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Sure thing. I will show you...the terror of the Three Mage-Sisters!
— Zan Partizanne • Kirby Star Allies

Zan Partizanne, also titled as Lightning General and Bringer of Shock, is a boss in the Kirby series, appearing in Kirby Star Allies. She is the eldest of The Three Mage-Sisters, and serves as their leader. Zan Partizanne is first fought in Jambastion in the stage Heavenly Hall, serving as the seventh boss, and is later fought again in Far-Flung - Starlight Heroes in The Divine Terminus just before Hyness, serving as the fifteenth boss.

Physical Appearance

Zan Partizanne has disembodied hands and long, yellow hair in a hime cut. She doesn't have a nose, and her eyes are blue, resembling that of Kirby as opposed to being one color, and also have yellow markings that point upward from the bottoms. She wears a dark purple beret with a yellow zigzag stripe going across the hat, with golden colored upside down hearts, to signify that she is the leader of The Three Mage-Sisters. The beret has a golden colored bat-like symbol in front, which Hyness also features on his hood. She wears a uniform that’s outlined in yellow with two purple hearts connected by a golden chain on her chest. Under her uniform, she wears a dress with a yellow underside. This dress partially covers her face in a similar manner to a veil. The area on her face is white with orange buttons on it.

Personality

Zan Partizanne is very earnest about being the leader of The Three Mage-Sisters. She takes it as her duty to quickly eradicate any major threats to their plans, but she sometimes underestimates minor threats, such as Kirby and friends, and then realizes that they are much bigger nuisances when it's much later. When some threats are too much for her to handle, she resorts to using another way of getting rid of them, such as destroying their Jambastion in hopes that Kirby and his friends would go down with it. She also has extreme loyalty and deep respect for Hyness, due to his intoxicating charisma and her deep sense of duty, and will do whatever it takes to protect him from harm, despite his poor treatment of her. This could be because he gave her a meaning in life, as he had saved her after she attempted to kill herself.

Battle

Since Zan Partizanne uses electricity, she can zip around the arena quickly. Her attacks are very similar to those of Flamberge's, except much faster. She can thrust her spear downwards into the ground, leaving behind a spark of electricity. When in her second phase, she unleashes her Thunder Drums. She uses them to fire orbs of electricity, she eventually fires hordes of them and lastly fires off three in the center which make a bigger explosion. If anyone has the Splash element, the Artist ability, or Adeleine & Ribbon, they can attack her while she's using her thunder drums, which will then cause her thunder drums to electrocute her and explode, leaving her stunned. She also can create a thunder-cloud that shoots out lightning to her sides. She moves around the arena while the thunder-cloud shoots lightning. When using her thunder drums, she can also create a lightning spear, move to a bottom corner of the screen and throws the spear directly in front of her. A giant beam of electricity is then created a few seconds after the spear has been thrown. This attack can be avoided by simply flying above it.

In her rematch, When she brings back the thunder drums and lightning spear, she moves to either top corner of the screen and throws the spear at the opposite bottom corner. Then, a giant beam of electricity follows the spear, even electrocuting part of the ground directly underneath it, making the attack more difficult to avoid. She shoots more electric orbs from her drums than last time, and they’re much more erratic as well.

Story

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Before the events of the main story, Zan Partizanne was originally a normal girl on the brink of death. She was desperately climbing a tower in an attempt to end her own life (which was made much more evident in the Japanese version of her Soul Melter EX description), and was then struck by lightning. However, before she could depart from the world, Hyness arrived in the nick of time and saved her by granting her the power of electricity. Thus, she became one of Hyness’s followers, admiring him for rescuing her.

According to Hyness, those of his religion, as well as possibly himself, Zan Partizanne, Francisca, and Flamberge, were banished and sealed away to the edge of the galaxy by an unknown race, which is presumed to be the ancients. According to Hyness, their religion was responsible for stopping a "galactic crisis," but it's unknown what the crisis was. Apparently, the ancients banished them because they feared their power, and they also subsequently attempted to erase their existence from history itself. Hyness also mentions a book of legend that foretold the restoration of those that are masters of a matter most dark, or those of their religion. It could be presumed that those who were part of this religion wrote this book, akin to the Holy Bible and other religious books. At the start of the story, Hyness began to resurrect Void Termina, whom they zealously worshipped. However, Hyness did not fully understand how to break the seal, so the ritual went wrong, causing the Jamba Heart to shatter and spread its negative influence across the galaxy. Hyness sent the mages off to gather tha dark shards while he stays and continues the ritual.

