Flower Fairy Lip (花の妖精リップ, Flower Fairy Lip), often simply referred to as Lip (リップ, Lip), is the main character of Panel de Pon.
Lip debuted as the protagonist of the 1995 Japanese puzzle game Panel de Pon, appearing as the main playable character in the game's single-player story mode. In the story, Lip uses her flower wand and puzzle skills to free the fairies of her world from a curse set by the demon king Thanatos. The true ending reveals that Lip's mother, the goddess Cordelia, was testing Lip's ability to succeed her as the fairy queen. Panel de Pon was rebranded and released overseas as Tetris Attack, with its characters from the first game replaced by those from the Yoshi series. As such, Lip remained relatively unknown outside of Japan.
Five years later, Panel de Pon was adapted into the Pokémon universe as Pokémon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64 and Pokémon Puzzle Challenge for the Game Boy Color. The latter game was originally going to be Panel de Pon GB and would have starred Lip and the fairy cast from the first game, but that plan was scrapped in favor of the Pokémon variant. However, 13 years after the game's original release, it was discovered that Lip's Stage could be secretly accessed using specific button commands.
When Nintendo released the Japan-only Nintendo Puzzle Collection in 2003 for the GameCube, the fairy aesthetic of Panel de Pon returned, but with an almost entirely new cast. Lip was replaced with a similar-looking but distinct character, Furil, who uses Lip's stage, element, and theme. Lip's theme can be heard in the 2005 release of Dr. Mario & Puzzle League, and Lip would return as a cameo in the Japanese releases of 2007's Planet Puzzle League and 2009's Puzzle League Express.
Lip also plays an important role in the Japan-only 2008 release Captain Rainbow, in which she dreams of becoming a magician.
The first known international reference to Lip or her series outside of Smash was the "Flower Fairy" costume set in the Animal Crossing: New Leaf — Welcome Amiibo update. This set, which does not otherwise reference Lip by name, can be earned by the player's Villager through clearing milestones in the Animal Crossing: Puzzle League minigame. She would later make her first formal international appearance outside of Smash upon the release of her origin game on the Nintendo Switch Online service in May 2020.
Lip's signature flower wand debuts in Melee as the Lip's Stick item. The item inflicts the Flower status upon hitting an enemy, causing gradual damage for a short amount of time. The Lip's Stick trophy would be the only mention of Lip's name in the series until Ultimate.
Additionally, Lip's Garbage Block serves as one of Kirby's random Stone transformations.
In non-Japanese versions of the game, Furil's sticker is listed under the name "Flower Fairy Lip" from Nintendo Puzzle Collection.
The Lip's Stick item and Kirby's Stone transformation as Lip's Garbage Block both return in Smash 4. The Lip's Theme remix only returns in the Wii U version of the game, this time on the Wrecking Crew stage.
Lip finally makes her first on-screen Smash appearance in the Spirits mode of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Support spirit. She is also the basis for a costume for Mii Swordfighters, which is unlocked from the start, while her wig headgear must be unlocked. She is also available as a friend icon.
Lip's Stick returns as an item, as does Kirby's Stone transformation as Lip's Garbage Block. The Brawl remix of Lip's Theme also returns in this game, and the Flower effect was redesigned to match the title screen of Panel de Pon.
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