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Artwork of a red Panser from Super Mario Advance.
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (cameo) (2019)
Lava Lotus
Pompon Flower
Volcano Lotus
Wild Ptooie Piranha
Fire Nipper Plant
Pollen Plant

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 three types of Pansers: red, pink, and either green or gray depending on location. The red version stays in one place and shoot two fireballs in the player's direction, the green/gray variant (both just green in the remakes) patrols an area and shoot fireballs straight up, and the most powerful, the pink (blue in the remakes), chases the player and shoots fireballs towards them. These enemies can only be defeated by throwing another enemy or an item, like a vegetable or Mushroom Block, at them.

The Lava Lotus from Super Mario Bros. 3 resembles a large, transparent Panser. The similar Volcano Lotus introduced in Super Mario World additionally shares the same Japanese name as Panser, suggesting a connection. However, neither of these plants are ever shown to be able to move, and they release their projectiles in periodic sets rather than rapidly fire in an arc. The Fiery Walking Piranha from Super Mario Bros. 3, Pompon Flower from Super Mario Land, Furafurawā from Game Boy Donkey Kong, Wild Ptooie Piranha from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and Pollen Plant from Virtual Boy Wario Land are also similar.

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 in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour, 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.

In the NES version, they have black stems, but in the SNES version and other subsequent remakes, they have beige stems. The red ones are always depicted as having green stems in artwork.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: The only plant life Wart created for the world of dreams. It spouts fire.[1]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: These fiery flowers are real hotheads. You'll be safe if you can avoid their fireballs.[2]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 フラワー族
性格 とにかくイジワル
登場ゲーム USA

Tribe: Flower clan
Disposition: He's just a tease
Game appearances: USA
Fireballs flinging and running out of steam
A nasty little fellow that blocks the path of Mario and his friends by emitting fireballs. There are various types of fireballs, such as those that only burn directly above you, those that spread out to the left and right, those that stand still, and those that move.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

  • Panser (Red): マリオのいる方向へ、山なりに火の玉を吐いて攻撃してくる。[4] (They attack by spitting fireballs in a heap in the direction where Mario is.)
  • Panser (Gray): その場から動かず、真上へ火の玉を吐いて攻撃してくる。[4] (It does not move from its spot and attacks by spitting fireballs directly above it.)
  • Panser (Pink): 移動しながら火の玉を吐いてくる。段差も気にせず進んでくる。[4] (They spit fireballs while moving. They do not care about the steps.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポンキー[5][6]
Ponkī (Reddo)
Ponkī (Gurē)
Ponkī (Pinku)
From「ぽん」(pon, Japanese onomatopoeia for popping out something) and suffix "-ky"; shared with Volcano Lotus

Panser (Red) (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, red type)

Panser (Gray) (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, gray/green type)

Panser (Pink) (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, pink/blue type)

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name
Chinese 喷射花[8]
Pēnshè Huā
Spurting Flower; shared with Volcano Lotus
French Panser -
German Panser -
Italian Violaccia Compound of "viola" (pansy) and "erbaccia" (weed)


  • Excluding Wart, Pansers are the only enemy from Super Mario Bros. 2 to not appear in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.
  • Pansers likely get their name a combination of the word pansy, a type of flower, and Panzer, a German tank, perhaps in reference to the plant's ability to throw fireballs.


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 12.
  3. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 209.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 68.
  5. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 34.
  6. ^ Mario Character Book, page 209
  7. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 225.
  8. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.