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Super Mario RPG Enemy
Location(s) Coal Mines
HP 1200
Attack 60
Magic Attack 22
Defense 42
Magic Defense 40
Speed 15
Spells Sand Storm
Sp. Attacks None
Items None
Exp. points 0
Coins 0
              Misc. stats
FP 10
Evade 0%
Magic Evade 0%
Strong Jump, Fear, Poison, Sleep, Silence, Critical
Weak None
Bonus Flower None
Yoshi Cookie None
Morph Rate 0%
"Yeeha! I see we're already famous!"
“Good day. The name's Nello...PUNCHINELLO!”
Punchinello, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Punchinello is one of the major bosses encountered in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. He is named after Pulcinella, a classical character in Italian theater and puppetry. He mainly uses variations of Bob-ombs while fighting. Personality-wise, Punchinello is absolutely insane and throws temper tantrums very often. Punchinello lives in the Moleville Mines. When one of the seven Star Piece crashed into the mine, he made it a possession for himself. Punchinello also wants to be famous, according to his wish on Star Hill and his Psychopath thought. When Mario and his allies arrive in Punchinello's area looking for the Star Piece, he thinks that he can become famous if he can defeat them and engages them in battle.


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If Mario walks up in front of him, he shoves Mario away with his arms, sending Mario back into the other room. Thus Mario must be behind or near the side of Punchinello to start battling.

When battle starts, Punchinello throws Microbombs at Mario, which can explode after a set amount of turns. In battle, Punchinello attacks with his fist, punching one of Mario's party members. Punchinello also uses the attack Sand Storm.

Punchinello uses four varieties of Bob-omb to aid him in battle. Each variety appears after the boss takes enough damage. He first releases four Microbombs, then four Bob-ombs, and then three Mezzo Bombs.

After Punchinello is defeated, he summons a King Bomb which lands on him and eventually explodes, covering Mario and co. in soot. After cleaning themselves off, the heroes take the third Star Piece and venture deeper into the mines.


Main article: List of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars quotes#Punchinello
  • "They say I'm a hothead, but I'll show them! You... YOU will make me famous! So long!"
  • Simmer down, fluffy! I'm not going to waste this on YOU! Who knows what might happen!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペパット
Play on papetto (パペット), from the English word "puppet".


  • Punchinello's introduction "Nello... PUNCHINELLO!" is likely a reference to James Bond's catchphrase of being "Bond, James Bond". Translator Ted Woolsey originally wanted to name him "James Bomb", which explains why Punchinello introduces himself this way, but management refused to allow it.[1]
  • Before releasing his Mezzo Bombs, Punchinello shouts "It's CLOBBERING TIME!". This is likely a reference to The Thing's catchphrase. Domino also says the same phrase.
  • Punchinello is the only boss in possession of a Star Piece that has the "normal" boss music playing, instead of the theme music for a star-specific boss battles (this, of course, does not include boss fights where the player gets a star and subsequently has it taken away). This suggests Punchinello is not a member of the Smithy Gang. Other things that confirm this are the fact that there are no Machine Made replicas of Punchinello in the Factory, and Punchinello is not mentioned among the fallen Smithy Gang members by the Clerk.
  • Punchinello is the only boss other than Bowser and Smithy to not actually net the player with any EXP or even show a results screen.