Il Piantissimo

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Il Piantissimo
Species Human
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Latest portrayal Scott Burns (2002)
“And now, we shall race to that flag!”
Il Piantissimo, Super Mario Sunshine

Il Piantissimo is a human disguised as a Pianta who appears in Super Mario Sunshine. His name is possibly a portmanteau of "Pianta" and "-issimo" ("-est" or "very"), or specifically "pianissimo" (very soft), a dynamic marking in sheet music. The word "il" is an Italian definite article equivalent to "the." Il Piantissimo is very confident and considers himself superior to others. Various locals at Pianta Village regard him as a rogue, a creep, and not related to the Piantas.

Il Piantissimo is a character whom Mario must footrace for a Shine Sprite on three different occasions: Gelato Beach's fifth episode, Il Piantissimo's Sand Sprint; Noki Bay's fifth episode, Il Piantissimo's Surf Swim; and Pianta Village's second episode, Il Piantissimo's Crazy Climb, effectively taking the role of Koopa the Quick from Super Mario 64. Il Piantissimo can use most of Mario's moves but cannot use any tactics involving FLUDD. If Il Piantissimo reaches the flag first, Mario loses a life. When the player replays a completed episode, Il Piantissimo is more difficult to beat, as he finishes the course slightly over the player's previous time.[1]

If the game is beaten without all 120 Shine Sprites collected, the ending screen shows Il Piantissimo finding Bowser Jr.'s Magic Paintbrush on Gelato Beach.


List of appearances[edit]

Title Description Original release date System/format
Super Mario Sunshine NPC 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Name appears on scoreboard 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Name appears on scoreboard 2004 Game Boy Advance
Super Mario 3D All-Stars NPC 2020 Nintendo Switch

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese モンテマン
French Il Piantissimo Same as English name
German Palmathon Portmanteau of "Palma" (Pianta) and "Marathon"
Italian Palmassimo Portmanteau of "Palmense" (Pianta) and "massimo" (greatest)
Spanish Forestón Augmentative of "Foresto" (the NOE Spanish name of Piantas)


Il Piantissimo unmasked
Il Piantissimo without his mask


  1. ^ Cross-reference this video with this video