After Kirby and friends defeated Meta Knight, The Three Mage-Sisters land their Jambastion on Planet Popstar. Kirby and friends face them one by one, going up against Zan Partizanne last. When the heroes confront Zan, she declares that they are bigger nuisances than she first realized. She battles Kirby and his friends, ending with her defeat. She then destroys the Jambastion in the desperate hope of burying the heroes, fleeing shortly after. The heroes escape the crumbling Jambastion and head into space in hopes of ending their plan.

Near the end of the game, Kirby and his friends approach Hyness, and Zan blocks their way. After the heroes defeat her again, she calls weakly to Hyness, begging him for help. Hyness responds by swatting her away and then faces Kirby and friends for himself. When the heroes defeats him, however, Hyness becomes enraged and summons Zan and her two sisters and drains their life force to restore his own, rendering them unconscious. He then uses them as living weapons. After the heroes defeat Hyness once again, Zan, along with her sisters Francisca and Flamberge, is thrown into the Jamba Heart by Hyness as a last ditch effort, before eventually diving into it himself, successfully reviving Void Termina.

During the fight with Void Termina, Kirby and his friends enter his body to battle his heart. When doing so, they find Zan, along with Hyness, Francisca, and Flamberge, trapped inside cocoons. One by one, they are freed as the heroes continue battling the heart. After Kirby and friends rip off the outer shell, the core is revealed, ejecting everyone, including Zan, her sisters, and Hyness, out of Void Termina’s body. What becomes of the mages and Hyness after that is unknown, as they’re never seen again, with the only confirmation being that they survived the incident.

Sometime after the events of the main story, Hyness had somehow fallen into a dimensional rift leading to Another Dimension, leading to Zan Partizanne and her sisters entering Another Dimension as well in order to search for him. She soon finds him after Kirby and friends have defeated him, lamenting his current state before calling her sisters, who also lament him. Zan Partizanne and her sisters then direct their rage to Kirby and friends and attempt to end their long-lasting battle. However, the heroes are victorious, and Zan and her sisters are defeated. After the battle, all of the Friend Hearts the heroes collected merge into one giant Friend Heart, which Kirby throws at the sisters. Zan and her sisters wake up and are restored to their original colors. After some thinking, they then nod their heads in agreement and presumably say a prayer of sorts, which turns the dark battlefield into a brightly-lit arena. The Warp Star then descends from the sky, and the heroes hop on. Before leaving, Kirby waves goodbye to the sisters and the Warp Star takes off, leaving behind a small heart that slowly falls onto Hyness. Hyness then wakes up, restored to his former glory, and Zan and her sisters run up to him in joy and presumably tell him what had happened as the screen fades to black. It is unknown Zan Partizanne, her sisters, and Hyness decided to live on Planet Popstar with Kirby afterwards, but the 100% completion picture for Heroes in Another Dimension shows that they are now on good terms with each other.

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As a Dream Friend

Zan Partizanne also appears as a Dream Friend, where she is paired with her sisters as a single character. Unlike other paired Dream Friends, the player can switch between the three sisters at will. Zan Partizanne’s moveset consists of attacks from her boss fights. All of her attacks can grant Friends the Zap element.

Moveset

Move Controls Description
Zan Zlash B, then B again Zan Partizanne slashes twice with her partisan. Can be repeated easily.
Zan Ztab ↓ + B in midair Zan Partizanne stabs downward, much like Spear's Moon Drop.
Zan Zkewers Dash + B Zan Partizanne thrusts her partisan multiple times, ending with an electric thrust that sends a lightning bolt.
Lightning Lemonade Hold ↑ + B Zan Partizanne summons a storm cloud which strikes to her left and right as long as the button is held. Can move freely in any direction while active.
Drum N' Waste ↓ → + B repeatedly Zan Partizanne takes out her thunder drums and launches balls of electricity as long as the player is repeatedly pressing the button. Can be moved around freely.
Electro Eclair ↓ then ↑ + B Zan Partizanne tosses her partisan through her drums, creating a giant electrical laser that can be moved freely.
Lightning Dodge L / R + Move Zan Partizanne can dodge lightning-fast like her boss fights. Must start command on the ground, and can dodge up to three times.
Sister Tag ↓ + B Zan Partizanne high-fives Francisca to tag her in.
Sister Circle Hold ↓ + B then release Alongside her sisters, Zan Partizanne performs their variation on the Friend Circle to wipe out enemies on-screen.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Zan Partizanne appears alongside Francisca and Flamberge as a single Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Quotes

