|“||You set fire to my heart!”|
|— Burning Leo • Kirby Star Allies|
Burning Leo is round in shape and has fire-like hair that he constantly clutches.
As a Helper, he has dark violet-blue skin, green shoes, and small blue hands. He wears a green headband which holds a bright red gem in the middle of it. Both the headband and his flaming hair resemble Fire Kirby's hat. As an enemy, Burning Leo is a salmon-pink color with black colored accessories. As a friend in Kirby Star Allies, Burning Leo wears the crowned portion of the Fire Copy Ability.
Burning Leo draws inspiration from lion spirits of traditional Chinese Kabuki. Burning Leo's hair vaguely resembles the hair of a lion spirit, and his name also reflects his relation to them. In addition, the way he twirls his hair while moving is indicative of them.
Burning Leo first appears in Kirby Super Star as an enemy and a Helper, first appearing at Float Islands in Spring Breeze. The enemy version spits out large fireballs that slightly home in on Kirby, and will occasionally spew a small stream of fire. He is weak to the Blizzard element, but resists the Sizzle element. Burning Leo's attacks are weaker than those of other helpers, but his vitality is great. Burning Leo possesses all the attacks Fire Kirby can use. He can perform Fire Breath underwater, albeit with shorter range. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a green-colored Burning Leo with purple shoes is playable in Helper to Hero.
Burning Leo cameos in Kirby Brawlball as part of Marx's black hole attack. This Burning Leo seemingly uses the enemy coloration from Kirby Super Star but is a bit more orange-looking. His sprite is also a shrunken and slightly simplified sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Burning Leo appears as an enemy and also reprises his role as a friend in Kirby Star Allies. A noticeable difference in this title is that Burning Leo, quite relaxed, no longer holds onto his hair as he did in Kirby Super Star and its remake.
|“||Burning Leo, proud of his blazing mane, declares from his heart, “I will go on an adventure and share my flames!” But don’t get carried away. He might burn you!”|
|— Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! description • Kirby Star Allies|
|“||A hot-headed foe with a fiery mane, Burning Leo can blaze up walls and even heat up weapons of nearby friends with the Sizzle ability.”|
|— Choose your buddy • Play Nintendo|