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A Sherm in Super Mario Odyssey
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

Sherms are tank enemies that appear in Super Mario Odyssey. They are green with a white Bowser's emblem printed on them, fire pearlescent blue explosives, and can be found in the Wooded Kingdom, the Metro Kingdom at nighttime, the Underground Moon Caverns in the Moon Kingdom, and the Mechawiggler rematch in the Mushroom Kingdom. They can be beaten with a ground pound or a shot fired by a captured Sherm. When captured with and controlled by Cappy, the player can aim its cannon with the right Control Stick (as well as by tilting the Joy-Con/Pro Controller), and fire explosives with Y Button. The explosives can also be used to collect items. They are used to defeat Mechawiggler.

The name "Sherm" is a reference to the famous American M4 Sherman tank, which was one of the most common tanks in World War II - the hat they wear in the Metro Kingdom even resembles the Ascot top hat worn in depictions of Uncle Sam.

Their shape seems to be based on the tanks of the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II - ironically with the chassis and turret being dark green in color alongside the white Bowser emblem.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Tank[1]

From "tank" and「九郎」(-kurō, an old-fashioned male given name suffix, such as「宮藤 官九郎」Kudō Kankurō); generally, the kanji that precedes「九郎」is a number up to ten
Chinese 坦克仔
Tǎnkè Zǎi
Tank Guy
Dutch Sherm -
French Charlu From char, meaning chariot or tank.
German Shermützler From Sherm (transliteration of the English name), Mütze (cap) and Scharmützel (skirmish)
Italian Carlo Armato[3] From the name Carlo and carro armato (tank).
Korean 탱크로
From the Japanese name.
Russian Шерм[4]
Spanish Sherm -