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)
“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 the player must race in Super Mario Sunshine, similar to Koopa the Quick races in Super Mario 64. He can be raced in the 5th episodes of Gelato Beach and Noki Bay, and in the second episode of Pianta Village. Il Piantissimo's name could be a portmanteau of the words "Pianta", whom he is dressed as, and "Pianissimo," which is Italian for "very soft", usually used in musical notations, though it is worth noting that "-issimo" itself is an Italian suffix for "extremely."

Piantissimo is very overconfident, and finds himself much superior to others. According to various locals at Pianta Village, he is considered a rogue, a creep, and not related to the Piantas. This could show that due to his attitude, he is left alone and barely challenged, fueling his ego as there is no one to compete against him.

When Mario races against Il Piantissimo, the two must head to a flag that represents the finish line. If Mario wins, he gets a Shine Sprite, then completing the mission. However, Mario loses a life if Il Piantissimo finishes first. Also, if the player replays a completed Il Piantissimo episode, Il Piantissimo is more difficult to beat, as he finishes the course with the player's previous time.[citation needed] However, Il Piantissimo cannot use any tactics involving F.L.U.D.D.

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



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
"Monteman", Monte being the Japanese name for Pianta.
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.