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Hothead
Official artwork of a Hothead from the SSBU website.
HotHead.jpg

MarioSymbol.svg
Hothead artwork from Brawl and Ultimate.
Universe Mario
Appears in Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Item class Throwing/Living
Article on Super Mario Wiki Hothead

Hotheads (パサラン, Pasaran) are enemies from the Mario series.

Origin[edit]

A Hothead from Super Mario World

Hotheads made their debut in Super Mario World as castle level enemies and has become a recurring enemy in the Mario and Yoshi series. They are large balls of sparkling energy with simple eyes. Hotheads are known for simply moving along platforms and being immune to every attack, except for Invincible Mario.

Overview[edit]

As an item[edit]

A Hothead emitting sparks.

Hothead debuted as a throwing/living item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In its stationary state, Hotheads can be picked up and thrown by the player's fighter, but will become mobile when thrown. Once they land on the ground or on a platform, it will move along the surface in the direction it was thrown, clinging to the floors and the ceilings of said platforms, and periodically release sparks, which are almost twice as strong as when they are thrown at the same size. In Ultimate, Hotheads appear to change their direction when they travel offstage on flat surfaces instead of disappearing; however, if it is on soft terrain, the Hothead will fall off of the edge, and continue to fall until it lands again or falls off the screen.

Hotheads can also be attacked, causing them to grow larger. It can be attacked both before and after setting it in motion. In Brawl and Smash 4, this was possible through flame and electric attacks, but in Ultimate, any attack can increase their size. Hotheads can reach their maximum size of roughly three times its original diameter after taking approximately 30% damage, despite its Brawl trophy description; however, if it is undamaged and takes more than 30% damage at once, it can gain OHKO power.

Hotheads eventually disappear in an amount of time inversely proportionate to their size (e.g., the bigger ones vanish faster). A traveling or thrown Hothead can be reflected, which will change its ownership and reverse its direction of travel.

Damage output[edit]

Action Brawl SSB4
Collision 6% 6%
Throw 11% 13%
Dash attack throw 13% 16%
Up tilt throw 12% 13%
Forward tilt throw 13% 13%
down tilt throw N/A N/A
Forward smash throw 16% 17%
Up smash throw 12% 18%
Down smash throw N/A N/A
Air throw 13% 12%
Air Drop 12% 12%
Air forward tilt throw 13% 13%
Air up tilt throw 12% 15%
Air down tilt throw 12% 12%
Air forward smash throw 12% 13%
Air up smash throw 12% 15%
Air down smash throw 12% 16%

Note: All of these damage percentages were taken with an uncharged Hothead.

Trophies[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy in Brawl.
Hothead

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.

SNES: Super Mario World

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Hothead trophy appears in both versions.

Trophy in for 3DS.
Trophy in for WiiU.
Hothead
North America 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!
Europe 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!
SNES: Super Mario World (08/1991)
Nintendo DS: Super Princess Peach (02/2006)

Spirits[edit]

The Hothead also appears as a Novice-class support spirit.

The Hothead uses a Curry Pac-Man puppet fighter and is fought on the Mushroom Kingdom U stage's Slide Lift Tower layout. During the battle, the Hothead appears as the item while Pac-Man starts off with a Hothead.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
58
SSBU spirit Hothead.png
Hothead
Support
2 Hothead Equipped Super Mario Series

In addition to the above, equipping the Plasma Wisp or Zip support spirits will give the player a Hothead at a start of their stock.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
376
SSBU spirit Plasma Wisp.png
Plasma Wisp
Support
2 Hothead Equipped Kirby Series
1,249
Spirit of Zip from FlingSmash
Zip
Support
2 Hothead Equipped FlingSmash

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese パサラン Pasaran
UK English Hothead
France French Tête Brûlée Hothead
Germany German Großschein Big Light
Spain Spanish Chispino Little Spark
Italy Italian Sfavillo Sparkle
China Chinese (Simplified) 大电火球 Big Electric Fireball
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) Hothead
South Korea Korean 파지직 Clenched Fireball
Netherlands Dutch Hothead
Russia Russian Головешка Firebrand

Trivia[edit]

  • Oddly, even though Hotheads do fire damage, they cannot ignite Blast Boxes or idle Bob-ombs upon contact.
  • In-game, Hotheads are actually a 2D texture; however, the Brawl trophy of the Hothead is a 3D model.
  • Without the aid of items or customs, Roy can create the strongest Hothead out of any character by hitting it with a fully charged Flare Blade.
  • The highest possible damage output known for a Hothead without hacking is 274% when smash thrown and 426% when it sparks. For a Hothead to become this strong, the situation with the five Soccer Balls and Marth's Critical Hit must be replicated, but after the Soccer Balls have sustained the maximum amount of damage.
  • Hotheads will cling to and slide over the surface of some bosses.

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