Il Piantissimo

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Il Piantissimo
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 finding the Magic Paintbrush near Gelato Beach.

Il Piantissimo is a human disguised as a Pianta that Mario must footrace for three Shine Sprites in Super Mario Sunshine. He takes the role of Koopa the Quick from Super Mario 64.

Il Piantissimo is raced in 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". He 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 replaying a completed episode, Il Piantissimo is more difficult to beat, as he finishes the course slightly over the player's previous time.[1]

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's name is likely a portmanteau of Pianta and Italian -issimo ("-est", "very"), or specifically pianissimo ("very soft"), a dynamic marking in sheet music. The word il is an Italian definite article, equivalent to "the".

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.



Title Description Original Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Sunshine NPC 2002 NGC
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Name appears on score board 2003 NGC
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Name appears on score board 2004 GBA
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 Palmathon; Portmanteau of Palma (German for Pianta) and "Marathon".
Italian Palmassimo Portmanteau of Palmense (Pianta) and massimo (greatest); "Massimo" is also an Italian name
Spanish Forestón Augmentative of Foresto, the NOE Spanish name of Piantas; paralleling how Il Piantissimo means "The Very Pianta" in Italian.


Il Piantissimo without his mask.


  1. ^ Cross-reference this video with this video