Super Mario Bros. Wonder
A Hothead in Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Hotheads reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder alongside Lil Sparkies.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Hotheads are enemies in Super Princess Peach. They are based on their appearance in Super Mario World, and are invincible to everything Peach can do. They are found in Shriek Mansion, Fury Volcano, and Bowser's Villa. Unlike most other enemies, Hotheads were not given any vibe-based counterpart.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: Hothead
Artwork of a Hothead from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Hothead's artwork in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which gives it a more realistic design

Hotheads appear as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like in Super Mario World, they stick to the stage when thrown and burn anyone that touches it, and also release powerful sparks periodically when moving. It also grows larger if hit with fire and electric attacks, an ability it was never shown to have in the Super Mario franchise. Hotheads move quickly around the platform they are on, but can also just fall off entirely. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Hothead also appears as a support spirit, equipping the fighter with a Hothead at the start of battle when used.

Hothead's design in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is more realistic-looking, but Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate design it more similarly to its appearance in Super Mario World.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

パサラン (JP) / Hothead (EN)
Image of a Hothead
Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく ゴーストぞく Tribe Ghost clan
性格せいかく 無邪気むじゃき Disposition Simple-minded
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド Game appearances World
やっかいなたま

足場あしばとなるブロックのまわりをグルグルとまわっているたまで、ケセラン(P78)が大型化おおがたかしたもの。たおすことができないので、ジャンプしてえなければならない。[1]

That's a nasty fireball

A fireball circling around a block that serves as a foothold, it is a larger version of the Lil Sparky (p. 78). They cannot be knocked down and must be jumped over.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Hothead
A Hothead from Super Princess Peach.
Vibe Vibeless Levels Hoo's Wood 2-8
Shriek Mansion 3-3
Shriek Mansion 3-4
Shriek Mansion 3-5
Bowser's Villa 8-5
Glossary number 55 Glossary entry Avoid it as it moves along the terrain.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy
Hothead
BrawlTrophy520.png
Appears in:
SNES Super Mario World
How to unlock: Random
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. (American English)
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 with some attacks, 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. (British English)

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

Trophy
Hothead
3DS:
HotheadTrophy3DS.png
Wii U:
Hothead's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Category: Item
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
SNES Super Mario World (08/1991)
NDS Super Princess Peach (02/2006)
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: -
How to unlock:
Random
Once thrown, this guy will move across the ground and damage anything—except you—in its path. You can make the Hothead bigger by hitting it with attacks, much to your opponents' dismay. If you make it really big and powerful, it may just carry you to victory! (American English)
Throw this on the ground and it'll slide around, damaging everything in its path, except you. You can make the Hothead get bigger and more powerful by attacking it with fire and lightning, and it's pretty impressive just how big and powerful it can get! (British English)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirit
#58 Hothead
Hothead spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Series/game Super Mario Series
Type Support
Slots 2
Class Novice
Strength / effect(s) Hothead Equipped
How to obtain Spirit Board
Spirit battle Opponent(s) Curry PAC-MAN
Conditions Rule: Item: Hothead
  • The enemy breathes fire
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items
Stage Mushroom Kingdom U (tower)
Song Castle / Boss Fortress - Super Mario World / SMB 3

Gallery[edit]

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Bros. Wonder G:/romfs/Model/EnemyKeseranBig.bfres.zs EnemyKeseranBig Big Lil Sparky

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パサラン
Pasaran
Both this and Lil Sparky's Japanese name「ケセラン」(Keseran) are derived from「ケセランパサラン」(Keseran Pasaran), a legendary puff-ball creature in Japanese mythology

Chinese 大电火球[2]
Dà Diànhuǒqiú
Large Electric Fireball

Dutch Hothead
-
French Tête Brûlée
Burned Head
German Großschein (since Super Princess Peach)
Hothead (Super Mario World)
Big Shine
-
Italian Sferardente
Fiammetto[3]
Sfavillo (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only)
Burning Sphere
Lava Bubble
From sfavillare ("to spark"); shared with Wire Trap in Super Mario Manga Mania
Korean 파지직
Pajijik
Onomatopoeia for electric sparkling

Portuguese Chispa (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U)
Spark
Russian Головешка
Goloveshka
Головня (golovnya, "firebrand"/"smut"), word of the same root with голова (golova, "head"); with diminutive suffix -ешк (-eshk)

Spanish Chispino
From chispa ("spark") with diminutive suffix -ino

References[edit]

  1. ^ November 20, 1994. 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 4-09-259067-9. Page 152.
  2. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba (Simplified Chinese). Archived February 27, 2017, 15:38:47 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  3. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 55.