Pentarou (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 the MSX Parodius game. Pentarou's name is a portmanteau of penguin and "Tarō", which is a very common boys' name oft used in Japanese folk tales.


Pentarou 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- onwards, 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 Pentarou cannot fight himself in this game, he hires Ivan & Toby, two penguin commandos to take his place.


Pentarou's feathers are always blue. Later on, as pictured in the cartoon drawings of the Parodius games, Pentarou wears a flack jacket and wields a carbine. It is 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

Pentarou acquired a mate in the Parodius series; a female penguin named Hanako, meaning "little flower". Hanako is a common Japanese girl's name. Hanako is similarly colored as Penko, although her feathers are closer to magenta than pink, and in some games appear orange. It is unknown if Pentarou 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.


  • 1990 – Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- (Arcade, MSX, Super Famicom, Game Boy, PC Engine, Mobile Phones) – One of the selectable characters
  • 1993 - Violent Storm (Arcade)
  • 1994 – Gokujō Parodius! ~ Kako no Eikō o Motomete ~ (Arcade, Super Famicom) – One of the selectable characters
  • 1995 – Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (Super Famicom, PlayStation) – One of the selectable characters
  • 1996 – Sexy Parodius (Arcade, Sega Saturn, PlayStation) – Is the boss, and perhaps owner, of the Parodius mercenary organization.
  • 1996 - Balloon Penta
  • 1997 - Imo Hori Penta
  • 1997 – Paro Wars (PlayStation) – One of the selectable characters
  • 1998 - Little Pirates (Pachislot) - Pentarou join a Pirate Penguin
  • 2000 - CR Parodius Da!/Parodius da! EX (Pachinko)
  • 2001 - Hie Hie Penta: Ice Cream Catcher (Merchandiser)
  • 2003 - Frogger's Journey: The Forgotten Relic (Game Boy Advance) - Pentarou together with his cousin Mohan.
  • 2004 - Deadly Skies III (PlayStation 2) - Unlockable aircraft
  • 2004 - Penta no Tsuri Bōken DX (Mobile Phone)
  • 2006 - CR Gokujō Parodius (Pachinko)
  • 2008 – New International Track & Field (Nintendo DS) – One of the selectable Konami characters.
  • 2008 - Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (2008 - Nintendo DS): Among the characters, there is a penguin which might be based on Pentarou.
  • 2009 - Krazy Kart Racing (iOS) - Pentarou as a playable racer.
  • 2010 - Gokuraku Parodius (Pachislot)


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 ShipsBaron BeeBoin BeeGoemon CompactDecoration Core MK IIKitty TrainBig Core MK I (SNES) • Ghost Woman (SNES) • Big Baron Bee (SNES) • John Wanjiro (PSX) • Penkuro (PSX) • Temple LordMr. Goldfish's Selling FortressChichibinta RikaBacteriyaRobot Wall