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Hothead in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Artwork of a Hothead 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 the game Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Hothead SMW.png

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]

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Hotheads are found in the World-e levels A Sky-High Adventure and Puzzling Pipe Maze. Unlike in Super Mario World, they can be defeated by Statue Mario's stomp or by hammers thrown by Hammer Mario.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

A Hothead and Lil Sparky in Super Mario Bros. Wonder
A Hothead in Super Mario Bros. Wonder

After a 20-year absence from the Super Mario series, Hotheads reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder alongside Lil Sparkies.[1]

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Hothead from Super Princess Peach.

Hotheads reappear in Super Princess Peach. They behave similarly to how they act 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 in the game, they do not have a vibe-based counterpart.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Artwork of a Hothead from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Hothead's artwork in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A Hothead in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
A Hothead in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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 give it a design closer to that of Super Mario World.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく ゴーストぞく
性格せいかく 無邪気むじゃき
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド

Tribe: Ghost clan
Disposition: Simple-minded
Game appearances: World
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 Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

  • Trophy
    • Hothead
    • 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.

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

HotheadTrophy3DS.png Hothead's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Hothead trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (left) / Wii U (right)
  • Trophy
  • Hothead
    • Appears in:
      • SNES Super Mario World (08/1991)
      • NDS Super Princess Peach (02/2006)
    • Once thrown, this guy will move across the ground and damage everything--except you--in its path. You can make the Hothead bigger by hitting it with attacks, much to 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 lighting, and it's pretty impressive just how big and powerful it can get! (British English)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Hothead Hothead spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Mario Series Support (2) Novice Hothead Equipped Spirit Board Curry PAC-MAN

Rule: Item: Hothead

  • The enemy breathes fire
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items
Mushroom Kingdom U (tower) Castle / Boss Fortress - Super Mario World / SMB 3

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

  • Bio: 地形に沿って回転している。ケセランより大きく、勤きが遅い。[3] (It rotates along the terrain. They are larger than Lil Sparkies and move more slowly.)


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
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[4]
Dà Diànhuǒqiú
Large Electric Fireball
Dutch Hothead -
French Tête Brûlée Fire Head
German Großschein (since Super Princess Peach)
Hothead (Super Mario World)
Big Shine
Italian Sferardente (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Sfavillo (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; same as Spark)
Burning Sphere
Korean 파지직
Onomatopoeia for electric sparkling
Portuguese Chispa Spark
Russian Головешка
From "голова" (golova, head) with diminutive suffix "-ешка" (-eshka)
Spanish Chispino From "chispa" (spark) with diminutive suffix "-ino"


  1. ^ Nintendo of America (August 31, 2023). Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct 8.31.2023. YouTube. Retrieved August 31, 2023.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 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), page 152.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 55.
  4. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.