Panser

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Panser
Panser.jpg
Artwork of a red Panser
First Appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario Kart 7 (cameo) (2011)
Related Species
Lava Lotus
Pompon Flower
Volcano Lotus
Wild Ptooie Piranha
The three varieties of Panser.

Pansers are enemies commonly found in Super Mario Bros. 2. Along with Pokeys, they are the only known hostile plant species in Subcon, although Pansers were created by Wart.[1] There are four types of Pansers: red, green, gray and pink. The red version will stay in one place and shoot three fireballs in Mario's, Luigi's, Toad's, or Princess Peach's direction, green and gray (just green in the remake) will patrol an area and shoot fireballs straight up, and the most powerful, the pink (blue in the remake), will chase Mario or his friends and shoot three fireballs. These enemies can only be defeated by throwing another enemy or a Mushroom Block at them, and are sometimes an excessively annoying enemy. They somewhat resemble Fire Flowers.

They are much like the Volcano Lotus and the Lava Lotus (as well as Pompon Flowers) of later games. A key difference between Panser and the Lotus enemies is that the former walks and is more aggressive, whereas the latter are immobile and seem to be defending themselves.

No actual Panser is found outside of Super Mario Bros. 2, its remakes, and other related media. Nonetheless, in the racetrack titled Shy Guy Bazaar from Mario Kart 7, many stalls (and even part of the track itself) are decorated with red carpets, all of which feature Panser sprites as motifs, along with Phantos and Cobrats.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポンキー[2][3]
Ponkī
From ponpon, Japanese onomatopoeia for popping out something; shared with Volcano Lotus.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The only plant life Wart created for the world of dreams. It spouts fire." - Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 26 (Panser description).
  2. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 34.
  3. ^ Mario Character Book, page 209