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. 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 three fireballs in the player's direction, green and gray variants (both just green in the remakes) patrol an area and shoot fireballs straight up, and the most powerful, the pink (blue in the remakes), chases the player 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 are much like the Volcano Plant and the Lava Lotus 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. The Pompon Flower of Super Mario Land and the Pollen Plant of 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.
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