Panser

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Panser
Panser.jpg
Artwork of a red Panser from Super Mario Advance.
First Appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Latest Appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Related Species
Lava Lotus
Pompon Flower
Volcano Plant
Furafurawā
Wild Ptooie Piranha
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 four types of Pansers: red, green, gray and pink. The red version stays in one place and shoot three fireballs in the player's direction, green and gray variants (or just green in the remake) patrol an area and shoot fireballs straight up, and the most powerful, the pink (blue in the remake), 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 from Mario Kart 7, 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.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポンキー[2][3]
Ponkī
From ponpon, Japanese onomatopoeia for popping out something; shared with Volcano Plant.
Chinese 喷射花[4]
Pēnshè Huā
Spurting Flower. This name is also used for Volcano Plants.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 34.
  3. ^ Mario Character Book, page 209
  4. ^ 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.