Heat Miser is a character from the Rankin/Bass 1974 children's television special The Year Without a Santa Claus. A giant, vaguely demonic ogre-like being, Heat Miser is a blustery, quick-tempered hothead who is ultimately harmless. As indicated in the lyrics of his song ("whatever I touch, starts to melt in my clutch"), Heat Miser can melt objects with a touch, even, implausibly, objects that should combust rather than melt, such as a shovel's wooden handle. Appearances suggest that the objects he melts are actually transforming into lava. Unlike Snow Miser, there is no evidence that he can restore objects he melts, as Snow Miser can with objects he turns into snow. He can also project intense heat from his hands or mouth, even forming simple objects of flame that can endure independently for a few seconds. His anger comes from the fact he feels Santa is unfair to him by giving his stepbrother, Snow Miser free publicity while he gets none, as well as the claim that their mother preferred Snow Miser over Heat Miser. Otherwise, he isn't malevolent at all.
He lives inside of a volcano with his band of imp-like minions who are all identical, miniature versions of himself. Heat Miser controls the hot weather all over Earth. His archnemesis is his stepbrother, Snow Miser, and their mother is Mother Nature.
Heat Miser was voiced by character actor George S. Irving. Both Heat and Snow Miser sing a memorable ragtime style song introducing themselves.
In the 2006 NBC live-action remake, he is played by actor Harvey Fierstein. His underlings are replaced by women in bikinis, rather than his impish duplicates. They operate his over-sized slingshot to launch fireballs and fire volcanoes to feud with Snow Miser.
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