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Species Puni
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)

Pungent is the shopkeeper of Pungent's Great Tree Shop inside the Great Tree in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. His name is based on the word "pungent", meaning "affecting the senses to a great extent". Furthermore, "gent" is the abbreviated form of "gentleman", which might be a reference to his mustache. He is also the only Puni with visible facial hair. During the X-Naut invasion of the Great Tree, Pungent is one of the few Punies not to be captured by them. He hid in his shop until the entrance is uncovered by Mario's ally Flurrie. Recognizing Mario was there to help, Pungent aids him by selling him rare items.

Pungry, who camouflaged the entrance to Pungent's shop, is apparently friends with him and likes to hang out inside his shop.

Tattle information[edit]

  • That's Pungent, the manager of this shop. Weird place for a shop, if you ask me. But since we're here, I guess we could buy something...

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プーニン
Derived from "Puni"; with elongation symbol and the character「ん」(n) added

Chinese (simplified) 普宁
Transliteration of the Japanese name

Chinese (traditional) 普寧
Transliteration of the Japanese name

Dutch Teunini
From the name "Teun" and "mini" or Ini ("Puni")
French Poulignon
Pun on Pouni ("Puni") and mignon (French for cute, usually implying small)
German Bubuvicz
From Bubu ("Puni") and a modified spelling of the German suffix -vitz
Italian Fufuliano
Portmanteau of Fufino ("Puni") and the name "Giuliano"
Korean 마닌
Derived from "말랑" (Mallang, "Puni") and the Japanese name

Spanish Punín
From "Puni" and the Spanish suffix -ín meaning cute or small.