Phan Phan is a Mid-Boss that debuted in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where it replaces Rolling Turtle from the original Kirby's Adventure, and has since appeared in various other games of the Kirby series. It was last seen as an enemy in Kirby Super Star Ultra, where it appeared in Revenge of the King and The True Arena. Depending on the game, it yields either the Throw or the Suplex Copy Ability when Kirby inhales and swallows it after defeating it.
Phan Phan's appearance is similar to that of an elephant, except that it has only two legs and a spherical body. It has large, black eyes, and three strans of hair, similar to the two strands of hair on Waddle Doo. Phan Phan often attacks by rolling at Kirby, lifting him and throwing him with his ears, and stomping on him. It also throws apples at Kirby, which can be inhaled and spat out at Phan Phan to deal damage.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Phan Phan debuted in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and replaces Rolling Turtle (the original Throw-yielding mid-boss). It gives 1500 point when defeated. It appears in the following stages: (Star Bullet=10 damage)
- Grape Garden - Stage 4: 40 HP
- Orange Ocean - Stage 1: 30 HP (floor covered with water)
- Rainbow Resort - Stage 2: 40 HP (Tower of Mid-Bosses)
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- -1 damage from fire-type attacks
- -1 damage from ice-type attacks
- -1 damage from electric-type attacks
- -2 damage from slash-type attacks
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Phan Phan appears in Revenge of the King and The True Arena and yields the Suplex ability instead. It now has 200 HP (Star Bullet=52 damage) and gives 5000 score when defeated.
Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
Phan Phan stars in Episode 94 of the Kirby: Right Back At Ya! anime, called Cowardly Creature, where it's portrayed as a timid elephant that's scared of squirrels and likes apples and escaped from the Nightmare Enterprises' Monster training school. It's then turned violent by Whippy, another Monster sent by NME, and Kirby is forced to defeat Phan Phan. Fortunately, Phan Phan is brought back to its goodness after the battle.
Phan Phan makes a cameo appearance in Episode 96 where it's now living in the forest of Whispy Woods, but this scene was removed in the English dub.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- The name "Phan Phan" is derived from the word elephant.
- A flaming elephant enemy called Heat Phanphan appears in Kirby Air Ride, but it's unknown if Phan Phan and Heat Phanphan are related.
Names in other languages