Bonjam. I am Zan Partizanne, the eldest of the three generals of magic. At first I thought you to be just a simpleton with a knack for annoyance. Hmph! Now it is clear you are an interfering interloper! But I am afraid your unwanted wanderings end here. By the will of our beloved liege, Lord Hyness, Officiant of Doom... I shall destroy you here and now!
— Zan Partizanne • Kirby Star Allies
Ugh… Jam…blasted… Bah! How could there be such opposition on a measly and remote planet like this?! Well, it matters not. This Jamba Heart piece is already within my grasp! Listen here, you tiny ball of puffy pink mischief! For all I care… You and this Jambastion can rot in ruin forever! Baaahahahaha! Jambuhbye!
— Zan Partizanne defeated • Kirby Star Allies
Stop right there, pink one! I did not expect you to survive your visit to Jambastion. What’s more, you somehow bested my darling Franny and Berge! However, your luck has run out. It is the dearest wish of Lord Hyness…THAT NO ONE INTERFERES!
— Zan Partizanne • Kirby Star Allies
Heeelp… Hy…ness…
— Zan Partizanne • Kirby Star Allies

Related Quotes

The dutiful leader of the three Jambastion mages. Lightning General Zan Partizanne seems to energise the fortress itself and uses high-speed attacks to render her prey helpless. At the bidding of some unknown power, she hunts for dark hearts...
— VS Zan Partizanne • Kirby Star Allies
Zan Partizanne swore an oath of loyalty to Hyness-even though he has yet to remember her overly long name! Her respect for Hyness never falters, thanks to his intoxicating charisma and her deep sense of duty (and despite his poor treatment of her).
— VS Zan Partizanne • Kirby Star Allies
In spite of all, cold as ice! In spite of all, hard as stone!

In spite of all, it would seem...
in spite of all, we're but a dream.
Hear our plea, you must! (You must!)

Please return our hearts to us!
— VS Zan Partizanne (The Ultimate Choice) • Kirby Star Allies
Once upon a time, a poor girl climbed a tower in desperation, only to be struck by lightning. As she breathed her last, a mysterious traveler appeared and unlocked her natural talent for lightning magic. ZAP! Zan Partizanne was born.
— VS Zan Partizanne (Soul Melter EX) • Kirby Star Allies
The Jambastion Mages, who are the boss Generals, are referred to as "three sisters" in one of the pause screens. So are they actually siblings or members of a sisterhood of mages? Just like Kirby and Meta Knight's secrets, this is another mystery that stirs the imagination! In the Japanese version of the game, a pause screen says Zan Partizanne was taken in by Hyness, and had sworn loyalty to Hyness after she had received powerful magic. Comparing Hyness's true face and hers, it looks like they're from different races though.
— Kirby Star Allies Channel Update 5
Zan Partizanne attacks with electric shocks. Use Friend Abilities with water to get the best of her!
— Zan Partizanne’s electric shocks • Kirby Star Allies loading screen
Never forget her name! Not that you could with a name like Zan Partizanne... The eldest mage-sister will lend her lightning to your cause, because she’s loyal and she always repays her debts. But just this once. You got that, puffball?!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
The lightning gold priestess from Kirby Star Allies pays a surprise visit. Along with her sisters, she seeks paradise. Will she make Lord Hyness proud?
— Guest Star Description • Kirby Star Allies

Etymology

A "partisan" is a type of throwing spear that is used in England by the Royal Guards. This is also the weapon that she battles Kirby and co. with.

Music

Name Length Music Track
"Forgotten Flash of Lightning" [1] 6:15
Prayer Song to God II (Vs. Zan Partizanne)

Trivia

  • Zan Partizanne has a different battle theme than that of Francisca and Flamberge, most likely because she is the leader of the three.
  • Zan Partizanne is weak to Water and Artist's paint attacks.
  • Zan Partizanne's Thunder Drums are based on the drums of the Shinto thunder god, Raijin.
  • Zan Partizanne (and possibly her sisters as well) may suffer from Stockholm syndrome, a condition where hostages (or victims of abuse in general) sympathize and defend their abusers despite their suffering. This is hinted at in her second pause screen description, where it is stated that "despite his poor treatment of her, her respect for Hyness never falters, thanks to his intoxicating charisma and her deep sense of duty." This is because each of them were saved by Hyness after they nearly died, and also because Hyness was much more kind back then, but he abandoned his heart and let the darkness in it consume him, turning him insane and abusive.

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References

  1. Kirby Twitter status April 23, 2018