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Pentaro (ペン太郎, ペンタロウ Pentarō?) is a video game character created by Konami, originally appearing in 1990 in the game Parodius Da! ~Shinwa kara Owarai e~. A male penguin, he is the son of the penguin referred to as just "Penguin" (ペンギン Pengin?), later named Penta (ペン太?) who originally appeared in 1983 in Antarctic Adventure, but subsequently became the protagonist of Penguin Adventure and Yume Penguin Monogatari ("Penguin Dream Story"), and a playable character in Parodius for the MSX.

Pentaro's name is a portmanteau of "penguin" and "tarō", which is a very common boys' name often used in Japanese folk tales.


Pentaro has made most of his appearances in the Parodius series of games, where he was a selectable character in every title from Parodius Da! ~Shinwa kara Owarai e~ onward, with the exception of Sexy Parodius. In that title, he plays the role of a boss at the mercenary company where all the Parodius characters are employed. He handles the negotiations and gives out the assignments to the other characters. He works in an office, specifically at a desk that he can barely see across, where he utilizes a typewriter constantly. As Pentaro cannot fight himself in this game, he hires Ivan and Toby, two penguin commandos, to take his place.


Pentaro's feathers are always blue. Later on, as pictured in the cartoon drawings of the Parodius games, he wears a flak jacket and wields a carbine. It's possible that he picked up the shooting skills learned by his father during the course of events in Penguin Adventure, as one of the most facilitating items during the course of the game is a gun.

Love life

Pentaro acquired a mate in the Parodius series; a female penguin named Hanako (which means "little flower"). Hanako is a common Japanese girl's name. She's similarly colored as Penko (Pentaro's mother), although her feathers are closer to magenta than pink, and in some games appear orange. It's unknown if Pentaro has any children, although one could conjecture that the Options he uses in the Parodius games, pictured as small penguins, are in fact his offspring.




  1. Pentaro's profile in Parodius Da! (GB) states that he is 9 years old in that game.


  • Pentaro's overall design with automatic gun, bulletproof vest as well as its color is very close to the penguins found in the movie A Penguin's Memories. Apparently, Konami inspiration with the penguins come from this movie.
Parodius Da!
Characters TakoVic ViperPentaroTwinBee
Stages Pirate IslandLas VegasLabyrinthAmusement Park (FC) • Crystal Cave (GB) • JapanMoai BattleshipPachinkoClouds and BubblesIce CaveNight of the Living DeadPublic Bath (SNES) • Zeo's Fortress
Bosses Cat BattleshipCaptain Penguinovski the 3rdChichibinta RikaEagle Eagle SabnosukeHot LipsPig TideYoshikoViva CoreHoney MiyakoPooyanIron Maiden MK IIIYoshiwara DayuuShowering BeautyGolgotha Takobee
Port Exclusive Miss MishitarinaMadam of Yotsuya QViking MoaiWoon BottonTako HyuumaPenguin BombCrystal GolemPenguin ConducterPinwallMarvelous Green MantleGreat Gourmet King Manjiri KunSuper DX Emperor Penguin
Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~
Characters Takosuke and BelialVic Viper and Lord BritishPentaro and HanakoTwinBee and WinBeeHikaru and AkaneMambo and SambaMichael and GabrielKoitsu and AitsuGoemon and EbisumaruDracula-kun and Kid DraculaUpa and RupaMr. Past Glory
Stages Circo Porto HarborlandCat Battleship ForeverCandy LandTraffic SignsCore Ship ParadeMoai BattleshipThe MoonDiscoShooting Memories
Bosses Anna PavlovaCat SubmarineElizaDecoration CoreCrazy CoreCapsule Monster CappuccinoYoshikoPrincess KaguyaChichibinta RikaTako's CutiePentaro X
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius
Characters Takohiko and BelialVic Viper and Lord BritishPentaro and HanakoTwinBee and WinBeeSue and MemimMike and RanSoitsu and DoitsuUpa and RupaDracula-kun and Kid DraculaMr. Past Glory
Stages Hip Hop DiscoSchoolDonburi FieldsEdoSweet LandHigh Speed PatrolFiesta BasePolygon Space (Omake 1) • Grand Prix (Omake 2)
Bosses Mirror BallJudyEnormous Hikaru and AkaneMardock and Warumon's ShipsBaronBeeBoinBeeGoemon CompactDecoration Core MK IICat Battle TrainBig Core MK I (SNES) • Ghost Woman (SNES) • Big BaronBee (SNES) • John Wanjiro (PSX) • Penkuro (PSX) • Temple LordMr. Goldfish's Selling FortressChichibinta RikaBacteriyaRobot Wall