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 on the title screen and in the background of puzzles. Lip wields her Flower Wand to help her make magic on the level of the other fairies in the game. 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 once again into the Pokémon universe as Pokémon Puzzle Challenge for the Game Boy Color. The 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.
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.
Lip's Stick returns as an item in Brawl, along with Kirby's Stone transformation as Lip's Garbage Block. The Pictochat stage also features the track Lip's Theme (Panel de Pon), a remix of Lip's original theme.
In non-Japanese versions of the game, Furil's sticker is listed under the name "Fairy Flower 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. Lip's Theme (Panel de Pon) only returns in the Wii U version of the game on the Wrecking Crew stage. In the customization menu, there is Lip's Stick equipment that lets you hold the item while starting any non-Event match.
Lip finally makes her first on-screen Smash appearance in the Spirits mode of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Assist Spirit. She is also the basis for a costume for Mii Swordfighters which the outfit is unlocked from the start, while her wig headgear must be unlocked. She is also a Friend Icon in the game.
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 (Panel de Pon) also returns in this game, and the Flower effect was redesigned to match the title screen of Panel de Pon.
Appearances outside of Smash
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 but distinct-looking 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 would also appear in the Japan-only 2008 release Captain Rainbow, in which she plays an important plot role as she dreams of becoming a magician.
The first known international reference of Lip or her series outside of Smash was the "Fairy Flower" item set (which does not reference her by name) that the player's Villager can use in the Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome Amiibo update on November 2, 2016.
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