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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. Despite this, their shape seems to be based on the World War II-era tanks used by the Imperial Japanese Army (particularly the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank) - ironically with the chassis and turret being dark green in color alongside the white Bowser emblem, akin to its American namesake.


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Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Odyssey Tank Tank -

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タンクロー[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" (chariot or tank)
German Shermützler From "Sherm" (transliteration of the English name) + pun on "mütze" (cap) and "scharmützel" (skirmish) with name ending "-er"
Italian Carlo Armato[2] Pun on "Carlo" and "carro armato" (tank)
Korean 탱크로
From the Japanese name
Russian Шерм[3]
Spanish Sherm -