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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)

Pansers are enemies commonly found in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and 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. Pansers originally had black stems, but in the remakes included in Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance, they have beige stems. The red Pansers are always depicted as having green stems in artwork.

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 the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, Wild Ptooie Piranha from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and Pollen Plant from Virtual Boy Wario Land are also similar.

In 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 Super Mario-kun, a singular Panser appears in volume 9. After the Mushroom Kingdom falls into chaos, many strange creatures start to appear out of nowhere, including the Panser. It attacks Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, but Mario ties its petals right when it is about to spit another fireball barrage, exploding in the process.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: The only plant life Wart created for the world of dreams. It spouts fire.[1]
  • Instruction Booklet bio (Game Boy Advance version): These fiery flowers are real hotheads. You'll be safe if you can avoid their fireballs.[2]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ポンキー (JP) / Panser (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゅっしん フラワー族 Place of origin Flower clan
性格せいかく とにかくイジワル Disposition A bit mean
登場とうじょうゲーム USA Game appearances USA


Blocks the way with fireballs

A nasty fellow that blocks the path of Mario and his friends by spitting fireballs. There are various types, such as those that only spit fire directly upwards, those that scatter it 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][3]
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[10]
Pēnshè Huā
Spurting Flower; shared with Volcano Lotus

French Panser
German Panser
Italian Panser[7]
Portmanteau of viola 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!, but their ability of shooting fire was passed to Piranha Plants.
  • The Pansers' name is likely a combination of "pansy", a type of flower, and "Panzer", the German word for "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. ^ a b 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. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 225.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Italian manual. Page 26.
  8. ^ Super Mario Advance European manual (Italian). Page 112.
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 68.
  10. ^ 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.