Pionpi, also known as Pinopi, are undead enemies found in Super Mario Land. They are based on jiangshi, a mythical vampire and zombie-like creature from Chinese folklore. Found in the Chai Kingdom, they constantly try to jump on Mario, and some appear from the air. They can be temporarily stunned by being jumped on, which will also award Mario with 800 points. To actually destroy them, Mario must lure them off the level or shoot them with two Superballs. They act essentially as a faster, harder version of the Fly and Kumo found earlier in the game. They are also similar to the Dry Bones introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, being an undead enemy that soon resurrects upon being squashed.
In the Game Boy comics published by Valiant Comics, a Pionpi is shown to be Tatanga's second-in-command and frequently rides around on a Yurarin Boo. In the issue "Team Play", this Pionpi leads Tatanga's invasion of the Great Wall of China and is also the only one of Tatanga's Elite Squadron to protest Herman Smirch's joining of Tatanga's forces.
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